Of all the Battle of Britain books I have read this is by far the most personal. Mr. Wellum's flying descriptions are the best I've ever read and made me get that old familiar knot in my stomach that I got as a combat pilot in Vietnam. Most pilots are in love with the Spitfire, even in this century. I will most likely never fly a Spitfire but in reading this book, I almost feel as if I've been up for a few sorties. This book is a must for Battle of Britain enthusiasts, pilots and Spitfire lovers.
This is a very detailed book that gives an extaordinary view of the Allied boombing of Hamburg during World War II. IIt is precise in ever element from the flying, planning, and descriptions of the attacks from the air an ground. Some may think the book too technical but for students of the Allied bombing of Germany this work is an essential. It is far from tedious reading and the reader will be amazed how the author can put the reader in Hamburg during a raid.
An excellent review of B-24 bomber operations from training to combat over the Third Riech. It is also a biography of George McGovern's war years as a B-24 pilot. It is an excellent listen for aviation enthusiasts, World War II readers and pilots.
The story continues and there is no disappointment. Not as fast moving as some in the beginning but, my goodness, it sure got going in the second half. The Gabaldon style is as good as ever, and her historical setting are accurate and wonderfully described. After reading this book one can only wish that she could produce one of these stories every month. Alas, I am once again waiting to join Jaime and Claire, et. al. on their many adventures. I miss them when they are not around. For those familiar with the Outlander series you will not be disappointed - for the uninitiated - start with Outlander the first book and relish the time you have before you get to this novel. Reading Diana Gabaldon is like being on rations - I always consume mine too fast. Like all of her Outlander books, this one is narrated impeccably by Davina Porter, the master narrator for me.
The trek forced on this Prussian family at the end of World War II provides a vivid look at Germany in 1945 as the public (and some soldiers) flees the Russians. The book is well researched historically and still manages to weave a love story into the misery of the end of the Reich. The plot moves rapidly and doesn't bog down despite in depth looks into the character's personalities.The horrible crimes done by the Nazis are woven into the story in an unlikely and realistic way. Those who like life stories in World War II historical fiction will enjoy this novel
This is a fascinating look into the life of Eva Braun and it is hard to realize that you are reading fiction. The work is based on actual interviews with Eva Braun’s cousin. The descriptions of Hitler's Berghof (home) in the mountainous Nazi enclave, the Obersalzberg, near Berchtesgaden are vivid. The life style of Eva Braun and her cousin at the Obersalzberg will amaze you and give you true insight into the upper elements of the Nazis. So much is unknown about Eva Braun and her place in Hitler's life. This book sheds light on Eva Braun while enlightening very little about Hitler (who her cousin never met.)