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Wings of Iraq-Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Wings of Iraq-Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266

This is my first exposure to the Middle East at War series.  This paperback book contains the history of the Iraqi Air Force from its inception up to the Arab/Israeli Wars of the 1970s.  It contains over 130 photos, maps, 21 color profiles, and various other illustrations.

The book starts out by providing the history of Iraq, even before the genesis of the air force.  This historical background is appreciated since the history of the region has an effect on the formation of the military, especially the air force.  The start of air power in the region was shown by the British during WWI And immediately afterwards.  Training of Iraqi pilots began in 1930 by the British and with that the beginning of the Iraqi Air Force took hold.

Les Suisses au Service de la France 1715-1820

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Les Suisses au Service de la France 1715-1820
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

I didn't really know this, but the Swiss have a long and distinguished history of serving as mercenaries in other country's armies, especially France, from as far back as the Late Middle Ages all the way through the Age of Napoleon and beyond.  The last vestige of this type of Swiss service remains in the Swiss guards at the Vatican today.  In some ways, these mercenaries were the harbingers of today's professional soldiers - men dedicated to a life of arms rather than the temporary civilian levies standard up until that time. 

 

Les Italiens de L’Emperur: Les Armées de la Péninsule Italienne 1800-1815

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Les Italiens de L’Emperur: Les Armées de la Péninsule Italienne 1800-1815
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

I'll be the first to admit it - I'm getting hooked on these Heimdal uniform books.  Any dedicated figure modeler is well aware of the fact that the period roughly 1790 - 1815 constitutes the highlight of colorful uniforms worn by any belligerents in any war, before or since.  The development of coal tar dyes led to the creation of a bewildering range of bright colors, almost immediately employed by all the major military powers of the time, as they regarded the quality of their military attire to be a direct reflection of the power and majesty of their particular countries.

 

Napoleanic uniforms in particular reflected this obsession, with an almost unbelievable range of military costumes.  For figure modelers, the fact that almost all of them were based in large part on standard French military garb means that one can, if one chooses, create a incredible array of accurate toy soldiers with uniforms spanning the rainbow.

 

Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48

Eagle Editions has produced some of the most accurate decals on the market.  Normally known for their Luftwaffe subjects, they have quite a collection of other aircraft as well, including the Spitfire.  With new 1/48th subjects from Airfix, Eduard, and Tamiya these decals are perfectly timed. 

 

There are decals for three aircraft that represent the evolution of the Temperate Land Scheme and the under-surface colors.  One aircraft has the black and white belly, the next has the sky color and the following one has the Sky-Blue belly. The first one is flown by P/O Al Deere with the Kiwi emblem in front of the cockpit.  The next is flown by Sgt. Bernard Jennings from No.19 Squadron and is typical of the Battle of Britain period.  The final option has an American flavor, with a red spinner, flown by an American, P/O Hugh Reilley, flying with No.66 Sqdn.in the Battle of Britain.  He was shot down and killed by Werner Molders.

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