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Chinese Hoards & Human Waves

sku Product SKU:  2014

The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war.  He describes in vivid detail the horrific conditions faced not just by all elements of the British contingent, but also the Canadian, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who fought so well.  The reader is given a clear insight of what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off ferocious massed attacks by the numerically superior Chinese.  Few outside the war zone realised just how appalling and dangerous conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, the Author is well-placed to analyse the causes and implications of the War, the reasons for the Commonwealth becoming involved, the failure of Intelligence and how the bravery of American troops on the ground counter-balanced errors of policy in the conduct of the War.  The plight of prisoners-of-war, held with no regard for the Geneva Convention, is also scrutinised.

As well as being a rare and gripping personal memoir, Chinese Hordes and Human Waves provides a valuable insight into the broader issues surrounding this all-too-often forgotten conflict.


"Highly readable and written with great modesty"
British Army Review
" A highly recommended book that I found hard to put down"
Tank Magazine

"A detailed personal insight into the fierce fighting that went on in Korea during the early 1950s"

British Legion Magazine

GBP 12.9900

Guardians of Churchills Army

sku Product SKU:  2008

In July 1940, a desperately weakened Britain licks her wounds after the humiliating retreat from Dunkirk.  How can the fight be taken to the enemy?  New Prime Minister Winston Churchill orders the creation of the Special Operations Executive, to 'set Europe ablaze' through subversion and sabotage.  But this most secret of agencies must be kept secure.

Guardians of Churchill's Secret Army tells the mostly unknown human stories of the men who were brought into SOE, straight from Intelligence Corps training, to do just that.  They were junior in rank, but far from ordinary people.  They were Australian, Anglo-French, Canadian, Scandinavian, East European and British.  They had been schoolteachers, journalists, artists, ship brokers, racehorse trainers and international businessmen. Each spoke several languages.

These men stood alongside courageous agents in training: encouraged them, assessed their character, and tried to teach them the caution and suspicion that might just keep them alive, deep in enemy territory.  But they did much more.  Many became agents themselves and displayed great bravery. 

All played a crucial role in the global effort to undermine the enemy.  We find them not only in the Baker Street Headquarters of SOE, but also in night parachute drops, in paramilitary training in the remotest depths of Scotland and in undercover agent training in isolated English country houses.  We follow them to occupied France, to Malaya and Thailand under threat of Japanese invasion, to Italy and Germany as they play their part in the collapse of the Axis regimes.  As we do so, we find a world of heroism and commitment so different from our own experience that it is scarcely believable.


GBP 16.0000

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