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To Reason Why by Sir Denis Forman
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To Reason Why

by Sir Denis Forman

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This is more than just an infantry officer's memoir. Denis Forman was closely involved in the Battle School movement that transformed the British Army's infantry training during the second world war. He then went on to serve alongside Lionel Wigram (the primary proponent and intellectual leader of the Battle School movement) in Italy. The story is as much about Lionel Wigram as it is about Denis Forman himself.

However one of the stand out pieces for me is the honest treatment of how men deal with battle. The psychological impact and how unreliable things become is often not mentioned in most memoirs, there is an unspoken need not to embarrass anyone, or bring up things better left to lie. This book manages to discuss it without shaming anyone.

Also, the appendices have copies of the reports into the lessons from the Sicily campaign drawn by Lionel Wigram. Not published at the time because they were too controversial. ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
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The second instalment of Sir Denis Forman's life story. Recounting his war experiences, he describes how he became friends with Lionel Wigram, and how together they ran a guerrilla campaign in the Italian mountains which ended tragically.

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