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Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
by Gunter K. Koschorrek
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars personal and humbling., 7 April 2016
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fantastic account of a soldiers life. No politics, just experiences.


The First World War
The First World War
by Michael Howard
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars concise, 10 Sept. 2013
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This was a superb read for those who want an overview of what happened. It is clear, concise,informative and short!


Silverline 427657 Lance 870 mm
Silverline 427657 Lance 870 mm

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 16 July 2013
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A god job but not as versatile as my old sachs dolmar jet, but very very good value and does the job.


Silverline 633762 High Pressure Hose, 8 m
Silverline 633762 High Pressure Hose, 8 m
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 16 July 2013
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i had an old sachs dolmar power washer (taken over by Makita)..it fitted perfectly giving my machine a new lease of life.


An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)
An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)
by Vasily Grossman
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 21 May 2013
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A lovely gentle description of Grossmans trip to Armenia. If you have read any of his books you will love this as well. His description of the landscape is stunning.


Scotland's Choices: The Referendum and What Happens Afterwards
Scotland's Choices: The Referendum and What Happens Afterwards
by Iain McLean
Edition: Paperback

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What ever Scottish citizen SHOULD read, 21 May 2013
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A brilliantly informative book about the pros and cons of independence for Scotland. The authors clearly and analytically set out what would happen and what needs to happen for Scottish independence to occur. There is no bias in the book one way or the other, just the facts. When you have read it, every utterance of a politician can be listened to and opined upon from a rational point of view, and i have to say its makes what pro independence politicians say very hard to believe.

My conclusion is that every one who votes in Scotland should read it, sadly 99.99% of them will not and will go the ballot box ill informed to make their vote on the most important occasion in their lives. Alex Salmond should read it as well.
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Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
by David Stahel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of research and a gripping read., 16 Oct. 2011
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The gradual realisation that the decisive battles of the Second World War were fought in Russia seems at last some 70 years or so later to be entering the minds of those in the West who have a passing interest in these things. The fact that WW2 has defined modern Europe and Western politics sometimes seems to have passed by those who rule Europe today. Even though we know the result of Operation Barbarossa this book is still a gripping read as the generals and Hitler dipute the facts and fanatasize about what might be, always ignoring the weakness of their own position. It sounds a bit like Europe today.
Those in the English speaking world who are 'fans' of the German Army and it's generals will be shocked,surprised and challenged by this very comprehensive review of the greatest military operation of WW2.
David Stahel has written a very well researched and highly objective critique of what happened before, and during Operation Barbarossa on the Army Group Centre front. He sets out in meticulous detail, using a vast amount of primary evidence, the planning and execution of this operation. It is clear that the German Army and OKW had woefully underestimated the challenge in front of them and he examines under a very bright light the stragetic tensions between the armed forces and Adolf Hitler and indeed the differences between various factions in the Army itself.
Anyone who has a serious interest in this theatre of war should read this book. I have read extensivey on the subject and agree entirely with the authors conclusion which is that Germany's armed forces were destined to failure the moment the operation began. It is a long road to travel for those who see the huge encirclment battles as great victories, to realise that the very nature of those battles would lead to a strategic defeat. The author plots that road with exemplary detail and for those who are in 'the other camp' the concluding chapter of the book shows that as with Napoleon in 1812 and the Schleiffen plan in 1914, although brave men may win a battle, inadequate logistics,poor planning and hubris will never suffice to win a war.


Demolishing the Myth. The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative
Demolishing the Myth. The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative
by Valeriy Zamulin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive work on the battle at Prokhorovka, 27 Aug. 2011
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An impressively researched and detailed acoount of this engagement. The author's research is impressive and really sheds new light on what actually happened on the 12th july 1943 south east of Prokhorovka.
If you have read the David Glantz book on Kursk and thought it detailed, this one is even more detailed.
A must read for anyone who is seriously interested in this battle.
The only drawback is the maps. My tip is to scan them, join them together as appropriate and keep them handy as you read. If the maps had been good I would give 6 stars.


Army Group South: Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-45 (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Army Group South: Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-45 (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
by Werner Haupt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.50

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2.0 out of 5 stars interesting but frustrating in many places., 26 Nov. 2003
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this book gives an account of the ops of army group south from 22/6/41 until the Russians arrive at the German border. I found the book a little frustrating in that it jumps from the strategic to the tactical level in almost the space of a sentence. Detailed accounts are given of small actions which it is hard to relate to the overall strategic picture. There are a lot of maps but they are taken from original archives and sometimes are impossible to read as the type is so small.The maps are not of a consistent type which makes it harder to understand and follow them. I felt that a lot of the fluidity of the language had been lost in the translation and I have come across this in other books translated from the German.The section on the assault on the Caucasus is interesting in that it is very hard to obtain details of this part of the eastern war and there are very few books written on the subject. The selection of black and white photos is very good and I had seen few of them before. All in all I would say a useful book on the Caucasus but there are better accounts of operations in the Ukraine.


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