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The Hazard Mesh
The Hazard Mesh
by J.A.C. Hugill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hazard Mesh, 21 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Hazard Mesh (Paperback)
In May 1944, and just two months short of D-Day, Lieutenant Commander J. A. C. Hugill DSC, RNVR blatantly disobeyed standing orders and commenced writing the first of five Royal Navy notebooks kept as diaries describing events of his war until September of that year. Covering both D-Day and the liberation of France, the resulting jottings were subsequently published as the `The Hazard Mesh: A Naval Commander's Personal Narrative' which was first released in 1946 and limited to 500 copies. With support from the respected historian, Nicholas Rankin, author of `Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945' (2008) and `Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit (2011), Faber & Faber have re-released the book...and what a great read it is. But this book is not all action instead Hugill focuses on the emotions he endured as he progressed through the war: anger, boredom, frustration, thoughts of loved ones, anxieties, stresses, fear, danger, excitement and elation all of which are fused together as he tries to makes sense of what is going on. But this officer was also a member of Ian Fleming's elite 30 Assault Unit - a commando whose job was to pinch technological kit as well as secret documents from the Germans. Despite being a front line soldier and right up in the thick of it, Hugill never fired a shot in anger - a remarkable achievement given the conditions he worked under. However, this book is testament to a scholarly young officer and as such it can be viewed as a superb first-hand account of war that is opinionated, intense and a strikingly powerful primary source. It is a thoroughly recommended read that will prove an excellent stable mate for Rankin's `Ian Fleming's Commandos and as such I heartily commend Hugill's book to those interested in 30 Assault Unit and WWII in general.


Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII
Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII
by Nicholas Rankin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.32

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Fleming's Commandos - The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII, 21 Nov 2011
Following on smartly from his success with `Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945' Nick Rankin has once again delivered a must-have/must-read book with his `Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII' (Faber & Faber). I found the book totally engaging and very hard to put down. The value of extensive researching has certainly paid off with a book which is a punchy, pacey, comprehensive account of a very specialist and elite group of men that were tasked to pinch German and Italian technologies as well as vital documentation. Following the story from Dieppe to the end of hostilities, Rankin's passion for the subject as well as his engaging narrative, use of maps, quality images and descriptive nouns makes for a cracking read and we can readily see that Ian Fleming's concept to create an intelligence assault unit was certainly a war-winning idea. It is also clear from the men that Fleming employed is where he found the many and varied inspirations for the character of James Bond'. Rankin also injects occasional, yet welcome humour and irony in to his script without detracting from the accomplishments and brave deeds of those who fought. It is also worth mentioning that once again a Rankin book has an eye-catching jacket; the designer of the covers should be congratulated. In short, I thoroughly recommend this book without reservation as well as Nick Rankin's Faber & Faber stable mate, Tony Hugill's recently re-released and superb book `The Hazard Mesh' (originally published in 1946 and restricted to 500 copies) to anyone with an interest in World War Two and in particular 30 Assault Unit.


WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black
WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars portable Hard Drive, 3 Jan 2011
Top quality product - very pleased with it and no issues. Despatched and recieved on time and in good order.


Max Manus - Man Of War [DVD]
Max Manus - Man Of War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aksel Hennie
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Max Manus, 21 Nov 2010
This review is from: Max Manus - Man Of War [DVD] (DVD)
'Max Manus' is a very poignant, moving yet action packed synopsis of one of Norway's most prolific war heroes. The action starts in Finland, where Max was a volunteer fighter. Manus returns to his German occupied country and is incensed that his beloved Norway has been stolen. Immediately he finds work with the Norwegian resistance, but after a series of scrapes he is captured by the German. However, his escape attempt lands him (literally) in hospital where is closely guarded. Norwegian loyalists assist him to successfully escape his captors whereupon he is sent to England to train with SOE. His return to Norway takes on a more militaristic role and his subsequent actions become a constant thorn in the side of the Germans, especially with the sinking of the troopship, 'Donau'. However, Manus' actions also cost him his friends' lives and these losses almost break him.

Come May 1945 and war in Norway is over. The King returns to his beloved Kingdom and Manus signs off his role by escorting the King.

This is a great film, albeit it with subtitles, but the action is constant and you really feel that you are battling the enemy with Manus, such is the style of the film. A great buy and highly recommended.

To find out more on Max Manus I heartily recommend a visit to the National Archives at Kew to view his HS9 file


The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940
The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940
by Geirr H. Haarr
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE most authoritative account of the invasion of Norway, 1 Sep 2009
This book has been many years in the making and it is clear Geirr Haarr has crafted this book with care and attention to accuracy and detail. Perhaps a word of warning for some: This is not a one-sided account of `official histories' but a book which gives equal measure and weighting to the Norwegian, German and British sides utilising a prolific array of primary sources. Indeed, the author has researched extensively in Norway, UK and Germany in his quest for historical accuracy drawing the information together and presenting with great clarity a well-written and balanced account of the invasion of Norway. The book is sizeable; but it is here where we see the author ably demonstrating his energy and potency in presenting the many aspects to what happened as well as engaging and retaining the reader's attention. The numerous images are exceptional providing the reader with additional background and understanding coupled with detailed appendices and references which historians will find immensely useful. The author rightly corrects the many long-standing and accepted so-called facts of various events that occurred and comments on poor decision making where appropriate. In my opinion this book can be regarded as the most authoritative book on the subject of the invasion of Norway: Geirr Haarr has raised the bar to unparalleled heights on historical accuracy to events in Norway and he is to be congratulated.


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