Reviews EYE OF THE EAGLE 2. THE LUFTWAFFE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF CARDIFF AND BARRY, by Nigel A. Robins. Tawe History Publishing, Swansea, 1995. A4. Pb. 36 pp. illustrated. £ 5.99. In 1993, the present writer had the pleasure of reviewing in Morgannwg, XXXVII the first Eye of the Eagle volume, which dealt with the German aerial reconnaissance photographs of Swansea during the Second World War. In that review, he praised the vision of Nigel Robins, who, in publishing this source of important war-time records held in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, had performed a great service for students of the Second World War and also especially for those persons interested in what was a most poignant episode in Swansea's history, namely the Luftwaffe air raids which devastated the city centre. Of course, Swansea was by no means the only Welsh town to suffer enemy bombardment or the threat of it and the German reconnaissance preparations for attacks on other targets in Wales were no less thorough and efficient. In his second volume, therefore, Nigel Robins has turned his attention to the important Glamorgan ports of Cardiff and Barry, both major centres for coal and, during the war, for general cargo handling, and ports which assumed a pivotal role in aiding the British war effort. The book contains eleven reconnaissance photographs of Cardiff and seven of Barry, all taken between November 1940 and February 1941. The quality of the original photographs varies from plate to plate, but most reveal an astonishing amount of detail. Indeed, this detail gives extraordinary visual evidence to support many of the statements which Robins makes in his introductory chapters. For instance, in the chapter on the South Wales ports at war, there are some pertinent remarks about the drawbacks of the port facilities in war-time. For example, both Cardiff and Barry docks were primarily designed for the export of coal. Their facilities, including railways and dock equipment, were therefore mainly dedicated to the export of coal outwards rather than the distribution of goods inwards and this, coupled with a lack of high density warehousing made for serious logistical problems. Quays congested with imports and delays in inland distribution of goods were everyday occurrences. Several of the photographs in the book show all too clearly goods piled on quaysides and timber floating in