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A brave effort, and above average account
on 23 February 2011
I was prompted to write a review of this book by the unfair and disparaging remarks made in another review by 'King Arthur'. It needs to be remembered that Ken Ford's book was the first on the subject of the Cockleshell Raiders since the publication of C.E. Lucas Phillip's account in 1956 (a book which Blondie Hasler regarded as his memoirs) and, with one or two exceptions, he makes a very good fist of it. Yes, he gets the dimensions of the Cockle MKII wrong, and mistakenly places the execution site for Sergeant Wallace and Marine Ewart at Chateau Magnol (they ended their lives against a stake in a sand pit in a forest a few miles to the north east of Bordeaux) but these do not in any way justify the extraordinary attack on the book made by King Arthur. The reviewer should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. Mr Ford's book is in fact well written, introduces a few more elements to the story than were known beforehand and benefits from some superb artistry. Osprey and Mr Ford deserve to be congratulated on this publication. I know that they will, when the book is republished, rectify the few minor errors that are contained in this edition.