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Days of Honor / Czas honoru --- Season 2 (BOX 4 DVD)
Days of Honor / Czas honoru --- Season 2 (BOX 4 DVD)
Dvd ~ Piotr Adamczyk
Offered by imported-dvdreams
Price: £22.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to the First Season of "Days of Honour"., 11 Jun 2014
This is a great series for anyone who is interested in WW2 action. Although a Polish language series it has English subtitles, a large budget and great actors. Typical of these succesful series it has a mix of good characters, authentic locations, several plots running, intrigue and action.

The stories follow the Polish resistance in wartime Warsaw as they attempt to get information out of the occupying Germans and build up a larger resistance network. They are up against the Gestapo and a German Military Intelligence Abhwer officer who recruit criminals and coerce others to work for them in trying to infiltrate the Resistance. Additionally the esapees from the Ghetto are up against blackmailers inside and outside willing to profit from their precarious situation.

Loking forward to seeing Series 3 from TVP.

The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999]
The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Pidgeon
Price: £5.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Film., 7 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is a real gem of a film. I came across it by accident. The story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century. The period feel captures some of the character of Edwardian England in the years before 1914.

This is a great story of a wrong that needed to be righted and the machinations that had to take place for that to happen and the strains that this placed on a family that sought to clear the son's name.

Run, Boy, Run
Run, Boy, Run
by Uri Orlev
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.38

4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of the Film of a Child hiding from Germans in Occupied Poland., 30 May 2014
This review is from: Run, Boy, Run (Paperback)
The Polish language film Run Boy Run premiered in Poland earlier this year (2014) and is based on this book by Uri Orlev.

As a young child Uri escaped by chance from the Warsaw Ghetto with the aid of a Polish wagon owner and spent the war scavenging and hiding in villages and the Polish countryside. Luckily with some occasional help he saw through the occupation - just.

War, Pacification, and Mass Murder, 1939: The Einsatzgruppen in Poland (Documenting Life and Destruction: Holocaust Sources in Context)
War, Pacification, and Mass Murder, 1939: The Einsatzgruppen in Poland (Documenting Life and Destruction: Holocaust Sources in Context)
by Jurgen Matthaus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Brings together Documentational Evidence for the Mass Murder of Poles by Germans from 1939., 30 May 2014
This book provides documentary evidence which shows that German plans for mass murder on the occupied territory of Poland began immedayely following the invasion in September 1939.

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
by Reid
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Topical Account of the Borderlands - Ukraine., 30 May 2014
This book is a description of Ukraine by Anna Reid when she visited the country in the winter of 1993. Anna gives a good insight into the people of Ukraine, their thoughts, ideas and the poverty they have to endure.

The content of the book is very topical at this time since there is the political problem occuring in Ukraine at this moment with no end in sight at this moment.

This is a good introduction to the history of this country, but should be read alongside other newer books.

The Pianist [2002] [DVD]
The Pianist [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Price: £4.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story of Survival in WW2 Warsaw., 29 May 2014
This review is from: The Pianist [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
The Pianist is the faithful and often harrowing true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman's, The Pianist, survival in wartime Warsaw. The story recounts his life from September 1st, 1939 working at the Warsaw radio station to starved survivor stumbling out of the ruins of a destroyed Warsaw in January 1945.

The film is very detailed and wartime Warsaw looks very authentic. The film depicts life in the Warsaw Ghetto which revolted in 1943 and also the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 which led to the death of about 250,000 Warsawians and the capital being flattened in reprisal by the Germans as the Soviets looked on.

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes
A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read about Physics and related Concepts., 29 May 2014
This book is a brief introduction to some incredible topics. Space, time, light curving, black holes and more. I remember going to one of Stephen Hawkings presentations many years ago and myself and I believe the packed audience found him to be extremely knowledgeable and the presentation fascinating if difficult to grasp at times.

The great thing about books like this that they get you thinking about these topics and make you realise how much more there is to learn.

Young Bloods: (Revolution 1)
Young Bloods: (Revolution 1)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best Historical Fiction Around., 22 May 2014
This is the first of Simon Scarrow's Revolution quartet and follows the fortunes of the young Bonarparte and Wellesley. I found it a fascinating read thanks to the informative background detail and the style of writing which made the story flow even though it is quite a hefty book.

Family circumstances, training and action are all worked through chronologically.

For those that like their Napoleonic fiction. Excellent read.

Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising
Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising
by Alexandra Richie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written as Well as Informative., 19 May 2014
I found this book very good read which for a history book can be surprising especially if the subject matter is of a serious nature as in this case.

This book is informative as it sets the scene for the centre piece of the book. It introduces the German commanders by outlining their murderous careers in the run up to the Warsaw Uprising. It also describes Warsaw as it was in the run up to the war as an exciting centre of culture and art.

I am not convinced about the military reasons for the AK not receiving help from the Soviets. The Soviets were utterly ruthless in their approach to any vestiges of independent thought and the cynical way with which they used the Poles to help them defeat Germans in battles and then turn on them straight after meant that the Polish leadership had little or no option left to them.

The decision should be viewed alongside Churchill's decision to stand up to the Germans after Dunkirk. The fact that it failed or had the result it did should be viewed as an Allied catastrophe not just a Polish one.

Ultimately the timing or the length of the Uprising loses significance when taking the characters of the German leadership into account, since if there was no meaningful help by the allies to the city, it was to be razed to the ground as an example anyway.

There is a new film in cinemas in the summer of 2014 based on the Uprising "Miasto 44".

The Deer Hunter [DVD] [1978]
The Deer Hunter [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Price: £3.10

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Films of the Seventies., 19 May 2014
This review is from: The Deer Hunter [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
I remember how often this film was talked about when it first came out. I have seen it a number of times and each time it seems to get better.

While it is a film about the Vietnam war, it could be described more as a character study of friends around the time of the Vietnam war, some of whom are sent there.

The charaters are Russian American steelworkers who attend the Russian Orthodox wedding of their friend in 1967 Pennsylvania and take a last hunting trip following which some are sent to Vietnam.

The film features the haunting Cavatina played by John Williams known as "The Theme from The Deer Hunter".

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