TOO IMPORTANT FOR THE GENERALS: LOSING AND WINNING THE FIRST WORLD WAR
400pp., illus.incl.colour, P.B. 2017. One of the great questions about the First World War is why did winning take so long 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, and have a contemporary resonance.