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Jonathan F. Vernon "MA (Oxon) MA ODE (Open) SCA" (England)

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1916: A Global History
1916: A Global History
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, thorough, engaging and important, 10 Jun. 2016
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As the Content Editor for a website on the First World War (The Western Front Association) I am responsible for a daily account of what was taking place day by day on every front, on land, at sea, in the air and at home during the First World War. Whilst the Western front controlled by the British feels like common knowledge too often the other many fronts, theatres and events are forgotten, yet taken in their whole the broader picture places events of 1916 such as the Battle of the Somme in context: Verdun, Galicia, the Italian front, Mesopotamia and Africa all saw the tide of war sweeping back and forth. Ireland is discussed too. '1916. A Global History' is just that; it is also an engaging read that often draws from unexpected and inspired sources to offer fresh insight. The events of 1916 matter still one hundred years on. This book provides perspective that matters in 2016.


A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs and Spices
A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs and Spices
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of its kind, 24 April 2016
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Already I can see that we will try everyone of these recipes. The narrative and the photographs are gorgeous. There are two disappointments though: on the Kindle there is a mismatch between the image of the food and the recipe - all are one page out and from the recipes tried the seasoning is simple - though both are easily remedied: screen grabbing the recipe and being prepared to taste and season further.
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Mcmurdo 91001220A Fast Find 220 PLB
Mcmurdo 91001220A Fast Find 220 PLB
Offered by Sowester
Price: £178.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 24 Dec. 2015
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The real test would be in an emergency. In my case I activate the PLB and wore it religiously on a recent Atlantic Crossing: Gran Canaria to Cape Verde, Cape Verde to Barbados. Most of us, a crew of six, had the save device. Typically attached by a strop to our life jackets then the PLB popped in a pocket.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Dec. 2015
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It does exactly as required: a set of 25/30 year old Minolta lenses I wanted to use with the latest Sony Alpha camera and this does the job. My first project was to sail the Atlantic and it was a gem.


Sony ILCE7B Full Frame Compact System Camera Body (24.3 MP, 117 Points Hybrid AutoFocus, 3.0-inch Tiltable LCD, 5 fps, XGA OLED Tru-Finder) - Black
Sony ILCE7B Full Frame Compact System Camera Body (24.3 MP, 117 Points Hybrid AutoFocus, 3.0-inch Tiltable LCD, 5 fps, XGA OLED Tru-Finder) - Black
Offered by DUKE FOTOGRAFÍA
Price: £838.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Dec. 2015
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An extraordinary piece of kit that leaves me in wonder whenever I use it.


Your First Atlantic Crossing 4th edition: A Planning Guide for Passagemakers
Your First Atlantic Crossing 4th edition: A Planning Guide for Passagemakers
by Les Weatheritt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says it is, 24 Dec. 2015
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Hoping for some practical advice on my first Atlantic Crossing: insurance, clothing, inventory and cooking, for example ... but what I got is a kind of Bill Bryson blog. Entertaining in its own right but the title should be 'My First Atantic Crossing'


Private Memorials of the Great War on the Western Front
Private Memorials of the Great War on the Western Front
by Barrie Thorpe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, 24 Dec. 2015
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It delivers what you hope for - a thorough review of the location, history and current state of private war memorials to those who died serving their country on the Western Front during the First World War.


Spooks: The Greater Good
Spooks: The Greater Good
Dvd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious waste of time, 24 Dec. 2015
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Tedious from beginning to end. Any single episode of the TV series was better scripted, directed and performed.


Fintie Kindle Paperwhite Case - [Blade X1] Premium Protective Smart Shell Cover for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All versions: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 New 300 PPI), Color Check
Fintie Kindle Paperwhite Case - [Blade X1] Premium Protective Smart Shell Cover for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All versions: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 New 300 PPI), Color Check
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Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classy product, 24 Dec. 2015
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So lovely. Very classy. Solidly made. And arrived in good time as a Christmas gift. Now I want one too :)


Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: The Indians on Gallipoli, 1915 (War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1947 #3) (War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1948)
Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: The Indians on Gallipoli, 1915 (War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1947 #3) (War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1948)
by Peter Stanley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A dense, heavy hardback, rich with photographs, carefully drawn colour maps, invaluable appendices, superlative story telling., 29 Aug. 2015
I enjoyed 'Die in Battle, do not despair. The Indians on Gallipoli 1915' for its thoroughness and clarity. I feel informed and even entertained. I want to know more and even share what I have discovered.

A second read is imminent and then a worthy place for a reference on the Gallipoli Campaign.

This is Professor Peter Stanley’s 28th book. After more than a decade focusing on the First World War, with 'Die in Battle, Do not Despair' has produced a profoundly engaging, meticulously researched documentary narrative that puts the Indian contribution to the Gallipoli campaign in context, exploring the chronology of events from the angle of Gurkha rifles, Sikh mountain gunners and Punjabi muleteers. What is more, 'Die in Battle, do not Despair' offers an insight in a world war and the nations of the British Empire that took part.In these centenary years of the First World War, we too easily fail to realise the contribution made, and the losses, of all the combatants. This is particularly the case with Gallipoli which has been so thoroughly adopted into the nation building folklore of Australia and New Zealand. Yet 160,00 Indians served during the Gallipoli campaign. Some 1,600 were killed. Most of these losses are meticulously listed in Appendix VI. Some of them we get to know in the preceding pages.

The author's voice carries the reader through with ease with never a faltering step including some background on how the men from the Indian subcontinent and Nepal were recruited, and why they joined, through their journey to Egypt and then via the Greek island of Lemnos to Gallipoli and the duration of that 8 month campaign We get to know how men from different backgrounds and religions found themselves working alongside each other and ultimately the impact this had on them the outlook of their home countries when they returned. There was systemic respect for religious observance which included their ablutions and dietary needs.

'Die in Battle, Do not Despair' is weighty in more ways than one: there is a powerful narrative with expert interjections from an author who doesn't shy away from expressing his forthright opinion; Prof. Stanley makes a convincing argument. He is critical of ‘pseudo-scientific numb-jumbo’ of the late 19th century regarding the fighting of ‘martial’ qualities of Gurkhas (and Sikhs). He suggests that arguably it was the India Divisions that staved off BEF disaster in 1914. The Indian Divisions were after all a professional army like the BEF. Not mincing his words the professor describes preparations for the Dardanelles Campaign as ‘an object lesson in how to plan to fail.’ (Stanley, 2015: 69).

We get to know some of them as individuals: their war service, their death, burial or cremation - or surviving to fight other battles before returning to the Indian sub-continent.

Elsewhere the Gurkhas had not penetrated the wire while the Lancashire Fusiliers had been shot down as they left their trenches.

80% losses in a few hours
15 British Officers
13 Indian Officers
450 Sepoys
all killed or wounded

Stanley sprinkles his narrative with insights and curiosities, for example, a British officer with the Gurkhas who was shot in the head and who subsequently found he could only speak in Gurkhalise. It is a fascinating consequence' of 'Empire' to read of the role of Maharaja of Patiala who sent reinforcements from his Princedom, with its hints of how the Raj had formed and operated. Only in Patalia is there a war memorial to the dead of the First World War.

As well as the living, and the dying, Stanley also details the intermediary stage with stories and details of the medical actions and experiences.

On 19 September 1915 we should pause to remember the sinking of the Ramzan in which 300 Indian soldiers destined for Gallipoli drowned is explained in detail.


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