A History of Army Air Observation Flying 1914–1960
From the earliest days of military flying, small, unarmed aircraft have been sent over enemy lines to scout positions and guide artillery. This book explains how tactics and aircraft evolved and pays tribute to the skill and courage of the pilots.
Wellington's Men Remembered
A Register of Memorials to Soldiers Who Fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo 1808–1815 | Volume 1 A–L
This is the first of two volumes which together form a record of memorials to more than 3,150 British and Allied soldiers of Waterloo and the Peninsular War. Each entry provides the full inscription on the stone or tablet, information on its location, and the rank, regiment, honours and service record of the man commemorated. Separate sections cover battlefield and regimental memorials and the accompanying CD Rom contains photographs of many of the memorials.
Elizabeth's French Wars
English Intervention in the French Wars of Religion 1562–1598
The French Wars of Religion, fought between Huguenots and Catholics, spanned most of the reign of Elizabeth I, whose provision of English armed forces perpetuated the conflict. With an emphasis on military history and visual sources, Heap’s study establishes the scale and importance of England’s intervention and offers a re-evaluation of Henri IV as a military leader.
The Tank Book
The Definitive Visual History of Armoured Vehicles
After the first true tank, known as ‘Mother’, was used by the British in 1916, armoured vehicles came to dominate 20th-century warfare. This comprehensive history includes detailed illustrations and specifications of classics such as the Panzer, the Centurion and the fastest model ever, the Hellcat. It also shows how innovations and adaptations were made in response to the challenges of two world wars, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume IV: British Sources
Gareth Glover, a long-time Napoleonic war researcher, has annotated and published for the first time letters and journals in the Waterloo Archives. This volume features the accounts of British soldiers from senior ranks to common soldiers, including the poignant final letters of Major Arthur Heyland, more boisterous accounts of bordello visits and recollections of plundering local farmhouses.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume III: British Sources
This volume comprises archive material from British sources, by men of all ranks in the cavalry, infantry and artillery. The many revealing details include failed horse charges, friendly fire, letters from surgeons attending casualties and the camaraderie among Peninsular veterans, with authors such as Sir Hussey Vivan; Frederick Ponsonby, who describes his battlefield wounding; and Daniel Mackinnon, famous for the defence of Hougoumont.
Military History from Primary Sources
A Victorian military writer’s classic accounts of Renaissance warfare in the British Isles are reproduced here, together with the engravings that illustrated them, detailing skirmishes from the Battle of Flodden in 1513 to the Battle of Newburn Ford in 1640.
On the Road With Wellington
Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign
Writing his popular Sharpe novels about the Peninsular War, Bernard Cornwell drew on these memoirs more than any other first-hand accounts. '[Schaumann] had an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for campaign life that makes him the most immediate of all the war's chroniclers', Cornwell writes in his foreword to this edition.
Fields of Battle
Retracing Ancient Battlefields
Richard Evans has visited each of the ancient battle sites analysed in this volume and brings new perspectives based on an understanding of the terrain and the latest archaeological finds. The study covers the famous battles of the Persian Wars such as Marathon and Thermopylae, Caesar's campaigns in Iberia, and Vitellius’s battles of Bedriacum in 69 CE.
The King, The Campaign, The Battle
The overwhelming and unexpected English victory at Agincourt in 1415 was attributed by many to God, but, as Juliet Barker shows, it was the culmination of years of preparation by Henry V. Her book first covers the background of civil war in France and Henry's careful diplomacy; it then follows the campaign's progress from invasion, through the siege of Harfleur and the march to Calais, to Agincourt itself; and finally considers the battle's direct consequences and later legacy.
Tom Wedgwood at Waterloo
The Life of Thomas Josiah Wedgwood, a Soldier Who Fought at Waterloo
Thomas Wedgwood, the grandson of the English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood, joined the 3rd Foot Guards aged 16, and was soon fighting at Waterloo and in the defence of Hougoumont, before continuing to serve until 1837. The author, his descendant, has drawn on his previously unpublished letters and journals for this biography of a Napoleonic era professional soldier.
