Most Unfavourable Ground: The Battle of Loos, 1915 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2005
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About the Author
Niall Cherry was born in London in 1959 and recalls becoming interested in military history as a schoolboy from watching such classic war films as 'The Battle of Britain' and 'A Bridge Too Far'. He later found out that one of his grandfathers fought in the Great War, serving as a chemical corporal at Loos in 1915 and ended up as a Captain. His father served in the REME in the 1950's and Niall continued in the family tradition by serving in the RAMC. During his time he qualified as a Combat Medical Technician Class 1 and an instructor in First Aid and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare and ended as a Senior NCO. / Deeply interested in the major conflicts of the 20th Century he has visited numerous battlefields including the Western Front, Arnhem, Gallipoli, Normandy and North Africa. He is a longstanding member of the Western Front Association, the Military Heraldry Society and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance Old Comrades Association. He also has the honour to be the UK representative for the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek and membership secretary and a trustee of the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship. Niall currently lives in Lancashire and works for BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking for an excellent book on the Great War get this one. A five star effort and worth a score of 11 out of 10.
I wouldn't describe this as "light reading", it deserves full credit though as an exhaustive and thoroughly researched work on yet another ghastly, but largely unknown, Great War battle. Initially I found the incredible detail rather daunting; as I progressed Mr Cherry's writing style rather grew on me. He has a deft touch.
It could have been much better and easily worthy of 4/5 stars but for some rather silly and easily overcome faults. Firstly, it's badly let down by (apparently) poor proof-reading. Loss Tables frequently appear in the text, however they're incorrectly inserted which rather destroys the reader's flow. For example, Table 3.1 on p72 appears a paragraph ABOVE the line "The casualties......were as follows:". Acceptable perhaps once, but not for every table!
My other disappointment concerned the maps; apart from one murkily reproduced trench map (p191), these are very simple line-drawings and, in my opinion, detract greatly from the book's value. As an example of what can be achieved in a small book, "Loos - Hill 70" (Battleground Europe series) is infinitely superior in this regard. Frustrated by this, I also found some rather excellent maps on the web.