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The Western Front by Nick Lloyd

The Western Front: A History of the First World War

Nick Lloyd

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780241347164
3 stars out of 5
Max Hastings
21 Feb 2021

"Lloyd is excellent on detai"

Lloyd’s book will be cherished by military history buffs. It may not, however, satisfy those who seek to study the past in a wider context. Most 21st-century historians recognise the importance of social, political and above all economic forces, which are scarcely discussed here. The book is short on novelty and big ideas. If war is too important to be left to the generals, the best modern war history ranges far beyond their headquarters.

 

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5 stars out of 5
17 Feb 2021

"Nick Lloyd has written a tour de force of scholarship, analysis and narration"

Senior and junior commanders disagreed on priorities and methods. Lloyd guides us through the many meetings where generals and politicians proposed and debated potential war-winning strategies. Accounts of these conferences make lively reading, with egos clashing, nerves snapping and tempers flaring. In March 1918, when the Germans were slicing through the British line, the normally steady Pétain declared: “The Germans will defeat the British in open country after which they will beat us as well.” The French prime minister Georges “Tiger” Clemenceau rebuked him: “Should a general speak or even think in this way?” Professional pride mattered; so did patriotism.