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Army July 21, 2011
Among the Dead Cities
Author: A.C. Grayling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Plc, London, 2006
Reviewer: Gregory Jarosch
DURING World War II the Royal
Air Force (RAF) by night "area"
bombing and United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) by daylight
"precision" bombing, jointly car-
ried out the main bombing cam-
paign over Western Europe.
As the war progressed, Allied
bomb tonnage dropped on the Axis
went up 95-fold (from 5000 tonnes
in 1940 to 474,000 tonnes in 1944,
by the RAF alone), collateral dam-
age went up, production of Axis war
material and will to fight also some-
what paradoxically went up.
The author, Professor A.C
Grayling, University of London, has
examined wartime thinking, military
actions and outcomes, and the aerial
war policy impacts on the longer
term post-war period, from various
viewpoints, to arrive at some inter-
esting questions and conclusions on
bombing campaigns in general. Such
questions and conclusions that dur-
ing wartime, or decades after, cessa-
tion of hostilities were too "raw" or
"sensitive" to explore more fully.
It makes for compulsive read-
ing that the insights and viewpoints
of politicians, service chiefs, air-
crews and those on the ground at
the "receiving end" of bombing
campaigns were either very intui-
tive or naive in terms of immediate
or future consequences for rules of
Insights and viewpoints that at that
time (and even in hindsight today)
resulted in decisions, and actions that
ranged from the necessary and meas-
ured to the unconscionable.
As the euphoria of winning the
war subsided, the true cost of the
victory started to dawn on the plan-
ners for peace, in the shadow of the
looming Cold War.
Say again, over
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We also liked ...
"Sir, if you make me
wear this two or three
more times I swear I'm
going to quit. I mean it
Lt Benjamin Hutton
"It's always 'what's for
lunch, what's for dinner'.
Why don't you ever take
me any place nice?"
New KIA packs a punch
Cost high after bombings
KIA Soul five-door hatchback with four
speed semi-auto transmission
Engine: 1.6l diesel engine producing
94kW and 260Nm of torque
Test vehicle RRP: $29,190
Reviewer: Sgt Andrew Hetherington
AFTER first laying eyes on the
KIA Soul, I thought it was
an escapee from the vault of
Toyota's research and devel-
The unique-looking, box-shaped
hatch has an enthusiastic 1.6l diesel
engine under the bonnet, putting out
94kW at a low 4000rpm and a handy
260Nm of torque from an astonishing
This provided a surprising and pleas-
ing response, producing rapid forward
momentum when the go pedal was
Even though the power figure would
not turn any of the wheels of an F1
car faster than a mouse furiously run-
ning in a wheel, it's the torque which
makes things happen and puts a smile on
It also had surprisingly nimble han-
dling and body roll was only felt in tight
turns with the right foot planted.
The Soul is a compliant, flex-
ible and internally spacious hatch,
which can seat four adults in reasonable
Its only shortcoming is the lack of
rear luggage space, but I guess if owners
are willing to stack luggage conserva-
tively to the roof it won't be much of a
KIA has incorporated into the Soul
plenty of safety and technology, such as
an MP3-compatible CD player, audio
auxiliary jack, power windows, external
temperature gauge, cruise control, too
many airbags to mention, electronic sta-
bility control and anti-lock brakes.
KIA has really punched above its
weight by creating the unique-looking
Buyers will appreciate the generous
rear leg room, head-turning aesthetics,
value for money equipment list, eco-
nomical and punchy diesel engine and
impressive paint finish, on a vehicle
which, when lived with for a few days,
continues to grow on you.
Little gem: The KIA Soul has the looks
and the performance to go with it.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
By Bob Dikkenberg
If you can think of a clever, witty cap-
tion for this picture, email
with "caption competition July 21" in
the subject line. Keep entries under 25
words. Entries MUST include sender's
name, rank and unit.
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