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  1. Hungarian Armoured Forces in WWII Photosniper 26 ISBN : 9788365437655 Kagero via Casemate UK Hungary was caught at the end of WWI on the wrong side and was treated harshly by the Allies. Under the 1920 treaty of Trianon they lost nearly half their population and more than 60% of their territory to hostile boarding nations. Which is the reason the joined the Axis forces in WWII, however it would seem they chose the wrong side again! The book looks at Hungarian armed forces between the wars, and then in WWII through the various campaigns they fought in. There is a wealth of black & white photos of the forces in action and details of equipment they used, most of it indigenous to the country. This indigenous Armour is also examined in the book. The book also examines foreign vehicles in Hungarian Service, and Hungarian Markings & Camouflage. There are 11 pages of line drawings/plans of the Hungarian equipment located towards the end of the book along 6 pages of colour photos, and 9 pages of colour profiles. This volume is A4 soft back in format and an 131 pages. Conclusion This book should provide readers with a better understanding of the Armoured forces of Hungary and they equipment they used. The wealth of photographs, together with drawings and colour plates will be of great use to the modeller, and of great interest to anyone studying one of the seemingly less well known Axis powers. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. German Destroyer Z37 Kagero Super Drawings in 3D The Z37 was a Type 1936A destroyer built for the Kriegsmarine, (German Navy), during World War II. Completed in 1942, the ship spent most of her brief career deployed in France. She participated in the Battle of the Bay of Biscay at the end of 1943 before she was accidentally rammed by the destroyer Z32 in early 1944. Towed back to port, the Kriegsmarine decided that she was too badly damaged to repair and disarmed her hulk. Decommissioned later that year, she was scuttled by her crew before being scrapped by the French in 1949. This latest book in the Super Drawings in 3D series from Kagero, is actually the 55th in the series, which is becoming THE single point of reference for maritime modellers. Following the now familiar format the first five pages contain text describing the design of the ship, its propulsion, armour, armament, its operational service and a conclusion. There follows seventy six pages of beautifully rendered drawings covering all external areas of the ship, a lot of which shows up details that you couldn’t get from period photographs of plans. Each rendering has brief annotations which give useful insights as to what the areas are and the subtle details included. A while ago Kagero stated that they weren’t going to include plans with these books and were going to sell them rolled up so that buyers could mount them in frames. It’s great to see that they have changed their minds on this, as the plans are just as useful as the renderings in the book. One side of the single A2 sheet contains three views of the ship in 1:200 scale, while on the opposite side plans of the ship from fore and aft, plus diagrams of the main armament, torpedo tubes and ships boats in 1:100, main rangefinder, searchlights and AA weaponry in 1:50, all very useful to the super detailer. Conclusion This is another superb addition to the series and will be very useful if you’re building any of the multitude of kits in 1:350 and 1:700 available today. With this book by your side you should be able to really go to town with the detailing, producing your museum quality models. Review sample courtesy of
  3. HMS Royal Oak Kagero TopDrawings This softback book, in their Topdrawing series is a mine of information for the maritime modeller. Although only consisting of eighteen pages this is very similar to the 3D Drawing series but without the range of colourful renderings, this book is filled with line drawings. This actually makes it easier to see what’s what as you’re not distracted by the colour schemes. Each line drawing is very nicely done, concentrating on different sections of the ship. Interspersed between the larger drawings there are numerous smaller diagrams of individual pieces of equipment, such as the turrets, winches, ships boats, rangefinders, aircraft and ships cranes. The drawings on the secondary and tertiary armament are particularly detailed, for those modellers who wish to take their detailing to the nth degree. It should be noted that the drawings are from two separate time periods, 1917 and 1939. Included with the book are two A1 sheets, one with line drawings of the ship from 1937 in 1:350 scale, (hopefully Trumpeter or Merit International will oblige us with a kit in this scale soon), on the other side there is are three side views showing the differences of the ship in 1917, 1919 and 1937. The second sheet has colour renderings of the starboard side and from above as of 1937. On the other side is a cross section drawing showing the major internals of the ship, as well as a couple of drawings of the secondary armament deck. Conclusion This is another very useful book for modellers and historians alike. Whilst there are a number of 1:700 scale kits about, from the likes of ROS Op, and WSW, there aren’t any kits in 1:350. Although, in this day and age you can never say never, when it comes to manufacturers release schedule. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  4. 