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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 is 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!
    Last edited: May 16, 2021
  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:
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  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.
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  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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  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Another new RAF biography just out. Page count is a little light.


    The Battle of Britain from July to September 1940 is one of the finest moments in our Nation's history. While credit rightly goes to ‘The Few', victory could never have happened without the inspirational command and leadership of New Zealander Keith Park. He and Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding ensured that Fighter Command was prepared for the Nazi onslaught. Promoted to Air Vice Marshal, Park took over No 11 Group, responsible for the defence of London and South East England in April 1940. A shrewd tactician and hands-on commander, Park carefully husbanded his limited resources and famously wore down Goering's Luftwaffe, thus forcing Hitler to abandon his invasion plans. Shamefully Dowding and Park were dismissed from their commands in the aftermath of victory due to internal RAF politics. Fortunately, Park's career was far from over and his management of the defence of Malta made significant contribution to victory in the Mediterranean. This balanced and well overdue account hopefully ensures that Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park receives the credit for victory that he so richly deserves.
    • Publisher : Pen & Sword Aviation (22 Jan. 2021)
    • Language : English
    • Hardcover : 208 pages
    • ISBN-10 : 1526767902
    • ISBN-13 : 978-1526767905

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  13. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Due for release in September 2021 will be the latest work from Philip W. Blood whose book 'Hitler's Bandit Hunters' is essential reading for those who wish to understand the importance of Bandenbekämpfung to German military doctrine in WW2, including how it related to the Commando Order. The new book is called 'Birds of Prey' and will cover the involvement of Luftwaffe troops on the ground in the area of the Bialowieza Forest in German-occupied northeast Poland.
    The book also covers how men were able to commit war crimes or have knowledge of them and then cover them up after the war, such as Adolf Galland.

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2021
  14. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Two books due for release in the coming few weeks.

    Firstly is Abandon Ship: The Real Story Of The Sinkings In The Falklands War by Paul Brown and due for release on 1st April.

    Publishers blurb -
    When Argentinian forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982, the British government responded by despatching a task force to the Atlantic to wrest back control of the islands. The resulting war saw modern weapon systems tested in combat for the first time, to tragic effect. In the aftermath, official documents were released, but many were heavily censored, and others withheld altogether, so that a full understanding of those events could not be gained. Drawing from recently declassified and previously unpublished reports from the official inquiry, Dr Paul Brown details the true story behind the dramatic events that led to the loss of six British ships - HMS Antelope, Ardent, Coventry and Sheffield, RFA Sir Galahad and SS Atlantic Conveyor - as well as the controversial sinking of the Argentinian cruiser ARA General Belgrano by HMS Conqueror.

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  15. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    And secondly is Agents Of Influence: Britain's Secret Intelligence War Against The IRA by Aaron Edwards and due for release on 29th March.

    Publishers blurb -
    Recruited by British Intelligence to infiltrate the IRA and Sinn Féin during the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles, they were ‘agents of influence’. With codenames like INFLICTION, STAKEKNIFE, 3007 and CAROL, these spies played a pivotal role in the fight against Irish republicanism. Now, for the first time, some of these agents have emerged from the shadows to tell their compelling stories. Agents of Influence takes you behind the scenes of the secret intelligence war which helped bring the IRA’s armed struggle to an end.

    Historian Aaron Edwards, the critically acclaimed author of UVF: Behind the Mask, explains how the IRA was penetrated by British agents, with explosive new revelations about the hidden agendas of prominent republicans like Martin McGuinness and Freddie Scappaticci and lesser-known ones like Joe Haughey and John Joe Magee. Bringing to light recently declassified TOP SECRET documents and the first-hand testimonies of agents and their handlers, Edwards reveals how British Intelligence gained extraordinary access to the IRA’s inner circle and manipulated them into engaging with the peace process.

    With new insights into the spy masters behind the scenes, their strategies and tactics, and operations in Europe, the United States and beyond, Agents of Influence offers a rare and shocking glimpse into betrayal at the heart of Irish republicanism during the vicious decades of the Troubles.

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  16. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    There's a new book out based on the personal accounts of the men of 1 Suffolk, "Fighting Through to Germany".
  17. Rostick

    Rostick Member

    Just saw that James Holland has a new book coming up in April 2021. I rate the guy reasonably highly and particularly enjoyed his account of the Battle of Britain, so I'll get a copy of this.

    It's called "The War in Italy: A Ladybird Expert Book"
  18. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    It only has 56 pages so don't think it'll be anything other than a brief overview for kids. His next book is going to be on the Sherwood Foresters or Rangers (can't remember which one).
  19. Rostick

    Rostick Member

    Yea, I saw it as I was browsing the forum and got a bit carried away posting here without looking into it more. I didn't know about the Ladybird series and their short books. It's not for kids (according to goodreads), but it is for beginners. My bad.

    Sherwood Rangers.
  20. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    My main area of interest is the Spanish Civil War and 2021 is looking to be a good year for books on the subject.
    Pen and Sword have been releasing a number of titles on the subject and have two more scheduled for this year:
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    Casemate has this one due April

    Routledge has some high end titles coming out on Italian involvement in the SCW which I'll be saving my pennies for.
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