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Target Leipzig: The RAF's Disastrous Raid of 19/20 February 1944
Target Leipzig: The RAF's Disastrous Raid of 19/20 February 1944
by Alan Cooper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful, 7 Nov. 2016
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I have to agree with the comments already posted; this is probably the worst book I have ever read on Bomber Command and deserves no credit. As stated by other reviewers, the book is poorly written, badly disjointed and contains factual inaccuracies to which I will add two more - the author states that in February 1942, the Command had no Lancasters, yet 44 and 97 Squadrons had re-equipped with this aircraft in December 1941. In addition, he states that the third "1000 Bomber" raid took place against Bremen on 3 June 1942. Whilst Bremen was raided that night, the "1000 Bomber" raid was actually the night of 25/26 June 1942.

I don't know how the publishers had the gall to release this book on the open market - it would appear that quality is being sacrificed for quantity in the material being published.


The Rise of the Bomber: RAF-Army Planning 1919 to Munich 1938
The Rise of the Bomber: RAF-Army Planning 1919 to Munich 1938
by Greg Baughen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only just in time, 30 Aug. 2016
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Brilliant book, well researched and written. How Britain managed to modernise the Air Force in the nick of time seemed more like luck than judgement. My only criticism is that the book is marred by numerous typographical errors which have resulted in letters missing from words and words from sentences, which is extremely irritating and hence it only gets four stars. Hopefully these errors will have been ironed out when the next book in the series is published later this year.


Their Finest Hour: Stories from the Men Who Won the Battle of Britain
Their Finest Hour: Stories from the Men Who Won the Battle of Britain
by Nick Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better, 17 Mar. 2016
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As an avid reader of Battle of Britain literature, I was looking forward to reading the biographies of some of the lesser-known aircrew who took part in the battle. Unfortunately, this book is a bit of a let-down. There is little biographical detail of the lives and careers of the pilots; the individual chapters have been "padded-out" with combat reports of other pilots in the same squadrons, victory claims of other pilots of other squadrons who took part in the same operations and official notices of gallantry decorations awarded to pilots mentioned in each chapter. Disappointing!!
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Match of the Day: 50 Years of Football
Match of the Day: 50 Years of Football
by Nick Constable
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2015
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Excellent book covering the changing years in football since 1964.


SODIAL(R) Black Drawstring Velvet Sleeve Bag Case for 7" Android Tablet PC MID Kindle Fire
SODIAL(R) Black Drawstring Velvet Sleeve Bag Case for 7" Android Tablet PC MID Kindle Fire
Offered by PGTA
Price: £1.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - just what was needed for carrying a ..., 20 July 2015
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Excellent product - just what was needed for carrying a ceremonial chain of office, even though it wasn't specifically designed for that.


The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF's Bloodiest Raid on Hitler's Germany
The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF's Bloodiest Raid on Hitler's Germany
by John Nichol
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The RAF's Worst Night, 29 April 2013
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This is an excellent and gripping account of the story of the disaster that was Nuremburg. The detailed statistics of the raid have been more than adequately dealt with in previous publications; the story here is told, as it should be, by the men who took part and the effect it had on them, written by a man who experienced war operations personally. I agree with a previous reviewer that errors have crept into the text (Wrattling Common should have read Wratting Common), but mistakes of this nature appear to be prevalent in recently-published books on the RAF.

This book is a must for those interested in Bomber Command operations in World War II.


Rise Against Eagles: Stories of RAF Airmen in the Battle of Britain
Rise Against Eagles: Stories of RAF Airmen in the Battle of Britain
by Christopher Yeoman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rise against eagles, 25 Feb. 2013
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This is a welcome addition to the plethora of books written by and about the pilots and aircrew of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, detailing as it does the lesser-known members of the Few who nevertheless contributed to the final victory. It does not get a five-star rating due to annoying and unnecessary errors, both grammatical (incorrect use of the apostrophe)and historical, which have crept into the text and which should have been eliminated with proof-reading and review before publication. Examples are the statements that Czechoslovakia was constituted after the Second World War (it should have read the First World War) and that Franciszek Gruszka was buried at the Polish War Memorial when his remains were discovered in 1975; they were in fact interred in Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex. Nit-picking I know, but efforts should be made to get it right.


Taylor Bowling Midi Bag
Taylor Bowling Midi Bag

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowling bag, 30 April 2012
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I had borrowed a set of bowls over the winter which were contined in this bag, so Ii had no hesitation in buying one myself when I bought my own set of bowls last month.


The Few: The American
The Few: The American
by Alex Kershaw
Edition: MP3 CD

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Americans in the Battle of Britain, 4 April 2007
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The book centres on five American pilots who volunteered for service to fly with the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, and is a useful addition to the vast number of books that have been published about this particular conflict.

Unfortunately, the book is bedevilled by factual inaccuracies which should have been corrected during editing/proof reading and which ultimately detract from the narrative.
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