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Casemate Welcome!


In this Spring 2017 edition of our catalog, we are pleased to present an extraordinary selection of new and upcoming military history titles from Casemate Publishers as well as our distributed lines around the world.

Casemate Publishers

Featured in this catalog for the first time are our two newest distribution partners: CP Press (p. 18) and Mort Homme Books (p. 47). CP Press, located in the United Kingdom, is an independent publisher that publishes books that focus on Regimental and Military histories. Mort Homme Books, located in Norway, produces high-quality, fully illustrated titles detailing German SS Caps and Uniforms. Each season, we take pride in the range and quality of books that we can off you. We are delighted to present these titles and we look forward to bringing you the same excellence in the future. As always, we welcome your questions and comments, so please contact us for more information about forthcoming titles, backlist, and our eBook selection. Thank you for your continued support and interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Amber Books / Aviaeology


Big Sky Publishing


Fighting High Publishing / Colourpoint


Educator’s International Press / CP Press


Fonthill Media


Frontline Books




Helion and Company


Histoire & Collections


Harpia Publishing / Liss Llewellyn Fine Art / Lorimer




Mort Homme Books / Model Centrum Progres


Oxbow Books


PeKo Publishing / Sabrestorm Publishing / Pritzker Military Museum & Library’

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Casemate Blitzkrieg From the Ground Up Niklas Zetterling $32.95 / 288 pages / 6.25 x 9.5 / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4600 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-461-7

The successes of the German Blitzkrieg in 1939–41 were as surprising as they were swift. Allied decision-makers wanted to discover the secret to German success quickly, even though only partial, incomplete information was available to them. The false conclusions drawn became myths about the Blitzkrieg that have lingered for decades. It has been argued that German victories in the early part of the war rested less upon newly developed tanks and aircraft and more on German military traditions: rather than creating a new way of war based on new technology, the Germans fitted the new weapons into their existing ideas on warfare. These doctrines focused on independent action, initiative, flexibility, decentralized decision-making and mobility. The conduct of German soldiers, particularly the lower-ranking men, on the battlefield was at the core of the concept and German victories rested upon the quality of the small combat units. This book focuses on the experience of the enlisted men and junior officers in the Blitzkrieg operations in Poland, Norway, Western Europe and Russia. Using accounts previously unpublished in English, military historian Niklas Zetterling explores how they operated, for example how a company commander led his tanks, how a crew worked together inside a tank, and the role of the repair services. The author fits these narratives into a broader perspective to give the reader a better understanding of why the Germans were so successful in 1939–41. Niklas Zetterling is a military historian and researcher at the Swedish Defense College. His previous books include Bismarck, The Korsun Pocket, and The Drive on Moscow, 1941.

Pearl The 7th of December 1941 Daniel Allen Butler $32.95 / 384 pages / 6.25 x 9.5 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4426 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-443-3

A tense and fast-paced account of the development of the conflict between the US and Japan, ultimately resulting in the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 which caused large-scale destruction of American forces and led the USA into World War II. Pearl seeks to uncover the real reasons why the leaders of the US failed to pick up the huge threat to their security until it was too late, and why the Japanese felt the compulsion to launch an attack in the first place. Was Roosevelt’s confidence in the safety of America misplaced? Did arrogance on both sides make the war inevitable? Pearl is an excellent exploration of where the culpability lies, as the reader is placed at the heart of the action of the attack on Pearl Harbor that left 2,337 American citizens dead. Many stories of individual heroism and cowardice emerge as essential parts of the Pearl Harbor narrative, as Pearl follows the American and Japanese navies in their fights to protect their nations. Daniel Allen Butler, a maritime and military historian, 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, and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam, along with The Other Side of the Night and Field Marshall: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel. He is an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects. Butler lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Casemate Special Forces Berlin Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990 James Stejskal $32.95 / 336 pages / 6.25 x 9.5 / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4440 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-445-7

It is a little-known fact that during the Cold War, two U.S. Army Special Forces detachments were stationed behind the Iron Curtain in West Berlin. The existence and missions of the two detachments were classified secrets. The armies of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies posed a threat to Western Europe. US military planners decided they needed a plan to slow the juggernaut they expected when and if a war began. The plan was Special Forces Berlin. The mission, should hostilities commence, was to wreak havoc behind enemy lines, and buy time for NATO forces to conduct a breakout from the city. Highly trained and fluent in German, each man was allocated a specific area. They were skilled in clandestine operations, sabotage, intelligence tradecraft and able to act if necessary as independent operators, blending into the local population and working unseen. Special Forces Berlin was a one of a kind unit that had no parallel. It left a legacy of a new type of soldier expert in unconventional warfare, one that was sought after for other deployments including the attempted rescue of American hostages from Tehran in 1979. With the U.S. government officially acknowledging their existence in 2014, their incredible story can now be told. James Stejskal served for 23 years with Special Forces, including two tours in Berlin, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He then served 13 years with the CIA as a senior Operations Officer. He is now a military historian and conflict archaeologist.

Luftwaffe in Colour From Glory to Defeat, 1942–1945 Christophe Cony and Jean-Louis Roba $24.95 / 160 pages / 7 x 10 / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4566

Eighty years after its creation, the Luftwaffe is still one of the most fascinating forces in the history of aviation. A companion to Luftwaffe in Colour: The Victory Years 1939–1942, which covered the victory years from 1939 up to spring 1942, this volume with nearly 400 images contains even more fascinating material on the machines of the Luftwaffe and the men who flew them, as their fate took an increasingly grim path. Initially the Luftwaffe ruled the skies but thereafter fought an increasingly futile war of attrition which when combined with vital strategic mistakes in aircraft production, was its death knell. Despite this the Luftwaffe produced the most successful air aces of all time who feature in this volume. Among many remarkable images we see one of the last Junkers 87 B-2 operational on the front line on the Eastern Front during the winter of 1942–1943, the huge BV 222 V-5 of Lufttransportstaffel in the port of Heraklion in late 1942, pilots in Tunisia in 1943, the aces Hans Philipp, Wolfgang Spate and Heinz Schnaufer and a vivid demonstration of the reversal in fortunes in 1944 as Allied bombers destroy 106 planes, engulfing them in fire at Schwabisch-Hall on German soil. Christophe Cony, who lives in France, and Jean-Louis Roba, who lives in Belgium, are well-respected World War II aviation historians who have worked on numerous books and magazine articles for the leading French military aviation publisher, Lela Presse.


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Casemate On the Frontlines of the Television War A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam Yasutsune Hirashiki and Terry Irving $32.95 / 304 pages / 6.25 x 9.5 / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4723 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4730

“Tony Hirashiki was simply one of the best television cameramen to cover the Vietnam War. His soaring video, often acquired only at great personal risk, gave wings to even the most mundane narration. For those of us who worked with him he was also a source of gentleness and joy in a place where both were in terribly short supply.” - Ted Koppel, Former Nightline anchor ABC "I like to tell people about the bravest man I ever met. He’s a Japanese cameraman who didn't even come up to my shoulder but I never saw him back away or even flinch when the shooting started. He could walk through the bush all day long, carrying a load of equipment that would buckle a mule’s knees and never complain. He also took all the crap, the war, the country, and the climate handed out and shrugged it off with a smile." - Roger Peterson, Former ABC News correspondent On The Frontlines of the Television War is the story of Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki's ten years in Vietnam—beginning when he arrived in 1966 as a young freelancer with a 16mm camera but without a job or the slightest grasp of English and ending in the hectic fall of Saigon in 1975 when he was literally thrown on one of the last flights out. His memoir has all the exciting tales of peril, hardship, and close calls as the best of battle memoirs but it is primarily a story of very real and yet remarkable people: the soldiers who fought, bled, and died, and the reporters and photographers who went right to the frontlines to record their stories and memorialize their sacrifice. The great books about Vietnam journalism have been about print reporters, still photographers, and television correspondents but if this was truly the first “television war,” then it is time to hear the story of the cameramen who shot the pictures and the reporters who wrote the stories that the average American witnessed daily in their living rooms. An award-winning sensation when it was released in Japan in 2008, it is now available to Englishspeaking readers for the first time, with an introduction by renowned journalist Ted Koppel. Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki was an ABC News cameraman from 1966 to 2006. In those four decades he became legendary, consistently known as the best cameraman in the company. Terry Irving was a motorcycle courier for ABC News. He then went into a career in TV news, spending four decades covering news. He has earned a number of awards including: 4 National Emmy Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, and 4 Columbia University DuPont Awards.

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Casemate Three in Thirteen The Story of a Mosquito Night Fighter Ace Roger Dunsford with Geoff Coughlin $32.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4402 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4419

Joe Singleton was an unlikely hero. A junior manager at a paints and varnish company at the outbreak of war, he was surprised to discover he had a talent for flying. Joe was posted to the world of night fighting. He flew first Defiants then Beaufighters as the technological race hotted up. He found himself in the thick of ground-controlled interception and airborne radar engagements. But the grind of fruitless searches and patrols only served to highlight the futility of lives lost in training and the dangers of flying at night with primitive equipment. His skills finally bore fruit when piloting a Mosquito and he took place in several successful missions. The pinnacle came on the night of 19th March 1944: scrambled to intercept a German raid, he shot down a Junkers 188, then went on to shoot down two more. He and his navigator survived the crash-landing that ensued, and he went on to be a national hero. Three in Thirteen is a unique account of his journey from bewildered recruit to celebrated expert, illustrated with extracts from Joe’s RAF logbook, and unpublished photographs and illustrations. Geoff Coughlin is the founder and editor of a web-based scale modeling magazine. He is also author of eight titles on scale modeling and an aviation history enthusiast. Roger Dunsford’s was a Flight Commander on the last Vulcan Bomber Squadron. He went on to become a flight Instructor, an Exchange Officer at the Air Force Academy, and Wing Commander Air Battle Staff.

The Motor Bandits The Royal Navy Air Service on the Western Front John Livesey $32.95 / 232 pages / 6 x 9 / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4389 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4396

When war broke out, Royal Naval Air Service Eastchurch Squadron was a small unit designed to teach naval men to fly. Their commander Charles Samson was the first to fly an aircraft from a moving ship. Desperate to see action, the unit set off for Europe with nine planes and 125 men. With too few aircraft to undertake patrols, Samson was inspired to use armored cars, and the unit set to work acquiring armored vehicles however they could; the army took to mounting an armed guard on their vehicles when close to Samson’s unit; thus the nickname ‘Motor Bandits’ was born. Commander Samson and his men had an impact out of all proportion to the size of their force. Samson combined the use of aircraft and armored cars and developed tactics for these combined service operations; innovations that changed how war was fought. Initially involved in patrolling and reconnaissance, they would undertake all kinds of exploits, bombing the Zeppelin sheds, assisting the Royal Navy, plugging holes in the British front line and playing a key role in the battle of Ypres and at Douai. Samson was fearless, seeking battle and using any method he could devise to attack the Germans. The RNAS remained in France until April 1915, when they joined the Dardanelles invasion force. On leaving school John Livesey cycled from Cherbourg to Calais visiting and sketching many of the DDay monuments. A career in the Army was cut short by a medical discharge, but John continued his researches and achieved his life ambition of working at the Imperial War Museum.


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Casemate Warriors of the 106 The Last Infantry Division of WWII Martin King and Ken Johnson $32.95 / 336 pages / 6.25 x 9.5 / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4587 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-459-4

The 106th were fresh, green and right in the pathway of the 5th German Army when the Battle of the Bulge began at 0530 hours on December 16, 1944. This book covers the history along with the individual stories of the heroism, sacrifice and tenacity of these Americans in the face of overwhelming odds. From this division 6,800 men were taken prisoner but their story didn’t end there. For the ones who miraculously escaped, there was a battle to fight, and fight it they would with every ounce of strength and courage they could muster. They would fight debilitating weather conditions more reminiscent of Stalingrad than the Belgian Ardennes. They would fight a determined enemy and superior numbers and despite all adversity they would eventually prevail. One 106th GI waged his own personal war using guerilla tactics that caused serious consternation amongst the German troops. For another GI his main concern was recovering his clean underwear. Martin King is an Emmy Award winning British military historian, lecturer, and author. He spends his time working with veterans' organizations, and visiting European battlefields, where he's had the honor of reintroducing many veterans to the sites where they fought. Ken Johnson received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University. He has been based in Los Angeles for 30 years, working for several aerospace companies in a variety of R&D, organizational, and project leadership roles.

Courage in Combat Stories by and about Recipients of the Nation’s Highest Decorations Richard J. Rinaldo $24.95 / 456 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4563 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-457-0

Published in conjunction with the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, this is an anthology of pieces about courage in combat, including stories by and about recipients of the United States’ highest decorations, the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross. The subjects of the stories are both notables and the forgotten, from Karl Marlantes to Jim Webb, to sergeants, generals, and Presidents. There are corpsmen, civilians, engineers, “grunts” and paratroopers, men and woman, a mess attendant, aviators, spies and prisoners of war, a cavalry scout and candidates for sainthood. This book discusses the nature of courage, explores the different ways in which courage is shown through personal stories and reflections, and celebrates the courage shown by these recipients, most of whom declared they were “just doing their job.” Richard J. Rinaldo is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who commanded a rifle company in Vietnam. He served in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he wrote about peacekeeping and homeland defense. He also served at Hofstra University, where he taught Military History to cadets and other students. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and National Defense University's National Security Management Course, the Command and General Staff College, and West Point’s History of the Military Art course. He has a B.A. Degree in History from Fordham University and post-graduate degrees from Hofstra University.

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Casemate White Water Red Hot Lead On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam Dan Daly $32.95 / 6.25 x 9.5 / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4785 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4792

During the Vietnam War 3500 officers and men served in the Swift Boat program in a fleet of 130 boats with no armor plating. The boats patrolled the coast and rivers of South Vietnam, with the average age of the crew being twenty-four. Their days consisted of deadly combat, intense lightning firefights, storms and many hidden dangers. This action-packed story of combat written by Dan Daly, a Vietnam combat veteran who was the Officer in Charge of PCF 76, makes you part of the Swift Boat crew. The six man crew of PCF 76 were volunteers from all over the United States, eager to serve their country in a unique type of duty not seen since the PT boats of WWII. This inexperienced and disparate group of men would meld into a combat team - a team that formed an unbreakable, lifelong bond. After training they were plunged into a 12-month tour of duty. Combat took place in the closest confines imaginable, where the enemy was hidden behind a passing sand dune or a single sniper could be concealed in an onshore bunker. In many cases the rivers became so narrow there was barely room to maneuver or turn around. The only way out might be into a deadly ambush. Dan Daly received his naval commission after graduation from Harvard College. After 18 months on a Navy destroyer, he volunteered for Swift Boat duty. After training, he and his crew served 12 months in Vietnam, 1967–68. He later founded several consulting firms and lives on Cape Cod with his family.

The War for Africa Twelve Months that Transformed a Continent Fred Bridgland $32.95 / 360 pages / 6 x 9 / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4921 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4938

The Angolan Civil War lasted over a quarter of a century, from 1975 to 2002. Beginning as a power struggle between two former liberation movements, the MPLA and UNITA, it became a Cold War struggle with involvement from the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and the USA. This book examines the height of the Cuban-South African fighting in Angola in 1987–88, when 3,000 South African soldiers and about 8,000 UNITA guerrilla fighters fought in alliance against the Cubans and the armed forces of the Marxist MPLA government, a force of over 50,000 men. Bridgland pieced together the course of the war, fought in one of the World’s most remote and wild terrains, by interviewing the South Africans who fought it, and many of their accounts are woven into the narrative. This classic account of a Cold War struggle and its momentous consequences for the participants and across the continent is released in a new edition with a new preface and epilogue. Fred Bridgland, a graduate of St Andrew’s University, is a British veteran foreign correspondent and author. He has reported on wars in India, Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa. In 1975 his discovery of South Africa’s secret US-engineered invasion of Angola uncovered the CIA’s involvement in one of Africa’s longest wars, and was a world scoop. He has written a number of books, including Jonas Savimbi: A Key to Africa, and is currently writing a biography of Winnie Mandela.


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Casemate The U.S. Army Cooks’ Manual Rations, Preparation, Recipes, Camp Cooking $14.95 / 240 pages / 5 x 7.75 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-4709 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4716

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 lifts the lid on what daily life must have been like both for those preparing and consuming the rations. The oldest manual included dates from 1896. At this time, the U.S. Army was involved in the last skirmishes of the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American war and the Philippine-American war. The manual prepares a cook for any eventuality whether in garrison, at camp in the field, or on the march, with instructions on everything from butchery to preserving meat and how to organize the serving of the food and clean utensils. As well as classic American fare such as chowder, numerous hash recipes and Rhode Island pancakes, more exotic influences are apparent with such delights as Crimean Kebobs, Turkish pillau, "Bombshells" (giant meatballs) and Tamales (chilli beef stew wrapped in corn leaf parcels). By contrast a 1916 manual offers a detailed consideration of nutrition for the men, and what must be one of the first calorie counters for different dishes. With an introduction explaining the historical background, this is a fascinating and fun exploration of army cooking, with a dash of inspiration for feeding your own army!

Instruments of Battle The Fighting Drummers and Buglers of the British Army James Tanner $32.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photos / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61200-369-6 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-370-2

The Instruments of Battle examines in detail the development and role of the British Army’s fighting drummers and buglers, from the time of the foundation of the army up to the present day. While their principal weapon of war was the drum and bugle, these men and boys were not musicians as such but fighting soldiers who took their place in the front line. The origins of the drum and bugle in the Classical period are examined, leading to the arrival of the drum and fife in early Tudor England. The story proper picks up post-English Civil War and the drum’s period of supremacy through much of the eighteenth century army. The bugle rapidly superseded the drum for field use in the nineteenth century until developments on the battlefield consigned these instruments largely to barrack life and the parade ground. But there are surprising examples of the use of the bugle in the field through both World Wars and the story is brought up to most recent times and relegation to an almost exclusively ceremonial role. This is all set against a background of campaigns, battles, changing tactical methods and the difficult processes of command and control on the battlefield. The wider roles of drummers as adjuncts to recruiting and dispensers of punishment are considered, as well as the other roles they and buglers have assumed on the modern battlefield’. Brigadier James Tanner is a former infantryman who saw action as a company commander with 7th Armoured Brigade in the 1991 Gulf War, and went on to serve in several other overseas postings. He retired from the British Army and now works for a defense technology company.

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Casemate Casemate Classic War Fiction Series


The Whistlers’ Room

Forest of the Hanged

W.F. Morris

Paul Alverdes

Liviu Rebreanu

$14.95 / 304 pages / 5 x 7 / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4648 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4655

$12.95 / 128 pages / 5 x 7 / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4622 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4679

$14.95 / 352 pages / 5 x 7 / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4686 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-4693

Charles Pagan and Dick Baron, who served together in WWI, embark on a walking holiday in the Vosges Mountains in France, in 1930. En route they meet Cecil and his sister Clare who is recovering from the loss of her fiancé during the war. Pagan and Baron pitch camp at a guesthouse, but the strange behavior of locals piques their interest in the surroundings: in particular the old battlefield nearby. They express an interest in visiting it and are told by their host in no uncertain terms that it is not the place to go at night. When they discover they have been locked in their bedrooms, the pair loses no time in putting a rope out of the window and shinning down it, intent on exploring the forbidden territory and viewing the apparition Pagan thinks he has glimpsed briefly by moonlight.

The Whistlers’ Room is the surprisingly gentle, sensitive story of a section in a German hospital where three soldiers try to recover from battle injuries. They are known as the Whistlers, as all were shot in the throat and their breathing results in a sound "like the squeaking of mice."

During the First World War, just behind the eastern front, there was a forest, where Austrians and Hungarians used to hang deserters. To this place came Apostol Bologa, a young Romanian officer eager to serve his country. Born in Transylvania, which was then under Hungarian rule, he had joined the Austro-Hungarian army. But soon Romania entered the war, and Bologa found himself fighting his own people.

Pagan, like W. F. Morris’s preceding novel Bretherton, is a mystery story, but one which could only have been written as a result of the war.

W. F. Morris was an English novelist whose works including Bretherton and Under Fire achieved critical acclaim. Morris served with the 13th Cycle Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment during WWI, reaching the rank of Major, and was awarded the Military Cross.


The author vividly captures the strong young men the soldiers used to be and the battered, wounded people they have become. Pointner, whose obstinacy in holding onto an English sniper's cap means he is mistaken for the enemy, is the worst injured of the trio. Kollin continually dreams that he is cured, and for a brief, heartbreaking moment his breathing appears to be free when he awakes. The precarious balance of life in the hospital shifts when Harry, an English prisoner of war, arrives to join the whistlers. His initial reception by the other patients, and his eventual acceptance into their group, reminds us of what must be so blatant day-in day-out in a hospital: men are all the same regardless of the country they fight for.

Paul Alverdes was a German novelist and poet. He volunteered for duty in World War I and received a severe injury to the throat. The Whistlers’ Room appeared in 1929.

The Forest of the Hanged asks a fundamental question about war: namely, why does a man fight? Apostol condemns an officer to death for desertion and attempting to give information to the enemy. He watches the execution of the officer with satisfaction until he witnesses a fellow soldier’s grief for the dead man. His growing self-doubt and uncertainty lead him to question beliefs he once held without question. Unprepared for his own reaction when he is once again called to sit on a court martial, he finds that he too must go to the forest. Liviu Rebreanu was one of Romania’s most distinguished writers. Although he intended to study medicine, a lack of money obliged him to enter a military school and he became an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army. It was during this period that he decided to devote his life to writing.

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Casemate Introducing the Casemate Short History Series The new Casemate Short History series presents readable and entertaining introductions to military history topics, from Fighter Aces to Knights, Roman Legionaries to Tank Warfare. Authoritative and accessible, these pocket overviews are packed with information so everyone can learn the basics while picking up fascinating facts along the way.

The Casemate Short History of Sharpshooters

The Casemate Short History of Big Guns

The Casemate Short History of Tanks

Marksmen Through the Ages

A History of Artillery

A Century of Tank Warfare

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4860 / eISBN: 978-161200-4877

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4884 / eISBN: 978-161200-4891

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4907 / eISBN: 978-161200-4914

From the Middle Ages on, the most precise shooters have been employed as marksmen or sharpshooters. The German states made the first use of sharpshooters on the battlefield during the Seven Years War. Some of these riflemen were then employed as mercenaries in America, where the tactical use of the rifle in wooded terrain was valued. By the Revolutionary Wars, American riflemen were able to blend into the landscape and take out targets at long range. Their potential was noted by the British who began to train rifle units.

Ever since the first appearance of large-caliber guns in the Middle Ages, gunpowder artillery has had an enormous impact on military strategy and warfare. Cannons were initially developed to tackle fortifications, but then technology enabled the development of lighter, more maneuverable field artillery. By the 19th century most European armies had artillery, and Napoleon, originally an artillery officer, took the use of artillery to a new level.

Tanks made their first appearance on the battlefield in September 1916 and have captured the public imagination ever since. Other countries scrambled to develop tanks of their own, and by the time war broke out again in 1939, a wide variety of tanks, and tank tactics, had been developed around the world.

The mid-19th century saw the advent of massproduced high-quality firearms, and the development of optical sights. In World War I the press coined the term "sniper" at a time when accurate German rifle fire was terrorizing the British trenches, leading to the creation of dedicated snipers and developments in weapons technology, sniper training and counter-sniping that has continued ever since.

In the late 19th century German industrialist Krupp produced the first steel guns, paving the way for the powerful heavy artillery of World War I, while the innovative French soixantequinze was the forerunner of a new generation of field artillery. In World War I the use of artillery literally transformed the landscape, and shaped how armies fought, and by World War II the range of artillery had expanded to include self-propelled guns, and antitank and antiaircraft guns. This book covers the development and use of artillery over the centuries to its role in modern warfare.

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In World War II tanks were integral to the fighting in almost every theater, and the war saw the vast tank battles of El Alamein and Kursk. Tank crews were feted for their fortitude and bravery in fighting in such difficult and dangerous conditions. Tank development continued apace during the Cold War and tanks have featured in most modern conflicts. From the slow and clumsy Mark IV, through the terrifying Tiger and nimble Sherman Firefly to the Challenger 2, this book covers the development of tanks, and how they have been used in warfare through the two world wars and beyond.


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Casemate The Casemate Short History of Fighter Aces

The Casemate Short History of Tommies

Masters of the Skies

The British Army in the Trenches

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4822 / eISBN: 978-161200-4839

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4846 / eISBN: 978-161200-4853

Just over a decade after the first powered airplane flight, fearless pioneers were flying over the battlefields of France in flimsy biplanes. As more military aircraft took to the skies, they were equipped with weapons and their pilots began to develop tactics to take down enemy aviators.

British soldiers have been known as Tommies for centuries, but the name is particularly associated with the British soldier in World War I. In 1914, a small professional force of British soldiers crossed the Channel to aid the French. It soon became apparent that the war would be protracted, and a vast drive for volunteer soldiers began.

In 1915 the term “ace” was coined to denote a pilot adept at downing enemy aircraft, and top aces like Albert Ball and the Red Baron became household names. Flying more advanced fighters, top aces would accrue scores of over 100 in the swirling dogfights of WWII. This book covers the history of the fighter ace from the first developments in 1915 to the jet aces of the later 20th century.

By 1918 the army was transformed, fielding 5.5 million men on the Western Front alone. These Tommies were fighting an entirely new type of war, living and dying in vast trench systems, threatened by death from the air or by gas attack as well as by rifle or bayonet. This book explores the development of the “Tommy”, and his experience of war.

New In Paperback Gold Run

Da Nang Diary

The Rescue of Norway’s Gold Bullion from the Nazis, 1940

A Forward Air Controller's Gunsight View of Flying with SOG

Robert Pearson

Tom Yarborough

$19.95 / 266 pages / 6 x 9 / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4624 / eISBN: 978-161200-2873

$19.95 / 356 pages / 6 x 9 / 16pp illustrations / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4754 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-2217

“Pretty much everything you could ask for in an adventure story, except it is all real, a series of events that actually happened and which did not come to what I might describe as a ‘happy ending’, or a successful one at least.” –

“The stories in Da Nang Diary fill a major gap in special operations history. This is a mustread for all warriors.” – Major General John K. Singlaub

Gold Run is the true story of one of the greatest gold snatches in history. The German invasion of Norway almost took Norway completely unawares; had it not been for the defiance of one coastal battery, the Norwegian Royal Family, Government, and nearly 50 tons of gold bullion would have had no chance to escape. The Royal Family fled Oslo by rail, eventually reaching Molde which was subsequently devastated by fire bombing. The gold was moved by road, rail and fishing boat, hotly pursued by the Germans. After several instances of near disaster, the Norwegians managed to get the gold to the coast where the Royal Navy came to the rescue. It was taken off in three Royal Navy Cruisers, HMS Enterprise, Galatea and Glasgow, from different locations. The loss of the bullion was a blow to the Germans. That loss is directly attributed to a visionary bank chief, a Colonel, a body of Norwegians and the ships and men of the Royal Navy. This is their story.


