Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield by Max Hastings

By Max Hastings

With this assortment, Hastings is again on domestic territory, the place he can deliver his targeted mix of talents as warfare reporter, and social in addition to army historian to bear…This is without doubt one of the top and such a lot diverting of his shorter pieces’ night Standard

‘All (of the tales) are corking…opinions are said firmly and with huge daring swings of the pendulum. His virtues are readability and decisiveness – vastly to be famous by way of making transparent, for the lay reader, approximately what's going within the fiendishly complicated and bloody engagements he describes.’ Spectator

‘A splendidly eclectic selection…Hastings has written a marvellous booklet. Wry perceptive and interesting, it lays naked the curious mixture of personality characteristics – solid and undesirable – profitable warrior requires.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘His brisk prose has the characteristics of his warriors: transparent, decisive, forceful…“Warriors” will enthral everyone.’ day-by-day Telegraph

‘Brilliant…Hastings combines his consummate ability as a author with passages of descriptive brilliance to supply a e-book for the standard citizen…He captures the dedication of the struggling with servicemen and women…in language that's strong but eminently understandable. this can be a ebook to entertain.’ Sunday Times

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Charlie bent at the knees and dropped down onto her lower deck. He surfaced twenty minutes later to the soft pulse of Phoebe’s Thornycroft engine. Clouds of exhaust fumes filled the wharf and mingled with the early morning mist lingering over the river. 08:15 Monday 27 May 1940. Mauleon’s Farm, near Le Cornet Malo, France Ratman Miller awoke to find himself in a barn. The artillery fire and other assorted noises had been slowly invading his dreams. To a sleeping mind it was not an unpleasant sound.

He had sited two Bren guns on the opposite bank, either side of the ancient stone bridge, and issued instructions that the refugees were to be screened carefully before letting them across one at a time. Special attention was to be given to anyone dressed as a priest or nun. The tide of fleeing Belgian civilians had been fairly constant for much of the day. But, by late afternoon, the numbers began to dwindle and Sandy, totally fed up with watching them stagger across the canal, thought to write to his brother.

And they must be stopped here. ’ The Brigadier turned now towards the adjutant. ‘Peter, here, will give you all the details. ’ The staff Humber roared off. ‘Right,’ said Peter. ‘That RE chap has finished his work on the bridge. But you will give the order to blow it the moment you see fit. There’s a party of engineers on the other side. Make sure you give them a chance to get back first. Three smart toots on the whistle. Do not, repeat, do not let the Bosche get hold of this bridge. ’ in a voice loud enough to be heard either side of the canal.

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