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Most Unfavourable Ground: The Battle of Loos, 1915 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company; 1st edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874622035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874622031
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
As most books on the First World War seem to be written about the battles in the latter part of the war- namely the Somme, Arras and Passchendaele, it was most refreshing to read a book written about an almost forgotten battle namely that of Loos in 1915. Put quite simply this is the best book I have ever read about the offensive in 1915 when we used poison gas for the first time. Loads of detail and personal accounts with around 100 photographs and maps it is a wonderful and clear concise account of a battle which had been in my mind difficult to understand. After reading Warner's book on Loos I had trouble working out what had happened, but Most Unfavourable Ground certainly clears up any misunderstandings.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Just about every source I have read indicates that Niall Cherry's book is the definitive work on the Battle of Loos. Indeed the book is very highly reviewed on this website. Perhaps my expectations were too high; while I don't regret the purchase I have been left with a vague feeling that it could easily have been much better...

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.
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Brilliant book. I have written a novel about the Battle of Loos, 1915. Niall's book provided much needed historical detail so I could concentrate on the story in Goodbye, Piccadilly.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on loos 11 Feb. 2010
By Michael Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
there has been of late several books published on the battle of loos, a long forgotten but crucial battle of the great war. i was strongly disappointed in nick lloyd's version of the battle, somewhat more impressed with gordon kerrigan's account, and of course philip warner's older story of the battle leaves much to be desired. the newer account by niall cherry far and away is the best of all of these. this is a comprehensive account of the complete battle filled with contemporary reminisces of the soldiers involved. this is a brilliantly done story. i advise all serious scholars of the battle and the war to pick up this account
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