Originally published in 1964 as The Campaigns in Egypt and Libya 1940-1942 and now reprinted by Pen & Sword, this classic piece of military history by David Braddock is a general’s-eye view of the war in the desert.
I’m not sure I can articulate what it is about illustrations and paintings that can often be more satisfying than photographs — perhaps it is simply the touch of the artist’s vision and imagination — but whatever that quality is, this lovely volume has it in spades.
Making ample use of eyewitness accounts from war diaries on both sides, and with a wealth of maps and photos in support, Arras Counterattack: 1940 follows developments from the British assembly areas and start lines to their high-water marks and Rommel’s improvised defense and riposte, achieving an immediacy that conveys to readers something very close to “what it was really like” on that day nearly 80 years ago.
Peter Jacobs’ impressively researched account will engross students of the air war in Europe with two parallel tracks: first, the evolution of each side’s strategies and tactics and second, perhaps even more fascinatingly, the desperate technological race that ensued between Bomber Command, as it tried to find its targets in the dark, and the Luftwaffe’s Nachtjagd, as it in turn tried to find and destroy the intruding British bombers.
This Lancaster turned out really well, if I do say so… Here I have posed it with other Airfix accoutrements, such as the Control Tower, R.A.F. Personnel and the WWII RAF Bomber Re-Supply Set.
11th Armoured Division, Summer 1944, by Revell
Kits included: Airfix 1/76 Churchill Crocodile, Churchill Mk VII, and British Infantry; Revell 1/76 Dingo from “Monty’s Caravan”; Matchbox 1/76 Churchill AVRE; RPM 1/72 Staghound II. See the color set […]
Here is a fresh Normandy-ish diorama that incorporates several different vehicle types, chiefly Airfix’s 1/76 Churchill variants (Crocodile flamethrower and Mark VII), with Airfix’s new WWII British infantry.
Like his earlier numbers in the Tank Craft series from Pen & Sword, Dennis Oliver’s recent volume on the Churchill tank offers the same satisfying blend of design thinking, specific unit campaign histories, beautiful illustrations, and detailed photographs, along with a modeling product survey and review for the most dedicated of hobbyists.
Over the years I have come to have a handful of Churchill tanks. I must confess, I have not generally enjoyed building them (the enclosed tracks and wheels are challenging […]