Friday, November 13, 2015
Review of T-Force by Sean Longden (Constable, 2010)
As Longden argues T-Forces role and its valuable work has been mostly airbrushed from history, in part because a lot of its work was classified (and some still remains so), in part because the force was quite internally fractured. In the few accounts that do discuss its work, there is a lot of misconception and misreporting. His aim then was to provide a more thorough and overarching history of T-Force, drawing on archival sources and interviews with a handful of remaining personnel. The result is a fascinating tale, that is a little uneven in its treatment, is often quite sketchy, and overly relies on personal testimony from a small group. It also suffers from some repetition and in the conclusion in particular speculation. Nonetheless, the book provides a good overview of T-Force, especially in the immediate post-war era, and Longden fulfils his aim.