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The Spy Toolkit

13/08/2018
The Spy Toolkit Dr Stephen Twigge Opsrey Publishing Reviewed by Peter Brian           This pocket sized hardback book consists of photographs and illustrations selected from the National Archives to demonstrate the more bizarre side of spying and resistance during the Second World War. From dummy tank track markings to exploding cigarettes, the imagination of the Special...
  • The Hundred Thousand Sons of St Louis

    The Hundred Thousand Sons of St Louis Ralph Weaver Helion & Company 2018 Reviewed by Bernd Biege           One of the small wars you might have missed, the French invasion of Spain during the Trenio Liberal (the “Liberal Three Years”) could be seen as an extension of the Napoleonic Wars, or as the beginnings of Europe’s...
  • The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356

    The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356 Morgen Witzel and Marilyn Livingstone Casemate UK Reviewed by Z.G. Martin           In part, this deceptively slim volume is a blow-by-blow account of the action at Poitiers, but the content goes far beyond that, providing useful strategic overviews, background to the conflict and events leading up to it, and biographies...
  • Against All Odds

    Against All Odds Stephen Wynn Pen and Sword Military Reviewed by Neil Smith           In Against All Odds, Stephen Wynn attempts to tell the story of Walter Tull, the first black officer to serve in the British Army. It is a daunting task with little evidence to work with, so perhaps it is not surprising that...
  • Iran-Iraq War

    Iran-Iraq War Anthony Tucker-Jones Pen and Sword Military Reviewed by Bernd Biege           Never judge a book by its cover – absolutely essential in the case of Anthony Tucker-Jones’ Iran-Iraq War, as the back cover already contains a howler, claiming that both sides used chemical weapons. Iran did not, and Tucker-Jones never makes the claim either....

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