By Keith Douglas
'This is the one ebook from the second one global conflict related with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein begun, the poet Keith Douglas used to be in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not leave out the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander through the entire of the allied boost throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience provide it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from plant life carpeting the wilderness in iciness to vanquished enemies, is visible with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber reveals version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his dying in Normandy in 1944 - encompasses a new preface via the novelist Richard Skinner.
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The main guns could fire a broadside many times heavier than the bomb load of an interwar bomber, and do so again and again; the mountings could adjust the position of the gun with such accuracy that shells could hit targets many miles away; analogue computing devices (fire control gear) allowed the shells fired from one moving ship to hit another moving ship; the armour plating could protect against repeated hits from shells weighing hundreds of kilograms. In 1935 the British navy had, as a result of multilateral disarmament, fifteen battleships to the USA’s fifteen and Japan’s ten, the only powers remotely near Britain in comparative naval power.
Ships and telegraphs were hardly the only British machines operated by British managers and technicians and workers 22 T h e A ssu r a n c e o f V i c to ry outside Britain. All around the world British technical experts were vital to the operation of British-owned facilities, many of which could boast of being the largest refinery, or meat-packing plant, or whatever, in the world. In the mid-1930s there was some £1bn in nominal capital in British enterprises operating overseas: £700m in foreign enterprises and maybe £400m in direct investments.
In 1939 each of the major fleets had the same battleships it had in 1935, but some had by then been drastically changed. Every one of the fifteen British battleships of the 1930s had at least one large refit in the interwar years and five were ‘reconstructed’. They were given new engines, had their gun-mountings 33 b r ita in ’ s wa r m ac h i n e modified to increase range, and were given new fire control gear – at total costs of £2m to £3m each. These costs approached half what it would have cost to build a battleship from scratch.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas