Amateur Gunners

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Amateur Gunners

Amateur Gunners

The Great War Adventures, Letters and Observations of Alexander Douglas Thorburn

  • Author: Ian Ronayne
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1783832010
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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After training at St John's Wood in London and in Exeter, Alexander Douglas Thorburn was posted to the BEF in France, joining the 2/22nd London (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery as a subaltern officer. After service in the Vimy Ridge sector, with his division, the 60th (2/2nd London) Division, he crossed the Mediterranean to join the British Army in Salonika. Following a further move in mid-1917, Thorburn arrived in Palestine where he saw service with the 74th (Yeomanry) Division during the advance on Jerusalem. A final move in 1918 took the now Captain Thorburn back to the Western Front to take part in the Advance to Victory during the closing months of the war. ??After the war, Thorburn wrote an account of his military service between 1916 and 1918, recording his experiences in France, Greece and Palestine as well as his initial training in England. He also wrote a series of observations on life as a gunner during the First World War. Both the account and observations were published as a book, Amateur Gunners, in 1933 by William Potter of Liverpool. Today, the book is out of print. ??In addition to the book, of which a small number of copies still exist of course, there are an extensive series of private letters written by Thorburn while on active service to his mother, father and other relatives. The letters are in the possession of Thorburn's only grandson. ??Together, the book and letters offer a fascinating insight into the life of a First World War artillery officer. Lucidly written in a candid style, Thorburn shows excellent observation, description and narration skills. While Amateur Gunners itself is worthy of reprint, when combined with Thorburn's private letters and historical context from author Ian Ronayne, this book offers a unique look at a gunner's experience during the Great War.

Hell in the Holy Land

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Hell in the Holy Land

Hell in the Holy Land

World War I in the Middle East

  • Author: David R. Woodward
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813146747
  • Category: History
  • Page: 280
  • View: 1947
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In the modern popular imagination, the British Army's campaign in the Middle East during World War I is considered somehow less brutal than the fighting on European battlefields. A romantic view of this conflict has been further encouraged by such films as Lawrence of Arabia and The Light Horsemen. In Hell in the Holy Land, David R. Woodward uses graphic eyewitness accounts from the diaries, letters, and memoirs of British soldiers who fought in that war to describe in rigorous detail the genuine experience of the fighting and dying in Egypt and Palestine. The massive flow of troops and equipment to Egypt eventually made that country host to the largest British military base outside of Britain and France. Though many soldiers found the atmosphere in Cairo exotic, the desert countryside made the fundamentals of fighting and troop maintenance extremely difficult. The intense heat frequently sickened soldiers, and unruly camels were the only practical means of transport across the soft sands of the Sinai. The constant shortage of potable water was a persistent problem for the troops; one soldier recalled, "It is impossible to realize the depth a man will sink to endeavor to appease the terrible horror of thirst." The voices of these British soldiers offer a forgotten perspective of the Great War, describing not only the physical and psychological toll of combat but the daily struggles of soldiers who were stationed in an unfamiliar environment that often proved just as antagonistic as the enemy. A soldier of the Dorset Yeomanry, stationed in Egypt, wrote: "There are three sounds in Egypt which never cease -- the creaking of the waterwheels, the song of the frogs, and the buzz of flies.... Letter writing is an impossibility in the evening, for as soon as the sun goes down, if a lamp is lighted, the air all round is thick with little grey sand-flies which bite disgustingly." Using archival records, many from the Imperial War Museum in London, England, Woodward paints a vivid picture of the mayhem, terror, boredom, filth, and sacrifice that marked the daily life of British soldiers in the Middle East. In telling the story of these soldiers, Woodward provides a personal history of a campaign that laid the groundwork for the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.

The United Service Magazine

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The United Service Magazine

The United Service Magazine

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Military art and science
  • Page: N.A
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NOW IT CAN BE TOLD - A War Observer's Illumination Bomb

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NOW IT CAN BE TOLD - A War Observer's Illumination Bomb

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD - A War Observer's Illumination Bomb

  • Author: Philip Gibbs
  • Publisher: Edizioni Savine
  • ISBN: 8899914060
  • Category: History
  • Page: 334
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“ In this book I have written about some aspects of the war which, I believe, the world must know and remember, not only as a memorial of men’s courage in tragic years, but as a warning of what will happen again—surely—if a heritage of evil and of folly is not cut out of the hearts of peoples. Here it is the reality of modern warfare not only as it appears to British soldiers, of whom I can tell, but to soldiers on all the fronts where conditions were the same. What I have written here does not cancel, nor alter, nor deny anything in my daily narratives of events on the western front as they are now- published in book form. They stand, I may claim sincerely and humbly, as a truthful, accurate, and tragic record of the battles in France and Belgium during the years of war, broadly pictured out as far as I could see and know. My duty, then, was that of a chronicler, not arguing why things should have happened so nor giving reasons why they should not happen so, but describing faithfully many of the things I saw, and narrating the facts as I found them, as far as the censorship would allow. After early, hostile days it allowed nearly all but criticism, protest, and of the figures of loss. The purpose of this book is to get deeper into the truth of this war and of all war—not by a more detailed narrative of events, but rather as the truth was revealed to the minds of men, in many aspects, out of their experience; and by a plain statement of realities, however painful, to add something to the world’s knowledge out of which men of good-will may try to shape some new system of relationship between one people and another, some new code of international morality, preventing or at least postponing another massacre of youth like that five years’ sacrifice of boys of which I was a witness.” (Sir Philip Gibbs – 1920)

O.M.A.2

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O.M.A.2

O.M.A.2

Twilight of the Dead

  • Author: Milton Kerr
  • Publisher: Booktango
  • ISBN: 1468941038
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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For the first time,Government sanctioned zombie fighters are united in one area in an attempt to finally end the zombie crisis. Nothing goes as planned.

The Face of Battle

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The Face of Battle

The Face of Battle

A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme

  • Author: John Keegan
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781440673993
  • Category: History
  • Page: 368
  • View: 7883
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Master military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme. “The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy

Fort Pillow

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Fort Pillow

Fort Pillow

A Novel of the Civil War

  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1429909749
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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In April 1864, the Union garrison at Fort Pillow was comprised of almost six hundred troops, about half of them black. The Confederacy, incensed by what it saw as a crime against nature, sent its fiercest cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest, to attack the fort with about 1,500 men. The Confederates overran the fort and drove the Federals into a deadly crossfire. Only sixty-two of the U.S. colored troops survived the fight unwounded. Many accused the Confederates of massacring the black troops after the fort fell and fighting should have ceased. The "Fort Pillow Massacre" became a Union rallying cry and cemented resolve to see the war through to its conclusion. Harry Turtledove has written a dramatic recreation of an astounding battle, telling a bloody story of courage and hope, freedom and hatred. With brilliant characterization of all the main figures, this is a novel that reminds us that Fort Pillow was more than a battle---it was a clash of ideas between men fighting to define what being an American ought to mean.

The Winged Foot

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The Winged Foot

The Winged Foot

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Amateur Sportsman

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Amateur Sportsman

Amateur Sportsman

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Rod and the Gun

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The Rod and the Gun

The Rod and the Gun

Being Two Treatises on Angling and Shooting

  • Author: James Wilson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fishes
  • Page: 439
  • View: 1930
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