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Sir Alistair Horne historian dead at 91

Alistair Horne

He died on May 25th, 2017 at age 91. His book " To Lose a Battle: France 1940" was one of the first "serious" history books I read and his book on Verdun, The Price of Glory, is still one of the central references in English.
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Alistair Horne

He died on May 25th, 2017 at age 91. His book " To Lose a Battle: France 1940" was one of the first "serious" history books I read and his book on Verdun, The Price of Glory, is still one of the central references in English.
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Agree, and I would add his "A Savage War of Peace". The book world always seems a little emptier when such a historian moves on.
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I very much enjoyed his 'How Far From Austerlitz'

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Having completed a MA in WW1 am about to start one on WW2 in September and To loose a Battle is one of the foundation books I have just acquired.
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Having completed a MA in WW1 am about to start one on WW2 in September and To loose a Battle is one of the foundation books I have just acquired.
I think you would enjoy Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat.
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I think you would enjoy Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat.
I assume that he was related to the Bloch who ran the aircraft company Bloch and was also in the resistance using the pseudonym Dassault by which name the company is known to this day?
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I assume that he was related to the Bloch who ran the aircraft company Bloch and was also in the resistance using the pseudonym Dassault by which name the company is known to this day?
If related, too distant for my knowledge. He was a Middles Ages historian, a reserve intelligence officer called to active duty for the invasion of France. He used his powers of observation of the French command. His salient conclusions were French command was too 'inelastic' to deal with the change in warfare and they could not cope with the speed of the German operations. After the defeat, he joined the resistance, caught and executed.
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