world war 2

  1. MoleBath

    Book Review: The Waffen-SS Ardennes Offensive

    World War 2 photo books are two a penny but the Images Of War series have produced a good piece of work. It is probably of particular interest to serious military modellers but could also make a good accompanying book to have when reading one of the weightier Ardennes tomes such as Snow & Steel...
  2. MoleBath

    Landing Craft & Amphibians - Seaborne vessels in the 20th Century

    The Second World War was a time of a sea change in amphibious operations, Accounts of Gallipoli, the Zeebrugge raid and other First World War operations all record the difficulties of disembarking troops swiftly in the face of opposition. For the historically minded The Riddle Of The Sands...
  3. JINGO

    Special Duties Pilot.

    Special Duties Pilot by John M Billings. John M Billings I suspect would make a good dinner party guest…. Do people still have dinner parties? Born in 1923 in Massachusetts he took his first flight at three years old (as a passenger obviously). After that his path was set. After the gentle...
  4. Cynical

    Blitzkrieg

    This is one of those books that does what it says on the cover and does it well. As the editors (for some reason that is not explained they chose not to refer to themselves as authors) are at pains to state, the term “Blitzkrieg” is one invented by the British Press, not the German Wehrmacht...
  5. sirbhp

    The Nine

    The thrilling story of how nine young women, captured by the Nazis for being part of the Resistance, launched a breathtakingly bold escape and found their way home. As the Second World War raged across Europe, and the Nazi regime tightened its reign of horror and oppression, nine women, some...
  6. JINGO

    First in Last Out.

    I have a great respect for the soldierly skills and professionalism of our Royal Marine comrades, but I’m also aware that they, like their USMC brothers, have a very active PR machine. The timing of this book when the RM is desperately trying to reinvent itself and secure its place in the shadow...
  7. JINGO

    Women Who Spied. By A.A Hoehling

    Twice married as I am I consider myself quite acquainted with the espionage capabilities of the fairer sex. As an amateur student of history I was also aware that female spies had been used on and off throughout the ages. Carve Her Name with Pride was required viewing in our house. I had also...
  8. sirbhp

    Allied Armour 1939- 1945 :

    I must admit that when I received this book I though " oh God here's more pictures of tank, me on tank ,tank on fire , tank fallen over ,tank in snow etc etc " like so many other boring books of this nature. However I was absolutely pleasantly surprised and was taught very much by this story of...
  9. W21A

    Tank Warfare 1939-1945.

    This book describes the evolution of tactics and equipment in armoured warfare during the second world war, including European, North African and Far East theatres of war. The authors are the sons of the curator of the RAC Tank Museum and the publishing is by Pen and Sword, so an excellent book...
  10. Cynical

    Tank Attack at Monte Cassino

    Before the Second World War the Italian Army considered that Monte Cassino might be that rarest of military things, an impregnable position. In the winter of 1943-44 the British Army in Italy did their best to prove them right. This well researched and readable book details the Cavendish Road...
  11. MoleBath

    The Modern Cruiser

    Our generation would readily assume the cruiser is a naval fixture and fitting. In fact the cruiser as we know it only emerged in the late 1860s as iron hulls supplanted timber. Until then there were battleships of the line, frigates ,corvettes etc of various rates and a plethora of sloops...
  12. C

    Hitler's Peace

    ‘Hitler’s Peace' by the late Philip Kerr was first published in 2005 in the US. It has now been published for the UK market some fifteen years later, two years after the author’s death. Perhaps best known in the UK for his Bernie Gunther series of detective thrillers set in 1930s-1950s Berlin...
  13. untallguy

    Black Tulip

    Black Tulip by Erik Schmidt (sub-titled The Life and Myth of Erich Hartmann, The World’s Top Fighter Ace) is a biography of Erich Hartmann, who flew fighters for the Luftwaffe on the Eastern Front in World War Two, was then held by the Soviets after the war and joined the West German Luftwaffe n...
  14. MoleBath

    The Americans: From The Ardennes to VE Day

    Illustrated war histories can be a series of loosely related photographs assembled with little effort and dumped on the market in the run up to Christmas. This book from Brooke S Blades is in a different category. The author has assembled 245 pages of text and illustration devoted to a 5 month...
  15. untallguy

    Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation Postmaster

    Brian Flett's Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation Postmaster describes a deniable Special Operations Executive mission in World War Two and its link with Ian Fleming's James Bond. This has been a challenging review to write. On the one hand, the Special Operations Executive, James Bond...
  16. MoleBath

    The Killing Fields Of Provence

    The Normandy Invasion is a central part of any Second World War history. The day that Germany’s defeat was sealed by the Allies; 6,939 vessels, 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops and countless air sorties threw an invasion force ashore in a tight interval set by weather fronts and...
  17. B

    Looking for advice uniform ww2

    Hello, I want to expand my collection by buying a uniform from ww2. (In parts, I don't need to buy it all at once). I was thinking about a British or German infantry uniform. (I know German uniforms are more expensive). Does anyone has a uniform they would recommend I look for/advice? Edit to...
  18. JINGO

    The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939-1945.

    The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939-1945. Airborne Assault was one of the great military innovations of the 1930s and 40s. The German in particular demonstrating the potential of elite parachute and glider borne Infantry in the opening movements of the war in Europe. In particular the...
  19. untallguy

    Special Operations South-East Asia 1942-1945

    Special Operations South-East Asia 1942-1945 by David Miller describes, in some depth, three special operations missions conducted in World War Two. He has conducted extensive research into them, two of which are not well-known, and brings the stories to life well. From the title of the book...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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 &...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. B

    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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