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The hunt for the deadliest German weapons

Advantages: Little known story, well written, intriguing photographs
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little too lengthy/detailed for some

On 8th September 1944 three people were killed in Staveley Road, Chiswick (west London). It was apparently a “gas-line explosion” and, three deaths to explosions were hardly remarkable in wartime London. What WAS unusual wasn’t the number killed, but th ...

2mennycds 18.10.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Operation Crossbow - Allan Williams

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"Scathed but unbroken"

Advantages: Well translated, compelling, from harrowing to uplifting
Disadvantages: Disturbing; many names - hard to keep track

The subtitle of this book is accurate but incomplete, in my opinion: “One woman’s extraordinary account of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany”. It is the story of a JEWISH woman who lived in hiding in Berlin throughout the Nazi regime, form its rise t ...

2mennycds 25.05.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Gone to Ground - Marie Jalowicz Simon

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A Tiger for Churchill? (Oh Yusss?)

Advantages: Easy to read, gripping, fascinating
Disadvantages: Rather gung-ho, one or two stylistic issues

On 20th April 1942 Adolf Hitler was greeted by the sight of two tanks at his mountain stronghold. They were being showcased to him. One was manufactured by Porsche, the other by Herschel. The Hershel model outperformed its Porsche rival and won its compa ...

2mennycds 09.03.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Catch That Tiger - Noel Botham, Bruce Montague

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"Sealion" and "The Bulldog"

Advantages: Fascinating, well researched but easy to read
Disadvantages: None

...At some point in summer or early autumn 1940, three waves of German troops would form the invasion force of operation “Seelöwe” (“Sealion”) against Britain. Ninety thousand would make the initial assault and a further one hundred and seventy thousand wo ...

2mennycds 16.03.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Operation Sealion - Leo McKinstry

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A secret well told

Advantages: Fascinating, well written, accessible
Disadvantages: Some might be put off by its genre

At one time I could have envisaged myself as a schoolteacher. Apart from some of the children I’d have to deal with. And the continually changing curriculum. Oh and the long relentless days. And the constant blame for under-performing children (anyone el ...

2mennycds 30.03.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Spies in the Sky - Taylor Downing

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