Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Retribution - The Soviet reconquest of Western Ukraine 1943-44

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Retribution - The Soviet reconquest of Western Ukraine 1943-44
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This is book is a follow up to Prit Buttar's On the Knife's edge and begins after the battle of Kursk that turned the tide of the Eastern front in favor of the Russian forces. Retributions goes in to detail of the massive Russian offensive that forced a now desperate and shaken German forces out of Western Ukraine.

The author gives accounts of the many little-known battles that were constant throughout the Russian offensive. The this comes from the first-hand accounts are from the German and Russian soldiers that bring this to life.

I learnt so much from this book that I was not aware of and the information and writing really draws you in. The book is 480 pages and there are only a few illustrations, and these are battle maps.

It took me a week or so to read and with all the details I think I will need to re-read it to fully absorbed it properly. I loved the book and how much I gained from reading it in regard to knowledge of this period of the Eastern Front history.

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

The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus, 3rd Century BC

Published: March 26th, 2020     
The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus, 3rd Century BC
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209

Most of us have only heard of Pyrrhus through the phrase "Pyrrhic victory", referring to someone who wins all the battles, but loses the war. There's a lot more to his story than that one campaign, and he was a very successful general, right up to the end, where he was killed at the Battle of Argos in 272 BC.

French Soldier vs German Soldier - Verdun 1916

Published: March 26th, 2020     
French Soldier vs German Soldier - Verdun 1916
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064

In his organization of this book, Mr. Campbell provides a logical approach to this ground combat at Verdun. The Table of Contents provides for the basic outline:

  • Introduction
  • The opposing sides
  • Bois des Caures
  • Mort-Homme
  • Fort Vaux
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Unit Organizations
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The publishers' notes include this summary of Campbell's book:

"On 21 February 1916, the German Army launched a major attack on the French fortress of Verdun. The Germans were confident that the ensuing battle would compel France to expend its strategic reserves in a savage attritional battle, thereby wearing down Allied fighting power on the Western Front. However, initial German success in capturing a key early objective, Fort Douaumont, was swiftly stemmed by the French defenses, despite heavy French casualties. The Germans then switched objectives but made slow progress towards their goals; by July, the battle had become a stalemate.

The St. Mihiel Offensive

Published: March 24th, 2020     
The St. Mihiel Offensive
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Pen & Sword

The book in hand shows that it was published in January 2020 by Pen & Sword with an ISBN # 1526734958. Not being found on the Pen & Sword website, the Casemate website contained a page for this book with an ISBN # of 9781526734952.

Overview (as found on the website)

The St Mihiel Offensive, which took place between the 12th and 16th September 1918, was the first full scale attack that was under the direct command of the Americans, in the person of General J. Pershing. He combined his command of the First (at the time the only) American Army with that of Commander in Chief of the AEF, a tremendous burden.

The St Mihiel Salient had its origins in the early fighting of the war and had been stabilized by the end of 1914, although there was fierce fighting there in the first half of 1915 as both sides jostled for position. The high ground of Les Eparges became notorious for the intensity of the mine warfare that took place below it, extensive remains of which can be seen today.

FLEX-I-FILE #7000 "Touch-N-Flow" System

Published: March 22nd, 2020     
FLEX-I-FILE #7000 "Touch-N-Flow" System
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Company: Flex-I-File

The Flex-I-File "Touch-N-Flow" (Photo 1) is the ultimate capillary action gluing system. Nothing else I know can get cement into hard to reach spots with such accuracy. It enables a modeler to put solvent cement exactly where needed, with very little chance of missing the target and marring an outside surface.

The #7000 system is composed of three components (Photo 2): A bottle of thin Plast-I-Weld solvent cement, a squeeze bottle, and the Touch-N-Flow applicator, along with an instruction sheet The Touch-N-Flow is a thin glass tube with a very fine needle applicator at one end. The squeeze bottle is used to pull the thin solvent cement up into the tube. Once the cement is in the applicator, a touch of the end of the needle releases cement.