Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

Max Hastings

Language: English

Pages: 317

ISBN: B012HTHXWY

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

Max Hastings

Language: English

Pages: 317

ISBN: B012HTHXWY

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With this collection, Hastings is back on home territory, where he can bring his unique blend of skills as war reporter, and social as well as military historian to bear…This is one of the best and most diverting of his shorter pieces’ Evening Standard

‘All (of the stories) are corking…opinions are stated firmly and with big bold swings of the pendulum. His virtues are clarity and decisiveness – greatly to be admired when it comes to making clear, for the lay reader, roughly what is going on in the fiendishly complex and bloody engagements he describes.’ Spectator

‘A wonderfully eclectic selection…Hastings has written a marvellous book. Wry perceptive and engaging, it lays bare the curious mix of character traits – good and bad – that a successful warrior requires.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘His brisk prose has the qualities of his warriors: clear, decisive, forceful…“Warriors” will enthral everyone.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant…Hastings combines his consummate skill as a writer with passages of descriptive brilliance to provide a book for the ordinary citizen…He captures the commitment of the fighting servicemen and women…in language that is powerful yet eminently comprehensible. This is a book to entertain.’ Sunday Times

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unfortunate in some respects that we are so goddamn much alike.’ Through the days that followed, the 82nd defended its precarious bridgehead against repeated German counter-attacks. Fortunately for the paratroopers, on this western flank the enemy could deploy only captured French tanks, whose light armour was susceptible to bazookas. However, the Germans inflicted savage punishment on glider-borne elements of the 82nd, which now began to land in the midst of the battlefield to reinforce the

in the same fashion as those surrounding Lawrence of Arabia a generation before. Violette Szabo, widowed after a brief marriage to a French officer which left her with a small daughter, was working at the perfume counter of the Bon Marche store in Brixton when SOE recruited her. She was twenty-three years old, wonderfully pretty, much beloved, very brave, and later executed at Ravensbriick. In 1958 she became the subject of a romantic feature film, Carve her Name with Pride, in which she was

mercenary, Hicks Pasha, who died along with all his officers. It was Baker’s business to avenge this humiliation. ‘We are all longing for you,’ Fanny Baker wrote to Burnaby from Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo. She and her husband wanted the famous colonel to stir up the British press so that Baker’s expedition against the Dervishes would be reinforced. As constituted, it was composed entirely of Egyptian troops, with a few British officers. ‘Now he is to go to Suakin with a set of untried people

have their humour, An eyeless and sardonic mockery. He watched a transport column in the darkness: The moon swims in milkiness The road glimmers curving down into the wooded valley And with a clashing and creaking of tackle and axles The train of limbers passes us, and the mules Splash me with mud, thrusting me from the road into puddles, Straining at the tackle with a bitter patience, Passing me… In his novel, Manning wrote in the third person about his sense of remoteness from

his own season among them uniquely serviceable. 8 The Killer THE 1914-18 LAND WAR of which Frederic Manning wrote was so appalling an experience that the media and public of all the combatant nations sought elsewhere for such glamour as they might extract from the conflict. Above all, they looked to the sky. Air warfare was a new phenomenon which excited the curiosity and imagination of the world. To the uninitiated it offered a romance and even purity wholly absent from the slaughter

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