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The Legend of W.E. Fairbairn, Gentleman and Warrior: The Shanghai Years [Hardcover]

Peter Robins , Nicholas Tyler , Paul Child
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CQB Publications (UK) Ltd (Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954949404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954949402
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of Close Combat 23 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
The culmination of years of research by the late Peter Robins, the biography of W.E. Fairbairn, "the father of CQB" has been published.

Entitled " Fairbairn The Gentleman Warrior" this first volume covers his early life, the Shanghai years, up until the start of WW-2. A subsequent volume will cover the rest of the story of how he trained the Commandos, SOE, OSS etc.

Chapters include "The Shanghai School of Shooting" "USMC in Shanghai" "WEF Manuals" Also, lots of excerpts from Cavalcade, [Fairbairn's handwritten journal], a very detailed chapter on the Shanghai shooting school [including a comparison with Captain Tracy's methods.

Much also on the SMP training, including diagrams and photos of the assault/obstacle course.

Loads of cases of the SMP engaging bandits, kidnappers and drug runners in the alleys, brothels and opium-dens of "the World's most dangerous city"

The text is heavily illustrated with numerous photos, many never before published.

[Review by Dennis Martin]
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1.0 out of 5 stars The "legend" lives on! 14 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This hardback book is very well presented with clear typesetting and a page size allowing for generous margins all around which suggests an increased level of care and investment has been made in the printing and binding process which is to the credit of the authors and publishers.

Given the historical period in which this book is set it is entirely appropriate that the images used in this book are black and white and there are many previously unpublished being as they are from family and personal collections.

That said I became increasingly distracted (and finally irritated) by what appeared to be an obsessive use of a copyright notice under each and every image in this book which prompted the question "can the author(s) claim copyright on an image produced/held by another individual or for example a museum?"

Leaving the question aside, we get it - although we may own the book we don't own the image/s, move on.

I'm unsure as to the assertion that Fairbairn & Sykes looked forward to a "...peaceful retirement..." and that on their return to England "... were able to offer their exceptional skills..." (Page 6) given the earlier assertion by Capt Leslie Wood R.E. that he had a hand in 1939 in obtaining Fairbairn & Sykes from Shanghai (Wilkinson-Latham 2008).

The narrative is inconsistently interspersed with comments from ("Ed") in the same vein one might expect in a magazine which I found distracting and for me undermined the author's efforts. This inconsistency continued in the provision of some references to support various "facts" and the omission of others in most cases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The father of Close-quarter Battle" 2 Aug 2010
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Format:Hardcover
The culmination of years of research by the late Peter Robins, the biography of W.E. Fairbairn, "the father of CQB" has been published.
Entitled " Fairbairn The Gentleman Warrior" this first volume covers his early life, the Shanghai years, up until the start of WW-2. A subsequent volume will cover the rest of the story of how he trained the Commandos, SOE, OSS etc.
Chapters include "The Shanghai School of Shooting" "USMC in Shanghai" "WEF Manuals" Also, lots of excerpts from Cavalcade, [Fairbairn's handwritten journal], a very detailed chapter on the Shanghai shooting school [including a comparison with Captain Tracy's methods.
Much also on the SMP training, including diagrams and photos of the assault/obstacle course.
Loads of cases of the SMP engaging bandits, kidnappers and drug runners in the alleys, brothels and opium-dens of "the World's most dangerous city"
The text is heavily illustrated with numerous photos, many never before published.
[Review by Dennis Martin]
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