With WWI centenaries coming thick and fast, there has been a deluge of books published to time with the events. Inevitably the terrible battles on the Western Front have dominated but here is a most welcome book on the Dover Patrol, a much under-covered part of WWI. The author has produced a very creditable review of this vital service, a must-read book that deserves to be highly commended.
A small British force was sent some 8,000 miles to liberate a British Territory from a bunch of bandits. The result startled the world but the actions were in the finest traditions of British Arms. Very Highly Recommended.
This is a particularly interesting story because of the wide range of experience from WWII to the Cold War, to senior rank, to the Cabinet Office. Very Highly Recommended.
A guide to the outstanding quality of this book is that it is still a standard source for Dutch historians. The Dutch Wars were not the finest times for the Royal Navy. This book explains why and just how bad it was for Britain. This book is a must for all who are interested in the days of sail, most highly recommended.
Well-written account of the flying career of Wing Commander Swale, based on diaries and family documents. The Great War saw some fighter pilots achieving more than 80 kills, but that was a result of the practice of flying until the pilot himself became a victim, and where many kills were of much inferior aircraft. In the final year of conflict, 17 kills against the formidable Fokker VII was a great achievement. Highly Recommended.
Well-written and intensively researched, this book provides an indelible picture of the Bullencourt battle of April and May 1917. This is a thoughtful coverage of what became a Pyrrhic victory for the British and Australian troops who suffered heavy losses. Moving tribute to Australians and a gripping read.
This new book provides a very different approach to presenting the story of Coastal Command, with a good selection of images. The Royal Navy was able to regain control of most British naval aviation in 1938. The exception was Coastal Command which remained part of the RAF. A very readable book that is engrossing but which can be dipped into as required. A valuable companion to any collection of WWII aviation books.
The author has provided accounts from his own experiences of recent conflicts. The writing style has a light touch, with many photographic examples of his work. The war correspondent has long been a feature of warfare, but the introduction of photography, during the American Civil War, revolutionised the work of the military journalist. A readable and very informative work.
This collection of biographies of WWI fighter pilots makes for compelling reading. This is a collection of portraits of men who are now as much myth and legend as history. A totally absorbing story that should not be missed.