An Illustrated History
After briefly surveying ancient constructions such as Maiden Castle and Gwalior Fort in India, Jeremy Black goes on to present a history of fortifications based on their depiction on maps and plans. From Norman castles – Pontefract is shown in a plan from 1561 – the book shows how buildings as bases for attack or defence changed as ever more powerful armaments were developed, up to the trenches and defences such as the Maginot and Siegfried Lines in the 20th century.
The Royal Navy
100 Years of Maritime Warfare in the Modern Age
Produced in association with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, this exploration of the service’s campaigns since 1914 also features removable facsimile documents and ephemera including pages from a sketchbook showing the action at the Battle of Jutland, a report from the captain of one of the destroyers involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk and the commanding officer’s ‘design for battle’ notes for the amphibious landing at San Carlos in the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Crimea from Potemkin to Putin
Since it was founded in 1783, during the reign of Catherine the Great and Potemkin, Sevastopol has survived a long history of conflict, including two major sieges: the city’s commanding strategic advantage as a naval anchorage in the Black Sea has made it a city worth fighting for. In this study, Mungo Melvin traces the story of Sevastopol and its Crimean hinterland since prehistory, illuminating the historical background to the 2014 referendum vote to return to Russia.
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.
The Greatest Siege in British History
During the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779–83), the longest ever endured by the British, the powerful forces of Spain and France blockaded and assaulted the isle from land and sea. Thousands of civilians and soldiers experienced starvation, disease and deadly bombardment. Including maps and illustrations, this book explores the story of the siege and its impact on life back home, while examining the argument that it ultimately cost the British the American War of Independence.
The Army of James II 1685–1688
The Birth of the British Army
Credit for creating the British army often goes to Charles II or William III, with James II’s role in the organization of a viable, expanded institution overlooked. Ede-Borrett addresses this with a thorough, illustrated account of its development, drawing on royal archives and contemporary documents to detail its regiments, troops, uniforms, equipment, flags and other paraphernalia.
Nelson at Naples
Revolution and Retribution in 1799
One of the most inglorious events of Nelson’s career concerned the fate of the short-lived republic established in Naples by revolutionary France. Drawing on accounts by Nelson himself, Lady Hamilton and others, this book tells how, after being offered safe passage, the republicans were handed over to the besieging Royalists, from whom they received no mercy. It also investigates whether Nelson was personally guilty of this betrayal, or whether the orders came from London.
True Tales from Operators of Military and Civilian Rotorcraft
The author’s extensive experience of flying for the RAF and for the North Sea oil industry provides some of the stories of dangerous and daring helicopter missions in this collection. From Africa and Afghanistan to the Shetlands, the real-life adventures, in a range of different rotorcraft, include attending the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster, operating Chinooks from a merchant ship during the Falklands War and distributing aid in Kosovo in 1999.
Fascinating Accounts from the Operators of an English Electric Classic
A jet-powered medium bomber, the Canberra was developed by English Electric in response to a 1944 Air Ministry request for a successor to the de Havilland Mosquito. This illustrated book tells its story, using anecdotes from the many pilots and operators who participated in its first test flights and in missions such as the Suez campaign, the Indonesian Confrontation and early British nuclear tests. Slightly off-mint.
Fact Files - 4 Books
Each of the titles in Pen and Sword's Fact File series gives an overview of a class of military equipment. Every model or variation is given a separate entry containing a brief history, technical data table, illustrations and photographs, often of it in use. The four titles included in this set are: German Half-Tracks and Wheeled Vehicles (Read more...) German Artillery (Read more...) Panzers of the Wehrmacht (Read more...) German Heavy Artillery Guns (Read more...)
English Military News Pamphlets
David Randall presents transcriptions of 15 military news pamphlets, ranging from an account of Henry VIII’s invasion of France in 1513 to Philip Vincent’s True Relation of the Late Battel fought in New England (1637); and argues for their value as a source for the conduct of military campaigns and for various aspects of military life in Renaissance Europe.
