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Oppy Wood

by David Bilton

This latest book in the Battleground Europe series describes the battles over several years, and in particular 1917 and 1918, for a wood and small village. The Germans stubbornly refused to retreat as the area...


Commandos: Operation Chariot: The Raid on St Nazaire

by Jon Cooksey

By March 1942, mainland France had been under German occupation for almost two years. Every month that passed saw Germany bolster her defences against an expected allied invasion. Every month that passed saw...


Marshal Ney: The Bravest of the Brave

by A Atteridge

A.H. Atteridge's biography of Michel Ney, Napoleon's most famous marshal, is a classic work of its kind. He describes Ney's meteoric career in vivid detail, from his enlistment as a hussar in the army of Louis...


The History of British European Airways: 1946-1974

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 It began operations with a fleet of outdated and hopelessly uneconomic passenger...


The 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: Dramatic First Hand Accounts of British and Commonwealth Airmen in RAF Bomber Command in WW2

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: The Air Defence of North-Western England 1940-1943

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

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...


Bomber Bases of World War 2: 1st Air Division 8th Air Force USAAF 1942-45: Flying Fortress Squadrons in Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire-Essex-Hertfordshir

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...


The 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: No. 72 Squadron RAF in Action: Volume 1: 1937-1942

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 for SAS and Resistance Operations During WWII

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...


The Royal Navy & the Peruvian-Chilean War 1879-1881: Rudolf de Lisle's Diaries & 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: Somme

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 World War II: 8th Air Force USAAF 1943-45: P-47 Lightning, P-38 Thunderbolt & P-51 Mustang Squadrons in East Anglia, Cambridgeshire a

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...