Don DeNevi

Douglas XB-19, P-47 Thunderbolt vs German Flak Defenses, Operation Jericho, The Ruhr 1943, SBD Dauntless vs A6M Zero-Sen

Being there . . . . once again to consider, appreciate, and ultimately purchase as Christmas giftsfor family, friends, and self the World War II books of OSPREY, the near-perfect paragon ofAmerican military publishing. As this column highly recommends hot-off-the-presses, must-readtitles for addition to private collections and personal libraries, there is no better time than …

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Bitter Peleliu

Being there . . . . in the Pacific for Operation Stalemate, the 74-day campaign to capture tiny,2,000 yard wide, Peleliu, and the modest Palau Islands of Ngesebus and Kongauru in Septemberof 1944, while enduring the fates of 38.5% of the attacking battle-hardened 28,000 US Marinesand Army soldiers resulting in 10,786 casualties, 2,336 Americans killed …

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In the Service of the Emperor; The Devil’s Workshop

Being there . . . . believing there can be no fault in sitting down comfortably, totally relaxed andwithout a shred of guilt, reading for yourself the two books you’re selected to buy, Christmaswrap, and present as gifts. Who among your recipient friends or loved ones would deny you“first reading dibs” not only to satiate …

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Afrikakorps

Being there . . . . to meet the military genius of Nazi Germany who Hitler feared most in 1941, LtGeneral Erwin Rommel in command of the newly formed Deutschen Afrikakorps(DAK). His wasa name when mentioned instantly, synonymously, summoned up colorful scenes of red sun,yellowish-beige sand, and a cerulean blue sea, earth and water recently …

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Kriegsmarine

Being there . . . . believing the remaining 79 days before the annual church festival kept onDecember 25 in memory of the birth of Christ, and celebrated by gift-giving, is insufficient timeto search for and buy the most unusual and rarest military book(s) certain to please. To assistyour deliberation from a selection of uncommon …

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The Abyss, The Chinese Civil War 1945-49, Darkest Christmas, After the Blessing, Half American, King Fisher, The Californios, The Berlin Airlift and the Making of the Cold War

Being there . . . . to join this reviewer during the remaining 81 days before Yuletide’s Big One ashe rushes irresistibly each day to sing an Ode of Appreciation to America’s publishers for theirplethora’s of exciting new titles, some military, some not, as recommend celebration gifts . . .AN INUNDATION OF CHRISTMAS AND NEW …

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