Top critical review
Quite a 'heavy' read, but very detailed and interesting to read
on 18 February 2017
The book was quite a 'heavy' read for me personally and there was a lot to take in. I thought this was a general book about 'The First Day on the Somme', but as this was only a single day of the Battle, a LOT happened had happened. Lots of information was written about it, and it was quite detailed. So many regiments and battalions were mentioned, the tactics, how many died, who died and where, who was not worthy of command anymore, etc. It was not the most interesting book to read, but I did learn a fair amount about the Somme from a tactical perspective. For some reason I enjoyed the book more to the end..but then that could have been because I wanted to finish it.
It was not a fun read, but it was full of information, tactics, names dates etc. I would probably give it a 3.5, but that is because I did not enjoy it as much as I would have hoped.