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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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6th SS Mountain Division Nord

By Ian Baxter Images of War series 6th SS Mountain Division Nord at war 1941-1945 Another excellent book in the Images at War series. As a scale modeler I really appreciate these books, even though the images are – logically

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Book Reviews

Book Review – Monte Cassino

From the Images of War series from Pen & Sword Books By Jeffrey Plowman The sub-title of this book makes it more interesting than that; Armoured forces in the battle for the Gustav Line. Yet another excellent book in the

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Book Reviews

Book Review – In Action with Destroyers

Full title : In Action with Destroyers 1939–1945 (Hardback) The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN WWII Royal Navy Naval By Alec Dennis, Edited by Anthony J Cumming These are the wartime memoirs of a Royal

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Book Reviews

Book review – Code Name MULBERRY

Code Name Mulberry By Guy Hartcup I I’m a big fan of anything to do with the landing in Normandy back in 1944, and have read countless books about it. In particular the building and use of the Mulberry harbors

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Italian Blog

Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra

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3D Design

What happened these past 5 years !?

Where did the time go !?   Last weekend all of a sudden I got very sad and upset. Maybe we get more emotional when turning older, I don’t know. I’ll tell you the reason for it…. Some time ago

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Book Reviews

Pen & Sword’s TankCraft Series of books

I already wrote about one book in this series, Sherman Tanks (TankCraft #2), and now have read a few more, both in paper and in eBook versions. The more I leaf through them, the more enthusiastic I get. These are

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Slow re-entry

Many many years ago I bought a plastic model kit of the Westland Lysander, back when I was working on getting one designed for our Flight Simulator range of aircraft models. I planned on making a diorama with it, based

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Book Reviews

Book Review on Waffen SS

Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback) By Anthony Tucker-Jones Another excellent book in the Images of War series. These books are about photographs first and foremost, showing often lesser known photos of WW2. This particular book is about the

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Book Reviews

Winged Pegasus and the Rangers

by Martin W. Bowman This book covers the attacks by paratroops and airborne forces during the initial phase of Operation Overlord, or the D-Day Landings. ‘Air War’ may be a tad misleading, because most of the eye-witness reports included in

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Scale Models

Almost afraid to get back

Get back to where? Get back into the hobby of scale modeling. I always ‘planned’ to pick up my beloved plastic kit building again once I had a bit more time. I promised that to myself …. oh….. some 45

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Book Reviews

The Sinews of War

By Major A D Bolland This is a surprising booklet ! Only 98 pages thin, but what an extraordinary account. It is the divisional ‘report’ of the logistics for the 53rd Welsh Division, on their quest to reach and defeat

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Review: The Boat that Won the War (Hardback)

(An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP) By Charles C Roberts General Eisenhower said it: The boat that won the war. And he was not referring to a battleship or aircraft carrier, he was referring to a small wooden craft

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Book Reviews

Book review Objective Saint-Lô

Objective Saint-Lô By Georges Bernage George Bernage has produced an excellent book with his Objective St-Lô. The book does not provide a fixed story-line as such, but is rather a collection of eye witness accounts of the heavy fighting that

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Book Reviews

The Invasion of Sicily 1943; book review

The Invasion of Sicily 1943 By Jon Diamond The ‘Images of War’ series is an excellent addition to any reader interested in WW2 archive pictures, and the history behind them. That goes for this (paperback) Invasion of Sicily 1943, as

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Aviation

D-Day Airfields – Book Review

Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force (Paperback) 2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII By Peter Jacobs A book for researchers, tourists and history buffs alike ! For most people when we say ‘D-Day’, the pictures of

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Book Reviews

New WW2 Book review

One of the things I do regularly these days (what with no TV and more time to read in bed and elsewhere) is review books. Yes, for Pen & Sword Publishing from the UK, but also books from other publishers.

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Book Reviews

New WW2 book review – Greece

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world

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Scale Models

FSClassics Update

In case you do not (yet?) follow my FSClassics website, here’s a post copied from it: Keeping with the idea of  presenting classic aircraft AND events here, and focusing on WW2 mainly, here’s a clip I found on the wonderful

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Major WW2 event next year in Holland

The people from Keep Them Rolling (an organization that keeps old WW2 vehicles moving !) have planned a major event for next year, celebrating and commemorating the liberation of the east of The Netherlands back in 1945. Only a couple

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3D Design

LCA’s galore !

My little LCA (Landing Craft Assault) has finally made it into Flight Simulator X and is seen here beached on the sand of Courseulles-sur-Mer. It has been a long road to get her this far, using Trimble’s Sketchup, various texturing

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World War 2

WW2 in colour

Surprisingly clear colour movie with clips covering the Invasion and beyond. MUST SEE !  

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EuropeRides

Pegasus Bridge, Normandy

Pegasus Bridge, Normandy Part Three of our Normandy Trip Report….. One of the things I wanted to see this time ’round was the famous Pegasus Bridge in Bénouville, captured by Major John Howard and his paratroopers. This was one of

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