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Donkeys,The - Alan Clark

Paperback Published: 12th December 1991
ISBN: 9780712650359
Number Of Pages: 240

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"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."

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"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 *

ISBN: 9780712650359
ISBN-10: 0712650350
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 12th December 1991
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1