Casemate Fall 2017 Catalog

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As you have come to expect each season, Casemate strives to bring you a wide diversity of quality titles both from our own publishing program and those of our publisher clients from around the globe. As such, we are extremely proud to present to you our Fall 2017 catalog.

Casemate Publishers


Big Sky Publishing


Big Sky Publishing/Birlinn


Fighting High Publishing


Fonthill Media


Thirty Degree South Publishers


Frontline Books


Greenhill Books


Grub Street Publishing


Harpia Publishing




Helion and Company


Histoire & Collections








PeKo Publishing


Best Regards,

Pen and Sword


David Farnsworth President

Savas Beatie


Here then is a great range of excellent titles for your store, library, or bookshelf,with which we hope we can help you to grow your business. With over 400 new books this season covering a vast variety of subjects including, but certainly not limited to, biographies, lessons in leadership, military history ranging from the ancient times up through the conflicts of today, weaponry, aviation, modeling, war gaming, and historical reference, we are certain that this catalog will excite you as much as it does us. As ever, we welcome any questions or comments you might have, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about upcoming titles, previously featured titles, and our growing eBook selection. We can also help you curate a given subject area from the titles we carry. We want to thank all who make each season’s selection of titles as excellent as the last, and especially you, our customer, for your continued interest and support. We look forward to working with you in the months to come.

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Front Cover: From Pearl: The 7th Day of December Cover Artist: Katie Gabriel Allen

Interior design by Versatile PreMedia Services, Pune, India


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Casemate Twenty-Two on Peleliu Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine George Peto and Peter Margaritis $32.95 / 368 pages / 6 x 9 / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-527-0

On September 15, 1944, U.S. Marines landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu, as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto. This is the wild and remarkable story of an “Old Breed” Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific during WWII, to his life after the war, told in his own words. Joining the Marine Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbour, was initially assigned to a guard unit. His first experience of combat was during the landings at Finschhaven and Cape Gloucester. He was a Forward Observer in one of the lead amtracs of the 1st Marines for the Peleliu landing, and saw fierce fighting for a week before the unit was relieved due to massive casualties. The unit was then the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance on landing on D+1, but would then fight on Okinawa for over six months. A proud surviving member of the 1st Marines’“Old Breed," George Peto served with distinction throughout the entire Pacific War. He was later author or contributing author of several articles on the Pacific theater. In 2009, George was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame. He became a distinguished public speaker, sharing stories of his amazing life with veteran organizations, civil organizations, and schools in Ohio. George led an active life right up until his death at 93.

The Ardennes Battlefields December 1944–January 1945 Simon Forty and Leo Marriott $29.99 / 192 pages / 8.25 x 11.7 / Color and b/w photos throughout / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-534-8

Just after its seventieth anniversary, the Battle of the Bulge has lost none of its impact. The largest battle fought by US troops on the continent of Europe started in a surprise attack on December 16, 1944, by four German armies, spearheaded by the cream of the German Panzer forces. Under the cover of bad weather and heavy snow, Hitler’s last roll of the dice was intended to retake Antwerp, split the Allies, divide their political leadership, and force peace in the West, thus allowing the German forces to concentrate on defeating the Red Army. The Ardennes Battlefields includes details of what can be seen on the ground today— hardware, memorials, museums, and cemeteries—using a mixture of media to provide an overview of the campaign: maps old and new highlight what has survived and what hasn’t; then and now photography allows fascinating comparisons with the images taken at the time; aerial photos give another angle to the story. The fifth book by Leo Marriott and Simon Forty on the Allied invasion of Europe provides a different perspective to this crucial battlefield. Simon Forty has been working in publishing as commissioning editor and author for 35 years. He has co-authored with Leo Marriott a series of books on the Normandy Campaign, including The Normandy Battlefields: D-Day & the Bridgehead (2014) and Hitler's Atlantic Wall (2016). A keen cyclist he has toured the Normandy battlefields many times. Leo Marriott is a retired Air Traffic Controller who has had more than thirty books published on his specialist subjects: naval warfare and aviation. He is an experienced pilot and accomplished aerial photographer.

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Casemate Vitebsk The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army Die Wehrmacht im Kampf Otto Heidkämper and Linden Lyons $32.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-548-5

The city of Vitebsk in Belarus was of strategic importance during the fighting on the Eastern Front, as it controlled the route to Minsk. A salient in the German lines, Vitebsk had been declared a Festerplatz—a fortress town—meaning that it must be held at all costs. A task handed to 3rd Panzer Army in 1943. Otto Heidkämper was chief of staff of Georg-Hans Reinhardt's 3rd Panzer Army, Army Group Center, which was stationed around Vitebsk and Smolensk from early 1942 until June 1944. His detailed account of the defense of Vitebsk through the winter of 1943 into 1944, right up to the Soviet summer offensive, is a valuable firsthand account of how the operations around Vitebsk played out. Twenty maps accompany the narrative. During this time, 3rd Panzer Army undertook numerous military operations to defend the area against the Soviets; they also engaged in anti-partisan operations in the area, deporting civilians accused of supporting partisans and destroying property. Otto Heidkämper was a highly decorated Wehrmacht general who commanded several divisions during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross. He was Chief-of-Staff of 3rd Panzer Army during the Vitebsk battles, making his account uniquely valuable.

Panzer Operations Germany's Panzer Group 3 During the Invasion of Russia, 1941 Die Wehrmacht im Kampf Hermann Hoth and Linden Lyons $19.95 / 200 pages / 6 x 9 / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-562-1

This book, originally published in German in 1956, has now been translated into English, unveiling a wealth of both experiences and analysis about Operation Barbarossa, perhaps the most important military campaign of the 20th century. Hermann Hoth led Germany’s 3rd Panzer Group in Army Group Center—in tandem with Guderian’s 2nd Group—during the invasion of the Soviet Union, and together those two daring panzer commanders achieved a series of astounding victories, encircling entire Russian armies at Minsk, Smolensk, and Vyazma, all the way up to the very gates of Moscow. This work begins with Hoth discussing the use of nuclear weapons in future conflicts. This cool-headed post-war reflection, from one of Nazi Germany’s top panzer commanders, is rare enough. But then Hoth dives into his exact command decisions during Barbarossa—still the largest continental offensive ever undertaken—to reveal new insights into how Germany could and in his view should, have succeeded in the campaign.

Hermann Hoth (1885-1971) began Workd War II in command of a motorized corps. During Operation Barbarossa he commander Panzer Group 3 of Army Group Center, and toward the end of 1941 was promoted to command of 17th Army. In June 1942 he was given command of 4th Panzer Army. In 1943, following the battle of Kursk, he was relieved of command. After serving six years in prison following the Nuremberg Trials, Hoth turned to writing and died at age 85 in Goslar, Germany.


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Casemate 2nd SS Panzer "Das Reich" Division Casemate Militaria Yves Buffetaut $24.95 / 192 pages / 7 x 10 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-525-6

The Das Reich Division was the most infamous units of the Waffen-SS. Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS) units were originally paramilitary formations raised to protect the members of the Nazi party, and the Waffen-SS (the armed SS) was founded in 1934 as the SS-Verfügungstruppe. In 1939 the SS-Verfügungstruppe was placed under the operational command of the OKH. During the invasion of Poland the unit fought as a mobile infantry regiment. There were doubts about the unit's effectiveness, but Hitler ordered it be allowed to expand and form its own divisions, but under the command of the army. In 1940 the SS-Verfügungs-Division participated in the invasion of the Netherlands and France. After the Battle of France the SSVT was officially renamed the Waffen-SS, and in 1941, the Verfügungs-Division was renamed Reich, later Das Reich. In 1941 Das Reich took part in the invasion of Yugoslavia, where its men accepted the surrender of Belgrade. In Barbarossa, Das Reich fought with Army Group Center, in the spearhead of Operation Typhoon and taking part in the battle of Moscow, by which time it had lost 60 percent of its combat strength. In 1944, the unit was stationed in southern France when the Allies landed in Normandy. The following days saw the division commit atrocities, hanging 100 local men in the town of Tulles in reprisal for German losses, and massacring 642 French civilians in Oradoursur-Glane, allegedly in retaliation for partisan activity in the area. Later in the Normandy fighting, Das Reich was encircled in the Roncey pocket by US 2nd Armored Division, losing most of their armored equipment. Das Reich surrendered in May 1945.

101st Airborne in Normandy Casemate Militaria Yves Buffetaut $24.95 / 192 pages / 7 x 10 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-523-2

101st Airborne Division was activated in August 1942 in Louisiana, and its first combat mission was Operation Overlord. On D-Day—June 6, 1944—101st and 82nd Airborne dropped onto the Cotentin peninsula hours before the landings, tasked with capturing bridges and positions, taking out German strongpoints and batteries, and securing the exits from Utah and Omaha Beaches. Things did not initially go smoothly for 101st Airborne, with cloud and antiaircraft fire disrupting the drops, resulting in some units landing scattered over a large area outside their designated drop zones and having to waste time assembling— stymied by lost or damaged radio equipment—or trying to achieve their objectives with severely reduced numbers. Casualties were high in some areas due to heavy pre-registered German fire. Nevertheless, the paratroopers fought on and they did manage to secure the crucial beach exits, even if they only achieved a tenuous hold on some other positions. A few days later, 101st Airborne were tasked with attacking the German-held city of Carentan as part of the consolidation of the US beachheads and establishment of a defensive line against the anticipated German counteroffensive. The 101st forced their way into Carentan on 10 and 11 June. The Germans withdrew the following day, and a counteroffensive was put down by elements of the 2nd Armored Division.

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Casemate Miracle at the Litza Hitler's First Defeat on the Eastern Front Alf R. Jacobsen and Frank Stewart $29.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9 / 34 / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-506-5

In the early summer of 1941, German rock hunters under the command of General Eduard Dietl set out in northern Norway up through Finland to the Russian border. Operation Silberfuchs was underway. The northernmost section of the eastern front would ensure Hitler supplies of nickel from Finnish mines, and bring the strategically important port city of Murmansk under German control. The road-less quagmire terrain created major challenges for the German troop movements. Despite this, Dietl's men made quick gains on his Russian foe, and they came closer to Murmansk. Despite repeated warnings of a German attack, Stalin had failed to mobilize, and the British hesitated to come to the rescue of the Red Army. But while the weather conditions steadily worsened, the Russians' resistance increased. Three bloody efforts to force the river Litza were repulsed, and resulted in warfare by riverbeds. The offensive would develop into a nightmare for those inadequately equipped German soldiers, who soon were in the minority on the Litzafronten.

Alf Reidar Jacobsen is a former investigative journalist in the fields of finance and political surveillance, and has served as head of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's Brennpunkt team, which is similarly devoted to in-depth investigation of topical issues. In 1998 he was awarded the Riverton Prize, the Norwegian equivalent of the Silver Dagger, for his crime novel Kharg. He has written several books on World War II, most of which have been translated into English.

First to Fight The U.S. Marines in World War I Oscar E. Gilbert and Romain V. Cansiere $32.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-508-9

“Retreat, hell! We just got here!” The words of Captain Lloyd Williams at Belleau Wood in June 1918 entered United States Marine Corps legend, and the Marine Brigade’s actions there— along with the censor’s failure to take out the name of the Brigade in the battle reports— made the Corps famous. The Marines went to war as part of the American Expeditionary Force, bitterly resented by the Army and General Pershing. The Army tried to use them solely as labor troops and replacements, but the German spring offensive of 1918 forced the issue. The French begged Pershing to commit his partially trained men, and two untested American divisions, supported by British and French units, were thrown into the path of five German divisions. Three horrific weeks later, the Marines held the entirety of Belleau Wood. This book will look at all the operations of the Marine Corps in World War I, cover the activities of both ground and air units, and consider the units that supported the Marine Brigade. It will examine how, during the war years, the Marine Corps changed from a small organization of naval security detachments to an elite land combat force.

Oscar E. Gilbert previously co-authored Tanks In Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company On Tarawa (Casemate, 2015), winner of The General Wallace M. Greene Award for outstanding non-fiction. Romain V. Cansiere has previously co-authored Tanks In Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company On Tarawa (Casemate, 2015), winner of The General Wallace M. Greene Award for outstanding non-fiction.


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Casemate Leibstandarte

82nd Airborne

Ardennes 1944 Past & Present

Normandy 1944 Past & Present

Stephen Smith and Simon Forty

Stephen Smith and Simon Forty

$16.95 / 64 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Color and b/w photos throughout / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-542-3

$16.95 / 64 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Color and b/w photos throughout / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-536-2

The 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler was the spearhead of the assault by Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth Panzer Armee on the northern flank of the German Ardennes offensive. The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past together with concise explanatory text. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and how much such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera has changed, providing a coherent link between now and then.

On August 15, 1942, the 82nd Airborne became the US Army’s first airborne division. Commanded by Major General Matthew B. Ridgway, they trained exhaustively for their new role, which involved parachuting from C-47s and insertion by Waco CG-4A gliders. The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past together with concise explanatory text. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and how much such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera has changed, providing a coherent link between now and then.

Steve Smith is a highly experienced editor and author. A New York-based military historian he has written several highly regarded books, including Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon and Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban (as Stephen Tanner).

The Falaise Gap Battles Normandy 1944 Past & Present Simon Forty and Leo Marriott $16.95 / 64 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Color and b/w photos throughout / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-538-6

The denouement of the battle of Normandy, the fighting around Falaise and Chambois in August 1944 and the pursuit of the retreating German armies to the Seine provided the Allies with an immense victory. The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past together with concise explanatory text. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and how much such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera has changed, providing a coherent link between now and then. Simon Forty has been working in publishing as commissioning editor and author for 35 years. He has co-authored with Leo Marriott a series of books on the Normandy Campaign, including The Normandy Battlefields: D-Day & the Bridgehead (2014) and Hitler's Atlantic Wall (2016). A keen cyclist he has toured the Normandy battlefields many times.

Steve Smith is a highly experienced editor and author. A New York-based military historian he has written several highly regarded books, including Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon and Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban (as Stephen Tanner).

1st Airborne Market Garden 1944 Past & Present Simon Forty and Leo Marriott $16.95 / 64 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Color and b/w photos throughout / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-540-9

While the 6th Airborne Division had landed in France on D-Day and covered itself in glory, its counterpart, the 1st Airborne Division, had last seen action during an amphibious assault at Taranto on September 9, 1943, as part of the invasion of Italy. Returned to the UK in December 1943, it was held in reserve during the battle of Normandy and spent three months waiting for action, as plan after plan was proposed and then discarded, such was the speed of the Allied pursuit of the Germans.

Simon Forty has been working in publishing as commissioning editor and author for 35 years. He has co-authored with Leo Marriott a series of books on the Normandy Campaign, including The Normandy Battlefields: D-Day & the Bridgehead (2014) and Hitler's Atlantic Wall (2016). A keen cyclist he has toured the Normandy battlefields many times.

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Casemate Jungle Survival Manual 1939-1945

The U.S. Army Cooks’ Manual

Instructions on Warfare, Terrain, Endurance and the Dangers of the Tropics

Rations, Preparation, Recipes, Camp Cooking Girard Kratz

Alan Jeffreys

$14.95 / 240 pages / 5 x 7.5 / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-471-6 / social history

$18.95 / 144 pages / 5 x 7.5 / line illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-436-5

This paperback volume will appeal to those interested in the SouthEast Asian and Pacific theatres of WWII as well as those researching their family history. It makes a unique gift for all those interested in survival techniques, and those of traveling to Asia. The Jungle Survival Manual is complete with some 20 diagrams and drawings reproduced from the original guides.

Alan Jeffreys is a curator at the Imperial War Museum and is an expert on tactics and training for jungle warfare and the British Army in the Far East during World War II.

An army marches on its stomach—so the classic saying goes. This book brings together excerpts from contemporary manuals for U.S. Army cooks to show how the U.S. Army fed and provisioned its troops in the early 20th century and lift the lid on what daily life must have been like both for those preparing and consuming the rations. With an introduction explaining the historical background, this is a fascinating and fun exploration of early 20th-century American army cooking, with a dash of inspiration for feeding your own army! An army marches on its stomach—so the classic saying goes. This book brings together excerpts from contemporary manuals for U.S. Army cooks to show how the U.S. Army fed and provisioned its troops in the early 20th century.

Churchill Warrior

Prisoner of the Swiss

How a Military Life Guided Winston's Finest Hours

A World War II Airman's Story Daniel Culler and Rob Morris

Brian Lavery

$25 / 144 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of b/w photos / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-554-6

$32.95 / 448 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of b/w photos / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91086-022-9

Churchill Warrior looks at how Churchill gained his unique insight into war strategy and administration, and the effect this had on his thinking and leadership. Each period (before, during and after the First World War, and in the Second World War) is divided into four parts – land, sea and air warfare, and combined operations. The conclusion deals with the effect of these experiences on his wartime leadership. Lavery explores how some of Churchill’s earliest innovations were to bear fruit decades later, how his uncompromising, but uniquely informed, hands-on approach, led to a systemic victory against the odds. Brian Lavery is one of Britain’s leading naval historians and a prolific author. His recent titles include Ship (2006), Royal Tars (2010), and Conquest of the Ocean (2013).


During World War II, 1,517 members of US aircrews were forced to seek asylum in Switzerland. Most neutral countries found reason to release US airmen from internment, but Switzerland took its obligations under the Hague Convention more seriously than most. The airmen were often incarcerated in local jails, and later transferred to prison camps. The worst of these camps was Wauwilermoos, where at least 161 U.S. airmen were sent for the honorable offense of escaping. To this hellhole came Dan Culler, the author of this incredible account of suffering and survival. Morris’s introduction and notes provide historical background and context, including recent efforts to recognize the suffering of those incarcerated in Switzerland and afford them full POW status. Dan Culler was a WWII veteran who wrote The Black Hole of Wauwilermoos about his experiences as a POW in a Swiss internment camp during the war.

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Casemate Greek Warriors


Hoplites and Heroes Casemate Short History

Fighting to the Death in Ancient Rome Casemate Short History

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.5 / 30 b/w illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-515-7

Thermopylae, Marathon: though fought 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece, the names of these battles are more familiar to many than battles fought in the last halfcentury; but our concept of the men who fought in these battles may be more a product of Hollywood than Greece.

M. C. Bishop $12.95 / 160 pages / 5.9 x 7.8 / 30 b/w illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-513-3

Shaped by the landscape in which they fought, the warriors of Ancient Greece were mainly heavy infantry. While Bronze Age Greeks fought as individuals, for personal glory, the soldiers of the Classical city states fought as hoplites, armed with long spears and large shields, in an organized formation called the phalanx. This book sketches the change from heroic to hoplite warfare, and discusses the equipment and training of both the citizen and professional soldiers Sparta.

The gladiator is one of the most enduring figures of Ancient Rome. Heroic, though of lowly status, they fought vicious duels in large arenas filled with baying crowds. The survivor could be either executed (the famous ‘thumbs down’ signal) or spared at the whim of the crowd or the Emperor. Few lasted more than a dozen fights, yet they were a valuable asset to their owners. But how did they fight and how did their weapons and techniques develop? Who were they? This book gives an entertaining overview of the history of the gladiator, debunking some myths along the way. We learn about the different forms of combat, and the pairings which were designed to carefully balance the strengths and weaknesses of one against the other.



Chivalry and Violence Casemate Short History

Raiders from the Sea Casemate Short History

John Sadler and Rosie Serdiville $12.95 / 160 pages / 5.9 x 7.8 / 30 b/w illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-517-1

Originally warriors mounted on horseback, knights became associated with the concept of chivalry as it was popularised in medieval European literature. Knights were expected to fight bravely and honourably and be loyal to their lord until death if necessary. Later chivalry came to encompass activities such as tournaments and hunting, and virtues including justice, charity and faith. The Crusades were instrumental in the development of the code of chivalry, and some crusading orders of knighthood, such as the Knights Templar, have become legend. This short history will cover the rise and decline of the medieval knights, including the extensive training, specific arms and armor, tournaments and the important concept of chivalry.

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5.9 x 7.8 / 30 b/w illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-519-5

From the 9th to the 11th century, Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks' advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies. Employing sail technology and using unpredictable strategies, the Vikings could strike suddenly, attack with great force, then withdraw with stolen goods or captives. Viking society was highly militarised, honour was everything and losing one’s reputation was worse than death. Offending another man’s honour could only be resolved through combat or blood revenge.

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Casemate Of Armies Blue and Gray The Civil War in Facts and Figures, Recipes and Slang Albert Nofi $32.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-552-2

Albert Nofi tells the story of the American War through a range of insightful essays, anecdotes, and facts. Did you know... • During the final days of the war, some Richmond citizens would throw “Starvation Parties,” at which elegantly attired guests would gather at soirees where the finest silver and crystal tableware was used, though there were usually no refreshments except water. • Union Rear-Admiral Goldsborough was nicknamed “Old Guts”, not so much for his combativeness as for his heft, weighing about 300 pounds, and was described as “. . . a huge mass of inert matter.” • 30.6 percent of the 425 Confederate generals, but only 21.6 percent of the 583 Union generals, had been lawyers before the war. • In 1861, J. P. Morgan made a huge profit by buying 5,000 condemned US Army carbines and selling them back to another arsenal, taking the Army to court when they tried to refuse to pay for the faulty weapons. Albert Nofi is a military historian, defense analyst and wargame designer. He has published over 30 books on a wide variety of topics. In parallel with three decades as a teacher and later administrator in New York public schools, he was associated editor of the journal Strategy and Tactics and produced a number of wargames. In 1999 Nofi became a research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses.

The Fights on the Little Horn Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer's Last Stand Gordon Harper $19.95 / 200 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of photos / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-563-8

Winner of the 2014 John Carroll Award, presented annually by The Little Big Horn Associates, as their Literary Award for the best book/monograph during the preceding year. Winner 2014 G. Joseph Sills Jr. Book Award. This remarkable book synthesizes a lifetime of in-depth research into one of America’s most storied disasters, the defeat of Custer’s 7th Cavalry at the hands of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, as well as the complete annihilation of that part of the cavalry led by Custer himself. The author, Gordon Harper, spent countless hours on the battlefield itself as well as researching every iota of evidence of the fight from both sides, white and Indian. He was thus able to recreate every step of the battle as authoritatively as anyone could, dispelling myths and falsehoods along the way. Harper himself passed away in 2009, leaving behind nearly two million words of original research and writing. In this book his work has been condensed for the general public to observe his key findings and the crux of his narrative on the exact course of the battle. Gordon Harper, born in Toronto in 1939, found his interest piqued in "Custer's Last Stand" at age 20 when he mistakenly got off a bus at the battlefield. He became captivated by the site. He devoted half a century to studying the battle, and compiled a complete source book, but passed away shortly before the manuscript. His daughter Tori and historians Gordon Richard and Monte Akers preserved his research in this title.


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7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day

America's Forgotten Military Leaders

Lessons from the Longest Day—June 6, 1944

The Spanish-American War to World War II

John Antal

Thomas D. Phillips

$32.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-529-4

$32.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-546-1

The odds were against the Allies on June 6, 1944. The task ahead of the paratroopers who jumped over Normandy and the soldiers who waded ashore onto the beaches, all under fire, was colossal. In such circumstances, good leadership can be the defining factor in victory or defeat. This book is about the extraordinary leadership of seven men who led American soldiers on D-Day and the days that followed. Some of them, like Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., and Lieutenant Dick Winters, are well known, while others are barely a footnote in the history books.

During the course of America’s existence, history has enshrined an exceptional few military leaders in the public’s collective consciousness while sometimes ignoring others often equally as deserving, relegating them to footnotes at best. Though the nation owes them considerable debts, the military history of the United States is replete with examples of leaders whose singular leadership is now little remembered or forgotten completely. This book is about those who have been overlooked; military leaders whose accomplishments have been too little acknowledged and too seldom celebrated.

This book is not a full history of D-Day, nor does it cover the heroic leadership shown by men in the armies of the Allies or members of the French Resistance who also participated in the Normandy assault and battles for the lodgment areas. It is, however, a primer on how you can lead today, no matter what your occupation or role in life, by learning from the leadership of these seven. John Antal is a soldier, military historian, and leadership expert. He is author of thirteen books and hundreds of articles on military and leadership subjects.

This volume covers leaders “in the shadows” during the four major conflicts the United States engaged in from the end of the 19th century to the middle years of the 20th: the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, World War I, and World War II. This book tells the stories of more than 20 and chronicles their activities through conflagrations spanning five decades. Following his military service, Phillips worked as a university administrator before beginning a full-time writing career.

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First Kills The Illustrated Biography of Fighter Pilot Władysław Gnyś Stefan W.C. Gnyś $32.95 / 304 pages / 7 x 10 / highly illustrated / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-556-0

Polish pilot Władek Gnyś was credited with shooting down the first two German aircraft of World War II on September 1, 1939. On 2 September 1939, as Gnys' squadron took off near Kraków to intercept the German invaders, German Stuka pilot Frank Neubert attacked, killing the captain. Władek, who barely survived himself, evaded the pursuing Stukas and went on to make the first Allied kills, while Neubert was credited with the first aerial kill of the war. An experienced fighter pilot, Gnyś fought in the Battle of Poland with the Polish Air Force, the Battle of France with the French Air Force and the Battle of Britain and beyond with the Royal Air Force. Drawing on his logbooks and his own words, this highly illustrated book tells Wladek’s story from his childhood in rural Poland, through his time flying in three Allied air forces during World War II, to his reconciliation with Neubert and his commemoration as a national war hero in Poland.

Stefan Gnyś is the son of pilot Władek Gnyś and has spent many years tracing his father's war through the archives of the air forces under which he served.


Casemate Field Marshal

“The Most Dangerous Moment of the War”

The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel Daniel Allen Butler

Japan's Attack on the Indian Ocean, 1942

$19.95 / 600 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of b/w photos / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-566-9

John Clancy

In Field Marshal historian Daniel Allen Butler not only describes the swirling, innovative campaigns in which Rommel won his military reputation, but assesses the temper of the man who finally fought only for his country, and no dark depths beyond. Erwin Rommel was a complex man: a born leader, brilliant soldier, a devoted husband and proud father; intelligent, instinctive, brave, compassionate, vain, egotistical, and arrogant. In France in 1940, then for two years in North Africa, then finally back in France again, at Normandy in 1944, he proved himself a master of armored warfare, running rings around a succession of Allied generals who never got his measure and could only resort to overwhelming numbers to bring about his defeat. Daniel Allen Butler, an internationally recognized authority on maritime and military history, is the bestselling author of “Unsinkable”: The Full Story of RMS Titanic, Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War, The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum.

In early April 1942, a littleknown episode of World War II took place, said by Sir Winston Churchill to be “the most dangerous moment of the war,” when the Japanese made their only major offensive westwards into the Indian Ocean. Historian Sir Arthur Bryant said, “A Japanese naval victory in April 1942 would have given Japan total control of the Indian Ocean, isolated the Middle East and brought down the Churchill government.”

John Clancy is an experienced author of over fifteen local history books and holds an MA in archaeology and heritage from the University of Leicester. His father was a survivor of the sinking of HMS Cornwall, and later in life he met another survivor who provided many missing links in the story.

The Flag

Teenage Resistance Fighter

Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

With the Maquisards in Occupied France

Andrew Richards

Hubert Verneret and Patrick Depardon

$32.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of photos / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-447-1

$24.95 / 144 pages / 6 x 9 / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-550-8

September 5, 1944 'The Americans are approaching; we follow their progress impatiently on the radio, by intercepting messages reserved for the commandos. They cannot be beaten now. But it is up to us to do the impossible to speed up the progression of the bulk of their troops, to facilitate the advance of their spearhead, and, above all, to prevent the Germans from withdrawing to the Rhine.

A teenager during the Second World War, he was a dedicated diarist who vividly described the events he saw in South Morvan. Now in his nineties he lives in Paris.


$19.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages photos / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-533-1

While the story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told before, this is the first book to explore David Railton’s life and war, and of ‘the padre’s flag’ he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war. The flag was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior and hangs in Westminster Abbey to this day. Reverend David Railton MC served as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War I. Attached to three divisions between 1916 and 1918, Railton supported the soldiers in their worst moments; he buried the fallen, comforted the wounded, wrote to the families of the missing and killed, and helped the survivors to remember and mark the loss of their comrades so that they were able to carry on. Andrew Richards served 22 years with the Household Cavalry. During his last years of service, he graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Humanities with History and Classical Studies.

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Frantic 7 The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944 John Radzilowski and Jerzy Szcześniak $29.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 40 color and b/w photos / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-560-7

The Frantic operations were conceived in late 1943 as Soviet forces advanced westward into Ukraine, making Soviet airfields accessible to long-range aircraft based in Italy and later England. American aircraft hit targets in central Europe, refueled and rearmed at Soviet airbases, then flew back to bomb additional targets. In addition to hitting Nazi war industries, the political objectives of Frantic were to build closer cooperation with the Red Army as thoughts turned to what would come after the war finally ended. This book gives a full narrative of the Frantic 7 operation itself. Using the firsthand accounts of the events from the freedom fighters on the ground in Warsaw, the fates of the young aircrew, in particular those of “I’ll Be Seeing You” are told in detail. It also sets Frantic 7 in its political context, and explains how the diplomatic wrangles help set the stage for the breakdown in relations between the Soviet Union and the United States, and the beginning of the path to the Cold War. John Radzilowski is Associate Professor of history at University of Alaska Southeast. He is the author or co-author of 13 books including Traveler’s History of Poland

The Day Rommel Was Stopped The Battle of Ruweisat Ridge, 2 July 1942 Major F. R. Jephson MC TD and Chris Jephson $32.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / photos and maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-558-4

George VI’s biographer, Sir John Wheeler Bennett wrote “The actual turning of the tide in the 2nd World War may be accurately determined as the first week of July 1942.” This book argues that it is possible to be even more exact: the tide turned at about 21.00 hrs. on 2 July 1942, when Rommel’s tanks withdrew for the first time since the fall of Tobruk on 20 June, or arguably since 14 January 1942 at El Agheila. At dusk on Wednesday 1 July 1942, Rommel broke through the center of the British defenses at Alamein. His tanks had overwhelmed the gallant defense of the 18th Indian Infantry Brigade in the Deir el Shein at the foot of the Ruweisat Ridge. At that moment, and for the next twelve hours, there was no further organized defense between the spearhead of the Afrika Korps and Alexandria. Throughout the next day, only a handful of men and guns stood between Rommel and his prize.

Born in 1918, Major Jephson joined the Manchester Artillery, 52nd Field Regiment RA, TD. He served in France, then went to India where he joined the 11th Field Regiment RA.

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Poacher Wars One Man’s Fight to Save Zambia’s Elephants Al J. Venter $32.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-449-5

After the Rhodesian War, Darrell Watt, hero soldier of the Rhodesian SAS and central character in A Handful of Hard Men, became the personal bodyguard to Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Under his protection Hariri survived, and thanks to Watt, was persuaded to buy Mushi, the enormous game conservancy on the banks of the great Kafue River with its elephant herds, many lions and some of the biggest crocodiles on the African continent. After Watt’s departure, Hariri was assassinated. Today poachers have made such severe inroads into the Zambian elephant population that Darrell is left with the last big herd of about 500 elephants which he zealously protects with his 40 game guards armed with AK 47s. In the past decade he has arrested and handed over to the police 600+ poachers and recovered about 400 illegal firearms. The tentacles of poaching stretch all the to China, as demonstrated by the recent discovery of attempted smuggling of illegal ivory in the Chinese diplomatic bag out of Dar es Salaam. Al J. Venter has been an international war correspondent for nearly thirty years. Previous works are The Iraqi War Debrief: Why Saddam Hussein Was Toppled and Iran’s Nuclear Option.


Casemate Fighting with the Filthy Thirteen

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea

The World War II Story of Jack Womer—Ranger and Paratrooper

Oscar E. Gilbert $19.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages photos / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-531-7

Jack Womer and Stephen C. DeVito $19.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-564-5

In this work, with the help of Stephen DeVito, Jack provides an amazingly frank look at closequarters combat in Europe, as well as the almost surreal experience of dust-bowl-era GI’s entering country after country in their grapple with the Wehrmacht, finally ending up in Hitler’s mountaintop lair in Germany itself.

Jack Womer was a World War II veteran of high distinction. He fought with the Filthy Thirteen in the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), the Battle for Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge. Arguably the Filthy Thirteen’s best soldier, Jack credited his not being injured and surviving the war to his Ranger training and God.

Year of Glory

OSCAR E. GILBERT, Ph.D., is a former marine artilleryman and currently a geoscientist living in Texas. His previous published works include the widely acclaimed Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific" (2001) and "Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea (2003).

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam

The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863

Oscar E. Gilbert $19.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages photos / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-532-4

Monte Akers $19.95 / 372 pages / 6 x 9 / 14 pages of b/w photos, 5 maps, 8 pages of colour photos / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-565-2

No commander during the Civil War is more closely identified with the “cavalier mystique” as Major General J.E.B. (Jeb) Stuart. He was not only successful in leading Robert E. Lee’s cavalry in dozens of campaigns and raids, but for riding magnificent horses, dressing outlandishly, and participating in balls and parties that epitomized the “moonlight and magnolia” image of the Old South. Longstreet reported that at the height of the Battle of Second Manasses, Stuart rode off singing, “If you want to have good time, jine the cavalry …” Monte Akers is the author of several books, including The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure (2010); Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance and the Desolation of a Texas Community (1999); and Tales for the Tellings: Six Short Stories of the American Civil War.


Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea details every action, from the valiant defense at Pusan and the bitter battles of the Chosin Reservoir, to the grinding and bloody stalemate along the Jamestown Line. Many of these stories are presented here for the first time, such as the unique role played by tanks in the destruction of the ill-fated Task Force Drysdale, how Marine armor played a key role in the defense of Hagaru, and how a lone tank made it to Yudamni and then led the breakout across the high Toktong Pass.

In 1965 the large, loud, and highly visible tanks of 3rd Platoon, B Company, 3rd Tank Battalion landed across a beach near Da Nang, drawing unwelcome attention to America’s first, almost covert, commitment of ground troops in South Vietnam. For the United States Marine Corps the protracted and bloody struggle was marked by controversy, but for Marine Corps tankers it was marked by bitter frustration as they saw their own high levels of command turn their backs on some of the hardest-won lessons of tank-infantry cooperation learned in the Pacific War and in Korea. OSCAR E. GILBERT, Ph.D., is a former marine artilleryman and currently a geoscientist living in Texas. His previous published works include the widely acclaimed Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific" (2001) and "Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea (2003).

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Big Sky Publishing Letters From Timor

The Battles Before

Graeme Ramsden

Case Studies of Australian Army Leadership after the Vietnam War Australian Military History Series

$19.99 / 250 pages / 6 x 8.3 / Highly Illustrated B/W Maps and Images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92194-100-9

Chaplain Graeme Ramsden served in Vietnam as a soldier and subsequently studied theology and was ordained as a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. He commenced duties as a chaplain in the Australian Regular Army and was deployed on operations to support the Joint Support Unit with the international force in East Timor (INTERFET). Letters from Timor is his personal and moving account of his deployment and a unique perspective of Australian Military Operations.

Chaplain Graeme Ramsden served in Vietnam as a soldier with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps in 1968-69. In 1976, he was commissioned and served as a quartermaster, officer commanding a workshop and, as an instructor at the Land Warfare Centre.

David Connery $16.99 / 136 pages / 6.9 x 9.7 / Full Color Throughout Highly Illustrated / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92552-019-4

The Battles Before examines the role of senior leaders in preparing an army for war — fighting bureaucratic battles, mobilizing forces for operations, or preparing for a future that is impossible to anticipate. The five cases examined in this book focus on strategic leadership and describe how major organizations grapple with political, strategic, economic and cultural change over time. Colonel David Connery graduated from Officer Cadet School Portsea and served in artillery units, Army Headquarters, Strategic Policy Division and other appointments ranging from Director Strategic Analysis to Commanding Officer, University of New South Wales Regiment.

