A cool look at WW1. It blows away many of the preconceptions. For instance Haig wasn’t the unfeeling fool as portrayed and there are some pretty amazing statistics, for instance the Royal Artillery expanded from 4,083 officers and 88,837 Other Ranks to 29,990 Officers and 518,790 Other Ranks between 1914-18; and that was just the artillery and just the British. Imagine the logistical nightmare this must have presented.
We learned many hard lessons in WW1 but forgotten by WW2.
In this book the only politician who seems to emerge with much credit is Abraham Lincoln who appeared to have an understanding of industrialised war and its effect on strategy. The other politicians particularly Lloyd George and Churchill don’t emerge with great credit.