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Beneath Hill 60 [DVD] [2010]
Beneath Hill 60 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Brendan Cowell
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tribute to exceptional men., 25 Dec. 2014
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I know the site of Hill 60 quite well. A very undistingushed lump of spoil from a railway cutting, as stated by one carechter in the film 'Is that it?' But tread carfully, you don't know who you are treading on!
This is a superb film, very understaed, beatiffuly made, exact in detail and totally absorbing. Having watched it, I now have a better idea how it must have been at Hellfire Corner, and down the tunnels. I wouldn't have wanted to be there. If ytou are planning a visit to the area, this film will give more understanding tha any book.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone, though maual is very poor, 2 Dec. 2014
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Excellent phone, though maual is very poor. The main concern to me was the charger supplied. On second use the charger emitted a loud pop, smell of burning and blew trip on ring main. Both supplier and Amazon have been informed, but I'd expect a fast reply from supplier, so far none after five days.


24hr Under Attack: Tommy Defends the Frontline
24hr Under Attack: Tommy Defends the Frontline
by Andrew Robertshaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the mud., 27 Jan. 2014
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First I have to declare an intrest. My intrest was always World War two, mostly due to being a Jerseyman, the Occupation by Germany during 1940/45 is of course very important history. By chance in 2006 I was invited by the 10th Essex Great War Re-eanctors and Andy Robertshaw to participate in the Somme Memorial March. A few minutes spent in company of these guys, and I was hooked on the Great War. War is often seen as the great sweep of armies, the decisions of General's and politicians, normaly follwed by mud slinging as to which group caused what disasters.
The truth is much more prosiac and practical. How do you keep your matches dry, the deep joy of a cup of hot tea after hours of being soacking wet. The absolute exhaustion when the Adrenilin runs down. These are the stories and scenarios Andy and the 10th Essex try to put over. Though the obvious danger is missing this book attempts to bring the feeling of the Frontline to others, it is a sharing of our enthusiasm to tell the story of ordinary men under the supreme test of combat.


The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis in WW2
The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis in WW2
by Helen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true scources of stories, 12 Jun. 2013
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Many distingushed authours about the Second World War have refered to matters with words such 'Information from POWs' or 'A POW was overheard to remark..'Maybe the most famous was R.V. Jones' 'Most Secret War' and the X gerat and Knickerbine RDF systems. He says 'We could not find the equipment and had all but given up when a POW was overheard to say 'The equipment is there, but the English will never find it'. This drove us to greater efforts'. In this book the scource of that 'Overherd remark' is finally revealed. The M Room is another story of men and women working in secret to bring about Allied Victory in WW2. No heroics, no recognition just quiet dedication. Written in a informal non judgemental style, the book presents the history of Allied interigation of POW's. Futher it cast light and clarification on what and how information was obtained and used in such diverse manners as the Black Propoganda radio transmissions ( Churchill's Wizard's), the location and subsequent actions against the Nazi V weapon sites, and the guidance of those investigating war crimes for Nuremberg. It is a must read for those intrested in the political and intillegence warfare of WW2. A lot of ideas will need to be rethought.


A Hell for Heroes: A SAS hero's journey to the heart of darkness
A Hell for Heroes: A SAS hero's journey to the heart of darkness
by Theo Knell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Credo for the living, 9 Nov. 2012
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I've never been into poetry above the There was a young lady... variety, but one piece I know by heart is the fourth verse of Laurence Binyon's poem 'For the Fallen' commonly called the Credo, I've heard it and said many times on occasions of Remebereance it is a vow to the dead to remember them.

I heard an interview with the authour on BBC Radio 4, and was intrigued so bought the book. When it arrived I opened the parcel and flicked through. The page opened on the poem The Genie. I read it before anything else. It had me in tears. If there should be a Credo to those Soldiers who lived, this should be it! A vow to those who survived to Remember Thier sacrifice. If you want an insight into a Soldier's life, this is it.


The Channel Islands At War
The Channel Islands At War
Dvd ~ John Nettles

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair and honest, 27 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Channel Islands At War (DVD)
For a student of the Ocupation history, or those that have been glued to 'Island's At War' (!) this is a must have. It has to be the most fair and honest set of interviews ever carried out on the subject. There is no moralising, just people who know what happned speacking freely and unselfconciusley on the subject. The still thorny and in some case, still used hurtfully, question of collaberation and co-operation with the German force's (I'm still not that politicaly correct to call them 'Occupying powers) is aired in a way I've never seen before outside the Islands. As is the courage and spirt of those who were taken and never returned. A Duth friend remarked that you'd never get away with being so honest and balanced in the Netherlands still. Another good reason for us Crapaud's to buy it. The Donkeys hate it!


