Book review: Wreck Recovery in Britain Then and Now

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16 January 2019
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This large format, glossy hardback follows a similar vein as the Luftwaffe over Ireland book we reviewed last year, but is a little more wide-ranging in that it covers all the crash sites in WWII (and between the wars from military aircraft, whatever the nationality.

Author: PETER J MORAN

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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This large format, glossy hardback follows a similar vein as the Luftwaffe over Ireland book we reviewed last year, but is a little more wide-ranging in that it covers all the crash sites in WWII (and between the wars from military aircraft, whatever the nationality. As it’s from the After the Battle people, you get the crash sites as they were, along with photos of where they are now. Unlike most of the productions from AtB though, this is quite restrained on the before and after photos, concentrating on ones where a downed plane hit houses or notable areas. The alternative, wreckage in a field before and a flat field afterwards are rightly ignored.

 

It’s organised chronologically, in terms of when the wreck was recovered, which then includes stories of what the plane and its crew were doing. Some of these are fascinating. There are lots of photos of headstones which I don’t think really add anything to the story but there are lots of interesting details throughout about the people who were in those crashed aeroplanes. The design is, as usual, terribly dated, but the production values are outstanding making the cover price, for such a niche subject, an absolute bargain.

 

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• After the Battle

• 236 pages • Hardback • £29.99

 

As reviewed in The Armourer January 2019

 

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