A Privileged Journey
From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman
David Maidment spent over 30 years in the railway industry, rising to be a senior executive of British Rail. Illustrated with over 100 of the author's own photographs, this memoir recounts his early trainspotting and the railway journeys he undertook in Britain and Germany in the 1950s before describing his first years as a professional railwayman in the early 1960s.
Victorians in Camera
The World of 19th Century Studio Photography
Whether it was an expensive daguerreotype, a piece of studio trickery, or a carte de visite, the Victorians were fascinated by photography, and by portraits in particular. Using contemporary texts and images, Robert Pols describes the experience of the 19th-century photographic studio from the subjects’ point of view, exploring why and how they chose a photographer, pose or style, and the uses their uses for the finished products.
The Dark Side of East London
The alleyways and estates of Tower Hamlets were rife with poverty and crime in the 18th and 19th centuries. Local historian David Charnick tells dark tales of murders, poisonings and abductions that occurred there, using them to reveal aspects of everyday life before and during the encroachment of London’s East End. A specially commissioned section of black and white photographs shows the locations of many of the events.
Yorkshire Women at War
Story of Women's Land Army Hostels
The thousands of women who volunteered to take on agricultural work in Yorkshire during the Second World War were housed in a network of hostels, where they slept in shared dormitories and were often provided with only basic facilities. With first-hand accounts and contemporary photographs, this local history describes life under the sometimes-domineering wardens and out on the farms during the war and throughout the 1940s.
A Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest
Assessing the organization and tactics of the English, Norman and Norse armies, this manual also explains the most appropriate game rules for recreating battles such as Hastings and Stamford Bridge as well as reviewing available ranges of model figures.
War! Hellish War! Star Shell Reflections 1916–1918
The Illustrated Great War Diaries of Jim Maultsaid
Jim Maultsaid was injured on the Somme in 1916, after which he was commissioned into the Chinese Labour Corps, directing these foreign recruits in non-combatant support work and manual labour. His unusual war diaries include his frank but often upbeat observations about his experiences as well as drawings, satirical cartoons and scrapbook photographs which give a unique insight into his everyday activities and the characters he encountered.
Tracing Your Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings
A Guide for Family Historians
Family papers and annotated books can contain a treasure trove of information about your ancestors, especially those from the Victorian period onwards, when greater literacy and social mobility inspired increasing written communication. Ruth Symes, a genealogical expert, details the ways that family historians can interpret and research unpublished writings, from postcards, diaries and poetry to humble signatures.
The Real Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes is among British history’s most recognizable figures, burned in effigy every November to celebrate the Gunpowder Plot’s failure. His early life is less familiar though, and so this biography focuses on his youth as a Protestant in York and the motivations that led him to fight as a mercenary and to plan mass murder for the Catholic cause, asking whether he was ‘a fanatic, a fool, or a freedom fighter’.
The Human Skeleton as Evidence for Conflict in the Past
‘Human remains are not only one of the most common forms of archaeological evidence, but also arguably the richest in terms of what they can tell us.’ In this accessible introduction to conflict archaeology, Martin Smith examines bones and their injuries as evidence of violence between people ranging from Stone Age aggression to 19th-century warfare with firearms, and demonstrates how bones are our most reliable witnesses to human conflict.
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.
Triumph of the Running Dogs 1948–1960
Armed and trained by the British to fight the Japanese in the Second World War, communist guerrillas then turned on their colonial rulers. Illustrated throughout, this book follows their 12-year struggle for independence, and the campaigns fought against them by troops brought in from all over the British Empire.
Lost to the Sea
Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: The Yorkshire Coast and Holderness
In the centuries since the Roman occupation, Yorkshire’s coastline has moved more than three miles inland, while the mudflats at the mouth of the Humber have grown. This social history of the changing coast uses oral and documentary sources to tell how communities have lived with the threat of erosion and have attempted to protect their towns and villages by slowing down the relentless advance of the North Sea.
The Life of Henrietta Anne
Daughter of Charles I
Melanie Clegg offers a detailed biography of the youngest daughter of Charles I. Her prestige enhanced by her dramatic escape from parliamentary forces during the Civil War, the infant Henrietta Anne was cherished by the court in her mother's native France. As a young woman, her flirtatious reputation belied her political acumen, but the part she played in negotiating the Secret Treaty of Dover in 1670 was a notable high point in her short, at times controversial, life.
The Military Use of Massive Weapons
Artillery using gunpowder was first deployed in China during the 11th century; as it spread westwards the new technology quickly rendered existing defences obsolete and prompted the development of larger, more destructive weapons. From early bombards to the atomic cannons of the Cold War, this chronological survey comprises illustrated case studies of the very largest guns, with descriptions of their use in land and sea battles and data on their length, weight, calibre and range.
