Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:45 AM
Thanks for your advice but I haven't been able to locate the Book Review section on the forum - where can I find it?
Yes, the popular conception of the First World War is so dominated by images of the trenches on the Western Front, and the moon-like landscapes of the battle zones, that it is easy to forget that in the early months the war for the British forces was one of rapid movement back and forth across the pristine fields and woods of North-West France and Belgium. From a military analysis standpoint this period provides many points of interest which are not applicable to the later, more static period of the war.
It has often struck me that there is a distinct similarity between the openings of the FFW and the Falklands War in1982. In both cases, Britain's highly trained professional army was called on to fight a conventional foe (although admittedly the quality of opponent was very different in each case) after long years of facing unconventional forces, whether on the North-West frontier or on the South African veldt, in the Malayan jungles or in Northern Ireland. That is not to denigrate their achievements in those theatres, but many of the soldiers in the armies of both periods must have found it a shock finally to face a foe who fought along the same lines as they did. That in each case they rose to the challenge so magnificently is a tribute to their courage and professionalism.