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XyZspineZyX
09-03-2003, 09:22 PM
Salute All

Thought I would pass on some information on a series of books published by little known Canadian author Michel Lavigne.

He has now published several histories of the aerial campaigns in the desert which are very detailed histories of an episode of WWII which hasn't been examined as closely as it might have been.

These books are researched thoroughly, documented with the original RAF and Luftwaffe records. Analysis of Combats are rigorous, with conclusions determined using the kill reports and pilot accounts from both sides.

The books are lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps on every page, which really give a sense of the enviroment, the men and the aircraft.

For depth of research and these books rival Christopher Shore's series on the Desert, Malta and Greece.

The titles are:

"Kittyhawks over the Sands", focusing particularly on Canadians who flew P-40's for RAF Squadrons in the Desert and Tunisia. 384 pages

"Hurricanes over the Sands", focusing particularly on Canadians who flew Hurricanes for RAF Squadrons in the Desert and Tunisia. 350 pages

For anyone who is interested in this little reported part of WWII, these books are must owns.

I have purchased both of the above titles and highly recommend them.

These are limited edition books, only 1000 copies being printed for each, and they are in short supply. Less than 300 copies remain of "Kittyhawks over the Desert".

Michel Lavigne can be contacted at:

lavigne.michel@sympatico.ca

The books can also be ordered from this site:

www.rquirk.com/lavigne/Lavigne.htm (http://www.rquirk.com/lavigne/Lavigne.htm)

He has also written a history of a little known Canadian Group Commander, entitled:

"G/C A.U. "Bert" Houle DFC & Bar, The Man & The Aircraft"

XyZspineZyX
09-03-2003, 09:22 PM
Salute All

Thought I would pass on some information on a series of books published by little known Canadian author Michel Lavigne.

He has now published several histories of the aerial campaigns in the desert which are very detailed histories of an episode of WWII which hasn't been examined as closely as it might have been.

These books are researched thoroughly, documented with the original RAF and Luftwaffe records. Analysis of Combats are rigorous, with conclusions determined using the kill reports and pilot accounts from both sides.

The books are lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps on every page, which really give a sense of the enviroment, the men and the aircraft.

For depth of research and these books rival Christopher Shore's series on the Desert, Malta and Greece.

The titles are:

"Kittyhawks over the Sands", focusing particularly on Canadians who flew P-40's for RAF Squadrons in the Desert and Tunisia. 384 pages

"Hurricanes over the Sands", focusing particularly on Canadians who flew Hurricanes for RAF Squadrons in the Desert and Tunisia. 350 pages

For anyone who is interested in this little reported part of WWII, these books are must owns.

I have purchased both of the above titles and highly recommend them.

These are limited edition books, only 1000 copies being printed for each, and they are in short supply. Less than 300 copies remain of "Kittyhawks over the Desert".

Michel Lavigne can be contacted at:

lavigne.michel@sympatico.ca

The books can also be ordered from this site:

www.rquirk.com/lavigne/Lavigne.htm (http://www.rquirk.com/lavigne/Lavigne.htm)

He has also written a history of a little known Canadian Group Commander, entitled:

"G/C A.U. "Bert" Houle DFC & Bar, The Man & The Aircraft"