Night of the Bayonets written by Eric Lee and published by Greenhill Books. Hardback – £19.99 – Pages 206.

I must admit I had forgotten about this book, only to now find it and discover a riveting read about a battle that was at the end of world war two, and certainly after VE Day. The book looks at the battle on Texel Island when 800 Georgians serving in the German army turned on their German counterparts killing many in just a few hours with knives and bayonets. Hitler wanted the island to be retaken but after the initial start of the uprising the battle was ended by Canadian troops.

This was a fascinating read from beginning to end and about a part of history I’d never really heard about. I really don’t know why this has never been revealed more to the public before, but I think it would make a riveting film. Thanks to the author for bringing us this book, which is very well written and a great read. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has managed to bring a well written and clear book from a lot of information that must have been a bit unclear and muddled. I definitely recommend this book and I would give it a good 4.5 out of 5.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.