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Review: Type 45 Destroyer Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual by Prof. Jonathan Gates

Haynes here present a first class, and extraordinarily comprehensive, description of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyer, covering its genesis, design, development, building, construction, hull, machinery, weapons systems and operation. The author is ex-RCNC and BAE and was part of the T45 design team. This is the real thing, produced

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Review: The Chemists’ War 1914-1918 by Michael Fremantle

As the title suggests this book concerns the chemistry that went on during the war.  We are all no doubt aware of the Germans use of Mustard Gas during this bloody conflict but this book casts light on how the British and Americans also used gas such as Chlorine gas

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Review: Constant Vigilance – The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign by Nigel W.M. Warwick

‘The Royal Air Force Regiment’, which came into existence in the United Kingdom on 1st February 1942 following the signing of the Royal Warrant by King George VI, was the title conferred upon the newest Corps of the RAF. Its personnel were drawn from the old ‘Ground Defense Branch’ of

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Review: Stilwell and the Chindits Jon Diamond.

Stilwell and the Chindits The Allied Campaign in Northern Burma 1943-1944. Rare photographs from wartime archives .

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HAIX Black Eagle Athletic (Desert) Boots

The more eagle eyed of you may recall that I was in Germany last month checking out boot factories and stuff. Anyway, during my adventures I was given 3 new pairs of boots to review. I’ve been wearing the first pair for a good month now, so it’s about time

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Review: The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

Forsyth is a master storyteller and his previous books such as Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and many more have been contemporary thrillers, dealing with events that are relevant to the era.  In this book he has continued this trend in that the story is about young men

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Review of Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk by Jack Holroyd

The wars of the Roses is usually remembered as being a series of battles between Yorkshire and Lancashire in order to decide who would rule England whereas it was actually the struggles between two branches of the House of Plantagenet which lasted for some forty years. Essentially between the north

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Review: Stout Hearts: The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944 by Ben Kite

Quite a few new books about the Normandy campaign have issued in 2014, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. This one is a bit different. Most of the books that I have read focus on the conduct of the various battles, describing the factors that influenced their outcome and

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Review: Companions by Peter Darman

Companions is the fifth novel in a series by Peter Darman about a Middle Eastern warrior king in Roman times.  The previous four books (The Parthian, Parthian Dawn, Parthian Vengeance and Carrhae) had followed King Parcorus from life as a slave alongside Spartacus through to the end of his reign;

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Review: The Devils’ Alliance – Hitler’s Pact with Stalin – 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse

By Condottiere Roger Moorhouse has provided us with as comprehensive an account as currently possible of this fascinating subject, of which little is known to the general public in the West and in Britain in particular.  His research has been impressive, as witnessed by the copious notes and the extensive

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