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Quartered Safe Out Here Paperback – 16 Oct 2000
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‘The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable. His descriptions of the sudden violent actions are breathtaking. This is battle as it is done’
Melvyn Bragg, Evening Standard
‘Fraser’s is quite the most vividly realistic account of the sharp end of the war in Burma that I have read… If you have enjoyed Fraser’s Flashman books you will enjoy the racy, pacy, utterly authentic account of far away long ago soldiering’
John Mellors, London Magazine
‘This is a book as good as anything Fraser has written… A moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign’
Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph
‘A brilliantly entertaining read, with all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman’s creator’
Gary Mead, Financial Times
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Life and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard-bitten and (to modern eyes) possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter-attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, 'torn apart'.
"This book is as good as anything Fraser has written … decorated with the beautifully observed dialogue of which he is a master … a moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign."
MAX HASTINGS, 'Daily Telegraph'
"A brilliantly entertaining read. With all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman's creator … Fraser is unrivalled at the storyteller's essential crafts …"
GARY MEAD, 'Financial Times'
"The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable … This is battle as it is done"
MELVYN BRAGG, 'Evening Standard'
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A young and inexperienced soldier relating what he remembers of the chaos of war first hand in Burma
This is a good read for actual experience without either glamour or cold and hard statistics.
He writes without blood and gore and sensationalism.
A bit of a struggle to interpret what his northern mates say but you need to read the book to work out what that means.
A good book for those interested in military history
Mainly, the book describes George MacDonald Fraser's experiences in Burma 1944/5 and offers some of the best descriptions of training, combat and camaraderie I have ever seen. Fraser also pays tribute to the military genius of General Slim, while offering vivid glimpses of the mind-sets of his comrades and several (often unsettling) thoughts about war in general and WW2 in particular. Be warned though: some of the attitudes that Fraser describes (although without endorsing them) might startle the modern reader.
This next risks spoiling what may be one of the book's main surprises, but Fraser offers an unusual sidelight on the vexed ethics of the atomic raids on Japan. Fraser says that had the men in his unit been able to choose the course they would follow, they would almost certainly have chosen to carry on fighting Japan with conventional means, even at great cost to themselves, rather than be brought home early by raids like those on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whether you agree with Fraser's conclusions or not, they offer a bracing reminder that the decision to drop the atomic bomb rested with politicians and military 'top brass' , and not with private soldiers and NCO's.
'Quartered Safe Out Here' drew praise from historians of the Burma Campaign and at its frequent best is as vivid, poignant and funny as anything in Spike Milligan's war memoirs.
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