The 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War
The volunteer ‘Saturday night soldiers’ of the West Yorkshire Territorials were considered ‘too sleepy to fight well’ by General Haig, but on the Western Front the 1/5th Battalion became a formidable body of men. Sheehan uses newspapers, letters and photographs to tell the stories of many individuals who displayed heroism and fought with honour, even as their battalion was virtually wiped out on the Somme, at Passchendaele and at Wytschaete.
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.
Professor Alfred Swaine Taylor and the Dawn of Forensic Science
Chemist and surgeon at Guy’s Hospital in the mid 19th century, Alfred Swaine Taylor wrote a number of influential books that helped establish the science of forensic medicine. This biography explores his life and wide interests, his research into methods of tracing poisons, analysing fibres and identifying blood on clothing and weapons, and his work as a medical investigator and expert witness in criminal cases.
Empire of Crime
Organised Crime in the British Empire
In an age when our imperial legacy is being reassessed, this is a timely exploration of the illicit narcotics trade across the British Empire, especially following the 1908 ban on sales of opium from India to China. Tim Newark uses government files, personal letters and other documents to show how global trade routes became the setting for a turf war involving Shanghai smugglers, American drugbusters and Afghan criminal gangs.
Emperor Alexander Severus
Rome's Age of Insurrection, AD 222–235
Following the murder of his cousin Elagabalus, 13-year-old Alexander Severus became ruler of the Roman Empire in 222 CE. In this detailed reassessment of the young emperor’s controversial reign, McHugh sets the scene by surveying events during the previous three decades of the Severan dynasty. He then considers the influence of Alexander’s advisors, including his mother Mamaea; his military successes; and the failures that led to his assassination by mutinous troops.
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.
American Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Armoured fighting vehicles have long been a mainstay of the American military. This illustrated history progresses from the first crude attempts to mount machine guns on cars and the M1, first manufactured in 1931, through the M8 (widely used in the Second World War) on to the more sophisticated vehicles of the Cold War and the desert conflicts of recent decades.
Female Offending in Victorian England
Lucy Williams begins her survey of criminal offences committed by Victorian women with a chapter describing the punishments a woman could expect – imprisonment, transportation to a remote colony or death. Williams goes on to describe crimes ranging from pick-pocketing and street-walking to murder, telling the colourful stories of cases both famous and obscure and setting them against the harsh realities of 19th-century women’s lives.
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.
An Authorized Biography of Major General Sir Colin Gubbins
Sir Colin Gubbins, codename M, was director of the Special Operations Executive established by Churchill in 1940 to ‘set occupied Europe ablaze’. Drawing on declassified archives and full access to family papers, this first biography records his service in the First World War, Russia and Ireland. It then examines his wartime organization of intelligence gathering, resistance activity and sabotage, including the deployment of women agents behind enemy lines.
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.
The Home Front
Derbyshire in the First World War
This history records the impact of the First World War on every aspect of life in Derbyshire. Illustrated with historic photographs, it details the recruitment drive, the role of women, anti-German feeling, the reception of Belgian refugees, Zeppelin raids, the treatment of conscientious objectors, and the deadly flu pandemic of 1918–20.
Edinburgh in the Great War
Your Towns and Cities in the Great War
Like other cities, Edinburgh sent men to the front, cared for war wounded and coped with profound social changes. Personal accounts, letters and newspaper reports give a sense of the experience of living in the capital during the conflict.
One of the RFC's Most Decorated Squadrons
Formed in September 1915 in response to the new threat posed by Germany’s Fokker monoplanes, 20 Squadron saved many lives through its aerial reconnaissance work, with its members winning some 70 gallantry decorations. Sellwood, whose grandfather was killed within a week of joining the squadron, presents the fruits of more than 15 years’ research into its almost daily air battles during the First World War.
Images of War: SS Specialist Units in Combat
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
The Waffen-SS deployed their particular combination of risk-taking, aggression and inventive tactics on every German front (excluding North Africa) throughout the Second World War. Following an introductory essay on their role this photographic history collates rarely seen images of the Nazi special forces in action.
The Mystery of King John's Treasure
In October 1216, during troubled times of rebelling barons and threatened invasion, King John was crossing the East Anglian Fenlands by a secret route, carrying with him the royal treasure, including the crown jewels: somewhere near the Wash, the king’s hoard was lost. None of those searching for it, whether archaeological projects or hopeful detectorists, have ever found the riches. This book delves into the mystery of John’s fateful journey and his lost treasure, and his death soon after.
