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Warriors : extraordinary tales from the battlefield
Warriors : extraordinary tales from the battlefield
Hastings, Max2015
Over the course of forty years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea or air), and by their practitioners. He takes as his examples sixteen people from different nationalities in modern history, including Napoleon's 'blessed fool' Baron Marcellin de Marbot (the model for Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard); Sir Harry Smith, whose Spanish wife Juana became his military companion on many a campaign in the early 19th-century; Lieutenant John Chard, an unassuming engineer who became the hero of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu wars; and Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, the 'dam buster' whose heroism in the skies of World War II earned him the nation's admiration, but few friends. Every army, in order to prevail on the battlefield, needs a certain number of people capable of courage beyond the norm. In this book Max Hastings investigates what this norm might be, and how it has changed over the centuries. While celebrating feats of outstanding valour, he also throws a beady eye over the awarding of medals for gallantry, and why it is that so often the most successful warriors rarely make the grade as leaders of men.
Main title:
Warriors : extraordinary tales from the battlefield / Max Hastings ; read by Nigel Carrington.
Tullamarine, Victoria Bolinda Audio, p2015.
13 audio discs (CD) (16 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 12 cm ; in container.
Read by Nigel Carrington.
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Brighton LibraryAudio Book CDACD 355 HASAvailable