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  1. rebbonk

    Airmen's Incredible Escapes: Accounts of Survival in the Second World War - Bryn Evans

    Before I got the chance to read this book, the cat took a serious interest in it. There must be something in the manufacturing process that attracted her as she wouldn’t leave it alone. On first skim through this reminded me of Paul Brickhill’s ‘Escape or Die’ which I read over 50 years ago at...
  2. Ageing_Gracefully

    Rome: City in Terror by Victor Failmezger

    A very detailed look at the goings on in the City of Rome from just before the Italians changed sides and the Germans occupied the majority of Italy. The Germans were not best pleased about the Italians ‘treachery’ as they saw it so life was not easy for Italians, both military and civilian...
  3. rebbonk

    Code Name Arc Angel: The Demise of the Devil - Bruce Jarvis

    On opening the package, I was faced with spellings that just didn’t feel right. Arc Angel should surely be Archangel and Adolph, Adolf? I couldn’t help wondering if this was a portent of things to come? By the end of chapter two, I was beginning to wear of the author’s writing style. I found it...
  4. O

    Advice needed on order of medals earned by my Granddad in WW2

    Hi everyone, My Grandad Fred Farrant passed away last year at 97. Despite my fascination with WW2 he never spoke about it having swapped shifts with his friend when the top deck of his boat was destroyed. My Grandma also still alive last year wrote to the MoD to get a service record and...
  5. Seaweed

    Indianapolis Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic

    In July 1945 the cruiser USS Indianapolis, rapidly repaired after a Kamikaze attack, was tasked with delivering the essential parts of the atomic bomb to Tinian in the Marianas. She was then routed to Leyte for a delayed workup. She never arrived. At midnight on the night of 29/30 July she had...
  6. Seaweed

    How Carriers Fought by Lars Callender

    Focusing on the big Pacific carrier battles of WW2, the author wanted to find out how they were fought, why particular methods and strategies were used, and whether the parties (particularly the USN) could have done better. He couldn't find a book that told him those things, so set about writing...
  7. Seaweed

    Henry Harwood by Peter Hore

    At last we have a proper biography of Admiral Sir Henry Harwood (1888-1950), who in 1939 drove the Nazi pocket battleship Graf Spee to an ignominious grave, the climax of over three years spent in Latin American waters studying just the raider problem he came to face - and in making himself...
  8. rebbonk

    A Treachery Of Spies – Manda Scott

    A Treachery Of Spies – Manda Scott Without doubt the best thriller I’ve read in a long time. I found this book very reminiscent of le Carré’s “Smiley’s people” or his “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” stories: and that can’t be bad The story is very fast paced, but is skilfully plotted with very...
  9. Seaweed

    Destroyer Shimakaze by Mariusz Motyka

    The Japanese destroyer Shimakaze (operational Spring 1943 - November 1944) was a one-off development of the Kaguro class, but longer, with a heavier torpedo armament and higher speed (nearly 41 knots), achieved through boiler power roughly equivalent to a British cruiser. Indeed her armament...
  10. Seaweed

    Cruiser Maya by Waldemar Gorialski and Dariusz Miszczak

    The last of the last class of IJN cruisers, the heavy cruiser Maya was twice modernised for an AA role in 1944 - and is shown here in her final configuration. There is an excellent analysis of the effectiveness (and otherwise) of these improvements. The 700 crew listed in Jane's seems to have...
  11. Seaweed

    Prisoner of the Samurai by James Gee

    James Gee was a marine on board USS Houston when she was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of Sunda Strait on 28th February 1942. Unknown to his family he survived as a PoW and on liberation his story was recorded by his psychiatric nurse, Rosalie Smith. Her daughter Allyson Smith has now...
  12. Seaweed

    In Action with Destroyers by JAJ Dennis, ed. Anthony Cumming

    Alec Dennis joined Dartmouth as a cadet in 1931 and in 1939 was hauled off his sub lieutenants' courses to join the destroyer HMS Griffin, under the exemplary leadership of Lt Cdr Johnny Lee-Barber, under whom he progressed from sub lieutenant under training, to navigating officer, and then to...
  13. Seaweed

    The Japanese Navy in WW2, David C Evans (ed.)

    This is a reprint of the 1989 second edition, with seven additional articles, of a 1969 work presenting in translation twelve post-war essays by senior IJN officers covering the Pacific War at sea as seen through Japanese eyes. While twelve of the items record participants' experiences of...
  14. Seaweed

    Wingfield at War by Mervyn Wingfield

    This work is the first of a series of Royal Naval memoirs edited by Captain Peter Hore, a published author on naval history and for many years the Daily Telegraph's naval obituarist, in succession to John Winton - a tough act to follow. He presents here Wingfield's own autobiography, originally...
  15. Seaweed

    Through Albert's Eyes by A Bentley-Buckle

    A Special Entry cadet from Ampleforth in 1939, following his cadet and midshipman's time ABB (1921-2010) volunteered for Special Service - so secret he could not be told what that was - and became a Beachmaster in an RN Commando group, first off the lead landing craft to control our landing in...
  16. Seaweed

    Enigma by David Balme

    '.. as important a strategic victory as .. Midway .. or .. Stalingrad' (John Winton) On 9th May 1941 the destroyer HMS Bulldog, escorting Atlantic convoy OB318, forced to the surface U-110. As the U-boat's surviving hands were hustled below, Sub Lt Balme boarded the the submarine, and searching...
  17. Seaweed

    Morse Code Wrens of Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

    If you can't take a joke you shouldn't sign on .. The author passed up an Oxford place to do her bit in 1940. Post-war she did go up, read PPE, and added to her wartime achievements, becoming, by turns, an actress, researcher, and published author. While only just released, the genesis of the...
  18. Seaweed

    The Most Dangerous Moment of the War by John Clancy

    clutter-free and useful maps at the start of the book and diagrams of two major actions."
  19. Seaweed

    The Naval War in the Baltic 1939-1945 by Poul Groos

    Like (I suspect) many British readers, I came to this book remarkably ignorant of what went on in the Baltic during WW2. My own Cold War sea trips to Kiel, Aabenraa, Korsor, Copenhagen. Gdynia, Stockholm, Helsinki and Leningrad were all within the frame of their time; they had no recent...
  20. Seaweed

    Very Special Intelligence by Patrick Beesly

    This is a history of the Operational Intelligence Centre of the RN's Naval Intelligence Division in WW2, and its satellite the Submarine Tracking Room. The author was an early recruit to the OIC and brings this story to us as an informed insider rather than a speculative journalist. In compiling...
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