In December 1941, after months of rising tensions over an oil and steel embargo, Japan attacked both the United States and the British Empire. New Zealand had long felt it was in the firing line – even 35 years earlier when Japan was an ally of Britain. And the effects of the ‘Japanese blitzkrieg’ swiftly … More This week’s feature book cover
After some adventures in which, it seemed, couriers couldn’t deliver anything to my post office box, the advance print copies of my second-edition military histories finally arrived this week. Four of my earlier military histories are being re-released as new and revised editions in the run-up to Christmas: Battle for Crete, Desert Duel, Italian Odyssey … More This week’s feature book covers
This year a whole swag of my older print books have been brought back into print as second editions. They’ve also come with new covers – strongly branded, themed, and to my mind highly evocative of the subject matter. I thought I might feature them for a few weeks, starting this week with the cover … More This week’s feature book cover
Back in the 1950s the British rocket programme – revolving partly about their ‘Blue Steel’ missile – was in a bit of trouble. This Mach = 3 stand-off weapon was designed to arm Britain’s V-bombers but had a repute as the ‘public servant’ of missiles. You know, it didn’t work and couldn’t be fired. This … More I want some British MUSTARD with my rocket
A few years ago, when I was staying with relatives in the Netherlands, we decided to spend a few days in Paris – three countries and many hundreds of kilometres away. There were all sorts of ways of doing it, including by driving. Or we could have spent a lot of time driving to Schiphol, … More Why trains are sometimes faster than air travel
There’s been a lot of coverage of landings at St Maarten airfield, where mega-jets skim the beach during final approach to the short runway. To which I say ptooey. If you want a place for regular dodgy landings and hairy takeoffs the place to go is my city, Wellington, New Zealand. Back in the late … More St Maarten landing 1. Wellington landing 1,996,786
It seems this week that Russia’s ‘Investigating Committee’ wants an investigation into the US moon landings of 1969-72 – not so much to reveal them as fake, but to find out where missing moon rocks have gone. I know where one is – a scrap weighing less than 1 gm, which is in the Carter … More Is Russia stirring up the moon landing loon conspiracies?