Opening the Road to Rome
After the Allies secured Sicily and invaded Italy in 1943, Mussolini was deposed and an armistice was signed with the Italians. However the subsequent long, bloody campaign only ended just before the German surrender in 1945. This chronological history by a leading Irish historian covers the crucial battles of Monte Cassino in early to mid-1944, with a particular focus on the Northern Irish troops involved.
The History of the Channel Tunnel
The Political, Economic and Engineering History of an Heroic Railway Project
The first scheme to join Britain and France by an undersea tunnel was proposed to Napoleon in 1806 and serious attempts were made to make a start later in the century. After outlining these precursors, this history of the Channel Tunnel describes the political and economic tangles that beset the 20th-century project, and reviews the engineering achievements and the fortunes of the tunnel since completion in 1994.
The Duke of Monmouth
Life and Rebellion
Born in exile, the illegitimate son of Charles II, James Scott, Duke of Monmouth (1642–85) suffered poverty as a child and as an adult experienced the libertine Restoration court and some of the most dramatic events in British 17th-century history, culminating in his own rebellion. Laura Brennan depicts Monmouth as a man living on the cusp of modernity, who personified that age: ‘so much more than a royal bastard and leader of the last rebellion upon British soil’.
An Unexpected General
This military history of Rome during the short reign of Caligula (37–41 CE) analyses the Emperor’s campaigns and personal character through the evidence of contemporary writers such as Suetonius, Tacitus and Josephus. Although only 24 when he came to power, he proved a competent military strategist and despite the accusations of madness, cruelty and sexual perversion, managed to set the groundwork of Roman foreign policy for his successor Claudius.
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.
Anne Boleyn in London
Anne Boleyn was educated in France but in her early twenties she became a member of Henry VIII's court, which led to their ill-fated marriage and her imprisonment in the Tower. Lissa Chapman focuses on Anne's complex role in London society, as a fashion icon and arts patron who was fully engaged in religious and intellectual debates. Examining her contemporary reputation and image, the author casts a light on everyday life, gossip and politics in Tudor London.
The Great War
Through Picture Postcards
Picture postcards were the main way that troops and their families communicated during the 1914‒18 war, and the illustrations and slogans they displayed give us insights into their lives and attitudes. The more than 500 contemporary cards in this collection come from a variety of home fronts and theatres of war around the world. They demonstrate everything from patriotic propaganda and angry satire to startling images of mass graves, proud displays of new weapons and soldiers cheerfully posing in gas masks.
Ferries Across the Humber
The Story of the Humber Ferries and the Last Coal-Burning Paddle Steamers in Regular Service in Britain
Before a bridge was built across the Humber in 1981, ferries had provided the link between East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Drawing on archive photographs, ephemera and personal accounts, this illustrated story of the services that plied the waters focuses on the paddle steamers that operated on the river from 1814 up until the 1970s, and in particular on the last vessels in service, Tattershall Castle, Lincoln Castle and Wingfield Castle.
By Train; Murray Naylor - 2 Books
In these two books, Murray Naylor acts as our guide to a selection of cathedrals and churches, all of which are within easy reach of a railway station. He offers an introduction and personal appreciation of the ecclesiastical builders and their contribution to Christian culture, and observations on the railway, past and present, and its engineers. Both books include details and maps of rail routes and around 200 photographs. The two titles included in this set are: England's Cathedrals by Train (Read more...) England's Historic Churches by Train (Read more...)
Fact Files - 4 Books
Each of the titles in Pen and Sword's Fact File series gives an overview of a class of military equipment. Every model or variation is given a separate entry containing a brief history, technical data table, illustrations and photographs, often of it in use. The four titles included in this set are: German Half-Tracks and Wheeled Vehicles (Read more...) German Artillery (Read more...) Panzers of the Wehrmacht (Read more...) German Heavy Artillery Guns (Read more...)
Horse-drawn tramways were superseded by cable and electric systems in the early 20th century, and in the big cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow extensive services operated into the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on these centres and with nearly 200 images, fleet lists, maps and details of route openings and closures, this volume tells the story of Scotland’s trams up to the costly new line that opened in Edinburgh in 2014.
In order to have enough work to sell at his first exhibition, Jonathan Clay left the backgrounds to some locomotive compositions blank, intending to complete them later. The sale of these canvases helped establish his career as a railway artist and also set a signature style of composition. This collection of 150 paintings includes historic British steam engines, diesels from the BR era and narrow-gauge locos as well as engines from America and elsewhere.
The Siege of Leningrad
The Military History of the Third Reich from Germany Newsreels
Part of the Hitler’s War Machine series tracing the military history of the Third Reich through wartime German newsreels with English translation, this film records the decisive and massively destructive siege of Leningrad, which lasted from September 1941 to the Red Army victory in January 1944.