Sheffield, G. & Bourne, J.


1st ed., 2005. X + 550 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Upper and lower edges of inside flaps (only) of d.j., narrowly trimmed (not affecting any text) ; traces of tape marks to pasted e.p.'s o/w Nr.FINE. The name Douglas Haig arouses more passion ' both for and against ' than that of any other soldier in the history of the British Army. Opposing historians have drawn on his diaries as evidence to argue their particular cases but at long last we have a comprehensive edition of his diaries and letters, edited by two distinguished military historians, which allows readers to judge for themselves. Here are his day-to-day accounts of the key battles of the war, not least the Somme, Passchendaele and the victorious offenses of 1918. His diaries also illustrate Haig's dealings with politicians and cast light on both of the wartime Prime Ministers. Always ready to adopt new technology ' most notably the 'airplane' and the tank ' Haig ensured Allied victory and provides through his diaries a knowledgeable view of the war from the early days of the BEF in the summer of 1914 to after the Armistice.

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