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AK47 Assault Rifle BBQ / Candle Lighter
AK47 Assault Rifle BBQ / Candle Lighter
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Price: £19.31

4.0 out of 5 stars A great gag gift for the terrorist in your life, 16 April 2015
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good build quality and realistic detail. Would be an even bigger hoot if the trigger operated it. The slider on the bolt that actually fires it is a little difficult to grasp.


Esmeyer 30 pcs. Menu Cutlery Set 'NOSTALGIE' polished 18/0 stainless steel, forged solid, handles: BLACK riveted - Dinner Knives
Esmeyer 30 pcs. Menu Cutlery Set 'NOSTALGIE' polished 18/0 stainless steel, forged solid, handles: BLACK riveted - Dinner Knives

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Set, 27 Feb. 2014
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These are beautifully-made. The plaztic handles do not feel at all plasticky -- almost pass for ebony. Theonly negative is the knives are small, more like a luncheon knife than a proper dinner knife.


Berghoff Scala Induction Saucepot 24 cm 5.2l Ceramic Non-Stick Pan
Berghoff Scala Induction Saucepot 24 cm 5.2l Ceramic Non-Stick Pan

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pan, 17 Nov. 2013
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This is beautiful pan with a great non-stick finish. Great size for making soups and stocks for flet-dwellers, singles and couples, etc.

The only shortcoming is it does not have heat-proof handles.


Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945
Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945
by Thomas G Mahnken
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Official History of the triumph of, 22 Mar. 2010
This book is a hopeless apologia for the American theology of technolgy in war.

Since 1945 in pursuit of advanced technology America has slid down the curve of unilateral disarmament at a highr and higher price, spending more and getting less, all justified by the technological superiority of the new over the old. The ultimate example was A USAF briefing slide, circa 1980, which claimed that the F-15 Eagle, armed with the AMRAM missile would record an exchange ratio against the MiG-21, previus generation Soviet fighter, of 955:1. Now, let's look out the window and see if the sky is really green: imagine one F-15 up against a cloud of 900 MiG-21s -- what do you think is going to happen?

In fact, when technology has confronted the reality of war, reality has won -- people fight wars, and their resourcefulness usually trumps technology.

For example, a myth of technology: US supply of Stinger missiles to the Afghan mujihadeen allowed them to shoot down Soviet helicoptors and cripple the Soviet war effort in Afghanistan. Reality: while the muj received a small number of Stingers, they treated them as a status symbol, to be carried around, fought over, even, but certainly not expended in combat. THe less-sophisticated Soviet SA-7 was supplied in larger numbers and played more of a role, but the real triumph of the Afghans was learning to shoot down helicoptors with RPGs -- a feat which brings to mind the great line from The Karate Kid: 'Man who can catch fly with Chopsticks can do anything!' By the way, this technique was turned against the U.S. in Mogadishu; it was RPGs that brought down the Blackhawks on Ranger Day.

This book is the Official Version of why technology is good, even wonderful, in war. If you want the unokld story, though, guess again.
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Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943 (Cambridge Military Histories)
Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943 (Cambridge Military Histories)
by Martin Kitchen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.49

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A re-hash of David Irving, 10 Dec. 2009
I began this book with great anticipation but my excitement did not last long.

I would at least expect a book published by Cambridge to be decently edited but this is not. It is riddled with contradictions and repetitions, there are frequent small errors (like referring to a German 75mm AA gun, probably vice 88mm, or first comparing and contrasting the Matilda and Crusader tanks correctly, and then a few paragraphs later calling the Crusader the Matilda's replacement).

Whils Kitchen has published extensively on German history, this is his first published work of military history, and it shows. His understanding of the German army is far from complete, and his tactical descriptions are confusing. He is most comfortable with the diplomacy, politics, and logistics arching over Rommel's head (and in this respect the title should refer to something other than ROMMEL's war), but he does not really add any understanding beyond Douglas Porch's Path to Victory, and his description of Italy's entry into the war is far less clear than Ian Kershaw's in Fateful Choices.

Most of all, Kitchen has it in for Rommel. Every action is criticised. When Rommel fails he is criticised for failing, and when he succeeds he is criticised for the risks he ran. He seems to subscribe to the American way of war with total logistical preparation, and to believe that Rommel should have done as he was told and rusticated in Libya, because the logistics were not really there to do anything else.

What he shows, though, in spite of himself, is how Rommel, with his drive and energy, played the poor cards he had been dealt to great effect. It was not always pretty -- Rommel was usually a step ahead of the British, but to get there he had to run risks, had to drive his men to the end of their strength and the end of their supplies -- the shape of things to come as the German army struggled to cope with growing numerical disadvantages as the war progressed. But instead of understanding this and recognising the roots of German excellence, Kitchen criticises it, devaluing the service of the German soldiers in the process.

In his criticisms of Rommel, though, Kitchen adds little to what David Irving published in The TRail of the Fox thirty years ago. Hardly jsutifies a new book, and Kitchen could at least apologise for relying on that neo-Nazi Holocaust denier.
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The Greatest Battle: The Battle for Moscow, 1941-2
The Greatest Battle: The Battle for Moscow, 1941-2
by Andrew Nagorski
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A collection of stories, 19 Jan. 2009
Andrew Nagorski, a journalist for Newsweek, knows how to tell a story, and in this book he tells a lot of good stories. Alas, that does not add up to a history of the Battle of Moscow. In fact, I finished the book feeling I still did not grasp the rise and fall of that battle.

Publicity for this book makes much of the previously-closed sources Nagorski has used. In fact, when it comes to the great events of the battle, he is drawing almost entirely on published sources. The Russians he intwerviewed were young at the time, even children, and even the NKVD documents he accessed give a very down-in-the-weeds view of the battle.

Nagorski does not seem to have much idea of what belongs in a history of a battle and what does not. Eden's viwsit to Moscow at the height of the battle had no impact on the fighting, and British-Russian discussions on Poland are not relevant to the battle (nor to much else, for that matter, since what decided Poland's fate was that it always was going to be 'liberated' by the Soviets).

Nagorski obviously has a lot of empathy fot the Russians and is at his best telling stories of how they survived, and even won the war -- stories like the evacuation of Lenin's body from Moscow, andhow it was preserved in exile. This does not add up to a history of 'the greatest battle in history', but perhaps Nagorski has a better book in him, 'A people's history of Russia at war'.
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Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
by Christopher Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Point, 22 Sept. 2007
There is one overwhelming question a history of Prussia must answer: how did they accomplish so much with so little? In 1600 the Hohenzollern territories of Brandenburg and Prussia were poor scraps of sand on the north German plain, with no large cities, no industries, no natural resources, no natural frontiers, poor soil, short growing seasons, and surrounded by enemies -- and from this grew a state that became too big for theEuropean balance of power and had to be defeated by the combined might of the US, USSR, and British Empire. How did they do it?

Instead of answering this question, Clark brngs up all the reasons why it should not have happened. He does not seem very nterested n military history, which is fatal for a history of Prussia, so closely related were the state and army.

The early sections were quite interesting, explaining a lot of the early dynastic history of the Hohenzollerns that other histories skip over, but by the 19th century it is clear he is more interested in German nationalism than in the Prussian state. I have to admit in the end I lost interest and did not finish the book.


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