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Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above
Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above
by Simon Forty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT EVEN WORTH A ONE STAR RATING, 15 Jan. 2014
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At the time of writing this, six others have already commented adversely and gave the book a one star rating. I can only concur with their comments. The book is a waste of good money, poorly produced and the maps are illegible as that for the East African campaign demonstrates. The text in the first 28 pages bears no relevance to the use of the maps and makes use of American English while there are, at least, one or two factual errors, e.g. Murray winning Third Gaza and not Allenby. Others have commented on the need to use magnifying glasses, however, even by resorting to that, I have still struggled. Perhaps I should have contacted Jodrell Bank? To say that I am disappointed is a total understatement and I have given one star because Amazon does not enable me to give it a big fat zero. Perhaps Amazon might like to consider negative stars...?


Elinor Glyn
Elinor Glyn
by Anthony Glyn
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Jersey Babe, 7 Dec. 2013
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A very interesting book, if a little constrained as to Elinor Glyn's liaisons. Very much a top draw lady, sadly dumped by Curzon when he decided to marry a rich American heiress (cannot think why, was not for her looks). Family link to the Titanic through her sister being Lucille, Lady Duff Gordon. Worth acquiring. The cover picture is worth the money alone!


War Letters to a Wife (Spellmount Classics)
War Letters to a Wife (Spellmount Classics)
by Rowland Feilding
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Rowland Feilding's Letters, 7 Dec. 2013
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A fascinating insight into the problems faced by a Battalion Commander in the trenches during the Great War. I was advised of its existence with particular regard to a Padre mentioned, but the book certainly proved far more interesting than I had expected from a collection of letters. Well done to the Editor!


14 - 18: The Noise And The Fury [DVD]
14 - 18: The Noise And The Fury [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-François Delassus
Price: £4.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost its edge in the translation, 11 Mar. 2013
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A nice assembly of factual and fictional film, although the commentary was a little stilted having been translated from French


Australian Army Campaigns Series - 8 -The Battle of Fromelles 1916
Australian Army Campaigns Series - 8 -The Battle of Fromelles 1916
by Roger Lee
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Objective View, 18 April 2012
An excellent and objective view of the decisions and events leading up to an unsuccessful battle. The author presents a different view that merits a wider audience than the Australian Army for which it is intended. Try to get a copy by visiting [...]


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5.0 out of 5 stars Cartridge Comment, 12 Jan. 2012
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It comes in a nice box which, if the manufacturer was creative, could be used as an instant container for sending the used cartridge back for recycling. Beats filling the bin up!


Tracing Your Channel Islands Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
Tracing Your Channel Islands Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
by Marie-Louise Backhurst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Genealogical Research Recipe, 24 Oct. 2011
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This is a book that should be a useful guide for those looking for their Channel Island roots. If there is one potential drawback, then it is the fact that referenced sources will become out of date or that more information will emerge. Some way of incorporating changes might be useful in a future revision.
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When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921
When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921
by Professor Charles Townshend
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Must do better, far better!, 3 Jun. 2011
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On the plus side, the book contains a lot of thought-provoking and interesting material and the author is right in terms of the logistical nightmare that was the consequence of advancing too far too soon in the pre-Siege of Kut period. The post-war machinations and lack of policy throughout are well stated. While the summary does demonstrate a concise analysis.
But, and this is a very big but!

The lack of decent maps is detrimental to understanding the military actions or the geographic relationships.
Some of the English is sloopy, eg, 'His loaded language showed his take on the issue...' (p.496).
A frequent use of Arabic or Kurdish words without the support of a glossary
Over usage of ampersands that, I find, tends to break up the rhythm of reading.
Introducing characters such as the mysterious Mrs Stevens (pp35-36) who offer little to the overall except that she thought post-war Basra looked wonderful at night!
Arguing against the views of Russell Braddon for example, assuming that everybody has read him.
A high reliance being placed on the casual reader to have much of the Bibliography that is referred to sitting on their bookshelf.
The impression that each chapter is an essay written in splendid isolation, rather than a stage in the evolving account, and the book overall does not flow.

Overall, these aspects are negating the value of the content, while the book appears as if it was transcribed from a series of lectures where students sit, listen and are then pointed to the resources that may be sat on the shelves of the university library at Keele. If so, the transition has failed, and the author appears either to have been lazy in making the book 'fit for purpose' in terms of the broader 'casual reader' market place or may just not understand it. I very much wanted to derive so much from the book that I was left with a bitter sense of frustration. Had I been able to award 'Nul' points, I would have! This book could have had so much to offer.
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British Regiments 1914-18
British Regiments 1914-18
by Brig E. A. James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Backdrop, 4 Feb. 2011
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An excellent overview of the Cavalry and Infantry Regiments. It's a shame that there is nothing comparable for the rest of the Army. Now that would be worth paying for!


Donald Dean VC: The Memoirs of a Volunteer & Territorial from Two World Wars
Donald Dean VC: The Memoirs of a Volunteer & Territorial from Two World Wars
by Donald Dean
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Account, 26 Jan. 2011
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An excellent, no-frills account of a young subaltern's life in the Great War and the way that he handled his men. those of an ex-military background will readily visualise the events that are solely conveyed by a brief sentence.


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