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Man of War

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The heroic and unforgettable saga of one man's rise to military glory…written by one of Britain's greatest soldiers turned writer.

Miller was a career soldier — one of the best.

He had twenty years and more of active service behind him — from the trenches of World War 1, to a riot-torn India, and from the Spanish Civil War to a heroic rearguard action at Dunkirk.

His tacti
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1983 by Michael Joseph Ltd.
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David Rose
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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If you have any interest in putting yourself into the boots of a professional British infantry officer of the second World War generation, this is probably the single best book of fiction you could read. Miller's military career, training and development as a soldier and commander are shared with the insight of one who has been there himself. I would consider this, although it is fictional, to be semi-autobiographical in that I believe it shares, not the actual events, but the way that Masters f ...more
Shannon
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
The writing style tends to be Old School but it's readable enough. This is a military book written by an ex military man. It focuses on a British man who navigates his way through the military hierarchy, dealing with conflict after conflict, especially from within. The big strengths of this novel are focused upon logistics and an insider's view of how things went during peace time before WWII and then the early war years of WWII. I'd only recommend it for such sorts. WHEN READ: June to August; M ...more
Jyothykumar
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
As good as any John Masters' books. Do get a feeling Masters had a dose of self-pity as he wrote this one. To be fair, though, one needs to extrapolate oneself to the early 20th century to appreciate British (& Anglo-Indian) moods inIndia.

Man of War succeeds in taking you deep into that era.
Paul Hasbrouck
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great read about the career of a British officer from the trench's of WWI, the inter war years and early battles of 1940. His hero is based on the real life figure of Field Marshal William "Bill" Slim of Burma fame.
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Masters was the son of a lieutenant-colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army. He was educated at Wellington and Sandhurst. On graduating from Sandhurst in 1933, he was seconded to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) for a year before applying to serve with the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles. He saw service on the North-West Frontier with the 2nd bat ...more
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