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Sniper Ace
Sniper Ace
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and disturbing..., 17 May 2016
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The book comprises two parts: the wartime experiences of the author based on his official Sniper's Log Book and his experiences following the defeat of the Wehrmacht and the author's subsequent captivity and internment by the Soviets.
The first half is a little light on narrative detail but serves as a useful indight into operations during the last months of the war in the east.
The second half is more revealing and reinforces the impression that perhaps the western Allies were naive in their dealings with the Soviets and should have taken a much harder line with them in the months immediately post April 1945.
Many German POWs weren't returned to Germany until the late 1950s and early 1960s if they survived at all: Sutkus wasn't repatriated until the 1990s - after the final fall of communism, such was his notoriety with the Soviets. Even then the German authorities were of little help, refusing him his resettlement entitlement due to him as part of his war-pension...
A sobering account, not to be missed.


The First and The Last
The First and The Last
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important from a historical perspective, but a little dull., 19 April 2016
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Historically notable, but a little dry. One of those books you have to read if you're a student of the period, but it's less compelling than it could be...


Samurai! [Illustrated Edition]
Samurai! [Illustrated Edition]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping..., 19 April 2016
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I first read this about 40 years ago: my grandfather gave me his copy. It's still one of the best autobiographical acvounts of WW2 and remarkable for being by one of the few surviving Japanese Naval aviators from that period.
Curiously his survival mirrors almost every other notable survival story by a highly successful WW2 combatant: an injury sufficiently serious to remove him from combat for a period of time, then gradual return to the war via a posting to a training establishment as an instructor.
Sakai was an exceptional pilot by any standards and his flight in a heavily damaged aircraft while badly wounded is still hailed as one of history's notable aviation feats.


Für Volk and Führer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Für Volk and Führer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. Detailed and fascinating account of life in the Waffen-SS, 1 April 2016
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Surprisingly well-written, this book has you sympathising fully with the author and his comrades throughout and gives a very detailed insight into the ethos of Hitler's Elite fighting unit. The accounts of training, deployment and close-quarter battle on both Eastern and Western fronts also gives an interesting perspective on the difference in attitude regarding fighting the Soviets and the Americans.
The accounts of 'barracks-life' while convalescing from injuries in Berlin will be familiar to anyone who's served in the military and further reinforces the sense that under the uniforms, all soldiers are the same.
Anyone interested in first hand accounts of the period should read this as the author's experiences closely mirror others currently published and help build a better picture of certain key events, notably the final battles around Halbe, south of Berlin in 1945.


Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Hans von Luck
Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Hans von Luck
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for enthusiasts, 1 April 2016
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Excellent book, well-written and highly detailed. Especially fascinating was the section concerning the author's time as a Soviet POW and the frustration felt by him at the mishandling of the German response to the D Day invasion.
The book dovetails nicely with other books concerning the period in question.


Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius (Stackpole Military History Series)
Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius (Stackpole Military History Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read but light in detail in some areas, 1 April 2016
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The preface to the book acknowledges that much of the detail is soyrced from his Battalion's after action reports and this is reflected in the relatively light detail concerrning early parts of the book. Training and his earlier deployments are skipped over almost. However the remainder is detailed enough that I was even able to retrace the steps of his final engagements around Unna near Dortmund near to where I live.
Well-written and engaging, this is a worthy addition to any collection of War memoirs from the period despite the relative lack of technical detail.


The Last Panther - Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
The Last Panther - Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering and shocking account of the last few days of WW2 on the Eastern Front, 1 Sept. 2015
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The companion volume to the author's earlier book 'Tiger Tracks', the story picks up during the last desperate days of fighting before the ceasefire in May 1945 and makes you wish the author had devoted more time to filling in the gaps between this and the earlier account. But considering the graphic nature of what's described, it's perhaps not surprising that he didn't and that this volume went unpublished during his lifetime...

April 1945 and German troops and civilians desperately attempt to flee westward to escape the murderous attentions of a vengeful Red Army bent on rape and pillage. Not much is written about this period of the war and many accounts of the horrors endured by the German civilian population are overlooked or ignored altogether because it concerns 'the losers' and besides 'they started it'... Deliberate targetting of civilians, murder, rape and more murder are the normal tactics employed by the Russians and only surrender to the Americans who have halted their advance at the River Elbe guarantees safety. But to do that, the disparate and exhausted German forces have to fight through thousands of Soviets from near the Polish border to the Elbe - a distance of 'only' about 160km but where every metre must be fought for using worn-out equipment, low ammunition supplies and virtually no fuel...
Many of the towns and villages mentioned in this account no longer exist. They were destroyed so completely and their occupants killed or displaced to the West and were never rebuilt.

The action covers barely 36 hours but gives a sobering look at the horrors endured even as other fighting elsewhere in Germany had already come to an end.


Tiger Tracks - The Classic Panzer Memoir
Tiger Tracks - The Classic Panzer Memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic story., 1 Sept. 2015
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While the technical aspects and battle scenes have a ring of authenticity about them according to other accounts and historical studies I've read, the thread concerning the Russian prisoner stretches credulity somewhat. That said, it's a great story, well written and fits nicely in my collection of war memoirs...
The scale of the fighting is well presented and when compared to modern conflicts leads you to begin to understand the nature of the War in the East.
However it's still a good read and not to be overlooked.


The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, could be better., 1 Sept. 2015
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Firstly let me say this a great (true) story that's crying out to be made into a TV mini-series. Unfortunately (for me) too much time was spent chronicling the French captives backgrounds rather than detailing the time immediately leading up to the action described, the battle (firefight) itself and the aftermath. The last half of the book is filled with indexes and notes, fooling you into thinking the book is longer than it is.
Well researched and well written, it leaves you wanting a bit more meat on the bones...


MiNGFi English Keyboard Cover QWERTY for MacBook Pro 13" 15" 17" Aluminum Unibody and MacBook Air 13" European/ISO Keyboard Layout Silicone Skin - Black
MiNGFi English Keyboard Cover QWERTY for MacBook Pro 13" 15" 17" Aluminum Unibody and MacBook Air 13" European/ISO Keyboard Layout Silicone Skin - Black
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fit, works as expected., 15 July 2015
Perfectly acceptable for the price and ideal for the purpose I bought it for.
Fit is good with no bunching or kinking.
I have a German-sourced Macbook Pro 15" with a QWERTZ keyboard and bought this cover to be able to use default Photoshop and Lightroom keyboard shortcuts with English keyboard input. I'd previously tried reassigning keystrokes, but with limited success - Adobe is optimised for QWERTY and you only get partial functionality with QWERTZ however you try to work around it.
Typing anything requiring more than a few keystrokes (such as this review) is however a pretty miserable experience due to the spongy feel imparted by the cover and the raised edges of the individual 'pads' and I find it better to remove the cover and switch the keyboard language back to German for actual 'writing' (a matter of two mouse clicks once you've selected additional the input language in System Preferences), but this fulfils my photo-editing requirements perfectly, so have no hesitation in recommending it.
One other minor detail is that the illuminated keys are partially dimmed by the cover, but again, this is inevitable with any cover, I think.


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