The 2018 edition of the annual devoted to the design, development and service history of combat ships includes two articles exploring the Battle of the River Plate and the damage suffered by the Graf Spee in the engagement. It also features an analysis of unbuilt Russian defensive ‘monitor’ ship designs of the First World War, and a review of some of the sophisticated modern vessels in service for the replenishment of ships at sea.
With the Guns in the Peninsula
The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery
This first-hand account of the Peninsular War covers the 1812 advance to Aranjuez, the winter retreat and the 1813 campaign that pushed the French back across the Ebro. As well as giving an insight into the military operations, the book includes personal observations of the countryside, customs and people, and an overview of the career of Captain Webber, who was wounded at Waterloo.
A Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest
Assessing the organization and tactics of the English, Norman and Norse armies, this manual also explains the most appropriate game rules for recreating battles such as Hastings and Stamford Bridge as well as reviewing available ranges of model figures.
Voices from the Peninsula
Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington's Army, 1808–1814
Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814 when their advance into France hastened Napoleon’s downfall, the Peninsular War involved numerous battles and sieges. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs, this book presents a chronological account of the campaign in the words of the men who fought in it. Six maps illustrate key engagements, including Talavera and Salamanca.
Snipers at War
An Equipment and Operations History
This history and analysis of snipers’ equipment and tactics takes an overview of the role and psychology of marksmen from the medieval period onwards, and details the improvements in observation, accuracy and ranging that transformed sniping over the last century. Individual stories include the Finn who amassed 505 kills in less than 100 days of the 1939–40 Winter War, resulting in the USSR training over 2000 snipers.
Voices from the Past: the Siege of Sevastopol
Historian Anthony Dawson draws on previously unpublished sources to cast new light on the most destructive war of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the Siege of Sevastopol, during which artillery bombardments, dysentery, cholera and the freezing winter exacted a huge death toll, the book highlights particular aspects including the storming of the Redan and the Mamelon, and the Battle of the Tchernaya, the Russians’ desperate attempt to break the siege.
Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer
Jean-Baptiste Barrès, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard
Jean-Baptiste Barrès joined Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804 and was present at notable events such as the emperor’s coronations in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, and the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit. His memoir modestly recounts such experiences and gives an insight into the everyday life of a Napoleonic soldier who saw conflict in numerous military engagements.
In the Legions of Napoleon
The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808–1813
Heinrich von Brandt was an intrepid young Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon from Madrid to Moscow. This memoir describes his career, in which he was severely wounded three times, and experienced the siege of Saragossa, Spanish guerrilla warfare, the crossing of the Niemen and the retreat from Moscow, and gives a direct insight into the minds of the soldiers involved in such gruelling engagements.
The Military Use of Massive Weapons
Artillery using gunpowder was first deployed in China during the 11th century; as it spread westwards the new technology quickly rendered existing defences obsolete and prompted the development of larger, more destructive weapons. From early bombards to the atomic cannons of the Cold War, this chronological survey comprises illustrated case studies of the very largest guns, with descriptions of their use in land and sea battles and data on their length, weight, calibre and range.
The Forgotten War Against Napoleon
Conflict in the Mediterranean, 1793–1815
From the blockade and siege of Toulon in 1793, in which Bonaparte first made his name, to his escape from Elba in 1815, naval operations in the Mediterranean were a critical aspect of the Napoleonic Wars. Drawing on an array of primary sources, this study describes the ebbs and flows of the 20-year conflict that included the set-piece battles of the Nile and Lissa and brought to prominence Horatio Nelson.
Edward I's Conquest of Wales
Sean Davies presents a balanced account of the 13th-century conquest of Wales, giving Welsh and English perspectives on the war, looking at the forces and ambitions of both Edward and Llywelyn Gruffudd, and at the sufferings of the people of Wales. However, Davies places the conquest in the context of Welsh warfare and society since the demise of the Romans, offering an alternative to the common view of Wales overwhelmed by a more sophisticated military culture.
The Campaign of Waterloo
The Classic Account of Napoleon's Last Battles
First published as part of Fortescue’s A History of the British Army in 1920, this classic account is presented here as a single volume. Illustrated with maps and battle plans, it details the tactics deployed by both sides in every engagement from Napoleon’s escape from Elba in March 1815 to his final defeat at Waterloo in June.
American Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Armoured fighting vehicles have long been a mainstay of the American military. This illustrated history progresses from the first crude attempts to mount machine guns on cars and the M1, first manufactured in 1931, through the M8 (widely used in the Second World War) on to the more sophisticated vehicles of the Cold War and the desert conflicts of recent decades.
The Milne Papers
The Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, Bt, K.C.B (1806–1896)
This volume presents the papers of the Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne (1806–1896), who did not see action in war, but whose service career can be viewed as a microcosm of the Navy during the years 1815–1900, the so-called Pax Britannica, and whose papers illustrate how the Navy was employed on behalf of the liberal state. With a substantial introduction and notes. Publications of the Navy Records Society. Vol 162. No jacket.
British Battle Planning in 1916 and the Battle of Fromelles
A Case Study of an Evolving Skill
With its high casualty count, Fromelles (19–20 July 1916) is generally considered a failure resulting from incompetent British generalship. By analysing the process of planning the battle, Lee gives a more nuanced picture of the command structure’s strengths and weaknesses.
New York and the First World War
Shaping an American City
Looking at developments in New York city’s character and identity prior to the outbreak of the First World War, and at how the war challenged and changed its politics, economics and citizens, this study demonstrates ‘the varied ways in which the conflict can be regarded as present in New York from August 1914 to its difficult denouement and remembrance’.
Military Transport - 3 Books
Detailed illustrations and cutaways are the leading feature of this series of books celebrating the most significant military hardware of the modern era. Charting technological development from the first innovations to the latest high-tech models, each volume selects 50 of the most significant vehicles, the entry for each including specification tables, photographs and descriptions outlining notable design features. The three titles included in this set are: Tanks (Read more...) Warships (Read more...) Military Jets (Read more...)
On Land and by Sea, Vol 4
With topics ranging across art, architecture and military and naval matters, including the Portuguese Orders’ involvement in oceanic navigation, these 27 papers reflect the wealth, power and breadth of influence of the military orders throughout medieval Europe. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on the history of the Military Orders, 2005.
Bringing together 27 articles, this volume from The International Library of Essays on Military History covers the final two centuries of medieval warfare in sections on military theory and practice; late medieval armies; war and late medieval society; popular rebellions; crusading and the Ottoman threat; changes in military technology; and a final essay by Richard Bean, ‘War and the Birth of the Nation State’ (1973). No jacket.
The Anthony Roll of Henry VIII's Navy
Pepys Library 2991 and British Library Additional MS 22047 with Related Documents
In 1546, at a crucial point in the history of the navy, Anthony Anthony, an officer of the ordnance, compiled a complete visual record of the royal ships in three separate rolls. In this volume, all 58 ship illustrations are reproduced in colour, with their accompanying texts on the facing pages. There is also a full transcript of an inventory of the King’s ships from 1514 and essays on topics including Anthony’s artworks and the Ordnance.
William III's Italian Ally
Piedmont and the War of the League of Augsburg, 1683–1697
Although the War of the League of Augsburg was mostly fought in northern Europe it was the Italian front that William of Orange, leader of the Grand Alliance against the French, regarded as crucial. This book explains the political background, profiles the protagonists, and follows the course of the war. Historic portraits, maps and prints are supplemented by eight specially commissioned colour plates illustrating the combatants’ uniforms and flags.
Marlborough's Other Army
The British Army and the Campaigns of the First Peninsular War, 1702–1712
The War of the Spanish Succession was fought across much of Europe, but this history focuses on the lesser-known campaign in Spain itself. It examines the size and composition of the British and Dutch forces fighting under the Duke of Marlborough and charts all the engagements in this theatre, from smaller skirmishes to Almanza. Historic paintings, prints and maps, alongside new colour plates, illustrate the narrative.
