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MENS REAL LEATHER 1.25" BLACK BELTS MADE IN ENGLAND (X-LARGE= (38" to 40" waist)
MENS REAL LEATHER 1.25" BLACK BELTS MADE IN ENGLAND (X-LARGE= (38" to 40" waist)
Offered by zack hunter
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems good value, 24 Aug. 2015
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For anyone wondering what size to get, well I take size 36 inch jeans so ordered the 38 to 40 size belt and have two holes to spare if I have to tighten any more. There are seven holes in total on the belt and the fifth in seems to be right for a 36in waist. Although a reasonable thickness (for the money) the belt itself has already creased up quite a bit where it's held by the buckle so time will tell how durable it is. But so far it seems a good belt, particularly for the money.
Update: Either I've lost weight or the leather has stretched a little with use as I've now had to tighten it up another hole (leaving just one left). I'd like to think it's a weight thing but I may have been better off ordering match my actual waist size rather than going for the next size up.


Chickenhawk: Back in the World: Life After Vietnam
Chickenhawk: Back in the World: Life After Vietnam
by Robert Mason
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow-up to Chickenhawk, 23 May 2015
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Robert Mason takes us through his amazing life after Vietnam, from suffering with post traumatic stress to sailing across the Caribbean on a drug smuggling run, from struggling to write and get Chickenhawk published to going to jail just as it became successful.
Mason writes in the same modest, down-to-earth style that made Chickenhawk so readable. Back in the World is brutally honest, the humour is wry and although he did some bad things, as a reader you can't help hoping things turn out right for him - and his long suffering wife Patience.


Hunter-Killer Squadron: Vietnam 1965-1972: Aero-Weapons, Aero-Scouts, Aero-Rifles
Hunter-Killer Squadron: Vietnam 1965-1972: Aero-Weapons, Aero-Scouts, Aero-Rifles
by M. Brennan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Really good Nam read, 14 May 2015
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This book draws together a collection of riveting memoirs from Cav veterans, including first hand combat accounts from Blues infantry, scout helicopter crews and Cobra gunship pilots. Fascinating, thrilling, shocking.


Brennan's War Brennan Gh
Brennan's War Brennan Gh
by Matthew Brennan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Chickenhawk on the ground, 13 Feb. 2015
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One of the best Vietnam War memoirs I've read.
Brennan's writing style reminded me a lot of Robert Mason's, with a clear, almost simple prose but always compelling.
Indeed, if Chickenhawk had been written from an infantryman's point of view, it would probably read a lot like this.
Brennan recalls with honesty and modesty the many firefights he experienced, the horrors he witnessed and his growing disillusionment with the war as his time in Vietnam ground on.
I first heard about Brennan's War while reading another fine Vietnam book, To The Limit, in which the author Tom Johnson recommends it as an excellent source from which to learn more about the work of the Blues. He wasn't wrong.


Tumult in the Clouds
Tumult in the Clouds
by James Goodson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate fighter pilot's memoir, 6 Feb. 2015
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Superbly written account of wartime aviation.
As well as telling his own story of flying Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs, Goodson also tells those of his close friends and comrades, of their triumphs and sacrifices. All completely fascinating.
Add in a terrifying account of the sinking of the SS Athenia, and Goodson's later capture by the Germans, and Tumult In the Clouds is a must read.
I've read a lot of pilot memoirs and this is up there with the best.


Cheating Death: Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos
Cheating Death: Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos
by George J Marrett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 2 Oct. 2014
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George Marrett tells the story of a very brave and selfless group of men - of which he is certainly one.
As well as recounting his own experiences flying hair-raising rescue missions and bombing raids in Laos and Vietnam, he also describes what happened to his fellow pilots - those lucky enough to be rescued and those that weren't.
For aircraft buffs, the book also covers a lot of detail about the Skyraider.
I've read a lot of Vietnam and aviation memoirs and this book is definitely in my 'to keep' pile.
George Marrett has written a fitting tribute to those men who, as the book's cover says, spent their tours 'Cheating death so that others may live'.


Snake Pilot: Flying the Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam
Snake Pilot: Flying the Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam
by Randy R. Zahn
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - not enough 'flying the Cobra', 17 Sept. 2014
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I've read many aviation memoirs that really make the reader feel they are in the cockpit with the author, sharing their exhilaration and fears. Sadly this is not one of those books.
For a book subtitled 'Flying the Cobra attack helicopter', there just is not enough description of what it is like to pilot one of these machines in combat.
For example, Zahn's first mission flying in the 'back seat' - which actually resulted in combat and enemy casualties - is covered in just one paragraph. Many other missions are just as brief.
Far too many pages are taken up with events back at base - his banter with his friends, his anger that people back home don't fully understand what he's going through, and his numerous confrontations with his superiors (which he always seemed to win).
There is no doubting Randy Zahn's courage (just look at the medals he won) and his skill as a pilot, but as a piece of writing I found Snake Pilot lacks the humility and subtle humour of Robert Mason's Chickenhawk and the understanding of how to build suspense to tell a really good story - as in Marshall Harrison's A Lonely Kind of War or Ernest K Gann's Fate is the Hunter, to name two books which focus much more on the art of flying.
That said, as a description of the emotions felt by a young man many thousands of miles from home, risking his life and seeing close friends killed, then Snake Pilot is worth reading.
But as a detailed account of 'Flying the Cobra attack helicopter', for me it is well off target.


Hill 488
Hill 488
by Ray Hildreth
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, 8 Sept. 2014
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Excellent - and chilling - first hand account of a unit's 'last stand' in Vietnam. Ray Hildreth writes with great honesty and his book is a fitting tribute to his comrades - those who made it home and those who didn't. Hard to put down.


Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns Into Mexico: The Inside Story
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns Into Mexico: The Inside Story
by Mike Detty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.23

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 8 Sept. 2014
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Gripping story. Disturbing that government agencies can be so incompetent - and ruthless when it all goes wrong.


A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
by Marshall Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars First class, 9 Jun. 2014
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An excellent first-person account of flying in hostile territory - and what happens when you're shot down. Harrison's writing style really puts you in the cockpit with him.


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