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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new about a relatively unkown battle, 30 May 2011
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This review is from: Messines 1917 (Campaign) (Paperback)
The battle of Messines is often overlooked by historians, possibly because it was such a resounding victory, excellently planned and executed and overshadowed by the more well known next stage - Passchendaele - which began a few weeks later. While the pros style of this book is easy enough to follow, the author has not really provided information that has not been covered before. In fact certain parts seem repetitious - for example this is the fourth time the Messines model at Scherpenberg has been described in print as being "the size of two tennis courts", yet there is no mention of the 40 yards by 40 yard concrete model built AFTER the battle by New Zealand troops at their camp in the U.K. More coverage on individual stories from the battle would have added depth to the book. The excellent graphics and maps help to explain a confusing battle.

Ultimately this is a more than competent introduction to the battle, and although there are more in depth books on the subject, this book is a good place to start.
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Paul Taylor says:
I read many reviews of Osprey books and often see the criticism that they lack depth or fresh primary research. Readers should be aware that the titles all run to strict editorial word limits and are only intended to be concise campaign overviews (hence the title of the series).
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