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One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore

by Tommy LaMore & Dan Baker

Escaping certain death - not once but several times - lies at the core of the riveting real-life story of an American soldier during World War II. In One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore, a B-17 pilot...


Aces of Jagdstaffel 17

by Greg Vanwyngarden & Harry Dempsey

This German World War I fighter squadron led by a Blue Max recipient didn't include the Richtofen (the Red Baron), but it's range of colorful characters was nonetheless impressive.

Initially formed to assist...


Defending Cambridgeshire: The Military Landscape from Prehistory to Present

by Mike Osborne

Throughout history, Cambridgeshire has figured in the conflict shaping our nation. Doomed Roman legionaries marched from Longthorpe to defeat by Boudicca's Iceni; Saxons and Danes fought over the edges of the...


Follow Me Through: The Ups and Downs of a RAF Flying Instructor

by Mike Brooke

Following his success as a Cold War Canberra pilot, Mike Brooke was dispatched to become a flying instructor at the Central Flying School in the 1970s. 'Follow him through', as he would instruct his trainees,...


Tail Gunner

by R C Rivaz

First published in 1943, this is the gripping story of one man's involvement in RAF Bomber Command's fledgling offensive between August 1940 and December 1941. Dick Rivaz was tail gunner to Leonard Cheshire,...


Death on the Don: The Destruction of Germany's Allies on the Eastern Front, 1941-1944

by Jonathan Trigg

Nazi Germany's assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa, was the largest invasion in history. Almost 3.5 million men smashed into Stalin's Red Army, reaching the gates of Leningrad,...


Portsmouth's World War One Heroes: Stories of the Fallen Men and Women

by James Daly

Over 5,000 men from Portsmouth are believed to have been killed during the First World War - the greatest loss of life that the city has ever known. Not only were thousands of Portsmouth's solders killed on...


Tony Blackman - Test Pilot

by Tony Blackman

Tony Blackman OBE, MA FRAeS was educated at Oundle School and Trinity College Cambridge, where he obtained an honors degree in Physics. He learnt to fly in the RAF, trained as a test pilot, and then joined A...


Macedonian Armies after Alexander 323-168 BC

by Nicholas Sekunda & Peter Dennis

The death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC threw the Macedonians into confusion; there was no capable heir, and no clear successor among the senior figures in Alexander’s circle. Initial attempts to preserve...


The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces

by Benjamin Lai & Adam Hook

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest army in the world. China is predicted to be on the brink of overtaking the USA as the world’s largest economy, and China’s military capabilities...


US Marine Corps F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War

by Peter Davies & Jim Laurier

Twenty-five US Marine Corps squadrons flew versions of the Phantom II and 11 of them used the aircraft in Southeast Asia from May 1965 through to early 1973. Although one deployment was from an aircraft carrier,...


The M60 Machine Gun

by Kevin Dockery & Mark Stacey

The US M60 Machine Gun, known as "the Pig," was developed in the years after World War II from two revolutionary German designs, combining the effective belt-feed system of the MG 42 machine gun with the bolt-operating...


Modelling Luftwaffe, Jets and Wonder Weapons

by Brett Green

While the Allies largely relied on mass production to help them win World War II, Hitler's Nazi Germany put a great deal of their limited resources into new technologies. Nowhere was this more evident than in...


The Sten Gun

by Leroy Thompson

The Sten submachine gun - officially the 'Carbine, Machine, Sten' - was developed to fulfil the pressing British need for large quantities of cheaply produced weapons after Dunkirk, when German invasion was...


Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces

by Andrew Thomas & Chris Davey

The World War 1 concept of the two-seat fighter persisted during the interwar period, with the RAF's biplane Demons being replaced by the twin-engined Blenheim IF - a fighter derivative of the light bomber then...


Avenging Angel-John Brown#s Raid on Harpers Ferry 1859

by Ron Field & Johnny Shumate

The Harpers Ferry raid confirmed for many Southerners the existence of a widespread Northern plot against slavery. In fact, Brown had raised funds for his raid from Northern abolitionists. To arm the slaves,...


The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979-89

by Gregory Barnes

The Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict with the Mujahideen until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government...


The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery 1300-1580

by David Nicolle

From humble beginnings, in the course of three centuries the Portuguese built the world's first truly global empire, stretching from modern Brazil to sub-Saharan Africa and from India to the East Indies (Indonesia)....


The Defeat of Imperial Germany, 1917-1918

by Rod Paschall

The Defeat of Imperial Germany, 1917-1918 by Rod Paschall is the first volume in the Major Battles and Campaigns series under the general editorship of John S. D. Eisenhower. Designed for the "armchair strategist,"...


Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force

by Bill Yenne

General Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold is widely considered the father of the United States Air Force. But his long list of accomplishments doesn’t begin or end there. He was also the first and only five-star...