Bungled cover-ups, acts of blinding incompetence, miscarriages of justice, sexual escapades, and downright stupidity - scandals 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.
About the Author
Terry Crowdy has long been fascinated by many aspects of military history and takes great pleasure delving into forgotten historical sources and seeking information that has eluded others. He is the author of a number of articles and books including THE ENEMY WITHIN for Osprey. The author lives in Kent, UK.
"Read this book and see how corruption, lust, vanity, adultery, draft dodging, bigotry, drug taking and incompetence have painted a somewhat ‘colorful’ picture of the military over the centuries." -www.mataka.org (October 2010)
"...readers will find [this] an enjoyable and titillating read that goes where most military histories won't go." -Brutarian