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Apple iPhone 4 / 4S Screen Protector, MediaDevil Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) Edition - (2 x Protectors)
Apple iPhone 4 / 4S Screen Protector, MediaDevil Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) Edition - (2 x Protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality product and service. Well worth the premium., 18 Aug. 2011
This is an excellent quality screen protector and is a no-brainer accessory for your iPhone 4. The protector is simple to apply (especially with the supplied cloth and card) but it is well worth taking the time to view the tutorial on YouTube. Once applied the Crystal Clear edition protector really is hardly noticeable, in fact I have been chastised a few times by friends who thought I hadn't protected the screen!

The customer service/information from the supplier is excellent and (standard) dispatch is very rapid - I ordered on the 15th August and arrived on the 17th. I match this with a Griffin Elan Form Graphite case to provide (I hope) a good level of robustness to an item well worth protecting.

If You Survive (Ivy Books World War II/Nonfiction)
If You Survive (Ivy Books World War II/Nonfiction)
by George Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing account of a '90 day wonder' officer's experience from Normandy to Bavaria, 19 July 2010
George Wilson's memoir of his experiences during World War Two is a well written and very readable one that draws the reader in and puts one in the boots of green US Army infantry officer during 1944-45. In my opinion it is also vitally importantly historically as it tells a story that could be told hundreds of thousands of times, that of citizen soldier caught up in the maelstrom of WW2, that of the men who freed Europe. Wilson found it within himself to overcome the horrors around him to grow as a competent and skilful leader of men and we are in the front seat as we see his transformation under fire, often loosing his men around him but never his humanity.

The text is well paced and never gets too bogged down in minor details which would detract from its chatty and easy to understand tone. Wilson writes in a humble and down to earth manner and one can clearly see the pride, care and concern he showed for all his men under his command. At the same time Wilson offers insightful criticism of how the US Army persecuted the war during his time in combat (the lack of training and inequality of promotions are particularly troubling) whilst showing his admiration for the NCOs (who held the infantry units together) and some of his senior commanders at battalion, regimental and division level.

Overall this is a very worthwhile read and a valuable insight into the experiences of a generation which won't be with us for much longer. Every one of them should be thanked for their super human efforts during Europe's darkest hour and this book goes a great distance in retelling the horrors they endured. Normal men like George Wilson made the 4th Infantry Division (and others like it) the famous unit it became, it goes to show that in WW2 you didn't always need to look in Airborne or Marine units for competent and dedicated leaders. Down with the doggies in the infantry draftees like Lt Wilson were wearing down the Nazis village by village and hill by hill. Our generation could never live up to their sacrifices... If only they could all tell their stories like George Wilson. A must read.

Band Of Brothers - HBO Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Band Of Brothers - HBO Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Offered by joe4books
Price: £23.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Band of Brothers gets even better in High Definition splendour!, 10 July 2010
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Band of Brothers is a landmark mini-series and when it hit our screens in 2001 the tale of E Co. 2/506 101st Airborne Division was an exceptionally well crafted and visually stunning one. Born out of Stephen E. Ambrose's original text and Stephen Spielberg's collaboration with Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan BoB is essential viewing and a fine tribute to the elite paratroopers who fought the European war from the early hours of D-Day to the heart of the Nazi Fatherland.

The characters are strong, the action intense and authentic whilst the attention to detail is unparalleled. The viewer cares for the men of E Company as they cared for each other and we grow attached to Richard Winters and the soldiers around him. Each episode has a flavour of its own which is refreshing and the whole series is engrossing from start to end.

Chances are if you are considering purchasing the Blu-Ray version of this series you will already own the original (this was my situation). At this price it is very worthwhile taking the plunge - the series comes to life in HD and is a mind blowing experience. The detail is pin sharp, the sound ear splitting and it looks as gorgeous as never before. The extras included top off a fantastically well put together package at an incredible price. BoB is certainly one to show off your new Blu-Ray/HD TV with! Highly recommend - unmissable at this price.

Clouds Are Always White on Top - Flying the Box the B-17 Flying Fortress Came in
Clouds Are Always White on Top - Flying the Box the B-17 Flying Fortress Came in
by Nolan Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing, superbly written and historically important novel, 4 July 2010
Nolan Lewis knew what it was like. Day after day climbing into the crude and truck like shape of a B-24 Liberator in the early English morning, fighting with the aircraft up to 20,000-25,000 ft and then fighting the Luftwaffe when you get there. Liberators (and their American football team sized crews) are vaporised by flak and fighters as your B-24 lumbers on to the target and drops its olive-drab high explosive payload on target (or maybe not). You then struggle home with a high probability of your once healthy crew members being injured or dead. On your way home you may spy a high flying B-17 Flying Fortress group above you, the same crews that rib you constantly in the pubs of Norwich and Cambridge for taking the 'Flying Boxcar' into combat.

Lewis knew what is was like and his novel 'Clouds are Always White On Top...' puts you right there in the cockpit next to him. We follow Ted Norman's experiences with the USAAF 8th Air Force (The Mighty Eighth), his relationships with his crews, members of his bomb group and the local English girls he encounters. He is very young by age but feels old beyond his years - his is a 'hung in suspension' life of a combat crewman and when, or if, he returns home how will he cope readjusting to civilian life? This is a quandary experienced by all serviceman in WW2 (and any other war for that matter) and Ted's journey is fascinating - the reader finds one being concerned for his mental and physical well being, confused at his attitude to the air war and itching to know if he will survive when he is loosing all those familiar around him.

The fact that Norman Lewis experienced the kinds of events that Ted endures (and whilst on leave revels in) adds a unique and heartfelt feel to the novel with an exquisite attention to detail. His descriptions of the B-24, the blustery East Anglian airfield he calls home, wartime London and the wartime United States provide a superb backdrop to the drama unfolding in front of the reader.

Overall this is a highly entertaining and eye-opening novel as well as an important historical document to preserve the memory of the B-24 Liberators and their valiant crews. Personally I feel the action and drama of this novel would make a superb mini-series or film. Nolan Lewis' novel sends the reader back, on an individual level, to the stressful and terror filled combat that the 8th Air Force found itself in flying from the gentle English countryside almost 70 years ago. Highly recommended.

354th Fighter Group (Aviation Elite Units)
354th Fighter Group (Aviation Elite Units)
by William N Hess
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good overview of the 'Pioneer Mustang Group', 4 July 2010
The 354th Fighter Group was the 'Pioneer Group' for the Merlin engine powered Mustang in the European Theatre of Operations in World War Two. With their long range steeds they began to turn the tide in the daylight bombing campaign which had proved so costly during 1942/1943. This Osprey title penned by William H. Hess (and excellently illustrated by Chris Davey) does a superb job of covering the group's outstanding service both in training and during combat with the P-51 (and for a short period the P-47).

The author skilfully weaves in technical information and the background to the Merlin powered Mustang with the experiences of the group's pilots and commanders. The story of James H. Howard, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner with the 354th, is particularly engrossing and eye popping! Although focusing on the 354th the title gives a very good overview of how US fighter groups were formed, trained, organised and commanded in WW2. It also provides us with a typical experience of the fighter groups of the USAAF 9th Air Force post D-Day and the
gradual movement from numerous temporary airfields and finally into Germany itself.

The quality of the text is topped off with many high quality black and white photographs and full colour artwork which brings the descriptions to life. All in all a very well put together and interesting title from the (as usual) excellent Osprey Aviation Elite series. A worthy memorial to the officers and men of the proud 'Pioneer Group' and their magnificent Mustangs!

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