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5.0 out of 5 stars Which army really won the war?, 2 July 2007
This review is from: Paths of Glory: The French Army, 1914-18: The French Army, 1914-1918 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
As the other reviewer makes clear, this highlights the objective fact that, for most of the War, France bore the brunt of the fighting. The author also describes the singular hell of Verdun, a battle which remains relatively unknown to most Brits, who see 1916 as The Somme and not much else. Above all the book describes the state of the French army, warts and all, from the over-optimistic offensives of 1914 which cost the lives of experienced soldiers, through the mutinies of 1917, to the recovery under pressure of 1918. Above all it makes clear the extent to which, when the chips were down, the French did not give up, which makes a contrast to a number of British opinions (even now) of French military prowess. This book is a must if you wish to complement a knowledge of the British experience of the Western Front with a French aspect.
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