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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
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
The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle For Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982 by E.R. Hooton, Tom Cooper, Farzin Nadimi, published by Helion and Company On 16th January 1979, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left Iran for good, thus cementing the revolution that had sought to topple his failing regime and paving the way for foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the rule of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Fearing the destablising effect of the Iranian Revolution on Iraq, Saddam Hussian made the decison to invade Iran, sparking the longest uninterrupted conventional conflict of the twentieth century. Although not etched on the conscience of the west to the extent of other conflicts of the preiod, the Iran-Iraq War was nevertheless one of the most important conflicts of the time. Apart from the significant loss of life and impact on civilians in the region, it was also an important stepping stone on the path to fundementalist Islamic terrorism. This book, the first in a series of four, has been painstakingly compiled by authors with impressive credentials when it comes to defence matters in the Middle East. This volume examines the background to the conflict and the early years, leading up to the ferocious Battle of Khorramshahr in May 1982. The book sets out the political, social and military apects of the early years of confict in a clear and engaging way. The text is thoughtful and insightful throughout, leaving the reader with a good understanding of the origins and history of the conflict, as well as the early engagements. While the book is not aimed directly at the modeller, it nevertheless contains a huge amount of valuable information for those interested in the hardware deployed in the conflict. Middle Eastern conflicts of the twentieth century typically featured a fascinating mixture of NATO and Warsaw Pact military hardware, a legacy of the imperial past clashing with the post-war reality of the rise of Soviet influence and power. The book is rich in illustrative material, containing 120 photographs and 15 illustrations within its 112 pages. Plenty of information about the military inventories of the two sides is provided, alongside photographs and descriptions of locally modified armoured fighting vehicles. Conclusion This book is a valuable addition to the Middle East War series and deserves a place in the collection of anyone interested in the military conflicts of the region. Modellers will be rewarded with a valuable visual reference, as well as an inspiring read which will have you poking around in your stash, looking for a suitable kit to build from the conflict. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Tigers In Combat III Helion via Casemate UK The Tiger was ordered by German High Command in 1942 after the Panzer IV found its nemesis in the shape of the Russian T-34, and through a relatively short gestation period it emerged soon after as a lumbering behemoth that seemed imperious to enemy fire, and quickly gained a reputation on the battlefield and every Allied tanker that survived being "brewed up" was taken out by a Tiger. This new book from Helion Publishing is the third in a series of weighty tomes from author Wolfgang Schneider, who served in the German army for 41 years, and has written a number of books on armour over the years. He clearly has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Tiger and WWII German armour tactics, which shows through at every turn. The book in this form is hard bound, and runs to over 520 pages in a portrait oriented book. The book centres on the use of the Tiger in the battlefield, including those aspects of the organisation that are often overlooked in less concise texts, such as the infrastructure required to keep them on the field, support and logistics, as well as repair and maintenance. Even tactics and training are discussed at length, with many excerpts from training literature included, which although in German, are described in caption form by the author. The detail given is astounding, and you get the feeling that if you were to sit there and read every single line, study all the diagrams, and perhaps have a little technical German language under your belt, you could imagine being able to mechanic your very own Tiger at least for a while. The various chapters are laid out as follows: 1. The establishment and structure of the Tiger units The establishment dates for the tiger units The stabskompanie Allocation of responsibilities inside the units Early experiences with the tiger 2. Training Leadership training Tank courses at Paderborn Technical trials at Senne Combat operations to the end of the war Training course content Weapons and equipment training Tank firing practice Combat training Tigers in Hungarian service 3. Operating the Tiger Commander's operating tasks Gunner's operating tasks Loader's operating tasks Driver's operating tasks Radio operator's tasks Whole crew operating tasks Establishing states of readiness Peparations for towing and recovery Work on the running gear Care, maintenance and preservation of operational readiness in extreme environmental conditions Schedule related work Camouflage and the application of camouflage paint Operation in winter Submerged driving 4. Deployment The tasks of the commander Tasks of the gunner Tasks of the loader Tasks of the tank driver Radio operator's tasks Crew based tasks Loading for rail transport Transport across water 5. Tactics General combat tactics Marches Reconnaissance and scouting Security measures Types of combat Command and control Collaboration with other weapons The effect of enemy weapons Logistics (including medical services) Recovery and evacuation to the rear Repair and maintenance Employment of the Tiger battalions Propaganda Annex Amendments to Volumes I and II Literature list Reports by individual Tiger battalions List of regulations and manuals Given the huge scope of the book, it isn't surprising that the page count is so high, but it isn't all dry text. There are hundreds of photos and drawings, extending to 1,200 in total, many of which I have not seen before, and most are of excellent quality, with a few exceptions due to the age of the photos. A few 3D renders are also used to illustrate different aspects of the tank's construction, and there are even a couple of bitmapped images present, which although they aren't of the best quality, don't detract from the overall experience. Most of the photos are black and white, but there are a number of pages to the rear of the book that are in colour, which appear to be originally taken in colour, rather than colourised later. The sheer number of photos is exemplary, and they give a complete impression of life as a Tiger crew member, as alongside the staged photos, there are many more that were taken by the crews themselves and some are candid, showing crews working, resting and playing. If you're wondering about the Tiger II, the King Tiger, it does make the occasional appearance through the book, sometimes in the background of photos, but it is also mentioned a number of times through the pages. Conclusion It's a work of almost biblical scope, and coupled with the previous two volumes, that I really must track down, it makes a complete reference for the legendary Tiger. If you want such a thing, then this is for you, and it'll also keep you busy reading for quite some time. Review sample courtesy of