ww2

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. smeg-head

    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...
  5. smeg-head

    Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer - Tankcraft Series - German Army & Waffen-SS, Western Europe 1944-45.

    Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Codename Swallow: British Sherman Tanks at Alamein, To The Last Bullet: Germany's War on 3 Fronts, Westwall: German Armour in the West 1945, Viking Summer and A Sound Like Thunder. All of these books...
  6. smeg-head

    Panzer IV 1939-1945 - Tank craft Series. Written & Compiled by Paul Thomas.

    This could not have been an easy book for Paul Thomas to have written. Given the tankcraft remit of keeping the book to 64 pages, including models and the section on Camouflage and Markings and attaching it to probably one of the most well-known and well-used tanks during WW2, must have caused...
  7. Auld-Yin

    Disaster in the Desert

    This is a ‘What if….’ Book of the highest standard. It is almost all fact but with some bits altered to give a completely different result. It is so well done that the author has, in using actual events, made it difficult to tell which bit is what happened and which bit is fiction. A very...
  8. smeg-head

    The History of the 15th Scottish Division by Lt. Gen. H.G. Martin CB, DSO, OBE.

    The division was a second line Territorial Army Division, the duplicate of the British 52nd (Lowland) Division and served in the Second World War, where, among other actions, it was part of VIII Corps under Lieutenant-General Sir Richard O’Connor in Normandy and it ended the war on the Elbe...
  9. Auld-Yin

    The Piper of Tobruk: Pipe Major Robert Roy MBE, DCM

    Every Regiment can turn out an individual who is known throughout the Regiment and beyond due to their deeds and often their character and the Black Watch have done this in spades with this book. This small book brings us the very full, but relatively short life of Robert Roy MBE, DSC; The Piper...
  10. Auld-Yin

    Take These Men

    This is a novel but is more the biography of a young officer in the Desert. Joly served with 2 RTR and the book is basically their story with some elements from other actions included. It is a very personal story with Joly’s thoughts and deeds very much to the fore. The story opens in 1940...
  11. Daxx

    Disaster before D-Day

    Back in the days when I was in the Andrew, I did the fairly regular weekenders run between Pompey and Guz (Plymouth). On occasion, I took the road that winds along Slapton Sands and I have stopped by the Sherman tank that is there as part of the memorial to those service personnel who died. I...
  12. smeg-head

    Images of War - The Eighth Army in North Africa

    The Eighth Army in North Africa - images of war series by Simon Forty rare photographs from wartime archives. ISBN 978 1 52672 379 6 This photographic history is the ideal introduction to probably one of the most celebrated Armies of the Second World War; The Eighth Army. They played such a...
  13. sirbhp

    Battle of Manila

    Nearly four years of brutal Japanese occupation in WW2 has dimmed Manila's lustre. The Philippine capital, surrounding an old Spanish fortress, was once a glittering jewel among America's overseas possessions. And now a vast Allied army led by the indomitable MacArthur is ready to take it back...
  14. Themanwho

    Check Six!

    If (like I was) you are largely aware of the US military’s Pacific air campaign through the prism of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children island-hopping in Corsairs and Bull Halsey’s carriers, then you should definitely read this book as it gives depth, texture and colour to the assumed “bit part”...
  15. Daxx

    The Falaise Pocket

    From the author “This illustrated account examines the battle from the failed offensive at Mortain, looking at both German and Allied perspectives, using maps, diagrams and profiles to complete the story.” The narrative follows a logical sequence, taking the reader through the various...
  16. Auld-Yin

    Last Post Over the River Kwai

    In 1938 the 2nd Bn East Surreys, a regular army battalion, were sent to Shanghai to guard the International Compound during the Japan-China War. Brought up to war establishment for this posting the Battalion soon settled in to what was, in effect, a large prison, freedom of movement was not...
  17. old_fat_and_hairy

    Normandy '44

    I thought that I knew all about ‘D’Day. I’ve watched ‘Saving Private Ryan’ a couple of times, ‘The Longest Day’ several times and played ‘Call of Duty; WW2’. How much else do I need to know? Well, James Holland’s latest book, ‘Normandy ’44 ‘ has shown me just how little I did know. I didn’t...
  18. Stumpy4154

    Images of War: The Armour of Rommel's Afrika Korps

    I asked for this book for a couple of reasons. As a scale modeller the photos would come in handy for future projects and my great-uncle Charlie fought in the Western Desert, so it's a campaign I've always had an interest in. Like the other Images of war book I had about armour in the battles...
  19. Trilby

    Edinburgh at War 1939-45

    Craig Armstong's 'Edinburgh at War 1939-45' forms part of the Pen & Sword series 'Your Towns & Cities in World War Two'. Its 216 densely-packed pages represent quite an achievement, covering Edinburgh's seven years of war in a fair amount of detail over seven chapters of varying lengths, one...
  20. JINGO

    Shadow Commander.

