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.
Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1812
Napoleon's campaign in Russia in 1812 has received much attention from Western historians but few Russian personal accounts have been available in English. Through a series of newly translated memoirs, letters and diaries, this volume gives an insight into the thoughts of the Russian leadership and the ordinary soldier from the initial retreat and battles at Smolensk, Borodino, and Maloyaroslavets to the last weeks when a lack of supplies fatally exposed Napoleon's forces to the hardships of the Russian winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Third Reich at War
How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster
This final instalment in Richard Evans’ authoritative Third Reich Trilogy explores the wartime experiences of everyone from generals to front-line soldiers, and Hitler Youth activists to housewives, showing how deeply the ‘people’s community’ was engaged in the wartime effort through shared experiences of bombing, conscription, food shortages and propaganda. It also gives a broader perspective on the evolution of the Holocaust, and the way that initial successes in the war led to Hitler overreaching and, ultimately, facing defeat. Off-mint.
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.
The Devil's Diary
Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich
Alfred Rosenberg was the principal ideologue behind the Nazi Party, whose ideas formed the theoretical basis for the Third Reich and the Holocaust. This book chronicles his rise to power, his relations with other leading Nazis, and his trial and execution. Its sources include Rosenberg’s own diary, which disappeared after his trial at Nuremberg and was only rediscovered 75 years later.
Anatomy of Malice
The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals
Were the Nazi leaders criminally insane, aberrant monsters and psychopaths, or could any one of us become a war criminal? Such questions preoccupied the doctors who interviewed and administered Rorschach tests to the defendants at the Nuremberg trials. In this book a modern psychiatrist rereads their medical notes, reflecting on the validity of the approaches used and the glimpses that they provide into the mental states of Nazis including Göring and Hess.
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 Secret Pigeon Service
Pigeons were still in use during the Second World War to carry messages from planes and battlefields but Operation Columba set them to work in a more ambitious project gathering intelligence across Nazi-occupied Europe. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera tells the recently declassified story of the thousands of birds released over Holland, Belgium and France and assesses the value of the information they brought home. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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 Origins of British Deception During the Second World War
While the story of British agents’ misdirection of Axis intelligence services in the run up to D-Day is well known, fewer people know that this approach originated in the North African campaign. The British were heavily outnumbered and in serious difficulties when General Wavell instigated a campaign to exaggerate their strength using various subterfuges and deceptive manoeuvres, leading to the formation of the ‘A’ force organization which specialized in tactical and strategic deception.
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.
MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East
Mikoyan I Gurevich MiG-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973–2018
Since the MiG-23 was introduced by the Soviets in the 1970s, it has been exported to five major Arab countries. Illustrated with rare images, this history shows the pivotal role it has played in subsequent conflicts in the region.
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.
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.
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.
Reaching for the Sky
One Hundred Defining Moments from the Royal Air Force 1918–2018
Scott Addington uses infographics, fact boxes and photographs to present this concise overview of RAF history, which includes the first military balloon, the design of the roundel insignia, leading aces of the world wars and a list of pilots’ slang. Each entry has played its part in shaping the service, and the selection reflects the innovation, courage and heritage of the world’s first independent air force.
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.
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.
The Vietnam War
An Intimate History
This photographic history of the Vietnam War, which contains over 500 images, is based on the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and captures the pain, bewilderment and political frustrations of soldiers, civilians and officials on both sides of the conflict. The narrative refers to both the military and political battlefields, revealing the intimate stories and often tragic circumstances of those portrayed. Slightly off-mint. and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol War Machine
In uniting the tribes of northeast Asia, Genghis Khan led an army whose ingenious and often brutal stratagems created a land-based empire stretching from the Black Sea in the west to Korea in the east. This study reassesses his achievements in the context of Mongol society, referring to sources including the 13th-century History of the World Conqueror and Secret History of the Mongols, and asking whether his legacy was the result of military genius, banditry, or fortuitous circumstance.
