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Bungled cover-ups, acts of blinding incompetence, miscarriages of justice, sexual escapades, and downright stupidity scandals which have helped to make the world's armed forces the much loved institutions they are today. Take an irreverent look at the public outcries that both governments and soldiers would rather we forgot. From Julius Caesar's sex life and the frolics of Charles d'Eon, the fearless dragoon and noted transvestite to the sinking of the Kursk, Terry Crowdy delves into the darker reaches of military personality defects, vice and slip-ups. Packed with more than 70 mishaps, step back in time and see how corruption, bigotry, lust, vanity, incompetence and the occasional bout of insanity have coloured military history across the centuries.
Terry Crowdy has an unconventional background for a historian. Former bassist in a rock group, and a history enthusiast since childhood, he has long been fascinated by different aspects of military history and takes great pleasure in delving into obscure sources to pluck out the most astonishing and revealing stories throughout history. The author of a number of articles and books, including 'The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage', he lives in Kent, UK.
An Introduction… Of Sorts The Prologue: 'Iniquity in Antiquity' ACT I: 'Our Inglorious Past' ACT II: 'Manifest Infamy' ACT III: 'Not Such a Great War' ACT IV: 'Cold War Fallout' ACT V: 'Even in our Enlightened Times?' Afterword Endnotes