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WWII: The Directory of Weapons
WWII: The Directory of Weapons
by Chris Bishop
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 30 May 2010
This book has some good sides and some bad sides.

The good are that there is a lot of useful information on some of the more spurious weapons used in WW2 (Northover Projector anyone?) and backs all of this up with detailed pitcures or diagrams showing how the weapons appear.

The bad parts are that there are some startling ommissions, namely the Lee-Enfield No4. and the Messerschmitt BF109.

Pretty fundamental weapons in the grand scheme of things!

All in all, I would buy it as a point of refernence. My copy has been used that much it's starting to fall apart!


Op JB
Op JB
by Christopher Creighton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Op JB (Hardcover)
A simple review:

This book is neither historically believable, nor good fiction.

Poorly written, it makes some barely believable claims and some outright works of poorly conceived fiction.

Avoid.


Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45
Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45
by Peter Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine detail!, 20 May 2010
The information that one can glean from this book is astounding and is a credit to the authors and researchers. It can be a bit dry to read even the small amount of background information (hence the four stars) but as a referance book it is exceptional. The best part of this book, to me, is the section on captured AFVs pressed into service by the Germans. It takes a certain type of bravery to use the opposing side's armour in the confusion of battle!

It is what it says it is - an Encylopaedia, nothing more. Not very readable but there are other books for that.


Jane's Tanks of World War II
Jane's Tanks of World War II
by Terry J. Gander
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good little pocket guide, 20 May 2010
This is a good little guide to give you some basic background knowledge on most of the WW2 tanks in use. It does get some things wrong, like the fact that Shermans brew up because of being petrol powered - as evidence suggests this is not the case.

In terms of a book that covers the bases, it's Ok. Plus it fits right in your pocket!


Unheralded Victory: Who Won the Vietnam War?
Unheralded Victory: Who Won the Vietnam War?
by Mark W. Woodruff
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars What a bizarre book!, 17 May 2010
This book makes some ruddy bizarre claims about one of America's darkest hours. The idea that Woodruff proposes is a simple one:

America entered Vietnam to stop the spread of communism through the country. By the time they left the south had not fallen to the red tide...therefore they succeeded in their mission.

This drastically over-simplifies the situation to a startling degree. Ignoring the obvious fact that the U.S was simply propping up a regime that was rotten to the core, Woodruff attempts to legitimise pretty much EVERY US action in some way or another.

On the flip-side it DOES present a lot of statistical evidence to back up his claims, some of which is pretty damned interesting BUT, what is it politicians say about 'lies, damn lies and statistics'?


With the Jocks: A Soldier's Struggle for Europe 1944-45
With the Jocks: A Soldier's Struggle for Europe 1944-45
by Peter White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read, 16 May 2010
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Firstly, I must say that this book is very well written and wondefully descriptive. I geuinely felt a sense of apprehension with him as he was waiting to go into action. The situautions described by White provide all the information one needs to produce a wonderful mental picture of the situation.

The difficulties he experienced in the confusion of battle come across very well and also add a depth to procedings that one does not normally think about.

The sketches that White produced help illustrate the atmosphere in a way that simple photographs probably wouldn't have done.

What a cracking book. 5 Stars...a very well deserved 5 stars.


Somme
Somme
by Lyn MacDonald
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable account, 2 May 2010
This review is from: Somme (Paperback)
I didn't enjoy this book as much as her book about Paschendaele, but it must be said that for the personal side of war it is pretty good. I have two negative comments about it:

- The maps used to visualise the situation at a particular time aren't very clear and I found it hard to follow the overall story using them. I even went so far as to download a couple of Somme battle maps from the internet which were much more helpful.

- As others hve said, the German side is not very well covered at all. I understand that there may have been difficulties in doing this, but with such a plethora of British and commonwealth accounts, it wouldn't have been THAT difficult to research the German perspective.

Other than these two minor points, it is a very capable account of one of the most famous actions that the British Army has ever participated in and a worthy salute to the men of Kitchiner's Army.


They Called it Passchendaele: The Story of the Battle of Ypres and of the Men Who Fought in it
They Called it Passchendaele: The Story of the Battle of Ypres and of the Men Who Fought in it
by Lyn MacDonald
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody marvellous!, 12 April 2010
I've had this book for quite a while now but have only just got around to reading it. If i'd have known it was this good, i'd have put off reading everything else and concentrated on this.

I loved it. The human angle is very well covered in this book and this is so well interlaced with the tactical aspects of the Great War that it beggars belief. A joy to read.


Russia's War
Russia's War
by Richard Overy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.37

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A damned good book., 25 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Russia's War (Paperback)
This is one of the books that Mr Beevor should have read before producing his narratives on Stalingrad and Berlin (good though they are).
It dispells so many myths about the USSR's war but also provides the evidence to back it all up. Just read the section on the Warsaw uprising and you'll soon understand more about the unfortunate circumstances there than a whole heap of other 'reliable sources' could tell you.

The horror of the NKVD terror, Stalin's paranoia, the titanic efforts of the average Red Army soldier, it's all there.

Well worth buying and keeping. I think it's fantastic.


Barbarossa: The Russian German Conflict: The Russian German Conflict, 1941-45 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Barbarossa: The Russian German Conflict: The Russian German Conflict, 1941-45 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Alan Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!, 27 Jan. 2010
I have not been able to put this book down since getting it. I love the way it's written and how it flows is just fantastic. The detail, the use of maps, the quotations and sub-notes etc are all done so brilliantly.

A fabulous work of literary art.


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