'A brilliant evocation of the battle'
'[A] characteristically workmanlike book.'
'Tireless ... a day-by-day account of the fight, triumph and tragedy hand in hand'
'A superb book that works not only as history but as a guide for visitors to the battlefield today. Amongst the slew of new titles we can expect commemorating the battle, this stands unrivalled'
Praise for Martin Gilbert:
'In his transmission of the horror of the war, Martin Gilbert has achieved something probably no historian but he could'
'A masterly panorama ... Gilbert never forgets - and never allows his readers to forget - that the "embattled armies" were composed of millions of individuals, that it is the human experience and the human cost that matters'
'An immensely readable epitome of one of the most complex events in history'
'Lucid, comprehensive and authoritative'
'Martin Gilbert is an exceptionally gifted historian with the zest to ferret out all kinds of source materials and the skill to analyse and to interpret them cogently and convincingly'