Warner, Philip.


Barnsley, new ed., 2009. 245 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. On 25th September 1915 and in the days after, Loos became the centre of one of the most intense and bloody battles of the First World War. About 60,00 died, mostly on the first day and the main objective, a large-scale breakthrough, was not achieved although some 8,000 yards of enemy trench were captured and, in some places, the enemy’s defences were penetrated up to two miles. Yet if courage and determination could have won the day, Loos would have been a success and it is these qualities which the author’s gripping narrative reveals above all. He traces survivors from all parts of the line, infantry, gunners and officers and draws on veterans’ contemporary accounts and diaries, including John French’s.

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