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Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Gordon Corrigan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important perspective on the British contribution to WWI, principally in France, firmly based on evidential facts, 24 Mar 2014
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Gordon Corrigan makes an important contribution to the debate on the British Army's contribution to this terrible four years. Without seeking to minimise the dreadful waste of lives and devastation on the battlefield in an unprecedented phenomenon of total war, he provides evidence-based analysis which does call into question the horror drawn from broadly received views of unrelieved exposure in the trenches in appalling conditions alongside murderous command incompetence. This relates to contributions by other respected historians, such as Correlli Barnett who draws attention to the regularity and care that a our soldiery experienced in the Army, having been recruited from slum conditions that in many areas of Britain were still Dickensian in squalor. Battalions spent substantially less than half their time in the front line, spending some two thirds in the rear areas for rest, training and recreation, and indeed returning to Britain for leave regularly. The British/Dominion Army was the only one that concluded the war without a major breakdown in discipline (except for the US, which was engaged late comparatively briefly), and by the end was arguably the most formidable army in the world (alas that it was permitted to enter WWII with much the same kit, but less of it, and much less-well trained). Great tragedy was amplified by the fact that many battalions that suffered massive - near total - casualties in the dreadful battles of the Somme and Passchendaele were recruited from tight home communities street-by-street. It is seldom appreciated, incidentally, that the British casualties during the 1944 Battle of Normandy equalled and in some cases exceeded the worst rates of WWI. Concerning command, it is important to note that the casualty rates for officers from the trenches exceeded those of the other ranks by a margin. Much scorn is heaped upon General Haig. Non of the high-command generals had an easy job, confronted by a completely novel martial challenge. There is evidence, over which vigorous academic debate continues, as to whether the Somme and Passchendaele battles were of Haig's choosing - bearing in mind that he was obliged to take the pressure off the French Army which, at critical related junctures, was close to collapse. And like all top commanders in major wars theatres, there were sharp disagreements with politicians, in Haig's case with Lloyd George. I do not agree with Gordon Corrigan in siding entirely with Haig. For all Lloyd Georges imperfections, he was a great national war leader and took some crucial decisions against professional advice - for instance, on the naval side, insisting upon the adoption of the convoy system in defeating the U-boat challenge. Detractors should remember also Lord Haig's post-war care for casualties and the fallen, a cause to which he devoted the rest of his active life.


High Society [DVD] [1956]
High Society [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ Bing Crosby
Price: 7.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine movie of its time, 26 Dec 2013
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This review is from: High Society [DVD] [1956] (DVD)
Whilst it may appear to many stylised and dated, this is a masterpiece of professional production, some great jazz (Armstrong and his group) and brilliantly-presented choreography. Reminds us also of that Grace Kelly was fine actress as well as an exquisite beauty.


The Fountain
The Fountain
by Charles Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Morgan - The Fountain, 29 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Fountain (Paperback)
This is an important book. It engages the reader at several levels, from compelling romance to a quest for a fundamental personal philosophy. Beautifully composed, it moves in exquisite detail through phases of love between well-drawn characters each of intense interest and whose struggles attract empathy. A parallel and underlying quest is for the essence of the human spirit. Themes here relate to Aldous Huxley's 'Perennial Philosophy', T S Eliot's 'Four Quartets' and Robert M Pirzig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' - amongst philosophical ventures known to this commentator. Charles Morgan's best and most-balanced book in my view.


British Generals in Blair's Wars (Military Strategy and Operational Art)
British Generals in Blair's Wars (Military Strategy and Operational Art)
by Jonathan Bailey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.95

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high quality publication efficienctly delivered, 8 Sep 2013
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Nothing to add to the above ("I knew a man who used to say that in the turmoil and the strife (his very words) of public life the thing of ultimate effect is character not intellect" - satire by H Belloc)


Arthur Andrew Medical, Neprinol AFD, Advanced Fibrin Defence, 500 mg, 300 Capsules
Arthur Andrew Medical, Neprinol AFD, Advanced Fibrin Defence, 500 mg, 300 Capsules
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Price: 88.98

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 24 Mar 2013
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Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Multivax Dry Vacuum and Carpet Washer
Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Multivax Dry Vacuum and Carpet Washer
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks fine, 24 Mar 2013
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Antiquax 250 ml Original Wax Polish, Transparent
Antiquax 250 ml Original Wax Polish, Transparent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 24 Mar 2013
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Energizer Extreme Rechargeable AA 2300mAh Batteries - 4 pack - Pre-Charged
Energizer Extreme Rechargeable AA 2300mAh Batteries - 4 pack - Pre-Charged
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 24 Mar 2013
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Vax Ultra+ Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Solution, 1.4 L
Vax Ultra+ Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Solution, 1.4 L
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 24 Mar 2013
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Happy Feet/March Of The Penguins (2-Disc Set) [DVD] [2007]
Happy Feet/March Of The Penguins (2-Disc Set) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ George Miller
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 9.78

5.0 out of 5 stars March of the Penguins, 24 Jan 2010
A remarkable, indeed spectacular, insight on the extraordinary world of the Emperor Penguin. For viewers with an interest in history, try the remarkable classic book of Captain Scott's last expedition "The Worst Journey in the World" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. With Wilson and Bowers (both of whom died with Scott the following summer) he journeyed during the Antarctic winter from the base camp to the Emperor Penguin breeding grounds to observe the process recorded in the film and recover one egg for research into this whole astonishing phenomenon, then little understood. They faced extreme, near fatal, hardship, and barely made it back to safety. Full marks to the filming teams who operated in equally appalling conditions, albeit with the support, no doubt, of helicopoters (often themselves in hazardous 'white-out' flying conditions) and the essential survival facilities now available in the Antarctic.The Worst Journey in the World


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