|Pyrrhic Victory - Robert Doughty|
This book deliverers a comprehensive history and review of French strategy during the First World War. However its coverage of the operational aspects remains very much at the higher levels. The French progression from 'l'offensive a outrance' under Joffre to the 'methodical battle' as espoused by Petain is clearly articulated as are the frictions evident within the French high command and between the French and their British and American allies. This book is an absolute must for anyone seriously studying the Great War as it places the French contribution clearly in context. In addition anyone trying to understand the French and their military performance at the start of WW2 would do well to read this book as it clearly outlines the scars left on the French nation by their experience of WW1.