Originally published in 1991, this classic work has now been revised and updated with additional photos, many of them in color. It is the story of how, in Vietnam, an elite group of Air Force pilots fought a secret air war in Cessna 0-2 and OV-10 Bronco prop planes—flying as low as they could get. The eyes and ears of the fast-moving jets who rained death and destruction down on enemy positions, the Forward Air Controller made an art form out of an air strike—knowing the targets, knowing where friendly troops were, and reacting with split-second, life and death decisions as a battle unfolded. The expertise of the low, slow FACs, as well as the hazard attendant to their role, made for a unique birds-eye perspective on how the entire war in Vietnam unfolded. For Tom Yarborough, who logged 1,500 hours of combat flying time, the risk was constant, intense and electrifying.

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Bailout Over Normandy

Tigers of Bastogne

Battle of the Bridges

A Flyboy’s Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France

Voices of the 10th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge

The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden

Michael Collins and Martin King

Frank van Lunteren

$19.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / photos / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4761 / eISBN: 978-161200-1821

$19.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / 32pp photos / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61200-4778 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-2330

“This is a superb detailed account of a less familiar aspect of a famous battle, often providing platoon by platoon and day-by-day details of the role played by the men of the US 10th Armored Division in the defensive of Bastogne.” – History of War

“It is rare to find such an engrossing book as The Battle of the Bridges. Anyone who wants to read firsthand experiences of one of the most amazing actions in the western European Theater of the Second World War must get this book.” – Doug McCabe

The gallant stand of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne has long become legend. But how many students of the war realize there was already a U.S. unit holding the town when they arrived? And this unit—the 10th Armored Division—continued to play a major role in its defense throughout the German onslaught.

Operation Market Garden has been recorded as an Allied failure in World War II. However, within that operation were episodes of heroism that still remain unsung. On September, 17, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, floated down across the countryside and proceeded to fight their way to bridges to enable the Allied offensive to go forward.

Ted Fahrenwald $19.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of photos / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-612004747 / eISBN: 978-1-61200-1586 “The finest example of the classic World War II escape story; a 1940’s masterpiece with a heart and soul unlike anything that’s been published.” – Jay Stout Ted Fahrenwald was a 22-year-old daredevil pilot in the famed 352nd Fighter Group when he bailed out of his burning P-51 Mustang two days after D-Day on his 100th mission. Parachuting into the farmlands of Normandy, he was immediately picked up by the local Maquis, the guerrilla branch of the French Resistance. His rudimentary French, wily personality, and backwoods skills allowed him to quickly become fast friends with these unruly outlaws. He spent the next several months carousing and raiding with their band. Determined to rejoin his squadron, Ted left his new comrades to hike through the fields and forests of the most heavily occupied areas of northern France toward the Channel coast, and the advancing Allied liberation armies. Captured by the Wehrmacht, however, interrogated as a spy, and interned in a POW camp, the author made a daring escape just before his deportation to Germany. Nothing diminished Ted’s talent for spotting the ironic humor in even the most aggravating or dangerous situations, or his penchant for extracting his own improvised and sometimes hilarious version of justice.

The Tigers of Bastogne details the travails of this armored division, which found itself subject to the full brunt of Manteuffel’s Fifth Panzer Army in the Ardennes. At first overwhelmed, the 10th Armored was reinforced (not “saved”) by the Screaming Eagles, and went on to contribute to America’s victory in its largest battle of the war. In this book, the historical record is finally corrected. King and Collins, through their firsthand interviews with veterans, bring us straight into the combats of the 10th Armored Division.

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The Germans knew the importance of the bridge over the Waal River as well as James Gavin. Thus began a fight for the Americans to seize it. The Germans would not give in and fought tenaciously. On September 20, Gavin conducted a daylight amphibious assault to secure the north end of the bridge. German machine guns boiled the water on the crossing, but a number of paratroopers made it to the bank. By the end of day, the bridge had fallen. This book draws on unpublished sources to shed light on the exploits of the “Devils in Baggy Pants”. The author draws on nearly 130 interviews he personally conducted with veterans of the 504th.


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Amber Books / Aviaeology

Russian Tanks of World War II


Camp Borden

Michael Kerrigan

A Century of Service

Tim Bean and Will Fowler

$34.95 / 224 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 180 color photographs and artworks / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78274-494-8 / NCR / Amber Books

$29.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 170 b&w photographs and artworks / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78274-492-4 / NCR / Amber Books

Russian Tanks of World War II is an authoritative history of Soviet armored forces before 1945, detailing their development, tactics and equipment from the early days of the tank arm in the 1920s, through the purges of the late 1930s and the German invasion in 1941, to the epic tank battle of Kursk, and eventual victory in the streets of Berlin. The growth and development of Stalin’s armored might is illustrated with 170 rare black-and-white photographs, some of which have never been previously published. These include images of tank training in the 1920s and 1930s, photographs taken on active service, and pictures of the major tank battles of the war. The photographs are complemented by detailed artworks of Soviet tanks and exhaustive specifications. A must for any enthusiast, Russian Tanks of World War II is the definitive study of the equipment and tactics of the Soviet armored forces that defeated the might of Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Tim Bean is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is a specialist on eighteenth century naval warfare, amphibious operations, and the Red Army in the inter war years. He has contributed to several published works, most recently as editor of Forests and Sea Power and 100 Years and Conflict.


Hitler looks behind the image of the dictator and explores his childhood, his military service during World War I, his artistic aspirations, the formation of his political and religious views, his troubled love life, his rise to power and his life as dictator. From an ordinary background, Adolf Hitler wasn’t highly educated and hadn’t held high rank in the army, but became the most powerful man in Europe. He rose quickly in politics and maneuvered himself into a position of unchecked authority. He created a cult around himself and rebuilt his weakened country. But what were his thoughts as he led the country into war, and how did he change as the war turned against him? What was the true nature of his relationship with his halfniece, who committed suicide in his apartment? And what did he think in his final days when he realized that all was lost? Hitler tells the inside story behind the man whose actions may appall us, but continue to fascinate us.

Michael Kerrigan is the author of Dark History of the Catholic Church, Dark History of Roman Emperors and Ancients in their Own Words. He is a columnist, book reviewer and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Major William A March, CD and Terry Higgins $25.00 / 120 pages / 8.5 x 11 / color and b&w photos throughout / October 2016 / paperback / 978-0-9780696-2-9 / NCR / Aviaeology

Camp Borden: A Century of Service is an overview of the history of this iconic institution. Over ten decades Borden has been a temporary posting, as either instructor or trainee, for countless thousands of military men and women who have served Canada in peace and war. For generations it has been a home to military families. This book pays tribute to Camp Borden as a unique part of Canada’s history and heritage. It is not the complete story of Camp Borden, but hopefully it will inspire the reader to dig deeper into the layered history of a Canadian military treasure. Profusely illustrated with a good number of photos published here for the first time. For one hundred years Camp Borden has been part of the Canadian military landscape. During that time it has become an integral part of the history of the country, the province and the local counties. Thousands of men and women who have passed through Borden’s gates have gone on to the serve the nation in peace and war leaving their mark on the Camp in countless ways. Terry Higgins is a researcher, illustrator, designer and publisher at Aviaeology; Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal Editor and designer; contributor of historical articles to other serial publications, including the UK based modelling magazine, Airfix ModelWorld.

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Big Sky Publishing ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Twin Pack. Volume 1

ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Twin Pack. Volume 2

Beaten Down By Blood & Crumps and Camouflets

Battle Scarred & Game to the Last Craig Deayton and James Hurst

Michele Bomford and Damien Finlayson

$29.99 / 700 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-922132-88-8

$29.99 / 860 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-922132-85-7

This pack contains two titles: Beaten Down by Blood charts a journey from the trenches through the frenetic phases of the battle until the final objectives are taken. This is the story of the capture of the Mont and the town of Péronne.

This pack contains two titles: Battle Scarred describes the battle of Dernancourt. It was the final chapter in the story of the 47th Australian Infantry Battalion in the First World War.

Crumps and Camouflets tells the history of Australia’s role in the tunneling war of 1914-1919, the men and units in which they served, and of life in the tomblike tunnels of the war underground.

Game to the Last follows the battalion members as they leave their homes and lives, embark for service, experience the excitement and boredom of Egypt, and undergo their baptism of fire in the landings at Gallipoli.

Michele Bomford was a History teacher for many years before turning to research and writing at the end of 2008. Damien Finlayson is an amateur military historian and a member of the Western Front Association. He lives in Victoria.

Craig Deayton has worked as a teacher and Principal for over twenty-five years.Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Education. James Hurst has worked at the Universities of Western Australia and New South Wales and for the Department of Defense.

Snowy to the Somme A Muddy and Bloody Campaign, 1916–1918

Here, There and Away

A Medical Emergency

Voices of the Families of Those Who Served

Major-General ‘Ginger’ Burston and the Army Medical Service in World War II

Defence Widows Support Group

Ian Howie-Willis

Tim Cook $24.99 / 416 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / paperback / 9781-922132-63-5

$14.99 / 250 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / paperback / 9781-922132-16-1

$24.99 / 480 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1921941-57-3

In 1915, news of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing and the slaughter at Gallipoli stirred tens of thousands of young men to go to war. They answered the call and formed battalions of the Australian Imperial Force. By the time the new recruits were combat ready, the campaign at Gallipoli had ended. Their battlefields became the muddy paddocks of France and Belgium.

Here, There and Away is a unique collection of entertaining stories from the families who support our service men and women. Spanning the three branches of the Australian Defence Force this is a literary first.

Major-General `Ginger’ Burston led the Army Medical Service throughout the Pacific campaigns. This book explains how Burston and his medical team kept Allied troops healthy in primitive and hostile conditions and during the greatest medical emergency of World War II- the struggle against malaria. By keeping the soldiers healthy, the Army Medical Service assured an Allied victory over Japan. A Medical Emergency tells this remarkable story for the first time.

Based on eyewitness accounts, Snowy to the Somme traces the story of one of these battalions, the 55th, from its birth in the camps of Egypt through three years of brutal conflict on the Western Front.

The stories cover the period from World War I to more recent times, and celebrate the love, care and support given by and to members of the wider defense family as well as the resilience required in diverse situations. There are a number of stories that will surprise and enlighten – all within a gentler context than the normal genre of military history.

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Dr Ian Howie-Willis is a professional historian. He was born and grew up in Melbourne but has lived in Canberra since 1975. The author of 17 books, he is the historian to St John Ambulance Australia.


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Big Sky Publishing Forgotten Men

Toowoomba to Torokina

The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909–1946

The 25th Battalion in Peace and War, 1918-1945

Michael Tyquin

Bob Doneley

$24.99 / 480 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-0-9808140-8-8

$24.99 / 448 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1-921941-58-0

Forgotten Men is the long overdue account of the significant contribution to the Australian Army of the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in two world wars. One of the army’s smallest and least recognized corps, its humble beginnings and quiet work in the background belie the crucial role of the Corps in supporting wartime operations and dealing with logistical issues never envisaged before 1915.

Toowoomba to Torokina traces the proud history of the 25th Battalion from the end of one war to end of the next. It tells the story of the men from Toowoomba and the Darling Downs who answered the call to fight a war that would threaten their country’s very existence. Like their First World War predecessors, they fought a determined foe in hellish conditions with, as the Battalion’s motto decrees, `Never a Backwards Step’.

Doctor Michael Tyquin is a historian based in Canberra. He is a member of the Australian Army Reserve, the official historian of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health

Bob Doneley enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1978. He served as an infantryman and officer for the next 18 years in the Queensland University Regiment, the 9th Battalion Royal Queensland Regiment, and the 25th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment. Bob lives just outside Toowoomba.

Justice In Arms

Last Knight

Sir William Glasgow

Military Lawyers In The Australian Army’s First Hundred Years

A Biography of General Sir Phillip Bennett AC, KBE, DSO

Soldier, Senator and Diplomat Peter Edgar

Robert Lowry

Australian Defence $29.99 / 456 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1922132-50-5

$24.99 / 352 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-09808140-4-0

$24.99 / 400 pages / 6 x 9 / Highly Illustrated b&w Maps and Images / March 2017 / hardback / 978-09870574-9-5

Justice in Arms brings to life a fascinating and important element of Australia’s legal history — the role of Army legal officers in Australia and in expeditionary operations.

General Sir Phillip Bennett is a good example of what makes a great leader. With a good combination of innate personal qualities, education, broad experience and the hardening that comes with survival on the battlefield he prospered. As a young officer he survived the first and most perilous year of the Korean War, including the Battle of Kapyong.

Sir William Glasgow is a fascinating and valuable book that tells the story of this once famous figure: his early service in the Boer War, a career in the AIF which included serving at Gallipoli and distinguished command at the Western Front, and a knighthood and distinguished career in the Commonwealth Government and the diplomatic service. This meticulously researched portrait reveals much about Australia at war and peace in the first half of the 20th century.

Robert Lowry retired from the Australian Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1993 and has since worked and studied in the field of military politics and reform. He has a BA (Asian Studies) and a Master of Defence Studies.

Peter Edgar holds a BA in history from the University of Adelaide and an MA in history from the UNSW University College, Australian Defence Force Academy. He lives in Canberra and is married to the writer Suzanne Edgar.

This is a comprehensive history which describes the interaction of institutional and political imperatives and the personalities who managed this interaction over the decades. It is populated by colorful characters and demonstrates that military justice is rightly concerned with discipline and cohesiveness. Reflecting broader societal norms, it is also concerned with the rule of law and respect for the rights, liberties and fair treatment of those who serve.


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Fighting High Publishing / Colourpoint Slybirds

The Irish on the Somme

A Photographic Odyssey of the 353rd Fighter Group During the Second World War

A Battlefield Guide to the Irish Regiments in the Great War and the Monuments to their Memory

Graham Cross

Steven Moore

$49.95 / 208 pages / 11 x 8.5 / color and b&w photos throughout / March 2017 / hardback / 978-0-9934152-6-5 / NCR / Fighting High Publishing

The distinctive black and yellow checkered markings of the 353rd Fighter Group, the ‘Slybirds’, made them one of the USAAF ‘Mighty’ 8th Air Force’s most colorful fighter groups. Flying P-47D Thunderbolts and later P-51D Mustangs the 353rd’s appearance in the skies over occupied Europe witnessed growing American air power and helped to change the course of the air war. From mid-1943 until the end of hostilities in Europe, the 353rd participated in all major aerial battles from the 1943 Regensburg and Schweinfurt raids to ‘Big Week’, the attacks on Berlin, and the support of the D-Day landings and Normandy campaign in 1944. Graham Cross earned his doctorate in History from the University of Cambridge. He is an expert on the history of the 8th Air Force and is the historian for the 353rd Fighter Group. He currently lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

$26.95 / 256 pages / photos throughout / Now Available / paperback / 978-1-78073-102-5 / NCR / Colourpoint

At 7.30am on 1st July 1916, some 60,000 men climbed out of their trenches and walked across No-Man’s-Land and into the history books. The Battle of the Somme, which was to rage for another four and a half months, would ultimately involve every Irish battalion on the Western Front. Today the Somme is at peace, though the First World War hasn’t been forgotten. Re-issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary, Steven Moore’s The Irish on the Somme puts the contribution of the men of Ireland, north and south, unionist and nationalist, into context. It takes the reader through the conflict, from the declaration of war in August 1914, to the Second Battle of the Somme and the final push to victory, then on to the monuments and cemeteries, the tangible proof of Ireland’s part in the “war to end all wars”.

The Man Who Shot the Great War

Pioneers, Showmen and the RFC

The Remarkable Story of Lance Corporal George Hackney of the 36th Ulster Division

Early Aviation in Ireland 1909–1914

Mark Scott $16.95 / 120 pages / photos throughout / November 2017 / paperback / 978-178073-095-0 / NCR / Colourpoint

The remarkable story of Lance Corporal George Hackney of the 36th Ulster Division, an ordinary Belfast soldier who took his camera to war in 1915. The images he took have become an exceptional and rare collection that documents the First World War first hand. George’s images of soldiers training, traveling to France, and relaxing with friends and comrades contrast with his later images from the first day of the Battle of the Somme, life in the trenches and poignant reminders, that for many soldiers, they would never return home. This story also reveals how one man’s wartime experiences fueled an unlikely moral quest that was to change his life forever.

Mark Scott is the great-grandson of James Scott - George Hackney’s sergeant during the war.

Guy Warner $26.95 / 160 pages / photos throughout / November 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78073-106-3 / NCR / Colourpoint

This is a brand new, fully illustrated account of early aviation in Ireland. It describes and examines the key events in the field of aviation during the years between Harry Ferguson’s first flight and the outbreak of the Great War. It studies the people, the aircraft and the places involved, and make much use of contemporary sources to reveal the story through the eyes of those who witnessed these exciting times. All the main personalities are covered, as well as new research on several more obscure pioneers. Guy Warner is a retired schoolteacher and former MOD civil servant, who grew up in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, attending Abbots Cross Primary School and Belfast High School before going to Leicester University and later Stranmillis College. He now lives in Greenisland, Co Antrim. He is the author of over twenty five books and booklets on aviation past and present and has written hundreds of articles for magazines in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He also reviews books for several publications, gives talks to local history societies etc. and has appeared on TV and radio programs, discussing aspects of aviation history.

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Educator’s International Press / CP Press Extreme Forgiveness

We Once Were Enemies

Bruce Frazer and Carol Glasgow

Bruce Frazer and Carol Glasgow

$19.95 / 154 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / Now Available / paperback / 978-1-891928-50-5 / eISBN: 9781891928543 / Educator’s International Press

Hardback: $39.95 / 256 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / March 2017 / 978-1-891928-51-2 / Educators International Press Paperback: $23.95 / 256 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / March 2017 / 978-1-891928-52-9 / eISBN: 9781891928536

The theme of “Extreme Forgiveness” is forgiveness, reconciliation and assimilation. WWII German bomber pilot Kurt Fox sank the USS Maddox, an American destroyer, in 1943 killing 210 men and leaving seventy-four survivors. After the war, he earned a medical degree, emigrated to America and practiced family medicine for twenty-nine years in rural Virginia. He then volunteered to provide medical care in two Indian reservations. Fellow practitioners and members of his community accorded him considerable respect. In 1995, fifty-two years after the sinking, Dr. Fox received an unexpected call inviting him to a reunion of Maddox survivors. There, they inducted him into their association as an honorary member. This was extreme forgiveness. In addition to being an Army Aviator wherein he flew many different types of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, Bruce Frazer was a demonstration and test pilot for Bell Helicopter Company. They manufactured the ubiquitous “Huey,” some 2,000 of which have been and are used in life saving missions and combat around the world. Carol Glasgow is Bruce Frazer’s wife. Carol studied opiates in laboratories until she contracted Multiple Sclerosis after which she reviewed scientific studies for Federal Register publications. She has joined Bruce while flying hot air balloons, fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.

History of the Royal Irish Rifles

This is a story about hundreds of very young, very brave men who overcame their self-preservation instincts to fight in one of the most costly and fiercely fought aerial engagements in history. It was Mission 115 flown by the 8th U.S. Air Force October 14, 1943. The objective was to cripple Germany’s ball-bearing manufacturing capability, 50 percent of which was believed to be in Schweinfurt. Sixty aircraft with 10-man crews were shot down, an additional 5 crashed in England, 12 others were so severely damaged they were scrapped, and 121 were battle damaged. Hundreds of Americans were killed, wounded or imprisoned for the remainder of the war. The Mission Commander, Col. Budd Peaslee, and Lead Pilot Captain J. Kemp McLaughlin sat side-by-side as they led the 291 plane, 30 milelong, “bomber stream.” The book includes BG McLaughlin’s first- hand descriptions of the mission as only the lead pilot could recount. None of the American crew members would forget the rat-tat-tat sound of their machine guns or the sight of airplanes flown by friends disintegrating or simply blowing up as they flew toward their Schweinfurt target or back to their bases in England.

Verner’s History & Campaigns of the Rifle Brigade, Vol 1

Verner’s History & Campaigns of the Rifle Brigade, Vol 2



Colin Pitt

Colin Pitt

$74.95 / 540 pages / 8 x 10 / November 2016 / Paperback / 978-1-910241-18-9 / CP Press

$59.95 / 220 pages / 8 x 10 / November 2016 / Paperback / 978-1-910241-13-4 / CP Press

$59.95 / 506 pages / 8 x 10 / November 2016 / Paperback / 978-1-910241-14-1 / CP Press

In 1881 the 83rd (County of Dublin) regiment linked to the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of foot, forming the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Irish Rifles. This is the history of the Royal Irish Rifles over the next 120 years.

The Rifle Brigade was formed in 1800 by detachments from various regiments as the ‘Experimental Corps of Riflemen’ and then the ‘Rifle Corps’. Over the next nine years covered in this book see the regiment serve in Copenhagen, Germany, Mont Video, and the Peninsula.

Volume two of the Rifle Brigade looks at the development of rifle fire in the British Army between 1800 - 1815, and describes various European Rifle Corps. The main focus of this volume is The Peninsula War.

Colin Pitt

Colin Pitt is a car enthusiast and collector from Hockley, England, who has been writing car guides and manuals for many years.


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Fonthill Media Axis Suicide Squads


German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War

The Most Remarkable Spy of the Second World War

Justo Miranda

Mihir Bose

$50.00 / 288 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / black and white photographs / June 2017 / hardback / 9781-78155-565-1

$40.00 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photographs / June 2017 / hardback / 978-178155-371-8

During the war, Germany and Japan developed several types of anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles. Unfortunately for them, the Allies were technologically superior in electronic warfare, just in time to interfere the guidance systems of first generation.

Silver was the codename for the only quintuple spy of the Second World War, spying for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross and paid him £2.5 million in today’s money. In reality Silver deceived the Nazis on behalf of the Soviets and the British. In 1942 the Russians decided to share Silver with the British, the only time during the war that the Soviets agreed to such an arrangement.

The Japanese thought to have found the tactic to stop the invasion fleets, with the ritual of the terminal dive bombing. The Germans adapted their squadrons to the Taran tactics learnt from the Soviets. Once the radio frequency war was lost, the Axis scientists tried to develop other techniques. Both countries began to design ramming fighters and suicide bombers when the devastation of their cities ensured that there would not be lack of volunteer pilots. Justo Miranda is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor who uses advanced drawing methods to rebuild historical aircraft. Justo has published six books and thirty monographs on aeronautical subjects. He lives in Madrid.

Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier province of then British India.

Mihir Bose has written for major British papers including the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. An award winning journalist he has won: Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Sports Story of the Year.

Norway 1940

249 at Malta

Chronicle of a Chaotic Campaign

RAF’s Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron

Harry Plevy

Brian Cull and Frederick Galea

$40.00 / 416 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photographs / July 2017 / hardback / 978-178155-581-1

$40.00 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photographs / June 2017 / hardback / 978-178155-554-5

Fought for control of Swedish iron ore to Germany, the campaign made an important contribution to the conduct of the Second World War. It proved the supremacy of air power in modern warfare and the vulnerability of land and sea forces.

By the end of 1941, following its participation in the Battle of Britain, 249 was posted to Malta. Having been informed that its pilots would be required to fly from the deck of an aircraft carrier, intensive practice flights took place with two Hurricanes fitted with long-range tanks, making shortened take-off runs from an airfield runway. And that was that.

It was the first conflict in which the Germans used all three arms of their forces in combined assault in which glider-borne troops were used to secure airfields and strategic targets. The Allies tried to conduct the Campaign on land with inadequate air support and the use of infantrymen. The book deals with the strategic and political imperatives, as well as operations, in a rapidly changing two month campaign.

Harry Plevy is qualified as a metallurgist and spent his working career almost equally divided between manufacturing industry and academia. His period of National Service was spent as a specialist Ammunition Technician in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

The following month, having been ferried to Gibraltar, the aircraft were off-loaded on to the Ark Royal and all 20 safely reached Malta. This was the beginning of 249’s Mediterranean adventure in the defense of Malta.

Brian Cull is the author or more than 30 aviation books, mainly dealing with WWII. He has written several for Fonthill and has several more in the pipeline. Frederick Galea is a prolific writer on Malta’s WWII aviation heritage.

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Fonthill Media British Army of the Rhine after the First World War

Thor Anatomy of a Weapon System Geoff Goodchild

Michael Foley

$34.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / Color and b&w / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-568-2

$34.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photographs / June 2017 / hardback / 978-178155-564-4

When the First World War ended British troops crossed the Rhine into Germany and entered a country torn by violence and unrest. The British forces were plunged into the defeated country and had to face not only the political unrest but the German public. This book looks at how the British troops coped with their situation. How they became the most popular members of the occupation force and how Britain and the world faced the growth of German unrest that led to the Second World War.

Leaving teaching to become a career for his disabled grandsons, Michael Foley has concentrated on writing. This is his 24th book.

Thor: Anatomy of a Weapon System examines the technical aspects of the Thor IRBM. Diagrams support full descriptions of the missile, its UK bases and ground equipment. Simple explanations of gyroscopes and ballistics aid an understanding of missile navigation, whilst the launch countdown is presented in easily followed flow charts. Detailed drawings of site buildings, by the author, complete the book, which contains photographs from the author’s collection, believed to be previously unseen.

Geoff Goodchild was born in Lincolnshire in 1951. Qualifying as a pilot in 1969, he pursued a career in the airline industry. He continues to work in flight simulators with trainee pilots. He lives in Northamptonshire.

Volunteers and Pressed Men

Healing the Military

How Britain and its Empire Raised its Forces in Two World Wars

Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict

Warfare in New Kingdom Egypt

Alexandra Roach

Paul Elliott

$28.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white illustrations / March 2017 / paperback / 978-162545-021-0

$32.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9 / color and b&w / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78155-580-4

Roger Broad $34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / black and white photographs / June 2017 / hardback / 978-178155-396-1

The great myth of British history is that after the fall of France, Britain ‘stood alone’. This does a disservice to the millions of men and women from around the world who rallied to the British cause. This book draws on official documents, diaries, memoirs and other sources to describe how men and women drawn from the Americas to the Pacific served, fought, and suffered injury and death in Britain’s cause. Roger Broad is the author of Conscription in Britain 1939-64 and of The Radical General. After military service he became a journalist. For 22 years he was an official of the European Union.


Healing the Military targets the current health crisis within our Armed Forces. The Department of Veterans Affairs cites 22 veteran suicides daily. Active-duty service members and their families struggle while supporting a military mission and being part of a military force that is rarely understood by the civilian world. Healing the Military supports insight on how individuals can take control of their health and suggests solutions for depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. As a board-certified holistic health practitioner, Alexandra Roach is passionate about the health of all active-duty personnel, veterans, and their families.

The third century AD was a turbulent and testing time for the Roman Empire. This book looks closely at the new styles of arms and armor, comparing their construction, use and effectiveness to the more familiar types of Roman kit used by soldiers fighting the earlier wars. The changes enabled the empire to adapt—to emerge in the 4th century able to tackle the challenges of a new age.

Paul Elliott has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and has written books on military history, cults and secret societies. His previous books for Fonthill were Legions in Crisis and A Roman Soldier on Hadrian’s Wall.

