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Bosque Bonito: Violent Times Along the Borderlands During the Mexican Revolution
Bosque Bonito: Violent Times Along the Borderlands During the Mexican Revolution
by Robert Keil
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 18.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read, July 10 2008
This is a typical local history of interest to local people and to specialist completist collectors. No grand analysis here.
Just the stories of individuals caught up in hostilities, most of whom preferred to be let alone.

Border Fury: A Picture Postcard Record of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. War Preparedness, 1910-1917
Border Fury: A Picture Postcard Record of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. War Preparedness, 1910-1917
by Paul J. Vanderwood
Edition: Hardcover
12 used & new from CDN$ 38.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Succint and Sucessful History of la Revolucion and its Images, July 10 2008
I met the authors of this work when they were preparing it. At least half of the images (Real Photo Post Cards) are either from my collection or duplicates therof.
For the period since the sixties, the collecting of post cards has become as big a hobby as it was prior to WW I. After the supply of finely printed cards was cut off, the printed cards available in America degenerated into what are known as "white borders" in the collecting world. In the 1940s these were superseded by "chromes" true hue cards based on Kodachrome slide film. Though the collecting of these as souviniers had some popularity, most were known as topographicals and the elaborate greeting cards and novelty cards of pre WW I never regained any part of the market.
Instead we do have many topical series sold as sets-scenics, and popular themes featuring such as railroads, aircraft and other technical subjects.
Some collect "rack" cards either those given out by tourist hotels and results, and those found in gift shops of local attractions.
However at the time of the Mexican Revolution, the term rack cards was applied to cards sold in drugstores, cigar stores and the like. These were reprinted and kept in stock so long as they sold. W.H. Horne of El Paso was one of the best publisher of material covering the first battle of Juarez in 1911 and on past the conclusion of Punitive Expedition in 1917. Horne also produced contract cards for sale to members of individual units. These latter were not numbered as they were printed for them only and not sold on the racks.
There were also atrocious and mis-leadingly captioned printed cards. The most notorious publisher of this junk was W.H.Stratton of Tennessee.
This book combines a history of the Mexican Revolution with the early history of post card publishing, thus it will appeal both to collectors and historians.

El Sueco Que Se Fue Con Pancho Villa/the Swede Who Went With Pancho Villa: Aventuras De UN Mercenario En LA Revolucion Mexicana/Adventures of a Mercenary in the Mexican Revolution
El Sueco Que Se Fue Con Pancho Villa/the Swede Who Went With Pancho Villa: Aventuras De UN Mercenario En LA Revolucion Mexicana/Adventures of a Mercenary in the Mexican Revolution
by Adolfo Arriola Vizcaino
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 62.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Translation of a highly interesting memoir., June 28 2008
Years ago, Ivor Thord-Gray's memoirs of his service as a gunner and chief of Villa's artillery in 1913 were published in Florida by an academic press.
Useful for both insights into personalities and as campaign histories this book has held a high position in my vast collection of personal narratives of la Revolucion.
Ivor Thord-Gray was not a mercenary but fit into the company of other professional soldiers such as Dean Ivan Lamb, who served in many nation's forces.
The enormous price asked for this edition is simply not worth it. Why it ia already out of print having been published only in 2000 is beyond me.
See Wikipedia for further details of Thord-Gray's colorful career.

Sturmartillerie & Panzerjäger 1939-45
Sturmartillerie & Panzerjäger 1939-45
by Bryan Perrett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
30 used & new from CDN$ 6.04

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Excellent Introductory Study, Feb. 3 2002
The Vanguard series is intended to give a brief introducton to various weapons systems used in the major wars of the 20th century. As such, they include color plates of various paint schemes on campaign, a sectional drawing of a representative vehicle, and plenty of B&W photos in the text. All this is wrapped in an elementary text based on new research in newly opened archives and presented in an attractive format. Useful to war gamers, students, and model makers.

Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942-45
Sturmgeschütz III and IV 1942-45
by Tom Jentz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.56
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical INtroductory Study, Feb. 3 2002
The Vanguard series is intended to give a brief introducton to various weapons systems used in the major wars of the 20th century. As such, they include color plates of various paint schemes on campaign, a sectional drawing of a representative vehicle, and plenty of B&W photos in the text. All this is wrapped in an elementary text based on new research in newly opened archives and presented in an attractive format. Useful to war gamers, students, and model makers.

German Armoured Cars and Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939-45
German Armoured Cars and Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939-45
by Bryan Perrett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Excellent Introductory Study, Feb. 3 2002
The Vanguard series is intended to give a brief introducton to various weapons systems used in the major wars of the 20th century. As such, they include color plates of various paint schemes on campaign, a sectional drawing of a representative vehicle, and plenty of B&W photos in the text. All this is wrapped in an elementary text based on new research in newly opened archives and presented in an attractive format. Useful to war gamers, students, and model makers.

SdKfz 251 Half-Track 1939-45
SdKfz 251 Half-Track 1939-45
by Bruce Culver
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.56
18 used & new from CDN$ 14.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Excellent Introductory Study, Feb. 3 2002
The Vanguard series is intended to give a brief introducton to various weapons systems used in the major wars of the 20th century. As such, they include color plates of various paint schemes on campaign, a sectional drawing of a representative vehicle, and plenty of B&W photos in the text. All this is wrapped in an elementary text based on new research in newly opened archives and presented in an attractive format. Useful to war gamers, students, and model makers.

