Book Reviews

The Second World War Military Operations Research Group publishes reviews on new books in the field of the operational military history over the period of 1919-1963. The reviews aim to be an accessible collection of academic appraisals that provide open access and engagement to a wider audience interested in the period. As such, the group publishes timely, informative and well-written reviews of academic books across all the field. All reviews are cited and a hard copy can be downloaded at the bottom of each review.

Published Reviews

(click on the title to see the review)

  1. Michael Alpert, The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  2. Hermann Balck, Order in Chaos: The Memoirs of General of Panzer Troops Hermann Balck. Translated by Major General (ret’d) David T. Zabecki and Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Dieter J. Biedekarken. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2015
  3. Tim Benbow (ed.), British Naval Aviation: The First 100 Years (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)
  4. Mark T. Calhoun, General Lesley J. McNair: Unsung Architect of the US Army (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2015)
  5. Adam Claasen, Dogfight: The Battle of Britain (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2013)
  6. Benjamin Coombs, British Tank Production and the War Economy, 1934-1945 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
  7. Anthony J. Cumming, The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010)
  8. Douglas E. Delaney, Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011)
  9. Jill Edwards (ed.), El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa: International Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2012)
  10. Brad Gladman, Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia, 1940-43 (London: Palgrave, 2009)
  11. Edwyn Gray, Hitler’s Battleships (Leo Cooper: Barnsley, 1999)
  12. Peter Gray, The Leadership, Direction and Legitimacy of the RAF Bomber Offensive from Inception to 1945 (London: Continuum, 2012)
  13. Bryn Hammond, El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2012)
  14. Robin Higham, Unflinching Zeal: The Air Battles over France and Britain, May-October 1940 (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012)
  15. Nick Hewitt, Coastal Convoys 1939-1945: The Indestructible Highway (Bransley: Pen & Sword, 2008)
  16. Jan Hoffenaar and Dieter Krüger (eds.), Blueprints for Battle: Planning for War in Central Europe, 1948-1968. Translated by Major-General (ret’d) David Zabecki (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2012)
  17. Brett Holman, The Next War in the Air: Britain’s Fear of the Bomber; 1908-1941 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)
  18. Thomas C. Hone (ed.), The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the US Navy’s Greatest Victory (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2013)
  19. Alan Jeffreys and Patrick Rose (eds.), The Indian Army 1939-47: Experience and Development (Farnham: Ashgate, Farnham, 2012)
  20. Mark Johnston, Anzacs in the Middle East: Australian Soldiers, their Allies and the Local People in World War II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  21. Ben Jones (ed.), The Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War, 1939-1941: Norway, the Mediterranean and the Bismarck (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)
  22. J.M. Langley, Fight Another Day (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2013)
  23. Richard Mead, The Last Great Cavalryman: The Life of Richard McCreery-Commander Eighth Army (Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2012)
  24. Stephen Napier, The Armoured Campaign in Normandy, June-August 1944 (Stroud:  Spellmount, 2015)
  25. Sönke Neitzel (ed.) Tapping Hitler’s Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45 (Frontline Books: Barnsley, 2007)
  26. Jack Radey and Charles Sharp, The Defense of Moscow 1941: The Northern Flank (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2012)
  27. Jak P. Mallmann Showell, Hitler’s Navy: A Reference Guide to the Kriegsmarine 1935-1945 (Seaforth: Barnsley, 2009)
  28. Henning Peiper, Fegelein’s Horsemen and Genocidal Warfare: The SS Cavalry Brigade in the Soviet Union (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  29. Michael Sturma, Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific (Lexington, KY: The Kentucky University Press, 2012)
  30. Frederick Rosier with David Rosier, Be Bold (London: Grub Street, 2011)
  31. Peter C. Smith, Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945 (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2007)
  32. David Stahel, Operation Typhoon: Hitler’s March on Moscow, October 1941 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  33. Robert C. Stern, The US Navy and the War in Europe (Seaforth Publishing: Barnsley, 2012)
  34. Niklas Zetterling and Michael Tamelander, Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany’s Greatest Battleship (Newbury: Casemate, 2009)

A Note for Authors and Publishers

If you have published a book in the field of the operational military history of the period 1919-1963 in the last year, or if you have a book forthcoming, we’d like to hear from you. Just email us using the contact form below.

We are also happy to hear from publishers seeking rigorous reviews of their latest publications. We are looking to develop a good working relationships with publishing houses. To find out more just email us using the contact form below

A copy of our Guidelines for Book Reviews can be downloaded here.

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