Four days into being back in the office and if feels as though I have never been away! Our suite is lowly taking shape and the phones will be finally sorted out today. My back was improving but I must have slept awkwardly last night - no doubt as a result of over exuberant celebrations following England's victory against Denmark - as it has been particularly tiresome this morning. I am hoping that I will be able to revisit the man cave this weekend but will have to see.
As I am currently unable to get up into the man cave at present it has given me the opportunity to catch up on some reading and to support this I have managed to score some bargains courtesy of eBay. These are all in good, second hand condition just as I like them!
I was also pleased to pick up a copy of this by way of a support to my WW1 East African naval project(s).
(Note that the above pictures are taken from Google images and are not of the copies I have as the books are at home and I am some thirty odd miles away!)
All three of the above are useful in different ways. The Naval Annual of 1913 is full of useful stuff and includes charts of specifications and plans of the many of the major ships of the world's navies as well as chapters on various naval topics. It is an interesting snapshot of naval practice and theory on the eve of the Great War.
Riding the Retreat by the late Richard Holmes is one of my favourite books about a pivotal episode in the history of the British Army during the Great War. The book is a thoroughly entertaining travelogue as the author and his three companions ride the route of the BEF as they retreated from Mons to the Marne as well as a good overview of the campaign and the make up of the army of the period. I have fought a number of games based on the retreat using my block armies and also with the redoubtable Mr Fox. Attempting to emulate some of the more Bacchanalian exploits of Richard Holmes and his companions - they seemed to have eaten (and drank) very well on their travels in the various places they stopped or stayed - is not recommended for the faint hearted! Mr Fox and I did enjoy making the effort though, probably much to the detriment of the action we were trying to fight....
Finally, The Forgotten Front. This book covers the whole of the East African theatre so includes Von Lettow-Vorbecks campaign, Lake Tanganyika as well as the Kongsberg affair. A very welcome addition to the library and one that will be very useful.
I am pleased to have added these to my collection and I am sure to get much use out of them.