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Arnhem and the Aftermath: Civilian Experiences in the Netherlands 1940-1945

By Harry Kuiper

Paperback: 256 pages
Published: June 12, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
The book is focused on Kuiper's personal experiences and observations as a little boy. He's able to give us an insider's view of the occupation unlike any other writer. Kuiper reminds us about Dutch neutrality throughout history and why the Dutch were forced to carefully walk on the fence with Germany as it saw its much stronger neighbor seize neighboring countries. You have to admire the short defense that the Dutch put up, knowing all-to-well that it wouldn’t prevent the inevitable.

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The Union Cavalry and the Chickamauga Campaign

By Dennis W. Belcher

Paperback: 325 pages
Published: August 14, 2018

A Review by Walter E. Pittman
An area of relative neglect among the overly numerous Civil War studies has been the Western Theater and, in particular, Union cavalry operations there. Dennis W. Belcher undertook to correct this neglect in a series of books on the cavalry arm of the Army of the Cumberland: General David A. Stanley (2014), The Cavalry of the Army of the Cumberland (2016), The Cavalries at Stone’s River (2017), and now The Union Cavalry and the Chickamauga Campaign (2018). Earlier general histories of the Chickamauga Campaign had treated the role of Union Cavalry in the campaign superficially as only incidental to the battle: Thomas L. Connelley, Autumn of Glory (1971), Glenn Tucker, Chickamauga (1984), Stephen Woodworth, Six Armies in Tennessee (1998), Peter Cozzens, This Terrible Sound (1992) and others.

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The History of Toy Soldiers

By Luigi Toiati (Author), James Opie (Preface)

Hardcover: 640 pages
Published: September 4, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
Toiati's writing style is light-hearted and fun. He has meticulously researched the history of toy soldiers, and it's such a great pleasure to read and look at the photographs of the various toy soldiers and they progress through history. The chapters vary in subject matter, but are organized in chronological order, starting with early history and moving to tin, paper, half-round, aluminum, hollow-cast, and eventually to plastic.

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Images of War: United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018

By Michael Green

Hardcover: 208 pages
Published: February 28, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
“Last Post Over the River Kwai” tells the story of the officers and men of the 2nd Battalion East Surreys during World War II. The Battalion was stationed in Shanghai in the early 1940's and later deployed to Malaya and Singapore. After the surrender of Singapore they found themselves prisoners of war to the Japanese. What followed was over three years of barbarity of unimaginable description at the hands of the Japanese.

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Last Post Over the River Kwai

By Cecil Lowry

Hardcover: 208 pages
Published: February 28, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
“Last Post Over the River Kwai” tells the story of the officers and men of the 2nd Battalion East Surreys during World War II. The Battalion was stationed in Shanghai in the early 1940's and later deployed to Malaya and Singapore. After the surrender of Singapore they found themselves prisoners of war to the Japanese. What followed was over three years of barbarity of unimaginable description at the hands of the Japanese.

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The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers

By David C Weinczok

Hardcover: 280 pages
Published: June 12, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers by David C. Weinczok is perhaps one of the most interesting books I've read this year. I'm a Game of Thrones fan who has watched the entire series twice and some seasons three times so I was super excited to read this book not really knowing exactly which angle it would take. I came away deeply admiring the series/books even more and having a great appreciation for the history of the British Isles and Scotland in particular.

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The Napoleonic Wars: As Illustrated by J.J. Jenkins

By Jonathan Bastable

Hardcover: 168 pages
Published: February 28, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
“The Napoleonic Wars” as Illustrated by J.J. Jenkins was originally published as “Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies From 1799 to 1815”. It is self-described as “Pure British propaganda but is overshadowed by the rarity of the art work”. It includes fifty-four stunning color plates of battlefield depictions including a portrait of Wellington and his coat of arms.

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Voices from Stalingrad: First-hand Accounts from World War II's Cruellest Battle

By Jonathan Bastable

Paperback: 336 pages
Published: June 27, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
The battle of Stalingrad has always been a fascinating battle for me to study. The German Army was still steam-rolling over the steppes of the Ukraine and seemingly unstoppable. But, unbeknownst to them, they had overstretched themselves to their ultimate breaking point. The rationale was if only they could take this last city on the western bank of the Volga, they could work on solidifying their front and move north and east. But, that determination cost the destruction of the German 6th Army, the surrounding Axis allied armies and resulted in the ultimate retreat of the entire German army.

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Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front

By Mintauts Blosfelds

Paperback: 224 pages
Published: April 11, 2019

A Review by Brian Williams
“StormTrooper on the Eastern Front: Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS” tells the story of Latvian Mintauts Blosfelds, who was given the choice of either joining service with the SS or forced into a labour camp. He reluctantly chose the enlist with the newly-formed Lavtian Legion, which was part of the Waffen-SS.

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Gallipoli

By Peter Hart

Paperback: 544 pages
Published: April 1, 2014

A Review by LtCol Rich Beil USMC (Ret.)
This book is written for a wide audience that knows little about World War I, Gallipoli, or history at all. Reading the reviews on Amazon.com, one is led to believe that it represents new scholarship. While the first person accounts provide an interesting perspective, for those who have studied World War I in general, and Gallipoli in particular, it provides little that is new.

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