world war 2

  1. 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 &...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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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