Book Review – Naval Battles of the First World War


This is an essential history of naval warfare during World War One. It is strongly recommended, providing balanced, insightful accounts and judgements. The illustration is of the highest quality.

In August 1914, the Royal Navy faced its first major naval war for one hundred years. It was the prove a major challenge after a century of relative peace, and unchallenged supremacy had taken the edge off the RN skills, requiring urgent efforts to correct the situation.

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Book Review – Major & Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient and Paschendale


This is the seventh edition of a most popular battlefield guide. No one should visiting these battlefields without studying this guide first and then carrying it during the visit. Tucked into the book is an excellent folded map, accurate to 50 metres, in four colours with a modern road map.

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Book Review – Despatches from the Front, Gallipoli and the Dardanelles, 1915-1916


This book, in the Despatches from the Front series, is primary source material, valued by schollars and enthusiasts alike. It also provides a number of readable despatches from senior officers who are able to provide a detailed assessment, having access to reports from junior officers, the results of reconnaissance, and the direct knowledge of how and why they took the decisions that shaped the outcome.

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Keep on Rockin’: C-130J Ferries to Little Rock AFB

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Lockheed Martin photo by Andrew McMurtrie.

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 21, 2014 -The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules airlifter today.

Brig. Gen. Brian Robinson, vice commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Illinois, ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility here.

The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift Wing.

Book Review – Warship 2014


The Conway annual Warship is an eagerly awaited treat for enthusiasts and naval professionals. Its price limits the readership but is inevitable for a work of this quality and authority.. Each year, Warship Notes, to the back of the book, provides an interesting selection of short articles and a review of some of the outstanding naval books of the year.

This year, there are main contributions from eight acknowledged specialists in the fields.

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Book Review – Hitler’s Spyplane Over Normandy 1944


This book contains some truly outstanding and rare photographs. The text is well-written and supports the lavish illustration. The subject was one of the first generation combat jets and aviation enthusiasts will welcome its new insights.

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Book Review – That Quiet Earth, A First World War Tale


This is a very human story set against the torments of war and authentic in the sensitive portrayal and careful research. As such it will appeal to a very wide section of readers with its humanity, violence, stress, and background. It requires no great knowledge of war, of the period, or of the technologies, or of any great enthusiasm. The story enfolds the reader and transports them into the tale. It is a great read.

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Book Review – Honourable Warriors, Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan


This is a penetrating account of the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan by a British officer. Major Streatfield has been outspoken in his analysis of foreign intervention in Afghanistan, providing a thought-provoking and personal perspective. He has compared the Taliban tactics with the British response and offered a record of daily fire-fights and the daily threat of IEDs.

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Book Review – Jack Hunter, The French Connection


Therefore, as a stand-alone tale, it fits into the swords and dungeons genre that has become very popular. Within that genre, it blends historical facts and details with imagination to produce an absorbing saga that unfolds with all of the twists and turns that the reader will expect to see. It is nicely written and a tale that is entertaining and gripping. A reviewer could therefore claim that it is a book that sits well in the upper levels of its genre, but there is a special twist. Continue reading

Book Review – Death, Dynamite and Disaster, a Grisly British Railway


Today, British railways present a mixture of reactions from frustration at overcrowded commuter trains, to the joy of rolling through magnificent scenery. Few travellers give much thought to how this, still, extensive network came to be built, who built it and under what conditions. This new book sets out the stark realities of the gangs of workers who toiled in often unbelievable conditions, facing significant danger, and suffering high casualty rates.

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