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FALL 2019

Casemate Welcome!


Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. -William A. Foster, United States Marine and WWII Medal of Honor recipient.

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Private First-Class Foster’s quote regarding quality describes exactly the type of product we at Casemate strive to bring you in each of our issues. We hope you can see our endeavor to excellence as you flip through this catalog, which contains over 400 new books this season. Covering all military history has to offer, from ancient battlefields, to modern day combat, from stories of aviation or naval heroism to detailed references perfect for modelers and wargamers alike. It is in these featured titles we wish to show our commitment to the word quality and the dedication we put in to the choices of books we try to always feature.

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Frontline Books


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Grub Street Publishing


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Heimdal35 Helion and Company

Kagero53 Model Centrum Progres


MMPBooks57 Pen and Sword


Sabrestorm86 Savas Beatie

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NCR—Books listed as NCR are not available from Casemate Publishers in Canada

Ryan Lindsay Marketing Coordinator Tel: (610)-853-9131 Email: Website: Front Cover: from Champions of Flight: Clayton Knight and William Heaslip: Artists who Chronicled Aviation from Lindbergh to WWII 978-1-61200-779-3 found on p5.


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Whispers in the Tall Grass Nick Brokhausen

$32.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 20-30 photos/ October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-775-5

On his second combat tour, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. This unit was part of MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group), or Studies and Observations Group as it was innocuously called. The small recon companies that were the center of its activities conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The companies never exceeded more than 30 Americans, yet they were the best source for the enemy’s disposition and were key to the US military being able to take the war to the enemy.

Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

IV SS Panzer Corps: From Warsaw to Vienna, 1944–45 Douglas E. Nash Sr.

$34.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of b/w images / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-635-2

This is the second volume of Nick’s riveting memoir of his time with MACV-SOG. Written in the same irreverent, immediate style that made We Few a cult classic, he continues his hair-raising adventures behind enemy lines, and movingly conveys the bonds that war creates between soldiers.

The histories of the first three SS corps are well known—the actions of I, II, and III (Germanic) SS-Panzerkorps and their subordinate divisions, all having been thoroughly documented. Overlooked in this pantheon is another SS corps that never fought in the west or in Berlin but one that participated in many of the key battles fought on the Eastern Front during the last year of the war—the IV SS-Panzerkorps. Activated during the initial stages of the defense of Warsaw in late July 1944, the corps, consisting of both the 3. and 5. SS-Panzer Divisions (Totenkopf and Wiking, respectively) was born in battle and spent the last ten months of the war in combat, figuring prominently in the battles of Warsaw, the attempted Relief of Budapest, and Operation Spring Awakening among others.

Special Forces veteran Nick Brokhausen joined the SOG on his second tour in Vietnam, and took part in some of the most dangerous missions of the war, deep in enemy territory. He lives in Palm Desert CA.

Doug Nash is a West Point Class of 1980 graduate and a retired U.S. Army Colonel. His many works include Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: with the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Huertgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich (which was nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction). He lives in Dumfries, VA.

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Army of the Roman Emperors

Archaeology and History

Thomas Fischer translated by M.C. Bishop $39.95 / 464 pages / 8.5 x 11 / 574 color & black and white images / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-810-3

In this opulent volume, Thomas Fischer presents a comprehensive and unique exploration of the Roman military of the imperial era. With over 600 illustrations, the costumes, weapons and equipment of the Roman army are explored in detail using archaeological finds dating from the late Republic to Late Antiquity, and from all over the Roman Empire. The buildings and fortifications associated with the Roman army are also discussed. By comparing conflicts, border security, weaponry and artifacts, the development of the army through time is traced. This work is intended for experts as well as for readers with a general interest in Roman history and is a treasure-trove for re-enactment groups.

Thomas Fischer has been Professor for the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne since 1992. He has written widely on Roman Bavaria. Mike Bishop is a specialist on the Roman army, with many publications to his name including the acclaimed and widely used Roman Military Equipment (with J C N Coulston, 2006).



Sighted Sub, Sank Same The Naval Air Campaign against the U-boat Alan C. Carey

$34.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9 / Over 200 b/w images / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-783-0

Sighted Sub, Sank Same examines the United States Naval air campaign against German U-boats prowling for allied merchant shipping traversing the waters of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean; an economic war waged to cut the lifeline of food and armaments sailing across the Atlantic from North America. This story of the United States Navy’s use of air power to hunt down and destroy German submarines unfolds in dramatic detail in Sighted Sub, Sank Same. The book contains over 200 color and black and white photographs allowing for a visual imagery of the campaign while personal interviews, interrogation reports, personal correspondence, and after action reports weave a fascinating history about the naval air campaign in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II.

Alan C. Carey is an author and historian specializing in military aviation topics with more than a dozen books to his credit since first being published in 1999. His books have been published in the United States and UK while magazine articles have appeared in the United States, Australia and Brazil.


Living and Breathing


Keith Nightingale

James McLeroy and Gregory Sanders

Just Another Day in Vietnam

$34.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 12 b/w integrated images / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-785-4

Keith Nightingale’s accomplishments in both military and civilian life largely contribute to the excellence of Living and Breathing as a memoir of unusual depth as well as breadth. Uniquely adopting a third-person omniscient point of view, Nightingale eschews the “I” of memoir in favor of multiple perspectives and a larger historical vision that afford equal time and weight to ally and enemy alike. Examples of the many perspectives based on real-life characters include: Hu, a VC “informant” whose false information led the Rangers straight into the jaws of a ferocious ambush; General Do, the COSVN commander; Major Nguyen Hiep, the 52d Ranger Commander; and Ranger POWs later returned by the North. Nightingale offers the point of view of an American advisor to elite Vietnamese troops, a vital perspective regrettably underrepresented in the literature of Vietnam.

Colonel Keith Nightingale‘s work has been endorsed by General David Petraeus, General Volney Wagner, Susan Eisenhower, Emmy-winner Dennis Murphy to name a few. He lives in Ojai, CA..

The Battle of Kham Duc

$34.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 50 images / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-812-7

This is an account of the battle of Kham Duc, one of the least known and most misunderstood battles in the American Phase of the Second Indochina War (1959 to 1975). At the time it was painted as a major American defeat, but this new history tells the full story. The authors have a unique ability to reassess this battle—one was present at the battle, the other was briefed on it prior to re-taking the site two years later. The book is based on exhaustive research, revisiting Kham Duc, interviewing battle veterans, and reading interview transcripts and statements of other battle participants, including former North Vietnamese Army (NVA) officers. Based on their research, the authors contend that Kham Duc did not “fall” and was not “overrun.” In fact, it was a successful effort to inflict mass attrition on a major NVA force with minimum U.S. losses. Both co-authors are former Army officers and Vietnam War veterans. James D. McLeroy lived at Kham Duc and led an elite group of U.S. and indigenous Special Forces troops in the battle. Gregory W. Sanders witnessed a detailed analysis of the battle at the Americal Division headquarters prior to a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) operation at and around Kham Duc in 1970.

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Casemate Legacies in Steel

Personalized and Historical German Military Edged Weapons 1800-1990 Hermann Hampe and Rick Dauzat

$200 / 624 pages / 12.5 x 10 / Full color throughout / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-777-9

Legacies in Steel is focused on historical edged weapons of the German military from 1800 to 1990. Nearly 100 examples have been carefully selected from some of the most important private collections in the world as well as German museums, the largest compendium of personalized edged weapons published to date. Through the photographic lens, details of these elegant and beautiful objects are featured. Many of these edged weapons belonged to nobility, aristocrats, high-ranking military personnel as well as soldiers and seamen. Where possible, the careers and courageous exploits of the former owners are highlighted. An appreciation of this historical context transforms what is a beautiful and sublimely crafted artifact in its own right, into a portal to the past by putting a face to an otherwise inanimate object. This beautifully presented book with stunning close-up photography of the weapons is a lasting record of these extraordinary objects. Hermann Hampe lives in Cannes, France. During his free time he researches and writes about a number of historical themes in the area of edged weapons. He has a continuing interest in the historical and theoretical development of the edged weapons of the German Navy. Rick Dauzat is a retired oil and gas executive. His passion for history and in particular, the exquisite edged weapons of Imperial Germany prior to 1919 spans over 25 years. He actively researches this topic with a focus on personalized weapons of historical importance. He lives in Conroe, TX.

Champions of Flight

Clayton Knight and William Heaslip: Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from Lindbergh to WWII Sheryl Fiegel and Theodore Hamady

$49.95 / 304 pages / 8 x 10 / 220 color images, 200 b/w images / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-779-3

Champions of Flight celebrates the work of Clayton Joseph Knight (1891–1969) and William John Heaslip (1898–1970), the two preeminent American aviation artists of their time, as they chronicled the golden age of aviation—from Charles Lindbergh’s epochal transatlantic flight through the most devastating war in world history (1927–1945). Knight and Heaslip were experienced military men and formally trained artists who, combining an authenticity of experience and an artistic mastery of illustration, produced powerful artwork that influenced a generation of Americans, creating air-minded adults and youngsters, many of whom flocked to US military service after Pearl Harbor. Aviation became deeply embedded into the United States’ culture during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Americans became fascinated by aviation celebrities, watched air spectacles, aviation movies and newsreels, and devoured books, aviation industry ads, magazine articles, and Sunday comics featuring pilot heroes. Artists Knight and Heaslip—both of whom were adept as draftsmen, painters and printmakers—fueled the imagination of these Americans through prolific illustrations and artwork that appeared in many diverse publications of the time. Over a period of almost twenty years, Clayton Knight and William Heaslip championed their love of flight through their art, and they did so with enthusiasm, integrity, and generosity. This book, featuring over 400 illustrations and photos, is a tribute to their legacy.

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Die Wehrmacht im Kampf

War in the Far East

On to Stalingrad

Japan Runs Wild, 1942–1943

Operation Winter Storm and the ­attempt to relieve Sixth Army, ­December 1942

Horst Scheibert translated by David Dorondo $29.95 / 144 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 maps / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-806-6

In late November 1942, Soviet forces surrounded Paulus’ Sixth Army in a pocket outside the Russian city of Stalingrad. In response the Germans planned a relief operation, Operation Winter Storm, intended to break through the Soviet forces and open the pocket, releasing the encircled units. The 6th Panzer Division was the spear-head of the German relief force. The attack started on 12 December 1942 and was aborted on 23 December after heavy Soviet counterattacks. This failure sealed the fate of the German 6th Army in Stalingrad. This account of the operation was first published in German in 1961, written by the well-respected military historian and retired German officer, Schiebert Horst. It covers the entire operation from the situation in mid-November through the two German offensives, the Soviet counteroffensive and ongoing fighting until early January. This book includes 16 maps from the original edition and is the first English translation of this important German account.


Peter Harmsen

$34.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / 1 plate section / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-625-3

In early 1942, the Japanese Army and Navy were advancing on all fronts, humiliating their US, British and Dutch foes throughout the Asia Pacific. In a matter of just months, the soldiers and sailors of the Rising Sun conquered an area even bigger than Hitler’s empire at its largest extent. They seemed invincible. Hawaiians and Australians were fearing a future under Hirohito. For half of mankind, fate was hanging in the balance. Fast forward to the end of 1943, and the tables had been turned entirely. A reinvigorated American-led military machine had kicked into gear, and the Japanese were fighting a defensive battle along a frontline that crossed thousands of miles of land and ocean. Japan Runs Wild, 1942–1943 details the astonishing transformation that took place in that period, setting the Allies on a path to final victory against Japan. Peter Harmsen, a foreign correspondent in East Asia for two decades, has worked for Bloomberg, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the Financial Times. His previous books are Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze, Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City, and Storm Clouds over the Pacific 1931-1941. He lives in Taipei, China.

Normandy 1944

German Military Organization, Combat Power and Organizational Effectiveness Niklas Zetterling

$34.95 / 450 pages / 6 x 9 / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-816-5

A revised and updated single-source reference book which accurately details the German field forces employed in Normandy in 1944 and their losses. Dr. Zetterling provides a sobering analysis of the subject matter and debunks a number of popular myths concerning the campaign (the effectiveness of Allied air power; the preferential treatment of Waffen-SS formations in comparison to their army counterparts; etc.). He supports his text with exhaustive footnoting and provides an organizational chart for most of the formations covered in the book. Zetterling’s work includes numerous organizational diagrams, charts, tables and graphs.

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.

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Why Soldiers Miss War The Journey Home Nolan Peterson

$29.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9 / 26 b/w images / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-773-1

Ask most combat veterans to name the worst experience of their lives, and they’ll probably tell you it was war. But ask them to choose the best experience of their life, and they’ll usually say it was war, too. For someone who has not been to war, this is nearly impossible to understand. The spectrum of emotions experienced by a combat veteran is far wider than that experienced in civilian life and for that reason it can be hard for a veteran to re-assimilate to civilian life. What is it about war that soldiers miss? This is a question that every civilian should try to understand. Weaving together a wide range of stories from the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier off Syria to climbing a forbidden Himalayan pass into Tibet, this moving and insightful book explains one of the most everlasting human pursuits—war. In this collection, Peterson writes of war from the perspective of both a combatant and a witness taking the reader from combat missions over Afghanistan as an Air Force special operations pilot to the frontlines against ISIS in Iraq, and the trench and tank battles of the war in Ukraine. Interweaving his frontline reports with a narrative about his own transformation from a combat pilot to a war journalist, Peterson explores a timeless paradox – why does coming home from war feel like such a disappointment?

The Quaker and the Gamecock

Nathanael Greene, Thomas Sumter, and the Revolutionary War for the Soul of the South Andrew Waters

$34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 8 images / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-781-6

As the newly appointed commander of the Southern Continental Army in December 1780, Nathanael Greene quickly realized victory would not only require defeating the British Army, but also subduing the region’s brutal civil war. Part of Greene’s challenge involved managing South Carolina’s determined but unreliable Patriot militia, led by Thomas Sumter, the famed “Gamecock.” It was as a defiant partisan that Thomas Sumter first earned the respect of his fellow backcountry settlers, a command that would compete with Greene for status and stature in the Revolutionary War’s “Southern Campaign.” The Quaker and the Gamecock tells the story of these two wildly divergent leaders against the backdrop of the American Revolution’s last gasp, the effort to extricate a British occupation force from the wild and lawless South Carolina frontier. This is a fascinating story of our nation’s bloody birth that still influences our political culture. Andrew Waters is a writer, editor, and conservationist residing in Spartanburg, SC. He is the editor of three slave narrative collections.

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Battle for Skyline Ridge The CIA Secret War in Laos James E. Parker Jr

$32.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 100 photographs and maps / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-705-2

In late 1971, the People’s Army of Vietnam launched Campaign “Z” into northern Laos, escalating the war in Laos with the aim of defeating the last Royal Lao Army troops. The NVA troops numbered 27,000 and brought with them 130mm field guns and T-34 tanks, while the North Vietnamese air force launched MiG-21s into Lao air space. General Giap’s specific orders to this task force were to kill the CIA army under command of the Hmong war lord Vang Pao and occupy its field headquarters in the Long Tieng valley of northeast Laos. They faced the rag-tag army of Vang Pao, fewer than 6,000 strong and mostly Thai irregulars, recruited by the Thai army to fight for the CIA in Laos. Despite the odds being overwhelmingly in the NVA’s favor, the battle did not go to plan. It raged for more than 100 days, the longest in the Vietnam War, and it all came down to Skyline Ridge. James E. Parker Jr was one of the first American soldiers into Vietnam, and he was the last to leave in 1975. After para-military work in Laos/ Vietnam, Parker went on to serve undercover in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, retiring in 1992. James spent years researching the battle of Skyline Ridge and working on this book, he sadly died while it was in production.


Casemate Vietnam Portraits

Napoleon’s Admirals

The Faces and Voices of Vietnam

Flag Officers of the Arc de Triomphe, 1789-1815

Thomas Sanders

Richard Humble

$37.95 / 224 pages / 8 x 10 / 100 portraits, 44 object images / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-703-8

$34.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9 / 26 b/w images / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-808-0

Featuring modern portraits and firsthand accounts, this book offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War, bringing together the stories of American Vietnam war veterans, southern Vietnamese war veterans and civilians. The surreal imagery of Thomas Sanders’ vivid portraits encourages the viewer to take a closer look at those who experienced the war, giving them a chance to read the haunting, inspirational, and sometimes comical stories of the individuals of the Vietnam War. Set in a surreal jungle environment, the portraits evoke the sense of darkness and uncertainty felt by those who experienced the war. Some of the portraits hold objects that relate to their role or experience during their time in the service. The objects tell a deeper story of a dark and confusing war: the common cigarette pack smoked by the vets while in the jungle; a homemade grenade made by the northern Vietnamese; and a “order to report” document—a piece of paper that changed many a life.

On the four sides of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, serried tablets display the names of 660 honored commanders of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Most are those of generals and marshals of the French Army—but 26 of them are those of admirals, commanders of the fleets of Republican and Napoleonic France. In Napoleon’s Admirals, Richard Humble presents not only their individual stories, but an entirely new appraisal of the AngloFrench naval war of 1793–1814: the longest sea war in modern history. In his account of the men who imposed such a strain on the world’s greatest Navy for 21 years, Richard Humble has provided a remarkable addition to the well-worn pages of conventional naval history. Many myths are exploded in this book. And contrary to popular British belief, the naval war did not end with Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in October 1805.

The Dawn of the Drone

Mapping the Great Game

Steve Mills

Riaz Dean

From the Back-Room Boys of World War One

Explorers, Spies & Maps in 19th ­century Central Asia, India and Tibet

$34.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / Up to 100 images / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-789-2

$32.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9 / Maps and b/w images / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-814-1

In the dark days of World War I, when flying machines, radio, and electronics were infant technologies, the first remotely controlled experimental aircraft took to the skies and unmanned radio controlled 40-foot high-speed Motor Torpedo Boats ploughed the seas in Britain. Developed by the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy, these prototype weapons stemmed from an early form of television demonstrated before the war by Prof. A. M. Low. The remote control systems for these aircraft and boats were invented at RFC Secret Experimental Works commanded by Prof. Low, which was part of the organization of ‘back-room boys’ in the Munitions Inventions Department. These audacious projects of Low and his contemporaries led to the hundreds of remotely controlled Queen Bee aerial targets in the 1930s and hence to all the machines that we now call ‘drones’.

The Great Trigonometrical Survey of India had been founded in the 18th century with the aim of creating a detailed map of the country. Much of the work of the Survey was undertaken by native Indians, known as Pundits, who were trained to explore, spy out and map Central Asia and Tibet. They did this at great personal risk and with meager resources, while traveling entirely on foot. They were the greatest group of explorers the world has seen in recent history—yet they remain the classic unsung heroes of the British Raj.


The story of these extraordinary pioneers who explored much of Asia during the 19th century to fill in large portions of its map, and spy out the region for military reasons is often forgotten, but Riaz Dean’s vivid account of their exploits, their adventurous spirit and their tenacity in the face of great adversity, all set within the context of the Great Game and the Survey of India, will finally bring them the attention they deserve.

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Casemate Ambush Valley

I Corps, Vietnam 1967—the Story of a Marine Infantry Battalion’s Battle for Survival Eric Hammel

$22.95 / 345 pages / 6 x 9 / 8 maps / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-787-8

In the summer of 1967, the Marines in I Corps, South Vietnam’s northernmost military region, were doing eveything they could to lighten the pressure on the besieged Con Thien Combat Base. Ambush Valley is an unforgettable account of bravery and survival under impossible conditions. It is told entirely in the words of the men who faced the ordeal together—an unprecedented mosaic of action and emotion woven into an incredibly clear and vivid combat narrative by one of today’s most effective military historians. Ambush Valley achieves a new standard for oral history. It a war story not to be missed. Eric Hammel’s has established a formidable reputation as an author and journalist, with forty books and nearly seventy magazine articles to his name. A particular specialty is the U.S. Marine Corps at war, and he has appeared in numerous television documentaries on Marine Corps operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Beirut. He lives in Pacifica, CA.


1st Marine Division’s Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War Eric Hammel

$24.95 / 534 pages / 6 x 9 / 12 maps / October 2019/ paperback / 978-1-61200-788-5

Told from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts and command posts, this is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir. The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the American high command that caused the Marines to be strung out at the end of a narrow road scores of miles from the sea. He then plunges right into the action: the massing of Chinese forces in about ten-to-one strength; the Marines’ command problems due to the climate and terrain and highlevel over confidence; and the onset of the overwhelming Chinese assault. With a wealth of tactical detail and small-unit action, Chosin is the most complete book written to date on this iconic battle. Author Eric Hammel’s masterful account offers invaluable perspective on war at the gut level.

Operation Starlite

The Beginning of the Blood Debt in Vietnam—August 1965 Otto Lehrack

$19.95 / 233 pages / 6 x 9 / 20 b/w images and 1 map / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-801-1

Operation Starlite is a graphic account of the first major clash of the Vietnam War. The reader is planted squarely in America in 1965, the year that truly began the long American involvement. Operation Starlite sent the Vietnam War into the headlines across the nation and into the minds of Americans, where it took up residence for more than a decade. Starlite was the first step in Vietnam becoming America’s quagmire. On August 18, 1965, regiment fought regiment on the Van Tuong Peninsula near the new Marine base at Chu Lai. Those expecting a book about Americans in battle will not be disappointed by the detailed descriptions of how the fight unfolded. But this is not just another war story told exclusively from the American side. In researching the book, the author talked with and walked the battlefield with men who fought with the 1st Viet Cong Regiment. Otto Lehrack has an MA in history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lehrack is the author of No Shining Armor: The Marines at War in Vietnam and America’s Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War.

