Allied commanders during WWI have mostly come under heavy criticism in the books written after the event, particularly those written long after the event. This new book is rare in that the author has appreciated just how many changes applied from 1914 and required commanders to relearn military tactics from hard experience. Hamilton’s command in Gallipoli has been re-evaluated against these significant changes and the work done so well by the author could profitably be applied to many other battles, campaigns and leadership through WWI. Highly recommended.
The author holds the distinction that he was the only German POW in either WWI or WWII to make a successful home run escape from the British Isles. As such, this is a unique story and he tells his tale well. The only complaint might be a low level of illustration but as the publisher has a solid reputation for including appropriate illustration in their books, it has to be assumed that there was a lack of suitable material. Most of the illustration included is in the form of clippings from newspapers of the time. A very interesting read and an ideal addition to any library of military history.
“The Forgotten Women”, well not any more!!.This fine account of the critical part played by women in Britain and with British forces during WWI goes a very long way to bringing forward the story of women at war. Highly Recommended.
Gallipoli was a campaign that has been condemned as a useless waste of lives and resources in a war that is generally regarded as a costly battle of attrition. For any one action at Gallipoli to be seen as a significant disaster, it had to be unusually costly and pointless. The author tells the story of Billy Sing in the third of his Gallipoli books. This compliments the author’s other Gallipoli books. Highly Recommended.
Gallipoli was a campaign that has been condemned as a useless waste of lives and resources in a war that is generally regarded as a costly battle of attrition. For any one action at Gallipoli to be seen as a significant disaster, it had to be unusually costly and pointless. The author tells the story of Hugo Throssell, son of a former Premier of Western Australia, a volunteer and recipient of the award of a Victoria Cross. Highly Recommended.
Gallipoli was a campaign that has been condemned as a useless waste of lives and resources in a war that is generally regarded as a costly battle of attrition. For any one action at Gallipoli to be seen as a significant disaster, it had to be unusually costly and pointless. The author ably sets out the action of the Light Horse at Nek and provides a balanced account with a good photo plate section in support. Recommended.
This is a nicely executed book that brings to life the Liverpool PALS. The text is crisp and the images are carried through the body of the book to produce an emotive picture of one of the joys and sorrows of WWI. All enthusiasts of the Great War will want to buy a copy, and it should sell very well in Liverpool, but it is a book that reaches out from the mud of Flanders with an engrossing human story. Recommended.
French fighter pilots of WWI are not well-known, even in French language publications, relative to British and German pilots. In English language publications they are notably missing, There is no obvious reason for this. They fought with the same bravery, were at least as much innovators in a new form of warfare, and they flew French designed and constructed machines that were equal to British and German machines. The Rhone rotary engine was widely used by aircraft manufacturers outside France who were attempting to produce nimble and reliable war-winning combat aircraft. The author has done a fine job of addressing this strange deficiency with a book that reviews the contribution of French Aces during WWI, This is a vivid account of the leading French Aces and is a very valuable addition to the information on the first aerial war in history. Excellent.
Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.
GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas
Competition December 2015
Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015
Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015
Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc
Send your answer in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter in the subject field FIRE Project Competition Number One
Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’
Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)
Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding