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Christopher Dickson (Wiltshire, England)
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Stalingrad
Stalingrad
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 11 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Stalingrad (Paperback)
I am not going to get into the dynamics of this book or any details concerning the story line. This would spoil the treat for the reader. The author has produced a book about the Battle for Stalingrad that is first class. The book looks a heavy read but i found the content easy to digest (in bite size chunks over several nights reading)and extremely enjoyable and informative. The story (history) unfolds in 3 parts; The Russians struggling against the might of the German 6th Army, The Germans struggling against the determined (sometimes bloody suicidal) fightback from the Russians and finally, a look into the aftermath of this now famous conflict during the Second World War.
The Author has not taken sides whilst writing this book and brings out the politics, the tactical flaws (on both sides) and human story within this web of human suffering. The book allows you to make your own mind up on the rights and wrongs of this story!
Well written ,easy to read and in a logical order. They say a picture paints a thousand words but this books thousands of words paint a clear picture. Well done to Antony Beevor......Highly recommended. You will read this more than once!

ChrisD


Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years In Action With the SAS: 25 Years in Action with the SAS
Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years In Action With the SAS: 25 Years in Action with the SAS
by Peter Ratcliffe DCM.
Edition: Paperback

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ChrisD, 13 Oct. 2006
I have recently read Peter Ratcliffe's book.

I have read one or two other books over a period of years about life in the SAS. Having served in the Army for 25 years myself and also having held the appointment of RSM, i was interested to read Mr Ratcliffe's attitudes and feelings concerning the plethora of 'stories' that have emerged about the Regiment that used to be the Army's best kept secret!

I was also 'recommended' this book by another ex soldier who had informed me that it was a very good read indeed. I found the story to be fairly well balanced but would have liked a little more insight into what he did / was involved with in between deployments.

The author provides a captivating story stretched over his 25 year service in the Army. More importantly, he highlights on many occasions the courage of his convictions. Ratcliffe the soldier was certainly not affraid to confront people head on regarding issues of competency or professionalism! This is also apparent with regards to his synopsis of the writings of many of those who have gone before him.

In all, the book was excellent value for money, and i like others found it difficult to put down. No sensationalism, No BS, and also a frank honesty over failures, mistakes and shortcomings within the Military, Army and his Regiment.

I particularly found the chapters deicated to the SAS involvement in the Falklands Campaign to be very interesting and informative. Again, the balance of detail, humour, fact and summary provides one mans thoughts and observations based on raw experience in War Fighting without the 'Rambo' and 007 element appearing!

Pure and simply, reading some of the other 'SAS' books and reading Peter Ratcliffe's book is the divide between glorified fiction and honest fact. I fully recommend this book to all who have an interest in military life and the Special Air Service. Well done Mr Ratcliffe, CD


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