Letters from the Empire
A Soldier's Account of the Boer War and the Abor Campaign in India
Researched and transcribed by Yvonne Wagstaff and Sheila Shaw, and edited, with notes, by Stephen Morris, these letters home were written by Allan Marriott Hutchins (1879–1911), a British Army officer on active service in the Boer War and the Abor Campaign in India.
From the Frontline
The Extraordinary Life of Sir Basil Clarke
Basil Clarke was an intrepid First World War correspondent and father of the public relations industry. This first-ever biography tells how he defied Kitchener’s ban on reporters in 1914 to live as an ‘outlaw’ in Dunkirk, reported from the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising, and caused a global scandal by accusing the government of failing to enforce its naval blockade of Germany, before going on to create Britain’s first PR firm.
Hitler's Most Successful Spy
Elyesa Bazna took advantage of his job at the British Embassy in Ankara to sell valuable secrets to the Germans from 1943, for which he was paid large amounts of what later turned out to be counterfeit money. Drawing on MI5, MI6 and CIA files as well as personal accounts, this book tells the story of Agent Cicero from first contact to his retirement, still undetected, in 1944, and post-war revelations about his spying career.
Victoria's Scottish Lion
The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde
From humble beginnings in Glasgow, Colin Campbell (1792–1863) rose to become Scotland’s finest general and a favourite of Queen Victoria. In a 50-year career he fought through the Peninsula, the Crimea, China and India and still found time to contain a slave revolt, a Chartist rebellion and Ireland’s Tithe War. This biography offers a radical reinterpretation of Campbell – the first working-class field marshal, with strong humanitarian leanings and an instinct for harnessing the power of the press.
Churchill and Malta
A Special Relationship
The story of Churchill's special relationship with Malta, from his work before WWI satisfying its need for greater self-government to his zealous defence of the island from Mussolini's bombers in WWII, when he had come to understand its strategic value in the battle for North Africa.
Churchill Comes of Age
In 1895, Winston Churchill, aged 21, went on his first foreign adventure – to Cuba, where Spanish troops were engaged in suppressing rebellion. The episode is scarcely mentioned in biographies of Churchill, mainly due to political and linguistic barriers to research. Here, a Canadian historian of Latin America examines Churchill’s visit to the island – his first experience as a war correspondent – and the five months up to March 1876, when he wrote his last article on Cuba’s war of independence.
Wellington's Right Hand
Rowland, Viscount Hill
Rowland Hill succeeded the Duke of Wellington as Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in 1828 having successfully served under him throughout the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo. This biography of the trusted and popular leader, written by a descendant, draws on a wide range of primary sources, including the Hill papers in the British Library which contain an extensive collection of letters to and from Wellington and other military figures as well as personal correspondence.
Stosstrupptaktik: The First Stormtroopers
German Assault Troops of the First World War
The stalemate of trench warfare in the First World War precipitated a gradual move towards more dynamic attacks by smaller units. These tactics became especially associated with the German 'stoss' or shock troops, the term later giving way to the more colourful 'stormtroopers'. This analysis of tactical developments in the German Army demonstrates how the elite units emerged and built their reputation, setting the groundwork for the fearsome agents of blitzkrieg in the 1930s.
The Letters of Major General Price-Davies VC, CB, CMG, DSO
From Captain to Major General, 1914–18
The young Llewellyn Price-Davies was awarded a Victoria Cross during the Boer War and by 1914 was a liaison officer, rising through the ranks as the First World War progressed. He served at Ypres, Somme, Passchendaele and in Italy, and his correspondence during this period provides an insight into the war and the changing face of the British Army. It also includes secret memos to his brother-in-law, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Henry Wilson.
China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Fixers and Workers
Who are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image
Written by two journalists based in China, this study focuses on the extraordinary individuals who are working to spread Chinese influence around the world by means of hard work, ingenuity and ruthless business practices. Showing how China's 'silent army' is redirecting resources, and how many countries frozen out by Western sanctions have become more attractive to China, the authors reflect on the profoundly disturbing political, ecological and economic implications of Chinese enterprise.
An End of War
Fatal Final Days to VE Day, 1945
After D-Day, German defeat may have been inevitable but there was still almost a year of fighting before Berlin finally fell. This book recounts experiences of the last months of war from British, Canadian, Dutch, German, Polish and American sources. Slightly off-mint.