The author followed a career in the Royal Navy with a period at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, as curator, before making a new career in writing about naval history. The Royal Navy assembled a
Task Force that was sent to the Pacific at the ending of war in Europe. – Very Highly Recommended.
Read the full review [link=http://reviews.firetrench.com/the-british-pacific-fleet-the-royal-navys-most-powerful-strike-force/#more-4205]here.[/link]
From Seaforth Publishing, a division of Pen and Sword, comes a new book I found particularly interesting. Many of us are familiar with the stories of the German Navy capital ships, the U-boats and the E-boats in WW2, yet this one covers to stories of less well known craft, the minesweepers, submarine hunters, minelayers, barrage breakers, landing craft, freighters, trawlers and the riverine craft that were used to patrol the Danube. Maybe not as glamorous as the likes of the U-boats, Bismark or Tirpitz etc but still a vital part of their war effort and a story about which little has been done before...
There is lots in here to enjoy, and certainly for me, to learn.
Read the complete review [link=http://www.militarymodelscene.com/hitlers-forgotten-flotillas]here.[/link]
Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
'There are photographs and maps through the body of the book to strongly complement the incisive text. Understanding parts of WWII history that has received limited attention, is important both to developing a firm understanding of the great conflict, and understanding the history since 1945, including the motives behind the establishment of the European Union, the progress towards the type of single European power that has driven Germans since the mid 19th Century, and the explosive tensions within that political project.'
Read the Review in full [link=http://reviews.firetrench.com/operation-menace-the-dakar-expedition-and-the-dudley-north-affair/]here![/link]
'The writer has placed emphasis on the North Sea and the Channel which is only natural because destroyers and the smaller coastal forces craft were most active in these waters. He has however given a very compelling account of these vessels and their crews across what was a global conflict. This has meant that the Australian crews are particularly acknowledged in their Pacific Ocean activities, and he has paid tribute to the American destroyers which made such an important contribution later in the War. He has described eloquently the many duties that fell to destroyers in convoy escort, mine-laying and sweeping, U-boat hunting and convoy escort. There are good images in the form of photographs and maps to support the text and the book has such a fresh feel to it that it could have been making its debut in this edition, rather than covering conflict of more than one hundred years ago.' Read the full review [link=http://reviews.firetrench.com/endless-story-destroyer-operations-in-the-great-war/]here![/link]