- Philip Jowett
- ARRSE Rating
- 3 Mushroom Heads
The photographs are a mixture of training, posed, action and a few forged photographs. Being pre photoshop these are easy to tell. Each photo comes with a caption, usually factual, at times opinionated, occasionally wrong. There are a few spelling mistakes which an automated spell check should have found. With the exception of the naval chapter the majority of photographs are soldier and personal equipment based, but also artillery and mortars. There are some of vehicles but because of the nature of the armies and the campaign there not that many of trucks and AFVs; mainly of less well-known types. There are a few shots of aircraft, some of them being unknown to me before I read this book.
The naval chapter suffers from poor research. Despite correctly being called a heavy cruiser in the introduction, HMS Cornwall is described in her photo as a destroyer. An excellent picture of the destroyer HMS Electra is captioned ‘The heavy cruiser HMS Exeter…’ I suspect the picture of HMS Paladin is not as she was at the time, the caption about her rescuing the crews of HMS Cornwall and Dorsetshire also calls them destroyers.
The book would will be of interest to anyone who wanted to increase their limited knowledge of the Far East War, and for a modeler with an interest in some unusual figures or dioramas. £14.99.
Three Mr Mushroom Heads.