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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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"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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"Scathed but unbroken"

Advantages: Well translated, compelling, from harrowing to uplifting
Disadvantages: Disturbing; many names - hard to keep track

The subtitle of this book is accurate but incomplete, in my opinion: “One woman’s extraordinary account of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany”. It is the story of a JEWISH woman who lived in hiding in Berlin throughout the Nazi regime, form its rise t ...

2mennycds 25.05.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Gone to Ground - Marie Jalowicz Simon

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"It will be a great thing for a man to say 'I fought at Arnhem'."

Advantages: Moving, personal account, well written
Disadvantages: Won't appeal to all, more maps would be useful

I remember once in my early teens talking to my mother about the battle of Arnhem that took place in September 1944. Almost in hushed tones she said, “They were betrayed.” I don’t know how widely believed this explanation for the battle’s failure was bel ...

2mennycds 19.04.2016 · Read full review
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Review of We Fought at Arnhem - Mike Rossiter

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