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  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I think we're going to see two editions of the same book with different titles and cover-art.


    The variation in the page count are because one is hardback and another electronic.

    There is also an audio-book version in the offing from Audible.

    I really like the U.S. version's cover, but I can't justify buying both!
  2. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I will be buying this when it comes out.
    First of two volumes from Hikoki Press who do top notch books

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  3. idler

    idler GeneralList

    A proof proving miracles do happen. The final version should be a little less purple:


    Watch this space (that's probably jinxed it now)...
  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Pushed back to 04 Mar 2021... or 24 Jun 2021, depending on whom you believe.
  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Just spotted this:

    When Frederick Morgan was appointed COSSAC (Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander), in the spring of 1943, there was no approved plan for a cross-Channel attack and no commander. There was not even agreement about when the re-entry into the Continent would occur. The western Allies were in the midst of a great debate about the strategy or strategies to defeat Nazi Germany. COSSAC's primary task was to create a plan that would be approved by the inter-allied Combined Chiefs of Staff. To gain that authorization, Morgan had to decide where the attack was to take place, address the need for improvised shelters for the transport ships until a port could be captured; create all the structure necessary for a multi-national force that would liberate countries, not occupy them; and convince his superiors that it could be done with the limited forces they were willing to provide. COSSAC presents a new interpretation of Morgan's vital contributions to the development of the OVERLORD plan by exploring his leadership, his unorthodox approach to problem-solving, and his willingness to disregard or modify orders he thought wrong. By constantly taking the initiative to move the discussions forward, Morgan secured the needed political approval of a concept for the Normandy landings that Montgomery and Eisenhower would modify into the D-Day operational plan.

    Stephen Kepher, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and an independent scholar, received his MLitt (with distinction) in War Studies from the University of Glasgow and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has presented papers on COSSAC at a Society for Military History's annual conference and at Normandy 75, at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is a member of the Society for Military History and the Naval Institute.


    Preview Here:

    Long review here:
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2020
  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This has just popped up on my radar. Instinctively looks good.

    Hardback [Front/Rear] / Paperback Covers.

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    Preview Available:

    • ISBN-10 : 1787631583
    • Hardcover : 512 pages
    • ISBN-13 : 978-1787631588
    • Publisher : Bantam Press (15 Oct. 2020)
    • Product Dimensions : 16.2 x 4.5 x 24 cm
    Edit: the number of 'hits' on a search for "Sharkey" leads me to hope we might also get some classic takes from the leader of 801 Squadron.
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  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    A new Alanbrooke biography to be published 15/2/21:


    Lord Alanbrooke was Churchill’s right-hand man during World War II, and as Chief of the Imperial General Staff he had an integral part in shaping the strategy of Britain and the Allies. Despite this crucial role, he is very little known compared to military commanders such as Montgomery, Alexander, Slim, Mountbatten, Patton, or Eisenhower. This new biography of Lord Alanbrooke uses archival material and his diaries to trace his life, including his experiences in World War I and the development of his military career in the interwar years, with a focus on his post as the Chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II. Voted the greatest Briton of the 20th century, Churchill has long been credited with almost single-handedly leading his country to victory in World War II. However without Brooke, a skilled tactician, at his side the outcome might well have been disastrous. Brooke more often than not served as a brake on some of Churchill’s more impetuous ideas. However, while Brooke's diaries reveal his fury with some of Churchill's decisions, they also reveal his respect and admiration for the wartime prime minister. In return Churchill must surely have considered Brooke one of his most difficult subordinates but later wrote that he was "fearless, formidable, articulate, and in the end convincing". As CIGS, Brooke was integral to coordination between the Allied forces, and so had to wrestle with the cultural strategy clash between the British and Americans. Comments in his diaries offer up his opinions of both his British and American military colleagues – his negative assessments of Mountbatten’s ability, and acerbic comments on the difficult character of de Gaulle and the weaknesses of Eisenhower. Conversely he was clearly over-indulgent in the face of Montgomery's foibles. Brooke was often seen as a stern and humourless figure, but a study of his private life reveals an little-seen lighter side, a lifelong passion for birdwatching, and abiding love for his family. The two tragedies that befell his immediate family were a critical influence on his life. Sangster completes this new biography with a survey of the way various historians have assessed Brooke, explaining how he has lapsed into seeming obscurity in the years since his crucial part in the Allied victory in World War II.

    384 pages os significant, but I've never heard of the author.
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  8. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Well-Known Member

    It is on offer in local supermarkets for £10 at Asda and £11 at Sainsbury in central Scotland.
  9. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Seen in Heffers yesterday: Zetterling's Normandy 1944 has been republished by Casemate. Touted as 'revised and expanded', I don't know if it's a must-have replacement for the original.
  10. kopite

    kopite Member

    Looking forward to reading this one, his War Diaries is the best book I've read on WW2. The Alanbrooke biography by David Fraser is also very good.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This is not so much coming soon as it is recently arrived:


    Ralph Cochrane was born in 1895 into a distinguished naval family. After joining the Royal Navy, he volunteered in 1915 to serve with the RNAS in airships and was an early winner of the Air Force Cross. In 1918 he transferred to the fledgling RAF and learnt to fly, serving in Iraq as a flight commander under 'Bomber' Harris. His inter-war career saw him as a squadron commander in Aden before he became the first Chief of Air Staff of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. During the Second World War he served mainly in Bomber Command and commanded 5 Group from early 1943\. He formed 617 Squadron and was instrumental in planning the legendary Dambuster Raid, the most spectacular of the War, as well as the sinking of the battleship Tirpitz. An inspirational leader, he trained 5 Group in low level target marking skills. Post war Cochrane held a string of senior appointments commanding Transport Command, Flying Training Command and finally as Vice Chief of Air Staff, retiring in 1952. He died in 1977.
    • Hardcover : 320 pages
    • ISBN-13 : 978-1526765079
    • Product dimensions : 16.4 x 3.4 x 24.1 cm
    • Publisher : Pen & Sword Aviation (6 Oct. 2020)
    The other books I have by this author are well-researched and well-written.
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