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World War II British Women's Uniforms in Colour Photographs (Europa Militaria Special)
World War II British Women's Uniforms in Colour Photographs (Europa Militaria Special)
by Brayley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, 28 Jan 2014
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A very welcome book, both because it adds to the recognition of women's wartime service but also because it is a unique and very useful reference source. The photographs of original uniforms are very well done and the accompanying text is both well informed and interesting. Overall this book is very much up to the standards of this author's other work and hopefully will be supplemented in future by work on the various voluntary services in which women participated, such as the WVS, etc.


Helmets of Eto: A Historical and Technical Guide
Helmets of Eto: A Historical and Technical Guide
by Regis Giard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 28 Jan 2014
This is a very impressive book. Yes it's aimed at a very niche market but it's a pretty comprehensive study of the M1 helmet in the ETO and will be of interest to modellers, re-enactors, collectors, etc. The opening sections on the history, development and structure of the helmet are very well done, notably the accompanying illustrations. This is then followed by sections in which the story behind individual helmets are explored, including discussions about the markings, the varied usages, and so on. The human aspect of these stories is very interesting and overall I found this a wonderful piece of work.


Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D For Dummies
Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D For Dummies
Price: 13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction., 18 Jan 2014
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Everything time I sat down with this book I discovered a new feature on my camera. Well worth the money


Khaki Drill and Jungle Green: British Tropical Uniforms 1939-45 in Colour Photographs
Khaki Drill and Jungle Green: British Tropical Uniforms 1939-45 in Colour Photographs
by Martin Brayley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 29 Oct 2013
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Having bought the book on the European theatre by these authors I was so impressed that I thought I would give this volume a try. This volume is just as good as the first, with excellent photography, an impressive range of uniforms and equipment, combined with some wonderful text. My only hope is that the authors now build on this success with further volumes on the RAF, the Royal Navy and maybe even the uniforms of other combatants.


Warpaint: Volume 4: Colours and Markings of British Army Vehicles 1903-2003 (Green)
Warpaint: Volume 4: Colours and Markings of British Army Vehicles 1903-2003 (Green)
by Dick Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive finale for the series, 29 Oct 2013
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This is the fourth and final volume of a series of unique reference works which will probably never be matched. On its own merits the book is very good indeed and wraps up a number of odds and ends, including the naming of tanks, stencils, flag signals and even fire extinguishers. It could be argued though that this volume also needs to be seen as part of a larger whole, with the thematic approach followed throughout the series necessitating a view of the series as a coherent and overarching project. The author is quite defensive of the decision to follow a thematic rather than chronological format, and it's clear that he has come in for some stick so I can't blame him, but actually I feel he made the right call and the four volumes make absolute sense in this format. Anyone with an interest in armour will get something from this volume (the photos are worth it alone, before we get to anything else) but if you're lucky enough to get hold of all four volumes (good luck getting hold of volume 2 for anything less than a King's ransom) then you'll have a reference work which is second to none. Overall one gets the impression of a labour of love and the sense of enthusiasm for the subject shines through in every volume. Very highly recommended.


Wings of the Navy
Wings of the Navy
by Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 27.96

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 29 Oct 2013
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I've read Brown's other works and this lives up to the high standard of the previous books. Writing is fascinating and the judgements in different aircraft is certainly thought-provoking - I especially liked the pithy remarks about the Corsair. The production values informing the book are very high, with excellent cut-away diagrams of some unusual types, views of the cockpit layout, colour profiles, plus a lot of great photos. I really looked forward to the arrival of this book and am left very impressed indeed.


Tiger (General Military)
Tiger (General Military)
Price: 4.12

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 12 Oct 2013
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A useful title on the Tiger but at the same time I expected more from this book after reading some rave reviews. Yes the photos are very good, but the text is rather disjointed. It could have told the story of the tank's development and deployment in a clearer way, with a more logical linkage of its progress. The research is good, but I just felt e text could have flowed better.


The World War II Tommy: British Army Uniforms European Theatre 1939-45
The World War II Tommy: British Army Uniforms European Theatre 1939-45
by Martin Brayley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 12 Oct 2013
I bought this because I'm painting a model of a British tanker and thought it would be useful. It has far exceeded my expectations - 300+ high quality photos! some very informative notes and very detailed converage.


Combat Codes: A Full Explanation and Listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Force Unit Codes Since 1938
Combat Codes: A Full Explanation and Listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Force Unit Codes Since 1938
by Victor Flintham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 27.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 20 Sep 2013
What a wonderful book. I bought this because I build models but as a reference source it's uses are legion. The numerous photos are invaluable and make the book well worth buying on their own before you get to the rest of the material. Taken as a whole though the book is staggering. This is a book which deserves a lot more attention than it seems to get and I for one am thoroughly impressed. Well worth the investment.


Spitfire on My Tail: A View from the Other Side
Spitfire on My Tail: A View from the Other Side
by Ulrich Steinhilper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important and rare account, 12 Sep 2013
Steinhilper's account of the Luftwaffe's development before the war and up to the Battle of Britain is a rare insight into the Geman side of the story. Very few Luftwaffe pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain lived to the end of the war, so the fact that Steinhilper was shot down and captured probably saved his lived and meant we now have this unique account. He's scathing about people like Galland and makes it clear that the Luftwaffe was not the mighty machine it was presented as by German propaganda. Instead a lot of bluff covered up its organisational problems, the conservatism of people like Galland (who was utterly opposed to radios in aircraft) and the obsolescence of many of their machines. Overall a fascinating corrective which is well written and which has no real equivalent.


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