For most of WWI, Mosier reminds us, it was the French who held most of the front and did most of the dying. In contrast to the German army's systematic success at technical and tactical innovation, Mosier finds that French and British generals "solved" battlefield problems by throwing shells and bodies at them, then concealing the gruesome results from their governments and their people.
Allied victory, he argues, depended on an American Expeditionary force whose commander, Gen John J Pershing, saw through the pretensions of his counterparts in command, and insisted on fighting the war in his own way.
. . . this is the best narrative account in English of the Franco-German combat in central and in southern France from the aftermath of the Marne in 1914 to the end of Verdun in 1916.