The musings of Mr Monkeysized

Rude named hero by monkeysized
August 28, 2010, 12:33
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I’m almost finished John Keegan’s monkeysized history of the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme, looking at the fighting, killing and dying from the point of view of the soldiers themselves.

The book itself is immensely good and as shocking as an up-close view of war should be (it reminds me of the excellent ‘War without Garlands’ by Robert Kershaw about Operation Barbarossa in the Second World War).

But the high point of the book is the revelation that one of the heroes of the Somme was called Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Bastard.