Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

American Artillery - From 1775 to the Present Day

Published: May 14th, 2021     
American Artillery - From 1775 to the Present Day
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton - IPMS# 21985
Company: Pen & Sword

Artillery has generally been known as the King of Battle for quite a long time and for good reason. The ability to reach out and touch your opponent on a battlefield is an obvious advantage. And if you can do that first, further, with more power than your opponent there's a strong chance your forces are going to win the day. Battlefield artillery has come a long way since the United States has been in existence, and the US has found itself at the forefront of that development. This book gives that history a quick glance in both text and pictures.

Written by Author Michael Green, this book is printed on high quality paper and contains 224 pages. There are 250 black and white pictures and 19 in full color in the middle of the book. The photos used in the book are all crisp and clear images. Most are found in the public domain and a few are from private collections. Each chapter closes with pictures of related artillery mentioned in each chapter. The color pictures are of modern subjects, with the exception of one Civil War era piece located at an unnamed Civil War site.

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Volume One: Indian Military Intervention in East Pakistan

Published: May 4th, 2021     
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Volume One:  Indian Military Intervention in East Pakistan
Reviewed by: Dana Mathes - IPMS# 43781

Ravi Rikhye is an international affairs and military historian with a remarkable academic background. He holds seven master's degrees and is currently working on his doctorate. His career has also included the completion of more than thirty books. For the first offering in the Helion and Company's new Asia@War book series, Rikhye has authored a two-part history of the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. This review looks at the first book about the Indian Military Intervention in East Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh). The second work addresses the contemporaneous Showdown in the West (along the current Indo-Pakistani border).

Most historians have looked at this conflict as a short, two-week war between India and Pakistan in December 1971 that precipitated the independence of East Pakistan. Rikhye takes a broader and longer look at this war and places it within the framework of post-colonial destabilization and superpower dynamics. He argues that this war was basically inevitable, and that India's military victory was a foregone conclusion.

Dettingen 1743 - Miracle on the Main

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Dettingen 1743 - Miracle on the Main
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Thanks to Osprey Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Michael (Mike) McNally, a native Londoner, has authored ten books for Osprey - this is his latest. Mike has written about the battles of Aughrim, Boyne and the Irish Brigade in French service. He is working on German colonial campaigns during WWI, Irish military history and the Marlborough campaign.

Sean O'Brogain is a well-worked artist and illustrator for a wide variety of clients, including the National Museum of Ireland. He resides in Donegal, Ireland.

You get a 9.75 X 7.25 inch size paperback book that follows the usual pattern of Osprey Campaign books - well illustrated in color, chock full of images and maps, easy to digest, and thorough enough to understand the conflict. Mike McNally follows this pattern perfectly. There are the usual eight sections plus Bibliography and Index:

A History of the Small Arms Made by the Sterling Armament Company

Published: April 28th, 2021     
A History of the Small Arms Made by the Sterling Armament Company
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Pen & Sword

The dust jacket says it all in this case. This is an in - depth history of the small arms made at the Sterling Company between 1940 and 1989. And I do mean in - depth - it is clear the author's passion for this subject and attention to detail shows through. In looking at the book, it is 352 pages and lavishly illustrated with 352 black and white pictures and 32 color.

The table of contents is below and shows the history

Images of War - United States Marine Corps in the Korean War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Published: April 27th, 2021     
Images of War - United States Marine Corps in the Korean War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Company: Pen & Sword

This edition in the "Images of War" series offers an overview of the 1st Marine Division operations during the Korean War. The book provides a good description of how the Marines were integrated into missions under the overall command of the US Eighth Army and X Corps under theatre commander Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur (and later, Gen. Matthew Ridgway).

The limited text is arranged chronologically in five chapters: