Great War Tank, Mark IV, Owners’Workshop Manual

B1826

This addition to the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual series follows the well-tested and popular format of concise text and lavish illustration, with some outstanding technical drawings and sketches, blended with an excellent selection of photographs, some from history and others shot in full colour of display and working examples of the subject to illustrate restoration and maintenance. First British tank marks the start of a century where the tank has been king of the battlefield and is still a potent element in warfare and in controlling civil disturbance.

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Command Decisions, Lansdorff and the Battle of the River Plate

B1825

The author has provided a fascinating insight into the command decisions made by Landsdorff and the fatal result for him and for his command. The author has benefited from the broad spread of topics on which he has previously written. This includes some insightful titles covering from the Medieval period to modern times. These books have been released by a number of publishers. Many naval historians not only concentrate on naval warfare, but on one brief period of naval history. The author’s breadth of experience has combined with thorough research and been supported by a selection of well-chosen images in a black and white plate section. The story starts with WWI commerce raiding to set out the perspective that influenced decisions on both sides. The Graf Spee is described and both shortcomings and advantages are identified. The Montevideo period is covered, and there is a description of the status of the vessel from the German damage review. This is a moving story of success and failure, of good decisions and poor decisions. A very valuable addition to our pool of knowledge of an important naval action.

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COMMAND DECISIONS – LANGSDORFF AND THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE

Langsdorf

The Battle of the River Plate is one of the best remembered naval
engagements of the Second World War, with pictures of the
burning wreck and memories of its tragic commander’s suicide
seared into the public consciousness. The first major naval battle
of the Second World War, it was fought on 13 December 1939
between two apparently disparate forces: on the German side
Admiral Graf Spee, one of the much vaunted ‘pocket
battleships’; on the British side, three smaller and seemingly
much less powerful cruisers, Exeter, Ajax and Achilles.

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Northrop Flying Wings

B1824

This book tells the story of the flying wing and Jack Northrup. There have been many myths about all-wing aircraft and some confusion. The author has done a good job in providing a clear narrative, supported by some excellent photographs and drawings. There were all-wing aircraft flying before Northrop began what some considered a flying wing obsession, but he was dogged and determined, providing the basis on which the B-2 Spirit was eventually to be designed and built by Northrop Grumman.

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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, History From Primary Sources

B1823

Given the origins of available material, this new book very wisely produces a variant of the Anglo Saxon chronicle that is an amalgam of the available fragments, sensitively edited by Bob Carruthers and introduced by him in an attempt to provide an even perspective. The resulting text has then been illustrated with a selection of images that enliven and add to the text. The composite of this effort is a remarkably readable and absorbing story. The time line runs from 60 BC to the death of King Steven in 1154 AD, therefore covering a much greater period than the commonly accepted Anglo Saxon period. In the same way that a king’s family tree might take great liberties with the reality, the Chronicle seeks to ground itself and, by association, imply that it is part of the true history from ancient times.

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