Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44
Author: David Greentree; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The grim conflicts that occurred along the edge of the Arctic Circle during World War Two are perhaps one of the least-publicized theaters in that sad war. It's a fact that for someone like me who THINKS he knows history fairly well, virtually everything in this book by Osprey Publishing came as a surprise. Who knew that such struggles were suffered in this treeless, roadless, virtually empty region along the northern edges of Lapland, Finland and Norway?

Of course the protagonists are fairly well known - the German Mountain Troops with their famous "Eidelweiss" badge, and the Soviet Naval Troops - the "Black Death" as they were sometimes called by their enemies. However, I for one did not know that they were directly involved in a number of obscure battles in even more obscure places during the course of the war. Minsk, which figures heavily in any strategic planning in this region, was one of the more important destinations for Allied convoys bringing vital supplies from England and the United States - hence the decision to fight it out in some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.

Polish Legions 1914–19

Published: June 20th, 2018     
Polish Legions 1914–19
Author: Author: Dr. Nigel Thomas - Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Nigel Thomas graduated from Tiffin Boy's School, Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1964 and proceeded to attend Manchester University, earning a BA in Modern Languages. He attended Durham University and Newcastle University where he obtained his MA in German History and Literature. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. Nigel is an accomplished linguist and military historian and formerly a Principal Lecturer in French and German Languages and Politics at Northumbria University, He is now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has written more than 20 books on military history and uniforms, many of them with Osprey. He lives in Tyne and Wear, UK.

Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle

Published: June 19th, 2018     
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, and is well known for his Secret Projects series of hardbound books with Crecy Publishing. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

Warship 2018

Published: June 17th, 2018     
Warship 2018
Author: Several
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you Osprey Publishing for providing a review copy of their new ship's annual! I first thought that Osprey was publishing a new series, but in fact, Osprey is continuing the Conway imprint of naval and military books, which is excellent news. As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world.

Overview

Warship 2018 is part of an annual series and follows historical event anniversaries, new analysis of naval engagements, intriguing operations, and more general ship topics. Each of the 11 chapters is a stand-alone study, accompanied by abundant images, drawings and data. All writing styles are slightly different, but each is appropriate and engaging for the chapter topic.

Content Coverage

Brief highlights of each chapter are included here. Short engaging descriptions of chapter content following chapter titles.

Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Published: June 15th, 2018     
Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

In Tidal Wave from Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver offers a deep analysis of the political and strategic situation in the last months of the Pacific War, interwoven with engaging accounts of kamikaze raids and aerial combat. He explains how the last months of the Pacific campaign constantly challenged the crews of the US Navy ships, whose pilots conducted continual bombing missions and aerial skirmishes, how the success or failure of the ship's gunners spelled life or death for their vessels, and how the commanders had to protect their ships from the worst ravages of the Pacific Typhoons.