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on 10 September 2012
Books I have read on the German offensives of 1918 usually broad brush a description of the actions, because the the massive amount of information needed to convey the simultaneous movements of individual units would overwhelm the author.

Not so here, where Mr. Baker has shouldered the immense task of distilling an account, from primary sources, of all units on all days that they were involved. So whether you are reading this because your ancestor was British, Australian, Portuguese, Belgian, French or German and in my case a machine gun lieutenant in the 19th Division, you will find direct reference to their part in the battle. By this dedication to research, he has truly done justice to a topic which has not previously been described in this detail.

The problem I had was with the maps, which are not detailed enough to show the multitude of farms, strong points and reserve lines referred to in the text, hence dropping a star in my rating. This will be the definitive text on this conflict, and should be reissued in special edition or electronic form with the detail maps essential to support the immense research which the author has done.

For me, this stands together with Dixon's 'Magnificent But Not War' as the best coherent and fine detailed account of a wide scale conflict that I have read.
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