"On 26 September 1915 twelve British battalions - a strength of almost 10,000 men - were ordered to attack German positions at Loos in north-east France. In the three-and-a-half hours of the actual battle, they sustained 8,246 casualties. The Germans suffered no casualties at all. i>The Donkeys is a study of the Western Front on 1915, a brilliant expose of a key stage of the Great War, when the opposing armies were locked in trench warfare. Alan Clark scrutinizes the major battles of the year. He casts a steady and revealing light on those in High Command - French, Rawlinson, Watson and Haig among them- whose orders resulted in the virtual destruction of the odd professional British Army."
"A shell-burst of a book" * The Economist * "An eloquent and painful book... Clark leaves the impression that vanity and stupidity were the main ingredients of the massacres of 1915. He writes searingly and unforgettably" -- George Malcolm Thomson * Evening Standard * "Mr Clark writes with verve, venom and real feeling for the men whose lives the brasshats squandered" -- Paul Johnson * New Statesman * "So far from being "just another war book" that it is likely to be bought and read for years to come" -- Vernon Fane * Sphere * "He is a writer with considerable gifts both of description and narrative. His subject gives them plenty of scope; indeed his descriptions of battles and battlefields are sometimes masterly" -- Michael Howard * Listener *