Sonim XP3 1.0 Enduro Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
Sonim XP3 1.0 Enduro Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finaly found the phone I want, 2 July 2010
Ever since I first got a mobile phone, back when they came with semaphore and a morse light, I've wanted a phone that will, work at midnight up a mountain went I'm cold wet tired freezing and scared half to death. Well at last I've found it! A friend dropped his in a tank of disiel fuel. When it came out and was dried, partly by the language, the rest by a cloth, with some trepidation it was tried, it just worked, no fuss no drama.
It dosen't play games, it won't sernade you with music. It makes phone calls and sends texts, time after time, after time.... in cold wet , hot dry and if you are hanging upside down.


Ghosts on the Somme: Filming the Battle, June-July 1916
Ghosts on the Somme: Filming the Battle, June-July 1916
by Alastair H. Fraser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Study of the Iconic, 19 Feb. 2010
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We have all seen the black and white clip of a huge explosion throwing thousands of tons of earth up from the skyline in most TV and films covering the Great War. How many know where and when the original was taken? This book will tell you. The book is the result of forensic research in the film, 'Battle of the Somme'. A Britsh goverment's first attempt to present a managed propagnda project to the public. The group No Man's Land is a mixed bunch of proffesional and ameturs dedicated to the study of the Great War. This book illustrates another side of their archeological work, the study and interpretation of records.
It is slightly more dry and technical than the Group's previous work 'Digging the Trenches', but illustrates that though being up to your knees in mud may be good TV and seem exciting, struggeling with musty old papers is just as important in trying to understand.

The film is examined section by section, with comments on the units, and even individuals where they can be traced. The one draw back is that reading the book will make you want to study the film again, and the Imperial War Museum charge a fortune for a copy. For those of us who watch any film with even the slightest 'military' content, just to pick holes in continuity and details, this book is heaven!


Island at War [DVD] [2004]
Island at War [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Owen Teale

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1.0 out of 5 stars The only thing correct was that a war happned, 25 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Island at War [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Being a Jerseyman, this series was to put it mildly dissapointing. It is a complete work of fiction, to the scenery, taken on the Isle of Man to the storyline. Many older Islander's I know where, and are still insulted by this series. To point out one obvious fault, at one point a female actress, supposedley an islander, is seen walking amongst fortifications. I am told by people who lived through this that the minimum that would have happned was imprisonment. Hopefully on the Island, probably in France, quite possibly a concentration camp for espinage. Many civillian's from the Islands were imprisoned, some in concencetration camps, many did not return. On a daytime proggramme made at the time of first transmission an actor claimed he could find no information on the Island Commandant, Graf von Schmettow. The list I sent immedatley of a dozen open scources was not acknowledged. There was no second series made, thankfully.
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Somme Mud
Somme Mud
by E P F Lynch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.98

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that should be read, 19 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Somme Mud (Paperback)
wait on whilst the dead men are buried. A shallow grave marked by a rifle stuck up in the mud is all that can be done. It gives some satisfaction to do that, although we are well aware the men so buried will be thrown up and reburied by shellfire time after time until the fighting shifts on from here. Some day they may have real graves. What a lot to look forward to! It's as well their people can't fully realize what finding a soldier's grave really means.

If there is one book that everyone should read on warfare, or just a book that should be read, this is it. Edward Lynch left Australia on 22nd August 1916 as a young man of 18 volunteering to serve on the Western Front. He returned to his homeland in 1919, lived through three of the most turbulent years of modern history.

In 1921 he started to write of his experiences, twenty one school exercise books full. The initial idea was to publish the story, but due to circumstances at the time this never happened. After his death the volumes resurfaced when Edward's grandson Mike Lynch passed the volumes to the editor Will Davies.

The result is a story that stands with any of the so called `classics' of the Great War and is superior to most. The story is that of a young private `Nulla' and his experience of some of the fiercest fighting in the area of the Somme from late 1916 through to 1918.

The descriptions of actions including the firing of the mines on the Messines Ridge, tanks and the start of air re-supply. Interspersed are the personal asides, food contaminated with gas, the mod swings that effected individuals, the flashes of humour, including the description of Janker's for going AWOL, cleaning the trace chains of artillery harness, `We spent a whole day cleaning trace chains and polishing each link with spit sand and blasphemy'.

Technically the book is very accurate, the story can be followed on maps, trench maps and panoramas, giving a wider understanding of small actions that took place during the period. The book draws few if any conclusions as to the rights and wrongs of the conflict, it praises and castigates offices, men and the enemy as the situation demands.

This book is something special; Edward Lynch deserves a place amongst the revered author's of the Great War, an accolade he deserved but never got.


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