White Water

B1192

The marketing notes describe this book as “visual survey of the sport” (of white water rafting). In fact it is so much more. There are 175 full colour photographs, but there is also strong and informative text. It is also more accurately a comprehensive review of river running by kayak, canoe, and raft on some of the best white water rivers around the world. The photographs are outstanding and illustrate some of the most beautiful and natural locations left on the planet, covering these better visually than some travel books. This book is really great value and should appeal to a very wide audience. It is first and foremost a very professional introduction and guide to all those who may be interested in taking up the exciting sport of white water navigation. The techniques and technologies are very well covered.

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Where The Whaups Are Crying

B1098

This book is an enjoyable anthology of Dumfries and Galloway, edited by Innes MacLeod. This border land is the ancient gateway between Scotland and England, much fought over down the centuries, the home of Burns and of Robert de Bruce. A long coastline bordering the Solway Firth faces England, the Isle of Man, and Ireland. A shoaling coast which can be treacherous. Notched into its Western tip is Cairn Ryan where many of Britain’s famous ships have been broken up for scrap. Innes MacLeod has chosen the extracts well to convey the rich flavour and history of this area of Scotland.

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West Wall

B1432

Following the 1914-18 War, France and Germany decided to build fixed fortifications along their common border. Both lines of fortifications required considerable investment but neither provided a complete line of defence because they were not taken all the way to the coast, leaving Belgium and the Netherlands as a bypass route around the end of the fortifications. In 1940, the German Army sped for Paris, taking the route through Belgium and avoiding the well-engineered French Maginot line. Having taken the West Coast of Europe from the Spanish border to the Norwegian North Cape, Hitler decided to build a line of fortifications along the coastline, providing heavy defences from Normandy to the Belgian border. The Siegfried Line became redundant because the Germans expected to hurl any Allied attack on the coast back into the sea. By superior resources and innovative preparations, the Allies managed to establish a beach head in Normandy in 1944 and then begin the breakout towards Germany and final victory. The Siegfried Line suddenly became important to the defence of Germany. There are stories that initially not all the keys could be found to open the doors to the fortifications, such had been the planning and operational neglect.

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Wartime Disasters At Sea

B0164

This is an interesting collection of disaster stories. Each of the vessels is presented with BandW photograph and vital statistics, followed by the story. This will become a source work and ready reference for its subject which should appeal to historians and enthusiasts. Also a useful collection of case studies for risk managers.

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Warship Building On The Clyde

B0153

The author focuses on a fascinating period of British naval history between 1889 – 1939. This well researched account actually begins prior to 1889 covering the building of the RN’s second ironclad HMS Black Prince which nearly bankrupted her builder Robert Napier. One of the interesting themes of this book shows the gradual increase in the awarding of warship contracts to private yards as opposed to the Royal Dockyards. Peebles also discusses how profitable these contracts really were for the builders.

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