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 Jungle Survival Pocket Manual 1939–1945
In wartime South-East Asia, Allied soldiers occupied an alien environment where knowledge of tropical diseases, plant identification, and survival techniques were crucial. Assembled from their official manuals, with diagrams and drawings, and produced in a contemporary style, this compendium shows how they managed the challenges.
Knights of the Sky
This concise history explores how the idea of chivalric aces was established in the First World War; following the development of the Spitfire and Hurricane, pilots continued to be feted – now as ‘the Few’ who would save Britain from invasion. With profiles of leading figures and key planes, this narrative also covers later conflicts including the Arab-Israeli wars and the Falklands War, giving an overview of the changing role of fighter pilots.
How a Military Life Guided Winston's Finest Hours
As war leader, Churchill was heavily involved in both the overall strategy and the minutiae of the war effort. Lavery recounts his career as an army officer in India, Sudan and South Africa, and argues his direct experience of the different combat branches played a crucial role in his ability to assess their priorities in the most challenging moments of the conflict.
The Whistlers' Room
Three Great War soldiers with throat wounds are the patients in ‘the Whistlers’ room’: their stories are told by the German novelist and poet Paul Alverdes, who sustained the same kind of war wound. Translated by Basil Creighton. Introduction by Emily Mayhew. First published 1929.
A History of the Long Range Desert Group, 1940–1945
The brainchild of desert adventurer Ralph Bagnold, the LRDG carried out clandestine acts of sabotage behind enemy lines in the North African desert during the Second World War. This account of the British unit, which was among the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of special forces, details their formation and deployment in Libya and later activities in the Mediterranean, where they retrained as mountain guerrillas and fought alongside the notorious Partisans in the Balkans.
Eyes All Over the Sky
Aerial Reconnaissance in the First World War
The fighter aces took the glory but reconnaissance flyers had perhaps the more significant role during the First World War, sighting for the artillery, following troop movements, patrolling British coastal waters for U-boats and gathering data for constantly updated maps. Drawing on the experiences of British, American and German airmen, Streckfuss examines the work of balloonists, reconnaissance pilots and aerial photographers over the Western Front and UK seas.
The Liberation of Europe 1944–1945
The Photographers Who Captured History from D-Day to Berlin
This collection of archival images from The Times and Kemsley Newspapers, many published here for the first time, documents remarkable scenes from the Allies’ invasion of Europe, including the capture of Berlin, where a sombre Churchill inspects the site at which Hitler’s body was burnt. Set against a backdrop of devastation, action shots of airdrops, beach landings, tank battles and troop manoeuvres contrast with the delighted faces of liberated civilians, telling stories as compelling as they are harrowing.
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.
Hitler's Wave-Breaker Concept
An Analysis of the German End Game in the Baltic
Hitler could have marshalled his resources for the defence of Berlin more effectively had he not clung on to ground on the Baltic coast on the theory that fortified enclaves could be more easily defended than attacked. There were, however, valid reasons for protecting the territory beyond this so-called 'wave-breaker' concept. Analysing Hitler's strategy and his military thinking in general, this book provides a detailed appraisal of the Russian campaign between 1941 and 1945.
The Drive on Moscow, 1941
Operation Taifun and Germany's First Crisis of World War II
After initial success, the German campaign to capture Moscow in the last months of 1941 was bogged down in the mud, buying precious time for the Soviets to regroup and hit back. Examining this first serious setback of the war for Hitler, the book assesses the tactics of both sides and the part played by the winter weather, and draws on personal diaries and letters to give the perspective of both ordinary soldier and general.
At Leningrad's Gates
The Story of a Soldier with Army Group North
The refusal of the author's unit to replace the army salute with the Nazi Party one, as directed in July 1944, shows the growing dissent of ordinary German soldiers and also illustrates the conflict that loyal and patriotic soldiers faced as they became disillusioned with Nazism. Explaining his thoughts and motivations at the time, this memoir follows a German soldier's experience on the Russian front from 1941–1944 as well as describing the chaos of post-war Germany.