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The Battle of the Denmark Strait
The Battle of the Denmark Strait
by Robert Winklareth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enterprising and dedicated work, 9 July 2013
Robert Winklareth is to be congratulated for shedding new light on this famous naval battle of 24 May 1941, and subsequent events, that many consider the effective end of the battleship era as air power took over.

This 300+ page work does not focus on the Battle of the Denmark Strait alone, for no work this size could do so without multiple repetition. What it does is set the scene leading up to the battle and offer an alternative viewpoint on the course the German squadron followed throughout the battle. For this, the author's technical and military background is tested to the full through a minute, almost freeze-frame, examination of a dozen photographs and a battle film.

From these, he proffers a thesis that is not universally accepted but which adds to the debate - without a shadow of a doubt. Winklareth has shown courage and determination in bringing his findings to a wider audience. The truth as to what exactly happened on Sat. 24 May 1941 in the cold seas off Iceland may never be fully known. However, this work adds value to the body of knowledge we already possess.

The text is well written with but very few errors. As well as many photographs of the protagonists, it is enhanced by the author's own simple but effective drawings, maps and illustrations. One fault, at least in the mind of this reviewer, is a tendency to over-elaborate the technical specifications of every ship and aircraft involved, even remotely, in the hunt for the Bismarck. Equally, it may be churlish to carp a little at excessive detail when cutting corners would be a much more serious failing. Winklareth cannot be censured in that regard.

The author's credentials as an expert in this field are validated by his sharing with us his knowledge of how the fatal torpedo hit on Bismarck of 26 May was delivered. His findings trumped those of other experts in this field and demonstrate that he is to be taken seriously as a credible and knowledgeable author: not bad for an 'amateur!' All in all, a very entertaining and informative read.


The Battle of Denmark Strait A Critical Analysis of the Bismarck's Singular Triumph by Winklareth, Robert J ( AUTHOR ) Oct-19-2012 Hardback
The Battle of Denmark Strait A Critical Analysis of the Bismarck's Singular Triumph by Winklareth, Robert J ( AUTHOR ) Oct-19-2012 Hardback
by Robert J Winklareth
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Enterprising and dedicated work, 9 July 2013
Robert Winklareth is to be congratulated for shedding new light on this famous naval battle of 24 May 1941, and subsequent events, that many consider the effective end of the battleship era as air power took over.

This 300+ page work does not focus on the Battle of the Denmark Strait alone, for no work this size could do so without multiple repetition. What it does is set the scene leading up to the battle and offer an alternative viewpoint on the course the German squadron followed throughout the battle. For this, the author's technical and military background is tested to the full through a minute, almost freeze-frame, examination of a dozen photographs and a battle film.

From these, he proffers a thesis that is not universally accepted but which adds to the debate - without a shadow of a doubt. Winklareth has shown courage and determination in bringing his findings to a wider audience. The truth as to what exactly happened on Sat. 24 May 1941 in the cold seas off Iceland may never be fully known. However, this work adds value to the body of knowledge we already possess.

The text is well written with but very few errors. As well as many photographs of the protagonists, it is enhanced by the author's own simple but effective drawings, maps and illustrations. One fault, at least in the mind of this reviewer, is a tendency to over-elaborate the technical specifications of every ship and aircraft involved, even remotely, in the hunt for the Bismarck. Equally, it may be churlish to carp a little at excessive detail when cutting corners would be a much more serious failing. Winklareth cannot be censured in that regard.

The author's credentials as an expert in this field are validated by his sharing with us his knowledge of how the fatal torpedo hit on Bismarck of 26 May was delivered. His findings trumped those of other experts in this field and demonstrate that he is to be taken seriously as a credible and knowledgeable author: not bad for an 'amateur!'


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Killing for Britain
Killing for Britain
by John Black
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Fantasy, 25 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Killing for Britain (Paperback)
"Double Fantasy" was the name of John Lennon's comeback album of 1980. "Unlimited Fantasy" would be a better title for this work of fiction that would make Walter Mitty green with envy.

Where does one start?

