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To save you from scouring the internet and frantically flicking through the pages of newspapers and magazines here's a quick breakdown of some of the reviews we've had sent in to the office!

 

 

World War I Companion

Book - World War I Companion

Reviewed – Army History, Winter 2014

"The essays included in the World War I Companion are well chosen and offer a solid introduction to the great diversity of the war. The book is illustrated with an appropriate number of maps, although the inclusion of some photographs would have livened up the essays. Appendixes listing the dates of the war’s most significant events and a summation of each belligerent’s casualties also would have been useful. The volume is nevertheless an excellent addition to the historiography of the Great War, and it is highly recommended to all those who want to look beyond the first day of the Somme and “understand the terrible conflict that consumed so many and marked the post-war lives of the survivors”."

Montcalm's Last Crushing Blow

Book - Raid 46 – Montcalm’s Crushing Blow

Reviewed – Casemate No 103. May 2015

"Another excellent book by Réne Chartrand, telling a fascinating story of remarkable achievements in difficult conditions as well as of mistakes and incompetence, mainly by the British who at that time were not at all at home in Canada."

 

Peninsular War Atlas

Book - The Peninsular War Atlas

Reviewed – Casemate No. 102. January 2015

"This extremely handsomely presented volume, in a dark green hard slipcase with gold lettering, on gloss parchment-effect paper is an essential topographical guide to the Peninsular War, … ‘one of the defining campaigns of the British Army which sealed its reputation for supreme professionalism, heroic obstinancy and sheer perseverance.’"

 

Imperial Japanese Navy

Book - The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

Reviewed – Warship World Volume 14 No 3, January/February 2015

"This book provides a history of the IJN’s [Imperial Japanese Navy] deployment and engagements, analysis of the evolution of strategies and tactics, and finally addresses the question of whether it truly was a modern navy, fully prepared to face a lengthy war in the Pacific. The author is a former Commander in the United States Navy and a noted expert on the Pacific War. He is to be commended for having produced such an excellent and concise volume."

 

Ferdinand and Elefant Tank Destroyer

Book - Ferdinand and Elefant Tank Destroyer

Reviewed – Tankette

"With a photo on most of the pages, many from private collections, the illustrations are a strong point of the book. This is an interesting account of how these heavy assault units worked together, and the difficulty of keeping them operational with shrinking resources."

 

Where the Iron Crosses Grow

Book - Where the Iron Crosses Grow

Reviewed – Military Archive Research

"This study is a major revelation and significantly contributes to the history of these battles (particularly those in the English language). I am confident and happy to say that this book should be your starting point if you are seeking to study or research the Crimean campaigns of World War 2. The author has done a superb job and this cannot be bettered."

 

Gallipoli

BookGallipoli; Command under Fire

ReviewedWar History Online

"Yes, there are many books about Gallipoli but by that same token there are many books about the Somme Campaign of 1916.  So what?  There is always room for more!  Historians will keep writing about the Great War as long as there is public interest in the subject.  American Lieutenant-Colonel, Dr Edward J. Erickson has produced a fascinating study of the Ottoman and British plans, operations and senior officers of the campaign.   To quote from the book’s introduction, “The thesis of this book is that the Ottoman Army won the Gallipoli campaign because, at the operational level, its commanders demonstrated a more effective understanding and employment of command and control than its Allied adversaries.”  Building on his Gallipoli The Ottoman Campaign (Pen & Sword, 2010) and his other work on the subject Erickson has produced another compelling book.  Do not expect a pro-allied approach here, using excellent Turkish sources Erickson certainly pursues the Ottoman cause and good for him."

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