This sabre-rattler is a saga, as well as being extensively illustrated. If you like flawed titan personalities and devastating frontal attacks, then this is the book for you.
Forget great victories like Waterloo and Balaclava, this is about mistakes and crushing defeats on both sides – unlike anything you have ever read before. It reads like a Hollywood movie script, except it is all true!! An emotional rollercoaster of a story it will rival any other great war drama you have ever read. For example, you have Cecil Rhodes, a British politician whose aim was to annex all of the South African continent by any means available, and Number Four was there – Number Four saw it all, a major participant in the battles of the Western Front.
You will feel the agony of the participants, for this is a story about hope, success, defeat and unresolveable loss. . Now, in the 21st century, Number Four is the only known survivor of Paardeberg. Paardeberg was the African equivilant of Guadacanal or the Kokoda Trail, the battle that turned the tide of war in Britains favour.
Number Four is a unique artillery gun and this book is a collectors piece. The photographs are sureal and the info in the back engaging.