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The Monuments Men [DVD]
The Monuments Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Some monumental mistakes, 20 Jun 2014
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Overall I liked this film but the thing that spoiled it for me were the details. It seemed that every night scene was nicely illuminated , including Hugh Bonneville sneaking around occupied Brugge with all the street lights on - hello ! , there was a blackout across Europe from 1939 to 1945 ( there was a war on you know ! ). It was great to see them 'aquire' a VW type 82 kubelwagen but its a mystery how they attached an American jeep trailer to it as the don't have a towing hook on them. The reason they don't have a towing hook is that the kubelwagens 1000cc engine would struggle to pull an empty trailer let alone a trailer with a heavy statue in it. The problem with having a passionate interest in WW2 is that things like this always stand out however if you don't notice , or indeed don't care , about the details you'll love the film.


Elite Panzer Strike Force: Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in World War II
Elite Panzer Strike Force: Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in World War II
by Franz Kurowski
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Bit one sided, 14 Jan 2014
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An interesting book told entirely from the German perspective. I felt that Franz Kurowski wrote this as an apologist for panzer Lehr with a lot of " panzer Lehr could have done this that or the other if only they had more men, tanks air support etc.... Well thats exactly what the allies did have and thats why they beat them ! I don't doubt that the men in this division fought bravely ( even though they shouldn't have been in France in the first place ) but Kurowski writes without balance constantly referring to the 'enemy' - perhaps in the english language version if this book it might have been better to say ' the allies'. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but believe me I am not anti- German , in fact I re-enact panzer Lehr , and yet Kurorowski's narrative managed to make me feel this way. Still worth reading however.


World Without End [DVD] [2012]
World Without End [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Ben Chaplin
Price: 10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 Jan 2014
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If you loved 'Pillars of the Earth' then you will love this too. The battle scenes are fantastic , couldn't stop watching it and almost felt disappointed when it finished.


The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge
The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge
by John S. D. Eisenhower
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ACCOUNT OF THIS BATTLE I HAVE READ, 10 Oct 2013
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I have read quite a few books about the battle of the Bulge but this one stands out as a good overveiw and looks at things from a command point of view ( from both sides ). The author is the son of General Eisenhower which meant the he knew many of the major personalities on the allied side personally. This book was written more than 40 years ago which , obviously , makes it closer to events than today. Many of the people he interviewed are dead now and in that respect this is a historically important document.Well worth a read.


Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: 5.00

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic, 3 Sep 2013
My title sums it up nicely - this film is pathetic. The person who wrote the script is an oxygen thief.


A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's youngest child
A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's youngest child
by Mary Soames
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

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4.0 out of 5 stars A world of privilege and elitism, 29 July 2013
I found this book interesting and irritating at the same time. Yes it was interesting to hear the authors perspective of the war years but I'm quite sure the banquets and parties she attended during this time bore no relation to the experience of most people in Britain struggling to get by on rations. I couldn't help but get the impression that her mother , who was constantly swanning off on cruises and foreign holidays for months at a time , hardly took any notice of Mary until she was about 16 when the penny dropped that she was closer to her nanny than to her own mother. When they hit what Mary describes 'lean times' as being when they turned off the heating in some of the rooms in their mansion and tried to drink less wine , they even wrote to tell mummie about it because she was off skiing in st moritz at the time ! Clearly she hasn't a clue what lean times really are and this at a time when people were living in terrible slums in Britain. It never seems to occur to the privileged that downsizing and getting a job could be an option ! I'm certainly no left wing socialist but I did find the fairytale elitist bubble that the author lived in very irritating and interesting at the same time.
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KETTENKRAD
KETTENKRAD
by Henry Hoppe & Jochen Vollert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Super !, 28 May 2013
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Great potted history with some great original photographs plus detailed pictures of some restored vehicles as well. Good value for money.


S-Boote: German E-boats in Action, 1939-1945
S-Boote: German E-boats in Action, 1939-1945
by Jean Philippe Dallies-Labourdette
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 28.46

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHS, 28 May 2013
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Another great book from histoire & collections. Great. Quality paper with a superb set of photographs showing not only the boats but the men as well. I have read the one star rating , and whilst the guy may be right on some points , he does come over as a nit picking anorak model builder . I love the format and size which allows for larger photographs and happily it does fit on my book shelf as I didn't buy one just for paperbacks ! Highly recommended .


The Flak Badges of the Luftwaffe and Heer
The Flak Badges of the Luftwaffe and Heer
by Marc Garlasco
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FIRST RATE, 25 April 2013
If you collect or are considering collecting WW2 German Heer or luftwaffe flak badges then this is a must have,Its an expensive book but could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run by enabling to spot fakes.The deatil and the clour photographs are superb. World of warefare books currently have this for 75.00 ( as at 25th April 2013 ).


A Collector's Guide to the Kriegsmarine (Collectors guide to)
A Collector's Guide to the Kriegsmarine (Collectors guide to)
by Christopher Ailsby
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars FAIRLY USEFUL, 25 Mar 2013
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A handy sized book with a broad overveiw of kriegsmarine awards and badges. Has one or two howlers in it , for example on a photograph of a destroyer badge with a long top pin the author assumes this is because it wasn't clipped in the factory whereas the reality is that this is a picture of a very rare variant produced by Steinhauer and Luck who were the only manufacturers to feature the long pin. Now if that's the sort of detail and accuracy you are looking for I suggest you buy the much bigger, heavier and more expensive 'War badges of the kreigsmarine' by Gordon Williamson rather than this book.


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