The Battle of Britain
First-hand accounts, contemporary photographs and period ephemera, such as propaganda posters and facsimile documents, help to tell the story of this pivotal period of the Second World War. The book gives a comprehensive assessment of the military situation leading up to the Battle as well as examining the strategies employed by both sides and describing how the conflict unfolded in the summer and autumn of 1940.
In the Cockpit II
Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II
This alphabetically arranged guide contains profiles of 34 Allied and Axis planes in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs of the aircraft in flight, their cockpit interiors and control panels, it offers a close-up view of such adversaries as the Grumman Wildcat and the Japanese submarine-launched Seiran, the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the Supermarine Spitfire. Detailed technical specifications are complemented by the recollections of pilots who flew the planes. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Prehistoric Strongholds of Northumberland National Park
The hillforts of Northumberland are extraordinarily well-preserved, their interiors relatively untouched since they were last occupied, around 1,500 years ago. Presenting the key results of the detailed and extensive archaeological landscape surveys carried out by English Heritage, this well-illustrated account, aimed at hill-walkers and other visitors, describes what hillforts would have looked like when they were first built and what life was like for the inhabitants.
Triumph of the Running Dogs 1948–1960
Armed and trained by the British to fight the Japanese in the Second World War, communist guerrillas then turned on their colonial rulers. Illustrated throughout, this book follows their 12-year struggle for independence, and the campaigns fought against them by troops brought in from all over the British Empire.
Standing Up to Hitler 1935–1944
Even before the Second World War, senior German officers were seeking to save their country by overthrowing Hitler. Paddy Ashdown profiles opponents such as Admiral Canaris and draws on newly released files to reveal their repeated efforts to pass military secrets the Allies. He also consider whether half of Europe would have fallen under the Soviet yoke had Britain and the US heeded their attempts to negotiate a peace settlement in 1943. Slightly off-mint.
Secret Naval Investigator
The Battle Against Hitler's Secret Underwater Weapons
The barrister F Ashe Lincoln was a sub-lieutenant in the Naval Reserves when he was called to a top-secret conference hosted by Winston Churchill and assigned to the navy’s investigation branch. There he used his specialist knowledge to help uncover the technical sophistication of Germany’s mines and torpedoes. In this memoir, originally published in 1961, he recalls how it became a dangerous, hands-on role, and how failure to disarm the weapons could have cost England the war.
Fighting for Freedom
Based on the photography collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, each book in this series illuminates a facet of 20th-century African American history through 50–60 photographs, with brief captions and curators’ commentaries.Including a panoramic photograph of the entire Machine Gun Company 372nd Infantry in 1919, reproduced on a gatefold, this volume shows African Americans in uniform, serving in conflicts from the American Civil War to Iraq, 2011.
Of England and Scotland
From King Alfred’s defeat of the Danes at Ashdown in 871 to the Duke of Cumberland’s victory at Culloden in 1746, this illustrated guide covers 69 battlefield sites in England and Scotland. John Kinross recounts the events of each battle and provides a plan, photograph and description of what remains today, with the OS map reference and practical information for visitors.
The Siege of Leningrad
The Military History of the Third Reich from Germany Newsreels
Part of the Hitler’s War Machine series tracing the military history of the Third Reich through wartime German newsreels with English translation, this film records the decisive and massively destructive siege of Leningrad, which lasted from September 1941 to the Red Army victory in January 1944.
Heinkel He 111
Combat Operations 1939–1944
The He 111 was a primary Luftwaffe medium bomber in service 1939 to 1944. Using subtitled footage from the weekly Wochenschau newsreels, this DVD shows bomber crews preparing for and carrying out raids on Polish cities during the German invasion, along with footage of the destruction.
Hitler's War Machine
The start of Operation Barbarossa is depicted in this collection of subtitled footage from the Wochenschau newsreels. Starting with Hitler’s repudiation of the Non-Aggression Pact, it shows battle scenes, Jewish ghetto clearances and captured Bolsheviks from Russia’s borders with the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
The British Servicemen of the First World War Collection
Focusing on the everyday lives of British servicemen during the First World War, this trilogy of short, richly illustrated books comprises Peter Doyle’s account of daily life for the average British ‘Tommy’; David and Stuart Hadaway’s look at the pioneering young men of the new Royal Flying Corps; and an examination of life on board Royal Navy ships by Dr Quintin Colville.
The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight
Based on recently declassified MI5 files, this is the story of one of Britain’s greatest intelligence operators, Maxwell Knight (1900–1968) or ‘M’. From 1923, when he was recruited for MI5 by Sir George Makgill, the book follows Knight’s career through infiltrating Communist and Fascist movements in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War, and examines his particular talent for recruiting and training special agents.
War and the Death of News
Reflections of a Grade B Reporter
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the worst conflicts of recent decades. In this personal account he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news. Slightly off-mint.
The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Contrary to recent historical consensus, which argues that Britain’s entry into the First World War was unavoidable, this well-researched, forensic examination of political events in Britain during the 13 days leading up to outbreak, reveals that key politicians and organizations, including cabinet members, Keir Hardie and Liberal Party ‘Radicals’, offered a path to neutrality, and proposes that political blunders and misguided allegiances to France and Russia resulted in a catastrophic conflict that was far from inevitable.
The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
Strafer: Desert General
The Life and Killing of Lieutenant General William Gott
When William 'Strafer' Gott was shot down and killed by the Luftwaffe in 1942, the command he had just been assigned – the 8th Army in North Africa – was given to Bernard Montgomery. Exploring his leadership and personal qualities, this biography examines Gott's formative military experiences in the First World War (during which he was a PoW and won the Military Cross), postings between the wars and his campaigns in the desert from 1940 to 1942, before his assassination.
