Deep Sea Attack, Battlefield Bombers

B2116

Another fine book from a prolific author who has established a reputation for good writing and thorough research. After years of relative neglect, the Coastal Command story is becoming popular and this is an outstanding example of the relative neglect being convincingly corrected. There are two excellent photo plate sections with some rare photographs and this is a book that provides a narrative of the Coastal Command story of long range maritime operations.

The author has covered the full story of the deep sea attack capabilities and operations of Coastal Command and made a very good job of it. This is an enjoyable and very informative book for all those interested in maritime warfare and aviation. Highly Recommended.

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Deep Sea Hunters, RAF Coastal Command and the War Against the U-boats and the German Navy 1939-1945

B2115

Another fine book from a prolific author who has established a reputation for good writing and thorough research. After years of relative neglect, the Coastal Command story is becoming popular and this is an outstanding example of the relative neglect being convincingly corrected. There are two excellent photo plate sections with some rare photographs and this is a book that provides a narrative of the Coastal Command story from its shaky start, its rapid development, and its growing success to the end of WWII in Europe.

The author has cover the full story and made a very good job of it. This is an enjoyable and very informative book for all those interested in maritime warfare and aviation. Highly Recommended.

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Despatches From The Front, Far East Air Operations 1942-1945

B2114

Another addition to the excellent range of primary source information drawn from a careful selection of despatches. The text is very well supported by an interesting photo plate section and the authors/editors are to be commended for producing a work that provides a direct insight into the thoughts, fears, beliefs and actions of senior commanders in what was a very important theatre of operations. Once again this author/editor teaming has delivered an excellent and very well researched work.

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Despatches From The Front, The War in Italy 1943-1944

B2113

Another addition to the excellent range of primary source information drawn from a careful selection of despatches. The text is very well supported by an interesting photo plate section and the authors/editors are to be commended for producing a work that provides a direct insight into the thoughts, fears, beliefs and actions of senior commanders in what was a very important theatre of operations.

This book provides a unique set of views from the commanders involved in the Italian Campaign. Essential reading for military history enthusiasts, but also a fascinatingly different set of insights for those wishing to develop their knowledge and appreciation of WWII.

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The Mighty Eighth At War, USAAF 8th Air Force Versus the Luftwaffe 1943-1945

B2112

The Allied bomber crews and the German U-boat crews suffered appalling casualties, both groups tasked with fighting a broadly similar battle in that their task was to deny the enemy the equipment of war and blockade against raw materials. The commanders considered that they could win the war without troops, but both were to be disappointed, final victory only being confirmed by the Allies placing their boots on German soil. However, it can be argued that the U-boats came close to cutting supplies to Britain and the Allied strategic bombing campaign significantly reduced the enemy’s ability to wage war. The author has produced a fine account of the operations of the Mighty 8th, two fine photo plate sections, crisp and well researched text and a comprehensive review of the subject makes this a highly desirable book on the air war in Europe. It will also be appreciated by those Americans who come to Europe to visit the old airfields and other remains of the battle members of their family fought in.

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Images of War, Battleships of the United States Navy, rare photographs from wartime archives

B2111

This is another title in the fine range of Images of War series. The series stands on the careful selection of rare archive images, but each title is more than a photo essay. There is crisp text to support the image selection in telling the story. In this issue, there are some excellent colour images with the mainly monochrome selection. Enthusiasts and model makers are very well served by the image selection, but this is a very affordable book that is very useful to the younger reader, or anyone wishing to develop knowledge in this area of warfare and technology.

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Images of War, Coastal Command’s Air War Against the German U-boat, rare photographs from wartime archives

B2110

The story of how the RAF fought to deny the Royal Navy control of naval aviation is more damging because the RAF had little interest in providing adequate aircraft. Fortunately, the RN was able to regain control of shipboard aircraft before the start of WWII and had always retained control of development and deployment of aircraft carriers. However, the RAF managed to convince the politicians to let them keep flying boats and land aircraft for maritime patrol and attack. They then gave this duty the lowest priority for re-equipment. That shameful neglect was to a degree compensated by the extreme courage of RAF aircrew who were charged initially with a task for which they lacked adequate equipment. This book tells the positive story in concise text and outstanding photographs. Whatever politicians and senior RAF officers may have thought in 1939, the RAF story is incomplete without the inspiring story of the crews of Coastal Command.

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Glider Pilots at Arnhem

B2109

The research is impeccable, the writing very readable, the illustrations first class. This book is a must for anyone with an interest in airborne forces and vertical insertion of troops, essential to anyone wishing to understand the fight from Normandy to German soil. It is an inspiring story and an absorbing tale. There really isn’t much else a reader could expect of a book, except a great price, which it is.

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Tyneside Scottish, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd (service) Battalions Northumberland Fusiliers

B2104

This is a very interesting story, with many fine images through the text, all in monochrome.

One of the most curious aspects of the British Army is the nature of its units and their relationship. The basic regiments have been recruited from relatively small geographic areas, most frequently English Counties. In Scotland similar units were raised on much the same basis, although there was a clan element in several Scottish regiments. The result was that regiments often gave way to the particular fashions of the time and the likings of the Colonel. For some reason, several English regiments adopted kilts and include few if any Scots in their ranks. That may not in itself been so strange because the kilt and tartans was largely a romantic invention of the Victorians. The authors have traced the origins and formation of one of those kilted English regiments and its conduct in the Great War.

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