- Chris Ranstead
- ARRSE Rating
- 1 Mushroom Head
By rights, this story, with its constant underpinning narrative of British bomb disposers in a constant battle of wits with Nazi bomb-makers, should have created a tale at least as compelling as the battle of the beams by which the worst effects of Nazi air attack were blunted by technical wizardry, but that potential never materialises. Instead of some understanding of how the inevitable measure/counter-measure war of wits was waged, the book opens up with a factual litany of bombs, counter-measures and final outcome. There may be First World War memoirs somewhere which manage to achieve similar levels of dispassionate assessment of the acts of brave men but, happily, they've avoided my bookshelves.
This was not an easy read and I didn't enjoy a moment of reading it. If your interest is in EOD, I have to say in fairness that you will find authoritative material of interest herein but, for the general reader, and at £25, it's a no no for me.