Prisoner of the Japanese in Burma.
A truly fascinating book and one that’s about so much more than the attack.
I must admit my knowledge of world events in the interwar years is scant at best, so I really enjoyed the first part of this 3 part book which went through so much that I simply wasn’t aware of. This section covered the build up (from before WW1) to the actual attack and the fact that the Japanese knew they needed to do something big and audacious to catch the USA by surprise.
The second part of the book is about...
On the Amazon pages the author says that he started writing then realised that what he was doing broke naturally up into three parts for a trilogy.
I only partly agree. The trilogy we are presented with doesn’t (IMO) work at all. Running to almost 1000 pages this trilogy is repetitive and contains more than its fair share of irrelevant minutiae. Equally, it misses out plenty of things that would be of great interest. However, it could be so much more. There is a good solid story in here and...
Richard Hunter continues his military career.
Sadly, the text is still plagued by rogue grammar, but putting that aside this is a very good volume. It’s far above the level of the first two volumes, far grittier, but oddly shorter.
Again, there are laugh out loud moments but the underlying tone is far darker. This volume caused me to stop and reflect on what I’d just read on more than one occasion.
Richard progresses via a slightly unusual route from Corporal to Captain. As usual he gets...
The continuing career of Richard Hunter.
This volume started well, but rapidly descended into the difficult to read prose of the first volume. The grammar is suspect and words appear to be missing from sentences. This makes it a very difficult (and long) read; which is a real shame as there is a worthwhile continuing story here.
In this volume, Richard returns to Germany, goes on more training courses, gets married and continues to do the typical squaddie type of things, usually involving...
The story of a likeable chap called Richard Hunter who joins the army at 16 and follows in his father’s footsteps. Although billed as fiction, I suspect that there is rather a large portion of the author’s own biography in here.
This volume sees Richard join the Junior Leaders Regiment, see service in Germany and finally see a tour of Northern Ireland. In between, Richard attends a variety of training courses and has the usual squaddie type of experiences.
I will admit here and now I did...
The letters and diaries of Lt Col The Hon William Fraser edited by his son.
A biography of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle GCB, 1765-1819
A global review of current and future trends in maritime warfare.
The SAS WW2 history told by those that were there.
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