Another right wing blabbermouth who conveniently forgets Donkeys was 'lefty' Alan Clarke's book.
If you are studying military strategy I don't see what difference some ones politics makes as to whether you conclude from the facts that a war was conducted competently or badly, except for the likes of Gove and Hastings obsessed by the sanctity of British militarism. And neither do dramatists and poets that are trying to convey the human condition in the face of war.
Even this guy gets +9 from Mail readers for making this obvious point
john, gloucester, United Kingdom, 15 minutes ago
Blackadder is a comedy show having a dig at the establishment and even the lowly private baldrick. i am surprised that senior politicians and historians think it is a factual program.
Hastings then does some shadow boxing by giving his take on the role of Germany in starting the war (a view pursued vigorously by such noted right wing historians as AJP Taylor) although none of the people mentioned have even entered into this debate.
What I think the likes of Gove and the Mail are trying to avoid is a discussion as to why the European inter-state system fell into carnage again and again. Hastings at least understands why we now live in a peaceful institutionalised European that has replaced failed balance of power politics that led to WW1. He also knows that moderate Conservatives and Christian Democrats played a central role in the creation of a united Europe.
The nationalist cranks that makes up the modern Tory and its press allies would rather pursue its drivel about the EU as a lefty plot victimising Britain than any sensible discussion of its legacy in ending war in Europe.