Book Author(s)
Hrvoje Spajić
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
April 27, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$22.95

The book is another in the great Images of War series. This book covers the history and actions of the German SchnellbootWaffe units though out the second world war.

The book really is about the development of the use of the SchnellerBootwaffe on its various forms and the operations it carried out. Also, the British forces actions and defenses against the units.

The Chapters are

  1. Introduction
  2. Precedents and First Actions (1915 to 1940)
  3. The British Response (1941)
  4. The Mediterranean (1941-1945)
  5. British Pressure (1942)
  6. American Intervention (1943)
  7. Maritime Operations and Operation Neptune (1944)
  8. Final Battles on the Western Front (1945)

The images in the book are excellent and cover all levels of the action and history of the units.

The book is full of amazing photos, and they provide so much information. I learned so much from reading it.

Book Author(s)
Philippe Saintes
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
April 26, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$39.95

This book provides an overview of the victory markings painted on the fins and rudders of the planes of the German day fighter and night fighter aircraft between 1939 and 1945. It demonstrates how these were applied in reality through the profiles of nineteen pilots, including some of the most emblematic pilots of the Luftwaffe: Hans Troitzsch, Johannes Gentzen, Frank Liesendahl, Wilhelm Balthasar, Otto Bertram, Joachim Müncheberg, Karl-Heinz Koch, Kurt “Kuddel” Ubben, Felix-Maria Brandis, “Fiffi” Stahlschmidt, Franz-Josef Beerenbrock, Heinrich Setz, Walter “Gulle" Oesau, Max-Hellmuth Ostermann, Heinrich Bartels, "Fritz" Dinger, Martin Drewes, Egmont zur Lippe-Weissenfeld and Ludwig Meister.

Chapters include:

Book Author(s)
Ian Baxter
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
April 23, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$22.95

Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, codenamed Operation Barbarossa, was arguably the pivotal moment of the Second World War. Initially the onslaught was staggeringly successful with, as the superb contemporary images in this book show, Waffen-SS armored divisions leading the charge. But the Nazis had underestimated the Russians’ determination to defend their homeland and the logistical problems compounded by the extreme winter weather conditions. After early victories such as the recapture of Kharkov in early 1943 and the Kursk offensive, commanders and crews of armored vehicles such as Pz.Kpfw. I, II, III, IV, Panther, Tiger, King Tiger, assault and self-propelled guns had to adapt their tactics and equipment to what became a desperate defensive withdrawal eventually back across a scarred and devastated Eastern Front.

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
April 21, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$65.00

I found this interesting and decided to share...

From Wikipedia: “The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher is a type of rocket artillery first built and fielded by the Soviet Union in WWII. Multiple rocket launchers such as these deliver explosives to a target area more intensively than conventional artillery, but with lower accuracy and requiring a longer time to reload.

They are fragile compared to artillery guns, but are cheap, easy to produce, and usable on any chassis[ A Chevrolet 7107 truck, for instance].  The Katyushas of World War II, the first self-propelled artillery mass-produced by the Soviet Union,were usually mounted on ordinary trucks. This mobility gave the Katyusha, and other self-propelled artillery, another advantage: being able to deliver a large blow all at once, and then move before being located and attacked with counter-battery fire. Katyusha weapons of World War II included the BM-13 launcher, light BM-8, and heavy BM-31.

Book Author(s)
Clive J. M. Ellis
Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
April 19, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

The emergence of colorized photos has been controversial amongst historians and certainly modelers.  The practice has come a long way and as the technology gets more advanced even better results will prove difficult for people to tell the difference. 

The latest book from Key Books embraces the colorization process and I have to say the results are pretty good.  Set in the Battle of Britain starting in July 1940 through the end of October, this paperback book brings to life the black and white photos from that era.  Colorization was done by Ghermán Mihály, with the help of author Clive J. M. Ellis to ensure the colors were as accurate as possible based off of current color research.  This colorization really gives you a feel for the actual events.  A word of caution, this technology is only as good as the artist.  Different interpretations of colors are possible, but it looks like Ghermán got it correct.