Dr Barry Clayton

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (2,786 of 3,623)
Location: United Kingdom

Military Affairs ( retired senior army officer), History, Economics, Maths,
International Relations, Politics and Education ( university teacher). Wide reading, mainly non fiction or classics.Very fond of all kinds of 'good music'. All Sport espec… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 529 - Total Helpful Votes: 2786 of 3623
Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott
This account of the Great War is very readable. The style is excellent. The author is History Professor at Kings London a university with a reputation for high standards in teaching and research. Having studied there under Professor Sir Michael Howard I can vouch for its eminence.

There is very little wrong with this book and it can be recommended for the general reader. As a military history it is one of the best to have emerged this year, far,far superior to Paxman's, and even better than Hastings which to be fair dealt only with the first year of the war. It is, however, not in the same class as Margaret MacMillan's brilliant book published earlier this year. Hers is not… Read more
The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1&hellip by Roger Moorhouse
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
On 23 August, 1939 Hitler and Stalin signed a Pact which lasted just short of two year, ending with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. This book by historian Roger Moorhouse is about this very important Pact, a Pact that fell just short of an alliance. The author feels, rightly in my view, that the event has never been given the importance it deserves. His latest work is absorbing and informative as were his earlier books on 'Killing Hitler', and 'Berlin at War'.

While British negotiators were in Moscow hoping to get Stalin to agree to join the allies against Hitler should war come (although Chamberlain had little trust in Stalin), Stalin was secretly doing a… Read more
Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the Last Y&hellip by Randall Hansen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brave Few, 19 Aug 2014
As the German army retreated on all fronts in 1943 Hitler announced a policy of 'scorched earth'. He ordered all ports to be poisoned, or wrecked, Paris to be destroyed, all industry, railways, bridges, utilities, museums to be raised to the ground, in fact anything of value, to be destroyed. In brief, from September 1944 he issued a 'death sentence for Germany'. Goebbels and Himmler agreed his policy of destruction, a policy that included Germany. The majority of the senior military also supported Hitler's fanatical orders, orders that resulted in carnage, the total destruction of cities and tens of thousands of deaths.

Surprisingly, a small number of soldiers and civilians… Read more