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This is an auction for THE GREAT WAR by Peter Hart. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! At the end of Peter Hart's impressive and timely reassessment of the Great War, he asks some questions. Why is it that the events of 1914-1918 continue to exert such a powerful hold on the popular imagination? How can we really understand the scale and the breadth of the campaigns, and of the losses? For this truly was a global conflict, producing losses estimated at 9.7 million. If your knowledge of the war is mostly focussed on the Western Front, and on 1914-1916, Hart provides useful summaries of the conflicts in Italy, Salonika and Palestine, among others. We would expect him to be excellent on Gallipoli, given his past publications, and he is; likewise he is as much at home with the Grand Fleet and the submarine menace as he is in outlining the new technologies of war, a particular strength of this book. In the end, it was the generals what won it. Haig and Foch (there at the start, and still there at the end), Plumer and Rawlinson, these were the men who directed the victory, evidence which war poets, screenplay writers and popular fiction have ignored to their detriment. Hart has woven a rich tapestry of mistakes, lessons and consequences. The resulting cloth is dense and strong, a fine fabric in which to wrap the events of 1914-1918. Not that it would have been 1918, but for the sheer bloody-minded attitude of Haig and Foch. That, perhaps, will be something to reflect on in 2018.”

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Hardback 2013.

522 pages + photographs.

New condition.

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