Defining Moment at Witzfeld – James D. Edwards USA

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Thumb-up-iconThis book is really important to me because the town of Wirtzfeld, located between to the North : Elsenborn; the East : Krinkelt-Rocherath; the South : Muringen-Bullingen and the West : Berg-Butgenbach is almost a part of my backyard. I’ve spent all my childhood over there as well as in Krinkelt-Rocherath.

James Daniel Edwards, the son of James Douglas Edwards Military Police Platoon, 2nd Infantry Division World War Two, has send me a copy of his last book : Defining Moment at Wirtzfeld. This book is intended to honor all the veterans for their sacrifices on the battlefields of the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. It further honors military police everywhere who have served America in the honorable tradition of military service, exemplifying high levels of esprit de corps. It brings recognition to one of the oldest units in America’s military history. More specifically, this book recognizes and pays tribute to a small group of men : the MP Platoon of the 2nd Infantry Division who fought in the European Theater of Operations. From D+1 in Omaha Beach Normandy, France to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, this small group of men performed above and beyond their call of duty, earning the Meritorious Unit Service plaque for their contributions to the war effort. This MP unit had a large role in supporting and participating in combat operations and in the eventual defeat of a determined enemy.

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Shot Down – Destiny of a B-17 Bomber Nicknamed Susan Ruth

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Last book just go in today, this beautiful work from Steve Snyder, Seal Beach, California USA, a very well done book with a nice hard cover and published by Sea Breeze Publishing LLC, located also in Seal Breeze.

logo-transSteve Snyder’s book is a great introduction to the US Air War in the European Theater because the text is humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew. Claire Foster at Clarion Reviews, gave a 5 stars rating to Steve’s book, adding : Snyder’s masterful book puts the reader inside the cockpit of this Susan Ruth B-17 Bomber and use the Intercom to get from Cockpit to Tail, from Tail to Ball-Turret, from Ball-Turret to Waist Gunners, both of em, and so on.
Accessible and relevant both to historians and readers with a casual interest in World War Two History.
logoHighly recommended for Historians and World War Two Aviation buffs, it’s a thoroughly satisfying and worthwhile read. Extensively researched, packed with photographs, and neatly interwoven with background remarks, this highly engaging book offers comprehensive, yet personalized portrait of the air war.
WHONewlogoAt War History Online, Nat Sullivan came to the same conclusion as I did. A masterful work. Enjoyable for those interested in the Eighth Army Air Force, in the World War Two Air War, in American Bombing Missions over Germany and in the B-17 Bombers (Flying Fortresses).

European_Center_Of_Military_HistoryAt the European Center of Military History, I had to take this book over to me because I knew that it was the kind of book that I do really appreciate. The first point is that in some ways the story is a family story – Steve Snyder’s Dad was in charge of this Bomber and the Pilot in the crew. The second point is even more interesting as this is a War History which happened in Europa during World War Two, was put on paper as a diary while still in Europa and finally decrypted in the USA decades later by the children of they Wartime Heroes. This makes things really simple and different for the readers because as soon as you open the book, the story turns you instantly into a crew’s member and everything happen inside the bomber just in the front of you.

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The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl – Kerin Freeman

Some women are really amazing. I mean really amazing. What would you say if I tell you that I know one who has done a book about Bomb Disposal, Defusing Airplane bombs and this kind of stuff ? And I am not talking about defusing old rusty bombs excavated today (2015). No ! No way, I am talking about bombs which were dropped, which didn’t explode and which remains laying on the ground when the German airplanes were gone. Bombs made to kill, some being voluntary equipped with delay firing devies, some ticking or even smoking. These beasts were quietly laying on the ground like waiting to be moved by someone to go off. And these devices killed a lot of these Bomb Disposal’s heroes.

The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl: Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2I just got a reading copy from Kerin’s book today in the mail from Pen & Sword Books Ltd in the UK. The first thin I have to say is that the name of this Publishing House says it all. Quality of the work is perfect and there is nothing else to say because that an habit at P&S. I have always said that if I should once publish a book in English I will not use my own label – Foxmaster Publishing – but would choice P&S for it (if they accept of course).
Already available on Amazone, The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl: Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2 is the kind of book I don’t read but eat because those are real thriller. Having worked into World War Two ammunitions for over two decades, and having also lost a couple of friends who were blown up at home, I know the exact feeling of the peoples who hadn’t the chance to say “no way” and dig the thing deeper in the ground. These men had simply to do the job and either deactivate or destroy them on the spot. Unfortunately, and most of the cases, didn’t allow Bomb Disposal personal to detonate 250 Lbs or 500 Lbs explosive or incendiary devices in the London down town or in the front of Buckingham Palace. These men had to play enter into action knowing this terrible deal : 50/50 way out !

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