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Frontline Books

Stopping Hitler

RAF and the SOE


An Official Account of How Britain Planned to Defend Itself in the Second World War

Special Duty Operations in Europe During World War II

British Artillery in World War II

John Grehan $34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 illustrations / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9552-2 / eISBN: 9781473895546

After the devastation of the First World War, few people imagined that such a conflict could happen again. Though the belief that it was the ‘war to end war’ was to be shattered within a generation, in the aftermath of the First World War, it was expected that international disputes could be settled through the League of Nations. Consequently, the British Government concluded that there would not be another war for a least ten years and therefore the country’s armed forces could be scaled back. The rise of Nazismin the 1930s, however, prompted politicians and generals to contemplate the frightening prospect of another world war. The Chiefs of Staff of the three Defence Services were instructed to bring Britain’s armed forces up to a standard where they could resist a revitalized and powerful aggressor, and to put in place plans for the defense of the country. When that war became a reality, the Chiefs of Staff then had to devise schemes to prevent a German invasion and, as the war progressed, to counter the bombers of the Luftwaffe and the flying bombs and rockets that followed. Reproduced here in their entirety, are the previously classified plans and reports of the Chiefs of Staff from 1933 to the end of the war.

John Grehan $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9413-6 / eISBN: 9781473894150

The Special Operations Executive developed a vast network of agents across Occupied Europe which played a vital role in developing and sustaining Resistance movements. The culmination of their efforts was seen when the Allied armies landed at Normandy in June 1944, with the SOE and the Resistance causing widespread destruction and disruption behind the German lines. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the Royal Air Force. Not only the RAF supply the SOE, and the movements it led and coordinated, with the thousands of tons of arms and equipment needed to undertake this role, it also delivered and retrieved agents from under the very noses of the enemy. Compiled at the end of the war by the Air Historical Branch of the RAF, this is an extremely detailed and comprehensive account of the RAF’s support for the SOE. This account is reproduced here in its entirety, along with a detailed appendix containing the official historical record of Bomber Command aircrews and aircraft engaged in clandestine operations.

John Grehan has written or edited more than 300 books and magazine articles. He was the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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Stig H Moberg $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 9 color and 155 black and white illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9560-7 / eISBN: 9781473895621

This book provides an insight into how artillery resources were established, developed and employed during the Second World War, using the British Royal Artillery as an example. Beginning with an overview of the nature and state of readiness of the Royal Artillery on the outbreak of war, the book analyses in great detail the weapons available to the Royal Artillery, their technical functionality and their performance capabilities. The author then examines the organization, methods, procedures and tactics employed by the Royal Artillery. To complete this fascinating study, Stig Moberg looks at a number of key battles from the war to see how the artillery was used, and the effectiveness of its support to the British and Allied infantry, in campaigns in North Africa, Burma and Europe. British Artillery of the Second World War is illustrated throughout with photographs, maps, plans, graphs, charts and diagrams to demonstrate how the British Artillery was used on the battlefields around the world. ‘Although I am an infantryman, and proud of it, I have many times said that the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in my opinion, did more to win the last war, more than any other Arm of the Service.’ – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. Stig H. Moberg is a former officer of Royal Swedish Artillery Reserve.


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Frontline Books AIR WAR ARCHIVE

German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War

The Experimental Units of Hitler’s Condor Legion

A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2

German Aircraft In Action During the Spanish Civil War Rafael A. Permuy López and Lucas Molina Franco

Jose María Mata, Lucas Molina and José María Manrique $39.95 / 256 pages / 7 x 9.5 / Highly illustrated in color / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7883-9 / eISBN: 9781473878853

A comprehensive study of the combat vehicles which formed part of the German contingent that fought in the Spanish Civil War alongside the rebels. The Panzer I, which so surprised the world in the Polish campaign and initially equipped the German Panzerdivisionen, was first seen in the Spanish Civil War, together with a wide range of war materiel such as anti-tank guns, and flamethrowers. This book looks at a wide range of vehicles: from the humblest motorcycle to the Horch staff car; from Opel ‘Blitz’, MAN Diesel, Mercedes, and Krupp trucks to the enormous Vomag 3LR 443 truck; not forgetting all the different types of military ambulances seen in Spain during the war years. AIR WAR ARCHIVE

$24.95 / 172 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / Highly illustrated / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-7891-4 / eISBN: 9781473878938

During the Spanish Civil War the nationalists sought help from Germany, following which volunteers formed what was called the Condor Legion. This force included two experimental air units, known as VJ/88 and VB/88. The former’s mission was to combat test the new monoplane fighters. The latter group’s task was to test the new twin-engine, retractable undercarriage bombers. Rafael A. Permuy López is a reserve Artillery Major. He has worked as a journalist and column writer for various media in Galicia and for a number of military journals. Lucas Molina Franco has worked as a technical officer in the Regional Government. He is currently editor of ARES, a journal of military history and current military affairs.

Beachhead Assault

The Royal Navy at Dunkirk

The Twilight Years: Biscay to the Fall of Germany

The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II

Chris Goss

David Lee

Commanding Officers’ Accounts of British Warships In Action During Operation Dynamo

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 190 illustrations / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9236-1 /eISBN: 9781473892385

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of b&w plates / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-94297 / eISBN: 9781473894310

Designed as a fast bomber that could outrun the fighters of the era, the twin-engine Junkers Ju 88 became one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. Such was the success of the design that its production lines operated constantly from 1936 to 1945, with more than 16,000 examples being built in dozens of variants.

The Royal Naval Commandos had one of the most dangerous and important tasks of any unit in World War II – they were first onto the invasion beaches and they were the last to leave.


This latest volume in Frontline’s Air War Archive examines the Ju 88s use in the latter years of the Second World War. Having retired from the RAF, Chris Goss is a regular contributor to major aviation publications, as well the author of fourteen critically acclaimed books.


The Commandos remarkable story – from their early formation and their training to the invasions they spearheaded – is told through a series of brilliantly linked anecdotes. Each tale is one of extraordinary courage and should ensure the legacy of the Commandos is not forgotten. Beachhead Assault includes a Foreword by Man and Boy author Tony Parsons, whose father was a Royal Naval Commando who fought at Elba. It also contains a preface by Ken Oakley, Chairman of the Royal Naval Commando Association.

Martin Mace $44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8672-8 / eISBN: 9781473886742

The fact that the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 has achieved the status of a legend. Whilst the part played by the ‘Little Ships’ in that ‘miracle’ is equally well known, the role of the Royal Navy’s warships is often overlooked. Described in their own words, the result is a vivid record of the chaos, improvisation, skill and bravery that all combined to rescue the basis of an army that helped carry Britain through the dark months and years that followed. Martin Mace has been writing and publishing military history for more than 25 years. He is the founding editor of Britain at War Magazine.

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Frontline Books A Spitfire Girl

Bader’s Last Fight

One of the World’s Greatest Female Ferry Pilots Tells Her Story

An In-Depth Investigation of a Great WWII Mystery

Mary Ellis and Melody Foreman

Andy Saunders

$50.00 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9536-2 / eISBN: 9781473895386

$29.95 / 6.5 x 9.5 / Illustrated / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9540-9 / eISBN: 9781473895423

We visualize daring young men as the pilots of the Second World War, yet amongst that elite corps was one person who flew no less than 400 Spitfires and seventy-six different types of aircraft – Mary Wilkins. Her story is one of the most remarkable of the war, as this young woman, serving as a ferry pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary, transported aircraft for the RAF.

On 9 August 1941, one of the greatest icons of the Second World War, Douglas Bader, was shot down, captured and later incarcerated. But by whom, and how? There has been much debate among historians and in 2003, the author of this book revealed that Bader may have been victim to friendly fire.

Melody Foreman is the author of the best-selling ‘Bomber Girls’. Melody is a contributor to Britain at War magazine and is editor of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum magazine.

War Birds The Diary of a Great War Pilot Elliott White Springs and Lieutenant Horace Fulford

$44.95 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 30 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7959-1 / eISBN: 9781473879614

Following the declaration of war by the United States, more than 200 American men, unwilling to wait until US squadrons could be raised, volunteered to join the Royal Flying Corps. Amongst these men was John MacGavock Grider and Elliott White Springs who joined 85 Squadron. During his service, Grider kept a record of his experiences until his untimely death in 1918. Before his death, Grider had made a pact with Elliott White Springs that in the event of one of them dying, the other would complete their writings. Springs went on to write this book, an amalgamation of his own recollections and Grider’s diary and correspondence.

That revelation was followed by interest in the national press and later by a TV documentary. In the book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by evidence and statistics, and separates fact from fiction. Andy Saunders is a military historian, author and researcher specializing in military aviation history. Andy is currently the editor of Britain at War Magazine.

Notes of a Russian Sniper Vassili Zaitsev

Gordon Welchman Bletchley Park’s Architect of Ultra Intelligence Joel Greenberg

$19.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 8 pages of plates / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9270-5

$24.95 / 304 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of plates / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8525-7

In the hell that was Stalingrad, the sniper was king – an unseen enemy who frayed the nerves of brutalized soldiers. Here, the rules of war were discarded and a psychological war was being waged. As one of those snipers, Zaitsev’s exploits, including a famous ‘duel’ with a Nazi sniper, made him a legend. He became a symbol of Russian resistance against the Nazis, achieving at least 225 kills. The tactics he developed are still studied today.

The Official Secrets Act has prevented the Bletchley Park story from being told by many of its key participants. Gordon Welchman was one of the Park’s most important figures. His pioneering work was fundamental to the success of Bletchley Park and helped pave the way for the birth of the digital age. Yet, his story is largely unknown to many.

Vassili Zaitsev joined the Russian navy in 1937, and volunteered for Stalingrad after hearing about the appalling losses. Zaitsev’s mastery as a sniper became legendary, and he was awarded several times for his skill. He died in 1991.

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In order to finally set the record straight, historian Joel Greenberg has drawn on Welchman’s personal papers and correspondence with wartime colleagues which lay undisturbed in his son’s loft for many years. Joel Greenberg is an educational technology consultant who researches and writes about Bletchley Park and its role in WWII.


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Frontline Books IN 100 OBJEC TS

The Victoria Cross Wars

Great War Artefacts in 100 Objects

Battles, Campaigns and Conflicts of All the VC Heroes Brian Best

The Story Behind Your First World War Family Treasures

$50.00 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 32 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8736-7 / eISBN: 9781473887381

Martin Mace $24.95 / 248 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 150 illustrations, all in full color / June 2017 / paperback / 978-14738-9548-5 / eISBN: 9781473895508

The First World War touched almost every home in the UK. In its wake, it left behind memories and mementos of loved ones. Often the only tangible connection with those who fought, whether they survived the horrors of the conflict or remained in some foreign field, are the artifacts still held, so dearly, by their families. Items of uniforms, photographs, and the letters written from the front, present the human side of an inhuman war, in a deeply moving snapshot of the past. The full-color photographs of each 100 items are accompanied by detailed explanations of the object and the people and events which make them so special.

Victoria Crosses were awarded in operations against Persia, Abyssinia and China, in New Zealand, Burma and Sudan, in the Perak War, the Andaman Islands Expedition and the Mashona Rebellion to name but a few of the fortyfour different campaigns of the colonial era. The stories behind the awarding of these medals have been repeated in countless anthologies but The Victoria Cross Wars explains not just what the men did, but why they were there and what they were fighting for. Brian Best was the founder of the Victoria Cross Society 2002 and edits its Journal. He also lectures about the Victoria Cross and War Art. He lives in Rutland.




Britain’s Wartime Evacuees

Armistice 1918

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The People, Places and Stories of the Evacuations Told Through the Accounts of Those Who Were There Gillian Mawson $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 32 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-441-1 / eISBN: 9781848324435

With the declaration of war in 1939, the Government Evacuation Scheme was implemented. Hundreds of thousands of school children, and mothers with babies, were removed from their homes and families, and sent to live with strangers in unfamiliar environments. Over the course of eight years’ research Gillian Mawson has interviewed hundreds of evacuees. Coupled with the newspaper coverage of the day and official documents, this book provides not just a comprehensive study of the evacuations, but also relates some of the most moving and emotive stories of the Second World War. Gillian Mawson has made a particular study of the evacuations of the Second World War. Gillian lives in Whalley Bridge, Derbyshire.


The Last Days of the First World War Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There Paul Kendall $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 32 illustrations / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-461-9 / eISBN: 9781848324664

At 11.00 hours on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent across the battlefields of Europe. After the deadliest conflict the world had ever seen, peace had finally arrived. The story of the efforts to bring the war to a conclusion, and those final days and hours of the First World War, are told in the words of the politicians, soldiers and newspaper columnists who were there at the time. Paul Kendall relives some of the most emotional scenes ever witnessed through the eyes of those men and women that were there to see the end of the First World War. Paul Kendall is a military historian and author from Kent specializing in the First World War.

History’s Most Famous Cavalry Charge Told Through Eye Witness Accounts, Newspaper Reports, Memoirs and Diaries John Grehan $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-942-3 / eISBN: 9781848329447

The most notorious, and most contentious, cavalry charge in history still remains an enigma. Though numerous books have been written about the charge, all claiming to ‘reveal the truth’ or to understand ‘the reason why’; exactly what happened at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 continues to be fiercely debated. Voices from the Past, The Charge of the Light Brigade relives that fateful day not through the opinions of such historians but from the words of those that were there. This is the story of the charge told by the soldiers of both sides, in the most detailed description of the Battle of Balaklava yet written.

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Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer

In the Legions of Napoleon

Jean-Baptiste Barres, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard

The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russian 1808–1813

Jean-Baptiste Barres

Henrich von Brandt

$39.95 / 220 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8293-5 / eISBN: 9781473882959

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Central plate section / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388289-8 / eISBN: 9781473882911

These memoirs date from the time of Barrès’ entry into the Chasseurs Velites of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard in 1804. Always modest in recounting his own exploits, Barrès was not only at the cannon’s mouth, but also a participant at such spectacular events as the Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon in Paris and Rome, the torch light procession on the eve of Austerlitz, the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit, and the magnificent military display in the Champ de Mars. His duties involved mounting guard at Malmaison and the palace of Saint-Cloud and also allowed him many fascinating glimpses of the Emperor at reviews, presenting awards and receiving trophies.

In the Legions of Napoleon recounts the adventures of a Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon. By the time he was twenty-five; Heinrich von Brandt had marched from Madrid to Moscow and had been severely wounded on three separate occasions.

Born at Blesle, in Anvergne, in 1784, Jean-Baptiste Barrès died, aged sixty-five at Charmes, in Lorraine in 1849.

From 1808 to 1812 he was caught up in Napoleon’s attempt to subjugate Spain, fighting in battles, sieges and hunting and being hunted by merciless bands of guerrillas. In 1812 his unit took part in the crossing of the Niemen and the epic retreat from Moscow.

Jonathan North is a professional editor and a historian specializing in Napoleonic history. He spent a number of years in Eastern Europe before beginning a career in publishing in 1997.



The Note-Books of Captain Coignet

A Soldier for Napoleon

Soldier of Empire, 1799–1816 Jean-Roche Coignet $39.95 / 312 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8285-0 / eISBN: 9781473882874

Captain Jean-Roch Coignet was born a month after the American Declaration of Independence, and lived through three French Revolutions, two Republics, one Empire, and four Kingships. He writes truthfully of himself and his times in these fascinating memoirs. In the pages of his note-book, Coignet relates the ordinary soldier’s views of the great campaigns and battles – Montebello and Marengo in 1800; the campaigns of Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Friedland in 1805-7; a brief dash into Spain in 1808, the campaign of Aspern and Wagram in 1809, the Russian invasion of 1812, and finally the dramatic conclusion at Waterloo. Jean-Roch Coignet was born on 16 August 1776 at Druyes-les-BellesFontaines. He participated in sixteen campaigns and forty-eight battles, but was never wounded. An illiterate peasant, he was selected for the Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard, rising to the rank of captain.

The Campaigns of Lieutenant Franz Joseph Hausmann – 7th Bavarian Infantry Franz Joseph Hausmann $39.95 / 272 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of b&w plates / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388269-0 / eISBN: 9781473882713

The letters and diaries of Lieutenant Franz Joseph Hausmann are placed in the context of the events of the period by historian John Gill. They stem from Hausmann’s first campaign in the war against Austria, followed by the campaigns in Prussia and Poland. In 1809 he was in action against the Tyrolean insurrection. He was only twenty-three when he embarked on the 1812 invasion of Russia and served as part of the Bavarian corps that was shattered in this campaign. He survived to describe the 1813 campaign and the 1814 campaign in France when the Bavarians switched sides and fought against Napoleon. Cynthia Hausmann, who translated the original letters and diaries, is the great-granddaughter of Franz Hausmann. John Gill is a former colonel in the U.S. Army. He is an associate professor at the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC.

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In the Words of Napoleon

Napoleon and the Archduke Charles

The Emperor Day by Day Edited by R.M. Johnston

A History of the Franco-Austrian Campaign in the Valley of the Danube 1809

$39.95 / 416 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8277-5 / eISBN: 9781473882799

F. Loraine Petre

In the Words of Napoleon is a startling insight into the life and deeds of Napoleon I. Derived from Napoleon’s extensive correspondence and his other writings and recorded speech, this valuable compilation acts as a diary or journal, encompassing the whole of the emperor’s life. The diary reveals Napoleon’s thoughts and actions as his life unfolded and throws light on his attitudes to war, politics and the many varied personalities who surrounded – or opposed – him.

R.M. Johnston was a Napoleonic scholar and author of The Napoleonic Empire in Southern Italy. Philip Haythornthwaite is a respected authority on the British Army of the Napoleonic period.

$39.95 / 416 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of b&w plates / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8265-2 / eISBN: 9781473882676

The Archduke Charles was the most formidable of Napoleon’s continental foes but only once came into direct conflict with him. The Archduke launched a surprise attack upon the French whilst Napoleon was occupied in Spain. Outnumbered, the French faced disaster but, with typical decisiveness Napoleon arrived just in time. In five days of marching and fighting he repulsed the Austrians. The road to Vienna was now open and he pushed on but he underestimated his enemy, being thrown back by the Archduke Charles as he tried to cross the Danube. Francis Loraine Petre, who was born in 1852, was a British civil servant in India before becoming a distinguished military historian and student of Napoleonic tactics and strategy.




With Guns to the Peninsula

Wellington Invades France

In the Peninsula with a French Hussar

The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery William Lloyd Webber $39.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 8 pages of b&w plates / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8257-7 / eISBN: 9781473882591

Second Captain Webber joined Captain Maxwell’s 9-pounder Brigade at Zafra in August 1812. His journal covers the period up to 16 June 1813, just before the Battle of Vitoria. His journal describes his experiences during the advance along the Tagus to Aranjuez, the reversal of fortunes during the autumn of 1812, the retreat into winter quarters in Portugal and his brigade’s part in the campaign of 1813 which saw the French pushed back across the Ebro. Richard Henry Wollocombe is a direct descendant of Captain Webber’s sister.


The Final Phase of the Peninsular War 1813–1814 Ian Robertson $39.95 / 304 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of b&w plates / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47388301-7 /eISBN: 9781473883031

When Wellington’s troops approached the Pyrenees to enter France, the Peninsular War was far from won. Indeed, months of relentless fighting were to follow. In this compelling account of the closing period of the Peninsular War, Ian Robertson records the brutal fighting which characterized this stubborn, six-year conflict.

Ian C. Robertson is the author of a number of books on the Peninsular War including Wellington at War in the Peninsula 1808–1814 and A Commanding Presence, Wellington in the Peninsula 1808–1814.

Memoirs of the War of the French in Spain A.J.M. de Rocca $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Central plate section / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-82614 / eISBN: 9781473882638

Albert Jean Michel de Rocca gives a riveting account of the Peninsular War from a different perspective. Albert Rocca was a junior officer in Napoleon's 2nd Regiment of Hussars, and describes early events such as the march to Madrid and Napoleon’s entry into the city, followed by the subsequent battles and the pursuit of Sir John Moore. Albert Jean Michel de Rocca was born in Geneva in 1788, but joined the French Army. Whilst serving in the Iberian Peninsula he was seriously wounded.

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Frontline Books Fighting Napoleon

The American Sharpe

The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns

The Adventures of an American Officer of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns

Gareth Glover

Gareth Glover

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8684-1 / eISBN: 9781473886865

$39.95 / 272 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 high quality color prints / January 2017 / hardback / 978-184832-777-1 / eISBN: 9781473884175

It is often forgotten that Britain’s struggle against Napoleon ranged across the continents, and the extensive operations of the Royal Navy and the British Army in the Mediterranean was a key battleground in this prolonged war of attrition. Even when Napoleon considered himself the master of Europe, he was unable to control the Mediterranean.

James Penman Gairdner was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but he was sent back to the ‘Old Country’ for his education, receiving his schooling at Harrow. After school, rather than joining his father’s merchant business he decided to become a soldier, receiving a commission in the famous 95th Rifles.

Lieutenant John Hildebrand arrived in the Mediterranean as part of the garrison of Malta in 1810. He was then involved in the defense of the island of Sicily; the campaign to capture the Ionian Islands; the siege of Ragusa, and the Occupation of Corfu. With the war ending in 1814, John and his regiment returned home, only to be sent to Belgium when Napoleon escaped from Elba in 1815. These entertaining memoirs, edited by Gareth Glover provide an intriguing counterpoint to Wellington’s operations in the Iberian Peninsula.

He subsequently served from the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812 until the end of the war in 1814. He then fought in the Waterloo campaign and formed part of the Army of Occupation. He was wounded on three occasions. Throughout his service he kept a journal, which he managed to maintain on almost a daily basis. This journal, along with a number of letters that he wrote to his family, have been edited by renowned historian Gareth Glover and are presented here to the public for the first time.

Gareth Glover is an ex-Royal Navy Officer who has studied the Napoleonic wars for over thirty years and over the last decade has published more than forty books of previously unpublished archival material from the period. He is the acknowledged foremost authority on the British archives related to the Napoleonic Wars and has made a huge number of discoveries which have radically altered our understanding of the Waterloo campaign.

The Crimean War Then and Now Dr David R Jones $60.00 / 256 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 250 illustrations / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84832-491-6 / eISBN: 9781848324930

Following repeated visits to the Crimea over a number of years, Dr David Jones, with the help of local guides, was able to identify and photograph every important location related to one of the nineteenth century’s most deadly conflicts. These have been set besides original paintings and photographs to produce a collection of the most fascinating images ever seen of the Crimean War. With detailed explanations of the significance of each set of images, placed within the context of the war, The Crimean War Then and Now provides the reader with an unprecedented visual record.

David R Jones is an amateur historian with a keen interest in the Crimean War. His professional career has been as a plant pathologist specializing in the problems of banana. He lives in Jervis Bay, Australia.

Decorated Roman Armour From The Ages Of The Kings To The Death of Justinian The Great Raffaele d’Amato and Andrey Evgenevich Negin $50.00 / 256 pages / 7 x 9.5 / 300 images / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9287-3 / eISBN: 9781473892897

From the time of the Bronze Age, the warriors of tribes and nations sought to emblazon their arms and armor with items and images to impress upon the enemy the power of the wearer. Decorated shields were as much a defensive necessity as a symbol of social status. Equally, decorative symbols on shields and armor defined the collective ideals and the importance of the village or city-state its warriors represented. Such items were therefore of great significance to the wearers, and the authors of this detailed book, have brought together years of research and archaeological discoveries, to produce a work of undeniable importance. Dr Raffaele D’Amato is a researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. He currently work as a researcher at the University of Ferrara. Dr Andrey Negin is candidate of historical sciences (Russian PhD), member of the department of history of the Nizhny Novgorod State University.

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Heimdal Three Days in Hell

Submarine Technology

7–9 June 1944

Alain Bovis

Georges Bernage and Frederick Jeanne

$44.00 / 128 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / November 2016 / paperback / 978-2-84-048453-0 / NCR

$35.00 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / November 2016 / paperback / 978-2-84-048455-4 / NCR

June 7, 1944. The Allies have landed in Normandy, where they have set a bridgehead. June 8, 1944. The Winnipegs are crushed by a German counter-attack in Putot. Some German soldiers are executed on Hill 102. June 9, 1944. The “Ribbentrop Company” attacks Norrey: seven Panther tanks are destroyed. The Hitlerjugend’s counterattack is stopped. Thanks to testimonies given by the combatants, this book offers a degree of precision never reached regarding the Battle of Normandy. The wartime and current pictures, the portraits of soldiers and civilians, the maps and the plans make this book a real movie of these “three days in hell” between Bayeux and Caen.

Consisting of more than 15 chapters, this book is an exhaustive overview of the modern submarine and a vision of the future of this formidable weapon. It answers questions about the state of the art design and construction of today’s submarines. In these complex areas, naval architecture has changed dramatically in all disciplines (materials, hydrodynamics, hydro acoustics, energy, thermal hydraulics, automation) and processes (scientific calculations, experimental modeling, algorithms, production, and robotics). The purpose of this book is to show the major changes and trends, illuminated by one of the best French naval specialists. With this book, Alain Bovis presents a unique overview in technical literature. Alain Bovis is an expert in naval hydrodynamics and a member of several scientific juries. He was the winner of the Roger Brard in 1993 and Emile Girardeau prize in 2013.

Objectif Carentan 6–15 Juin 1944 Georges Bernage

Les Paras Francais du Jour J

L’Aviation Allemand 1919–1939

Jean-Charles Stasi

Jacques Pernet and Jean-Charles Stasi

$30.00 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / November 2016 / paperback / 978-2-84-048456-1 / French Text / NCR

$35.00 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / June 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048462-2 / French Text / NCR

$35.00 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / October 2016 / hardback / 978-2-74-048445-6 / French Text / NCR

On June 6, 1944, two American airborne divisions were dropped east of the Contentin Peninsula. One of them, the 101st Airborne Division, was to open the beach outputs for the 4th Infantry Division, which was to land on Utah Beach and identify the passages to meet and take Carentan.

They are a bit forgotten in the history of D-Day. On the night of June 5 to 6, 1944, while men of the 92nd and 101st airborne divisions, and those of the 6th British Airborne Divisions were about to jump over Normandy, thirty-six French commandos were dropped on Britain. They belonged to the Special Air Service, a unit of British Special Forces whose motto was “who dares wins”.

Signed in June 1919 and enacted in January 1920, the Treaty of Versailles included many provisions to limit the rearmament of defeated Germany. Thus, it was no longer entitled to tanks, artillery and military aviation. This prohibition did not choke its aeronautics industry, bypassing the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles by building such aircraft in other countries.

While their numbers were much smaller than that of their fellow paratrooper allies, their missions had no less capital: coordinate and lead the resistance to prevent the Germans station there to go build troops already positioned on the coast or nearby.

It is this history that historian Jacques Pernet, a specialist in German and American aviation, and journalist Jean-Charles Stasi tell in this book, richly illustrated with numerous period photography and color profiles of aircraft.

This book follows these poorly known operations, day by day, with many testimonials and exceptional documents.


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Heimdal La SS-Division “Nord”

Roger Sauvage

Charles Trang

Un du Normandie-Niémen Roger Sauvage

$35.00 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048460-8 / French Text / NCR

Few color photographs exist from World War II and even fewer when they show a unit of the Waffen-SS. The SS-Kriegsberichter Mitcshke was able to benefit from this technology, not widespread at the time, with a report of forty photographs showing the SS-Gebirgs-Division “Nord” on the Finnish front. The photographs offer a varied panorama of the life of this division in the spectacular setting of the forest of Carélie. This book is also an opportunity to provide new information to this unit compared to the text published in the ‘Dictionary of the Waffen-SS’.

