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Verdun 1916: They Shall Not Pass (Osprey Campaign)
Verdun 1916: They Shall Not Pass (Osprey Campaign)
by William Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good account of a famous battle, 10 July 2004
This book covers the extremely important First World War battle of Verdun, one of the great battles of the war. Being only 96 pages long, it dosen't carry the depth of a bigger book, but what it does do is give a very good overview to the battle describing its key moments. This is the very strength of Osprey books: not big, but informative, to the point and great to look at. The book also gives good descriptions of other important aspects of the battle from its origins, opposing commanders, armies and plans ending with a aftermath and description of the battlefield today.
Overall, this book gives you a good, concise description of this famous battle. Its great to see First World War battles covered in the Osprey campaign series, more would be good.

Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1, Part 2
Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1, Part 2
by Norman Franks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book describing the aces of a great aircraft., 4 July 2004
Fokker D VII Aces Part 2 continues where Part 1 left off in that it covers the aces of the German air force in World War 1 who flew the D VII in the last months of the war. While part 1 covered the D VII aces of the four elite army Jagdgeschwadern, this volume covers the many (and perhaps less famous) army Jagdgruppen who operated along the entire Western Front. The strenghs of the book are the depth of knowledge the authors show, not only in the aircraft and its aces but also the individual aircraft of each ace. The colour plates are excellant and the photos are very good and well choosen.
When reading this book it occured clearly that even though the German army was being defeated on the ground, in the air the German pilots continued to fight on against overwelming odds and continue to take heavy casulties on allied aircraft (having a aircraft like the D VII certaintly helped). An extract from a German pilot in November 1918 says how he felt sad at people not showing gratitude and appreciation for the pilots' efforts during the war. Thanks to books like these the achievements of these brave and pioneering airmen lives on.

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