BOOK REVIEW | The Submarine Commander Pocket Manual 1939-1945

Edited by Chris McNab

Your reviewer has known and talked with two of Britain’s better-known submarine captains of World War II. They were very interesting men and more Nelsonian or Cochraneish in their approach to warfare than many of their surface navy counterparts except, of course, their MTB and MGB captain brethren. Their philosophy was very much one of “go at ‘em”.

BOOK REVIEW | How Carriers Fought – Carrier Operations in World War II

 

By Lars Celander

Presenting exactly what its cover describes, this fine book tells the reader how the aircraft carrier concept developed at the end of World War I. It proceeds to describe their rapid development by the British, Americans and Japanese between the wars. That development, of course, was accelerated by the simultaneous and very rapid development of fighter aircraft.

BOOK REVIEW | Bloody Sixteen – The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War

By Peter Fey

A really good book by an author who knows his subject very well. It is full of accurate history, perceptive political judgement and acute comment. It also happens to contain appropriately excellent maps, a good glossary, a useful list of abbreviations and brilliant photographs. Practically everything you could want in a history except for a timeline and a dramatis personae.

BOOK REVIEW | Admiral of the Third Reich – Erich Raeder

By Keith W Bird

Another re-publication, twelve years on, of a controversial and important biography. This is no hagiography. Unlike in a number of his previous biographies, the subject is certainly not portrayed as an “anti-Nazi”. History has not been re-invented here.

BOOK REVIEW | Prisoner of the Samurai – Surviving the sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

 

By James Gee and Rosalie H. Smith. Edited by Allyson Smith

A fascinating tale of courage, endurance and forgiveness told as part of his psychological recovery process after the end of World War II by a young man who had deferred his university studies at nineteen to join the US Marine Corps. His recollections were recorded by a nurse whose daughter found and edited her manuscript many years later. Fortunately, she managed to have it published by the always innovative and adventurous Casemate Publishers.

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