The Tyrants of Syracuse
Volume II: 367–211 BC
Sicily’s strategic location at the heart of the Mediterranean enabled Syracuse to become one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world but it also made the island a target for expansionist powers. This second volume of Champion’s narrative history covers the tumultuous political and military events in Sicily from the death of Dionysius the Elder until the Roman siege of Syracuse (213–211 BCE), when even the ingenious defences and inventions of Archimedes could not prevent the city’s capture.
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 CDRom contains 2,000 photographs.
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.
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.
Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1814
Russia played a decisive role in the fighting that overthrew Napoleon in 1814, but its perspective on the campaign has been largely overlooked in the West because of the lack of translated sources. This book fills the gap, presenting the letters, memoirs and diaries of Russian participants, from generals to ordinary soldiers. These first-hand accounts, never before published in English, offer a fresh and richly human insight into an event that changed the course of history.
South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier
A military expert surveys South Africa's long border war (1966–90), with extensive contributions from other specialists. Focusing on hardware and strategy, the book explores Pretoria’s atomic programme, the covert communications behind the conflict, the highly trained SWAPO guerrillas, and the unequal battles against Soviet-supplied tanks.
Dien Bien Phu
The First Indochina War 1946–1954
After resisting the Japanese in Indochina, the Viet Minh sought independence from French colonial rule. This illustrated history charts the decade-long conflict that ended with the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, and presaged America’s involvement in Vietnam.
A History of Booby Traps from World War One to Vietnam
Among military weapons, there is an entire category of devices that are designed to operate surreptitiously: apparently harmless objects that become lethal when someone disturbs or approaches them. Alongside numerous illustrations of booby traps, mines, delayed-action devices and mobile charges, Ian Jones details the development of this destructive type of weapon, as well as the experts’ attempts to disarm them, from the First World War to Vietnam.
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.
Bismarck and Hood
The Battle of the Denmark Strait: A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective
HMS Hood was instantly destroyed by the Bismarck in May 1941, sinking rapidly after an explosion in its magazine. This detailed examination of the famous engagement is written by a gunnery expert and rear admiral of the Italian Navy who, through a ballistic analysis of Bismarck’s fire and assessment of the two commanders’ actions, questions some of the long-held assumptions about the battle.
The Hawker Hurricane was designed and built to counteract the growing aerial power of the Axis nations in the 1930s. With its stable firing platform and robust construction, it played a vital role in the RAF’s success. This illustrated guide details the technical history and combat performance of the aircraft, which chalked up more kills than the better-known Spitfire in the battles over Britain and France.
Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Early Years – Poland, the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain
The most numerous and successful Luftwaffe fighter of the Second World War, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a formidable opponent for the RAF’s Spitfires and Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. This photographic collection assembles over 150 archive images of the plane in active service in 1939 and 1940, from pilots and crew with their machines at base to the wreckage of downed aircraft.
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.
MiG Aircraft Since 1939
The Russian MiG aircraft company was set up in 1939 and produced some of the world's most advanced and capable military planes during its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, including the long-serving and widely exported MiG-21. This concise handbook provides descriptions of all MiG aircraft, including prototypes, up to the MiG-35 of 2011, with tables of key data and additional information about model variants.
Soviet Cold War Weaponry
Tanks and Armoured Vehicles
Proxy wars were fought across Africa and the Middle East during the Cold War, using Soviet weaponry that had been manufactured across Eastern Europe in anticipation of a Third World War. This photographic history details the iconic T-54, T-62 and T-72 tanks and associated technology including personnel carriers, assault guns, self-propelled guns and anti-tank missiles.
Soviet Cold War Weaponry
Aircraft, Warships, Missiles and Artillery
During the Cold War, Warsaw Pact countries prepared for a third world war by manufacturing thousands of weapons, including Badger and Backfire bombers, MiG fighters and nuclear submarines. This fully illustrated guide by a former Intelligence Officer and military expert focuses on aircraft, warships and missiles (a companion volume focuses on ground vehicles), some of which are still deployed by armies and militia groups today.
