The Gardeners of Salonika: The Macedonian Campaign, 1915-1918 by Alan Palmer was first published in 1965 and I think was the first English publicationThe Gardeners of Salonika: The Macedonian Campaign, 1915-1918 by Alan Palmer was first published in 1965 and I think was the first English publication covering the Allied campaign against the Central Powers in the Balkan region during the Great War.
The Salonika campaign is one of the lesser-known campaigns of the Great War and in this book Alan Palmer tries to correct the many half-truths and myths about the fighting in this region.
Allied armies from Britain, France, Russia, Greece and Serbia fought against troops from Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria in a wilderness of mountains, gullies and hilltops in some of the worst weather and health (malaria) conditions known to the allied forces.
The book is well-written, easy to read and offers some interesting character studies of the commanders involved in this campaign. It is a good general account offering a decent overview of the campaign from its beginnings till the armistice signed in 1918.
The one thing this book lacks is decent maps of the operational area of the armies involved. Towards the end of the book two maps are provided to allow the reader to follow the movements of the armies during the final offensive but they are not detailed enough. ...more
This book, first published in 1998, has been one of the best accounts I have read to date on 'Lawrence of Arabia'. For anyone looking for an easy to rThis book, first published in 1998, has been one of the best accounts I have read to date on 'Lawrence of Arabia'. For anyone looking for an easy to read but in-depth account of this amazing man then I think this book would be the one to read.
In 380 pages Michael Asher takes you along on a journey of discovery with T.E. Lawrence and what a journey it is. The author re-traces many of Lawrence’s desert journeys and presents the reader with a book that is part history, part travelogue and all drama!
This book attempts to put to rest many of the myths and part-truths surrounding the career of T.E. Lawrence and does it well without going over-board. This book presents the man, warts and all and you come away from the book still amazed at what this man managed to accomplish in the desert during the Great War.
The book offers many black & white photographs but also a number of nice colour photographs taken by the author whilst re-tracing Lawrence’s journeys. This is a good book and well worth the time to pick up and read. ...more
I first read Chaz Bowyer’s book on Albert Ball, 1996 and it’s a great story of a young English pilot who rose to fame over the Western Front in only 1
I first read Chaz Bowyer’s book on Albert Ball, 1996 and it’s a great story of a young English pilot who rose to fame over the Western Front in only 15 months of aerial combat.
This is a well told and well researched account of a young British ace who died aged 20 but managed to account for 44 combat victories and was awarded the Military Cross, three Distinguished Service Orders, the Russian Order of St George and posthumously the French Legion d’Honneur and Britain’s highest decoration for gallantry, the Victoria Cross.
This book is well worth the time to read and should be in the library of any serious aviation buff....more