101st Airborne in Normandy ISBN : 9781612005232 Casemate Illustrated - Casemate UK I would think a lot of people are now acquainted with the 101st Airborne from the excellent Band Of Brothers mini series. The "Screaming Eagles" were raised/activated in 1942. The idea of Paratroops was new at the time and the Allies were playing catch up after the success of German operations. The Division would go on from Normandy to fight in Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and be the first allied troops into Berchetsgaden and the Eagles nest. This book in the Casemate Illustrated series combines text, pictures, maps to bring us the 101st's operations on D-Day and the following battle for Normandy. It looks at the initial chaotic start to the completion of their mission to secure the vital beach heads. From there it follows their advance into Normandy itself with the attack and Caretan to then face a counter attack by the German 2nd Armoured Division. The book goes into details of the planning, and execuation of their mission and subsequent actions until they were withdrawn to prepare for the ill fated operation Market Garden. The book is A5 in format, 128 pages long and contains many contemporary photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in the 101st Airborne, and in particularly their actions in Normandy this is a must read. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" ISBN : 9781612005256 Casemate Illustrated - Casemate UK The 2nd SS Panzer Division has to be one of the most infamous German units of WWII due to two massacres of French Civilians. Up to that point it had fought in most of the operations of the Germany Army with the exception of the Italian Campaign. This book in the Casemate Illustrated series combines text, pictures, maps to bring us the Divisions history from formation, through the blitzkrig campaigns in Poland, and then the low countries, then into France. Later they would move into Yugoslavia, and Russia as part of Operation Barbarossa. When the Allies invaded Normandy the Division was in Southern France and was thrown into Operation Luttich , the German counter offensive. The Division was encircled by the US 2nd Armoured Division at Roncey loosing most of its equipment their. The Division was finally surrender to the Allies in May 1945. Unfortunately the Division will be remembered for the massacres of 100 civilians in Tulles, and 642 civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane long after its military achievements have been forgotten. The book is A5 in format, 128 pages long and contains many contemporary photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in German Armoured Operations, and in particular the 2nd SS Panzer Regiment then this will be a good read. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Topdrawings 48 - Grumman F4F Wildcat ISBN : 9788365437631 Kagero via Casemate UK The Grumman F4F Wildcat (or Martlet in British Service) was a carrier bourne fighter developed in the 1930 from the Grumman FF Biplane. The FF was the first US Naval aircraft to have retractable landing gear with the wheels still visible even when retratacted and this carried over to the F4F. The USN offically adopted the type in 1941 as the Wildcat though they had been in service since 1940 with the Royal Navy. This book is not a reference book on the Wildcat per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller all the plans are in 1.48 with a 1/24th scale rule on the pages as well. In the centre of the book is an A2 double sided pull out plan in 1/32nd scale as well. As an extra there is one set of 1:48 masks, and one of 1:72 in the book. All text is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these aircraft and intend to model a few of an individual aircraft then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Phoenix - A Complete History Of the Luftwaffe 1918-1945 Volume 1 - The Phoenix is Reborn 1918-1934 ISBN : 9781910294505 Helion and Company Casemate UK The Phoenix here is referring to the rebirth of the Luftwaffe following the end of The First World War. This series of books is based on an amazing 40 years of research and covers much more than famous aircraft, battles and aces. Areas such as Training, organisation, and areas not normally researched such as Anti-Aircraft guns, signalling and medical services are also examined. This series of books will examine five major themes from the history; (A) Strategy and Command, (B) Ministerial Activity, (C) Technology and Production, (D) Infrastructure and Training, and (E) Operations. This will enable readers to look at a particular area if it suits them, and look at the relationships between, and holding these aspects together. This first volume covers a period which has not been extensively researched before. That immediately following the first world war, and the intervening secret build up of the Luftwaffe prior to its public unveiling in 1935. A great deal of development / preparatory work was done in this period not only in training, and aircraft development but in organising all the various parts. It shows how Goring and Hitler essentially inherited an air arm in waiting – a product of covert military professional endeavour over a period following the end of WWI. This volume is split into two parts. The first part deals with the years 1918 to 1932. The book calls this the period of secrecy where the emergency of the new German Armed Forces was kept secret. It follows from Germany in chaos after WWI, through the building of a new military, ordnance development, civil aviation, training of pilots, the development of the Flak Artillery; and the development of German Naval Aviation. The second part follows the rise of Hitler from 1933 to 1934 when all of the military activities came more to the fore. Conclusion This book should provide readers with a complete understanding of the early years of the Luftwaffe while is existence was still in fact a secret to many. You can see where the 40 years of research have gone to provide such an in depth look at this period. The book is hard cover slightly larger than A5 and 650 pages long. There are two sections with black & white photos. Highly Recommended. Vol I Review sample courtesy of