U-564 Au Cœur d’une Mission du Korvettenkapitän Teddy Suhren Lawrence Paterson

$52.00 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / February 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048451-6 / French Text / NCR

From an amazing collection of photographs, found in the underwater base of the U-boats of Brest at the end of the war, and remained hidden until recently in a shoebox, this unique book traces the complete history a U-boat missions during the summer of 1942. The submarine in question, U-564, features the famous pattern “three black cats” of “Teddu Suhren” which, with Prien and Kretschmer, was one of the great commanders of U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. This remarkable book provides a unique perspective on both the day by day life on a Uboat and the intricate workings of the German Navy. Through the successes and trials of U564, the reader is taken through this huge naval battlefield; perhaps one of the most important theaters of the Second World War.

$69.00 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048452-3 / French Text / NCR

One of Normandie-Nieman’s aces with six confirmed victories, Roger Sauvage published this book shortly after his return to France, recounting his experience in the Franco-Russian fighter unit that became legendary in aviation history. Recounting the life of the “Neu-Neu” in combat as well as the daily life of the pilots and mechanics, Normandie-Neimen A’s was a great success upon its release and has been reprinted several times thereafter. Today, Heimdal has produced this book including the original text, enriched with historical insights that better enable the reader to understand the squadron. This book includes a large number of photos that were taken by the airman himself on the Russian front.

Sous Le Ordres de Rommel Des Déserts d’Afrique du Nord aux Plages de Normandie Hans Höller and Markus Reisner $69.00 / 240 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / May 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048461-5 / French Text / NCR

Austria’s Hans Höller lived an incredible journey through the Second World War. Within the 15 Panzer Division, he served 20 years with Afrika Korps in Egypt then in Tobruk, Libya. Promoted to Lieutenant he was sent as section chief in Tunisia and participated in the one of the last battles of the German troops in African with the 10 Panzer Division. Commanding the Panzerjager in Normandy, Höller received the order to retake the famous Pegasus Bridge from the hands of British paratroopers in the early hours of D-Day. Hans’ numerous personal photos and stories, at once poignant precise, authentic and even critical, offer and unusual glimpse into the experiences of a young Austrian.

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1796–1797 Du pont d’Arcole à la Bataille de Rivoli Les Derniers Jours de la Première Campagne d’Italie Jean-Marie Mongin $69.00 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / June 2017 / hardback / 978-2-84-048459-2 / French Text / NCR

The French Directory, in 1796, decided to hit the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the heart. Two armies in Germany failed when the small army of Italy, under the orders of Bonaparte, rolled the Austrians. In less than twelve months, it destroyed four Austrian armies, grabbed a part of Piedmont, founded two republics, and conquered northern Italy. Napoleon Bonaparte accessed to glory. This book reveals the aspects of the last months of the campaign. The first chapters include narratives of battles and maneuvers, plus tactics that brought wins with the strategic importance of the vision of Bonaparte. The second part addresses the technical components and uniforms of the units on both sides.


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Helion and Company Knight’s Cross Holders of the SS and German Police 1940–45. Volume 2

Honoring Those They Led Decorated Field Commanders of the Third Reich; Command Authorities, Award Parameters, And Ranks

Friedrich Jeckeln – Felix Przedwojewski

Marck C. Yerger, Leslie Fiorenza and Ignacio Arrondo

Michael D. Miller

$89.95 / 264 pages / 8.5 x 10.75 / c 300 b&w photographs, documents / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151222-6

$59.95 / 356 pages / 6 x 9.25 / Approx. 900 b&w photos / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151225-7

This second of a planned four volumes continues the alphabetical examination and photo coverage of the SS and Police Ritterkreuzträger (Knight’s Cross holders). The major achievements of each recipient – gleaned almost exclusively from wartime documentation – are covered in meticulous detail, with hundreds of rare and often never-beforepublished photographs.

Michael Miller was born in Torrance, California on 28 May 1971. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993, with assignments to USS Orion (AS-18) and the Port Services Department of Commander, Submarine Squadron 22 in La Maddalena, Sardinia as well as Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain. His interest in the Second World War dates back to 1978. He is the founder of the website Axis Biographical Research.

Blood in the Forest

The book provides in-depth details on a diversity of subjects – including specifics of the five senior ranks of the German Army, that combined, totaled some 2,000 officers. Information, along with privately owned award documents, are shown to fully understand the process and granting of Germany’s highest accolades for bravery or leadership: the Knight’s Cross, the German Cross in Gold and the Roll of Honor Clasp. Other topics covered include the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, Oberkommando des Heeres, Generalstabes des Heeres and their key personnel. Changes in command-level responsibilities as the war progressed – as a result of Hitler’s appointments and operational planning – are discussed.

Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

The End of the Second World War in the Courland Pocket Vincent Hunt

Vladimir Kotelnikov

$49.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 18 color photos, 1 color ill, 17 b&w photos, 6 maps, 1 table / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151206-6

Blood in the Forest tells the brutal story of the forgotten battles of the final months of the Second World War. While the eyes of the world were on Hitler’s bunker, more than half a million men fought six battles along a front line of fields and forests known as the ‘Courland Pocket’. The author travels through the modern landscape – gathering eyewitness accounts before piecing together the stories of those who survived. He meets veterans who fought in the Latvian Legion, former partisans and a refugee who fled the Soviet advance to later become president. With maps and expert contributions, newspaper archives, photographs and diary extracts translated into English, the author assembles a ghastly picture of death and desperation in the story of a nation gripped by war. Vincent Hunt is an historical writer and award-winning BBC documentary maker who gathers his material face-to-face in his search to get to the heart of a story.


Honoring Those They Led examines specific points and groups within a massive subject: commanding generals of World War Two German field commands, with those primarily studied being among a select group to have one or more of their highest combat decorations presented by Adolf Hitler.

$79.95 / 656 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c. 650 color & b&w photos, c. 100 color aircraft profiles, c.10 scale drawings, maps / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151226-4

Seventy years have passed since the Second World War, yet the books and articles still keep coming – discussing what role the deliveries of arms and materials by Soviet allies played in the victory of the Red Army. The author of this book has assembled a volume of information related to the delivery of aviation equipment from the UK and the USA. Based on documents from Russian and foreign archives, the author has made a qualitative and quantitative appraisal of the influence of these deliveries upon the Soviet war effort and airpower during the conflict. The book details the routes of the aircraft deliveries to Russia, the modifications which were done in order to suit the Russian climate and the specifics of their frontline use, as well as the process of the new aircraft being mastered. Vladimir Kotelnikov is the editor of the Aviakollektsiya aviation history magazine, published in Moscow.

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Helion and Company The Battle of Kursk Controversial and Neglected Aspects Valeriy Zamulin and Stuart Britton $69.95 / 388 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 154 photos / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151237-0

In this book, historian Valeriy Zamulin takes a look at several controversial topics regarding the battle and its run-up. The author starts with a detailed look at the Soviet and Russian historiography on the battle. Zamulin then discusses of how the southern shoulder of the Kursk bulge was formed; preparations for the battle; and the size and composition of Model’s Ninth Army. He then examines such controversial topics as whether or not the II SS Panzer Corps was aware of the pending Soviet counter-attack at Prokhorovka, and the effectiveness of the Soviet preemptive barrage. Zamulin also discusses whether or not General Vatutin erred when arranging his defenses, as well as taking a look at how the myth of 1,500 tanks colliding on a narrow strip of farm fields became perpetuated, when it was impossible for the Army’s tanks to attack due to the constrictions of the terrain.

The Budapest Operation (29 October 1944–13 February 1945) An Operational-Strategic Study Soviet General Staff and Richard Harrison $79.95 / 336 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 2 maps / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151242-4

The Budapest Operation examines the Red Army’s operations on the approaches to Budapest and the city’s capture following a long siege. The first part of the study deals with the Red Army’s arrival in Central Hungary and the subsequent development of the offensive through Romania, Bulgaria and Eastern Yugoslavia. This study examines the rapid advance to the outskirts of Budapest, where stubborn German-Hungarian resistance forced them to halt – after which the Soviets sought to surround the city. Also examined are the Germans’ repeated attempts to break the siege by launching several counter-offensives to the west and south of the city; however, these were all beaten back in heavy fighting and the enemy garrison was forced to capitulate on 13 February. Richard W. Harrison has worked for the US Department of Defense as an investigator in Russia, dealing with cases involving POWs and MIAs. Dr. Harrison lives with his family near Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Iasi–Kishinev Operation, 20–29 August 1944

Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. Volume 2

The Red Army's Summer Offensive Into the Balkans

Evacuation and Further Naval Operations

Richard Harrison and the Soviet General Staff

Niall Cherry

$79.95 / 336 pages / 6.75 x 9.25 / 3 maps / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151243-1

$59.95 / 376 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 112 ills / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151213-4

This book details the Soviet preparation and conduct of the Red Army’s massive offensive into Romania in the summer of 1944. The seventh of the 10 strategic operations conducted by the Soviet armed forces that year, the operation successfully carried out the task of destroying German forces in Northern Romania and taking Germany’s Romanian satellite out of the war.

Books on the early months of 1940 are dominated by the fighting undertaken by the British Expeditionary Force following the German invasion – and it is often overlooked that prior to this, another British Expeditionary Force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invasion on 9 April saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during the Second World War.

The study, unlike many others in this series, is based only in part on materials published by the Soviet General Staff’s historical section. Nonetheless, this and other material was written and published for the purpose of generalizing the experience of the war. The study is divided into two parts: the first deals with the operation as a whole. The second part is firmly focused at the tactical-operational level.

Volume 2 focuses on the evacuation and further naval operations – including the sinking of HMS Glorious’ response.

Niall Cherry is a long standing member of the Western Front Association, the Military Heraldry Society and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance Old Comrades Association. Niall currently lives in Lancashire.

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Glories to Useless Heroism

For Orange and the States: The Army of the Dutch Republic, 1713–1772

The American Journals of Comte Maurès De Malartic, 1755–1760 William Raffle

Part I: Infantry

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 1 Frontispiece ill, 8 maps / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151219-6

Marc Geerdink-Schaftenaar

‘These are the facts and notes taken by a soldier on campaign, written daily, sometimes in a tent, sometimes in a canoe, today in the presence of the enemy, tomorrow in conference with a tribe of savages’. This is taken from the original edition of the journal of Comte Maurès de Malartic. Malartic sailed to the North American colony of New France in 1755. As war escalated, he remained in the colony and was present at the engagements in what came to be known as the ‘French and Indian War’. Keeping his journal almost every day during the campaign, not only does Malartic describe his military duties, he also continues his observations into the winters spent in Montreal and Quebec.

$39.95 / 104 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / 50 illustrations / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151215-8

The Dutch Republic was one of the great powers during the 17th and 18th centuries. Generally, they considered to have lost that status after the Peace of Utrecht; however, when the Republic entered the War of Austrian Succession, it was able to field an army of more than 80,000 men. The losses suffered in that conflict led to a period of decline, which in the end, would result in the end of the Republic in 1795 – but despite the years of neutrality, shortages, budget cuts and reorganizations, the army was still a formidable force. The purpose of this book is to focus on the uniforms and organization of that army, from the Peace of Utrecht until the reforms of 1772. Marc Geerdink-Schaftenaar began studying military history and uniforms after casting his first tin soldiers when he was 12. He lives in Julianadorp, the Netherlands.

William Raffle lives and works in Derbyshire and has been studying colonial North America for many years.



Reminiscences 1808–1815 Under Wellington

Far Distant Ships The Blockade of Brest 1793–1815 Quintin Barry $59.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 20-25 ills & 10-12 maps/charts / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151214-1

The Peninsular and Waterloo Memoirs of William Hay William Hay and Andrew Bamford

William Hay had an exciting military career during the Napoleonic Wars, which took him to the Peninsula, to Waterloo and, after 1815, to Canada.

Throughout the war at sea during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, it was a principle of British naval strategy to blockade the port of Brest. It was a strategy that had been perfected by Sir Edward Hawke during the Seven Years War.

Hay’s recollections are very much those of a dashing young officer. There is no denying that he is the hero of his own epic, but these are more than just tales of derring-do, for Hay’s stories of the lighter side of military life illuminate Britain’s Napoleonic officer corps.

There were many aspects to the blockade of Brest, but always at its center was the need to frustrate French attempts at the invasion of Britain or Ireland. Inevitably, there were great sea battles when the French ventured out, though fewer than might have been expected.

This edition of his memoirs is introduced and annotated by historian Andrew Bamford and includes additional information to identify places, people and events – thus adding context to the original narrative.

Drawing on the official and personal correspondence, this book traces the development of British naval strategy and describes the crucial encounters between the rival fleets and the single-ship actions.

$59.95 / 164 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 3 b&w ills, maps / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151232-5

William Hay served in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars, rising to the rank of captain before returning to civilian life. Andrew Bamford is a historian and author who has written extensively on the British Army in the Napoleonic Wars.


Quintin Barry is a solicitor and a retired Employment Judge. Following a lifelong interest in military and naval history, he is the author of a number of books on the subject.

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Helion and Company Imperial Bayonets

Lützen and Bautzen

Tactics of the Napoleonic Battery, Battalion and Brigade as Found in Contemporary Regulations

Napoleon’s Spring Campaign of 1813

George Nafziger $59.95 / 296 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 132 ills, 94 tables, 7 charts/graphs / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151223-3

Imperial Bayonets examines the maneuvering systems of the French, Prussians, Russians, Austrians and British from 1792 to 1815. It studies infantry maneuvers and firepower, cavalry maneuvers and artillery – and it is the definitive work on Napoleonic tactics, as well as being a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the fundamentals of period tactics. It provides not only a discussion of every major maneuver of the five major powers (i.e. from line to square, or column), but does time and motion studies of how long it would take to execute those maneuvers and compares them to the other nations. It covers infantry and cavalry maneuvers on this level, as well as undertaking an analysis of both musketry effectiveness and artillery effectiveness – providing curves that demonstrate the effectiveness of both. It also covers brigade maneuvers and army marches.

George Nafziger $69.95 / 388 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 100 ills & maps / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-1512271

One army lost in the Russian winter, Napoleon raised another to keep his grip on Europe. A tired Russian Army and a raw Prussian force marched to meet him. Lützen and Bautzen is a detailed and masterful study of a misunderstood and little covered campaign, yet it was a war between titans, as Napoleon led his conscripts to crush a foe worthy to face him. From the great battles of Lutzen and Bautzen to the skirmishes with marauding Cossacks, George Nafziger follows the complete campaign in Germany from top to bottom, with a wealth of detail. A great researcher, the author uncovers the secrets of one of the greatest of Napoleonic campaigns. This new edition incorporates a new set of images and newly-commissioned maps.

George F. Nafziger, PhD, Captain USNR-Ret. is a fellow of the Le Souvenir Napoléonienne Internationale, and runs the Nafziger Collection, Inc. He has served as a Director of the Napoleonic Society of America and the Napoleonic Alliance. He served in the US Navy for 4 years and a further 20 in the US Navy Reserves.



Wargame: The Roman Invasion AD 43

Wargame: The Spanish Armada 1588

Peter Dennis and Andy Callan

Peter Dennis and Andy Callan

$29.95 / 48 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / approx. 12 photos & original figure artwork / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151203-5

$29.95 / 48 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / approx. 12 photos & original figure artwork / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151204-2

In the ‘Battle for Britain’ 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 supremacy through our island history. Here, the Legions of Rome and the fierce Celtic inhabitants of Britannia can clash again using simple rules from veteran wargamer Andy Callan. This source book shows you how to copy and make any number of colorful and durable stands of troops using traditional skills with glue and scissors. To play the game, you will need a tabletop playing surface, a tape measure and a handful of dice.

In this title in the ‘Battle for Britain’ series, well-known historical illustrator Peter Dennis takes the battle out to sea – supplying all the artwork needed to create the navies which clashed in the English Channel at a moment of supreme danger for the realm. Artwork is also supplied for a printable squared sea surface, coastline and islands. Here, the galleons, Nao and galleasses of the Spanish invader can clash again with the sea dogs of Elizabeth I using simple rules from veteran wargamer Andy Callan. This source book shows you how to copy and make any number of simple and colourful ship cut-out models using traditional skills with glue and scissors. To play the game, you will need a tabletop playing surface and a handful of dice.

Peter Dennis is a well-known military history illustrator. He has illustrated well over 100 titles for Osprey and his box art is familiar in the plastic wargames figure market. He is a lifelong wargamer with a long standing fascination for Paper figures. Andy Callan is a veteran Wargamer with an interest in innovation. He has written many articles and rules sets in the wargames magazine field.

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Helion and Company ASIA@WAR


Target Saigon 1973–75

The Paras

Volume 1

Portugal’s First Elite Force

The Fall of South Vietnam

John P. Cann

Albert Grandolini

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 73 b&w ills, 27 color ills / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151248-6

$39.95 / 104 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 150 photos, 5 maps & 18 profiles / March 2017 / paperback / 9781-91-151234-9

After 27 years of conflict, it seemed that peace would finally settle on the Indochina Peninsula with the signing of a peace accord. The North Vietnamese had launched their offensive against South Vietnam, but fell short of their objectives: the destruction of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. They now proposed, in exchange for the release of US prisoners of war, the withdrawal of the remaining American forces in Vietnam. This volume examines the US’ withdrawal, as well as the implementation of the peace accords. It then presents the respective opposing armed forces and focuses on the North Vietnamese rebuilding after the havoc wrought by the American aerial campaign. Most at all, it examines the initial fighting that not only resumed, but escalated, into battles where the South Vietnamese still prevailed. Military Historian and aviation journalist, Albert Grandolini was born in Vietnam and gained an MA in history from Paris I Sorbonne University.

Portuguese paratroopers (or ‘paras’) began as a stepchild of the army and found a home in the Portuguese Air Force in 1955. Initially, the post-World War Two Portuguese Army seemed to have had mixed emotions about the need for elite, special-purpose forces. Nevertheless, in a ‘war of the weak’ in which insurgents avoid government strengths and exploit its vulnerabilities, such small units are well suited to counterinsurgency operations. This appreciation emerged with the threat of a new kind of war in Portuguese Africa: an insurgency. The air force saw a need for troops who could fight an unconventional war. This book tells the paras’ story. It details how they were formed and trained, and how they developed their tactics.

John P. Cann is a Research Fellow at Marine Corps University, a former member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a retired professor.



The Iran-Iraq War

The Iran-Iraq War

Volume 3

Volume 4

Iraq’s Triumph

The Forgotten Fronts

Tom Cooper, E.R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi

Tom Cooper, E.R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi

$35.00 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 120 photos, 15 artworks, 5-6 maps & 4-5 diags / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151245-5

$35.00 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 120 photos, 15 artworks, 5-6 maps & 4-5 diags / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151244-8

The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. This books provides a unique insight into a war which began through miscalculation and rapidly escalated into the longest conventional conflict in the postSecond World War era.

The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. It provides a unique insight into a war which began through miscalculation and escalated into the longest conventional conflict in the post-Second World War era.

This third volume covers the last two years of the war on the Southern Front, where Iranians made their last effort to break through Iraqi lines. Iraqi defenses just about held: for a year, there was silence, but then Iraq launched a series of devastating blows that recovered the Faw Peninsula, pulverized Iranian positions and drove the front lines back to the international border. Iran was left with no option but to sue for peace.

Volume 4 in this series covers the warfare between Iran and Iraq on the Central and Northern Fronts. Following Iraqi attacks that seized some territory, the Iranians began nibbling back until achieving some success in the center. Subsequently, the Central Front saw only minor conventional battles until Iraq launched several major blows in 1988. In the north, fighting revolved around Kurdish insurgencies in Northern Iraq and culminated in the horror of the Halabcheh gas attack. The final campaign of the war saw Iraq-supported Iranian émigrés launching a swiftly-crushed invasion of their homeland.

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in worldwide transportation business he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts. E. R. Hooton is a successful retired defense journalist. He is the author of more than a dozen military history books. Farzin Nadimi is a writer and researcher of the Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf defense and security affairs. He lives in Washington, DC.


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Helion and Company Churchill’s Secret War With Lenin

Passchendaele 103 Days in Hell Alexandra Churchill, Andrew Holmes and Jonathan Dyer

British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918–20

$59.95 / 224 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 8 maps, 130 b&w photos / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151230-1

Damien Wright $79.95 / 504 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 8 color photos, 198 b&w photos, 8 maps, 7 tabulated lists (in appendices) / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151210-3

After three years of suffering on the Eastern Front, Imperial Russia was in crisis. In November 1917, Lenin’s Bolsheviks seized power. As Russia fractured into loyalist and revolutionary factions, the British Government became drawn into the Civil War. After the withdrawal of British forces, they attempted to cover up involvement by classifying documents. The culmination of more than 15 years of research, Damien Wright has written the first history of British military intervention in the Russian Civil War. Damien Wright’s interest in military history traces back to his childhood when he was shown a photograph of his Grandfather in Australian Light Horse uniform. Churchill’s Secret War with Lenin is his first book.

Chig Sky Pilot to the Glider Pilots of Arnhem Mike Vockins $59.95 / 196 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 23 ills & maps / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151233-2

New first-hand accounts of the Battle of Arnhem become rarer as time passes. Chig is the story of a country who then took part in Operation ‘Market Garden’ as chaplain to the men of the Glider Pilot Regiment. When he left home, ‘Chig’ – Rowland Chignell wrote often to his father. Remarkably, his father kept those letters, which were written between August 1940 and September 1944. When Chig died in 1994, his effects were cleared; among them were 84 letters Chig had written to his father. Mike Vockins was a long-time friend of Chig. He has added introductory chapters, and also a concluding post-Arnhem chapter describing Chig’s life on either side of these war-time epistles.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. Passchendaele explains this engagement using 103 personal stories of men who fought in it. Using a unique method that draws extensively on both official military records and work with the descendants and families of their chosen subjects, the authors paint a vivid picture of a battle that has become synonymous with the horror of the Western Front and how it affected men who took part in it.

Alexandra Churchill is an author, researcher and historian who has contributed to and appeared on numerous television documentaries. Andrew Holmes is a researcher and photographer who has been visiting the battlefields of the Great War for over twelve years. Jonathan Dyer has a keen interest in the history of the Great War and has been visiting the battlefields for 10 years.

Understanding the Ypres Salient

Bullets, Bombs and Poison Gas

An Illuminating Battlefield Guide

Supplying the Troops on the Western Front 1914–1918, Documentary Sources

Tom Scotland and Steve Heys

David Rogers $39.95 / 256 pages / 5.75 x 8.25 / 49 color maps, 147 color photos / June 2017 / paperback / 978-191-151250-9

$49.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 32 color ills, 39 tables / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151208-0

This work provided the reader with an understanding of what happened in the Ypres salient. It sets out to transport the visitor around sites of importance for the First, Second and Third Battles of Ypres – and in so doing, to bring the battlefield to life.

Soldiers in the trenches were issued with four bullets a day. This does not seem like a lot of bullets; however, four bullets a day is 28 per week – therefore, a million soldiers need 28 million bullets per week.

Eighteen chapters will focus on aspects of particular battles – explaining troop movements and strategy – and are accompanied by many maps based on those in the official history as well as color photographs taken by the authors.

Supplying the troops was further complicated by the need to ensure that the many and varied shells were available for the howitzers, mortars and other artillery. Servicing this supply chain was a complex business – leading to some interesting issues.

Tom Scotland is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He developed his interest in the Great War whilst a student. Steve Heys is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.

Dave Rogers set up Danercon Ltd in 2004, having previously worked for a multinational company for 23 years. This is Dave’s seventh book for Helion.

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Helion and Company Duty Nobly Done

Best Love to All

The South Wales Borderers at Gallipoli 1915

The Letters and Diaries of Captain Eric Rigby-Jones, McCand BAR and His Experiences as a Young Officer with the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918

Rodney Ashwood $59.95 / 364 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 41 b&w photos, 2 color photos, 20 b&w maps & 6 b&w tables / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151217-2

John Rigby-Jones

While the main emphasis of the Great War was on the Western Front, the British Army also took part in a lesser known conflict: Gallipoli. The 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers was present throughout the whole campaign and was the only Welsh battalion to take part in the amphibious assault on 25 April 1915. By a clever weave of official records and personal anecdotes, the reader is taken on a journey of highs and lows – depicting the reality of life on active service. Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Ashwood served in the Welch Regiment. Now retired, he lectures regularly on military subjects and is a member of the Gallipoli Association. He lives with his wife in Brecon.

Never Retire The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli Dr Gavin Hughes and David Truesdale

$59.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 8pp of plates, 4 maps / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151229-5

Never Retire is the story of the men who joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles to fight against Germany – and instead, found themselves fighting the armies of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli. Using new evidence and original sources, Never Retire examines the backgrounds of the men of the 6th Rifles and follows their lives as they enlist and undergo training. It recounts their experiences of life and death during their brief time on the peninsula. Dr Gavin Hughes is a military historian, archaeologist and broadcaster, currently with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. David Truesdale has been a soldier, milkman and civil servant, retiring in 1998, to change what was a hobby into a full time writing career.


$59.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 85 b&w photos & 8 b&w maps / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151205-9

Best Love to All is an account of the experiences of the author’s grandfather as a young officer on the Western Front with the Liverpool Pals. Based on his unpublished letters and diaries, it covers his participation in the battles of Arras and Ypres in 1917, with the Fifth and Second Armies during the great German Spring Offensive of 1918, and in Brussels after the armistice. John Rigby-Jones worked in the private healthcare sector for over 30 years. It was only when his father died in 2006 that he rediscovered his grandfather’s letters and diaries from the First World War.

The Other Side of the Wire.


Volume 3

The First World War and the Peace Conferences

With The XIV Reserve Corps: The Period Of Transition 2 July 1916–August 1917 Ralph Whitehead $79.95 / 656 pages / 6 x 9.25 / c 160 b&w photos, 50 maps / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151247-9

Volume 3 carries the story of the XIV Reserve Corps through the Battle of the Somme and into 1917. The tactics and strategy of trench warfare would undergo great changes, as the German Army was transformed from a military force into a modern fighting force. The reader will experience the withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line and the subsequent fighting by Arras, Verdun and in the Champagne. Ralph Whitehead is a graduate of C.W. Post College where he concentrated his studies in American and European history. He currently resides in Fayetteville.

Britain’s Quest For Oil Martin Gibson $69.95 / 196 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 3 b&w maps, 22 tables, 1 chart / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151207-3

The use of oil-fueled aircraft, tanks, vehicles and warships increased greatly during the war. Britain found themselves in an oil crisis, but it was overcome and the Allies’ greater oil resources, mostly supplied by the USA, contributed to their victory. The situation was tight and it was not certain that the USA would be willing to provide quantities in a future conflict. Therefore, the obvious place to obtain oil was the Mosul Province. Britain successfully argued at the series of conferences that it should have the mandate over an Iraq that included all of Mosul. Martin Gibson was for many years an investment analyst. He was awarded an MLitt in War Studies by the University of Glasgow.

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An Army of Brigadiers


British Brigade Commanders at the Battle of Arras 1917

New Perspectives on the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915–16

Trevor Harvey

Rhys Crawley and Michael LoCicero

$59.95 / 356 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 32 photos, 16 maps, 25 tables / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151200-4

Following on from two major studies in recent years that have explored the roles and responsibilities of British generals at different levels within the British Expeditionary Force’s command structure, Dr Trevor Harvey’s study provides an analysis of command at the level of the infantry brigade. It is based on a critical period during the Great War: from late in the Battle of the Somme to the end of the Battle of Arras in mid-May 1917. Dr Harvey’s analysis is based on the service records of 116 brigadiergenerals whose brigades played some part in the Battle of Arras. Trevor Harvey was born in West Germany, spent part of his childhood in Canada before returning to the UK. He is currently Chairman of the Heart of England Branch.

