'Meticulously researched, acutely analysed and eminently readable, this fascinating new study deserves to become a standard work.'
- Major General (Retired) Mungo Melvin CB OBE, President of the British Commission for Military History
'This lively and refreshing study is a most welcome addition to the historiography of the war on the Western Front.'
- Professor Peter Simkins MBE, University of Wolverhampton, President of the Western Front Association
'For once we have an account that does not simply blame British deficiencies for the large-scale failures of 1 July 1916 but also gives due credit to the skilled German defenders.'
- Dr Jack Sheldon, leading expert on the German army in the First World War