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Firing Line [Paperback]

Richard Holmes


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1 Jun 2006
A wide-ranging and powerfully incisive study of the military experience, "Firing Line" attempts to grasp the very nature of war. It draws on written accounts of war over the past two centuries, and on the spoken recollections of veterans from two World Wars, from Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Arab-Israeli conflicts. It builds an astonishing picture of what motivates the soldier and enables him to maintain the struggle in conditions of physical and mental degradation. It reveals the humiliation of basic training, the soldier's attitude to fear, the compelling effect of personal leadership, the drive for sex and loot, and the elixir of comradeship. Here is a totality of what Richard Holmes describes as the most passionate drama of all.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844139336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844139330
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,493,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliantly distils the essence of warfare.

About the Author

Richard Holmes was educated at Cambridge, Northern Illinois and Reading Universities. He was a member of the Department of War Studies at RMA Sandhurst between 1969 and 1985, when he left to command 2nd Battalion The Wessex Regiment. He was appointed Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University in 1995. Professor Holmes has written over a dozen books on military topics, is general editor of Oxford University Press's Companion to Military History and he has written and presented several television programmes, including two six-part BBC TWO series, War Walks I and War Walks II, as well as a series on the Western Front which was televised in the summer of 1999. He was appointed OBE (Military) in 1986 and he received the CBE in the 1998 New Year's Honours. In September 1999 he became Colonel of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.

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