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The Ottoman Empire: 1300-1600

by Halil Inalcik

Born as a military frontier principality at the turn of the Fourteenth century Turkey developed into the dominant force in Anatolia and the Balkans growing to become the most powerful Islamic state after 1517...


The Emperor's Last Victory: Napoleon and the Battle of Wagram

by Gunther E. Rothenberg

In early July 1809 Napoleon crossed the Danube with 187,000 men to confront the Austrian Archduke Charles and an army of 145,000 men. The fighting that followed dwarfed in intensity and scale any previous Napoleonic...


The Somme

by Peter Hart & Nigel Steel

On 1 July 1916, Douglas Haig's army launched the 'Big Push' that was supposed finally to bring an end to the stalemate on the Western Front. What happened next was a human catastrophe: scrambling over the top...


Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917

by Peter Hart

As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros...


Cochrane

by Donald Thomas

The life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, later 10th Earl of Dundonald, was more extraordinary than that of Nelson, more far fetched than that of Hornblower or Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey. Born the son of an eccentric...


Operation Barras

by William Fowler

In September 2000 eleven British soldiers were captured by a notorious militia gang in Sierra Leone. The so-called 'West Side Boys' had subjected their part of the country to a long reign of terror, murdering,...


Last Stand: Famous Battles Against The Odds

by Bryan Perrett

What do soldiers do when all is lost? They keep fighting! In this best-selling anthology, Bryan Perrett provides gripping accounts of close-quarter battles and hard fought victory against all the odds. His journey...


The Changing Face Of Battle

by Bryan Perrett

Mankind has always been in conflict. Without battle there would be no peace, no stability. Men go to war to defend, or acquire, territory they see as rightfully theirs; to defend, or impose, beliefs that they...


Iron Fist: Classic Armoured Warfare

by Bryan Perrett

The story of the evolution of armoured warfare in the 20th century, which has seen tanks and other armoured vehicles develop from lumbering, primitive and vulnerable Goliaths to the immensely potent and manoeuvrable...


Heroes Of The Hour

by Bryan Perrett

This book looks back to the time when an individual could change the course of history in a single battle or engagement, and yet still be forgotten. Here are the stories of the men who were regarded as heroes...


The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC

by Adrian Goldsworthy

The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than...


The Battle of Normandy 1944

by Robin Neillands

What happened to the Allied armies in Normandy in the months after D-Day, 1944? Why, after the initial success of the landings, did their advance stall a few miles inland from the beaches? Why did the British...


Brunel: The Man Who Built the World

by Steven Brindle

In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution...


The War of the Running Dogs: Malaya 1948-1960

by Noel Barber

Only three short years after the end of the Japanese occupation, war came again to Malaya. The Chinese-backed guerrillas called it the War of the Running Dogs - their contemptuous term for those in Malaya who...


The Wars of the Roses

by Robin Neillands

The vicious wars between the English noble houses of York and Lancaster marked the end of medieval England and the birth of the Renaissance. The end of that thirty-year period of strife and bloodshed saw the...


Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: The Myths of Churchill's War

by Gordon Corrigan

Gordon Corrigan's Mud, Blood and Poppycock overturned the myths that surround the First World War. Now he challenges our assumptions about the Second World War in this brilliant, caustic narrative that exposes...


Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War

by Gordon Corrigan

The popular view of the First World War remains that of BLACKADDER: incompetent generals sending brave soldiers to their deaths. Alan Clark quoted a German general's remark that the British soldiers were 'lions...


Gunboat!: Small Ships At War

by Bryan Perrett

Britain, like other colonial powers, established, controlled and accessed her empire from the seas. It was realised that the preservation of secure trading conditions required armed ships able to operate in...


For Valour

by Bryan Perrett

The Victoria Cross, a simple bronze cross inscribed For Valour on the front and engraved with the recipient's name, rank, number, unit and the date of the action on the reverse, was first awarded by Queen Victoria...


Against All Odds!

by Bryan Perrett

From the Napoleonic Wars to Korea, Bryan Perrett has found a further 13 dramatic military actions where a few fought against many, often with unbelievable success. The events take place in Europe, Africa, Asia...