Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle New Album - Drake Pre-order now Shop Women's Shop Men's

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
12
4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 25 May 2014
This is that rare thing, a combination of rigorous research and writing lively enough to make the book highly readable. The contrast of the initial principled attitudes of early volunteers and of those enduring the long slog, the punishing conditions on crowded roads reduced to deep mud, the way the quality of machines fell off due to mass production, the mechanics of carrying a basket of pigeons on your back while managing a belt-drive motorcycle - you will find all these here, and much more. If anything could convince me of the validity of the WW1 historians' shift away from the emphasis on 'the pity of war,' to a recognition of participants' achievements and professionalism, it is this book.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 March 2014
For someone with a passing interest in the role of motorcycles in WW1, the book may seem heavy going. For me, the detail was everything and although not a book to cherry pick bits , for a concerted read, was very fulfilling. I came away with a much greater understanding of the part played by the dispatch rider, not only in delivering messages, but to the overall coherence of a large army in the field. Excellent and highly recommended.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 9 May 2016
Full of careful detail, obviously very well researched. May be a little bit too academic for readers looking for an easy read, but I thought it was worth the effort. Would have liked more period pictures though.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 28 July 2015
Still only part way through this but a fat-laden historical account of Despatch Riders, and not solely focused on World War I. Technological developments and faux pas; civilian life behind the front line; and derring do's on both sides. Very much an academic tome, but a fascinating read (so far!). Ask me more when I get to the end.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 20 January 2014
Shines a clear light on a little known aspect of WW I. Interesting technical detail combined with documented experiences of the individuals motorcycling in the line of fire.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 October 2015
V. informative book that puts a different perspective on the early conduct of WW1.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 27 November 2014
great historic book very well written & researched
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 March 2015
Great will use again
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 18 January 2015
Really good thanks
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 March 2015
Excellent product
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)