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Uncharitable Mischief: Barbarity & Excess in the British Civil Wars
Uncharitable Mischief: Barbarity & Excess in the British Civil Wars
by Charles Singleton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, 30 Jun. 2014
I found this to be a fascinating book on two counts - firstly, it provides vital context, placing the English Civil War within the wider experience of warfare in contemporary Europe, especially the Thirty Years War. Secondly, it dismisses some of the clichés of the war, and tries to really dig into the reality of the conflict, and how it affected society in Britain in such a major way. A very thought-provoking book. Recommended.


The Last Rally: The German Defence of East Prussia, Pomerania and Danzig 1944-45, a Photographic History
The Last Rally: The German Defence of East Prussia, Pomerania and Danzig 1944-45, a Photographic History
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview, 5 Jun. 2010
This book provides a welcome overview of these final campaigns, with photographic coverage focusing on German troops and hardware. The book does not set out to cover the campaigns in tremendous depth - something another reviewer of this book seems to have overlooked completely. As some readers will be aware, photographs from this period are rare - yes, sometimes indistinct, and rarely captioned in detail. If one visits the Bundesarchiv, the depth of captioning is often to the same level - rarely more detailed than 'Ostpreussen 1945'. There is a paucity of information and visual material relating to this period of the war, and this book fills that gap nicely. One final point - please note that one of the books recommended by another reviewer does not cover this area - 'Last Laurels' is about the fighting in Lower Silesia 1945, not an area covered by this book and vice versa.
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Battle in the Baltics 1944-45: The Fighting for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, a Photographic History
Battle in the Baltics 1944-45: The Fighting for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, a Photographic History
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good view of a rarely-covered part of the war in the East, 13 May 2010
This book keeps to its title, and covers precisely what it says - the fighting in the Baltics during the final 18 months of the war. The photographs focus on the German forces, and show a variety of troop types, all the usual suspects (infantry, artillery, armour etc.). There are some interesting images of Soviet troops sourced from Bulgaria, too. Overall, I found it an interesting view of a theatre of war I knew little about. I must also strongly disagree with reviewer 'BLT' in his review - the paper is fine quality, and I, for one, found the image reproduction of very good quality!
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Solferino 1859: The battle for Italy's Freedom (Campaign)
Solferino 1859: The battle for Italy's Freedom (Campaign)
by Richard Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tidy account let down by poor use of sources, 3 July 2009
The Continental European campaigns of the mid C19th have been crying out for greater coverage, sitting, as they did, on the cusp of fundamental changes in how war was waged, both at the tactical and strategic levels.

This is a workmanlike account of the 1859 Campaign in Italy, providing the reader with a primer on who did what where, when and why. Unfortunately, it is very much a missed opportunity. There are an abundance of French, German and Italian language sources for this campaign. Presumably due to the language barrier, the author ignores all but a few French accounts, instead relying on outdated English accounts over 100 years old. This is particularly regrettable in the light of the well-organised and accessible military archives in France and Austria - or even printed sources. Disappointing.


After Stalingrad: The Red Army's Winter Offensive, 1942-1943
After Stalingrad: The Red Army's Winter Offensive, 1942-1943
by Colonel David M. Glantz
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed analysis of great historical value, 5 Jun. 2009
This study endeavours - and succeeds - in presenting an overview and operational-level account of the wave of Soviet offensives launched through the winter of 1942/43. It contains close to 120 maps, and is extensively annotated and referenced. It is presented in a similar vein to many of the author's other Eastern Front studies, and as such, if you like those, you will also find much in this of great value.


Operation Bagration: The Destruction of Army Group Centre June-July 1944, a Photographic History
Operation Bagration: The Destruction of Army Group Centre June-July 1944, a Photographic History
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of photos, 23 May 2008
This book does what it suggests on its cover, and provides a collection of photos - some rare, some not so rare - covering the Soviet summer offensive of 1944. Inevitably photos by this stage of the war are not plentiful, yet the author does a good job finding a hefty number I hadn't seen before. The images are clearly reproduced, and there are useful orders-of-battle at the rear. Excellent value for money.


Panzer Lehr Division, 1944-45: v. 1 (World War Two German Military Studies)
Panzer Lehr Division, 1944-45: v. 1 (World War Two German Military Studies)
by Fred Steinhardt
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a gap filled on Panzer Lehr!, 6 May 2008
This is a major contribution to German Panzer Division histories. The editor interweaves interviews conducted with the former Division CO Fritz Bayerlein and other senior divisional officers, with a superb detailed history of this elite formation.

Contains plenty of data and information on the Division's actions throughout its existence. Excellent detail and plenty of maps and other tabular material complement this important and carefully edited work.

Excellent!


In the Fire of the Eastern Front: The Experiences of a Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteer on the Eastern Front 1941-45
In the Fire of the Eastern Front: The Experiences of a Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteer on the Eastern Front 1941-45
by Hendrick C. Verton
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of Siege of Breslau 1945, 19 Mar. 2007
This is a very interesting book. The author manages to cover a lot of interesting ground, which is not usually written about in other German World War II memoirs. In particular, his perspective as a Dutch volunteer is written about at length. The prewar conditions in the Netherlands that the author views as responsible for the early years of World War II seeing so many of his fellow countrymen volunteer for service at the front with the Germans are explained in detail (even if one may not always agree with his political opinions).

Likewise, the way the early volunteers joined the SS, their induction and training is also explained at some length.

If you are looking for combat experiences, then the fact that the author served in the East in Silesia during 1945 easily justify buying this book. His account of service in a Kampfgruppe in besieged Breslau with SS Regiment Besslein is very good indeed. There is plenty of detail, particularly as these events are little known in the English-speaking world, and even less written about.

This title is well worth buying because of the different perspective it offers, and particularly for its excellent coverage of some aspects of the final months of the war on the Eastern Front which receive very little coverage elsewhere.


Into the Abyss: The Last Years of the Waffen SS 1943-45, A Photographic History
Into the Abyss: The Last Years of the Waffen SS 1943-45, A Photographic History
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview with many new photographs, 26 Nov. 2006
If you are looking for a good basic overview containing many photographs showing the Waffen SS in action during the final two years of the war then this book is for you.

It is incorrect to say that many of the photographs are early war images that have been recycled. The uniforms and equipment in use clearly indicate a late war setting. In addition, despite the very many books published on this subject, this title managed to come up with a number of images I have not seen before anywhere else.

Considering the price you can pick this up for on Amazon, it's well worth adding to your collection, is sturdily bound and nicely printed on glossy paper.
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Hitler's Miracle Weapons: The Secret History of the Rockets and Flying Craft of the Third Reich: 2
Hitler's Miracle Weapons: The Secret History of the Rockets and Flying Craft of the Third Reich: 2
by Friedrich Georg
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much fascinating information, 11 Nov. 2005
This is a really interesting book, on a fairly neglected subject. Whilst everybody has heard of the V-1 and V-2, this book explores German rocket projects far beyond these. The author knows his subject really well, and although some of the evidence he presents may seem quite startling at times, the reader is reassured by the fact that everything is footnoted and referenced correctly. There are a small number of illustrations, as well as 16 pages of colour plates which show various rocket projects, many of which did not reach beyond the drawing board.
I actually must take issue with the other reviewer: many of these images are impossibly rare, I question how they could have been improved upon? The originals themselves were probably not very good quality at all. In fact, the book is attractively laid out, and printed on high-gloss paper throughout. The publisher has produced a very attractive volume. Well worth considering if German rockets and secret weapons are your subject.


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