I have just read Nigel Walpole's latest book; it was most enjoyable. The author weaves a fascinating tale of what happened in the Third Reich in the development of their Vergeltunswaffen as well as the impact they had on the populations in the target areas. It was interesting to discover that both he in North London and his wife in Holland had personal experience of the devastation caused by these weapons. The author has been painstaking with his research and included visits to Peenemunde, Mimoyecques and other sites in mainland Europe where these weapons were developed and from which they were launched. He has included many fascinating photographs of the weapons themselves, pictures of them taken by photo-reconnaissance aircraft as well as images of their various different launch sites. Along with the V1 and V2, he also provides details of the V3 and potential future developments of the V2 (A4) missile. As an experienced fast-jet pilot himself who also undertook fighter reconnaissance,.. Read more
Reiss O'Neill has been recording the Underground mainline trains and bus services for the last twenty years; this book is the culmination of many years of knowledge and diligent research into the contemporary London system. It covers all aspects of operation in pictures and text, with features on depots, stations, infrastructure and servicing facilities.
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In Dick Kirby's opinion, 'Operation Countryman' was, in the annals of police anti-corruption investigation, a monumental catastrophe which wrecked careers, lives and reputations. 'Countryman' sliced through the fabric of public confidence in the police, leaving in its wake a toxic legacy. When 'Countryman' officers tangled with wily London criminals, who manipulatively promised 'info' on bent CID officers in exchange for courtroom favours, their investigative inexperience was exposed. The criminals predictably failed to deliver. Dick Kirby's pedigree as a highly successful NSY detective is undisputed. A CID officer throughout the 'Operation Countryman' era, the 1970s, he is uniquely placed to draw on those sources which really matter: the individual recollections of those left destroyed by 'Countryman'; court records and parliamentary records are all used to grant cogency and authority to this meticulous and outstanding volume of police history. Kirby questions the foolish decision to.. Read more
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