Recent reviews :
- Hitler's Ardennes Offensive (Danny S Parker Ed.)
- The Irish Guards in the Great War (Rudyard Kipling)
- 21 Days in Normandy (Angelo Caravaggio)
- Battle of the Bulge. The German View (Danny S Parker Ed.)
- Pepy's Navy. Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-1689 (J D Davies)
- Nelson's Navy (Brian Lavery)
- British Cruisers. Two World Wars and After (Norman Friedman)
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Book reviews for - Later 20th Century and Modern
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion - Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire
There are quite a number of memoirs out there of men attracted by the legion, and I've read most of them. Luckily, this one ranks quite highly amongst those I've read. The author manages to join the legion at quite an advanced age - 38 - and so brings a different viewpoint to the training and life as an older man. His training and experience as a member of their special forces is usual for this kind of book - he serves in Tchad, Bosnia, Desert Storm, but he becomes a technical specialist in photographic techniques and brings a sensitivity to his writing that is sometimes lacking in others. It's a more thoughtful book, and should be a good addition to anyone's Legion library.
Pen & Sword Military, 2013
Boeing B52 Stratofortress, Owners Workshop Manual
Another excellent Haynes manual of one of those iconic pieces of technology we wish we could own! Detailed sections on it's design and combat history (primarily covering Vietnam and Iraq), it's anatomy, systems, engines and maintenance schedules. Some really detailed and annotated diagrams and the usual crop of photos from all angles. It also has a blow-by-blow account of a training mission from the point of view of the pilot, along with an unusual viewpoint from an air-gunner.
Haynes, Feb 2013
Lockheed SR-71 Owners Workshop Manual
Davies, Steve & Crickmore, Paul
An excellent book on one of the world's greatest aircraft! It follows in Haynes tradition of 'manual' style books on equipment we'd love to own with fascinating detail gained from people who were intimately involved with the Blackbird, or 'Habu' as it was known amongst those who flew it. As well as detail of its genesis, history and missions there is plenty of detail on equipment, engines and of particular interest to myself, what it was like to actually fly one. The book includes a full list of the fate of each aircraft and a glossary of terms used. Full of photographs, diagrams and detail but still very readable. Highly recommended.
Jungle Bashers - A British Infantry Battalion in the Malayan Emergency 1951-1954
'For those wishing to explore the Malayan Emergency from the viewpoint of the infantryman at the sharp end, this work is an essential tool. It is highly recommended for the casual reader, veteran, student and any professional historian researching the Malayan Emergency.
Fleur de Lys Publishers, 2003
Britain's Army in the Twentieth Century
Carver, Field Marshal Lord.
This book falls between the two stools of scholarly works and collections of anecdotes.
Pan Books, 1999
The Royal Navy in Focus 1950 - 59
Critchley, Mike Ed.
One of the series 'The Royal Navy in Focus' showing photographs of almost every ship type active during the decade. A few lines on the history of each vessel is given with every picture.
Hell in a Very Small Place
Fall, Bernard B
The definitive collected history of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu from the French perspective covering from the arrival in the valley during operation Castor through to the end of the garrison and after. Contains excellent detail, orders of batle, casualty figures, chronology and references as well as being grippingly readable. The author, the French historian/journalist Bernard Fall was killed in Vietnam on patrol with US marines as this book was published.
Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1967
The Battle for the Falklands
Hastings, Max and Jenkins, Simon
Good overall history of the 1982 Falklands War, written by two journalists who were involved in the reporting of the war itself. Written very soon after the war, it may contain some that is propoganda.
Book Club Assoc. London, 1983
The Arab-Israeli Wars
Greenhill, London, 2004
Dien Bien Phu, The Epic Battle America Forgot
Simpson, Howard R