TankCraft No.27, Panzer III, German Army Light Tank Operation Barbarossa, 1941

Another excellent addition to the TankCraft series of books, aimed primarily at modellers, but applicable to an even wider readership. The Panzer III is described as it was deployed for Operation Barbarossa with the usual high quality images for which this series is renowned Very Highly Recommended

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Airport Spotting Guides, World Airports, The complete spotting guides to the world’s airports

This is a book that is written for aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters that is very valuable as a source of information for anyone who travels by air or lives near airports and flight paths. The Second Edition of a book that proved very popular in its first edition and is now updated and expanded to capture all the changes since the first edition was completed Very Highly Recommended

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The Dangers Of Automation In Airliners, Accidents Waiting To Happen

The introduction of computers and electronic systems into aircraft has been generally positive, although there are many potential risks and concern that these are not being met effectively. The author provides a provoking presentation of aviation safety in an age of automation Most Highly Recommended

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Strike From The Air, The Early Years Of The US Air Forces

There has been remarkably little coverage of the early years of US military aviation, making this a most welcome new book. The author follows the development of US aviation from the captive balloons of the Civil War, through WWI and into the post war years of pioneering Highly Recommended

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Cameras Combat and Courage, The Vietnam War By The Military’s Own Photographers

Since cameras went into combat during the American Civil War enormous amounts of film have been consigned to archives but remarkably little thought has gone into how that film was shot. The author provides a warts and all picture of life and experiences as a combat cameraman and also provides later review of those who survived into civilian life Most Highly Recommended

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In Conversation with John Broomhead: Finding ‘Invincible’

In Conversation with John Broomhead: Finding ‘Invincible’

by BigJules

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Hampshire-based amateur diver John Broomhead for over 20 years and have a huge respect for the work he (and a small group of fellow enthusiasts) undertook in connection with the excavation of the wreck of HMS Invincible, which they did without any government funding. Invincible was originally a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy launched in October 1744. Captured on 14 October 1747, she was taken into Royal Navy service as the third rate HMS Invincible. She was wrecked in 1758 after hitting a sandbank. A number of very important contributions to our knowledge of the Wooden World are directly attributable to John and the group. Recently, with a substantial government grant, the work has been taken over by Bournemouth University in their Poole-based facility. Currently, there are two exhibitions of the finds to date – a permanent archive at Chatham Historic Dockyard; the other, a one-year temporary exhibition at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

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