Phantoms of Bribie

Lessons Learned

The jungles of Vietnam to corporate life and everything in between

The Australian Military and Tropical Medicine

Ian Mackay $24.99 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated B/W Maps and Images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92527-557-5

The Phantoms of Bribie is a highly readable blend of an engaging yarn and a fascinating portrayal of operational service in Vietnam as an infantry company commander, leading some 100 fine young national service and regular soldiers in close quarter jungle fighting. Ian's training within the SAS and operational service in Malaya served him well in Vietnam where he was a company commander of Bravo Company 6 RAR. During Operation Bribie he lead his outnumbered company’s desperate bayonet charge, followed by close quarter fighting, against a well dug in and determined enemy. This action sharply illustrated the courage, the battle discipline and the spirit of the well trained Australian combat infantryman. This book is a tribute to Ian Mackay’s qualities as a battlefield commander, an international sportsman, a successful businessman and an entertaining author.

Geoffrey Grant Quail $24.99 / 276 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated B/W Maps and Images / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-92552-022-4

Historically, prolonged campaigns have been frequently lost or won because of the greater fitness of one of the combatant armies. In the twentieth century, infection was still a major problem, leading to withdrawal from Gallipoli, and the near defeat of the Allies due to malaria early in the Second World War’s Pacific campaign. Malaria emerged again as a major problem in the Vietnam War. Many Australian campaigns have taken place in tropical locations; a substantial amount of scientific work to prevent and manage tropical diseases has therefore been conducted by the Army Medical Corps’ medical researchers—particularly in the Land Headquarters Medical Research Unit and the Army Malaria Institute.

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Big Sky Publishing/Birlinn The Charles Family's War

Murder At The Fort A Double Homicide Cold Case and Cover Up!

A gripping story of twin brothers during World War II

Bob Marmion

Alan Fewster

$24.99 / 324 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated B/W Maps and Images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92552-011-8

$24.99 / 296 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated B/W Maps and Images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92527-528-5

Here is the sweeping true story of a fractured but close-knit Australian family during World War II, focusing on the service of the twins and life on the home front as experienced primarily by their elder sister and mother. eaders are transported from the Charles family home in northern NSW to Canberra, Africa, England, Scotland, the United States, the Subcontinent and Ceylon between 1939 and the end of 1945 as the perspective shifts between the two protagonists.

ALAN FEWSTER is a former journalist and diplomat. His previous books are: Capital Correspondent, the Canberra Letters of Edwin Charles; Trusty and Well Beloved, a life of Sir Keith Officer, Australia’s first diplomat; and the Bracegirdle Incident, How an Australian communist ignited Ceylon’s independence struggle.

Early one cold, wintry morning in late May 1942, the bullet-ridden body of Driver Roy Willis was found on the side of the road. He had been shot a number of times with a military revolver. Despite extensive inquiries by some of the Victoria Police’s most experienced homicide detectives, the murderer was not found. As with any good murder mystery, this story has more twists and turns than the Great Ocean Road. They range from black market operations, confessions, suspects identified in later years, lost or missing police files, disagreements between the police and the army over the investigation, and an attempted cover-up that went all the way to the wartime Deputy Prime Minister’s office. Bob was a member of the Victoria Police for fifteen years. As a detective he was involved in the investigation of many serious crimes including murders, manslaughter, armed robbery, fraud, arson and sexual offences. On leaving the Police he completed a PHD in Victorian History.

Flowers of the Forest

The Grand Scuttle

Scotland and the First World War

The Sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919

Trevor Royle

Dan van der Vat

$12.99 / 400 pages / 5 x 8 / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-84341-040-9 / NCR

$12.99 / 240 pages / 5 x 8 / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-84341-069-0 / NCR

On the brink of the First World War, Scotland was regarded throughout the British Isles as ‘the workshop of the Empire’. In this book, Trevor Royle provides the first full account of how the war changed Scotland irrevocably by exploring a wide range of themes – the overwhelming response to the call for volunteers; the performance of Scottish military formations in 1915 and 1916; the militarization of the Scottish homeland; the resistance to war in Glasgow and the west of Scotland; the boom in the heavy industries and the strengthening of women’s role in society following on from wartime employment.

At Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919, there occurred an event unique in naval history. The German High Seas Fleet, one of the most formidable ever built was deliberately sent to the bottom of the sea at the British Grand Fleet’s principal anchorage at Orkney by its own officers and men.

Trevor Royle is an author specialising in the history of war and empire. He is Associate Editor of the Sunday Herald and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Trevor's books include The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War and A Time of Tyrants: Scotland and the Second World War.


This is the remarkable story of the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. It contains previously unused German archive material, eyewitness accounts and the recollections of survivors, as well as many contemporary photos which capture the awesome spectacle of the finest ships of the time being deliberately sunk by their own crew. Dan van der Vat, born in Holland and educated in England, became a fulltime author after 25 years in journalism. He has published seven books on maritime history, including The Ship that Changed the World and The Riddle of the Titanic (with Robin Gardiner), as well as a biography of Albert Speer.

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Birlinn/Countryside Bomber Command The Thousand Bomber Raids

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The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

The Siege of Vienna

Bomber Command

John Stoye

The Thousand Bomber Raids

The True Story Behind Operation Anthropoid

$12.99 / 320 pages / 5 x 8 / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-84341-037-9 / NCR

Callum MacDonald $12.99 / 304 pages / 5 x 8 / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-84341-036-2 / NCR

On 4 June 1942 one of the most powerful figures of the Nazi regime died in agony from wounds sustained during an assassination attempt in Prague. This is the story of the killing of Reinhard Heydrich, a man of extraordinary intelligence, ruthlessness and ambition who had risen from obscurity to become head of the Nazi security police and Governor of BohemiaMoravia. Regarded by many as Hitler’s most likely successor, he was feared and hated even by other high-ranking Nazi officials. Based on original archive material, interviews with surviving members of the Special Operations Executive, who trained the Czech assassins in the UK, and Czech military intelligence, Callum MacDonald’s book is a well-researched and gripping account of one of the most audacious assassinations of the Second World War.

Before his death in 1996, Callum MacDonald was an historian at the University of Warwick. His publications include The Lost Battle: Crete, 1941, The United States, Britain and Appeasement and Korea: The War Before Vietnam, as well as numerous articles on appeasement and the origins of the Second World War.

The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies. The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of the Empire, and the Hapsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. The hot September day that witnesses the last great trial of strength between Cross and Crescent opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the cataclysm of the First World War in 1914.

John Stoye taught Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, until 1984. After retirement he and his wife remained in North Oxford within easy reach of the University libraries. He died in 2016.

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Martyn Chorlton $22.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9 / December 2017 / perfect / 978-1-84674-347-4

1942 was a crucial year for the fortunes of Bomber Command. The newly appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Sir Arthur Harris, knew he had to show quickly that his Bomber Command could make a real difference to the war, so with Churchill’s blessing he set about planning a vast initial air attack by at least one thousand bombers. This was over two and a half times larger than any previous raid by the RAF. The first selected target, Hamburg, was dropped due to poor weather conditions, and so it was Cologne which became the target of the colossal raid on the night of 30th May 1942. The success of that first raid was convincing while the two major follow up ‘Thousand’ raids on Essen and Bremen in June were less so, but still emphatically put Bomber Command back on the military map. This book is a testament to all those who flew with Bomber Command, which lost 55,000 of its members during the war.

Martyn Chorlton was born in the north Cambridgeshire fens during the late 1960s. He joined the RAF as an Air Photographer in 1984. After tours in Germany and Northern Ireland, his service came to an end in 1997 and, a few years later he wrote his first aviation book. He is a regular magazine contributor to Aeroplane Monthly, Jets, Airfix and Aviation Classics and is the author of Bomber Command The Victoria Cross Raids and The RAF Pathfinders.


Fighting High Publishing

Stirling to Essen The Godmanchester Stirling: A Bomber Command Story of Courage and Tragedy Roger Leivers $34.95 / 256 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / 32 page b/w picture section / September 2017 / hardback / 978-0-99341-528-9

On 11 April 1942, a stricken Short Stirling Royal Air Force bomber crashes into fields to the east of Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, England. Hours earlier the commitment and skill of the crew had been tested to the limit confronting the formidable searchlight and flak defences of the German city of Essen. This event, hidden for so long, had drifted into the fog of history, but a chance email led to this amazing story revealing itself. An epic tale of a wealthy young man, whose mother died during his birth, who lived for excitement, and who went on to join the RAF in 1938. Matthew Drummond Henderson Wilson went on to become a Ferry pilot, a Flying Instructor and finally a Test pilot. In October 1941, he joined RAF Bomber Command’s No. XV Squadron becoming a Squadron Leader, and taking part in numerous raids on Brest and the Ruhr. Stirling to Essen is also the story of the men who served alongside their pilot, and the unbreakable bond of friendship they found as they soared over the deadly skies of the Third Reich and occupied Europe.


Bomber Command: Battle of Berlin Failed to Return Steve Bond, Steve Darlow, Sean Feast, Andrew Macdonald, Robert Owen, Nicole Russell and Howard Sandall $39.95 / 128 pages / 8.25 x 10.75 / color and b/w photos throughout / September 2017 / hardback / 978-0-99341-527-2

Fighting High Publishing brings together acclaimed Bomber Command historians to tell the story of some of the thousands of airmen who failed to return from operations as part of the 1943 and 1944 Bomber Command Battle of Berlin. The authors, utilizing family archives, personal testimony and records, wartime memoirs, diaries and letters, witness recollections, logbooks, and official documents, piece together the remarkable, yet ultimately tragic events surrounding the losses described. Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished black and white and color photographs Bomber Command Battle of Berlin Failed to Return ensures the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice is kept alive. ‘We Will Remember Them’.

Last of the Kriegies The Extraordinary True Life Experiences of Five Bomber Command Prisoners of War Reg Barker, Charles Clarke, David Fraser, Albert Gunn, Henry Wagner, Steve Darlow and Squadron Leader Bob Ankerson RAF (Ret'd) $34.95 / 256 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / 16 page b/w picture section / November 2017 / hardback / 978-0-99341-529-6

Fighting High Publishing and Bomber Command historian Steve Darlow present the extraordinary testimony of five veterans who endured and survived being shot down, captivity, degradation, and suffering. Illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and with a foreword from former Gulf War POW Squadron Leader Bob Ankerson RAF (Ret’d) ‘Last of the Kriegies’ reveals the extraordinary strength and resilience of the human spirit struggling with incarceration and the loss of freedom. ‘Last of the Kriegies’ tells the extraordinary stories of five of the last remaining Second World War RAF Bomber Command Prisonersof-War: pilot Reg Barker, bomb aimer Charles Clarke, air gunner David Fraser, air gunner Albert Gunn and navigator Henry Wagner. Each veteran shares the journey they went through joining up with the Royal Air Force, their training and crewing up, and operational duties with RAF Bomber Command. We accompany them on raids over enemy territory as they fight to survive against the relentless flak, searchlights, and deadly enemy nightfighters. Eventually each airmen’s next of kin receives a knock on the door and the dreaded ‘regret to inform’ you telegram.

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Fonthill Media The 110th Holds in the Ardennes The Blunting of Hitler's Last Gamble and the Invasion of the Reich Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. $35 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-605-4

In the early morning hours of 16 December 1944, the 28th Division received a message from higher headquarters telling them to "hold at all costs." From 05:30 a.m. on the 16th until sometime in the afternoon of the 18th, the men of the 110th Infantry Regiment fought and held, giving ground only when forced out, but all the while buying precious time for General Dwight D. Eisenhower to find and move reserves forward from deep in France. That these scattered and battered 110th units could hold at all against such odds, and delay the Germans as long as they did, was an incredible feat by any standard. The 110th Regiment alone fought elements of three German divisions; the force ratios reached ten to one in favor of the Germans, but still the 110th held on. The toll on the Germans was so costly in men, equipment, and time that the race for Bastogne was lost right where it began: among the widely scattered outposts of the 110th Infantry Regiment. This book details the heroic combat actions of 110th Infantry units in eight Luxembourg villages from 16 to 18 December 1944. Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. is an award-winning writer and editor from Harrisburg, PA., with over 25 years’ experience producing many different types of copy. He is the author of over 150 published articles and three books, and is a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications. He is a former historian with the U.S. Army, specializing in military history.

Decima Flottiglia MAS The Best Commandos of the Second World War Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr $32.95 / 208 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-62545-113-2

A group of determined young human torpedoes and assault swimmers fought bravely for Italy in the Second World War, inspiring fear and respect from the British Navy. The actions of these few men severely reduced British naval power in the Mediterranean. Even with small numbers, and using relatively limited resources, the frogmen were a very effective force in the war against the British. By the end of the war, these men would sink or severely disable over 73,000 tons of Allied warships, and over 128,000 tons of merchant shipping. The story of the Italian frogmen is one of determination and bravery. Against overwhelming odds, they were able to inflict considerable damage on Allied shipping. Their tactics also aroused confusion and nervousness with the Allied commanders and their ship’s crews. Italy's Decima Flottiglia MAS pre-dates both the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams, formed in 1943 and forerunners of the better-known U.S. Navy SEALs; and the British Royal Marines Special Boat Service formed as an offshoot of the Special Air Service in 1941. Perhaps the determination and actions of the Decima Flottiglia MAS qualify them as the best commandos of the Second World War. This book tells their story. Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. is an award-winning writer and editor from Harrisburg, PA., with over 25 years’ experience producing many different types of copy. He is the author of over 150 published articles and three books, and is a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications. He is a former historian with the U.S. Army, specializing in military history.

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Fonthill Media Chitral 1895

U-Boats off Bermuda

An Episode of the Great Game

Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944

Mark Simner $34.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-618-4

Eric Wiberg

In 1895, a small Indian Army garrison, commanded by SurgeonMajor Sir George Scott Robertson and Captain Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, was besieged by a joint Chitrali and Pathan army at the fort of Chitral. Despite the odds being heavily stacked against them, Robertson’s beleaguered little garrison held out for forty-eight days until a relief expedition was able to fight its way through to the rescue. The siege and subsequent relief is a story of valor and sheer determination in the face of a stubborn adversary and extreme weather conditions, all played out on the often-mountainous terrain of the northwestern border of British India. Robertson described events in Chitral as a ‘minor siege’, but the siege and subsequent relief should be viewed as an important episode in Britain’s ‘Great Game’ with Russia, which would have serious consequences for the British several years later.

$35.95 / 256 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-606-1

Fighters over the Aegean

Fallen Giants The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank

Hurricanes over Crete, Spitfires over Kos, Beaufighters over the Aegean, 1943-44

Francis Edward Pulham $28.95 / 144 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-626-9

Brian Cull $28.95 / 192 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-632-0

Following the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, at which the Americans refused to back Britain's plan to invade the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean, to be followed by an invasion of the Greek mainland, a weakened British attempt was made with disastrous results. The Americans wished to concentrate all their forces in capturing Sicily and then invading southern Italy. In this first comprehensive account of aerial operations over the Eastern Mediterranean/Aegean, the first chapter covers the disastrous Hurricane attack on Crete (Operation Thesis), an attempt to divert Axis attention from Sicily; subsequent chapters deal with British landings on the islands of Kos and Leros when Spitfires vainly attempted to hold the Luftwaffe at bay.


For the first time, a book exposes an obscure theater of the First World War in great detail and comprehensively, not just in terms of geography but also from the perspectives of both Allied and Axis participants. U-Boats off Bermuda provides details of specific U-Boat patrols and their commanders, as well as a general overview of the situation in the theater of war around Bermuda. It is a detailed analysis of individual casualties, broken down by a) background of ship, b) background of U-boat, c) attack method (surface and/ or submersed), d) details of survivors and their plight at sea and e) their rescue, recuperation and repatriation. Detailed maps and illustrations provide a human face to what were often tragic attacks with fatal consequences.

The Soviet T-35A is the only fiveturreted tank in history to enter production. With a long and proud service history on Soviet parade grounds, the T-35A was forced to adapt to the modern battlefield when the Second World War broke out. Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own against the German invaders to no avail. Very little is known about these strange vehicles, beyond their basic shape and photographs of them on parade grounds and battlefields. For the first time, actual battlefield photographs have been cross-referenced with maps and documents to bring about the most complete look at the T-35A in the Second World War to date. It is a grim depiction of the aftermath of the giants that were the Soviet T-35A tanks.

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SS-Major Horst Kopkow

Texans at Antietam

Bismarck and Hood

From the Gestapo to British Intelligence

A Terrible Clash of Arms, September 16-17, 1862

Stephen Tyas

Joe Owen, Philip McBride and Joe Allport

The Battle of the Denmark Strait – A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective

$35 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-598-9

$28.95 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-62545-022-7

On 27 May 1942, SS General Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated by Britishtrained Czech agents who had parachuted into Czechoslovakia. He died of his wounds on 4 June 1942. Two days later, Gestapo Captain Horst Kopkow’s department at Reich National Security HQ was given fresh directions. From 6 June 1942 until the end of the war, Kopkow was responsible for coordinating the fight against Soviet and British parachute agents dropped anywhere in Germany or German-occupied territories. This new direction for Kopkow made his name. Within months the “Rote Kapelle” Soviet espionage ring was uncovered in Belgium, who could be traced directly to Berlin and Paris. A new counterespionage fight had begun, and any agents caught would pay with their lives. In France and Holland the Gestapo caught many Special Operations Executive agents trained in Britain. By spring 1944 almost 150 British agents had been caught and deported to German concentration camps, and almost all had been murdered without trial by the December.

The Texans from Hood's Texas Brigade and other regiments who fought at Antietam on 16–17 September 1862 described their experiences of the battle in personal diaries, interviews, newspaper articles, letters, and speeches. Their reminiscences provide a fascinating and harrowing account of the battle as they fought the Army of the Potomac. This book collates their writings alongside speeches that were given in the decades after the battle, during the annual reunions of Hood's Brigade Association and the dedication of the Hood's Brigade Monument at the state capital in Austin, Texas. These accounts describe their actions at the East Woods, Dunker’s Church and Miller’s Cornfield, and other areas during the battle. For the first time ever, their experiences are compiled in Texans at Antietam: A Terrible Clash of Arms, 16–17 September 1862.

Stephen Tyas is a former businessman now freelance researcher and historian. He has written numerous articles about Nazi security service operations in Eastern Europe and the Holocaust.

Joseph L. Owen is co-author of Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade.

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Marco Santarini $28.95 / 184 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / Color and B&W photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-633-7

The legendary Battle of the Denmark Strait, which saw the mighty German battleship Bismarck sink Britain's HMS Hood in an epic duel of the titans, has been dogged by controversy to this day. Was the doomed HMS Hood really sunk by a shell that penetrated her wooden decks to explode in one of her magazine compartments? Others believe that Bismarck's fortunate shell detonated in Hood's cordite supply - the powder that propelled 82-lbs shells some staggering 17,700 yards - suggesting that damage examined on the wreck indicates a more distinct explosion. Or was the Hood's destructive and violent demise a new, and until now, unexplained act of war? The sinking of HMS Hood on Empire Day, 24 May 1941, resulted in the single largest loss of life for the Royal Navy during the Second World War: 1,415 lives were lost. There were absolutely no traces of any crewmen save three survivors. Bismarck and Hood: The Battle of the Denmark Strait - A Technical Analysis is a controversial and electric study of this infamous battle. Marco Santarini is currently a Vice Director at the Italian Institute for High Defence Studies in Rome. His previous publications include essays on the evolution of naval fire control systems.


Fonthill Media The Sirdar and the Khalifa

If the Kaiser Comes Defence Against a German Invasion of Britain in the First World War

Kitchener’s Re-conquest of the Sudan, 1896-98

Mike Osborne

Mark Simner

$24.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-575-0

$34.95 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-588-0

Perhaps one of the most dramatic events of the late Victorian period was the death of General Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon at the hands of the Mahdi’s fanatical warriors as they finally broke their way into the Sudanese city of Khartoum. The story is well known, recounted in numerous books and celebrated in the film Khartoum starring Charlton Heston. However, what is perhaps less well known is the subsequent—and far more successful—campaign fought by the British against the Mahdi’s successor, the Khalifa, by General Kitchener, the Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, over a decade later. The true story of the Omdurman campaign is a classic tale of British soldiers battling a fanatical Dervish enemy in the harsh terrain of the desert.

Defending Leicestershire and Rutland Mike Osborne $29.95 / 208 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-578-1

Leicestershire and Rutland, occupying the area between the Great North Road and Watling Street have seen the movement of armies from Roman times to the Civil War, with the decisive battles of Bosworth and Naseby fought within or close to their borders. This book places sites into their social, political, historical and military contexts, as well as figures such as William the Conqueror, Richard III, and Oliver Cromwell.


On the night of 20 November 1914, everything pointed to the likelihood of invasion by a German army, whisked across the North Sea on a fleet of fast transports. The Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet prepared to sail south from remote bases in Scotland; shallow-draught monitors were moored in the Wash; and 300,000 troops stood by to repel the enemy on the beaches. Fortunately, the night passed without incident. For thirty years prior to the First World War, writers, with a variety of motivations, had been forecasting such an invasion. Britain regarded the army as an imperial police force and, despite the experience gained in military exercises involving simulated invasions, the Royal Navy was still expected to fulfill its traditional role of intercepting and destroying enemy forces.

Along The Lines of Devotion The Bloodstained Field of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 James Smith II $24.95 / 160 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-62545-056-2

The fighting on July 1, 1863 built the foundation to what would become known as the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil yet it remains one of the most overlooked locations around the battlefield. Cast into the shadows of much more scenic locations, such as Little Round Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, and others, it is easy to drive right through one of the most iconic locations of the battlefield. The author describes in detail the movement of troops, human interest stories, humorous accounts and detailed descriptions of the men present at the battle.

A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1945 From Crossing the Desert to Crossing the Rhine Martyn R. Ford-Jones $35 / 256 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-595-8

A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1946 is a British soldier’s account of his life, both private and military, while serving with the Corps of Royal Engineers between 1940 and 1946. Based on the diaries of Driver First Class Robert “Robb” Jones, the reader follows this Royal Engineer across the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, endures the bombing of Tripoli Harbour, and accompanies him on both the invasion of Sicily and the landings on the Normandy beaches.

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The Berlin 1945 Battlefield Monte Cassino January– May 1944 Guide

Beyond Duty The Reasons Some Soldiers Commit Atrocities

Part 1 The Battle of the Oder-Neisse

The Legend of the Green Devils

David McCormack

Angelos Mansolas

Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr.

$24.95 / 160 pages / 6.50 x 9.25 / Color and B&W photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-607-8

$30 / 176 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / Color and B&W / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-602-3

$40 / 288 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-62545-112-5

This highly detailed, absorbing battlefield guide is the ideal companion for anyone considering exploring the terrain on which the epic battles along the Oderfront were fought between January and April 1945. Using his in-depth knowledge as a historian and battlefield guide, David McCormack vividly describes these last tumultuous weeks of the war on the Eastern Front, which saw the Red Army advance on Berlin in the face of a dogged, yet skillful German defense. Meticulous historical research, including searing eyewitness accounts and the author’s intimate knowledge of the ground, have produced a guide that is both comprehensive and accessible. Prepare for a fascinating journey across the Oderfront battlefield as it is today. The Berlin Strategic Operation 1945 Battlefield Guide: Part One – The Battle of the Oder-Neisse is an essential guide to understanding the triumph of the Red Army and the final shattering defeat of the German land forces.

In early 1944, two Allied armies were ready to launch a massive assault against German forces in central Italy so they could then march northwards to Rome. There were three routes available to get there. The fastest one passed through the Liri valley, but the entrance was blocked by the rugged Monte Cassino massif, with its hilltop medieval monastery and the town below. In front of them ran the Gustav Line: the most formidably constructed defensive line the Western Allies would ever come up against. The second possible route would be to outflank the Gustav Line to reach the valley, but they would then also have to capture the innumerable rough peaks and ridges along the massif, on a treacherous terrain that only favored the defenders. The third and final option would be to breach the Gustav Line directly in front of the town, which would mean engaging in costly house-to-house fighting until they dug out the very last of the stubborn German paratroopers lurking beneath the rubble.

David McCormack is a regular contributor of Japanese-based historical articles to the International Academic Forum’s Eye Magazine

Angelos Mansolas specializes in Byzantine History, American Civil War, Military Aviation and the battles of the First and Second World Wars.

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Accounts of brutality fill the history of warfare. The behavior of any human being is, of course, a very complex phenomenon, whether in war or in peace. Historians in large part have described in detail the actions of military groups that have committed brutalities, but have not dealt with the factors that contributed to those actions. After examining the collective behavior of six military groups, representing different combat actions in different periods, some unexpected similarities became clear. While these groups were in very different situations and operated during different periods in history, there are similar factors that allowed the members of these groups to kill men, women and children in cold blood, and to commit acts of unspeakable brutality. This is the first book to identify the factors that lead to some of the most horrific cruelty in history, and to predict the actions of future groups given similar circumstances.

A native of Pennsylvania, Zapotoczny is author of over 150 published articles and three books, and a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications.


Fonthill Media Britain's Cold War Fighters

Northern 'Q' The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars

Tim McLelland

Ian Smith Watson

$32.95 / 368 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-630-6

Britain's Cold War Fighters explores the creation and development of the jet fighter, tracing the emergence of the first jet designs (the Meteor and Vampire) through to the first-generation jets which entered service with the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. Each aircraft type is examined, looking at how the design was created and how this translated into an operational aircraft. The basic development and service history of each type is also examined, with a narrative that links the linear appearance of each new design, leading to the present day and the latest generation of Typhoon aircraft. Other aircraft types explored will include Hunter, Lightning, Phantom, Javelin and Tornado F2/3. This is a beautiful and comprehensive study of the UK's design and manufacture of its fighter program from the end of the Second World War to present.

RAF Acklington Guardian of the Northern Skies Malcolm Fife $28.95 / 288 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-622-1

At the beginning of the Second World War, RAF Acklington was the most important fighter station in northeast England. It started life in 1938 as a training base for RAF aircrew, but after the outbreak of hostilities it was given the role of protecting the skies over Newcastle and its important industrial hinterland. Acklinton’s Spitfires and Hurricanes were soon in action against German bombers, as many of the earliest air raids of the war took place over this part of Britain.


$28.95 / 208 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-609-2

Northern 'Q': The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars takes its title from the long standing primary role as one of the oldest airfields in the UK. Leuchars began its links with military aviation as far back as 1911 with the arrival of the Royal Engineers who established a balloon squadron for reconnaissance training. Following the outbreak of war in 1939, the station was identified as an ideal location to launch maritime operations under Coastal Command. Ian Smith Watson was born in 1960 and served in the RAF from 1977 to 1990 as an Air Defence Radar Operator. He also worked in Saudi Arabia from 1991 to 1993 on contract to the RSAF under the GENA programme and received the FAA Flight Despatch Licence in 1993.

Battle for the Channel The First Month of the Battle of Britain 10 July – 10 August 1940 Brian Cull $34.95 / 248 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-625-2

This volume carries on where first of the few finished. 10 July—the official first day of the Battle of Britain—witnessed increased aerial activity over the Channel and along the eastern and southern seaboards of the British coastline. The main German assaults were initially aimed at British merchant shipping convoys, which they successfully brought to a stop until Luftwaffe tactics changed in late-August.

Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War Mikkel Plannthin $30 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-603-0

This book offers the most comprehensive account of the Danish contribution to the Allied air forces of the Second World War ever written. It covers Danish pilots in Britain, Germany, and Coastal Command; their involvement in the air wars of the Mediterranean and the Balkans.

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Soviet Strategic Bombers

Messerschmitt Bf 109

Hawker Hurricane

The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

The Design and Operational History

The Multirole Fighter

Jan Forsgren

Philip Birtles

$50 / 272 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-597-2

$32.95 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-586-6

$55 / 448 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-587-3

The history of Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War is a fascinating one: from the reverse-engineering of interned American Boeing B-29 bombers into the first Soviet strategic bomber, the Tu-4; to the huge jet and turboprop powered aircraft of today’s Russian Air Force. This comprehensive history of these aircraft will deal not just with the development of aircraft that entered service, but of experimental aircraft as well, and projects that were never even built will also be explored. The service life of these bombers will be covered, including both active and retired aircraft, and their use outside of the Soviet Union, in places such as the Middle East and Afghanistan, will be described in detail. The Soviet Union built some of the first jet-powered strategic bombers, and the Tu-95 Bear, the only sweptwinged turboprop bomber to ever enter service, remains in service to this day. Less successful aircraft, like the graceful but problem-plagued supersonic Tu-22 Blinder, and the Mach 3 Sukhoi T-4 will also be examined.

More than 33,000 Messerchmitt Bf 109s were built between 1935 and 1945, making it the second-most produced warplane of all time. Its baptism of fire was in Spain during the Spanish Civil War of 1936–39. The Bf 109 was the mainstay of Luftwaffe fighter squadrons, and the favored choice of most of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces. Luftwaffe Bf 109 pilots accounted for thousands of Allied aircraft, with individual scores for some pilots reached hundreds of downed aircraft. It saw service in Poland, the invasion of France and, of course, during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Although gradually becoming obsolete, the Bf 109 remained in large-scale production until the end of the war, and was supplied to more than ten countries, including Finland, Hungary, and Romania. After the war, development and production continued in Czechoslovakia and Spain as the Avia S-199 and Hispano Ha-1112 respectively, the latter powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Incredibly, the state of Israel operated Czech-built Avia S-199s during its War of Independence in 1948–49.

This book covers the design, development, production and operations of the Hawker Hurricane before, during and after the Second World War. Without the courage and perseverance of the young men from Britain and the Commonwealth, who risked their lives to beat the Luftwaffe and forestall the enemy invasion of Britain, there would not have been a ‘Battle of Britain.’ The Hurricane was a simple rugged metal structure that did not require expensive assembly jigs, absorbed a lot of battle damage, and was also simple to repair. Its wide-track undercarriage allowed operations from rapidly prepared grass fields, and the ultimate cannon armament and rocket projectiles could destroy both soft skin and armored targets. Following the Battles of France and Britain, Spitfires took over much of the air-to-air interception, while Hurricanes roamed around occupied Europe destroying enemy ground targets. They operated off merchant ships on the Russian convoys and were vital in the defense of Malta.

Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeller, with a particular interest in Soviet aircraft. He has spent the last 40 years doing both historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. He has written a comprehensive history on the Il-2 Shturmovik and the Lavochkin fighters of the Second World War.

Jan Forsgren has an MA in History and is the author of five books including two in English. He has written hundreds of aviation-related articles for various aviation magazines, including Aeroplane, The Aviation Historian and FlyPast. He has also written articles on the Air Forces in Southeast Asia.

Jason Nicholas Moore

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Philip Birtles has written some 40 books on aerospace, his first one being published in 1980 and has been involved with the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for over 40 years.


Fonthill Media Operational Test

Blenheims over Greece and Crete

Honing the Edge Dave Gledhill and David Lewis

Operations of 30, 84 and 211 Squadrons 1940-1941

$40 / 224 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-571-2

Brian Cull $28.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-631-3

The Bristol Blenheim entered Bomber Command service in 1937 and became one of the Command’s most important aircraft. Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on Second World War military aviation, this is a gripping account of the heroics of the small band of British and Greek airmen who flew the Blenheims against ever-increasing odds, particularly once the Luftwaffe were determined to decimate them.

Brian Cull is the author of Screwball Beurling, 249 at Malta, Gladiators over Malta; Blue on Blue; Fighters over the Aegean, First of the Few and Blenheims over Greece & Crete.

History of the de Havilland Vampire David Watkins $40 / 384 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-616-0

This comprehensive history covers the Vampire’s development and operational service. It has been written with the full co-operation of the manufacturer, MoD, RAF and other world air forces, mixing narrative and technical detail with vivid personal accounts from those involved with the aircraft. Comprehensive appendices include technical specifications, production details, serials and export details. It is also lavishly illustrated and includes more than one story of encounters with UFOs by RAF Vampire pilots.


The process to deliver a modern combat aircraft from concept to introduction to service is often measured in decades. By the time the new weapons system reaches the front line, it will have been tested by the manufacturer, evaluated by test pilots, and assessed by service pilots. Gledhill and Lewis, both experienced test evaluators, will uncover the reasons why some aircraft serve on the front line for years before becoming truly effective in their role.

Both David Gledhill and David Lewis have flown the Phantom and the Tornado F3 as navigators and instructors.

Into the Swarm Stories of RAF Fighter Pilots in the Second World War Chris Yeoman and Tor Idar Larsen $28.95 / 240 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-615-3

A fine tribute to the gallant aviators who took to the air in hostile skies, this book tells of courage and sacrifice in France, to daring and determination, to gain air supremacy over the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain and Malta. This work also provides a wider story of RAF pilots of the Second World War, from those early battles in 1940 all the way up to a few days before VE-Day. These stories offer a broad and versatile insight into the life of fighter pilots from many countries, from different cultures but with a common determination of fighting Nazi Germany over Europe’s aerial arenas.

When the Navy took to the Air The Experimental Seaplane Stations of the Royal Naval Air Service Philip MacDougall $28.95 / 176 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-572-9

With the airplane a totally new and revolutionary weapon, the work of several experimental airfields and seaplane stations became crucial to the success of these operations. Taking the lead role were Felixstowe and the Isle of Grain, where work on the development of new aircraft and aerial weapons was handled, alongside groundbreaking advances in navigational systems, air-to-ground radio communication, and deck-board ship landings.

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Fonthill Media Patrolling the Cold War Skies

Night Hawk Flight Lieutenant Karl Kuttelwascher DFC and Bar, the RAF’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace

Reheat Sunset Philip Keeble

Roger Darlington

$40 / 288 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-596-5

This is a flying adventure book set within the framework of the Cold War and told through the lens of the RAF Pilot’s Flying Log Book. Philip Keeble’s logbooks cover ten different types of aircraft: from learning to fly in a Chipmunk trainer in 1965, right through to flying the Tornado F3 Fighter in 1994. These true tales are told as anecdotal yarns, ones that put flesh on the bare bones of a logbook in an exciting, amusing and self-deprecating way. Philip Keeble was born in 1947 in Beaconsfield, England. In 1965 he was accepted for pilot training with the RAF and had a 28-year career in the service, flying mainly reconnaissance and fast combat aircraft in a wide range of overseas theatres.

The Fairey Battle

Flying into the Storm

A Reassessment of its RAF Career

RAF Bombers at War 1939-1942

Greg Baughen $30 / 176 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-585-9

The Fairey Battle is best known for being one of the worst aircraft ever to serve in the Royal Air Force. On operations, it suffered the highest loss rate of any plane in the RAF's history, and the missions flown by its brave crews became a byword for hopelessness and futility. Born out of muddled thinking, condemned before it. But was the Battle so useless? Why did it suffer such terrible losses? Was there nothing that could have been done to prevent the disasters of 1940? A fresh look at the documents of the time suggest there was. They reveal a very different story of ignored recommendations and missed opportunities.

$24.95 / 192 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78155-591-0

Karel Kuttelwascher may have had a German surname, but he was a Czech who became the scourge of the Luftwaffe bombers operating from France and the Low Countries in 1942. Flying with the RAF’s legendary No. 1 Squadron, his destruction of fifteen aircraft in only three months earned him the DFC twice in a mere forty-two days. After his daring escape from German-occupied Czechoslovakia, he flew in the ferocious Battle of France and participated in the final weeks of the Battle of Britain as one of Churchill’s ‘Few’. Roger Darlington has had a lifelong interest in aviation as a result of his father being an RAF pilot towards the end of WWII. Most of his professional life has been involved in research and writing in the worlds of politics, trade unions and consumer advocacy.

Chris Sams $32.95 / 256 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / black and white photographs / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-617-7

From the lessons of the First World War, the RAF developed a fleet of modern monoplane aircraft in time for hostilities in 1939; a force that consisted of Hampdens, Whitleys, Wellingtons, Blenheims, and Battles. These aircraft and their crews were pitted against the German war machine from day one— flying into storms of flak shells and swarms of Messerschmitt fighters in their flimsy, and often poorly armed, bombers. From theaters as far apart as Norway and Syria, the crews and their aircraft were at the front of every military operation without adequate fighter escorts and with poor equipment against stiff opposition.

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Time Flies Reflections of a Fighter Pilot David Hamilton $28.95 / 192 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-584-2

Time Flies: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot retells the exploits of David Hamilton’s thirty years of service in the Royal Air Force. He had a wide and varied career; flying Lightnings to defend UK airspace, operating from HMS Ark Royal in F-4 Phantoms, and defending the Inner German Border from RAF Wildenwrath. In the UK MoD he was a staff officer responsible for the Eurofighter project. He served in the First Gulf War, as the commander of a Tornado F3 Squadron deployed in Saudi Arabia, and worked as General Sir Peter de la Billière’s air advisor afterwards.


30° SOUTH PUBLISHERS The Addison Diaries Natal Carbineer, Gunner, Pioneer Farmer - The Life and Times of Frederick Addison (1894–1969) Walter Addison $34.95 / 222 pages / 6 x 9 / 24 b/w photos, maps / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92821-182-2

Frederick Addison came from a family with a strong military tradition, and it is not surprising that he, joined the Royal Natal Carbineers, soon after war was declared. Here is the memoir of the events described in his war diaries and the influence it had on the rest of his life.

Kruger's War The Truth behind the Myths of the Boer War Chris Ash $49.95 / 656 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 b/w photos, 21 colour maps / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92821-199-0

Uncomfortable reading for some, Kruger’s War tells the truth of the Boer War – the side which the Apartheid regime’s propaganda machine did not want you to hear. ‘The book serves as timely warning for all Afrikaners to learn from their torturous past’ Maartin Mittner, Business Day (Review of the First Edition)


Oupa, OBE Family Man, Fighter, Friend; Major Richard Granville Nicholson Shelagh Nation $34.95 / 106 pages / 6 x 9 / 43 b/w photos / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92835-903-6

Few pioneers could have had as eventful life as Richard Granville Nicholson. Of Irish ancestry, he fought in the Eastern Cape, was a hunter, a farmer in the Northern Transvaal, Intelligence officer together with Selous in the Pioneer Column in the annexation of Rhodesia, and member of the local ‘peacekeeping’ commandos. He fought, and was taken prisoner by the British in the Boer-War, represented his country in Parliament for several years, and yet again in the 1915-1917 engagement.

Men of the Mendi South Africa's Forgotten Heroes of World War I Brenda Shepherd $34.95 / 314 pages / 6 x 9 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-92835-904-3

WWI rages in Europe, it is a white man’s war, but when the British government calls for 10,000 black soldiers to be sent to France, men from around South Africa volunteer for service. This is the story of the sinking of the SS Mendi during WWI, the bravery of the men on board and the ensuing inquiry conducted by the Board of Trade in London. The story follows the small band of survivors to France where they complete their tour of duty.

Gunboats on the Great Lakes 1866-68

Old Enough to Fight

The British Navy's Show of Force at the Time of Confederation

Dan Black and John Boileau

Cheryl MacDonald $24.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 10 b/w photos / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-45941-122-7 / NCR

Gunboats on the Great Lakes tells the story of the three British gunboats which patrolled the Great Lakes as the politicians finalized the Confederation deal. MacDonald explores the impact of the Fenian attacks on average citizens, and examines how gunboat diplomacy helped guarantee Canada’s territorial sovereignty between 1866 and 1868.

Canada's Boy Soldiers in the First World War

$24.95 / 448 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 b/w illustrations and 16 color maps / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-45940-9552 / NCR

Between 15,000 and 20,000 underage youths, some as young as ten, signed up to fight in Canada's armed forces in the First World War. They served in the trenches alongside their elders, and fought in all the major battles: Ypres, the Somme, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, and the rest. Many were injured or suffered psychological wounds. Many died. This is the first book to tell their story.

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Frontline Books Hitler's Last Witness The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard Rosch Misch $19.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 32 pages of plates / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-902-5

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the wars end as Hitler’s bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghoff terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East Prussian Headquarters on 20 July 1944 after the attempt on Hitler's life. Towards the end Misch was drawn into the Fuhrerbunker with the last of the faithful. As defeat approached, he remained in charge of the bunker switchboard as his duty required, even after Hitler committed suicide. Misch knew Hitler as the private man and his position was one of unconditional loyalty. His memoirs offer an intimate view of life in close attendance to Hitler and of the endless hours deep inside the bunker; and provide new insights into military events such as Hitler’s initial feelings that the 6th Army should pull out of Stalingrad. Shortly before he died Misch wrote a new introduction for this English-language edition.

Born in 1917, Rochus Misch was recruited into Hitler’s SS-bodyguard in 1940. He served as a bodyguard, courier and telephonist for five years. After Hitler’s death he was held in Russian captivity for nine years. He died in 2013.

The Hitler Conspirator The Story of Kurt Baron von Plettenberg and Stauffenberg’s Valkyrie Plot to Kill the Führer Eberhard Schmidt $34.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 8 page plate section / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47385-691-2

The expectations, which Kurt Baron von Plettenberg along with many of his later fellow conspirators of the 20 July 1944 plot to kill Hitler initially had of the “Third Reich”, are soon disappointed, when he recognizes the true nature of the regime. When he accepts the office as general agent of the former Prussian royal house of the Hohenzollerns in 1942, he already belongs to the inner circle of the resistance planning Operation Valkyrie. After the assassination attempt, however, he is not immediately discovered as one of the conspirators. Out of consideration for the house of Hohenzollern, which Hitler considers to be his most dangerous internal enemy, he acted more carefully than many others. Yet only a few weeks before the end of the war Plettenberg is finally denounced and arrested, too. This biography shows for the first time how Kurt von Plettenberg, who belonged to the inner circle of conspirators around Stauffenberg, found a way to prevail during those difficult times and how significantly he influenced the resistance.

Professor Dr Eberhard Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1939. He studied German, History and Philosophy. In 1973, he received his professorial chair. In 2004, he became director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Oldenburg.

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Frontline Books The Battle of Plassey 1757

Man of War The Fighting Life of Admiral James Saumarez: From The American Revolution to the Defeat of Napoleon

The Victory That Won an Empire Stuart Reid

Anthony Sullivan

$39.95 / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-526-4

$50 / 248 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-651-5

The career of Guernsey-born Admiral James Saumarez reads like an early history of the Royal Navy. His first battle was against the American revolutionaries in 1775, but thereafter his main opponents were the French and the Spanish, and the first fighting ship he commanded, the eight-gun galley Spitfire, was involved in fortyseven engagements before being run aground. Tony Sullivan, tells the story of one of the most remarkable individuals of the great days of sail, in the first biography of Saumarez for more than 170 years.

Britain was rapidly emerging as the most powerful European nation, a position France long believed to be her own. Yet with France still commanding the largest continental army, Britain saw its best opportunities for expansion lay in the East. Yet, as Britain’s influence increased through its official trading arm, the East India Company, the ruler of Bengal, Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah, sought to drive the British out of the subcontinent and turned to France for help. Few battles in history have ever had such profound consequences.

Anthony Sullivan was born in London in 1971 but has lived most of his life in Surrey. His grandfather served in the Army, his father in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He is a graduate of the Open University, where he studied history and is also a member of the Naval Records Society.

Stuart Reid author of numerous military history books, including Hungry Like Wolves which is widely regarded as the definitive study of the Battle of Culloden, Sheriffmuir 1715, and The Battle of Minden 1759.

The Victoria Crosses of the Crimean War

The Siege of Sevastopol 1854 - 1855

The Men Behind the Medals James W Bancroft $50 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Central plate section / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52671-061-1

The Crimean War saw the introduction of the Victoria Cross, which was awarded to 111 men. Whilst the history of the Crimean War has been related many times, never before have the stories of those individuals who were awarded the VC been told. In this, the result of four decades of accumulated research, renowned historian James Bancroft describes who the men were, how they gained the Victoria Cross, and what happened to them afterwards.

James W. Bancroft has produced more than 100 books and articles, the subjects of which reflect his varied interests. He contributed a number of articles for The New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and his book Rorke's Drift: The Zulu War, 1879 has been re-printed seven times.


The War in the Crimea - Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There Voices From The Past Anthony Dawson $34.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-957-7

The Crimean War, the most destructive and deadly war of the nineteenth century, has been the subject of countless books, yet historian Anthony Dawson has amassed an astonishing collection of previously unknown and unpublished material, including numerous letters and private journals along with many untapped French sources. A member of the Crimean War Research Society, Anthony Dawson is the author of a number of books including French Infantry of the Crimean War and Letters from the Light Brigade.

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Frontline Books Waterloo: The Truth At Last

The Anatomy of Glory

Why Napoleon Lost the Great Battle

Napoleon and His Guard Henri Lachouque and Anne S K Brown

Paul L Dawson $39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Central black and white plate section / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-245-6

Waterloo, The Truth at Last demonstrates, through details never made available to the general public before, how so much of what we think we know about the battle simply did not occur in the manner or to the degree previously believed. This book has been described as ‘a game changer’, and is certain to generate enormous interest, and will alter our previously-held perceptions – forever. Paul L. Dawson BSc Hons MA MIFA FINS, is a historian and author, specialising in the French Army of the Napoleonic War. In addition, as a noted equestrian, this allows him to have a greater understanding of what was and what was not possible for cavalry and other troops which utilised horses.

Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars A Concise Dictionary, 1792-1815 Kevin F Kiley $39.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-953-9

This volume chronicles the story of the guns and men during the twenty-three years of almost continuous warfare from 1792-1815 from the battlefields of continental Europe to the almost primitive terrain of North America and of the seas, lakes and rivers that connected them.

$59.95 / 760 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Central black and white plate section / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-341-5

In this magnificent study, unparalleled in depth and scope, the renowned French historian Commandant Henry Lachouque has produced a lavish and sumptuous work. It combines vivid narrative with valuable and unique uniform illustrations, including seventy-four full color plates from the Anne S.K. Brown collection, to make The Anatomy of Glory one of the most important and most sought-after books on military history ever published. Born in 1883, and educated at Saint-Cyr, Henri Lachouque went on to serve in the First World War, participating in the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Wounded, he was invalided out of the French Army having been awarded the Legion d’Honneur and Croix de Guerre.

Napoleon and Grouchy The Last Great Waterloo Mystery Unravelled Paul L Dawson $44.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 24 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-067-4

For the first time, Grouchy’s conduct during the Waterloo campaign is analyzed in fine detail, drawing principally on French sources not previously available in English. The author, answers questions such as whether key orders did actually exist in 1815 or were they later fabrications to make Grouchy the scapegoat for Napoleon’s failures? Did General Gérard really tell Grouchy to ‘march to the sound of the guns’?

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Marshal Ney At Quatre Bras New Perspectives on the Opening Battle of the Waterloo Campaign Paul L Dawson $44.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations, central plate section / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-071-1

This revelatory study of the Waterloo campaign draws primarily on French archival sources, and previously unpublished French accounts, to present a balanced view of a battle normally seen only from the British or Anglo-Allied perspective.


Frontline Books A Battle of Britain Spitfire Squadron The Men and Machines of 152 Squadron in the Summer of 1940 Danny Burt $50 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-996-4

Throughout the Battle of Britain, the men and machines of 152 Squadron, call sign Maida, defended the Warmwell sector, which included the vital Royal Navy base at Portland, as part of 10 Group. It is the period from 12 July to 28 November 1940 that the author examines in great depth and detail in this definitive account. This, then, is the story of one squadron’s part in the struggle to defend Britain during those dark days in the summer of 1940.

Seizing the Enigma The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 19331945 David Kahn $22.95 / 400 pages / 6 x 9 / Central black and white plate section / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-145-8

For almost four desperate years, from 1939 to the middle of 1943, the British and, in time, American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German U-boat wolfpacks. The Allies might never have turned the tide without an intelligence coup. The race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the greatest untold stories of the Second World War. Kahn expertly brings this tale to life in this updated edition of his classic book.

Combat Over the Mediterranean The RAF In Action Against the Germans and Italians Through Rare Archive Photographs Air War Archive Chris Goss $22.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 190 Illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47388-943-9

Drawing on an extremely rare collection of photographs taken by the camera guns of Bristol Beaufighters deployed on groundattack and anti-shipping operations, this book will form a rare indeed unique view of what it was like to fly dangerous strike missions against German and Italian forces over North Africa and the Mediterranean between 1942 and 1945.

Alastair Denniston

Falklands Gunner

Stalag Luft I

Code-breaking From Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the Birth of GCHQ

A Day-by-Day Personal Account of the Royal Artillery in the Falklands War

An Official Account of the PoW Camp for Air Force Personnel 1940-1945

Joel Greenberg $50 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-912-7

In 1914 Alastair Denniston, who had been teaching French and German at Osborne Royal Navy College, was one of the first recruits into the Admiralty’s fledgling codebreaking section which became known as Room 40. There a team drawn from a wide range of professions successfully decrypted intercepted German communications throughout the First World War.


Tom Martin $44.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Integrated black and white images, with color plate section / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-121-1

Supported by the recollections of some of those he served alongside, Martin’s notes and diary entries form the basis of this book; a vivid, blow-by-blow account which provides a comprehensive picture of the Royal Artillery and its pivotal role in the Falklands War.

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Central black and white plate section / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-879-3

This Official History of Stalag Luft I was prepared for the War Office just after the war, but was never released to the general public. It explores all aspects of the camp, from its administration, to the supply of the food and conditions the prisoners endured. Inevitably the author also investigates the subject of escapes, as well as the reprisals that followed. This account provides the reader with an accurate and unprecedented insight into the story of one of the longest-running German PoW camps of the Second World War.

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Frontline Books Hitler's Spanish Division Pablo Sagarra, Óscar González and Lucas Molina $32.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Illustrated throughout in color / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387-887-7

On 22 June 1941, Hitler’s armies launched Operation Barbarossa and swept in to the Soviet Union. On the same day, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Ramon Serrano Suner, contacted the German embassy in Madrid with an extraordinary proposal – would the German government welcome the addition of a force of Spanish volunteers in the war against the Russians? Officially designed by the Wehrmacht as the 250th Infantry Division, but commonly referred to as the Azul or Blue Division after the color of Spain’s Falangist (Fascist) Party, this force initially amounted to some 18,000 volunteers under the command of the fiercely anti-communist General Agustin Munoz-Grandes. Of the first 18,694 men who entrained for Germany during July 1941, seventy percent, including every officer from captain on up, were from the regular army, whilst most of the rest were Spanish Civil War veterans. By the time that the Blue Division returned home, 47,000 Spaniards had been involved in fighting on the Russian front. There were 22,000 casualties: 4,500 dead, 8,000 wounded, 7,800 sick and 1,600 suffering from frostbite. As the authors reveal, Spaniards also volunteered or served in other units or organization. This highly illustrated book examines the history, personalities, and uniforms and equipment of those men and women who volunteered to serve alongside Hitler’s armies.

US Marine Corps Uniforms and Equipment in the Second World War

US Marine Corps Women's Reserve

Jim Moran

Jim Moran

‘They Are Marines’: Uniforms and Equipment in the Second World War

$44.95 / 200 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 300 illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52671-041-3

$44.95 / 200 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52671-045-1

The United States Marine Corps was one of the phenomena of the Second World War. Greatly expanded from its prewar order of battle of scattered defense battalions, overseas garrisons and ship detachments, it became a multi-division force bearing the brunt of the hardest fighting across the whole vast expanse of the Pacific theater of operations. In August 1942 Marines were among the first to strike back at the Japanese in the jungles of Guadalcanal; Marine Raider battalions were formed to carry the fight to the enemy; and from the Central Solomon's landings of mid-1943 it was the Marines who spearheaded the 'island – hopping' amphibious campaign which brought them to Okinawa, on Japan's doorstep, by VJ-Day. This epic story has been well documented in most respects – except one: the uniforms, insignia and personal equipment of the Marines who fought their way across the Pacific. Authoritative, illustrated reference works of this important aspect of World War II's physical history have been notoriously lacking. In this book, longtime collector and researcher Jim Moran fills the gap, with a systematic, detailed guide illustrated with more than 300 photographs, including some 200 close-ups of surviving items in private collections on both sides of the Atlantic.

When the US Marine Commandant, Major General Thomas Holcomb, announced the formation of what became the US Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve, legend has it that the portrait of the fifth Commandant, Archibald Henderson, fell off the wall and crashed to the floor – ‘in disbelief’. This branch of the US Marines was authorized by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 30 July 1942.

Jim Moran is an associate member of the Marine Corps Association, and US Marine Corps League as well as being the ‘on-board ‘ historian to the US Marine Corps League.

Jim Moran is an associate member of the Marine Corps Association, and US Marine Corps League as well as being the ‘on-board ‘ historian to the US Marine Corps League.

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This law allowed for the acceptance of women into the reserve as commissioned officers and at the enlisted level, effective for the duration of the war plus six months. The purpose of the law was to release officers and men for combat and to replace them with women in shore stations. The result was that between 1943 and 1945 the women of America enlisted in their thousands to ‘Free A Man to Fight’. This book, the first of its kind, explores in detail the role of Women Marines, or WRs as they were known at the time. It also presents a detailed study of the uniforms of the WRs supported by numerous color photographs. This book has been written with the full support of the US Marine Corps Histories Division, the Women Marine Association and surviving WR veterans.


Frontline Books Churchill and Tito

Assassinations Anthology

SOE, Bletchley Park and Supporting the Yugoslav Communists in World War II

Plots and Murders That Would Have Changed the Course of WW2

Christopher Catherwood

John Grehan

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 32 illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-496-2

One of Churchill’s most controversial decisions during the Second World War was to switch SOE support in Yugoslavia in 1943 from the Cetniks loyal to the exiled Royal Government to backing Tito and his Communist Partisan guerrillas. It led to a Communist regime in Yugoslavia which lasted until Tito’s death in 1980, and the nationalistic sentiments he had suppressed exploding into ethnic violence in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Christopher Catherwood demonstrate that one of Churchill’s most consequential decisions of the Second World War was not the terrible mistake that historians have portrayed it.

$39.95 / 248 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / Central black and white plate section / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-697-2

In Assassinations Anthology a number of well-known authors and historians have looked at past events where key individuals were involved in either attempts on their lives, or strange incidents occurred which, had they led to their deaths, might have radically affected the outcome of the war. Grounded in actual events, the various scenarios portrayed in this collection examine the likely chain of events that would have followed if the assassination attempts had succeeded.

A Destroyer at War

Best Foot Forward

The Fighting Life and Loss of HMS Havock from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 1939-42

The Autobiography of the RAF's Other Legless Fighter Pilot Colin Hodgkinson

David Goodey and Richard H Osborne

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-762-5

$34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Central black and white plate section / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-900-4

It was headline news on 8 April 1942: ‘One of the Navy’s most famous destroyers, a ship which survived bombs, torpedoes and full scale battles, has been wrecked’. That destroyer was HMS Havock, described in another newspaper as ‘Britain’s No 2 Destroyer of this war – second only in fame and glory to the Cossack.’ Destroyer at War tells the story of the battles and operations of a famous ship, and its sad destruction, through newspaper reports, official documents. Havock had earned her reputation guarding the convoys across the Atlantic in 1939 and at Narvik in the abortive bid to stave off the German occupation of Norway in 1940\. Havock was then transferred to the Mediterranean, fighting at the Battle of Cape Spada in 1940 and in 1941 at the Battle of Matapan and in the evacuations of Greece and Crete.


Just nineteen at the time, Colin developed a burning determination to prove himself a normal man by becoming a fighter pilot and flying Spitfires. With Douglas Bader as his example, and brilliant surgeons such as Sir Archibald McIndoe treating him, Colin achieved his aim with a hand-tailored pair of tin legs. He proved himself as a fighter pilot many times over, until the war ended, for him at least, as a German prisoner of war.

Born in Wells, Somerset, in 1920, Colin Gerald Shaw Hodgkinson was accepted for pilot training in the Fleet Air Arm in 1938. A crash in May 1939 resulted in both of his legs being amputated. Colin was determined to fly again. He left the Navy in 1942 and joined the RAF as a Pilot Officer.

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The Dunkirk Evacuation in 100 Objects The Story Behind Operation Dynamo in 1940 Martin Mace $44.95 / 248 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Highly illustrated throughout in color / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-990-5

At 18.57 hours on Sunday, 26 May 1940, the Admiralty issued the directive which instigated the start of Operation Dynamo. This was the order to rescue the British Expeditionary Force from the French port of Dunkirk and the beaches surrounding it. The Admiralty believed that it would only be able to rescue 45,000 men over the course of the following two days, ‘at the end of which’, read the signal to Admiral Ramsey at Dover, ‘it was probable that evacuation would be terminated by enemy action’. The Admiralty, however, was wrong. Through 100 objects, from the wreck of a ship through to a dug-up rifle, and individual photographs to large memorials, all of which represent a moving snapshot of the past, the author sets out to tell the story of what came to be known as The Miracle of Dunkirk.

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. Martin is founder of Britain at War Magazine.

The Samurai in 100 Objects Passchendaele In The Fascinating World of the Samurai 100 Locations as Seen Through Arms and Armour, Places and Images In 100 Objects Stephen Turnbull $19.95 / 248 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 150 full color illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47385-038-5

From lowly attendants (samurai literally means ‘those who serve’) to members one of the world’s most powerful military organizations, the samurai underwent a progression of changes to reach a preeminent position in Japanese society and culture. Even their eventual eclipse did not diminish their image as elite warriors, and they would live on in stories and films. The artifacts, many of which are seen here for the first time, include castles, memorial statues, paintings and prints associated with the rise of the samurai along with their famous armor and weapons. The latter include the Japanese longbow, a thirteenth century bomb and the famous samurai sword, but not every artifact here is from the past. In a Japanese souvenir shop was found a cute little blue duck dressed as a samurai complete with helmet, spear and surcoat, dressed authentically as the brutal samurai Katō Kiyomasa, who was responsible for a massacre at Hondo castle in 1589. Stephen Turnbull is the worlds leading authority on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University.

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Exploring the Third Battle of Ypres 1917 Voices From The Past Paul Kendall $44.95 / 6 x 9 / Fully illustrated in color / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-516-4

Encouraged by the success of an attack on Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917, Field Marshal Haig ordered that his generals should continue their preparations for the Third Battle of Ypres. Delayed due to a number of reasons, one of which was poor weather, the offensive began on 31 July 1917. Fought around the little Belgium village of Passchendaele, the battle would come to epitomise not just the futility of offensive tactics against well-prepared defences, but of the terrible conditions the men had to endure in the Flanders mud, the images of which are forever synonymous with the trench warfare of the First World War. In this highly illustrated publication, the author details 100 locations relating to the Battle of Passchendaele – from the headquarters where it was directed from through to sites of specific actions or where Victoria Crosses were won. In doing so, he links moving human stories with the very ground over which the visitor can tread today. Paul Kendall is a military historian and author specialising in the First World War. He is the author of the bestselling books, Bullecourt 1917: Breaching the Hindenburg Line and The Zeebrugge Raid 1918.


Greenhill Books Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815 Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras John Hussey

Waterloo: The 1815 Campaign Volume II: From Waterloo to the Restoration of Peace in Europe John Hussey

$59.95 / 736 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of plates / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-196-7

$52.95 / 352 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of plates / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-200-1

Volume I is based upon a detailed analysis of sources old and new in four languages. Accounts from both sides help provide a vivid impression of the fighting on the first day, and ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day.

The concluding volume of this work provides a fresh description of the climatic battle of Waterloo. Close attention is paid to the negotiations that led to the capitulation of Paris, and subsequent French claims.

John Hussey has been writing articles for journals on British military history for many years and served as a member of the International Historical Committee for the Restoration of the Waterloo Battlefield.

John Hussey has been writing articles for journals on British military history for many years and served as a member of the International Historical Committee for the Restoration of the Waterloo Battlefield.

Air Battle of Malta Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites, 1940 - 1942 Anthony Rogers $45.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 65 illustrations / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-188-2

This comprehensive volume documents all known aircraft crash sites in and around the Maltese Islands and provides the circumstances of each loss are related in detail with accounts from both sides. In Germany especially there are many still unaware of the fate of family members who never returned after the Second World War. This book reveals what happened to some who even today are still officially listed as ‘missing’. Anthony Rogers has written several books and countless articles about events that occurred in and around the Mediterranean during the Second World War.


Agincourt 1415 Field of Blood Barry Renfrew $16.99 / 208 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / July 2017 / paperback / 978-178438-212-4

Based on chronicles of the times, Agincourt 1415: Field of Blood is a dramatic, minute-by-minute retelling of the battle as seen through the eyes of the commanders and soldiers on both sides. This is a brutal, bloody and captivating retelling of a major British victory written by a Pulitzer Price finalist This work sets a new standard for historical fiction. A foreign correspondent, Barry Renfrew has covered wars in Afghanistan, Africa and the former Soviet Union during 30 years of reporting on political upheaval across the globe.

First In, Last Out

Napoleon Victorious!

An Unconventional British Officer in Indo-China

An Alternative History of the Battle of Waterloo

J P Cross

Peter G Tsouras

$34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp plates / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-220-9

$34.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / No illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-208-7

This is the astonishing tale of two episodes in the life of Colonel J P Cross, jungle fighter and linguist extraordinaire. As a young officer at the end of the war against Japan in 1945, he took part in counterinsurgency operations against the Vietminh at a time of chaos and confusion.

By introducing minor – but realistic – adjustments, Tsouras presents a scenario in which the course of the battle runs quite differently, which in turn sets in motion new and unexpected possibilities. Cleverly conceived and expertly executed, this is alternate history at its best.

In 1970, The Economist described J P Cross as ‘one of those gifted, dedicated eccentrics that the British Army has the habit of spawning.’ In his career spanning 40 years,

Peter Tsouras has written critically-acclaimed alternate histories on D-Day, Gettysburg and Stalingrad. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Greenhill Books Eastern Front Sniper The Life of Matthäus Hetzenauer Greenhill Sniper Library Roland Kaltenegger, Introduction by Martin Pegler $32.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp plates / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-216-2

Eastern Front Sniper is a long overdue and comprehensive biography of one of World War II’s most accomplished snipers. Mathäus Hetzenauer, the son of a Tyrolean peasant family, was born in December 1924\. He was drafted into the Mountain Reserve Battalian 140 at the age of 18 but discharged five month’s later. He received a new draft notice in January 1943 for a post in the Styrian Truppenübungsplatz Seetal Alps where he met some of the best German snipers and learned his art. Hetzenauer went on to fight in Romania, Eastern Hungary and in Slovakia. As recognition for his more than 300 confirmed kills he was awarded on the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on April 17, 1945. After nearly five years of Soviet captivity Mathäus Hetzenauer returned to Austria on January 10, 1950. He lived in the Tyrol's Brixen Valley until his death on 3 October of 2004. Roland Kaltenegger is the author of more than ten books on World War II including The Mountain Troops Of the Waffen-SS 1941-1945 and Weapons and Equipment Of the German Mountain Troops In World War II. Martin Pegler is the Britain’s foremost authority on military firearms and specialises in the subject of military sniping. He was Senior Curator of Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum.

The Third Reich in 100 Objects A Material History of Nazi Germany Tim Newark, Roger Moorhouse and Nigel Jones $39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 200 Illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78438-180-6

Hitler's Third Reich is still the focus of numerous articles, books and films: no conflict of the twentieth century has prompted such interest or such a body of literature. Approaching the canon of World War II literature is a challenge for a general reader but the 100 objects approach is a novel and accessible presentation. This is a compelling, frequently shocking and revelatory guide to the Third Reich that has been collated and presented by two of the world's leading World War II historians. The photographs gathered by Roger Moorhouse and Roger Moorhouse include Pervitin, Hitler's Mercedes, Wehrmach toilet paper, Hitler's grooming kit, the Nuremberg courtroom, the Tiger Tank, fragments of flak, the Iron Cross and, of course, the Swastika and Mein Kampf.

Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Berlin Atwar, Killing Hitler and the award-winning The Devils Alliance. He has contributed to He was My Chief, I was Hitlers Chauffeur, With Hitler to the End and Hitlers Last Witness (all Frontline Books). He is tour guide, book reviewer and his website generates more than 1000 hits per month and he has 5000 twitter followers. Tim Newark is the author of several critically acclaimed history books, including The Mafia at War, Lucky Luciano, Highlander, The Fighting Irish, Protest Vote and Camouflage, which accompanied the Imperial War Museum exhibition. He was the editor of Military Illustrated for 17 years and has written seven TV military history documentary series, including Hitler's Bodyguards.

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Grub Street Publishing Javelin Boys

Canberra Boys

Air Defence from the Cold War to Confrontation

Fascinating Accounts from the Operators of an English Electric Classic

Steve Bond

Andrew Brookes

$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-040-6 / NCR

Javelin Boys describes adventures in Cyprus, Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation and Zambia during the Rhodesian declaration of UDI. In this period a total of 434 Javelins were built, with their use spanning across eighteen different squadrons. Steve Bond has interviewed a number of veterans, all with captivating tales of their time on the aircraft. Alongside their anecdotes is a detailed history of this unusual aircraft, accompanied by photography never seen before in print. This book is bound to appeal to all aviation fans. An avid aviation enthusiast and historian, Dr Steve Bond has spent most of his working life in the industry. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on the Harrier, VC10, Chipmunk, Bulldog, Hawk and Tornado fleets.

The English Electric Canberra first came into production in the late 1940s and has since played a hugely significant part in world events. In Canberra Boys, Andrew Brookes takes us through its rich history with the help of those who operated this magnificent machine. This book provides a detailed and fascinating history of an outstanding aircraft alongside illuminating anecdotes from the men who served with this aircraft. Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after graduating from Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he joined the tri-service policy and plans staff of Commander British Forces, Hong Kong.

Phantom Boys Volume 2

V Force Boys All New Reminiscences by Air and Ground Crews Operating the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant in the Cold War and Beyond

More Thrilling Tales From UK and US Operators of the McDonnell Douglas F-4

Tony Blackman and Anthony Wright

Richard Pike

$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-038-3 / NCR

V Force Boys contains a fascinating collection of previously unpublished stories by V Force ground and aircrew for all three V bombers. Among other highlights, the book includes a firsthand account of dropping the last UK H Bomb, a description of how all the aircraft navigated before the days of GPS, the training the crews received and an armorer’s account of how the nuclear weapons were moved with complete safety but not in the regimented way that might be expected. In addition there are chapters which tell of incidents that would not be found in the RAF historical annals but show how the vigilant guarding of the UK had its lighter moments. Tony Blackman is a fellow of the American Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. Anthony Wright BA was posted to Cranwell as station navigation officer and instructor.


$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-033-8 / NCR

$39.95 / 184 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-039-0 / NCR

The highly anticipated followup to Phantom Boys is here! Once again Richard Pike has brought together brilliant, hitherto unpublished, accounts across eighteen chapters. And now there is coverage of the Americans. So, with both British and American perspectives, Phantom Boys 2 is packed with exhilarating action. From combat in the Vietnam War to life after the Falklands War, readers will experience a variety of wartime and peacetime tales.

Richard Pike became a flight cadet in 1961, at the RAF College, Cranwell. In the early stages of his forty-year flying career he flew the English Electric Lightning before converting to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom.

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Grub Street Publishing Bloody April 1917 An Exciting Detailed Analysis of One of the Deadliest Months in WWI Norman Franks, Russell Guest and Frank Bailey $26.95 / 192 pages / 6.75 x 9.5 / Illustrated throughout / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-91069-041-3 / NCR

Even those people who know little of WWI’s air war will have heard of Bloody April. After more than eighteen months of deadly stalemate on the Western Front, by April 1917 the British and French were again about to launch yet another land offensive, this time on the Arras Front. This would be the first opportunity to launch a major offensive since the winter and would require enormous support from the Royal Flying Corps and French Air Force in, hopefully, improved weather. However, the air offensive was to be countered fiercely by the new German Jagstaffeln – Jastas – that had been the brainchild of Oswald Boelcke in 1916. By the spring of 1917, the first Jasta pilots, with new improved fighters – the nimble Albatros DIIIs – were just itching to get to grips with their opponents over the Western Front. What followed was a near massacre of British and French aircraft and crews, which made April the worst month for flying casualties the war had yet seen. Here is a day-by-day, blowby-blow account of these losses, profusely illustrated with original photographs and expertly told. Norman Franks is a well-respected and world-renowned author and now has over one-hundred books to his name. Author of Battle of the Airfields, The Greatest Air Battle, Buck McNair, Beyond Courage and Aircraft versus Aircraft, he has also been co-author of many titles with distinguished fighter pilots such as Neville Duke (War Diaries of Neville Duke), Jimmy Sheddan (Tempest Pilot) and Paul Richey (Fighter Pilot’s Summer). He lives with his wife Heather in East Sussex.

Air Battle for Dunkirk 26 May - 3 June 1940 Norman Franks $18.99 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91069-047-5 / NCR

With the epic blockbuster film Dunkirk, to be released in July 2017, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring, amongst others, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, this reissue has never been more timely. ‘Where is the RAF?’ was the oft-quoted question asked by soldiers waiting on the beach at Dunkirk, to where they had retreated following the German blitzkrieg through northern France, and where they were now being pounded by the Luftwaffe. The air forces were there, as Norman Franks proves, detailing the outstanding achievements of the Allied pilots who fought, using outmoded tactics, against enemy pilots who had earlier had easy victories over the Polish, Dutch and Belgian air forces. The RAF’s achievement reminds us just how close Britain came to disaster in June 1940.

Norman Franks is a well-respected and world-renowned author and now has over one-hundred books to his name. Author of Battle of the Airfields, The Greatest Air Battle, Buck McNair, Beyond Courage and Aircraft versus Aircraft, he has also been co-author of many titles with distinguished fighter pilots such as Neville Duke (War Diaries of Neville Duke), Jimmy Sheddan (Tempest Pilot) and Paul Richey (Fighter Pilot’s Summer). He lives with his wife Heather in East Sussex.

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Grub Street Publishing From Jet Provost to Strikemaster

Fast Jets and Other Beasts

A Definitive History of the Basic and Counter-Insurgent Aircraft at Home and Overseas

Personal Insights from the Cockpit of the Hunter, Phantom, Jaguar, Tornado and Many More

David Watkins

Ian Hall

$49.95 / 224 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Illustrated throughout / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-035-2 / NCR

This book covers the complete and long overdue history of the Hunting/BAC Jet Provost and Strikemaster, From Jet Provost to Strikemaster is a work of narrative and technical detail which will satisfy the most avid aviation fans. Furthermore, Airfix have recently released a Jet Provost model, increasing interest in this long neglected aircraft. David Watkins joined the RAF when he was 19 and saw service in the UK, Germany and the Far East. He has written books on the de Havilland Vampire and Venom, No. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, RAuxAF, RAF Chivenor and RAF Aerobatic Teams since 1920.

Hurricane R4118 Revisited

Over a thirty-two-year military flying career, Ian Hall had seven front-line flying tours on five different types. His story starts in Bahrain in the early 1970s, just before the massive contraction that saw the RAF withdraw from the Middle and Far East. An ideal read for anyone fascinated by tales of aerial exploits.

Ian Hall joined the RAF at 18 and during seven fighter-bomber tours flew five different operational types. He served in Bahrain, Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada. Ian had the pleasure of commanding a Tornado squadron in the early 1990s. He is the author of Jaguar Boys and Tornedo Boys.

WK275 The Restoration and Preservation of the Last Supermarine Swift F4

The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery and Restoration to Flight of a Battle of Britain Survivor: The Adventure Continues 20052017

WK279 The Restoration and Preservation of the Last Supermarine Swift F4

Guy Ellis $39.95 / 160 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Illustrated throughout / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-050-5 / NCR

Peter Vacher $39.95 / 192 pages / 6.75 x 9.5 / Illustrated throughout / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-043-7 / NCR

In Hurricane R4118 Revisited, more stories of R4118’s origins are told, including the extraordinary tale of how this aircraft shot down a friendly Whitley bomber before it was assigned to a RAF squadron. Vacher highlights the challenges of maintaining and flying a historic warbird, while Keith Dennison, a warbird pilot, provides expert commentary on exactly what it is like to fly a Hurricane.

