Corona Virus Times

I am writing this on April 20, 2020, in our home in rural Italy, where we have been locked up now for more than 2 months already. We have been out 3 times, to the nearby intersection with the supermarket, and back. Many of you will suffer in the same…

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The F-4 Phantom – book review

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archivesby Martin Bowman Usually I am very happy with this series of ‘Rare Images’ books from Pen & Sword, and the good old Phantom being one of my long-time favorite aircraft I was interested in this book.But truth be told, it was somewhat of a let-down….

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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 of titles on this bit of our history their is…

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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 who joins the RAF (more or less by mistake, to…

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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 one of them. This book by a Spanish(?) author is…

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Christmas under fire, 1944

The last Christmas of World War 2By 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, or analyses of what caused which victory or defeat. No, this…

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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 part of the book.The 7th SS started in 1941 as…

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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, I only put it down when my wife threatened to burn…

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