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by Gordon Corrigan

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Title:Mud, Blood and Poppycock: This Will Overturn Everything You Thought You Knew about Britain and The First World War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Authors:Gordon Corrigan
Info:Cassell (2007), Paperback, 432 pages
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Revisionist nonsense. ( )
  Steelwhisper | Mar 30, 2013 |
The author, Gordon Corrigan, is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the British army. He retired in 1998 after a 36 year career.

Mr. Corrigan's purpose in writing this book is to dispel many of the myths assciated with the First World War. In the book he deals with many myths. Most notably: the British army was lead by incompetent Generals who never visited the front and were insensitive to the casualties. The Somme battle and the Third Battle of Ypres were unnecessary, poorly planned, badly executed. Britian lost a generation in the war. The Generals resisted change, continuing to use the same frontal assault tactics.

Mr. Corrigan makes very convincing arguments to the contrary on all these points and many others. He has done significant research which allows him to present facts and figures to back up his conclusions. He even presents comparable data from other conflicts to make his case.

I believe the only way one can refute his arguments is to present other facts to discredit his conclusions. This would require someone to write a book countering his work. Not going to happen soon. My opinion is he has done a fine job presenting his conclusions in a logical, non-apologist manner. He also uses his experience as a career officer to introduce a real life approach.

An easy read, I recommend this book. ( )
  douboy50 | May 21, 2011 |
Few revisionist histories have been so informative or well thought out at Mud, Blood and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan. A former officer in the British Army, Corrigan in his book has taken to task many of the false and downright malicious lies that have been propegated into popular belief by men such as David Lloyd George and Basil Liddell Hart.

According to Corrigan the British Army was not run by incompetants senselessly throwing men into impossible situations, not were soldiers doomed to weeks in the firing lines as attrition slowly whittled units to nothingness. The idea of a 'lost generation' is also throughly disbanded by Corrigan through a careful and judged amassment of facts and sources. Corrigan's heavy research into this field is readily apparent to anyone who reads Mud, Blood, and Poppycock. It also doesn't hurt that Corrigan does not shy away from littering his text with an incomparable amount of detailed charts and lists, often comparing these statistics with later conflicts.

First World War historiography has managed to spend most of the last half century clawing its way out of the false convictions of bitter politicians and junior officers, and we can only hope more professional revisionists begin to look at the First World War. ( )
1 vote CSL | Jan 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0304366595, Paperback)

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 new 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.

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