Peter Vacher was born in London during the Blitz. He is the author of The History of the Jodhpur Flying Club, which includes rich detail on the RAF’s training activities in India during the Second World War.


$39.95 / 192 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / Illustrated throughout / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91069-042-0 / NCR

Guy Ellis sets the scene of the importance of Britain’s early jets, covers the development of Temporary Cover the Swift, which puts WK275 in context, then traces the heritage of that aircraft, its operational life, how it was acquired and finally the full story of its restoration with a plethora of detailed photographs, drawings and publicity images. The Swift pioneered the second generation of jet fighters and by recording the full story of one special aircraft, Guy Ellis has delivered a fitting tribute to British ingenuity.

Guy Ellis is an aviation historian who has written many articles and is the author of, amongst others, Serve to Save – The South African Air Force at Sea and Britain’s Jet Age Volumes 1 and 2.

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Harpia Publishing Sturmgeschütz III. Band 2: Erscheinungsbild Rückgrat der Infanterie

Temporary Cover

Carrier Aviation in the 21st EMB-312 Tucano Brazil’s turboprop success story Century João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez Aircraft carriers and their units in detail Thomas Newdick $64.95 / 256 pages / 8.3 x 11 / full color throughout / July 2017 / paperback / 978-0-99730-922-5 / NCR

The modern aircraft carrier is without doubt one of the most exciting and hazardous operating environments in the field of warfare. The ‘flattop’ is a symbol of global military power without parallel, and it remains a capability beyond reach of all but the most well equipped navies. With the detail, precision and accuracy expected of Harpia Publishing, this latest volume provides a force report of the various air components and associated vessels fielded by those select nations that field fixedwing-capable aircraft carriers.

$64.95 / 256 pages / 8.3 x 11 / full color throughout / July 2017 / paperback / 978-0-99730-923-2 / NCR

Harpia Publishing is proud to announce the launch of a new title for 2017, EMB-312 Tucano: Brazil’s turboprop success story, set to become the definitive English-language reference work on this revolutionary Latin American aerospace product. Written by an expert in the field, this book recounts the story of Embraer’s EMB-312 turboprop trainer, the first aircraft in its class to offer a cockpit and controls equivalent to its fighter contemporaries, as well enough power to match the high-speed maneuvers of comparable jet trainers. Drawing upon a cadre of authors who are experts in their field, Carrier Aviation in the 21st Century continues Harpia’s reputation for providing unprecedented detail and extensive technical specifications, as well as detailing the structure of all the air arms and the individual units that currently embark on board carriers. Illustrations include specially commissioned artworks and diagrams to help illustrate how carrier air power remains an essential element of modern warfare.

Thomas Newdick is Editor of AirForces Monthly, the world’s leading military aviation magazine. He has contributed to titles including Combat Aircraft, Armada International and Jane’s Defence Weekly. He has provided insight on air power issues to publications including the Telegraph and the Guardian. He is author of ten books on the subject of military aircraft.

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Sturmgeschütz III. Band 2: Erscheinungsbild Rückgrat der Infanterie Peter Müller and Wolfgang Zimmermann $75 / 296 pages / 550 photographs, 20 graphs, 80 scale 1:35 drawings, book supplement: poster with tabulated overview of all visual characteristics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-3-95229-683-7 / NCR

This second Volume of "Assault Gun III . Backbone of the German Infantry" enables the readers - to identify the date of photographs, - to restore vehicles to ex works conditions - to build exact models. The necessary information is structured in 90 externally visual characteristics - all illustrated by photographs. In addition the usual troop modifications are discussed too. Important additional materials include a wide variety of photographs, placed in chronological order as accepted by the Armament Office. 4-side-drawings in modeller scale 1:35 of all variants, Ausf G shown in quarterly steps, round up the tables and photographs. The drawings may be acquired in other scales via HistoryFacts. com The author, Peter Müller, is a Swiss citizen born in 1960, whose command experience as a Lieutenant Colonel and Director in large companies neatly complements his qualifications as a military historian. For the past quarter of a century, he has made detailed investigations of armaments issues in the 1914 - 1945 period. Combined with extensive studies of archived records, that background has allowed Peter Müller to present the subject matter of this book from a more differentiated perspective than hitherto.


Heimdal Hitlerjugend Normandie 44

Hohenstaufen 1943-1945 Charles Trang and Pierre Tiquet

Témoignages Pierre Tiquet

$101 / 420 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / February 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-472-1

In 1984, Heimdal published their very first divisional history: 9. SS-PanzerDivision. Written by the late Herbert Fürbringer, an elder of the Hohenstaufen, this work is a landmark. Today, the two best French specialists on the Waffen SS team up to provide it with an indispensable complement. Approximately 800 photos, largely unpublished, nearly 200 documents, numerous testimonies as well as biographies of the principal officers of the division. Text in French.

$58 / 200 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-2-84048-465-3

This new illustrated book of almost 200 pages presents ten testimonies of veterans of the 12. SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" who fought in Normandy. These testimonies, communicated to the author, are presented chronologically, illustrated with almost 300 photos, most of which are previously unpublished, and with documents that belonged to these fighters. A new book which tells a captivating report of the hell of the Battle of Normandy. Text in French.

L'artillerie allemande

Gustav Mertsch

Organisation, armement et équipement / 1914-1918

et l'artillerie de la Leibstandarte SS "Adolf Hitler"

Ricardo Recio Cardona

Thomas Fischer

$101 / 336 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / September 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84048-467-7

This book comes from the same 1914-1918 collection as Sturmtruppen - the German army's assault troops, previously published by Heimdal. It presents the organization and strategies of German artillery with all of the guns, howitzers and mortars used during the First World War. There are also extensive chapters devoted to uniforms including those used for chemical warfare, a new weapon that appears in 1915, introducing terror among combatants. This book contains more than 180 photographs of uniforms and equipment with 20 illustrations and many diagrams. An exceptional work. Text in French.


$22 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-2-84048-466-0

Thanks to an exciting collection of testimonies and numerous photographs of former soldiers of the "LSSAH" division, the German author Thomas Fischer, guides us through the highly unknown universe of the artillery of the 1st division of the Waffen SS. The world of the Artilleristen is just as exciting as the Panzers or the Grenadiere. Readers will find excitement in the topics of observation, shooting direction, deployment of parts, preparation of shells and the "intimate" or even "affective" relationship of the Kanonier with his cannon or his Howitzer. Through this work, the reader will be able to grasp the crucial importance of artillery, both in defense and in attack, during the short Balkan Campaign of Spring 1941 and during the trying months spent in the immensity of the Front de l’East. Gustav Mertsch, who was seriously wounded in Normandy, was withdrawn from the so-called “Invasions Front” and would not return to the Leibstandarte. Text in French.

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Heimdal D-Day, What We Haven't Told You Philippe Bauduin and Jean-Charles Stasi $22 / 128 pages / 8.3 x 10.8 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-2-84048-480-6

The Normandy Landings of 6 June 1944 were a major and decisive episode of the Second World War and have been, for more than sixty years, the object of countless books, films, investigations, reports and television series. However, is it known that D-Day was preceded by, on 27 April 1944, a tragic rehearsal that resulted in over nine-hundred deaths and which remained a secret for decades? Is it known that the beautiful Lily Sergueiev, an artist and great traveller, was considered by the Allies as their best disinformation agent and by the Germans as their most efficient agent in Great Britain? Or is it known that Lionel Crabb, the Royal Navy's star frogman, was the inspiration for Ian Fleming's character, James Bond? Is it known that the Germans' favourite song Lili Marlene, was also very popular with the allied soldiers? These are some of the surprising revelations contained in this book which is both original and informative, based on over half a century of research undertaken by Philippe Bauduin.

The French Imperial Guard 1800-1815. Volume 2 Cavalry André Jouineau and Jean-Marie Mongin $32 / 176 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / February 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-478-3

Volume 2 explores the centaurs of the Cavalry of the Guard. This practical, small, precise, clear, logical and visual tool, a true vade mecum for amateurs of imperial history, is intended for enthusiasts of imperial history and figures. This book is the new version that has been completely redesigned, revised, amended and widely expanded – it contains nearly 50% new characters from the book published several years ago. On 176 pages, nearly a thousand drawings develop the purpose of these two specialists of the period. André Jouineau and Jean-Marie Mongin present the general colonels, horse hunters, Mamelukes, dragons, grenadiers on horseback, lancers, tartars, guides, artillery train, and other artillerymen on horseback. In 176 pages there are nearly 1,000 drawings illustrating the centaurs of the Guard.

The French Imperial Guard 1800-1815. Volume 1 Foot Troops André Jouineau and Jean-Marie Mongin $32 / 176 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / October 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84048-477-6

Volume 1 covers the uniforms, the equipment, and the armament of The Old Guard, who were launched into the battle at the decisive moment. Explaining the concepts of the organization of Old, Middle and Young Guards, illustrator and researcher André Jouineau presents the general colonels, grenadiers, chasseurs, fusiliers, velites, flankers, pupils, veterans, workers, engineers, doctors, Podestats and other gunners. This practical, small, precise, clear, logical and visual tool, a true vade mecum for amateurs of imperial history, is intended for enthusiasts of imperial history and figures.

Les paras de la Waffen-SS. Volume 2 Rüdiger Franz $112 / 400 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / December 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84048-407-3

This book covers the little-known topic of a Waffen-SS battalion that was formed in the autumn of 1943 to perform special missions. The author, former paratrooper captain of the Luftwaffe, a college graduate in the sixties, and now an historian, offers us a detailed history in three volumes of nearly 400 pages each. The first volume is devoted to the operation against the Tito troops in Yugoslavia, the second to the engagement in the Baltic countries, and the third to operations in Hungary, the Ardennes and the Oder bridgehead. The whole, devoted to the SS-Fallschirmjäger-Battalion 500/600, offers a total documentation of more than a thousand photos. Text in French.

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Heimdal Hoplite

La Luftwaffe face au débarquement

Le premier guerrier de l'histoire

Normandie 6 juin - 31 août 1944

Vincent Torres-Hugon

Jean-Bernard Frappé

$36 / 112 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / November 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84048-471-4

$111 / 350 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / January 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-464-6

The first edition of this historic text, an indisputable and virtually unobtainable reference, is finally reissued, reviewed, corrected and expanded. This book offers a wealth of information including a comprehensive overview of the intervention of German fighters in the skies of Normandy, the Ile de France and then in Provence after the Allies landed on the coasts the Mediterranean. Includes photos. Text in French.

La saga du Sherman

L'ange noir de la Gestapo

Michel Esteve

Normandie 1942-1945

$67 / 232 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / January 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-470-7

This exceptional book highlights the roles and difficulties of the crew who served this mythical tank. The technical pitfalls and solutions that were found are explained by designers and the different combat methods developed by the allies are detailed. This book contains an exhaustive list of the equipment, the engines and the models generated. Includes exceptional images, colour plates, materials and markings. Text in French.


This book presents the history of the Hoplites, fighters who have permanently altered the art of war in the West. Readers will be able to enter the history and the life of its elite warriors who appeared in the 8th century BC., and discover their equipment and martial tactics. Richly illustrated, you can observe the most beautiful artefacts and iconography. Text in French.

Yves Lecouturier $27 / 116 pages / 6 x 8.3 / September 2017 / paperback / 978-2-84048-474-5

Marie-Clotilde de Combiens, a young woman of 22 years of age in 1943, made a name for herself by becoming the mistress of the head of the SiPo in Caen, Harald Heyns. They terrorized the people of Caen,and the surrounding regions for several months and send many to death camps. Studying collaboration in Caen and Calvados for more than thirty years, Yves Lecouturier has crossed and recrossed this couple on numerous occasions. This book attempts to trace Marie-Clotilde de Combiens's journey and to explain the reasons which led her to become responsible for the deaths of so many people acting only for self-interest and greed. Text in French.

Opération Dynamo Dunkerque 1940 - 350,000 soldats britanniques et français sont évacués vers l'Angleterre Jean-Charles Stasi $33 / 96 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / September 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84048-473-8

Four years before the Allied landing in Normandy, the French coast was the scene of another major episode of the Second World War. This is Operation Dynamo, much less well known than D-Day. Between 27 May and June 4, nearly 350,000 British and French soldiers were evacuated from the Dunkirk pocket by a heterogeneous fleet of 850 boats. Nearly 80 years later, JeanCharles Stasi, author of several successful books published by Heimdal presents this major history of one of the most pivotal actions of WWII. Text in French.

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Mémorial de la bataille de France Volume 2: 5 juin -25 juin 1940 Jean-Yves Mary and Pascal Kerger $107 / 400 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-2-84048-438-7

May-June 1940. An unfortunate battle lost in forty-five days. A lot has been said about these forty-five days, whether through general works covering all or part of the period or monographs relating particular aspects of the battle. However, never has a book dealt with the whole day-to-day fighting, sector by sector, from Holland to Menton, with as much precision. Forty-five days of fighting are reported here, including the most emblematic, but also those more numerous and previously ignored, that have emerged from oblivion. The book covers the daily drama of the men who are overtaken by the rhythm of the battle, subject to the whim of the command, and many of whom were at the end of their sacrifice, which these two volumes propose to retell. This book offers a different and completely new vision of this battle. For more than 40 years, Jean-Yves Mary has been passionate about the events of May-June 1940. He became one of the specialists of the Maginot Line thanks to several references and the realization of the Maginot Line Museum and intervals at the Fermont site. A sum of knowledge gathered over the years has prompted the author to tackle this ambitious project. Text in French.

Mirage 2000

Vought F-4U Corsair


Bruno Pautigny and Nicholas Gohin

Frédéric Lert and Hervé Beaumont $59 / 176 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / January 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-476-9

A direct successor to the famous Mirage III, the delta-shaped sail, the Mirage 2000 which has been present for over a quarter of a century in the French Air Force. Originally conceived as an interceptor car, this monoreactor has had a remarkable career in France - which is still ongoing - through its two-seat versions intended not only for training, but for nuclear strikes with the models, Mirage IV (2000N), and the conventional assault (2000D). Although France was the main user of this aircraft since it received more than half of the 600 produced, the Mirage 2000 also enjoyed a great success in eight other countries which have used or are still using it, including the United Arab Emirates, India and Greece, whose fleets include more than 50 planes. The authors are uncontested specialists of contemporary aircraft and have produced a book that has been revised and augmented by extensive research into the subject. Text in French.

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$32 / 144 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / February 2018 / hardback / 978-2-84048-475-2

Built more than 12,000 times in six versions, used by some into the 1970s, the emblematic aircraft of the Pacific War, and star of the small screen, the Vought F4U Corsair is undoubtedly one of the most famous in the history of Aviation. Immediately recognisable by its "Seagull wings" – configuration imposed by its very large diameter propeller – the Corsair, after a difficult start, was one of the architects of success for American naval aviation during the Second World War. It won the nickname of "Whistling Death", due to the noise generated by its engine and canopy during attacks. In the absence of an available and effective successor, it valiantly resumed service during the Korean War during which it carried out nearly 80% of the ground attack missions. As well as being used by the United States, the F4U was used by the British Fleet Air Arm during the European Theatre of World War II, while France, for which a specific version was manufactured by Vought, withdrew its last Corsair from service in the early 1960s, after having used them in combat in Algeria and Suez. Written by two great specialists and illustrators of global aviation this book has almost 200 unpublished profiles of this mythical plane.


Helion and Company Mobile Warfare for Africa On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond - Lessons Learned from the South African Border War Roland DeVries, Camille Burger and Willem Steenkamp $69.95 / 528 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 34 ills, 330 photos, 40 maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-408-9

This is an easy-to-read book with many real-life case-studies and examples which presents a yardstick for the enhancement of contemporary combat practices. In this context, the NamibianAngolan-South African Border War serves as one of the principal benchmark studies.

Hot Skies Over Yemen Aerial Warfare over the Southern Arabian Peninsula, 1962-2015 Middle East@War Tom Cooper $29.95 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 120 photos, 15-18 color profiles, 3 maps / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-423-2

Using newly released secret intelligence sources, neglected memoirs, and popular memory, this book is telling the story of military flying in Yemen between 1962 and 1994. Hot Skies over Yemen Containing over 140 photographs, color profiles, maps and extensive tables.


Teenage Safari

Brazilians at War

A South African Conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia

Brazilian Aviation in the Second World War Latin America @ War

Evan Davies $35 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / c 40 color & b/w photos, 1 map / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-293-6

Santiago Rivas $39.95 / 112 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 270 photos, 35 in color, 6 maps, 10 tables, 10 color profiles / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-258-5

A wide-eyed South African conscript relates his small share of the war in Angola and Namibia in the 1980s. This is not the usual military history, written by a commander armed with facts, nor a researched story of a war or campaign. It is a personal experience. Being brutally honest it will resonate not only with readers of all things military but also with a wider literary audience, for its poetic prose and subtle sentiments, and for its entertaining narrative.

When the Second World War erupted, Brazil, with its large provision of goods to the Allied Powers, was soon a victim of the Axis submarines - leading to the urgent development of an antisubmarine aviation. This book covers the story the operations along the Brazilian coasts and on Italy.

Ratels on the Lomba

The Chaco Air War 1932-35

The Story of Charlie Squadron Leopold Scholtz $39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / c 50 color & b/w photos, maps / January 2018 / paperback / 978-1-91151-287-5

In Ratels on the Lomba, the reader is taken to the heart of the action in a dramatic recreation based on interviews, diary entries and Facebook contributions by members of Charlie Squadron. It is an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death.

The First Modern Air War in Latin America LatinAmerica@ War Antonio Sapienza $39.95 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / over 200 ills, mostly b/w, color maps & aircraft profiles / January 2018 / paperback / 978-1-91151-296-7

This book describes how both military air forces were organized, how pilots and aviation mechanics were trained, how and where aircraft were purchased and many other unpublished before details. The text is supported by a large number of maps, photographs, and specially commissioned color profile artworks from modelers.

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Helion and Company

The Forgotten Battle of the Kursk Salient

Danish Volunteers of the Waffen-SS

Army Detachment Kempf’s Auxiliary Offensive

Freikorps Danmark 1941-43 Jens Pank Bjerregaard and Lars Larsen

Valeriy Zamulin and Stuart Britton

$89.95 / 320 pages / 8.75 x 12 / c 550 b/w photos, maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-270-7

$89.95 / 760 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 45 photos, 8 maps & 12-15 tables / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-257-8

Using the Russian Ministry of Defense’s archives and Western sources, the author has produced a companion work to his masterful study of II SS Panzer Corps’ offensive and the culminating clash at Prokhorovka. He lays out the German and Soviet plans for the battle; the forces arrayed for it and the extensive Soviet defenses; and then goes through a meticulous examination of the course of the fighting, as III Panzer Corps suffered initial setbacks in its attempt to link up with the right flank of II SS Panzer Corps (then extemporized on the battlefield to get the offensive going and to complete the linkup), while the Soviet side fought valiantly to prevent this (according to the plan of the Voronezh Front Commander-inChief, N.F. Vatutin).

The book Danish Volunteers of the WaffenSS tells the story of Freikorps Danmark in pictures from 1941-1943. Freikorps Danmark was established as a Danish corps which had to fight communism and, from its beginning, it was controlled from Denmark and put under the control of the SS-Division Totenkopf and 1. SS-Brigade during its efforts on the Eastern Front. It was a relatively small corps, which almost entirely consisted of Danish volunteers; during their two efforts on the Eastern Front, they suffered heavy casualties. In 1943, the High Command of Waffen-SS decided to abolish Freikorps Danmark and the personnel had to enter a new German division, which was directly controlled by Waffen-SS. The source of material for this book has been gathered from the photo collections of the old volunteers, which means that many of the photos have never been seen before.

Valeriy Nikolaevich Zamulin, a PhD candidate, is a leading Russian scholar of the Battle of Kursk. Since 1996, he has been working intensively in the most important Russian and foreign archival institutes - including the Central Archive of Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

Jens is 57 years old and lives in Aarhus, Jutland. He had a family member who joined the Waffen-SS in 1943 and was reported missing in Russia in 1944. For the past 20 years, he has spent a lot of his spare time finding out what happened to him and other Danes who still were missing.

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The Russian Army in the Great Northern War 1700-21 Uniforms, Organization, Materiel, Training and Combat Experience Century of the Soldier Boris Megorsky $49.95 / 196 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 8 color plates, c 30 b/w ills., maps / January 2018 / paperback / 978-1-91151-288-2

The book describes the armed forces of Peter the Great in its entirety, and covers in depth old Russian troops and irregulars, as well as Peter’s new standing army (guards, infantry, dragoons, elite units and artillery) and his brand-new force (the navy, with sailing ships and galleys, and marines). Besides the staffing, organization and development of troops, the book gives detailed account of uniforms, weapons and other materiel (both conventional and unusual). Training is described using drill manuals and tactical instructions of the period, and fighting methods actually performed on the battlefield are described - based on firsthand accounts and period observations from Russian, Swedish and impartial sources.

Boris Megorsky was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1978. He lives in St Petersburg, Russia with his beloved wife Olga and three-year-old son Vadim. He did his PhD in Political Science and works in Human Resources, but his true passion has always been military history.


Helion and Company The Price of the Oath

Gerhard Fieseler

The French SS Sturmbataillon during the Battle of Berlin 1945

The Man Behind the Storch Nigel Holden $49.95 / 324 pages / 6 x 9 / c 30 b/w photos / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-274-5

Tomasz Borowski $49.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / 160 b/w ills & maps, 20 color ills / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-299-8

An account of the French WaffenSS volunteers in the battle for Berlin 1945, containing eyewitness accounts and much additional information appearing in English for the first time. This book is illustrated in innovative ways with photographs commissioned specifically for this project, filled with the emotion and terror which permeated the Third Reich in its last days and hours.

In his publications, the Tomasz tries not to duplicate the well-known facts, but each time to reveal to his readers the mysteries and curiosities that are the symbols of the tragic last weeks of the greatest existing armed conflict

The Combat History of the 21st Panzer Division 1943-45

The Fieseler Storch is the most famous slow-speed aircraft of the Second World War. A remarkably versatile reconnaissance plane, as well as a Nazi showpiece and diplomatic gift - and even, in postwar British hands, a tool in helicopter design - it was linked to some of the best-known personages of the conflict: Hitler, Speer, Rommel, Mussolini, Churchill and Stalin. Furthermore, as Nigel Holden suggests in this first complete biography in English of Gerhard Fieseler (its creator), no other plane had a comparably equivalent role in that war. Nigel Holden has written and/or co-authored four books on culture and management in international business and has had published more than a hundred academic articles. Gerhard Fieseler: The Man Behind the Storch is his first book in the field of military history.

The End of the Gallop

Werner Kortenhaus

The Battle for Kharkov February-March 1943

$69.95 / 520 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 80 b/w photos, diags/charts, 21 color maps in separate map book / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-414-0

$49.95 / 120 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 75 b/w photos, 3 maps, 5 tables / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-297-4

Alexei Isaev

For years, one of the most essential sources for study of the Normandy invasion was known only to a select few and nearly unobtainable even to those who knew of its existence. It has never before been translated. None of the major English language histories of the Normandy Invasion refer to it, even though it is the history of the only German armored division that was in place in the Caen area at the moment of the invasion. It reveals key facts that are missing elsewhere. At long last, Werner Kortenhaus' history of the 21st Panzer Division has been published in English. Kortenhaus's account of the division's subsequent commitment, in the Lorraine - Saar Region - Alsace area provides intriguing detail on this little known sector as the southern wing of Patton's 3rd Army strove for the Upper Rhine area of Germany. The last section follows the division after its hasty transfer to the Oder Front.


Based heavily on inaccessible Soviet records, this book presents a lively account of a pivotal battle on the Eastern Front, heavily illustrated with rare photographs. From a military historian’s point of view the battles outside Kharkov between February–March 1943 were dramatic maneuvering battles and the success of both sides hung in the balance on a daily basis.

Aleksei Isaev has written approximately 20 books on the history of the Eastern Front in the Second World War, with a particular emphasis on the events of 1941 and the Stalingrad battle.

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Helion and Company The Oder Front 1945

The Oder Front 1945

Volume 1: Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Germany's Final Defense in the East, 20 March-4 May 1945

Volume 2: Documents, Reports and Personal Accounts

A. Stephan Hamilton $69.95 / 450 pages / 8.5 x 11 / b/w photos, documents, 56 color maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-421-8

In a companion volume to his successful and highly-regarded study of the Soviet assault on the city of Berlin, Bloody Streets, author A. Stephan Hamilton describes the planning and execution of the defense of the Oder Front, reconstructing it day-by-day using previously unpublished personal diaries, postwar interviews, Heeresgruppe Weichsel’s war diary and daily command phone logs. A. Stephan Hamilton is the author of Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945 (published by Helion in 2008). He has spent the majority of his spare time during the last decade researching and writing about the final months of World War II in Europe.

Tank Battles in East Prussia and Poland 1944-1945 Vilkavishkis, Gumbinnen/ Nemmersdorf, Elbing, Wormditt/Frauenburg, Kielce/ Lisow Igor Nebolsin $89.95 / 504 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 400 photos, color maps / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91217-406-5

This new study by Igor Nebolsin covers, in remarkable detail, a number of forgotten and overlooked armored engagements on the Eastern Front during the final year of the war, based firmly on Soviet and German archival records.

A. Stephan Hamilton $69.95 / 578 pages / 8.5 x 11 / c 300 documents, 38 color maps, many tables / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-420-1

Relying on primary documents from Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Oberkommando des Heeres that are reprinted in their entirety along with summary translations, this new volume examines why the command came into existence, what was its priority compared to that of other commands in the East, and how that translated into men and material support for its combat divisions. This second volume offers a wealth of new information on arguably Germany’s single most important command during the final months of the war in Europe. A. Stephan Hamilton is the author of Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945 (published by Helion in 2008). He has spent the majority of his spare time during the last decade researching and writing about the final months of World War II in Europe.

Air Battles over the Baltic 1941 The Air War on 22 June 1941 - The Battle for Stalin's Baltic Region Mikhail Timin and Kevin Bridge $79.95 / 528 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 500 photos, 28 tables, 14 color maps, 111 color aircraft profiles / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-256-1

This unique work is the first in a series of publications dedicated to the condition of the air forces of the Red Army prior to the Nazi invasion of 22 June 1941.

The text is fully supported by specially commissioned color maps and an extensive selection of photographs, many from private collections.

The author describes in detail the composition and the capabilities of the Soviet aviation alignment in the Baltic Special Military District. More than 300 unique photographs of Soviet and German aircraft are presented (together with those of their pilots) from the Soviet and German Archives.

Igor Nebolsin is the author of three documentary monographies of the combat history of the Soviet Guards Tank Armies and other publications on military history. He was born in the Soviet Union in 1976 and graduated with Honors from the Academy of the National Economy.

Mikhail Valeryevich Timin is a researcher specialising in the history of the Air Forces of the USSR and is the author of approximately 50 publications in the following journals: Aviatsiya i Kosmonavtika, AviaMaster, AviaPark and Flypast

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Helion and Company Expeditionary Police Advising and Militarization

A Most Secret War R.V. Jones and the Genesis of British Scientific Intelligence 1939-45

Building Security in a Fractured World Military History Series

James Goodchild $69.95 / 576 pages / 6 x 9 / 23 ills/ photos, 13 diags, 3 tables / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-255-4

Donald Stoker and Edward B. Westermann

This groundbreaking book constitutes a critique of the genesis of scientific and technical intelligence. Examining chronologically all of the key events Jones became famous for – the Battle of the Beams, the Bruneval Raid, the Radio War, the Battle of the V-Weapons – and comparing Jones’ account of these (and many other) events with contemporary documentation, this book provides a rich understanding of the internal machinations within the British wartime air scientific intelligence organization defined as ADI (Science) and their relationships with the many other political, military and intelligence sections that pursued similar and often closely linked quests.

$59.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / 9 photos, 9 charts, 1 graph / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-286-8

This original edited volume draws upon the latest work of a global cast of scholars and practitioners in several fields to examine the history, evolution and lessons of previous expeditionary police advising missions. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been an explosion of efforts to build modern police forces in other lands via dispatching police advisory missions. There is much to be learned from these recent efforts, but there are equally valuable lessons to be gathered by examining the breadth of a practice that, surprisingly to most, dates to the end of the 19th century.

Wasted Years Wasted Lives

Naval Advising and Assistance

Volume 2: The British Army in Northern Ireland 1978-79

History, Challenges, and Analysis Military History Series

Ken Wharton

Donald Stoker and Michael T. McMaster

$49.95 / 376 pages / 6 x 9 / c 70 b/w photos, 4 maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-415-7

Volume 2 looks at the bloody years of 1978 and 1979. It covers eyewitness accounts from soldiers on the ground and there is the occasional comment from civilians who were living in the troubled province at the time. There are accounts from the IRA atrocity at the la Mon Restaurant when the terrorists used a napalm-like device to incinerate 12 innocent civilians; it includes the murder of Lord Mountbatten, hero of Burma, and some of his family and staff on his yacht in Co Sligo.

Ken Wharton is in his sixties and has been writing for a little over 10 years. He served in the British Army and writes from the perspective of the ordinary squaddie or, as he prefers to call his comrades, the ‘extraordinary squaddie’.


$59.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 5 photos / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-282-0

This original edited volume is the only book on naval advising. Drawing upon the work of scholars and practitioners from all over the world, it takes a comparative and global approach to examining the history, theory and evolution of naval advising and assistance. Together, through a wealth of original research, the studies in this book provide numerous lessons for future naval advising efforts and constitute a unique contribution to the field. Donald Stoker PhD is Professor of Strategy and Policy for the US Naval War College’s Monterey Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The author or editor of seven books, his most recent work is Carl von Clausewitz: His Life and Work (Oxford University Press).

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Helion and Company Wargame The American Revolutionary War

Wargame The American Civil War Battle in America Peter Dennis and Andy Callan

Battle in America Peter Dennis and Andy Callan

$29.95 / 48 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100's of finely details ills of soldiers / December 2017 / other / 978-1-91217-412-6

$29.95 / 48 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100's of finely details ills of soldiers / December 2017 / other / 978-1-91217-413-3

In the 'Battle in America' series well-known historical illustrator Peter Dennis breathes life back into the 19th century paper soldier, supplying all the artwork needed to create the armies which struggled for Liberty across the states of the colonial new world. Here Washington's army can clash again with the redcoats of the King, using simple rules from veteran wargamer Andy Callan. Peter Dennis is a well-known historical illustrator who has contributed to hundreds of books. He is best known in the military history world for his work for Osprey Publishing. Here, he combined his loves of Illustration, wargames and British history in his revival of the paper soldier.

As Stubble to our Swords Scenarios and Army Lists for The Kingdom Is Ours Fast Play Rules for Wargaming the English Civil War Period

As Stubble to our Swords Scenarios and Army Lists for The Kingdom Is Ours Fast Play Rules for Wargaming the English Civil War Period

Andy Miles and Charles Singleton $39.95 / 88 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color photos, diags, maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-407-2

Following on from the success of Temporary Cover ‘The Kingdom is Ours’ English Civil War fast play rules set comes the first of its companion volumes ‘As Stubble to our Swords’. This new supplement is full of features and games ideas that build upon the existing rule system. English Civil War enthusiasts Andy Miles and Charles Singleton have created a series of highly playable scenarios and army lists to develop your forces from. The scenarios chosen aim to present the player with new games, whilst the army lists offer a fresh interpretation of the forces that fought in the conflict. Whilst written with the original set of rules in mind, the lists and scenarios are easily adaptable to other popular gaming systems. Some of the country’s leading figure painting experts also show their techniques in easy step by step guides.

In the 'Battle in America' series well-known historical illustrator Peter Dennis breathes life back into the 19th century paper soldier, supplying all the artwork needed to create the armies which fought for and against the Union across the United States. Here the blue and the grey regiments can clash again, using simple rules from Veteran wargamer Andy Callan.

Peter Dennis is a well-known historical illustrator who has contributed to hundreds of books. He is best known in the military history world for his work for Osprey Publishing. Here, he combined his loves of Illustration, wargames and british history in his revival of the paper soldier.

Olmütz to Torgau Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60 From Reason to Revolution Neil Cogswell $69.95 / 704 pages / 6 x 9 / 242 maps & plans, 2 ills / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-272-1

Following the disastrous conclusion to the campaign of 1757, the Austrian Army regrouped in Bohemia. Meanwhile, the King of Prussia sought to complete his reconquest of Silesia before seizing the initiative and thrusting directly towards Vienna. In his path stood the town of Olmütz, which would prove to be a high-tide mark of the war. From the near-balletic formality of the battles and sieges of a prior age, the business of war changed during these campaigns. Many of the actions were designed with the objective of annihilation, and the critical moment of several battles came at night; the geometric precision of siege warfare gave way to the indiscriminate horrors of bombardment.

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Helion and Company The Hundred Thousand Sons of St Louis The French Campaign in Spain April to October 1823 Ralph Weaver

Fortress Salopia

Civil War London

Exploring Shropshire's Military History from the Prehistoric Period to the Twentieth Century: 2016 Conference Proceedings

A Military History of London under Charles I and Oliver Cromwell Century of the Soldier

Tim Jenkins and Rachael Abbiss $49.95 / 120 pages / 6 x 9 / c 30 color & 25 b/w ills, maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-409-6

This book sheds light on an almost unknown military campaign conducted by a French army, 100,000 men strong. A full account of the campaign is given, together with detailed descriptions of the armies of France and Spain, illustrated with contemporary pictures and modern interpretations and including maps and plans of the war.

'I Will Not Surrender the Hair of a Horse's Tail' The Victorio Campaign 1879 Dr Robert N. Watt

$59.95 / 148 pages / 6 x 9 / 28 photos, 6 maps, 3 line drawings/plans, 1 archaeological survey plan / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-269-1

Fortress Salopia is the culmination of contributions from heritage and historic professionals, practising archaeologists and academic historians that explores the unique military past of the county of Shropshire from the prehistoric period to the 20th century.

For Queen and Company Vignettes of the Irish Soldier in the Indian Mutiny Warfare in the Age of Victoria

$49.95 / 328 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 67 photos, 6 diags, 11 maps, 22 tables / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-276-9

David Truesdale and John Young

This volume covers the background to the Victorio Campaign of 1879-1881. In the early 1870s, a mixture of diplomacy and successful military campaigning by General George Crook led to the formation of several reservations for various Apache groups such such as the Mescalero, Chiricahua and Western Apaches. This research will outline the previously unreconstructed and sophisticated strategies and tactics utilized by Victorio.

This book records the actions of those Irish soldiers (and others) who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the event known to the British public in 1857 as 'The Indian Mutiny'. Since then, revisionist historians have applied other names to what occurred: a ‘war of independence’, ‘a revolt’, or ‘a great rebellion’... none of these are accurate for the events that began in Meerut on Sunday, 10 May 1857.


$39.95 / 112 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 60 ills & maps / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-279-0

David Flintham $39.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / 50 - incl. 3 maps & ills & photos / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-262-2

Written by an acknowledged expert on London’s Civil War defences, this is both the first military history of London during the 1640s and 1650s, and an accessible general introduction to London during the time of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell.

Godoy's Army Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800 From Reason to Revolution Charles Esdaile and Alan Perry $39.95 / 120 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 79 color plates / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-265-3

Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army’s order of battle as it existed in the year 1800. Almost every regiment of the Spanish Army is represented, while the beautiful full-page, hand-colored engravings of the originals have been supplemented by a transcript of the details.

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Helion and Company Crucible of the Jacobite ‘15

On Gladsmuir Shall the Battle Be!

