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  1. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    I spoke to Pen & Sword about this book today, as I'd pre-ordered it back in April and it hadn't arrived (May release). I was informed it went to the printers two weeks ago and should be available to purchase early next month!


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    Low and behold! This book arrived on my doorstep last Saturday, I haven't started it yet but I've given it the once over. It looks like a very good book and best of all it's answered something that has puzzled me for a while now
     
  2. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Not sure we need another but Patrick Bishop has a new book coming out on the Battle of Britain.

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    Battle of Britain: A Day-by-day Chronicle, 10 July-31 October


    Product Description
    After the fall of France in 1940, Hitler turned his attention to Germany's sole remaining enemy: Great Britain. His plans to invade Britain depended on crippling Britain's Royal Air Force. In July the Luftwaffe, the German air force, began its attempt to bomb Britain into submission - the resulting conflict was known as the Battle of Britain. Acclaimed historian Patrick Bishop is ideally placed to tell the story of Britain's fight for national survival. Battle of Britain offers a concise, day-by-day narrative account of the battle along with illustrations, eye-witness accounts, documents, posters and timelines. Every aspect of the battle is covered from multiple points of view providing a unique and gripping account of the battle, the men and women who fought it, and the world of the 1940s. Numerous and fascinating aspects of the conflict are discussed: aircraft and aircraft specifications; RAF Fighter Command order of battle; Luftwaffe order of battle; RAF Fighter Command groups; squadrons; commanders; meteorological conditions; plane and pilot casualties; ace flyers and their kill rates; navigation aids; myths, stories and the legend of 'the few'.

    About the Author
    Patrick Bishop has worked as senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of The Irish Empire; the acclaimed book The Provisional IRA with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling Fighter Boys; and most recently the best-selling Bomber Boys and 3 Para. He lives in London.

    Battle of Britain: A Day-by-day Chronicle, 10 July-31 October: Amazon.co.uk: Patrick Bishop: Books
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Looks interesting....I wonder how/if it differs from ATB's BoB :unsure:
     
  4. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Not sure we need another


    If its a REAL chronology....and not the normal "Day-by-day but ONLY about the days WE want to tell you about"...and in decent detail it will plug a gap. I know there's an abundance of books on the Bob - but also an abundance of dross :(
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    If its a REAL chronology....and not the normal "Day-by-day but ONLY about the days WE want to tell you about"...and in decent detail it will plug a gap. I know there's an abundance of books on the Bob - but also an abundance of dross :(

    Looking at the thickness of my ATB Battle of Britain -as far as detail goes it will take some beating.
     
  6. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Just received on Amazon , I got the book on Monday and had it finished by Thursday - a very good read on what was a very tragic incident.
    Did it change my thinking on the subject - slightly , I can perhaps understand more the American angle but the waste of life still hits me - Laconia was one of several potential "Lacaonias" , Io wonder how they would have worked out had the Laconia survivors been rescued ?

    A hard and uncompromising war , hindsight and distance a wonderful tools , a book which makes you think a little .
     

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  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

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    The Few: The Story of the Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots

    Product Description
    The history of the Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots from a unique archive of first hand accounts. In 1940, the world was shaken when Hitler conquered France and the Low Countries in just six weeks. As Hitler prepared a seaborne invasion of England, only RAF Fighter Command stood against the Nazi dictator, and the world literally held its breath. The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31 October 1940. The Luftwaffe's intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitler's invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten. The enemy fighter pilots, in their brightly painted Messerschmitt 109s, were the most experienced in the world. But somehow the RAF pilots, fighting desperately in a spider's web of intricate vapour trails, and with sudden and violent death an ever present companion, prevailed. Afterwards, Churchill paid homage to them all: 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few'. A legend had been born. Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood and began seriously researching the subject in the 1970s. He wrote thousands of letters and travelled extensively over the UK interviewing the fabled 'Few'. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed more Battle of Britain survivors than any other author and his archive is a unique collection of veterans 'voices'. In this new book Dilip Sarkar chronicles the Battle of Britain from start to finish, drawing extensively from his interviews with pilots and support staff.