Infantry Combat The Rifle Platoon

Col. John F Antal (Ret). $22.95 / 340 pages / 6 x 9 / maps and diagrams / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-8202

In this interactive work, you are U.S. Army Second Lieutenant, Bruce Davis. Your light infantry battalion has been airlifted into the Middle East on short notice, and now your platoon must defend Wafi Al Sirree against the superior might of an advancing enemy’s mechanized force. The stakes are high; the odds are long. Your knowledge and judgment will determine your success. If you are wrong, defeat and death may be your fate. Success will let you savor the sweet taste of victory and live to fight another day. The scenario is highly realistic and is supported by maps and appendices with detailed specifications of the equipment and forces involved. The choices you must make are those that would face a rifle platoon leader in combat. You must win the respect of your troops, ensure the security of your positions, obtain intelligence of the enemy, and accomplish everything else required to survive and win in a hostile environment.

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Casemate Short History

The SOE and OSS in World War II


Old Testament Warriors

No Moon as Witness

James Stejskal $12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / 25-30 / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-771-7

100 Years of Service

Dr Damien Fenton $16.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / b/w line drawings and photos / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-683-3

Simon Elliott

$12.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7.75 / 25-30 / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-793-9

Winston Churchill famously instructed the head of the Special Operations Executive to “Set Europe ablaze!” Agents of both the British Special Operations Executive and the American Office of Strategic Services underwent rigorous training before making their way, undetected, into occupied Europe to do just that. In this short history, historian James Stejskal examines why these agencies were established, the training regime and ingenious tools developed to enable agents to undertake their missions, their operational successes, and their legacy.

Dr Fenton uncovers the stories behind the legend of the Anzac soldier, while also charting the Anzacs brief reestablishment during WWII and the Vietnam War. Despite Gallipoli being a military disaster, today April 25th is much celebrated as Anzac Day in Australia, marking the anniversary of the first military action fought by the Anzacs in WWI. Australians visit the Turkish peninsula each year, proud of their courageous troops who faced such adversity over 100 years ago.

In this short history, Simon Elliott explains what light archaeology can shed on events in the Bible such as the famous ‘walls came tumbling down’ in the battle of Jericho, David the boy warrior who later faced the Philistines in two crucial battles, and Gideon whose military skills enabled him to defeat an army that vastly outnumbered his own. He also elucidates facts that still have resonance today, for instance the Philistines were originally the Peleset, who settled in Palestine. Peleset evolved to Philistine to Palestine today.

Pocket Manual Series

Pocket Manual Series

Pocket Manual Series

The German Army Guerrilla Warfare Pocket Manual 1939–45

The Red Army Guerrilla Warfare Pocket Manual 1942

The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939–1945

$14.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7 / 40 / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-795-3

$14.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9 / 40 / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-791-5

The Partisan’s Companion was produced by the Red Army to train partisans to fight the Nazi invader. Its usefulness outlived World War II, as it was later used to train Third World guerrillas in their wars of national liberation during the 1950s–70s, and even the Fedayeen guerrillas who fought US and coalition forces in Iraq. This pocket manual puts The Partisan’s Companion in context, explaining its importance.

The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual provides an unusually detailed insight into what it took to make a military paratrooper, and how he was then utilized in actions where expected survival might be measured in a matter of days. Using material from British, US, and German archives and other primary sources, many never before published, the book explains paratrooper theory, training and practice in detail.

Charles D. Melson

$14.95 / 160 pages / 5 x 7 / 40 / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61200-797-7

This pocket manual examines German analysis of guerilla warfare, covering experiences from the Napoleonic era to the Third Reich, based upon the historical analysis, Kleinkrieg, provided to the German High Command by Arthur Ehrhardt in 1935 (republished in 1942 and 1944), and the Bandenbekampfung (Fighting the Guerrilla Bands) document provided to Germany’s OKW in 1944.


Les Grau and Mike Gress

Chris McNab

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Casemate Illustrated

Kursk, 1943

Monte Cassino, 1944

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7 x 10 / b/w and color illustrations with several maps / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-707-6

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7 x 10 / b/w and color illustrations with several maps / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-747-2

In the summer of 1943, the Germanlaunched Operation Zitadelle (Citadel), aimed at cutting off a large number of Soviet forces in the Kursk salient. This offensive resulted in the battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle of World War II.

This Casemate Illustrated title explores the battle of Monte Cassino. To get to Rome, the Allies needed to break through the Winter and Gustav Lines, and in early 1944 they came up against the positions established by the Germans around the historic hilltop abbey of Monte Cassino. Commander General Clark codenamed the assault Operation Raincoat, and after heavy artillery the German army was pushed back to the Gustav Line. Allied strength was increased to 18 divisions (five British, five Commonwealth, one Polish, five American and two French), and preparation for the first battle began. Between January and May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defenses were assaulted four times, and in May, the final assault saw Monte Cassino eventually captured. This highly illustrated book has over 100 images and profiles illustrating the tanks and mortars of both the Germans and Allies, as well as several maps.

Ian Baxter

Kursk quickly became a fierce contest of attrition, as Wehrmacht and elite Waffen-SS Panzer-Divisions with their powerful Tiger and Panther tanks unsuccessfully tried to hammer their way through the intricate lines of strong Soviet defensive positions. With comprehensive captions and text, Kursk, 1943 tells the story of this dramatic battle using rare and unpublished photographs, maps, and highly detailed artist profiles. The book reveals the events leading up to the battle in the first half of 1943, and the build up of forces by both sides before their climatic showdown at Kursk. Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books include German Army on the Eastern Front—The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front—The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants.

Yves Buffetaut

Yves Buffetaut is an internationally respected French military historian and editor of Histoire & Collections’ major magazine, Militaria.

Casemate Illustrated

Casemate Illustrated

Luftwaffe in the Desert

American Armor in the Pacific

Jean-Louis Roba

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7 x 10 / b/w and color illustrations with several maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-745-8

This latest in the Casemate Illustrated series examines that tiny expeditionary force, solely devoted to protecting Italian possessions in North Africa. When General Erwin Rommel launched his Afrika Korps to the east, the Luftwaffe had to go on the offensive to cover that advance. With over 100 images, this book explores how German and British air forces were quickly reinforced and, in the following months, Germany was forced to engage more and more aerial units on what was initially considered a peripheral arena of the war for the German High Command. Losses in bombers and fighters were high on both sides and when, at the end of 1942, the Allies landed in Morocco and Algeria on the back of the Afrika Korps, the Wehrmacht’s fate was sealed. Jean-Louis Roba has contributed several volumes to the ground-breaking “Luftwaffe in Colour” Casemate series. Neglected theatres of war are also one of his favorite subjects—he has compiled books on the Germans in the Aegean, the air battles over Romania and a multi-volume history of Luftwaffe seaplanes.

Mike Guardia

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7 x 10 / b/w and color illustrations with several maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-818-9

This book explores American armor during the Pacific Campaign of WWII, from 1942-45. During this period there were over twenty major tank battles and operations where tanks provided heavy support to infantry units. These operations include the battle of Tarawa and the Bougainville Campaign. Relying heavily on first-person accounts, the strategies and tactics of the opposing forces are discussed. It also looks at the Pacific theater, and how American armor was employed with great success in that theater of war. Detailed information on American and Japanese armored forces, including development, equipment, capabilities, organization, and order of battle, is given. Mike Guardia is an internationally recognized author and military historian. A veteran of the United States Army, he served six years on active duty as an Armor Officer. He has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award.

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Casemate Vikings at War

No Better Place to Die

$29.95 / 400 pages / 6 x 9 / 380 / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-799-1

Robert M. Murphy

Ste-Mere Eglise, June 1944—The Battle for La Fière Bridge

Kim Hjardar and Vegard Vike

Vikings at War presents a sumptuous depiction of how the Vikings waged war: their weapons technology, offensive and defensive warfare, military traditions and tactics, their fortifications, ships and command structure. It also portrays the Viking raids and conquest campaigns that brought the Vikings to virtually every corner of Europe and even to America. Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world during the 350 years that followed the introduction of the sail into the region, from the 9th to the 11th century. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks’ advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies.

Kim Hjardar holds a MPhil in Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture from the University of Oslo and works as a lecturer in history at St Hallvard College. Vegard Vike is archaeological conservator at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo.

Leyte, 1944 The Soldiers’ Battle

Nathan N. Prefer $24.95 / 424 pages/ 6 x 9 / 16 pages of illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-716-8

When General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia in March 1942, having successfully left the Philippines to organize a new American army, he vowed, “I shall return!” More than two years later he did return, at the head of a large U.S. army to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. The place of his re-invasion was the central Philippine Island of Leyte. Much has been written about the naval battle of Leyte Gulf that his return provoked, but almost nothing has been written about the three-month long battle to seize Leyte itself until now.


$14.95 / 288 pages / 5 x 8 / 100+ illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-800-4

As part of the D-Day invasion, three airborne divisions were dropped behind enemy lines to sow confusion in the German rear and prevent panzer reinforcements from reaching the beaches. Nearly every airborne unit missed but the 505th Regimental Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division hit on or near its drop zone. Its task was to seize the vital crossroads of Ste Mère Eglise, and to hold the bridge over the Merderet River at nearby La Fière. The paratroopers reached the bridge, only to be met by wave after wave of German tanks and infantry desperate to force the crossing. Reinforced by glider troops the 505th not only held the vital bridge for three days but launched a counterattack in the teeth of enemy fire to secure their objective once and for all, albeit at gruesome cost. Here, Robert M. Murphy provides an objective narrative of countless acts of heroism, almost breathtaking in its “you are there” detail. A Pathfinder and member of A Company, 505th PIR, Robert M. Murphy was wounded three times in action, and made all four combat jumps with his regiment, fighting in Sicily, Italy, Normandy, and Holland.

American Guerrilla

The Forgotten Heroics of R­ ussell W. ­Volckmann Mike Guardia

The Flag

The story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior Andrew Richards

$14.95 / 240 pages/ 5 x 8 / illustrated / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-715-1

This book establishes how Volckmann’s leadership was critical to the outcome of the war in the Philippines. His ability to synthesize the realities and potential of guerrilla warfare led to a campaign that rendered Yamashita’s forces incapable of repelling the Allied invasion. Had it not been for Volckmann, the Americans would have gone in “blind” during their counterinvasion.

$24.95 / 272 pages/ 6 x 9 / 30 images / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61200-749-6

The story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told several times, including the part played by the Reverend David Railton, M.C., however, no book has been written about the man himself. His flag, which he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war, was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior, and now hangs in Westminster Abbey. This book has been written using hundreds of original letters, notes, and publications penned by Railton himself.

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Air World

Images of Aviation

Images of Aviation

The Berlin Airlift

Early French Aviation, 1905–1930

The World’s Largest Ever Air Supply Operation John Grehan

$24.95 / 192 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 140 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-826-2

The fate of the free world hung in the balance. Stalin’s Soviet Union sought to drive the Western democracies from Germany to continue the communist advance across Europe. The first step in Stalin’s scheme was to bring Berlin under Soviet control. Berlin was situated deep inside the Soviet-occupied region of the country, but the German capital had been divided into two halves, one of which was occupied by the Soviet Union, the other, in separate sectors, by Britain, France and the USA. Stalin decided to make the Allied hold on West Berlin untenable by shutting down all the overland routes used to keep the city supplied. The choice faced by the Allies was a stark one—let Berlin fall, or risk war with the Soviets by breaking the Soviet stranglehold. In a remarkably visionary move, the Allies decided that they could keep Berlin supplied by flying over the Soviet blockade, thus avoiding armed conflict with the USSR. John Grehan has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Graham M Simons

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 100 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-874-3

France has been called the cradle of aviation by many—a fact that cannot be disputed, although some have tried. By the end of the 19th century, she led the world in lighterthan-air flight. Any concern about heavierthan-air flight was dismissed as inevitable, and France would achieve it in due course. By the time Blériot bravely enquired ‘Which way is England?’ the country was ready to redress any perceived shortfall. Besides leading European aviation, France was the nation that named all the parts of an aeroplane with words many of which we still use everywhere today. France was also the first nation to stage air exhibitions. Unlike their counterparts in Britain, Germany and America, French designers were thoroughly entrepreneurial and tried a wide variety of adventurous styles from pusher to canard and monoplane to multiplane. In 1909 the first Air Show was held at the Grand Palais. The ‘Exposition Internationale de locomotion aérienne’ ushered in what was to become an enduring tradition.

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The Zeppelin Offensive A German Perspective in Pictures & Postcards David Marks

$29.95 / 168 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 color illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52673-719-9

Books on the Zeppelin raids during the First World War have, traditionally, focused on the direct impact of Britain, from the devastating effects on undefended towns and cities, the psychological impact of this first weapon of total war to the technological and strategic advances that eventually defeated the ‘Baby Killers’. Now, drawing on the largest postcard collection of its kind and other period memorabilia, David Marks tells the story of the Zeppelin during the First World War from a viewpoint that has rarely been considered: Germany itself. From its maiden flight in July 1900, the Zeppelin evolved into a symbol of technology and national pride that, once war was declared, was at the forefront of German’s propaganda campaign. The postcards that profusely illustrate this book show the wide-ranging types of propaganda from strident Teutonic imagery, myths and legends, biting satire and a surprising amount of humor. This book is a unique contribution to our understanding of the place of the Zeppelin in Germany’s culture and society during the First World War.


Air World Spitfire!

The Full Story of a Unique Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron Dilip Sarkar MBE

$49.95 / 296 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 200 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-281-1

Empty Sky

RAF Voices from the Fall of France & Battle of Britain Colin Higgs and Bruce Vigar

$49.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-771-6

Battle of Britain Broadcaster Charles Gardner, Radio Pioneer & WWII Pilot Robert Gardner MBE

$49.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-687-0

This book covers everything we would ever need to know about a Spitfire Squadron unit during the critical pre- and early-war period: the social, political, aviation and military history all in one volume—emphasizing the human experience involved and the stories of casualties. With an immense photographic collection—many published here for the first time—this book is destined to become a classic.

One moment the sky would be full of aircraft wheeling and positioning for the best shot at the enemy; a sky full of danger and menace. The next instant there would just be a clear blue empty sky with the sun shining down on a calm and beautiful landscape. Such was the phenomenon experienced by pilots who fought in the key battles of France and Britain in the Summer of 1940. This book tells the story of nineteen men and women who were there.

In 1936 Charles Gardner joined the BBC as a sub-editor in its news department. With the outbreak of war he became one of the first BBC war correspondents and was posted to France to cover the RAF’s AASF (Advanced Air Strike Force). He will best be remembered for his 1940 eye-witness account of an air battle over the English Channel when German dive bombers unsuccessfully attacked a British convoy but were driven off by RAF fighters.

Camel Pilot Supreme

RAF West Malling


Captain D V Armstrong DFC Annette Carson

$49.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100 color & black and white illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-267-3

D’Urban Victor Armstrong was born on 26 July 1897 in Natal, South Africa. Having initially enlisted in the South African Defense Force on the outbreak of war in 1914, he soon sought a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. He was awarded his flying licence on 12 February 1916, marking the start of what was a remarkable wartime career as a fighter pilot. Armstrong was never forgotten by anyone who saw his incredible low-level air displays—all of which is revealed in this graphic biography of a remarkable Great War airman.


The RAF’s First Night Fighter Airfield - WWII to the Cold War Anthony J Moor

$49.95 / 400 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 225 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-323-6

This is the story of West Malling airfield, from its earliest days through its role in the Second World War—when several dramatic and tragic events occurred—and beyond into the Cold War. Opened as a private landing ground after the First World War, the airfield at West Malling, then known as Kings Hill, became home to the Maidstone School of Flying in 1930. It was then renamed West Malling Airfield, and, in 1932, Maidstone Airport.

Hurricane and Harrier Designer, Saviour of Britain John Sweetman

$49.95 / 264 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 24 black and white illustrations/ October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-622-0

Despite lacking the advantages of a financiallysecure upbringing and formal technical education after leaving school at 14, Camm would go on to become one of the most important people in the story of Britain’s aviation history. Sydney Camm’s work on the Hurricane was far from the only pinnacle in his remarkable career in aircraft design and engineering. Indeed, over fifty years after his death, the revolutionary Hawker Siddeley Harrier in which Camm played such a prominent figure, still remains in service with the American armed forces.Falkland Island crisis’, still remains in service with the American armed forces.

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Air World A Spy in the Sky

Forty-Seven Years Aloft

Kenneth B Johnson

Brian Burdett

A Photographic Reconnaissance Spitfire Pilot in WWII $34.95 / 216 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52676-156-9

In this light-hearted reminiscence, Ken Johnson relives his training and transfer to an operational unit, but not the one he had expected. He had asked if he could fly Spitfires. He was granted that request, only to find himself joining a rare band of flyers who took to the skies alone, and who flew in broad daylight to photograph enemy installations with no radios and no armament. Unlike the fighter pilots who sought out enemy aircraft, the pilots of the PRU endeavored to avoid all contact; returning safely with their vital photographs was their sole objective. The Spy in the Sky fills a much-needed gap in the history of the RAF and, uniquely, the USAAF during the latter stages of the Second World War. Kenneth Johnson was born in Leicester on 5 December 1922. By the age of 17 he had saved enough money to buy a second-hand car and went to work in a furniture store in Coventry. The Second World War then intervened in his future!

Test Pilots of the Jet Age Men Who Heralded a New Era in Aviation Colin Higgs and Bruce Vigar

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-775-4

Today, as we board our flights to Adelaide, Zurich, and all points in between, we give little thought to the jet power that will take us there. But, this is only possible because just over 70 years ago a select band of British test pilots was prepared to risk all in the quest to fly further, faster and higher than ever before. Their quest was fraught with danger; disaster and death were never far away. This book captures eleven of those stories as told by the pilots themselves—their words as to how they took British aviation to to the forefront of a new era, the ‘Jet Age’. The stories were filmed over a number of years and it is the edited transcripts of those interviews that form a unique and rare perspective on such a pivotal era in aviation. Colin Higgs has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the broadcast and home entertainment industries and for much of that time has co-produced, written and researched aviation documentaries together with Bruce Vigar of Leading Edge TV.

From Cold War Fighters & Flying the PM to Commercial Jets $49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 color illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-303-8

London-born Brian Burdett had only one career objective—to be a pilot. By the time that he touched down on his last flight, Brian had flown more than twenty-five different types of aircraft both for the RAF and a variety of famous commercial airlines. His adventures are legion. From a double engine failure on take-off and still managing to land safely, to losing control in cloud and leveling off feet from the ground, to a mid-air near miss with an American aircraft that no-one knew was there. For London-born Brian Burdett his flying career began, as it did for so many, with the Air Cadets, with which he was flying Tiger Moths by the age of just fourteen. Brian joined the RAF in 1954, the start of a flying career which spanned the next forty-seven years. In this period, he flew fast jets such as the Vampire and Hunter, before switching to four-engine transports. After a period as a trainer at the RAF College Cranwell, Brian became the youngest four-jet captain in the world.

The First Helicopter Boys The Early Days of Helicopter ­Operations—The Malayan Emergency, 1947–1960 David Taylor

$39.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100 integrated black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-413-4

The Indonesian Confrontation that raged from 1963 to 1966 stemmed from Indonesia’s opposition to the creation of Malaysia. Fighting in the challenging jungle terrain of Borneo and in the countryside straddling the Malaysia/Indonesia border, where there were few roads, posed significant logistical challenges to both sides. That the conflict was ultimately a victory for the Commonwealth forces was in due in no small part to the fact that they enjoyed the advantage of vastly superior helicopter resources and better trained crews—many of which were provided by British units. Told in the main through their own words, by the RAF and Royal Navy air and ground crews involved, this is the story of how these ‘guinea pigs’ undertook many of Britain’s first rotary wing combat operations and, therefore, cemented their rightful place in the history of the helicopter.

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AFV Modeller • Avonmore Books • Bauernfeind Press • Birlinn Panther Project. Volume 1

Panzerjager Elefant

Lee Lloyd, Brian Balkwill and Alasdair Johnston

Liejon Schoot

Drivetrain and Hull

Modelling Posche’s Panzerjager Inside and Out

$23 / 96 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / Fully Illustrated / Currently Available / paperback / 978-0-95564-220-3 / NCR

$24 / 102 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 488 illustrations / Currently Available / paperback / 978-0-99356-465-9 / NCR

The technical development, a performance evaluation and a detailed combat history of this seminal German tank of World War II is beyond the scope of this published work. Instead we will concentrate here on a visual feast for the eyes, 96 pages detailing an incredible work of restoration being carried out on a Panther Ausf. A in the workshops of the Wheatcroft Collection.

Master Modeller Liejon Schoot presents a visual guide to constructing a fully detailed replica of the complex interior of the famous Elefant Tank destroyer from scratch. He then goes on to modify the exterior to the same incredibly high standards as the 488 images clearly document along with unique reference images of the real vehicle.

As we have had access to the reconstruction of this tank from the early stages we are in a unique position to be able to photographically record the work that has been carried out and that is still to be completed. This volume is primarily concerned with an examination of the interior of the hull, suspension elements, gear train and drive components, completed parts awaiting installation, and some about to undergo restoration. Also included is a reasonably complete history of this vehicle as we know of it to this date.

