THE BAND THAT WENT TO WAR
A Deserved Accolade
I am not usually one to shout but this morning I must and will.
BRIAN SHORT’S BOOK ‘THE BAND THAT WENT TO WAR’ IS A MASTERPIECE!
Launched with the blessing of Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE whose
presence on the ground largely secured eventual victory Brian deserves
the highest praise for placing on record the experience he and his fellow
musicians had on board ‘Canberra’ when it sailed off to
War in the South Atlantic forty years ago. Combining pathos, historic
accuracy and Band Service humour the book is for any ‘bandie’
a must read item. At £25 the book is the best value colleagues
will see anywhere this year. I urge you all to buy, beg, borrow or steal
a copy so that you can swell with pride as you realise how much we collectively
owe to these men who carried out the many demanding hostilities based
tasks allotted to them and and yet still found time to entertain. Brian
Short, realising that no one had written about this unique episode of
Band Service history, and before events were entirely forgotten, has
written this tribute to his colleagues with scarcely a word about himself.
I commend his book to all who have proudly worn the uniform of a Royal