Yet another splendid book by Jack Sheldon. In this valuable and timely examination of the conduct of the German Army's defence on the Somme, he reveals and analyses the tensions which arose between its senior commanders, vividly describes how it responded to successive tactical crises, and once more underlines the courage and endurance of its front-line troops.
Professor Peter Simkins MBE
This excellent volume commences with the capture of Vimy Ridge and Notre Dame de Lorette in October 1914 and concludes in 1917. In writing it, Jack Sheldon has once again triumphed in producing yet another outstanding and fascinating volume which I am certain will be sought after and will be sure to grace many military historian’s and enthusiast’s bookshelves in the years to come, as it is the type of publication that can be read over and over again! Those who have read this author’s previous volumes will of course already be familiar with the quality of Jack’s work and like me, praise his excellent style and ability to write both flowing and accurate narrative on what many consider to be fairly complex subjects! He has certainly gone to great lengths in his research to complete this splendid title and should be commended on that point alone, as his sources of information must have been numerous, widespread and often fragmented at times. I am led to believe that the majority of.. Read more
Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker
What a fascinating book this is, for a couple of different reasons. Firstly because it is a large collection of photos from WW1, but this time covering a German division and showing life for the German soldier both in the front line, and in more peaceful surroundings behind them. What makes it even more interesting for me though is that this is actually based on a regimental history first published in Germany way back in 1920. In the British army during WW1 cameras were officially banned, even though some were still used by both officers and men, even knowing the risks of being caught with them. It seems that this was not the case for the German army, and the use of cameras was common. As a result, the original Regimental history was filled with a large number of photos taken by members of the division. The German 26th Reserve Division fought on the Western Front throughout the war, first against the French, but later against the British in place so well known to British WW1 histories... Read more
Military Modelling online, May 2016 - Robin Buckland