Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain And The Great War by Gordon CorriganMud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain And The Great War by Gordon Corrigan

Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain And The Great War

byGordon Corrigan

Paperback | March 5, 2013

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The true story of how Britain won the First World War.

The popular view of the First World War remains that of BLACKADDER: incompetent generals sending brave soldiers to their deaths. Alan Clark quoted a German general's remark that the British soldiers were 'lions led by donkeys'. But he made it up.

Indeed, many established 'facts' about 1914-18 turn out to be myths woven in the 1960s by young historians on the make. Gordon Corrigan's brilliant, witty history reveals how out of touch we have become with the soldiers of 1914-18. They simply would not recognize the way their generation is depicted on TV or in Pat Barker's novels.

Laced with dry humour, this will overturn everything you thought you knew about Britain and the First World War. Gordon Corrigan reveals how the British embraced technology, and developed the weapons and tactics to break through the enemy trenches.
The author was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1962 and retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1998. A member of the British Commission for Military History and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, he speaks fluent Nepali and is a keen horseman.
Title:Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain And The Great WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.78 × 5.2 × 1.17 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A worthy read Corrigan's "Mud, Blood and Poppycock" is worth a read for anyone interested in the Great War [WWI] and the myths and realities surrounding it. While it is best to read it with an ever critical and unbiased mind, Corrigan presents some interesting facts and figures, all properly cited, to support his various thesis. Rather than have one clear argumet, Corrigan puts forth many arguments concerning the conduct of the British forces during the war. At times Corrigan's text seems to drift a bit, and while interesting, some information seems to have little relevance to his various arguments. However, his inclusion of both necessary historical background and well selected evidence to support his 'revisionist' views are clear, concise, and easily understandable. From start to finish, the reader can see the effort Corrigan has put into writing a well researched book.
Date published: 2008-01-14

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A witty and revisionist history of Britain and the Great War-HISTORY TODAY