Charts of War
The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War at Sea
Information is power, and sea charts, with their details of harbour approaches, coastal hazards, tides and currents, have often been closely guarded secrets. Handsomely illustrated with historic maps drawn from maritime archives around the world, this large-format book explains how sea charts developed in response to changing military techniques and technology. Informative captions set the charts in context, and describe their function in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war at sea, from Francis Drake to the D-Day landings.
A Secret Well Kept
The Untold Story of Sir Vernon Kell, Founder of MI5
Constance Kell was married to Britain’s first spymaster for over 40 years, and after his death in 1941 she wrote this heartfelt account of her husband’s life and work. Drawing on Kell’s diaries, the book covers his postings abroad to Russian, Japan and China, and his time as head of MI5 during which, as stories here attest, the service successfully outwitted scores of foreign intelligence agents.
When the Office Went to War
War Letters from the Men of the Great Western Railway
When men from the Great Western Railway’s audit division left to fight in the First World War, they began to correspond with staff back home in the Paddington office where their letters were compiled into monthly ‘newsletters’. Twelve of these newsletters are arranged chronologically in this touching collection, in which a group of colleagues bound together by work, yet scattered across France, Belgium, the Dardanelles, Greece, India and Egypt, pour out their thoughts and reflections about life on the front.
A British Tommy's Experiences in the Trenches in World War One
After over two years at the front from 1915 to 1917, Harry Stinton returned home to Bethnal Green and set about expanding his wartime diaries into a comprehensive account of his experiences, the document only being discovered after his death. He remained a private throughout the war, and his memoir is an ordinary soldier's view of Loos, Vimy Ridge, the Somme and Ypres. The book also includes the evocative colour sketches that he made while on active service.
Reporting Under Fire Since 1850
Powerful reports from war zones have resulted in some correspondents becoming forever associated with the conflicts they covered, such as Rageh Omaar in Iraq and Brian Hanrahan in the Falklands. Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this book tells the story of war reporting from the pioneers of the 19th century to the present, detailing the most famous dispatches and illuminating the journalists' experiences. Illustrations include the best of war art and the work of celebrated photojournalists.
Mapping the Second World War
The Key Battles of the European Theatre from Above
This remarkable book tells the story of the Second World War through a selection of more than 100 contemporary government maps – some of them used in active combat and retaining notes by commanders and operational staff. Reproduced in full colour, they chart major operations from the evacuation of Dunkirk and Hitler's aborted invasion of Britain, through Stalingrad to the D-Day landings and the invasion of Germany itself. A narrative introduction sets these crucial primary sources in their historical context.
In Search of the South Pole
In 1911 the world watched and waited as Amundsen and Scott raced across the Antarctic wastes to the South Pole. Over a century later, this enigmatic, unforgiving continent retains its allure for explorers, scientists and extreme skiers. Packed with stunning colour photographs and vintage images, this book charts its discovery, from Cook's first venture into its icy waters, through the pioneering voyages of James Clark Ross and Carsten Borchgrevink, to the heroic age of Shackleton and Scott.
Twilight of the Gods
The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II
David Stone tells the story of the progressive demise of the German general staff, from its revival and rearmament in 1935 to its downfall in the final years of the Second World War. The study examines why the army high command entered into its ‘unholy alliance’ with the National Socialists and Hitler; traces the worsening relationship as the war progressed; and analyses the general staff’s role in von Stauffenberg’s 1944 assassination attempt and the failed Operation Valkyrie.
The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy 1850–1939
The change from sail to steam in the Royal Navy was underway by 1850 and in the following decades the work and life of ordinary seamen changed radically as new jobs, servicing the engines and operating the sophisticated gunnery and communications systems, replaced the traditional lot of the sailor. This well-researched history chronicles the increasing professionalization and specialization of the lower deck as the Navy rapidly evolved and introduced many of the roles and practices which are familiar today.
Rediscovering the Great Wartime Battles
In the Dig WW2 TV series, Dan Snow undertook a number of archaeological investigations on Second World War battle sites, including diving the wreck of a cargo ship laden with Sherman tanks and unearthing a downed Spitfire. With photographs from the excavations, as well as archive images, this accompanying book delves further into the digs, and the human stories they reveal, and places the finds in the context of the war as a whole.