By Alan Judd
After college and Sandhurst, Charles Thoroughgood has now joined the attack Commados and is on a four-month journey of accountability in Armagh and Belfast. The thankless job dealing with him and his males -- to patrol the tension-filled streets via weeks of boredom punctuated through bursts of horror -- takes them via instances of tragedy, insanity, laughter and terror.
Alan Judd tells Thoroughgood's story with verve, compassion and humour. the result's an incredibly high-quality novel which blends sour human incident with military farce.
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But we go for one hour and the second hour, nothing happened, and then nearly Dover... All Operation Fuller could offer at this stage was to c o n t e s t t h e n a r r o w e s t p o i n t , t h e Strait of Dover, w i t h Swordfish t o r p e d o b o m b e r s in daylight. T h e supposition had been that if the G e r m a n s came they would aim to pass Dover at night, and the British had p l a n n e d a c o m bined naval/air attack by torpedo-firing destroyers and by the Swordfish. At night it was A During Operation Fuller.
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The decisions to shoot civilians r e s p o n d e d w i t h the 'corpse f a c t o r y ' s t o r y . T h e land of Kultur were being taken at quite a low level. was hoist by its o w n petard. ' A war involving mil- w i t h von Biilow, c o m m a n d i n g the 2 n d Army, on von Kluck's lions of m e n and horses required mechanization and mobility i m m e d i a t e left. Naturally, von Biilow's m e n were set a slower o n a scale n o t available for a n o t h e r g e n e r a t i o n , as Niall p a c e t h a n v o n Kluck's, a n d so t h e r e was t h e e v e r - p r e s e n t Ferguson shows: fierce-looking d a n g e r o f a gap d e v e l o p i n g b e t w e e n t h e a r m i e s o n t h e e x t r e m e r i g h t w i n g , w h i c h is, o f c o u r s e , w h a t e v e n t u a l l y I mean, if you think about ultimately d e v e l o p e d , a l l o w i n g t h e British E x p e d i t i o n a r y Force a n d men and 600,000 Gallieni's Paris garrison to p e n e t r a t e the G e r m a n line.
A Breed of Heroes by Alan Judd