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5.0 out of 5 stars TEMPLER MEDAL WINNER, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century: The Battle, the Myth, the Legacy (Hardcover)
William Philpott was presented with the Templer Medal Book Prize for BLOODY VICTORY by HRH The Duke of Kent, Patron of The SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH, which awards the annual prize, in April 2010. There can be few more deserving recipients. Although no amount of revisionism can disguise the awful British defeat of July 1, 1916 [the French faring better] the author convincingly argues that the five battles of the Somme, of which the 1916 battle was critical, must be taken together and that their effect was to destroy the German army's ability to win the war. This might not have seemed evident to a jittery Haig in the Kaiser's offensive of March 1918, but that gamble foundered through the ruptures of command, government and manpower caused on the Somme, albeit fanned by the attrition at Ypres, and the blockade.
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