Military Technology of the First World War, development, use and consequences

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The author has looked closely at the amazing technical advances made during WWI from the perspective of the land campaigns. Extensively illustrated, this is a very efficient review of the use and consequences of technology developed to achieve domination on land, including the part aircraft played in assisting land commanders.


 

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Images of War, Great War Fighter Aces 1916-1918, rare photographs from wartime archives

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Another book in the very popular Images of War Series, this time looking at the ‘Aces’ of the Great War from 1916 to 1918. The usual outstanding selection of rare photographs is supported by concise and clear text in the form of captions and much longer introductory pieces. A very affordable volume with many remarkable images of war.


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The Royal Navy Lynx, an operational history

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The outstanding Lynx has reached retirement age and is being replaced in RN service by the ‘super’ Lynx under its new name Wildcat. That speaks volumes for the ability of the Lynx. The author has provided a comprehensive account of the hugely successful service of the Lynx since its entry into service in 1976. All you need to know about a great aircraft, very highly recommended.


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Law and War, Magistrates in The Great War

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The publisher has a fine tradition of publishing books on topics that are much under-reviewed. The author has provided a very rare glimpse into the work of Magistrates during the Great War. An original and fascinating account in the effects of total global war on society at home.


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Coming Down In The Drink, The Survival of Bomber ‘Goldfish’ John Brennan DFC

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With the number of WWII veterans rapidly shrinking, this is another very welcome account based on the experiences of one who was there. The author has provided an absorbing story from interviews with John Brennan DFC. Highly Recommended.


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VC10 Icon of the Skies, BOAC, Boeing and a Jet Age Battle

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British flag carrier BOAC, later BA, effectively and deliberately sabotaged the commercial success of the VC10 because it wanted to buy Boeing airliners. The author has provided an excellent account of the political battles and the commercial skulduggery, the impressive service of the VC10s with those airlines that had the wisdom to buy it, and its outstanding service as a transport and tanker with the RAF. Much Recommended.


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Gloster Javelin, an operational history

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The Gloster Javelin was a much under-rated aircraft that has received less then its fair share of books. This book covers the Javelin’s service career comprehensively and will probably long be the definitive account of a fighter that was significant and important to the RAF, if not for its direct service but as it role in preparing for the next generations. A must read for aviation enthusiasts.


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Cold War Jet Combat, Air-to-Air Jet Fighter Operations 1950-1972

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Always a pleasure to review a book by this author, who is building a formidable portfolio of aviation titles. This book covers a period of aviation that has seen enormous changes but strangely been under-reported. Here is a book to correct this. Most Highly Recommended.


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Instruments of Darkness, The History of Electronic Warfare 1939-1945

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For six years, Britain and Germany fought a bitter aerial war at huge cost in terms of lives lost and aircraft shot down. This book traces effectively the largely hidden battle in the first widespread use of electronic warfare. Supported by some excellent images. Most Highly Recommended.


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Night Duel Over Germany, Bomber Command’s Battle Over The Reich During WWII

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For six years, Bomber Command waged a strategic war over Germany at huge cost in terms of lives lost and aircraft shot down. The author, a former Phantom and Tornado navigator has written a well-researched book that captures the enormous bravery of RAF aircrew and the bitter battle fought nightly over Germany between bombers and night fighters. Most Highly Recommended.


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