British at War by Jonathan Bastable

By Jonathan Bastable

It is a attention-grabbing number of tales exploring the fewer well-trodden byways of Britain's lengthy historical past of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the battle on terror, "Amazing & notable proof: the British at conflict" uncovers the heroic, tragic and infrequently strange proof at the back of many of the best-known battles in British historical past. short, available and enjoyable items on a wide selection of topics makes it's the ideal ebook to dip in to. the superb and impressive evidence sequence provides fascinating, incredible and little-known proof and tales a few wide selection of subject matters that are certain to tell, soak up and entertain in equivalent degree.

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Something similar happened further down the front line, near Armentieres. The British troops saw that the Germans, a few hundred yards away, were decorating the lip of their trench with Chinese lanterns. Two British officers went out across no-man’s-land and persuaded the first German sentry they encountered to call for an officer of his own. A local ceasefire was agreed for Christmas Day, which was marked with a game of football and an exchange of cigarettes. Football was not everywhere a possibility, because the ground was too churned up, and too thickly sown with corpses, as Rifleman Brazier recounts: ‘On Christmas Day we all got out of the trenches and walked about with the Germans, who, when asked if they were fed up with the war, said “Yes, rather”.

The official death toll for Bomber Command alone was 55,573. The Burning of Washington British troops sack the US capital The United States has so long been a military ally of Britain, it is easy to forget that the two nations have fought against each other – and not just in the war of independence. The Anglo-American war of 1812 was the culmination of a long period of rancour between the United States and the British Empire, caused partly by America’s unwillingness to curb relations with the French, whom the British had been fighting for a decade.

We cut the buttons off our coats and took in exchange the Imperial Arms of Germany. But the gift of gifts was Christmas pudding. The sight of it made the Germans’ eyes grow wide with hungry wonder, and at the first bite of it they were our friends for ever. Given a sufficient quantity of Christmas puddings, every German in the trenches would have surrendered’. Heath ended his account, written soon after Christmas, by saying: ‘As I finish this short and scrappy description of a strangely human event, we are pouring rapid fire into the German trenches, and they are returning the compliment just as fiercely.

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