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Normandy Tiger

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Gaming, Tanks, World War II

The model warrior

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I have not painted up any German armour for a long while
so on finding a Battlefront Tiger 1 E early still in my
large box of things I have never got round to painting it was game on.
Now the initial impetus came from finally watching the film, “Fury” and
no need to go into the failings of that film. Linked to a recent trip to
Bovington Tank Museum and a new burst of activity on my Normandy terrain
boards it was full steam ahead. Those of you who know your Battlefront
kits will immediately realise I had a problem because the Tiger has rubber
road wheels, no spare tracks and most importantly no zimmerit on it. All
these things are kind of vital for a Normandy Tiger. My first issue was solved
by a few rubber wheeled Tigers still serving in Normandy specifically I went for
tank number…

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11693838_10153585386580832_7342236132473556676_nHidden Warships: Finding World War II’s Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships is a great opportunity to read about and see the unique stories of the combat history, recovery, and preservation of World War II-era combat ships from around the world.

World War II produced many epic naval battles and technologies. The many resulting shipwrecks from this immense war unintentionally created a record of warfighting technologies that today’s armchair explorers and shipwreck hunters can participate in. In an accessible format with over 200 illustrations, Hidden Warships details the combat, recovery, and preservation of combat ships from World War II–beginning with the Japanese midget submarine attacks on Pearl Harbor–to the sinking of the postwar aircraft carrier USS Oriskany.

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In addition to the many combat ships that were sunk across the globe and have been located, a number of submarines once lost in action have recently been found, including the aircraft carrying Japanese sub I-401, the USS Grunion, and the combined fleet sunk while testing atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, including the German cruiser Prince Eugen.

Hidden Warships is a really fun read.  The format strikes an excellent balance between a detail heavy academic book, and an easy-reading, coffee table book.  This makes it an easy, though thoroughly rewarding read.  The production is simply superb, with brilliant photos on almost every page.

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The section on the Graf Spee sticks in my mind in particular as being an excellent account of the research and dive into the wreckage, as well as what happened to what they managed to salvage – as well as what they couldn’t.

Recommended not only for those with an interest in WWII naval warfare, but also for those with an interest in restoration and preservation work in general.  This will be a book you come back to again and again.

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In Cherbourg 1944: The First Allied Victory in Normandy, Steven Zaloga offers up a study of the first major Allied operation in Normandy after the D-Day landings – the capture of Cherbourg. Blending analysis, artwork and maps, this book tells the story of the bitter struggle to capture this vital point. Cherbourg was recognized by both the German and Allied High commands as crucial to the Allied foothold in Normandy – it was the nearest major port and was desperately needed by the Allies for major logistical operations to support their forces on long stretches of open beach. Hitler, on the other hand, declared Cherbourg to be a ‘Festung’ (fortress), a designation everyone knew to mean that its defenders were to fight to the last man. After a grueling struggle that involved several distinct tactical phases to overcome the different elements of Cherbourg’s defence, the campaign resulted in a bittersweet Allied victory, the drama and significance of which are explained in full in this work.

Osprey “battle books” are usually great, and this one is no exception.  The maps and photos are above average even for Osprey, and the book starts of by introducing all of the key players really clearly – something that a lot of history books seem to stumble with.  The key manoeuvres of the battle are also brilliantly illustrated and are super-easy to follow.

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The specially commissioned artwork to accompany this book is of a very high standard – very evocative.

All in all this is a great summary/overview, covering all aspects of the battle.  Perfect for both wargaming and academic research.