Wellington's Men Remembered
A Register of Memorials to Soldiers Who Fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo 1808–1815 | Volume 2 M–Z
This is the second of two volumes which together form a record of memorials to more than 3,150 British and Allied soldiers of Waterloo and the Peninsular War. Each entry provides the full inscription on the stone or tablet, information on its location, and the rank, regiment, honours and service record of the man commemorated. Separate sections cover battlefield and regimental memorials and the accompanying CD Rom contains photographs of many of the memorials.
Postcards of the Army Service Corps 1902–1918
Coming of Age
The first decades of the 20th century saw significant modernization of the British Army. This collection of over 500 contemporary postcards, with detailed captions by a military expert, shows the development of motorized transport, and the personal side of soldiers’ lives, including a group pictured with their donkey mascot, a tug-of-war and field catering facilities.
By the Emperor's Hand
Military Dress and Court Regalia in the Later Romano-Byzantine Empire
Drawing parallels between the changes in Roman regalia between the mid-6th and mid-15th centuries and the fortunes of the state, this illustrated volume offers an analysis of outfits worn throughout the period by Emperors, Empresses, courtiers, soldiers and officers. Citing a variety of sources, including surviving textile fragments, primary and secondary texts and Romano-Byzantine art, the author offers a detailed analysis of the range and style of clothing and explains the terminology used.
In Napoleon's Shadow
The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend to the Emperor 1811–1821
Louis-Joseph Marchand was Napoleon Bonaparte’s valet from 1811, remaining in his service throughout the failed Russian invasion, his abdication, his exile to Elba, defeat at Waterloo and his death on St Helena in 1821. His personal account of the Emperor, whose reputation he defended for decades after his death, is the heartfelt memoir of a long-term friend and offers an insight into Napoleon’s private temperament and personality.
An Unexpected General
This military history of Rome during the short reign of Caligula (37–41 CE) analyses the Emperor’s campaigns and personal character through the evidence of contemporary writers such as Suetonius, Tacitus and Josephus. Although only 24 when he came to power, he proved a competent military strategist and despite the accusations of madness, cruelty and sexual perversion, managed to set the groundwork of Roman foreign policy for his successor Claudius.
Badon and the Early Wars for Wessex
Circa 500 to 710
This reappraisal of the early battles of the Britons and Saxons casts doubt on the reliability of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, while proposing explanations, tactical overviews and locations for the battles that established the kingdom of Wessex. It starts with an account of the historical situation after the Roman occupation, before focusing on the crucial Battle of Badon Hill, and using detailed maps, military theory and battle plans to analyse subsequent campaigns.
'We Are Accustomed to do Our Duty'
German Auxiliaries with the British Army 1793–95
At the outbreak of war with France in 1793, the British Army was significantly understrength and its soldiers lacked expertise in advanced manoeuvres. Britain therefore had to rely on auxiliaries from various German states to pursue Allied campaigns in the Low Countries. This account of their role provides previously unpublished information on the negotiation of treaties with German princes and the organization and experiences of the contingents.
Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers
Volume V, 1918–1945: Part One, November 1918–May 1940
The oldest military regiment in Wales, the Royal Welch Fusiliers was much reduced after the First World War. This volume of its history begins with its reorganization before describing in detail its deployments in Ireland, India, the North-West Frontier, Cyprus, Sudan, Shanghai, Gibraltar and Hong Kong between the wars, before returning to France in 1939. The descriptions are accompanied by maps and contemporary photographs and include staff lists of officers and NCOs.
Tales of Equine Courage from Waterloo to Korea
From the Thoroughbred Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington’s mount at the Battle of Waterloo, to a Mongolian mare named Sergeant Reckless that carried ammunition, alone and under fire, to re-supply US Marines during the Korean War, this military history recounts the exploits of celebrated war horses, and reflects on the characteristics of different breeds as well as the qualities of the individual mounts.
Air Battles Over the Baltic 1941
The Air War on 22 June 1941 – The Battle for Stalin's Baltic Region
This overview of the Red Army’s air forces in the opening days of the German invasion of 1941 presents a survey of the technical specifications, personnel, key locations and strategic plans of the commanders. A detailed introduction also describes the preparations and the territorial infringements that preceded Operation Barbarossa. Drawing on German and Soviet archives, the book includes maps and over 300 photographs, many of them previously unseen.