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.
Ten Courageous Lives of Women Who Went to War
Barred from military duty by their sex, some women concealed their identities to join the front line. This tribute to ten such pioneers tells the stories of women including Kit Cavenaugh, who fought in the War of Spanish Succession; Jennie Hodgers, 'the smallest soldier in the US Civil War'; and Dorothy Lawrence, who braved the trenches of the First World War.
Sound of Hunger
One German Family's Chronicle of the Chivalry, Politics, Lies, Murder and Aftermath of War
Erich and Georg Gerth were brothers who both commanded U-Boats in the First World War and experienced the food shortages the combatant nations imposed on each other. This account of their lives gives a personal insight into German politics and society from the late 19th century through to the Second World War, including their perspectives on the Herero massacre, the growth of Bolshevism, Catholic infighting and the rise of Hitler.
Fighting the Kaiser's War
The Saxons in Flanders 1914/1918
Troops from the Kingdom of Saxony fought as part of the German Empire's army in the First World War but retained a distinct identity, which has since been largely forgotten. Drawing on the detailed first-hand accounts of ten soldiers of the Royal Saxon Army and illustrated with over 300 contemporary photographs, this history provides a review of the Saxons' actions over four years at the Western Front, and an insight into the experience of the soldiers.
Discovering Battlefields 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.
Epitaphs of the Great War
The Last 100 Days
Alone among the combatant nations, Britain allowed the relatives of fallen soldiers to place a brief epitaph on their graves. This book reproduces 100 inscriptions from the final months of the war, with short biographies of the dead – men from all walks of life and all parts of the Empire – poignantly evoking their families’ grief, stoicism and despair.
Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans
HMS Birmingham was a 1930s cruiser that suffered a torpedo strike in 1943 but survived and remained in service into the 1950s. This collection of detailed colour plans from the National Maritime Service includes a brief history, diagrams and detailed captions explaining the parts of the ship, with updates from each set of modifications it underwent, and several gatefolds showing its full profile.
Russian Weapons of World War II
With detailed specifications, drawings and archival photographs, this guide to Russian military hardware includes every significant weapon deployed by Soviet forces during the Second World War, some of which provided models for those still in use decades later. Chapters cover tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and small arms, aircraft and naval weapons, in addition to the lend-lease weapons that were supplied to the Red Army by the Western Allies.
Special Forces in the Netherlands 1944–1945
With contemporary photos and eyewitness accounts, this volume tells the story of the ‘Jedburgh’ groups created by the SOE and OSS and deployed in the Netherlands from September 1944. Following recruitment and training, they cooperated with local resistance fighters and supported major Allied campaigns, including Market Garden and the less well-known SAS operations Amherst and Keystone.
Hitler versus Stalin
The Eastern Front 1941–1942 Barbarossa to Moscow
The German operation to invade Russia progressed rapidly in the summer of 1941 but stalled as the siege of Leningrad began and the Red Army launched its Winter Offensive in December. This book selects archive photographs from Russian and German sources depicting the fighting during this first phase of the struggle on the Eastern Front, highlighting the harsh conditions and difficult terrain as well as capturing off-duty moments for the combatants.
The Battle for the Crimea 1941–1944
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Considered something of a sideshow on the Eastern Front in the Second World War, the Crimea was nevertheless strategically significant and the fighting over it more desperate due to the difficulty of access to the peninsula. This collection of archive photographs charts the struggle from the bitter fighting of 1941–2, before Sevastopol fell, to Crimea’s liberation by the Red Army in 1944, preceded by the mass evacuation of Axis troops across the Black Sea.
The Soldiers' Story
Giles Milton narrates the momentous events of 6 June 1944 through the voices of individual survivors on all sides. As well as describing the experiences of the young soldiers who helped to secure the beachheads, he tells the stories of those caught in the front line of Operation Overlord, including the German women transcribing coded messages about ‘something serious’, and the commander whose intimate evening with a local lady was cut short by the Allies.
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.
