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Flights into History: Final Missions Retold by Research and Archaeology

by Ian McLachlan

In this book, aviation archaeologist Ian McLachlan reconstructs the dramatic last flights of Second World War airmen. He tells stories such as that of the final flight of an intruder Mosquito pursuing a German...


Growing into War

by Michael Gill

Michael Gill's account of the Second World War as he observed it.


Black Barty: The Real Pirate of the Caribbean

by Aubrey Burl

Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Barty, was easily one of the most successful and deadly pirates in all of history. He went to sea at a young age and took to pirate life well. This book talks about his...


Field of Fire: Diary of a Gunner Officer

by Jack Swaab

Drawing on the diaries he kept as a soldier in the veteran 51st (Highland) Infantry Division 1943-45, Jack Swaab provides a searing insight into life at the Front in North Africa and Europe, recording his experiences...


Come on Highlanders!: Glasgow Territorials in the Great War

by Alec Weir

Alec Weir's accessible, informal style and his rigorous research combine here to produce a fascinating and detailed account of how ordinary men from all walks of life confronted and mastered the hellish conditions...


The Real Rudolph: A Natural History of the Reindeer

by Tilly Smith

Takes us on a factual journey into the life of the 'Real Rudolph'. This work reveals just what it is that makes the reindeer such a special member of the animal kingdom. It explains the facts and myths that...


Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya

by Jules Stewart

In the 1860s, Captain Thomas Montgomerie trained natives to be surveyors, and had them explore the region covertly. These men, known as pundits, were disguised as lamas (holy men). This book talks about these...


US Marine Corps Handbook 1941-45

by George Forty

Employing a range of archive black and white photographs, this book examines the US Marine Corps' organisation and command structure, strategy, tactics and amphibious assault doctrine. Providing biographies...


The Battle of Jutland 1916

by George Bonney

The British Grand Fleet which engaged the German High Seas Fleet at Jutland in 1916 was the most formidable in the history of the Royal Navy. Admiral Sir John Jellicoe's 151 warships included 28 battleships...


Black Propaganda in the Second World War

by Stanley Newcourt-Nowodworski

In Black Propaganda, the author examines the 'black arts' of Britain, Poland and the Nazis during the Second World War.


Bogs, Baths and Basins: The Story of Domestic Sanitation

by David J Eveleigh

Toilets, baths and washbasins are taken for granted in privileged society, but they are some of our most indispensable facilities. How did they come about, and how did we live without them? From Roman times...


Tyburn: London's Fatal Tree

by Alan Brooke & David Brandon

Tyburn is synonymous with the idea of execution. The authors tell the story of how Tyburn came to be the place of execution and of the rituals and spectacle associated with the deaths of many people. They provide...


The Geneva Convention: The Hidden Origins of the Red Cross

by Angela Bennett

Presents the story of the Geneva Convention and the events which brought it into being. Who would have thought that the world's first treaty on human rights could have been founded by two young men, who cordially...


Islam and the West: A Dissonant Harmony of Civilisations

by Christopher J Walker

We have rapidly grown used to the idea, particularly since the declaration of a world-wide war on terrorism, that between Islam and the West there exists a deep historical and ideological gulf. Christopher Walker's...


Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier

by James Wharton

Seeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, the young James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind – and he found it. At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the...


French Eagles, Soviet Heroes: The Normandie-Niemen Squadrons on the Eastern Front

by John D Clarke

On 1 September 1942, the Groupe de Chasse III or 3rd Fighter Group 'Normandie' was created. The first of the Western Allies to capture and occupy German territory, 'Normandie-Niemen' clashed with the crack German...


Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden

by Twigs Way

Women are at the forefront of garden design and the horticultural world. This work ranges from the virgins perched on turf seats in medieval illuminations and the weeding women of the Tudor royal garden to queens...


Evacuees: Evacuation in Wartime Britain 1939-1945

by Mike Brown

As the last days of peace ebbed away in 1939 and the outbreak of the Second World War appeared inevitable, a massive exodus took place in Britain: nearly two million civilians, most of them children, were taken...


The Pox: The Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease

by Kevin Brown

From almost the time when man first discovered the pleasures of sin, he also experienced the torments of the Pox. Drawing on references from art and literature, stories of famous sufferers and medical documents,...


The Victorian Gardener

by Anne Wilkinson

Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities today and most people take it for granted that suitable plants, equipment and information are easily available. This was not always the case. Anne Wilkinson's...