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The Soldier: His Daily Life Through the Ages

Philip Warner

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ISBN 10: 0800872487 / ISBN 13: 9780800872489
Published by Taplinger Pub Co
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Hardcover w / dustjacket. First edition copy. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. DJ is very good with slight edgewear. Price clipped. 1-14-10 Militaria. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1975. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 502605

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Title: The Soldier: His Daily Life Through the Ages

Publisher: Taplinger Pub Co

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Soldier is an imaginative and moving recreation of the life of the common soldier through the centuries. With gripping immediacy the twelve narratives - from that of a pre-Bronze Age tribesman fending off another tribe with stones and arrows to an American soldier in pursuit of the Japanese on a small Pacific island - depict the lot of the common man in battle. Here is the essence of the daily vicissitudes, concerns and the spirit of the ordinary man at arms, not only what his life was like but also what he was like. Each man is subtly linked to those who have gone before in such a way that we see plainly the sweep of history not in terms of kings, generals, and battles, but in the reflection of the restless tides of humanity from prehistoric times to the present era. These stories make vivid the world of a Roman legionary holding out against the Picts in a remote outpost in Britain, a Viking raider who settles in Normandy, a Norman archer who lives through the Battle of Hastings only to become caught up in a baron's revolt. There are brilliant pictures of what it was like to serve under Richard in the Crusades, take part in the Mongol invasion of Palestine, serve as a mercenary in fourteenth-century Italy, or be a Spanish conquistador in the Peruvian jungles.

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Philip Warner (1914-2000) enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals after graduating from St Catharine's, Cambridge in 1939. He fought in Malaya and spent 1,100 days 'as a guest of the Emperor' in Changi and on the Railway of Death, an experience he never discussed. He was a legendary figure to generations of cadets during his thirty years as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Yet he will arguably be best remembered for his contribution of more than 2,000 obituaries of prominent army figures to The Daily Telegraph. In addition he wrote fifty-four books on all aspects of military history, ranging from castles and battlefields in Britain, to biographies of prominent military figures (such as Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend; Field Marshall Earl Haig; Horrocks: The General who Led from the Front and Auchinleck: The Lonely Soldier) to major histories of the S.A.S., the Special Boat Services and the Royal Corps of Signals."

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