Most books on the Western Front are Anglo-Centric. It is therefore corrective to read a book which describes the war fought by 8.7 million Frenchmen, over fifty percent of whom suffered death or injury. Equally painful is having to read the French view of the British contribution to the war effort. To be fair, blame for this must rest not with the military, but with the pre-war political figures who (a) gave no unequivocal committments to France in the event of war, (b) left doubts at the highest level in Berlin as to Britain's likely participation, and (c) failed to prepare for a continental war until it had started! As Clayton's work makes clear, the French bore the brunt of the war, and their suffering was horrendous. A must read book, and not only for those of you interested in World War 1, but also for a greater understanding of the disaster that followed in 1940.
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