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Red Star Against the Swastika: The Story of a Soviet Pilot Over the Eastern Front
Red Star Against the Swastika: The Story of a Soviet Pilot Over the Eastern Front
by Vasily B. Emelianenko
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 18 Jan. 2015
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What a masterpiece! This story instantly makes you realise why the Shturmovik was SO renowned as a ground attack aircraft - the men who flew it. The book starts by giving a fair description of the aircraft itself, which may upset some preconceived notions!

The men who flew these things really were the backbone of the VVS and need far greater recognition than is given by this book alone. That doesn't take anything away from Emelianenko's story, because it is too good to be ignored.


Panzer Killers: Anti-Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front
Panzer Killers: Anti-Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front
by Artem Drabkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed!, 18 Jan. 2015
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Artem Drobkin brings together the stories of Soviet Ant-Tank veterens in a well written and well presented format. The stories are, obviously, at a low level in terms of narrative, simply because many men weren't fully aware of what was going on around them or even of where they were when certain deeds took place but this makes them no lees interesting.

Stories of Assault Gun crews are mixed with those of Anti-Tank Gunners and Anti-Tank Riflemen. If you have seen the 'Soviet Storm' series, some of the anecdotes may well already be familiar to you.

A wonderful collection of veterans interviews from the rarely known (in the West) Great Patriotic War.


Guns Against the Reich: Memoirs of an Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front
Guns Against the Reich: Memoirs of an Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front
by Petr Mikhin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable..., 13 Nov. 2014
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I'm sorry but I just can't believe that all of the stories in this book are true. It's just too far fetched in areas and I can't get my head around the fact that he did ALL of these things, pretty much single-handedly. I mean, how can PROFESSIONAL scouts not capture a prisoner after 10 times of trying, yet Mikhin does it after his first attempt, despite the fact that he's an Artillery Observation officer?! If you believed everything in this book, you'd be forgiven for asking why he isn't an HSU a dozen times over.

It's just a little TOO incredible to be...well...credible.


Bomber Pilot on the Eastern Front: 307 Missions Behind Enemy Lines (Red Air Force at War)
Bomber Pilot on the Eastern Front: 307 Missions Behind Enemy Lines (Red Air Force at War)
by Vasily Reshetnikov
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it...but..., 13 Nov. 2014
I can't get my head around this book. As a narrative of strategic bombing by the Soviets, it's pretty poor. As a personal narrative of a bomber pilot, it's pretty damned interesting and is something we've not really seen before.

It's very readable and entertaining, and is hugely descriptive. The description of the inner workings of the VVS long-range bomber force has been sorely missed from post-war write ups but here it is now.

I enjoyed it, but a preface on the tactics and intentions of the force before the story begins in earnest is VERY BADLY needed, simply because there isn't much in English about this incredible Soviet asset and HOW it was used.


On the Roads of War: A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front
On the Roads of War: A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front
by Ivan Yakushin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Flipping brilliant!, 13 Nov. 2014
This book is a joy to read. The first part about Leningrad would be enough to bring anybody's mood crashing down but his trials and tribulations as a Cavalryman are just fabulous to read.

He doesn't posture, boast or brag or use his story as a propaganda tool, this is juts honest soldiering form the Soviet perspective and I adored every page. A full five-star book.


Red Partisan: The Memoirs of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front
Red Partisan: The Memoirs of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front
by Nikolai I. Obryn'ba
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 13 Nov. 2014
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This is an uncomfortable book to read. At times, the actions of Obryn'ba's captors made me feel genuinely physically queasy. This is not for people who think of war in that 1970s Hollywood fashion where war happens and brutality is moderate. this is full-on horrific and as such, needs a much wider audience.

I fear that in the cold war, many people, particularly Americans romanticised the German forces and deamonised the Soviets, but this book redresses that balance with disturbingly descriptive passages about the brutality of the Nazis.

Partisans were an anomaly. There were few rules for them and death lurked everywhere they went. One gets all of this in Obryn'ba's book.

All-in-all a very good, if uncomfortable, read.


Struck by Lightning
Struck by Lightning
by John Dann
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed but informative, 27 Jun. 2014
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This book provides a wealth of information and is very entertaining from a personal perspective but the layout is a mess and it is, at times, disjointed. That's more the fault of the editors than the authors who have made a very readable account of life on the lower decks. A newer, better laid out and edited version would no doubt enhance the reading experience.

For anyone interested in the smaller ships of WW2 (and who wouldn't be??), then this is a must read. You'll certainly learn a few things!


Lost Voices of The Royal Navy: Vivid Eyewitness Accounts of Life in the Royal Navy from 1914-1945
Lost Voices of The Royal Navy: Vivid Eyewitness Accounts of Life in the Royal Navy from 1914-1945
by Max Arthur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Feb. 2014
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The stories in this book are among the most gripping, fascinating and horrifying of any of the armed forces of the world wars. The sections on getting the SS Ohio into Malta are, frankly, astounding and eye-opening in their explanation of the intensity of combat that the Royal Navy faced.

The casualties sustained and the conditions in which the men lived and fought are brought to life by many self-effacing characters, who never considered themselves as heroes. This book and their stories, tell us that they most definitely were.


The Unforgettable Army: Slim's XIVth Army in Burma
The Unforgettable Army: Slim's XIVth Army in Burma
by Michael Hickey
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars High Level, 28 Feb. 2014
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This book is a fairly high level work, in that it doesn't get into the nitty-gritty of many aspect of the campaign. It's directed more to those who either know nothing or have a passing knowledge of the XIV Army so is ideal as a starter book. Don't let that detract from it though, as it's a very readable account and gives great insights into the men and their much loved commander.

The book does tend to focus on Slim in many many cases, rather than his Army, but that's no bad thing as he was a truly fascinating man and the XIV Army wouldn't have been what is was without him.

Consider it an introduction to certain aspects of the campaign and the man, rather than a detailed study of the way in which the XIV Army operated.


Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome
Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome
by Carlo D' Este
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class!, 21 Feb. 2014
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This work is by far one if the best written on any battle and does much to explain the courses of action and responses that led to one of the worst stalemates of the whole of WW2.

The explanation of the reasons behind Shingle doesn't shed a great deal of further light on the subject - this has been covered in so many written histories and papers that there isn't much new to say (not a criticism of the book or author), but from then on, this work develops into one of the most rounded studies of pretty much any WW2 battle and is by far the best work on Anzio yet written.

His explanation of how each Army fought does a great deal to dispel so much of the sniping that has been written by (admittedly mainly American) authors on the British Infantry conduct in the Beachhead and their 'excessive' losses.
The terrain, the lack of divisions intially slated for the operation, the ferocity of the German response all contribute to subdue such flat arguments about 1st Division's lack of adequate control over the battleground. The tenacity and professionalism of the British Soldier is mentioned time and again and goes to prove how well regarded they should have been to VI Corps command.

Churchill, Alexander and Lucas, all take their fair share of criticism from D'Este, who reserves the most scalding critique for Clark. One gets the impression that the more D'Este learned about Clark's actions the less sense any of the made in the context of fighting and WINNING a war, as opposed to trying to nurture a media celebrity status. Clark's actions bordered on criminally negligent and even his own troops at the time spotted this. Sadly for some, like the gallant Fred Walker, they made too much of an issue of it, whereupon they were removed by Clark.

This is an outstanding piece of work and is THE book for Anzio.


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