Based on a decade of research into previously unused French and German sources, The Myth of the Great War shows what actually happened at the front as the participants perceived it at the time, as opposed to what French and British commanders and governments claimed. John Mosier, who visited all the major battlefields, describes and analyzes campaigns that are routinely neglected or ignored and shows why conventional accounts of such major battles as Verdun are incorrect. He explains how German tactics, weapons, training, and leadership were consistently superior, and why the endless, ineffective attacks of the French and British with inferior weapons and battle tactics of the previous century resulted in mindless slaughter and defeat. Mosier also discusses the major military leaders on both sides ' including Joffre, Petain, Foch, Gallieni, French, Haig, Wilson, Moltke, Ludendorff, Falkenhayn, Mudra, and Pershing.
The French and British military controlled, suppressed, and manipulated all battlefield reports. German losses were magnified; failures became successes, defeats victories. Allied intelligence was grossly inaccurate and inadequate, and the result was a distorted picture of what was really happening. Absorbing and persuasive, The Myth of the Great War is a striking new assessment of the military realities of World War I....Continua
All over the book we are told about the incompetence of french and british commanders, of their suicidal and hopeless attacks againts the german army, superior in every respect to them: in the last 15 pages enter the americans and apparently the germans got so scared that they started retreating and surrendered in 4 months ! American contribution to the victory in WWI has always been overlooked, but a superficial book like this is totally useless to restore the truth. And when i say superficial i refer to the lack of really accurate researches. An example come from the chapter about the Caporetto retreat: the author says the only reliable sources are a book about austro-hungarian army and the memories of Rommel, while italian official history ends in 1916! This seemed quite strange to me, infact in a 25 second google research i found that the the italian official army history covers 1917 with a volume in 3 tomes, one of them entirely dedicated to the Caporetto battle, not to mention the hundreds of books about the battle in italian and german language. Simple superficiality or was the author disregarding sources not supporting his ideas ?...Continua