$79.95 / 656 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 24 maps & 50 b&w ills / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151218-9

Generally conceded to be doomed from the outset by the most recent historiography, the Gallipoli campaign still arouses heated controversy. In a new compendium of original research by an impressive array of established and up-and-coming scholars, Gallipoli: The Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 1915-16 explores a wide variety of aspects of the Allied military effort to force a passage through the Dardanelles Straits and eliminate Ottoman Turkey from its Central Powers alliance. Dr Rhys Crawley works at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, where he is writing the Official History of Australian Operations in Afghanistan. Dr Michael LoCicero is an independent scholar and Helion & Company commissioning editor.




Killer Butterflies

From Docks and Sand

The Landing at the Dawn

Combat, Psychology and Morale in the British 19th (Western) Division 1915–18

Southport and Bootle’s Battalion, The 7th King’s Liverpool Regiment, in the First World War

Dissecting a Legend – The Landing at Anzac, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915

James Roberts

Adrian Gregson

$69.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 8 b&w ills / August 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151224-0

$69.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 18 b&w photos / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151216-5

In this work, James Roberts examines the willingness and ability of British volunteer and conscript infantrymen of the Great War to perform the soldier’s fundamental role: to kill or maim the enemy, and accept the attendant chance of being killed or wounded. Literature to date has been somewhat silent on the soldier’s part in the act of killing, but this study recovers this neglected narrative through the experiences of 19th (Western) Division, as recorded in their unit war diaries.

This book is a study of the importance of community identity to a fighting unit in the First World War. In this case, the unit in question is primarily 7th King’s Regiment.

James Roberts’ interest in the Great War began at an early age. James studied History at the University of Worcester and was awarded his PhD in 2004. James resides in the Highlands of Scotland.

The book is based upon the author’s PhD thesis and is an analysis of the relevance of local communities to the battalion and its division; the role played by the army in the local communities’ involvement in the war; and the post-war ramifications of this relationship. Adrian Gregson is currently Archives Policy and Collections Manager for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and Worcester Diocesan Archivist.

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James Hurst $59.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 50 photos & approx. 10 maps / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151246-2

The Gallipoli landing is Australia’s best known battle. It is commemorated each year with services, parades and media attention. Despite this attention, the landing is still poorly understood. This book re-examines and reconstructs the ANZAC landing by applying a new approach to an old topic: it uses the experience of a single battalion over a single day to create a body of evidence with which to construct a history of the battle. Dr James Hurst is the author of Game to the Last, the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli. He resides in Adelaide, South Australia.


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Helion and Company Bandit Mentality

Four Flags, The Odyssey of a Professional Soldier. Part 2

Hunting Insurgents in the Rhodesian Bush War. A Memoir Lindsay O’Brien

Rhodesian Security Forces 1979–80, South African Defence Force 1981–83

$39.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 21 b&w photos, 1 map / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151202-8

David Barr

Bandit Mentality captures Lindsay ‘Kiwi’ O’Brien’s Bush War service from 1976-1980 at the coalface of the Rhodesian conflict. Starting in the BSA Police Support Unit, he served across the country as a section leader and a troop commander before joining the UANC political armies as a trainer and advisor.

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 16 b&w photos / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151249-3

Dave Barr knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to be a marine. Following a series of menial jobs, he joined the Marines before shipping out to Vietnam. This was his dream come true – flying as a helicopter gunner – and he ended the war with 57 Air Medals. After leaving the Marines, Dave found it hard to hold a job and stay out of trouble. It was then that he read about Israel.

Support Unit started poorly supplied and equipped, but the caliber of the men was second to none. Support Unit specialized in the ‘grunt’ work inside Rhodesia. O’Brien’s war was primarily within selected tribal lands – seeking out and destroying terrorist units in brisk close-range battles. O’Brien moved from the police to working with the initial UANC deployment in the Zambezi Valley, where the recruits were delivered into the terrorist lair. They had to learn fast, or die.

Always looking for a rush, Dave decided to take his chances – emigrating illegally to Israel. He was inducted into the Israeli Army and then the Paratrooper. After serving his time, he left Israel – and back in the USA, Dave was stuck in a rut and ready for his next adventure.

Lindsay O’Brien was born and raised in New Zealand, joining the NZ Army at 16 in order to run away from home. He was awarded the highest police gallantry award. He lives in Queensland.

Dave Barr is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a motorcyclist best known for being the first double amputee to circumnavigate the globe. He lives in Bodfish, California.

Dirty War Glenn Cross

The Black Beret: The History of South Africa’s Armoured Forces. Volume 2

$39.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 33-35 ills incl. b&w photos. 1-2 color photos & 3-5 color maps / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151212-7

Willem Steenkamp

Rhodesia and Chemical Biological Warfare 1975–1980

The War in Italy and the Interwar Years 1942–1961

Dirty War is the first comprehensive look at Rhodesia’s top secret use of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) during their counterinsurgency against native African nationalists. Having declared its Independence from Great Britain, the government faced a growing threat. In the midst of this conflict, Rhodesia resorted to chemical and biological weapons against a guerrilla adversary. Cloaked in secrecy, these efforts were overseen by a ruthless officer of Rhodesia’s Special Branch. Dirty War is the culmination of nearly two decades of painstaking research and interviews of dozens of former Rhodesian officers who either participated in, or were knowledgeable about, the top secret development and use of CBW. The book also draws on the handful of remaining classified Rhodesian documents that tell the story of the CBW program. Dr. Glenn Cross currently works for the US Government on WMD issues. Since the early 1990s, he has worked on biological weapons issues for U.S. intelligence agencies.


$79.95 / 504 pages / 6 x 9.25 / c 200 b&w photos, documents, maps / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151240-0

Volume 2 of The Black Beret picks up where the previous volume left off – describing the bowing out of the South African Tank Corps, the formation of 6th South African Armored Division and its subsequent campaign in Italy. Its exploits in Italy are recounted in detail, from its blooding at Cassino; the pursuit to Rome; the hard fight to breach the Gothic Line; and through to final victory. The final part of the book recounts the events of 1945-1961 – including the introduction of the Centurion tank. This is an important and overlooked story – one told by Willem Steenkamp in a rich and unique style – drawing on a significant number of sources and ably supported by many photographs and maps. Willem Steenkamp has been a journalist, soldier, writer of fact and fiction, military tattoo producer and specialist tour guide. A military reservist, he was called up for military service on various occasions and took part in four external operations.

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Cromwell’s Buffoon

The Army of James II, 1685–1688

The Life and Career of the Regicide, Thomas Pride

The Birth of the British Army

Robert Hodkinson

Stephen Ede -Borrett

$69.95 / 184 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 7 b&w maps 13 b&w ills / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91151211-0

Colonel Thomas Pride was central to one of the English Civil War’s key events: the arrest and exclusion of 140 Members of Parliament. Those that remained in the House of Commons voted to bring King Charles I to trial, voted to bring King Charles I to trial, resulting in the first and only public execution of a British Monarch. While this episode of history is renowned, the life of the army officer behind it remains shrouded in obscurity. Cromwell's Buffoon is a detailed and engaging account of the life of soldier and regicide, Colonel Thomas Pride, a Somerset farmer's son who fought his way through the Civil Wars to become one of the English Commonwealth's most forceful personalities. Robert Hodkinson graduated from the University of Derby with an MA in Humanities, winning the vice-chancellor’s prize for his dissertation on contemporary poetry of the First World War. He lives in the East Midlands.

$39.95 / 208 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / over 60 b&w ills, 8pp color ills incl. uniforms, flags & paintings, 12 tables / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151236-3

Between James’ accession in February 1685 and flight in December 1688, the British Armies increased fourfold. In 1689, the new King kept James’ army into being and it was to become the army which led the victories at Blenheim and elsewhere. James’ part in the creation of the British Army is often deliberately overlooked or ignored. This book looks at the creation of the enlarged armies of England, Scotland and Ireland; their uniforms and flags, organization and weapons; their drill and their strength; their pay and their staff. Stephen Ede-Borrett is currently the Honorary Chairman of The Pike and Shot Society and a member of a number of historical societies and groups. He lives in London.




Hey For Old Robin!

The Bavarian Army During the Thirty Years War, 1618–1648

Peter the Great Humbled

The Campaigns and Armies of the Earl of Essex During the First Civil War, 1642–44 Chris Scott and Alan Turton $49.95 / 256 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / 53 b&w ills, 8 color drawings & photos, 17 b&w maps / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151221-9

‘Hey For Old Robin!’ was the cry of the Earl of Essex’s army during the First Civil War as, contrary to popular belief, Robert Devereux was liked by the men he led. This book fills a gap – taking up the challenge to write a new history of Essex examining the often repeated view that he was a cautious dullard with little military skill. Christopher Scott and Alan Turton have been working together on civil war projects since 1975 when they were consecutive commanding officers of the Roundhead Association Devereux’s Regiment.

The Backbone of the Catholic League Laurence Spring $39.95 / 128 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / 14 photos, 16 charts / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151239-4

The Bavarian Army has been overshadowed by Gustavus Adolphus’ and Wallenstein’s armies, but it was one of only a few armies to have fought throughout the Thirty Years War. This book covers the Bavarian Army’s organization, but also has chapters on recruitment, officers, clothing, weaponry, pay and rations of a soldier during the Thirty Years War. Laurence Spring is a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre.

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The RussoOttoman War of 1711 Nicholas Dorrell $39.95 / 88 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / Approx. 8pp uniform ills, 2-3 maps used, approx. 10 portrait ills / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151231-8

In 1711, Peter the Great led an army from Poltava into the Balkans. He aimed to humble the Ottomans in the same way he had the Swedes years before. Yet within a few months, the Ottomans had forced the Tsar into surrender. The war was the first time that Russia was strong enough to confront the Ottomans independently. The book looks at the causes of this little known war and its course. Nicholas Dorrell studied History and War Studies at Wolverhampton University. He works as a tutor in Worcestershire.


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The Battle of Majuba Hill

Heroes, Rogues & Vagabonds

The Transvaal Campaign, 1880–1881

Irish VCs in the Crimean War

The British Campaign in Abyssinia, 1867–1868

John Laband

David Truesdale and John Young

$39.95 / 160 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / 1 color photo, 1 color ill, 35 b&w photos, 14 b&w ills, 6 maps / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151238-7

$49.95 / 136 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / c 60 b&w ills & maps / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151220-2

The rout of a British force at the Battle of Majuba was the culminating British disaster in the Transvaal campaign in South Africa. Based on British and Boer archival and contemporary sources, this appraisal of Majuba situates it in the operational and political contexts of the Transvaal campaign.

Those men awarded the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War served in the artillery, infantry, cavalry and Royal Navy. Not only was the first ever VC recipient an Irishman, so was the first soldier to be awarded in numerous infantry regiments.

Dr John Laband lives in the village of Greyton in South Africa. He is the co-editor of The History of Military Occupation series for the University of Illinois Press.

Another Bloody Chapter in an Endless Civil War Volume 2: Northern Ireland And The Troubles 1988-90 Ken Wharton $59.95 / 400 pages / 6 x 9.25 / over 60 ills / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-151201-1

This book picks up from where Volume 1 left off and describes and analyses the major incidents and stories from the Troubles between the years 1988 and 1990, as Operation ‘Banner’ unfolded and Irish Republicanism and Northern Irish Loyalism continued to make the country into a bloody battlefield.


John Young is the author of a number of works on the Zulu War, including Victoria’s Harvest (2016), co-authored with David Truesdale.

Christopher Brice $39.95 / 120 pages / 7.25 x 9.75 / approx. 40 b&w ills / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91-151241-7

The Abyssinian campaign of 1867-1868 was a remarkable military undertaking of the Victorian era. The expedition demonstrated the power and ‘reach’ of the British Empire. That this campaign was successful owed much not only to British power, resources and technology, but also the remarkable leadership of Lieutenant General Sir Robert Napier.

Dr Christopher Brice has been working for Helion & Co as a series editor.

Narvik and the Allies

Children and War

The Polish Brigade at Narvik 1940

Past and Present. Volume 2

Evan McGilvray

Grazia Prontera, Wolfgang Aschauer and John Buckley

$49.95 / 216 pages / 6 x 9.25 / c 30 b&w photos, maps / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-91151228-8

$69.95 / 284 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 28 b&w ills, 2 tables / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1-91-109691-7

This work is about the co-operation between the Allies in Norway during April and June 1940 by considering the military-politics of the period August 1939 until the German invasion of Norway in April 1940. The work examines the role of the Independent Podhalian Rifle Brigade and its interaction and dependency on the Allies.

In Children and War: Past and Present Volume II, scholars from different academic disciplines and representatives of government and nongovernmental institutions present a further selection of studies in this sensitive subject from different angles – and in various methodological ways. A number of studies investigate the difficult areas of recovery and reintegration both of child soldiers specifically, and children affected by armed conflict.

Evan McGilvray had written several works of military history including biographies of General Maczek and General Sir Ian Hamilton.

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Histoire & Collections The Soviet Paratroopers



Women in Uniform

Gaston Lhomme


$44.95 / 192 pages / 9 x 11.8 / 200 photos / March 2017 / hardback / 978-2-35250-444-3 / NCR

For the first time in the world, this lavishly illustrated book of over 200 vintage photographs, mostly unpublished, traces the history of the beginnings of military and pre-military paratroopers in the Soviet Union. The result of twenty years of research and contacts across Russia, this book presents an outstanding collection of badges and documents relating to the structure and the rise of the first airborne units. With rich biographies and portraits of the major players of this development, this book addresses both the military aspects (precursors, equipment, doctrine, commando training and the role of special services) and the societal dimension (cultural and artistic, the mobilization of youth, techniques, and patriotism).

Emilie Morassi $24.95 / 80 pages / 8 x 9.5 / 130 full-color photos / November 2016 / paperback / 978-2352-50460-3 / NCR

The participation of women in the second global conflict is often forgotten, yet thousands of them were in uniform, in the traditional framework of the health service, but also in services, so necessary of the male combat units. The movement started on a large scale in Great Britain and in the Soviet Union, was followed by the United States and to a lesser extent by France, Germany and Italy. Over fifty images of volunteers from almost all countries are illustrated in color on live models to show the patriotism of these young women. This guide will be essential to all lovers of uniforms, collectors, modelers and military history enthusiasts. For connoisseurs, it will also be the opportunity to discover rare outfits, original or even unique, preserved by collectors.

This book does not ignore the tragedies that resulted from accidents and purges or the successes of the Soviet Airborne unit during the Second World War.

Alpenkorps Le Corps Alpin Allemand 1915–1918 Jean-Calude Laparra and Patrice LoiseleuxRanis $34.95 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 10 / November 2016 / paperback / 978-235250-438-2 / French Text / NCR

The German Alpine Corps, established in May 1915 as the first major German mountain unit, fought until 1918 on several fronts. The multiple journeys it carried out throughout Europe and many theaters of operation where it was engaged derived its reputation for being an elite unit. Their adaptability and offensive potential occasionally enabled them to be used outside of their usual employment framework, which is why they sometimes appeared on the Western Front. In particular, its name is associated with the final German attempts on the right bank of the Meuse in 1916: it experienced quite a hassle, and before Verdun, in three months, their losses exceeded the initial number of their workforce. This book, written from original sources, is richly illustrated with photos that belonged to the officers of this unit, including photos from the commander of the Alpine Corps himself.

Le Pont Des Espions De La Guerre Froide Patrick Manificat $44.95 / 176 pages / 8.25 x 10 / January 2017 / paperback / 978-2-352-50470-2 / French Text / NCR

Most famous for being the scene of exchange of spies between East and West during the cold war, popularized by the Steven Spielberg film, ‘The Bridge of Spies’, the Glienicke bridge, connecting the city of Berlin to Potsdam, still retains an aura of mystery. Indeed, apart from three widely publicized trades, who else has used this discrete passage through the Berlin Wall? Who knows now? This book reveals all the secrets of this now legendary bridge, by members of the allied military liaison “Missions Potsdam,” who were the only westerners permitted to cross. This book is an exclusive testimony, reported by those who have crossed. Beyond the narrative of trade that earned it its nickname, the reader will discover incredible means used by the Stasi to closely monitor the “missionaries” and thwart the activities they were leading in East Germany between two crossings of the bridge.

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Histoire & Collections Tank Models of the First World War

The Rafale

Frédérik Astier

$24.95 / 80 pages / 8 x 9.5 / February 2017 / paperback / 978-2-352-50417-7 / NCR

Frédéric Lert

$29.95 / 128 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / November 2016 / paperback / 978-2-35250468-9 / NCR

This book, intended for modelers, is devoted to scale models of tanks of WWI the stages of mounting, painting and creation of dioramas for 6 models: the Mark IV “Male” English, the Mark IV “Female,” the A7V German, the Schneider CA, the Saint-Chamond and French Renault FT. Over the course of numerous sequences and 500 pictures illustrating this book, Frederik Astier shares with you his knowledge to making; painting complex camouflage of the Great War, skating and aging a model, making mud, painting miniatures, making scenery, etc. With this book, you will learn all about the style Fred Astier applied to the tanks of World War I. The photos of real gear as well as one gallery of the other achievements of the author complete this book.

Le Caracal

Flagship of French aviation, the Rafale has incomparable advantages: versatility, stealth, versatility or multi-role capability. Despite the capabilities, it remained in the shadows for years in terms of international export. Recent geopolitical developments are set to change the game and Rafale finally recorded its first commercial success with orders from Qatar, Egypt and perhaps India. This book, illustrated with about 200 photos and thirty profiles in color, will address the three versions of the aircraft: the Rafale C (single seat aircraft for the Air Force), the Rafale M (designed by the Navy to integrate with carrier) and Rafale B (Two-seater).

Les Fortifications De 3e Reich

Helicoptere Au Combat Frédéric Lert

Robert M. Jurga

$29.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 10.25 / December 2016 / paperback / 978-2352-50458-0 / French Text / NCR

$49.95 / 224 pages / 9 x 12 / January 2017 / hardback / 978-2-352-50450-4 / French Text / NCR

The H225M “Caracal” flew for the first time on 30 November 2000. This is the first European helicopter specifically designed for the most complex mission, the combat rescue. In 2006, just days after its entry into service in the Air Force, it was employed as part of the operation Ballista in Lebanon: its autonomy, its power and its capacity for self-protection make it the ideal device to slip several hundred European nationals out of Beirut, trapped in the fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli army. Today, in 2016, ten years after its entry into service, the Caracal is already the veteran of several wars under the French colors, Afghanistan, Mali, through Libya and Chad. Never has a helicopter so quickly accumulated so many titles in its operational career. The H225M is also a bestseller in export. The book includes thirty exclusive testimonies and stories, with exceptional photos.


Designed in the mid-1980s, the Dassault Aviation Rafale, entered service in 2004 for the Navy and in 2006 for the Air Force, the divergent needs having forced France to dissociate the European partners provided early in the project (Germany, UK, Spain and Italy).

After the assumption of the power by Adolf Hitler in 1933, the Reichstag rejected certain 1935 measures of the treaty of Versailles, so canceling limitations concerning fortifications in Germany. Thus was born the idea a vast national program of fortifications, based on modern technologies. While previously their design dated from the Great War and intended to guarantee the security of the borders of Reich. Up to 1937, twenty six lines of fortification were set up along the French, Czech and Polish borders reaching 3,500 kilometers long. In the second half of the thirties, Germans decided to build their own Maginot line: Siegfried line. This one, as well as the Wall of Pomerania, the lines of the Oder and LVZ-West was then widened. Thousands of bunkers were constructed without documentation; it was extremely difficult to determine the function and the purpose of each. The reader will discover in great detail more than 100 models of fortifications in this work. Each is presented with a detailed 3D plan and annotated.

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Harpia Publishing / Liss Llewellyn Fine Art / Lorimer

Russia’s Air-launched Weapons

WW2: War Pictures by British Artists

Piotr Butowski

Elaine Andrews, Margaret Bear and Brian Foss

$29.95 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11 / full color throughout / June 2017 / paperback / 978-0-9973092-1-8 / NCR / Harpia Publishing

$38.00 / 140 pages / 6 x 8 / images / Now Available / paperback / 978-0-9930884-2-1 / Liss Llewellyn Fine Art 

Following Harpia Publishing’s acclaimed twovolume series Russia’s Warplanes, author and researcher Piotr Butowski sheds light on the full range of air-launched ordnance of Russian origin that can be found in large-scale service today. This reference work provides a wealth of information – most of which has been gained from first-hand and internal industry sources – on the full spectrum of Russian aircraft-launched weapons.

This book is published on the eve of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the launch of the War Artists’ Advisory Committee and the iconic War Pictures by British Artists series.

Supported by newly commissioned artworks and extensive specification tables, chapters describe in detail air-to-air missiles, air-tosurface missiles, guided and free-fall bombs and cluster munitions, rockets, as well as aircraft guns. Also included are the range of strategic munitions currently fielded or in development for the Russian Air Force, including cruise missiles and nuclear bombs. Addressing a previously neglected field within aerospace research and publishing, Russia’s Airlaunched Weapons will appeal to aircraft and weapons enthusiasts and conflict researchers alike. This latest volume in Harpia’s new-look format continues the publisher’s aim of providing unrivalled detail and accuracy in its coverage of lesser-known areas of air warfare research.

The scheme, devised by Kenneth Clark, played a vital role in both how the war was perceived at the time and how it has been perceived by future generations. Brian Foss’s introductory essay gives a fascinating account of the origins of the scheme and its aims and evolution. Using the format established in the War Pictures by British Artists’ publications the chapters are organized into 8 sections, (as per the eight books in the original series). Alongside the work of the better known Official War Artists this publication will also include examples of work by less well-known (unofficial) war artists adding resonance to the remarkable story of War Pictures by British Artists. The book is completed by an appendix providing a statistical analysis of how many artists were involved, who they were and what they produced, an account of Morley College London during the war and a description of the ICI’s commissioning of portraits of its employees for a prestigious advertising project.

Piotr Butowski is an aviation journalist, writer and photographer. Since 1978 he has published several thousand articles in aviation magazines all over the world.

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Too Young to Die Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in the Second World War John Boileau, Dan Black and John de Chastelain $34.95 / 488 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 b&w visuals and 10 maps / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-45-941172-2 / NCR / Lorimer

John Boileau and Dan Black tell the stories of some of the 30,000 underage youths who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the Second World War. This is the companion volume to the authors ‘book Old Enough to Fight about boy soldiers in the First World War. Like their predecessors a generation before, these boys managed to enlist despite their youth. Most went on to face action overseas in what would become the deadliest military conflict in human history. Canada’s boy soldiers, sailors and airmen saw themselves contributing to the war effort in a visible, meaningful way, even when that meant taking on very adult risks and dangers of combat. Meticulously researched and extensively illustrated with photographs, personal documents and specially commissioned maps, Too Young to Die provides a touching and fascinating perspective on the Canadian experience in the Second World War. John Boileau is a retired Canadian army colonel and author. He is currently Honorary Colonel of The Halifax Rifles (RCAF). John lives in Nova Scotia. Dan Black has written and edited hundreds of articles on Canada’s military. He is the former editor of Legion Magazine. Dan lives outside of Ottawa. General John de Chastelain is a former Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces and an ambassador to the United States.


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MMP Books Japanese Aero-Engines

Japanese Anti-Submarine Aircraft in the Pacific War

1910–1945 Mike Goodwin and Peter Starkings

Ryusuke Ishiguro and Zygmunt Szeremeta

$59.00 / 240 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / b&w photos / May 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-32-6 / NCR

In this book, the authors remedy the lack of coverage. The development the engines produced by Japanese aero-engine manufacturing companies from 1912 to 1945 is explored in detail. Furthermore, the developments are related to the aircraft in which the various engines were used, including prototypes, flying test-beds, and changes in the make or type of engine during an aircraft’s operational service. Mike Goodwin has had articles on Japanese aviation published in the magazines “Arawasi International” and JAS Jottings, and is known for his research on Japanese aero-engines. Peter Starkings has been researching Japanese aviation for many years, sharing the results by publishing his own quarterly subscription magazine “JAS Jottings”.

$59.00 / 280 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 30+ Color profiles, b&w photos, Color photos, Scale Plans / September 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-39-5 / NCR

Japanese Anti-Submarine Aircraft are not well known, and not described very well in literature. This book is the first in English on this subject. Details are provided of a wide selection of historic machines and fascinating color schemes, as well as full technical details. Described aircraft: • Aichi E13A Reisu • Aichi H9A • Kawanishi E7K • Kawanishi H6K • Kawanishi H8K • Mitsubishi G3M • Mitsubishi G4M • Nakajima B5N • Nakajima B6N Tenzan • Kyushu Q1W Tokai • Q1W1-K Tokai Ren • Mitsubishi Q2M Taiyo • Kyushu K11W Shiragiku • Kyushu Q3W Nankai • Kayaba Ka-Go • Kokusai Ki-76 • Kobeseiko Te-Go • Mitsubishi Ki-51 • Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu • Tachikawa Ki-36 • Tachikawa Ki-54




Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions

SAAB 29 Flygande Tunnan

Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak

Mikael Forslund and Thierry Vallet

Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak $39.00 / 144 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 30+ Color profiles, b&w photos, Color photos, Scale Plans / March 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-30-2 / NCR

$39.00 / 140 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 30+ Color profiles, b&w photos, Color photos, Scale Plans / June 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-31-9 / NCR

$35.00 / 140 pages / 7 x 10 / 30+ Color profiles, b&w photos, Color photos, Scale Plans / August 2017 / paperback / 978-83-65281-34-0 / NCR

An illustrated history of the evolution of the “”Emil”“ version of Germany’s most famous World War Two fighter aircraft: How the Bf 109 E changed during production from 1936 1941; How to recognize the different versions from the E-0 to the E-9; Documenting the engine variants which led to design changes; Introduction of fuel injection. More than 30 color plates. Wartime photos, drawings from Technical Manuals and color photos of the preserved aircraft.

The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day. With its unusual twin-boom design, this was one of the most distinctive fighters of WW2, and saw action in all theaters of the war, being especially effective in the Pacific area.

The SAAB 29, called “Flygande Tunnan” ( “”The flying barrel”“) was a Swedish fighter designed and manufactured by SAAB in the 1940s. It was Sweden’s second turbojet-powered combat aircraft, the first being the SAAB 21R; additionally, it was the first Western European fighter to be produced with swept wing after the war. Despite its rotund appearance, from which its name derives, the SAAB 29 was a fast and agile aircraft for its era.

This book describes the development of the early versions of this iconic warplane, with full technical details and many detail photos. Illustrated with photos, including a comprehensive walk-around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd scale plans, and color profiles showing the schemes applied to the P-38 by its users.


This book is the most comprehensive on the Tunnan yet published, with photographs of the aircraft in service, walkaround photographs of the preserved aircraft, illustrations from contemporary manuals, and color artwork.

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MMP Books




Gloster Gladiator

Macchi C.202 Folgore

Dariusz Karnas

Dariusz Karnas

De Havilland Mosquito: Early Fighter Versions

$11.99 / 12 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / scale plans / Now Available / paperback / 978-83-65281-25-8 / NCR

$11.99 / 12 pages / scale plans / Now Available / paperback / 978-83-65281-26-5 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 of Gloster Gladiator variants. A3 size pages in A4 pb. All subversions are shown.

