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Not as good as it could have been
on 22 May 2008
This is a good book, and has many excellent aspects. But it does, in comparison to its companion book about the Ypres salient, seem a little lacklustre and perhaps hastily put together. The panoramas are historically important, but you do wonder what readers get from seeing them as part of an overall account. Few images actually depict anything other than the (very flat) landscape, which is, as I say, important, but perhaps not the best way to fill a book aimed at this particular audience.
Really excellent points are soldiers' accounts, and the many drawings of equipment, techniques, and so on. The maps are also very clearly presented.
All said and done, it's difficult to criticise any book about the Great War, given that we can never be reminded, educated, and shamed enough by telling its awful, terrible story.