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Boy Soldiers of the Great War
Boy Soldiers of the Great War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning a blind eye!, 13 Sep 2014
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A truely horrific account of patriotic young boys, who were inspired to "do their bit" by the news coming from the Front, but were systematically abused by Government and Army alike, into fighting and dying for their country, regardless of how old they were.
Many had been bullied and abused into joining up by some Recruiting Sergeants accosting them in the street, who were being rewarded for each recruit they made, so, this seemed to be a very lucrative business to those who appeared to disregard pleas of being under-age by these recruits, many as young as fourteen, fifteen and sixteen, but some as young as twelve, to apparently make money, regardless of Regulations that stated soldiers had to be at least nineteen before being allowed to fight abroad.
These were despite pleas from some parents, many of whom had no idea that their sons had joined up, and had also showed proof of their under-age sons, but many were ignored, either by elements of Government with platitudes, or, Army hieracy, who either ignored the pleas, or took their time in withdrawing those under-age, to extent that some of them had been killed before they could be removed from "harms way", and brought home.
The excuse was that these boys had joined up giving fraudulent information, had been trained and kitted out at great expense to the Country, so it was their fault of being where they were...!!
There appeared to be little "Common Sense" by many in a desperation to get as many recruits as possible, to fill the places of those who had been killed or maimed for life.


The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War
The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking!!, 6 Sep 2014
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A thought provoking insight into the lives of those left behind after their "loved ones" had paid the ultimate price! It's difficult in this day and age to think that the authorities could have been so insensitive to the plight of the women left to fend for themselves on so little money, and take care of their children under such trying conditions, but those were the times they lived in!!


The Unprevented War: Why the First World War was Fought
The Unprevented War: Why the First World War was Fought
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4.0 out of 5 stars History from another view!, 28 May 2014
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Read with great interest some of the facts contained in this book that had previously been unknown to me before although the general premise that Germany seemed hellbent on confrontation of some sort wasn't a great surprise as that idea has been stated on many an occasion, however, not to the degree, in my mind, as to that from these facts contained here.

I was also astonished as to the regard of the British authorities with the possibility of War and Germany's apparent obsession with keeping up with Britain's Naval Building Programme, by not making any plans should that come to fruition, but just kept things as they were. We now know what happened to our small BEF that suffered greatly in the early days after the Declaration, and the subsequent introduction of the Volunteer Army to help stem the tide of German invasion, which only goes to show some degree of complacency on our part. It seems we may have only been interested in keeping our Navy strong and let the rest of them battle it out on land as France and Russia had a Treaty to support each other should the unthinkable take place, however, the incursion by Germany into Belgium broke the 1839 Treaty we had of support for the Belgians, so starting the inevitable so called "War of All Wars" that cost so much misery to so many people.

Our Monarchy's may have been related but our honour to keep our word seems to have been at stake as the Kaiser didn't think that we would react in such a way "over a bit of paper", as he put it.

I thought a good and interesting read on a big part of our heritage.


Fatal Spark
Fatal Spark
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woodpit tragedy retold!, 24 Sep 2013
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Found the retelling of this tragedy in this manner a compelling read. I felt that it gave a bit more insight into the ways of family life leading upto, and after this terrible disaster that took the lives of so many men and boys that day. It also gave a better understanding of what John Turton had to endure with some experts casting aspersions regarding his expertise and management that were eventually found unsound and he was vindicated of any wrong-doing much to the delight of the miners, some of whom he had personally saved by going down the pit immediately after the explosion, in total disregard to his own life.


John Masefield's Great War: Collected Works
John Masefield's Great War: Collected Works
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different point of view!, 23 Sep 2013
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A book of facts told in a way that's so different from other's on the subject. I never knew that John Masefield had written any books like this, or had actually served until recently, so had to get this to see what he had written, and how he had presented it. Enjoyed it and have spread the word to others to see it and read it for themselves.


The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage (History of British Intelligence)
The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage (History of British Intelligence)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Read!, 20 Aug 2013
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Found this book very interesting in how this lady completely hoodwinked the establishment to hand over vital information to a foreign power so easily, and not even be suspected until many years later. If there was any suspicion, and apparently there had been chances, it seemed to have been disregarded, so she could carry on with her activities.
She appeared to be the typical suburban housewife and mother, leading a normal life rather than any sort of agent passing on information to anybody else, until it was disclosed many years later when she was in her 80's despite previous info that either wasn't acted on, or was disregarded, possibly by another agent who was established in a high level of Security, so allowing her to continue her life.


HELL UNDER HAYDOCK, The Lyme Pit Explosion, Haydock, Lancashire, 26th February 1930
HELL UNDER HAYDOCK, The Lyme Pit Explosion, Haydock, Lancashire, 26th February 1930
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read., 5 Aug 2013
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Another episode in the lives of coal miner's experiencing explosion and after effects underground, resulting in loss of life and injury, and the effects it has on the local community.


D for Deception (Kindle Single)
D for Deception (Kindle Single)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deception, 20 July 2013
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Thought that this was quite an interesting sample of the lives of some exceptional people who created plots and sub-plots in an effort to thwart a very dangerous enemy that thought nothing of overwhelming and subjugating other nationalities they thought inferior.
There were references to "Garbo", Ian Fleming and the breaking of Enigma, as well as some other people in this edition, but nothing about Ewen Montagu and "Operation Mincemeat", which was, I thought, another example of creative deception that saved countless thousands of lives in Operation Husky, and the invasion of Sicily, for example.


Three Days in Gettysburg: An Intimate Tale of Lost Love and Divided Hearts at the Battle That Defined America (Kindle Single)
Three Days in Gettysburg: An Intimate Tale of Lost Love and Divided Hearts at the Battle That Defined America (Kindle Single)

3.0 out of 5 stars A sad story of wartime love, 16 July 2013
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I found this brief story of wartime love a bit sad as well as the dilemma of allegiances in a small town close the North-South divide.
We also saw the reality of war with unfortunate civilian casualties close to the front line that were felt rather deeply by some troops who lived locally, and knew them.

Felt that this was an all too brief look at a crucial battle which produced a heavy loss of life to both sides, but prevented a Southern victory, and halted their advance towards Washington DC, and a possible winning of the war!!


Ancestors In Arms: Tracing Your Family Military History
Ancestors In Arms: Tracing Your Family Military History
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars informative, 5 July 2013
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This book provides plenty of information about how you can try to find out more about relatives who served in the Armed Forces and has given me a few more places to try and break through a couple of brick walls I've encountered.


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