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PQ 17 Convoy To Hell: The Survivors' Story
PQ 17 Convoy To Hell: The Survivors' Story
by Paul Lund
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars PQ 17 Convot To Hell: the survivors Story., 25 April 2014
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Reading this book really highlights how little we know what these merchant seamen went through to supply the ungrateful Stalin. This book is about the infamous PQ17 convoy which got slaughtered when told to scatter by Admiral Pound. On nothing more than an assumption! Many men lost their lives, pointlessly, in the freezing waters. The signal to scatter was their death nel. The men of the Royal Navy ships couldn't believe what they were being ordered to do. There has been a dark cloud hanging over Pounds decision to send that signal ever since. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We weren't there, those men were. Read this book and learn about the stories inside the pages. Allow your imagination to place you there at that time on one of those ships that got left behind, and see if you would have done anything different based on the information known at that time. I tried, and failed. As I was basing my decision on what I know today. Either way, this is a definate read to purchase. Just to give a sense of what it may have been like.


Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain by McKinstry, Leo (2010) Hardcover
Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain by McKinstry, Leo (2010) Hardcover
by Leo McKinstry
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Hurricane. Victor of the Battle of Britain, 25 April 2014
The Hurricane was the work horse of the RAF at the beginning of WW2, and has always been in the shadow of the Spitfire because the Spitfire was the "peoples favourite". However, the Hurricane was NOT wanted by the Government prior to September 3rd 1939. Though common sense prevailed via Sydney Camm's determination to have this fighter roll off the production lines in vast numbers. While the Spitfire was having some serious manufacturing problems before they eventually got sorted.This was due to it being a new concept and difficult to make.This book is brilliant. As it puts things into a proper perspective regarding the importance and significance of the Hawker Hurricane fighter. With both the Hurricane and the Spitfire there will always be differences of opions expressed by the pilots who flew them, though there were distinct advantages that the Hurricane had over the Spitfire that more than likely got the confidence of the brave pilots. For the fact of the matter is that the Hurricane was easier to manufacture in vast numbers. It could take vast amounts of punishment. The pilots view over its Merlin engine was better than the Spitfires. Plus it had it's eight Browning machine guns closer together, thus presenting a better concentration of fire than the Spitfire. The major plus was the wide undercarriage which made it more steady and forgiving. This book high points possibly what is little known about this fighter. The true stories contained within its pages from pilots who flew the Hurricane are superb. As well as the problems endured before acceptance was given to Camm's design. This bit is an eye opener. This book is a must for aviation buffs. Both the Hurricane and the Spitfire were of vital importance for the defence of this country. Lets not forget that the Hurricane and Spitfire were both rolling off the production lines at the right time in the right quanaties. It is a fact that the Battle of Britain could Not have been won by the Hurricane alone. Just as the same is true that the Battle of Britain could NOT have been won by the Spitfire alone. Why? Because BOTH aircraft complimented each other, and both could hold their own whatever the Luftwaffe threw at them. What really made the Hurricanes and the Spitfires so bloody brilliant......were the pilots who flew them. Buy this book folks. You won't regret the purchase.


Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Robert Conrad
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 19.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baa Baa Black sheep, 20 April 2014
Having watched and fully enjoyed the Vol 1 of this DVD set which is in format for our Region 2. It does seem quite pointless not to have the VOl 2 set available in DVD format for Region 2 also??? That is the ONLY complaint I have about this new series. As I have 3 DVD players within my home and I have no intention of buying a specific DVD player as an added extra. So what really is the problem of selling this Vol 2 in the format for region 2 seeing it was done for Vol 1?? The world does expand beyond the coastlines of Canada and the US of A. Someone really needs to sort this out if sales are to be made via the rest of the world. Still a brilliant Vol 1 series folks, don't get me wrong.


Arctic Convoys 1941-1945
Arctic Convoys 1941-1945
by Richard Woodman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Artic Convoys, 3 Jan 2014
If you want to know what it was like from the view point of a Merchant Seaman on convoy during WW2. Then read this book. It gives full detail of what these brave, and neglected, men did in bringing their precious cargos to this country and Russia. Todays youth will never be able to comprehend the scale of their bravery,risks and the high costs in life these merchant Seamen had to endure under terrible conditions. Their bravery does not deserve to be rapidly sailing into the distant past. Though reading this book will bring alive the horrors that was practicaly an every day encounter for these men and their fully laden ships. Yes it is thick book. Then again the stories told can not be condensed into a pointless paragraph or two.


Age of Heroes [DVD]
Age of Heroes [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 3.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Age Of Heros, 22 Dec 2013
This review is from: Age of Heroes [DVD] (DVD)
Irrespective of the mistakes contained in the film and mentioned by the nitty pickers. This should NOT ruin a good entertaining film which has good acting by Sean Bean, Danny Dyer and others. Yes, there was a bad CGI on the German attacking aircraft markings when the story line required a group of commandos to be flown into German occupied Norway via a Halifax bomber. All other mistakes being reported were minor in their significance. Their mission was to steal the latest German RDF secrets and then destroy that equipment taking the secrets home to England. However, when the commando group find themselves on the ground after their aircraft wasshot down. That for me, is when the tempo picks up. The reality of this film is that these commandos wanted to get in,out with the minimum of contact with the Germans protecting the RDF staion in the alps. It didn't work out that way. Though do not allow the negativity of the pure perfectionist nitty pickers ruin what is a good entertaining film. You could always hire the film before you buy anyway. Seriously it does have a good entertainment value. If you want a REALLY bad film....check out Battle Over Normandy!!!