Up Against the Wall
The KGB and Latvia
In 2018 Latvia’s politicians released KGB files seized when the Soviet Union collapsed almost three decades earlier. Alongside eyewitness interviews, they form the basis of this chilling account of 50 years of tyranny that saw dissidents tortured and killed and 45,000 exiled to the gulags.
The Peter The Great Humbled
The Russo-Ottoman War of 1711
Fresh from victory over Sweden, Peter the Great took on the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans, only to be defeated. This book examines the causes of the conflict, and the size, composition and tactics of the armies. Their uniforms are illustrated in specially commissioned artwork.
The British Army in Egypt 1801
An Underrated Army Comes of Age
When Britain found itself at war with revolutionary France in 1793, its army was chronically underfunded, undermanned and poorly disciplined. This study analyses the recruitment, training and organization instituted by Sir Ralph Abercromby, which turned it into an effective fighting force, and offers a detailed account of its victorious campaign against the French Army of the Orient in Egypt in 1801.
Hougoumont & D'Erlon's Attack
The Waterloo Collection
Wellington’s success in holding the Hougoumont farmhouse at Waterloo was followed by a French assault to his centre, beginning the decisive phase of the day. This documentary brings the history to life with re-enactments shot at the site of the battle.
SAS Operation Bulbasket
Das Reich and Oradour
After D-Day, the SAS was given the dangerous task of sabotaging the railways carrying reinforcements to Normandy, with fatal consequences. The first of two Battlefield History TV documentaries filmed on location tells the story using archive footage, photos and reconstructions.
The Saint Nazaire Raid
Operation Chariot - The Greatest Raid
Operation Chariot was a 1942 Combined Operations-run attack on a crucial dry dock in Normandy. In this documentary the Battlefield History TV experts tell the story on location with archive material and contributions from participant Major-General Corran Purdon.
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.
The Nuremberg Trials
The 1947 Soviet Documentary
This DVD presents a rare film from 1947: the Soviet documentary of the Nuremberg trials, which, despite its partisan nature, is interesting for making the Soviet case against some of the more lenient sentences. World War II from Primary Sources series.
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.
The Battles For Normandy
The True Glory
This Academy Award-winning 1945 celebration of the Allied invasion is narrated using first-hand accounts from troops, resistance fighters, medics and civilians. Introduced by General Dwight Eisenhower, it includes extensive and rarely seen footage from the preparations, battles and aftermath through to the final German surrender.
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.
100 Years War
The Battle of Crécy was the first major conflict in the 100 Years War. The Battlefield History TV team visit its location, and use source material, reconstructions and demonstrations of medieval military equipment to show how the battle established the effectiveness of the longbow in action.
100 Years War
In this BHTV DVD, the team tell the story of the crucial English victory at Agincourt, a famous encounter which would become the backdrop to Shakespeare's Henry V. They use re-enactment footage filmed on location and demonstrations of the weaponry to explore the battle’s significance.
Medal Yearbook 2019
This is the 25th anniversary edition of the independent price guide and collectors’ handbook published annually by Medal News. An invaluable reference for collectors, it gives details of dealers and specialist booksellers as well as prices, order of wear and detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin Medal for birds and animals. With an index of medals and cumulative index to Medal News, 1989–2018.
A Waste of Blood and Treasure
The 1799 Anglo-Russian Invasion of the Netherlands
In 1799 Britain and Russia joined forces – their first such joint venture – to send a 48,000 strong army to liberate the Netherlands from French occupation. This first study for a generation of an important but neglected campaign explains the diplomatic manoeuvring that preceded it, and the political fallout from its failure. Drawing on eyewitness reports from soldiers, sailors and politicians, and supported by six maps, it also offers descriptions of the major battles.
Children in the Second World War
Memories from the Home Front
Drawing on the archives of the Second World War Experience Centre, this collection presents the personal accounts of over 200 people who grew up during wartime. Their testimony reveals a childhood of extremes, from the excitement and terror of living under heavy bombardment to the culture shock and upheaval of evacuation. Arranged by subject, including Air-Raid Shelters, Schools and Entertainment, the recollections of those who survived offer a child’s-eye view of life on the Home Front.
Women at War in the Classical World
Ancient warfare is often assumed to have been the exclusive preserve of men, but Chrystal draws attention to the important roles played by women throughout Greek and Roman military history. He considers female commanders who were directly involved in strategy and tactics, including Cleopatra and Artemisia, as well as the countless thousands of ordinary women who came into contact with the military, as soldiers’ wives, camp followers or as non-combatant victims of war.
In Pursuit of the Essex
A Tale of Heroism and Hubris in the War of 1812
In the 1812 war between Britain and America, USS Essex destroyed a British whaling fleet. The ship’s pursuit by HMS Phoebe, and their deadly confrontation at Valparaiso, are explained here using official reports, newspaper articles, letters and a sailor’s newly discovered memoir.
The History of the Green Howards
Three Hundred Years of Service
The regiment serving under Colonel Charles Howard in 1743 was already more than 50 years old when it attained its distinctive name from the greenish facings of its uniforms. This history charts the Green Howards' engagements in Britain's major conflicts, including the French wars of the 18th century, Crimea and the two world wars, but also gives equal weight to deployments of more recent decades in Suez, Malaya, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
A Tourist's Guide to the Campaign by Car, by Bike and on Foot
The six tours in this guide follow the route of Edward III’s victorious English army across northern France from St-Vaast-la-Hougue via Abbeville to the battlefield itself. Illustrated with colour photographs and maps, each tour has information on public transport and where to stay and eat.
British Campaigns in the South Atlantic 1805–1807
Operations in the Cape and River Plate and their Consequences
Overshadowed by the events of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, British military campaigns in the South Atlantic in 1805–7 nevertheless had a profound effect in shaping the destiny of the Cape Colony and Spanish possessions in South America. Describing the capture of Cape Town and the ultimately unsuccessful attacks on Buenos Aires and Montevideo, this analysis also assesses the longer-term repercussions in encouraging independence movements in South America and shaping the population and politics of South Africa.
The Illustrated Guide to Manned Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft from World War I to Today
After a history of aerial spying, from the American Civil War to the recent Afghanistan conflict, this volume presents an illustrated guide to the manned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft of Germany, Britain, USSR/Russia and the USA, with discussion of each plane’s design and operations, technical specifications, photographs and artworks.
My Adventures as a Spy
In this book, written in 1915, the founder of the Boy Scout movement outlines the different types of spies, explains basic espionage techniques and describes his own adventures as a young army officer serving in military intelligence in Malta before the First World War.
The Setting of the Rising Sun
Japanese Military Aviation 1877–1945
After importing British and European aircraft and designs in the 1910s and 1920s, the Japanese Army and Navy developed their own aviation capability between the wars. This study traces the development of the industry, culminating in the formidable fighters and bombers of the 1940s.
The Untold Story of Britain's Highest Award for Bravery
The Victoria Cross is the most prestigious British military accolade and is rarely awarded. This investigation into the origins and bestowal of the medal reveals the political issues that have directed the selection of recipients since its inception. Gary Mead reviews the origins of the decoration; tells some of the heroic stories of qualifying candidates; and asks why some other acts of bravery have been inexplicably overlooked and why no women have ever been awarded the VC.
How Leaders and Their Unnecessary Wars Have Wrecked the Modern World
Ranging from Louis XIV’s wars in the 17th century to the recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, this study examines why some rulers resort to excessive force, whether through ambition, bloodlust or bad advice, and its consequences for global stability .
The Great Conspiracy
Britain's Secret War Against Revolutionary France 1794–1805
Behind the land battles and naval engagements of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain and France fought another, hidden conflict. Drawing on contemporary letters, journals and police reports, this history describes the political intrigue, secret agents, informers, and state-sponsored murders that were part of the attempt to overthrow the French Republic. Its cast includes the forgotten fathers of British intelligence, William Wickham and Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, and the French general turned British agent, Charles Pichegru.
The Ghosts of Langley
Into the Heart of the CIA
In the 70 years since the CIA was formed, it has become increasingly effective at sidestepping government control and accountability for its actions. Focusing on the activities of key figures in the agency, John Prados examines its history of covert operations, intelligence analysis and technological development and reveals how the culture that developed led to high profile disasters and the current dysfunction between the agency and the White House.
The Longest Afternoon
The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo
During the Battle of Waterloo, the heavily fortified farmhouse of La Haye Sainte commanded a crucial crossroads on the way to Brussels and was defended by 400 riflemen of the King’s German Legion. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, this book tells how they drove back wave after wave of French infantry, with terrible casualties on both sides, explains how their delaying tactics contributed to the outcome of the battle, and describes how close Napoleon came to victory.
The Norman Conquest
William the Conqueror's Subjugation of England
Did the Normans bring civilization to England and enable stronger links with continental Europe? Was William’s victory the result of supreme strategy – or just luck? As new discoveries have cast doubt on the traditional picture of 1066, Cole reassesses the evidence for the Conquest and its effects. Explaining the background to the invasion, she highlights the long development of English relations with Normans and Scandinavians; describing the aftermath, she considers how the conquerors crushed resistance and exploited the kingdom’s riches.
Nelson's Lost Jewel
The Extraordinary Story of the Lost Diamond Chelengk
After the Battle of the Nile in 1798, Sultan Selim III presented Horatio Nelson with a chelengk – a diamond-studded turban ornament, its central star rotated by clockwork. Worn in the admiral's hat, it became his emblem. This book tells the story of its creation, and how it passed down through the family to be exhibited at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich, where it was stolen in a 1951 burglary and never seen again.
Eagles in the Dust
The Roman Defeat at Adrianople AD 378
In 376 CE, under attack by the Huns, the Goths took the radical step of crossing the Danube and, with Emperor Valens’ agreement, settling in Thrace, within the protection of Rome, their former enemy. The arrangement was short lived: in 378 CE, the Goths, led by Fritigern, inflicted a stinging defeat on the Roman army, with the emperor himself among the dead. Coombs-Hoar’s history describes in detail the events leading up to this crucial battle, the battle itself and its aftermath.
Conquerors of the Roman Empire
The Vandals, who are best remembered for their sack of Rome in 455 CE, have become synonymous with wanton and barbaric destruction. But who were these people and do they deserve their reputation? MacDowell follows the Vandals’ great migration across Germany, Gaul, Spain and North Africa as they sought a new homeland; he also analyses the evolution of their armies’ tactics and equipment and emphasizes the centrality of Arian Christian beliefs in the tribe’s identity.
A Pilot of the Royal Flying Corps
Exploring his early flying training as well as his time in France, this memoir describes the perilous life of a combat pilot at a time when there was no heating or oxygen in the open cockpits, no radio communication, no brakes and no parachutes. In the concluding chapter Lee describes his time running a training squadron in 1918 and his disdain for the uniform and rank structure of the newly formed RAF.
A Classic Account of War in the Air in WW1
Adapting to rapidly evolving equipment, changing tactics and a high turnover of pilots, Lee managed to survive in 46 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, from May 1917 to January 1918, progressing from novice recruit to seasoned flight commander. Through the extensive letters that he wrote to his wife, this volume recounts his combat experiences at Ypres, Messines, Arras and Cambrai, as well as the routines of daily life in the squadron.
True Tales by Those Who Flew the 'Last All-British Bomber'
‘The spirit encountered amongst former Buccaneer aircrew appears to be stronger than that associated with any other aircraft type...’ Featuring the reminiscences of 27 airmen who flew the Blackburn Buccaneer, this volume traces the history of the strike bomber from its early Fleet Air Arm operations to its last active service in the Gulf War of 1991 and provides an insight into the exuberant lifestyle of a Buccaneer squadron.