Part of the Images of War Series, this book is also a photographic essay. The photographs are rare and outstanding. Text is confined to captions, extended captions and notes, more than adequate to support the photographs.
The author has provided an absorbing account of Amundsen’s expeditions and use of aviation. Single colour photographs and drawings are included through the book adding to the text. The book will appeal to aviation enthusiasts and to those interested in polar exploration, but it should also appeal to a wider readership, giving an insight into society and science before 1939 and providing a gripping tale of courage and endurance in some of the least hospital areas of the World.
The author has not uncovered any new and shattering fact or insight, but has provided a realistic account of what happened and of the cost to the U-Boat service. If the reader intends to only purchase one book covering the submarine war 1939-1945, this is the book to buy.
This is an adventure book as much as a naval history. It involves the reader and provides information as it entertains. The photographic illustration is interesting and includes his T Class and A Class commands, together with illustration from his time as Commodore SNOWI. This is a book not to be missed.
The author has produced an excellent book on the subject of naval firepower that is unlikely to be bettered. The photographs and drawings provide a rare view of the elements that together made the firepower of the battleship devastating. This is an essential reference and review for every student of naval history, but it is also an excellent introduction to those who are not yet naval enthusiasts.