The Battle of Sheriffmuir 1715 Century of the Soldier

The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 From Reason to Revolution

Jonathan Oates

Arran Johnston

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 8 ills, maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-289-9

Just over three centuries ago, there was a major battle in Scotland that was to decide the fate of the newly established union of England and Scotland. Although the book covers the campaigning in the decisive theater of central Scotland, it does not neglect the wider strategic concerns of both the Jacobite court and the British government, nor the international aspects of the rising.

This is Dr Oates’ fifth book concerning the rebellions. His undergraduate thesis was a study of the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 in North-East England and his doctoral thesis covered the north-eastern counties during the '15 and '45.

The Last Ironsides The English Expedition to Portugal, 1662-1668 Jonathon Riley $39.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / c 50 ills incl 8pp color, 22 maps / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-410-2

When Charles II returned home he began the search for a dynastic marriage. He fixed upon the Infanta of Portugal, Catherine of Braganza, whose dowry included the possession of Tangier, Bombay and valuable trade concessions. The author’s detailed but lively text is fully supported by a range of illustrations and specially commissioned maps.

'A Rabble of Gentility' The Royalist Northern Horse, 1644-45 Century of the Soldier

$49.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 25 b/w ills, 13 maps / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-283-7

This book pieces together the events of the Prestonpans campaign in unprecedented detail. Focusing on the week of the battle, the author’s knowledge of the towns and villages through which the armies marched brings their motions vividly to life. Combined with eyewitness testimonies and close scrutiny of the evidence presented to the Board of Inquiry in 1746, this allows the reader to understand the buildup to the battle from an individual, as well as strategic, level.

Arran is a trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust and has been leading research and interpretation activities at the battlefield since 2006.

‘A Rabble of Gentility’ The Royalist Northern Horse, 1644-45

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John Barratt $39.95 / 120 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 8pp color ills, c 30 b/w ills., maps / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-298-1

The book makes extensive use of contemporary sources, some used here for the first time. Extensively illustrated, including specially commissioned artwork and maps, ‘Rabble of Gentility’ will be welcomed by readers interested in the history of the British Civil Wars, living history enthusiasts, wargamers and model makers, and those interested in the history of Northern England in the 17th century.

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A New Way of Fighting: Professionalism in the English Civil War Proceedings of the 2016 Helion and Company 'Century of the Soldier' Conference Century of the Soldier Serena Jones $59.95 / 172 pages / 6 x 9 / c 10 ills & maps / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-261-5

The speakers at Helion & Company’s second annual English Civil War Conference examined a broad range of subjects relating to the increasing professionalization of military bodies and their personnel throughout the 17th century.


Helion and Company Futile Exercise?

Faces from the Front

The British Army's Preparations for War 19021914 Wolverhampton Series

Harold Gillies, The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup and the origins of modern plastic surgery

Simon Batten

Andrew Bamji

$59.95 / 200 pages / 6 x 9 / c 30 b/w photos, 1 table, 2 b/w ills, 4 color maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-285-1

$69.95 / 304 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 61 color ills, 232 b/w ills, 2 tables / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-266-0

What lessons were learnt, what value did these maneuvers have and how do they relate to the events of the war - especially, its opening months? How does the British experience compare with those of the continental armies, who also made extensive use of maneuvers in this period?

Faces from the Front examines the British response to the huge number of soldiers who incurred facial injuries during the First World War. Drawing on a unique collection of personal and family accounts of the post-war lives of patients treated at Sidcup, the author explores surgical and aesthetic outcomes and the emotional impact of facial reconstruction.

Gott Strafe England Volume 3

Jack and Hopit, Comrades in Arms

The German Air Assault against Great Britain 1914-1918 Nigel Parker $69.95 / 356 pages / 6 x 9 / c 200 b/w photos, c 30 line drawings, maps / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-275-2

Each chapter in this volume deals with an aspect of the air war - making use of the many primary source reports and summaries that are available; an insight is given as to how the military mind worked on both sides of the Channel. Aspects examined include details about the aerodromes and facilities required to mount operations against Britain and construction techniques used to build the Zeppelins.


An Officer of the 9th Lancers in the Great War and his War Horse

What Did You Do In The War, Grandfather?

Jack and Hopit, Comrades in Arms An Officer of the 9th Lancers in the Great War and his War Horse

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Serena Merton $39.95 / 120 pages / 6 x 9 / c 125 b/w photos, ills, maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-280-6

A chance discovery of the existence of the gravestone carved with the battle honors of Hopit - the Tipperary-foaled hunter led the author to research the Great War relationship of Hopit and 19-year-old Second Lieutenant John (Jack) Forrester Colvin in their four long years on the Western Front. Extensive family albums bring a personal element, while the war diaries of the 9th Lancers and letters from individual soldiers tell the wartime story.

The Life and Times of an Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer Charles Barrington $39.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / c. 90 photos, maps, ills. / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91217-403-4

Part history, part social documentary, part love story, this is a grandson’s search for his grandfather did in the Great War. it tells of his grandfather’s life before the war, his remarkable role in key stages of the war itself, and his life in India and Egypt afterwards before retiring in 1936.

A Seeker After Truths The Life and Times of G. A. Studdert Kennedy ('Woodbine Willie') 18831929 Linda Parker $49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 b/w ills / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-404-1

This book accesses previously unused material to examine Studdert Kennedy’s life in all its aspects, looking at his significance as an army chaplain, priest, theologian, author and public figure and assessing his impact on church life, industry and society before his early death in 1929. His life and achievement are examined in the context of Britain in the first half of the 20th century, assessing his legacy to the church and to society.

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Helion and Company In the Shadow of Bois Hugo The 8th Lincolns at the Battle of Loos Nigel Atter and Professor Peter Simkins $49.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / c 50 ills & photos, maps / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-277-6

This is the first book dedicated to the subject of the 8th (Service) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War. This volume challenges the well-established British historiography about the general reserves and their performance at Loos, with the author arguing that the reserves, rather than being routed, stood, fought and died at Loos in 1915.

Silent Landscape at Gallipoli The Battlefields of the Dardanelles, One Hundred Years On Simon Doughty and James Kerr $59.95 / 176 pages / 9.75 x 12.5 / c 120 color photographs, maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-273-8

Gallipoli was abandoned by the British in early 1916. Given the nature of the fighting, it might be assumed, following such a short campaign, the evidence of war has long since disappeared, but it has not: the natural features over which the fighting took place remain, as do the shadows of trenches; the skeletal-like hulls of landing craft on the shoreline; and the wrecks of more than 200 ships on the seabed beyond. There is a discernible presence here; the landscape has absorbed the events that took place here a century ago.

The 48th (South Midland) Division 1908-1919 Wolverhampton Series Dr William Mitchinson $59.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 22 photos, 10 maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-254-7

The Battle of the Selle Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days, 9-24 October 1918 Wolverhampton Series Peter Hodgkinson

This volume explains the division’s prewar difficulties in trying to raise, equip and train efficient units; it also assesses those units’ successes and failures in their major engagements. It examines the extent to which the TF ethos and the division’s local character were maintained during the course of the war and how well its various constituent units adapted to the tactical and operational evolution apparent within the British Army.

$59.95 / 376 pages / 6 x 9 / 25 b/w photos, 13 maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-263-9

Faith in Conflict

Step brothers in Arms

The Impact of the Great War on the faith of the people of Britain Stuart Bell $49.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / c 24 b/w photos / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-267-7

In Faith in Conflict, Stuart Bell examines a wide range of published and archival sources to explore how the war affected the beliefs of the churchgoers of wartime Britain, as well as the majority who rarely attended church, but who believed in God and in the afterlife. The language which they heard from the pulpits and the hymns that they sang expressed a variety of responses.

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The book gives a detailed account of the fighting and the infantry tactics deployed, and it analyses why Fourth Army’s ‘weapons system’ struggled to be effective - weighing the contribution of each element and the qualities of the infantry that made victory possible.

Replacements in the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front 1918 Tim Lynch $49.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 50 b/w ills, 15 tables / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-291-2

Stepbrothers in Arms provides an accessible introduction to the study of the real experience of service in the First World War and will be aimed at the growing number of lay researchers looking beyond hagiography towards a more balanced understanding of the factors affecting the largely overlooked ‘human factor’ in the trenches.


Helion and Company The Tanks The History of the Royal Tank Regiment, 1976-2017

The Tanks The History of the Royal Tank Regiment 1976-2017

Charles Messenger $59.95 / 352 pages / 6 x 9 / 50 color Temporary Cover & b/w photos, 10 color maps, 1 table / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-400-3

The Royal Tank Regiment celebrates its centenary this year (2017). This, the fourth volume of the Regiment’s history, begins in the midst of the Cold War, with the four RTR regiments mainly based in Germany. This History not only covers the Regiment’s numerous operational tours. It details the vehicles it has used and provides an idea of how life in the RTR has changed over the past forty years.

The Lost Idol The Life and Death of a Young Officer: Esmond Elliot 1895 – 1917 Lord Astor of Hever and Alexandra Campbell

The Lost Idol The Life and Death of a Young Officer: Esmond Eliot 1895-1917

Some Other and Wider Destiny

The Neglected Campaign

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War

William F. Stewart $59.95 / 480 pages / 6 x 9 / 77 b/w pictures, 6 b/w diags, 32 color maps, 12 tables / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-295-0

This volume addresses this gap in the available literature by examining the Canadian experience at the operational and tactical level. Its primary focus is on how the Canadians fought and why they battled in the manner they did. Focusing on a single corps brings a perspective on aspects of the campaign that are washed out in the general narratives.

Battalions at War The York & Lancaster Regiment in the First World War John Dillon

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$49.95 / 248 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 100 ills, maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-402-7

This book draws on a remarkable collection of original unpublished First World War letters, diaries and photographs, and also provides a glimpse of Eton, the Crown and the splendor of the Raj. During the bitter winter of 1916/17, he saw fierce fighting on the Somme, when his Battalion suffered terrible losses. He kept a diary of his experiences; direct and spontaneous, it reveals the rapid transformation and maturing of a young officer exposed to war.


Canadians on the Somme, 1916

$49.95 / 264 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 b/w photos, 20 b/w maps, 3 tables / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91217-405-8

The York and Lancaster Regiment had one or more battalion in all of the major battles of the war, but each saw only a small part of those operations. This book uses the war diaries of those battalions to trace the history of the conflict through the limited perspective of those whose horizon was little more than their 500 yards of trench line. This work illustrates how limited was the overview of the ordinary soldier and his regimental officers, there is little context to the actions in which they were involved beyond their immediate front and flanks.

Elaine Merckx and Neal Rigby $69.95 / 416 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 46 color ills, 209 b/w ills / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-401-0

The archives of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation are a rich source of information for those interested in the First World War and in the individuals who experienced it. This study uses much of this material, including photographs, documents, minutes of meetings and school magazines in an attempt to bring the period to life.

The Indian Army in the First World War New Perspectives War & Military Culture in South Asia Alan Jeffreys $59.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / c 7 ills & 2 maps / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-91151-278-3

The book addresses the important global role of the Indian Army during the First World War. It is an academic reassessment of the army by both established and early career scholars of the Indian Army, as well as naval historians. It looks at the historiography of the army - taking into account the recent work on the army (particularly on the Western Front in 1914-1915).

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Helion and Company Napoleon at Dresden The Battles of August 1813 George Nafziger $69.95 / 388 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 100 ills, maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-281-3

This is the first significant study on the 1813 campaign since Petre. Unlike the other English works on the campaign, it was prepared using French archival and published sources, as well as German, Danish and Russian published sources. It discusses every battle and significant action in all parts of Germany - including various sieges. Detailed color maps support the major battles and a large collection of orders of battle drawn from the French Archives, as well as period-published documents, support the discussion of the campaign, complemented by a large selection of images. Both images and maps are new to this edition of the work. George F. Nafziger - PhD, Captain USNR-Ret - earned his BA and MBA at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and his PhD from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. His first book, Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia, was published in 1988 and was the first of a series of works on the Napoleonic era.

Recollections from the Ranks Three Russian Soldiers’ Autobiographies from the Napoleonic Wars From Reason to Revolution Darrin Boland $49.95 / 156 pages / 6 x 9 / 12 b/w portraits, 7 ills, 2 panoramas, 2 battle maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91217-418-8

The Autobiography or Narrative of a Soldier The Peninsular War Memoirs of William Brown of the 45th Foot From Reason to Revolution William Brown and Steve Brown $49.95 / 152 pages / 6 x 9 / 6 maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151-294-3

William Brown’s autobiography is a unique historical document, since he is the only memoirist to have come to light from the ranks of the 45th (1st Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot for the period of the Peninsula War – a regiment that was one of Wellington’s longest-serving and most valiant in that turbulent era, a proud member of Sir Thomas Picton’s ‘Fighting’ Third Division. William Brown served in the 45th Regiment of Foot from 1809 until 1816 including most of the Peninsula War (1809-1814). Later a pauper living in Kilmarnock, Scotland, he is the only known memoirist within the 45th Foot - one of a handful of regiments to have served for the entire duration of the Peninsula War.

The French Army of the Orient 17981801 Napoleon's beloved 'Egyptians' From Reason to Revolution Yves Martin $49.95 / 200 pages / 7 x 9.75 / approx. 200 ills, many in color, maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151-271-4

From Napoleon’s invasion of 1812 to the Wars of Liberation and beyond, seen from the common Russian soldier’s perspective. This volume is composed of three accounts previously unavailable in English. Detailed annotations illuminate a seldom understood army and nation during one of the pivotal episodes in European history. Now for the first time the voice of the common Russian caught up in those continental events is available in the English language.

Drawing from a wealth of original primary material - much of it never published or even seen before - this study focuses on the French Army of the Orient and its organization, uniforms, equipment and daily life. It aims at providing a renewed and updated image of the French soldier, as told by the surviving archives, memoirs and rare contemporary iconography.

Darrin Boland is an amateur historian and wargaming enthusiast from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with a particular interest in Russian military history and the Napoleonic Wars in general. He has previously published translated primary documents through the Nafziger Collection, Inc.

Yves Martin was born in 1959 and has been passionate about history and the military ever since he can remember. Like so many others of his generation, Napoleon’s birth centennial in 1969 ignited his fascination for the 1792-1815 period. For the last 20 or so years, he has turned what used to be a simple hobby into a more serious endeavour.

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Histoire & Collections

U.S. Army WW2 Vehicle Markings Jean Bouchery $29.95 / 148 pages / 8.27 x 10 / More than 300 photos and colour illustrations, dozens of color plates illustrating vehicles markings / September 2017 / paperback / 978-2-35250-390-3

The correct markings for American trucks, cars and AFVs in World War Two has always been a delicate topic, as it is closely linked to the organization of US Forces. This guide is laid out as a simple and foolproof aid for military vehicle enthusiasts and modelers, to help them apply appropriate period markings to their accurately restored vehicle, or scale model. After a description of the vehicle and AFV types produced by the Arsenal of Democracy which are to be found in most MV collections today, several chapters, heavily illustrated with period photos and color plates, provide hundreds of examples of actual markings. On the basis of official tables of organization and equipment, the book will help determine which kind of vehicle could be found in which type of unit, and which were the national markings and unit markings applied.

Jean Bouchery, has authored several best-selling books such as The British Solider 1939-45, the Canadian Soldier 1939-45, and Allies in Batledress.


Panther, Autopsy and Restoration

The 1st (US) Infantry Division

The Panther Restoration at the Saumur Tank Museum

North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, The Bulge, Germany Allied Units of World War Two

Jose Duquesne $29.95 / 128 pages / 8.27 x 11.69 / 400 photos / August 2017 / hardback / 978-2-35250-476-4

The famous French Army tank museum at Saumur hosts the largest and richest collection of German Panzers in the World, and its new Panther is certainly one of the nicest examples of this steel predator. However, who could tell this particular tank is actually the same trophy that had withered for decades in front of the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, near the banks of the Seine? Part of a pair of such tanks captured in running order by the famous French 2nd Armoured Division late in 1944 in Eastern France, after suffering outdoors for half a century, it has been brought back to its former splendor by a dedicated team from the French Army “Musée des Blindés.” This book tells the story of a famous machine and its metamorphosis from the lifeless shadow of its former self. The long and painstaking in depth restoration is depicted page after page, revealing a wealth of technical information about the innards of the beast.

José Duquesne is currently serving with the French Army. He is an adept modeler and a member of the Association of the French Army Tank Museum.

Stephane Lavit and Philippe Charbonnier $24.95 / 98 pages / 8.27 x 10 / More than 300 pictures, color and B/W / Currently Available / paperback / 978-2-35250-464-1

The 1st Infantry Division was established in 1917 to participate in the fighting in France and faced the major German offensives of 1918. During the Second World War, it effected its first assault landing in North Africa in 1942. Then followed the invasion of Sicily, D-Day in Normandy, the battle of the Bulge and the conquest of the Reich, as far as Czechoslovakia. According to the division lore, at the time, the U.S. Army consisted of the First Infantry Division and eight million replacements! Thanks to hundreds of historical pictures, the reader will follow the Big Red One’s glorious path in its most difficult assignments. Stéphane Lavit, born in 1974, has been a military history enthusiast and specialist of the Second World War since his young age. An adept reenactor and militaria collector, he is the founder of the Overlord.74 group Philippe Charbonnier, born in 1962, is a journalist and editor of the French ‘Militaria Magazine,’ and specializes in the United States forces of World War Two.

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Kagero The Japanese Aircraft Carrier Akagi Super Drawings in 3D Stefan Dramiński $34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 155 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-681-0

This vessel, which was to become the most famous Japanese aircraft carrier and the symbol of the might of the Imperial Japanese Navy aviation, was initially built as a battlecruiser. Only as the result of the resolutions of the Washington Naval Treaty the Akagi (“Red Castle”, the name of a Japanese mountain) was completed as an aircraft carrier. During the first six months of the war in the Pacific she was the flagship of the carrier strike group, marching from one victory to another. The reversal took place during the battle of Midway, when a hit by a single bomb in a fatal moment sealed her fate.

The Japanese Battleship Yamato Super Drawings in 3D Carlo Cestra $36.95 / 100 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 165 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-731-0

The Yamato Battleship was the lead ship of the Yamato class of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. Named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province on the Kii peninsula, she was the first of four designed ships and was the heaviest, largest, and most powerful battleship ever built, displacing about 72000 tons at full load and armed with nine 46-cm Type 94 main guns. Yamato exceeded other country battleships not only by the displacement and the caliber of her guns, but also by the construction of her hull, armor protection, gunnery, and optics. The superiority of her optic equipment gave tremendous precision to her main gunfire. She was an incredible achievement for the Japanese naval engineering and shipbuilding industry by any international standard.

The Japanese Carrier Shinano Super Drawings in 3D Waldemar Góralski $34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 150 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-717-4

On 4 May 1940 the third Yamatoclass battleship was laid down at the Navy Shipyard in Yokosuka. It was to be named Shinano, after a province on Honshu Island, in Nagato prefecture. That was also the name of the longest river in Japan (320 km). Admiral Yamamoto was born at its banks. Due to material supply difficulties, in December 1940 the construction was suspended. In 1942, after the Japanese defeat at Midway (four aircraft carriers were lost) it was decided to continue the construction of the ship as an aircraft carrier, in order to partially make up for losses suffered in this class of ships. The rebuilding scheme was designed by Vice Admirals Keji Fukuda and Seichi Izamur.

The Italian Submarine Scire 1938-1942 Super Drawings in 3D Carlo Cestra $34.95 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 155 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-695-7

Scirè was an Italian Adua class submarine, which served during World War II in the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy). She was named after the Ethiopian region where there was a battle between the Italian and Abyssinian troops during the war in Ethiopia in 1936. She was laid down by the Italian shipbuilder "Odero-Terni-Orlando (OTO)” in La Spezia, on January 30, 1937, was launched on January 6, 1938, and was commissioned on April 25, 1938. During the war, she was modified to carry three mini submarines (SLCs) and remains one of the most famous submarines in the world due to the missions to Gibraltar and Alexandria.

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Kagero The Battleship SMS Baden

The Japanese Battleship Fuso

Super Drawings in 3D

Super Drawings in 3D

Luke Millis

Dimitry Mironov

$34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 130 grapics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-690-2

$34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 165 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-725-9

The second and last to be completed of a class of 4 “super dreadnoughts”, SMS Baden represented the culmination of German battleship development during the First World War. Completed too late to take part in the Battle of Jutland, the ship was commissioned as Fleet Flagship on 14th March 1917 and took part in the majority of fleet actions, but was destined to never fire her guns in battle.

The Battleship Fuso was laid down at Kure on 11 March 1912, launched on 28 March 1914, and joined the Navy on 8 November 1915. He was the second battleship bearing the name "Fuso" and he participated in the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese war. The battleship Fuso was enrolled in the 1st division of the linear ships of the First fleet. Japan at this time was involved in the First World War, but the ship was tested and trained for combat in peacetime. The first long-range voyage of the new battleship was in Chinese waters in April 1917.

The Japanese Battleship Musashi

The Italian Heavy Cruiser Pola

Super Drawings in 3D

Super Drawings in 3D

Carlo Cestra

Carlo Cestra

$34.95 / 88 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 123 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-723-5

$34.95 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 144 illustration / / paperback / 978-8-36543-746-4

Musashi battleship was the second ship of the Yamato class of Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. She and her sister, Yamato, were the heaviest and most powerful battleships ever constructed, displacing 72800 tons at full load and armed with nine 46-cm Type 94 main guns. Musashi was commissioned in August 1942 and assigned to the 1st Battleship Division. In early 1943 the ship was transferred to Truk, which was the Empire of Japan’s main base in the South Pacific. During this year she sortied several times with the fleet searching for American forces, without success. In 1944 she was used to transfer forces and equipment between Japan and various occupied islands. In early 1944 she was damaged by an American submarine attack and was forced to return to Japan for repairs. On this occasion she was strongly enhanced with antiaircraft armament. She was present during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June, but she didn’t engage in combat with the American forces. On 24 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, after several hours of fighting, Musashi was sunk by a large number of torpedoes and bombs fired from American carrier-based aircraft.

“Pola” was a Zara-class heavy cruiser of the Italian Regia Marina operating during the Second World War. She was the fourth of four ships in this class (Zara, Fiume, and Gorizia were the other three), and she was built in the Odero Terni Orlando shipyard in Livorno in 1930, entering service in 1932.


At the beginning of 1928, the Italian Regia Marina, not to be disadvantaged compared to other marinas, needed to build new cruisers that could be used with Trento-class ships, until the economic resources of the Italian Government allowed them to build new battleships or to renovate the old ones like Cavour or Giulio Cesare. Since there was a standstill in the building and in the study of projects, the only existing one was what the Navy Ministry had prepared for a Trento-class cruiser in which the thickness of the armor was increased to 150 mm.

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Kagero The German Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin Super Drawings in 3D Carlo Cestra $34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 150 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-714-3

The 1930s was the period of extensive growth of military aviation throughout the world, including carrier-based aviation. The world’s greatest navies began extensive efforts to produce aircraft carriers. The German Navy, rebuilding its potential after the First World War, also had the ambition to possess carriers. The first of them was the Graf Zeppelin, but it was never to enter service.

The Battleship Vittorio Veneto Super Drawings in 3D Carlo Cestra $34.95 / 84 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 144 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-730-3

Battleship Vittorio Veneto was one of three Italian Littorio class battleships operating in the Second World War. She was one of the most modern and powerful battleships of her times. She was designed by General Umberto Pugliese and engineer Francesco Mazzullo., and she was the first battleship to exceed the limit of 35,000 tons of displacement imposed in the Washington Naval Treaty. The keel of the Vittorio Veneto battleship was laid down by the Italian shipbuilder Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico in Trieste on 28th October 1934. She was launched in July 1937 and began her service in the Italian Fleet (Regia Marina) by August 1940. She was named in honor of the Italian victory at Vittorio Veneto in the First World War and she had three sister ships: Littorio, Roma, and Impero (the last one was never completed). She was armed with a main battery of nine 38- millimeter guns and three triple turrets. She was able to reach a speed of 30 knots (56 Km/h).

The Japanese Battleship Nagato Super Drawings in 3D Dmitry Mironov $34.95 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 134 graphics / / paperback / 978-8-36543-734-1

Nagato, named for Nagato Province, was a superdreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the 1910s. The lead ship of her class, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923. The ship was modernized in 1934–36 with improvements to her armor and machinery and a rebuilt superstructure in the pagoda mast style. Nagato briefly participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and was the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She covered the withdrawal of the attacking ships and did not participate in the attack itself.

Japanese Battleships 1905-1942 Hardcover Series Mirosław Skwiot $42.95 / 392 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 100 archive photos, 25 drawings, 5 maps / Currently Available / paperback / 9788-36543-728-0

This book of "The Japanese Battleships” is devoted to a technical description of the vessels built between 1911 (Kongō) and 1942 (Musashi) and their upgrades.

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Kagero The Battleship USS Iowa

The German Battleship Gneisenau

TopDrawings Witold Koszela

TopDrawings Mariusz Motyka

$24.95 / 32 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 25 drawings sheets,1 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-719-8

The American battleship USS Iowa is one of the most famous warships of World War Two era. Built in 1943 at New York Naval Yard she was the lead ship of a series of four battleships of the class named after her and deemed some of the world’s largest and best. During the Second World War USS Iowa went into history as a ship aboard which the president of the USA Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Tehran, where the infamous Tehran Conference, in which two other leaders: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet prime minister Joseph Stalin participated, was held. Later the ship was sent to serve in the Pacific, where she took part in almost all major operations against Japanese forces.

$24.95 / 24 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 23 drawings sheets,1 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-729-7

The contract for construction of the Panzerschiff E (Ersatz Hessen) was signed with the Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel on January 25, 1934. The ship was laid down on February 14 of the same year, but the construction process was halted on July 5, 1934 and the slipway was cleared. In practice, the elements of the hull that had already been built were removed from the slipway. Important, however, was the fact that the contract for the construction of the ship remained valid and it was to be resumed as soon as the modified design had been approved.

Akizuki The Japanese Destroyer

The German Battleship Tirpitz



Mariusz Motyka

Stefan Dramiński

$24.95 / 24 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 21 drawings sheets,1 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-726-6

$24.95 / 40 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 40 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-704-4

Akizuki was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the Japanese Imperial Navy considered by many to be among the best Japanese warships of that type in service during World War II. Those long-range vessels were fast, heavily armed and featured surprisingly good electronics (at least by Japanese standards of the time). Add to that the exceptionally graceful lines and the result is one of the most capable large destroyers in service with the IJN.

The last battleship of the German Kriegsmarine was ceremonially launched on 1 April 1939. A decision to send Tirpitz to Norway was made. There she could be stationed in fiords relatively safely and raid Allied shipping in Arctic waters. The greatest success in the career of Tirpitz, albeit achieved without firing even a single salvo, was the operation against the convoy PQ-17 in July 1942.


The British Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal TopDrawings Witold Koszela $24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 27 drawings sheets,1 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-709-9

The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was one of the most famous and recognizable Royal Navy vessels of the Second World War. Built as the first large and modern aircraft carrier she was a true pride of Albion’s fleet, equal to the mightiest warship of her time – the battlecruiser HMS Hood. Moreover, her design and construction introduced entirely new standards in construction of aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, giving her a specific place in shipbuilding history.

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Kagero Yahagi. Japanese Light Cruiser 1942-1945

Sd.Kfz. 121 Panzer II. All versions "Luchs"


Top Drawings

Mariusz Motyka

Samir Karmieh

$24.95 / 24 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 13 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-696-4

$24.95 / 24 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 25 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-727-3

Yahagi, was the third of the four Agano-class vessels (the other three being Agano, Noshiro and Sakawa). Construction of the Agano-class cruisers was approved by the Japanese parliament (Diet) in March 1939 under the Fourth Naval Armaments Enhancement Program (Dai-Yon-Ji Kaigun Gunbi Jūjitsu Keikaku), also known as the “Four-in-Circle” Program (Maru Yon Keikaku), or simply Maru 4. Under the terms of the program, the four light cruisers (kei jun’yōkan), also referred to as type B cruisers (otsu-gata jun’yōkan, or simply otsu jun) were officially classed as second-class cruisers (ni-tō jun’yōkan), and were to fulfill the role of destroyer squadron flagships.

In July of 1934, the Waffenamt (Ordnance Department) ordered the development of an armored vehicle 10 tons in weight and armed with 20mm automatic cannon. In early 1935, number of manufacturers including Krupp AG, MAN (chassis only), Henschel und Sohn AG (chassis only) and DaimlerBenz AG provided their prototypes of Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper 100 (LaS 100) – agricultural tractor, for evaluation by the army. The new vehicle was also known as 2 cm MG Panzerwagen and as VK 622 (Versuchkraftfahrzeug 622). New light tank – Panzerkampfwagen II was to supplement new Panzerkampfwagen I light tank as a vehicle with heavier armament capable of firing armor-piercing rounds.

The German Battleship Sharnhorst

Focke-Wulf Ta 152 C-1/ H-0/H-1 models



Mariusz Motyka

Stefan Dramiński

$24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 27 drawings sheets,1 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-710-5

$24.95 / 36 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 31 drawings sheets,4 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-698-8

The German battleship Scharnhorst was built at Wilhelmshaven shipyard. It was initially designed as a heavy cruiser, then battleship, matching up to French Dunkerque-class ships. The ship was laid down on 15 June 1935, launched on 3 October 1936 and commissioned on 7 January 1939.

The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was designed as a high altitude fighter, which could engage American heavy bombers and their escorts on equal terms. Work on this aircraft began in 1943 and the design was referred to as Spezial Höhenjäger (special high altitude fighter). The RLM soon gave it the official designation Ta 152. There were three basic design variants: Normaljäger (conventional fighter), Höhenjäger (high altitude fighter) and Schlachtflugzeug (attack aircraft).

During her service Scharnhorst underwent numerous rebuildings and modernizations, including bow reshaping and enlargement of the aircraft hangar.

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Dornier Do 17Z/Do 2015 TopDrawings Mariusz Łukasik $24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 15 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-694-0

The Dornier Do 17 was one of the Luftwaffe’s three main bomber types early in the war. Designed as a passenger and mail plane, the military version ultimately proved true. Its last version, powered by Bramo 323 radial engines was the Do 17 Z. Based directly on the Do 17 M airframe, it had a revised front fuselage section to improve the crew’s working conditions in the form of a socalled “Waffenkopf” (armed head). A total of approximately 910 examples were built from early 1939 till mid-1940.



Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX/XVI and others

Curtiss P-40, F,K,L,M,N models


Top Drawings

Mariusz Łukasik

Mariusz Łukasik

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 15 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-687-2

$24.95 / 32 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 27 drawings sheets,5 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-724-2

This publication is mainly devoted to the Marks IX and XVI of Supermarine Spitfire. The 20 page, A4 size booklet contains 15 sheets of 1:72 scale drawings with specifications of external changes in various versions of the aircraft and color profiles of 5 planes, all with English and Polish captions. Also attached are 3 folded A2 size sheets with 1:32, 1:48 and 1:72 scale drawings printed on both sides. A masking foil sheet for painting the canopies of 1:32 Tamiya’s Spitfire Mk. IXc is a free addition.

The Curtiss P-40, known to Americans as Warhawk, and to their allies of the British Commonwealth as Tomahawk and Kittyhawk, fought on nearly all fronts of the Second World War, serving with the American, British, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian, Free French, Chinese, Dutch, and Soviet air forces. The American Warhawks were part of as many as nine US Army Air Forces stationed overseas: the 5th (Australia, New Guinea, Philippines); the 6th (Central America); the 7th (central Pacific); the 9th (Middle East, North Africa), the 10th (India, Burma), the 11th (Alaska, Aleutians), the 12th (North Africa, Italy); the 13th (the Solomons); and the 14th (China). During the first years of the war the P-40 helped the Allies stem the offensive of the Axis powers and fight them back at the lastditch defensive positions, like Kunming in China, Port Moresby on New Guinea, Darwin in Australia, and El Alamein in Egypt. Never a high-performance fighter, it nonetheless proved a potent weapon in capable hands. Often turned into a fighter-bomber in later years, it soldiered on until phased out in favor of more advanced designs.


Douglas SBD Dauntless TopDrawings Mariusz Łukasik $24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 16 drawings sheets,7 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-738-9

Douglas SBD Dauntless is one of the most popular American naval bombers of World War II era. The name Dauntless fits well to the aircraft’s “personality”. SBD was built with the aim of dive bombing, quickly nicknamed “helldiving”. Interestingly, one of the successors of Dauntless – Curtiss SB2C – was officially named “Helldiver” SBD. During the next year many improvements were added, such as: self-sealing fuel tanks, stronger armament, and better electric installation. The most characteristic element was the airbrakes. They were mounted through almost the full length of the bottom wing and halves of the upper wings. Therefore the braking system was very effective at stabilizing the dive. The plane became a fully capable war machine. The most popular version was the SBD-5 with a 1200 HP Wright R-1820-60 radial engine. Almost 3,000 SBD-5 were produced. The plane took part in many important battles over the Pacific, but definitely the most significant were the Battle for Midway and the battle over the Guadalcanal. Dauntless’ were solid and reliable planes and crews really liked them. They quickly gave it a special nickname made from the letters SBD – “Slow but Deadly”. Today there are four air-worthy SBD’s (all in the USA).

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Kagero Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H and Ausf. J. Volume 1

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H and Ausf. J. Volume 2



Łukasz Gładysiak

Łukasz Gładysiak

$29.95 / 112 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 97 b/w and 39 color photographs, 57 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-685-8

$29.95 / 112 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 58 b/w and 74 color photographs, 60 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36459-691-9

This publication’s aim is to bring together current knowledge on Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H and Ausf. J tanks. During his research, the author has used literature in Polish, German and English. In order to provide the reader with selected episodes from the frontline service of these vehicles, the author also referred to memoirs and other archive sources. Dozens of photographs complete the book, including many taken during active service of both variants of the tank or shortly after its completion. There are also many unpublished photographs of Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J tanks used by troops of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, found in April 2011 in Kluczewo near Stargard, currently undergoing a major renovation under the supervision of specialists from the Museum of Polish Arms (Muzeum Oręża Polskiego) in Kołobrzeg. These are supplemented by three-dimensional digital illustrations of complete vehicles and their details.

The Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H and Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J tanks were produced in the largest numbers in the range known as Sonderkraftfahrzeug 161 in German terminology – 7,000 vehicles. This means that significant quantities of these vehicles were delivered to units from late Spring 1943 in case of the Ausf. H and from Summer 1944 as far as the Ausf. J is concerned. They fought on every front of the war. In addition to the Germans, as will be described in this book, other Axis forces also used of both types of these tanks.

British Infantry Tanks in World War II

Panzer II. The World War II German Basic Light



Dick Taylor

Łukasz Gładysiak and Lukasz Gladysiak

$29.95 / 96 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 250 archive photographs, 12 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-712-9

Before the start of the Second World War, British armored doctrine was in a terrible muddle. Opinion had been divided between the proponents of the tank who saw it as the weapon of break-in, using it as an infantry support weapon, and those who saw it as the weapon of breakout, using it to restore mobility and to destroy the enemy’s forces behind the frontline. In many ways it was a division between those who saw the tank solely through the prism of the experience of the First World War, and those who saw it a decisive weapon for the future.

$29.95 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 26 archives photos,14 pages of isometric drawings / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36543-743-3

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Kagero Messerschmitt Bf 109F

Messerschmitt Bf - 110

Monographs Special Edition in 3D

Monographs Special Edition in 3D

Marek Murawski

Marek Murawski

$37.95 / 260 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 221 archives photos, 170 graphics, 20 drawings sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-744-0

The monograph devoted to the ‘F’ variants of the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the most famous WW2 German fighter, discusses its development, process of testing the prototypes and serial production. Each variant is specified and comprehensively described. Afterwards, the book features the combat debut of Bf 109 F on the Western Front and the missions of Jagdgeschwader 2 & 26 over English Channel, South East England and France, during which their ‘Friedrichs’ acted as fighters and fighter-bombers.

