RAF Tornado, 1974 onwards ( all marks and models), Owner’s Workshop Manual

B2039

The author is a former Tornado pilot which provides perspective to a book on this 40 year old veteran. At the time of writing the book, the RAF was due to scrap the Tornado with haste to satisfy the Coalition Government’s desire to drastically reduce the British military capabilities in preparation for British Forces being absorbed into a European Defence Agency. Since then, circumstances are forcing a U turn by the British Government and the Tornado is one of the first components to benefit from this ignominious retreat. Already serving in combat for a quarter of a century, the Tornado could soldier on for many more years. It is also pioneering the use of 3D printed components which permits spares to be manufactured at an operational base as required, reducing inventory costs and providing instant availability.

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The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944

B2003

Another primary source book where official reports have been collected and presented to provide an impressive account of a theatre of WWII. For any readers starting into WWII, and naval actions, this is an important book. It provides an unvarnished account written by senior officers to develop the knowledge resources on which future generations of naval officers can draw. A good photo collection has been assembled to support the accounts, together with charts and maps.

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Capital Ships at War 1939-1945

B2002

The authors/editors have brought together official reports on key battles involving capital ships. Some will argue that the only real capital ship by 1939 was the aircraft carrier, but the big-gun battleships, battle cruisers and heavy cruisers did not go quietly into the night of obsolescence.

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Book Review – Pasha

B2038

It really doesn’t seem like this is the fifteenth story in the Kydd and Renzi series. For readers who have been greatly entertained by any, or all, of the previous fourteen stories, there is little a reviewer can say, other than to confirm that this is a worthy addition to the series and will provide as much pleasure and information as any of the preceding books. For those who have yet to read one of these stories, there is much to say without spoiling the many surprises in store for them in this gripping yarn.

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