Book Reviews

I love reviewing books. Not only because it gives me an excuse to read – I love nothing more – but I like the thought of being able to give other people an idea of what I think about something. Hopefully by doing so, they might find a book they fancy picking up too. Or, in some cases, I might help them steer clear! I believe in saying what you see, and calling a spade a spade, but also being constructive too.

Completed Reviews 2011

Battleground General Arnhem 1944 by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell
Birmingham Pals by Terry Carter
Walking the Somme by Paul Reed
Under the Devil’s Eye: The British Military Experience in Macedonia 1915-1918 by Alan Wakefield and Simon Moody
Playing the Game: the British junior officer on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Christopher Moore-Bick
Posters of World War II: Allied and Axis Propaganda 1939-1945 by Peter Darman
Suvla – the August Offensive by Stephen Chambers
The Hidden Threat: Mines and Minesweeping in WW1 by Jim Crossley
Hougoumont and D’Erlon’s attack – the DVD by Battlefield History TV
North Sea Battleground: The War at Sea 1914-1918 by Bryan Perrett
Hitler Triumphant: Alternate Histories of World War II edited by Peter G. Tsouras
The Soviet Soldier of World War Two by Philippe Rio
SAS Trooper by Charlie Radford, edited by Francis Mackay
Luftwaffe Fighter Aces by Mike Spick
Tracing your Tank Ancestors by Janice Tait and David Fletcher
Hitler: Dictator or Puppet? by Andrew Norman
The Battle of the North Cape by Angus Konstam
Horsemen in No Mans Land: British Cavalry in Trench Warfare 1914-1918 by David Kenyon
Counter-insurgency by Ian Beckett and John Pimlott
Mud, Blood and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan
Europe in Flames by Harold J Goldbery
The 2nd Norfolk Regiment from Le Paradis to Kohima by Peter Hart
Artillery in the Great War by Sanders Marble and Paul Strong
Chitral Charlie by N.S. Nash
America’s First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War 1987-1988 by Lee Alan Zatarain
The Black and Tans by Richard Bennett

The 16th Durham Light Infantry in Italy 1943-1945 by Peter Hart
‘A Very Fine Commander’: The Memoirs of General Sir Horatius Murray GCB KBE DSO edited by John Donovan
Monte Cassino by Matthew Parker
They called it Passchendaele by Lyn McDonald
General ‘Boy’: The Life of Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning by Richard Mead
The Swiss and the Nazis by Stephen P. Halbrook

Completed Reviews 2010

Leading from The Front by General Sir Richard Dannatt
Commando Tactics of The Second World War by Stephen Bull
Tracing your Legal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Stephen Wade
Christmas in the Trenches by Alan Wakefield
Great War Lives: A Guide for Family Historians by Paul Reed
Donald Dean VC: The Memoirs of a Volunteer and Territorial from Two World Wars edited by Terry Crowdy
The History of the British Army Film and Photographic Unit in the Second World War by Dr. Fred McGalde
Wavell: Soldier and Statesman by Victoria Schofield
A Bloody Picnic: Tommy’s Humour 1914-1918 by Alan Weeks
Churchill Defiant: Fighting On 1945-1955 by Barbara Leaming
Zulu: Queen Victoria’s Most Famous Little War by W.B. Bartlett
Airborne Armour by Keith Flint
A Long Long War by Ken Wharton
The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain by Anthony J. Cumming
The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd
Wandsworth & Battersea Battalions in the Great War by Paul McCue
The Fighting Fourth: No.4 Commando at War 1940-45 by James Dunning
Heaven and Hell: The War Diary of a German Paratrooper by Martin Poppel
In Rommel’s Backyard: A memoir of the Long Range Desert Group by Alaistar Timpson with Andrew Gibson-Watt
Last Dawn: The Royal Oak Tragedy at Scapa Flow by David Turner
The Real Engima Heroes by Phil Shanahan
Mother Country: Britain’s Black Community on the Home Front 1939-45 by Stephen Bourne
Skorzeny: The most dangerous man in Europe by Charles Whiting
The Great Western Railway in the First World War by Sandra Gittins
The Somme: France 1916 by Chris McNab (Pitkin Guide)
Churchill in Normandy by William Jordan (Pitkin Guide)
The Fields of Death by Simon Scarrow
The Battle of Quiberon Bay 1759 by Nicholas Tracy
Danger UXB: The Heroic Story of the WWII Bomb Disposal Teams by James Owen
The Royal Air Force at Home: The History of RAF Air Displays from 1920 by Ian Smith Watson
Tracing the Rifle Volunteers: A Guide for Military and Family Historians by Ray Westlake
Talking to Rudolf Hess by Desmond Zwar
Somme 1914-1918: Lessons in War by Martin Marix Evans
Guthrie’s War: A Surgeon of the Peninsula and Waterloo by Michael Crumplin
Don’t Panic: Britain Prepares for Invasion, 1940 by Mark Rowe
Summer of Blood by Dan Jones
Churchill’s Desert Rats in North-West Europe by Patrick Delaforce
Mud, Blood and Bullets: Memoirs of a Machine Gunner on The Western Front by Edward Rowbotham
Kept in the Dark by Wing Commander John Stubbington
New York by Edward Rutherfurd
The Third Reich 1919-1939: The Nazi’s rise to Power by Andrew Rawson
Saturday at MI9 by Airey Neave
Wittman v Ekins: The Death of a Panzer Ace (DVD)
Treblinka Survivor by Mark S. Smith
Guns Against the Reich by Peter Mikhin
UXB Malta: Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal 1940-44 by S.A.M. Hudson
Honour Restored: The Battle of Britain, Dowding and the Fight for Freedom by Sqn. Ldr. Peter Brown AFC
Bloodline: The origins and development of the Regular Formations of the British Army by Iain Gordon
The Battle of Britain Pitkin Guide by Roy C Nesbit
Dervish: The Rise and Fall of an African Empire by Phillip Warner
Katyn 1940 by Eugenia Maresch
Crimea: The Great Crimean War 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle
Dunkirk 1940: ‘Whereabouts Unknown’ by Tim Lynch
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne
Prisoner of the Gestapo by Tom Firth
Kut 1916: Courage and Failure in Iraq by Patrick Crowley
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Bombs Away! – British and Commonwealth Bomber Aircrew in WWII by Martin M. Bowman
RAF Handbook 1939-1945 by David Wragg
Saladin: Hero of Islam by Geoffrey Hindley
Underground Warfare 1914-1918 by Simon Jones
In the Ranks of Death: The Irish in the Second World War by Richard Doherty
Tracing Great War Ancestors: the DVD
Bloody Belfast: An Oral History of the British Army’s war against the IRA by Ken Wharton
Crimson Snow: Britain’s First Disaster in Afghanistan by Jules Stewart
Churchill’s Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945 by Nicholas Rankin
Escape from Arnhem: A Glider Pilot’s Story by Godfrey Freeman
A Desert Rats Scrapbook: Cairo to Berlin 1940-1945 by Roger Fogg
Stalingrad: How the Red Army triumphed by Michael K Jones
The Face of Battle by John Keegan
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris
Guide to Your Ancestors Lives by Nick Barratt

