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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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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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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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An "outrageous secret, a ridiculous tale of silence"

Advantages: Easy to read, fascinating, warm
Disadvantages: Alternation of tenses of the narrative

...Like a number of books I’ve reviewed, this one caught my eye in my local branch of “The Works”. I’ve read several books about Bletchley Park and the decryption of German (and Italian and Japanese) ciphers, and this one seemed a worthy addition. It also pr ...

2mennycds 26.02.2016 · Read full review
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Review of My Secret Life in Hut Six - Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones

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