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Steel Bulwark: The Last Years of the German Panzerwaffe on the Eastern Front 1943-45, a Photographic History
Steel Bulwark: The Last Years of the German Panzerwaffe on the Eastern Front 1943-45, a Photographic History
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.15

1.0 out of 5 stars FRAUD !, 13 May 2014
Plenty of photos are well-known, none are rare. The quality of their reproduction is found wanting, to say the least.

Captions are poor when not entirely wrong when not plain and dull.

Mr I.Baxter's mediocrity is as constant as its litany of botched up books.


German Guns of the Third Reich (Images of War)
German Guns of the Third Reich (Images of War)
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong !, 13 May 2014
The work is highly unprofessional.

No the photos are not rare and the captions are worthless, dull when they are not simply false !

The author is well-know for his amateurish work, to be polite.


Vikings: Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Vikings: Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Travis Fimmel
Price: £18.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been so much better ..., 24 April 2014
Historically, there's nothing but praise for the dress, habitat, ships and weapons of the vikings. The casting is excellent, sceneries and landscapes too.

Alas the director forgets what the vikings were by essence: Traders, commerce raiders, occasional pirates, explorers, colonial settlers, ...

If the start is good there are some digressions as we plod through the episodes. Questions arise as some events are simply incoherent or misplaced.
Why is the wife of Ragnar so sensitive about rape when it was the norm in all pillages in those dark ages ? She does not suffer from a rape syndrome since she never was subjected to it either.

Why hasn't Ragnar thought of a duel with his tyranic earl before ?

Why does the earl decide all of a sudden to raid Ragnar's little village as a punishment ? Although the latter's not the chief of this village. It is a fact that instead of killing and torching the place the common practice would have been to plunder and confiscate and sell the captives as slaves.

The director seems attracted by threesomes (nothing vikingy about the practice I gather ?) since it is shown on two occasions where wives or husbands invite their guest for some fun hot. Not to mention the orgy in Odin's temple like it was the accepted norm !

It should be remembered that most of the things we know about the vikings (who did not even call themselves by that name) is through the observations and reports of foreigners.
Very little is known about the practice and customs of this peculiar religion.

Too much is also made about the daredevil attitude of norsemen towards death. Yes there are legends and stories but human nature has always feared death and seeked to survive as long as possible. Viking or not viking.
Even today Afghan talibans and their cronies need to be prepared, threatened, indoctrinated, and most of all, drugged to sacrifice themselves.

The episodes start with raids and expedition preparations but turns into a smaller picture with Byzantine intrigues between wives, brothers, chiefs, companions. Treachery, avidity, power quest, revenge, family feuds, internal struggles, etc ...

Not a saga anymore but a clanic story. Ewing's saga in Dallas Scandinavia revisited ?
Let us hope season two will take us on some daring expeditions into some unknown lands instead of marinating into some family disputes in uncertain regions.

P.S: I strongly recommend J. Haywood's excellent book:

"Viking: The Norse Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual"


Frozen Silence [DVD]
Frozen Silence [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gerardo Herrero
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.49

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Holy smoke !, 12 Mar 2014
This review is from: Frozen Silence [DVD] (DVD)
Horrendous ! The movie left me speechless after which I couldn't stop ranting about this major disappointment, a waste of time really.

The plot is thin, don't expect anyhing thrilling not even a shiver.
Free-masons playing the Russian roulette, Michael Cimino's style. Don't expect anything close to the history of this unique Spanish division serving within the Wehrmacht. Nothing about the phalangists either. No plot, no story, nothing historic either.

Nazi flags of all size adorn just every building, room or office on the set. Waffen-ss recruiting posters are placated here and there as a bonus. (???)

The main character, formerly a police inspector is now a butcher in the division's kitchen slaughterhouse. A ranker only, he is seconded by an NCO he calls "Sir !", and needs to report to superior officers who quickly forget they conveyed an enquiry.

Shame


Hell Riders: The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade
Hell Riders: The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade
by Terry Brighton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, 12 Mar 2014
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It's all there !

Just when I thought Mark Adkin's work constituted the summit on the subject here comes Terry Brighton's.

Not a question is missing, answers come up chapter after chapter relentlessly.

Very pleasant to read. I did not suspect there would still be so many things to learn about the charge which came as a real surprise to me.

The part about the aftermath is a unique addition.

A very professional and enjoyable read all the same !


Dagmar, l'âme des vikings
Dagmar, l'âme des vikings
Dvd ~ Isabel Christine Andreasen
Offered by Prestivo2
Price: £14.50

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing much, 13 Nov 2013
This review is from: Dagmar, l'âme des vikings (DVD)
There must be no more than a dozen actors. Do not expect anything viking. It's just about revenge against big meanies who killed family, children and all.
It reminds me of Charles Bronson's movie plots. The bad guys are really really bad and there will be no remorse if they all get killed in the end.

I did not enjoy it, to be easily forgotten.


Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War
Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War
by Tony Le Tissier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Foul start, 9 Sep 2013
To be honest I haven't read the book but I don't think I will acquire it simply because to begin with, the cover is faulty.

An early model T-34 tank (phased out by 1942) in the ruins of Berlin is just not realistic

Poor choice, bad start.


Sniper on the Eastern Front
Sniper on the Eastern Front
by Albrecht Wacker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Regrettable, 15 May 2013
I was utterly disappointed by this book.

Nice cover (even better than the former), exciting and rare topic. Whilst the narration is poor, I haven't learnt a thing, LEAST of all on German sniping in WW II. Never ONCE did I find a captivating part. I even had to struggle to finish the book.

It is full of clichés on the Russian "hordes", while you won't find a thing on sniping; be it weapons, techniques or training. NOTHING !

How odd that it is impossible to find this super-sniper's knight's cross in the official records of the Wehrmacht ? How bizarre !

A waste, simply a waste of time. Even as a novel, which it is, the book is a sham. The publicity around this book is a coup. You will note that the reviewers praising this book are all professionals working for Amazon. Some rating hundreds of eclectic articles while others sport only one or two reviews.
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War in the Aegean: The Campaign for the Eastern Mediterranean in World War II (Stackpole Military History)
War in the Aegean: The Campaign for the Eastern Mediterranean in World War II (Stackpole Military History)
by Peter C. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Rare topic, 2 May 2013
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Little is known on this short and bloody campaign. Very few books are to be found on this theatre of operations.

"After the Batlle" series, excellent as always, treats of the battle of Leros in detail with plenty of rare photographs.

Believe it or not only one single map is proposed. The Aegean sea is littered with islands of all sorts and size and all you get is just one map, and to add insult to injury of poor quality and little interest.
The Dodecanese islands most definitely demand a map. Imagine there's not even a map of the island of Leros where the fighting lasted the longest. None of the islands of Cos, Samos or Rhodes. Up to you to figure out their features, contours, peculiarities and defenses.

Another major omission is the scarcity of infos divulged on the German forces. I would dream to read about The Brandenburgers, the Fallschirmmjäger drop and the Küstenjäger landings.


The Charge: The Real Reason why the Light Brigade was Lost
The Charge: The Real Reason why the Light Brigade was Lost
by Mark Adkin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellentism, 22 April 2013
I have become addicted to Mark Adkin's work. This historian of a writer caught me years ago with his account of the battle of Goose Green in The Falklands 1982.

I have rarely read as meticulous and analytic a historian such as this author. The writer always visits the battlefield in situ with a critical eye and a contradictory mindset. Facts, just facts, never an opinion. You will get all the details and in order that is. History is just not for amateurs, Mr Adkin possesses that decency and honesty.

You will have understood, I am a huge fan of this authentic author's work.


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