Scapegoat, The Death of Prince of Wales and Repulse

B2057

The author has provided a stimulating account of the death of Force Z and challenged many of the previous accounts. He stands with the camp that considers the commander, Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, a scapegoat. Alternative culprits are singled out and the arguments are compelling. Whether this lays the matter finally to rest remains to be seen, but this book is a very credible presentation of an alternative view.

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I Survived Didn’t I? The Great War Reminiscences of Private ‘Ginger’ Bryne

B2055

This is an extraordinary account of survival in the Great War. The author was persuaded to tell his story at the age of 82, proving that it is never too late to try to draw primary information from someone who was there. His account has been sensitively edited and introduced by a veteran of WWII, Joy Cave of the Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force. There is a photoplate section with appropriate supporting images and this is an entertaining and moving account of the terrors of trench warfare and the power of the machine gun.

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Book Review – Kampfgruppe Peiper, The Race For The Meuse

B2054

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The authors have done a first rate job of using contemporary accounts to tell a fasted paced story, supported by a wealth of clear maps and strong illustrations. There is also a very good introduction with a description of the weapons available to both sides. If this is the only book you can buy of the Battle of the Bulge, this is the one to go for. Highly commended.

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Kampfgruppe Peiper, The Race For The Meuse

B2054

The authors have done a first rate job of using contemporary accounts to tell a fasted paced story, supported by a wealth of clear maps and strong illustrations. There is also a very good introduction with a description of the weapons available to both sides. If this is the only book you can buy of the Battle of the Bulge, this is the one to go for. Highly commended.

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Constant Vigilance, The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign

B2053

The author has brought to life the Forgotten Regiment, of the Forgotten Army, of the Forgotten War. Although historians are beginning to bring out the stories of the Burma campaigns, there is still so much to cover and to correct the news neglect of the campaigns at the time that they were taking place. This is therefore a very welcome new book and a fitting memorial to those who served in the RAF Regiment in the Far East.

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Retreat and Rearguard Somme 1918, The Fifth Army Retreat

B2052

The Centenary of the start of WWI has not surprisingly produced a large volume of books that rake through every conceivable aspect of this historic conflict. For the reviewer, battle fatigue can set in early on, but this centenary has produced some fine books, reprints of valuable insights that had faded from libraries, and a number of fresh insights. The epic scale of the conflict means that there are yet more insights to emerge as we move towards the rash of books that will be published for the Centenary of the End of the Great War. This book sits firmly in the upper reaches of those so far published. The author has researched well and this volume is worthy addition to his catalogue of WWI accounts.

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Hitler’s Last Witness, The Memoirs of Hitler’s Bodyguard

B2051

Misch has provided some interesting detail and observation, together with an assessment of others in Hitler’s ‘court’ This is a book that was worth writing and, when compared to the many other books about Hitler and his way of life, adds to the pool of knowledge. The style is easy to read and there are two photoplate sections.

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NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

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This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars’ atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.

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