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by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Medieval Pilgrimage to Canterbury
Replies: 6
Views: 2030

Re: Medieval Pilgrimage to Canterbury

Well worth visiting Stephen's blog. Well done, sir. Deo gracias!
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Viet Cong Fighter
Replies: 0
Views: 861

Viet Cong Fighter

Gordon L. Rottman, illustration by Howard Gerrard. Osprey publications, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84603-126-7. Part of the Warrior series and written by a former Green Beret who fought against them, this is a useful guide to just about every aspect of the Viet Cong, from recruitment to tactics to death or ca...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The NVA and Viet Cong
Replies: 0
Views: 845

The NVA and Viet Cong

Ken Conboy, Ken Bowra with illustrations by Simon McCouaig. Isbn 1-85532-162-9. Osprey publications 1991. Part of the old Elite series. Throughout the book the authors make sure they stick to the correct terms of PAVN (Peoples Army of Vietnam the NVA) and PLAF (Peoples Liberation Armed Forces) who w...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: US MACV-SOG Recon team in Vietnam
Replies: 0
Views: 856

US MACV-SOG Recon team in Vietnam

Gordon Rottman, illustrated by Brian Delf. Osprey publications 2011, isbn 978-1-84908-513-7. If you have played CoD:Black Ops you will be familiar with the top secret intelligence unit mac vee sogg, who were tasked with conducting surveillance and snatch missions into Laos and Cambodia during the Vi...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Man of War
Replies: 0
Views: 848

Man of War

My adventures in the world of historical reenactment by Charlie Schroeder. ISBN 978-0-14-219680-9, Plume Books (part of the Penguin group), 2012. Realising how little he knew of the past the author took it upon himself to immerse himself in it for 15 months by joint various reenactment groups in the...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Worlds of Richard III.
Replies: 0
Views: 812

The Worlds of Richard III.

A. J. Pollard, Tempus Publishing Ltd, 2001, ISBN 0-7524-1985-4.
A collection of ten essays that mostly focus upon Richards relationship with his supposed "heartland" of Middleham and Richmondshire.
I wish that I had found this years ago. A very insightful and thought provoking study.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The War in Laos 1960-75
Replies: 0
Views: 777

The War in Laos 1960-75

Kenneth Conboy with illustrations by Simon McCouaig. ISBN 0-85045-938-9, Osprey publications 1989. I bought this as a companion to the Osprey book about the war in Cambodia. I was very surprised that no mention was made of the CIA despite the war being essentially ran by the agency. I feel this is a...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The War in Cambodia 1970-75
Replies: 0
Views: 936

The War in Cambodia 1970-75

Text by Kenneth Conboy and Kenneth Bowra, illustrations by Mike Chappell. Isbn 0-85045-851-x, Osprey publications 1989 (reprinted in 2001). Although Cambodia became a part of the extended Communist vs Free World conflict in 1964 for some reason this covers only the civil war from 1970-75. The played...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: A short history of the Vietnam war.
Replies: 0
Views: 812

A short history of the Vietnam war.

Gordon Kerr. Old Castle Books (pocket essentials), isbn 978-1-84344-213-4, published 2015. Exactly what it says, a short 149 page long, primer on the course of the two wars fought during the 20th century in that troubled region. I have found that in common with many re-enactors, my new friends can e...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Ravens
Replies: 0
Views: 796

The Ravens

Pilots if the Secret War in Laos. Christopher Robbins, Asia Books 3rd Edition 2001, isbn 974-8303-41-1. The story of the cherry picked pilots who flew as forward air control for the CIA organized I indigenous tribespeople of northern Laos, and by extension the secret war fought there. These pilots f...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Hollow Crown
Replies: 0
Views: 928

The Hollow Crown

The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors. Dan Jones. Faber & Faber 2014. ISBN 978-0-571-28807-6. My Bosworth weekend reading material. A natural follow up from The Plantagenets I found it well written but disappointing. Obviously aimed at those who have little knowledge of the period it ...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Bosworth: the birth of the Tudors.
Replies: 0
Views: 810

Bosworth: the birth of the Tudors.

Chris Skidmore, Orion Books, 2014. Isbn 978-0-7538-2894-6
This excellent study of the surprising rise of Henry Tudor to the throne of England sheds anew light on the role of the Stanley brothers, the reign of Richard III and the course of the battle. Very good.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: SOG: the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam
Replies: 0
Views: 677

SOG: the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam

Major John L. Plaster, Onyx Books ltd, ISBN 0-451-19508-6, 1988. This is a history of the Studies and Observation Group, a clandestine group of operatives drawn from the Green Berets', US navy SEALS and US Air Commando communities who alongside "other government agencies", drew long range ...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Landsknechts
Replies: 1
Views: 682

The Landsknechts

Text by Douglas Miller with illustrations by G.A. Embleton (must be early work). ISBN 0-85045-258-9. Osprey publications (originally released in 1976 with several reprints. Something a little more medieval for me (depending upon how you interoperate when the"middle ages" ended). This book ...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: U.S. Forces in Vietnam 1962-67
Replies: 0
Views: 669

U.S. Forces in Vietnam 1962-67

Guillaume Rousseaux, ISBN 978-2-35250-252-4. Historic & Collections Militaria Guide, 2012. Much better than the Osprey book that I bought a while back. Excellent modelling of uniforms and equipment from the advisory period to the full commitment of US troops. Unlike the Osprey series this also f...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Foreign Volunteers of the Wehrmacht 1941-45
Replies: 1
Views: 825

