Book Reviews

Birmingham “On War” seeks to publish reviews on new books in the broad field of War Studies. It aims to be an accessible collection of academic reviews of books. Birmingham “On War” seeks to encourage public engagement with the field of War Studies. We publish timely, informative and well-written reviews of academic books across all the War Studies discipline. All reviews are cited and a hard copy can be downloaded at the bottom of each review. The contributors have a wide range of research interests and this is represented in the books that have been reviewed.

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Books Reviewed

Ross Anderson, The Forgotten Front 1914-18: The East African Campaign (Stroud: Tempus, 2007)

Niall Barr, Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein (London: Pimilico, 2005)

Hermann Cron, (translated by C.F. Colton MA), edited by Duncan Rogers, Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle (Solihull: Helion & Company, 2006)

Stephen Dando-Collins, Legions of Rome: The Definitive History of every Imperial Roman Legion (New York: St Martin’s Press. 2010)

Don Farr, The Silent General: Horne of the First Army – A Biography of Haig’s Trusted Great War Comrade-in-Arms (Solihull: Helion & Company Limited, 2007)

Brad Gladman, Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia, 1940-43 (London: Palgrave, 2009)

Peter Gray, The Leadership, Direction and Legitimacy of the RAF Bomber Offensive from Inception to 1945 (London: Continuum, 2012)

Bryn Hammond, El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2012)

Jack Holroyd, Images of War: American Expeditionary Force France 1917-1918 (Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2012)

Steve Hurst, The Public Schools Battalion in the Great War (Barnsley, Pen & Sword, 2007)

Peter Kilduff, Iron Man – Rudolf Berthold: Germany’s Indomitable Fighter Ace of World War I (London: Grub Street, 2012)

Charles Kirke, Red Coat, Green Machine: Continuity in Change in the British Army, 1700-2000 (London: Continuum, 2009)

Mark Levitch, Pantheon De La Guerre: Reconfiguring a Panorama of The Great War (Kansas City, MO: University of Missouri Press and The National World War One Museum, 2006)

William Mortimer Moore, Free France’s Lion: The Life of Philippe Leclerc, De Gaulle’s Greatest General (Newbury: Casemate Publishers, 2011)

Christopher Moore-Bick, Playing the Game: The British Junior Infantry Officer on the Western Front, 1914-18 (Solihull: Helion & Company Ltd. 2011)

Stephen Parker and Tom Lawson (eds.) God and War: The Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)

Philip Payton, Regional Australia and the Great War (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2012)

Andrew Rawson, British Army Handbook, 1914-1918 (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2006)

Frederick Rosier with David Rosier, Be Bold (London: Grub Street, 2011)

Anthony Saunders, Reinventing Warfare 1914-18: Novel Munitions and Tactics of Trench Warfare (London: Continuum, 2012)

Gary Sheffield (Ed.) The War Studies Reader (London: Continuum, 2010)

Jack Sheldon, The German Army at Passchendaele (Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2007)

French Strategic and Tactical Bombardment Forces of World War 1. Translated from the original ‘L’Aviation Francaise de Bombardement (Des Origines au 11 Novembre 1918)’ of René Martel (published by Paul Hartmann, Paris, 1939), by Allen Suddaby, edited by Steven Suddaby

Michael G. Waling, Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War Two (Oxford: Osprey, 2012)

Andrew Wiest, The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2012)

Sam Willis, The Glorious First of June: Fleet Battle in the Reign of Terror (London: Quercus, 2011)

Niklas Zetterling and Michael Tamelander, Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany’s Greatest Battleship (Newbury: Casemate, 2009)

N.B. The editors are grateful to Dr John Bourne for providing many of the reviews here, which were originally intended to be published in the now sadly defunct Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies.

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