Supplying the British Army in the Second World War written by Janet MacDonald and published by Pen and Sword Books. £25.00 – Hardback – 220 pages.

At first glance at the title of this book, you’ll probably think this won’t be good, after all it’s not going to be about battles, fighting or dogfights but it’s actually a really interesting book. All families, workplaces and armies need a backbone, or rather a support staff, those that can do the job in the background to make the job happen. And really this is what this book is about, the amount of sheer kit needed for an army is massive from guns and equipment, to uniforms and food, to petrol and medicines. The list and chapters are just fascinating and I can see it of being interest to your everyday battle fan to your military historian. To be honest it reminded me of my time as a Scout Leader, taking 20 odd teenagers on a week long summer camp, it always felt like you were an army on manoeuvres. Plus all the kit you needed was always unbelievable and people (non-campers) were always amazed by the amount of effort and work you had to put in.

This book to me was extremely interesting and an excellent read. I can honestly say that I learnt a lot from reading it, with a lot of surprising things along the way. Credit to the author Janet MacDonald as the read was fascinating, clear and very well explained. I can imagine it could have got boring or tedious but I didn’t find that at all. Also the thought has just occurred to me most of this job is having to be done from the front line during war. The skills of the people involved have to be really admired. I can see this book being ideal for those in business or have to organise big events. An excellent book gets my 5 star rating.

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.