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Defending Anglesey
Defending Anglesey
by Mark Dalton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 29.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL BOOK...., 26 Jan 2014
This review is from: Defending Anglesey (Hardcover)
I have to say, this is a really exceptional book - brilliantly illustrated and obviously researched in great depth. If, like me, your particular interests are in WW2 airfields, pillboxes and anti-invasion defences, then this is the book for you. The island's airfields, Valley, Bodorgan and Mona, are covered in surprising detail, including some splendidly evocative photo's, especially the aerial views of Bodorgan.
But, because one of the main threads of the book is that Anglesey was viewed as a likely landing ground for German troops invading from disaffected Eire, the island itself was defended from the mainland. Thus the book also covers defence locations on the Welsh mainland fringe. These include the remote and previously little-documented airfield at Llandwrog (which, as the book explains, was used post-war for 'Operation Sandcastle', the disposal of German nerve-gas bombs. This wider view applies to pillboxes too: as well as dealing with the 2whole range of extraordinary and unique pillboxes built on the island, the book also illustrates a whole range of inland defences around the Ogwen Valley and elsewhere in Snowdonia of which I was previously unaware.
The sectional drawings of pillboxes that illustrate the book, by the way, are quite superb - it would be just great to see a national survey of WW2 anti-invasion defences produced to a similar standard.
There is much more to entertain and educaqte too: radar and direction finding sites, coastal batteries, gunnery ranges, the secretive Ty Croes site (where the Thunderbird missile was developed, Beumaris flying boat factory, etc etc.
One last thing: don't be put-off by the relatively high price - it is a massive book for the money!


Secret Underground Cities: an Account of Some of Britain's Subterranean Defence, Factory and Storage Sites in the Second World War
Secret Underground Cities: an Account of Some of Britain's Subterranean Defence, Factory and Storage Sites in the Second World War
by N.J. McCamley
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but hard to come by, 11 Aug 2011
A superb book, but hard to come by now. (Just out of print, I think). If you can'y find a copy I would suggest 'Second World War Secret Bunkers' by the same author... basically a larger format, fully illustrated update of 'Secret Underground Cities'.


Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element
Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element
by Jeremy Bernstein
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Swimming in treacle, 7 April 2011
Haphazard and unstructured doesn't begin to describe this most dissapointing book. I'm sure there is valuable information in there somewhere, but pinning it down is a real challenge. Subjects are introduced and then dropped without explanation or expansion and nothing is explained chronologically, which is a bit of a downer in a book which purports to be a history. Far to many 'this will be explained in the chapter after next' (which it usually isn't), and too many nebulous references to 'the aforementioned' person or event.


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