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5.0 out of 5 stars When oh when oh when will the War Walks DVD box set at last be released..., 29 Oct 2012
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S. A. Kuipers (Groningen, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Complete War Walks: From Hastings to Normandy (Paperback)
Professor Richard Holmes died in april of 2011. A great loss to those who, like me, enjoy his books, and eagerly awaited any new title which was published. It's sad to think that there won't be any more of them.

As great as his books were the television series professor Holmes wrote, made and/or presented for the BBC.
It is high time the BBC payed a fitting tribute to Richard Holmes, who made military history come alive on tv.

He was passionate about his subject but never failed to stress that war is a horrendous tragedy. And yet he explored and tried to understand the fascination which war still holds for so many of us. Maybe this is because we've lived in peace for some 65 years now, here in Western Europe. It has become hard for us to imagine that for much of our history, this has not been the case. From the Romans to Hitler Europe has seen its share of war, every 25 years or so.

If you want peace, study war, and tell others about it. Professor Holmes did so magnificently.

So please will the BBC finally pull its finger out and release a Richard Holmes Memorial DVD Box Set containing at the very least:
- War Walks I and II
- Battlefields of the Second World War
- The Western Front
- Rebels and Redcoats
- In the Footsteps of Churchill
- Wellington: The Iron Duke

There must be more of you out there who would like such a box set released, so please make your feelings known to the BBC.

Dear BBC: f such a DVD release is planned, please tell us when we may expect it. Thanks in advance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent accounts of several history defining battles., 2 Nov 2008
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Mr. A. Moore "The Moore Family" (Redditch UK) - See all my reviews
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Okay, so its a book based upon an excellent TV Series: War Walks. Yes it had been published as two volumes previously, but this book I simply love.

History for me was spoiled at school as it was so... boring! Dates and events and nothing else. This book changes all of that. I have a fondness for historic novels and recently read Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell and wanted to know more. I saw this at an event in Cheltenham where the author talked about Azincourt alongside Cornwell and Ian Mortimer and simply had to get this book because it is different. No longer this leader and that leader, this time and that time, marched in battle formation. But instead it gets you to what it was like for the common soldier.

Yes, like all good historians, Richard Holmes tells you the important stuff such as why the battles were faught, who was involved and why. But he tells you more than that. This book teaches you about the batles in not just the overarching way that historians tend to, but the details are there such as what it was like to use a longbow and see 60,000 arrows a minute fired (and what it was like on the receiving end!).

Seveal key battles from the 1066 battle of Hastings through the hundred years war and on to the two world wars. All are covered in the background reasons why they were faught and the immediate soldiers viewpoint. Some anecdotal stories are included and all go towards giving the reader a real insight into these pivotal moments in history.

I like it from the viewpoint of simply having an interest in this type of history, but this book is equally good for the history buff, the school pupil and really anyone needing to know.

I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second half first, since the first half isn't anywhere, anymore, 15 Nov 2011
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An excellent companion volume to an excellent video series. It would have been virtually perfect if it had been part of a dual video/book set.

Holmes has put together a lot of information from a unique perspective. His reevaluation of Agincourt is a small jewel of analysis.

Please reissue the videos from which these articles were taken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, 21 July 2013
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Richard Holmes was just brilliant follow this up with the Western Front, he brings it all to life just wish the BBC would release the dvds but they won't!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 16 Jan 2013
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Wanted the DVD which doesnt seem to be available anywhere but this is the book that goes with the BBC series and it is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Walks on DVD, 20 Aug 2014
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Noble sentiments but IF War Walks was issued as an official DVD set,then the BBC would cop the dosh.I doubt if his family hold the rights.If you want both series,then I can supply them on two dvd-R discs plain no artwork.Not broadcast quality but very watchable.,£9.99 posted to UK address.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting summaries of war events and battles, 25 May 2014
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Very engaging, couldn't put it down! Descriptions and diagrams really put you in the place where it happened. I now know many more battlefields to visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 20 Dec 2013
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well written and good informations about the wars, although we would have prevered the films from the bbc with richard holmes about the wars
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