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum
Slim: the Standard Bearer by Ronald Lewin
Mons: The Retreat to Victory by John Terraine
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in World War II by Adam Zamoyski
The Riddles of Wipers: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal by John Ivelaw-Chapman
Operation Bluecoat: Over the Battlefield by Ian Daglish
Operation Goodwood: Over the Battlefield by Ian Daglish
Operation Epsom: Over the Battlefield by Ian Daglish
The Battle for Burma by Roy Conyers Nesbit
Italian Blackshirt 1935-1945 by PP Battistelli and P Crociani (Osprey Warrior Series).
The New Forest at War by John Leete
Gallipoli by L.A. Carlyon
Marlborough: Britain’s Greatest General by Richard Holmes

Completed Reviews 2009

Business in Great Waters: The U-Boat Wars 1916-1945 by John Terraine
The Admirals by Andrew Lambert
Land Girls and Their Impact by Ann Kramer
Hitlers Gulf War: The Fight for Iraq 1941 by Barrie G. James
The Making of the British Army by Alan Mallinson
Mounted Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard by Roland Pawly (Osprey Men-at-Arms Series)
US F4 Phantom II vs. VPAF MiG 17/19 Vietnam 1965-73 by Peter Davies (Osprey Duel Series)
Brittish Battleships 1939-45 (2) by Angus Konstam (Osprey New Vanguard Series)
The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839-1919 by Gregory Fremont-Barnes (Osprey Essential Histories series)
The Battle of the Coral Sea 1942 by Mark Stille (Osprey Campaign Series)
Centurion vs. T-55: The Yom Kippur War by Simon Dunstan (Osprey duel series)
The Six Day War 1967: Syria and Jordan by Simon Dunstan (Osprey Campaign Series 216)
We Died With Our Boots Clean by Kenneth McAlpline
The Six Day War 1967: Sinai by Simon Dunstan (Osprey Campaign series 212)
M1 Abrams vs. T-72 Ural by Steven J Zaloga (Osprey Duel series 18)
Special Operations Forces in Iraq by Leigh Neville (Osprey Elite series 170)
Supreme Courage by Sir Peter De La Billiere
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The Berlin Wall by Frederick Taylor
Bomber Harris Special
The problem of the military biography
Maritime special
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Spirit of Portsmouth by Haskell, Webb, Riley and Quail
The Last Escape by John Nichol and Tony Rennell
Sniper One by Dan Mills
Arnhem by William Buckingham
Vulcan 607 by Rowland White
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Anthony Beevor

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