$37.95 / 240 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 360 archival photographs,60 colour profiles, / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-722-8

Even if they failed to encounter the enemy, every one of their sorties amounted to a brush with death. There were many dangers for Luftwaffe night fighters to contend with; hazardous weather conditions, fog rolling out of nowhere, return fire from the British bombers, enemy night fighters at work over German airfields and simple fatigue could all lead to tragedy. One of the men who survived all of this was Ofw. Kurt Bundrock. Born on 2nd February 1917 in Berlin, Bundrock flew as Bordfunker (radio operator) with NJG 1’s ace Hptm. Reinhold Knacke (44 night victories).

Yak-1. Volume 1

Yak-1. Volume II

Horten Ho 229

Monographs Special Edition in 3D

Monographs Special Edition in 3D

Monographs Special Edition in 3D

Sergei Kouznetsov

Sergei Kouznetsov

Marek Murawski

$37.95 / 200 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 268 archival photographs,55 drawings,16 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-718-1

$37.95 / 176 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 280 archival photographs,15 color profiles / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-739-6

$49.95 / 280 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 126 photographs300 graphics / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36543-715-0

The pursuit of better performance continued until all the possibilities for improvement were literally squeezed out of the Yak-1's mixed design characterized by an all-wooden wing. In the process, alterations to the basic design gave birth to new, more advanced types - the Yak-9 in 1942 and Yak-3 in 1944. Still, given the high degree of manufacturing optimization achieved at Saratov factory, it was decided to keep the fighter that was rapidly becoming obsolete in production. Its latest version - the Yak-1b - contributed significantly to the wartime effort of the Soviet Union. These developments as well as some interesting facts from the Yak-1/1b history are covered in the current volume.

Aircraft described as flying wing have sparked the interest of designers since the early, pioneer years of aviation. This definition is used to describe aircraft with specific design solutions, allowing for resignation from conventional vertical and horizontal empennage and primarily from a conventional fuselage. Virtually the whole airframe comprises only the wing, housing both the cockpit and powerplant. A sub-group of flying wings is tailless aircraft, differing from the traditional designs only in lack of horizontal empennage.

The World War 2 fighters designed by A.S. Yakovlev’s and his team are rightfully considered the weapon of the Victory in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia. Their speed, maneuverability and firepower made them famous over the Eastern front. Yet to this day, historians and aviation enthusiasts continue to debate whether the design of these machines was adequate. present as precisely as possible the documents available to tell the story of the first aircraft in the long lineage of Yakovlev’s fighters.


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American Crusiser USS Vincennes Ship Plans Grzegorz Nowak $11.99 / 12 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Scale plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36528-1586 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/700, 1/350 and 1/200 of the American Cruiser USS Vincennes. A3 size pages in A4 pb. Also, details in 1/100 are shown.

T-34-85 After WW2 Camouflage & Markings 1946-2016 Green Series Przemysław Skulski and Piotr Kowalski $59 / 164 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / B&W photosColour PhotosColour plates / January 2018 / paperback / 978-8-36528-165-4 / NCR

This book continues the story of the T-34-85, in postwar service this time. Information is included about postwar production in the USSR, and licensed versions made in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Poland. A brief summary of the T-34's involvement in conflicts and active service up to 2016 is given. The most important part of the book describes the camouflage and markings of T-34-85s in service around the world. There are more than 40 especially commissioned color profiles, and 150+ B&W and colour photos, many not previously published.

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Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service White Series Robert M. Stitt $59 / 260 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / B&W and colour photos, scale plans, colour photos / August 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-154-8 / NCR

Rejected as a bomber by the RAF, the B-17 was used extensively as a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft by Coastal Command. This book tells the fascinating story of these operations, a vital but often overlooked part of the fight against the U-Boats. All the aircraft involved are listed, and the tedious but essential work of their crews described, including some epic encounters with enemy submarines. Fully illustrated with many wartime photos, and scale plans of the airframe modifications. Full colour profiles of representative aircraft. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers.


MMPBooks Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922. Volume 3 Red Stars Camouflage and Marking Marat Khairulin and A.V. Kazakov $75 / 240 pages / 8.27 x 11.69 / 240 B&W photos140 colour profiles / September 2017 / hardback / 978-8-36528-164-7 / NCR

Volume 3 of the Russian Aviation Colours series. This is the history of the littleknown emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, most emblems and signs used in Russia during this period.

Bristol F.2B Fighter RAF SE5a, Sopwith 1F.1 Camel, Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard Polish Wings Tomasz J. Kopański $29 / 80 pages / 8.26 x 11.69 / 150 B&W photos 20+ Color illustrations / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36528-149-4 / NCR

The next book in the popular Polish Wings series is on the famous British WWI fighters in Polish Air Forces. Covers duty of these aircraft during Polish-Bolsheviks war and early 1920s. More than 150 photos, mostly unpublished, and many color profiles.


Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II Spotlight ON Alexandre Guedes and Alexandre Guedes $35 / 40 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Color profiles / July 2017 / hardback / 978-8-36528-159-3 / NCR

40 color profiles of the well know Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II jet showing variety of the camouflage and markings of different users. Includes aircraft used by USA, Brazil, Chile, Mexico.

RAF WWII Fighters Instrument Panels Inside Dariusz Karnas $29 / 40 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Colour drawings, B&W photos / July 2017 / hardback / 978-8-36528-162-3 / NCR

This book from the series “INSIDE” shows detailed drawings of the famous RAF WWII fighters instrument panels in great detail. Also, every single instrument is shown in the separate big drawing. Instrument panels of the following aircraft: 1. Supermarine Spitfire Vc 2. Hawker Hurricane I 3. North American P-51B Mustang III 4. Boulton Paul Defiant 5. Bristol Beaufighter II

Yakovlev Yak-3 Spotlight On Artur Juszczak $35 / 44 pages / 8.26 x 11.69 / 40+ Color profiles / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36528-148-7 / NCR

40 color profiles of famous Yakovlev Yak-3 fighter showing variety of the camouflage and markings of different users. Includes aircraft used by French NormandieNiemen Regiment. Also plan views showing camouflage and markings.

Operation Dynamo Dunkirk 1940 Colouring book Dariusz Grzywacz and Dariusz Grzywacz $5.5 / 32 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 15 coloring pages / October 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-160-9 / NCR

15 accurate, authentic renderings of weapon used during Operation Dynamo in 1940. You can colour them. Also captions with technical data and plans. • Universal Carrier • Souma 35 • Sdkfz 251 • Panzer I • Panzer II • Panzer III • Briths truck • Hawker Hurricane Mk I • Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

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MMPBooks PZL.23 Karaś

Mil Mi-24/35 Hind

Orange Series

Yellow Series

Tomasz J. Kopański

Jakub Fojtik

$29 / 160 pages / 6.5 x 8.3 / B&W and colour photos, scale plans, colour profiles / December 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-163-0 / NCR

$59 / 200 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / B&W and colour photos, scale plans, colour profiles / August 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-153-1 / NCR

A Poland's light attack bomber at the time of the German invasion of 1939, the P.23 Karas (crucian carp) was flung into action against the German ground forces and Luftawffe. Despite enormous bravery the overwhelming odds resulted in catastrophic losses. Only current English language book on this important W.W.II attack aircraft, one of the first machines to oppose Germany's Luftwaffe in 1939. It contains: Scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, Superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, rare b+w archive photographs. 1/72 scale plans of all versions Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers.

This publication covers the legendary Soviet attack type, the Mi-24 Hind helicopter. As a very first book it describes not only the history and status of the original Mi-24 variants starting with the V-24 prototype through serial Mi-24A, Mi-24D, Mi-24V and Mi-24P models up to the last Mi-24VP production variant, but also the current development and service up to Mi-35M attack model or latest Mi-35MS VIP modification. Each variant is introduced by its development and production history and by the service and export including war deployment. A detailed technical description is attached with highlighting of variants deviations.

Gloster Gauntlet

Supermarine Walrus

Yellow Series

Yellow Series

Alex Crawford

Roger Wallsgrove and James Kightly

$25 / 96 pages / 6.5 x 8.3 / B&W and colour photos, scale plans, colour photos / October 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-161-6 / NCR

$29 / 96 pages / 6.5 x 8.3 / B&W and colour photos, scale plans, colour profiles / September 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36528-155-5 / NCR

This is the story of Britain’s most successful and popular inter-war (1930s) fighter aircraft.

The most comprehensive pictorial and technical data on Walrus ever published. Walrus was designed by R J Mitchell, who also designed the Spitfire. A summary of the fascinating and peculiar career of the Walrus, airsea rescue seaplane and maid of all work. Full colour profiles of representative aircraft. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers.

It contains: A complete and comprehensive history of the development & service Scale plans Photos and drawings from Technical Manuals Superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings.

Supermarine Walrus Scale Plans Przemysław Frask and Mariusz Kubryn $11.99 / 12 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Scale plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36528-156-2 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 scale of Supermarine Walrus 12 A3 size pages in A4 pb. All subversions are shown.

Mil Mi-24 Hind Scale Plans Dariusz Karnas $11.99 / 12 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Scale plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36528-157-9 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 scale of Mil Mi-24 Hind 12 A3 size pages in A4 pb. All subversions are shown.

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PZL P.11c Scale Plans Dariusz Karnas $11.99 / 12 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Scale plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36528-151-7 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale of famous PZL P.11c fighter 12 A3 size pages in A4 pb. All subversions are shown.


Panzerwrecks Panzerwrecks 21

In Focus 2

German Armour 1944-45 Panzerwrecks

Panzers in Berlin In Focus

Lee Archer, Darren Neely and Felipe Rodna

Lee Archer, Mario Lippert and Robert Kraska

$31.95 / 96 pages / 11 x 8.25 / 108 large format black & white photographs. 6 specially commissioned artworks / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-90803217-1 / NCR

$49.95 / 160 pages / 11 x 8.25 / 165 large format black & white photographs. 9 specially commissioned artworks. Map / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-90803-216-4 / NCR

Lee Archer is a military vehicle historian living in Old Heathfield, Sussex with his family. He previously designed master models for Accurate Armour of Scotland and was a regular contributor to model magazines. Lee has published over twenty books about German fighting vehicles of World War 3 Darren Neely is a military researcher and historian from Maryland, USA. Panzerwrecks has published three of Darren’s books; Forgotten Archives 1, Forgotten Archives 2 and Nürnberg’s Panzer Factory.

Forgotten Archives 2

British Cruiser Tanks A9 & A10

The Lost Signal Corps Photos Forgotten Archives

Armor PhotoHistory

Darren Neely and Felipe Rodna

Peter Brown

$59.99 / 240 pages / 10.6 x 8.3 / 252 high quality black & white photos, 8 specially commissioned artworks / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-90803-215-7 / NCR

$48.95 / 88 pages / 8 x 11.5 / 124 b&w photos, 30 full color plates of artwork, 64 line drawings / July 2017 / paperback / 978-8-36067-228-0 / NCR

This 240 page book features 252 clear, high quality photographs of US and German fighting vehicles and is complemented by 8 pages of specially commissioned color artworks by Felipe Rodna which bring the subjects to life. Once again, this book is a must have for the student of military history, armor enthusiast or model maker.

Darren Neely is a military researcher and historian from Maryland, USA. Panzerwrecks has published two of Darren’s books; Forgotten Archives 1 and Nürnberg’s Panzer Factory Felipe Rodna is an architect, CG artist and military Illustrator from Salamanca, Spain. This is the third Panzerwrecks title has provided artwork for.


Lee Archer is a military vehicle historian living in Old Heathfield, Sussex with his family. He previously designed master models for Accurate Armour of Scotland and was a regular contributor to model magazines. Lee has published over twenty books about German fighting vehicles of World War 2.

The A9 and A10 were the first of the British Cruiser tanks. They played an important part in the battles in France in 1940 and North Africa in 1941. Covering their development, production and service this book fills a longneglected gap in the history of British armored vehicles. It includes over 120 period black and white photos from archives and private collections, 1/35th scale plans and 30 color plates. Its author has researched British AFVs for 40 years and has contributed many articles to professional and modeling magazines.

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PeKo Publishing

Panzerjäger on the Battlefield

Panzer IV on the Battlefield 2

World War Two Photobook Series

World War Two Photobook Series

Jon Feenstra

Craig Ellis

$41.95 / 112 pages / 8.5 x 12 / October 2017 / hardback / 978-6-15558-307-0 / NCR

$41.95 / 112 pages / 8.5 x 12 / November 2017 / hardback / 978-6-15558-308-7 / NCR

Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Budapest Norbert Számvéber $69.95 / 600 pages / 6 x 9 / December 2017 / hardback / 978-6-15558-309-4 / NCR

On the Hungarian theater of war of the Eastern Front, the Soviet troops attempted to take Budapest repeatedly from the end of October 1944. However, the 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Front forces only managed to encircle the Hungarian capital by the end of December 1944. The German troops, especially the battle groups of the Panzer Divisions and Panzergrenadier Divisions fought effective delaying combat. Dr. Norbert Számvéber, author of several books and studies on the armoured warfare in the ww2, described and analysed the fierce armoured clashes in the first phase of the Budapest Operation in detail, based principally on archival sources.

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Pen and Sword Hitler's Girls

The Maginot Line

Doves Amongst Eagles

History and Guide

Tim Heath

J E Kaufmann, H W Kaufmann and Aleksander Jankovic Potocnik

$32.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9 / 16-pages B&W photos / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-532-7

Hitler's Girls is not just another Hitler Youth history book. Concentrating purely on the role of German girls in Hitler’s Third Reich, we learn of their home lives, schooling, exploitation and eventual militarization from firsthand accounts of women who were indoctrinated into the Jung Madel and Bund Deutcscher Madel as young girls. From the prosperous beginnings of 1933 to the cataclysmic defeat of 1945, this insightful book examines in detail their specific roles as defined by the Nazi state.

Tim has written over twenty articles, published in The Armourer Magazine. During the course of this work he met with German families and veterans alike, and it was through this research that A Dove Amongst Eagles was born.

El Alamein 1942

The Maginot Line, the complex system of strongpoints constructed between the world wars by the French to protect against attack from Germany, is one of the most famous, extensive and controversial defensive schemes in all military history. It stretched from Belgium to Switzerland, and from Switzerland to the Mediterranean, and it represented the most advanced and ambitious system of static defenses of its time. Yet it failed to deter German aggression or to halt the invasion of France in May 1940. Much of this historic line - with its fortresses, artillery positions, tank traps, blockhouses, concrete bunkers - has survived and can be visited today. This invaluable handbook, which has been written and compiled by the foremost experts in the field, is a guide to the history of the line and all the major sites concerned.

Battle of the Odon

Turning Point in the Desert

Georges Bernage

Richard Doherty

$32.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47385-761-2

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of black and white plates / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-079-7

The Battle of El Alamein is well established as a pivotal moment of the Second World War. Following the wildly fluctuating fortunes of the opposing sides, there was a real risk that Rommel’s Afrika Korps and his Italian allies would break through and seize Cairo with catastrophic strategic and political implications for the Allies. That this never happened is, of course, well known but, as this highly readable yet authoritative work reveals, there were moments of extreme peril and anxiety. The author’s description of the actual fighting is brought to life by personal accounts as well as his complete grasp of the plan and tactics involved. The result, seventy-five years on, is a delightfully fresh and fascinating account of one of the iconic battles, not just of the War but in military history.


$24.95 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.25 / Illustrated / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-151-9

The Battle of the Odon evokes the clash between the British Army and the II SS-Panzer Korps, as they attacked across the Odon Valley during Operation "Epsom" in June 1944. Using contemporary photographs and documents, this book provides day-by-day details of the operation that was just one part of what is commonly referred to as the 'Battle of Normandy'.

The historian Georges Bernage is one of France's premier experts on the 1944 Normandy Invasion. He has published over forty books on the subject since 1978.

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3 Para - Mount Longdon The Bloodiest Battle Jon Cooksey $24.95 / 112 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-896-7

June 1982, and in the middle of a South Atlantic winter, the Falklands War is at its height. The Parachute Regiment has already been in action - 2 Para securing a hard fought victory at Darwin-Goose Green at a heavy price in killed and wounded including their CO, Lieutenant Colonel 'H' Jones, later awarded a posthumous VC. Now, two weeks later, as they look up at the long, frost shattered spines of rock which stab the air from the summit of Mount Longdon on the outer ring of the Stanley defences, the 'toms' of 3 Para know it is their turn. As they prepare to assault their objectives - features code named 'wing forward', 'fly half' and 'full back'- the men of 3 Para know they are in for a fight. Just before 'zero' some of them are simply told to pray. This, the first in a new series on Special Operations, tells the story of 3 Para and the often-neglected struggle for Mount Longdon. It was a battle which tested the discipline, comradeship and professionalism of the paras to the limit; it was a battle which witnessed another posthumous VC; it turned out to be the bloodiest battle of the entire Falklands Campaign.

Operation BANNER

The Price of Victory

The British Army in Northern Ireland 1969 -2007

The Red Army's Casualties in the Great Patriotic War

Nicholas van der Bijl

Boris Kavalerchik, Lev Lopukhovsky and Harold Orenstein

$19.99 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp B & W plates / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-895-0

In summer 1969 the annual Loyalist marching season sparked violence in Londonderry which spread rapidly. After three days of violence the British Government deployed troops in support of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Initially the Catholic community welcomed the Army's presence but this was to change over the years. The first soldier was killed in 1971 and a further 48 died that year. January 30 1972 Bloody Sunday galvanized IRA recruitment and the British Embassy was burnt in Dublin. The Official IRA bombed Aldershot HQ of the Parachute Regiment and in August 1972 the Army launched Op MOTORMAN to clear No Go areas. Internment followed and the Province was firmly in the grip of sectarian violence. The next 30 years saw a remorseless counter-terrorist campaign which deeply affected the lives of all the people of Northern Ireland and several generation of the British Army.

Nick van der Bijl served in the Intelligence Corps. He is the author of numerous military history works including Nine Battles to Stanley, and Victory in the Falklands.

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$39.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-964-3

The Red Army's casualties during the Second World War and the casualties sustained by the German army they fought are a key element in any assessment of the conflict on the Eastern Front. Since the war ended over seventy years ago, the statistics have been a source of bitter controversy, of claim and counterclaim, as each generation of historians has struggled to uncover the truth. This contentious issue is the subject of this absorbing book. The figures reveal much about the way the war was fought, and they demonstrate the enormous human price the Soviet Union paid for its victory. That is why the statistics have been so strongly contested. Distortion and falsification by official historians have obscured the facts because the issue has been so heavily politicized. Using recently declassified information from the Russian archives, the authors focus in forensic detail on the way the figures were recorded and compiled and seek to explain why, so many years after the war, the full truth about the subject is still far from our reach.


Pen and Sword Malta Strikes Back

St Valery and Its Aftermath

The Role of Malta in the Mediterranean Theatre 1940-1942

The Gordon Highlanders Captured in France in 1940

Ken Delve

Stewart Mitchell

$44.95 / 304 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-244-6

$50 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of black and white plates / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-658-2

Two of the greatest strategic mistakes by Hitler involved failure to take control of two key locations, Gibraltar and Malta; between them these two were able to influence, and at times dominate, the Western Mediterranean area, and surrounding land masses. Malta, with its strategic partner, Alexandria (and Egypt) likewise dominated the Eastern Mediterranean and surrounding land masses. This is the story of how Malta rose to meet the challenges facing its defenses during WWII; how it struck back and survived one of its darkest eras. Ken Delve has written countless specialized articles for leading aviation magazines and has authored more than sixteen books including The Short Sunderland, D-Day: The Air Battle, Avro Lancaster, and The Mustang Story.

Children in the Second World War

Stewart Mitchell the author of Scattered Under the Rising Sun: The Gordon Highlanders in Japanese Captivity describing the horrific ordeals of the officers and men of 2nd Battalion Gordon highlanders between 1942 and 1945.

The Coming Storm Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in World War II

Memories from the Home Front

Nigel McCrery

Amanda Herbert-Davies

$50 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 240 B&W pics / October 2017 / hardback / 978-152670-695-9

$24.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 32 pages of plates / July 2017 / paperback / 978-147389-356-6

Children In the Second World War unites the memories of over two hundred child veterans to tell the tragic and the remarkable stories of life, and of youth, during the war. This book poignantly illustrates the presence of death and perseverance in the lives of children through this tumultuous period, each account enlightens and touches the reader; shedding light on what it was really like on the Home front during WWII.

Amanda Herbert-Davies has an honours degree in Conservation and Restoration of Historic Art. Working with the archival collection of the Home Front, she became fascinated by the recollections of children who grew up under wartime conditions in Britain.


During the German May 1940 offensive, the 51st (Highland) Division, including the 1st and 5th Battalions Gordon Highlanders, became separated from the British Expeditionary Force. After a heroic stand at St Valery-en-Caux the Division surrendered when fog thwarted efforts to evacuate them. This superbly researched book contains many inspiring stories that deserve and merit reading.

In this superbly researched sequel to Final Wicket, covering cricketing fatalities during The Great War, this book reveals each man’s career details, including cricketing statistics, and the circumstances of death. There is also a brief history of the game during the War. Arguably the period between the two world wars was the golden age of cricket, and this book honors those who made it so only to die serving their countries in a different way.

Born in 1953, Nigel McCrery has written over a dozen novels: Into Touch-Rugby Players Killed in The Great War, Final Wicket-Cricketers Killed in The Great War and The Extinguished Flame-Olympians Killed in the Great War.

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Pen and Sword American Airline's Secret War in China

Churchill’s Last Wartime Secret

Project Seven Alpha, WWII

The 1943 German Raid Airbrushed from History

Leland Shanle $24.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-47388-771-8

The book is based on firsthand experiences of those who were involved in Operation Seven Alpha, and it serves as a fitting tribute to the bravery and inventiveness of a band of men who answered their country’s desperate call at the outset of the war against Japan in Asia. Here is is the story of that little-known operation, carried out in the early days of the Burma Campaign.

Send More Shrouds The V1 Attack on the Guards' Chapel 1944 Jan Gore $39.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47385-147-4

This was the most deadly V1 attack of the Second World War, and Jan Gore’s painstakingly researched, graphic and moving account of the bombing and the aftermath tells the whole story. In vivid detail she describes the rescue effort which went on, day and night, for two days, and she records the names, circumstances and lives of each of the victims, and explains why they happened to be there.

Adrian Searle $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47382-381-5

From Warsaw to Rome General Anders' Exiled Polish Army in the Second World War Martin Williams $44.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-488-4

Churchill’s Last Wartime Secret reveals the remarkable story of a mid-war seaborne enemy raid on an Isle of Wight radar station. It describes the purpose and scope of the attack, the composition of the raiding German force and how it was immediately, and understandably, ‘hushed-up’ by Winston Churchill’s wartime administration, in order to safeguard public morale.

This book, which charts the extraordinary wartime story of the exiled Polish Army in the east, makes extensive use of undiscovered archive material. It reveals in depth the relations between the British and Polish General Staffs and the never ending hardships of the Polish soldiers.

Cassel and Hazebrouck 1940

Operation Sealion

France and Flanders Campaign Battle Lines Jerry Murland $22.95 / 176 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / 176 pages of integrated illustrations / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47385-265-5

The book looks closely at the deployment of units in both towns and focuses on the individuals involved in the defense and the subsequent breakout, which ended in capture or death for so many. There are two car tours that explore the surrounding area of Cassel and the deployment of platoons within Hazebrouck. These are supplemented by two walking tours, one in Cassel itself and the second further to the west of the town.

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Hitler’s Invasion Plan for Britain David Wragg $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of color & black and white plates / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-738-3

Operation SEALION examines just how realistic the German threat of invasion was. The author studies the plans, the available capability and resources, the Germans’ record in Norway and later Crete. The author weighs these against the state of Britain’s defenses and the relative strengths of the land, air and particularly naval forces. The result is a fascinating study of what might or might not have been.


Pen and Sword SS Das Reich At War 1939-1945

Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945

History of the Division Images of War

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives Images of War

Ian Baxter $22.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 photographs / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-089-3

Anthony Tucker-Jones

Between 1933 and 1939, the strength and influence of the SS grew considerably with thousands of men being recruited into the new ideological armed formation, many into units known as the SSVerfgungstruppe (Special Disposal Troop). These troops saw action in Poland before switching to the Western Front in 1940. Out of this organisation the SS Das Reich Division was created. This book, with its extensive text and over 250 rare and unpublished photographs with detailed captions describes the fighting tactics, the uniforms, the battles and the different elements that went into making the Das Reich Division a formidable fighting force. Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitlers Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants.

$22.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 b&w photographs / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47387-794-8

The photographs and the accompanying narrative record the contrasting conditions they faced on each battlefront and the weapons and equipment they used, especially the armored vehicles, including the Tiger and Panther tanks, which were among the best designs the Germans produced. But they also record the crimes committed by members of the Waffen-SS against civilians and captured enemy soldiers during the series of brutal, often desperate operations mounted to stave off German defeat. Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of over twenty books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944.

With Rommel in the Desert

Rommel in North Africa

Tripoli to El Alamein Images of War

Quest for the Nile Images of War

David Mitchelhill-Green

David Mitchelhill-Green

$22.95 / 224 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 images / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47387-875-4

$22.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 images / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-220-0

Prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, the German Army had focused exclusively on the operational, organizational and training preparations needed to wage war in continental Europe. The threat of an Italian collapse in North Africa in early 1941, however, prompted Hitler to reinforce his ally by sending an armored blocking force to Libya. Not content to merely thwart the British from capturing Tripoli, LieutenantGeneral Erwin Rommel harried his inexperienced expeditionary force eastward towards the Nile Delta.

Erwin Rommel is the arguably the most well-known German general of the Second World War. Revered by his troops and applauded by his enemies, the so-called Desert Fox achieved legendary status for his daring exploits and bold maneuvers during the North African campaign. In this book, richly illustrated with over 400 images, the author examines the privations and challenges Rommel faced in leading his coalition force.

Over the last twenty-five years, David Mitchelhill-Green has roamed the world in search of lost stories from the Second World War. His photographic investigations have featured in the British military magazine After the Battle. David has a Masters degree in Military History.


Endeavoring to reach the Nile Delta, we find Rommel's Axis soldiers poorly prepared to undertake such an audacious operation. Muchadmired by his men in the front lines, we discover a demanding and intolerant leader, censured by subordinate officers and mistrusted by his superiors in Berlin.

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Pen and Sword Axis Tanks of the Second World War

Allied Tanks of the Second World War

Images of War

Images of War

Michael Green

Michael Green

$22.95 / 216 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 color & black and white illustrations / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47388-700-8

$24.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 250 color & black and white images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-47386-676-8

The German Army used tanks to devastating effect in their Blitzkrieg campaigns during the early years of the Second World War and in the intense defensive battles leading up to final defeat in 1945. As can be seen from the descriptions and images in this classic Images of War series work, the Axis powers had drawn on British and, in some cases, French design for their tanks in the period leading up to WWII: the CardenLoyd tankette suspension was used in the Panzer 1 series and the light Italian and Japanese tanks.

Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the tanks developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners. There were four categories of tank: Light, Medium, Heavy and Super Heavy. Allied Tanks of the Second World War covers all these categories in detail as well as the few super heavy tanks such as the French Char 2C and the TOG. For an informed and highly illustrated work this book has no comparable rival.

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, and Combat Aircraft of the USAF.

SS Totenkopf Division at War History of the Division Images of War Ian Baxter $22.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 photographs / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-093-0

The SS Totenkopf (Death Head) Division even 70 years on retains its formidable and ruthless reputation as a superbly efficient yet murderous formation. It earned this for its actions throughout the Second World War, first in 1940 during the blitzkrieg in Northern France and then on the Eastern Front. The battles at Kharkov and Kurst saw some of the fiercest fighting of that long and terrible campaign. During the long retreat back to the Fatherland the Division fought with customary dogged determination, nay fanaticism. This superbly illustrated work, drawing on images taken by participants, portrays the SS Totenkopf’s history from formation through training to the battles in northern France and in Russia.

Allied Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War Images of War Michael Green $24.95 / 200 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 color & black and white illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47387-237-0

Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the armored fighting vehicles developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners. Tank destroyers included the US Army's M18 Hellcat and M36 Jackson, the British Archer and Achilles and the Soviets SU-85, SU-100 and SU-122. All these and many more AFVs are expertly described in words and captioned images in this comprehensive work which is the companion volume to Allied Tanks of the Second World War.

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Pen and Sword Great War Fighter Aces 1916 - 1918

The Invasion of Sicily Images of War Jon Diamond

Images of War Norman Franks

$24.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-609-3

$24.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-47386-126-8

This book explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory. In so doing, they achieved high honors on account of their prowess in the skies. It also looks at the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery. The author covers the development of American air combat, whilst also recording the efforts of some of their ace pilots flying both British and French aircraft with precision and skill. Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat and Great War Fighter Aces 1914-1916. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the UK with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits and War in the South Pacific are published by Pen and Sword in their Images of War series.

Adolf Hitler

Star-Spangled Spitfires

Images of War Nigel Blundell

Images of War

$22.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-199-2

Tony Holmes $22.95 / 112 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47388-923-1

Through the medium of period photography, Star-Spangled Spitfires chronicles the combat operations of the USAAF units equipped with the iconic Supermarine fighter whilst employed in both the European and Mediterranean theaters of war, from the summer of 1942 right up to the end of the conflict. Only a handful of British combat aircraft wore the stars and bars of the USAAF during the Second World War, with the Beaufighter, Mosquito and Spitfire being the key types to see action with American crews in American squadrons. A Western Australian by birth, Tony Holmes was a published aviation author by the age of 20. Moving to England in 1988, he has worked in aviation publishing ever since. Tony has written more than 50 books and edited a further 300 in the past 25 years.


With victory in North Africa complete, the Allies had a choice. The Americans wanted an early cross channel attack from Britain on North West Europe. Churchill favored invading the soft underbelly of Italy to weaken the Axis forces and gain Italian surrender. With Eisenhowers army and battle-hardened Eighth Army in North Africa, Churchill prevailed. The strategic plan was successful: the Italian capitulated, Hitler had to reinforce his Southern flank relieving pressure on the Soviets and valuable lessons were learned by Allied for D-Day.

One of the most intriguing mysteries about the rise of history’s most despised dictator is just how utterly ordinary he once seemed. A chubby child, a mummy’s boy, a failed artist, a face in the crowd… the early images of Adolf Hitler give no hint of the demonic spirit that consumed him. The images, many from the author’s own historic collection, demonstrate the mesmerizing power that Hitler wielded not only over the German public but also statesmen, industrialists and global media. For the captions to many of the original photographs are reverential in their descriptions of ‘Herr Hitler the German Chancellor’, the person Time magazine chose as its ‘1938 Man of the Year’. Nigel Blundell is a journalist who has worked in Australia, the United States and Britain. He spent 25 years in Fleet Street before becoming an author and contributor to national newspapers. He has written more than 40 books, including best-sellers on crime and royalty.

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Pen and Sword Panzer III

The Panzer IV

Hitler's Beast of Burden Images of War

Hitler's Rock Images of War

Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones

$22.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 160 illustrations / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-105-0

$22.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47385-675-2

The Panzerkampfwagen III Panzer III was one of the German army's principal tanks of the Second World War, yet its history is often overlooked in comparison to its more famous successors the Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger. Anthony Tucker-Jones, provides a visual account of the tank in over 150 wartime photographs and describes in a concise text its development and operational history. His selection of photographs show the Panzer III in every theater of the war and at every stage, and his text gives an insight into the design history and fighting performance of this historic armored vehicle.

In this companion volume to his best-selling visual histories of the Tiger and Panther tanks, Anthony Tucker-Jones provides a concise account of the Mk IV's design, development and performance in combat. The Mk IV served on every major front, in France, the Balkans, North Africa, the Soviet Union and, at the end of the war, in Germany itself - it was a key weapon in the blitzkrieg attacks launched early in the war and in the later desperate defense of the Reich. Using over 150 rare wartime photographs, plus a selection of specially commissioned color, he describes how the initial design of the Mk IV was modified and refined throughout the course of the conflict to counter the threats posed by ever more formidable Allied tanks and antitank guns on the battlefield.

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of over twenty books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, The Soviet-Afghan War, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank and The Panther Tank: Hitlers T-34 Killer.

A Century of US Navy Combat Carriers 1917-2017 Images of War Tony Holmes $22.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-283-5

This volume charts the development of US Navy fixedwing and helicopter carriers throughout the Second World War, the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, the Cold War and the ongoing War on Terror. Carriers such as Saratoga, Lexington, Enterprise and Constellation all feature in this volume in photographs that have been carefully sourced from official and private archives from across the globe. Each image has a detailed caption that chronicles the exploits of these ships - the robust and impressive combat carriers of the US Navy. A Western Australian by birth, Tony Holmes was a published aviation author by the age of 20. Moving to England in 1988, he has worked in aviation publishing ever since. Tony has written more than 50 books and edited a further 300 in the past 25 years.

The AMX 13 Light Tank A Complete History Images of War M P Robinson, Peter Lau and Robert Griffin $24.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 color & black and white illustrations / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-167-1

The AMX 13 was originally designed in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It represents French ambitions for national resurgence and withdrawal from wartime dependence on American military technology. Being a light tank it was an ambitious and far sighted departure from conventional tank design and it found a ready export market as well as being a critical part in the French Army arsenal. This, the first commercially published work on the AMX13 in English, examines in detail the technical industrial and tactical story of this remarkably successful armored fighting vehicle. M P Robinson studied history at Torontos York University. He is interested in military history of all periods with a focus on 20th Century ground warfare. He has written four books on post-war armour in English and French in 2014 and has edited 3 of Robert Griffins previous works .

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Pen and Sword RAF In Camera: 1970s

Bomber Command Airfields of Yorkshire

Keith Wilson

Peter Jacobs

$70 / 320 pages / 8.5 x 10.75 / 250 color & black and white illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-147389-796-0

$29.95 / 240 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / 80 black and white images / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78346-331-2

The 1970s were an event-filled and action packed decade for the Royal Air Force. Many events are worthy of note and all are recorded here, in words and images. Keith Wilson takes up from where he left off with RAF In Camera 1960s in order to take us on a journey through a particularly significant decade.

As part of the Aviation Heritage Trail series, the accomplished military author and former RAF Officer Peter Jacobs takes us to the county of Yorkshire and to its many bomber airfields of the Second World War.

Each chapter focuses on a specific year, relaying all of the highlights that characterized it. As with the two previous releases, this new addition to the In Camera series is sure to be regarded as something of a collector’s edition and a real enthusiast’s favorite

From the opening day of hostilities, RAF Bomber Command took the offensive to Nazi Germany and played a leading role in the liberation of Europe. Yorkshire’s airfields played a key part throughout, initially as home to the Whitley squadrons of No 4 Group and then to the four-engine Halifax heavy bombers.

Keith Wilson is the author of RAF in camera: 1950s and its follow-up RAF in camera:1960s, both published by Pen and Sword Aviation.

Peter Jacobs is a former RAF Wing Commander and the author of several books. This is his fifth title in the Aviation Heritage Trail series and is a welcome addition to his recently published Bomber Command Airfields of Lincolnshire.

De Havilland Enterprises: A History

Bombers Fly East WWII RAF Operations in the Middle and Far East

Graham M Simons

Martin W Bowman

$44.95 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 illustrations / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-138-1

$34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 60 illustrations - 2 x 16 pp mono plates / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-314-9

This book explores the influences and milestones of his early years before going on to examine his company, The De Havilland Aircraft Company Limited, in detail. Amongst the momentous machines that he had a hand in creating were the Gipsy Moth and Tiger Moth - two iconic aircraft types destined to set a variety of aviation records whilst being piloted by de Havilland himself. Every one of De Havilland’s products are listed and recorded in detail here; fully illustrated throughout, this volume is sure to be highly prized amongst serious collectors.


