Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress

Published: January 26th, 2018     
Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress
Author: Mark Lardas Illustrator: Mark Postlethwaite
Reviewed by: Hub Plott
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is the second in a new series covering major air campaigns in history. This book covers the fight against the Japanese held island stronghold of Rabaul. This island fortress was blocking the allied advance to Tokyo, Home to around 100,000 troops and numerous airfields it was felt that even an all-out assault would not lead to the taking of the island. Thus the Allies began a campaign of aerial assault adding in the use of naval and land forces to reduce the ability of Rabaul to play an important part in the war. This campaign became the blueprint for further combat in the Pacific, showing that it was not necessary to occupy the island to control it.

The book is broken down into 9 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the strategic importance of Rabaul and all the reasons it was such a natural and important base for the Japanese in WWII>

Next a chronology of events from the January 23rd 1942 Japanese capture of Rabaul to the September 6, 1945 surrender of Japanese forces on Rabaul to the Americans.

The Anti-Tank Rifle

Published: January 21st, 2018     
The Anti-Tank Rifle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Steven Joseph Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on February 1, 1965. He graduated cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a BA in History. He has completed graduate work and earned a Certificate in International Affairs from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, it is one of the oldest surviving Universities in the world. Steven has over twenty years of experience as an aerospace analyst, focusing in on the international arms trade and missile systems. He has been a prolific author with published books going back at least to 1977. He is also an avid armor modeler and is a moderator on Missing-Lynx.com as well as a member of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS). He is currently a senior analyst for the Teal Group based in Fairfax, Virginia, and is an adjunct for the Institute for Defense Analyses. He currently resides in Abingdon, Maryland. He is on both LinkedIn and on Facebook.

Morning Star, Midnight Sun

Published: January 15th, 2018     
Morning Star, Midnight Sun
Author: Jeffrey R. Cox
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publications

This book is a follow up of his successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies which I have also read and was a great read!

The book goes into details of the US Naval Campaign from Guadalcanal to the Solomon Islands.

It goes into incredible detail and covers some much of what appears to be a small book! The information is well written and draws you in as its rather Novel like in its narrative.

I learned so much from reading this and look forward to another book as a follow up to this one.

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of facts I have never heard before. The writing style is very factual a little dry at times, This made the book a little heavy going at times but well worth reading to the end.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest in the Pacific war.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Operation Market-Garden 1994 (3): The British XXX Corps Missions

Published: January 14th, 2018     
Operation Market-Garden 1994 (3): The British XXX Corps Missions
Author: Ken Ford
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Ken Ford is the author of over 30 books on various aspects of World War II, including 3 publications covering Operation Market-Garden. The subject of this review is the 3rd and final book covering an extremely ambitious and risky plan, Operation Market-Garden.

The first publication, "Operation Market-Garden 1944 (1)" was the work of Steve Zagola and focused on the US Paratroopers of the 82 and 101 Airborne Divisions.

The 2nd book in this series was written by Ken Ford, and was illustrated by Graham Turner. Graham Turner's illustration work is well known, having covered a wide variety of subjects for Osprey. Turner's artwork adds significantly to the quality of the book, assisting the reader in visualizing the lay of the land, and the men and equipment of Operation Market-Garden. This book focused on the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Airborne Brigade.

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Case Red: The Collapse of France
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Robert Forczyk is a prolific author with over 27 books published by Osprey and Pen & Sword. He graduated from Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland with a PhD PhD in International Relations and National Security. Robert was commissioned from ROTC in 1983 and ended up going to Fort Knox to become an armor officer. He trained in the both the M60A3 and the M-1 but spent his 18 year career in the M60A3 with the US 2nd, 4th, and the 29th Infantry Divisions. Dr. Forcyzk is currently living in the Laurel, Maryland and works as a management consultant at Aviation ISAC. Catch him on LinkedIn.

There are 464 pages of text and two sets of 16 glossy pages containing 60 black and white photographs. There are also ten maps with notes to depict the engagement's progression.