Friday, 10 June 2011

Newly arrived ...

Over the past week or so, a number of parcels containing military history-related books and DVDs have been delivered.

The first to arrive was a DVD entitled THE WINTER WAR: THE TRUE STORY OF A BATTLE AGAINST ALL ODDS. This is a fictional account of the 1939 - 1940 war between Finland and Soviet Russia, and judging by the excerpts I have seen already, it appears to be fairly realistic.

The film tells the story of a platoon of reservists from Kauhava in Southern Ostrobothnia who are serving in the 23rd Infantry Regiment of the Finnish Army. The makers tried to ensure the film was as authentic as possible and used as much genuine (or accurate replica) military hardware from the period as possible, including T-26 light tanks, a Tupolev SB fast bomber, and Polikarpov I-16 fighters.

This was followed a few days later by WARSHIP 2011. This is the thirty-third volume in the series, and I own every volume.

This issue contains articles about:
  • The US Navy's Lexington Class Battle Cruiser designs
  • The Cruiser Dupuy-De-Lôme
  • The Battle for Casablanca November 1942
  • The Croiseur de Battaille de 37000 Tonnes
  • Modern Amphibious Assault Ships
  • Battle at Valparaiso 1866
  • Bussei's Hydrofoil
  • Russia's First Ironclads
  • Small cruiser designs for the RN between the wars
  • The Tomozuru incident
  • The grounding and destruction of HMS Effingham
There is a lot in this volume for anyone interested in naval history to get their teeth into ... and I am particularly interested in the articles about the Battle at Valparaiso and the Russia's First Ironclads.


  1. Are the Finns ten foot tall? Do they breath fire?

  2. Conrad Kinch,

    Only after you have consumed large quantities of vodka.

    All the best,


  3. I remember watching most of this film very late at night in the Scandic Crown Hotel in Brussels in the early 90s - because I missed the start I never knew which film it was. Thanks for solving a long standing mystery.

  4. The Old Metal Detector,

    Glad to be of help.

    We should compare notes as I saw the first part at COW some years ago, but fell asleep before I saw the end (it had been a long day, and we didn't start to watch it until after midnight!).

    All the best,


  5. Great film. I think you will be pleased.

  6. Ltmurnau,

    So I have ehard.

    I am looking forward to watching it as soon as I have a long enough time-slot to do it justice.

    All the best,