  8. Churchill's Secret War with Lenin British And Commonwealth Military Intervention In The Russian Civil War, 1918-20 ISBN : 9781911512103 Helion and Company Casemate UK Before getting this book I was aware of some British involvement in the Russian civil war which followed the revolution in 1917. I had seen a little on it mainly the fact that there still are WWI on display in Russia and former USSR countries which were captured at this time. It would seem that the UK Government and in particular Churchill were keen to firstly open another front to WWI, and then later help the White Russian cause as the anti revolutionary forces became to be called. In 1917 with the Russian revolution in full swing the Russian Army ceased hostilities with Germany on the Eastern Front. The allies considered this a great betrayal as it freed up those German forces to engage on the Western Front. The German Spring offensive of 1918 would not have been possible without these troops. The allies had had military missions in Russia as early as 1915. The first foray into Russia was a 5000 strong Naval & Marine force which was deployed to the Murmansk area primarily to stop the Germans establishing a U-Boat base in the region. U-Boats had to transition the North Sea to the Atlantic and it was feared that a northern base would enable them much easier access to the Atlantic. There was also a suggestion of protecting equipment already sent to aid the Russians in WWI. Suffice to say this was only the beginning and many more troops, Naval units and Air Force units would be dispatched over the next year to locations as diverse as The Baltic, North Russia, Siberia and the Crimea. Not only were these units British but would include commonwealth units from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. All form so modern warfare form Aircraft, through Tanks, and even Poison Gas were deployed; in the end to no avail. The different factions fighting for the White cause were disorganised, badly led, and under equipped. Often whole divisions would mutiny and change sides killing their own, and British Officers before doing so. In the end though these and other reasons the Western Powers left. The book looks at the initial deployment to Murmansk, and the later deployments through 1918 to 1920. It looks at the units deployed, where and what they did. Included is a full roll or honour, a list of Allied prisoners of the Soviets, list of Commonwealth forces involved, and lists of Warships deployed. The book is slightly larger than A5 in hardback format with 576 pages. As well as the excellent text there are maps and numerous black & white photographs. Conclusion Until this book there has been no English language publication dedicated to this "small" war. Indeed it has been hushed up in our history, with not even a campaign medal awarded to those who took part. This book should be required reading for politicians before committing troops to any further conflict. From mission creep, to inadequate resources, to no real understanding of the conflict, the problems from 1918 would still seem to permeate through to today's conflicts. I really cant recommend this book highly enough if you are interested in military history in general, or Britain's smaller and forgotten conflicts. The author spent 15 years researching the book and this shines through into an incredibly detailed account of the actions in Russia during this period. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Panzer Regiment 1 1939-45 ISBN : 9783935107181 Schneider Armour Research via Casemate UK Panzer Regiment 1 is the oldest Panzer Regiemnt of the Wehrmacht. This photo book covers the regiment from its formation, through training and inital fighting in the Sudetenland, through to Poland, Belgium, France, Russia, Greece, Italy and in Hungary. The text gives us details of the units inventory tables, campaign maps, and unit structure. Included in the photos are the different vehicle markings throughout the war. Most of the photos have been sourced from veterans albums and are previously unpublished. The book is A4 landscape format hard cover, with mainly photograps. Text is in English and German. Conclusion Until this book there has been no publication dedicated to the oldest Panzer Regiment of the Wehrmacht. Using many unpublished photos from Veterans Albums makes this a unique record. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. The Ardennes Battlefields ISBN : 9781612005348 Casemate UK I think I like a lot of people know about the Battle of the Bulge, but only generally from watching a few films and the excellent Band Of Brothers min series. However like a lot of things there is much more to it once start to get under the surface. By late 1944 the front was all but stationary in the 85 mile area of the Ardennes. It was here on the "ghost" front that Hitler would stage his final gamble to halt the Allies push into Germany. In what was a risky plan carefully hoarded reserves of men and equipment would be thrown through the heavily forested Ardennes into weak allied positions with the aim to be at Antwerp within a week. Through almost total secrecy the attack came as a great shock to the allies but in the end they were able to rally their troops, and a combination of this, the weather, and poor German logistics saw this last hurrah defeated; and then the way into Germany was more open than it was before. This book from Casemate looks at the complete battlefield. It is A4 hardback with 192 pages. It is lavishly printed through out with Black and white contemporary photos, complemented by colour photos of the areas today; and many colour maps of the battles which took place. The authors have looked at all aspect of the battles; the original German plan, the units on all sides, the attacks and counter attacks. The photos also look at the many memorials which litter the towns in the area, and which are still kept in excellent condition to this day. Conclusion This is very much a complete look at the Ardennes Battles fields, the photos and maps show how the battle panned out, and the modern photos show in some cases how little things have changed. If you are interested in WWII history then this book is a must. For the military modeller the wealth of contemporary photos give a very good idea of how the vehicles and troops looked at this time. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Dornier Do 22 Design, Development, Testing & service with the Yugoslav, Greek and Finnish Air Forces ISBN : 9788365437617 Kagero via Casemate UK When you think of flying boats Dornier is a name which stands out, however the Do 22 is not one of their Aircraft which immediately comes to mind. Never adopted by the Luftwaffe the Do 22 was developed at a request by the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The parasol winged monoplane was fabric over metal with bracing struts to the fuselage and the floats from the wing. Only 29 examples were manufactures for Yugoslavia, Greece, and Latvia. The Latvian examples were never delivered due to occupation by the Soviets and were transferred by Germany to Finland. The Greek examples were all destroyed during the German invasion, but eight Yugoslav machines managed to escape to Egypt where they flew under RAF control until lack of spares grounded the Aircraft. The Greeks would convert some of their aircraft to land machines, and the Finnish would use them in both land & sea configurations. The book is hardback A4 about 160 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, technical drawings, and scale plans of the aircraft. There are 20 colour profiles at the rear of the book for all the operating nations. An addition is a set of loose A2 sized plans of the aircraft. Conclusion Up until this book there has been no publication dedicated to the Do 22. The depth of knowledge inside in the writing, inclusion of many technical diagrams and plans shows the dedication to this work by the author Djordje NikoliC as I am sure not much of this information was easily obtainable. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Topdrawings 45 - Henschel Hs 126 ISBN : 9788365437600 Kagero via Casemate UK The HS 126 was a two seat reconnaissance / observation aircraft / Army cooperation aircraft developed by Henschel from their Hs 122. The pilot had an enclosed cockpit where as the gunner/observer had an open one. The aircraft entered service in 1937/38 and was used initially by the Condor Legion in Spain. However by the time WWII arrived it was found to be outclassed even though a the time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's reconnaissance squadrons. Even though the aircraft served in Europe, Africa and the Eastern front it was realised by 1941 that its front line service was over and it was relegated to training and hack roles. Some surviving aircraft were later pressed into service like many others at the tail end of the war. This book is not a reference book on the 126 per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller all the plans are in 1.72 & 1.48. In the centre of the book are 3 double sided A2 Plans in 1.32. As an extra there is one set of 1:48 & 1/72 masks. All text is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these aircraft and intend to model a few of an individual aircraft then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Target Saigon 1973-75 Volume 1 The Pretence of Peace ISBN : 9781911512349 Helion & Company via Casemate UK It was thought that following the signing of the Paris Peace accord in January 1973 would end the war in Vietnam. However the North Vietnamese had fallen short of their main objective of destroying the South Vietnamese Army and removing the regime from Saigon. The US had agreed to withdraw and exchange prisoners, however the leadership in the North were committed to the complete overthrow of the South and not just the peace which had been agreed. This books sets the scene of this time period. It examines the US withdrawal and how the North would continue to build up there forces and their logistics support from Russia & China; and the South Would build their forces with US Support. It then goes onto look as the fighting which not only returned but intensified. There is a wealth of photos of the ARVN forces, as well as the North Vietnamese forces; along with colour profiles of equipment. There are colour maps which show how the fighting progressed as well. The book is A4 softbound with 88 pages. Included in these are 150 black and white photos, 5 pages of maps and 18 profiles. Conclusion If you are interested in Vietnam War, then this final part has not been as extensively covered as the rest of the war, this series will redress that balance. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Special Forces Equipment - British Parachutes ISBN : 9782352504429 Histoire & Collections via Casemate UK At first sight a book on British Parachutes for Special Forces from WWII would not seem an engaging subject. I must confess a little bias as one of my relatives made parachutes during WWII as her part towards the total effort. WWII saw the first major use of parachutes to drop troops, special forces, and supplies. The book is 141 pages long, medium format (slightly smaller than A4). The quality of the printing is excellent with colour and black & white pictures throughout. The book covers a wide range of parachute types in use, as well as other jump equipment such as weapons bags and kit bags. There are pictures of kit owned by known operatives and some detail on post war equipment and that used by the French forces in Indochina. The wealth of pictures will enable any figure modeller, or diorama modeller to get things looking right. Conclusion If you are interested in Special Forces, their equipment; parachutes, or parachute operations; or even general military history from WWII then this book is highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Air Modeller's Guide To Wingnut Wings Volume 2 By David Parker ISBN : 9780993564611 Wingnut Wings offer what is in my (and many others) opinion the finest and most extensive range of kits ever produced. All subjects are of aircraft that served in the 1914 -1918 Great War, with some boxings such as the Bristol F2.B and De Havilland DH.9, covering the aircraft in the post war years. Each and every kit will produce a beautiful model ‘straight from the box’, and several aftermarket manufacturers have joined in with etched brass & resin enhancements, alternative decal sheets, resin figures, and diorama accessories to name just a few. Whilst admiring the results that some modellers achieve with these kits and the available aftermarket, it can be quite daunting to think ‘Could I do that?’, or even ‘How on earth did they do that?’ All this ‘hardware’ of kits & accessories is great, but what we could really do with is some guidance on how to set about developing our skills and confidence towards getting the best from them. There has been the odd publication dedicated to the building of a single, particular Wingnuts kit, but now Casemate has put together a collection of builds by several masters of the art. They have chosen subjects wisely, to illustrate a diverse selection of different types from the Fokker Eindekker, Sopwith Triplane, Fokker D.VII, Pfalz D.IIIa, and Sopwith Snipe, the two seat Fe2b and Rumpler C.IV, to the big and complex Felixstowe F.2a twin engine flying boat. A selection that covers British & German Rotary and inline engined examples, single seaters, two-seaters, monoplane, biplane and triplane, with rigging of simple, medium, and complex levels. The book itself is in softback covers, with 114 pages on high quality thick paper and crystal clear full colour printing. It is lavishly illustrated with inspirational photographs of the completed models, and smaller, detailed ‘step by step’ photos supported by explanatory captions. Each chapter is devoted to a single subject, showing it through each stage to completion. There is variation of which aspects are covered within each build, so that each chapter offers something new. The style of this book is to keep the amount of text down, and follow the old maxim ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’. Not only that, the sequences of photographs make things far, far clearer than any amount of words could. Those showing how to paint wooden panels, or the one showing how to apply oil paint ‘filters’ to single colour finishes, pastel chalks are particularly good examples. All Wingnut Wings kits come with unpainted etched brass seatbelts, so whichever one you are building, the step by step illustrations on page 101 (in the Pfalz build) show you how to prepare and paint a set. My favourite sections are those covering the engines. I love building Wingnut Wings engines and usually add some ignition wiring, but now I realise there is a fair bit of plumbing and weathering that can take them to another level. The Beardmore engine in the FE.2b chapter is incredible, it is absolute perfection, and the text & photos of the Mercedes D.IVa in the Rumpler C.IV are going to be my standard reference from now on. It is not just the extra wiring & plumbing that have been added, it is also the paint tones and colours that the builders have used. Information like this is so valuable and yet seems so difficult to discover. Conclusion. This is a really well thought out publication, written by modellers for modellers. I suggest it will best suited to those who have completed a couple of Wingnut Wings build themselves. It will be of most use to the intermediate modeller who is looking to develop their skills further. A lot of books on modelling don’t really show anything new to us ‘old modellers’ who have been building for a decade or more. But this one genuinely shows some things that I was unaware of, or had not thought of. The photo sequence on how to paint the turned metal effect on the Fokker E.III cowling, and the use of a special etched ‘woodgrain’ fret being two things I am keen to try out. It is also the perfect book for sitting down with a steaming mug of tea, and spending an enthralling hour thumbing through the pages, admiring the work and finding inspiration page after page. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Char Leclerc - Photosniper 19 ISBN : 9788364596353 Kagero via Casemate UK The Char Leclerc is the latest generation Main Battle Tank employed by the French Armed Forces replacing the AMX-30. The French Army has 406 Tanks with a further 388 being sold to the UAE Army. Built by GIAT and now Nexter it was at the time the most expensive MBT produced at 9.3 Million Euros each. The tank employs modular composite armour with a 120mm smooth bore main gun fed by an autoloading mechanisum. This new photosniper book is A4 softcover and 96 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and 5 pages of colour profiles featuring different marking schemes. As well as the main text featuring the development and use of the tank by the French Army, there is a section on variants; and a comprehensive walkaround section to aid the modeller. The printing is first class. Conclusion If you are interested in the modern French Army, or Modern Main Battle Tanks then this book is highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Wings over Ogaden The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 ISBN : 9781909982383 Helion & Company via Casemate UK In late 1977 to early 1978 Somalia launched a military offensive over the disputed Ethiopian region of Ogaden. Following a period of internal unrest in Ethiopia the Somalia leadership throught they would take advantage and take Ogaden. While a local dispute it had all the hallmarks of a cold war dispute fueld by "aid" from East & West. Somalia was originally supported by the USSR, however they were not happy with the invasion of Ethiopia and in effect switched sides to support Ethiopia. As massive airlift of supplies and 16000 Cuban troops helped save Ethiopia from defeat. On the otherside the US ceased its support of Ethiopia and started supporting Somalia. The war ended when the US brokered a ceasefire, however parts of the region would stay in Somali hands until 1980. Airpower was heavily used in the conflict with the Ethiopians having well trained pilots flying new American hardware particularly the F-5E. This new publication from Helion & Company delas with the aerial warfare in the Ethiopian - Somali War of 1978-79. The book looks at the following areas; Geopolitical Background Military Backgrounds Military Balance & Planning Invasion Switching Alliances The Rout The book is A4 softbound and 64 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. In the centre are seven pages of colour aircraft profiles, five pages of colour pictures, and 4 pages of colour maps. Conclusion If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, and conflicts of the war this is to be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hot Skies over Yemen Vol.1 ISBN : 9788365437556 Helion & Company via Casemate UK When you think of Yemen it seems to be one of those parts of the world blighted by conflict. In more recent history it was divided between the British and Otter-man empires, then a British Protectorate in the South. Later after becoming independent it became a Marxist state. The two parts would unite only to later fall into Civil war. With no real functioning government the country seems to have fallen into control of extremists with a revolution in 2011, and coup in 2014 and a current civil war. Currently the US and Saudi Arabia are engaged in fighting there against forces said to supported by Iran. This new publication from Helion & Company deals with the aerial warfare over Yemen from British control in 1962 upto 1994 civil war. The book looks at the following areas; Geopolitical Background Yemen Civil War 1962-1967 Yemeni Air Forces The Long Way To Union Yemen Civil War 1994 The book is A4 softbound and 64 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. In the centre are seven pages of colour plates showing profiles of the aircraft involved. Conclusion If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, and conflicts of the war this is to be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Battle of Berlin Failed to Return by Steve Bond, Steve Darlow, Sean Feast, Andrew Macdonald, Robert Owen, Nicole Russell and Howard Sandall, published by Fighting High Publishing Ltd As dusk fell over RAF Grimsby on the night of 3 September 1943, twenty-two Lancasters of 100 Squadron slipped into the night sky, bound for Berlin - the 'Big City'. Twenty aircraft returned safely the following morning, while two - Y-Yorker and N-Nan - were never seen or heard from again. Aboard N-Nan was Air Gunner John Hayton, just twenty years old and one of over 55,000 aircrew of Bomber Command who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war with Nazi Germany. This book tells the story of a handful of those thousands of young men who climbed aboard their aircraft and never returned. The authors have drawn down on a rich mixture of official records, personal documents and testimony from the families of the airmen who were killed or captured while serving their country. My tutor at university once told me that it was impossible to understand the impact of the Holocaust until you understood what was lost; thousands of communities and their culture, art, literature and society all wiped out in the space of a few short years. This book helps to make the same contribution to those seeking to understand the sacrifice of the men of Bomber Command. 