South Pacific Air War Volume 3 Coral Sea & Aftermath May‑June 1942 Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman

$46.95 / 6.93 x 9.84 / fully illustrated, color / Currently Available / paperback / 978-0-99458-899-9

South Pacific Air War Volume 3 chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific during the critical months of May and June 1942. For the first time in history, opposing carriers faced each other in the Battle of the Coral Sea. The battle is portrayed in a complete regional context which includes the land-based air forces of both sides. The events were both complex and surprising: when the respective carrier forces departed an intense regional air war continued.


101 Objects Series

The Attack on Pearl Harbor in 101 Objects Ingo Bauernfeind

$24.95 / 164 pages / 8.5 x 11 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-394820-102-9

Artifacts are tangible objects to our past with each of them telling its own story. What can we learn from the various objects which were used during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? What is the significance of the radio message that confirmed the sighting of a Japanese midget submarine in the harbor entrance one hour before the attack? What was so special about a Japanese torpedo retrieved from the waters of Pearl Harbor many years after the attack? 101 carefully selected artifacts tell the story of the day that changed history.

Robert the Bruce King of Scots

James Robertson and Jill Calder $13.95 / 64 pages/ 8.65 x 12.2 / color illustrations throughout / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78027-560-4 / NCR

In this exciting and visually stunning book, the most talented Scottish novelist of his generation teams up with Jill Calder, whose bold and colorful illustrations are a perfect complement to one of the most dramatic tales in Scottish history. In addition to the big set pieces from the Bruce story, the book is full of accurate historical detail and imaginative touches which offer a fresh and vital perspective on one of the great heroes of Scottish history.

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Fonthill Media

American Aircraft Development of the Second World War

Research, Experimentation and ­Modification 1939–1945 William Norton

$70 / 448 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-725-9

This book presents a little-known aspect of America’s aircraft development of World War II in emphasizing unique and nonproduction aircraft or modifications for the purpose of research and experimentation in support of aircraft development, advancing technology, or meeting narrow combat needs. It describes some important areas of American aviation weapons maturation under the pressure of war with emphasis on advanced technology and experimental aircraft configurations. The great value of the work is illumination of little known or minimally documented projects that significantly advanced the science of aeronautics, propulsion, aircraft systems, and ordnance, but did not go into production. Each chapter introduces another topic by examining the state-of-the-art at the beginning of the war, advantages pursued, and results achieved during the conflict. This last is the vehicle to examine the secret modifications or experiments that are little known.

U-Boats in New England Submarine Patrols, Survivors and Saboteurs 1942–45 Eric Wiberg

$55 / 416 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-720-4

Starting weeks after Hitler declared war on the United States in mid-December 1941 and lasting until the war with Germany was all but over, 73 German U-Boats sustainably attacked New England waters, from Montauk New York to the tip of Nova Scotia at Cape Sable. Fifteen percent of these boats were sunk by Allied counterattacks, five surrendered in the region, and three were sunk off New England— Block Island, Massachusetts Bay, and off Nantucket. These have proven appealing to divers, with a result that at least three German naval officers or ratings are buried in New England, one having killed himself in the Boston jail cell. There were 34 Allied merchant or naval ships sunk by these subs, one of them, the ‘Eagle’, was not admitted to have been sunk by the Germans until decades later. Over 1,100 men were thrown in the water and 545 of them made it ashore in New England ports; 428 were killed. Importantly, saboteurs were landed three places: Long Island, Frenchman’s Bay Maine and New Brunswick Canada, and Boston was mined.

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Leaving Mac Behind

The Lost Marines of Guadalcanal Geoffrey Roecker

$36.95 / 288 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 38 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-734-1

“My first telegram came Sep. 3 1942 that my son was missing in action. And the next telegram came Aug. 18 1943 that he was Declared Dead. Till this day I do not know what happened to him.” Mrs. Ann M. Lyons, August 7, 1957. Between 1942 and 1944, nearly four hundred Marines virtually vanished in the jungles, seas, and skies of Guadalcanal. They were the victims of enemy ambushes and friendly fire, hard fighting and poor planning, their deaths witnessed by dozens or not at all. They were buried in field graves, in cemeteries as unknowns, or left where they fell. They were classified as “missing,” as “not recovered,” as “presumed dead.” And in the years that followed, their families wondered at their fates and how an administrative decision could close the book on sons, brothers, and husbands without healing the wounds left by their absence. Leaving Mac Behind reconstructs the lives, last moments, and legacies of some of these men. Original records, eyewitness accounts, and recent discoveries shed new light on the lost graves of Guadalcanal’s missing Marines—and the ongoing efforts to bring them home.


Fonthill Media The Berlin 1945 Battlefield Guide

Berlin Cold War 1945–1989 Companion

Part 2–The Battle of Berlin

David McCormack

David McCormack

$28.95 / 192 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / Color and B&W photographs / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-78155-728-0

$24.95 / 176 pages / 6.5 x 9.25 / 60 / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-78155-739-6

This detailed, absorbing battlefield guide is the ideal companion for anyone considering visiting the site of Hitler’s ‘Gotterdammerung’ in April–May 1945. Using his in depth knowledge as a historian and battlefield guide, David McCormack vividly describes the apocalyptic struggle played out amongst the ruins of a once great city. The author’s intimate knowledge of the ground ensures that the Wagnerian climax of the Third Reich is presented in a series of dramatic tableaux which capture the regime’s final convulsive death throes. Prepare for a fascinating journey across the Berlin battlefield as it is today. The Berlin 1945 Battlefield Guide: Part Two—The Battle of Berlin is the essential guide to understanding both Hitler’s downfall in Berlin and Stalin’s greatest triumph.

This highly detailed, absorbing Cold War guide is the ideal companion for anyone wishing to explore the once divided capital of Berlin. Using his in-depth knowledge as a historian and battlefield/historical guide, David McCormack describes in vivid detail the tension and drama of the long standoff between the superpowers which shaped the landscape of both a defeated Germany and Europe for years to come. Meticulous historical research combines with the author’s intimate knowledge of Berlin to produce a user friendly guide rich in historical detail. Prepare for a fascinating journey across the Cold War landscape of Berlin as it is today.

David McCormack graduated with first class honors in Contemporary Military and International History. He is a regular contributor of Japan based historical articles to the International Academic Forum’s Eye Magazine. Series of eight articles entitled Japan at War published by the Armourer Magazine 2005-2006.

Red Star and Roundel

HMS Hood

Philip Wilkinson

Daniel Knowles

A Shared Century

Pride of the Royal Navy

$60 / 400 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 68 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-733-4

$50 / 416 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-723-5

The Red Star and the Roundel are the symbols of organizations that share a century of existence, a century with a full quota of conflict as well as harmony. The Russian red star has maintained its impact in the hundred years since the Revolution. The Royal Air Force’s red white and blue roundel has seen action in the air world-wide for the same period. Phil Wilkinson had forty years of Royal Air Force service—the final three and a half were in Russia. With this unusual double qualification, he examines the dynamics of the Russia–RAF relationship, sometimes as allies, sometimes as adversaries. Drawing on personal reminiscences, and on the recollections of surviving veterans of RAF service in Russia during the Second World War, as well as on official records from throughout this shared century, the narrative is sometimes light-hearted, sometimes sombre. It goes from brutal combat in the early years, to language difficulties later on; from innocent misunderstandings to deliberate deception; from cultural contrasts to aesthetic links.

For over twenty years the battlecruiser HMS ‘Hood’ toured the world as the most iconic warship in the Royal Navy. Unmatched in her beauty and charisma, ‘Hood’ is one of history’s greatest warships. As the Royal Navy’s show-ship, ‘Hood’ came to command a special place in the hearts and minds of the British public. Such was the regard for HMS ‘Hood’ that her destruction in the Denmark Strait on the morning of 24 May 1941 by the German battleship ‘Bismarck’ created dismay across the world. Within minutes of entering battle ‘the Mighty Hood’ as she was affectionately known, was destroyed by a catastrophic explosion which had echoes of Jutland a quarter of a century earlier. This book charts the life and death of this legendary battlecruiser in both peace and war from her early origins, through the interwar years, to her destruction.


The main focus of Daniel Knowles’ historical interest is the Second World War. In 2016 he graduated with an honors degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria.

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Fonthill Media

From Horses to Horsepower

The United States Air Force in Britain

Alexander Bielakowski

$29.95 / 224 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 373 / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-78155-699-3

The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry, 1916–1950 $40 / 208 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-721-1

Following World War I, horse cavalry entered a period during which it fought for its very existence against mechanized vehicles. On the Western Front, the stalemate of trench warfare became the defining image of the war throughout the world. While horse cavalry remained idle in France, the invention of the tank and its potential for success led many non-cavalry officers to accept the notion that the era of horse cavalry had passed. During the interwar period, a struggle raged within the U.S. Cavalry regarding its future role, equipment, and organization. Some cavalry officers argued that mechanized vehicles supplanted horses as the primary means of combat mobility within the cavalry, while others believed that the horse continued to occupy that role. Alexander Bielakowski is a former US Army Reserve officer who has published on such diverse topics as Polish Americans in the Civil War, African Americans in World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander of NATO, and Vietnam War movies. He has authored or co-authored three monographs as well as edited a two-volume reference work. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal U.S. Military History Review and a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Darren Willmin

The United Kingdom and the United States governments made a series of signed agreements in the early part of 1941 which allowed for the American Naval, Army and Air force to design and build campaigns against Nazi Germany. Today the United Kingdom and the United States Air Force still have a selection of operational bases but only three used for flying operations. Among the bases, RAF Mildenhall, the host unit at Mildenhall is the 100th Air Refuelling Wing operating the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, which deploys aircraft for and manages the European Tanker Task Force. Also housing the 352 SOW is the Air Force component for Special Operations Command Europe who operate the C130J series and the CV-22 Osprey and the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron which conducts RC-135 Rivet Joint flight operations in Europe and Mediterranean theatres. In this book Darren Willmin looks back on the history of USAFE in Britain and how it’s developed to the present day. Darren Willmin’s superb photographs capture the operational aircraft both from the ground and in the air from inside and outside of the bases.

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British Army Training in Canada Flying Above the Prairie Guy Warner

$29.95 / 160 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W photographs / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78155-705-1

British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) is situated in Alberta, amidst the dry, semibarren, rugged and undulating Canadian prairie, where the Blackfoot, Cree and Sioux tribes once hunted buffalo and engaged in combat. The training area measures 39 miles west to east and 32 miles north to south, with a total area of 1038 square miles. It is slightly larger than Luxembourg and seven times the size of Salisbury Plain. The prime purpose of BATUS is to provide realistic all-arms, battle group manoeuvre training with live firing. Four major ‘Prairie Storm’ exercises are held every year between April and October, involving infantry, armor, artillery, aviation and support arms . Up to 2500-3000 personnel may be on the ground, along with as many as 1200 vehicles of all types from Main Battle Tanks to 4×4s.

Guy Warner 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.


Fonthill Media The Lion and the Dragon

Britain’s Opium Wars with China 1839–1860 Nigel imner

For Conspicuous Gallantry

The Liverpool Rifles

Neil Thornton

$50 / 496 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-701-3

Military Cross ­Heroes of the First World War

Kevin Shannon

$45 / 304 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-717-4

$40 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-722-8

During the middle of the 19th Century, Britain and China would twice go to war over trade, and in particular the trade in opium. This book examines the tragic conflicts of the opium war between Britain and China in addition to the bitter legacies left behind. The first conflict, known as the First Anglo-Chinese War or Opium War (1839–42), ended in British victory and the Treaty of Nanking.

When introduced in 1914, the Military Cross filled a large void in medallic recognition for junior officers—the first men overthe-top when going into action. Here the author covers a diverse range of heroic Military Cross actions in exciting detail. From dogfights in the air, to hand-to-hand scraps in tunnels below the battlefields and everything in between, For Conspicuous Gallantry tells many stories of individual bravery and heroism that resulted in the award of the Military Cross.

Using a wealth of contemporary sources, this book narrates the story of the Liverpool Rifles in the Great War from their mobilization in August 1914 to their return to Liverpool in 1919, each day of their active service in France and Belgium detailed. The role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty—wounded or killed—is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened. The battalion roll in the appendices includes every officer and man who served with the battalion overseas, many of whom do not feature in the Medal Rolls.

Bristol Scout 1264

The AllBritish Marendaz Special

The Life of Lt. Cdr Mike Cumberlege DSO & Bar

Rebuilding Granddad’s Aircraft

David Bremner $36.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / Color and B&W photographs / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-101-1

This book interweaves the previously unpublished early life of Barnwell and his brother Harold, the operational and technical history of his creation the Bristol Scout, Bremner’s flying career, and the challenges faced by Theo together with David and his brother Rick in recreating 1264 and getting her back in the air. Neither Frank Barnwell nor the Bristol Scout have received the acclaim due to them in the history of military aviation and this lavishly illustrated book attempts to put the record straight.


The Man, Cars and Aeroplanes Graham Skillen

$36.95 / 240 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W photographs / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78155-702-0

This is the story of Captain Marendaz, a pilot in the RFC in the Great War and his life as a manufacturer of cars in the 1920s and 1930s. The book contains a considerable number of first-hand accounts, by people who worked for Captain Marendaz, of life in a small car and aircraft factory before the war, giving a revealing insight into the social history of the period. His sports cars are attractive with good lines, a point brought out in the many illustrations taken in period and more recently of survivors.

Robin Knight

$40 / 208 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-732-7

This first-ever biography of of Lt. Cdr. Mike Cumberlege DSO & Bar, Greek Medal of Honour, murdered in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Feb/March 1945, recalls a man who was ‘truly Elizabethan in character—a combination of gaiety and solidity and sensitiveness and poetry with daring and adventurousness—and great courage.’ The book contains unique material gathered from the family and from wellwishers in places as far apart as Ukraine, Australia and the USA.

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Fonthill Media German Self-Propelled Artillery Guns of the Second World War Craig Moore

$28.95 / 128 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78155-695-5

One towed artillery gun required a team of six horses and nine men. WW2 German engineers came up with the idea of mounting an artillery gun on top of a tank chassis. This new technology reduced the amount of resources required to deploy one artillery gun. Artillery self-propelled guns only needed a four or five man crew. They could also be made ready to fire more quickly. This book covers the development and use of this new weapon between 1939 and 1945. One type was successfully used in the invasion of France in May 1940. More were used on the Eastern Front against Soviet forces from 1941 until the end of the war in 1945. Craig Moore is a writer and editor for He also runs, a guide to where you can find surviving WWI and WWII tanks. He has had an interest in military history since childhood. Eight of his close relatives fought in both world wars: only six survived. One of his uncles lost a leg when his Sherman tank was hit during Operation Totalize in Normandy 1944.

The Messerschermitt 210/410 Story Jan Forsgren

$36.95 / 192 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 81 images/ November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-731-0

In 1938, the Reichsluftfahrtsministerium (German Air Ministry, RLM), issued a requirement for a new twin-engine heavy fighter to replace the Me 110. This type of combat aeroplane was known as Zerstörer (Destroyer). The first prototype flew in September 1939. The Me 210 proved very difficult to fly, having numerous deficiencies. It was said to be deadlier to its crews than the enemy. Nevertheless, the Luftwaffe ordered the Me 210 into production. Operational trials began in late 1941, but it was eventually acknowledged that the aircraft had to be redesigned in order to be accepted into Luftwaffe service. The whole Me 210 debacle proved a huge scandal. A redesigned variant, the Me 410 began to reach Luftwaffe units in mid-1943. Jan Forsgren has an MA in History and is the author of five books including two in English. He has written hundreds of aviation-related articles for various aviation magazines, including Aeroplane, The Aviation Historian and FlyPast. For Fonthill he has written Sink the Beast: the 1944 RAF Lancaster Raids, a work on the demise of the battleship Tirpitz.

Soviet Bombers of the Second World War Jason Nicholas Moore

$65 / 384 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W photographs / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-716-7

Soviet bombers were a varied lot during the Second World War, ranging from single-engined biplanes such as the 1920’s era Polikarpov U-2 to the excellent and modern twin-engined Tu-2 medium bomber. Although the use of four-engined strategic bombers was mostly limited to use of the huge Pe-8 bomber, the Soviets used many other aircraft for both strategic and tactical bombing. As the bombers of the Red Air Force were mainly tasked with supporting the Red Army, most of the bombers were used for tactical bombing, attacking tanks, troop convoys, trains, and airfields. This book deals with both strategic bombers and tactical bombers, but concentrates on the smaller tactical bombers, as this is where the Red Air Force’s emphasis lay. Such types as the Il-4, the Su-2, the aforementioned Tu-2, and the most important bomber of all, the Il-2 Shturmovik attack bomber, are described in great detail, including not only details on the aircraft themselves, but how they were deployed in combat. The one truly strategic bomber, the Pe-8, will not be forgotten, and neither will the comparatively tiny U-2 biplane.

Arado Flugzeugwerke

Aircraft and Development History Volker Koos

$40 / 192 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-671-9

Founded in 1925 in Warnemünde, Arado-Flugzeugwerke, from the outset, produced civil aircraft as well as developing prototypes for the clandestine armament programme of the Reichswehr. From 1933 when the licensed production of military aircraft commenced, the factory also built a number of their own designs. Best known are the training aircraft Ar 66 and Ar 96, the catapult float-plane Ar 196 and the record-breaking sporting aircraft Ar 79. At the end of the war Arado initiated the project of the first supersonic experimental aircraft. This book charts the development of all Arado aircraft between 1925 and 1945 as well as the development and capabilities of the factory.

Dr Volker Koos studied physics at Rostock University. With a life-long fascination for aviation and its history, he collected photos and documentary material in his private archive. Besides his professional work he has written a number of books and many articles about German aviation history.

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Fonthill Media

Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Letters from a Lancaster Gunner

$36.95 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-708-2

$28.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-698-6

Bomber Squadron Martyn R. Ford-Jones

Helen Thompson

During the Second World War, thousands of young men volunteered for service with the Royal Air Force. Bomber Squadron—Men Who Flew with XV relates the personal stories of a small number of these men, giving an insight to their anxious moments when flying on operational sorties, staring death in the face in the form of enemy night-fighters and ground fire, and relaxing with them during their offduty hours.

This book follows Joseph Thompson’s journey through the hardship and adventure of basic & gunnery training, a love affair with a girl from Liverpool, crew friendships, losses and disasters, over 20 Lancaster bombing raids, a virgin mission which ends in a ‘ditching’ in the North Sea, and a post-war stint in Singapore. Joe’s original letters and his mother’s replies are the narrators of this story, which begins and ends with the events surrounding their re-discovery some 65 years after they were written.

806 Naval Air Squadron

High Hulls

The FAA’s Top-Scoring Fighter ­Squadron of the Second World War Brian Cull and Frederick Galea

$36.95 / 216 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 75 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-750-1


Flying Boats of the 1930s and 1940s

Charles R. G. Bain $60 / 336 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-691-7

For a time, the flying boat was seen as the way of the future. These aircraft, so strange and foreign to the modern mind, once crisscrossed the world and fulfilled essential military roles. Charles Bain looks at the golden age of the flying boat, when these sometimes strange and often beautiful vessels spanned the globe. These vessels—a combination of ship and airplane—found themselves working as patrol aircraft, passenger aircraft, transports, and even as combat aircraft.

610 (County of Chester) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron, 1936–1940 David J. Bailey

$60 / 672 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-714-3

Despite the famous photographs of its men and aircraft during 1940, 610’s valiant history remains largely unknown. This detailed book recounts their heroic story for the first time, combining the Operations Record Book with Combat Reports, pilots’ Log Books, ground crew and relatives’ testimonies. Finally, this fascinating story is brought to life with many unpublished photographs from the Squadron’s Association, to recognize 610 Squadron’s brave sacrifice.

RAF Fighter Command Defence of the Realm 1936–1945

Ron Mackay and Mike Bailey $60 / 528 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 360 / December 2019 / hardback / 978-178155-727-3

Royal Air Force Fighter Command’s brief was to provide an effective aerial barrier to any attempt at domination of British skies. The aircraft and technical resources on hand between 1936 and WWII’s initiation were thankfully improved to a level that was barely sufficient to withstand the hitherto unchallengeable Luftwaffe’s advance across Western Europe. The introduction of aircraft designs that would change the situation, however costly, in its ultimate favor, featured prominently from the mid-point of WWII.

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Fonthill Media Blue Streak: Britain’s Medium Range Ballistic Missile

A Cold War Fighter Pilot in Peacetime and War Derek J. Sharp

Britain’s Medium Range Ballistic Missile

$45 / 224 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / Color and B&W photographs / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-724-2

$36.95 / 240 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-700-6

This is the quite remarkable and true story of Squadron Leader Derek J. Sharp AFC BSc Dip Comp JP RAF and his incredible adventures. Nothing perhaps was more astonishing than his survival after meeting a Mallard duck at 500 mph and his subsequent fight back to become a pilot in command once again. That he survived to age 30 was amazing, that he continued unashamedly on to a ripe old age was nothing short of a miracle. Conceivably he followed the advice written on a fridge magnet in his kitchen ‘Never drive faster than your Guardian Angel can fly’. Those who knew him would say not a chance! This fascinating book follows the adventures of Sharp from spotty schoolboy to highly respect aviator. He flew everything from fighters to heavy transport, wise old navigators and Her Majesty The Queen. He joined a flying club called the Royal Air Force and unexpectedly found himself at war. That mirrored his namesake, Pilot Officer Derek Sharp who lost his life in a Lancaster in WW2.

