Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Atlantic Wall (3) - The Südwall, Steven J. Zaloga.

The Atlantic Wall (3) - The Südwall, Steven J. Zaloga. 
Looks at the Mediterranean section of the German coastal defence lines, covering the south of France and part of the north Italian coast. These fortifications consumed a significant amount of resources, but when the invasion finally came proved to be largely ineffective, although some did play a part in some of the battles as Allies troops cleared the French coast. This volume looks at the design of the fortifications, their distribution and construction, and the role they played in the fighting in 1944
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Despatches from the Front: Capital Ships at War 1939-1945, compiled John Grehan & Martin Mace.

Despatches from the Front: Capital Ships at War 1939-1945, compiled John Grehan & Martin Mace. 
Reproduces a series of Royal Navy reports covering some of the key battleship actions of the Second World War, including the battle of the River Plate, loss of the Hood, Prince of Wales and Repulse, the sinking of the Bismarck, X-boat attacks on the Tirpitz and the operations of the British Pacific Fleet in 1945. Helps trace the decline of the battleship during the Second World War, a conflict in which direct clashes between battleships were very rare, but air power came to dominate
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Byzantium Triumphant - The Military History of the Byzantines 959-1025, Julian Romane.

Byzantium Triumphant - The Military History of the Byzantines 959-1025, Julian Romane. 
 Looks at the military (and to a lesser extent political) history of Byzantium during the lifetime of Basil II Porphrogenitus (the Bulgar Slayer). Tells an interesting story that really brings Byzantine society alive, although perhaps at the cost of skating over some of the complexities of some of the sources Byzantine history. This was a period that saw Medieval Byzantium at its most powerful, despite the rather convoluted series of civil wars that dominate the first part of the book!
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Operation Bertram (1942)

Operation Bertram (1942) was the tactical element of the deception plan for the second battle of El Alamein, and focused on convincing the Germans both that the offensive wouldn't begin until some time in November and that the main attack would come on the southern end of the front line.

Battle of Alam Halfa (31 August-7 September 1942)

The battle of Alam Halfa (31 August-7 September 1942) was Rommel's last offensive in Egypt, and Montgomery's first victory after taking command of the Eighth Army, and was a British victory that removed any chance of Rommel reaching Alexandria or the Suez Canal.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Boulton Paul P.111

The Boulton Paul P.111 was an experimental delta winged jet aircraft used for research into the performance of delta wings at high speed.

Boulton Paul P.109

The Boulton Paul P.109 was a design for an advanced trainer powered by a Bristol Perseus engine.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

T93 8in Gun Motor Carriage

The T93 8in Gun Motor Carriage was one of a series of attempts to mount heavy artillery on the chassis of the M26 Pershing tank.

T92 240mm Howitzer Motor Carriage

The T92 240mm Howitzer Motor Carriage was one of two attempts to mount very heavy artillery pieces on the chassis of the M26 Pershing tank.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

USS Stribling (DD-96)

USS Stribling (DD-96) was a Wickes class destroyer that saw limited service late in the First World War, was based in the Adriatic in 1919, and briefly served as a minelayer after her return to the United States.