A. Volk

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Back when I had long hair.
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The Rockford Files: Season Three <b>DVD</b> ~ James Garner
The recent passing (at the time of this review) of the series star James Garner made my enjoyment of this season of DVDs all the more poignant. Once again we have TV's favourite detective back in action as he tries to bail out friends, find missing people, run clever cons, and generally do what's necessary to help set things right. Rocky, Beth, Dennis, and Angel are all back in action, as are a number of other old guests (e.g., Gandy Fitch). The action is good, the plots interesting, and the humor is on point. This is definitely Rockford hitting his stride.

There's some really great episodes, like Drought at Indianhead River, The Oracle Wore a Cashmire Suit, The Trouble with… Read more
Roman Soldier vs Germanic Warrior: 1st Century AD by Lindsay Powell
This is a strong entry in the Osprey series of Combat. It details three battles: Teutoburg Pass, Idistaviso, and the Angrivarian Wall. The first battle is the famous ambush that cost Varus his life and his legions (leading Augustus to cry "Varus, give me back my legions!"). It essentially relied on the Roman's allies lying to them and ambushing them. Varus had some very real clues to this happening, but he chose to trust his "allies" instead. Led by Arminius, a former ambassador to Rome (who had experience watching and/or fighting with the Legions), the ambush was devastatingly effective in wiping out 15-25,000 men. Later sources claim that the weather was also… Read more
German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman: Barbarossa &hellip by David Campbell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a good, but brief, overview of the basic picture of the German-Soviet conflict in summer-fall of 1941 from the infantry perspective. The size of the book is an indication that it's not meant to be an authoritative guide. Individual diaries/biographies as well as more detailed books about the war would all offer a more comprehensive treatment of the topic at hand. In fact, this book is largely limited to a slice of the German mechanized infantry and their role in three battles during the start of Barbarossa: Zhlobin, Smolensk, and Vas'Kovo. There is a brief discussion of their equipment, organization, and leadership.

Overall, I think this book is useful as a primer to… Read more

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