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Mr. Christopher Harris "Chris in Brum" (Birmingham UK)
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Infantry Attacks
Infantry Attacks
by Erwin Rommel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the military enthusiast, 14 Aug. 2015
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Rommel's classic book about infantry tactics is essential reading for the military enthusiast. It's also an excellent primary source for the historian.


Russia's War
Russia's War
by R. J. Overy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.80

5.0 out of 5 stars A clear recommendation, 14 Aug. 2015
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As always with Richard Overy this is very well written and very well researched. It's an excellent account of WW2 from the Russian perspective and a clear recommendation.


Inside Hitler's High Command (Modern War Studies)
Inside Hitler's High Command (Modern War Studies)
by Geoffrey P. Megargee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and educational, 14 Aug. 2015
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This is an excellent and important book that gives a deep insight into higher command in Germany in WW2. It gives an understanding of the extent to which Germany's failure was down to a faulty command structure. It's an academic book but it is well written so it's suitable for the historian and the enthusiast.


Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War
Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War
by Adm. Reinhard Scheer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An important source, 14 Aug. 2015
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This is an important primary source for the historian and an interesting read for the enthusiast. It's not an easy read not least because it is full of Prussian bombast but this gives an important insight into how many Germans felt after WW1, that they had been betrayed by the "home front", i.e. that didn't accept the reality of their defeat on the Western Front. Scheer doesn't accept some of what we now see as facts, for example he claims to have sunk a Queen Elizabeth class at Jutland, so the book needs to be read in parallel with other sources to get a balanced view.


British Generalship during the Great War (Ashgate Studies in First World War History)
British Generalship during the Great War (Ashgate Studies in First World War History)
by Simon Robbins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 26 Jun. 2015
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This is the definitive account of Horne's role in WW1. Robbins was the first to have access to the Horne papers and he uses them liberally. This is an academic work but very well written. Any serious student of British generalship in WW1 needs to have read this.


Mahler - Symphony No. 9 (Sacd - Plays on all cd players)
Mahler - Symphony No. 9 (Sacd - Plays on all cd players)
Price: £12.72

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5.0 out of 5 stars A standout recording, 26 Jun. 2015
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I'm not a Mahler expert but this is the most convincing version of the 9th that I have heard. It is beautifully played and it's a standout recording. It comes together really well.


British Generalship on the Western Front 1914-1918: Defeat into Victory (Military History and Policy)
British Generalship on the Western Front 1914-1918: Defeat into Victory (Military History and Policy)
by Simon Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read", 13 Jun. 2015
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The debate about British generalship during WW1 has been long and bitter. The terrible losses incurred on both sides have led many to see the war as perhaps the ultimate demonstration of military incompetence. However historians have had to explain the tremendous victory achieved by the British Army in 1918 and this has led to a re-evaluation of its leadership particularly of Haig's role as its commander. This has perhaps swung the argument too much the other way and minimised Haig's failings. Simon Robbin's book draws a better balance.

Meticulously researched it looks at 700 senior British officers and their roles in WW1. From this it draws the conclusion that Haig's leadership in 1915-17 misdirected the British Army into attempting "breakthrough" battles at the cost of tremendous loss of life when a more careful attritional strategy could have achieved that same results at much lower cost. However it acknowledges Haig's achievement in 1918.

I think this is a "must read" for any serious student of WW1. It is actually quite short and although it contains a tremendous amount of detail it is easy to read as it is very well written. A very clear recommendation.


Horkstow Grange
Horkstow Grange
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very easy recommendation, 1 Feb. 2015
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The songs on the album are not the most famous ones associated with Steeleye Span but they are excellent folk tunes and they are performed simply wonderfully. A very easy recommendation to anybody who likes this type of music.


Lee the Soldier
Lee the Soldier
by Gary W. Gallagher
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading, 1 Feb. 2015
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This is a collection of articles, some modern and some contemporary to the subject, that give a variety of views about Lee's merits as a general. It is a pretty balanced collection and allows you to make your own decision about one of the contentious issues in military history. Required reading for the military historian of the Civil War.


Sony BDPS5200 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi
Sony BDPS5200 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi
Offered by OptixMania
Price: £146.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, easy to use and good quality, 19 Jan. 2015
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This is very good! It is easy to install although you will have to have suitable cables. It connects to the internet and you can use it to stream films. The picture quality is excellent and it tries to upscale ordinary dvds to Blu-Ray quality. I've got the sound through my hifi too through a digital connection and that is excellent quality too.

This is easy to recommend.


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