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  1. sirbhp

    The Forbidden Zone

    Managing the world’s richest diamond mine in former German South West Africa, Harvey Tremayne clashes with a colonial resistance group, intent on restoring their homeland. They smuggle diamonds destined for the Nazi military rearmament programme. Tremayne got in their way. They killed his wife...
  2. Trilby

    To Defeat the Few: The Luftwaffe's campaign to destroy RAF Fighter Command, August-September 1940

    A sizeable 384 page hardback, Dildy & Crickmore's 'To Defeat the Few' is an operational/campaign history, intended to look at the Battle of Britain on its own terms and assess the reasons behind the Luftwaffe's failure to achieve victory in what the authors describe as 'history's first...
  3. old_fat_and_hairy

    S.A.S Band of Brothers

    June 1944 and a small group of Special Air Service troops under the command of Captain Patrick Garstin MC are dropped into occupied France with instructions to create mayhem and pave the way for the invasion by delaying or preventing Hitler and his generals rushing their Panzer divisions to the...
  4. Joshua Slocum

    PANZER 111 GERMAN ARMY LIGHT TANK

    This book will be of interest to both modellers and those interested in the history and the mechanical details of the Panzer 111 used during operation Barbarossa. Now I will be the first to admit that I have never seen this range of books before. The book begins with a chapter on the re arming...
  5. Bubbles_Barker

    Hell in the Central Pacific (The Palau Islands 1944)

    Review by @Bubbles_Barker Now, I confess this is much more my thing. The Images of War series has been around for a while and I think in general they do what they say on the tin – in other words they provide a photographic archive of specific campaigns or types of equipment and back it up with...
  6. BratMedic

    First Burma Campaign

    Colonel Foucar was appointed to a General Staff post in 1942 for the purpose of collating and writing a narrative of the First Burma Campaign. The book opens with a very comprehensive and detailed description of the geographical, political and climate of Burma at the time, as war was becoming...
  7. Smeggers

    Kit Reviews Gecko Models Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (open cab/aeroscreen) Truck Kit

    Gecko Models 1/35 Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (open cab/aeroscreen) Truck. 35GM0025 Gecko Models have certainly got the bit between their teeth when it comes to British Army static models. Hot on the heels of their MWC Water Bowser (35GM0024) comes this little model, and not before time. I have...
  8. W

    Truly of the Few – the Polish Air Force in the Defence of Britain

    This is a book on a neglected subject – the contribution the Poles made to the British war effort in the Second World War. Although Poland capitulated to the Nazis, it never surrendered. The Polish government in exile continued to function in London, and the great majority of the Polish Air...
  9. Smeggers

    The Second World War Illustrated, the second year

    Review: The Second World War Illustrated the second year by Jack Holroyd ISBN: 978 152675 794 4. Published by: Pen & Sword Military Following the disasters of Dunkirk and the fall of France, things looked extremely bleak for Britain and the Commonwealth as they entered the second year of...
  10. Auld-Yin

    I Somehow Survived

    Most veterans books about WW2 sold in this country are about Allied soldiers but this book is a look at the other side. Five stories of people who survived the war, four German soldiers, one a Norwegian woman who fell in love with a German sailor from the occupying forces and had to live with...
  11. MoleBath

    Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck

    Despite a long military career and achieving Field Marshal’s rank Auchinleck has attracted few biographers. John Connell and more recently , Philip Warner come to mind. Barrie Pitt examined the Western Desert command as did Hart–Davis some decades ago. Part of this may be due to Auchinleck not...
  12. G

    Any Spotters? Vehicle Recognition

    Taken from Cuneo’s painting of Sidi Rezegh, 1941. Anybody recognise the utility vehicle on the right of the photo? Additionally, it’s difficult to tell if the guns on the Crusaders are 2 or 4Pdrs, but I’ve made the assumption they are 2Pdrs and the tanks are Mk I/II, as I don’t think Mk IIIs...
  13. Dark_Nit

