The Worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
The Story Behind International Rescue
Beginning with a simple toy puppet character called Twizzle in 1957, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson refined their television puppet stories into the sophisticated 'Supermarionation' of Thunderbirds and Joe 90, and their film productions developed into big-budget, live-action dramas such as UFO and Space 1999. This analysis of their work looks at each series, including unrealized concepts such as The Investigator, and includes reviews of key episodes and illustrations.
The Ultimate Flying Wings of the Luftwaffe
In early 1945, the Nazis were engaged in secret programmes to develop faster aircraft, with greater range and anti-radar, or stealth characteristics; a turbojet ‘flying wing’ was already under construction. Illustrated with detailed technical drawings, this book provides an in-depth study of these radical fighter and bomber projects, and shows how close Hitler may have come to having long-distance bombing capability and winning the war in the air.
Steam in the North
Railways in the 1960s Across the North of England
Photographing the railways of the North East in the 1960s, Richard Gaunt strove to create more interesting scenes than the standard three-quarter 'wedge' train composition and many of the images in this portfolio display atmospheric and unusual views of platform, shed, siding and loco. Covering the Midland and West Coast Main Lines in Lancashire and Yorkshire and further north, the images are accompanied by the author's recollections of the period.
Sailing and Soaring
The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
Beginning with New York’s Singer Building, which at 612 feet on completion in 1908 was the world’s tallest building, and Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauretania, both Blue Riband winners for their astonishing speed, this book compares nine of the most iconic Manhattan skyscrapers with many of the great transatlantic liners, including Queen Mary and Allure of the Seas, exploring the history of their construction, interior design, various uses and regrettable, though inevitable, demise.
Royal Prussia, Imperial Germany and the First World War 1825–1918
Blaine Taylor presents an illustrated study of Prussian and German railways – personnel, lines, locomotives, rolling stock and stations – from 1825, through the Wars of Unification (1864–71) to the Armistice in November 1918.
Operation Big Ben
The Anti-V2 Spitfire Missions
To defend the home counties from the terrifying V2 rocket attacks, formations of Mark XVI Spitfires carrying 250 lb and 500 lb bombs divebombed launch sites in Holland between 1944 and 1945. Drawing on records declassified in 2004, this updated account of Whitehall’s covert operation not only covers the daring raids of five different Spitfire squadrons, but also the intelligence-gathering activities in Europe of special commando units, including Ian Fleming’s 30 Assault Unit.
Monuments and Changing Communities in the Wessex Landscape
In addition to the famous monuments at Stonehenge and Avebury, Wessex contains many lesser-known ancient sites, such as earthen circles and long barrows. In this book, two former archaeological investigators for English Heritage use their thorough knowledge of the area to set these locations within the context of the wider landscape and to reveal how early farming communities shaped the land that we see today.
A Biography by Curt Riess
Based mainly on first-hand information painstakingly gathered by Curt Reiss (1902–1993) and first published in 1949, this book remains a compelling biography of Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. This edition has a new introduction and 96 photographs.
History Of The Gloster Javelin
The First All Weather British Fighter
With nicknames like Flat Iron and Drag Queen, the Gloster Javelin was not the best-loved of RAF fighters, but it was a significant aircraft, developed to meet the demands of the Cold War. Watson gives a comprehensive, illustrated history of its chequered career.
The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front
A soldier in the Germany infantry, Friedrich Reiner Niemann (1922–1945) served on the Eastern Front from 1941 until his disappearance during the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive. He wrote over 100 letters home; translated and introduced here by Denis Havel.
Durham, Darlington and County Durham
Images of the North East in the 1960s
The North East was in decline during the 1960s, with traditional heavy industry collapsing, housing and infrastructure crumbling and money scarce. This collection of black-and-white images portrays life in Darlington and Durham at the time, with extensive accompanying recollections by the author. The notably well-composed and poetic photographs offer a social history of people and places, work and leisure, and urban and industrial decay.
The Daughters of George III
Despite their unprepossessing parents, the six daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte were remarkably good-looking; commissioned to paint portraits of the children, Gainsborough was enraptured with the girls’ beauty. His paintings are among the illustrations in this first complete account of all six daughters: Charlotte, Princess Royal, later Queen of Württemberg (1766–1828); Augusta Sophia (1768–1840); Elizabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg (1770–1840); May, Duchess of Gloucester (1776–1857); Sophia (1777–1848) and Amelia (1783–1810). Off-mint.
