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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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"It will be a great thing for a man to say 'I fought at Arnhem'."

Advantages: Moving, personal account, well written
Disadvantages: Won't appeal to all, more maps would be useful

I remember once in my early teens talking to my mother about the battle of Arnhem that took place in September 1944. Almost in hushed tones she said, “They were betrayed.” I don’t know how widely believed this explanation for the battle’s failure was bel ...

2mennycds 19.04.2016 · Read full review
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Review of We Fought at Arnhem - Mike Rossiter

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"We couldn't wait to get back to the desert..."

Advantages: Interesting, easy to read, individual focus, little-known subject
Disadvantages: None - apart from the genre for some

1980. The Iranian Embassy, London. Terrorists seeking autonomy for the Khuzestan province in Iran have taken twenty six people hostage. Almost an hour ago they have killed their first hostage and thrown the body onto the street. They hope that now their ...

2mennycds 24.08.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Men Who Made the SAS - Gavin Mortimer

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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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