Voices in Flight, The Wellington Bomber

B2218

The author has an impressive portfolio of military aviation history books to his name and this is a worthy addition to the list. Part of a series of books that feature comment from former pilots, there is a blend of interview and research material that produces a review of an aircraft with real depth. Illustration is by photo-plate sections with monochrome images. There are some familiar images, but most are rare and some have not appeared in print before. The author writes with affection for his subject and has produced an enjoyable and informative book. Not to be missed, strongly recommended.

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The E-Boat Threat

B2217

The text flows well and is very well supported by a fine selection of illustrations in the form of photographs and drawings. The author has provided a thorough and concise review of German coastal forces vessels. He shows why they presented a threat and how they differed from their British counterparts. Highly recommended.

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Napoleon’s Infantry Handbook

B2214

The author has provided an enjoyable book from a mosaic of original manuals and material garnered from a number of sources. Any reader who has any interest in the Napoleonic period must read this book. However, it will also be a valuable source of information for military history enthusiasts who have a primary interest in other periods of history. Napoleon and his subordinates wrote their manuals from their own direct experience of soldiering and from the manuals that had been written earlier. The successes of Napoleon and his generals have also inspired later military figures to study the manuals produced to achieve those successes, and this has flavoured all of the manuals written since by armies around the world. A valuable addition to any library of military history – most recommended.

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A History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, Commemorating The Few

B2213

A thoughtful foreword by the Fighter Association’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales sums up the part that The Few hold for those who grew up during WWII and in the years following. The author has written from the basis of access to the Fighter Association’s archives. The resulting book is one that should be read by all Britons, but the Battle of Britain included pilots from across the Empire, from those countries overrun by the German Nazis and pilots from Ireland and the United States. It was a unique battle that produced a unique and inspiring story that will endure. Highly Commended.

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