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Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936-42

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936-42
Author: Marc Lohnstein; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The long held Dutch colony of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) encompassed a huge swath of maritime territory across the southwest Pacific ocean, from the eastern end of the island of Sumatra to the western half of New Guinea, including the major islands of Java, Timor, most of southern Borneo, the octopus-like Celebes, and hundreds of smaller islands in between. For most of its history, the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) was tasked with internal security, assisting the colonial police services in maintaining order when and wherever necessary. Defense from external threats was the primary responsibility of the Dutch Navy, supporting the far-flung KNIL battalions assigned to strategic areas throughout the colony. By 1936, in the face of growing Japanese expansion in the western Pacific, the KNIL began a five year modernization program that was just beginning to take shape by the time of the Japanese invasion in early 1942.

Sd. KfZ.6: Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5t

Published: November 1st, 2018     
Sd. KfZ.6: Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5t
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: MMP Books

Prolific military author Alan Ranger introduces his Camera On series with a book on the German 5-ton Sd.Kfz.6 Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen ("Medium Tractor") utility halftrack. The Camera On series can best be described as photographic compilations, filled mostly with images recently made available from private collections.

The attractive, slightly oversized volume contains a short introduction of this relatively rare German halftrack, and then quickly moves into a chronological expose of the vehicle as it was employed throughout the war by the Wehrmacht. In terms of towing capacity, the Sd.Kfz.6 was sandwiched between the (slightly smaller) Sd.Kfz. 11 and (larger, ubiquitous) Sd.Kfz.7, resulting is very short manufacturing run. The type's real only claim to fame is that it was the first German halftrack to sport interleaved wheels - a standard that would be used throughout the remaining halftrack marks.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G with DB605A Engine

Published: November 1st, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G with DB605A Engine
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is volume one in the Yellow Series from MMP. The DB-605A engine powered the majority of Bf-109G variants from the dash 1 through the dash 8 and including the dash 14 and two seat trainer variant converted from earlier G models, the dash 12. Many modifications were made over the G series production after its introduction in 1942. The Bf-109G served in Romania, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Hungary besides Germany during WWII.

The book is laid out into 19 sections with coverage for each main production variants, tropical conversions, factory and filed modifications, reconnaissance versions and those assembled in Romania. A brief three page technical description and flight performance follows the main text body. The G models maximum speed at altitude varied from 347MPH to 405MPH. These speeds are compared with other fighters showing the 109G to be faster than theYak-3, A6M and Spitfire MK.IX and slower than the P-71 and P-47.

Naval Archives Volume 9. Radetzky-class – Forgotten Battleships of the Forgotten Navy

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Naval Archives Volume 9. Radetzky-class – Forgotten Battleships of the Forgotten Navy
Author: Damian Majsak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing's latest installment of its Naval Archives - Volume 9 - is a softbound European A4 size with only one page of ads - for Kagero Publishing books. You get five feature articles with detailed text and photographs plus drawings, and sprinkled in between, two-page color layouts of specific ships. The last 10 pages live up to Kagero3D's name with 3D CG drawings of the WW2 Kriegsmarine destroyer Z37 in its early fit (before its 1945 "Barbara" antiaircraft gun enhancement), and a red/green plastic eyeglass is included to visualize the 3D effect.

Normandy, 1944: Hitlerjugend Soldier vs. Canadian Soldier

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Normandy, 1944: Hitlerjugend Soldier vs. Canadian Soldier
Author: David Greentree. Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

One of Osprey's relatively new series is Combat. Each volume looks at a specific battle in a larger campaign and breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of the combatants (the key word in each title is 'versus'). This particular volume takes a look at the Waffen SS formation, Hitlerjugend (a division made up primarily of Hitler Youth) and Canadian soldiers from a variety of units. The first chapters look at the relative strengths and weaknesses of each force and then devotes the balance of the volume to a set of battles in a larger campaign. The legacy of the prowess of the Germans continues to linger seventy-five years on. Similarly, the citizen soldiers of the Canada seem to pale in comparison to their German adversaries. On the surface it a clash between the classic definition of citizen soldiers and what at the time was perceived as an elite unit.

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