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An excellent book
on 22 September 2005
This is one of the most impressive books that I have read on the Somme, providing something which has been conspicuously absent from all too many books- namely the German view. Meticulously researched and footnoted, it succeeds in telling the 'other half of the story', from the early clashes with the French in 1914 through to the closing down of the Allied offensive in November 1916.
The book is based upon material drawn from a multitude of German unit histories and archives. The various accounts, the majority of them firsthand, have been skilfully incorporated into an accessible narrative, punctuated throughout by pertinent insights into the Allied as well as the German experience of the campaign. It contains a good selection of photographs, and some excellent appendices dealing with the organisation of the German Army and its order of battle for the period July-December 1916. It is hard to fault this book, but minor criticisms might be that the reproduction quality of some photographs could have been better, and that a different choice of typeface might have proved somewhat easier on the eye.
In summary, this is an excellent book, which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone with more than a passing interest in the Somme, or indeed the Western Front generally. I can only hope that the author produces similar works on other campaigns of the Great War.