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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present for brother
Brother thought it a good interesting book. He was pleased to get it as a birthday gift. He liked the fact it had some reproduced photographs in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time for some fact-checking?
I realize that this book is presented as a "popular history", but after all the editions and printings it has gone through, isn't it time for a little fact-checking? For example, in the chapter on weapons used by the HG, it is claimed that the SMLE rifle “was accurate up to 1,600 yards”. 600 would already be optimistic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time for some fact-checking?, 27 Mar. 2015
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G. van Geleuken "Gerard van Geleuken" (Luxembourg, Europe) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Real Dad's Army: The Story of the Home Guard (Paperback)
I realize that this book is presented as a "popular history", but after all the editions and printings it has gone through, isn't it time for a little fact-checking? For example, in the chapter on weapons used by the HG, it is claimed that the SMLE rifle “was accurate up to 1,600 yards”. 600 would already be optimistic.
Longmate describes the Browning M1917 medium machine gun as a “heavier two-man version” of the Browning Automatic Rifle, which is not very enlightening (and plain wrong technically), and also claims that it had a rate of fire twice that of the BAR (actual rate was 450-600 rpm).
He further states “In 1941 tommy-guns were no sooner issued than they were withdrawn again for use by the Commandos”. Apparently in one or two cases some Thompson submachine guns were in fact withdrawn again after issue to the HG, but as a general statement that is clearly incorrect. Thompsons were distributed to the HG on a remarkably generous scale for such an expensive weapon; according to the official monthly returns, they had no less than 43,017 of them by March 1942, after which they were gradually replaced by Stens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present for brother, 5 Dec. 2012
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Brother thought it a good interesting book. He was pleased to get it as a birthday gift. He liked the fact it had some reproduced photographs in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic - Realistic but funny with it, 15 July 2013
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Bought for my father who was a regular soldier during the war. He loved it and has asked for more of the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: The Real Dad's Army: The Story of the Home Guard (Paperback)
very interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars the real dads army : story of the home guard, 6 Jun. 2012
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great book to read , it was great for information on the home guard and it was just what i expected
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The Real Dad's Army: The Story of the Home Guard by Norman Longmate (Paperback - 3 April 2012)
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