To Meet in Hell
Bergen-Belsen, the British Officer Who Liberated It, and the Jewish Girl He Saved
Brigadier Glyn Hughes was among the first Allied soldiers to enter Bergen-Belsen. Rachel Gemuth, then just 15, was one of its inmates. This account by her daughter draws on her memories, Hughes’s diaries, other oral histories and documentary sources to record their respective journeys – following him from Normandy to a defeated Germany, and her from Hungary via Auschwitz to Belsen – before recounting the horror of the camp, and the justice administrated to its perpetrators.
City Boys at War
The Lloyd's Battery 1938–1940: A Gunner's Perspective
This wartime account is based on a collection of letters between the author’s aunt and uncle, an insurance broker who was recruited alongside colleagues shortly after their wedding to join the Royal Artillery’s Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He was subsequently involved in the evacuation of Allied troops and French refugees via western ports from Brittany to Marseilles in Operation Aerial, the importance of which this book argues has been overlooked.
The History of the SAS
Drawing on his experiences as an SAS corporal, Chris Ryan tells the story of his regiment from its formation during the Second World War. He describes its post-war revival in 1950 to combat communist insurgents in Malaya, the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege, its operations in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and its response to today’s threats from international terrorism and an increasingly assertive Russia.
Secret Duties of a Signals Interceptor
Working with Bletchley Park, the SDS and the OSS
When serving as a bilingual wireless operator with the Special Defence Force (SDS) in Dover during the Second World War, US national Jenny Nater fell in love with a naval officer. Their affair ended in tragedy, but their letters, which dominate the narrative in this wartime memoir, describe some of the military operations in which they were involved, including the interception of traffic from German naval vessels to relay back to Bletchley Park.
Wing Commander Paddy Finucane was at the height of his powers when, in July 1942, his Spitfire was hit by German fire and ditched in the English Channel. Drawing on family archives, this book tells how the Dublin-born accountant joined the RAF in 1938 and rose swiftly through the ranks, destroying 32 enemy aircraft before his own disappearance.
Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine
In 1985, as an adventurous 18-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the Submarine Service. In this account of his five years as a submariner, he describes the claustrophobia of being crammed into a 340 x 33 foot tube with 140 other men for months at a time, the dread of being discovered by the Soviets, and the knowledge that he was sitting on top of one of the most destructive weapons ever devised.
Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire
How the Emperor Self-Destructed
Digby Smith takes a somewhat anti-Napoleon tone in this analysis of the French Emperor's management of military and civic matters in the years up to his downfall in 1815. Among Bonaparte's chief major errors, he argues, were the invasion of Russia in 1812, the failure to invest in the Navy, and diplomatic mistakes that resulted in opponents gathering on all sides.
With Napoleon's Guns
The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire
Colonel Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noël was appointed to the command of Napoleon’s highly mobile trains d’artillerie during the invasion of Russia in 1812. Altogether he served the Emperor for over two decades and his memoirs record both his own service, including the retreat from Moscow and the Battle of Leipzig, and the rise and fall of the First Empire. Edited, translated and introduced by Rosemary Brindle.
The Life of General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate 1861–1953
General Wingate, the Scottish military statesman, was deeply involved in the Middle East’s political and military struggles, heading administrations in Sudan and Egypt, then organizing the Arab Revolt for which TE Lawrence is remembered. Roy Pugh, who, as a child, met the retired soldier, tells the story of a compassionate, multilingual man who sincerely respected the peoples of the region.
The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects
War Museum of the Boer Republics
This illustrated history explores the Second Boer War through 100 artefacts from the War Museum of the Boer Republics. Well-preserved armaments, military maps, clothing and even children’s toys are used to recount both sides of the conflict, following the narrative course of the war and focusing on major figures, events and themes such as weaponry, medical services and PoW camps.
