10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Innovative and Thought Provoking,
This review is from: Battle Tactics of the Western Front: The British Army's Art of Attack, 1916-18 (Paperback)
This book signalled something of a watershed in the way we think about World War I, and does indeed challenge the 'stupid' theory of British tactics. Some hate such a notion - others love it, so explaining some of the very divergent opinions seen in reviews. The book's points of excellence include copious use of contemporary manuals and documents, readability, and a strong notion of the changes over time.
This would have been a five star rating - bar some modest quibbles regarding the arbitary notional start date in 1916, and a personal wish to see more comparative material on other nations (this would give more of a yardstick against which to judge the British efforts). Nevertheless I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in the subject to read this book: it will give you lots to think about, will challenge received opinions, and provide more than satisfaction in terms of production values, notes and references.