military non fiction

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    Wellington's History Of The Peninsular War

    To a generation coloured by Bernard Cornwall’s eminently readable Sharpe series this is a chance to return to the root sources. Stuart Reid has assembled the Duke of Wellington’s published despatches. They form a contemporary account of the campaign , the key item for the serious historian is...
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    When The Germans Came

    There have been numerous books written about the German occupation of the Channel Islands including Jersey Under The Jackboot, Living With The Enemy and The German Occupation of the Channel Islands by Charles Cruickshank. For those excited by reinforced concrete (stand forward ex Sappers) there...
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    Images of War: M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer

    The eternal trinity of manoeuvrability / armour /armament has long been acknowledged in the AFV design progress. Currently the main MBT scene is dominated by a small number of nations and design costs of a new MBT run into lots of noughts ! During the second world war rapid improvements to AFV...
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    Allied Intelligence And The Cover Up At Pointe Du Hoc Vol 2

    This is the first of 2 volumes covering the famous Pointe Du Hoc assault by the US Rangers; it examines the training equipment and doctrine of the US Rangers. All good armies see elite formations arise, compete, merge or survive. The US has the advantage that a large US Marine Corps makes for...
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    General Sir Ralph Abercrombie and the French Revolutionary wars 1792-1801

    Abercromby is not the best known general of the late 18th century . A previous work by J A Dunfermline is periodically reprinted but Carole Divall has brought an interesting and devoted soldier out from the shadows. Her work has primary and secondary sources and has obviously been thoroughly...
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    Images of War : Kent At War 1939-45

    Your County in WW2 books are 2 a penny with some pretty poor examples. However, in this case Mark Khan has produced an excellent little book. The pictures have first class notes and eagle eyed readers will be delighted with his attention to detail , who could confuse a Lewis Machine Gun with the...
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    A light Infantryman with Wellington: The letters of George Barlow

    Letters from serving Light Division members in the Napoleonic wars turn one’s thoughts to Rifleman Harris and Private Wheeler, two well known books. Gareth Clover has edited the letters of Captain George Barlow to produce a fine addition to this period of history. George Barlow saw service...
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    The Colditz Hostages : Hitler's VIP pawns

    Books on Colditz abound, most of them based on the experiences of the British POWs, along with a few books from the German perspective. Pen and Sword have revived a fascinating tale written by two of the prominente in the immediate post war years. The prominente were prisoners selected by the...
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    Ardennes 1944 by Yves Buffetaut

    Yves Buffetaut has produced a brief but useful overview of the Ardennes offensive of 1944. Readers of a certain age will be familiar with the film “The Battle Of The Bulge” and there is a famous clip of the Panzer Lied that surfaces regularly on YouTube. Heavyweight books abound including Snow &...
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    Futile Exercise?

    Books on the preparation for the Great War are in relatively short supply. The Edwardian years saw major army reform after the shocks of the Boer War, a rethink of the strategic role of the army and a complete overhaul of the reserve forces. Russia and Japan saw changes in weapons and tactics in...
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    A Cruel Captivity by Ellie Taylor

    From The Knights of Bushido and The Bridge on the River Kwai, tales of the Japanese brutality to their POWs abound. For every recorded war crime there must have been scores committed in unmarked clearings, deserted kampongs and in rivers or at sea. In Germany the SS and Gestapo murdered British...
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    Hitler's D-Day Defences

    Philip Kaplan has chosen to write on well trodden areas of history. There are a legion of books looking at the D Day landings in general and German defences in particular. A key issue is whether this book adds to the subject or not. Rommel was well aware that allied air superiority would make...
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    Allenby's Gunners . Artillery in the Sinai & Palestine Campaigns

    The Sinai and Palestine campaigns of 1916-1918 are well off the general knowledge radar screen , the coming Armistice celebration and recent media coverage has been western front orientated. The Lawrence of Arabia film is well in the past and the Middle East resounds to more recent fighting...

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