On Ancient Warfare
Perspectives on Aspects of War in Antiquity 4000 BC to AD 637
These 28 essays on the evolution and conduct of warfare cover the period from the establishment of Sumer and Egypt as nation states to the age of the Arab conquests. Informed by the author’s own years as an army officer, they provide a wide-ranging survey of topics including ancient military logistics and medical care, Buddha’s experiences in war and the strategy of great generals such as Hannibal and Thutmose III.
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.
The Crecy War
A Military History of the Hundred Years War from 1337 to the Peace of Bretigny in 1360
The first of a two-part history of the Hundred Years War looks at the period covering the two major victories at Crecy and Poitiers and the subsequent Treaty of Bretigny that established the British right to territory in France without tribute. Burne argues that while these victories are routinely credited to the Black Prince, Edward III is yet to receive full recognition of his strategic skill and vision.
The Candid Letters of Lieutenant Colonel John Fremantle, Coldstream Guards, 1808–1837
These recently discovered letters from one of Wellington’s closest aides provide a refreshing contrast to the Duke’s own sanitized account of events, bringing many little-known incidents to light. Covering the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign, they offer a first-hand record of the military engagements, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the power struggles within Wellington’s inner circle.
The Second Anglo-Sikh War
This follow-up to The First Anglo-Sikh War chronicles the fall of the Sikh Empire and the annexation of the Punjab by the British East India Company, a victory that would provide the British Army with a reliable source of soldiers for a century. Singh’s compelling narrative, supported by transcripts of significant treaties and proclamations, places the many sieges and battles, from Multan and Chillianwala to the decisive Gujrat, in the context of a fast-changing political and military landscape.
Welsh Yeomanry at War
A History of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, the Welsh Regiment
The Welsh Yeomanry battalions, officered by the landed gentry, had been asked to volunteer a transfer for overseas service in 1916. This history tells how they came to fight in Egypt and Palestine – campaigns that are not widely remembered today but which led to Jerusalem’s liberation from 400 years of Ottoman rule – before participating in the final offensive in France.
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 local facilities.
Instruments of Battle
The Fighting Drummers and Buglers of the British Army from the Late 17th Century to the Present Day
While they have mostly ceremonial uses today, musicians in the British Army traditionally participated in battles, including acting as heralds and enforcers of discipline. James Tanner, a retired Brigadier, details the role of fighting drummers, buglers, and fifers, looking at their deployment, tactics and practical roles; dispelling some common myths; and describing the lives of some of the individual soldiers.
The Courage of Cowards
The Untold Stories of First World War Conscientious Objectors
There had never been conscription in Britain until the Military Service Act of January 1916, which stipulated that all men between the ages of 18 and 40 were 'deemed to have enlisted for the period of the war'. Using memoirs, letters and official documents this book explores the experiences of conscientious objectors during the First World War, from their conflicts with the system and ostracization by society to service in the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Non-Combatant Corps.
Voices from the Past
Composed of more than 300 eyewitness accounts, official documents and newspaper reports, this collection tells the story of Waterloo, mainly from British participants’ point of view. From the camaraderie among the massed allied troops ahead of the battle to the horrors of the cavalry charges and artillery bombardments, this gives a human view from commanding officers and lower ranks of some lighter moments and the heat of battle.
Memoirs of Baron Von Müffling
A Prussian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars
Baron Carl von Müffling was General Blücher’s liaison officer at Wellington’s headquarters during the Waterloo campaign and, as such, one of the architects of the final victory over Napoleon. His memoirs are a primary source for the Napoleonic Wars, spanning a distinguished career from the Battle of Jena in 1806 to his diplomatic role at the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1818. Introduction by Peter Hofschröer (1997).
Torquay in the Great War
Your Towns and Cities in the Great War
In 1914, everything changed in the elite English Riviera resort of Torquay. This history includes anecdotes of French holidaymakers dancing with locals, the Torquinians who lost their lives, the Devonshire regiments, and local Sir Herbert Plumer, the Second Army’s commander.
