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Vikings: Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Vikings: Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Travis Fimmel
Price: £16.10

3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No empathy with the vikings!, 15 Feb 2014
Certainly good production values. Scenery very spectacular and details look convincing. Trouble is I keep hoping all the vikings get killed!.
The vikings are convincingly depicted as violent, immoral, ignorant, murderous scum. No redeeming features at all. By episode two they are murdering peaceful, unarmed, English monks and looting their monastery. The entire plot seems to revolve around their wonderful new method for sailing "west" purely for the purpose of murder, rape, theft, and enslaving the survivors.
Being British I am solidly behind the Northumbrians and hope the vikings get killed before too long. It would be a good way to end episode one of series two!.
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Last Resort - The Complete Series [DVD]
Last Resort - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andre Braugher
Price: £13.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!, 29 Sep 2013
Caught my attention by being cancelled!. With so many US tv programmes of excellent quality being cancelled (i.e. Carnivale), it can be a badge of honour. And so it is. A US submarine captain refuses to nuke Pakistan for no reason, then is attacked by other US warships, and winds up next to a Pacific island and declaring a kind of UDI. With nuclear weapons to back up his stand. Enter a nice mix of Navy SEALS, duplicitous politicians, Pakistan, China, and a strong female cast. very entertaining and with a good few unexpected twists.

Lee Enfield Rifle [DVD]
Lee Enfield Rifle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Farnan

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: Lee Enfield Rifle [DVD] (DVD)
Possibly the best documentary on a military subject I have ever seen, along with the other two in the series. Certainly the presentation is a tad "amateur", but the team aren't "presenters" they are firearms professionals. No old newsreels, no irrelevant re-enactors. You will see virtually every military rifle used in the 20th century. Most shown being fired, sometimes film is slowed to show the action properly. Many guns stripped and the parts explained. Expert commentary with explanations of invention, development, and use.
Highly recommended. Get all three!.

1940, Le Soldat Francais Vol 1
1940, Le Soldat Francais Vol 1
by Olivier Beilec
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there were more like this!, 15 Jan 2011
I wish there were more books like this for those of us interested in military uniforms. As someone with an interest in French uniforms and as an armour modeller who goes for French AFVs and figures, this is THE book for uniform details. Covers all the variations of army uniform and insignia. And all in glorious colour. The style will be familiar to those who subscribe to H&Cs Militaria magazine and all the better for it. Cannot wait for Vol. 2. I just wish someone would produce a similar volume on the British Army of 1940.

Wittmann vs Ekins - The Death of a Panzer Ace [DVD]
Wittmann vs Ekins - The Death of a Panzer Ace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Dromer
Price: £14.11

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching!, 3 Dec 2010
Not an in-depth investigation into either Wittmann or Ekins, but a reasonable documentary about both of them and the lead up to thier encounter in Normandy. A saving grace is that it is not bogged down with how fantastic Tiger tanks or the SS were. It is made very clear that the Sherman Firefly was a great weapon, indeed Ekins and his mates destroying three [very expensive] Tigers in 12 minutes with their cheap n' chearful Sherman is the crux of the story. the highlight for me is Ekins; a self-depricating ex-shoemaker, happy to say he can't remember or wouldn't know something. As the DVD points out, Ekins the reluctant soldier is a fascinating contrast to Wittmann the Nazi SS fanatic. Also the contrast between the supposedly professional SS Tigers charging across open ground with no reconnaisance being bested by highly proficient British armour well placed and with a better weapon. Lots of location shots help to understand this final action. Recommended.

Frederick the Greats Allies (Men-at-arms)
Frederick the Greats Allies (Men-at-arms)
by Stuart Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide, 26 Oct 2010
As you would expect from the combination of a Stuart Reid text and Gerry Embleton artwork, this is a good Osprey title. Reid keeps, mostly, to describing the uniforms and insignia while Embleton's paintings are lovely. Only issue for me is that I would have much prefered an Osprey for each of Frederick's allies!.

Napoleon's Army 1790-1815
Napoleon's Army 1790-1815
by Lucien Rousselot
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 10 Aug 2010
For anyone intersted in Napoleonic uniforms, this is an instant classic in book form. Previously published as prints, they have long been the gold standard for French Napoleonic uniform detail. And, yes, it's all here. I have a few of the prints and the book contains all the illustrations and text of the originals.
The good bits: basically all of it. You get pretty much pure uniform detail. No operational history of the troops themselves.
On the minus side, it doesn't have information on many of the smaller units. Maybe the format could have been larger.
The cost is about the price of seven or eight Osprey titles. I love Osprey, but if you just want uniform information, this is the better bet.
If, like me, you have been into this for way too many years, you may have all those French magazines; the Uniformes and Tradition series. Well you probably have all the information already, but I'm willing to bet few will resist the temptation to buy this book. Go ahead, it's a great read.
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