This book brought the grotty, dirty underside of war to the fore.
Although the author isn't the best at delivery and the grammar and construction of sentences leaves a lot to be desired, the subject matter is top notch. For that I give it 4 stars.
Having previously read Stephen E Ambrose's dire 'account' of D-Day (don't bother, it's truly awful), reading this put a smile on my face. The author manages to put across the idea that the 21st Army Group did much more than it's fair share in Normandy and beyond but also, (get this Ambrose fans), backs it up with numerous eye-witness accounts.
The stories of drunken soldiers wondering around causing trouble are superb and the chapters recounting the loss of friends and the difficulties in coping are very thought provoking and, at times, more than a little upsetting.
This is war stripped of its glory and sheen - it's a nasty, grotty, uncomfortable and downright brutal business. This book gives you that and more.