Foreign Volunteers of the Wehrmacht 1941-45

By Carlos Jurado and illustrations by Kevin Lyles. Osprey publications 1983.ISBN 0-85045-524-3. Given the Nazi ideals regarding slave and other ethnic groups I was surprised at just how many non Germanic volunteers served in the German armed forces during the Second World War. The uniforms are odd m...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Panzer Divisions (revised edition)
Replies: 0
Views: 674

The Panzer Divisions (revised edition)

Text by Martin Windrow, colour plates by Richard Hook. Osprey Publications 1982, ISBn 0-85045-434-4. Excellent photos and reasonable illustrations but the least informative Osprey book I have ever read. Expects the reader to be fully conversant not only with modern(ish) military acronyms but WW2 Ger...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri May 29, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: World War Two Soldiers 1939-45
Replies: 0
Views: 589

World War Two Soldiers 1939-45

Laurent Mirouze, Militaria Guides Histoire & Collections 2015. ISBN 978-2-35250-340-8. Presenting uniforms and equipment for the main belligerents of WW2. It features both actual examples from WW2 collections and high grade museum quality reproductions that are modelled by half a dozen people. V...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed May 27, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Armies of Castile and Aragon 1370-1516
Replies: 0
Views: 602

Armies of Castile and Aragon 1370-1516

John Pohl, illustrations by Gerry Embelton. Osprey Publishing 2015. ISBN 978-1-4728-0419-8. Bought by my wife as a birthday present for me and a companion of sorts to a similar title about the Portuguese during the age of discovery. The high class illustrations are what you expect from Gerry Embleto...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat May 16, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Tet Offensive 1968
Replies: 1
Views: 954

Tet Offensive 1968

Campaign Series, James R. Arnold with various illustrators. Osprey Military Publications.1990. ISBN 0-85045-960-5. Picked up second hand. I found this very confusing to read and poorly laid out. The illustrations, both from primary sources and those taken from other Osprey titles of the time are une...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat May 09, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75
Replies: 0
Views: 666

Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75

Text by Philip Katcher, colour plates. Osprey Publications 1980. Isbn 0-85045-360-7. Almost a piece of history itself. I picked it up second hand. So early that it is one of those rare Osprey publications in which the text and photography are far more important than the quite awful illustrations. I ...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century first aid/ medicine
Replies: 6
Views: 2498

Re: 15th century first aid/ medicine

Personally I recommend the steeped urine of a ginger haired boy for reviving a patient from a faint.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: the German Army 1939-45 (4) Eastern front 1943-45
Replies: 0
Views: 652

the German Army 1939-45 (4) Eastern front 1943-45

Nigel Thomas, illustration by Stephen Andrew. ISBN 1-85532-796-1. Osprey Books, 1999. Covers the period marking the slow retreat of Germany and its allies to eventual defeat in Berlin. I found the photos of late war units, especially the volksturm, with their mix of outdated and ultra modern (accord...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Renaissance/Medieval South West England
Replies: 10
Views: 2263

Re: Renaissance/Medieval South West England

I might see you there. I will be portraying a CIA operative in Vietnam circa 1969, but mostly re-enact WOTR period with the Woodville Household. We are down Kent late in May and at Old Sarum over the first bank holiday weekend joining other members of the Fed WOTR and the MSS.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 4762

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

As above, so below. I cannot add anymore. Like the stargazer chair, the archers jack, etc this just does not appear to be any genuine artefact from the period. For all the reasons already given.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Elizabeth of York: Forgotten Tudor Queen
Replies: 0
Views: 662

Elizabeth of York: Forgotten Tudor Queen

Amy License, Amberley Books 2013. ISBN 978-4456-3314-5. Subtitled "The true story of the white princess" (which I felt was an unwise decision on the part of her publishers to try and link it with that White Queen pap put out by Phillipa Gregory) I found this to be hugely superior to the Al...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The German Army 1939-45:Western Front 1943-45
Replies: 0
Views: 636

The German Army 1939-45:Western Front 1943-45

Nigel Thomas and illustrated by Stephen Andrew. ISBN 978-1-85532-797-9. Osprey Publishing 2000.
Again as I know little about the period this book was of more use to a novice than someone with a head in the WW2 re-enactment scene. But I found it useful enough.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Henry V
Replies: 0
Views: 708

Henry V

Marcus Cowper. Osprey Publishing 2010. ISBN 978-1-84908-370-6
This is part of the newish Command series. I had not read one of these before. I learnt nothing new about King Henry and can't see myself bothering with any of the other books in this series based upon what I looked at.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Army of the republic of Vietnam 1955-75
Replies: 0
Views: 569

Army of the republic of Vietnam 1955-75

Gordon L. Rottman and Ramiro Bujeiro. Osprey Publishing 2010. ISBn 978-1-84908-181-8.
I wanted to find out more about the South Vietnamese armed forces. This filled that hole.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: MP38 and MP40 SMG
Replies: 0
Views: 568

MP38 and MP40 SMG

Alejandro de Quesada. Osprey Publishing 2014, ISBN 978-1-78096-388-4 I know a bit more about these than I do the rest of the German Army as they were pretty common in the Balkans. I wish I had "borrowed" one at the time but never mind-I expect I would have got caught. It tells you about th...

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