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Command on the Western Front: Military Career of Sir Henry Rawlinson, 1914-18 Hardcover – 2 Jan 1992

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding analytical treatment 3 Sept. 2005
By Carter A. Malkasian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Command on the Western Front is one of the outstanding analytical works on the First World War. Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson use the career of General Henry Rawlinson as a means of examining the key factors in military effectiveness on the Western Front. Rigorous and systematic analysis of the battles of Rawlinson shows that intense artillery barrages combined with a limited advance were essential to conducting a successful offensive. Every military historian needs to read this book. It is the epitome of excellent military history.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biased book with serious flaws 6 Sept. 2004
By Devl's Advocate - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that is quite a let down. Rawlinson, one of the least endowed generals in the Western front, is portrayed as one who came up with a formula for decisive breakthroughs, ie masses of artillery punching gaps in trenchlines for the tanks and infantry to smash through. He is credited with creeping barrages and more,apparently the authors are ignorant of Colonel Bruchmüller of the Imperial German Army, arguably the best artillery brain in the 2 world wars. Without any references to German sources, the book is essentially a biased and flawed revisionist attempt to portray the British Army as the sole factor in the collapse of the German Army, despite all the evidence that the British Army was a spent force in 1918 and that the so called caollapse of the Germans was essentially a well planned retreat. Rawlinson's bite and hold tactics (in essence attrition a la Verdun) is glorified as the secret formula to success in the battlefield, and the British are said to be experts in a war of technology whereas the Germans still cling to human wave assaults in 1918!

All in all, not a book to seek out historical truths, rather a lame attempt to glorify the British with being the innovators and masters in the art of war.
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