In the Heat of Battle sets out to give a narrative on those individuals in times past who have risen to the occasion and those who have not. It does just that.
It gives a genuine insight into some of the more well-known characters of history - Joan of Arc, Rommel and Douglas Bader to name but a few - and a host of others who are more obscure - Baden Powell, Colonel Chamberlain and Gerard Leman - and lays bare some personal traits that many might choose to leave well alone. The book lifts the covers off some of those people that we all thought of as heroes and gives a sneaky peek at their other side.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book; it is a seriously good read. In reality it is a collection of short stories on individuals of note, with a common thread throughout. As a consequence one can read it from cover to cover in one go and enjoy it enormously as I did, or put it down from time to time and return to it without losing the sense of the book. This is a must for anyone with any interest at all, however deep, in people and history.
As a military book, it is unusually approachable for a woman reader, with a lot of character insights and includes quite a few women who have influenced warfare; the good, like Joan of Arc and Odette Churchill, and the bad like Cleopatra and the disastrous Eliza Lynch,who wrecked a whole country!
By Major General Sir Robert Corbett, Dorset, England. 'The author and I served together as Platoon Commanders in Germany in 1962.I never envisaged that he would become a military author although I do clearly recall that he always seemed the keenest of us young officers to understand the huge Soviet threat we then faced. When, nearly three decades later, I was privileged to command the British garrison in Berlin, I was first hand witness to the crumbling before our eyes of that threat with the fall of the Wall and the subsequent precipitous collapse of Communism. The pleasure - and value - of this book is that it does not just cover the 'usual suspects' of military history, but also stories and characters far less well known and in a manner that you do not have to be a military fanatic to enjoy. I strongly commend it'.