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Aviation

Thunderbolts over Burma

By Angus Findon, Mark Hillier A very special book. It shows us the life of a British fighter pilot, but not in the usual way where young men jump into the Hurricanes and Spitfires and fend off Hitler’s Luftwaffe over

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Book Reviews

Mussolini’s Defeat at Hill 731, March 1941

by John Carr How the Greeks Halted Italy’s Albanian Offensive This is a fascinating book, especially for those of us not specialized in the Balkan part of World War 2. John Carr really has delivered a great story here, professionally

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Book Reviews

From Arromanches to the Elbe

by Charles More Marcus Cunliffe and the 144th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps 1944–1945 Marcus Cunliffe was an officer of the 144th Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps when it landed in Normandy back in June 1944. His notes and diaries are

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Book Reviews

Excellent book on the Battle of the Bulge

The Americans and Germans at Bastogne (Hardback)First-Hand Accounts from the Commandersby Gary Sterne Now here’s a book to my heart !! Not only is its subject about one of the iconic battles in Europe during the Second World War, but

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Art

Playing artist again

I bought a training course on architectural acquarel techniques, but figured I wanted to try it out on another pet subject: the LST325 in Evansville. Using a photo from Craig as model, I started on my first attempt. Got some

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Aviation

Duel Under the Stars

2020-06-18 The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II by Wilhelm Johnen Another one of my favorite World War 2 books, because it is written relatively shortly after the war, in 1956, by someone who was one

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Book Reviews

Supplying the British Army in the Second World War

2020-06-05 By Janet Macdonald This is a very nice hardback book on a subject that does not get enough coverage, ever….. the supply and support of armies. In this particular book Janet McDonalds takes us along to the humongous efforts

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Book Reviews

The Second World War Explained

By Michael O’Kelly Here’s an excellent book explaining World War 2 in an overview fashion. Excellent for those who have never really looked into this part of history, excellent for younger readers too. Looking at the many 10’s of thousands

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Aviation

Book Review: A Spy in the Sky

A Photographic Reconnaissance Spitfire Pilot in WWII Very interesting book. I love all stories about WW2 written by the people who actually were there, and this one is no exception. It not only tells the story of a young man

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Book Reviews

Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles

in the second world war Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War (Paperback)Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives Recently I have been reading books about topics that are a little outside my ‘regular interest’, and this little book is

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Book Reviews

Christmas under fire, 1944

The last Christmas of World War 2 By Kevin Prenger Here is a world war 2 book that is a little different from what we are used to. For once not about famous or unknown heroes, or battles and campaigns,

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Book Reviews

7th SS Mountain Division

by Ian Baxter7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941–1945 (Paperback) A History of the Division Another interesting book compiled by Ian Baxter on one of the German SS divisions. Lots of interesting archive photos make up the major

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Book Reviews

Raiders from the sea

by John LodwickThe Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII I picked up this book and leafed through it. Just a few, not too clear pictures. And a few maps. Hmmm… Then I started reading and to be honest,

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Book Reviews

IoW: The Battle for Arnhem 44-45

by Anthony Tucker-Jones Although the title should have omitted 1945 in my opinion, this is another very interesting book in the Images of War series. There is plenty of explaining text and drawn situation maps to make it more than

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Book Reviews

Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front

The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt – Volume I: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle Written from the diary of a young German soldier in World War 2, this book is an extremely gripping account of what those

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Book Reviews

The D-Day Landings

By Philip Warner True, this is not a new book. It was first published back in 1980. But the time of writing makes it all the more interesting, because back in 1980 there were still many survivors of the Normandy

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Book Reviews

The Luftwaffe Kitbag

The full title of this book is ‘The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag’ – Uniforms and equipment from the summer of 1940 and the human stories behind them – by Mark Hillier This book is like getting a

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Book Reviews

D-Day Cover-up at Pointe du Hoc

by Gary Sterne The History of the 2nd & 5th US Army Rangers, 1st May – 10th June 1944 This is a very special book. Actually it is part 2 in the series and I don’t have Part 1, but

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Book Reviews

M7 Priest

(Images of War series) by David Doyle Admittedly I never looked into the history of artillery much, but maybe that will change after reading this book. I actually acquired it because I am a fan of the M4 Sherman in

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Book Reviews

The Americans on D-Day & in Normandy

By Brooke S. Blades – Images of War series This particular book in the Images of War series is by Brooke S. Blades and like all others in the series filled with photographs from wartime archives. I love the books

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