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A picture (or map in this case) is worth a thousand words!
on 13 July 2016
One of the new 'revisionist' historians, WP explains the way the Somme was fought and, to some extent, exonerates the 'donkeys'. At the same time WP does not deny the cold, 'mathematical approach to war'. War is, and always was, horror one cannot sugar that pill.
My main criticisms are that for a non-specialist it is far too detailed and long and most importantly it lacks READABLE maps!
The maps it does have are essentially black, grey & white
This failure to adequately 'illustrate' the battle(s) makes following the events very hard indeed and is, IMO, the principle defect of this book.
I did like the way WP takes a broader view and actually covers 1918 & 1940 Somme battles too.
Overall unless you need to follow every twist and turn, and have access to good maps elsewhere, I would, sadly, say avoid.