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Castle Keep [DVD] [2004]
Castle Keep [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic war film which makes you think, 21 May 2005
This review is from: Castle Keep [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I truly believe that this is one of the strongest and one of the most powerful films about World War Two that has come out of the USA.
A group of odd Gis take over a castle in the Ardennes, their commander realises that this will be key strategic point in the coming German offensive. They fortify the place and fight a retreat into the castle as the Germans desperately assault the castle again and again.
The action is very realistic and interesting. However it does take a while for the film to get there. Its almost a poetic, art film in the way that art is one of the themes and the tone of the narration by one of the characters. A thoughtful film in many ways
Its a film that wont forget and some of the scenes will stay with you, the one I think of is when the SS use fire engines to assault the castle in a medieval way.
I seem to remember that the man who shot at Ronald Reagan or someone similar watched this film just before they went out, not sure what this says about the film though!

History of the Waterloo Campaign (Napoleonic Library)
History of the Waterloo Campaign (Napoleonic Library)
by W. Siborne
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history., 18 Mar. 2005
This is more than a book, its a part of history and an essential fascinating read for anyone interested in the Waterloo campaign.
The author, Captian Siborne, did not serve at Waterloo however he was a serving British officer during the period and was commissioned to make an official model of the battlefield. He wanted to make a very accurate model so wrote to dozens of men who did fight at Waterloo in the British, Prussian, Dutch and French armies to gain the clearest picture of the battle.
The model still exists and is exhibited at the National Army museum in London today, although it had to be changed since the model gave the Prussians too much credit in Wellington's eyes and annoyed the Duke (the subject of an interesting book its self). This book is the end result of all the research Siborne did and therefore is built on primary sources that cant be beat! It is a great read and one of the main texts for the battle for many years now.

The Ravens: Pilots of the Secret War of Laos
The Ravens: Pilots of the Secret War of Laos
by Christopher Robbins
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating adventure!, 18 Mar. 2005
The Ravens is a very well written and moving story of an aspect of the Americans in SE Asia which is usually over shadowed by the War in Vietnam. However unlike the war in Vietnam the American involvement in Laos could be justified. Instead of being involved in a civil war in Vietnam the US forces were secretly supporting the Hmong people against Chinese and North Vietnamese forces invading the country.
This great book tells the story of the hanful of US pilots, CIA agents and mercenaries who fought a bloody, secret, dangerous war against huge odds and with little or no thanks and most people in the West not caring or knowing what has happened in Laos. I felt very moved by their stories and sacrifice. if you can get hold of a copy through Amazon or Ebay read it.

Blenheim: Battle for Europe
Blenheim: Battle for Europe
by Charles Spencer
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 5 Mar. 2005
I knew surprising little about the great Duke of Marlborough and the battle of Blenheim. This book helped fill that gap in an interesting readable way. Spencer is correct in saying that Blenheim should rate alongside Waterloo and Agincourt but it doesnt, yet. This book should go someway to address that.
This book is a great read and a window in to the early 18th Century with good details about all the main players in this amazing time.
Read this book!

Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 5 Mar. 2005
I am great fan of alternative history books and read a lot of Turledove and the superior SM Stirling. However i felt a little disappointed with this novel. I have read all the previous books watching Featherston getting higher and higher in the CSA and waiting for the invitable outbreak of war. But when it came it was disappointing. The battle scenes did not really grab me and it seemed too dull. Turtledove is trying to parallel the second world war with Featherston obviously being Hitler, but Hitler defeated France, Belgium, Holland, Norway and Denmark in six weeks, throwing the British out at Dunkirk. I was waiting for something similar to happen but it didnt.
Also, i got so tired of the same conversation that almost every charcter had, in the case of the black charcters almost every time they appeared, e.g. something like "Tell me I'm wrong" said in a vairiety of ways.
Perhaps Turtledove has peaked? SM Stirling's books who I discovered quite recently is a breath of fresh air. Read The Peshawar Lancers!

Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
by Frederic Spotts
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into Nazi Germany, 29 Jun. 2003
When I first saw this book I thought "Oh, yet another book about Nazi Germay." But something made me pick it up and I was engrossed. It is a fascinating book that effortlessly combines history, politics, architecture and art. It is packed solid throughout the book with pictures, photos and sketches of Hitler's plans for post war Germany, building designs, artworks, Hitler's own paintings and explains how he designed everything in Germany - the uniforms, the parades, buildings and explains that Hitler even wanted weapons to have a certain asethic quality.
I found it very readable and accessible. It gave me a new and fscinating insight into Nazi Germany and Hitler. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Nazi Germany, art and/or archtitecture.

Hitler's War: And the War Path
Hitler's War: And the War Path
by David Irving
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book, 28 Jun. 2003
An interesting historical work from a controversial historian. Irving's holocaust denial trial dont really affect this work however. Irving has used his skill in research and his access to German documents and records to come up with an interesting read; the Second World War from viewpoint of Hitler. This book is often quoted and/or mentioned in most serious historians works on the Second World War and/or Nazi Germany. It is a must for serious scholars and those people who are interested in this period of history.

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