Two Deaths at Amphipolis
Cleon vs Brasidas in the Peloponnesian War
Mike Roberts brings a fresh perspective to the study of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE) by focusing on the clash of the two dynamic commanders who were killed in 422 during the battle over the Athenian colony at Amphipolis. Roberts follows the career of the heroic Spartan Brasidas, already a veteran of many campaigns when he headed north to this strategically important city, and reconsiders the Athenian Cleon, whose reputation was tarnished by the historian Thucydides’ vociferous criticism.
'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.
Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from The Estado Militar of 1800
This book reproduces hand-coloured illustrations of Spanish military uniforms taken from a rare version (c. 1800) of the Spanish Army’s ‘order of battle’ or estados militares. Each drawing is captioned with full descriptions of regiments and uniform style.
Scott on Waterloo
Sir Walter Scott was among the many tourists who visited the battlefield after Wellington's victory at Waterloo, but he went with a commission to write a travel book and a long poem. Edited, with notes and introduction by Paul O'Keeffe, this book presents those writings: Paul's Letters to His Kinsfolk, which records Scott’s travels in Holland, Belgium and France in 1815; and two poems, The Field of Waterloo and The Dance of Death.
British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1807–1815
Despatches from the Front
Engaged in various theatres around the world, Britain was expanding its influence in the early years of the 19th century, having achieved dominance at sea after the Battle of Trafalgar. This collection of the original despatches from commanders in the immediate aftermath of engagements includes several from Wellington during his campaigns in Portugal and Spain, and from Waterloo, as well as accounts of the attacks on Copenhagen, Spanish territories in South America, the Dardanelles and Mauritius.
The War Chronicles from Chariots to Flintlocks
New Perspectives on the Two Thousand Years of Bloodshed that Shaped the Modern World
Beginning with the Greek victory over the Persians at Salamis and ending with the pivotal defeat of the British at Saratoga in the American War of Independence, this illustrated review of world conflicts explores the most important battles and revolutions between 500 BCE and 1783 CE. Alongside overviews of each event are timelines of key moments, profiles of the leading personalities, features on notable aspects of the wars and narrative accounts of the major battles.
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.
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.
Sailors on the Rocks
Famous Royal Navy Shipwrecks
Peter C Smith investigates the circumstances in which 15 naval vessels have been driven ashore or lost on the coast, from the Coronation, destroyed by a gale in 1671, to the frigate Nottingham, which ran aground off Australia in 2002 despite its electronic navigation aids.
Britain's Cold War Fighters
British aviation technology was at the cutting edge after the Second World War, the Gloster Meteor the first of many home-grown jets to be engineered before American and internationally developed aircraft took over from the 1970s. This study of the rapid improvement in fighters up to the 1990s examines all the designs deployed by the RAF and Royal Navy during the period including the Hunter, Javelin, Lightning, Phantom and Tornado.
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.
Triumphs and Disasters
Eyewitness Accounts of the Netherlands Campaign, 1813–1814
While overshadowed by the fighting in France and Germany, the British campaign against Napoleon’s forces in Holland was an important precursor of Waterloo. This collection of official reports, letters and soldiers’ diaries offers eyewitness accounts of the main engagements, including the defeat at Bergen op Zoom.
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.
The Business of War
Medieval mercenaries were more than just well-armed, freebooting thugs; they were also noblemen, who took advantage of political chaos to further their own interests. From early Italian mercenaries to the private armies spawned during the Hundred Years War, this survey of Europe’s freelance fighters describes the many mercenary bands who killed, looted and ransomed their way across Europe’s heartlands, referencing the popular literature, including Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Conan Doyle and Mark Twain, that has guaranteed their place in the collective imagination.
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 Secret Expedition
The Anglo-Russian Invasion of Holland 1799
In 1799 an uneasy Anglo-Russian alliance, formed as part of the Second Coalition against France, landed troops in Holland to overthrow the Batavian Republic, a French satellite, and reinstate Willem V of Orange. Van Uythoven gives a comprehensive account of this ‘Secret Expedition’ and its background, from the creation of the Batavian Republic, through the invasion and the battles of Zijpe, Bergen, Alkmaar and Castricum, to the Armistice and the state of the armies at the end of the campaign.
