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Soldiers

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What leads a man to join the Army? To fight and perhaps die for his country? To enjoy a semi-monastic life among his comrades? To belong to a regiment in which he can take pride? To obey orders? Or just to escape into a secure environment?Rich in narrative and anecdote this poignant and important book has at its heart short biographies of Chelsea Pensioners whose lives span the twentieth century and who have seen action from Passchendale to Anzio, from the Malayan emergency to the Mau Mau uprising, from Aden to Indonesia. Philip Ziegler is fascinated by the values which these veterans share, and which the Army inculcated in them: self-discipline, acceptance of risk or pain, patriotism, loyalty to their fellows. And of course, sometimes bigotry, narrow-mindedness, even blinkered stupidity. Are the old values relevant today or is the Royal Hospital a museum of fossilised ideals and attitudes?To read this book is to understand what soldiers are all about, what they fight for, and how they fit into the world of the twenty-first century.

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Author(s):
Philip Ziegler
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0712667385
ISBN-13:
9780712667388
Number of pages:
352
Publisher:
Pimlico
Title:
Soldiers

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What leads a man to join the Army? To fight and perhaps die for his country? To enjoy a semi-monastic life among his comrades? To belong to a regiment in which he can take pride? To obey orders? Or just to escape into a secure environment?Rich in narrative and anecdote this poignant and important book has at its heart short biographies of Chelsea Pensioners whose lives span the twentieth century and who have seen action from Passchendale to Anzio, from the Malayan emergency to the Mau Mau uprising, from Aden to Indonesia. Philip Ziegler is fascinated by the values which these veterans share, and which the Army inculcated in them: self-discipline, acceptance of risk or pain, patriotism, loyalty to their fellows. And of course, sometimes bigotry, narrow-mindedness, even blinkered stupidity. Are the old values relevant today or is the Royal Hospital a museum of fossilised ideals and attitudes?To read this book is to understand what soldiers are all about, what they fight for, and how they fit into the world of the twenty-first century.

Author(s):
Philip Ziegler
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0712667385
ISBN-13:
9780712667388
Number of pages:
352
Publisher:
Pimlico
Title:
Soldiers

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