In the twenty five years of his career George Clarke Musgrave became a more frustrated, more discouraged and, ultimately, more troubled man. While he had no hesitation in identifying and exposing the failings of those in authority, he was never able to fully come to terms with the habitual inability of our politicians and our best generals to make clear, correct and courageous decisions; or with the ignorance and incompetence of officials at every level; or the foul stain of corruption that sucks the very lifeblood from the fighting man. And he lived with this through the five theatres of conflict in which he served.
He suffered the brutality, the traumas and the evils of war tempered with an undying admiration for the men and women who lived and loved, suffered and triumphed in its fighting. He was a committed and prolific writer whose work chronicles the often untold stories of those left behind to suffer the iniquities and atrocities of wars that others fought; and it is in his writing that we discover the insights of our war correspondent.
Book 8 of the Wars and Words series