The Western Front, 1914-1918 Hardcover – 1965
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They deal with major issues such as whether the Western Front was inevitable, why the Battle of the Guise is the key to understanding why the Western Front ended up where it did, why and how Loyd George attempted to undermine Haig in 1917, and how misguided devotion to Napoleon and his tactics by the French in 1914 proved so disasterous.
At every turn we find him willing to look afresh and, if necessary, challenge myths. Terraine was possibly the first serious historian to suggest that Haig was not just an adequate general who saw victory only in bloodbaths, but, when circumstances allowed (particularly in 1918,) a brilliant one.
So many books deal with the minutiae of WW1, or with a particular battle, but I haven't come across another that deals so well with such a broad sweep, politics and stategy, and with such insight. Fifty years after it was written this is still a book that every serious historian and student of WW1 needs to have on their shelf.