    The epic story of Donald D Blackburn guerrilla leader and special forces hero is the subtitle to this book. An Infantry officer assigned to train the fledgling Philippines Army at the cusp of America’s entry into the Second World War Blackburn emerged from the disaster at Bataan to become an...
  21. Auld-Yin

    The Desert Air War 1940-43

    This is another edition from the wonderful Images of War series by Pen and Sword books. This book covers the air war in the North African desert where army/air cooperation was rediscovered and finessed, making control of the air such a meaningful action. This book does have plenty of...
  22. JINGO

    Tanks in Hell.

    Tanks in Hell. Tarawa is a tiny coral atoll otherwise insignificant in the vast Pacific Ocean, at its highest point it is only three metres above sea level. However on 20th November 1943 it was the complete focus of the Second Marine Division supported by an armada of warships and air support...
  23. Gunnergrandad29

    Help with my grandads records

    Hi everyone. I am hoping you can help me, I have been trying to trace details of my grandad who died before I was born. Nearly all of my photos of him are whilst in the army. Only recently I have got his service records from Glasgow and I am trying to find out where he served etc. Using his...
  24. daz

    Reference Image Char B1 Bis

    French tank for a change
  25. NSP

    Reference Image Stuart Light Tanks

    Stuart MkIV M3A1:- Stuart MkVI M5A1:-
  26. NSP

    Reference Image WW2 Scout/Armoured Cars and Derivatives (incl. Inter-War).

    For all WW2/Inter-war scout and armoured cars, plus the R/C tankette weapons (as there's not much point having a "Goliath" thread, as far as I can see). Daimler Dingo:-
  27. daz

    Reference Image Douglas SBD Dauntless

    Well, since so many are being build, such as the one by @Simmerit. we might as well have an SBD thread :) Atlantic colour scheme A-24 version
  28. daz

    Reference Image Guns and Tows - for all WW2 artillery and their towing vehicles

    At @SPROCKET321 request, a thread dedicated to all field artillery and their towing vehicles
  29. seaweed

    How Carriers Fought

    Focusing on the big Pacific carrier battles of WW2, the author wanted to find out how they were fought, why particular methods and strategies were used, and whether the parties (particularly the USN) could have done better. He couldn't find a book that told him those things, so set about writing...
  30. seaweed

    Henry Harwood

    At last we have a proper biography of Admiral Sir Henry Harwood (1888-1950), who in 1939 drove the Nazi pocket battleship Graf Spee to an ignominious grave, the climax of over three years spent in Latin American waters studying just the raider problem he came to face - and in making himself...
  31. Stumpy4154

    Waffen SS Armour in Normandy

    I looked forward to reviewing this book as it is a topic about which I have a large interest (alongside the battle at Arnhem) as well as potentially getting some ideas for my modelling dioramas. On receiving it I had a quick skim through to gauge the contents and to see if it was going to be a...
  32. P

    Regimental marching songs and hymns

    Hello to you all. I’m looking for the Second World War regimental marching songs and/or hymns of the following infantry regiments: - Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire LI - Highland Light Infantry Is there anyone who could help me please? Thanks in advance :)
  33. Themanwho

    US Marine Corps in the Second World War

    The old cliché of “A picture paints a thousand words” still holds true. If you are interested in looking at the hardware of amphibious warfare, or want to see what the men who carried out their herculean tasks looked like (without getting bogged down in pages of text), then this book is for you...
  34. D

    Kursk 1943

    The author has written a very well researched and enjoyable book. This reviewer previously knew little of the war on the Eastern Front and is now much more knowledgeable about it. Kursk was one of the decisive battles and was the beginning of the end to the war in the east. The author has not...
  35. Captain_Crusty

    Gunfire! British Artillery in World War II

    Stig Moberg served for many years as a Reservist artillery officer in Sweden. In the early 2000s he was prompted to choose the Royal Artillery in World War Two as the subject of a book after discovering how many archives were available in the UK. He published the book in Swedish originally and...
  36. Auld-Yin

    The Japanese Battleship ISE by Carlo Cestra

    There have been quite a few books which are aimed at the modelling fraternity reviewed on Arrse recently and this is another. Seaweed reviewed two from this particular series from Kagero Books, Destroyer Shimakaze and Schnellboot S-38 & S-100. I will deal with this book but I don’t have a lot...
  37. Auld-Yin

    Brazilians at War

    Brazil is not one of the major players in WW2 and does not feature in any Hollywood or Elstree Studio lists. They were however an important player in that they, along with the United States, patrolled the waters off their coasts which were a hunting ground for German and Italian submarines...

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