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Malta's Greater Siege: And Adrian Warburton DSO*, DFC**, DFC (USA)

By Paul McDonald

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This is a true historical account of war in the air, at sea and on land in the battle for Malta's survival in the Second World War. It was a battle which decided the outcome of the war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Adrian Warburton, the airman described in the subtitle by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Tedder, went missing in 1944 in a single-seat American aircraft. He had flown at least 395 operational missions mostly from Malta. Unusually for a reconnaissance pilot, 'Warby' as he was known was credited with nine aircraft shot down. He lay undiscovered for sixty years. He is the RAF's most highly decorated photo-recce pilot.In Malta, Adrian met Christina, a stranded dancer turned aircraft plotter in the secret world deep beneath Valletta's fortress walls. She too was decorated for heroism. Together, they became part of the island's folklore. How important was Malta and the girl from Cheshire to the man behind the medals? This tale takes the form of a quest opening in a cemetery in Bavaria and closing in another in Malta. In between, the reader is immersed within the tension and drama surrounding Malta's Greater Siege retracing the steps of the main characters over the forever changed face of the island following its heroic victory
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I take it that people do not read books very often if they think Warburton has lain "undiscovered for sixty years". What of 'Warburton's War' by Tony Spooner, William Kimber, 1987. Or the many mentions of him in Constance Babington Smith's 'Evidence in Camera', Chatto & Windus, 1958, let alone articles in aviation magazines? This may be a good book but it certainly has not 'discovered the unknown' Warburton, he has been known about for some time!

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THE BLACK BERET: THE HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA'S ARMOURED FORCES VOLUME 1 - BEGINNINGS TO THE INVASION OF MADAGASCAR 1942

By Willem Steenkamp

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Volume 1 of "The Black Beret" starts with the early history of South Africa and ends with the invasion of Madagascar by the South African Forces during WWII. This volume covers topics such as how armour came to the battlefield, the use of horses vs armoured car in German South West Africa in 1915, the first steps to mechanisation, the birth of the Tank Corps, and the deployment into East Africa through Abyssinia to Addis Abba during the early years of WWII. We next experience the reverses and victories of the desert campaign with the 4th Armoured Car Company amongst others, fighting alongside the Desert Rats, Operation Crusader, the disaster at Tobruk, through the Gazala gallop and on to the victory at El Alamein. We meet the newly reconstituded SA Armoured Corps training at Khatadba in Egypt for deployment in the Italian campaign with the famous South African 6th Armoured Diivision, and we ride with the armour element that takes part in the invasion of Madagascar. The development of the various marks of South African armoured reconnaisance cars are touched upon but will be discussed in more detail in a later volume. This is an important and overlooked story, one told by Willem Steenkamp in a rich and unique style, and drawing on a significant number of sources, ably supported by many photographs and maps.

Copies of the classic "Springboks in Armour" are expensive and hard to find so this new larger history is well timed. My only caveat is that the publisher is known for release dates that slip, slide and often vanish over the horizon. Here's hoping this book actually shows up sometime in the near future
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This looks like it might be a good one

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New Battle of Britain series, sample pages

Wing Leader Publishing, the company of Simon Parry and Mark Postlethwaite had announced the publishing of a 10 plus volume series on the Battle of Britain, a major update from the Battle of Britain Then and Now book. Their Luftwaffe Crash Archive series was superb.

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We are very excited to announce the forthcoming launch of an exciting new series of books - The Battle of Britain Combat Archive.
This approximately 10 Volume Series will grow to become the most in-depth record of Fighter Command's part in the Battle ever produced. Concentrating only on the air combats, each day is broken down into separate engagements which are then detailed with lists of claims and losses and most importantly, combat and intelligence reports written by those who actually took part. With an editorial team including some of the leading Battle of Britain experts, this series presents new and detailed information about every combat in the Battle of Britain, and illustrates it with specially commissioned profiles, maps and full page illustrations by artists Mark Postlethwaite and Piotr Forkasiewicz. This series will become the most significant work on the subject to be published in 35 years; since the Battle of Britain - Then and Now in 1980
The first volume 10 July to 22 July 1940 is now available for preorder, scheduled to release Sept 15th and sample pages are available.