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 of Macchi C.202 Folgore variants. A3 size pages in A4 pb. All subversions are shown.



McDonnel Douglas, Polish Aircraft Instrument F-4e/EJ/F/G/RF-4E Panels Dariusz Karnas Phantom II. Striking colour $29.00 / 40 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / Color drawings schemes and b&w photos / April 2017 / hardback / 978-83JP Vieira and JP Vieira

$35.00 / 42 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 46+ Color profiles / May 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-33-3 / NCR

40+ color profiles of Phantom II versions showing variety of the camouflage and markings in different countries Also plan views showing camouflage and markings

65281-40-1 / NCR

This book from the series “INSIDE” shows detailed drawings of the famous Polish (used in 1939) aircraft instrument panels in great detail. Also every single instrument is shown in the separate big drawing. Instrument panels of the following aircraft: 1. PZL P.11c 2. PZL.37 Łoś 3. PZL.23 Karaś 4. Lublin R-XIII ter 5. RWD-14 Czapla 6. PWS-26

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Dariusz Karnas $11.99 / 12 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / scale plans / Now Available / paperback / 978-83-65281-27-2/ NCR

Scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scale of de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito in the following variants. DH. Mosquito F./N.F. Mk II DH. Mosquito F.B. Mk VI DH. Mosquito T. MK. III”


Finnish Jet Colours Kyösti Partonen $69.00 / 240 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 70+ Color profiles, b&w photos, Color photos / August 2017 / hardback / 978-83-65281-35-7 / NCR

Book covers Finnish Jets used Finnish Air Force. Camouflage and markings of the fighters are described in unparalleled detail. Many unpublished photos and exclusive color profiles of: • dH Vampire Mk 52 and Vampire Trainer Mk 55 • Folland Gnat Mk 1 • Potez-Air Fouga CM 170 Magister • Ilyushin Il-28 and Il-28R • MikoyanGurevitsh UTI MiG-15, MiG-21 F13, MiG-21UM, and MiG-21 bis • SAAB 35BS, CS, FS and S Draken • Bae Hawk Mk 51, Mk 51A and Mk 66 • Gates Learjet 35A/S • McDonnell/Boeing F18C/D and F/A-18C/D Hornet


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The SSDivision Wiking in the Caucasus 1942–1943

RussoTurkish Naval War 1877–1878

Operation Market Garden Paratroopers

Piotr Olender

Volume 2. Weapons, Equipment and Transport of the Polish 1st Independence Parachute Brigade

Massimiliano Afiero $39.00 / 120 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / b&w photos / April 2017 / paperback / 978-83-65281-37-1/ NCR

In the summer of 1942, German forces resumed their attack on the Eastern Front, this time with the objective of conquering Stalingrad and the Caucasus. The chronology of events is told through direct testimony of the participants, period war reports and original documents, all accompanied by a host of images, maps and documents taken from military archives throughout the world and from highly respected private archives.

$49.00 / 200 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / b&w Illustrations, Scale plans / May 2017 / paperback / 978-83-65281-36-4 / NCR

The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 was a conflict between the Ottoman Empire and the Eastern Orthodox coalition. Fought in the Balkans and in the Caucasus, it originated in emerging 19th-century Balkan nationalism. The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both Russian and Turkish, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications.



Weapons, equipment and transport items of Polish (British) paratroopers are shown in the detailed photos. Largely overlooked in other histories of parachute troops, the Polish unit differed in many ways from its British counterparts, and this book fleshes out the history and makes good the omissions and errors in another works.

Automatic Weapons of the Russian Army

Matthew Willis

The Fairey Barracuda was the first monoplane torpedo bomber operated by the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. The Barracuda experienced a difficult birth and development during the Second World War, and this led to a poor reputation which the aircraft would never truly shake. Despite this, the Barracuda proved highly successful in service. This new book contains an extensive history and technical description of the Barracuda.

$59.00 / 160 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / b&w photos, Color photos / May 2017 / paperback / 978-8365281-38-8 / NCR


The Fairey Barracuda

$39.00 / 140 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / 100+ b&w photos, Scale Plans, color Profiles / February 2017 / paperback / 978-83-65281-24-1 / NCR

Piotr Witkowski

Spitfire in Sweden

Valdimir Glazkov

Mikael Forslund

$69.00 / 300 pages / 8.25 x 11.5 / b&w photos, Color photos / July 2017 / hardback / 978-8365281-28-9 / NCR

$69.00 / 208 pages / 12 x 8.25 / 500 photos and color profiles / February 2017 / hardback / 978-919-776778-1 / NCR

The book is structured chronologically and begins with a plane crash by a British Spitfire aircraft in Funäsdalen during the war. In addition is the attempt to buy the type of aircraft during World War II and a visit to the Spitfire aircraft in Sweden after the war. Emphasis of the book is on the purchase of 50 Spitfire Mk. XIX reconnaissance aircraft to F 11 in Nyköping labeled S 31.

This book tells the readers about machine guns, automatic rifles, handguns and revolvers. For each model described in the book, there is a brief history of how it was designed and started to be used as an approved army weapon, also with the description of the key modifications made to it throughout the period of its manufacturing for further use as in-service weapon.

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Mort Homme Books / Model Centrum Progres Heer & SS Visor Caps & Uniforms Jan M. Meland and Trond A. Elvan $79.00 / 230 pages / 8.5 x 13.75 / 736 High-quality photos / April 2017 / hardback / 978-82-690126-0-6 / Mort Homme Books

This hardcover books, contains 736 photographs of 12 SS visor caps, 43 Heer (army) visor caps, 2 side caps and 9 uniforms of the SS and the Heer. The chapter of SS caps contains, among others, a cap owned by a famous SS general. The Heer visor cap chapter is presented with all known branches and departments within the Heer. All know color cap pipings are photographed and displayed on a double page. The caps and the uniforms are nicely displayed in an aesthetic manner with large, high quality photographs throughout the book.


Camouflage & Markings of Commonwealth and Greek Armor in the Balkans Campaign April–May 1941 Jeffrey Plowman $44.95 / 72 pages / 8 x 11.5 / 148 b&w photos, 24 full color plates / December 2016 / paperback / 978-8-36067227-3 / NCR / Model Centrum Progres

Published to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Greece, this is an authoritative guide to the armor deployed by Commonwealth and Greek troops in continental Greece and in Crete. Covering wide variety of armored vehicles fielded by British 1st Armored Brigade HQ Squadron, 4th Queen’s Own Hussars, 3rd and 7th Royal Tank Regiments and 3rd King’s Own Hussars, 2nd New Zealand Division, 6th Australian Division and Greek 19th Motorized Division, this book includes many rare and never before published photos of early war British armored vehicles, with very detailed captions. Most of these photos would never see daylight without online markets. It includes: A10 and A13 Cruiser tanks, Matilda Infantry tanks, Vickers Light Mark IIIB and Light Mark VI tanks, Bren, Scout and Universal Carriers, and Marmon-Herrington Mark II armored cars. Contains: 72 pages, 150 b&/w photos and 21 full color plates of artwork.

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Battlespace 1865 Archaeology and the Landscapes, Strategies, and Tactics of the North Platte Campaign, Nebraska Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed and Amanda Renner $34.99 / 144 pages / b&w and color illustrations / November 2016 / paperback / 978-1-78570-339-3

For a period of about week in February 1865, as the Civil War was winding down and Plains Indian communities were reeling in the wake of the Sand Creek massacre, combat swept across the Nebraska panhandle, especially along the Platte River. The fighting that marked this event barely compares to the massive campaigns and terrible carnage that marked the conflict that was taking place in the eastern states but it was a significant event at the opening on the ensuing Indian Wars. Operating on terrain they knew well, Cheyenne warriors and other Native forces encountered the US Cavalry who operated within a modern network of long distance migration and pony express trails and military stations. The North Platte Campaign offers a good basis for the application of landscape approaches to conflict archaeology if only because of its scale. This study draws on techniques of battlefield archaeology, focusing on the concept of ‘battlespace’ and the recovery, distribution and analysis of artifacts and weaponry, as well as historical accounts of the participants, LiDAR-informed terrain assessment, and theoretical consideration of the strategic thinking of the combatants. It applies a landscape approach to the archaeological study of war and reveals an overlooked phase of the American Civil War and the opening of the Indian Wars.

Ancient Historiography on War and Empire Timothy Howe, Sabine Müller and Richard Stoneman $75.00 / 304 pages / b&w and color illustrations / March 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78570-299-0

In the ancient Greek-speaking world, writing about the past meant balancing the reporting of facts with shaping and guiding the political interests and behaviors of the present. Ancient Historiography on War and Empire shows the ways in which the literary genre of writing history developed to guide empires through their wars. Taking key events from the Achaemenid Persian, Athenian, Macedonian and Roman ‘empires’, the 17 essays collected here analyze the way events and the accounts of those events interact.  Subjects include: how Greek historians assign divine honors to the Persian King; the role of the tomb cult of Cyrus the Founder in historical; warfare and financial innovation in the age of Philip II, Alexander the Great; the murders of Philip II; Alexander the Great’s combat use of eagle symbolism; Plutarch’s juxtaposition of character in the Alexander-Caesar pairing, and Roman Imperial historians using historical examples of good and bad rule to make meaningful challenges to current Roman authority. Timothy Howe is Professor of History and Ancient Studies at St Olaf College (USA). Sabine Müller is Professor of Ancient History at Marburg University (Germany) where she specializes in ancient Near East, Greece, Macedonia and Rome. Richard Stoneman is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter (UK) with particular research interest in the Greek world and Greek tradition.

The Army of the Roman Republic The Second Century BC, Polybius and the Camps at Numantia, Spain Mike Dobson $59.99 / 436 pages / 292 illustrations / November 2016 / paperback / 978-1-78570-398-0

The main source of archaeological evidence for Late Roman Republican camps is a complex of installations around the Iberian city of Numantia in Spain, excavated by Adolf Schulten in the early 1900s. This book reassesses Schulten and concludes that much of his interpretation is questionable. Radically different alternative reconstructions making use of recent fieldwork are presented for several of the sites. A discussion of dating evidence leads to alternative dates being offered for some of the camps. To aid interpreting the sites, army organization and art of encampment for the period of the Numantine Wars is discussed. This study gives added importance to the sites at Numantia, for they not only form the main source of archaeological evidence for Late Republican camps, but provide evidence for the form of camp for both the late manipular army and the early cohort one.


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PeKo Publishing / Sabrestorm Publishing / Pritzker Military Museum & Library



Sturmgeschütz III on the Battlefield

Panzer III on the Battlefield

Volume 4

Tom Cockle

Mátyás Pánczél $41.95 / 112 pages / 8.5 x 12 / April 2017 / hardback / 978-615-5583-02-5 / NCR / PeKo Publishing

$41.95 / 112 pages / 8.5 x 12 / July 2017 / hardback / 978-615-5583-06-3 / NCR / PeKo Publishing

Blood and Bandages

The General

Fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940–1946

William Levine, Citizen Soldier and Liberator

Liz Coward and William Earl

Alex Kershaw, Richard Ernsberger, Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), and Kenneth Clarke (ed.)

$32.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9 / full color throughout / June 2017 / hardback / 978-178-122008-5 / NCR / Sabrestorm Publishing

War changes everyone and for those lucky enough to survive there can be no return to the carefree days before hell broke out. William Earl was a 26 year old Chemist’s Assistant working in Boots when his call up papers arrived and his life changed forever. Joining the 214th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps as a Nursing Orderly William’s role was no soft posting. He was assigned to the Field Ambulance, so followed the infantry into battle to treat and recover the wounded. Designated a non-combatant and bound by the Geneva Convention, William’s story bears witness to the fortitude of the men who had to remain calm, objective and humane despite the brutalizing conditions.

Liz Coward graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in History and Classical Studies. Liz is a freelance journalist and speaker whose work has also been broadcast on the BBC.

$19.95 / 128 pages / 5.5 x 8.25 / illustrated with black and white photographs / January 2017 / 978-0-98-979288-2 / NCR / Pritzker Military Museum and Library

As William P. Levine moved deeper into the Dachau concentration camp, he was speechless at the horrors he encountered. Following World War II, Levine embodied the sentiment of “The American Century” believing that it was America’s responsibility and his duty to prevent such atrocities in the future. Although Levine served honorably in the U.S. Army for decades, his family knew little of his WWII experiences. They didn’t know he was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. They didn’t know about his role in the liberation of Dachau. They didn’t know about the Jewish Soviet Soldier who Levine encountered in Germany. Their shared knowledge of Yiddish allowed them to celebrate the Allied victory together. In the early 1980’s, Levine was reunited with the Dachau prisoner and the Soviet soldier. In those moments, he was inspired to break his decades of silence and finally share the haunting story of his experiences during WWII.

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Pen and Sword

Hitler’s Arctic War

We Stormed the Reichstag

Objective Saint-Lo

The German Campaigns in Norway, Finland and the USSR 1940–1945

Vassili Subbotin and Tony Le Tissier

7 June 1944–18 July 1944

Chris Mann and Christer Jörgensen $29.95 / 224 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8456-4 / eISBN: 9781473884588

In the past the German General Staff had taken no interest in the military history of wars in the north and east of Europe. Nobody had ever taken into account the possibility that someday German divisions would have to fight and to winter in northern Karelia and on the Murmansk coast.’ Despite this statement, the German Army’s first campaign in the far north was a great success: between April and June 1940 German forces totaling less than 20,000 men seized Norway, a state of three million people, for minimal losses. Hitler’s Arctic War is a study of the campaign waged by the Germans on the northern periphery of Europe between 1940 and 1945. As Hitler’s Arctic War makes clear, the emphasis was on small-unit actions, with soldiers carrying everything they needed – food, ammunition and medical supplies – on their backs. The terrain placed limitations on the use of tanks and heavy artillery, while lack of airfields restricted the employment of aircraft. Chris Mann is a lecturer in European history. A doctorate in war studies, his author area of expertise is Scandinavian military history in the twentieth century. He lives in London. Christer Jörgensen holds a doctorate on the Anglo-Swedish. He is the co-author of Tanks in the Twentieth Century. He lives in Sweden.


$34.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 15 Illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7775-7 / eISBN: 9781473877771

In 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union Vassili Subbotin was caught up as an ordinary soldier in the Red Army’s great retreat. In 1945, during the final days of the war, as a war correspondent, he went into Berlin with the troops who fought the ferocious final battles in the streets and sealed Germany’s defeat. Later he recorded in vivid impressionistic detail the climax of the last act of the campaign and of the entire war in the east – the storming of the Reichstag which came to symbolize of the Soviet victory over the Nazis. His firsthand experience of that final operation is conveyed in this memoir. In his description of the confusion and violence of the street fighting around the Reichstag and the vicious hand-to-hand floor-by-floor struggle to capture the huge shattered building, the personalities of the soldiers are revealed, as are their fears and determination. Vassili Subbotin served as a conscript in the Red Army during the Second World War. He was present throughout the final battle for Berlin and observed the capture of the Reichstag at first hand. During many years working in several senior official positions in Berlin, Tony Le Tissier accumulated a vast knowledge of the Second World War on the Eastern Front.

Georges Bernage $39.95 / 256 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 100+ color & b&w images / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-57605 / eISBN: 9781473858572

This book provides a day-by-day account of the forty-two days of fighting from Omaha Beach to Saint-Lô. Follow Lt. Allsup from the beaches at Hill 108 (the “bloody hill”), where he was injured, and Lt. Jones, who was among the first to enter Saint-Lô; a town destroyed by bombs, which was to become the graveyard of hundreds of Normans. On the opposing side, discover the fate of the fearsome “green devil” paratroopers of General Schimpf and follow in the footsteps of paratroopers Erwin Schmieger and Rudi Frühbeisser, as they defend their armed camp, ensuring that every hedge will only be taken at the highest price. Objective Saint-Lô takes the reader along the little or un-known routes from the horrors of Omaha Beach to Trévières, La Cambe, Isigny, through the Aure valley to Hill 108, (“Purple Heart Hill”) and Hills 192 and 122. As well as authentic eyewitness testimony, the book also acts as a field guide, including maps and both contemporary and modern photographs.

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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Attack on the Scheldt The Struggle for Antwerp 1944

Battle for the Escaut 1940

Graham A Thomas

The France and Flanders Campaign 1940

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5067-5 / eISBN: 9781473850682

Jerry Murland

During the Allied advance across northwest Europe, the opening up of the key port of Antwerp was a pivotal event, yet it has been neglected in histories of the conflict. Graham Thomas’s account underlines the importance of this aspect of the Allied campaign and offers insight into a complex combined-arms operation late in the Second World War. Using operational reports and eyewitness testimony, he takes the reader alongside 21 Army Group as it cleared the Channel ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, then moved on to attack the Scheldt and the island stronghold of Walcheren. Graham A. Thomas is a historian specializing in the history of the British army and air force in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review.

The Commando General The Life of Major General Sir Robert Laycock KCMG CB DSO Richard Mead

$19.95 / 176 pages / 5.5 x 8 / 176 pages of integrated illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-14738-5261-7 / eISBN: 9781473852624

In May 1940 the BEF took up positions along the River Dyle to await the German Army Group B. Their stay was shorter than planned as the German Army pushed its way through the Ardennes. The line of the River Escaut was the last opportunity for the Allied armies to halt the German Army. As far as the BEF were concerned, the Battle took place on a 30-mile sector and involved units in a desperate defense. This book takes the battlefield tourist in a series of tours that retrace the footsteps of the BEF. Jerry Murland followed a career as a teacher, and has devoted his time to researching and writing on the two world wars.

Anders Lassen VC, MC of the SAS

Lost at Sea Found at Fukushima

Mike Langley and Nigel Cave (Ed.)

The Story of a Japanese POW Andy Millar

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16pp of b&w plates / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5407-9 / eISBN: 9781473854086

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7951-5 / eISBN: 9781473879539

Always marked out for high rank, Robert Laycock came into his own when selected to raise 8 Commando. After training, 7, 8 and 11 Commandos were sent to the Middle East and became Layforce under Laycock’s command.

The story of Anders Lassen is one of the most heroic of the Second World War. He was awarded no less than three Military Crosses and the SAS regiment’s only Victoria Cross.

As commander of the Special Service Brigade Laycock played an important role in the Sicily landings and at Salerno. In October 1943 he succeeded Mountbatten as Chief of Combined Operations. In later life Laycock became Governor of Malta and Colonel of the SAS. In this biography, the author reveals the detail of this soldier’s character and military record. Richard Mead has written General ‘Boy’ and The Last Great Cavalryman with Pen and Sword Military. He lives in Gloucestershire.

This classic biography of a remarkable warrior is based on interviews with Lassen’s fellow soldiers and original research. It covers each stage of Lassen’s short, brilliant career in vivid detail and offers a penetrating insight into the exceptional courage, confidence and singleminded motivation that lay behind Lassen’s extraordinary exploits.

Mike Langley was a sports writer for the Daily Mirror. His newspaper career was preceded by sailing on D-Day in a special service unit that saw action during the Normandy campaign.

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$39.95 / 260 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / b&w photos throughout / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-47387806-8 / eISBN: 9781473878082

On a calm afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean, a British tramp steamer, the SS Willesden, was sunk by the KMS Thor. Among the survivors was David Millar, who was rescued by the Germans and handed over to the Japanese. The Thor was also responsible for sinking two other steamers. Their survivors, including 38 women and children, were dispatched to the same POW camp. What is remarkable is that these civilian POWs were listed as ‘Missing at Sea’: their presence in the camp remained a secret. Lost at Sea tells the little-known story of these survivors. Andy Millar is a retired Navy Commander. The David Millar who features in Lost at Sea was his father.


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Pen and Sword Accidental Agent

Secret Duties of a Signals Interceptor

Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance

Working with Bletchley Park, the SDS and the OSS

John Goldsmith

Jenny Nater

$39.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Illustrated / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8781-7/ eISBN: 9781473887831

John Goldsmith’s wartime exploits are all the more remarkable considering that at first his services were consistently refused due to his being over 30. Not easily deterred he eventually became a tank driving instructor in the ranks. In 1942 accidental circumstances saw his recruitment into Buckmaster’s F Section of the Special Operations Executive. His faultless French and upbringing in Paris were to prove invaluable. Commissioned overnight and after intensive training he was parachuted into France for the first of his three missions. Accidental Agent is as thrilling an account of war behind enemy lines as has ever been written.

Monty’s Highlanders 51st Highland Division in the Second World War Patrick Delaforce

$39.95 / 224 pages / 40 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8712-1 / eISBN: 9781473887145

The Second World War upended many lives, disrupting patterns and routines and bringing an array of terrifying new dangers with it. For Jenny Nater, the war brought great sadness but also opportunity. Like many women left behind during the war, she found herself in an unforeseen scenario in which her talents could be put to an unexpected use. Jenny served as a bilingual wireless operator in the top-secret Special Duties service, intercepting traffic from German surface craft in the English Channel and reporting it back to Bletchley Park. This is the story of her secret war in covert intelligence and the life changing relationships she formed whilst simultaneously aiding the allied war effort.

From Battle of Britain Airman to POW Escapee

Shot Down The Secret Diary of One POW’s Long March to Freedom Alex Kerr

The Story of Ian Walker RAF Angela Walker

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-5267-0212-8

The 51st Highland Division was the most famous infantry division that fought with the British Army in WW2. It was the only infantry division in the armies of the British Empire that accompanied Monty from during Alamein to Berlin. In the eleven months fighting in Europe in 1944 and 1945 the Highlanders suffered more than 9000 casualties.

Patrick Delaforce served with 11th Armoured Division during the advance through Europe. After a career in the wine trade he became a writer. In 2015 he was appointed to the rank of Chavalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d’honneur.


$39.95 / 240 pages / 20 illustrations / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9072-5 / eISBN: 9781473890749

$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7802-0 / eISBN: 9781473878044

This is the story of a champion cyclist turned airman. Ian Walker served as a member of Bomber Command and survived three plane crashes. The last of these saw him crash in enemy territory, where he was taken prisoner. In a POW camp, he hatched a plot to escape. It was successful, until he was captured and taken back to prison.

Alex Kerr’s Wellington was shot down over Germany in 1941. At first hospitalized with hopes of repatriation, he unexpectedly found himself a prisoner in a German POW camp. Throughout those trying four years he was held captive, Alex kept a secret diary.

Ian had the fortune of being placed on a list of injured men to be exchanged with German prisoners. The little-known story of the historymaking exchange that took place in Barcelona in October 1943.

He describes being part of the infamous ‘Long March’ during which he and his comrades were strafed by Allied aircraft. Alex escaped the march with a mate, passing through the front lines to commandeer a German car and drive back to Brussels to take the next aircraft to freedom.

Angela Walker is a first-time author from New Zealand. She is also a former gymnast and Commonwealth gold medalist, and daughter of Ian Walker.

After his escape Alex Kerr embarked for Australia. He became a Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University. Alex is a member of the RSL.

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Pen and Sword Coming Down in the Drink

Surviving the Japanese Onslaught

The Survival of Bomber ‘Goldfish’, John Brennan DFC

An RAF POW in Burma

Sean Feast

William Tate

$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9153-1 / eISBN: 9781473891555

$39.95 / 184 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 40 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8073-3 /eISBN: 9781473880757

Coming Down in the Drink is the story of Flight Lieutenant John Brennan DFC. A sense of adventure took him to London where he trained as a chef before joining the RAF and qualifying as a wireless operator/air gunner.

These are the firsthand memoirs of the late William Albert Tate framed within the factual history of his service career in the Royal Air Force between the years 1938 and 1946, penned by his son. This gripping narrative relays William’s firsthand recollections of his time spent as a Japanese Prisoner of War, when he was incarcerated for two years in Rangoon Gaol. Tales of the brutalities inflicted by his captors offer a sense of the everyday realities experienced by Japanese Prisoners of War.

Posted to 148 Squadron in the Middle East, John was the front gunner of a Wellington, flying daily sorties to Benghazi. As much at risk from faulty engines as enemy action, John completed a tour of almost 300 hours of operational flying. Sean Feast specializes in Bomber Command with books such as Master Bombers, Heroic Endeavour, and A Pathfinder’s War. He is also a regular contributor to various aviation magazines.

In The Firing Line The Story of Sheffield at War 1939 to 1945 Margaret Drinkall

William Albert Tate served in Bomber Command from 1938 to 1946. He passed away in 2007, at the age of eighty-five.


Intelligence Images from the Eastern Front Roy M Stanley

Posted in Wartime Letters Home from Abroad – Censorship and Separation, 1939–1949 Richard Knott

$39.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 50 integrated illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-3361-6 / eISBN: 9781473884328

$39.95 / 352 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 400 b&w images / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8349-9 / eISBN: 9781473883512

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 35 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-3396-8 / eISBN: 9781473884410

This is an account of the impact that the Second World War had on the city of Sheffield. Soon after the declaration of war, the government realized that the Germans would make the city one of their prime targets, due to the importance of the steel industry. Also, for the first eighteen months of the war Sheffield had the only drop hammer in the country, which was capable of producing Rolls Royce crankshafts aircraft.

Despite the Luftwaffe being ordered to destroy aerial photos, the Allies found no less than twenty tons of photos in eleven locations.  These together with photographs taken by German soldiers used for Intelligence were put into classified files.

Using diaries, letters, police accounts and other archives, this book reveals how the people of Sheffield refused to be intimidated.

This unique collection reveals the war on the Eastern Front as it has never been seen before.

The Second World War saw many people consigned to long periods of exile, far from home. How did the exiled keep in touch with home? Why were some exiles silent when others wrote frequently and at length? Posted in Wartime explores the nature of such exile and considers what could be written in diaries and letters, given that letters were censored and diaries were frowned upon. At the book’s heart are the stories of three exiles: a Liberty Ship captain; a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps; and an airman.

Margaret Drinkall wrote a book on local history, Rotherham Workhouse, which was published in 2009. Since then she has retired to write full time.

Colonel Roy Stanley II, USAF (retired), became an Aerial Photo Interpreter in 1959 and went on to assignments with the Defence Intelligence Agency, the Air Staff and in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Richard Knott has a degree in History from the University of London. He has worked as an actor (with the Royal Shakespeare Company), teacher and management consultant.

The imagery in this book show what the German Army knew about the Soviet Union before and during Operation Barbarossa.  Examples show Eastern Front landforms, key cities, and factories.

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Pen and Sword Tanks of the Second World War

Vehicle Art of World War Two

Thomas Anderson

John Norris

$39.95 / 256 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 300 illustrations / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5932-6 / eISBN: 9781473859340

$39.95 / 160 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 200 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-3418-7 / eISBN: 9781473884823

This book lists all the important tanks used in the Second World War, both by the Allied (England, France, Russia and the USA) and Axis Powers (Germany, Italy and Japan).

The ‘nose art’ that decorated WW2 aircraft has received considerable attention but the images and slogans that decorated land vehicles have been less widely appreciated. This visually stunning book displays many fine examples of the art that adorned the military vehicles of both Allied and Axis forces. Both official unit markings, such as divisional badges and unit emblems, as well as decidedly less official renderings of pin-up girls and cartoon characters are included. John Norris’s concise but well researched text and extended captions set the artwork in context and explain the development of vehicle art through the course of the war and in the various armies. The result is a visual treat for the casual reader and a valuable reference for reenactors, vehicle restorers, wargamers and modelers.

Thomas Anderson, an expert on the history of the Second World War, offers an in-depth volume detailing the vehicles, their use in battle and relevant technical specifications. This comprehensive survey is full of authentic eyewitness accounts as well as being profusely illustrated with many photographs having never been published before.

Thomas Anderson is an expert on German Armored Fighting Vehicles of World War II. A modeler, he regularly contributes to modeling and historical magazines across the globe. He lives in Germany.

John Norris is a freelance military historian who writes regular monthly columns for several specialist titles, ranging from vehicle profiles to reenactment events.



Sherman Tanks of the British Army and Royal Marines

Tiger I and Tiger II: Tanks of the German Army and Waffen-SS

Normandy Campaign 1944

Eastern Front 1944

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

$24.95 / 64 pages / 8.5 x 11.5 / 200 illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8530-1 / eISBN: 9781473885325

$19.95 / 64 pages / 8.5 x 11.5 / 200 illustrations / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8534-9 / eISBN: 9781473885363

With production in excess of 55,000 the Sherman tank was eventually in service with most Allied armies of the Second World War and by the time of the Normandy landings was the mainstay of Britain’s armored battalions. In his second book in the TankCraft series, Dennis Oliver uses wartime photos and extensively researched, exquisitely presented color illustrations to cover the Sherman tanks used by the units of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Royal Marines during the fighting in northern France.

In spite of the relatively small numbers produced, the Tiger I and Tiger II tanks are arguably the most famous armored fighting vehicles of the Second World War. This book, the first in the TankCraft series, uses archive photos and extensively researched color illustrations to examine the tanks and units of the German Army and Waffen-SS heavy panzer battalions that attempted to hold back the Red Army during 1944.

As with all the books in the TankCraft series, a large part of this work showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also explained as is the complex system of markings employed by British armored regiments.

A large part of the book showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined providing everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of the tanks that fought from the snow covered fields of Byelorussia and the Ukraine, through the Baltic States and into Poland and Hungary.

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armored vehicles.


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Pen and Sword IMAGES OF WAR



Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1942–1943

Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1942–1943

The Battle for Budapest 1944–1945

Stalingrad to Kharkov

Kursk to Bagration

Nik Cornish

Nik Cornish

Anthony TuckerJones

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 175 photographs / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78346-399-2 / eISBN: 9781473881464

$24.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 200 illustrations / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-6170-1 / eISBN: 9781473861725

$24.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 160 illustrations / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-7732-0 / eISBN: 9781473877344

The second year of the war on the Eastern Front was dominated by Stalingrad, and this is the major episode in Nik Cornish’s photographic history of the conflict. These images show the front-line fighting, the troops and the conditions on both sides.

The third volume in Nik Cornish’s history of the Second World War on the Eastern Front records in detail the sequence of Red Army offensives that pushed the Wehrmacht back across Russia after the failure of Operation Citadel. Unpublished images show the scale of the build-up to the Kursk battle and the cost in terms of lives and material.

The struggle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army for Budapest was as destructive as any of the battles fought during the Second World War. Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history is a fascinating introduction to this neglected episode in the closing months of the war.

Nik Cornish is a former teacher whose passionate interest in the world wars on the Eastern Front has led to a series of important books on the subject.

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armored and aerial warfare.




SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LAH) at War 1939–1945

The Crushing of Army Group North 1944–1945

German Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers 1940–1945

Ian Baxter

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

A History of the Division on the Western and Eastern Fronts Ian Baxter $24.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 250 photographs / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9085-5 / eISBN: 9781473890879

With extensive text and many unpublished photographs with in-depth captions, this book describes the Division’s fighting tactics, weapons and uniforms. It traces how the Division became an elite fighting unit both in offensive and defensive battles. The Division is shown as it battled its way through Poland, the Low Countries, the Balkans and then on the Eastern Front.

$24.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 300 black and white illustrations / April 2017 / paperback / 978-14738-6255-5 / eISBN: 9781473862579

The Crushing of Army Group North 1944-45 on the Eastern Front tells the story in words and images of the last bitter months fought on Russian soil and the battle of the Baltic States that ensued. Drawing on rare and unpublished photos it reveals in detail how remnants of Army Group North were driven back to the borders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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Anthony Tucker-Jones $24.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 160 illustrations / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-4599-2 /eISBN: 9781473846005

The assault guns and tank destroyers deployed by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War are not as famous as tanks like the Tiger and Panther, but they were remarkably successful, and they are the subject of Anthony TuckerJones’s wide-ranging photographic history. A selection of rare wartime photographs shows the variety of turretless armored fighting vehicles that were produced and developed.


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Pen and Sword IMAGES OF WAR



The RAF Air-Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

Auschwitz and Birkenau

The French Army in the First World War

Rare Wartime Images Ian Baxter

Norman Franks $24.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 170 illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-6130-5 / eISBN: 9781473861329

$24.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 300 black and white illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-5687-5 / eISBN: 9781473856882

During the Second World War, RAF aircraft was over enemy territory, which necessitated flights across the North Sea and English Channel.

Auschwitz and Birkenau were separated by a 45 minute walk. Auschwitz was adapted to hold prisoners but evolved into a killing machine. Later, Birkenau was found to extend the Auschwitz complex.

This meant that aircrew in difficulties would need to come down in water. Therefore, a rescue service needed to be available. Out of this came the Supermarine Walrus, an airplane that could land on sea and land.

Norman Franks is a historian and author. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

The images show Auschwitz and Birkenau and are chosen to illustrate specific areas, like the Women’s Camp, SS quarters, Commandant’s House, disinfection area and the Crematoria. Maps covering Auschwitz and Birkenau explain the layout.

Rare Photographs from wartime Archives Ian Sumner $24.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 180 photographs / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-5619-6 / eISBN: 9781473856202

The French army of the First World War withstood the German onslaught on the Western Front. Ian Sumner’s history is an important contribution in this growing field. Using a selection of over 150 photographs, he provides an overview of every aspect of a French soldier’s service during the struggle. Ian Sumner is a writer and researcher who specializes the French army and air force during the First World War.




Armoured Warfare in the First World War

Allied POWs in German Hands 1914–1918

Animals in the Great War

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives Anthony Tucker-Jones $24.95 / 160 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 160 illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-7298-1 / eISBN: 9781473873001

A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1916, the tank made its debut on the battlefield. The first tanks were crude, unreliable, vulnerable weapons, but they changed the character of land warfare forever. In a selection of over 150 archive photographs he offers a fascinating insight into the difficult early days of this innovative new weapon, describing its technical history and its performance in combat.


Lucinda Moore

David Bilton $24.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 150 photographs / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-6701-7 / eISBN: 9781473867031

$24.95 / 140 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / 150 illustrations / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-6211-1 / eISBN: 9781473862135

In this illustrated history, the author looks at the lives of the thousands of Allied men who became PoWs during the Great War. The book examines what it felt like to surrender, the dangers involved and then the often long journey to a camp in Germany.

This book throws a spotlight on animals during the First World War, telling their stories through the archival images of the Mary Evans Picture Library. See how animals were manipulated by the propaganda machine, and how they brought needed companionship amid the carnage of war.

David Bilton is a retired teacher. He is the prolific author of numerous books about the British Army, the Home Front and the German Army.

Lucinda Moore is a picture researcher at the Mary Evans Picture Library in London. She lives in Kent.

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Pen and Sword Night Duel Over Germany

Air Battle for Burma

Bomber Command’s Battle Over the Reich During WWII

Allied Pilots’ Fight for Supremacy Bryn Evans

Peter Jacobs

$44.95 / 272 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of b&w images / February 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-5892-3 /eISBN: 9781473858947

$39.95 / 224 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 60 black and white images in plates / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78346-337-4 / eISBN: 9781473897120

Bomber Command’s night offensive against Germany, was one of Britain’s major contributions to the Second World War. But the decision to conduct its main operations at night only came about following heavy losses by day. The Luftwaffe, too, had its early problems. Without a dedicated night fighter, it was ill-equipped to defend the Reich. Things had to change on both sides. Soon there came new aircraft, coupled with new tactics and technology. It became a fascinating encounter between the crews of Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe’s night fighter force. Peter Jacobs served in the Royal Air Force for thirty-six years as an air defense navigator on the F4 Phantom and Tornado F3.

The Desert Air Force in World War II Air Power in the Western Desert, 1940-1942 Ken Delve $39.95 / 224 pages / 7 x 9.5 / 200 b&w Photos / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-84415-817-1

This is a comprehensive reference to the structure, operation, aircraft and men of the 1st Tactical Air Force, or Desert Air Force as it became known. It was formed in North Africa to support the 8th Army and included squadrons from the RAF, SAAF, RAAF and eventually the USAAF. The book includes descriptions of many notable defensive and offensive campaigns, the many types of aircraft used, weapons and the airfields that played host to these events. Ken Delve was an RAF Tornado bomber pilot and is now considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on military aviation.

After a long series of crushing defeats by the apparently unstoppable Japanese air and ground forces, the eventual fight back and victory in Burma was achieved as a result of the exercise of unprecedented combined services cooperation and operations. Crucial to this was the Allies’ supremacy in the air coupled with their ground/air support strategy. Using veterans’ firsthand accounts, Air Battle For Burma reveals the decisive nature of Allied air power in inflicting the first major defeat on the Japanese Army in the Second World War.

Bryn Evans writes across a wide range of categories, be it business, travel, military history or fiction. He lives win Sydney, Australia.

Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing A Collective Memoir 1941–1942 Jon E C Tan $44.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 50 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8169-3 / eISBN: 9781473881716

During the Second World War, RAF Biggin Hill was one of Fighter Command’s premier stations. It became a hotbed of talent and expertise, home to many successful squadrons. This book from Jon Tan offers a rich account of the years 1941-1942, an incredibly eventful period in Biggin’s story.

Dr Jon E.C. Tan is a lecturer and researcher at Leeds Beckett University. He is also a historian specializing in RAF Fighter Command’s operations.

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Death Was Their Co-Pilot Aces of the Skies Michael Dorflinger

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5928-9 / eISBN: 9781473859302

It was in World War I that the skies first became a battlefield, with nations seeking to decide military outcomes off the ground. This volume introduces the fighter pilots of World War I, including the infamous “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen. In addition to this iconic flying ace, the author presents the thrilling biographies of numerous others and recounts their exploits and the tragedies they suffered. Likewise, the book illustrates the Great War’s historical background and documents the increasing sophistication of aviation technology and warfare.


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Pen and Sword FLIGHT CRAFT

Fallen Eagles

Flight Craft 11: English Electric Lightning

Airmen Who Survived the Great War Only to Die in the Peace

Neil Robinson and Martin Derry

Norman Franks

$24.95 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11 / Illustrated / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9055-8/ eISBN: 9781473890572

$44.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 150 black and white plates / June 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-7996-6 / eISBN: 9781473879980

This homage to the interceptor fighter is split in to three sections.

The 50 pilots featured in Fallen Eagles were all decorated for bravery during The Great War. All survived the conflict only to die flying in the postwar years.

The first section offers a development history covering the six main single-seat fighter and two twin-seat trainer Marks. This is followed by a full color illustration section featuring profiles and 2-views of the color schemes and markings. The final section lists most of the plastic model kits, accessories and decal sheets produced of the EE/BAC Lightning. Neil Robinson is a respected aviation historian and author, who has worked on a number of related projects over the years. Martin Derry has also worked extensively in the field of aviation publishing.

The AVRO Type 698 Vulcan: Design and Development Origins, Experimental Prototypes and Weapon Systems

The causes of their deaths ranged from being casualties of small wars, mechanical failure or pilot error. The 1920s were still pioneering years for aviation and aviators and test flying, air races and displays, record attempts were fraught with dangers known and unknown. Thanks to aviation historian Norman Franks, their names are not forgotten. Norman Franks has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

The Royal Navy Lynx

Launch Pad UK

An Operational History

Britain and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Larry Jeram-Croft

Jim Wilson

David W Fildes $32.95 / 496 pages / 7 x 9.75 / Approx. 300 mono images / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47388667-4

$44.95 / 384 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 200 illustrations, integrated throughout. / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-6251-7 / eISBN: 9781473862531

The Avro Vulcan was the last V Bomber to see active service in its primary role during the Falklands conflict. It is the most popular of the three and one aircraft has recently become airborne again after a long period of rejuvenation. It has always been a major attraction at air shows throughout the world, attracting crowds who delight in its unique delta-wing shape and amazing maneuverability.

This book tells the story of an incredibly capable naval aircraft, based primarily on the words of those who flew and maintained it. Beginning with the Lynx’s entry into service in 1976, it goes on to discuss its remarkable performance in the Falklands War. Here it was used in both its primary roles of antisubmarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as several others for which it had never been designed, such as Airborne Early Warning and anti-Exocet missile counter measures.

The book examines the origins of the design, the prototypes and experimental aircraft and goes on to explain the modifications that were made to the last of the breed. The author has access to many previously unpublished photographs and experimental design plans.


Larry Jeram-Croft spent thirty years in the Royal Navy. He trained as an Aircraft Engineer and then as a helicopter pilot. He lives in Somerset.

$29.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 35 illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8665-0

For most British people the weekend of 27/28 October 1962 could so very easily have been their last weekend on earth. Yet, astonishingly, the fact that Britain’s nuclear deterrent forces were set to such an unprecedented level of readiness was kept secret from the public. Thor nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles stood on a round-the-clock wartime state of alert ready to be fired; these were the ‘other’ missiles of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which made Britain, in effect, America’s launch pad.

Jim Wilson worked as a journalist in Norfolk during the crisis, at which time the Thor missiles were based nearby.

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Pen and Sword Facing Armageddon

Military Technology of the First World War

The First World War Experienced Hugh Cecil (ed.) and Peter Liddle

Development, Use and Consequences

$24.95 / 960 pages / 5.25 x 7.75 / 57 illustrations / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78346-169-1 / eISBN: 9781473879768

Wolfgang Fleischer

$39.95 / 256 pages / 10 x 9.5 / 233 b&w images, 38 color images, 56 diagrams/drawings / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5419-2

Like any war before or since, the First World War formed the catalyst for a wealth of technical inventions with only one goal in mind: to inflict as much damage on the opponent as possible. No one would have dreamed that as a result of these new technologies, the death tolls on all sides would be so high, nor would the physical destruction have seemed possible. In this new work, Wolfgang Fleischer has documented all the weaponry was used by the Central Powers and their opponents, including machine guns, artillery guns, gas, armored combat vehicles, aircraft and submarines. Wolfgang Fleischer is a historian and works at the Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden.

Last Stand At Zandvoore 1914 Lord Hugh Grosvenor’s Noble Sacrifice

Facing Armageddon is a major collection of scholarly work on the 1914-18 war that explores, on a worldwide basis, the real nature of the participants’ experience. The book is a classic in the field. Sixty-four scholars from all over the globe, including the USA, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and the UK, describe their research into what civilians and servicemen passed through, on the land, the sea and in the air. Their pioneering work is as important today as it was when the book was first published.

Dr Hugh Cecil taught Modern History at Leeds University. His acclaimed work on military history includes The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War.

Fighting the Somme German Challenges, Dilemmas and Solutions

Mike McBride

Jack Sheldon

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 black and white illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-9157-9 / eISBN: 9781473891593

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / b&w Illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-8199-0 / eISBN: 9781473882010

Being the son of the Duke of Westminster, whose family traces its lineage back to 1066; Lord Hugh Grosvenor was destined to become a cavalry officer in the prestigious 1st Regiment of Life Guards.

This book will provide a fresh way of looking at the Battle of the Somme. Drawing heavily on examples that can be illustrated through exploitation of the primary sources and anecdotal accounts, it will explain how and why the German defense was designed and conducted as it was. There will be descriptions of the reasons for the dominance of the Great General Staff, the tensions between commanders and staff, the disagreements between the commanders of First and Second Army.

Using unpublished letters home and contemporary accounts this book describes Lord Hugh’s embarkation for France and the early mounted encounters which halted the enemy onslaught against the ‘contemptible little army’. These led to the stalemate of trench warfare and found Lord Hugh and his Squadron holding out at Zandvoorde during the First Battle of Ypres 1914. Mike McBride was a trooper in the Queen’s Own Yeomanry and worked for the Ministry of Defence before joining the Cheshire Constabulary.

Jack Sheldon is amongst the most prolific writers on the German army in the Great War, with seven titles in his series on the German army at various phases in the fighting on the Western Front.

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Victory on the Western Front The Development of the British Army 1914-1918 Michael Senior $44.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78340-065-2

Marshal Foch, commenting on the victories during the Hundred Days when the Germans were driven back on the Western Front, said ‘Never at any time in history has the British army achieved greater results in attack than in this unbroken offensive’. The success of this offensive has provided historians with ground for interpretation and debate. How did the British Expeditionary Force turn the tide of the war and defeat the enemy in the field? This is the fascinating question that Michael Senior tackles in this study. Dr Michael Senior has had a life-long interest in the First World War. He has had articles published by the Western Front Association of which he is a member.


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Walking the Western Front

Walking Ypres Paul Reed

The Somme in Pictures – 2nd July 1916 –November 1916

$24.95 / 256 pages / 5.5 x 8 / 150 color and black & white Illustrations / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-78159-003-4

Ed Skelding $39.95 / 208 pages / 7.5 x 9.75 / Approx 150 Integrated b&w and color images / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9360-3 / eISBN: 9781473893627

This book is aimed as a companion to the DVD series and explores the history of the battlefields through the eyes of the camera team. Complete with 150 prints taken over a twenty year period reflecting the authors many filming trips to the Somme, the book shows the battlefield as it was almost 100 years ago and is accompanied by a shot of the exact same spot as it stands today.

The medieval city of Ypres will forever be associated with the Great War, especially by the British. From 1914 to 1918 it was the key strong point in the northern sector of the Western Front, and the epic story of its defense has taken on almost legendary status. The city and the surrounding battlefields are also among the most visited sites on the Western Front, and Paul Reed’s walking guide is an essential traveling companion for anyone who is eager to explore them either on foot, by bike or by car.

The author then explains the significance of the photographs and why they were included in both the book and the film. Ed Skelding is a film-maker with more than twenty World War One broadcast documentaries to his credit.

Paul Reed is a leading military historian. He has been visiting European battlefields for more than thirty years.

Spy of the Century

Law and War

Albert Ball VC

Alfred Redl and the Betrayal of AustriaHungary

Magistrates in the Great War

Fighter Pilot Hero of World War I

Jonathan Swan

Colin Pengelly

John Sadler and Silvie Fisch $39.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-4870-2 / eISBN: 9781473848719

$39.95 / 272 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 page plate section / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-53379 / eISBN: 9781473853386

In 1913, Colonel Alfred Redl, the former deputy head of the Evidenzbüro and confidant of the heir to the throne committed suicide.

The office of justice of the peace has existed since the twelfth century, when ‘good men’ were appointed to sit in judgment. By the twentieth century, social attitudes were changing. The new government instituted reforms, which allowed the appointment of the working classes.

What no one had known: for almost a decade he had betrayed significant and damaging secrets to the Italians, the French and the Russians. But what had been his motives? The story has been reconstructed, after historians rediscovered long-lost records. John Sadler has worked in law and heritage management. He is a prolific author of medieval and modern military history. Silvie Fisch works in arts and heritage management and has published various academic and fictional titles.


Then came the Great War. Within days, the government introduced the Defence of the Realm Act. The magistrates responded as best they could. Some magistrates went to war; some lost their lives. Jonathan Swan has been a magistrate for eighteen years, serving as chairman in the courts.

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Illustrated / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9355-9

Albert Ball’s individuality and his insistence on fighting alone set him apart from other fighter pilots during World War One. His invincible courage and utter determination made him a legend not only in Britain but also amongst his enemies. He rose from obscurity to the top rank of contemporary fighter pilots in only 15 months. In that period he had been awarded the MC, DSO and two Bars and was credited with at least 44 victories. Colin Pengelly served in the RAF. His interest in military aviation history started when he assisted in researching British Air Casualties. He lives in Weston-Super-Mare.

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The Western Front

Beneath the Killing Fields

Landscape, Tourism and Heritage Stephen Miles

Exploring the Subterranean Landscapes of the Western Front

$39.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-3376-0 / eISBN: 9781473884700

Matthew Leonard

The Western Front has become, once again, an important and increasingly popular tourist destination. Interest is also being sharpened in the ‘places of war’ as battle-sites, trench-systems, bunkers and mine craters gain a clearer identity as war heritage. For the first time this book brings together the three strands of heritage, landscape and tourism to provide a fresh understanding of the multilayered nature of the Western Front. The book approaches the area as a rich dynamic landscape which can be viewed in a variety of ways: historically, materially, culturally, and perceptually.

Stephen Miles is an Affiliate Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

Prisoners and Escape WWI Those Who Were There

$39.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / integrated color images / February 2017 / hardback / 978-178346-306-0 / eISBN: 9781473884113

Beneath the Killing Fields of the Western Front still lies a hidden landscape of conflict virtually untouched. This subterranean world is an ambiguous environment filled with material culture that that objectifies the scope and depth of human interaction with the landscapes of war. Covering the reasoning for taking the war underground, this book provides an overview of the Western Front. With the aid of fieldwork conducted by the author, this book combines military history, archaeology and anthropology together with data and imagery in order to explore the realities of subterranean warfare. Matthew Leonard’s research is concerned with the engagement of man and the underground worlds of the Western Front during the First World War.

In the Trenches Those Who Were There Rachel Bilton

Esther Bilton and Rachel Bilton

Sea and Air Fighting in the Great War Those Who Were There David Bilton

$19.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations - 8 pages of plates / April 2017 / paperback / 978-14738-6709-3 / eISBN: 9781473867116

$39.95 / 208 pages /6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations - 8 pages of plates / January 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-6713-0 / eISBN: 9781473867154

$19.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations - 8 pages of plates / February 2017 / paperback / 9781-4738-6705-5 / eISBN: 9781473867079

A wide range of personal experiences are covered in the eleven chapters of this book. Nearly all the stories are written by the participants who describe what happened to them during the war. What makes them special is that they were written while the images were fresh in their minds. The experiences recorded are those of civilians and soldiers. Where possible, information about these men has been provided to explain their life before and after the war.

A wide range of personal experiences are covered in the seventeen chapters of this book. All the stories are written by the participants who describe exactly what happened to them while they fought in the greatest battles of the First World War. What makes them special is that their stories were written while the images were fresh in their minds. The experiences recorded are those of civilians, officers and men.

This is a compelling book for lovers of sea and air stories from the Great War era. In the thirteen stories told by the participants, they describe their experiences of events: stories of luck, tenacity, courage, extreme danger, excitement and bravery. Also included are photographs to help set the scene for the vignettes and details of the authors’ lives where possible. Seven stories detail the war at sea, while the other six reflect the war in the air from a civilian and combatant point of view.

The stories cover the whole of the war, starting with the chance meeting of a reporter and men of the Royal Field Artillery resting after the retreat.

Rachel Bilton is currently studying in France and intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or publishing. This is her second book and it is part of a trilogy.

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The exciting thing about the stories is that they have remained unpublished for nearly eighty years and they are written by participants who describe exactly what they experienced and felt.


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Pen and Sword Miners’ Battalion A History of the 12th (Pioneers) King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1914–1918 Malcolm Keith Johnson $39.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 50 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-6808-3 / eISBN: 9781473868106

Miners’ Battalion follows the battalion throughout the war and shows how the men, mainly Yorkshire miners, applied their civilian skills to the purposes of war. It also reveals that in 1918, when forced to fight as infantrymen, the battalion performed with distinction, gaining the nickname, ‘the Yorkshire Guards’. Malcolm K. Johnson has researched the history of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) for over thirty years.

Kut: The Death of an Army Ronald Millar

Holding the Home Front The Women’s Land Army in The First World War Caroline Scott

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in France, 1917–1921 Women Urgently Wanted Samantha Philo-Gill

$39.95 / 224 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Illustrated / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78383-112-8 / eISBN: 9781473886322

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 15 illustrations / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-3359-3 / eISBN: 9781473886292

In 1917, at the darkest hour, when Britain’s food security looked most precarious, it was said that, ‘If it were not for the women agriculture would be absolutely at a standstill on many farms.’ Is that true? Were women really keeping the wheels turning? Using previously unpublished accounts and photographs, this book is an attempt to understand how the return of women to the fields and farmyards impacted agriculture.

In March 1917, the first women to be enrolled into the British Army joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. This book details the establishment of the Corps and subsequently explores the experience of the WAACs who served.

Cambridgeshire Kitcheners

The Harrogate Terriers

A History of 11th (Service) Battalion (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment Joanna Costin

Samantha Philo-Gill has had a lifelong interest in military history, specifically the role of women. As part of her PhD, she examined the representation of women workers in WW1 literature.

From Strawberry Dale to Passchendaele – A History of the 1/5th Territorial Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment 1914–1919 John Sheehan

$39.95 / 336 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9200-2 / eISBN: 9781473892026

$50.00 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 150 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-6900-4 / eISBN: 9781473869028

Kut: The Death of an Army is the fascinating story of the British-Indian Army, which was besieged in Mesopotamia. It is an expert account of the tragic five-month Turkish siege, in which their enemies essentially outlasted them. The author reveals the day-to-day preoccupations of the Anglo-Indian forces and their enemies as well.

In the opening months of the First World War, 1,500 men from Cambridgeshire came forward to serve their country. They came from the city and they came from the fields. Many had never left the county before, let alone their country, and all too many would never return. Mixing personal accounts with official documents, this is the story of the Cambridgeshire Kitchener’s war.

Ronald William Millar was a professional writer whose other works include The Piltdown Men.


$50.00 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / April 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-6812-0 / eISBN: 9781473868144

Using original personal and military diaries, with hundreds of carefully selected newspaper extracts, letters and photographs, this book traces individual stories of tragedy and heroism, involving tradesmen, apprentices, lawyers, musicians, and sportsmen from Harrogate and the West Riding. John Sheehan studied military history at King’s College, before becoming a lawyer. Later moving to North Yorkshire, he became interested in the history of Harrogate.

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A Wargamer’s Guide to The Anglo-Zulu Wars

A Wargamer’s Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest

Daniel Mersey $16.95 / 88 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-4850-4 / eISBN: 9781473848511

This is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of guides for wargamers. Taking one of the most pivotal and famous episodes in British military history, it gives a wargamer’s perspective of the dramatic events of the AngloZulu War of 1879 and offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table. Daniel Mersey discusses factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially available rules, or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and to capture the flavor of the period. The relevant ranges of figures and terrain pieces and buildings are also reviewed. Analysis of the forces involved, organization, tactics and strategies will help with building your armies and there are interesting scenarios included.

Daniel Mersey $16.95 / 88 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-4846-7 / eISBN: 9781473848474

This is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of guides for wargamers. Taking one of the most pivotal and famous episodes in British military history, it gives a wargamer’s perspective of the dramatic events of 1066 and the Norman conquest up to around 1070, and 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 devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and capture the flavor of the period. The relevant ranges of figures and terrain pieces and buildings are also reviewed. Analysis of the forces involved, organization, tactics and strategies will help with building your armies and there are interesting scenarios included.

Daniel Mersey has been a writer and editor for two decades, specializing primarily in British post-Roman and medieval military history. He lives in Worthing, West Sussex.

