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Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat
Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat
by Harry Pearson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 13 Sep 2009
I've just read "Achtung Schweinehund", and as I'm just a few years younger and have moved in similar circles, there was a lot of recognition. Pearson manages to balance the autobiographical parts with the history of wargaming and the popularisation of the World Wars, studding it with very funny and too-close-to-home observations on male behaviour, collector's mania, and geekiness. I smiled and laughed a lot while reading the book, and would like to recommended to every gamer who isn't a maladjusted introvert. I know there are a few who isn't. Spouses of wargamers might benefit from reading it, too, as it both gives a background to a loved one's obsession, and perhaps some relief (or worry) that it isn't limited to one's mate.
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12-Inch Action Figures - Second World War
12-Inch Action Figures - Second World War
by Jean-Marie Mongin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational but somewhat aged., 12 Oct 2008
There's no major fault with this book. It shows that the 12" action figures have long since left the toy stage, becoming collectibles and the basis for ever increasing detailing and refinement. As the book was published in 2003, it shows the state of the art back then. Since then, the hobby has seen the introduction of gear with even better detail, thus rendering the book somewhat obsolete. It is still good as inspiration and a primer on 12" figure modelling techniques, but the hobby has evolved in the years since it was published.


Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmman (Warrior)
Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmman (Warrior)
by David K. Yelton
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might look for., 12 Oct 2008
I was looking for a book on the Volkssturm as a whole, but got this one instead. Missing the qualifier "Western Front 1944-45" on the front page, I was treated to an account on a single Volkssturm unit after a general background on the origins, creation and equipment of the militia. While it gave an insight on the subject, I felt that a lot was left out. Almost no mention of the VS units on the Eastern Front (where they saw the most desperate fighting), no info on the Freikorps Sauerland (probably the best VS unit in western Germany), and omissions like no mention of the alternate version of the VS armband (visible in some of the photos, but not commented on). This isn't a bad book, but limited in scope and telling just a part of the story.


Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia, 1941
Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia, 1941
by David M. Glantz
Edition: Paperback

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dry account, 12 Oct 2008
I'm very interested in military history, and have read dozens of books on the subject. Very seldom have I stopped reading a book halfway because it was dull, but this became one of those occassions. All the details are there, and that's what's wrong with the book. Try this for size (quote typical for the book):

"While Timoshenko was conducting his 'Offensive', Lieutenant-General M.G. Efremov's 21st Army unleashed heavy attacks against the German Second Army's XXXXIII and LIII Army Corps, whose forward elements had reached the Dnepr river at Rogachev and Zholbin. He also orchestrated an attack northward toward Bykov on the Dnepr jointly with Korobko's 4th Army. Attacking on 13 July, Komkor [Corps commander] L.G. Petrovky's 63rd Rifle Corps drove German forces westward from Rogachev and Zholbin, while Colonel F.F. Zhmachenko's 67th Rifle Corps, reinforced by Major-General S.M. Krivoshein's 25th Mechanized Corps, launched futile attacks against Guderian's southern flank."

It was enough to bore me to tears. While it might be great as a reference, it isn't for the general reader on the subject. For a more rewarding book, check Robert Kershaw's "War Without Garlands", which has a much more flowing narrative, interspersed by quotes from interviews and soldiers' letters to give a better idea of what it was like on the eastern Front. "Barbarossa" is for those interested in grand strategy and operations, and who don't want their books contaminated with human interest.


Roll ME over: An Infantryman's World War II (Presidio War Classic. World War II)
Roll ME over: An Infantryman's World War II (Presidio War Classic. World War II)
by Raymond Gantter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 14 April 2007
I've read many personal accounts from both world wars. Some have had more combat action, others have described more well-known historical events, but few have had the clarity and honesty in the description of the life as an infantryman. Gantter's education (which appears to be higher than those of his fellow GIs), German ancestry and the fact that the account was written shortly after everything happened (and not 50 years later from dim recollections) makes the book feel very personal and fresh. The author vents his contempt at craven tank crewmen, opportunistic rear echelon troops and snobbish, corrupted officers, and his own experiences entitles him to it. He can find compassion for the defeated Germans, yet, when his rage for the things the Nazis did, one knows that it is well-deserved. Those looking for blow-by-blow accounts with detailed tactical descriptions of combat should look elsewhere, but if one wants to read a book about the very experience of being an infantryman fighting his way through a crumbling Third Reich, this is one of the best accounts one can read. Highly recommended!


Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior [1981] [DVD]
Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £8.10

124 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A stunted masterpiece, 16 Dec 2000
I bought "Mad Max 2" (aka "The Road Warrior") on DVD today - my all-time action movie favourite. I've watched it on video more than 30 times, where the editing, music and action sequences form one of the very best action movies ever made. It is violent, yes, but not in the splatter movie way. Instead, it is tough, grim and violent without being gory. The DVD is a Zone 2 release (Europe), and I began to suspect foul play when I saw the running time: 87 minutes. When I came home, I checked it against my British video version, which is 92 minutes, and the US release, which is 96. Dreading the worst, I started watching the DVD... And yes, the censors had been there and cut or shortened several scenes. Mad as h*ll, and disgusted as well, I stopped watching the travesty. I will return it to the shop, as the cuts made it unwatchable. I absolutely _hate_ censorship, and the DVD version has severely stunted what should have been a welcome addition to my DVD shelf.
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