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The Death of Glory: The Western Front, 1915 by [Neillands, Robin]
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Praise for Robin Neilland's previous books: (.)

Rarely has oral history been put to better use (Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday)

'Immensely readable . . . a blast of fresh air. Anyone who aspires to the command of anything or opining a view of command should be forced to read it. A great blast of level-headedness' (The Spectator)

'Informed and explicit, this is military history at its best' (Western Daily Press)

'Excellent' (Literary Review)

'Well researched and highly readable' (Blackpool Gazette)

'Neillands ... was not into simply chronicling the events of 1915, but rather has returned to a favourite subject -- the role of the generals and the scorn poured on their heads in later year' (Belfast Newsletter)

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1915. A terrible, seminal year for the allied effort in WW1, is investigated by respected military historian Robin Neillands

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2377 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET09EEA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a follow up to the author's book The Old Contemptibles about the first four months of the British Expeditionary Force's war in France until the end of 1914. Unfortunately, I found this even drier to read than that book sometimes was. When he analyses developments, rather than recounting battle formations, he is on much more readable ground, and his analysis of the conduct of the Generals in refuting the long-lasting myth dismissing them as "donkeys", is convincing when placing that conduct in the context of the times, the ill-preparedness of British society and the munitions industry for full scale warfare, and the stark unsuitability of the means of communication available to the forces when compared to the means of destruction. That said, he analyses clinically the mistakes they did make, especially those of the clearly unsuited for top command Sir John French.

Again, this Kindle edition lacked maps or photos and there were a fair number of typos, so not the best reading experience.
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Ok this did upset me. Yes I knew millions died, but reading the details, the nitty gritty, the brutal and unnecessary slaughter brings a tear to your eyes. The utter folly and stupidity of humanity; and for what?
I thoroughly recommend this book.
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In my opinion this is a better book than the one he wrote on the Normandy campaign. It is a well written overview of the disappointments sufferd by Britain's Imperial Armies and Allies in 1915 and is a must for the libraries of those who study, research or have an interest in WW1. The author was an ex-Royal Marine and he brings to the book a 'feel' for the ordinary man caught up in such horrendous events. I was fortunate to have studied with him and his death to cancer is deeply regretted.
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This book gave me a fascinating perspective on the Great War as a whole, not just events of 1915. The author examines the stereotypical view of the British troops being lions led by donkeys and comes to a differing conclusion after considering factors like the relationship with the French, tensions between the generals and our army's lack of equipment and appropriate training, which had to be overcome before they had any realistic chance of success. It is well-written, persuasive and manages to be both concise and in sufficient detail.
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Well researched and written. Gives a different perspective on General Haig.
However it would be nice if we could have the good old proofreaders back as the number of grammar and spelling errors does annoy. Too much reliance on spell checkers!
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This is specifically a review of the Kindle edition. I think the book itself is very good being a good overview of the British experience in 1915. However, the kindle edition is very poor. There are no maps (and these are referred to in the text) and the text if full of annoying stupid spelling mistakes. For example the battle of Loos is often referred to as Laos!!! A simple proof reading would have corrected this. Buy the book not the kindle edition.
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It was extremely good. It was necessary to hang on to the various indicated time tables as the story unfolded
chapter by chapter, and the related Actions.

I assume that is the reason why you followed it with an extract of " War By Time Table " by AJP Taylor.

I have not been able to find a Kindle version of that Book.....????.

As a participant in WW2. I know that in general, when a situation of resistance was met the effort was made to go round it as soon as possible. and to contain the strong point until it could be overcome.
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This is a very readable incisive critique of the British dimension of the western front in1915,marred by a constant stream of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors throughout. This is by far the worst example of poor translation of a book from paper to electronic format, which detracted from my enjoyment and in several places, my comprehension of the author's points.
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