Warfare and Weaponry in Dynastic Egypt Rebecca Angharad Dean $39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 60 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-2355-6 / eISBN: 9781473862050

The development of warfare in any society provides an evocative glance into the lives of our predecessors. This is never more the case than with that most enticing of ancient civilizations, Ancient Egypt. Follow Rebecca Dean through the fascinating world of mysterious figures such as Tutankhamun and Nefertiti, examining not only the history and development of ancient Egyptian warfare, but the weapons used and the way they were handled. Swords, axes, and daggers are the weapons of choice here, as ancient Egyptian warfare is brought vividly to life through the exciting use of experimental archaeology. By examining and testing replicas of reallife artifacts, just how deadly these ancient Egyptian weapons were can be seen.

Rebecca Dean gained an MA in Archaeological Research and an M.Phil in Archaeology from the University of York. She currently lives in Manchester.

Roman Republic at War A Compendium of Roman Battles from 498 to 31 BC. Don Taylor $39.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / approx. 30 b&w tactical diagram / April 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-9442-6 / eISBN: 9781473894440

In a single volume, Roman Republic at War offers a brief description of every significant battle fought by the Roman Republic between 480 and 31 BC. The information in each entry is drawn exclusively from Ancient texts, in order to offer a brief description of each battle based solely on the information provided by the earliest surviving sources. In writing the battle descriptions, the author has not sought analyze the evidence contained in the surviving accounts, nor embellish them beyond that which was necessary to provide clarity to the modern reader. He allows the original writers to speak for themselves, presenting the reader with a succinct version of what the ancient chroniclers tell us of these events. Dr Don Taylor holds a PhD in European History with a concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Since 1995 he has served as a university professor in European and Ancient History at Hardin-Simmons University, Texas.

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Pen and Sword Cataphracts

Pyrrhus of Epirus

Knights of the Ancient Eastern Empires

Jeff Champion $19.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8664-3

Erich B Anderson $19.99 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-3798-0 / eISBN: 9781473889576

Cataphracts were the most heavily armored form of cavalry in the ancient world. Originating among the nobles of Asian steppe tribes, they were adopted and adapted by several major empires. Erich B Anderson assesses the development, equipment, tactics and combat record of cataphracts, showing also how enemies sought to counter them.

Pyrrhus was born into the royal house of Epirus, northwest Greece, but his mother was forced to flee into exile to protect his life when he was a mere infant. Yet he prospered in troubled times and rose from a refugee to a king. Always an adventurer he was deeply involved in the cut-andthrust campaigning, coups and subterfuges of the Successor kingdoms. At various times he was king of Epirus (twice), Macedon (twice) and Sicily, as well as overlord of much of southern Italy. Jeff Champion studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia, achieving a First Class degree. He still lives in Western Australia.

Erich B. Anderson is a freelance writer with a B.A. in history and anthropology. He lives in Chicago.

The Mongol Art of War

Britain in the Age of Arthur

Timothy May

A Military History Ilkka Syvanne

$24.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 30 illustrations / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9268-2

The Mongol armies that established the largest land empire in history are imperfectly understood. Often they are viewed as screaming throngs of horsemen who swept over opponents by sheer force of numbers rather than as disciplined regiments that carried out planned and practiced maneuvers. In this pioneering book, Timothy May demonstrates that the Mongol military developed from a tribal levy into a complex military organization. He describes the makeup of the Mongol army from its inception to the demise of the Mongol empire.

Dr Timothy May is Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at the University of North Georgia. He is a leading specialist in the Mongol empire and nomadic empires in general.


Women at War in the Classical World Paul Chrystal

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 50 b&w drawings and diagrams, 16pp plates / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-9520-1 / eISBN: 9781473895225

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5660-8 / eISBN: 9781473856615

King Arthur is one of the most controversial topics of early British history. Are the legends based on a real historical figure or pure mythological invention? Ilkka Syvanne’s study breaks new ground, adopting a novel approach to the sources by starting with the assumption that Arthur existed and that Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account has preserved details of his career that are based on real events. He then interprets these by using ‘common sense’ and the perspective of a specialist in late Roman military history to form a probable picture of what really happened during the period.

Paul Chrystal has written the first full length study of women and warfare in the Graeco Roman world. Although the conduct of war was generally monopolized by men, there were plenty of exceptions with women directly involved in its direction and even as combatants, Artemisia, Olympias, Cleopatra and Agrippina the Elder being famous examples. More commonly, women were affected by war as noncombatant victims and this makes up an important strand of the author’s discussion.

Dr Ilkka Syvänne gained his doctorate in history from Tampere University. He lives in Kangasala, Finland.

Paul Chrystal studied Latin and Greek at the University of Hull and then specialized in Latin love poetry for his MPhil. He is the author of many works including both local and Classical history. He lives in York.

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Pen and Sword Hannibal’s Road

Fortress Britain

The Second Punic War in Italy 213203 BC

The Defence of the British Isles from the Iron Age to the 21st Century

Mike Roberts

Ian Barnes

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5595-3 / eISBN: 9781473855960

$39.95 / 184 pages / 8.5 x 11 / approx. 90 maps / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-78159-017-1 / eISBN: 9781473883758

Many books have been written on the Second Punic War and Hannibal, but few give space to his campaigns from 213 – 203 BC’. By 212, the war going against the Carthaginians. Yet Hannibal was able to sustain his polyglot army and campaign for another ten years. His maneuvering and victory kept several veteran armies tied up and on the defensive, until Scipio’s invasion of North Africa pulled him home. Mike Roberts follows the course of these events in detail, analyzing Hannibal’s strategy and aims in this phase of the war.

Fortress Britain analyzes the security problems faced by the inhabitants of the British Isles. Defending the islands has been a difficult task and they have been invaded by successive waves of Celts, Romans, Germanic tribes, Vikings, Normans. These conquerors, in turn, had to secure their lands against the next emerging enemy. The book provides the international contexts for a variety of defense policies over several hundred years and the text is reinforced by numerous maps.

Mike Roberts is a social worker by training but has had a long-standing interest in the military history of the Classical world. He lives in Dudley.

The Battle of Copenhagen 1801 Ole Feldbaek

Dr Ian Barnes studied at the universities of Sussex, Stockholm and the London School of Economics. He was a Visiting Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and then Head of History at the University of Derby.

Wellington’s Eastern Front

Napoleon, France and Waterloo

The Campaign on the East Coast of Spain 1810–1814

The Eagle Rejected Charles J. Esdaile

Nick Lipscombe $24.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8661-2

Written by the leading Danish authority on the period, this splendid work brings to life Nelson's historic victory immortalized by his so famously turning a blind eye to his superiors order to halt operations. As well as describing the brilliance of the British tactics, the work fascinatingly reveals the desperate action and great bravery displayed by the Danish defenders who suffered appallingly in the fighting.

Professor Ole Feldbaek is a professional historian and academic at Copenhagen University.

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 30 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-5071-2 / eISBN: 9781473850729

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / February 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-7082-6 / eISBN: 9781473870840

At last, in this absorbing and authoritative study, the story of the epic struggle on Spain’s eastern front during the Peninsular War has been told.

So great is the weight of reading on the Waterloo campaign, but one critical aspect of the story has gone untold – the French home front.

Nick Lipscombe, a leading historian of the Napoleonic Wars, describes in graphic detail the battles fought by the French army of General Suchet against the Spanish regulars and guerrillas and subsequently the AngloSicilian force sent by the British government to stabilize the region.

Drawing from the French archives, in the writings of soldiers who fought in France in 1814 and 1815, the author gives us fascinating insight into the military and domestic context of the Waterloo campaign, the Napoleonic legend and the wider situation across Europe.

Nick Lipscombe is a leading historian of the Peninsular War and an expert guide to the Peninsular battlefields.

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Professor Charles Esdaile is one of the leading historians of the Napoleonic era and holds a personal chair at the University of Liverpool.


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Pen and Sword Real War Horses

The History of the Green Howards

The Experience of the British Cavalry 1814 –1914

Three Hundred Years of Service

Anthony Dawson

Geoffrey Powell and John S W Powell

$44.95 / 240 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-4707-1 / eISBN: 9781473847088

$32.95 / 320 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-5797-1

Many histories have been written about the conflicts the British army was involved in. There are studies of campaigns and battles and accounts of the experiences of the soldiers. But this book is the first to concentrate on the experiences of the British cavalry during a century of warfare.

Anthony Dawson is an archaeologist and historian who has made a special study of the history of the British army in the nineteenth century.

1919: Britain’s Year of Revolution Simon Webb

Regimental histories abound, but few can be as stirring as this story of the fortunes of the famous Yorkshire-based Green Howards. Raised in 1688, the Green Howards have maintained their tradition of loyalty winning many battle honors. This book brings the story of one of Britain’s finest regiments right up to date. Geoffrey Powell was deputy Colonel of the Green Howards between 1982 and 1984. John Powell was Deputy Colonel of the Green Howards from 1996-2001.

British Army Uniforms of the American Revolution

Illustrated Manual of Sniper Skills Mark Spicer

1751–1783 $39.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / January 2017 / hardback / 978-1-4738-6286-9 / eISBN: 9781473862883

1919: Britain’s Year of Revolution tells the story of an almost unknown passage in British history. On the August Bank Holiday that year, the government in London dispatched warships to the northern city of Liverpool in an overwhelming show of force. Thousands of troops, backed by tanks, had been trying without success to suppress disorder on the streets. Drawing chiefly upon contemporary sources, this book describes the sequence of events which looked as though they might be the precursor to a revolution along the lines of those sweeping across Europe at that time. Simon Webb is the author of a number of nonfiction books, ranging from academic works on education to popular history.


Carl Franklin $39.95 / 384 pages / 7 x 9.75 / Full color illustrations throughout / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8666-7

Based on contemporary records and paintings, this book identifies each cavalry and infantry regiment and illustrates changes in uniforms, their colors and the nature and shape of lace worn by officers, NCOs and private soldiers. Regiments that served in the American War of Independence are noted and the book includes more than 200 full-color plates of uniforms and distinctions. Divided into four sections, it details the cavalry and infantry uniforms of the period and the tartans of the Highland regiments. After service in the RAF as an engineer specializing in guided weapons, Carl Franklin worked for British Aerospace and Royal Ordnance until retiring in 1990. He now spends most of his time researching and writing.

$19.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / February 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-8452-6 / eISBN: 9781473884540

This illustrated manual provides an in-depth review of the art of sniping in war and antiterrorist environments. Drawing on firsthand knowledge of sniper skills, former British Army sniper and sniper instructor Mark Spicer describes the role of the sniper in peace and in war, in reconnaissance and countersurveillance, in cities, in vehicles, at night and by day. He presents crucial information about training and equipment, judgment and positioning, details of great relevance to professional marksmen, both military and law enforcement. Mark Spicer is a foremost sniper instructor who has trained snipers of many of the world’s military and paramilitary forces, including the US Marine Corps and Britain’s SAS.

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Pen and Sword Mau Mau Rebellion

“Fight, Dig and Live”

The Emergency in Kenya 1952–1956

The Story of the Royal Engineers in the Korean War

Nick van der Bijl

George Cooper

$44.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16 pages of black and white plates / June 2017 / hardback / 978-14738-6457-3 / eISBN: 9781473864597

In Mau Mau Rebellion, the author describes the background to and the course of a short but brutal campaign in Kenya. The Mau Mau aimed to restore the proud tribe’s pre-colonial superiority and rule. The 1940s saw initial targeting of Africans working for the colonial government and by 1952 the situation had deteriorated so badly that a State of Emergency was declared.

Nick van der Bijl BEM spent 25 years, most in the Intelligence Corps between 1970 and 1989. Since retiring from the Army, he has pursued a career in security management.  He lives in Somerset.

Exocet Falklands

Pebble Island

The Untold Story of Special Forces Operations

Revised 35th Anniversary Edition

Ewen SouthbyTailyour

$32.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16pp b&w images / February 2017 / paperback / 978-14738-8663-6

The Korean War, which began with an unprovoked attack by North Korea in 1950, went on for three long years. Over 100,000 soldiers of the United Nations forces, including those of the Republic of Korea, were killed. The Royal Engineers were involved at all levels, from patrols and minefields, to defense works and, providing support to all manner of operations such as transportation, bridging and the important provision of postal services, so vital for morale. General Sir George Cooper GCB MC DL was commissioned into the Royal Engineers and served as a Troop Commander in Korea.

Jon Cooksey and Francis Mackay

Logistics in the Falklands War A Case Study in Expeditionary Warfare Kenneth L Privratsky

$24.95 / 344 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16pp b&w plates / January 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-7210-3

This is a revelatory account of three untabulated Special Forces operations, Plum Duff, Mikado and Kettledrum, that failed to destroy Argentina’s Exocet missiles during the 1982 Falkland’s campaign. Using previously unknown material and through interviewing key players who have remained silent for 30 years, Ewen SouthbyTailyour has finally established the truth: that it has taken so long reflects the sensitivities, both military and personal, involved.

Ewen Southby-Tailyour is a retired senior Royal Marine officer who played a leading role in the Falklands War.

$24.95 / 176 pages / 7 x 9.75 / Illustrated / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-4738-9295-8 / eISBN: 9781473892972

$24.95 / 304 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 16pp black and white plates / June 2017 / paperback / 978-1-47389904-9

This is the story of the SAS raid on Pebble Island during the Falklands War.

While many books have been written on the Falklands War, this is the first to focus on the vital aspect of logistics.

In atrocious weather, 48 men of 22 SAS Regiment were landed by Sea King Helicopter on the Island. Their task was to destroy the 11 enemy aircraft located at the Airstrip on the Island and neutralize the Argentinean force posted there to guard it. The book covers sections on: history of the engagement, training and planning involved, equipment used, weapons file, breakdown of forces engaged, consequences and controversies as well as personal accounts of those involved.

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After a brief discussion of events leading to Argentina’s invasion the book describes in detail the rush to reorganize and deploy forces, dispatch a large task force, the innovative solutions needed to sustain the Task Force, the vital staging base at Ascension Island, the intheater resupply, the setbacks and finally the restoring of order after victory. Major General Kenneth L Privratsky served in the US Infantry in Vietnam before becoming a logistics specialist. He taught at West Point and commanded organizations supplying US Forces worldwide.


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“The Bloody Fifth”

Under the Crescent Moon

Caught in the Maelstrom

The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia Volume 2: Gettysburg to Appomattox

The Eleventh Corps in the American Civil War, 1862–1864 From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville

The Indian Nations in the Civil War, 1861–1865

John F. Schmutz

James S. Pula

$32.95 / 456 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 maps, 10 images / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-334-8 / eISBN: 9781611213355

The second installment in a history of the 5th Texas Infantry—“The Bloody Fifth”—one of only three Texas regiments to fight with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The regiment took part in 38 engagements, including nearly every significant battle in the Eastern Theater, as well as the Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Knoxville campaigns in the Western Theater. “The Bloody Fifth” offers the first full-length study documenting this fabled regimental command. The first volume, Secession through the Suffolk Campaign, followed the regiment from its inception through the successful foraging campaign in southeastern Virginia in April 1863. Gettysburg to Appomattox continues the regiment’s rich history from its march north into Pennsylvania and the battle of Gettysburg, its transfer west to Georgia and participation in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, operations in East Tennessee, and the regiment’s return to Virginia for the overland battles, Petersburg campaign, and the march to Appomattox Court House. Schmutz’s definitive study is based upon years of archival and battlefield research that uncovered hundreds of primary sources, many never before used. John F. Schmutz enjoyed a career as a corporate attorney and has maintained a fascination with all aspects of the Civil War. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he lives San Antonio, Texas.


$34.95 / 360 pages / 6 x 9 / 5 maps, 40 images / June 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-337-9 / eISBN: 9781611213386

The Eleventh Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months, but during that time played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and then marched through brutal December weather without adequate provisions to help rescue a second Northern army. Despite its sacrifices in the Eastern campaigns and successes in Tennessee, the reputation of the Eleventh Corps is one of cowardice and failure. Under the Crescent Moon is the first study of this misunderstood organization. The first volume, From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, opens with the organization of the corps and a lively description of the men in the ranks, the officers who led them, the regiments forming it, and the German immigrants who comprised a sizable portion of the corps. Once this foundation is set, the narrative flows briskly through the winter of 1862-63 on the way to the first major campaign at Chancellorsville. James S. Pula is Professor of History at Purdue University Northwest. The author and editor of more than two dozen books on immigration history and the American Civil War, he is currently the editor-in-chief of Gettysburg Magazine.

Clint Crowe $32.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 1 map, 10 images / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-336-2 / eISBN: 9781940669687

The sad plight of the Five Civilized Tribes—the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole— during America’s Civil War is both fascinating and often overlooked in the literature. From 1861-1865, the Indians fought their own bloody civil war on lands surrounded by the Kansas Territory, Arkansas, and Texas. Clint Crowe’s Caught in the Maelstrom reveals the importance of this war within a war, and explains how it affected the surrounding states and the course of the broader war engulfing the country. The onset of the Civil War exacerbated the divergent politics of the five tribes and resulted in the Choctaw and Chickasaw contributing men for the Confederacy and the Seminoles contributing men for the Union. The Creeks were divided between the Union and the Confederacy, while the internal war split the Cherokee nation between those who followed Stand Watie, a brigadier general in the Confederate Army, and John Ross, who threw his support behind the Union. Throughout, Union and Confederate authorities played on divisions within the tribes to further their own strategic goals by enlisting men, signing treaties, encouraging bloodshed, and even using the hard hand of war to turn a profit.

Dr. Clint Crowe is Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Tulsa Community College. This book is based on his dissertation.

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Meade and Lee After Gettysburg Vol. 1: From Falling Waters to Culpeper Courthouse, July 14 to October 1, 1863 Jeffrey Wm Hunt $24.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 12 maps, 25 images / July 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-343-0 / eISBN: 9781611213447

The period of the Civil War in Virginia sandwiched between the traditional ending date of the Gettysburg Campaign and the arrival of U. S. Grant is routinely overlooked. The operations conducted during that period have been overshadowed by the bloodshed in Pennsylvania, the large-scale Confederate victory at Chickamauga in September, and the disastrous Southern defeat at Chattanooga two months later. Author Jeffrey Wm Hunt, in his new Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: Vol. 1: From Falling Waters to Culpeper Courthouse, July 14 to October 1, 1863, helps rectify this glaring oversight. In what promises to be the first of four volumes on this important period, Hunt demonstrates that this period was full of drama as Lee and Meade sought to repair the damage done to their armies at Gettysburg, cope with an epidemic of desertions and home front disenchantment, and a host of logistical and strategic dilemmas. The Gettysburg Campaign, argues Hunt, did not end until late July, and included the fighting at Shepherdstown and Manassas Gap. Jeffrey William Hunt is Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988.

Gabriel Rains and the Confederate Torpedo Bureau W. Davis Waters and Joseph I. Brown $16.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 15 images and 15 maps / May 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-350-8 / eISBN: 978-1-94066-970-0

Gabriel J. Rains was a Confederate Brigadier General who was more than a military officer—he was a scientist. His Civil War appointment gave him an opportunity to develop explosives. He invented three mines: the “subterra shell” (land mine), the keg torpedo, and the submarine mortar battery (both naval mines). After the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862, he served the Confederacy in two ways, Superintendent of Conscription and Commander of the Torpedo Bureau. He and his men mined the roads around Jackson and the harbors of Mobile, Savannah, and Charleston. His naval mines sank many ships and were more effective than heavy guns. In 1864, at the request of President Jefferson Davis, he mined the principal roads leading into Richmond as well as the lines around Fort Harrison. When it came time to evacuate the city, Rains and his family joined the president and cabinet as they traveled by train to Greensboro. W. Davis Waters was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina and grew up in Hampton, Virginia. Waters worked for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Joseph I. Brown worked for the Naval Mine Engineering Facility in Yorktown. While at the Weapons Station he helped design the MK25, MK52, and MK55 mines.

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Six Days in September Alexander B. Rossino $25.00 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / 3 maps, images / May 2017 / hardback / 978-1-61121-345-4 / eISBN: 9781940669694

Alex Rossino’s Six Days in September is a gripping, fast-paced account of Robert E. Lee’s 1862 campaign to win Southern independence by carrying the war north into Maryland. The thrust across the Potomac River triggered a determined Federal response when Gen. George McClellan led the reorganized and often defeated Army of the Potomac out of Washington’s defenses in pursuit of a victory on Union soil. The resulting battles of South Mountain and Sharpsburg (Antietam) wreaked havoc on both armies, witnessed the bloodiest day in American history, and changed the course of the entire Civil War. Deeply researched and written with close attention to the actual events, Rossino’s seamless weaving of history and fiction transports readers into the minds of the Southern generals, the torn hearts of beleaguered civilians, and the ranks of Lee’s long-suffering soldiers who endured the agonizing horrors of Civil War combat. Six Days in September is a panoramic, sweeping account of the complex and decisive Maryland Campaign that altered the destiny of our nation.

Award-winning author and historian Alexander B. Rossino is a resident of Boonsboro, Maryland. He is the author of Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity.


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Determined to Stand and Fight

Stay and Fight it Out

The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864 Ryan T. Quint $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 10 maps, 150 images / April 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-346-1 / eISBN: 9781611213478

In early July 1864, a patched together force of Union soldiers under Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the Monocacy River. Behind them lay the capital of the United States, open to attack. Facing Wallace’s men were Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederates. In just over a month, they had cleared the Shenandoah Valley of Union soldiers and crossed the Potomac River, invading the north for the third time in the war. A Confederate victory near Washington could be all the pro-peace platforms in the north needed to defeat Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming election. Over the course of the day, Union and Confederate soldiers attacked and counterattacked. By the end of the day, Wallace’s men fell into retreat, but they had done their job: they had slowed Jubal Early. Determined to Stand and Fight tells the story of that pivotal day and an even more pivotal campaign that went right to the gates of Washington, D.C.

Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington, and is a seasonal park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.


The Second Day at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Culp’s Hill and the North End of the Battlefield Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. Davis $14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 10 maps, 150 images / August 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-331-7 / eISBN: 9781611213324

July 1, 1863, had gone poorly for the Union army’s XI Corps. Shattered in battle north of the Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, the battered and embarrassed unit ended the day hunkered at the crest of a cemetery-topped hill south of the village. Reinforcements fortified the position, which extended eastward to include another key piece of high ground, Culp’s Hill. The Federal line also extended southward down Cemetery Ridge, forming what eventually became a long fishhook. July 2 saw a massive Confederate attack against the southernmost part of the line. As the Southern juggernaut rolled inexorably northward, Federal troops shifted away from Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill to meet the threat. Just then, the Army of Northern Virginia’s vaunted Second Corps launched itself at the weakened Federal right. The very men who, just the day before, broke the Union army resolved to break it once again. The ensuing struggle left the entire Union position in the balance. “Stay and fight it out,” one Union general counseled. Confederates were all too willing to oblige. Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., and Kristopher D. White are cofounders of Emerging Civil War and Daniel T. Davis is managing editor. Between them, they have authored more than a dozen books.

The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften $14.99 / 64 pages / 10 x 7 / full color throughout, 14 images, charts, and tables / March 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-333-1 / eISBN: 9781940669670

Abraham Lincoln’s November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address is generally recognized as one of the greatest leadership speeches ever written. The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address explains the 272-word speech more thoroughly than any book previously published. With the aid of colorized step-bystep diagrams, the authors deconstruct the speech into its basic elements and demonstrate how the scientific method is basic to the structure of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s fascination with geometry is well documented. Authors David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften, however, are the first to discover and then demonstrate Lincoln’s use of the six elements of a proposition and then diagram and explain how his in-depth study of geometry helped him compose the Gettysburg Address. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the Gettysburg Address that was not previously possible. This concise color examination of one of our nation’s most treasured and important speeches is perfect for all ages and especially for those interested in history, the use of language, and logic.

David Hirsch is an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. Dan Van Haften lives in Batavia, Illinois. They are co-authors of Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason and Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason.

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Savas Beatie Union Soldiers in the American Civil War

Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War

Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages

Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages

Lance J. Herdegen

Mark Hughes

$15.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 90 images / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-339-3 / eISBN: 9781611213409

$15.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9 / 226 images / July 2017 / paperback / 978-1-61121-341-6 / eISBN: 9781611213423

Some Confederates called him a “Bluebelly,” “Mudsill,” and even a “Lincolnite”, but the name that has carried down through the decades is simply “Billy Yank.” Author Lance Herdegen tells his fascinating multi-faceted story in Union Soldiers in the American Civil War.

Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War offers a complete guide for Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. Using a format similar to his highly successful The New Civil War Handbook, author Mark Hughes employs more than 200 photographs coupled with clear and concise prose broken down into short, easy to understand chapters to better understand these men.

Union Soldiers offers a complete guide for Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. Herdegen employs nearly 100 photographs coupled with clear and concise prose broken down into short, easy to understand chapters to better understand these men. Coverage includes such varied topics as the organization of the Union Army, learning to be soldiers, winter campaigning, photography, sick call, nurses, religion, discipline, prisoner of war camps, weaponry, uniforms, as well as numbers and losses and the strengths of the various Union armies. Lance J. Herdegen is the award-winning author of several books and articles on Civil War topics. Herdegen lives in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin.

Coverage includes life in camp, weapons, battles, technology, hospitals, prisons, the naval war, artillery, uniforms, and much more. Hughes also discusses African and Native American participation in the war, and the war’s effect on civilians in general and women in particular. Also included is a timeline of the war, quotations from soldiers, a complete glossary, and an extensive list of Civil War sites around the country. Mark Hughes is a retired college electronics instructor widely recognized as the authority on Civil War cemeteries. Mark lives near Kings Mountain, NC.

John Bell Hood

15 Years of War

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General

How the Longest War in U.S. History Affected a Military Family in Love, Loss, and the Cost of Service

Stephen M. Hood

Kristine Schellhaas

$18.95 / 384 pages / 6 x 9 / 7 images, 3 maps / Now Available / paperback / 978-1-61121-330-0 / eISBN: 9781611211412

$19.95 / 384 pages / 6 x 9 / 60 images / March 2017 / paperback / 978-161121-348-5 / eISBN: 978-1-61121-349-2

John Bell Hood was one of the Confederacy’s most enigmatic generals. He died at 48, leaving behind the first draft of his memoirs. Published posthumously, the memoirs became as controversial as their author.

Less than 1% of our nation will ever serve in our armed forces, leaving many to wonder what life is really like for military families.

Outlived by most of his critics, Hood’s published version of his Confederate military career was met with scorn and skepticism. Without any personal papers to contradict them, many historians and writers portrayed Hood as an inept and dishonest opium addict and a conniving, vindictive cripple of a man. Stephen M. Hood, a distant relative of the general, embarked on a study of the common perceptions and controversies of his famous kinsman. His examination of the original sources utilized to create the “facts” about John Bell Hood uncovered poor scholarship by some of the most influential historians. Stephen M. “Sam” Hood is a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

He answers the call of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Pacific; she keeps the home fires burning. A world apart, and in the face of indescribable grief, their relationship is pushed to the limits. 15 Years of War provides a unique he said/she said perspective on coping with war in modern-day America. It reveals a true account of how a dedicated Marine and his equally committed spouse faced unfathomable challenges and achieved triumph, from the days just before 9/11 through 15 years of training workups, deployments, and other separations. Kristine Schellhaas is a nationally known advocate for military families. She founded USMC Life to inspire, connect and educate military families. She resides at Camp Pendleton in California.

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