Napoleon and the Archduke Charles
A History of the Franco-Austrian Campaign in the Valley of the Danube 1809
First published in 1909 and still held in high esteem, Petre’s history gives a full account of the clash of Napoleon and his most formidable continental opponent, the Archduke Charles of Austria. The book follows the hard-fought Franco-Austrian Campaign in the valley of the Danube up to its culmination in the Battle of Wagram in 1809.
They Fought Alone
The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France
Using declassified documents, family and court records, and interviews with colleagues, the author unravels the story of two Anglo-American brothers recruited by the SOE to work with the French Resistance. George Starr led many successful missions, while his brother John was captured, tortured and imprisoned. Post-war, both were acclaimed as heroes, but subsequent allegations of John’s collaboration and George’s torture and execution of Nazi prisoners damaged their reputations.
Voices in Flight
RAF Fighter Pilots in WW2
Using original combat reports and first-person accounts, this book tells the stories of the young pilots who flew Spitfires and Hurricanes against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, and against the Italian air force flying out of Malta. Illustrated with vintage photographs, it includes the exploits of Douglas Bader, Peter Townsend, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson and ‘Sandy’ Lane, alongside those of their adversaries such as Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper.
Blood, Oil and the Axis
The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941
In 1941, as the Allies struggled elsewhere, Axis forces were gaining Middle Eastern power through the Golden Square coup in Iraq, and the pro-Vichy Syrian regime. Broich tells how, with limited resources and manpower, a ramshackle coalition of militias, troops and individuals (including Roald Dahl and Freya Stark) improvised responses in battle zones including Fallujah, Baghdad and Damascus.
Firing on Fortress Europe
HMS Belfast at D-Day
The Royal Navy took the lead in the highly complex task of delivering the largest invasion force in history to the Normandy beaches, supporting the attack with thousands of vessels and building temporary harbours to keep them supplied long after the first landings. This lesser-known side of the D-Day story is told through a collection of first-hand accounts of sailors aboard HMS Belfast and illustrated with contemporary photographs, sketches and paintings.
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.
The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Having survived a spectacularly bloody campaign across Europe, America's most charismatic general, George Patton, was killed in a road accident near Mannheim, Germany, in December 1945. His brusque manner and outspoken nature had made him many enemies and his unexpected death has since provoked suspicion. This book analyses Patton's activities from October 1944 up to the fatal crash and investigates the circumstances of the accident to establish whether it might have been an assassination.
Cold War Jet Combat
Air-to-Air Jet Fighter Operations 1950–1972
The primary role of American B-52 bombers in the earlier years covered by this study was to carry the US nuclear threat. Other jet operations of the 1950s and 1960s saw MiGs, Mirages and F-4 Phantoms in action in conflicts including the Six Day War and Vietnam.
First published in 1931, this First World War classic is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences told through the eyes of an ordinary soldier, Dick Bradshaw. It recreates the agony endured by the ‘poor bloody infantry’ from the Somme to the Third Battle of Ypres, as well as their humour and camaraderie. With an introduction by Edmund Blunden.
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.
Into the Blue
An accomplished author and war correspondent during the Second World War, Norman Macmillan was a fighter pilot during the First World War and turned his literary skills to recording his experiences in this classic book, first published in 1929. Joining the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, Macmillan's active service included flying Nieuports, Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters and Camels in France and Italy, claiming nine victories before an injury forced him to take up a training post.
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’.
The Natal Campaign
A Sacrifice Betrayed
It was British policy at the beginning of the Boer War not to share intelligence with locally raised forces or employ black people in any military capacity. This proved disastrously misguided and thousands of lives were lost before the commanders on the ground remodelled their forces to meet the specific challenges of the Boers' tactics. This book looks at the war with a focus on the experiences of the people of Natal, both combatants and civilians of all ages.
The Staffordshire Regiments
"Knotted Together", Imperial, Regular and Volunteer, 1705–1919
Brief histories of all the Staffordshire regiments are told in this volume from the formation of the 38th Foot (1st Staffordshire Regiment), who were swiftly dispatched to the West Indies in 1707, to the raising, during the First World War, of the 137th North Staffordshire Brigade.
