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Let the Tiger Turn Tail
Let the Tiger Turn Tail
by Russell Spurr
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, this autobiography beats most adventure novels, 6 Mar. 2010
On some rare occasions I just can't let go a book, and I went through this one in record time. Once again the saying is true: "reality very often supersedes fiction". This navy officer's wartime story beats most WW II novels flat out.
It's full of anecdotes, little stories, touching at times, hilarious at others and often simply raw and down to earth about the man's own war in Asia and the Pacific.
Candid and naïve as well as ironic,Russel Spurr's lived through some amazing situations.

In a nutshell: A young subaltern naval officer who turns out to be a character in his own right amidst tumultuous times.


Meeting of Generals
Meeting of Generals
by Tony Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good parallel study, 6 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Meeting of Generals (Paperback)
In my view this is one of the best books on Kurt Meyer, the reknown Panzermeyer of the 1st ss-Pz Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler", then commander of the 12th ss-Pz Div "Hitlerjugend" in 1944. No apology of the famed waffen-ss this time. Only facts, all about Kurt Meyer's life from childhood to his military career. His postings, battles, promotions etc ... and finally his trial for war crimes.
In parallel the life and career of Canadian General Foster whose division confronted Panzermeyer's panzer formation in Normandy is presented. Most of the Canadian soldiers that were murdered by Meyer's division belonged to Foster's division. This explains that general Foster is presiding Panzermeyer's trial after the war. All that with the dignity befitting a true soldier. Whilst being an adversary in the field, the Canadian general's impartiality never waivers.
Only one regret. The author's (son of general Foster) gripes and grudges, about his father's second wife. Something I certainly could have done without and so would have .... Panzermeyer I'm sure.
A good read for anyone interested in the history of these two ss divisions as well and foremost in the battle of Normandy seen here from both sides, something which is seldom done.
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Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt "Panzer" Meyer (Stackpole Military History): The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt ... Meyer (Stackpole Military History Series)
Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt "Panzer" Meyer (Stackpole Military History): The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt ... Meyer (Stackpole Military History Series)
by Kurt Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Biased but not without interest, 5 Mar. 2010
If you want to learn more about Panzermeyer you should read this book: "Meeting of Generals" by T. Foster. The lives of Kurt Meyer and Canadian general Foster narrated in parallel until they confronted each other on the battlefield in Normandy and after that in a military tribunal.

The W-SS officer Kurt Meyer was at the head of units that had no inclination for rounding up soviet POWs (not always ...) and that later executed Canadian soldiers in cold blood after a fair fight (if such fights exist), long after the combat and capture.

A brave soldier he was, daring, yes that too. This officer was nevertheless captured in september 1944 hiding in a pig pen, by Belgian civilians that were not even members of the resistance.

Just to put things right ...


Panzerwrecks 5: German Armour 1944-45
Panzerwrecks 5: German Armour 1944-45
by Lee Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unseen before, 3 Mar. 2010
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One has to admit, accept, that new pictures of WH armoured fighting vehicles have become scarce, almost exceptional. Pzwrecks has decided to resort to pictures taken by the victors. Late war photos were in all logic, becoming a rarity as defeats were followed by more defeats in a foundering IIIrd Reich.

As a consequence AFV late models were seldom photographed: SPWs wheeled or half-tracked, Tiger IIs or Panthers, Jagdpanzers, captured tanks, crash-program makeshifts, etc...

This series is refreshing, revealing into the light all kinds of panzers rarely photographed if ever.
The quality of the pictures is impeccable. A series well done.


Ruckmarsch Then and Now: The German Retreat from Normandy
Ruckmarsch Then and Now: The German Retreat from Normandy
by Jean-Paul Pallud
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !, 9 Feb. 2010
As with all the books Jean-Paul Pallud's come up with, this chunk of a book is just another masterpiece. After-the-Battle series has always managed to maintain very high professional standards with top-notch authors.
Remember everyone, J-P Pallud is the one who found the long-time declared missing in action famous Panzer ace Michael Witman's remains not so long ago. His matching research on the batllefields is simply .... unmatched. The pun came out unintentionally on my keypad.
No one can have an interest in the batlle of Normandy without having this masterpiece on his bookshelf. After all, the final part of this particular campaign is the least known and has rarely been covered by historians until this definitive work was put up by After-the-Battle.
Check out the battle of the Bulge by the same author and editing company. The quality of the work's the same. I haven't the words to recommend those books ....


Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now
Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now
by Jean-Paul Pallud
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £44.95

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 5 Dec. 2009
We all know the professionalism of the "After the Battle" edition series. Jean-Paul Pallud's reputation is well asserted too. Yes, the very man that found M. Wittman's remains in the 80s.
As of today the book is one of the best account on that famous battle. Though I would have preferred, title wise, Battle of the Ardennes over "the Bulge" which really doesn't ring a bell except in the mind of the geography- wanting Americans ... (no harm meant).
The quality of the photos are outstanding, the choice excellent, captions always accurate and factual. There are no shortcuts or cheatings, I mean no pictures taken on the eastern front have been inserted here and there just to beef up the photographic record.
The book's a must.


