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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Osprey - US Soldier vs. Arikakorps Soldier - Tunisia 1943

Published: March 23rd, 2019     
Osprey - US Soldier vs. Arikakorps Soldier - Tunisia 1943
Author: David Campbell
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Publisher's Website:

Operation Torch, launched on 8 November 1942, landed Anglo-American forces in Vichy-controlled Morocco and Algeria to create a second front against the Axis forces in North Africa, catching Rommel's German and Italian forces in the claws of a giant pincer.

The US Army was powerfully well-armored and equipped, but fresh to wa, and it showed. Organization suffered from a surfeit of peacetime theories and training was insufficient and ill-applied. Despite such failings the US GIs and their commanders learned very quickly, adapting to German tactics and the realities of mechanized warfare. The Axis forces in North Africa were seasoned by years of fighting against increasingly powerful British and Commonwealth forces, and were led by one of the Reich's most capable generals. The German doctrine of mechanized warfare had proved itself time and again, but ever-growing logistical and supply problems were blunting its effectiveness.

From Sidi Bou Zid to El Guettar, this fully illustrated study pits the US Army against the best that the Axis forces in Africa had to offer.

NAA B-45 Tornado

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
NAA B-45 Tornado
Author: Kev Darling
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Kev Darling is an aviation historian, writer, and publisher based in South Wales. He served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer for nearly 30 years, from June 1973 to March 2003. He has written at least 30 books since 1987, working in the RAF Illustrated series, Crowood Aviation series, Crowood Combat Legend series, Specialty Press' WarbirdTech series, as well as Guideline's Warpaint series.

Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has over 21 books to his credit as author. Check out his website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/home

B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

Published: March 16th, 2019     
B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI
Author: Eduard M Young; Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat Aircraft" series, this time with an installment on the B-25 Mitchel Units in the CBI. Like all the other books in this series, you can expect lots of period pictures, color profiles highlighting markings and main camouflages with excellent and detailed research.

The book is broken down in chronological order, which sort of follows a geographical order as the priorities in the CBI front shifted between India, Burma, and China.

These are the chapters and subsections on the book:

Operation Linebacker I 1972

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Operation Linebacker I 1972
Author: Marshall L. Michel III; Illustrated by: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Air Campaign Series from Osprey Publishing covers several operations from World War II in the European (Battle of Britain, Operation Crossbow and Sink The Tirpitz) and Pacific (Rabaul) Theaters, as well as operations during the Vietnam War (Rolling Thunder, Linebacker I and Linebacker II).

Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition
Author: Leo Marriot
Reviewed by: Luke Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

This book is also available in a hardback version (302 pages) priced at $55.00.

Casemate Publishers has reprinted a definitive review of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers" by Leo Marriot. The author has a long list of military books to his credit, focusing on WW2 ground actions and WW2 to modern naval subjects, including this title. He is known for an excellent book on the Titanic and The Universe, with illustrated views from the Hubble Space Telescope.

You get a 9.25 X 6 inches size paperback book with three Parts, 14 Chapters and four Appendices. Although the covers have a red tint, the book is completely B&W (no color) inside. The small print text is interspersed with B&W photos of ships, most of which are seen elsewhere, but there are a few rare ones. There are also small line drawings of profiles of ships. But mostly, this book is crammed full of text.

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