Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Pacific Thunder - The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943 - October 1944

Published: January 14th, 2019     
Pacific Thunder - The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943 - October 1944
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

This book is a fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign and one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history when in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat at Pearl Harbor to the brink of victory in the Pacific. The book's emphasis is on carrier operations and on the air groups of the various fighters and dive and torpedo bombers that were instrumental in sending the Japanese fleet to its watery grave and ensure an end to the Pacific Theater of Operations. The chapters include:

Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior

Published: January 13th, 2019     
Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior
Author: David Campbell
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

Second Punic War 217-206 BC

The peace that followed the First Punic War was shallow and fractious, with the resumption of hostilities in 218 BC- sparked by Carthaginian expansion in Iberia- seeing Rome suffer some of the worst defeats in its entire history. The Carthaginian army was a composite affair, primarily made up of a number of levies from Africa and around the Mediterranean, augmented by mercenaries and allies, and these troops crushed the Roman heavy-infantry maniples in a series of battles across Southern Europe. Improvements made to Rome's military, however, would see Roman revenge visited on Hannibal in full measure by Scipio, who would beat the Carthagians at their own game and bring the legions to the gates of Carthage itself. In this study, the epic battles at Lake Trasimene (217 BC), Cannae (216 BC) and Ilipa (206 BC) are explored in detail, supported by carefully chosen illustrations and specially commissioned full-color artwork and mapping.

The Book

This looks to be a very thorough overview of this exhausting, intense war between these two armies. The book is broken down into these chapters:

Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple
Author: Stuart Smith
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publications, the prolific publisher of books related to nearly every aspect of military history imaginable, has in recent years been branching out into more traditional history works. This work is a critical biography of Otto Skorzeny, the man who rescued Mussolini from captivity. The author, Stuart Smith, is a trained historian with a career in business. Using original records and a variety of sources, Stuart has put together a fascinating portrait of a man whose entire career was largely built on one exploit - rescuing Mussolini from captivity in 1943. As his actions in the post-war would indicate, he was also an unrepentant Nazi.

The Sterling Submachine Gun

Published: January 8th, 2019     
The Sterling Submachine Gun
Author: Matthew Moss; Illustrators: Alan Gilliland, Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Matthew Moss is a British author and historian specializing in small arms development, military history, and current defense affairs. Matthew has degrees from the Universities of Liverpool and Chester and has contributed to publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He runs the website Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development, and use of firearms. He co-founded the Armourer's Bench (or on Facebook) with Vic Tuff a multi-media exploration of historic small arms. Matthew has contributed to a number of print and online publications including magazines such as Small Arms Review, Popular Mechanics, The Armourer, History of War and Classic Arms & Militaria. This is his first book. He lives in Lancashire, UK.

Rome at War

Published: December 30th, 2018     
Rome at War
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book chronicles the Roman soldiers and generals that shaped the Roman Empire by wars and conquests, from expansion, to its decline and fall. Color photos, maps, and photos illustrate the disciplined and highly trained army that conquered a vast empire comprising the known world. 

Four sections of the book describe the development and wars of the Roman army:

  • The Early Republic 753-150BC
  • The Late Republic 150-27BC
  • The Early Empire 27BC-AD235
  • The Late Empire AD235-500

A chronology of Roman Empire wars and empires, and an index of significant warriors and battles are also provided. 

The chronological organization of the book nicely portrays the training and tactics developed for the Roman soldier, and also describes their commanding generals and emperors. The maps illustrate the various stages of the Roman Empire's growth and decline. Color photos, mostly of statues, further portray key figures. The color paintings create a vivid image of the soldiers and their battles, first for the Roman Republic, and then for its Emperors.