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Reading progress update: I've read 277 out of 496 pages.

The British Army and the First World War (Armies of the Great War) - Timothy Bowman, Mark Connelly, Ian F. W. Beckett

Now that I'm into the authors' coverage of the British Army's operations on the Western Front I think my previous complaint about the book is somewhat misplaced. It's clear that they wanted to write (or were tasked with providing) a history of the army as a fighting organization, and a social history of the army distracts from that goal. I still think the book would have been better with something about what life was like for Tommies, though,