The Atlas of Special Operations of World War Two

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Essential reading for anyone interested in Special Operations. The book is very nicely produced with colour through the body of the book. There are maps as the title suggests, but there are also well-chosen photographs to support each operation’s section. The scope includes a wide range of special operations, and not just commando style raiding. The book feels really comprehensive but the author makes no claims to having covered every operation, rather he has selected a range of example operations.

The author has comprehensively covered the global nature of special operations in WWII and the 
book deserves great success in providing global scope of special operations.

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Gordon Welchman, Bletchley Park’s Architect of Ultra Intelligence

 

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There are two stories. The first story, and the most covered, is directly about the immense contribution 
Bletchley made to the achievement of victory and to the significant shortening of WWII. That story 
in its own right is both completely absorbing and vital to understanding key parts of WWII. The 
second story is perhaps even more essential reading. Welchman was heavily involved in the 
development of technology that made the digital age possible. Bletchley Park is the true home of 
the electronic digital information processor. Without that work, there might be no Internet and we 
could still be living in an analogue world where almost everything we take for granted today would 
not exist.

This book should be essential reading in schools and be read widely. It provides insights that 
should show how further advances can be made and how security can be developed to protect 
the users of electronic information. Currently few understand the threats that come with the 
enormous benefits and because of that, developers and politicians continue to fail miserably in 
providing the benefits at an acceptable level of risk. 

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The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force, 1942-1945

 

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The author has carried out detailed research to tell the largely unknown story of the Desert Air 
Force, DAF. There is a well-selected photo plate section and maps in the text body, to reinforce 
and support an absorbing text. This is an excellent account of air operations and tactics of the air 
battles in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Italy. There are also first hand accounts by the 
veteran airmen who served in the DAF.
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Invasion ’44, The Full Story of D-Day

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The author has provided a fine account of one of the greatest events in military history. He has 
carefully researched and graphically told an incredible story, producing what is the clearest and 
most comprehensive account on the dramatic landings.
The author has managed to capture the challenges and the solutions that made a successful 
landing possible. There are essential maps and a photo plate section to reinforce the text. With 
all of the books that have been written about the D-Day landings, this provides essential reading 
in covering the preparations and the landings. It reads very well and leads the reader through 
the stages in a logical manner.
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Bomber Harris, Sir Arthur Harris’ Despatch on War Operations, 1942-1945

 

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The author was the commander tasked with creating a strategic bombing campaign against 
Germany in conjunction with the USAAF's 8th Air Force. By tasking the USAAF with 
daylight bombing and using the RAF bomber fleet at night, the Allies were able to maintain 
24 x 7 bombing of German targets, giving production facilities and defence units no respite, 
save for when weather conditions prevented the bombers from operating. Never before had 
any country been able to staged this level of intensive aerial bombardment as a strategic 
campaign. It became controversial because Hitler's propaganda minister was able to create 
the fiction that bombing, particularly of Desden, was a war crime, when in reality Desden 
was a major communications centre vital to the German defence against the Russian advance, 
therefore a legitimate target.

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The Bofors Gun

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The author has provided a comprehensive study of the 40mm Bofors and its applications. As a
 reliable and relatively low cost weapon, it will probably continue in use for years to come. 
The excellent selection of photographs, including full colour, very effectively enhances the text 
and the ammunition has also been covered. The latter is important in a weapon of this type 
because it provides optimized shells for specific targets, including shells designed to penetrate 
modern armour. The importance of specialist ammunition is often overlooked and the 
continuing development has maintained the currency of the Bofors.

 

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Spying for the Fuhrer, Hitler’s Espionage Machine

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The author has provided a rounded review of German intelligence under the Nazis. There has 
been a lack of books reviewing the German intelligence operations in a comprehensive study 
and this book is all the more welcome for that.
This larger format book contains many very good photographs through 
the body of the book. It is a fascinating read and covers the German intelligence agencies, 
their relationships and their performance.
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Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front, 1941-1942

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This is a graphic reassessment of the greatest tank war in history. The 
research is impressive and the resulting book authoritative. There are maps and tables, 
together with an excellent photo plate section. Everything to commend this book to any 
reader with an interest in WWII

 

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The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill 1940

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 The author was partly motivated to write this history because his father 
took part in the fighting, which is as good a reason as any. The result of his labours is 
well worth reading and includes some interesting images and informative maps. For some 
reason, Norway has received remarkably little coverage in the mountain of books examining
WWII from every conceivable angle. This is strange because the German invasion  of 
Norway had significant direct and indirect impacts on the outcome of WWII.
The author has examined the Norwegian campaign and the rise of Churchill, providing 
insight and balance. The text is readable and ably supported by illustrations, including 
well-chosen photo plates. The book will satisfy both those interested in WWII as a military 
conflict, but also provides social and political coverage that will appeal to a much wider 
readership. A very worthwhile and commended book.
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Two Fronts, One War, Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts of Major Events in the European and Pacific Theaters of Operations on Land, Sea and Air in WWII

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The author has attempted to provide a balanced view of the many different 
aspects of war that were uniquely combined in WWII, and to tell the human story through the 
recollections of eyewitnesses. Given the relatively small size of the book and the very large 
scope provided by WWII, he has succeeded very well. It is a fascinating story that is told 
well and supported by a good photo plate section.


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