Wednesday, March 7, 2012

1st Infantry Division (Spearhead) by Ian Westwell

I recently bought this book at a local thrift store, paying only $1. This is part of the Spearhead series of books from 2002. About the series from an Amazon page: "This series looks at the cutting edge of war, and deals exclusively with units capable of operating independently in the forefront of battle. Each volume in the series examines the chosen unit's origins and history, its organisation and order of battle, its battle history theatre by theatre, its insignia and its markings. Also covered are biographies of the most important commanders of each unit. Each title ends with an assessment of unit effectiveness - as seen by the unit itself, by its opponents and in the light of more recent historical research. The books also include a detailed reference section with a critical biography, a listing of relevant museums and web sites, plus information about re-enactment groups and memorials."

For someone like myself learning about the details of WWII, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's chock full of actual photos, reenactor photos, maps, organizational charts, weapon details, and everything else a miniature gamer could ask for. There are a number of books in this series, originally published in the UK by Ian Allen Publishing. Several private dealers at Amazon sell the 1st Infantry Division book very cheaply. I'm sure other places online sell it cheaply as well. I'm looking into getting other books in the series, such as the books covering Rangers, British Commandos, and the Desert Rats. Great stuff! Below are some photos of pages within the book.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a great book and a bargain for a $1. Great spot Sir!


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