- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3561 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Pen and Sword (21 April 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009EE9H34
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cheerful Sacrifice: The Battle of Arras, 1917 Kindle Edition
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"Cheerful Sacrifice" therefore, usefully fills a gap in modern histories.
We are particularly fortunate that this book is very well researched and written, with excellent and helpful maps. It covers the whole Battle from its successful opening to its costly conclusion. The lesson of when to "close down" a battle would not be learnt by the British until 1918.
It is what I term "anecdaotal" history in that it presents a series of individual accounts woven together into a coherent story with background explanation. It is in the style of the excellent "The First Day on the Somme." Not only does one gain an understanding of the whole Battle: one also gains something of an understanding of the experiences of the individual "Tommy."
It is an interesting and moving (particularly for those of us who had relatives fighting in the Battle) book. Time has moved on since it was researched and a book like this could not now be written on the Great War. Highly recommended: a must for those interested in the Western Front.
So, when I saw it available on Kindle, I thought it would be good to have this version as well (protect the original, easy to carry, all those reasons for which we buy Kindles..).
The book is just as good, if I were to just buy one book on Arras, this would still be it.
But come on Amazon, if you are converting books to Kindle, do it properly, there are a lot of mistakes in copying it over..a lot. Including for a chapter title, "Orce" rather than "Force".
If it wasn't for these, I would give it 5 stars....
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