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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 3 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Breakthrough (The Red Gambit Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
A real page turner, it manages the difficult task of giving the reader enough detail to identify with the characters, get a view of the technical side of things (how attacks are planned, the use of the various weapon types etc) and of course the actual fighting as well - without bogging things down in minutia. It was also very strange reading about units my maternal and paternal grandfathers and granduncles were serving with (the Black Watch being one example!) or ships they were on!

With regard to a personal hobby horse, I think the author has somewhat underplayed the effectiveness of the British army artillery, which by the end of the German war had evolved into a highly effective force multiplier (plenty of post war evidence for German views on this.

Additionally, with regard to the Pacific, what news on the 14th Army campaign to retake the Malay peninsula and Singapore with Operation Zipper?

Only one minor gripe - some typos and other evidence of edits being done and not all of the previous text being removed, but it really is a minor gripe
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2013 23:26:53 BDT
Chris Coling says:
Thanks for your comments. On British Artillery, very true, but I have factored in the big reduction in RA strength that took place in '45, when the Army created RA infantry brigades because of the acute shortage of manpower at the sharp end. It may well be that the RA will start to recover its full abilities as time passes and the POW's come more into play. the Pacific will be either referred to here and there or occasionally a small cameo will arrive. I am not doing a history of that area. If demand exists I may well do a stand alone that covers the Far East but, for now, I am focussing on Europe. However, I am always open to bribery or blackmail, depending what you know :-) I am trying to improve editing et al, and think I have since the heady first release. Thanks again for your post.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2013 23:18:50 BDT
Thank you for your reply, I have been a bit remiss in thanking you so late, so please accept my apologies. I look forward to the Russians getting on the end of a full on El Alamein style stonk, be nice to dish it out for once. Will you be looking to accelerate the development of post-war jet fighters and tanks as there are some very capable machines that lack of funds held up for years.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2013 09:07:36 BDT
Chris Coling says:
The short answer is yes to the latter. Impasse has introduced such items :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2013 18:19:17 BDT
Cheers, looking forward to its release!!
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