Andy Saunders

Teoksen Apollo Remastered tekijä

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Andy Saunders is a military historian, author and researcher specializing in military aviation history with particular emphasis on the Battle of Britain and the air war over North-West Europe in the Second World War. The author of numerous and titles on such subjects, Andy is currently the editor näytä lisää of Britain at War Magazine the UK's best-selling military history monthly. näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: Saunders Andy, Andy saundrs ed

Tekijän teokset

Apollo Remastered (2022) 52 kappaletta
Jane - a Pin-Up at War (2004) 13 kappaletta
RAF Tangmere Revisited (1998) 4 kappaletta
The Automotive Alchemist (2023) 3 kappaletta
Chattabox (1996) 3 kappaletta
The Blitz in Colour (2022) 1 kappale

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More than four hundred digitally remastered images from NASA’s Apollo missions fill the pages of this stunning coffee-table-sized book. Arranged by mission, from pre-Apollo missions through Apollo 17, there are also sections on the development of space photography, photographic equipment, scans, images, and restoration, and a list of acronyms.

Here, in this exquisite volume, readers will find amazing visions of earth and space, of astronauts and spacecraft, in new views and portraits.

Highly recommended; don’t miss this one.
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jfe16 | Nov 25, 2022 |
In this book, Andy Saunders discusses the events surrounding Sir Douglas Bader's last combat sortie and works to solve a long standing mystery. While leading part of air escort for Circus 68 (bombing raid into France hoping to draw Luftwaffe activity) on August 9, 1941, Bader parachuted from his stricken Spitfire and was captured by the Germans. Was he shot down? Was he brought down by a mid-air collision? And who did it? Switching between second and third person, the author uses an investigative approach of addressing each issue regarding the fateful mission and works to bring the reader to specific logical conclusions regarding each issue and thus to the ultimate conclusion of what happened.

Sadly, this book misses the mark on many accounts. While Saunders points out that the book is not a Bader biography, he repeatedly inserts jabs at the man's character: the flight where he lost his legs being an unauthorized display, referring to his leadership skills as perceived, apparent disdain towards enlisted aviators, and portraying Bader as bent on increasing his own kill total. The accuracy or validity of these points is not the issue. As presented, they detract from the main focus of the book and add nothing to soling the mystery of Bader's downing.
The book suffers from disjointed organization. Sixteen chapters each analyze some aspect of the event. Rather than grouping RAF or Luftwaffe views, or chronologically focusing chapters, Saunders bounces between the two and often veers off point. For example, while discussing Adolf Galland's memories of events, Saunders inserts Johnnie Johnson's observations.

Saunders relies heavily on Paul Brickhill's biography, Reach for the Sky, for Bader's point of view. But he focuses on pointing out errors in that book, devoting an entire chapter to discussing it. He then uses these "errors" as the basis to question Bader's motives and memory of events. Furthermore, Saunders notes how Bader's account in his autobiography, Fight for the Sky, differs from Brickhill's account. In a footnote, he refers to one point both as "changed slightly" and a "significant variation" but never fully explains this. Saunders doesn't use the autobiography and doesn't list it in the bibliography despite the above reference. For a book attempting to be exceptionally thorough in its analysis, this omission is very glaring.

Saunder's analysis is suspect. For example, in a discussion on G forces, he points out that "his lack of lower limbs may well have been a physiological disadvantage" but fails to explain what the disadvantage would be. He then uses the temporary loss of memory from "graying out" (which occurs as positive G forces cause blood to pool in the lower extremities) to explain why Bader's memory while experiencing negative G's (which causes red out's as blood pools in the eyes) while trying to bail out, is suspect and should, thus, be discounted.

Finally, the most glaring error in the analysis is the non-inclusion of the RAF's own report concerning potential fratricide during Circus 68. Saunders simply states, 'The evidence is there for all to read at the national archives in Kew." Since the report isn't in the bibliography, it is unclear if Saunders even used it. Saunder's conclusions are subject to question.

Bader's Last Fight misses the mark. Omissions, a pervasive undercurrent of Bader bashing, disjointed organization, and lightly supported grand leaps in logic leave the reader certain only that Bader failed to return from his last sortie. The cause remains an open question.
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LouisianaReader | Dec 4, 2015 |

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