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This review is from: The Killing Ground: the British Army, the Western Front and the Emergence of Modern Warfare, 1900-1918 (Pen & Sword Military Classics): The British ... Front and Emergency of Modern War 1900-1918 (Paperback)
Great book and about time too, restores a bit of reason to the "Lions led by Donkeys" historical perspective of the British Army in WW1.
This book is the first I have read that presents a fair assessment of the British Army from top to bottom in WW1 and does so with due consideration to the time and the place instead of presenting the war with the huge advantage of hindsight.
The book style is more academic than popular but it is very readable shedding light on subjects and perspectives not covered by previous generations of military historians. The main focus of the book is the social and military developments from 1890s onwards and the consequences leading to the Battle of the Somme and beyond. There is also a very enlightening section on the writing of the official history and the conflicting personalities involved which have argueably coloured historians view of the war ever since.
If you are remotely interested in WW1 you must read this book.