The Staffordshire Regiments 1705–1919
Vol II 'The Scrapbook'
This volume comprises mainly photographs, engravings, illustrations and ephemera relating to the regiments. Most of the material dates to the early 20th century and includes portraits and images of troops on campaign during the Boer War and First World War as well as in training and transit.
The History Behind the Major Motion Picture
Dunkirk in June 1940 saw the dramatic rescue of 300,000 Allied troops. Drawing on new interviews with survivors, this presents the true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians caught up by the German advance into France, and their last-minute evacuation by hundreds of small ships.
Battling with the Truth
The Contrast in the Media Reporting of World War II
News was carefully managed during the Second World War by both the Germans and the British, downplaying casualties, overstating victories and stretching the truth. By contrasting the reporting by the two nations of key events such as Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and D-Day, this analysis highlights how each side tried to manipulate the news and their population’s attitude to the war.
British Expeditionary Force
The 1914 Campaign
In the early stages of First World War, the BEF was driven back from Mons before advancing to the River Aisne, after which they faced the stalemate of trench warfare and the attritional Battle of Ypres. Drawing on the Official History and other sources, Rawson gives an in-depth British account of each battle and skirmish, with over 60 explanatory maps.
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 until his death.
Gallipoli and the Dardanelles 1915-1916
Despatches from the Front
Initially a naval operation to secure the Dardanelles sea route to Russia from the Mediterranean, the Gallipoli campaign soon escalated to a lengthy and attritional land battle. The result was a humiliating defeat for Britain, which led to the ousting of First Sea Lord Winston Churchill and a change of government. This book reproduces the original despatches from Admirals Sackville Carden and John de Robeck and land commanders Ian Hamilton and his replacement Charles Monro.
War and Peace
FDR's Final Odyssey D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945
Concluding his trilogy assessing Roosevelt’s leadership in the Second World War, Hamilton focuses on the president’s role in the D-Day landings and his legacy. Using previously unpublished documents and interviews the book counters the narrative offered in Churchill’s memoirs. It reveals the extent of the president’s influence and argues that despite his failing health FDR played a pivotal role in creating the conditions necessary to build a peaceful, US-backed world order.
School of Aces
The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain
RAF Sutton Bridge was the site of an important training centre in the Second World War, turning out nearly 500 Hurricane fighter pilots, many of whom flew in the Battle of Britain. This review of the station's activities reveals the genesis and development of the highly effective training programme and examines the Central Gunnery School, which was established in 1942 to instruct air gunners from Bomber Command, as well as fighter pilots.
The Remarkable Story of Britain's Greatest Nightfighter Ace of the Blitz – Flight Lieutenant Richard Playne Stevens DSO, DFC and Bar
Before his early death, Richard Stevens was the RAF’s highest scoring nightfighter of the Second World War. Without radar, his reliance on pure skill, instinct and marksmanship earned him the nicknames 'Cat's Eyes' and 'Lone Wolf'. Based on years of research, contemporary documents and photographs, Andy Saunders tells the story of an extraordinary pilot.
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.
The Story of the War from the Battlefront, 1939–45
Following a tradition dating back to 1545, naval commanders would write an official despatch to the Admiralty to explain their actions during significant naval operations. This collection of despatches, published in association with the National Archives, covers events which impacted hugely on the Second World War, including the convoys in the Mediterranean and Russia, amphibious operations such as Dieppe, the evacuation of Crete, and the assault phase of the Normandy landings.
Kitchener's New Army
Your Country Needs You!
In 1915, Edgar Wallace (1875–1932), the author of popular thrillers, turned to non-fiction to write this patriotic account of Lord Kitchener's recruitment drive and the training regime that produced the 'miracle' of his new divisions. Wallace's upbeat assessment reveals British attitudes towards the war at a time when a million volunteers were enlisting to fight. Illustrated with contemporary photographs, cartoons and posters, this 2015 edition includes a substantial new introduction giving the background to Kitchener's call for mobilization.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Voices from the Past
The story of the doomed cavalry charge is well known, but told here from the point of view of soldiers on both sides, using letters, diaries, memoirs and official reports. It is illustrated with photographs showing the terrain as it appeared to participants.
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.
A History of the 12th (Pioneers) King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1914–1918
The British Army’s Pioneer battalions were formed in 1914 in order to provide logistical support including the construction and repair of roads and the laying of barbed wire to protect the front line. This history of one battalion, originally published in the 1920s, gives an eyewitness account of movements around the war zone and shows how Yorkshire miners and engineers applied civilian skills in the new arena of industrialized warfare.
Zeppelins Over the Midlands
The Air Raids of 31 January 1916
On 31 January 1916, nine German Zeppelins bombed several major towns in the Midlands, killing 70 people in the worst air raid of the First World War. Using local newspapers, coroner’s reports and GCHQ documents, this history records the routes taken by each airship and where its bombs fell, and names the officers, crew members and those who died.
Scots in Great War London
A Community at Home and on the Front Line 1914–1919
Scots working in London when the First World War began were quick to join the London Scottish Regiment; many never returned. Drawing on unpublished records, these essays record the involvement of figures such as Douglas Haig and John Buchan, and discuss the moral support offered by churches, charities, clubs and associations to these men and their families during and after the conflict.
Into the Abyss
The Story of the First World War, Volume One
Volume one of this authoritative account of the First World War covers 1914 and 1915, examining the machinations of the belligerent parties, from the Habsburgs and the Serbs to the Hohenzollerns and the Ottoman Turks, in the 34 days leading up to outbreak. Each chapter presents extensive background information on people, places and events, including the French and British military commanders, pre-war London and Paris, the war at sea, and the technology that assured both deadlock and mutual destruction.
Blood and Fears
How America's Bomber Boys and Girls in England Won Their War
Drawing on letters, diaries and interviews, Kevin Wilson recreates the experiences of the men of the US 8th Air Force, and the Women’s Army who served alongside them, from their arrival in Britain in February 1944 to victory in May 1945. Their own words offer vivid glimpses of the camaraderie, relations with their British hosts, and the terror of daytime raids over Berlin.
The Sea Devils
Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two
The midget submarines that were famously used to attack the battleship Tirpitz in 1943 were developed further and the improved 'XE-class' craft were used in a daring attack on Singapore harbour in 1945. This history recounts how 18 British, Australian and New Zealand submariners, two of whom were awarded the Victoria Cross and several others decorated, piloted two XE craft through the Japanese defences to successfully incapacitate the heavy cruiser Takao.
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.
The Battle of the River Plate
The First Naval Battle of the Second World War
The first encounter at sea of the Second World War took place along the South American coast when three British ships inflicted enough damage on the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee to corner it in Montevideo harbour. The captain, encouraged by British misinformation, chose to scuttle his ship rather than face destruction. This account of the famous episode was first published in 1956 and also contains the official despatch from the British commander.
Moscow's Game of Poker
Russian Military Intervention in Syria, 2015–2017
Tom Cooper details the Russian involvement in the Syria conflict, outlining its military forces’ intentions and capabilities and explaining the complex geopolitical situation. The book includes action photos of the most significant aircraft that were deployed.
The Warship Anne
Launched in 1678, the Anne was one of the ‘Thirty Ships of War’ constructed to double the strength of Charles II’s Navy. Having been lost at the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690, it is now one of the most important wrecks on England’s south coast. In this volume the ship’s technical historian explains Anne’s construction and specifications, follows its 1687 mission to the Mediterranean and discusses efforts to survey and preserve the wreck.
A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
The city of Hue was of major strategic importance to the US Army in Vietnam, but the January 1968 offensive against the city by the North Vietnamese Army led, as the Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden shows, to the war’s costliest campaign. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
Napoleon and the Destruction of the Third Coalition
Robert Goetz tells the story of ‘the beginning of the Napoleon of history and the Grande Armée of legend’ – the 1805 campaign that culminated in the Battle of Austerlitz. In a meticulously detailed account, Goetz traces events from the formation of Britain, Russia and Prussia’s coalition to Austerlitz and the aftermath of Napoleon’s victory. First published in 2005.
