Narvik: The Struggle of Battle Group Dietl in the Spring of 1940

Reviewed by Tyler Robinson Translator Janice W. Ancker has made Alex Buchner’s 1958 treatise on the 1940 conflict over the Norwegian city of Narvik available in English for the first time as part of the “Die Wehrmacht Im Kampf” book series from the Center for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR), the British Army’s own

The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II G.I. from the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest

Reviewed by Dr. Anthony Feagin, U.S. Army (Ret.) From September 1944 until February 1945, the Hürtgen Forest became one of the bloodiest battlegrounds for U.S. troops during World War II (WWII). At varying times, six different U.S. Army divisions, more than 100,000 men, would fight over 80,000 Germans in the Hürtgen’s rugged terrain, which was

Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945

Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, PhD Peter Charles Horstead Smith is Professor of Health Policy at the Imperial College Business School and, since 1982, resides in the small Bedfordshire village of Riseley. He was both a book and a magazine editor but has been a full-time historian and author since 1968. Specializing in maritime and

The British Carrier Strike Fleet After 1945

Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Do not confuse this book with the author’s British Aircraft Carriers: Design, Development & Service Histories. This book concerns itself with the policy decisions that charted the Royal Navy’s carrier strike force decline from being the second largest in the world to non-existent. It is the story of a service

The Expendable: The true story of Patrol Wing 10, PT Squadron 3, and a Navy Corpsman who refused to surrender when the Philippine Islands fell to Japan

Reviewed by David F. Winkler, Ph.D. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reviewing The Silver Waterfall: A Novel of the Battle of Midway by retired Captain Kevin Miller, I praised the value of well researched historical fiction as an effective means to convey past events to the reader. In The Expendable, author John

Leyte 1944: The Soldiers’ Battle

Reviewed by Dr. Richard H. Gribling Leyte 1944: The Soldiers’ Battle was written by Nathan N. Prefer, a military historian with graduate degrees in military history. His prior books include The Battle for Tinian: Vital Stepping Stone in America’s War Against Japan, Eisenhower’s Thorn on the Rhine: The Battles for the Colmar Pocket, 1944-45 and

Large Scale Warship Models: From Kits to Scratch Building

Reviewed by Jeff Schultz Kerry Jang’s Large Scale Warship Models: From Kits to Scratch Building fills an important gap in the literature meant for the ship modeling enthusiast, whether novice or intermediate.  This short but lavishly illustrated book provides valuable instruction on how to conceptualize, construct, paint and finish large-scale ship models for display and

Glasgow Museums: The Ship Models – A History and Complete Illustrated Catalogue

Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink Sometimes there are books that feel special from the very first moment you receive them. Glasgow Museums The Ship Models – A History and Complete Illustrated Catalogue is without any doubt such a book. First of all, catalogues of museum collections have become to a certain degree a rare species, and

British Naval Weapons of World War Two: The John Lambert Collection – Volume I: Destroyer Weapons

Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart This book consists of two sections, a 52-page introduction written by Norman Friedman and 173 pages of line drawings executed by the late John Lambert. These line drawings show both the profiles of World War II Royal Navy destroyers and the weapon systems they carried. With the death of John

All of Which I Saw: With The US Marine Corps in Iraq

Reviewed by Major Chris Ketcherside, USMC (Ret.) Lucian Read is a photojournalist who was embedded with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during the fighting for An Najaf and then later with 3rd Bn, 1st Marines during the assault on Fallujah. All of Which I Saw is a selection of photographs and journal entries he made during

The Great Nightfall: How We Win the New Cold War

Reviewed by RADM Edward Masso, USN (Ret.) Ambassador J William Middendorf II has written a clarion call to attention for all policy makers in his recently published book, “The Great Nightfall” How We Win the New Cold War. Drawing from his substantial career in public service where he served as a Naval Officer in World

The Secret Sauce For Organizational Success: Communications and Leadership on the Same Page

Reviewed by LCDR David K. Sturges, USNR (Ret.) “Experience keeps a dear school.”  Retired RADM Tom Jurkowsky’s new book gives fresh and useful meaning to that old saying of Benjamin Franklin.  His “Secret Sauce for Organizational Success.” recounts his 45 years of exceptional communication and public affairs leadership within a rare, three-way panoply of military,

Pearl: The 7th of December 1941

Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D.  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the most written about military events in the history of the United States. For example, WorldCat lists 11,700 items in various formats, among these, as of February 2021, are 8,821 books and e-books, 2,604,articles and book chapters, and 1,759 videos

Encyclopedia of Armed Forces Football: The Complete History of the Glory Years

Reviewed by LCDR Brian Hayes, USNR In 2017, New York Times sports reporter Victor Mather wrote an article entitled “The Best College Football Team You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” He was referring to Iowa Pre-Flight, one of dozens of armed forces football programs that competed against collegiate teams (and each other) during the world wars and

Touring the Antebellum South with an English Opera Company: Anton Reiff’s Riverboat Travel Journal

Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart Anyone who has studied the United States’ Antebellum period has, during the course of one’s reading, encountered snippets or lengthy excerpts from the Diary of Anton Reiff. Until now, if you wanted to read Reiff’s complete diary, you had to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and make arrangements to visit