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GIZZY® Adults Mohican Punk Novelty Wig in Blue and White.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dont trust the photo, 23 May 2014
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Crap. Plume is 12cm and there are huge sewn seams down each side. I know its only a fiver but looks nothing like the photo


Henry Maudslay Dam Buster
Henry Maudslay Dam Buster
by Robert Owen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.89

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, overall story..., 5 May 2014
I got a copy of this book as I am a big fan of the Dambusters story but was left feeling unimpressed.
Henry Maudslays life and early career was well documented and well written, which was refreshing as despite being a senior member of 617 Squadron relatively little has been written about him. However, considering the book is entitled 'Henry Maudslay _ Dambuster', and so as he was a participant in arguably the RAFs most famous operation the latter part of the book dealing with this was disappointing.
Overall the content relating to 617 Squadron was not large and aside from some personal tales not particularly new or revealing. There were numerous small but significant errors, which the author has brought over from his previous book, clearly without further research. In places the writer also seems confused, stating details in one place, then changing them later on, before reverting back once more. Photographic content on Henry's RAF life was minimal and those relating to 617 Squadron all previously published before.
Despite help from the family there are no examples of letters or personal effects shown, only quoted from, and I feel this would have greatly improved the photographic content, which from an RAF viewpoint was lacklustre.
Overall, a good read about a good bomber pilot, but if you are a Dambusters fan and are hoping for good content on this subject you will be disappointed, both from a photographic and content point of view.
Surprising when the author had access to family and Squadron archives, and is the official Squadron historian too.
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Dam Busters Failed to Return
Dam Busters Failed to Return
by Robert Owen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.95

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 'Authorised account', 8 Aug. 2013
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I had high hopes for this product, being interested in the subject deeply for many years, but was sorely disappointed. The authors include the official squadron historian, a respected Bomber Command historian and others, but the content of the book is rather sparse, picking odd figures out of the 133 men involved to concentrate on. Aside from recent ones, the photographic content has in the main all been seen before and aside from a few odd facts here and there were no great passages of new information. Overall rather disappointing and if you have half a dozen other books you'll have most of what's here already.


Bombing For Victory (Units)
Bombing For Victory (Units)
by Sam Olsen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £49.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plagiarism at its worst, 4 July 2012
I received this book a few days ago, and was not surprised to see it contained familiar photographs and items of text, after all, it is very hard to find nee material on such a famous Royal Air Force squadron. However, the more I studied the pages the more and more familiar the pages became. I was quite stunned to see photograph after photograph lifted directly from other works on the subject, complete with graphics from the original authors, and even passages of text and photographic captions reproduced word for word from other books written in recent years.

The book ends with very general notes on the types of aircraft, bases etc, and repetitive colour plates (after all, do you really need seven or eight of the exact same type of aircraft but for a single code letter?). Whilst a good overview of 617 Squadron at best, it is poor, and considering the cover price of £45.00 or so (depending on seller) a hefty cost at what is almost entirely material copied from elsewhere.

I would end by saying that if you have any of the leading books about 617 Squadron published over the last few years, you will already have just about all of the illustrations, and large parts of the text, literally verbatim. This book is little more than a rehash of others throughout.


Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson
Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson
by John Fareham
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic and Inaccurate in Parts, 24 April 2012
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Although this is a concise and compact book, reviewing Guy Gibson's flying rather than personal career, there is little evidence that any real research was done during its preparation. There are huge errors in places, giving the impression the writer is not fully understanding what he is writing, and that large parts have come not from researching from source, but researching other published works, and where they contain errors these are replicated.

A good overall look at the man, but not worth buying if you want anything other than a good overview of the subject


The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History (General Military)
The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History (General Military)
by Gavin Mortimer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 28 Dec. 2011
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I first saw this book in WH Smith and was immediately struck by the large amount of previously unpublished photographs and accounts - something very uneasy to do on such a vastly covered subject. This follows on the heels of Mortimer's 'Stirlings Men', another superb and refreshing book.

I was additionally pleased to see the numerous references to an uncle of mine - an original L Detachment member!

Well worth the money, and highly recommended!


The Dam Busters: In the Words of the Bomber Crews
The Dam Busters: In the Words of the Bomber Crews
by W. B. Bartlett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the Words of the Crews?, 28 Dec. 2011
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Being well versed in the subject of RAF Bomber Command, and especially the famous Dams Raid, I had been looking forward to reading this title for some time, anticipating that it might be a collection of recollections from the men themselves, as indicated by the sub title. However, it is clear from the outset that almost the entire text has come from other published works, with little, or more likely no original research done whatsoever. This is evident throughout, where material is related in the third party as if the people concerned had been interviewed by the author, when in fact whole segments have simply been re-written from several other works.

This is particularly evident when the many errors that are to be found in works such as Brickhill's 'The Dambusters' are reproduced in this new work. On occasion, simple research would show the previously published 'facts' to be anything but.

If you have even a small selection of books about the raid, or are looking for accurate content, then buying this one is a total waste of money, as you will find nothing new at all, even where the photographs are concerned. I cant say it is poorly written, as much is simply re-written from other books. It is worth having if you like a 'good war story' without too much fact, or if you have no other books on the subject on your shelf, but generally speaking, keep your money in your pocket!
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