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The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942 - 1945
The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942 - 1945
by Bryn Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue, 31 Mar. 2015
A long overdue account of the force that wrote the handbook on air support. Evans takes the Army/RAF doctrine from its first uncertain beginnings in the Western Desert through to the final months of the North African campaign by which time the Desert Air Force was established firmly as a trusted partner of Eighth Army. The co-operation continued, as did the name Desert Air Force (even though the official title was First Tactical Air Force), through the Sicilian and Italian campaigns and the work of DAF became the template on which the USAAF based its air support work in Italy. In an engagingly-written style the author takes us through to the culmination of DAF's work in the final operation in Italy, the destruction of the Axis Army Group C by the Allied 15th Army Group. Air power was a major element in that victory with DAF and the US XXII Air Command operating so closely with the ground forces that they might have been described as long-range artillery.
The inclusion of a number of personal accounts makes this a more human book than if it had been restricted to written sources. If there is one mild criticism it is that the author overeggs his argument on the importance of air power. DAF and XXII Air Command were part of an all-arms fighting machine, but not the single most important part of it. Even with this slight caveat I recommend this book to anyone interested in the war in North Africa and Italy or in the use of air power generally.


50 The Golden Jubilee Album
50 The Golden Jubilee Album

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I expected, 25 Nov. 2014
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As good as I expected. The sound is still that beautiful essence distilled by the Seekers half a century ago. Judith's voice is best of the age.


The Auxiliaries - Tudor's Toughs, A study of the Auxiliary Division Royal Irish Constabulary 1920-1922
The Auxiliaries - Tudor's Toughs, A study of the Auxiliary Division Royal Irish Constabulary 1920-1922
Price: £11.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good research let down, 15 Mar. 2014
There is no doubt that the author's research for this book was thorough. The great pity is that the production standards of the book are let down by the obvious lack of editing and proof-reading. Cruel as it may seem, it has to be said that this author cannot write good, coherent prose. We see careless constructions such as 'A married member [sic] could not serve in the county he was born in nor could he serve in the county from which his wife came from.' Surely, even the author reading this over again should have spotted the absence of essential punctuation, and the redundant 'from' at the end of the sentence? Elsewhere we are told of one man that 'he had saw'. Oh dear! Other problems with the book include the author's apparent lack of knowledge of the precedence of post-nominal letters e.g. Captain E. S. Garrod DSO MC DCM is listed as Garrod MC DSO DCM and Captain E. Conway DCM MM as Conway MM DCM. With the author's very eccentric use of grammar and syntax, this is a very difficult book to read. In fact, I all but gave up on it and have resorted to referring to sections of the book rather than attempting to read it from start to finish. Why, oh why, wasn't an editor let loose on this work? It would have been so much better and worthy of the standard of presentation that the publication enjoys. I haven't mentioned the author's lack of objectivity. That pales into insignificance compared to the book's other problems.
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Primavera 1945 sul fronte italiano. Atlante dei 25 giorni dall'appennino al fiume Po. Ediz. italiana e inglese
Primavera 1945 sul fronte italiano. Atlante dei 25 giorni dall'appennino al fiume Po. Ediz. italiana e inglese
by Marco Belogi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.03

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book, 9 Jan. 2014
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This is an outstanding book and is excellent value for money. It covers the action of the final offensive in Italy from 9 April 1945 on a day-by-day basis with clear maps and crisp text. Written in both English and Italian I have found it a first-class reference work.


The Battle of Sicily: How the Allies Lost Their Chance for Total Victory (Stackpole Military History)
The Battle of Sicily: How the Allies Lost Their Chance for Total Victory (Stackpole Military History)
by Samuel W. Mitcham
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange history, 26 Nov. 2013
This book contains an account of the battle for Centuripe that bears no resemblance at all to what happened. The authors would have us believe that the Germans abandoned Centuripe of their own volition. In fact they were kicked out by 38 (Irish) Brigade led by 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who assaulted straight up the terraced slope in front of the town, taking the defenders completely by surprise. Sorry, authors, but the Irish Brigade was in Centuripe the day before you credit them with doing so and there were plenty of Germans there! If such an error as this can occur in one account, how seriously can one take this book?


The Daring Dozen: 12 Special Forces Legends of World War II
The Daring Dozen: 12 Special Forces Legends of World War II
by Gavin Mortimer
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor offering, 4 Aug. 2013
Right from the start this book lets you know what to expect: poor research and journalistic writing. The simplest of checks would have told Gavin Mortimer that Mark Clark was not the commander of V Corps in April 1945. And it gets worse. Bill Slim was not a Field Marshal when he commanded Fourteenth Army. The author's version of the Termoli battle is more like fiction than reality. Glad I got this at a huge discount, otherwise I might be trying to get my cash back. Not to be recommended at all.
I awarded this one star because the system doesn't allow me to give it zilch but that's what it really deserves.


The Fighting Irish: The Story of the Extraordinary Irish Soldier
The Fighting Irish: The Story of the Extraordinary Irish Soldier
by Timothy Newark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Taster, 4 Aug. 2013
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Well written as you'd expect from an author like Tim Newark. I was disappointed in the Second World War coverage. This has been done much better elsewhere. The story of the Irish Brigade lacks depth and the definitive history of the brigade, Clear The Way! by Richard Doherty, isn't even included in the bibliography. Tim also seems to think that the current Royal Irish Regiment is a revival of the old 18th Royal Irish Regiment that was disbanded in 1922. This isn't so. However, I have to say that this is a useful taster for anyone who hasn't a great knowledge of the Irish soldier but wants to start finding out.

Clear the Way!: History of the 38th (Irish) Brigade, 1941-47 (Irish Brigade, 1941-1947)


Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Offered by Side Two
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Liam Neeson is no Richard Burton, 26 Dec. 2012
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I was very disappointed in this product and regret buying it. Liam Neeson's voice cannot be compared with the richness of Burton's in the original and I've since bought a CD version of that. The Neeson version will either be sold or consigned to the outer reaches of dust-gathering oblivion.


Johnny: The Legend and Tragedy of General Sir Ian Hamilton
Johnny: The Legend and Tragedy of General Sir Ian Hamilton
by John Philip Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography, 5 Dec. 2012
This is a superb biography, well written and well illustrated, about a general who deserves to be remembered. It is not, incidentally, written by an American. Although the author lives, and has worked, in the US he is British and was educated in the UK - as the dustjacket informs us!
The author also provides an interesting insight into the British Army of the late nineteenth century and the small wars of empire. But he makes it clear that Hamilton was a thoughtful and intelligent soldier whose misfortune it was to be placed in command of an under-resourced and poorly planned expedition. Even had it succeeded the Gallipoli campaign was unlikely to have had any great strategic results as Germany would still have had to be beaten on the Western Front, the theatre that really mattered. Both Kitchener and Hamilton realised this.
A book well worth buying.
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Come Back To Portofino: Through Italy with the 6th South African Armoured Division
Come Back To Portofino: Through Italy with the 6th South African Armoured Division
by James Bourhill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fills a gap., 3 Feb. 2012
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This book fills a gap in the historiography of the Second World War. As the story of 6th South African Armoured Division it will be welcome to many who are interested in the Italian campaign telling, as it does, the story of the formation through the eyes of a number of its personnel and official records. However, the book could have done with an editor as many errors of grammar, spelling and syntax have been allowed to slip through.


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