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An outstanding but disturbing memoir of World War II
on 25 July 2001
This book should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in history, politics or psychology. Most importantly, it illustrates the danger of politicians meddling in military decisions, and the tragedy of men ordered to their likely deaths purely for reasons of political expediency (how might the war have developed if British forces had not been ordered to leave their prepared defensive positions and march into Belgium in May 1940?). The long wait from the declaration of war to the opening of real combat is vividly captured, as are the personalities of the Allied protagonists (noone escapes criticism, although praise is given when AB considers it deserved). If some of the "edge" of memoirs written by those serving on the front-line (for which read "Men at Arnhem" or "Quartered Safe Out Here"), is lacking, the snapshots of men taking decisions that will affect millions more than compensate.