The Kübelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen, the standard issue milltary utility vehicles used by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS in the Second World War, were based on the Volkswagen, and originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Written by acclaimed military history author David Doyle, this is a fully illustrated guide to their design, history, construction and operation, including detailed technical diagrams and contemporary photos.
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car
Owner's Workshop Manual 1915–44 (All Models)
The Rolls-Royce armoured car first saw action in the First World War in Gallipoli, on the Western Front and with Lawrence of Arabia in the north African deserts, and it ended its active service in Libya in 1941. As well as the history of the vehicle, this Owners’ Workshop Manual covers its design, construction, operation and maintenance, with diagrams, wartime photographs and new photographs of the Tank Museum’s surviving example.
Chieftain Main Battle Tank
Owners' Workshop Manual 1966 to Present
The British Army’s main battle tank from 1966 to 1986, the Chieftain included revolutionary features in its design and was upgraded throughout its career. In this ‘workshop manual’, Dick Taylor, a former British Army Chieftain and Challenger tank commander, gives a ‘warts-and-all’ account of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Britain’s heavyweight Cold War warrior, illustrated with diagrams and archive and new photographs.
Crosses of the Peak District
The Peak District contains some of the finest examples of carved Saxon crosses and the remains of many plain crosses. This detailed, illustrated survey is arranged in chapters on boundary, wayside, churchyard, market and memorial crosses and the round-shafted Mercian crosses.
London's Statues and Monuments
This illustrated guide to all outdoor statues and busts in Greater London examines the significance, the sculptor and the story behind each piece, from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square to the many monuments that have been erected in the suburbs. This revised second edition also features sculptures added between 2012 and 2017, including the controversial memorial to Mary Seacole at St Thomas’s Hospital and the life-size statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden.
Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen
A Visual History of the German Army's Multi-Purpose Vehicles
The German Army's equivalent of the Jeep in the Second World War was based on the recently developed Volkswagen, modified for simpler and more rugged construction and better off-road performance. This volume explores the Kübelwagen and its amphibious version, the Schwimmwagen, with detailed pictures of museum examples and archive photographs of the vehicles in action.
German Panzer II
A Visual History of the German Army's World War II Light Tank
Initially designated as a farm vehicle to avoid scrutiny of German rearmament, the first Panzer II tanks were delivered in 1936 and then employed extensively in the early years of the war in North Africa and the Eastern Front. This portfolio presents contemporary photographs, with detailed captions, of each of the ten variants of the design in action in various theatres of the conflict.
The Western Front
Battlefields, Memorials and Cemeteries of the First World War
In 2013, Marcel Belley and Tom Curry drove along the Western Front to photograph some of the war graves and memorials of the First World War. En route the pair recorded images of remnants of barbed wire, munitions and trenches, but their lenses focused mainly on the cemeteries created by the British and British Dominions, France, Belgium, Germany and the United States. The commentary includes discussion of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s decision not to repatriate remains.
The Panzer III
Hitler's Beast of Burden
Each book in the Images of War series presents around 150 rare wartime photographs and a detailed account of the weaponry or equipment they show in action. This volume focuses on the Panzerkampfwagen III, a tank which played a key role in Nazi Germany’s blitzkrieg offensives in Poland, France and the USSR, and in North Africa during the Second World War.
The Tommies' Experience of the Third Battle of Ypres
The British offensive at Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched at 3.30am on 31 July 1917. Led by Sir Douglas Haig, this ‘big push’ was to achieve a breakthrough, but it became a four-month-long stalemate of constant shelling, torrential rain, mud and filth. Parker chronicles the operation, describes the conditions on the battlefield and the increasingly industrialized warfare of tanks, gas and mines that added to the carnage; and he questions the necessity of the sacrifice.
Epitaphs of the Great War: The Somme
‘Of all the voices of the First World War there is one that has been consistently overlooked, the voice of the bereaved.’ This collection of 100 epitaphs for soldiers who died during the Somme campaign of 1916 lets the bereaved families and friends speak through the inscriptions on War Graves Commission headstones. The book provides information on the soldiers and explains any biblical or literary allusions used in the short (they were limited to 66 characters) and often cryptic epitaphs.
Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele
Inscriptions on the graves of the First World War dead were limited to 66 characters; a restriction that drove many to create compact, original and profound epitaphs, often relying on quotation or allusion. This book presents 100 headstone inscriptions for the dead of Passchendaele, giving details of the deceased, quoting the biblical or literary passages alluded to and explaining the contemporary meaning of the words, whether plain ‘He did his bit’, or the poetic ‘While the light lasts I shall remember. Georgina’.