John Boyes

In the early 1950s the United States wished to concentrate its defense resources on the development of a 4,000 mile range intercontinental ballistic missile. As a stop-gap measure, US defence chiefs hoped to assist Britain with the development of its own intermediate range missile. Despite US concerns that British resources were limited the Air Ministry nonetheless proceeded with the missile, called Blue Streak, to fulfil the operational requirement which would give Britain an independent deterrent which should remain invulnerable until the early 1970s. Blue Streak: Britain’s Medium Range Ballistic Missile traces the path from the political decision to issue the contracts through the early development and testing both in the UK and in Australia. The reasons for the project’s cancellation are considered and Blue Streak’s subsequent role as the first stage of the ELDO civilian satellite launcher is noted.

Per Ardua

Training an RAF Phantom Crew David Gledhill and Philip Keeble $36.95 / 256 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 26 / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-712-9

This book describes how Cold War aircrew assimilated the skills needed to fly and fight the complex fighter jet. It follows the progress through every stage and explains why it cost millions to train each pilot and navigator. Philip Keeble and David Gledhill, both former Phantom aircrew, recount the challenges and the emotions encountered during the rigorous training process in a frank yet light hearted way that will leave you wondering how anyone achieved the goal.


At Arm’s Length Nicholas Hill

$36.95 / 272 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 100 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-704-4

The untold story of the hitherto secret projects that led to the development of inertial navigation in the UK, and the many missiles that were designed for the RAF’s bomber force. The result was the Blue Steel missile, which was deployed in 1963. These were cruise type missiles, and in 1959 the RAF decided to participate in the American Skybolt air launched ballistic missile. But Skybolt was canceled by the American Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, which brought about a crisis in Anglo-American relations, only resolved when the UK obtained Polaris on acceptable terms.

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Thunder Through the Valleys Low Level Flying–Low Level Photography Philip Stevens

$40 / 192 pages / 9.7 x 8.85 / Color / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-78155737-2

Low level flying in military aircraft at speeds of up to 500 mph and as low as 100 feet above the ground is as challenging for the pilot as it is for the photographer wishing to capture the action. This is two books in one, the main subject is about military low flying; the skills, reasons and dangers from a pilot’s perspective. The writer also talks about the challenges faced, revealing how and where the images were taken from mountainsides and desert canyons to cockpits for air to air.


Fonthill Media • Fighting High Publishing A Short Thousand Years

SAS in Italy 1943–1945

Robert Hallmann

Malcolm Tudor

$36.95 / 256 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 221 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78155-735-8

$28.95 / 208 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-697-9

Raiders in Enemy Territory

A Childhood in the Third Reich

In 1933 Germany became a dictatorship under the Great War veteran Adolf Hitler. He pulled the country out of depression and set it to work, reducing unemployment by undertaking extensive public works and building the first autoroutes in the world. He then resumed conscription and rearmament. All opposition had been eliminated and all power centered in that one man, whose boasted promise was a German Empire that would last ‘a Thousand Years’. The author was born in 1935. Ten years later millions had died, much of the continent lay in ruins, his country was shamed and the ‘thousand years’ came to a fiery end. Others experienced worse, but for a ten-year-old with explosions all about him and with the world seeming to be burning the war made a vivid impression. This is his memoir of that time.

This is the story of Britain’s elite special force in Italy during the Second World War. In the summer of 1943 the SAS came out of Africa to carry the fight to the Germans and Fascists in Sicily and the mainland. On the Italian Armistice and Surrender in September 1943 the originator of the SAS, Scots Guards lieutenant David Stirling, was a prisoner at the high-security prisoner of war camp five at Gavi in Piedmont, north-western Italy, after being captured in January in Tunisia. He eventually ended up as a prisoner at Colditz Castle in Germany, but his work continued. The idea of small groups of parachute-trained soldiers operating behind enemy was realized in the many daring missions carried out in Italy by the men of 2nd SAS Regiment and the Special Raiding Squadron. The famous SAS motto of ‘Who dares wins,’ was swiftly translated into the Italian ‘Chi osa vince.’ This book reveals how words were turned into deeds. Malcolm Tudor has written eight books on WWII Italy and is a member of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society. He uses international sources, interviews veterans, and speaks and teaches Italian.

Fire-step to Fokker Fodder

Hawker Typhoon and Tempest

From the Trenches to the Red Baron. The First World War Diaries of William ‘Jack’ Lidsey

A Formidable Pair Philip Birtles

Andrew White

$50 / 288 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / B&W / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78155-690-0

$34.95 / 208 pages / 6.25 x 9.25 / 16 page b/w picture section / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-99981-287-4

With the technology of the Hurricane being at the end of the biplane combat aircraft era, there was an urgent requirement for a modern fighter with a capability ahead of the anticipated German fighter development for the Luftwaffe. The Hawker design team led by Sydney Camm created the all-metal stressed skin structure Typhoon powered by the revolutionary Napier Sabre engine. Whereas the Hurricane had been developed in peacetime, the Typhoon was designed in wartime, when the urgency of the programme caused the development of both the airframe and engine to be accelerated, resulting in teething troubles not being fully solved when the aircraft entered service with the RAF. Philip Birtles has written some 40 books on aerospace, his first one being published in 1980 and has been involved with the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for over 40 years.


Jack Lidsey was one of the first to volunteer during the Great War, enlisting as a private soldier in his local regiment, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, in August 1914. He was sent to the Ypres Salient in March 1915, experiencing trench warfare around Ploegsteert Wood before moving south to the Somme in France. Jack kept a detailed diary for the whole two years of his war, from going overseas until the day before his death. Andrew White’s Fire-step to Fokker Fodder is based on Jack’s journal and includes numerous previously unpublished photographs, offering a unique personal insight into life and death on the Western Front, both in the trenches and in the air. Andrew White joined the RAF in 1985 and served for 26 years in the Intelligence Branch retiring as a Wing Commander. Andrew served operationally in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq with both fast jet and transport squadrons; he also enjoyed tours in the Ministry of Defence and operational headquarters at home and abroad.

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Frontline Books

Disaster at Stalingrad

I Was Hitler’s Pilot

Peter Tsouras

Hans Baur

An Alternate History

The Memoirs of Hans Baur

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-073-9

$22.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Central mono plate section / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-076-0

It is early September 1942 and the German commander of the Sixth Army, General Paulus, assisted by the Fourth Panzer Army, is poised to advance on the Russian city of Stalingrad. His primary mission was to take the city, crushing this crucial center of communication and manufacturing, and to secure the valuable oil fields in the Caucasus.

A decorated First World War pilot, Hans Baur was one of the leading commercial aviators of the 1920s before becoming Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot, a role he first undertook during the election campaign in 1932. Hitler, who loathed flying, felt safe with Baur and would allow no one else to pilot him. In a powerful account of Hitler’s last hours, Baur describes his final discussions with Hitler before his suicide; and his last meeting with Magda Goebbels in the tortuous moments before she killed her three children. Throughout it all, Baur’s loyalty to the Führer never wavered. His memoirs capture these events, and many others, in all their fascinating and disturbing detail.

What happens next is well known to any student of modern history: a brutal war of attrition, characterized by fierce hand-tohand combat, that lasted for nearly two years, and the eventual victory by a resolute Soviet Red Army. A ravaged German Army was pushed into full retreat. This was the first crucial defeat of Hitler’s territorial ambitions in Europe and a marked a critical turning point in the Second World War. But the outcome could have been very different, as Peter Tsouras demonstrates in this thought-provoking and highly readable alternate history of the fateful battle. By introducing minor ‘but realistic’ adjustments, he presents a scenario in which the course of the battle runs quite differently.

Hans Baur served in the German Air Force during the First World War. After the Treaty of Versailles, he flew commercial airliners before becoming Hitler’s personal pilot, a role he first undertook during the election campaign in 1932. The Führer’s last order to Baur was to fly Martin Bormann out of Berlin, but during their escape attempt Baur was captured by the Russians. For ten years the Russians questioned him, suspecting that he had flown Hitler to safety before the fall of Berlin.

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Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot Helmut Mahlke

$28.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100 black and white illustrations & 8 pages of color drawings / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-078-4

After recounting his early days as a naval cadet, including a voyage to the Far East aboard the cruiser Köln, and as the navigator/observer of the floatplane carried by the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer during the Spanish Civil War, the author describes his flying training as a Stuka pilot. The author’s naval dive-bomber Gruppe was incorporated into the Luftwaffe upon the outbreak of war. What follows is a fascinating Stuka pilot’s-eye-view of some of the most famous and historic battles and campaigns of the early war years: the Blitzkrieg in France, the Dunkirk Evacuation, the Battle of Britain, the bombing of Malta, North Africa, Tobruk, Crete and, finally, the invasion of the Soviet Union. The author also takes the reader behind the scenes into the day-to-day life of his unit and brings the members of his Gruppe to vivid life; describing their off-duty antics and mourning their loss in action.

Helmut Mahlke joined the Kriegsmarine as a cadet in 1932 before being transferred to the Luftwaffe three years later. He spent his whole operational wartime career with the same Stukagruppe.


Frontline Books The Undercover Nazi Hunter

Nuremberg’s Voice of Doom

Wolfe Frank edited by Paul Hooley

Wolfe Frank edited by Paul Hooley

Exposing Subterfuge and Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany

The Autobiography of the Chief Interpreter at History’s Greatest Trials

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 16 black and white illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-52673-873-8

$34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 16 black and white illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-52673-751-9

Wolfe Frank was Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials where he was dubbed ‘The Voice of Doom.’ A playboy turned resistance worker he had fled Germany for England in 1937 having been branded an ‘enemy of the state—to be shot on sight.’ Initially interned as an ‘enemy alien,’ he was later released and allowed to join the British Army—where he rose to the rank of Captain. Unable to speak English when he arrived by the time of the trials he was considered to be the finest interpreter in the world. The Undercover Nazi Hunter not only reproduces Frank’s series of articles (as he wrote them) and a translation of the confession, which, until now, has never been seen in the public domain, it also reveals the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a great American newspaper agonizing over how best to deal with this unique opportunity and these important exposés.

The memoirs of Wolfe Frank, which lay hidden in an attic for twenty-five years, are a unique and highly moving behind-the-scenes account of what happened at Nuremberg—’the greatest trial in history’—seen through the eyes of a witness to the whole proceedings. They include important historical information never previously revealed. In an extraordinarily explicit life story, Frank includes his personal encounters, inside and outside the courtroom, with all the war criminals, particularly Hermann Goering. This, therefore, is a unique record that adds substantially to what is already publicly known about the trials and the defendants.