From Corunna to Waterloo
The Letters and Journals of Two Napoleonic Hussars, 1801–1816
Major Edwin Griffith and his nephew Captain Frederick Philips served in the 15th (King's) Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars and both kept journals of their experiences and regularly wrote letters home. Often serving in separate wings of the regiment, their observations cover different actions, the contemporary accounts describing home service on policing duties as well as the campaign with Wellington through Portugal, Spain and southern France from 1813 up to Waterloo in 1815.
The Prince and the Art of War
During Machiavelli’s lifetime, his fame rested on The Art of War rather than The Prince; although written with the situation in Florence in mind, his practical military treatise was influential throughout Europe. It promotes the concept of war as an extension of politics, and the necessity of a state army, trained, disciplined and deployed on the classical Roman model. The Art of War accompanies The Prince in this Collector’s Library edition.
The West Point Atlas of War
World War II: European Theater
Originally used to train cadets at the US Military Academy, the maps in this book were created by the Department of Military Art and Engineering and were first commercially published in 1959. The 62 detailed plans and accompanying commentaries describe troop deployments and movements in the key European and North African battles of the Second World War, from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the Allied offensive in Italy in 1945. Slightly off-mint.
British Pill Boxes and Bunkers 1914–1918
The first recorded British concrete machine gun post, concrete dugout or emplacement was constructed in August 1914 and the Army rapidly developed their expertise in this type of fortification throughout the course of the war. This book outlines the development of these pill boxes, as some designs came to be known, and examines all the structures still in existence in France and Belgium today, with photographs, GPS coordinates and maps showing how they fitted into contemporary defensive systems.
Why the Germans Lost
The Rise and Fall of the Black Eagle
From Frederick the Great and the emergence of Prussia as a major power, German armies earned a fearsome reputation, yet that envied military tradition was to be defeated in the First World War and destroyed in 1945. This book assesses the developments in organization, equipment and leadership of the army from the 18th century, through the Napoleonic period, to the two world wars, analysing the strategy and battle performance that lay behind its successes and failures.
The Sword of Albion
One of Britain's greatest naval heroes, Nelson was nonetheless insecure and needed constant reassurance. Wellington thought him 'so vain and silly as to surprise and almost disgust me'. This second volume of Sugden's biography recounts Nelson's life from 1797 to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Drawing on letters and diaries, it weaves his victories at the Nile and Copenhagen with his stormy relations with colleagues and his scandalous private life.
German Battle Units
The first half of this documentary traces the development and organization of the German army from the Versailles Treaty to the introduction of conscription in 1935. The second half concentrates on the army's Barbarossa campaign in the east and the battle for Stalingrad. Running time: 55 minutes.
German Fighter Squadrons
After a brief survey of the development of the Luftwaffe after 1918, this film examines Luftwaffe strategy, the attack on Poland in 1939, and the role of the German fighter squadrons as defence against the Allied strategic bombing offensive. Running time: 55 minutes. This DVD is from a series that uses original German film footage, with English voice-overs, offering the opportunity to see elements of the Second World War from a contemporary German perspective.
What Hitler's Butler Said
As Adolf Hitler's valet and adjutant from 1934 to 1943, Karl Wilhelm Krause was one of the most important witnesses to Hitler's close circle during the Third Reich. Fifty years on, Krause tells his story, with archive film of the people and events he describes. German soundtrack with English voice-over translation. Two DVDs; running time approx. 88 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Tank Defence
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Among the topics covered in this film are the development of the tank and the wartime experience of armoured units on the Western and Eastern fronts, including Operation Barbarossa. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
Hitler Triumphant June 1940
Hitler's War Machine
The Wochenschau newsreels had much to boast about in the summer of 1940, as the British had withdrawn from mainland Europe and Germany was ascendant on all fronts. Hitler was filmed strolling around Paris and returning to Berlin triumphantly as the conqueror of France.
Balkans, Greece and Crete 1941
Hitler's War Machine
Hitler’s decision to intervene in the Mediterranean theatre provided further proof of German military superiority, as they were able to swiftly take control of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete in April and May of 1941. The footage on this disc shows the land, sea and airborne operations employed.
Fleet Manouvers & Battle Missions
During the Second World War the German Kriegsmarine conducted many large scale fleet manoeuvers (sic) in the Atlantic and Pacific. Using rare German archive footage, this DVD shows these spectacular naval actions. The main film is accompanied by shorter pieces on the Battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. 1 DVD; running time 60 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Winter War on the Northern and Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Along with chapters on combat missions and conditions on the Northern, Eastern and Western fronts, this film covers topics including Stalingrad, North Africa, air combat and motorcycle troop missions. One DVD; running time approx 60 minutes.
The Red Baron
The True Story of Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was the leading ace of the First World War and helped to develop effective new aerial combat tactics while leading his Jagdgeschwader 1 fighter unit. This documentary includes original wartime footage, a revealing assessment of the controversial circumstances of his death and bonus galleries of archive photographs.
Last Boat to Normandy
D-Day Landings – The Veterans' Accounts
For this film, the camera crew joins a band of D-Day veterans as they make the journey across the channel to revisit the Normandy beaches, pay respects to their fallen comrades, and share their memories of the D-Day landings and the fierce fighting of 6 June 1944. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
Defensive Battles on the Western Front
From the Channel to the Ardennes 1942–1945
This DVD covers three battles involving Panzer and heavy artillery in the West: Operation Cerberus, a spectacular operation by the German Kriegsmarine in the English Channel; the Dieppe Raid; and the last major German attack - the Ardennes offensive. One DVD, running time approx 58 min.