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An important account.,
This review is from: The Kaiser's Battle (Paperback)
This book was the first major study into the early phases of WW1 and complements this author's own earlier work "First Day on the Somme."
On 21 March 1918 the Germans commenced a 5 hour bombardment of British troops. This was followed by one of the greatest (in terms of manpower on both sides) battles of all time as no fewer than 3 German armies attacked 2 British Armies. This was the first the first day of Kaiserschlacht - The Kaiser's Battle.
Author Martin Middlebrook provides a thrilling and complete account of the events. He describes in great detail both sides in terms of preparation, tactics and defence, the expectations of the generals in charge as well as the hopes and fears of the ordinary soldiers. Having set the scene, he then examines the battle itself in great detail by use of original records. First published in 1978, the author then traced or 600 survivors from this great battle whom he questioned at length in order to provide the reader with the most balanced view of the fighting.
Whilst many historians will record history from official documents and the accounts of those who were placed in charge, Martin Middlebrook provides an extra dimension by including vital input from those who took part right at the front.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2013 13:59:03 BDT
the first line of the first review should read 'COMPLEMENTS'
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 15:55:23 BDT
Ned Middleton says:
Silly mistake! Many thanks for pointing it out. Really appreciated.
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