Mike Tomlin

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (47 of 47)
Location: Colchester, Essex United Kingdom
Birthday: 5 Nov
 

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Pendulum Of War: Three Battles at El Alamein by Niall Barr
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book, 19 May 2005
I have read several books on the Alamein battles in the past, but this is without question the finest.
Most authors concentrate not only on the fighting, but on the controversy surrounding Auchinleck and Montgomery, and almost invariably take sides, supporting one general or the other. Sometimes an author will try to avoid this by concentrating on personal stories and experiences, leaving aside the big picture.
Niall Barr has done neither of these. He has sought to tell the story of an army and its coming of age in the cauldron of battle. The Eighth Army is his central character here and he concentrates on telling the story of the battles and how the army developed and responded… Read more
Pendulum Of War: Three Battles at El Alamein by Niall Barr
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book, 18 May 2005
I have read several books on the subject of the battle of Alamein, and this is probably the best. It has a simple straightforward narrative style, with a compelling story. The author deals with the usual controversies with a clear and fair approach, and is clearly non partisan, highlighting strengths and weaknesses for all the generals concerned, and succesfully navigating the reader onto the salient points of the time.
He goes into considerable detail in describing such matters as minefield clearance; inter arms co-operation, and problems; infantry, armour, and artillery tactics, and their development in the desert, in a way that no other book on this topic that I have read has done… Read more
Long Reach by Mike Lunnon-Wood
Long Reach by Mike Lunnon-Wood
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a very fast paced book showing a superb in depth knowledge of the subject. I have read many so called "techno-thrillers" (some good and some bad) but few have ever grabbed me like this one. As good as Clancy and Coyle at their very best. And how refreshing and stirring to see it based on the low key Brits rather than gung-ho Americans, as is more usual! I was very impressed by the authors underlying understanding of his subject, and the research he had obviously carried out. It shines through that he was given good access to real military sources in the preparation of this. It's exciting and fast paced, building up to a real crescendo, and left you wanting more… Read more

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