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Dog Company

Patrick K. O'Donnell

Da Capo Press

c/o Perseus Books Group

11 Cambridge Center

Cambridge, MA 02142

9780306820298 $26.00

Dog Company is the heroic true story of the sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company ("Dog Company") and their profound contributions to battles in World War II. From scaling ninety-foot cliffs to protect Allied landings from German guns atop Pointe du Hoc, to engaging in a risky bayonet charge across an open field to capture a critical hill in Germany's Hurtgen Forest, Dog Company proved their valor and toughness over and over. Notes and an index round out this excellent contribution to military history shelves, thoroughly accessible to scholars and lay readers alike.

Unflinching Zeal

Robin Higham

Naval Institute Press

291 Wood Road

Annapolis, MD 21402

9781612511115, $39.95,

The military blitz of the Luftwaffe frightened Britain and France with its ferocity. "Unflinching Zeal" is a look back at the chronicle of these conflicts, the Battles of France and Britain to maintain the control of their skies from their would be conquerors. Author and historian Robin Higham breaks down the campaigns on both ends, looking at the mindsets and tactics, and commentary on what ultimately led to the victory, stalemate, and comeback. "Unflinching Zeal" is a very much recommended who seek in-depth history surrounding early World War II.

The Great Bicycle Experiment

Kay Moore

Mountain Press Publishing Company

PO Box 2399

Missoula, MT 59806

9780878425938, $12.00,

Across the country before such a thing was commonplace. "The Great Bicycle Experiment: The Army's Historic Black Bicycle Corps, 1896-97" seeks to tell the story of this regiment of black soldiers who traveled across the country from Montana to Missouri and testing the potential that bicycles, a recent invention in the late nineteenth century, and what it could hold for military purposes as a potential replacement for the horse. Exploring military history and black history in an unsung way, "The Great Bicycle Experiment" is a strong addition to any American military history collection.

