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on 21 February 2007
from the 'Dynamic Duo' : Terry Deary & Martin Brown

Standing at the same height as The Mad Miscellany, this book has two titles under one cover, namely:

'The Frightful First World War' & 'The Woeful Second World War'

The usual Deary humour flows through the 256 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of type styles and pacled with black & white illustrations and cartoons, from Martin Brown.

First World War:

Split into chapters:

1. 1914 ~ The year of the first shot
2. 1915 ~ The year of total war
3. 1916 ~ The year of the Somme
4. 1917 ~ The year of the mud
5. 1918 ~ The year of exhaustion

with an introduction, a 'Test Your Teacher' section, & an epilogue.

Second World War:

Split into chapters:

1. Terrible timeline
2. Home horrors
3. Frightful fighting
4. Awesome animals
5. Lousy liars
6. Chilling for children
7. The Holocaust

with an introduction & an epilgue.

'23rd August 1939:

Shock! Deadly enemies unite! Mr Adolf Hitler of Germany (with a toothbrush moustache) and Mr Josef Stalin of the Soviet Union (with a yard-brush moustache) peacefully agree not to fight one another.
No chance.
Never trust a man with a moustache...

1st September 1939:

A. Hitler (the liar) had promised not to invade Poland. Today his army invades Poland...and 'peacefully' shares it with the Soviets. No one asked the Poles, of course. Britain and France say they'll fight for Poland's freedom. That means war!...'
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on 18 November 2003
This book had show me how Terry Deary is a great autor, because he could tell a sad and serious fact(the war) in a very funny and intresting manner without getting the reader bored to death.This book tells you some ghosts stories that the soldiers belived,the importance of the animals in the two wars,all of this(and a lot more) whit true stories.The illustrations are terrific!Martin Brown really draws good!!If you want to know:
-how sniffing your ow pee could save your life in the WW1?
-how a pair of old socks give away german top-secrets?
-Why wearing white kinickers could get you killed in the WW2
and-What the heck is a Zepplin?
The epilogue of the two books are beutiful!!!!!!!!!!
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on 9 September 2004
Whether frightful or woeful, the two world wars must have been occasions we sadly missed out from our history books. Ladies and gents: forget those nightmarish hystery classes, snap up your copy of this and engross yourself.
Mind you: this IS an instructive survey (a teacher should know), but in to the bargain (£5.99 or less) one get the odds and ends and titbits the self-respecting history book looks down on with condescension.
This is facts seasoned by the naked chefs of history with a pinch of Chaplin's Shoulder Arms and Beany Blackadder.
Wanted things interactive? What about the quizzes, the recipes, the do's and don'ts, not to forget, Martin Brown's tongue-in-cheek cartoons.
Why wait? Forget "vere'ave you'idden ze biddy, Leclerc?", but roll up the barrel and snap up that copy.
And eat your heart out, Duglaz'Aig.
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on 13 February 2015
Its a book....
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on 10 July 2008
Read this book - and then pass it onto the kids - guaranteed you will notch up at least one fact that you didn`t know about the world wars.
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