The Burning of Moscow
Napoleon's Trial by Fire 1812
As soon as the French troops entered a deserted Moscow in September 1812, a fire broke out that destroyed two thirds of the city and ultimately forced Napoleon to embark on the disastrous winter retreat that routed his army. Drawing on French, German, Polish and Russian archives and eyewitness accounts, Mikaberidze examines this pivotal event from Russian and French points of view, exploring the Russians’ motives for the conflagration and assessing its consequences.
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.
A Much Recorded War
The Russo-Japanese War in History and Imagery
Intense international interest in the Russo-Japanese dispute over Chinese territory in 1904–5 meant that the war was extensively covered by journalists and many images were produced for combatant and foreign nations. Examining the origins and history of the conflict, this exhibition catalogue presents 80 items, including woodblock prints, lithographs, watercolours, photographs and postcards, that demonstrate how imagery depicting the war developed in Japanese art during the period.
Native American Warriors
The Legendary Tribes, Their Weapons and Fighting Techniques
Charting Native American struggles against white interlopers from the Pequot Wars (1636–38) to the Ghost Dance War of 1891, this history profiles warriors such as Metacomet, Pontiac, Tecumseh and Sitting Bull, and examines the tactics they employed. Illustrated with more than 180 photographs and artworks, it also describes the varied tribes and cultures: East Coast agriculturalists, mound-builders on the Mississippi, buffalo hunters on the plains, and the pueblo-dwellers of the Southwest.
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 Jacobite War in Scotland
Stuart Reid presents a military history of the failed Jacobite rising of 1715 and its culmination at Sheriffmuir, a battle ‘famous only for the fact that both sides ran away’. Reid offers a fresh look at the campaign, including the simultaneous uprising in Nithsdale, Northumberland, while the battle itself is reassessed in the light of a thorough knowledge of the ground at Sheriffmuir and the armies that fought there.
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.
The Second Anglo-Sikh War
This follow-up to The First Anglo-Sikh War chronicles the 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.
France, the Great War, and a Month that Changed the World Forever
‘In our collective memory’, writes Cabanes, ‘the catastrophes of Verdun and the Somme in 1916 have eclipsed the unprecedented violence of the war’s first month.’ His history of the first weeks of war is told from the perspective of the ordinary men and women, soldiers and civilians of France and evokes the traumas of mobilization, German conquest and occupation, the death toll of battles – 27,000 in one day at Charleroi – an army in retreat, and old ways of life gone for ever.
The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons
Although German gas attacks on the battlefields of the First World War were greeted with horror, the Allies responded by developing their own chemical weapons. In America, laboratories began engaging in chemical weapon research, eventually amalgamating into the Chemical Warfare Service. This history of the organization brings together the key scientists, politicians and military personnel involved in its establishment, and describes the numerous logistical and ethical challenges they faced in deploying gas against the Germans. Off-mint with felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Triumphs, Failures and Controversies of France's Commander-in-Chief in the Great War
In 1914, General Joffre led the French armies that blocked the invading Germans at the Marne, saving Paris from occupation and France from defeat. In 1916, after a series of failed offensives and the bloodbath of Verdun, he was dismissed. Written by a general with command experience, illustrated with maps and photographs, and translated into English for the first time, this acclaimed study provides new insights into the character and motives of this key figure of the First World War.
German Night Fighter Force
Concentration on the offensive capabilities of the Luftwaffe in the late 1930s meant that German night defence fighters were not employed until the success of British bombing raids made it a necessity in 1940. Organizational problems and the Allies' superior radar technology continued to make air defence problematic thereafter. Originally published in German, this book assesses the development of the Luftwaffe's night fighter force and its considerable operational and technical achievements during the war.
From Downing Street to the Trenches
First-Hand Accounts from the Great War, 1914–1916
This collection adds some of the most eloquent voices of the age to the body of eyewitness evidence of the First World War. Drawn from the manuscript collection of the Bodleian Library in Oxford and covering the first two years of the conflict, from the front line to the Cabinet Office, the correspondents and diarists include Margot Asquith, Lewis Harcourt, TE Lawrence, WB Yeats and a young Harold Macmillan.
