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The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields: A Comprehensive Coverage from Crecy to the Two World Wars

by Martin Middlebrook

While best known as being the scene of the most terrible carnage in the WW1 the French department of the Somme has seen many other battles from Roman times to 1944. William the Conqueror launched his invasion...


Invasion 1982: The Falkland Islanders' Story

by Graham Bound

Falkland Islanders were the first British people to come under enemy occupation since the Channel Islanders during the Second World War. This book tells how islanders' warnings were ignored in London, how their...


Flying from My Mind: Innovative and Record-Breaking Microlight and Aircraft Designs

by David Cook

This fascinating story begins in 1973 when David Cook built a glider in an attempt to win the Selsey Birdman Rally - an annual event where all types of creations are launched from the end of Bognor Pier. Between...


The Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914

by Patrick Takle

Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring in the little town of Néry. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves....


English Electric Canberra: The History and Development of a Classic Jet

by Bruce Halpenny

This amazing airplane first flew in 1949 and is still in front-line service with the RAF. It has served in a variety of roles including those of tactical bomber, photo-reconnaissance, navigational trainer, maritime...


Depth Charge: Royal Naval Mines, Depth Charges and Underwater Weapons 1914-1945

by Chris Henry

The history of weapons and warfare is usually written from the point of view of the battles fought and the tactics used. In naval warfare, in particular, the story of how these weapons were invented, designed...


Hussars, Horses and History

by John Strawson

John Strawson describes joining the 4th Hussars in the Middle East in 1942 and serving with them until amalgamation with the 9th Hussars in 1958 as The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. He commanded the Regiment...


The Cheshire Bantams: 15th, 16th & 17th Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment

by Stephen McGreal

Raised in Birkenhead in 1914 the Bantams were unique as the average height of the volunteers was a mere five foot! Previously denied the opportunity to serve, these men seized this chance to join up. As a result...


Cherbourg

by Andrew Rawson

Following the landings in Normandy, one of the Allies main concerns was how to supply the expanding beachhead. Having cut off the Cotentin peninsula, General Bradley turned his attentions to the port of Cherbourg,...


The Civil War in the South-West

by John Barratt

Between 1642 and 1646 two armies fought for control of Southwest England in one of the decisive confrontations of the English Civil Wars. In this short, turbulent period Royalists loyal to King Charles I clashed...


Baling Out: Amazing Dramas of Military Flying

by Robert Jackson

To bale out of a stricken airplane is a pilot's or aircrew's final chance to escape death. It is a traumatic and hazardous exercise that is only practiced in extremis and is in itself full of danger with no...


Aubers Ridge

by Edward Hancock

This book describes the action of 9 May 1915 when the battalions of the 1st Division, 7th Division and the Indian Army attacked Aubers Ridge. Their objective was to break the German line and cut the supply route...


Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War

by Nicholas Smart

The six years of prolonged world-wide conflict spawned some 340 serving generals in the British Army. A number are household names (Montgomery, Slim, Wavell) and others well known to historians (Horrocks, Dempsey,...


Airfields & Airmen of the Channel Coast

by Michael O'Connor

In this latest addition to the Airfields and Airmen Series, Mike O'Connor describes the dramatic air actions that took place along the Belgian and North France coastline during The Great War. In addition to...


Aircraft Down: Forced Landings, Crash Landings and Rescues

by Alec Brew

When a pilot experiences a sudden loud bang or sudden total silence, he is often faced with the stark choice of the parachute or attempting to get the aircraft down to earth in as few pieces as possible. This...


Westcountry Regiments on the Somme

by Tim Saunders

Previous works have concentrated on the 'Pal' in Britain's northern towns and cities. This book seeks to explore the little appreciated part in the Battle of the Somme played by the Regular and Volunteer Service...


Airfields of Eleven Group

by Peter Jacobs

The Royal Air Force's 11 Group played a leading role in the Battle of Britain. It included the airfields at Tangmere, Westhampnett, Kenley, Croydon, Biggin Hill, West Malling, Horchurch, Hawkinge, Gravesend,...


Redan Ridge

by Michael Renshaw

The fighting on Redan Ridge in 1916 has long been overshadowed by events on each flank, namely Serre on the left and Beaumont Hamel on the right. On 1 July 1916 the sector was occupied by the 4th Division, made...


In Presence of My Foes

by Gris Davies-Scourfield

This is a wartime escape memoir that ranks with the finest. Seriously wounded and captured at Calais, the Author recovered to escape from his POW camp in a load of rubbish. He was on the run thanks to the Polish...


Flying in Defiance of the Reich: A Lancaster Pilot's Rites of Passage

by Peter Russell

This is the vivid memoir of a man who was twenty-one at the outbreak of World War II. Having joined the RAFVR before the war, he was mobilized in August 1939 and after training became operational on 233 Squadron...