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5.0 out of 5 stars For the first time, the true story is told of incompetent Generals who to save their own jobs, slandered their own dead soldiers, 7 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: A Lack of Offensive Spirit?: The 46th (North Midland) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916 (Paperback)
If the current TV presenters Peter Snow, Dan Snow (presenters of Battlefield Britain) and John Snow (C4 News) want to present a TV programme of real integrity they should have the guts to start with a detailed documentary of the previously untold truth and story (that this book unravels) of the incompetent leadership, and particularly the subsequent disgraceful slander, that their ancestor Lt General Snow (Grandfather of Peter Snow) perpetrated on the soldiers under his command, namely the 46th North Midland Division. This book admirably unravels in great detail the TRUE story, that has never been told before, about what really happened before, during and after the disastrous attack on Gommecourt by The 46th North Midland Division on 1st July 1916. It details NOT ONLY the utter INCOMPETENCE of the three senior Generals namely Haig (C in C British Armies in France and Belgium), Allenby (GOC Third Army) and Lt Gen Snow (GOC V11 Corps) - that incompetence is already well documented....BUT ALSO - for the first time - it details the self serving and utterly DISGRACEFUL SLANDER that was imparted, particularly by Lt Gen Snow, on the soldiers of the 46th (North Midland) Division who died in their hundreds on 1st July 1916, carrying out an attack that, as the book makes crystal clear, should never have been ordered by the Generals in the first place. Lt Gen Snow feared that he would be sacked for his incompetence so, to try to save his job and reputation, he disgracefully slandered the 46th Division soldiers accusing them of 'a lack of offensive spirit' and even wanted two of the battalions disbanded - two battalions that had suffered hundreds of casualties in the attack. This slander still continues to be presented as the truth and find its way into superficial history books about the 1916 Somme offensive today. This book is the first to properly delve into the detail of what happened and the author has done a tremendous job in finally allowing the truth to come out. I highly recommend it.
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