The Glassfibre Handbook


Special Interest Model Books produces some excellent handbooks that are aimed specifically at model engineering but contain a wealth of information that can be applied to a wide range of applications beyond model making and engineering. This book is a classic example. The author has provided a practical guide to the use of glass reinforced plastic with examples of repairs to full size automobiles and in home repairs in addition to the use of this very versatile material in model making. The handbook sets out in logical order the materials, tools and techniques that will provide practical solutions that will perform reliably. This includes the use of the materials in moulding and in repairs where a mould cannot be employed such as in repairs to automobile bodywork. The main body of the text is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings

The German Navy In WWII


This book provides an excellent overview of the activities of the German fleet during WWII. Jackson’s account looks at each class of German warship in detail and describes how these ships were deployed and the major events of their career. The highly readable text is supported by a superb selection of illustrations including 40 colour artworks, many B/W photos and a few colour photographs

The Forth at War


This book has a high photographic content, using good black and white images shot mainly during World War I and World War II. The text is concise and the subject well divided into logical divisions. Each image carries a clear and descriptive caption. The subject is one that has not received adequate coverage even though it forms an important part of the history of Scotland. The Firth of Forth leads inland from the North Sea and was once described as a dagger pointing at the heart of Scotland. Certainly this wide waterway leads past the present capital of Edinburgh to the old center of Stirling. For any invader it provided a logical entry point to the administrative heart of Scotland. The author has set himself the task of describing the Firth of Forth during two World Wars, but he begins with a brief outline of the history from Roman times when Cramond was a supply port serving the Roman garrisons manning the Antonine Wall

The Flower Class Corvette Agassiz


The subject is an example of the new class of convoy escort that were designed to be built in small yards with minimum use of strategic material. These vessels played a key part in reversing early U-Boat successes but serving aboard them was a hard life. Their origins in the design of whale catchers becomes apparent and perhaps appropriate that they were built to kill the artificial whales of the U-Boat service. A volume in the series of Conway Anatomy of the Ship books. Primarily aimed at model engineers and serious students of ships and ship design. Its strength is in the fine quality of the illustrations which are excellent and include a scale fold-out plan inside the dust jacket

The Floating Prison


A book that is informative and enjoyable. Louis Garneray is one of the best known French marine artists, born in 1783 and died 1857. This book is an autobiography, first published in France in 1851, and now translated by Richard Rose in this new edition. The translator has written an extensive foreword and a translator’s note to place in perspective the very descriptive autobiography. Of all of the thousands of books written about the Napoleonic War period and the naval life of the time, both in fiction and in non-fiction, by writers great and more modest, very little has been written about the prisons used for those taken in battle, the main concentration of interest being on the senior commanders, the battles, and the ship technology. This is a great pity and any reprint of an autobiographical account by a prisoner of war is very welcome. Garneray served onboard French privateers in the Indian Ocean. Auxiliary warships of this type formed an important part of naval strength in all navies of the time. They varied from well-equipped modern commerce raiders, crewed by professional naval officers operating independently, through to pirates who obtained Letters of Marque to legitimise their marine thefts. Louis was the son of an artist but began his adult painting during his imprisonment after his capture in 1806. His confinement in British hulks was typical of the experience of most prisoners of war at that time

The Fife Book


Donald Omand has edited a collection of papers that collectively provide a detailed portrait of The Kingdom of Fife at the heart of Scotland. This rich and fertile coastal plain reaches almost to the Ochil Hills, bounded to the North by the Firth of Tay and to the South by the Firth of Forth. Each paper, written by an acknowledged specialist in the subject, presents a key part of the Fife story, beginning with rocks and landscapes. From Neolithic times, this has been a populated area

The Fate of Admiral Kolchak


Kolchak was a fascinating character and this is a very interesting account of him, well researched and including interviews with Kolchak’s son and British officials who dealt with him. First published in 1963, Flemming’s tale includes some black and white photographs that well illustrate Russia in the period of the Revolution. Kolchak was a polar explorer and an outstanding naval officer who was given command of the Tsar’s black Sea Fleet in 1916 at the age of 43. In 1917 Kolchak resigned his commission and offered his services to the British when the Bolsheviks withdrew support for the Allies against Germany. By 1918, Kolchk had been confirmed as Leader of the White Russians after a coup in Omsk. This a period of modern history that has received little coverage outside Russia and the White Russians have receive only unfavourable coverage within Russia