'At last, a commander telling us the cold, harsh truth about this war. An excellent and compelling read'
'A gripping first-hand account of the realities of frontline command at the start of the bitterest war that Britain has fought for generations'
'Tootal offers the perspective of a man in charge ... he tells the story well ... passionate admiration for his men is matched by disdain for others'
'The first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting, Tootal's book is refreshingly free of the gung-ho machismo and sentimentality that afflicts other lesser entries of the genre'
'Captures the essence of combat...a gritty portrayal of unforgiving combat'