'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.
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.
British Battles of the Crimean Wars
These despatches from the Crimean War comprise the original battle reports, written by the field commanders themselves, including Lord Raglan and Admiral Lyons. The accounts and the actions they describe bear testament to the superior professionalism and effectiveness of the Senior Service at the time.
Gallantry in Action
Airmen Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Two Bars 1918–1955
The DFC was introduced as the medal for gallantry by airmen when the Royal Air Force was formed after the First World War; multiple awards are recognized with silver ribbon bars. There were sixty recipients of a second bar up to 1955 (only three have been awarded since) and this book profiles each one with a brief biography, contemporary photograph and the original citation that accompanied the award.
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.
The City of Light Redeemed
General Leclerc and the French Second Armoured Division (2eDB) entered Paris and liberated the city on 25 August 1944; prior to that the Resistance had mounted an insurrection that weakened the occupying forces; and on 26 August, Charles de Gaulle led his great victory march down the Champs Elysées. In an almost hour-by-hour account, Moore disentangles the interests and ambitions swirling around the city’s liberation and reveals the crucial role of Leclerc and his 2eDB in securing the freedom of France’s capital.
By Fire and Bayonet
Grey's West Indies Campaign of 1794
In 1794 during the war against Revolutionary France, the first Earl Grey led a Caribbean campaign to capture Martinique and Guadalope. Supported by maps and illustrations, this book demonstrates that although the campaign ultimately failed, the unorthodox tactics that were deployed showed a flexibility that would influence several notable subalterns who went on to success in Wellington's Peninsular army and Royal Artillery and, in the case of Richard Fletcher, the Royal Engineers.
Naval 8/208 Squadron, RAF: A Centenary of Service from 1916 to 2016
208 Squadron, based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, was disbanded during its 100th year of operations in 2016. In this history marking the centenary, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, who formerly commanded the squadron, describes how it evolved, from its formation as Naval 8 on the Western Front during the First World War, through its activities in the Second World War and Gulf War to its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron.
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.
Through Spain with Wellington
The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the 'Fighting Ninth'
From 1808, when he joined the 9th Foot as an ensign, until the eve of his death in battle shortly before the end of the Peninsular War, Peter Le Mesurier kept up an extensive correspondence with his family, giving a wry officer’s-eye view of Moore and Wellington’s campaigns against Napoleon. These letters have been freshly transcribed and are now published for the first time, with a connecting narrative giving background information and commentary on the episodes described.
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.
War in the Crimea
An Illustrated History
Improved technology and communications allowed the Crimean War to be better reported than any previous conflict, not least through the work of photographic pioneer Roger Fenton, who produced over 300 portraits of soldiers and views of the peninsula in 1855. This history presents the conflict through these groundbreaking photographs and the lithographs of artist William Simpson as well as pictures from The Illustrated London News and paintings and illustrations from Russian periodicals of the day.
The Maginot Line
History and Guide
Built between the world wars to defend France from German attack, the Maginot Line was a state-of-the art fortification running from Belgium to the Mediterranean. Illustrated with photographs, maps and plans, this book explains its construction, technology, and the reasons for its failure to halt the Wehrmacht in 1940. It also provides a visitor’s guide to the surviving artillery posts, forts, bunkers and stretches of wall.
From Jet Provost to Strikemaster
A Definitive History of the Basic and Counter-Insurgent Aircraft at Home and Overseas
Over 700 Jet Provost and Strikemaster aircraft were produced in Britain between 1954 and 1983, the former responsible for training generations of RAF jet pilots, the latter an armed version of the Provost which saw action during the Dhofar War in Oman. This well-illustrated history of both aircraft charts their evolution, from initial production in 1954 to the final sales of three aircraft to Ecuador in 1988. A comprehensive appendix lists the complete production and technical histories of both jets.
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.