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How the Great War was won,
This review is from: Hundred Days: The End of the Great War (Hardcover)
The British like to read about military disasters; the more mud, blood and incompetence that surrounds an operation, the more engrossing the story. That is why 'Hundred Days' is such an important book, for it is the complete antidote to the literary diet of slaughter and despair that typifies so many Great War studies. Nick Lloyd does an admirable job in taking us through the setbacks but also the triumphs of the final months of the War when mobility and all-arms cooperation were the bywords for British tactics.
The author has trawled through archives from all sides in the conflict and his thorough examination of German documents has yielded a pitiful story of crushed German morale, starvation and collapse from within. Lloyd accepts these facts but is quick to dispel the 'stab in the back' theory promoted by subsequent German militarists (and the odd Dictator). He points out that victory came in the end to the Allies, not just through sheer weight of American intervention, but also from British ingenuity and the valour and tenacity of British soldiers. Sadly, the mission of crushing German territorial ambition once and for all, was not completed in 1918. That failure could not be laid at the door of Tommy Atkins, whose achievements Lloyd justly praises. He writes well and with authority. This is highly recommended.