When I asked for a copy of “Comrades in Courage” to review, I had a chance to interview the writer, by email and telephone:

Q: What started you on writing this book? Explain how you became interested in this aspect of 20th century history?

A: My father was responsible for sparking my interest in World War One. He used to tell me about his cousins who fought in France and Flanders and that several of them were wounded or killed.

Note: At the time of WWI, citizens of the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia, etc) had the option of volunteering to serve in the British military.

Q: Where did you look for new material? What resources were most helpful to you?

A: My home library was my main source of help. It consists of well over 2,000 books which I have collected for years. (Covering the period from the 1899 Boer War, through WWII) These books include a considerable number of British regimental histories for the 1914-1918 period, which are now extremely scarce.

Q: What was the most surprising aspect of the war uncovered in your research?

A: I think the aspect of the war which came as a surprise to me was learning about the wonderful sense of brotherhood which existed between men of the same regiment and battalion. Part of their training was spent on learning of the battles fought by their regiments through the years. This great sense of pride was sometimes the only thing that kept men from falling apart under the great stress of battle. They were determined not to ‘let their side down’ in the same way that a soccer team would feel.

I believe that the study of WWI is very relevant today. Unfortunately, few people in government in this and other Western countries are focused on it. For instance, there seems to be a belief in U.S. federal government circles that we must be the get-to guys whenever any sort of trouble breaks out in other countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

We would do well to consult with the British, who in the 19th century, in particular, occupied and controlled numerous countries. Their purpose for being there was not to attempt to change the customs or religions of those countries. Instead, it was to protect the trade routes in order to keep the raw materials they wanted from being taken by anyone else. We’ve learned nothing from those days and ways, and we are paying an increasingly heavy price for our arrogance and stupidity.

Sgt. Mom’s review of “Comrades in Courage” is here. The book may be ordered from Amazon.com and from the publisher, Booksurge.com

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