The Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Texts, Life Through Literature

B2216

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This is a fascinating compendium of Ancient Egyptian literature. Constanze Holler has selected a range of literature and the original book was written in German, being translated for this edition by Cordula Werschkun. It brings to life the Egypt of the Ancients. A delightful flavour of Ancient Egypt.

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Invasion, The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England 1940

B2215

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Alternative histories can be fun, they can also be provoking, they may rest on thin foundations and be less than credible. This new book shows solid research, interesting observations and conclusions and has a high credibility factor. Often books of this type are an acquired taste. They offer a possible history which is different from that which has been established. However,there is much to learn and consider from this book which is recommended to anyone interested in the art of the possible and the reasons why it was not the actual outcome.

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Big Gun Battles, Warship Duels of the Second World War

B2223

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The author has addressed one of the neglected aspects of naval warfare in WWII, namely gun duels between major warships. The aircraft, carriers, torpedoes, bombs and submarines had reached maturity by 1939 and dictated much of the conflict at sea. Deservedly, they merited the lion share of attention in the news of the time and in the subsequent history coverage later. The author has introduced some balance. There were still gun duels and there were Fleet actions. They had an impact on the course and outcome of war. The able text shows careful research and the book contains a considerable number of illustrations through the body of the book. An excellent and rewarding story of the last hurrah of the naval big gun.

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Kamikaze, To Die For The Emperor

B2222

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The Kamikaze pilots were prepared to die for their Emperor who was a God. That places the act of suicide in special psychological area. The formation of suicide squadrons was an act of desperation. Japan no longer had aircraft that could take on Allied planes on an equal basis with experienced pilots, but there were then also few experienced pilots left. Most aircrew were short on experienced and rushed into an unequal battle. They lacked the numbers of aircraft, skilled pilots and technology to attack the frequent B-29 raids, or to attack the next Allied amphibious landings. The author has provided an engaging account of the Japanese Kamikaze. It is also a disturbing story and a sad story. This is a book not to miss.

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Victory in Italy, 15th Army Group’s Final Campaign 1945

B2221

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The war in Italy has been much under-rated. Churchill sold it as attacking the soft underbelly of the Axis, but there is more than a little evidence that he used the words as a sales pitch rather than as a genuine belief. On so many levels, the Italian campaign was entirely logical and necessary even though the Americans saw it differently. The author has written an absorbing account of the final campaign and provided insight and solid research. The illustrations are supportive with a good photo-plate section and appropriate maps. This is an important book about an important campaign. Recommended.

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Voices in Flight, The Wellington Bomber

B2218

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The author has an impressive portfolio of military aviation history books to his name and this is a worthy addition to the list. Part of a series of books that feature comment from former pilots, there is a blend of interview and research material that produces a review of an aircraft with real depth. Illustration is by photo-plate sections with monochrome images. There are some familiar images, but most are rare and some have not appeared in print before. The author writes with affection for his subject and has produced an enjoyable and informative book. Not to be missed, strongly recommended.

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The E-Boat Threat

B2217

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The text flows well and is very well supported by a fine selection of illustrations in the form of photographs and drawings. The author has provided a thorough and concise review of German coastal forces vessels. He shows why they presented a threat and how they differed from their British counterparts. Highly recommended.

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