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"... misery, genocide, enslavement... one man's daring..."

Advantages: Personal memoir, uplifting, remarkable true story
Disadvantages: Strong language

In a comedy film (I won’t say which in case it spoils it should you decide to watch it!) two escaped prisoners find themselves needing… to break back into jail! It makes for a great comic scenario. Surely, though, the point is that it’s funny because it’ ...

2mennycds 21.01.2017 · Read full review
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Review of Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell? - Jim Greasley Horace

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'This isn't a very healthy spot,' he replied

Advantages: Easy to read, moving, frank but unsensational personal account
Disadvantages: None - but subject won't appeal to all

The title of this book caught my eye. That, and the subtitle “The Classic Memoir Of A Field Gunner In Flanders”. I’ve mentioned in other reviews of war books that my main interest in the subject isn’t so much the big picture of battles or engagements as ...

2mennycds 27.12.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Unreturning Army - Huntly Gordon

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A unique take on the "codebreakers"

Advantages: Fabulous illustrations, facsimile documents, thorough written account
Disadvantages: Tempting to browse rather than read

At the outset of this review I think I should say that, unlike the subject of most my book reviews, I DIDN’T buy this book from my local “The Works”. It’s only fair to add, though, that Mrs M DID buy it there, as a present for me! Feel free to skip the ...

2mennycds 05.01.2017 · Read full review
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Review of Bletchley Park The Secret Archives - Sinclair McKay

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"We couldn't wait to get back to the desert..."

Advantages: Interesting, easy to read, individual focus, little-known subject
Disadvantages: None - apart from the genre for some

1980. The Iranian Embassy, London. Terrorists seeking autonomy for the Khuzestan province in Iran have taken twenty six people hostage. Almost an hour ago they have killed their first hostage and thrown the body onto the street. They hope that now their ...

2mennycds 24.08.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Men Who Made the SAS - Gavin Mortimer

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The hunt for the deadliest German weapons

Advantages: Little known story, well written, intriguing photographs
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little too lengthy/detailed for some

On 8th September 1944 three people were killed in Staveley Road, Chiswick (west London). It was apparently a “gas-line explosion” and, three deaths to explosions were hardly remarkable in wartime London. What WAS unusual wasn’t the number killed, but th ...

2mennycds 18.10.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Operation Crossbow - Allan Williams

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