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A Dispassionate View
on 20 March 2014
In as much as can be done a hundred years after the event when all the active participants are long gone and we have only official records, diaries and other such material to work with, this book does offer a dispassionate look at the events of mid to late 1917 in the Ypres Salient. It puts them into the context of a four year struggle for supremacy on the Western Front and does not try to offer too much in the way of judgement of events or decisions made by those in command at the time.
Many shelves have been filled with books on this subject which offer credence to the old saying that "hindsight is a wonderful gift" but this one allows the reader to make their own judgement and is not simply another "hatchet job" on the Army Commanders and tactics of the time. A very good read.