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Concise Guide to Military Timepieces
Concise Guide to Military Timepieces
by Z.M. Wesolowski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good, thorough overview, 29 May 2016
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A very thorough and well-written overview of a diverse field, and an eminently collectible one. No serious collector should be without a copy.


One of Our Aircraft Is Missing [DVD] (1942)
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing [DVD] (1942)
Dvd ~ Godfrey Tearle
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Price: £10.77

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic not to be missed, 29 May 2016
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A classic, filmed in wartime using a wartime crew, most of whom died within the year. A tribute to the enormous effort by Bomber Command over the entire duration of the war, to maintain the initiative in at least one theatre of operations. Many people do not realize this, but the bomber offensive cost about 57,000 casualties, the population of a medium town, and the chances of surviving a tour of operations unscathed was about 1 in 4. It is more fashionable to criticize the bombing of civilians, and to overlook Warsaw, Rotterdam, The Blitz and the ultimate terror weapons, the impossibly inaccurate V-weapons.
This short film brings into the equation the humanity, dedication, discipline and courage of those involved.


The Pocket Watch: Restoration, Maintenance and Repair
The Pocket Watch: Restoration, Maintenance and Repair
by Christopher S. Barrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

3.0 out of 5 stars A good basic introduction, 29 May 2016
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Very good illustrations, but could be more thorough and extensive. Very repetitive in places, and some of the quoted internet sites are not what the book suggests.
A sound guide for those wishing to take up the hobby, a little disappointing to the more experienced horologists.


The Domestic Cat 2ed: The Biology of its Behaviour
The Domestic Cat 2ed: The Biology of its Behaviour
by Dennis C. Turner
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A very good insight into our furry friends, 29 May 2016
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A good insight into the behaviour of perhaps our most fascinating household companion. Not an easy read, requires genuine scientific curiosity.


The deathworld trilogy: Three novels
The deathworld trilogy: Three novels
by Harry Harrison
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, a great read., 29 Sept. 2015
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A sci-fi classic, written at a time when many of the things we take for granted today were not even dreamt about. Even so, it is a most entertaining read, with plots that are not as outrageous as some, in fact quite plausible when we see today how easily "civilized" people fall into savagery motivated by zealotry and superstition. I am recommending this to my children as an introduction to credible sci-fi.


Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919-21 (Men-at-Arms)
Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919-21 (Men-at-Arms)
by Nigel Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A good concise reference, 6 Jan. 2015
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As expected from Osprey, this is a quite informative booklet on a little-known campaign, fought in a very confused political environment. One must congratulate the authors for their courage! Numerous period photographs, and some quality artwork.
Recommended to any interested in the period.


Manual of Photography
Manual of Photography
by Allan Horder
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable classical reference text, 4 Jan. 2015
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A valuable classic manual with a very thorough review of all the key technical processes. Still recommended even if 40 years old. Although no longer a Ilford edition and thus free from commercial restraints, it does not include data for filters or formulae for chemicals from other manufacturers, in this respect it is no better than the last Ilford edition. The chapters on the camera and lenses (mainly Leitz designs) have been expanded and brought up to date. The chapter on sensitometry is very good as is the chapter on colour photography, of great technical and historical interest.


Angels One Five [DVD] [1952]
Angels One Five [DVD] [1952]
Dvd ~ Jack Hawkins

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good flying scenes with Hurricanes, 17 Dec. 2014
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Somewhat standard view of a fighter squadron's activities, very much in the mould of the times. Some excellent flying scenes with Hurricanes (borrowed from the Portuguese air force but not returned...).


Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 17 Dec. 2014
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Very well written account of a less well known episode. Focuses on many different tactical, technical and human aspects, and casts a glance over the complex intelligence-gathering reality in the Iberian peninsula.


Fighter Heros of WWI
Fighter Heros of WWI
by Joshua Levine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Dec. 2014
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This is a very interesting book, full of anecdotes and factual detail. A must for any aviation buff.


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