Battle Over Normandy [DVD]
Battle Over Normandy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tino Struckmann
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Battle Over normandy, 22 Dec 2013
This review is from: Battle Over Normandy [DVD] (DVD)
What's wrong with this film? To cut a long story short..... EVERYTHING. DO NOT purchase this insulting rubbish excuse of a film. It really is unbelievable just how bad this "stand easy production" film really is. For example, a battle scene, supposedly in a Russian forrest!!!, looked as realistic as a neighbours back garden but........without the snow. The so called "tanks" used had obvious pieces of USB/hardboard over the exterior so as to emulate a Tiger tank. Trouble with that "good idea" was that the carpenters used, had the edges showing on the sides of the "tanks" and not hidden from view. The "hordes" of Russian soldiers attacking those nasty Germans, with brilliantly white teeth and impecable uniforms, consisted of the same six pot bellied bad back alley "actors" in EVERY scene. They "died" simply by flopping onto a soft landing spot and were about as convincing as a stick of wood being thrown. In fact that WOULD have been better viewing. The acting skils of ALL those so called actors was so unbelievably pathetic, and based on that it quite rightly brought a swift end to a really bad viewing and sadly a waste of my money. Though there is one good thing about this bad excuse of a bad film.....and that is the cover! Whereas if the film lived upto the expectations of its visually indicated ability to fully entertain....then perhaps all these bad right ups would not be given. However what I would like to say, and others, can not be written here. Save your money folks and buy good quality films that ACTUALLY entertain.....avoid this film like a disease. If the ratings had a zero....I would give this film a five zero rating.


Dogfights - The Complete Season Two [DVD]
Dogfights - The Complete Season Two [DVD]
Price: 12.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Fights, 23 Dec 2011
I just love this series. It is so real in their images. Looks like the CGIs have actually got perfection done to a fine art. When viewing these dog fights. It is very easy to imagine one is actually in the cockpit. Well worth a purchase folks. You will not be disappointed with your purchase. My only criticism is that there is nothing on the Germans, Russians, Japanese or Koreans. Which is a disappointment. As they all didn't get killed surely? There must be survivors around from those nations to tell their versions and stories of bravery and loss. Other than that. this is a superb series.


NEWLink Laptop Cooling Mat
NEWLink Laptop Cooling Mat

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check your bottom.....!!!!, 9 Dec 2011
It difficult to accept how ignorant some human beings really can be! Especially about something as simple as a cooling mat for a laptop. There is nothing wrong with this particular laptop cooling mat. Only the individuals who purchase one,find it "doesn't work", and have the ability of moaning that their laptops are still boiling over!!!! What I say to those who find complaining over such a fault is simply this. Look in the mirror guys/girlies. The fault/problem is looking back at YOU. JAMES is correct. For no matter how clever one thinks one is. A simple fact is this....if one covers the air vents on ones laptop which are on the base(bottom). Then it WILL OVER HEAT due to lack of cool circulating air. Therefore it would be wise to ACTUALLY KNOW where ones air vents are actually located BEFORE going into autonomous mode and writting drivel!!! Mind you, a bad worker ALWAYS blames his/her tools. Whereas the one I am using actuall does what it says on the wrapper. Why?? I had the good fortune to know where the air vents were located on my laptop before I made my purchase. Lesson to be learnt from that I feel.
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Stringbag: The Fairey Swordfish at War
Stringbag: The Fairey Swordfish at War
by David Wragg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stringbag.The Fairy Swordfish at war (HB), 3 Sep 2011
How lucky it was for Britain that we had this antiquated old by-plane at the start of the war. Yes it was an antique by all standards, but we coukld not have done without it. The aircraft design of struts and wires was of a by gone era,but that does not detractfrom the braveryof the crews that flew them or of the brave exploits that they performed in these ancient warriors of the sky.Th eaircraft itself was so versitile that it is understandable why the crews loved its ruggedness,reliability and continual adaptability to requirements that were never visioned. If you cant imagine what it was like to fly a Stringbag who's ceiling was less than 10,000 feet for obvious rerasons. Then read this book folks. It will give you an inkling of the spirit of adventure that these brave men experienced, albeit in a hostile situation of continuous calling. Though do try to appreciate that these pages are telling actual stories of actual events that took place by men doing continuously performing brave deeds in an aircraft that seemed to many as out dated and out of place! Ironicallywithout this wonderful Stringbag, Britain would have been hard pressed to find a replacement that could perform all what the Stringbag dad to perform but was not designed to do.....but at the same time expected to provide results that warranted the bravery of the crews that flew these ancient aircraft in all weathers .Stringbag: The Fairey Swordfish at War
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