New stuff

I’ve been away from the blog for some time, as a result of the pressure of other work and an almighty dose of cold, so I’ve just taken a day to add a load of new stuff in one go, on the principle that if I didn’t make the effort to restart what I still think is a valuable tool, I’d let it go completely. So here’s a guide to what’s just gone up, and some new items I’ve come across online.

Heather Jones and Sir Rodric Braithwaite‘s papers to the Writing War Seminar

The PhDs that never were

A living memorial

Jack McGowan’s blog – Jack is making exemplary use of his blog as a means of enhancing his PhD studies.

Brett Holman asks what my book is actually called.

Currently I’m in the middle of an enormous UCAS panic. So it’ll probably be another little while before more stuff goes up. Not the ideal use of blogging technology, I know. Incidentally, while I’m here, has anybody else commented thatin terms of training citizen soldiers, the Second World War was actually harder for the British Army than the First. New troops in Britain could not be gradually introduced to the line – instead, whole formations went through the bulk of the war training, but not fighting. Just been re-reading Timothy Harrison Place‘s book on this, and noting how hard it was to train soldiers in certain bits of fighting without a real enemy to practise on.

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2 Responses to New stuff

  1. Steve says:

    Tim Harrison Place’s book is worth reading, but it should be read in conjunction with books such as Terry Copp’s Fields of Fire (on the Canadians in Normandy) which show that the influence of centralised training on actual British fighting methods in WW2 was comparatively slight. The real training (and doctrines) was done by the individual fighting formations, and often varied considerably between them.

  2. Ross Mahoney says:

    Another book you should consider when thinking about the effect of the training and how succesful was it is John Buckley’s ‘British Armour in the Normandy Campaign’ it is an excellent work describing the problems, which Britian’s, and Canada’s, armoured arm had in translating theory into practice.

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