The M-1 Garand: Classic American Small Arms at War -  Volume Two: v. 2 (American Firepower)
The M-1 Garand: Classic American Small Arms at War - Volume Two: v. 2 (American Firepower)
by Tom Laemlein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WW II rifle, 5 Dec. 2009
Excellent book ! Great choice of photos, most being previously unseen. The quality of each set makes it all the more pleasant and interesting. Mind you, be advised this a is a photographic record of the rifle in service. Not a book on its origins,design, etc ....

Great book. The same goes with the one on the M 1 carbine.


MILITARY INTERVENTION CORPS OF THE SPANI: Organization-uniforms-insignia-documents
MILITARY INTERVENTION CORPS OF THE SPANI: Organization-uniforms-insignia-documents
by JESUS ESTEBAN
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall disappointing, 5 Dec. 2009
Disappointing, yes to say the least. Although pricy like all Schiffer Books, it is an empty nutshell. Out of all the books in my library on the subject this one is the poorest by and large. Great cover, eye-catching, mouth watering.
Expect no good surprises. Maybe the admin side of the division is all that you will get out of this book. Pay roll, pay rates, regulations, transport fares, metal seal stamps, pay roll adjustment notes, plenty of pictures of such breath-taking documents. You wont find any photos of combat troops, not even military parades or ceremonies, training, rest and recreation, etc .... Not even the uniforms department can save the book. It is altogether poor when not devoid of any interest. Same with decorations, insignias and the likes.
If you want a good book on the subject try to get your hands on the hard-to-find "Hitler's Spanish Legion" by G.R. Kleinfeld & L.A. Tambs.

I will get rid of this book as soon as I get the few infos of interest it may contain. Utterly disappointed I will get rid of the book on the first occasion.


German Special Forces of World War II (Elite)
German Special Forces of World War II (Elite)
by Gordon Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, 27 Nov. 2009
If you already know the Wehrmacht pretty well you won't learn much about its special forces by reading this book. The main disappointment is that it covers army, naval and Air forces as well as the waffen-ss; all that in less than 60 pages.

The Luftwaffe's Kampfgeschwader 200 deserves a book in its own right. Same story about the Brandenburg units. Even the Sonderverbands 287 & 288 should make a whole book in itself.
As usual, the famed SS Kommando Skorzeny takes the biggest chunk out of the "German Special Forces of WW II". Few people will learn anything new on the man and his overrated actions.

Moreover the colour plates are extremely disappointing to say the least. When they are not just plainly boring they are just botched ! Where are the outstanding illustrators like Kevin Lyles, Angus Mc Bride and the likes ???

The colour plates are full of errors, blunders, mistakes, whatever you call it. Examples ? Sure, here are a few:

Plate D 1 depicts Skorzeny in a tropical uniform of the Luftwaffe. That's ok so far, but wearing his knight's cross when it was awarded after the raid when Skorzeny no longer wore a uniform of the Luftwaffe (worn to blend in with the formation he was involved in for that specific operation)is erroneous. Not one photo can validate this plate.

Plate D 2 shows an ss-commando that participated in the raid to liberate Mussolini, armed with an FG 42 rifle. Wrong, this prized rifle was solely used by Luftwaffe paratroopers. Not one photo from this well-covered event shows any of Skorzeny's men armed with such weapons.

Plate E 1 is supposed to illustrate Skorzeny wearing a w-ss camouflaged parka. The camouflage presented here is a pure invention, never seen-before, nowhere near anything that existed in w-ss militaria.

Plate E 2 purports this nco participating in operation "Panzerfaust" belongs to Skorzeny's Jagdverbände when other much more serious and professional publications state that those troops were actually from 16th ss-"RFSS" panzer grenadier division

Plate G 3 declares the ss-nco has retained the cuff-title from his previous unit, regiment "Germania" of the "Das Reich" division; when in fact the former belonged to the "Wiking" division.

Some photos' quality are found wanting to say the least. Page 41, bottom the picture's blurred beyond recognition when it is pristine clear in other publications.

Page 22's photo caption states "glider from Skorzeny's team". Wrong again. Not one glider belonged or was attributed to Skorzeny since he and his men were forcibly inserted into Luftwaffe general Student's battle group. There were no ss glider pilots either. Moreover this particular glider wasn't the one that carried Skorzeny.

With a mouth-watering title it gets utterly disappointing as you read through the chapters. It won't find a place on my bookshelf that's for sure.
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It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944:
It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944:
by Robert Kershaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 3 Nov. 2009
A most interesting read from the viewpoint of the "other side", which is scarce. Well narrated and structured. Once you start it it's hard to let go, you'll read it in one go. If only one could write the same on the battle of Normandy... alas !
No clichés in this book, no mystique just a thorough easy to read battle account.


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