Here he goes again, moan bloomin’ trombone. “The smell of Cordite drifted across the battlefield”. No, it didn’t. The smell of Cordite smoke drifted across the battlefield. If it was before 1889 and after about 1950 it certainly didn’t. Crikey, I’m such a pedant! But such mistakes can spoil a whole chapter, even a whole book for me. The point though, is that it’s only in things I know about, if I don’t know about a particular subject, well, how could I even spot the mistake? But of course, in that instance I am being sold a fib. Being poorly educated.
Therefore my plea to authors is to please research, research, research! Cultivate contacts in many fields, make use of friends, family and social networks to find out more and of course make use of organs such as Wikipedia.