Betrayal at Little Gibraltar is a gritty, down-in-the-mud look at one of the lesser-known (at least to me) battles of World War 1. It follows the men and officers of the 79th Division in their bloody stalemate battle against the fortress of Montfaucon.
It seems to me from reading quite a number of historical books about the war that it is some sort of miracle that any nation won the first world war. It is difficult to countenance the endless bloodshed which occurred in the battle for this particular strong point.
I realise that the author has set out to make an argument in this book – the eponymous ‘betrayal’ – but to be honest, he lost me somewhere along the way. I don’t believe that it is the first instance of betrayal – either through wilful action, or sheer incompetence – which occurred in the First World War.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I note the above in the position in this review for a particular reason. While I found it to be an interesting enough read, and believe that it adds to the quantum of the literature on the First World War, I don’t think that is a book which would immediately leap off the shelves for me.