Book Review – Major & Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient and Paschendale

B1983

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This is the seventh edition of a most popular battlefield guide. No one should visiting these battlefields without studying this guide first and then carrying it during the visit. Tucked into the book is an excellent folded map, accurate to 50 metres, in four colours with a modern road map.

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Book Review – Despatches from the Front, Gallipoli and the Dardanelles, 1915-1916

B1982

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This book, in the Despatches from the Front series, is primary source material, valued by schollars and enthusiasts alike. It also provides a number of readable despatches from senior officers who are able to provide a detailed assessment, having access to reports from junior officers, the results of reconnaissance, and the direct knowledge of how and why they took the decisions that shaped the outcome.

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Book Review – Warship 2014

B1981

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The Conway annual Warship is an eagerly awaited treat for enthusiasts and naval professionals. Its price limits the readership but is inevitable for a work of this quality and authority.. Each year, Warship Notes, to the back of the book, provides an interesting selection of short articles and a review of some of the outstanding naval books of the year.

This year, there are main contributions from eight acknowledged specialists in the fields.

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Book Review – That Quiet Earth, A First World War Tale

B1980

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This is a very human story set against the torments of war and authentic in the sensitive portrayal and careful research. As such it will appeal to a very wide section of readers with its humanity, violence, stress, and background. It requires no great knowledge of war, of the period, or of the technologies, or of any great enthusiasm. The story enfolds the reader and transports them into the tale. It is a great read.

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Book Review – Honourable Warriors, Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan

B1978

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This is a penetrating account of the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan by a British officer. Major Streatfield has been outspoken in his analysis of foreign intervention in Afghanistan, providing a thought-provoking and personal perspective. He has compared the Taliban tactics with the British response and offered a record of daily fire-fights and the daily threat of IEDs.

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Book Review – Death, Dynamite and Disaster, a Grisly British Railway

B1976

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Today, British railways present a mixture of reactions from frustration at overcrowded commuter trains, to the joy of rolling through magnificent scenery. Few travellers give much thought to how this, still, extensive network came to be built, who built it and under what conditions. This new book sets out the stark realities of the gangs of workers who toiled in often unbelievable conditions, facing significant danger, and suffering high casualty rates.

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Book Review – Henry Maudslay, Dam Buster

B1975

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This is an engaging story of a schoolboy who went from school to the wartime RAF and was in so many ways representative of a generation of RAF pilots. Robert Owen is the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association. He has acquired material from family, school, official archives and personal letters and recollections. This has produced an impeccable base for the careful research, combined beautifully into a story that captures the essence of the subject.

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