To my surprise I found myself gripped by the tale of Bagnold and the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), the battle of Monte Cassino and Cathers’ discourse on the ‘I’m here come and get me’ approach to warfare in medieval times – to cite but three of the 21 chapters. This book forms the fourth, valuable contribution, in a series of publications in recent years dealing with the interaction of terrain, specifically geology, and warfare (Underwood & Guth, 1998; Rose & Nathanail, 2000; Ehlen & Harmon, 2002).

Blake recognizes the fortuitous coincidence of airfield-friendly ground on...

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