K K &K sets out to try and debunk some of the Boer war myths. In the book Ash sets out to right the wrongs of other (and often more experienced) historians.
There were some undoubtedly pro Boer sentiments written by Afrikaner revisionists who must have made unlikely bedfellows with left leaning anti Imperialists.That, however is all part of the broad spectrum of writing on world events. Chris Ash sets out to set the record straight as he sees it. There are some good debunking items including the myth of the British inventing concentration camps. Read more ›
This is a really strange tale of two German soldiers who tried to force British troops to commit to defend the Khyber pass area in World War I.
The mission was to ensure that the British get locked into defence of the Khyber Pass and its assets in India rather than to stir up an Islamist uprising, although the execution of the plan meant that militant Islamists were courted. It centred on two German officers, Von Hentig, and Von Neidermayer, dispatched by the Kaiser to promote disruption in Afghanistan. Read more ›
This is a difficult book to review as it does not fall into any of the main categories. I’ll start by describing the format. The book is envelope sized; the pages are about eight inches long by five deep and the book runs to just short of 100 pages. Read more ›
This is the Fourth and completion of the Selkirk Trilogy. Malcolm Archibald has written a three part story of one man’s battles in the Boer War; the beauty is that the stories are partially based on a diary of one of his wife’s relatives who served there. This book is not fiction it is sixteen chapters of militarily , political and social history revolving around the two actual Boer wars . Read more ›
After the death of Alexander, his generals fought a bitter, multipolar war for control over the vast empire he had created in a few short years, stretching from Macedonia to India.
Among the successful Successors (the Diadochi, Alexander’s heirs) was Seleucus (the Roman usage), known in this book as Seleukos (the Greek usage). The latter, while less familiar, is probably the right name to use. Read more ›
This is a simple memoir of someone who, as the title suggests, survived the Great War without being seriously injured or psychologically disturbed.
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The years after the early death of the astonishing Alexander the Great were anarchic. With no clear successor in place and a huge territory, stretching from (in today’s terms) Albania to India, the brand-new Macedonian Empire was there for the taking, by whoever of Alexander’s trusted generals was strong enough. The Persians and Egyptians were broken and the Macedonians had moved in, imposing a layer of Hellenic civilization over the existing satrapies and founding new Greek-speaking cities throughout Iran and Central Asia.
Immediately after Alexander’s passing in Babylon, a vicious multipolar civil war broke out between the Diadochi – the Successors – and Antigonus One-Eye, one of Alexander’s senior generals, was quick to stake his claim to mastery of Asia – essentially, today’s Asia Minor – and the city states of Greece. Read more ›
Survive and thrive, moving from Civil Service, Military, Local Government, Police or Healthcare into the private sector
“Traditional employment will still be how most people pursue a career. That’s where most people are comfortable, so I don’t think it will change for the majority. The difference is that traditional employment can no longer be considered the “safe” option. For years entrepreneurs have been viewed as risk-takers, but personally I think it’s far riskier to depend on someone else for your well-being. Ironically, I view entrepreneurship as a much safer option.” (Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Nonconformity)
The above quotation gives you the flavour of this book. Buy it if you are facing a career change. This is a book for “men who have lived and learned”. It is aimed at people in the public sector who are thinking of starting a second career and who may be aged as much as the early fifties. If this is you, stay tuned. The author, Graham Scott, is definitely a private-sector person, who would probably not be seen dead in a public sector job, and this obviously informs his attitudes and advice. He has at different times worked for big PLCs and one-man bands; run his own creative agency for over a decade; integrated with government agencies; travelled extensively and worked with some very successful businessmen like Sir Rocco Forte and Ross Brawn. He has also worked with the public sector and has consulted public sector workers in several countries when compiling this book. Read more ›
Most ARRSE members will be vaguely aware of the martial exploits of the Spartans, notably the heroic, last man defence of their king Leonidas and 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae. If you want to find out more about Sparta’s military power then this could well be the book for you. Rusch covers a broad sweep of history which covers the rise and fall of Sparta and their protagonists, mostly the city of Athens.
The first chapters deal with how Sparta was organised, and why its heavy infantry (Hoplites) were so effective. The answer will be no surprise to any British soldier; committed training, excellent leadership and plenty of practice. Rusch describes in detail how combat worked, with serried ranks of Hoplites closing shield to shield, and then pushing, shoving, stabbing and slicing their way to victory. The Spartan superiority was that they were better drilled, and so were able to manoeuvre cohesively in this challenging environment while lesser armies could not. Read more ›