Tag Archives: World War II

The Battle of Midway by Craig L Symonds

Do we really need another history of this well documented battle?  Well maybe not need, but this book proved to be a much appreciated addition to the what’s out there. This book is purely a narrative history; that is it … Continue reading

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Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy

This book was certainly an interesting surprise.  I was expecting something more specific about equipment and weapons development during the Second World War.  The subtitle is about “Problem Solvers”.  It might have been better called something like “How Things got … Continue reading

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A Dawn Like Thunder By Robert J. Mrazek

The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight This is an excellent look at a pivotal period from an unusual perspective. I’ve read several unit histories. Often they are a bit dull, except presumably to those with a close connection to … Continue reading

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Kawanishi N1K2-J “George”

The Japanese aircraft industry produced some excellent high performance fighters towards the end of the war. The N1K was generally considered the very best among the naval types. Join me for a look at fighter that Allied pilots were thankful … Continue reading

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Battle of Surigao Strait by Anthony Tully

Talk about an unexpected treasure, I think this book has been sitting in my “to read” pile for five years.  I do have a large pile, and I regularly buy books that look like they might be interesting and just … Continue reading

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Darkest Hour

Or Dunkirk Part II I’m still resisting the idea movie reviews will ever be a regular feature of this site, but after watching this December’s Darkest Hour I did feel something needed to be said.  Especially since I commented on Dunkirk this last summer. This movie … Continue reading

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“Little Boy” and “Fat Man”

The two atomic bombs dropped on Japan to close World War Two have been steeped in controversy ever since. The bombs were the product of the “Manhattan Project” that started in 1942 under Major General Leslie Groves.  This was a … Continue reading

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