Review – Mine Were of Trouble, by Peter Kemp

Highly Recommend all of Kemp’s novels.

Mystery Grove Publishing is a Great Resource for these types of Books.

A Mari Usque Ad Mare

Mine Were of Trouble: A Nationalist Account of the Spanish Civil War by [Peter Kemp  Kemp]

Peter Kemp was born in Bombay, India. His father was a judge and Kemp was educated to become a lawyer in the United Kingdom. Luckily, he was spared that fate, instead opting to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Mine Were of Trouble is a chronicle of his time serving with the Nationalist side during the war. Kemp saw the rise of communism in Spain, and being a conservative monarchist, thought he should join Franco’s side against the Republicans.

The Spanish Civil war is one of those long events that is known mostly by name, but little of the details is generally understood. This is likely because the war involved many different conflicts, not just political, but ethnic, ideological, and religious. In the Spanish Republic, around 1935-1936, it was becoming obvious that a communist government was going to take power through democratic elections. Several high level officers in the Spanish…

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Literary Corner: The Great American World War II Novelists

The Great American World War II Novelists

 

I remember reading James Jones The Thin Red Line in High School and being blown away by the dense, layered prose. It took me somewhere around three weeks to get through it because I would re-read some chapters twice.

Since then I read Jones’ WW2 trilogy to include From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line and Whistle.

Highly Recommended.

 

Know Your History: A Critical Look at the Polish ‘Pogroms’ of 1914–1920

A Critical Look at the Polish ‘Pogroms’ of 1914–1920

 

I recently had the good fortune to read William Hagen’s Cambridge-published Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914–1920, one of the most interesting books I’ve read on Jewish-European relations since John Doyle Klier’s Oxford-published work on the Tsarist pogroms. It’s always refreshing to see scholars of European heritage tackle this subject matter, which has been dominated for too long by Jewish academics offering a one-sided, lachrymose, and propaganda-laden approach. 

Three Must Read WW2 Trilogies

The Liberation Trilogy

Rick Atkinson

 

 

The Pacific War Trilogy

Ian Toll

 

 

The History of the Third Reich Trilogy

Richard J. Evans