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Loos 1915 (Battles & Campaigns) Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Nick Lloyd is alecturer inDefense Studies at King s College, London anda founding editor of the "Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies.""
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The emphasis is on the commander's viewpoint. There is much to condemn Haig, French, Gough and especially Haking though Rawlinson seems to have made the most of a bad situation.
The maps aren't great and it's not especially easy to follow but the subject matter probably has more to blame than the author. Since terrain had such a big influence on the battle, some photographs to help understand the terrain better would have been a useful addition.
If you are looking for a description of the experiences of those in front line, Philip Warner's collection of veteran recollections will suit your purpose much better than this book.
If you want a light introduction with a good high level overview, you will find Peter Doyle's book perfect.
If you're going to visit the battlefield, Rawson's books might be better, perhaps even Niall Cherry's which contains a lot of good photographs.
Finally, there is little from the German perspective. Nevertheless, as an explanation of the thinking of the British commanders, how the battle was planned and conducted, Lloyd's book deserves five stars.
Also if you find yourself skipping pages... go back to the basic stuff, this isnt for you