Shame - always a bummer when you buy a book and soon realise you shouldn't have bothered....
It's curiosity! A couple of months ago I read another book by Corrigan, The Second World War: A Military History so I already knew his style of writing and his favourite topics of the war. In that other book he was already highly critical of Churchill and Montgomery, as well as uttering some questionable - at least! - positions (Most notably "By and large the Waffen SS behaved well.").... So I somehow knew what to expect.
Now in this book, Blood, Sweat and Arrogance with it's subtitle of The Myths of Churchill's War I expected some backing up of his earlier statements about Churchill's decisions, ideas and actions - but there hardly was any. It's just not enough to simply call WSC's ideas "idiocy", or to mention generally that he interefered too much in naval details, directing ships here and there. I want facts, not generalisations.
And again, in this book, he somehow writes oddly about the Waffen SS as having some "bad press". This writer, being an ex-infantryman with the Ghurka's, is either more relaxed about the issue, or, worse, more closely asspciated to the views of a notorious guy called - David Irving.
"A big butcher's bill is not necessarily evidence of good tactics"
- Wavell's reply to Churchill, after the latter complained about faint-heartedness, as he discovered that British casualties in the evacuation from Somaliland had been only 260 men.