Conquest of the Atlantic
Cunard Liners of the 1950s and 1960s
In this celebratory book, William Miller’s passion for the romance of ocean liners looks to the Cunard Line and its fleet of iconic ships, including the two ‘Queens’, Mauretania, Caronia and Queen Elizabeth 2. Drawing on staff and passenger interviews, photographs and posters, the author traces the ships’ survival through the Second World War, when many liners were painted grey for military service, into passenger shipping’s grand and opulent finale before the advent of commercial aviation.
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Warrior Queen of the USAF
First entering service in 1955, the jet-powered, long range Boeing B52 Stratofortress became the backbone of the US Airforce during the Cold War and beyond, the last variation, the B52H, leaving the assembly line in the early 1960s and continuing in service to this day. This book charts the long design process that began in the mid 1940s, the production history and the service career of the iconic aircraft from the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Curious and Macabre Anecdotes
On 24 February 1933, Hitler’s ‘clairvoyant’ advisor, Eric Hanussen, held a séance in which he predicted that a large Berlin building would be burnt to the ground. Three days later the Reichstag was set on fire. Drawn from a wide range of sources, this collection of over 300 short anecdotes about the German dictator depicts the man, his shortcomings and his eccentricities in a strange and often lurid light.
Letters From A Flying Officer
In this 1928 account of a pilot in the First World War, the letters and diaries of Flying Officer Michael John Enderby and the comments of Group Captain Merrivale are ostensibly fiction. They are in fact closely based on the experiences of the author and offer an insight into the workings of the Royal Flying Corps, with descriptions of real combat events and observations on the development of aviation technology and the tactics of aerial combat during the war.
Industry and the Coast
Images of the North East in the 1960s
Windswept coastlines, factories belching smoke into leaden skies and the shapes and deep shadows of industrial architecture are the subjects of this collection of black-and-white photographs of the North East in the 1960s. These images of the majestic cranes of the shipyards and the decaying industrial landscapes of Tyneside and Teesside are also a valuable social document, showing people at work and play in cities, factories, seaside resorts and the docks.
Crystal Palace Speedway
A History of the Glaziers
Having witnessed short-track motorcycle racing in Australia in the 1920s, two entrepreneurs brought the spectacle to London, building a track in Crystal Palace Park. This book tells the history of the early years of British speedway and the Crystal Palace Glaziers team, who raced at the circuit in the late 1920s and 1930s, and explains how poor management led to the closure of the track before the post-war speedway boom.
The Consummate Collector
William Beckford's Letters to his Bookseller
This volume of over 350 letters written by William Beckford (1760-1844) to his bookseller George Clarke between 1830 and 1834 gives a vivid picture of the insatiable connoisseur in the act of gathering his extraordinary collection of printed books. The correspondence is the most complete documentary record of Beckford's libraries, both at Fonthill Abbey and in Bath, but also illuminates the contemporary world of the London book trade, wealthy collectors, publishers and auction houses.
Bombs, Burnings and Bigotry
By August 1969, the two-year campaign for civil rights in Northern Ireland, under increasing attack from loyalist paramilitaries, exploded into rioting on the streets of Belfast. This book charts three days that changed the course of Northern Irish history and radicalized a generation of Catholic youth. It sets the events in their historical context, includes interviews with individuals from both sides, and with British Army officers, and asks how we can avoid the mistakes of the past.
At Close Quarters: SOE Close Combat Pistol Instructor
Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor
Many of the tales about Hector Grant-Taylor, the legendary Second World War SOE instructor, who had an enormous influence on techniques and training in close quarters combat, are revealed to be apocryphal in this biography. Nevertheless the real story is no less colourful as the aristocratic-sounding army officer turns out to have been born plain Leonard Taylor in a working class area of Manchester and to have spent time in Wormwood Scrubs for bigamy.
Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife
A History of Protest Christmas Cards
Yuletide greetings from the Spanish Civil War and Korea; the Three Wise Men stopped by border patrols; Tony Blair with a sleigh distributing missiles over the desert; David Cameron in a sleigh distributing parcels of cuts ... Presenting some 250 cards from their own collection, Llew and Pam Smith offer an unusual history of British political life, traced through the ways in which political parties, unions and protest groups have spread their message using Christmas cards.
