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Italian Vittorio Veneto-Class Battleships

Published: January 30th, 2020     
Italian Vittorio Veneto-Class Battleships
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

Casemate Publishers bring us a book from Polish editorial Kagero, covering the Vittorio Veneto class of battleships (Littorio/Italia, Vittorio Veneto, Roma and an unfished hull Imperio). The book was written by Andrzej Perepeczko and he has done a great research job in his book.

The book is broken down in the following sections.

  • Origin
  • Design and Equipment
  • In Service

The first section covers the historical situation of the Italian Fleet in the interwar years and includes a high-level description of other contemporary battleships. That way you can understand better the relevance of this class within the Italian Fleet.

Morane Saulnier MS.406C1: France 1940

Published: January 30th, 2020     
Morane Saulnier MS.406C1: France 1940
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney - IPMS# 8943

MMP keeps coming up with new and interesting series in their catalog of books. This "Camera On" series is not restricted to aircraft but presents essentially photo albums dedicated to different types of equipment (appearing to be limited to WW2 subjects from what I can gather).

This nicely produced, softcover book is typical of MMP's publication quality. That is to say everything has a refined look and feel to it, with thick paper and good glossy, heavy-weight cover pages.

Russian Battleships and Cruisers of the Russo-Japanese War

Published: January 29th, 2020     
Russian Battleships and Cruisers of the Russo-Japanese War
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mark spent the next thirty years at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeler, he has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history. Mark has authored more than twenty-five books and has worked with Boy's Life as the Hobby Master. Mark also worked with an English language publication from Hong Kong called English Street. Mark is currently working in League City, Texas.

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. Paul's work has been featured in at least a dozen Osprey books. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey, UK.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter A History

Published: January 29th, 2020     
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter A History
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

The F-104, known as "the missile with a man in it" is a sterling example of US cold war aircraft design. Designed to intercept incoming Soviet bombers the F-104 had great speed at the expense of range and the addition of wingtip tanks came at the expense of armament. Frontline USAF service was not that lengthy, although they did serve in Vietnam. The F-104 did serve a long time with the National Guard. Foreign Service is where the F-104 was used in the greatest numbers and the longest time. License built in Europe and Japan there was a long history of service in these various air forces.

Mr. Bowman's book is broken down into 11 chapters, covering from development to the post military service Starfighters display team. The book is an easy, enjoyable read with many pilot's stories to bring firsthand accounts of flying the F-104 to the reader.

Images of War: Air War Over North Africa, USAAF Ascendant.

Published: January 29th, 2020     
Images of War: Air War Over North Africa, USAAF Ascendant.
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

At the beginning of World War II in Europe, the British were faced with the threat to Egypt and the Suez Canal by the Italians in North Africa. With the fall of France in 1940, the Vichy Government control of the western end of the North African coastline put the British position in further jeopardy. The Italians sent their forces into Egypt, where they were soundly beaten by the British, losing thousands of prisoners of war in the process. Hitler felt forced to aid his Italian allies, and sent General Rommel's forces to North Africa. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Allied leaders set up a strategy to evict the Axis Powers from North Africa, and starting in early 1942, American forces began preparing for "Operation Torch", the invasion of Vichy French controlled Morocco and Algeria, and in November, 1942, Allied forces, mainly American, began landing in North Africa. Before long, the Vichy French in the area saw the handwriting on the wall, and nearly all switched to the Allied side.

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