Book Review – Soviet Conquest, Berlin 1945

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The author fought in the British infantry during WWII. After the war he developed a strong reputation as a historian with an outstanding knowledge of German military conduct, assisted by the close contacts he developed with German ex-servicemen. This book is an important contribution to the available knowledge of the vicous war fought on the Eastern Front. There is a very good photo section that includes rare images of life and war on the Eastern Front. Highly recommended.

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Book Review – The Disastrous Fall and Triumphant Rise Of The Fleet Air Arm From 1912 To 1945 “Sea Eagles Led By Penguins” may be unkind to penguins and also

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“Sea Eagles Led By Penguins” may be unkind to penguins and also unfair to all those senior naval officers who fought hard to develop British naval aviation in the teeth of venial politicians and the envy of other services. By any measure, British sailors achieved amazing progress in the development of naval aviation and in influencing the wider aviation industry. Many of the first and the key technology developments were the product of serving officers. This book should be widely read because it lays out the inspiring story of how the British naval aviators have bounced back each time they have been let down by the politicians and how they have rallied in the face of significant odds in time of war, performing far beyond any reasonable expectations. Enjoy this well written story and learn from the lessons it sets out. The author is a born story teller and his engaging text is reinforced by two excellent photo plate sections.

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Book Review – A Woman Living In The Shadow Of The Second World War, Helena Hall’s Journal From The Home Front

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A vivid account of war on the Home Front and the life of an English village from 1940 to 1943. This is story that has been dwarfed by tales of courage and determination in battle. It is a story shared by millions for whom the war was a step removed from their lives, and yet as dominating as it was for those in uniform who fought at home or in a distant field. These previously unpublished diaries of an English woman surviving the war at home provides a fascinating insight into society and life. An absorbing story that has been lightly edited to retain all of the colour of Helena Hall’s diaries and supported by a lively photo plate section that includes cartoons and images from the time.

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