Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats

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University Press of Kentucky, 30 июл. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 266

In the modern popular imagination, the British Army's campaign in the Middle East during World War I is considered somehow less brutal than the fighting on European battlefields. A romantic view of this conflict has been further encouraged by such films as Lawrence of Arabia and The Light Horsemen. In Hell in the Holy Land, David R. Woodward uses graphic eyewitness accounts from the diaries, letters, and memoirs of British soldiers who fought in that war to describe in rigorous detail the genuine experience of the fighting and dying in Egypt and Palestine. The massive flow of troops and equipment to Egypt eventually made that country host to the largest British military base outside of Britain and France. Though many soldiers found the atmosphere in Cairo exotic, the desert countryside made the fundamentals of fighting and troop maintenance extremely difficult. The intense heat frequently sickened soldiers, and unruly camels were the only practical means of transport across the soft sands of the Sinai. The constant shortage of potable water was a persistent problem for the troops; one soldier recalled, "It is impossible to realize the depth a man will sink to endeavor to appease the terrible horror of thirst." The voices of these British soldiers offer a forgotten perspective of the Great War, describing not only the physical and psychological toll of combat but the daily struggles of soldiers who were stationed in an unfamiliar environment that often proved just as antagonistic as the enemy. A soldier of the Dorset Yeomanry, stationed in Egypt, wrote: "There are three sounds in Egypt which never cease -- the creaking of the waterwheels, the song of the frogs, and the buzz of flies.... Letter writing is an impossibility in the evening, for as soon as the sun goes down, if a lamp is lighted, the air all round is thick with little grey sand-flies which bite disgustingly." Using archival records, many from the Imperial War Museum in London, England, Woodward paints a vivid picture of the mayhem, terror, boredom, filth, and sacrifice that marked the daily life of British soldiers in the Middle East. In telling the story of these soldiers, Woodward provides a personal history of a campaign that laid the groundwork for the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.

 

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Introduction
1
Part I The 1920s1950s
9
1 Basil Hayden
13
2 Wallace Wah Wah Jones
19
3 Charles Martin C M Newton
25
4 Cliff Hagan
33
5 Frank Ramsey
41
6 Ed Beck
47
19 Roger Harden
137
20 Deron Feldhaus
143
21 Travis Ford
149
22 Jared Prickett
155
23 Jeff Sheppard
161
24 Allen Edwards
169
25 Derek Anderson
175
26 Orlando Tubby Smith
181

7 Johnny Cox
55
Part II The 1960s1970s
59
8 Charles Cotton Nash
61
9 Larry Conley
67
10 Dan Issel
73
11 Joe B Hall
81
12 Mike Pratt
89
13 Kevin Grevey
95
14 Jack Goose Givens
103
15 Rick Robey
109
16 Kyle Macy
115
17 Derrick Hord
123
Part III The 1980s1990s
129
18 Jim Master
131
27 Marquis Estill
187
Part IV The 2000s2010s
193
28 Chuck Hayes
195
29 Ravi Moss
201
30 Patrick Patterson
207
31 Darius Miller
213
32 John Wall
217
Acknowledgments
223
Authors Note
227
Notes
229
Index
233
About the Author
249
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Doug Brunk is an award-winning journalist who has written hundreds of articles for trade and consumer publications.

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