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The Spanish in the SS and Wehrmacht, 1944-1945
The Spanish in the SS and Wehrmacht, 1944-1945
by M. Gil Martinez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 35.45

1.0 out of 5 stars so boring, 27 Mar 2014
theres no action in this book, no first person accounts of fighting, no insights into military life at all. Its just a dull list of units where the few spanish SS soldiers were stationed. It reads like a list of "so and so was in this unit at this barracks, then moved to this barracks, then went to this section of the front, then joined this unit....". You couldnt make the topic less interesting if you tried. And the grand finale of the spanish SS, the battle of Berlin, is told like this: "they moved to this area, then after heavy fighting they moved to this area, then they were forced back to this area, then this area.,..." Theres NO good first person accounts of the fighting. Any interviews quoted are just about where people were stationed and so on.
This is military history writing at its worst....a good example of a book written not by a historian, but by an enthusiast who has no writing skills.


42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of WWI (New Vanguard)
42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of WWI (New Vanguard)
by Marc Romanych
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD COVERAGE, 18 Mar 2014
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Within the limitations of being a small book, this manages to pack a lot of interesting detail into its 48 pages. Lots of good photos, informative text portraying a clear chronology of their development and combat, this little book will reward anyone interested in these infamous artillery pieces.


The Lost Landsers - The Unpublished Photographic History of the German Army: Sand, Snow and Mud, 1941-1942
The Lost Landsers - The Unpublished Photographic History of the German Army: Sand, Snow and Mud, 1941-1942
by Vince Milano
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

2.0 out of 5 stars BORING PHOTOS, 18 Mar 2014
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This is yet another photo chronicle of Germans on the Ostfront, and sadly theres nothing new here. The pics are mostly previously unseen, but thats because theres little of interest in them. Pics of resting soldiers, not very good quality, padded out with bland descriptions. Very little armour or heavy equipment. A poor example of a coffee table war book.....AVOID!


Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945
Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945
by Stephan Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY NOT THE BEST BK ON BERLIN, 1 Mar 2014
I fear the other reviewers have been duped by this books maps' slick appearance. It has many large maps, and the chronological telling of the story makes the maps the anchor around which each day's text is written. But the maps are grey copies of a "tourist map-style" of the area between Berlin & oder, and grey copies of Berlin streetmaps, both types showing sequentially the progress of the battles, with frontlines & units marked in large white blocks. These are very captivating, and are mostly helpful and relevant to the text. But the problem with using copies of existing available maps, is that these maps show EVERYTHING, every village, road, wood etc. They are so dense, that finding a particular village mentioned in the text can be a chore. The large size of the boxes showing the units on the maps mean that these boxes cant exactly pinpoint a location, they cover a large area, 10 miles or so. Sometimes the boxes completely cover the name of a location you are hunting for. And there are some elementary mistakes among the units high lighted, some non-proofreading allowing unit numbers to be wrong or in the wrong place.
The text is pretty good, detailed, mixing in a good amount of first person accounts. But its not the best text story about Berlin April 45. Beevor is better, and better still are the many books by LeTissier, which give much more detail and colour.
There are some interesting photos, a goodly number too; much better photographs than we usually get from Helion....these are genuine late war/Oder/Berlin photos. They are mostly from Wydawnictwo's superb (and largely unknown) Panzerwaffe 1945 series of 4 vols (all must-haves for late war german armour).
So this book is a large, great mix of maps, photos & text, a real visual feast.....but its not the best Berlin story available.


Horten Ho229 "Spirit of Thuringia": The Luftwaffe's All-wing Jet Fighter
Horten Ho229 "Spirit of Thuringia": The Luftwaffe's All-wing Jet Fighter
by Andrei Shepelev
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PLANE, AVERAGE STORY, 13 Feb 2014
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This is the best book on the Ho229, but compared to the other planes in this brilliant Classic Pub series, I wasnt very gripped by this book. It has the usual Classic multi media mix of text, photos and graphics, beautifully presented. But basically, the development of the Horten wings, starting in 1934 with Ho1, was a slow progression by a very small team of designers. The various all-wing planes were all really development projects, mostly gliders powered by small prop engines, to study the all-wing concept. None of these planes were built in numbers or used in action. There was only 1 jet powered Ho229 built, and it flew a few times in the last weeks of the war. It never achieved the high speeds forecast.
So theres not much to the story of the Ho229; it never flew combat, never achieved its promised performance, never carried arms. So this story is just a bit dull....Yes, a very very interesting plane, but not a very interesting story; a dry tale of prototypes and what-if projects. But still essential reading for late-war aviation fans.


