ww2

  1. BratMedic

    Brighton at War 1939-45

    A chronological study of Brighton from early preparations for war in 1938 through to 1945 and the end of the war. The author covers every aspect from ARP readiness to aliens, the treatment of Jews, first aid, firefighting, shelters and the blackout during 1938, showing that Brighton was well...
  2. Joshua Slocum

    TIGER 1 . GERMAN ARMY HEAVY TANK EASTERN FRONT 1942

    64 pages fully illustrated including original black and white images, colour photographs of models, and scale line drawings of each mark of tank This book will be of interest to both modellers and those interested in the history and the mechanical details of the Tiger1 used on the Eastern Front...
  3. BratMedic

    Death and Deprivation on the forgotten Sumatra Railway

    An autobiography of the experiences of Jim Banton, who joined the RAF on the outbreak of WW2 He was posted to the far East and managed to escape from the Japanese as he was defending Kalijati airfield but he was later captured on the island of Java and put to work as slave labour on the Sumatran...
  4. RoyalGreenJacket

    Fire in the Hole

    Seems someone has been taking the dance of the Flaming Arsh0les to the extreme.... https://www.gbnews.uk/news/gloucestershire-bomb-squad-called-to-ae-after-man-gets-anti-tank-shell-lodged-up-rectum/171181
  5. DSJ

    Liberation of the Champagne region, WW2

    A question to those in the know - when I was still serving I heard of a Cavalry Regiment maintaining an extremely friendly relationship with one of the Champagne houses, being the Regiment that liberated them/first came across them as France was being liberated and the Germans withdrawing. Are...
  6. dockers

    Britain's Coast at War: Invasion Threat, Coastal Forces, Bombardment and Training for D-Day

    Neil R Storey has had several books published by Pen & Sword. He can also be seen in several documentaries on television. This book is a broad sweep of coastal history just before and throughout the Second World War. It is arranged both chronologically and thematically. This means that the...
  7. Red Hander

    The Forgotten Battle. Netflix 15/10/21

    A Netflix drama focusing in part on the role of British and Commonwealth forces in the capture of Walcheren. I haven't found other posts, hence posting this. Looks interesting and good to see a series featuring the battles in the Netherlands.
  8. Captain_Crusty

    Battle for the Bocage, Normandy 1944

    As I read the acknowledgements at the beginning of this book, I was filled with a slight feeling of dread. The author, Tim Saunders, was playing the COVID card, explaining that he hadn't had access to many of the usual sources as he wrote this book, particularly the war diaries and documents...
  9. Auld-Yin

    SPITFIRE ACE of ACES – Johnnie Johnson

    This is a book which I was offered and accepted without checking what the subject matter was. It is as it says on the cover “The photographs of Johnnie Johnson” and that is exactly what it is. A bit of a cheat and I will explain why. The book is full of photographs covering the career of Air...
  10. MoleBath

    The Rise and Fall of Western Tanks 1939-1955

    The second book by Bruce Newsome studying the rise and fall of Western tanks , in this case the period from 1939-1955 is covered. The Second World War and the limbering up for the Cold War. By 1939 Germany and the USSR had seen a degree of collaboration on defence projects. France was...
  11. BratMedic

    The Nazi's Winter Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1945

    An Images of War publication that describes the war on the Ostfront. The photographs are the main backbone of the book although the text is very informative especially the excerpts from the "Taschenbuch für den Winterkrieg" (Paperback for the Winter War}. The photographs show the extremely...
  12. BratMedic

    Fallschirmjäger!

    This book features the memoirs of seventeen volunteers and one conscript who fought from Poland in 1939, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands during 1940/41 including the airborne and glider assault on the Belgian redoubt of Eben Emael. Operation Mercury, the airborne invasion of the...
  13. Captain_Crusty

    Alan Brooke: Churchill's Right-Hand Critic

    Lord Alan Brooke was the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) throughout the majority of WW2. He was Churchill's key military adviser, yet few, outside of the military or academia, have heard of him. Little has been written about him, specifically, previously and historians writing about...
  14. Flight

    Desert Raids with the SAS by Major Tony Hough

    When I received this, I thought it was quite a slim book. The introduction and end chapter, where the son describes visiting the Italian villages where his father was helped as an escapee, really just pad it out a bit. The title is a bit misleading because he is captured on his very first raid...
  15. Auld-Yin

    Hitler Triumphant edited by Peter G Tsouras

    Alternative Histories of World War II This is a series of short stories of the “What if” variety which I know many people do not like, but these have been very cleverly written and edited to be very plausible scenarios. The stories range from Hitler winning the war to peace breaking out. What...
  16. BratMedic

    The SAS in Occupied France.

    If you are the type of person who likes battlefield tours then this book is a real goldmine of specific information, in fact, its format should be used more in my opinion. It uses Google maps to give you exact locations by typing in decimal degrees. There are six operations in the book and each...
  17. BratMedic

    British Naval Intelligence through the Twentieth Century

    An extremely well researched and comprehensive read, but, it is a weighty tome indeed. This account covers just about everything to do with Naval Intelligence you could think of, personnel, incidents, codes, ciphers and general intelligence gathering. There is a brief account of the early...
  18. ArmyRugbyBeer

    de Havilland Mosquito

    Hi, Trying to find out a bit more about my grandfather in WWII. He was a mechanic by trade and when the war started he was deployed to India by the RAF in charge of maintaining and fixing the de Havilland Mosquito planes. All the information on Wikipedia goes over my head as I don't know much...
  19. W

    Pathfinder Pilot

    This is the posthumously published memoir of a Bomber Command pilot (R.A. Wellington) who started his career with Main Force, moved to a Pathfinder Squadron and, upon being rested, to a staff job at Pathfinder headquarters. It is difficult to know exactly when the memoir was written; although...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
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