    Hitler’s V-weapons

    Review by Dark-Nit This book is a reprint of a book originally written in 1950 with various typos and other errors removed. The 1950 publication was in turn a compilation of reports written at the time. It is a chronological record of the British side of the struggle against Hitler’s V1 and V2...
  14. BratMedic

    The Saboteur of Auschwitz

    Arthur Dodd RASC almost didn't get into the army due to an industrial accident, his left foot was crushed and only saved by a surgeon. He volunteered but was turned down as medically unfit, however, an officer noticed that he had a driving licence so he was inducted as a driving instructor...
  15. BratMedic

    An American Uprising in Second World War England

    As a little girl on holiday in Cornwall the author noticed some old bullet holes in a war memorial in Launceston, Cornwall. She wondered on the how and why of it and in later life researched and wrote this book about it. A 'shoot out' between coloured and white American GI's on September 14th...
  16. W21A

    FIGHTING THROUGH TO HITLER'S GERMANY

    An account of an 'ordinary' county Regiment doing 'ordinary' fighting during the Normandy invasion through to the surrender of Nazi Germany. 1 SUFFOLK fought from D Day through to Bremen gaining an exemplary reputation. The story begins with the rebirth of the Battalion after the evacuation...
  17. OneTenner

    Supplying The British Army in the Second World War

    As the title suggests, this is a wide-ranging historical account of how the British Army was supplied in the Second World War. It should possibly be titled ‘How the Second World War changed the way British Empire Troops were supplied’. It’s naturally a huge subject to condense into one book, in...
  18. goodoldboy

    With the SAS Across the Rhine

    In this book the author describes his Army service in WW2 followed by an account of joining the SAS and being parachuted into occupied France to work alongside the Resistance for three months in 1944. After a further three months in the UK he is again parachuted into the Morvan area of southern...
  19. Captain_Crusty

    Gunners in Normandy

    'Gunners in Normandy' is the official account of the Royal Artillery on the Normandy Campaign. It is the latest volume in the 'Blue Book' series of histories of the Royal Regiment begun by General Farndale in the 90s. It had a torturous route to publication; tragically Will Townend, the...
  20. Fang_Farrier

    The Indian Contingent

    This book tells the story of Force K6, comprising of 4 Mule companies and their support elements of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps from leaving India in 1939 until their return. My own interest is due to 2 of their members being interred in a local cemetery. The author has obviously gone...
  21. Joshua Slocum

    Images of War : MacArthur`s Papua New Guinea Offensive 1942-1943

    Another book from the very high quality Images of War series from Pen and Swords books. When the Japanese Landed on Rabaul in January 1942 , Dougals MacArthur took over the command of the Southwest Pacific area, to prevent the threat of the Japanese attacking mainland Australia.In July 1942...
  22. BratMedic

    The Volunteer

    This is the harrowing true story of Witold Pilecki, who, at the invasion of Poland by Germany, was a second lieutenant in the cavalry reserves. After his unit was overrun and most of his men killed, wounded or prisoner, he and the few survivors made for Warsaw. He remained in Warsaw, joining...
  23. JINGO

    The Doolittle Raid.

    As an example of airmanship, innovation, and cold hard courage there are only a few feats of arms that can rank up there with the Doolittle raid. The Dambuster or Black Buck raids spring to mind of course, but this is April 1942, the Japanese steamroller is in full flow across the Pacific...
  24. Themanwho

    Dunkirk Evacuation Operation Dynamo – Nine Days That Saved an Army

    Dunkirk is a campaign which has been so well covered it’s hard to know what new there is to write about it within the realms of sanity and reality. Indeed, I have seven books specifically about Dunkirk on my shelves, with at least double that number covering it in passing. This book is part of...
  25. Dark_Nit

    Operation Colossus

    Review by Dark-Nit Foreword by Maj. General Adrian Freer This book is a historical record of the first British paratroop attack of WW2. First impressions are that the book is a good quality hardback printed on heavy paper with a nice dust jacket which will look good on the shelf. As for most...
  26. Pteranadon

