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Wild Blue: 741 Squadron - On a Wing and a Prayer over Occupied Europe
Wild Blue: 741 Squadron - On a Wing and a Prayer over Occupied Europe
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Yeee haaa, look what the good ol' American boys did, yet again apparently they saved the World., 9 May 2014
This book annoyed me, it was clearly written for home consumption by the same American public who need to be reminded about in which country a city is located. Talk about the Nazis being the master race, Mr Ambrose would have us believe, just as he does in Citizen Soldiers, that the Yanks are the master race and that they won the war on their own. It must have been really galling for the author to pen Pegasus Bridge and admit that another country's young men actually achieved anything worthwhile in WW2. As other commentators have remarked, his assertion that the men of the RAF were criminals, and that by implication the only men worthy of mention were those of the USAAF, has confirm my opinion that this book is for reading in the toilet' page by page. The assertion that the Luftwaffe suffered casualties of 44,000 a month in mid 1944 is either a typo from the source or based purely on the notorious claims of the American aircrew at the time.

Leaving all this aside, it does give a limited account of the Southern European air war, with some information about the B 24. However yet again it would appear that apparently the B24 was a much better aircraft than anything else produced between 1939 and 1945.


Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2)
Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2)
by Kevin Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you read only one book about Bomber Command in WW2 make it this one., 1 Mar 2014
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I have read this book three times it is that good. It is part 2 of a trilogy chronicling the Bomber Command story, but this is the one with the knock out blow. The clue is in the full title. One need read no further than page three of the prelude to have to put the book down for a moment in order to recover and think about:

" The elite of the second world war generation had volunteered to fly and, in the attrition of 1944, found the likelihood of survival in the bomber war so slim they were no more substantial than men of air, ghosts already, waiting to vanish this night or the next."


Bob Wilson - Behind the Network: My Autobiography
Bob Wilson - Behind the Network: My Autobiography
by Bob Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable man, 1 Mar 2014
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I bought this book not for the football story, but to learn more about the man. It is his family story which is so moving and particularly the story which so few will know about - his two elder brothers who both served in the RAF in WW2 and who were both killed in action; their story is poignantly told, as is their mother's visit to her sons' graves - painful stuff to read, but also contrasted with a young child's reaction. Their loss and example has obviously been a guiding light in Wilson's subsequent determination as can be seen from the rest of the book.


The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF's Bloodiest Raid on Hitler's Germany
The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF's Bloodiest Raid on Hitler's Germany
by John Nichol
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal histories of the tragic events of almost exactly 70 years ago, 1 Mar 2014
The Nuremberg raid resulted in more RAF deaths in one night than the entire Battle of Britain.

Even if you have read the Middlebrook account of the raid this is well worth the purchase. Whereas Middlebrook has written the definitive account allied to personal recollections, Nichol concentrates on the personal, some of which is similar, however it is the illustrations of the veterans which REALLY brings the story to life. These elderly gentlemen; many of whom one can also be seen in his younger version; as little more than teenagers (or even as teenagers) went through the most terrifying experience. It is being able to look at the photographs and realise that 'this' happened to 'him' - which strikes home. The extra previously unpublished information alone about Cyril Barton VC and Chris Panton (Just Jane) from their surviving families, makes the book worth the money. The account of one veteran who was unbelievably classed as LMF simply for sticking up for his rights beggars belief in the system. This book reaffirms John Nichol in the same league as Martin Middlebrook and Kevin Wilson.


Sealey VSE6156 Petrol Engine Timing Chain Service Tool Kit
Sealey VSE6156 Petrol Engine Timing Chain Service Tool Kit
Price: 52.52

5.0 out of 5 stars LATE DELIVERY, 11 Dec 2013
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No complaint about the product BUT
IF I select and pay for next day delivery BEFORE 1300 HRS I expect to receive it before 1 pm not after 3 O'clock in the afternoon.

This was an urgent purchase and I have been left standing around waiting unable to complete the job.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH I EXPECT A REFUND OF THE CARRIAGE CHARGES.


The Big Battleship
The Big Battleship
by Richard Hough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present as a child, 2 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Big Battleship (Paperback)
I have just re-read my 1st edition hardback copy of this book which was an xmas present in 1966. This hardback edition contained a fair number of period illustrations, both of the personalities and the ship itself. The book is split into 7 chapters covering the background to early 1900's warship sales to foreign navies and the competition for orders between nations, followed by the sequence of events surrounding the ship. It has a very interesting chapter about the Newcastle on Tyne shipyards, which alone makes the book worth purchasing for anyone interested in the region or its engineering history. I found then, and now, the tale of the ship's toilets an amusing side issue to the whole story. This is a narrative of the ship's story, so those looking for pages of technical details and drawings will be disappointed. So too will those looking for any detail post 1918 other than the briefest of mentions.

To quote from the frontispiece: "This is the story, at once hilarious, melancholy and extraordinary, of the biggest battleship of her day....recounted by a naval historian who has always possessed a deep and special affection for that ultimate deterrent of another age, the battleship."


Nokia Asha 300 Sim Free Mobile Phone - Graphite (discontinued by manufacturer)
Nokia Asha 300 Sim Free Mobile Phone - Graphite (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by Fone-Central
Price: 99.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish buy something else, 6 Aug 2012
Nokia Asha 300 Sim Free Mobile Phone - GraphiteI got this phone on contract and not via Amazon. However the following may be helpful to those considering a replacement for their old simple phone. I was told it was not a touch screen phone and it suited my requirement for being a push button phone. That was a lie, it is a touch screen phone with number buttons, but all functions require touch screen. I would dearly like to smash the poxy thing to pieces with a sledge hammer. To access contacts requires a swipe of the screen, the number you want sails straight past and the display stops where it feels like. When eventually it stops on the number required and you touch that selection, it jumps to the number before or after the one you want. Battery life is half that of my old phone, so: Don't buy it, look for something that actually works.


Vuvuzela from the **Original Vuvuzelaman**
Vuvuzela from the **Original Vuvuzelaman**

5.0 out of 5 stars Just leeesten to the plaintive sound of those vuvuzelas, 9 Aug 2010
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Well what can you say about a vuvuzela? It is suitably loud and it arrived safely packaged and very promptly


The Amazing Summer
The Amazing Summer
by Philip Gibbs
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing summer (Philip Gibbs), 2 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Amazing Summer (Hardcover)
This book is particularly apt in the Summer of 2010, because it is the story of Summer 1940 for the Moreton family and particularly Guy, who is an RAF fighter pilot.
I have just rescued my first edition from the loft to read again, as my memory of the story is now somewhat hazy. I first read this in round about 1964 as a child. At the time I was playing the Beatles she loves you, but more frequently the B side " I'll get you". To this day this song moves me almost to tears as I associate it with this book.
As a brief resume of the story Guy is shot down in France in probably May 1940 and a large part of the story is his escape and reunion with his desperately worried family and girlfriend and their slightly detached experience of the bombing.
Towards the end of the book we meet Guy's brother David; a Wellington bomber pilot engaged in operations attacking the invasion barges. The story may appear somewhat old fashioned to some readers, given that it was written in 1941, but it gives a very real impression of just how desperate the situation was for those who lived through it; which is somewhat hard for us to appreciate 70 years later, when our experience is merely what we read in history books or half listen to on television.


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