The fourth of a five-volume series, The Darkest Year brings together leading First World War scholars to examine the British Army in 1917. It includes essays which consider grand strategy, tactical development and training, maintenance of morale and the importance of intelligence gathering. It also includes insightful studies of crucial battles and engagements such as the advance to the Hindenburg Line, Third Battle of the Scarpe and the dreadful struggle for Bourlon Wood. Drawing upon the latest research, this volume provides valuable new insights into the British Army’s experience during this controversial year.
"In all these essays, the authors use a variety of sources to give us a fair evaluation of the topics. Their scholarship is sound and their writing is clear...highly recommended for those who are interested in the latest research on the BEF." ~Roads to the Great War