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Between the Ears of a Horse

Brian Bond, 22 December 1983

Fire-Power: British Army Weapons and Theories of War 
by Shelford Bidwell and Dominick Graham.
Allen and Unwin, 327 pp., £15, August 1982, 9780049421769
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The Crucible of War: Year of Alamein 1942 
by Barrie Pitt.
Cape, 478 pp., £12.95, October 1982, 0 224 01827 2
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... 35 days of aerial combat over the Normandy beachhead cost 20,000 casualties in aircrew members. Barrie Pitt underlines this point in the second volume of his projected trilogy on the Desert campaigns. El Alamein in particular, with its lack of open flanks and with Axis defences in great depth, constituted a killing ground comparable to the Western ...

People’s War

John Ellis, 19 February 1981

Tomorrow at Dawn 
by J.G. de Beus.
Norton, 191 pp., £5.75, April 1980, 0 393 01263 8
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The Crucible of War 
by Barrie Pitt.
Cape, 506 pp., £8.95, June 1980, 0 224 01771 3
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Chindit 
by Richard Rhodes James.
Murray, 214 pp., £10.50, August 1980, 0 7195 3746 0
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The Chief 
by Ronald Lewin.
Hutchinson, 282 pp., £7.95, September 1980, 9780091425005
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Special Operations Europe: Scenes from the Anti-Nazi War 
by Basil Davidson.
Gollancz, 288 pp., £8.50, July 1980, 0 575 02820 3
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... contrived as Tomorrow at Dawn, three of the other books also fall within standard categories. Barrie Pitt’s Crucible of War is a straightforward campaign book, dealing with the war against the Italians and the first battles against Rommel, in North Africa, in 1941. Two further volumes about this theatre are promised and the full set will ...
Bowie 
by Jerry Hopkins.
Elm Tree, 275 pp., £8.95, May 1985, 0 241 11548 5
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Alias David Bowie 
by Peter Gillman and Leni Gillman.
Hodder, 511 pp., £16.95, September 1986, 0 340 36806 3
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... Keith Waterhouse’s novel of the same name, and again it is accidentally eerie, almost like J.M. Barrie. The Gillmans have found the poems of Bowie’s grandmother and they are very similar: ‘In the land of make-believe, Children love to play ...’ Bowie sang his grandmotherly songs in a special voice, imitating Anthony Newley, an actor who used to sing ...

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