Battle of Britain Combat Archive Volume One

I like what I see so far so looks like I'll be saving my pennies to buy the titles as they release.
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Wing Leader Publishing, the company of Simon Parry and Mark Postlethwaite had announced the publishing of a 10 plus volume series on the Battle of Britain, a major update from the Battle of Britain Then and Now book. Their Luftwaffe Crash Archive series was superb.

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The first volume 10 July to 22 July 1940 is now available for preorder, scheduled to release Sept 15th and sample pages are available.

Battle of Britain Combat Archive Volume One

I like what I see so far so looks like I'll be saving my pennies to buy the titles as they release.
This looks good.I think I'll pre-order volume 1.Thanks C.D.
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I just finished Ian Toll's "The Conquering Tide," on the Pacific War from Guadalcanal to Philippine Sea (roughly June 1942-June 1944). It comes out in September, and will be a good read for anyone interested in the Pacific War (or who enjoyed his prior book, "Pacific Crucible," which covers Pearl Harbor to Midway).
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I just finished Ian Toll's "The Conquering Tide," on the Pacific War from Guadalcanal to Philippine Sea (roughly June 1942-June 1944). It comes out in September, and will be a good read for anyone interested in the Pacific War (or who enjoyed his prior book, "Pacific Crucible," which covers Pearl Harbor to Midway).
This book is the second of a trilogy by Toll..interesting I just added the first two on my wish list Amazon.I read the reviews on Conquering Tide and they were outstanding.I had never heard of Toll before

More on Ian Toll:
Prior to beginning work on Six Frigates in 2002, Ian had been a Wall Street analyst, a Federal Reserve financial analyst, and a political aide and speechwriter. He received his undergraduate degree in American History at Georgetown University (1989) and his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1995).

Ian lives in San Francisco and New York.

Thans J.J.

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This book was apparently released earlier then the stated release date of 15 September 2015.It is the last of a five book set on the 29th Infantry Division by Joseph Balkoski which started way back in 1989 with "Beyond The Beachhead"
I have just ordered my copy completing this 5 volume set.

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This is the fifth and final volume of Balkoski’s history of the US 29th Infantry Division in the Second World War. No other US division – not the Big Red One, not the 82nd Airborne, not the 1st Marines – has had its wartime experience described in this depth and scope. This has enabled him to tell the story of the 29th with both a depth of scope and sharing the experience of the men -- ranging from the commanding general to frontline riflemen -- that made up the division. Now that almost all of these are gone, this history will have to serve to tell both their story and that of the division, an organization that was exceptional (Omaha Beach) while sharing the same realities of warfare in Europe as the bulk of the US Army.

The previous volumes of Balkoski’s history have been part of the re-assessment of the US Army’s performance in the European theater in recent years. No longer seen as the lumbering victor over more skillful opponents, but capable of adaptation and innovation and having had a steep learning curve in spite of the heavy casualties at the sharp end.

The scope of the history has allowed the author to present a detailed and nuanced account of the fighting that made such adaptation a matter of life and death. Most previous accounts have skipped over or ignored the post D-Day fighting of the 29th, which missed out on the Battle of the Bulge. A five-volume history has allowed the author to present not just a few portraits trace the evolution of the men that made up the 29th from the day the left the drillhalls on mobilization in 1940 to that when the unit guidons – too often unaccompanied by any of the men that had carried them away – were returned to them over five years later. The characters range from the divisional commanding general to the riflemen, artillerymen and engineers that did the fighting and became the casualties.

From the portraits in this history, the US soldier of the Second World War appears in all his diversity and complexity, training, fighting, learning, dying, but, in the end, winning. The US Army of the Second World War was not efficient, but it was effective. The five volumes of this history shows how thousands of these came together into a division – the basic building block of late industrial age armies – that assumed its own personality as much as any of those that were part of it. A division is a complex organization, too large for any account to concentrate on all its personnel and subunits (especially those in the service support function), which means the author has had to concentrate on the evolution and adaptation, under the most stressing combat conditions, of the whole rather than the parts.
Long before the “Band of Brothers” of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment became television celebrities, historians sought to focus on small parts of the vast crusade in Europe that would otherwise become overshadowed by the sheer magnitude of the effort. But where small unit accounts can reproduce the tunnel vision of the frontline soldier, aware of the surroundings that mean life or death to him but unable to know much of the context of his and his friends’ efforts, at the division level, the context becomes much more important. The scope of this five-volume history allows the author to explain this context without taking his focus off the 29th.

