- Major Thomas Seccome and Paul Cordle.
- ARRSE Rating
- 4 Mushroom Heads
Some 140 years later, even today's readers will see why Military Misreadings of Shakspere [sic] was such a success. Seccombe's subtle, but perceptive, observations of human character are as true today as they ever were. He had a wonderful eye for detail as well as the ridiculous, but never with malice, even when pairing his cartoons with quotes from the Bard of Avon. This re-issued edition has the added benefit of former Grenadier Paul Cordle's highly informative commentary which puts Seccombe's army into perspective and relates regiments to their modern successors-in-arms. With a similar eye for detail as the original illustrator, military historian Paul brings the illustrations to life with fascinating military observations.
The text comes in three parts , Shakespeare's Quote, the text to the illustration followed by a modern description of the old regiment and its current status. The particular story which caught my eye was a picture of three sea sick gunners in a small boat with two grizzly old fishermen who actually turned out to be Range Wardens from the Artillery School, not a 25 pounder's bang from my house! The story relates to either three Gunners seasick while on coast watch to ensure that no overshoots hit the civvy shipping, or a rescue of three gunners from their transport boat. I will research this asap.
Four mushroom heads.
As Editor I get the occasional opportunity to add to a review and do so in this case by adding some illustrations which give an idea of the humour and skill the artists had. My personal favourite is the one of officers at a Levee fighting to get in to the room and closest to the Monarch so that they are 'noticed'