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.
Strap up those sandals, you muesli eating freak!