Through German Eyes

Through German Eyes : The British and the Somme 1916

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The key battle of the First World War from the German point of view

The Battle of the Somme has an enduring legacy, the image established by Alan Clark of 'lions led by donkeys': brave British soldiers sent to their deaths by incompetent generals. However, from the German point of view the battle was a disaster. Their own casualties were horrendous. The Germans did not hold the (modern) view that the British Army was useless. As Christopher Duffy reveals, they had great respect for the British forces and German reports shed a fascinating light on the volunteer army recruited by General Kitchener.

The German view of the British Army has never been made public until now. Their typically diligent reports have lain undisturbed in obscure archives until unearthed by Christopher Duffy. The picture that emerges is a far cry from 'Blackadder': the Germans developed an increasing respect for the professionalism of the British Army. And the fact that every British soldier taken prisoner still believed Britain would win the war gave German intelligence teams their first indication that their Empire would go down to defeat.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 135 x 200 x 27mm | 281g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753822024
  • 9780753822029
  • 235,345

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Excellent ... fascinating first-hand reports ... enlightening * LITERARY REVIEW * Christopher Duffy's subtle and intelligent book... is a refreshing addition to the literature of the Western Front experience -- Patrick Bishop Not another comprehensive history of the Battle of the Somme, but a look at it from the German point of view * BELFAST TELEGRAPH * Duffy's book is crisply written and an easy read * SCOTSMAN * It is difficult to understate the importance of this book to our understanding of the Western Front in the First World War ... Exploiting both archival and published German-language material, Professor Duffy has produced a richly detailed, scholarly and immensely readable study of a vital but neglected subject ... THROUGH GERMAN EYES shows Christopher Duffy, one of the world's leading military historians, at the very top of his form. Every subsequent historian of the First World War will be forced to take account of his conclusions * BRITISH ARMY REVIEW * Subtle and intelligent * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
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About Dr Christopher Duffy

After obtaining his doctorate at Oxford, Christopher Duffy divided his time between researching history and teaching officer cadets and student officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Army Staff College. From 1996 to 2001 he was Research Professor in the History of War at De Montfort University. Since 2002 he has devoted himself to writing, combating development on the field of Culloden (1746), and work in support of witnesses as a volunteer in the Court Witness Service. He is the author of some twenty books, including The Army of Frederick the Great and The '45. Fluent in six languages, he is an acknowledged expert on the Austrian and German armies from the eighteenth century to 1945, and his work on European military history of the eighteenth century has won him international renown.
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