Army Commandos
Army Commandos
by Mike Chappell
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 16.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Little Narrative, Jan. 23 2002
This review is from: Army Commandos (Paperback)
This is the trade edition of Elite No. 64 so this review will be identical to that.
The famed British Commandos had their origins in the dark days of 1940 after the Army had been forced to evacuate at Dunkirk. Although the active campaigning continued in the Middle East and war broke out in the Far East in Dec 1941, those were peripheral campaigns and would never result in the defeat of Hitler's forces. The attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 led to a powerful ally but Stalin was always on the lookout for the main chance and there was always a possibility that he would make an armistice with Germany well into 1943.
The Navy and the RAF could strike directly at Germany's far flung forces but the only one that could strike Germany itself was the RAF.
The Army therefore under the direct orders of Churchill combed its ranks for men of initiative and daring and those of the foreign exiles in Britain. These units became known under various titles but eventually they settled on Commandos, a term taken from the valorous opponents of the Boer War, whose mounted raiders wreaked such havoc on the railbound British attackers in 1900.
For the first two years, raids were conducted from the sea on islands in the North Sea, the French Coast, and in the Middle East. After the turn of the tide of war, the Commandos acquired much more heavy armament and became what is termed light infantry serving on the flanks of the forces landing in Normandy.
There has always been much controversy within the armies of the world objecting to elite forces on the grounds that they take the best men and leave the plodders to trudge on. Of course, this is mostly specious because in all cases that I know of special troops amounted to very few in a mass army. But it has hindered US Special Forces and Rangers over the years.
In the case of the British Army Commandos this led to their disbandment after WWII. Today the Special Air Service carries out these specialized raiding tasks while there are still Commando units in the Royal Marines.
This work shows the usual fine work of this author and illustrator. Everything he has ever done has been of quality.

Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion
Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion
by Peter Harrington
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.57
38 used & new from CDN$ 10.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Excellent Overview, Jan. 23 2002
The question is not what is not in this book but what is. One must judge by what is intended not what might be expected of a thorough footnoted academic work or a popular history of great length. This entire series is aimed at the casual reader, the sort who reads Military History Quarterly, WWII Journal, Naval History, to name a few. In most cases, reading MHQ, my eye is caught, the narrative is compelling and I find myself reading about the Middle Ages or some border raiders in the Balkans, none of which I would make a trip to the library for or even make a web search.
These campaign series are most useful for their graphics and illustrations, many of which in this one are contemporary photos. Many have orders of battle listings and charts which are of most interest to war gamers. It is my opinion that this series is marketed to them and to the general reader who wants more detail than appears in the general histories covering an entire war. This serves that purpose admirably.
One could also read the volume on the Boxer Rebellion in the Men At Arms series. (see review.)

The French Army 1914-18
The French Army 1914-18
by Ian Sumner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.56
17 used & new from CDN$ 5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Competent Overview, Jan. 23 2002
This of course, is far from a comprehensive work on the period. Its major emphasis is on the soldier's life and clothing and equipment while serving in combat, mainly on the Western Front but does cover the Balkans operations. The colonial forces except as they were used in France are ignored.
That said, this should satisfy the general reader mainly curious about the Great War.
Before the Great War of 1914, the French Army had yet to reform itself after the defeat of the Franco Prussian War. Though they had some excellent weaponry including the splendid French 75mm field gun, and the Hotchkiss heavy machine gun M1914, they lacked heavy guns and most of all, a modern appreciation that the outmoded doctrine of "l'audace" and always attack would win through. They seem to have completely ignored the lessons of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 which proved that the only way for infantry to survive cannon fire and machine guns was to go to ground especially when attacking dug in and barbed wire protected opponents. To compound all this, for political reasons, the Army had been unable to develop a new less visible field uniform and began the war wearing great coats of blue with red trousers; this of course, highly pleased the German machine gunners. By the end of 1915, they had adopted a horizon blue uniform and a steel helmet of rather complex construction with poor ballistic properties. Based on a French fire brigade helmet it at least was dashing. :-) (For some reason, the Paris Fire Brigade was then actually part of the Army.)
This work is a splendid example of the new emphasis of the publisher on producing comprehensive works in a handy cheap format compared with the earlier broad brush treatments which covered too much in too little detail.
The new emphasis is on sets and volumes covering various national armed forces in as much detail as is available, consistent with the current purpose of the works in the series, which have evolved from an original emphasis on serving the military miniature maker market into works intended to enlighten the general reader in enough detail to satisfy the merely curious and to point the way to further reading.
Most of us, including myself, have little need for, or the patience to read, voluminous studies, often in foreign languages, covering many eras and nations. My main interest is in the US forces, their allies and their enemies in the twentieth century.
This should be read along with the volumes on the Foreign Legion 1914-1945. (see my review.) If you want an introduction to the fascinating variety of clothing and equipment of the forces covered, this is for you.

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