For a "Historian" (Journo who's knocked out a couple more war stories that Clarkson J) Hastings appears flexible with his facts.
Let's take stock of what the Right have loaded into their Guns of August.
1. Gove's non-sequitur that we can't like Blackadder (25 years on) because the Kaiser was a wrong-un. (And it's all the lefties fault).
Aside that wee Pob is assembling a shitlist of un-conservative culture that'll make a nice bonfire.
2. It wasn't as bad in the trenches as we think because officer casualties slightly exceeded enlisted men as a ratio of either type.
This seems harder, but I'd expect a man with Max's distinguished military record to understand the distinction between Field officers and staff officers.
(If in doubt he could check Blackadder - which explains it rather well).
The fact that Captains and 2nd Leiutenants (Typically young men from Public Schools or University - but not necessarily of the ruling class) were dying at a comparable
rate to factory workers and agriculturalists is used to disguise the fact that the hardcore establishment (and any Edwardian ginger bullet magnets) were typically slumming it
in chateaux / command posts) some distance behind the lines.
It's a clever trick, but one that anybody with some military experience could see though.
3. All bad things come form the left - standard fare, but rarely supported by evidence. Whatabout Thatcher's funeral?? Whatabout, whatabout...
4. The left started it - No in this case the Gove-Dacre axis did the equivalent of invading plucky little Belgium.
And their Ragged camp followers in the guise of Max Hastings and Boris De Pfeffel Johnstone are readying another assault.