Balkoski is a superb writer of history, recounting battlefield heroism while observing the evolution of division as fighting organization as well as that of the men that made up the 29th. It is not hard, perhaps, to make the US Army of the Second World War an object for “Greatest Generation” reverence. But Balkoski, with a sharp eye for detail and adroit use of a wide range of sources, including interviews, knows enough to tell the story straight and still retain its power. He lets readers relive the events rather than holding their doers up for admiration, something that produces a much more powerful experience for the reader.

He also draws a compelling picture of tactical level infantry combat in the context of the larger operational and strategic situation, combining narrative with analysis. He is especially good at noting the weather, the feel and noise of combat, the claustrophobic closeness of foxholes and the foul state of the roads at the German border. He lets us hear the tread of marching infantry and the scratch of pens writing home, as well as the GIs fighting for the ultimate victory, to return home.

I hope that a publisher will see the appeal in a boxed set of the five volumes (suitably updated) that would likely be a gift item of choice for those interested in military history. But, together, the five volumes are more than that. There are few members of the 29th left, of the original members from 1940, no more than a few handfuls. Balkoski has become, in their absence, the custodian of both of their memory and the reality of what they did. For that, not only the soldiers of the 29th, but readers of military history, have cause to thank him and appreciate his achievement

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End of Empire - 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

This book is especially for people interested in what happened in and around the Pacific in 1945 but also people with an interest in WW2 in common.

It charts events that during the one hundred days following Hiroshima had a profound effect on politics and society for decades to come. It makes its case through 350 events, nearly 100 vignettes that examine specific ideas in greater depth, and hundreds of photographs that bring the era to life.

A written edition of the book will be out in October but now you can join the conversation (everyone interested can give inputs and add information) on facebook/endofempire1945 or on the webpage endofempire.asia

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Book was announced back in 2011 but dropped off the listings.
Looks like it will finally see the light of day in November 2015.

Schnellboote: A Complete Operational History

by Lawrence Paterson

Nov. 2015

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The Kriegsmarine's Schnellboote – fast attack boats or E-boats to the Allies – were the primary German naval attack units in coastal waters throughout the Second World War.
Operating close to their various bases they became a devastatingly effective weapon in nearly all the Kriegsmarine's theatres of war, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It was in the English Channel, however, that they scored their most notable successes, destroying some forty warships and more than one hundred merchant ships. In addition to interception and attack, they were also used for minelaying, landing sabotage troops and general escort duties.
There has been, to date, no comprehensive operational history of the S-boat service in all the theatres in which it saw service, but due to the relatively small number of units it is possible to recount the duties and fates of each individual craft and in this new book the author examines the career of each in detail.
In addition, operations alongside the commando units of the Kleinkampfverbande are covered.
As the War progressed, S-boats suffered from the increased Allied mastery of the seas and skies but they were a formidable foe right to the end; this new book is the first to do full justice to their record of success
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As a German battalion commander Rudolf Bohmler fought in the front line during the fierce battles fought at Monte Cassino. After the war he wrote this remarkable history, one of the first full-length accounts of this famous and controversial episode in the struggle for Italy. His pioneering work, which has long been out of print, gives a fascinating insight into the battle as it was perceived at the time and as it was portrayed immediately after the war. While his fluent narrative offers a strong German view of the fighting, it also covers the Allied side of the story, at every level, in graphic detail. The climax of his account, his description of the tenacious defence of the town of Cassino and the Monte Cassino abbey by exhausted, outnumbered German troops, has rarely been equalled His book presents a soldier's view of the fighting but it also examines the tactics and planning on both sides. It is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the Cassino battles and the Italian campaign.

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Chars D2 Au Combat: Les Elephants De Guerre Du Colonel De Gaulle

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Scheduled for December 2015

Part of Histoire et Collections Encyclopedia of the French Army series.

Will be in French but lovely produced books that are musts for anyone interested in the fighting in France 1940. Will definitely be picking it up.
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Part of Histoire et Collections Encyclopedia of the French Army series.

Will be in French but lovely produced books that are musts for anyone interested in the fighting in France 1940. Will definitely be picking it up.
This publisher frequently translates the popular titles into English. This may be one. But if not, the level of French is not too challenging.
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Hitler's Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich

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June 2016

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This was a true people’s army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army’s early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler’s mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings—moral, political, economic, strategic, and operational—of the army’s own leadership
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