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5.0 out of 5 stars Bikes and Bullets, 25 May 2014
This review is from: San Fairy Ann?: Motorcycles and British Victory 1914-1918 (Paperback)
This is that rare thing, a combination of rigorous research and writing lively enough to make the book highly readable. The contrast of the initial principled attitudes of early volunteers and of those enduring the long slog, the punishing conditions on crowded roads reduced to deep mud, the way the quality of machines fell off due to mass production, the mechanics of carrying a basket of pigeons on your back while managing a belt-drive motorcycle - you will find all these here, and much more. If anything could convince me of the validity of the WW1 historians' shift away from the emphasis on 'the pity of war,' to a recognition of participants' achievements and professionalism, it is this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and detailed., 5 Mar 2014
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For someone with a passing interest in the role of motorcycles in WW1, the book may seem heavy going. For me, the detail was everything and although not a book to cherry pick bits , for a concerted read, was very fulfilling. I came away with a much greater understanding of the part played by the dispatch rider, not only in delivering messages, but to the overall coherence of a large army in the field. Excellent and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very well researched, 20 Jan 2014
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Shines a clear light on a little known aspect of WW I. Interesting technical detail combined with documented experiences of the individuals motorcycling in the line of fire.
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San Fairy Ann?: Motorcycles and British Victory 1914-1918
San Fairy Ann?: Motorcycles and British Victory 1914-1918 by Michael Carragher (Paperback - 1 Nov 2013)
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