The crop of books commemorating events 100 years ago during WWI has produced many fine and thought provoking accounts. The author has taken an interesting approach to produce a poignant collection of brief biographies of 40 Boat Race competitors who answered the call to arms and gave their lives, very highly recommended.

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The crop of books commemorating events 100 years ago during WWI has produced many fine and thought provoking accounts. The author has taken an interesting approach to produce a poignant collection of brief biographies of 40 Boat Race competitors who answered the call to arms and gave their lives, very highly recommended.


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Bullencourt, Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1917

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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.


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Camel Combat Ace, The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC

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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.


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The Dutch in the Medway

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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.


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Securing the Narrow Sea, The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

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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.


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A Dictionary of Coastal Command 1939-1945

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.


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