Book Review – German U-Boat Losses During World War II, Details of Destruction



This is a fully revised and updated edition of what must be the definitive reference on German U-boat losses. The author has conducted an exhaustive study and provides details of every U-boat sunk between 1939 and 1945, with the Allied units that sank them. This is an essential source for historians and enthusiasts, but it also provides a reference for anyone who is attempting to understand the enormous cost to the German U-boat service during WWII. Considering the effort expended in producing this highly detailed reference, the cover price is very aggressive, even before the traditional Pen & Sword discounting of newly published books and periodically to promote sales on multiple books relating to an anniversary or some other key event relating to the topics covered.

Book Review – Why the Japanese Lost, The Red Sun’s Setting



The author is an experienced military historian and this is a worthy addition to his catalogue. He has provided a compelling argument for the rapid rise and fall of Japan in the 1940s. There is good illustration in a photo plate section to compliment the readable and well argued text. There have been a number of attempts to explain the rise and fall of Japan by historians, military officers, diplomats and enthusiasts. This book stands well to the fore and this reviewer considers it the best available account. A very useful addition to the library of any enthusiast or professional.

Book Review – Commando Despatch Rider, from D-Day to Deutschland, 1944-1945



The author was one of many combatants who ignored the orders prohibiting diaries and we must be grateful that he did. From this illegal personal record, he has drawn a book which captures the highs and lows of a soldier taking part in the most momentous amphibious assault in history, and the long slog from the beaches to Berlin. This is a delightful account of life in battle and between battles. It is by turns gripping, exciting, colourful, authentic and human.

Book Review – The Battle of the Atlantic



Captain Macintyre was a distinguished participant on one of the most critical battles of WWII. This book can be regarded as a primary source and the author pulls no punches. The scale of the battle as it raged for much of WWII is unlikely to ever be adequately covered by a single book. This book demands a place in any library of the subject and provides an unparalleled account of the U-boat tactics and the way in which the Allies evolved their convoy tactics and then set up hunter-killer groups to take the war to the submarines.

Book Review – Major & Mrs Holt’s Definitive Battlefield Guide, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Updatd Seventh Edition with GPS Locations



The reputation justly built for the authors’ battlefield guides is such that anyone who has read any guide will immediately know that this is THE guide to buy for this particular battlefield. That this guide is now in its seventh edition speaks volumes for its accuracy and value. With each edition, the authors have further enhanced what was already a leading work in its field as a first edition. Some readers will already own several earlier editions, perhaps all of them. That again speaks volumes for the guide.

This is a guide that should be part of any enthusiasts library, an essential companion to family records and mementos, and an essential companion to any visit to the battlefield.

ATK Awarded $65 Million in Domestic and International Defense Contracts for Medium- and Large-Caliber Ammunition Production

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Contracts Support U.S. and Allied Militaries with Advanced Capabilities and Proven Training Rounds

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK), a world-leading producer of ammunition, precision weapons and rocket motors, announced today that it has received $65 million in contracts for medium- and large-caliber ammunition. These awards provide training and tactical ammunition for air, land and sea platforms, and advanced capabilities for existing ground platforms, providing combat overmatch against current and future threats.

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L-3 WESCAM Selected to Provide Its MXTM-10 Imaging Turrets to the U.K.s National Police Air Service (NPAS)


BURLINGTON, Canada, October 14, 2014 –[ASDWire]– L-3 WESCAM announced today that it has received an order from Bond Helicopters Europe for seven MXTM-10 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems in support of the U.K.’s National Police Air Service (NPAS) EC135T2 helicopter upgrade program. Deliveries to the U.K. will be phased, starting with the first unit in December 2014 and the seventh by December 2016.

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HMCS Toronto participates in Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION

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October 13, 2014 Ottawa National Defence

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto joins Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION today as part of her Operation REASSURANCE NATO deployment in response to Russia’s aggressive military actions against Ukraine.

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Lockheed Martin receives $90 Million Contract for Qatar Apache targeting and pilotage systems



ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system.

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ATK Awarded $204 Million to Supply Range of Munitions to U.S. Army and International Allies


ATK’s Munitions Capabilities Provide Continued International Growth

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK), a world-leading producer of ammunition, precision weapons and rocket motors, announced today that it has been awarded multiple contract awards with the U.S. government to supply non-U.S. standard ammunition (NSA) for the Department of Defense in support of international allies. The combination of awards received in August and September 2014 under ATK’s Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity and Basic Ordering Agreement contracts total $203.7 million.

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