Reviews

  1. Britain and The Widening War 1915-16: From Gallipoli to the Somme,Ed. Peter Liddle

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A series of essays covering WW1 from fighting soldiers to conscientious objectors.
  2. Airborne (The Airborne Trilogy) - Robert Radcliffe

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
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    4/5,
    The first book in a trilogy. A physically attractive and heavy book, but one with one of my favourite little touches. – A built in bookmark. It’s so much better than my usual method of using old rail tickets, or bits of newspaper which fall out when the good lady drops the book when cleaning. I have to agree with the single line review quoted from The Times on Amazon; this is a very convincing novel. It would be quite easy to mistake the story for fact, and that makes this the kind of...
  3. British Warship Recognition Vol.III by Richard Perkins

    Author Rating:
    4.75/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A superbly elegant survey of RN cruisers 1877-1930
  4. Seaforth World Naval Review 2017 ed. Conrad Waters

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    Seaforth's annual review of the world's navies with specific chapter on some and also on some ship classes and weapons
  5. Canaris: The Life and Death of Hitler's Spymaster by Michael Mueller

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    A fascinating attempt to penetrate the personality of a devious genius in a blue suit
  6. Surviving the Japanese Onslaught: An RAF POW in Burma - William Albert Tate

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
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    4/5,
    Prisoner of the Japanese in Burma.
  7. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness - by Craig Nelson

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
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    5/5,
    A truly fascinating book and one that’s about so much more than the attack. I must admit my knowledge of world events in the interwar years is scant at best, so I really enjoyed the first part of this 3 part book which went through so much that I simply wasn’t aware of. This section covered the build up (from before WW1) to the actual attack and the fact that the Japanese knew they needed to do something big and audacious to catch the USA by surprise. The second part of the book is about...
  8. Denim to Khaki: The Trilogy - Overview - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    3/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    On the Amazon pages the author says that he started writing then realised that what he was doing broke naturally up into three parts for a trilogy. I only partly agree. The trilogy we are presented with doesn’t (IMO) work at all. Running to almost 1000 pages this trilogy is repetitive and contains more than its fair share of irrelevant minutiae. Equally, it misses out plenty of things that would be of great interest. However, it could be so much more. There is a good solid story in here and...
  9. Denim to Khaki: Volume 3 (Quis Separabit) - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    Richard Hunter continues his military career. Sadly, the text is still plagued by rogue grammar, but putting that aside this is a very good volume. It’s far above the level of the first two volumes, far grittier, but oddly shorter. Again, there are laugh out loud moments but the underlying tone is far darker. This volume caused me to stop and reflect on what I’d just read on more than one occasion. Richard progresses via a slightly unusual route from Corporal to Captain. As usual he gets...
  10. Denim to Khaki: Volume 2 (Fare Thee Well) - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    2.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    The continuing career of Richard Hunter. This volume started well, but rapidly descended into the difficult to read prose of the first volume. The grammar is suspect and words appear to be missing from sentences. This makes it a very difficult (and long) read; which is a real shame as there is a worthwhile continuing story here. In this volume, Richard returns to Germany, goes on more training courses, gets married and continues to do the typical squaddie type of things, usually involving...
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