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016: Spring 1986


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047: September 1996


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Frederick George Scott: The Great War as I Saw It


By F G Scott £16.99 (Amazon price), 327pp, Glossary, 1 map. ISBN: 978–077–354–425–3 Review by David Filsell (This review first appeared in edition 109 of The Western Front Association magazine Stand To!)  First published in 1922, when F G Scott’s memories of war were fresh, his diaries and letters to hand, The Great War as I Saw It offers an …

Zero Hour Z Day 1st July 1916: XIII Corps Operations between Maricourt and Mametz


By Jonathan Porter Self–published, £30.00 hardback, £25.00 soft back, 500pp, ills, photographs and maps in monochrome and colour throughout, 1 Appendix, index. ISBN: 978–099–569–110–0 Review by David Filsell   Starting a book review with superlatives is bad practice. It either indicates the work of an over impressed reviewer or, perhaps, one …

The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne


By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…

Shell Shock – The Crisis


By Taylor Downing Little Brown, 2016, £25.00, 399pp, 18 ills, 4 appendices, bibliog., 2 maps. ISBN: 9–781–408–706–619 Review by David Filsell Once, when asked what really interests the House of Commons, a MP is reputed to have said, ‘Buggery and badgers’. A wild simplification, yet, if one was to ask a similar question of a member of the genera…

Ypres 1914: Messines


By Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword, Barnsley, £12.99, 214 pp ills 7 maps throughout, German Order of Battle, selected bibliog, index ISBN 178159201-2 Book review by David Filsell The actions around Messines in 1914 all too often take second place to events on and to the left of the Ypres Menin road in writing about First Ypres. Here…

‘Allies are a Tiresome Lot’: The British Army in the First World War


By John Dillon Helion & Co Ltd, Solihull, £29.95, 221pp, 15 ills,4 maps bibliog, notes and refs, index ISBN 978-1-910777-32-9. Book Review by David Filsell This, the 12th in the ever excellent Wolverhampton Military Series, published by Helion, is another good overview of Britain’s relative poorly covered involvement the war on the Italian …

Kitchener’s New Army: Your Country Needs You


By Edgar Wallace Book reviewe by David J Filsell Kitchener’s New Army: Your Country Needs You was republished by Amberly Publishing at £16.99 (and is now heavily discounted on line). Originally published in some six ‘episodes’ in 1915, it was the first major work on the recruitment and training of the K Divisions. Although there are newer books …

My Father's Son


Book Review by David Filsell.  When Earl Haig died suddenly in 1928, his nine-year-old son succeeded to the title. Such was his father's standing that an immense weight of personal obligation and national expectation immediately fell upon Dawyck Haig's shoulders. This, his memoir, first drafted some thirty years ago, provides a brief but perfectly…

Forgotten Victory


Book Review by David Filsell. Although published last year, lack of a publisher's copy has sadly long delayed the review of Gary Sheffield's Forgotten Victory in Stand To! Fortunately, apart from his 'day job' - Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course - he is well known through his regular, and effective, expositions of revision…

The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army


Reviewed by David Filsell In the last four years three new biographies of Douglas Haig have been published. Each, of the works helps mark the fact that the Field Marshal is being seen not as ‘butcher and bungler’ but as a figure of historical importance and deserving of sober unemotional analysis. Douglas Haig’s post-Great War reputation has foll…