It really doesn’t seem like this is the fifteenth story in the Kydd and Renzi series and that the soft back edition is now available. 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. The publication of the soft back edition means two things to Kydd and Renzi fans. First, it means that those who prefer to wait for the soft back edition have had their patience rewarded and their numbers will swell with all the new readers who pick up the soft back at an airport, to be avid readers who will want to puy the preceding stories in the saga. Second, it means that we are only a few months away from seeing the sixteenth story appear as a hard back.

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Short Sterling, 1939-48 (all Marks), Owner’s Workshop Manual


One of the great mysteries is why Great Britain has consistently failed to preserve some of the most important military artefacts from its long history of fighting successfully against great odds. An almost equal mystery is why Britain fails to record adequately events and technology from that history. The author is a commissioning editor and author with considerable experience in and enthusiasm for aviation history, especially in WWII bombing. He has written about one of the dual mysteries, the Short Stirling heavy bomber, the first of three battle-winning British heavy bomber aircraft. This book follows the well proven Haynes approach to workshop manuals with many fine illustrations in photographic material and drawings. There is a good history of the Sterling, together with views from pilot, engineer, restorer, and maintainer. The technology is presented in sections, anatomy, and engines. This book is highly recommended and no aviation enthusiast can afford to be without a copy.

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Battles of the Marne & the Aisne


This new DVD of First World War battles matches the very high standard achieved by BHTV in their military history series. It covers the fight back after the initial retreats. At this point the WWI campaign on the Western Front was still a war of movement where cavalry were still deployed on horseback and field artillery raced around the battlefield. It is perhaps the best example of British and French troops being deployed to mutual advantage with excellent communications between the commanders and with the respective strengths of commanders being used symbiotically. This is a stirring story, well told by the BHTV team.

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