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Ian David Williamson

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The helicopter war in Vietnam by a young pilot.

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Reviewed: 31-05-20

The narration and post production let this book down. The pilot was a similar age to the RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain but did not share their beliefs that the war was worth the fight. However, he flew to the best of his ability for his crew and the infantry soldiers he supported. Definitely worth listening to.

History of an often overlooked aspect of WW2.

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Reviewed: 26-05-20

This book gives details of the fighting during the pivotal battle of "The Admin Box" in which the Allied armies under General Slim for the first time stopped the advance of the Japanese. The book gives an insight into the strategic and tactical changes first introduced by the 14th Army that gave the Allied armies a much needed victory but also gives first hand accounts of soldiers, predominantly British, who fought the battle.
I do like Al Murray's voice but I don't think the post production work is as slick as it could be. (The same could be said for his reading of James Holland's Battle of Britain.)
I enjoyed listening to this book and hope that James Holland will continue the narrative to the end of the war.

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Not the usual Battle of Britain narrative.

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Reviewed: 20-05-20

When I bought this book I assumed it would be a new view of the air war over Britain in the summer of 1940. I was surprised when the book stared before the invasion of France. When the author started discussing Fall Gelb and building of U-Boats I almost gave it up. I didn't and I am very glad I persevered and I strongly recommend you do too. This is one of the few books I have read which puts into context the air battle and clearly shows that although The Few were rightly lauded for their achievements, the rest of the RAF, the RN, the Army and the much of the population were involved in the Battle for Britain. There are many books that give personal accounts of the pilots, some that give the strategic overview and tactics employed by both sides but there are few that encompass all aspects from both sides and give a clear picture of the Battle of Britain within the panorama of World War 2.

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An epic adventure of discovery.

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Reviewed: 27-04-20

Looking for something different to listen to I'm pleased I chose this book about events I knew little about. The Apollo program was in the headlines throughout my childhood but I knew very little about the work to get men to the moon. This was a really good introduction and I have already bought some more books to get deeper knowledge of the US Space program.

A book of its time but interesting nonetheless.

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Reviewed: 26-08-19

Regarded as a standard work on the subject it has to read as a book of its time. Subsequent and perhaps more holistic studies have cast new light on the RAF Bomber Command offensive and its effects across the spectrum of World War 2. The reading is somewhat irritating with variations of the pronunciation and the reference to RAF squadron numbers being 2 examples.
This is my is reading of this book and everyone I find more to argue with.

Great story, well told by an excellent narrator.

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Reviewed: 06-08-19

I have listened to this book many times and take more from it each time I do. The language and sea terms are sometimes difficult to grasp by a 'lubber' but they add depth and tone to the story Having listened to this series other naval stories seem superficial in comparison. If you listen to the whole series, you will know Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin as though they were friends. I heartily recommend this book and the series to all .

New perspectives on D-Day

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Reviewed: 28-05-19

In this book James Holland reviews another aspect of WWII and sheds new light on a well documented time in our history. The book is interesting as it combines views from the strategic planning level with those of people at the front and, importantly, fills in some of the vast gap in the middle. In this way he gives the reader a much clearer understanding of what took place before, during and after the invasion. One negative, I did have to refer to maps, which I assume are in the book, to ensure I understood the movement on the ground but otherwise it was very enlightening and I recommend it to anyone interested in D-Day.

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Gets better every listen

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Reviewed: 22-02-19

I first read this book in 1983 and have read it at least once every decade since. Every read or listen changes my perception of the American soldier's behaviour during the Vietnam War. It is I think the nearest I will ever come to knowing the mind of those men fighting a war many did not understand or believe in. It is worth reading because it was written by one who served in that war and who tried as much as he could to enlighten a public that often denigrated their servicemen at the time. Recommended to all who wish to understand that place and time.

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Revealing story of the USMC in Vietnam

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Reviewed: 06-02-19

I wasn't sure about this book the first time I listened to it but a second hearing proved very worthwhile. Having read all the earlier 'classics' of the genre in my view this is one of the best. It is a thought provoking read and insightful too. Highly recommended to all.

A good enjoyable listen.

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Reviewed: 16-01-19

This is the second Adrian Goldsworthy book I have listened to and have enjoyed them both. It appears to a layman that Mr G knows a great deal about Roman Britain which makes the story more believable for me. I look forward to the next book.

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