The author recounts the thrilling RAF Wellington and Liberator bombing and resupply operations from Italy, before following the action to the Far East and the combats between the RAF and the Japanese Imperial Air Force. The book is illustrated with never before seen images of RAF, SAAF, RAAF and USAAF aircraft and their crews. It serves to commemorate the many acts of bravery, endurance and heroism that characterized this time.

More Luck of a Lancaster 109 Operations, 315 Crew, 101 Killed in Action Gordon Thorburn $39.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-766-3

From 11 June 1943 (the date of Lancaster Mark III EE136 WS/R's first op) to her last with 9 Squadron (on 19 October 1944), eighty-six Lancasters were assigned to Number 9. Of these, fifty were lost to enemy action, another five crashed at home, three crashed in Russia on the first Tirpitz raid and four were transferred to other squadrons only to be lost by them, leaving just twentyfour still flying.

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Clash of Eagles

The Spitfire

USAAF 8th Air Force Bombers versus the Luftwaffe in World War II

An Icon of the Skies

Martin W Bowman $24.95 / 352 pages / 6 x 9 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-146-5

This is the story of the air war over Western Europe, told firsthand by the American and German pilots and aircrew who took part. It spans the period between 1942 and 1945 and covers the encounters between the audacious Luftwaffe fighter pilots and the Fortress and Liberator bomber crews of the American 8th Air Forces flying from East Anglia. Many unique experiences are recounted from both the night and day bombing raids that were hurled against Hitler's war machine. What was it like to fly through the dense flak over the Ruhr and against the German Experten and to be hit by machine gun and cannon fire from Focke Wulf 190s and Bf 109s? How did so many badly damaged bombers manage to struggle back, against all odds, to their East Anglian bases? The author has sought the experiences of German fighter pilots, who explain how they stalked their prey in the skies over the Reich and how they pounced on their four engine victims from high. Martin Bowman is one of Britain's leading aviation authors and has written a great deal of books focussing on aspects of Second World War aviation history. He lives in Norwich in Norfolk.

Philip Kaplan $44.95 / 256 pages / 8.5 x 10.75 / 200 illustrations inc color / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-852-3

Kaplan investigates just what it is that fuels the Spitfire's compelling mystique. During wartime, it held an unrivaled reputation amongst Allied and Axis airmen. Today, it continues to hold aviation enthusiasts in thrall. Kaplan highlights the immeasurable contributions of Spitfire designers Reginald J. Mitchell and Joseph Smith, test pilots Jeffrey Quill, Mutt Summers and Alex Henshaw, and ace Spitfire pilots including Al Deere, Sailor Malan and Pierre Clostermann. All added to the legend of this lovely, but deadly, little fighter. The origin and evolution of the plane are tracked, and the story of the marvelous Merlin engine that powered so many Spitfires through those challenging war years and beyond is brought to life. Kaplan considers the phenomenon of the burgeoning warbird movement, a worldwide effort to restore, preserve and display scores of Spitfires and many other military aircraft types for hundreds of thousands of air show visitors the world over. Philip Kaplan has written and co-authored forty-seven books on aviation, military and naval subjects. His previous books include: One Last Look, The Few, Little Friends, Round the Clock, Wolfpack, Convoy

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight A History in Pictures Jarrod Cotter $60 / 304 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 200 illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-449-8

In 2007 the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary and Jarrod Cotter was chosen to write a book charting the Flight’s history which began with the formation of the Historic Aircraft Flight in July 1957. This volume brings the story fully up-todate to mark the BBMF’s 60th anniversary. It still includes the in-depth story of the formation of the Flight, for which the author uniquely traced the families of those involved to reveal a host of illuminating insights. However, while the 50th anniversary book went on to tell the rest of the story in an in-depth fashion, this volume utilizes high quality color digital photographs taken in recent years to show the aircraft in flight and so acts as the perfect companion to the first volume. This will be the ultimate souvenir of the celebration of the BBMF’s 60th anniversary.

Jarrod Cotter is author of Living Lancasters, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – 50 Years of Flying, The Avro Lancaster Owners’ Workshop Manual, the North American P-51 Mustang Owners’ Workshop Manual, among others.


Pen and Sword Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm

Phantom in the Cold War RAF Wildenrath 1977 - 1992 David Gledhill

The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

$44.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-408-5

Braxton R Eisel and James A Schreiner $32.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 80 black and white and 20 color photos - color plate section / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-900-1

This book is based on a journal Jim Schreiner kept during his deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Building upon that record and the recollections of other F-4G Wild Weasel aircrew, the authors show a slice of what life and war were like during that time. The were the pawns in the game, the ones that had to actually do the fighting and dying. Brick Eisel is a recently retired USAF officer with an extensive background in tactical aviation as well as having served as a military historian. He has written many articles for the international aviation press and Beaufighters in the Night for Pen & Sword.

Phantom in the Cold War focuses predominantly on the aircraft’s role as an air defense fighter, exploring the ways in which it provided the British contribution to the Second Allied Tactical Air Force at RAF Wildenrath, the home of Nos. 19 and 92 Squadrons during the Cold War. The author, who flew the Phantom operationally, recounts the thrills, challenges and consequences of operating this sometimes temperamental jet at extreme low-level over the West German countryside, preparing for a war which everyone hoped would never happen. David Gledhill joined the Royal Air Force as a Navigator in 1973. After training, he flew the F4 Phantom on squadrons in the UK and West Germany. He was one of the first aircrew members to fly the F2 and F3 Air Defence Variant of the Tornado on its acceptance into service.

The Men Who Flew the Phantom F-4

Tornado GR1

C-130 Hercules

An Operational History

A History

Martin W Bowman

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 250 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387-302-5

$44.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 70 illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-584-6

This is the perfect book for the general reader, enthusiast or modeler wishing to find a succinct yet detailed introduction to the design of the aircraft that has made history. It features a multitude of stories as relayed by USAF and Israeli airmen who actually flew this remarkable aircraft in wars in SE Asia and the Middle East, detailing just what it was like to fly the F-4 in combat. Many of the dozen or so chapters include combat testimonies of the Phantom design and durability in SE Asia and in the wars fought between Israel and her surrounding Arab enemies throughout the 1970s and beyond.


Michael John W Napier

Tornado GR1: An Operational History describes in detail the accomplishments and day-to-day workings of the operational RAF Tornado GR1 units in the UK, Germany, the Middle East and across the globe. The book is underpinned by research from original official documents, augmented by the personal accounts by Tornado airand ground-crews. It is richly illustrated throughout with photographs of the aircraft.

Martin W Bowman $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 color & black and white images / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-318-7

Designed in response to a 1951 requirement, the C-130 Hercules is the most successful military airlifter ever built. Since it first flew in prototype form on 23 August 1954, more than 2,100 have been produced in over eighty different versions. Across its variants, the Hercules serves more than sixty air forces, as well as many civilian cargo operators, in a multiplicity of roles, including air-to-air refueller, gunship, airborne command post, flying hospital and firefighter. The incredible success story of the C-130 is far from over. Here Martin W. Bowman tells the full story of this remarkable aircraft at firsthand.

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Pen and Sword With Paulus at Stalingrad Wilhelm Adam, Otto Rhle and A Le Tissier $22.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-898-1

'Through his daily involvement with them, Wilhelm Adam is able to perfectly describe the characters involved, the tensions and despair amongst them and the pressure Paulus and his staff found themselves under as the Soviet pincers closed around the men of the abandoned 6th Army. The reader is presented with the hopeless situation faced by Paulus and his staff who, aware of the looming disaster from a very early stage are constantly denied the option of a withdrawal by Hitler and left to their catastrophic fate'. ...Grossdeutschland Aufklrungsgruppe Colonel Wilhelm Adam, senior ADC to General Paulus, commander of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad, wrote a compelling and controversial memoir describing the German defeat, his time as a prisoner of war with Paulus, and his conversion to communism. Now, for the first time, his German text has been translated into English. His account gives an intimate insight into events at the 6th Army headquarters during the advance to Stalingrad and the protracted and devastating battle for possession of the city. In vivid detail he recalls the sharp personality clashes among the senior commanders and their intense disputes about tactics and strategy, but he also records the ordeal of the German troops trapped in the encirclement and his own role in the fighting. The extraordinary story he tells, fluently translated by Tony Le Tissier, offers a genuinely fresh perspective on the battle, and it reveals much about the prevailing attitudes and tense personal relationships of the commanders at Stalingrad and at Hitler’s headquarters. Wilhelm Adam fought in the German army in the WWI and joined the Nazi Party in the 1920s. During the Second World War he served as ADC to Generals von Reichenau and Paulus.

Operation Fall Weiss German Paratroopers in the Poland Campaign, 1939 Stephan Janzyk $32.95 / 184 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 193 illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-461-7

While the fledgling German paratroop operations in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1940, and on Crete in 1941, attracted worldwide attention, what is not as well known is that the use of paratroopers was planned for the invasion of Poland in 1939, in an act that began the Second World War. This has given rise to the myth that Adolf Hitler wanted to keep this new, and hitherto little-known, branch of the armed services secret for future projects. However, on several occasions the men of Parachute Regiment 1 were sat ready in their Ju52 transport planes, fully equipped and ready to go. Operation Fall Weiss describes the role of the German paratroopers in the Polish campaign, using war diaries, maps, contemporary documents and photographs, including those from various private collections around the world.

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Pen and Sword Somalia

Malayan Emergency

Cold War

Cold War

Al J. Venter

Gerry van Tonder

$22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-794-9

$22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-786-4

Few countries in Africa have had such powerful links with both the Soviet Union and United States – each for several years at a stretch – as Somalia. From a quiet Indian Ocean backwater that had once been an Italian colony, it remained aloof from the kind of power struggles that beset countries like Ghana, the Congo, Guinea, Algeria and others in the 1970s. Overnight, that all changed in 1969 when the army, led by Major General Siad Barre, grabbed power. His first move was to abrogate all security links he might have had with the West and to invite Moscow into his country as an ally.

By the time of the 1942 Japanese occupation of the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had already been fomenting merdeka – independence – from Britain. The Japanese conquerors, however, were also the loathsome enemies of the MCP’s ideological brothers in China. An alliance of convenience with the British was the outcome. Britain armed and trained the MCP’s military wing, the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), to essentially wage jungle guerrilla warfare against Japanese occupying forces.

Al J. Venter is a specialist military writer and has had 50 books published. His last major book was Portugal’s Guerrilla Wars in Africa, nominated in 2013 for New York’s Arthur Goodzeit military history book award.

General Boy The Life of Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning

Gerry van Tonder was born in Zimbabwe and came to Britain in 1999. He is a full-time historian and a published author. Specializing in military history, Gerry has authored Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour, 1966–1981; and Book of Remembrance: Rhodesia Native Regiment.

The Story of the Guards Armoured Division

Investigating Organised Crime and War Crimes

E R Hill

A Personal Account of a Senior Detective in Kosovo, Iraq and Beyond

Richard Mead $29.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp black and white plates / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-899-8

This is the first biography of Boy Browning, whose name is inextricably linked with the creation and employment of Britains airborne forces in the Second World War. Commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, Browning served on the Western Front, earning a DSO during the Battle of Cambrai. Educated at Cambridge University, Richard Mead is a military historian who specialises in the Second World War. This is his second book. He lives near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


$50 / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-043-8

Formed in June 1941, the Guards Armoured Division proved that Household Troops could adapt their legendary high standards to a totally new role. Deploying to Normandy in 1944 under Major General Sir Allan Adair, the Division acquitted itself with distinction in the costly Operation GOODWOOD. After the breakout, the Welsh Guards liberated Brussels on 3 September and the Division played a leading role in Operation MARKET GARDEN.

Anthony Nott $39.95 / 216 pages / 6 x 9 / 32 images / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-891-2

Tony Nott retired from the Dorset Police in 2002 at the rank of superintendent. He had spent most of his service as a detective, and had been involved in the investigation of a number of murder cases and other serious crimes. Tony Nott MBE joined the Metropolitan Police in 1971 before transferring to the Dorset Police in 1976. He has been involved in the investigation of numerous homicides and was the senior.

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Pen and Sword Yom Kippur


Cold War

Levantine Calvary, 1958-1990 Cold War

Peter Baxter $22.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-790-1

It is 25 years since the end of the Cold War, now a generation old. It began over 75 years ago, in 1944—long before the last shots of the Second World War had echoed across the wastelands of Eastern Europe—with the brutal Greek Civil War. The battle lines are no longer drawn, but they linger on, unwittingly or not, in conflict zones such as Iraq, Somalia and Ukraine. In an era of mass-produced AK-47s and ICBMs, one such flashpoint was the Middle East …

Peter lives in Oregon, USA, working on the marketing of African heritage travel as well as a variety of book projects. His interests include British Imperial history in Africa and the East Africa campaign of WWI in particular.

Al J. Venter $22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-782-6

It is axiomatic that the recent history of much of the Eastern Mediterranean is linked to the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948, incontestably so. The country emerged from a series of conflicts and these have continued intermittently ever since, fuelled as much by Arab–Israeli enmity, national pride and territorial aspirations as hostile neighbours. Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt – and in the latter phases, Iran – were all part of it.

Al J. Venter is a specialist military writer and has had 50 books published. His last major book was Portugal’s Guerrilla Wars in Africa, nominated in 2013 for New York’s Arthur Goodzeit military history book award.

Berlin Blockade

Dien Bien Phu

Cold War

Cold War

Gerry van Tonder

Anthony Tucker-Jones

$22.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-826-7

$22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9 / 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-798-7

Allied agreements entered into at Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam for the carving up of postwar Berlin now meant nothing to the Soviet conquerors. Their victory had cost millions of Russian lives – troops and civilians – so the hammer and sickle hoisted atop the Reichstag was more a claim to ownership than success. Moscow’s agenda was clear and simple: the Western Allies had to leave Berlin. The blockade ensued as the Soviets orchestrated a determined program of harassment, intimidation, flexing of muscle, and Socialist propaganda to force the Allies out.

At the end of the Second World War France sought to reassert its military prestige, but instead suffered humiliating defeat at Dien Bien Phu in French colonial Indochina. The First Indochina war became a textbook example of how not to conduct counterinsurgency warfare against nationalist guerrillas. Anthony Tucker-Jones guides the reader through this decisive conflict with a concise text and contemporary photographs, providing critical insight into the conduct of the war by both sides and its wider ramifications.

Gerry van Tonder was born in Zimbabwe. He is a full-time historian and a published author. Specializing in military history, Gerry has authored Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour, 1966–1981; Book of Remembrance: Rhodesia Native Regiment and Rhodesian African Rifles.

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, and counter-terrorism. He is the author of over thirty books including The Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive 1968, The Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm 1990–1991.

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Pen and Sword The Knights Hospitaller

Swords and Swordsmen

A Military History of the Knights of St John

Mikes Loades $39.95 / 512 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 color and 100 b/w photos, approx 20 line drawings - 4-Back-1 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-52670-646-1

John Carr $39.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47385-888-6

The Knights of St John evolved during the Crusades from a monastic order providing hostels for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. The need to provide armed escorts to the pilgrims began their transformation into a Military Order. Their fervor and discipline made them an elite component of most Crusader armies and Hospitaller Knights (as they were also known) took part in most of the major engagements, including Hattin, Acre and Arsuf.

This magnificent book tells the story of the evolution of swords, how they were made, how they were used, and the people that used them. It doesn't claim to give comprehensive coverage but instead takes certain surviving examples as landmarks on a fascinating journey through the history of swords. Each is selected because it can be linked to a specific individual, thus telling their story too and giving a human interest. So the journey starts with the sword of Tutankhamun and ends the swords of J E B Stuart and George Custer.

John Carr has enjoyed a career as a journalist, correspondent and broadcaster (The Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, Vatican Radio), mainly in the Mediterranean and particularly Greece, where he now resides. He is the author of On Spartan Wings: The Royal Hellenic Air Force in World War II.

Mike Loades is best known as the presenter of Weapons that Made Britain and Weapon Masters, but has appeared in dozens of other documentaries as an historical weapons expert and military historian. Although British, Mike now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Offa and the Mercian Wars The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom Chris Peers $29.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-150-2

In England in the eighth century, in the midst of the so-called Dark Ages, Offa ruled Mercia, one of the strongest Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. For over 30 years he was the dominant warlord in the territory south of the Humber and the driving force behind the expansion of Mercia’s power. During that turbulent period he commanded Mercian armies in their struggle against the neighboring kingdoms of Northumbria and Wessex and against the Welsh tribes.


A Waste of Blood and Treasure

Ali Pasha, Lion of Janina

The 1799 Anglo-Russian Invasion of the Netherlands

The Remarkable Life of the ‘Balkan Napoleon'

Philip Ball $34.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-518-9

This book examines British, French, Dutch and Russian sources to reveal a fascinating tale of intrigue, diplomatic skullduggery and daring action. Spies, politicians, sailors and soldiers all play a part in the exciting story of an expedition that made (and broke) reputations and tested alliances. It recounts in lavish detail the series of battles fought to liberate a people who showed little interest in being saved and explores the story behind the triumphs and failures of this forgotten campaign.

Eugenia Russell and Quentin Russell $34.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 8pp Black and White / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387-720-7

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the life of a petty tyrant in an obscure corner of the Ottoman Empire became the stuff of legend. What propelled this cold-blooded archetype of Oriental despotism, grandly known as ‘the Lion of Yanina’ and the ‘Balkan Napoleon’, into the consciousness of Western rulers and the general public? This book charts the rise of Ali Pasha from brigand leader to a player in world affairs and, ultimately, to a gruesome end.

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Pen and Sword Wellington's Brigade Commanders Peninsula and Waterloo Robert Burnham and Ron McGuigan $50 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47385-079-8

Recent research into the Duke of Wellington's armies during the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign has enhanced our understanding of the men he led, and this new biographical guide to his brigade commanders is a valuable contribution to this growing field. Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham have investigated the lives and careers of a the lives and careers of a group of men who performed a vital role in Wellington’s chain of command.

The Forgotten War Against Napoleon Conflict in the Mediterranean Gareth Glover $50 / 280 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47383-395-1

The campaigns fought against Napoleon in the Iberian peninsula, in France, Germany, Italy and Russia and across the rest of Europe have been described and analyzed in exhaustive detail, yet the history of the fighting in the Mediterranean has rarely been studied as a separate theater of the conflict. Gareth Glover sets this right with a compelling account of the struggle on land and at sea for control of a region that was critical for the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars.

Waterloo Messenger

Grouchy's Waterloo

The Life of Henry Percy, Peninsular Soldier and French Prisoner of War

The Battles of Ligny and Wavre

William Mahon $50 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387-050-5

Henry Percy is best known as the officer who carried the Waterloo Dispatch, the Duke of Wellingtons account of the Battle of Waterloo and the ultimate defeat of Napoleon, to London in June 1815. This was the climax of a remarkable military career. He served in the British army throughout the Napoleonic Wars in Sicily, Egypt, Sweden, Portugal and Spain, and he fought at Waterloo.

Wellington's Headquarters The Command and Administration of the British Army during the Peninsular War

Andrew Field $50 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 color illustrations / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47385-652-3

In this concluding volume of his highly praised study exploring the French perspective of the Waterloo campaign, Andrew Field concentrates on an often neglected aspect of Napoleon's final offensive the French victory over the Prussians at Ligny, Marshal Grouchy's pursuit of the Prussians and the battle at Wavre. The story of this side of the campaign is as full of controversy and interest as the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Valentine Baker's Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877 A Tarnished British Soldier's Glorious Victory

S G P Ward

Frank Jastrzembski

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-682-6

$34.95 / 200 pages / 6 x 9 / 24 illustrations / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-680-5

Wellington’s Headquarters is an essential introduction to the administration of the British army in the early nineteenth century. It offers a fascinating insight into the structure and operation of the Duke of Wellington’s command during the Peninsular War. S.G.P. Ward’s classic study, first published over sixty years ago, describes the complicated tangle of departments that administered the army.

There are moments in the past of many a man's career that stand out clear and defined after the lapse of even many years: life pictures, the very memory of which brings back a glorious thrill of pride and pleasure. This is the feeling which vibrates through me still, when I recall that last and closing scene that crowned the hard-fought fight at Tashkessen.

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Pen and Sword The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War

The 6th Battalion the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War

Images of War Timothy McCracken

A Territorial Battalion on the Western Front 1914 - 1918

$29.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 200 images / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-232-3

John Hartley

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) supported the British Army throughout the First World War treating sick and wounded military personnel. The RAMC also had a range of sanitation responsibilities. The military nursing services and voluntary medical personnel provided vital support to RAMC medical units and hospitals, ensuring the effective treatment of casualties.

$50 / 6 x 9 / 150 images / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-758-8

Welsh at War

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Third Ypres 1917

From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy Steven John

31st July 1917 to 6th November 1917

$50 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 100 integrated illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47383-209-1

Paul Oldfield

The book covers all of the major actions and incidents in which each of the Welsh infantry regiments took part from the opening of the war in 1914 until the end of 1915, as well as stories of Welsh airmen, Welshmen shot at dawn, Welsh rugby players who fell, Welsh gallantry winners and the Welshmen who died in non-Welsh units, such as the Dominion forces and other units of the British Armed Forces.

Up to Mametz and Beyond Llewelyn Wyn Griffith $24.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp of black and white plates / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-055-1

Llewelyn Wyn Griffith’s Up to Mametz, published in 1931, is now firmly established as one of the finest accounts of soldiering on the Western Front. It tells the story of the creation of a famous Welsh wartime battalion (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), its training, and its apprenticeship in the trenches.


The story is told from the Battalion’s formation in 1908 to its disbandment in the 1920s and beyond with details of the Old Comrades Association. Official accounts are supplemented by the men’s own words, taken from diaries, letters and newspaper reports.

$60 / 368 pages / 6 x 9 / Integrated illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47382-708-0

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front Third Ypres 1917 is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the armchair reader. A thorough account of each VC action is set within the wider strategic and tactical context. Detailed sketch maps show the area today, together with the battle-lines and movements of the combatants.

Dawn of Victory, Thank You China! Star Shell Reflections 1918 – 1919 Jim Maultsaid $60 / 352 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 color illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52671-270-7

Jim Maultsaid’s third and final book, The Dawn of Victory, Thank You China! is based on his service with the 169 Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) between 1918 – 1919.

Photographing the Fallen A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915–1919 Jeremy Gordon-Smith $50 / 304 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 200 color illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-365-8

Ivan Bawtree has left behind a vast array of archives that tell the story of his work as a photographer with the Graves Registration Units on the Western Front from 1915 to 1919. He traveled to Northern France and Flanders most notably the Ypres Salient to photograph and record graves of fallen soldiers.

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Pen and Sword The Arras Campaign Andrew Rawson $50 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 50 maps - integrated and an 8 page plate section / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-291-0

This is an account of the British Expeditionary Force's actions during the spring of 1917. It begins with the Allied plans for the New Year and shows how they were undone by the German decision to withdraw to a pre-prepared defensive line. The story follows the cautious advance across devastated territory to the Hindenburg Line and the subsequent revision in Allied plans. The Arras offensive on 9 April resulted in the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadians and the longest advance by British troops since trench warfare began.

The Passchendaele Campaign 1917 Andrew Rawson $50 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 images and 60 maps - plate section / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-400-9

This is an account of the British Expeditionary Force’s battles in the summer and autumn of 1917. It begins with the Allied plan to free up the Flanders coast, to limit German naval and submarine attacks on British shipping. Together the narrative and maps provide an insight into the British Army’s experience during this important campaign. The men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the advances, those who stopped the counterattacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Andrew Rawson is a freelance writer who has written over thirty books on many conflicts. He has written eight books for Pen and Sword’s Battleground Europe series and three reference books for The History Press Handbook series. He has edited Eyes Only: The Top Secret Correspondence between Marshall and Eisenhower and Organizing Victory: The War Conferences 1941–1945. This is his fifth book in a series on the British Army’s battles on the Western Front in the First World War. He has a master’s history degree with Birmingham University.

Defending the Ypres Front 1914 - 1918

The Road to Passchendaele

Trenches, Shelters and Bunkers of the German Army

The Heroic Year in Soldiers' own Words and Photographs

Jan Vancoillie and Kristof Blieck

Richard van Emden

$50 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 50 color & black and white illustrations and maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-746-8

$50 / 288 pages / 6.75 x 9.25 / 100 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-190-6

Published by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele in 2016 in Dutch as Bouwen aan het front, this book examines how the German army developed field fortifications to hold what can loosely be described as the Ypres Front. With the decision by Falkenhayn in 1915 to concentrate Germany’s offensive efforts largely in the east, the German defenders around Ypres set to developing their lines for semipermanent occupation. The sub soil around the Salient generally made it difficult to construct and maintain mined (i.e. deep) dugouts - unlike on, for example the Somme, with easily worked chalk not far below the surface. The only practicable alternative was to use reinforced concrete.

Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly regarded series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again, using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both in and out of the line culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. This book will be published in June 2017, in time for the 100th anniversary of the epic Battle of Passchendaele which began on 31st July 1917. Richard Van Emden has interviewed more than 270 veterans of the Great War and has written seventeen books on the subject including The Trench and The Last Fighting Tommy, both of which were top ten bestsellers. He has also worked on more than a dozen television programmes on the Great War.

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Pen and Sword Voices in Flight: Escaping Soldiers and Airmen of World War I Martin W Bowman

All Quiet on the Home Front An Oral History of Life in Britain During The First World War Richard van Emden and Steve Humphries

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 60 illustrations - 2 x 16 pp mono plates / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-322-4

$24.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 100 illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-194-4

This thrilling new volume from Martin Bowman focusses on British, Canadian, Australian and German soldiers and airmen who were captured during the First World War. The emphasis of this unique book is placed on the human story of the main characters and the unparalleled action on the Western Front.

The truth about the sacrifice and suffering on the home front during World War I is rarely discussed. In this book, some of the oldest men and women in the country speak about experiences and events that have remained buried for 85 years.

Under the Devil's Eye

Both Sides of the Wire - Disaster At Dawn

The British Military Experience in Macedonia 1915 - 1918 Alan WakeďŹ eld and Simon Moody $29.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp black and white plates / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-903-2

The authors have researched the Salonika Campaign in every detail, from the arrival of the first British troops in 1915 to final victory. During this period large numbers of British and allied troops were tied up in the strategically vital Balkans. Salonika was converted into a vast military base and over70 miles of defensive works were created.


Somme 1916: Preliminaries and First Moves Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon $39.95 / 6 x 9 / 32 black and white photographs and maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-545-5

The book is aimed at anyone with an interest in the war, in the Somme in particular and, whilst acting as a guide, it will also be of value to those who cannot get to the Somme themselves, with the authors aiming at a more balanced understanding of what happened and explaining the outcomes at the various locations.

The Nurses of Passchendaele Tending the Wounded of Ypres Campaigns 1914 - 1918 Christine E Hallett $24.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-288-3

Drawing on letters, diaries and personal accounts from archives all over the world, The Nurses of Passchendaele tells their stories - faithfully recounting their experiences behind the Ypres Salient in one of the most intense and prolonged casualty evacuation processes in the history of modern warfare. Nurses themselves came under shell fire and were vulnerable to aerial bombardment, and some were killed or injured while on active service.

The Home Front Seeing It Through Passchendaele and Third Ypres The Great War Illustrated David Bilton $39.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 500 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47383-369-2

In the 4th volume of the series The Home Front, the author looks at the main events that happened at home in Britain and in other countries, Allied or enemy as well as the neutral nations during 1917. The text provides an overview of the year and sets out to show the effects of war on the civilian population, how it impacted on their daily lives and how they coped with it.

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The Great War Illustrated 1917

Women in the Great War

Sniping in the Great War

Stephen Wynn and Tanya Wynn

Martin Pegler

Archive and Colour Photographs of WWI

$19.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / 176 pages of integrated illustrations / August 2017 / paperback / 978-147383-414-9

$22.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 60 illustrations / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389-901-8

William Langford $60 / 480 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-161-7

Fourth in a series of five titles which will cover each year of the war graphically. Countless thousands of pictures were taken by photographers on all sides during the First World War. These pictures appeared in the magazines, journals and newspapers of the time. Some illustrations went on to become part of postwar archives and have appeared, and continue to appear, in present-day publications and TV documentary programs, many did not. The Great War Illustrated series, beginning with the year 1914, will include in its pages many rarely seen images with individual numbers allocated, and subsequently they will be lodged with the Taylor Library Archive for use by editors and authors. The Great War Illustrated 1917 covers the battles at Arras, Passchendaele and Cambrai, the use of aviation and the role of the tanks. Some images will be familiar, and many will be seen for the first time by a new generation interested in the months that changed the world for ever. William Langford works include titles on the First World War and one covering the actions of the SS Totenkopf Division in the invasion of France in May 1940.

The First World War was fought on two fronts. In a military sense it was fought on the battlefields throughout Europe, the Gallipoli peninsular and other such theaters of war, but on the Home Front it was the arduous efforts of women that kept the country running. Before the war women in the workplace were employed in such jobs as domestic service, clerical work, shop assistants, teachers or as barmaids. These jobs were nearly all undertaken by single women, as once they were married their job swiftly became that a of a wife, mother and home maker. The outbreak of the war changed all of that. Suddenly, women were catapulted into a whole new sphere of work that had previously been the sole domain of men. Women began to work in munitions factories, as nurses in military hospitals, bus drivers, mechanics, taxi drivers, as well as running homes and looking after children, all whilst worrying about their men folk who were away fighting a war in some foreign clime, not knowing if they were ever going to see them again. Stephen and Tanya Wynn are a husband and wife team who are collaborating for the first time with this title. Stephen’s first book was Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan

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Military snipers are highly trained marksmen who target individual enemy soldiers. They are regarded as vital specialists in modern warfare, and their role evolved throughout the Great War. As Martin Pegler shows in this wide-ranging, authoritative study, the technique of sniping adapted rapidly to the conditions of static warfare that prevailed through much of the conflict. His account follows the development of sniping from the early battles of 1914, through the trench fighting and the attributional offensives of the middle years, to the renewed open warfare of 1918. He concentrates on the continuous British and German sniping war on the Western Front, but he also looks at how snipers operated in other theaters, at Gallipoli and Salonika and on the Eastern Front. Sniper training, field craft and counter-sniping measures are described in detail. There is a full reference section giving the specification of the sniping rifles of the period.

Martin Pegler is a well-known military historian. Among his books are Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper, and The Military Sniper Since 1914.


Pen and Sword HMS Gloucester

U-Boats Beyond Biscay

Ken Otter

Dönitz Looks to New Horizons

$29.95 / 216 pages / 6 x 9 / 108 black and white photographs / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52670-211-1

Bernard Edwards

On 22 May 1941 the cruiser HMS Gloucester (The Fighting 'G') was sunk by aircraft of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Crete. Of her crew of 807 men, only 83 survived to come home at the end of the War in 1945. It is unknown how many men went down with the ship and how many died in the sea clinging to rafts and flotsam during the many hours before the survivors were finally rescued by boats searching for German soldiers who were victims of a previous British naval attack. The fact that Allied destroyers were in the proximity and were not sent to the rescue was a result of poor naval communications and indecision by the local fleet commanders. Ken Otter's father, Fred Otter was Chief Yeoman aboard HMS Gloucester and was killed when she sank in 1941. Ken was then only seven months old. After service in the Royal Navy he joined the Metropolitan Police and retired in 1990. He has been researching the incident ever since.

$34.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 8 pages of black and white plates / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-605-5

On the outbreak of war in 1939 Admiral Donitzs U-boat flotillas consisted of some thirty U-boats fully operational, with only six to eight at sea at any one time. Their activities were restricted mainly to the North Sea and British coastal waters. When France fell in the summer of 1940, the ports in the Bay of Biscay gave direct access to the Atlantic, and the ability to extend their reach even to. The Royal Navy was unable to escort convoys much beyond the Western Approaches. In a short time, the Allies were losing 500,000 tons of shipping a month, every month. Bernard Edwards pursued a sea-going career commanding ships trading worldwide. He has authored Beware Raiders!, Attack and Sink!, The Cruel Sea Retold, The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boats, and Death in the Doldrums.

Freeing the Baltic 1918 - 1920

The Sailors Behind the Medals

Geoffrey Bennett

Waging War At Sea 1939 1945

$34.95 / 264 pages / 6 x 9 / Illustrated / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-307-8

Chris Bilham

In 1919, the new governments of the besieged Baltic states appealed desperately to the Allies for assistance. A small British flotilla of light cruisers and destroyers were sent to help, under the command of Rear Admiral Sir Walter Cowan. They were given no clear instructions as to what their objective was to be and so Cowan decided that he had to make his own policy. Despite facing a much greater force, Cowan improvised one of the most daring raids ever staged by the British Navy. He succeeded with devastating effect; outmaneuvering his enemies, sinking two Russian Battleships and eventually freeing the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Captain Geoffrey Bennett (1908-1983) was a career naval officer who, while serving, published a number of naval adventure yarns and radio plays under the pen-name 'Sea Lion'. He became familiar with the Baltic events of 1919 while naval attaché in Moscow, shortly after the death of Stalin in 1953.


$50 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 120 black and white illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-649-9

The story of the Royal Navy in the Second World War is an epic, consisting both of dramatic battles such as the River Plate and Matapan, and drawn-out campaigns such as the escort of convoys to Malta and northern Russia. The author examines the careers of twenty-three sailors who took part in these actions which resulted in the award of their medals. He illustrates a cross-section of the wartime Navy longservice regulars, volunteers, recalled veterans of the Great War, Hostilities Only ratings. Chris Bilham BA LLB FRGS was born in New Zealand. His father, like those of nearly all his schoolmates, was a Second World War veteran and Chris developed a life-long interest in military and naval history. He was a member of the Territorial Army for six years (Infantry and NZSAS).

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Pen and Sword A Wargamer's Guide to The Desert War 1940 - 1943

A Wargamer's Guide to the Early Roman Empire

A Wargamers Guide

Daniel Mersey

Daniel Mersey $16.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 color photos / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47385-108-5

Continuing this exciting new series of guides for wargamers, Dan Mersey gives a wargamer’s perspective on the North African campaign of World War II. Dan gives an overview of events from the opening British successes against the Italians, to the famous duels between Monty and the Rommel (the Desert Fox), right up to the US-led invasion of Operation Torch and the eventual defeat of the Afrika Korps, and offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table.

$16.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47384-955-6

This and their many famous campaigns against a wide range of colorful foes makes this one of the most popular periods for wargamers. Covering the period from 27BC to AD284, Daniel Mersey gives a wargamer’s perspective of the many conflicts and offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table. Advice is given on factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially available rules, or or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and capture the flavor of the period.

Daniel Mersey has written several sets of miniatures rules and has been a regular contributor to hobby magazines since the mid 1990s. Although best known for his writing on the medieval and colonial periods, the Desert War has long held a fascination for him – like many gamers this interest may be traced back to the endless boyhood fun gifted by unpainted Airfix Eighth Army and Afrika Korps toy soldiers and a boundless fascination with Desert War tanks. He lives in Worthing, West Sussex.

Panther Tanks

Churchill Tanks

Germany Army and Waffen SS, Normandy Campaign 1944 Tank Craft

British Army, Normandy Campaign 1944

Dennis Oliver $22.95 / 64 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 200 color illustrations / October 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-093-2

Central to the German strategy of dealing with an Allied landing in France was the availability of a strong, mobile armored reserve. In his book, his third in the TankCraft series, Dennis Oliver uses archive photographs and painstakingly researched, exquisitely presented color illustrations to examine the part these powerful tanks played in the Normandy battles and also the battalions that operated them. As with previous titles in the TankCraft series, a large part of this book showcases available model kits and after market products and accessories, complemented by a gallery of skillfully constructed and painted models.

