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Superb story-telling of the Great War battle the Brits don't know
on 8 December 2015
In Great War terms, the Somme is the battle the British remember. Verdun is the equivalent for the French and its course is surprisingly little known in the English-language histories. Horne amply fulfils that gap. He shows himself as a superb story-teller - better, in my view, than in his Napoleon history, 'How Far From Austerlitz?' - and a writer with a sharp eye for the telling detail, as ready to describe the squalor as to hail the heroism. And that goes for both sides. My only disappointment was that his story stops short of the well earned humiliation of Nivelle.