The Peninsular Collection, 95th Rifles, 1800 to Corunna

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The first German forces serving in America began to adopt rifles and to exchange the Red and white uniforms, typical in the British Army. This made them more effective against the irregular American revolutionary soldiers. The standard musket used through the British Army and aboard ship was a relatively short-range weapon. The lose-fitting lead ball fired by the musket bounced down the barrel and spat out of the muzzle in a random manner. That was not a significant problem when armies formed lines or squares and fired over distances of less than 100 metres at similar formations that presented large targets. This was not greatly different from hitting a barn when inside with the doors closed.

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German Army In Normandy, 1st Leibstandarte, Adolf Hitler SS Panzer Division

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This DVD should be watched alongside the DVD from BHTV covering the Medieval Crecy campaign where there are important similarities between the battles of 1944 and 1346, as there are also between the latter stages of the Crecy campaign with the campaigns of Marlborough and Wellington and the actions in the Low Countries during WWI and WWII. The BHTV approach to military history highlights the similarities down the ages, introduced by terrain. The importance of logisitics is also remarkably similar. From Crecy to Waterloo, it was shipping and landing, fodder for the horses, food, ammunition and equipment. In 1944, main change was that petrol and diesel replaced hay in feeding the mechanised motive forces.

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100 Years War, Crecy 1346

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The resulting DVD is very watchable, the re-enactment and specially commissioned maps providing a vivid picture of life in the 14th Century. The presenters add the authenticity of people with military experience who are also closely engaged in the research and scripting that make this a memorable historical military documentary

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Betrayal

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The eagerly awaited paperback edition of the most recent Stockwin story both provides a lower cost edition and reminds readers that the next story, to be published first in hard back, is only months away.

This latest story in the series, following the fortunes of the Kydd and Renzi characters, is also available as an eBook. The author has already broken the mould for fictional stories set in the Nelsonian era by striking out into the rush for Empire era that was to become the strong feature of the Victorian age. An amazing story for such a small group of islands off the coast of Europe and their modest population.

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Panzer Commander, The Memoirs of Hans von Luck

B1832

The quality of writing is excellent. It is vivid and engaging. It paints the finest of verbal pictures and it does so without demonstration of ego. Only pride in service, according to the rites of a military cast that has existed in Central Europe for a thousand years, guarding the East Gate to the benefit of Western Europe.

This is one of few the books that MUST be part of any library that covers any of the aspects covered by the author. It is a book that must be read by Germans and by Europeans because it is one of the building blocks of knowledge that creates the palace of history. That the strong motivation was to honour a young wife’s wish that their children should understand their father and his part in an epic conflict between nations, and to understand their heritage, is, in itself, commendable. That the completed work is shared with any who have the wit to pick up the book and read it is an inestimable bonus.

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Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot

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This is an engaging book and a rare personal view of flying one of the most iconic aircraft of WWII. There are also many interesting differences between Mahlke’s perceptions and those expressed by Rudel in his 1950s Stuka Pilot book. That may in part be a result of the different backgrounds of the two pilots. Mahlke was very much the professional pilot, taking part in WWII from the beginning. Rudel had very strong NSDP affiliations, was initially considered a poor pilot, being left behind when his squadron deployed to the Balkans and Crete, but eventually becoming a highly proficient Stuka pilot who ended up flying with an artificial leg made by one of his squadron engineers. Rudel became a favourite of Hitler and received a decoration specifically created to be awarded to him. After 1945, Rudel was named on several watch lists that recorded the movement of individuals considered to be unreformed Nazis. Against that background for Rudel, Mahlke began his career as a naval pilot intended to serve on the carrier Graf Zeppelin. When it was decided not to complete the carrier, or intended sister ships, the air group was disbanded and the pilots transferred to the Luftwaffe. The carriers were expected to be equipped with Stukas and Me 109s, incorporating some naval modifications. That meant that Muhlke was transferred to a Luftwaffe squadron flying standard Stuka dive bombers. Having been shot down and badly burned on the Eastern Front, Muhlke ended up in staff positions during the latter stages of the war.

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Luftwaffe Combat Reports

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This is a book that every reader with an interest in aviation, and or World War Two will need to read. It is a collection of personnel accounts, assembled at the end of the war when memories were fresh and the collectors were skilled military interrogators. The result is a book that captures the essence of the air war from a German perspective. It is unfortunate that a similar collection of information was not compiled for the victors. Following the tradition of war, the history is written by the victors, who are keen to conceal some of the weaknesses and errors of their own military formations.

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Secret Flotillas, Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North African & the Adriatic, 1940-1944, Volume 2

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This book was written on information specially made available from restricted archives, being one of a series of studies by carefully selected historians. As a result, it contains information that had not been made public before and still provides the most complete analysis and accounts of naval activities during WWII. This book is Volume 2 by the late Brooks Richards and covers clandestine sea operations in the Mediterranean Theatre from 1940-1944. Although the book is a very valuable information source for the most serious of readers, it is not a dry account. It provides excitement and intrigue in a very readable style that concludes with all of the tables that should be included into a source work. There is illustration, confined to a B&W plate section and a few maps in the body of the book, but the illustration fully supports the unique content.

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RAF Typhoon, 1994 onwards (all marks), Owners’ Workshop Manual

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This is the finest review of the Typhoon II yet to be published. It contains outstanding photographs in full colour in a heavily illustrated work. It provides an insight into owning, flying and maintaining what the manufacturers claim is the world’s most advance multi-role fast jet.

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Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, Space Fleet Operations Manual

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Into the grey world of National Socialist Britain came a colourful weekly comic paper, The Eagle, the first issue published on 14th April 1950. Every Wednesday a generation of children eagerly opened the latest edition of this comic weekly. Brainchild of parish vicar Marcus Morris, this new publication was ground breaking. Roughly half of the pages were printed in full colour at a time when most publications aimed at any audience were almost entirely printed in a single colour.

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