55,000 is a number. A number cannot tell you what it was like in the hallway of 11 Athelsan Walk in Welwyn Garden City when Charles Hayton received the telegram informing him that his son was missing in action. Nor can it communicate the anguish of countless families whose loved ones' remains were never recovered or who didn't even have a known crash site. This book makes a valuable contribution to its subject by eschewing the facts and figures of most works of military history, focussing instead on the human impact of the war fought over the skies of central Europe. Conclusion This book is a valuable addition to any collection of works on the history of Bomber Command. It does not seek to provide a comprehensive history of Bomber Command and nor is it intended to provide a rich source of material for modellers. This book will, however, provide plenty of inspiration to those interested in the subject with its tales of heroism and sacrifice. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Topdrawings 44 - Grumman F6F Hellcat ISBN : 9788365437563 Kagero via Casemate UK The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a highly effective fighter, the design of which took advantage of experience gained in aerial combat against the Japanese during the early part of the war. Fitted with a powerful Pratt and Whitney ‘Double Wasp’ engine, the Hellcat was a fast fighter, capable of 380mph. The F6F-3 was the first production version and was armed with six .50 inch Browning machine guns. Later in the production run it gained the ability to carry unguided rockets and bombs as well. The F6F-5 was an improved aircraft with a new integral bulletproof windscreen, new ailerons, stronger tail surfaces, and a new 2200 hp engine with water injection. The Hellcat was a rugged aircraft which featured self-sealing fuel tanks and plenty of Armour. By 1945 it had gained the status of the most effective US naval fighter of World War II, having accounted for no fewer than 5,271 enemy aircraft. This book is not a reference book on the Hellcat per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller all the plans are in 1.48 with a 1/24th scale rule on the pages as well. In the centre of the book is an A-3 double sided pull out plan in 1/48th scale as well. As an extra there is one set of 1:48 masks, and tow of 1:72 in the book. All text is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these aircraft and intend to model a few of an individual aircraft then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. The Bulgarian Air Force in WWII ISBN : 9788365437556 Kagero via Casemate UK While there has been much written about the Luftwaffe in WWII, not much is out there concerning their other Allies apart from the Italians. The Bulgarians fit into the category of probably the least well known; this book will hopefully redress the balance some what. The early part of the book gives a concise history of the Bulgarian Air Force in WWII. The second chapter the history from its inception through to 1945. The middle part of the book then lists individual histories of the Fighter, Bomber, Attack, Recon, Training, Maritime, and Transport units. The latter part of the books looks at the Insignia of the BAF, their victory scoring system, aces; and their rank structure. The book is A5 softcover format with 107 pages. There are black and white photos throughout and colour plates where needed to show aircraft types, their marking and insignia. Conclusion If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, or the WWII Axis, this is an interesting book that should give you some hours of entertainment, and remain on hand as a reference for the modeller or historian. This is now the second of the "Library of Armed Conflicts" books I have reviewed and it is looking to be a good series. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Topdrawings 43 - Sd.Kfz.171 Panzer V "Panther" ISBN : 9788365437549 Kagero via Casemate UK This book is not a reference book on the Panther per-say, but a collection of plans and colour profiles designed to help the modeller. All the plans are in 1.48 with a 1/24th scale rule on the pages as well. In the centre of the book is are three A2 double sided pull out plan in 1/16th scale as well,one each for the A, D & G models.. An extra is a set of masks for the German Crosses, they say 1:16 on the masks but look distinctly 1:35. All text in the book is in English & Polish. Conclusion If you're interested in these tanks and intend to model a few then its worth investing in one of these publications. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Godoy's Army - Spanish Regiments and Uniforms 1800 ISBN : 9781911512653 Helion and Company via Casemate UK This book looks at Regiments and Uniforms from the Spanish Military of 1800. It is based on an extremely rare (but incomplete) illustrated copy of the Spanish Order of Battle from 1800. Almost every regiment of the Spanish Army is represented and all the colour plates are A4 in size. The text includes an introduction to Spanish Army in the time period leading upto the Peninsular War. The author Prof Esdailenis the UKs leading expert on the Peninsular War, and Alan Perry is a well known figure designer and owner of Perry Miniatures who also owns the original book. Conclusion If anyone is interested in the Military from this period, or the history of military uniforms this will no doubt prove a great addition to their collection. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. B-25J Mitchell in Combat over Pacific & CBI ISBN : 9788365437518 Kagero via Casemate UK The B-25 Mitchell medium bomber was one of the staples of the US bomber force during WWII, and was also used by the British in large numbers, with the J model having a rather heavy armament that varied between 14-18 fixed machine guns in the nose and in gondolas to the side of the cockpit, often known as cheek guns. This concentrated field of fire made it ideal as a gunship, and with the extra guns in the Strafer nose, it packed a formidable punch that was used to good effect in all theatres. This new title from Polish publisher Kagero is a pictorial history of the aircraft and units that fought in the Pacific and the Chinese, Burma and India (CBI) theatres, in which there were some fantastic noseart adorning the sides of these flying gun trucks. Spanning 108 pages with a huge number of contemporary photos, a few of which are in colour, it is held in a perfect-bound format with card cover, and includes a set of pre-cut vinyl masks in 1:48 for the "stars and bars" of the US Air Force. It is printed in English/Polish with the English on the left on the main text, and above the Polish for the captions, of which there are many. After a short introduction, the book details each of the squadrons that fought within these oft neglected theatres, which includes: 345th Bomber Group 38th Bomber Group 42nd Bomber Group 41st Bomber Group 17th Reconnaissance Squadron 12th Bomber Group CBI 341st Bomber Group CBI 1st Bomber Group CBI 18th Squadron Of Netherlands East Indies 2nd Squadron RAAF At the end is a section of colour photos, followed by a few words regarding a wreck that is still on Binaya mountain on Ceram Island, which took the author four days to trek to, the crash being the result of a flight of eight aircraft flying almost blind, and the three leaders having no time to pull up when the mountain came into view. Sadly all crew were lost in the incident. The final few pages are devoted to recreations of some of the nose art, and a set of profiles of some notable examples of the aircraft featured in the book. If you are prudish in nature, you'd better steal yourself, as Mitchel crews seem to have had a fixation for scantily clad ladies with large breasts. Conclusion If you're interested in Mitchells, the Pacific and CBI theatres, or just love a good read, this is an interesting book on an interesting subject that should give you some hours of entertainment, and remain on hand as a reference for the modeller or historian. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. The Avro Arrow Lorimer via Casemate UK The Avro Arrow was Canada's version of the British TSR.2, and sadly suffered the same fate due to high costs, political wrangling and at least a little bit of subterfuge, I'm sure. After WWII the Avro team were experienced and ready to break some boundaries to produce a potentially superb combination of a world-leading airframe in the shape of the CF-105 Arrow, and an advanced and very powerful new engine in the form of the X-116 Iroquois. Like the TSR.2 they got perilously close to success, with five airframes completed and airworthy, plus another almost ready to accept the first of the engines. Then it all went wrong for Avro, with cancellation of both projects and an unseemly haste to "undo" all the work that had been done by scrapping the airframes, engines and destroying all the documentation into the bargain, which always starts eyebrows arching at the perpetrator's motivation. To paraphrase, the fourth dimension of any aircraft is politics, and again that's where the problems lay. The Russians were making great strides with rockets for ICBM use, and short-sightedly the Canadian government believed the hype that was also being expounded by Duncan Sands over the Atlantic in the UK that sounded the death-knell of the TSR.2. This book by James Lorimer & Co. is an indigenous Canadian project, and is an excellent introduction to the Arrow from anyone's point of view, as it doesn't delve too deeply into the technicalities, but instead details the situation that led up to the conception of the Arrow, and walks the reader through the design and testing process that followed by using some excellent photos with captions and links to other data that is out on the internet. This might sound like a time sensitive thing, as it's amazing how quickly web pages change their URLs, but as they have been supplied as short links, there's plenty of opportunity for them to keep them current at least in the near future. Google is your friend anyway when it comes to anything really, so don't worry about the future of the links, and regard them as a bit of a bonus if anything. Bound in a traditional hardback format it would make a great coffee table book, but also has plenty of information to impart, as well as some really interesting pictures. The preamble to the Arrow takes up a few pages that some might begrudge, but it tells an important part of the story, and I learned a few things while I was reading it and perusing the pictures, which in total number around 200 in a mixture of black & white and colour spread over 112 pages. Conclusion You can't help draw comparisons with the sad story of the TSR.2, but the blow was more devastating, as it took out Avro Canada, and lost many thousands of skilled people their jobs, forcing many to move to the US for work. This is an excellent book to get a full picture of the period, and you can sense the pride that author Lawrence Miller feels for what is still an incredible achievement, even now. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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