    Churchill’s Few: The Battle of Britain

    Review by pteranadon This the book of the 1985 TV film of the same name, republished for the 80th anniversary. It contains material not used in the documentary which was based on the stories of half a dozen British, one Polish and one German airmen. No pictures or maps and the history is thin...
  27. Pteranadon

    The Secret Capture: U-110 and the Enigma Story

    Review by pteranadon This is a well written account of the capture of the German submarine U-110 on May 1941. This was possibly one of the most important naval actions of the battle of the Atlantic, with far reaching results. Although U-110 sank on tow, its precious Enigma machine had been...
  28. Joshua Slocum

    The Day the Sun Fell

    Imagine yourself as a 14 year old! of course 14 years today are so much more self assured and have access to a wider range of knowledge and information but back when most of us grew up pre-internet, our life was focused around our social environment and family and friends. Now imagine yourself...
  29. Themanwho

    RAF on the Offensive – The Rebirth of Tactical Airpower 1940-1941

    “RAF on the Offensive” attempts to focus on a specific window of experience in World War 2, as the title suggests, the RAF’s development of tactical air support between the fall of France and the entry of the USA into the War. The volume reviewed is produced in standard hardback format and is...
  30. Joshua Slocum

    Sanctuary

    Set in the early 1970s, our story revolves around the three main characters, Marlene Wegener, a woman from a poor working class background who is charmed by and eventually marries Robert Wegener, a man so feared that nobody uses his first name, and Simon Keller, a strong self sufficient man who...
  31. BratMedic

    Hitler's Invasion of East Anglia 1940

    Unternehmen "Seelöwe" (Operation Sealion) was cancelled by Adolf Hitler because the Luftwaffe failed to gain superiority of the skies and the Kriegsmarine were not able to give adequate protection for an invasion fleet against the Royal Navy. Despite this there some incursions into England by...
  32. 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...
  33. MoleBath

    The Dieppe Raid

    Operation Jubilee has been dissected and reviewed for over 75 years, Excellent books such as “One Day In August” and novels abound. This , however, is the official account produced in 1958 by The Admiralty and expanding on Battle Summary no 33 Raid on Dieppe. The Dieppe Raid was conventionally...
  34. goodoldboy

    The Fall of Berlin

    Review by Goodoldboy Yet another good book in the Images of War series, this time dealing with the Soviet advance from the east, late in the Second World War, through Poland and into Nazi Germany ending with the taking of Berlin and the cessation of the war in the European theatre. Following an...
  35. BratMedic

    Faithful in Adversity

    The RAMC was involved in every engagement and action throughout WW2. This book covers every aspect of the RAMC at war from recruitment to demob and does it well. From war's declaration in 1939 to the war's end the book uses the memoirs, archives, family papers and documents plus official...
  36. dockers

    Bomber Pilot

    Bomber Pilot, Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & two bars, DFC, with additional commentary by Dr Robert Owen Official Historian 617 Squadron Association This small volume reproduces Leonard Cheshire’s book, Bomber Pilot, published in 1943, and is accompanied by Dr Robert Owen’s analysis of the book...
  37. Auld-Yin

    Eight Hours From England

    Review by Untallguy Eight Hours From England is part of the Imperial War Museum’s new Classic Wartime Fiction series (the others in the series are Plenty Under The Counter, Trial By Battle and From the City, From the Plough. First published in 1945, Eight Hours From England was written by...
  38. Auld-Yin

    Plenty Under the Counter

    This review is by Rebbonk I felt rather cheated by the title of this wartime work of fiction. I thought it would be all about the black market and racketeers, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. It was about a recuperating RAF pilot (Flt David Heron) solving a murder! What isn’t really explained...
  39. Auld-Yin

    The Gilbert and Ellice Islands – Pacific War

    Another book from the excellent Images of War series of books from Pen & Sword, this time covering the attacks by the US on the Gilbert and Ellice Islands with a very full description of the attack on Tarawa Island. Again, although called Images of War and certainly the main part of the book is...
  40. Smeggers

    Normandy 1944 - The Battle for Caen. - Images of War Series.

    Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the North of England before reading History at London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970's, first as editor and latterly as author. Son of author and RAC Tank Museum curator...
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