Its been a good weekend for new books. My wife and I took the kids to Rochester in Kent on Monday for a browse through the shops and a picnic in the grounds of Rochester Castle. The sun came out and we had a very pleasant afternoon in and around the buildings that Charles Dickens would have known so well. There are a couple of excellent second hand book shops in the high street (there used to be more but alas they have disappeared). I picked up a couple of paperback books in near mint condition for just a few pounds.
Fighting them on the Beaches : The D-Day Landings by Nigel Cawthorne (Index Books 2004) and Masters of Battle by Terry Brighton (Penguin 2008). I'm particularly looking forward to reading the latter book as it will be interesting to see Patton and Monty analysed side by side.
By the way, there is a new game/model shop opened in the high street and I popped in and picked up some paint and a Tamiya weathering stick. The stock is roughly 50% plastic models with the remaining 50% half and half between paint and accessories and wargaming figures (mostly GW). However chatting to the shop assistant revealed this is a new business and they are finding their feet and building up stock based on what customers need. It seems a sensible way forward and I hope they are still thriving next time I go to Rochester.
I also received a book as a gift from my Brother-in-Law Ray which definitely deserves a special mention. Steel Inferno - 1st SS Panzer Corps in Normandy by Michael Reynolds (Spellmount 1997). Only two German Divisions in World War II bore Hitler's name - the 1st SS Panzer Division, Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and the 12th SS Panzer Division, Hitlerjugend. This book describes the tactical battles in Normandy between the young Waffen-SS soldiers of these elite divisions and their British, Canadian, Polish and US opponents.
The best bit though is that not only did Ray buy me the book (a handsome gesture I think you'll agree) but he took it along to the Southend Air Show where he met up with a load of British Veterans that he knows and got it signed by three of them. Ernie Wark (7th Armoured Division), R M Spencer (R/A 21st Army Group), and Bill Yenting (RN).