28 July 1961: This seething book describes the destruction of the pre-war professional British Army in 1915 and the folly, stupidity and incompetency of the commanders

Alan Clark’s The Donkeys (Hutchinson, 25s) takes its title from the following exchange: Ludendorff: “The English fight like lions.” Hoffman: “But don’t we know that they are lions led by donkeys.”

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