I find Gordon Corrigan has done a masterful job of exploding the myths of Churchill, before and during WWII. That Churchill had no real combat experience may come as a surprise to many readers of this book.
I find Gordon Corrigan has done a masterful job of exploding the myths of Churchill, before and during WWII. How the British were hoodwinked by the German military in their rearmament program in the run-up to the war is presented in expert detail. The fact was, Chamberlain did want to rearm, but his view was stifled by public opinion. The history of a war is written by the victors.
Corrigan also peppers his narrative with an engrossing array of military knowledge. - Noble Frankland SPECTATOR 'Bracing, challenging and highly informative . TRIBUNE 'This is an excellent book, and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the Second World Wa.
Gordon Corrigan's Mud, Blood and Poppycock overturned the myths that surround the First World War. Now he challenges our assumptions about the Second World War in this brilliant, caustic narrative that exposes just how close Britain came to losing. He reveals how Winston Churchill bears a heavy responsibility for the state of our forces in 1939, and how his interference in military operations caused a string of disasters. The reputations of some of our most famous generals are also overturned: above all, Montgomery, whose post-war stature owes more to his skill with a pen than talent for.
Blood, Sweat and Arrogance book. Published June 1st 2007 by Phoenix (first published January 1st 2006). Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: And the Myth of Churchill's War. by. Gordon Corrigan. Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: And the Myth of Churchill's War (Phoenix Press). 0304367389 (ISBN13: 9780304367382).
Gordon Corrigan Churchill takes heavy blame for the poor state of the British forces in 1939.
Why were the British, victorious in 1918, unable to match the Germans in 1940-and why were these pioneers of tank warfare overcome for so long by Germany’s panzers? This caustic critique exposes just how close England came to losing World War II, and in the process overturns the reputations of some of Britain’s most famous generals. Churchill takes heavy blame for the poor state of the British forces in 1939, while Montgomery is revealed to have much skill with a pe. ut very little in command. It’s a brilliant, eye-opening reassessment, from policy decisions in the 1920s to the great campaigns of 1939-45.
Corrigan's first charge is that Churchill bore as much guilt as appeasers for . However, Corrigan's criticisms of Montgomery's arrogance, rudeness, dishonesty, and so on, are standard stuff.
Corrigan's first charge is that Churchill bore as much guilt as appeasers for Britain's military unreadiness in 1939 because he had supported the so-called "Ten Year Rule", whereby governments estimated that there would be no major war within a decade. The indictment is unsound. A number of Corrigan's strictures on Churchill as war leader are true but few are new. He remained a rogue elephant, a spiritual subaltern of hussars who craved to grapple with the enemy in person. He had tunnel vision yet was easily distracted by adventures.
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his tone, occasionally sneering, often patronising and always cocksure, is particularly tiresome in someone so prone to error. He makes the elementary mistake of asserting, for example, that a Russian declaration of war against Japan "never came"