    Yet another BofB book out soon.

    Don't think anything will match ATBs BofB book, Drew. It's awesome in scope.
    No doubt I will be adding to my BofB book collection.
     
  8. MLW

    MLW Senior Member

    My first entry into the world of book publishing - a book I co-authored about combat on the Maginot Line in 1940. It will be out Feb 2010. As simple as an Osprey book may be, it was still a lot of work.file:///C:/Users/Marc/Desktop/ML1940Cover.jpg
    Cheers, Marc

    Product Description

    Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defense against a German invasion of France. However, different sections of the line were built at different times and the strength of various sections varied widely. During their Blitzkrieg invasion, the Germans were able to identify these weak points and focus their attacks against them.

    This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line. While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, the line held at other key points. Ultimately the Maginot Line proved a failure, but the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.
     

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  9. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  10. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

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    Pre-eminent military historian Max Hastings presents Winston Churchill as he has never been seen before. Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader Britain ever had. In 1940, the nation rallied behind him in an extraordinary fashion. But thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army, and what they were capable of delivering.

    Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45: Winston Churchill as Warlord 1940-45
     
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

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    Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe: Amazon.co.uk: Jean Louis Roba

    Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
     
  12. Gage

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  13. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

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  14. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

  15. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Released simutaneously in Dutch and English, apparently contains previously unpublished pictures.
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  16. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    HI Paul & All,

    Found a book in a charity shop called Return via Dunkirk by Gun Buster about Y Batterys Travels does anyone know about this what Artilley until were they in its an early book too 1944...

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  17. Gage

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  18. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Jungle Soldier: The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman

    In 1941 Chapman was dispatched to Singapore to train British guerrillas for the coming war with Japan. Setting out from Kuala Lumpur on 7 January 1942 on a mission to sabotage Japanese supply lines, he became a veritable one-man army.

    Jungle Soldier: The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman: Amazon.co.uk: Brian Moynahan: Books


    I can highly recommend Spencer's own book, The Jungle is Neutral
    The Jungle Is Neutral: Amazon.co.uk: F. Spencer Chapman: Books
     
  19. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    [​IMG] Most managed to forge a life for themselves again, despite their disabilities, traumas and disfigurements. Many rebuilt relationships with their families that had been all but destroyed by their experiences of war. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM is the story of these men and their families, told in their own words. It depicts the dying months of the Great War, when victory was close, but would still claim the lives of tens of thousands. It describes the joys and disappointments of triumph, the shock of homecoming, and the painful readjustment to ordinary civilian life. And it shows how wives and children reacted to their men coming home - often mentally and physically scarred, sometimes virtual strangers. The aftermath of the Great War lasted for decades, and in some cases is still felt today. This book, by the bestselling author of Last Post, is a fitting tribute to those who have experienced its legacy.

    We Will Remember Them: Voices from the Aftermath of the Great War: Memories of Our First World War Soldiers
     
  20. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

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    Albert John ('Jack') Martin was a thirty-two-year-old clerk at the Admiralty when he was called up to serve in the army in September 1916. These diaries, written in secret, hidden from his colleagues and only discovered by his family after his return home, present the Great War with heartbreaking clarity, written in a voice as compelling and distinctive as Wilfred Owen or Siegfried Sassoon and all the more extraordinary given that it is not an officer's but that of a private. From his arrival in France and his participation in the Somme, through offensives at Ypres and eventual demobilisation after the Armistice, we see wartime life as it really was for the ordinary Tommy. In these journals, introduced and edited by bestselling First World War historian Richard van Emden, we witness the cheerful Albert Martin getting to grips with life in the trenches and, together with his comrades in the Royal Engineers, confronting the ever-present threat of injury and death. We also see the mundane reality of life at the front line - the arguments with superiors, the joy brought by the arrival of packages from loved ones at home and the appalling conditions in which that attritional war was fought.
    Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Albert Martin
     

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