World War II

Review: Bailout over North Africa

Publisher’s Summary: Anyone interested in WWII Airborne Operations will want to read this book. The fact that William Yarborough wrote it should sell it alone. He was one of the founding fathers of the U.S. Airborne and Special Forces and he was there from the very beginning. Not many people know about the 509th Parachute …

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Warship Builders and the Liberty Factory

Warship Builders – An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Ship Building, 1922-1945, by Thomas Heinrich (Naval Institute Press, 2021, 346pp, $29). Liberty Factory – The Untold Story of Henry Kaiser’s Oregon Shipyards, By by Peter J Marsh (Seaforth Publishing, 2021, 256PP, $40). Reviews by Don DeNevi Publisher’s Summary: Warship Builders is the first scholarly study …

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British Special Forces in WWII

The LRP/LRDG was created by Major Ralph A. Bagnold, a British Army Officer who spent the better part of a decade exploring the Libyan Desert before the outbreak of

hostilities in World War II. Based on his experiences as a peacetime explorer, Bagnold

envisioned the need for the British Army to deploy a motorized reconnaissance force, to

patrol the Libyan Desert in any future conflict that took place in the Middle East. In

many respects, Bagnold’s plan revitalized a concept that was effectively used in World

War I, when the British Light Car Patrols protected the Egyptian frontier from the

Turkish and German backed Senussi in the Western Desert.

Operation Grief

Operation Greif (German: Unternehmen Greif) was a special operation commanded by Waffen-SS commando Otto Skorzeny during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The operation was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler, and its purpose was to capture one or more of the bridges over the Meuse river before they could be destroyed. German soldiers, wearing captured British and U.S. Army uniforms and using captured Allied vehicles, were to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines. A lack of vehicles, uniforms and equipment limited the operation and it never achieved its original aim of securing the Meuse bridges. Skorzeny’s postwar trial set a precedent clarifying article 4 of the Geneva Convention: as the German soldiers removed the Allied uniforms before engaging in combat, they were not to be considered francs-tireurs.

US Airborne Tanks 1939-1945

Previous Next Author:  Charles C. Roberts Jr. Reviewed by: Todd Shugart Publisher:  Frontline Books (Pen & Sword Ltd) ISBN:  9781526785022 Price:  £19.99 Date:  2021 Pages:  139 page hardback       The book is packed with diagrams, schematics, photos, and one of the most thorough histories of Allied airborne tanks in the Second World War. The focus …

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Pegasus Bridge: A Pocket Guide by author Neil Barber

Published by Sabrestorm, available from Casemate Publishers Neil Barber’s guide of the sites around Pegasus Bridge is a gem. A fifty-two page long, 4” x 5.7” paperback, the book will truly fit in all except the smallest pockets but comes packed with graphics and black and white photographs. The book lays out a short walking …

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Operation Colossus by author Lawrence Patterson

Published by Greenhill Press, available from Casemate Publishers Lawrence Patterson’s book detailing Operation Colossus, the British airborne raid against the Italian aqueduct providing fresh water to the Apulia region of southern Italy, is far more than a combat history despite being an excellent example of the genre. Patterson details the policy, organizational and doctrinal decisions …

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