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History of British European Airways: 1946 - 1972

by Charles Woodley

BEA was formed in 1946 and took over most UK domestic and European routes under the British government's nationalisation policy. It began operations with a fleet of outdated and hopelessly uneconomic passenger...


Germans at Thiepval

by Jack Sheldon

Ninety years after the Battle of the Somme was fought, visitors continue to flock in very large numbers to the massive Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, site of a bitter three-month struggle during the summer...


Men of Power: The Lives of Rolls-Royce Chief Test Pilots Harvey and Jim Heyworth

by Robert Jackson

The story begins in 1940 when Harvey Heyworth was leading No. 79 Squadron RAF defending north-eastern England from Luftwaffe raids made by bombers based in Norway and Denmark and then later in the Battle of...


Flying into the Flames of Hell: Flying with Bomber Command in World War II

by Martin Bowman

The book contains twenty-three stirring accounts of what life flying as air-crew in World War Two was really like. The writers are a mixed bunch of pilots, navigators and gunners who flew medium and heavy bombers...


Eyes of the Night: Air Defence of North-western England 1940 - 41

by Joseph Bamford

In the early years of WW2 two of Britain's most important industrial cities, Liverpool and Manchester were woefully unprotected from enemy bombing raids. Once the capitulation of France had occurred after Dunkirk,...


Fort Eben Emael 1940

by Tim Saunders

The seizure of the Belgian fortress stronghold at Eban Emael by German Airborne and Special Forces was the dramatic opening shot in the Nazis' devastating May 1940 offensive. Codenamed Operation GRANITE, it...


Airfields of 1st Air Division (USAAF): Cambridgeshire * Northamptonshire * Bedfordshire - Aviation Heritage Trail Series

by Martin Bowman

As part of the AHT series, the airfields and interest in this book are concentrated in a particular area - in this case Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Constituted as the lst Bombardment Division...


100 Group (Bomber Support): RAF Bomber Command in World War II

by Martin Bowman

As part of the AHT series, the airfields and interest in this book are concentrated in a particular area - in this case Norfolk. The growing importance of the 'electronic war' in the air in 1943 caused the creation...


Escort Carrier of the Second World War: Combustible, Vulnerable and Expendable!

by David Wragg

To the US Navy they were CVEs! To the Royal Navy auxiliary carriers! To crews of endangered merchantmen in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans they were heaven-sent protection! To their crews they were Combustible,...


Swift to Battle: 72 Fighter Squadron RAF in Action: Volume 1: Re-formation in 1937, The Phoney War, Dunkirk, The Battle of Britain and Offensive Opera

by Tom Docherty

This first of three volumes traces the history of 72 Fighter Squadron, one of the premier squadrons in the Royal Air Force. The aircraft flown, operational personnel and missions flown are fully described with...


Stirlings in Action With the Airborne Forces: Air Support to Special Forces and the SAS During WW11

by Dennis Williams

This is the history of two RAF squadrons who shared many tasks during WWII. Although there was a healthy rivalry between personnel serving on 190 and 620 Squadrons, there was also a deep sense of camaraderie...


Royal Navy and the Peruvian-Chilean War 1879 - 1881: Rudolf de Lisle's Diaries and Watercolors

by Gerard de Lisle

This beautifully presented book captures the spirit of a little known war where the Royal Navy played a peripheral but crucial role. The power of the British Empire was at its height, thanks to the reach of...


Ultra Versus U-Boats: Enigma Decrypts in the National Archives

by Roy Conyers Nesbit

Keeping the Atlantic sea-lanes open was a vital factor in the fight against Nazi Germany. In the battle to protect merchant shipping from the menace of surface raiders and U-boats, Allied resolve and resources...


Gommecourt

by Nigel Cave

Designed to act as a diversion to the 'big push', Gommecourt was an attempt to force the Germans to commit their reserves to the front line before the main battle took place. This Battlefield Guide tells the...


Flying to Norway, Grounded in Burma: A Hudson Pilot in World War II

by Goronwy 'Gron' Edwards DFC

Gron' Edwards joined the RAF in 1936 on a Short Service Commission and went solo on his eighteenth birthday. After gaining his wings he joined No 233 General Reconnaissance Squadron of Coastal Command based...


Fighter Bases of WW2 US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command USAAF 1943-45: P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang Squadrons in East Anglia,

by Martin W. Bowman

This book covers the bases used during the Second World War by the American fighter units that flew in support of the 8th Air Force's heavy bomber forces. The long-range Lightnings, Thunderbolts and Mustangs...


Guardsman and Commando: The War Memoirs of RSM Cyril Feebery DCM

by David Feebery

Guardsman and Commando is Cyril Feebery's memoir of his service with the British Army between 1937 and 1945.Feebery served with the Grenadier Guards in the British Expeditionary Force, was evacuated wounded...


Air Gunner: The Men who Manned the Turrets

by Alan Cooper

There have been several books published about the wartime experiences of individual air gunners but there is no general history of Air Gunners, their equipment, training or service in the various RAF Commands...


16 Air Assault Brigade - Britain'S Rapid Reaction Force

by Tim Ripley

After the S.A.S., 16 Brigade is the most high profile formation in the British Army but to date there has been no complete history of its operations and activities. The aim of this book is to produce a history...


On the Roads of War: A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front

by Ivan Yakushin

Ivan Yakushin survived the Siege of Leningrad, fought at the Battle of Kursk and pursued the retreating German army through Russia, Belorussia, Poland and into Germany itself. This is the story of his war. He...