Osprey Publishing

4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219

Long Island City, NY 11101-5058

Mark Lardas's BONHOMME RICHARD VS. SERAPIS: FLAMBOROUGH HEAD 1779 (9781849087858, $18.95) documents the clash between the American Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis during the revolutionary war: a battle where two similar ships struggled and created naval heroes that many know to this day. Any military collection strong in maritime history will find this filled with color artwork, in-depth detail on ships and strategies, history and illustrations and analysis of action. Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck, Jr.'s AMERICA'S SECRET MIG SQUADRON: THE RED EAGLES OF PROJECT CONSTANT PEG (9781849089760, $25.95) tells the story of a group of brave military pioneers who establish a training program that would prepare the US Air Force for a potential Cold War battle with Soviet aircraft, and comes from an F-4 Phantom II pilot in Vietnam who helped develop the Constant Peg program that trained men to fly and maintain covertly obtained MiGs. Chapters pack in a history of the pilots, the missions, and the military concepts behind t em, making this a fine survey of the little-known Red Eagles project recommended for any military holding. Steven J. Zaloga's US AMPHIBIOUS TANKS OF WORLD WAR II (9781849086363, $17.95) offers a fine survey of tanks developed to be deployed from further off-shore during battle. In Europe the US Army introduced the Duplex Drive tank based on the British design, used on D-Day and again during the Rhine crossings. The Marines developed their own versions of the deep-wading system. This review of US amphibious tanks covers design, deployment, amphibious strategies, and more, and makes for a powerful survey for any World War II collection strong in equipment analysis. Robert Forsyth works with Eddie J. Creek on ME 262 BOMBER AND RECONNAISSANCE UNITS (9781849087490, $22.95), a fine guide to the combat aircraft that first appeared in late 1944, representing a new era in aeronautical development. Nothing in the Allied arsenal of aerial fighters could compare, and the ME 262s conducted campaigns that proved an overwhelming success. This follows the creation, deployment, strategies and makeup of this unique bomber, and is a solid pick for any World War II collection. Pier Paolo Battistelli's ALBERT KESSELRING (9781849087353, $18.95) provides a fine biography of field marshal Albert Kesselring, a key figure during the Italian campaign of 1943-45. His efforts stalled superior Allied efforts for months: he was responsible for the killing of Italian civilians in German occupied Italy and he led many campaigns in different countries. This survey marks him as one of the most notable German commanders of World War II, and provides a vivid biography recommended for any World War II collection. Duncan B. Campbell's SPARTAN WARRIOR 735-331 BC (9781849087001, $18.95) offers a fine survey of the Spartans, who achieved lasting recognition for their unique society and focus on warfare. Forbidden from any form of manual labor, Spartan warriors were trained in brutality, warfare and discipline and withstood all kinds of challenges and hardships: this describes a typical warrior's life and provides a fine history of the early Greek, Persian and Peloponnesian wars. Color photos of their relics compliment a fine history suitable for any ancient history library. Paul Eaglestone's A WORLD AFLAME (9781849086820, $17.95) recounts the period between 1918 and 1939, when conflicting politics and military tactics sparked conflicts that led to World War II. This provides wargamers with an interesting set of rules along with 'what if' options, using a 10-man squad as the core unit, and games can be played at company, battalion or brigade level and at any figure scale. Players interested in wargames for this period will find this a fine mix of rules and strategy. Michael & Gladys Green's PANTHER: GERMANY'S QUEST FOR COMBAT DOMINANCE (9781849088411, $24.95) recounts the German Panther, one of the most striking tanks of World War II, and is a top recommendation for any collection strong in World War II equipment. It considers how the Panther tank evolved, its encounters throughout the war, and how the German Amy's encounter with the Russians provided knowledge for designing the next generation of Panzers. Vintage images abound in a fine history of the Panther's evolution and influence. Ian Senior's HOME BEFORE THE LEAVES FALL: A NEW HISTORY OF THE GERMAN INVASION OF 1914 (9781849088435, $24.95) blends strategic analysis with diary entries, eyewitness stories, and interview transcripts from soldiers of the times to provide an unprecedented new history that focuses on the experiences of French and German troops in 1914. it documents strategic failures, changed invasion plans, and soldier strategy that rested on a rapid victory over the French, but in fact evolved to become a long session of defensive trench based warfare. The result is a highly recommended, striking history. Robert Maze's THE WEBLEY SERVICE REVOLVER (9781849088039, $18.95) covers a gun introduced in 1887: a service revolver which was perfected in 1915 ad served for some sixty years. Its reliability and handling made it the favored firearm of classic British soldiers and this book provides a fine history that incorporates basic firearms design and the evolution of pistol use. A special pick for military or firearms collectors alike. Yuriy Rybin's SOVIET HURRICANE ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 (9781849087414, $22.95) joins others in Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series and provides a fine comprehensive history of the Hurricanes that would be given to the Soviet Union by the British in late 1941. These planes saw action and proved easy to master, allowing them to form ne fighter regiments in the polar area and providing cover for other aircraft more equipped for different kinds of battle. The Hurricane was considered obsolete by the time it was supplied to the USSR, but despite this it performed admirably and made an immense difference in the war. Steve Blake's P-38 LIGHTNING ACES OF THE 82ND FIGHTER GROUP (9781849087438, $22.95) is another fine addition to the series and tells of one of the most successful USAAF fighter units of the war. It pairs detailed histories of the elite fighter pilots with discussions of their aircraft and first-hand accounts by the combat veterans themselves, adding specially commissioned original color artwork, new scale plans, and fine archival photos. The result is a top pick highly recommended for any military aircraft collection! FALLUJAH: IRAQ 2004 (9781849087711, $24.95) covers two operations - Vigilant Resolve and Phantom Fury - to take and hold the city of Fallujah, considered the most dangerous carried out by Coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is a fine pick for any Force on Force player. Wargamers will find the battle lines drawn and alive in a volume packed with scenarios and information perfect for re-enacting their Iraq battle wargames in a pick Force on Force players MUST have!
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