Strap up those sandals, you muesli eating freak!

Guardian talk through description of the Battle of the Somme. Although it does suggest at the end that ‘historians are divided’ about what the battle meant, the description of Haig persisting with the tactics of the first day (whatever that might mean) leaves it pretty clear what the author thinks. But actually my biggest criticism of this is that the French get so little part in the first half of the war. Mons was hardly the biggest battle of 1914, and to skip straight from the (misnamed) Race to the Sea to Verdun is pretty criminal I think. Slightly strange delivery by the actress involved as well: maybe it’s my connection, but it sounds a bit like a female Max Headroom. Anyway, back to picking the hazelnuts out of my beard.


4 Responses to Strap up those sandals, you muesli eating freak!

  1. Chris Williams says:

    Ian Beckett points out the role of the French in our Somme-fest here:

  2. Dan says:

    It’s a great site and looks like it will be a great programme. But it’s bizarrely hard to find out when it’s going to be broadcast – why so?

  3. Esther says:

    Is that the Anna Pickard of , I wonder? I know she does some writing for the Guardian and used to read my site on occasion.

  4. Chris Williams says:

    I, er, feel your pain, Dan, and this issue will be on the agenda of the next meeting I have with the OBU. The answer is, it’s on BBC1 on Sunday 2nd July at 8.00pm.

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