First of all, what about the innumerable inaccuracies (or blatant lies if you prefer)? The bombing of McGurk's Bar in Dec. 1971, when, from a distance of well over 200 yards and in darkness, he claimed to have watched people clawing through the rubble for survivors? Or the location of the shooting of Gunner Robert Curtis in the New Lodge area>? Or that Republicans from the New Lodge were ever known as the NLR? Or that moderate nationalist politician Paddy Wilson was an ally of the IRA? Or that UVF would have tolerated the existence of a rival paramilitary unit and then embraced it willingly? Or that British Military Intelligence, for all its undoubted links to Loyalist paramilitaries, under orders from the top, created and sponsored a supposed crack terrorist unit to undertake secret operations? Or that Brigadier Kitson addressed a training briefing at Palace Barracks? Or what about the shadowy handler "Mike", a person of such seniority that no door in Northern Ireland was closed to him and who appeared to be directing military counter-operations himself. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on...

A blind man could see that what the author has done, virtually by his own admission, is to use several dedicated websites (like the Cain Sutton Index of Deaths in the Troubles) to create a record of activities he claims to have been involved in or had knowledge of (almost always accompanied by the tiresome mantra that an "out of bounds" order was in place each time for the regular police and army, in order that that special forces would not be intercepted by mistake.)

In weaving this record together, he has also shamelessly plagiarised noted works like Martin Dillon's "Political Murder in N. Ireland", "The Dirty War" and the "Shankill Butchers". With regards to the latter, he makes the disturbing and unforgivable claim that he witnessed Lenny Murphy's brutal assault on one of his victims in a Loyalist club prior to that person's murder and that Murphy's eyes almost trapped him like a rabbit caught in a car's headlights. Moreover, what sort of person would claim to have been present at Bloody Sunday in Derry and to have witnessed the "action" from the army's side?

In addition, the reader is subject to frequent squalls of moralising and hand-wringing about the conflict (which is ultimately attributed, in its entirety, to the IRA, a classic Loyalist position).

The only element of truth this book possesses is the author claiming to be from Tiger's Bay in North Belfast.

It pained me to have to rate this book at all; could not Amazon allow reviewers the option of awarding zero stars if none are justified? In order for this review to stand up to scrutiny, I had to read the whole book: what a waste of time and money.

It is on offer in bargain bookstores for a few pounds; in truth, people should be paid for having to read this balderdash. The 50p I paid to borrow it from my library was money badly spent.

This sad and pathetic book has nothing to commend it. My advice is to leave it on the shelf or, if unfortunate enough to be given a copy, not to lumber anyone else with it: recycle it without delay so that future generations can benefit from it in a small way.


The Halder War Diary, 1939-1942
The Halder War Diary, 1939-1942
by Charles Burdick
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Minds of the German High Command, 16 Feb. 2008
This 700+ page book (copies of which are hard to come by) covers the period 1939-42 during which Franz Halder played a leading role in the preparation of Nazi Germany's invasions of Poland, Norway, Western Europe, the Balkans and the Soveit Union.

We learn of the struggle between the traditional German military caste and the upstart from Bohemia whose lack of wider military outlook is castigated by Halder even in times of triumph.

A thoughtful diarist, Halder commented candidly, almost daily, on the prevailing international political situation and the network of potential alliances for and against Germany.

He charts the rise and rise of the Nazi Empire while always adding a note of caution on Germany's relative insecure position between two formidable potential alliances on either flank.

What comes through is the unashamed militarism of the Fuhrer and his ruthless demands on the German General Staff to translate his great vision into reality.

In the end, the slowing down of the German colossus in Russia marked the end of Halder's reign as a relative critic of the Fuhrer's ability and methods, and he was dismissed in autumn 1942.

This monumental work is of particular value when one reads between the lines. In apparently inconsequential comments, Halder gives an insight to what was really going on in the minds of those who ruled Germany. The army's burgeoning struggle with the Hilter-created Armed Forces High Command (OKW) is documented in incisive detail.

As an uncensored, contemporary work it is unrivalled and is compulsive reading. For these reasons alone, it is an essential purchase and well worth the money.


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