Dennis Oliver $22.95 / 64 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 200 color illustrations / December 2017 / paperback / 978-1-52671-088-8

Designed as a heavily armored tank which could accompany infantry formations, the Churchill's ability to cross rough ground and climb seemingly unassailable hills became legendary. In his fourth book in the TankCraft series, Dennis Oliver uses archive photographs and thoroughly researched, vividly presented color profiles to tell the story of these iconic British tanks. As readers have come to expect from the TankCraft series, the large full colour section of this book features available model kits and accessories as well as aftermarket products. In addition to the color profiles there is a gallery of expertly constructed and painted models.

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Codename Swallow: British Sherman Tanks at Alamein, To The Last Bullet: Germany’s War on 3 Fronts, Westwall: German Armour in the West 1945, Viking Summer, A Sound Like Thunder, Tiger I and II Tanks of the German Army and Waffen-SS: Eastern Front 1944 and Sherman Tanks of the British Army and Royal Marines: Normandy Campaign 1944.

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A Naval History of the Peloponnesian War Ships, Men and Money in the War at Sea, 431-404 BC Marc G. DeSantis $34.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / Approx 10 b/w maps / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-158-9

Naval power played a vital role in the Peloponnesian War. The conflict pitted Athens against a powerful coalition including the preeminent land power of the day, Sparta. Only Athens’ superior fleet, her ‘wooden walls’, by protecting her vital supply routes allowed her to survive. It also allowed the strategic freedom of movement to strike back where she chose, most famously at Sphacteria, where a Spartan force was cut off and forced to surrender. Athens’ initial tactical superiority was demonstrated at the Battle of Chalcis, where her ships literally ran rings round the opposition but this gap closed as her enemies adapted. Although Athens continued to win victories at sea, at Arginusae for example, her naval strength had been severely weakened while the Spartans built up their fleets with Persian subsidies. It was another naval defeat, at Aegispotomi (405 BC) that finally sealed Athens’ fate. Marc De Santis is an associate editor with Military History Quarterly, a prominent US military history magazine. He is the author of Rome Seizes the Trident (Pen & Sword, 2015).


Sparta Rise of a Warrior Nation Philip Matyszak $39.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47387-464-0

Their contemporaries were fascinated by the Spartans and we still are. They are portrayed as the stereotypical macho heroes: noble, laconic, totally fearless and impervious to discomfort and pain. What makes the study of Sparta so interesting is that to a large extent the Spartans lived up to this image. Ancient Sparta, however, was a city of contrasts. We might admire their physical toughness and heroism in adversity but Spartans also systematically abused their children. They gave rights to citizen women that were unmatched in Europe until the modern era, meanwhile subjecting their conquered subject peoples to a murderous reign of terror. Philip Matyszak explores two themes: how Sparta came to be the unique society it was, and the rise of the city from a Peloponnesian village to the military superpower of Greece. But above all, his focus is on the Spartan hoplite, the archetypal Greek warrior who was respected and feared throughout Greece in his own day, and who has since become a legend. Philip Maty Matyszak holds a doctorate in Ancient History from St Johns College, Oxford University, and has been studying, teaching and writing on the subject for over twenty years.

Great Generals of the Ancient World Richard A Gabriel $34.95 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 b/w maps and diagrams / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47385-908-1

Of the thousands of commanders who served in history's armies, why is it that only a few are remembered as great leaders of men in battle? What combination of personal and circumstantial influences conspire to produce great commanders? What makes a great leader great? Richard A Gabriel analyses the biographies of ten great generals who lived between 1481 BC and AD 632 in an attempt to identify the characteristics of intellect, psychology, personality, and experience that allowed them to tread the path to greatness. Professor Richard Gabriel has selected the ten whom he believes to be the greatest of them all. Those included, and more so those omitted, will surprise many readers. Conspicuous by their absence, for example, are Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun. Richard Gabriel, himself a retired soldier and professor at the Canadian Defence College, uses his selected exemplars to distill the timeless essence of military leadership.

Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor at the Royal Military College of CanadaHe is the author of numerous books and articles on military history.

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Pen and Sword Kings and Kingship in the Hellenistic World 350 - 30 BC John D Grainger $44.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 1 b/w map / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47386-375-0

War and Trade With the Pharaohs An Archaeological Study of Ancient Egypt's Foreign Relations Garry J Shaw $34.95 / 6 x 9 / 20 Illustrations / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78303-046-0

Between c.350 BC and 30 BC the Mediterranean world was one in which kings ruled. The exceptions were the Greek cities and Roman Italy. But for most of that period neither of these republican areas was central to events. Rather than attempting a narrative of the various kingdoms, John Grainger takes a thematic approach, considering various aspects of Hellenistic kingship in turn. This allows him to highlight the common features as well as the differences across the various dynasties.

The ancient Egyptians presented themselves as superior to all other people in the world; on temple walls, the pharaoh is shown smiting foreign enemies. Officially, foreigners represented disorder and chaos – the opposite of Egypt’s perfect land of justice and order. But despite such imagery, from the beginning of their history, the Egyptians also enjoyed friendly relations with neighboring cultures. War & Trade with the Pharaohs explores Egypt’s connections with the wider world over the course of 3,000 years, introducing readers to ancient diplomacy, travel, trade, warfare, domination, and immigration.

John D Grainger is a former teacher and historian of great experience, with a particular interest in the Classical and Hellenistic Greek periods. His many previous works include Hellenistic and Roman Naval Wars and The Rise of the Seleukid Empire. He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Dr Garry J Shaw is the author of four books on ancient Egypt. He has taught Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, the University of Liverpool, the Egypt Exploration Society, and currently teaches online Egyptology as a parttime tutor for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.

Religion & Classical Warfare

Warfare in Neolithic Europe

Archaic and Classical Greece

An Archaeological and Anthropological Analysis

Matthew Dillon, Christopher Matthew and Michael Schmitz

Julian Maxwell Heath

$50 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47383-429-3

$39.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387-985-0

Religion was integral to the conduct of war in the ancient world, and the Greeks were certainly no exception. No campaign was undertaken, no battle risked, without first making sacrifice to propitiate the appropriate gods or consulting oracles and omens to divine their plans. Yet the link between war and religion is an area that has been regularly overlooked by modern scholars examining the conflicts of these times. This volume addresses that omission by drawing together the work of experts from across the globe.

The Neolithic (‘New Stone Age’) marks the time when the prehistoric communities of Europe turned their backs on the huntergatherer lifestyle that they had followed for many thousands of years, and instead, became farmers. The significance of this switch from a lifestyle that had been based on the hunting and gathering of wild food resources, to one that involved the growing of crops and raising livestock, cannot be underestimated. However, we would be wrong to think that the first farming communities of Europe were in tune with nature and each other.

Dr Matthew Dillon is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Christopher Matthew teaches at Australian Catholic University, New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Michael Schmitz teaches at the University of New England.

Julian Heath was educated at Liverpool University, where he studied Archaeology and Egyptology. He has since gone on to publish and illustrate several books such as Stories from Ancient Egypt. He has also worked on several archaeological excavations in both Europe and Egypt.

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Pen and Sword The Goths


Conquerors of the Roman Empire

The Vandal Who Sacked Rome

Simon MacDowall

Ian Hughes

$34.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / 32 illustrations / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47383-764-5

$39.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 Illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78159-018-8

In the late 4th century, pressure from the Huns forced the Goths to cross the Danube into the Roman Empire. The resultant Battle of Adrianople in 378 was one of Rome’s greatest defeats. Both western (Visigoth) and eastern (Ostrogoth) branches of the Goths had a complex relationship with the Romans, sometimes fighting as their allies against other ‘barbarian’ interlopers but carving out their own kingdoms in the process. Simon MacDowall analyses the arms and contrasting fighting styles of the Ostro- and Visi- Goths, and evaluates their effectiveness against the Romans.

While Gaiseric has not become a household name like Attila or Genghis Khan, his sack of Rome in AD455 has made his tribe, the Vandals, synonymous with mindless destruction. Gaiseric, however, was no thug, proving himself a highly skillful political and military leader and was one of the dominant forces in Western Mediterranean region for almost half a century. Ian Hughes’ analysis of the Gaiseric as a dogged king and general, but also as a great leader in his own right and one of the most significant men of his age.

Simon MacDowall joined the Canadian army, trained as an officer and saw active service with the UN in Honduras and Nicuragua and with NATO in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He later worked for NATO as a civilian before joining the UK civil service.

Ian Hughes specializes in Late Roman history and is the author of Belisarius, The Last Roman General; Stilicho, the Vandal Who Saved Rome; Aetius: Atilla’s Nemesis; Imperial Brothers: Valentinian, Valens and the Disaster at Adrianople; The Patricians; and Gaiseric. He lives near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

Emulating Alexander How Alexander the Great's Legacy Fuelled Rome's Wars With Persia Glenn Barnett $34.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-300-2

This book gives an account of the Roman relationship with Persia and how it was shaped by the actions of Alexander the Great long before the events. Numerous Roman emperors led armies eastward against the Persians, seeking to emulate or exceed the glorious conquests of Alexander the Great. Some achieved successes but more often the result was ignominious defeat or death. Glenn Barnett earned a BA in History from California State University in 1968. He has had numerous articles and several books published on various historical subjects.


Emperor Alexander Severus Rome's Age of Insurrection, AD222-235 John S McHugh $39.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47384-581-7

God’s City Byzantine Constantinople Nic Fields $39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 illustrations / October 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47389-508-9

Not yet fourteen when he became emperor, Alexander Severus came to the throne through the brutal murder of his cousin, Elagabalus, and was ultimately assassinated himself. The years between were filled with regular uprisings and rebellions, court intrigue and foreign invasion. John McHugh reassesses this fascinating emperor in detail.

Was Byzantium Greek or Roman, familiar or hybrid, barbaric or civilized, Oriental or Western? Indeed, Byzantium was one of the longest lasting social organizations in history. Very much part of this success story was the legendary Varangian Guard, the élite body of axebearing Northmen sworn to remain loyal to the true Christian emperor of the Romans. There was no hope for an empire that had lost the will to prosecute the grand and awful business of adventure.

John S McHugh has a BA and MA in Ancient History. He is currently is assisting Bolton Museum with a project to record the oral history of the local populace.

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to university and completed his doctorate in Ancient History.

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The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour

A Military Biography

Marc Hyden $39.95 / 344 pages / 6 x 9 / 2 b/w maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-52670-233-3

Gaius Marius was one of the most remarkable and important figures of the late Roman Republic. At a time when power tended to be the reserve of a restricted clique of families, he rose from relatively humble origins to attain the top office of consul. Better yet, he went on to hold the post an unprecedented seven times. His political career was dominated by his rivalry with his erstwhile subordinate, Sulla, and led ultimately to Sulla’s bloody coup. Marius, once hailed as the savior of Rome, became a desperate fugitive. Marc Hyden is a professional lobbyist (for reform of the death penalty) and media spokesman. He has a long-standing personal obsession with ancient Rome and has had numerous articles published on various aspects of its history.

Lucullus: The Life and Campaigns of a Roman Conqueror Lee Fratantuono $39.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / Approx 32 color photos / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388-361-1

The military achievements of Lucius Licinius Lucullus (11857/56 B.C.) have been the subject of admiration and great respect throughout the history of the study of warfare. Yet there have been few studies dedicated to a comprehensive examination of exactly how Lucullus conquered the Roman East and made it a more or less cohesive part of the empire. Lee Frantantuono considers every aspect of Lucullus life, starting with the training and education of a future Roman officer, but the greatest emphasis is on his military strategy and tactics during the Third Mithridatic War and his military adventures in Armenia. Dr Lee Frantantuono is a Professor of Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University. His previous work includes The Battle of Actium 31 BC (Pen & Sword Books, 2016) and Roman Conquests: Mesopotamia and Arabia (Pen & Sword Books, 2017).

Ilkka Syvänne $39.95 / 336 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 30+ maps, 50 b/w line drawings, 16pp plates / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-47389-524-9

Caracalla has one of the worst reputations of any Roman Emperor. Edward Gibbon, an ancient historian, dubbed him ‘the common enemy of mankind’. Yet his reign was considered by at least one Roman author to be the apogee of the Roman Empire. Ilkka Syvanne explains how the biased ancient sources in combination with the stern looking statues of the emperor have created a distorted image of the man and then reconstructs the actual events, particularly his military campaigns and reforms, to offer a balanced view of his reign. Dr Ilka Syvanne is the Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies, and is the author of the multi-volume Military History of Late Rome. He has been nominated as an Associate Professor of the University of Haifa He lives in Kangasala, Finland.

Guide to Sieges of South Africa Anglo-Boer Wars;AngloZulu War; Frontier Wars; Basuto Wars Nicki von der Heyde $23 / 216 pages / 5.75 x 8.25 / full color throughout; maps / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-77584-201-9

A companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, this features the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars in one volume. Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force. It is a fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike. Nicki von der Heyde studied History at the University of Cape Town. She is a specialist battlefields tour operator, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society. She is the author of Field Guide to Battlefields of South Africa.

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The Chickamauga Campaign The Chickamauga —A Mad Irregular Battle Campaign—Glory or the From the Crossing of Tennessee River Grave Through the Second Day, August 22 -

The Chickamauga Campaign—Barren Victory The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of the Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863

David A. Powell

The Breakthrough, the Union Collapse, and the Defense of Horseshoe Ridge, September 20, 1863

$22.95 / 696 pages / 6 x 9 / 40 images and 26 maps / paperback / 978-1-61121-323-2

David A. Powell

David A. Powell

$22.95 / 744 pages / 6 x 9 / 37 maps, 40 images / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-383-6

$22.95 / 392 pages / 6 x 9 / 7 maps, 22 images / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-384-3

Now in paperback, Glory or the Grave: The Breakthrough, the Union Collapse, and the Defense of Horseshoe Ridge, September 20, 1863 is the second volume in The Chickamauga Campaign, David Powell’s magnificent threevolume study of this overlooked and often misunderstood campaign.

Now in paperback, Barren Victory is the third and concluding volume of the magisterial Chickamauga Campaign trilogy, a comprehensive examination of one of the most important and complex military operations of the Civil War.

September 19, 1863

Chickamauga, according to soldier rumor, is a Cherokee word meaning “River of Death.” It certainly lived up to that grim sobriquet in September 1863 when the Union Army of the Cumberland and Confederate Army of Tennessee waged bloody combat along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek. Long considered a two-day affair, award-winning author David Powell embraces a fresh approach that explores Chickamauga as a three-day battle, with September 18 being key to understanding how the fighting developed the next morning. The second largest battle of the Civil War produced 35,000 casualties and one of the last, clear-cut Confederate tactical victories—a triumph that for a short time reversed a series of Rebel defeats and reinvigorated the hope for Southern independence. At issue was Chattanooga, the important “gateway to the South” and logistical springboard into Georgia.

David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. He has published articles in a number of magazines and led tours to various sites.


This installment of Powell’s tour de force depicts the final day of battle, when the Confederate army attacked and broke through the Union lines. The massive rout that ensued was ameliorated somewhat by an incredible defensive stand atop Horseshoe Ridge, which Powell carefully dissects at the regimental level. No one understands Chickamauga like Powell, whose crisp prose and cogent analysis are based upon some 2,000 primary accounts. The result is a rich and deep portrait of the fighting and command relationships on a scale never before attempted, let alone accomplished. David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. He has published articles in a number of magazines and led tours to various sites.

Powell’s final installment, Barren Victory, examines the immediate aftermath of the battle with unprecedented clarity and detail. In addition to carefully examining the decisions made by each army commander and the consequences, Powell sets forth the dreadful costs of the fighting in terms of the human suffering involved. Barren Victory concludes with the most detailed Chickamauga orders of battle ever compiled, and a comprehensive bibliography more than a decade in the making. Barren Victory marks the conclusion of David Powell’s award-winning The Chickamauga Campaign trilogy. David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. He has published articles in a number of magazines and led tours to various sites.

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Savas Beatie Foxtrot in Kandahar A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America’s Longest War Duane Evans $25 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 7 maps, 16 images / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-357-7

This is the true story of Veteran CIA officer Duane Evans’s unexpected journey from the pristine halls of Langley to the badlands of southern Afghanistan. Within hours after he watched the horrors of 9/11 unfold during a chance visit to FBI Headquarters, Evans begins a personal and relentless quest to become part of the U.S. response against al-Qa’ida. This memoir tracks his efforts to join one of CIA’s elite teams bound for Afghanistan, a journey that eventually takes him to the front lines in Pakistan, first as part of the advanced element of CIA’s Echo team supporting Hamid Karzai, and finally as leader of the under-resourced and often overlooked Foxtrot team. Evans’s very personal adventure, which concludes with an analysis of opportunities lost in the years since his time in Afghanistan, should be required reading for everyone interested in modern warfare. Duane Evans is a former CIA officer with field tours on four continents to include serving as Chief of Station, CIA’s most senior field position. He is the recipient of the Intelligence Star for valor and the Career Intelligence Medal. Prior to joining the Agency he was a U.S. Army Special Forces and Military Intelligence officer. He is also the author of the novel North From Calcutta.

The Marine Corps Way of War The Evolution of the U.S. Marine Corps from Attrition to Maneuver Warfare in the PostVietnam Era Anthony J. Piscitelli $27.5 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 images, 2 charts, 2 maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-360-7

The Marine Corps Way of War examines the evolving doctrine, weapons, and capability of the United States Marine Corps during the four decades since our last great conflict in Asia. As author Anthony Piscitelli demonstrates, the USMC has maintained its position as the nation’s foremost striking force while shifting its thrust from a reliance upon attrition to a return to maneuver warfare. In Indochina, for example, the Marines not only held territory but engaged in now-legendary confrontational battles at Hue, Khe Sanh. As a percentage of those engaged, the Marines suffered higher casualties than any other branch of the service. This new work is must-reading for not only every Marine, but for everyone interested in the evolution of the world’s finest military force. Anthony Piscitelli, Ph.D., is currently an adjunct professor in the Global Transportation Department-SUNY Maritime College, teaching graduate and undergraduate Maritime Security classes.

Discovering Gettysburg An Unconventional Introduction to the Greatest Little Town in America and the Monumental Battle that Made It Famous W. Stephen Coleman and Tim Hartman $25 / 264 pages / 6 x 9 / 180 caricatures, 200 photos, and 9 maps / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-353-9

Gettysburg. Does any other single word in ny language invoke so much passion and angst, enthusiasm and sadness, as do those ten letters? But what IS Gettysburg, exactly? The battle that raged there during the first days of July 1863, at the price of more than 50,000 casualties, forever stamped the place with its passion and angst and enthusiasm and its lingering, forever sadness. Its monuments and guns and plaques tell the story of the colossal clash of arms and societies. Stephen Coleman is a specialist in acting, directing and stage combat, and has taught for more than 30 years and practiced his craft on stage and screen, including a role in The War That Made America. Tom Hartman has been professionally acting, singing, writing, cartooning, and storytelling since 1982. He is an award-winning political cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared widely in newspapers.

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General Lee’s Immortals

Custer’s Gray Rival

The Generals of Shiloh

The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865

The Life of Confederate Major General Thomas Lafayette Rosser

Character in Leadership, April 6-7, 1862

Sheridan R. Barringer

Larry Tagg

$29.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 images, 9 maps / December 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-367-6

$32.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 6 maps, 58 images / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-61121-369-0

Tom Rosser served in nearly every battle of the Army of Northern Virginia. The lanky officer graduated from West Point in 1856, began the war in the artillery, transferred to the cavalry, and ended the fight under a cloud of some disgrace—even after helping win what would be the last victory in Virginia. Sheridan Barringer’s Custer’s Gray Rival: The Life of Confederate Major General Thomas Lafayette Rosser tells his fascinating story in the first serious biography of this important officer.

Most writers of military history stress strategy and tactics at the expense of the character of their subjects. The Generals of Shiloh is a unique and invaluable study of the high-ranking combat officers whose conduct in April 1862 helped determine the success or failure of their respective armies, the fate of the war in the Western Theater and, in turn, the fate of the American union.

Michael C. Hardy $34.95 / 480 pages / 6 x 9 / 88 images, 12 maps / November 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-362-1

In this deeply researched work we witness the experiences of North Carolina’s BranchLane Brigade in nearly every major battle fought in the east, including that infamous day at Chancellorsville when its members mistakenly shot Stonewall Jackson. Two months later they were in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, and thereafter throughout the titanic battles of 1864. In the meantime we learn of the camp-life and the hard winters of Lee’s army. Yet when Lee finally surrendered at Appomattox, it was the Branch-Lane Brigade still with him, no longer victors but yet unbowed. Michael Hardy’s General Lee’s Immortals is the first comprehensive history of the Branch-Lane Brigade. His study is based on many years of study and grounded on a vast foundation of sources that relate every aspect of the career of this remarkable fighting command. Once finished, every reader will come to think he has met, marched with, fought beside, and bled with these North Carolinians.

Barringer mined manuscript collections, first-person accounts, and scores of letters and other memoranda written by Rosser himself to pen what is surely the best monograph of the gray cavalryman. Rosser continued fighting rivals, gray and blue, after the war by means fair and foul, unable to check his ego and short temper. He ended his military career “in the most unlikely fashion”—as a general in the United States army in the Spanish-American War. Custer’s Gray Rival is a long overdue study of one of American’s most interesting characters.

Michael C. Hardy is a widely recognized expert and author on the Civil War. His work has appeared in national magazines, and he blogs regularly at Looking for North Carolina’s Civil War.

Sheridan R. Barringer worked as a project manager for nearly four decades with NASA’s Langley Research Center. Butch is the author of Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade.


Tagg’s new book, which is modeled after his bestselling The Generals of Gettysburg, presents detailed background information on each of his subjects, coupled with a thorough account of each man’s actions on the field of Shiloh and, if he survived that battle, his fate thereafter. Many great names are found here, from U. S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell, to Albert S. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and P. G. T. Beauregard. The Generals of Shiloh will be hailed as both a wonderful read and an outstanding reference work for the general student and scholar alike.

Larry Tagg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Larry is the author of the bestselling book The Generals of Gettysburg, a selection of the Military Book Club, and The Battles That Made Abraham Lincoln.

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Savas Beatie Resisting Sherman A Confederate Surgeon’s Journal and the Civil War in the Carolinas, 1865 Thomas Heard Robertson, Jr. $18.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 12 maps, 45 images / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-386-7

Surgeon Francis Robertson fled Charleston with the Confederate garrison in 1865 in an effort to stay ahead of General Sherman’s Federal army as it marched north from Savannah. The Southern high command was attempting to assemble General Joseph E. Johnston’s force in North Carolina for a last-ditch effort to defeat Sherman and perhaps join with General Lee in Virginia, or at least gain better terms for surrender. Dr. Robertson, a West Pointer, physician, professor, politician, patrician, and Presbyterian, with five sons in the Confederate army, kept a daily journal for the final three months of the Civil War while traveling more than 900 miles through four states. His account looks critically at the decisions of generals from a middle ranking officer’s viewpoint, describes army movements from a ground level perspective, and places the military campaign within the everyday events of average citizens suffering under the boot of war. Editor and descendant Thomas Robertson followed in his ancestor’s footsteps, conducting exhaustive research to identify the people, route, and places mentioned in the journal. Resisting Sherman is a valuable addition to Civil War literature. Tom Robertson is a direct descendant of Surgeon Francis M. Robertson. He is president of Cranston Engineering Group, P.C. of Augusta, Georgia, and is an active historic preservationist, having restored four landmark buildings in the city. Tom is the author of several published papers, and is a popular speaker on a wide variety of subjects. Resisting Sherman is his first full-length book.

Fighting for General Lee Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade Sheridan R. Barringer $18.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 21 images, 10 maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-385-0

Rufus Barringer fought on horseback through most of the Civil War with General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, and rose to lead the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade in some of the war’s most difficult combats. Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade details his entire history for the first time. Fighting for General Lee draws upon a wide array of previously unpublished family documents and photographs, as well as other firsthand accounts, to paint a broad, deep, and colorful portrait of an overlooked Southern cavalry commander. Despite its subject matter, the book is a balanced account that concludes Barringer was a dependable, hard-hitting warrior increasingly called upon to lead attacks against superior Union forces. It is easy today to paint all who wore Confederate gray with a broad brush because they fought on the side to preserve slavery. Here, however, was a man who wielded the sword and then promptly sheathed it to follow a bolder vision. Barringer proved to be a Southern gentleman and man decades ahead of his time that made a difference in the lives of North Carolinians.

Sheridan R. Barringer worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager for nearly four decades with NASA’s Langley Research Center. Butch’s interests include the Civil War, with an emphasis on the cavalry. Butch is the author of Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade. He is currently working on a biography of Thomas T. Munford.

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The National Tribune Civil War Index. Volume 1: 1877-1903

The National Tribune Civil War Index. Volume 2: 1904-1943

The National Tribune Civil War Index. Volume 3: Author, Unit, and Subject Index

A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943

A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943

A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943

Richard A. Sauers

Richard A. Sauers

Richard A. Sauers

$39.95 / 360 pages / 7 x 10 / 1 image / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-364-5

$39.95 / 360 pages / 7 x 10 / 1 image / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-365-2

$49.95 / 504 pages / 7 x 10 / 1 image / September 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-366-9

The National Tribune was the premier Union veterans’ newspaper of the post-Civil War era. Launched in 1877 by a New York veteran to help his comrades and sway Congress to pass better pension laws, a short time later the National Tribune began publishing firsthand accounts penned by the veterans themselves, and did so for decades thereafter. This rich, overlooked, and underused source of primary material offers a gold mine of eyewitness accounts of battles, strategy, tactics, camp life, and much more.

The National Tribune was the premier Union veterans’ newspaper of the post-Civil War era. Launched in 1877 by a New York veteran to help his comrades and sway Congress to pass better pension laws, a short time later the National Tribune began publishing firsthand accounts penned by the veterans themselves, and did so for decades thereafter. This rich, overlooked, and underused source of primary material offers a gold mine of eyewitness accounts of battles, strategy, tactics, camp life, and much more.

The National Tribune was the premier Union veterans’ newspaper of the post-Civil War era. Launched in 1877 by a New York veteran to help his comrades and sway Congress to pass better pension laws, a short time later the National Tribune began publishing firsthand accounts penned by the veterans themselves, and did so for decades thereafter. This rich, overlooked, and underused source of primary material offers a gold mine of eyewitness accounts of battles, strategy, tactics, camp life, and much more.

Decades in the making, Dr. Rick Sauers’ unique multi-volume reference work The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943 lists every article (1877-1943). As an added bonus, this reference guide includes the contents of both the National Tribune Scrapbook and the National Tribune Repository, two short-lived publications that included articles by veterans.

Decades in the making, Dr. Rick Sauers’ unique multi-volume reference work The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943 lists every article (1877-1943). As an added bonus, this reference guide includes the contents of both the National Tribune Scrapbook and the National Tribune Repository, two short-lived publications that included articles by veterans.

Decades in the making, Dr. Rick Sauers’ unique multi-volume reference work The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943 lists every article (1877-1943). As an added bonus, this reference guide includes the contents of both the National Tribune Scrapbook and the National Tribune Repository, two short-lived publications that included articles by veterans.

Richard A. Sauers received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance (2013).

Richard A. Sauers received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance (2013).

Richard A. Sauers received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance (2013).


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The Ultimate Guide to the Declaration of Independence David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften

Death and Disease in the Civil War

Confederate Courage on Other Fields

A Union Surgeon’s Correspondence from Harpers Ferry to Richmond

Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness

Christopher E. Loperfido

Mark J. Crawford

$16.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 35 images / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-359-1

$18.95 / 192 pages / 7 x 10 / 6 maps, 53 images / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-61121-352-2

Union surgeon James Dana Benton witnessed firsthand the suffering and death brought about by the ghastly wounds, infections, and diseases that wreaked havoc to both the Union and Confederate armies. A native of New York, Dr. Benton penned a series of letters throughout the war to his family relating his experiences with the 111th New York Infantry as an assistant surgeon, and later with the 98th New York as surgeon. Dr. Benton’s pen offers an insightful and honest look into what everyday life was like for the surgeons who worked to save the men who risked their lives for the preservation of the nation. His unique correspondences produce Death and Disease in the Civil War: A Union Surgeon’s Correspondence from Harpers Ferry to Richmond.

Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness offers four valuable but little-studied events of the Civil War. Each story explores the hardships of battle, and demonstrations of courage and other human attributes, away from the glare of well-known battlefields like Gettysburg and Shiloh. “Rebel Resort of the Dead” introduces readers to General Hospital Number One in Kittrell Springs, North Carolina, where hospital chaplain Rev. M. M. Marshall did his best to tend to the religious needs of severely wounded men. “I’ll Live Yet to Dance on That Foot!” offers the letters of Charles Blacknall, a wealthy plantation ownerturned-Confederate officer who penned candid letters back home that reveal not only an educated and passionate man, but one who is slowly being consumed by war.

Loperfido’s Death and Disease in the Civil War should be read by every student of the Civil War to better understand and come to grips with what awaited the wounded and the medical teams once the generals were finished with their work. Christopher E. Loperfido graduated from Oswego State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He is employed by the Department of Homeland Security and lives with his wife and son in Washington State.

$14.99 / 80 pages / 10 x 7 / 17 images / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-373-7

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the logical force of the Declaration facilitated the survival of a nation. The Ultimate Guide to the Declaration of Independence explains the document more thoroughly than any book previously published. With the aid of colorized step-by-step diagrams, the authors deconstruct Jefferson’s masterpiece into the six elements of a proposition to demonstrate how the scientific method is basic to its structure. David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften, the critically acclaimed authors of Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, are the first to discover and demonstrate Jefferson’s use of the six elements of a proposition. Hirsch and Van Haften diagram and explain how six-element structure helped Jefferson organize and compose the Declaration. The result is a much deeper and richer understanding and appreciation of the Declaration that was not previously possible. This concise full-color examination of one of our nation’s most treasured and important documents is perfect for all ages and especially for those interested in history, the use of language, and logic.

These previously untold or little-known stories compiled by Mark Crawford expand our understanding of this dreadful conflict—and of the human spirit. Mark Crawford spent 18 years prowling forests and deserts in search of gold and silver. Now writing full-time, Crawford is the author of four other books, including the Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War.

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David Hirsch has a BS from Michigan State University and a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. Dan Van Haften has an MS in mathematics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D.


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Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1862 Emerging Civil War Series Doug Crenshaw $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images and maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-355-3

In 1862, the largest army ever assembled on the North American continent landed in Virginia, on the peninsula between the James and York Rivers, and proceeded to march toward Richmond. Between that army and the capital of the Confederate States of America, an outnumbered Confederate force did all in its feeble power to resist—but all it could do was slow, not stop, the juggernaut. To Southerners, the war, not yet a year old, looked lost. The Confederate government prepared to evacuate the city. The citizenry prepared for the worst. And then the war turned. The Army of Northern Virginia was born. During battle at a place called Seven Pines, an artillery shell wounded Confederate commander Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. His replacement, Gen. Robert E. Lee, stabilized the army, fended off the Federals, and then fortified the capital. In Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up, historian Doug Crenshaw follows a battle so desperate that, ever-after, soldiers would remember that week simply as The Seven Days. Doug Crenshaw is a volunteer historic interpreter for the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Doug is a descendant of the Sydnor family, which lived at Beaver Dam Creek, and the Binford family, which lived behind Malvern Hill.


Battle above the Clouds

That Field of Blood

Lifting the Siege of Chattanooga and the Battle of Lookout Mountain, October 16 - November 24, 1863 Emerging Civil War Series

The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 Emerging Civil War Series

David A. Powell $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images and maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-377-5

In 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland was besieged in Chattanooga, all but surrounded by familiar opponents: the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The Federals were surviving by the narrowest of margins, thanks only to a trickle of supplies painstakingly hauled over the sketchiest of mountain roads. Soon even those quarterrations would not suffice. Disaster was in the offing. Yet those Confederates, once jubilant at having routed the Federals at Chickamauga and driven them back into the apparent trap of Chattanooga’s trenches, found their own circumstances increasingly difficult to bear. In the immediate aftermath of their victory, the South rejoiced; the Confederacy’s own disasters of the previous summer—Vicksburg and Gettysburg— were seemingly reversed. Then came stalemate in front of those same trenches.

Daniel J. Vermilya $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images and maps / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-375-1

September 17, 1862—one of the most consequential days in the history of the United States—was a moment in time when the future of the country could have veered in two starkly different directions. Confederates under General Robert E. Lee had embarked upon an invasion of Maryland, threatening to achieve a victory on Union soil that could potentially end the Civil War in Southern Independence. Lee’s opponent, Major General George McClellan, led the Army of the Potomac to stop Lee’s campaign. In Washington D.C., President Lincoln eagerly awaited news from the field, knowing that the future of freedom for millions was at stake. Lincoln had resolved that, should Union forces win in Maryland, he would issue his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. All this hung in the balance on September 17: the day of the battle of Antietam.

Battle above the Clouds recounts the first half of the campaign to lift the siege of Chattanooga.

Join historian Daniel J. Vermilya to learn more about America’s bloodiest day, and how it changed the United States forever in That Field of Blood.

David A. Powell graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a BA in history. He has published numerous articles in various magazines. David is Vice President of Airsped, Inc., a specialized delivery firm.

Daniel J. Vermilya is a Civil War historian who works as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He is the author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and James Garfield and the Civil War.

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A Single Blow

Victory or Death

The Maps of Fredericksburg

The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution Emerging Revolutionary War Series

The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, December 25, 1776 - January 3, 1777 Emerging Revolutionary War Series

An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 January 22, 1863

Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images and 6 maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-379-9

On the morning of April 19th, General Thomas Gage sent out a force of British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith to confiscate, recapture, and destroy the military supplies gathered by the colonists and believed to be stored in the town of Concord. Due to the alacrity of men such as Dr. James Warren, Paul Revere, and William Dawes, utilizing a network of signals and outriders, the countryside was well-aware of the approaching British, setting the stage for the day’s events. When the column reached the green of Lexington, Massachusetts, militiamen awaited their approach. The first shots of April 19th would be fired there. The rest of the day unfolded accordingly. Historians Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison unfold the facts of April 19, 1775, a pivotal day for Massachusetts and thirteen of Great Britain’s North American colonies. Phillip S. Greenwalt is co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and historical editor for the Emerging Revolutionary War Series. Robert Orrison oversees day-to-day operations of a large municipal historic site program in Northern Virginia.

Mark Maloy $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 200 images and 10 maps / September 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-381-2

December 1776: Just six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington and the new American Army sit on the verge of utter destruction by the banks of the Delaware River. The despondent and demoralized group had endured repeated defeats, and now was on the edge of giving up hope. Rather than submit to defeat, Washington and his soldiers crossed the ice-choked Delaware River and attacked the Hessian garrison at Trenton, New Jersey on the day after Christmas. In Victory or Death, historian Mark Maloy not only recounts these epic events, he takes you along to the places where they occurred. He shows where Washington stood on the banks of the Delaware and contemplated defeat, the city streets that his exhausted men charged through, and the open fields where Washington himself rode into the thick of battle. Mark Maloy is a historian currently working for the National Park Service in Virginia. He holds an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree in History from George Mason University.

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Bradley M. Gottfried $37.5 / 304 pages / 7 x 10 / 122 maps / January 2018 / hardback / 978-1-61121-371-3

After Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was forced out of Maryland in September 1862, President Abraham Lincoln grew frustrated by Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s failure to vigorously purse the Rebels and replaced him with Ambrose Burnside. The opening stages of what would come to be the Fredericksburg Campaign began in early October when the armies moved south. Unlike other treatments of this epic fight, The Maps of Fredericksburg plows new ground by breaking down the entire campaign into twenty-two map sets or “action sections,” enriched with 122 detailed full-page color maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental and battery level, and include the march to and from the battlefield and virtually every significant event in between. Perfect for the easy chair or for stomping the hallowed ground of Fredericksburg, The Maps of Fredericksburg is a seminal work serious and casual student of the battle. Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. from Miami University. He serves as a board member of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust, and divides his time between his homes on Cobb Island and Myrtle Beach.


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