Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Lawrence and the Arab Revolts 1914-18 by David Nicolle

Lawrence and the Arab Revolts 1914-18 by David Nicolle is an Osprey title. The title is somewhat of a misnomer the book is mostly about the various Arab forces. Lawrence is mentioned very rarely. Nicolle refuses to say one way or the other about the historical accuracy of Lawrence's claims. He does note that most Arab historians don't really believe him. There's quite a bit to cover. Material is given on various units from different tribes. This includes groups from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen. There's not much given for each group. It's hard to say whether this was a space consideration or a simple lack of documentation. Thumbnail descriptions of some of the campaigns are given. This really left me wanting more. There's no bibliography or suggestions for further reading unfortunately. Illustrations and photos are on every page.

Mildly Recommended there is some good stuff butt this could easily have been broken up into two or three booklets.

Is available through Abebooks.

For more reviews take a look at My Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, Partisan and Guerrilla Warfare bookshelf.

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