Sapper and Drew Posts And then Andy asked for an example which Sapper declined to give (shame - I was looking forward to a scrap). So, I will give you an example: Richard Overy in "Russia's War 1941-1945" (fantastic reviews but rubbish book in my opinion) is a lazy historian (in my opinion) and repeats the old fable that Stalin, in a generous mood, allowed Marshal Zhukov to take the final salute in the victory parade. Whilst it is true that Zhukov did take the salute, the reason was very different and you have to read Sebag Montefiore's book "Stalin - the Court of the Red Tsar - excellent book) to find the more likely truth (which at least came from an interview with Stalin's son). Stalin had tried for two weeks to master sitting on a white horse to take the salute. When he fell off for the uptenth time, he decided the old cavalry man, Zhukov, should deputise for him - same end result but totally different reason. Nearer to home, as you know Andy, there were three books written about the battle of Wormhoudt and not one got a simple fact like the number of platoons of 4th Battalion Cheshires correct eg quoting two when there were four actually present. AND all they had to do was read the Cheshire War Diary! BUT Aitken made the original mistake and then the rest copied him. So while Sapper has made his point a lot more vigourly than I would have, I agree with the sentiments. Now I always read the notes - in fact I spend more time on them than the book. If the author is quoting solid sources written at the time or not long after, I am prepared to beleive this a lot more than if he simply quotes a previous author. Oh! and we should not forget that all (or most of the main) actors knew they would become historical figures and naturally wanted history to remember them as successful - so, I am always sceptical when the likes of Patton and Montgomery et al are giving their interpretation of the TRUTH.