world war 2

  1. MoleBath

    D Day Normandy Landing Beaches

    There are reams of D-Day books covering every aspect of the landings, tactics, uniform and equipment. Some are helpful if visiting but this is aimed squarely at those planning (and making) a visit. The book gives some background notes, some really helpful points on using the guide and some...
  2. JINGO

    Cataclysm. The war on the Eastern Front 1941-45.

    That the war on the Eastern Front in the Second World War was conflict on huge scale is no surprise to anyone with even a passing knowledge of military history. But the actual scope and intensity is something difficult to grasp when the actually facts and figures are presented. Keith Cummings...
  3. sirbhp

    Killing Hitler's Reich: The Battle for Austria 1945

    In the dying days of World War Two, when the fate of nations was being decided by the triumvirate of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin, Hitler’s Austrian homeland provided a scenic backdrop for the last stand of Army Group South. Killing Hitler’s Reich, The Battle For...
  4. untallguy

    The Dunkirk Perimeter and Evacuation 1940

    The Dunkirk Perimeter and Evacuation 1940, written by Jerry Murland, is part of Pen & Sword’s France and Flanders Campaign and sits in the Battleground Dunkirk series. As such, it is very much written as a battlefield guide, both for the armchair historian and those more willing to travel. The...
  5. MoleBath

    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...
  6. untallguy

    To War With A 4th Hussar

    To War With A 4th Hussar is a personal memoir by Peter Crichton and published long after his death by his son. They describe his experiences as an armoured Troop Leader fighting in Greece in 1941 and then as a Regimental and Brigade officer in North Africa and early in the campaign in Italy...
  7. untallguy

    The Long Range Desert Group: History and Legacy

    The Long Range Desert Group: History and Legacy by Karl-Gunnar Noren and Lars Gyllenhaal is a history of the formation and formative years of the Long Range Desert Group. For those who don’t know who the LRDG were, they were precursors to the SAS (and supported them at the start) and started as...
  8. untallguy

    Arnhem: The Complete Story of Operation Market Garden 17-25 September 1944

    Arnhem by William F. Buckingham is an in-depth history of Operation Market Garden. The operation is well-placed in its context and the author describes it well. Buckingham knows his business and given that he lectures in history at the University of Glasgow, I’d expect him to! He has retold...
  9. JINGO

    Command and Valour.

    As a sweeping generalisation most books on war history fall into two broad categories. Those with a larger scope covering the strategic aspects of a campaign or those that deal on a more human personal level of the fighting. In this volume Stuart Robinson has blended the two. I’ll admit I was...
  10. MoleBath

    Greece 1941: The Death Throes Of Blitzkrieg

    Jeffery Plowman has a notable track record as a military writer, having already researched and written on both Greece and the Balkans. In both cases theatres less well covered than France and the Western Desert. He has over fifteen books in print to date The story starts with a brief historical...
  11. MoleBath

    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...
  12. MoleBath

    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 &...
  13. MoleBath

    Book Review: The Cryotron Files

    In the age of the internet it is easy to forget the pioneers of computing, those who made the first steps from mechanical computation to electronic calculation. Much of their impetus stemming from 2nd World War needs that then moved straight into the Cold War. Dudley Buck was one of the...
  14. untallguy

    Arnhem

    This is (another) history of Operation Market Garden, the failed (and, as the author explains, doomed) attempt to cross the Rhine in late 1944. Antony Beevor goes into great depth and breadth to bring the story alive. Much as I am a fan of Beevor, I have to say that this book did not add much...
  15. MoleBath

    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...
  16. JINGO

    Pointe Du Hoc.

    The storming of Pointe Du Hoc by Colonel James Rudders 2nd Ranger Battalion is undoubtably one of the most singularity impressive feats of arms on a day repleat with them. To stand on the moonscape of the heavily cratered site, studded with immense concrete blockhouses, and then gaze over the...
  17. MoleBath

    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...
  18. Cynical

    Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel

    Rommel, the “Desert Fox,” has developed a romantic allure as a gentlemanly general – spared being tarnished with the brutalities of Nazi Germany in spite of being a creation of that state’s propaganda machine and for several years the favourite of Hitler. That contradiction, combined with his...
  19. Cynical

    MIRACLE AT THE LITZA

    On 22 June 1941 The Germans unleashed Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. The vast majority of the assault was from occupied Poland, aimed at Leningrad, Moscow and the Caucuses and led by the Panzer armies. This has been written about exhaustively. A lesser known assault was...
  20. untallguy

    Doomed From The Start Volume 2

    Doomed Before The Start is a two-volume series that looks at the Norwegian Campaign in 1940 and is well-named. The author, Niall Cherry, makes a strong case that the Allied intervention in Norway could not have succeeded, no matter how well the troops fought. Unfortunately, only one volume was...
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    BOMB DISPOSAL PLAQUE FOR MALTA

    RE bomb disposal in Malta WW2 to 1979 is to be recognised with a memorial plaque in the capital, Valletta in September 2017. (7300 UXBs dealt with by max 2 officers & 30 men in 2 years in WW2!) Did you or anyone you know serve there? Info at Bomb Disposal Memorial Malta

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