The Remarkable Story of the Cockleshell Raid
Operation Frankton, in December 1942, was probably the most audacious raid of the Second World War. The twelve British commandos who infiltrated Bordeaux’s dockyards in canoes, or ‘cockles’, knew they were facing near certain death; but as Churchill acknowledged, their success in sabotaging German equipment helped shorten the war. This history explores the background and planning of the mission, as well as the miscommunication and Admiralty politicking that hampered it.
German Kampfgruppen Action of World War Two
Kampfgruppen or 'battle groups' were specially created units within the German army formed to undertake specific operations. They often brought together members of disparate military units and could vary from small bands to substantial formations, which were usually disbanded afterwards. First published in the 1990s, this title examines the role of these flexible shock troops and the part they played in executing Germany's blitzkrieg tactics throughout the Second World War.
European Resistance to the Nazis, 1940–1945
First published in 1976, this classic history surveys the range of resistance activity across occupied Europe, from France to Yugoslavia, and within Germany itself. It looks at who resisted, what their motives were, and the actions they took, including sabotage and direct attacks on troops. The mechanics of espionage – codes, ciphers and forged papers – are explained, the many resistance groups are profiled, and their impact on the post-war settlement is assessed.
How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany
As the Nazi regime intensified its persecution of its Jewish citizens, many turned to relatives abroad for help to escape. This extraordinary collection of letters, now housed in the American Jewish Committee Archives, tells of one family’s appeals to a cousin in the United States. It is a riveting tale of bureaucratic obstruction, hostile immigration authorities, French internment camps, and an ordinary American Jew, struggling to keep his business afloat, faced with a tragedy beyond his comprehension.
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.
The Battle of Arnhem
The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II
The bold Allied plan to defeat Germany quickly in September 1944 by capturing the bridges leading to the lower Rhine, was ultimately a failure and led to the complete destruction of Arnhem and cruel reprisals on the Dutch population for the remainder of the war. Antony Beevor’s account describes the airborne assault, its planning and aftermath, drawing on many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, German, Polish, British and American archives. Slightly off-mint.
The Unwomanly Face of War
An Oral History of Women in World War II
During the Second World War, more than a million Soviet women served on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories, as nurses, doctors, pilots, tank drivers, snipers and machine-gunners. They fought alongside men, yet after the victory, their sacrifices were forgotten. The Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich travelled thousands of miles and visited a hundred towns to record their stories in this oral history, highlighting a hitherto neglected aspect of the war. Slightly off-mint.
Train to Nowhere
One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator
First published in 1948, this Second World War reportage relates the experiences of Anita Leslie, the daughter of a baronet and a distant cousin of Winston Churchill. Her account includes descriptions of working for the Mechanised Transport Corps, driving an ambulance for the Free French Forces, writing letters home from Hitler’s office in the Reich Chancellery, and marching in the Victory Parade in Berlin.
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.
How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women
Part of the Counterfire series, which presents radical perspectives on history, society and current affairs, this volume discusses the ways in which conflicts, from the First World War to the War on Terror, have changed women’s lives and given them a central role in anti-war and peace movements. As well as analysing the two world wars as catalysts for social change, the study examines how the changing nature of war involves civilians, and particularly Muslim women, in new ways.
Boots on the Ground
Britain and Her Army Since 1945
The British Army has been continuously employed, somewhere in the world, since 1945 – despite diminishing significantly in numbers. In this history of post-war Britain, former Chief of the General Staff Richard Dannatt examines affairs of state through the prism of the army's involvement, from managing the end of empire and the troubles in Northern Ireland to the Cold War, the Middle East and the emerging threats of the 21st century.
New Perspectives on the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915–16
The doomed Gallipoli campaign – the Allied military effort to force a passage through the Dardanelles Straits and knock Ottoman Turkey out of the war – has been controversial since the final evacuation of troops from the Peninsula in January 1916. Focusing on the MEF, this volume presents original research by more than 20 historians: Part I covers the structure of the battle; Part II discusses command and control; Part III deals with support and enablers, including British air power, nurses, chaplains and mining.
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.
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.
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.