A Spitfire Pilot's Story
Wine, Women and Song
After the Battle of Britain, there was a call for extra manpower from the Commonwealth. By 1941, more than 3,000 New Zealanders were serving in the RAF. Funds raised in the former colony also paid for the first New Zealand unit, 485 Squadron, in which Doug Brown began his service. Based largely on his many letters home, this book tells the fascinating story of one pilot’s recruitment, training and wartime experiences.
Thomas J Lipton's America's Cup Campaigns
The Saga of One Man's Three-Decade Obsession with Winning the America's Cup
Having built up his grocery empire and established his famous tea brand, Thomas Lipton used his wealth to enter a yacht for the America's Cup in 1899. This book tells the story of his subsequent obsession, challenging on five more occasions over the next three decades. Drawing on contemporary accounts and newspaper reports, the book includes a summary of the early years of the race and reviews the developments in yacht design up to and during the Lipton challenges.
Rise Against Eagles
Stories of RAF Airmen in the Battle of Britain
A compilation of tributes to airmen who flew against the Luftwaffe during the Second World, this book tells the stories of pilots from Poland, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as five of ‘the Few’ from Merseyside, other British airmen whose stories have not been told before and Squadron Leader Laurence ‘Benny’ Goodman. All these men, apart from Goodman, who flew special bombing operations in 617 Squadron during 1944–5, were RAF fighter crew in the Battle of Britain.
Wartime Bombing Decoys in Wales
Pathfinder bombers in the Second World War dropped incendiary bombs so that the main force could target the resulting fires. This system led to a network of decoys being built across Britain, where fires were created in an unpopulated area to divert enemy bombs. Ivor Jones’s investigation into the once-secret sites across Wales includes details of how they were constructed, contemporary aerial images and modern photographs of what remains of 'Q' and 'starfish' decoys, as well as dummy airfields.
Love is Like a Rose
Drawing on Jane Austen's private correspondence, this account chronicles her relationship with the family and friends who would help populate her novels, including her sister Cassandra and her vivacious cousin and eventual sister-in-law Eliza de Feuillide. It also sheds light on the identity of the man she fell in love with in Devon and diagnoses the mystery illness that claimed her life.
Images of Wales
From a Decade of Change: The 1970s
During the 1970s the coal and steel industries that provided much of the employment in Wales were shrinking, and – despite social progress and increasing prosperity – regeneration and improvement of the built environment was slow to come. This thoughtful and thought-provoking collection of black-and-white photographs includes images from all over Wales, and is notable for a sense of decline and neglect in studies of iconic national subjects such as coal mines, steam railways, seaside resorts, and Nonconformist churches and chapels.
Goldfish, Caterpillars & Guinea Pigs
Accounts of Pilots and Air Crews from the Second World War
Pilots who underwent pioneering reconstructive plastic surgery after being shot down in the Second World War became members of The Guinea Pig Club and there were also informal societies for those who escaped from crippled aircraft by parachute (The Caterpillar Club) or ditched in water and survived thanks to their dinghy or lifebelt (The Goldfish Club). This book collects 35 stories of miraculous escapes and recoveries, and outlines the history of the clubs that recognized the survivors’ achievements.
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.
Adolf's British Holiday Snaps
Luftwaffe Aerial Reconnaissance Photographs of England, Scotland and Wales
At the beginning of the Second World War, Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to take aerial photographs of Britain in preparation for an invasion. In 1945 British Intelligence discovered 16 tons of pictures in Bavaria, which were sent to Britain and classified top secret; but other Luftwaffe photographs were found and kept by ordinary servicemen. Here, Nigel Clarke presents approximately 200 such photographs, many with bomb runs marked, along with wartime images of the corresponding damage on the ground.
The Call Up
A Study of National Service in Peacetime Britain
From 1947 until 1963 all healthy British men between 18 and 21 were expected to do 18 months' military service. With over 60 contemporary images and many first-hand accounts, this book provides insight into this formative experience. For some, it was a time of friendship and camaraderie, others experienced hardship and brutality; and although it often meant square-bashing at Catterick; there was also active service in Suez, Aden or Cyprus with around 600 killed in action or accidents.
The British Shell Shortage
Of the First World War
The British shortage of munitions during the First World War was a case of gross mismanagement with disastrous consequences at the Front and political fall-out at home. This study examines shell manufacture in both political and military contexts in 1915. In particular, Harding looks at the fighting at Neuve Chapelle and the Aubers Ridge from the perspective of the Rifle Brigade, whose casualties, when reported in The Times, resulted in the formation of the coalition government and the Ministry of Munitions.