FAMO 18t. Sd.Kfz. 9, Sd.Kfz. 9/1 & Sd.Anh 116.
FAMO 18t. Sd.Kfz. 9, Sd.Kfz. 9/1 & Sd.Anh 116.
by STEFAN KONIG
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Famo book, 2 Feb 2014
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This is a photo study of the Famo, with lots of great photos and text. It shows the different versions, detailing their little differences. Theres a feast of Famo images, topped off by a walkround of the Parola Famo. I'm not a big fan of modern walkrounds, but this one is really good, as it shows the details that are hard to see in action photos. The captions are all detailed and informative, without getting repetitive. The highlight is the details of the Sd.Anh.116 tank transporter trailer. This is the most detailed images, a lot from a rare manual, that I have seen anywhere. Much more info than in Spielberger, Auriga, Allied-Axis or Nuts & BOlts....even if you have both "Repairing The Panzers", this adds more and is still a MUst Have!
The problem is finding one now....I kept checking Amazon for 4yrs before i found an affordable copy recently. Try looking for pdf's?


Autumn Gale (Herbststurm)
Autumn Gale (Herbststurm)
by Jack Didden
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY GOOD, 2 Feb 2014
This is a massive achievement; massive in its physical size, 500+ oversize heavy pages; massively entertaining. It tells the largely overlooked story of how the allies failed to push a completely fragmented and demoralised Whermacht accross the northern european plain all the way back to the Rhine after the Normandy breakout. Between August 20th and Sept 4th, the allies basically advanced as far as their fuel allowed, pushing battered German fragments before them, advancing upto 100km a day. And yet after the amazing capture of a largely undamaged Antwerp, a huge strategic victory, the allies were successfully slowed and held by a rag tag of scraps of every type of unit. Remnants of experienced Whermacht units were mixed with Volksturm or elderly occupation troops, thrown into the most improvised defences without enough heavy weapons or enough of anything. But somehow they did enough to stop the allies headlong rush, and guaranteed the war wouldnt end in 1944.
This book hangs this story around the German tankers of sPzJgAbt559, who entered the fray at Antwerp and were used as firebrigade for the whole front for the next 2 crucial months. They sealed off Antwerp, then helped hold the Albert canal line, then turned up during Market Garden where they cut the allied MSR, the "club" route, for a crucial 24hrs. They kept appearing with their handful of Jagdpanthers and Stugs at all the hotspots in Belgium and Holland, and these hotspots are the battles that allowed the Germans time to rebuild their Western front. By telling the story of 559, and of the many varied infantry units they supported, we learn about these crucial actions. Arnhem, which has assumed mythic proportions in western lit, has overshadowed all the other battles in Sept/oct in Belgium/Holland. This book gives these fascinating forgotten clashes a new life.
The book proceeds chronologically, with very readable, detailed text which describes the actions, includes first person accounts, and provides analysis and conclusions. This is all brilliantly complimented by lots of great photos, many originals, many of Armour showing camo and insignia. For serious German late war armour fans, these photos alone make the book essential reading. There are plenty of very detailed maps, of the highest multi media quality, á la Leaping Horseman/ Fedorowitz, crisp clear maps with all the tactical info which really help the text. I doubt a better book about these battles and units can be written. This will become a must-have classic. It really is worth its cost, and some. Well done the authors!! (Beats books about converted chip vans....;)


The Machine Gun Story (Story (History Press))
The Machine Gun Story (Story (History Press))
by Chris McNab
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.35

1.0 out of 5 stars crap, 10 Oct 2013
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i wont bore u with details, and i havent the willpower to waste more of my life describing this crap book.


Gotterdammerung 1945: Germany's Last Stand in the East
Gotterdammerung 1945: Germany's Last Stand in the East
by Russ Schneider
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ, GOOD DETAIL, 10 Oct 2013
this book covers the eastern front in 1945, from the viewpoint of the Nazis, the losers. It is a sweet mixture of strategic overviews and great first hand accounts. Russ's eye for details is good, and he manages to evoke the essence of the battles without resorting to repetitious "they fought to the last bullet" hokum. His writing style is brisk and the action cracks along. Such a shame Russ never wrote more non-fiction, because he has a rare talent for it. This is still one of my favorite books among the many that relate to the colossal carnage of Ostfront 1945. A Must Have; for newbies it will give a real sharp flavour of the essential battles; and for the obsessive with over 1000 WW2 books its detail & style will still captivate, because it is written by an obsessive with over 1000 WW2 sources! The bibliography is a great reading list. Russ even taught himself german just to be able to read more first hand sources....that commitment & his talent are only slowly being acknowledged now, and its an intriguing "what-if" to ask whether Russ would have written more non-fiction if this great book had been noticed more when first published.


JBL Charge Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - Grey
JBL Charge Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - Grey
Price: 99.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound, 17 July 2013
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very good noise maker. holds its own outside. enough for a party.
1 problem i found: the instructions are brief. To switch the speaker on, u must hold the button down for a few secs. To get the speaker to pair with yur bluetooth device, u must then hold the on-button down for 3 secs again, so that the button flashes red+blue. This wasnt too clear at 1st....
everything has paired up fine; my htc phone, an ipad, an asus tablet. clear connection, great sound


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