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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong beret, 30 July 2012
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This review is from: Ordinary Heroes: Untold Stories from the Falklands Campaign (Paperback)
Don't judge a book by it's cover. In this case yes. The beret is the wrong colour. The individuals in the photograph are members of C Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines and therefore should be wearing the coveted green beret of a commando trained rank. This is the same as putting David Beckham in a Manchester City shirt. Very disappointed from a former Royal Marine who served with 45 Commando Royal Marines down the Falklands in 1982. What else has been airbrushed in this book.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2012 08:11:20 BDT
Andrew says:
It seems unreasonably harsh to be so hard on a book because of a silly error by some artworker or cover designer, who of course almost certainly wouldn't know the individuals depicted on the cover!
Annoying though this sort of thing is, it's not the end of the world - it's not as if the book is claiming to be solely about the commandos either. Would be interested to know what you think of the book itself, rather than dismissing it based on the cover alone! Thank you and all the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2013 13:40:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2013 13:45:59 BDT
Mark Twain says:
What a load of tosh - I knew those 3 guys, Matt, Joe and Eugene. I served in Charlie company with them out there. Why would the berets be edited red to give the impression that they served with the parachute regiment? Might mean nothing to you but it is highly insulting to those of us who actually fought (and died) out there as proud Royal Marines. You think this is unreasonable?? - You are an idiot

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2013 01:24:34 BDT
Andrew says:
Where have I said that the colour of the berets doesn't matter? Answer, I haven't. it does, and it's annoying that someone cocked it up. You have every right to complain about it. What I said is that it is unreasonable to judge the whole book bad on the basis of an error that is not the fault of the author. Surely rufty tufty heroes such as you and your comrades, to whom I take my hat off in salute of your gallant service and sacrifices, are used to being mucked around by ignorant remfs! Write to the publisher and complain - get them to correct it for future printings.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2013 01:37:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2013 01:40:42 BDT
Andrew says:
Taking my own advice, I thought I'd send the author an email about the berets - it turns out he died in 2010, unexpectedly, at the age of 65, in Berlin - so it's definitely not his fault!

Looking at the Amazon listing, in order to contact the publisher, I notice they've updated it to say:

"We would like to express our sincere apologies for this clear mistake. However, sadly as the author passed away during the production of the book we were unable to verify the source of the image and the caption and final image had been wrongly matched, so that the colourisation of the berets was rendered incorrectly, as you have noted. After the book was sent to press, we had identified the mistake and have now rectified it for future printings. We hope that this will not mar your appreciation of what is a superb collection of extraordinary stories from these Falklands heroes."

Perhaps now you and your comrades might like to reconsider your reviews of this book, and judge it by more than just its cover.
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