Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Kindle Edition 99p
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Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Kindle Edition 99p

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Posted 10th Nov
A great read for Remembrance Sunday. 4.5 stars from 111 reviews.

The true story of how Britain won the First World War.

The popular view of the First World War remains that of BLACKADDER: incompetent generals sending brave soldiers to their deaths. Alan Clark quoted a German general’s remark that the British soldiers were ‘lions led by donkeys’. But he made it up.

Indeed, many established ‘facts’ about 1914-18 turn out to be myths woven in the 1960s by young historians on the make. Gordon Corrigan’s brilliant, witty history reveals how out of touch we have become with the soldiers of 1914-18. They simply would not recognize the way their generation is depicted on TV or in Pat Barker’s novels.

Laced with dry humour, this will overturn everything you thought you knew about Britain and the First World War. Gordon Corrigan reveals how the British embraced technology, and developed the weapons and tactics to break through the enemy trenches.
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So a slow march in broad daylight towards mounds of barbed wire that shelling proved ineffective against, whilst being mown down by machine guns is the work of a tactical genius?

Lions led by Donkeys is a great summary of the first few years. By 1917 tactics had improved.

General Haig was a monster and should have been removed; someone who thought calvary still had a role in warfare was clearly dangerously out of date.
If General Haig etc had been at least been semi competent the British would have trialed shells againist barbed wire and against deeply dug in trenches that the germans tended to have, before using in combat. Following a war of attrition with people as one of the resources a tragic and needlessly inhumane way of fighting a war.

There are allot of good books out there that explain various campaigns in great detail and are well worth reading. I have not read the book reference here but have read a number of recent books about various campaigns; hence my statement that tactics had improved by 1917.
People like General Haig didnt know that the World had moved on since he learnt his trade from others that were also way past their sell by date. The poor bloody infantry paid the price.
Edited by: "alan.mccullo-b72d6.74772" 11th Nov
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