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4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

on 28 June 2008
This excellent series continues with a volume on the bloody battle of Fromelles, a battle neglected by comparison to the monumental clashes at Ypres and the Somme, but an action of singular resonance for the Australian involvement in the Great War, and no less for the savage mauling of a British Midland Territorial division.

The `Battlefield Europe' series is strongly connected to location, and geared towards being effective guidebooks to the battlefield locations, but they are also fine reading for the armchair general / traveller. This volume is no exception, being meticulously scholarly and pleasingly personal. There is a dominant Australian perspective, but the author does not at all neglect the British 61st division losses in the battle.

In particular, the details of the ground are amply supported by clear illustrations and photographs, covering the location of trenches, angles of attack and viewpoints of the combatants.

There are few maps, but what's here is good, being grounded in authentic trench maps of the period. They are evocative, and the reader should have no sense of being lost. I would say with this book and Paul Cobb's volume on the battle, you have the last word on this terrible action. Hopefully with the poignant discovery of 400 British and Australian bodies in a mass grave in Spring 2008, this battlefield will become a more visited and appreciated sector of the Western front.
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