Objective Saint-Lo, 7 June 1944 – 18 July 1944

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Bringing to life the bitter fighting that followed the US landing on Omaha Beach as the troops tried to develop their beach head and then fight out to reach Saint-Lo. – An exciting story with insights from those who were there and an amazing collection of photographs, drawing and maps – Highly Recommended.


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Eastern Front Sniper, The Life of Matthaus Hetzenauer

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This well-written and nicely illustrated book is a natural counterpart to “Notes of a Russian Sniper”, FIRE Project review file B2556, full review tinyurl.com/gn7u7hj. – Since James the Bastard was shot by a sniper firing a hack butt from concealment, the sniper been a powerful resource with which to attack an enemy – Highly Recommended.


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Images of War, With Rommel in the Desert, Tripoli to El Alamein, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archive

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This addition to the very popular Images of War series is another well-researched and well-presented book and very good value. – Rommel was perhaps the most effective German General and certainly the most respected by the British – Highly Recommended.


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Images of War, The Panzer III, Hitler’s Beast of Burden, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

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This addition to the very popular Images of War series is another well-researched and well-presented book from Tucker-Jones. – The text should not be underestimated. It is concise and clear, very capably supporting an outstanding selection of rare images of one of the German Army’s most important tanks – Highly Recommended.


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Bombers Fly East, WWII RAF Operations in the Middle & Far East

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The author has been building a solid and well-researched portfolio of WWII aviation histories and has followed his earlier European theatre histories with a history of bombing operations in the Middle and Far East. – Easy to read text is ably supported by two very interesting photo-plate sections and a map – Highly Recommended.


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Iridium Announces Third Iridium® NEXT Launch Date

MCLEAN, Va. – July 28, 2017 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the upcoming Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted for September 30, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. PDT. This launch will deliver another 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites deployed to 30. SpaceX selected the September 30th launch date based on rocket and Vandenberg Air Force Base range availability. SpaceX’s targeted launch schedule accommodates completion of the Iridium NEXT constellation as planned in mid-2018. In total, SpaceX will deliver 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit. In case of inclement weather, a backup launch date has been scheduled for October 1.

Unlike previous launches where some Iridium NEXT satellites were sent drifting to an orbital plane different from where they were launched, all 10 satellites for this launch are currently planned to provide service in orbital plane four. The Iridium constellation’s unique architecture is designed with six polar orbiting planes consisting of 11 interconnected satellites per plane, with in-orbit spares, creating a true web of connectivity around the planet.

SpaceX has scheduled the fourth launch to take place in late November. Iridium NEXT manufacturing has completed enough satellites for nearly the next three SpaceX launches. All Iridium NEXT launches take place from SpaceX’s West Coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Iridium NEXT is the company’s $3 billion next-generation mobile, global satellite network scheduled for completion in 2018. Iridium NEXT will replace the company’s

existing global constellation in one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space. It represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organizations worldwide rely upon to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more. Iridium NEXT will enable and introduce new services like the company’s next-generation communications platform, Iridium CertusSM, and the AireonSM space-based ADS-B aircraft surveillance and flight tracking network. The Iridium NEXT satellites are manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and assembled by its subcontractor, Orbital ATK, at its facility in Gilbert, Arizona.

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com.

About Iridium Communications Inc. 

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.

Air France-KLM expands its alliances between the North Atlantic, Europe and Asia, and affirms its position in the worldwide airline industry

Air France-KLM today announces a further major step in the strengthening of its strategic partnerships with, firstly, the creation of a single global joint-venture between Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines (Delta) and Virgin Atlantic and, secondly, the strengthening of its partnership with China Eastern Airlines (China Eastern). These two commercial alliances will be strengthened by equity investments:

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