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Das Boot

Patrick O’Brian

30 August 1990
The U-Boat War in the Atlantic 1939-1945 
by Günter Hessler and introduced by Andrew Withers.
HMSO, 396 pp., £30, October 1989, 0 11 772603 6
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Business in Great Waters: The U-Boat Wars, 1916-1945 
by John Terraine.
Leo Cooper, 841 pp., £19.50, September 1989, 0 85052 760 0
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... Navy 28,000 were killed. The book ends with a moving tribute to them; and nowhere does it appear that the author has the least notion that they were fighting anything but a just and honourable war. JohnTerraine’s book is much more ambitious in scope, embracing the submarine aspects of both world wars and giving a general view of the whole struggle in which they were a part; it is intended for the ...
20 June 1985
Firing Line 
by Richard Holmes.
Cape, 436 pp., £12.95, March 1985, 0 224 02043 9
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The Right of the Line: The Royal Air Force in the European War 1939-1945 
by John Terraine.
Hodder, 841 pp., £14.95, March 1985, 0 340 26644 9
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The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book 
by Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt.
Viking, 804 pp., £25, May 1985, 0 670 80137 2
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’45: The Final Drive from the Rhine to the Baltic 
by Charles Whiting.
Century, 192 pp., £7.95, March 1985, 0 7126 0812 5
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In the Ruins of the Reich 
by Douglas Botting.
Allen and Unwin, 248 pp., £9.95, May 1985, 9780049430365
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1945: The World We Fought For 
by Robert Kee.
Hamish Hamilton, 371 pp., £12.95, May 1985, 0 241 11531 0
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VE Day: Victory in Europe 1945 
by Robin Cross.
Sidgwick, 223 pp., £12.95, May 1985, 0 283 99220 4
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One Family’s War 
edited by Patrick Mayhew.
Hutchinson, 237 pp., £10.95, May 1985, 0 7126 0812 5
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Poems of the Second World War: The Oasis Selection 
edited by Victor Selwyn.
Dent, 386 pp., £12, May 1985, 0 460 10432 2
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My Life 
by Bert Hardy.
Gordon Fraser, 192 pp., £14.95, March 1985, 0 86092 083 6
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Victory in Europe: D Day to VE Day 
by Max Hastings and George Stevens.
Weidenfeld, 192 pp., £10.95, April 1985, 0 297 78650 4
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... 1939-45, while three hundred thousand deserted or went AWOL from the German Army in 1941-44. It is still more extraordinary that armed forces maintain impetus to attack despite heavy casualty rates. JohnTerraine’s The Right of the Line, a comprehensive, judicious and humane account of the RAF’s experience in the last European war, gives sympathetic attention to the stress experienced by aircrews ...
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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... Depth in the West (1940), for a comparably cogent analysis of the causes of the static, attritional trench warfare on the Western Front. Professor Graham’s theme is the one endlessly inculcated by JohnTerraine and now finding wider acceptance among military historians: that the British Army’s great series of victories in 1918 should be seen as the ‘pay-off’ for lessons painfully learned in ...

Haig-bashing

Michael Howard

25 April 1991
Haig’s Command: A Reassessment 
by Denis Winter.
Viking, 362 pp., £18.99, February 1991, 0 670 80255 7
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... Diaries after the war (unkindly described by Lord Beaverbrook as committing suicide after his death) did not help his case. Nevertheless a powerful counter-attack was launched on his behalf by JohnTerraine, and these efforts found some support among the new school of ‘War and Society’ historians such as Professor Brian Bond and the present writer, who argued that Haig’s faults were those ...

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