One of the great questions about the First World War is why did it take so long to win and exact so appalling a human cost? After all this was a fight that, we were told, would be over by Christmas. Now, in his major new history, Allan Mallinson, former professional soldier, provides answers that are disturbing as well as controversial; holding a contemporary resonance. He disputes the growing consensus among historians that British generals were not to blame for the losses and setbacks in the ‘war to end all wars’ – that, given the magnitude of their task, they did as well anyone could have.
by Allan Mallinson
by Stephen Fry
by Harry Leslie Smith
by Robert Lyman
by Joe Joyce
by George Hodgman
by Constance Kell
by Henry Marsh
by Damien Lewis
by Kathryn Harkup
"This is a powerfully-argued and polemical new history of the First World War, by one of Britain's most respected military historians.
"Allan Mallinson puts his case compellingly in a stimulating overview of the war. He combines the authority of a soldier-turned-military historian with the imaginative touch of the historical novelist." THE TIMES"
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