The Dieppe Raid

Hitler’s Savage Canary

The Combined Operations Assault on Hitler’s European Fortress, August 1942

A unique character of extreme contrasts Frank was a playboy, but also a man of immense courage, charm, good manners, and integrity. Frank undertook the toughest assignment imaginable at Nuremberg and he played a major role in materially shortening the ‘enormously difficult procedures’ by an estimated three years.

A History of the Danish Resistance in World War II David Lampe

$49.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-291-8

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-072-2

Winston Churchill was under pressure. The Soviets felt that they were fighting the Germans by themselves. Stalin demanded that Britain should open a second front to draw German forces away from the east. Though the advice Churchill received from his staff was that an invasion of France would not be possible for at least another year, the British Prime Minister knew he had to do something to help the Russians.

Adolf Hitler stated that after occupation Denmark would turn into a ‘model protectorate’. Winston Churchill, meanwhile, maintained that the small country of (then) four million people would become ‘the sadistic murderer’s canary’. In the end, neither was right.

The result was a large-scale raid upon the port of Dieppe. It would not be the second front that Stalin wanted, but at least it would demonstrate Britain’s intent to support the Soviets and it would be a useful rehearsal for the eventual invasion. Dieppe was chosen as it was thought that the success of any invasion would depend on the capture of a major port to enable heavy weapons, vehicles and reinforcements to be landed in support of the landing forces. This detailed battle summary, written shortly after the war, is based on the recollections of those who were involved.


Though their resistance organization was slower to develop effective tactics on a wide scale than in some other occupied countries, with initially no help from the Allies the Danes set up a resistance movement that proved to be a constant irritation to the Axis forces. In time the Danish Resistance, the Modstandsbevægelsen, was not a meek canary, but a dangerous and courageous bird of prey that that refused to be caged. This story of daring is a thrilling read, and provides a real insight to the mindset of a people under occupation. Born in Maryland, USA, in 1923, David Lampe served with the USAF in Europe during the Second World War until being discharged in 1952. His first book, The Savage Canary was first published in 1957.

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Frontline Books US Marine Corps Uniforms and Equipment in World War II

US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve

Jim Moran

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

$24.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 300 color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-904-8

$24.95 / 208 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-905-5

Jim Moran

The United States Marine Corps was one of the phenomena of the Second World War. Greatly expanded from its pre-war order of battle of scattered defence battalions, overseas garrisons and ship detachments, it became a multi-division force bearing the brunt of the hardest fighting across the whole vast expanse of the Pacific theater of operations.

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

Here, long-time collector and researcher Jim Moran provides a systematic, detailed guide illustrated with more than 300 photographs, including some 200 close-ups of surviving items in private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. His research is supported by some 100 wartime photographs showing the identified item in use.

This book, presents a detailed study of the uniforms of the WRs supported by numerous color photographs. It has been written with the full support of the US Marine Corps Histories Division, the Women Marine Association and surviving WR veterans.

Jim Moran has been a student of the history of the United States Marine Corps, massing a huge collection over the past forty years. He is an associate member of the Second Marine Division Association, US Marine Raider Association, Marine Corps Association, and US Marine Corps League as well as being the ‘on-board ‘ historian to the US Marine Corps League, Det 1088 (UK).

Julius Caesar’s Invasion of Britain

Solving a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Roger Nolan

$34.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 color llustrations/ August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-791-4

Two thousand years ago Julius Caesar came, saw and conquered southern Britain, but just where he landed and the precise routes his army marched through the south of the country have never been firmly established. Numerous sites have been suggested for the Roman landings of 55BC and 54BC, yet, remarkably, the exact locations of the first major events in recorded British history remain undiscovered—until now. After years of careful analysis, Roger Nolan has painstakingly traced not only the places where the Romans landed, but he has also discovered four temporary marching camps Caesar’s army built as it drove up from the south coast in pursuit of the British tribal leader, Cassivellaunus. Roger Nolan has had a life-long interest in the history of Roman Britain. Following many years of research into the historical and archaeological evidence surrounding Julius Caesar’s invasions of the UK, this is Roger’s first book.

The Ismaili Assassins A History of Medieval Murder

James Waterson with a foreword by David Morgan $29.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 pages of plates/ August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-082-1

The Ismaili Assassins were an underground group of political killers who were ready to kill Christians and Muslims alike with complete disregard for their own lives. These devoted murderers were under the powerful control of a grand master who used assassination as part of a grand strategic vision that embraced Egypt, the Levant, and Persia and even reached the court of the Mongol Khans in far away Qaraqorum. The Ismaili Assassins explores the origins, actions and legacy of this notorious sect. Enriched with eyewitness accounts from Islamic and Western sources, this important book unlocks the history of the Crusades and the early Islamic period, giving the reader entry into a historical epoch that is thrilling and pertinent. James Waterston is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and received his Masters degree from Dundee University. He worked and taught in the United States and China for a number of years and now divides his time between the Middle East and Italy whilst trying to makes ends meet. The Ismaili Assassins is his second book and grew out of his travels in Iran.

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Frontline Books The Wreck Hunter

Battle of Britain & The Blitz Melody Foreman

$49.95 / 224 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-258-5

Images of War

Wingate’s Men

The Chindit Operations: Special Forces in Burma Colin Higgs

$24.95 / 192 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-667-2

Secret War The Story of SOE—­Britain’s Wartime ­Sabotage ­Organisation Nigel West

$29.95 / 368 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-566-7

In 1961 Terry Parsons began his long search for lost aircraft and memories of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. In this exclusive biography, created from Terry’s original notes and photographs stretching back almost seventy years, we learn not only about the historical significance of his own story as a wreck-hunter but the importance of remembering the lives of the men who fought in the skies above Britain in those desperate days of the Second World War.

Possibly the most famous fighting formations of the Burma campaign during the Second World War were the Long Range Penetration Groups, more commonly known as the Chindits. In this wonderful collection of photographs, drawn in large part from one man’s photograph albums, we see the harsh conditions in which the Chindits had to operate, and the terrible physical state of many of the men who survived the jungles, the dry plains, and the ferocious Japanese enemy.

Secret War is a detailed analysis of SOE’s structure and performance and describes its successes and failures across the globe. The book casts doubt on the official histories authorized by the Cabinet Office, offers evidence of the setbacks that jeopardized D-Day and gives an account of the paramilitary units dropped behind enemy lines immediately after the invasion which saved SOE’s reputation. This book is an authoritative history of the organization that had a lasting impact on the world’s post-war development.

Edgar Mobbs

The Daily Telegraph Dictionary of Tommies’ Songs and Slang, 1914–1918

MI5: British Security Service Operations, 1909–1945

$29.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-066-1

MI5 is arguably the most secret and misunderstood of all the British government departments. The book, which is laced with true anecdotes as bizarre and compulsively readable as any novel, is the fruit of years of painstaking research in the course of which Nigel West has traced and interviewed more than a hundred people who figure prominently in the story: German and Soviet agents, counter-intelligence officers and, most remarkably, more than a dozen of the double agents.

Rugby International Sportsman, Soldier, Legend

Jon Cooksey and Graham McKechnie $39.95 / 296 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-361-0

When Edgar Mobbs ran on a rugby field, people watched. Mobbs was the epitome of the Edwardian sporting hero: a fearsome competitor on the field and a ‘bloody good chap’ everywhere else. Men would follow him wherever he went and in 1914 they followed him to war; first to Loos, then to the Somme and finally to Ypres. But on 31 July 1917, Edgar Mobbs ran alone through a Belgian wood. It was to be his final charge..


John Brophy and Eric Partridge

During the First World War, British soldiers were renowned for their chirpy songs and plucky sayings. Indeed, nothing would lift the spirits of the often exhausted and weary troops more than a hearty singalong. These cheery, and at times ribald and satiric, songs and sayings have been collected together to give a fascinating insight into the life of the average ‘Tommy’ in the Great War.

Nigel West

$29.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-570-4

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Frontline Books Wellington’s History of the Peninsular War Battling Napoleon in Iberia 1808–1814 Stuart Reid

Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment Volume 2 The Cavalry

Paul L. Dawson

$39.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-763-2

$59.95 / 400 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 100 illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52670-896-0

Unlike personal diaries or journals written by individual soldiers, with their inevitably limited knowledge, Wellington was in an unparalleled position to provide a comprehensive overview of the war. Equally, the memoranda were written as the war unfolded, not tainted with the knowledge of hindsight, providing a unique contemporaneous commentary. Brought together by renowned historian Stuart Reid with reports and key despatches from the other years of the campaign, the result is the story of the Peninsular War told through the writings of the man who knew and understood the conflict in Iberia better than any other. This work offers a uniquely accessible perspective on the conflict in the own words of Britain’s greatest general.

Few military formations have attracted more attention than Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and fewer still have been so extravagantly clothed and accoutred with the finest materials and the brightest colors. On both campaign and parade, the Guard, and especially the cavalry regiments, provided a dazzling display of military grandeur. From the green and gold trappings of the Chasseurs à Cheval, to the multi-colored Mamelukes, the Guard cavalry was among the most brilliantly dressed formations ever to grace the field of battle. In compiling this magnificent volume, the author has collected copies of almost all the surviving documents relating to the Guard, which includes a vast amount of material regarding the issuing of dress items, even in some instances down to company level.

Stuart Reid is the author of numerous military history publications and has written extensively upon Scottish military history during the seventeenth century Civil War and the Jacobite period.

Paul L. Dawson BSc Hons MA, MIFA, FINS, is a historian, field archaeologist and author who has written more than twenty books, his speciality being the French Army of the Napoleonic Wars.

A Spitfire Girl

Battle for Paris 1815

Mary Ellis and Melody Foreman

Paul L. Dawson

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

The Untold Story of the Fighting after Waterloo

$24.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-661-9

$42.95 / 344 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-927-7

Amongst the elite pilot corps of WWII was one person who flew no less than 400 Spitfires and seventy-six different types of aircraft and that person was Mary Wilkins. Her story is one of the most remarkable and endearing of the war, as this young woman, serving as a ferry pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary, transported aircraft for the RAF, including fast fighter planes and huge four-engine bombers.

On the morning of 3 July 1815, the French General Rémi Joseph Isidore Exelmans, at the head of a brigade of dragoons, fired the last shots in the defence of Paris until the Franco-Prussian War sixty-five years later. Why did he do so? Traditional stories of 1815 end with Waterloo, that fateful day of 18 June, when Napoleon Bonaparte fought and lost his last battle, abdicating his throne on 22 June.

In this authorized biography the woman who says she kept in the background during her ATA years and left all the glamour of publicity to her colleagues, finally reveals all about her action-packed career which spans almost a century of aviation, and her love for the skies which, even in her nineties, never faltered.

For the first time ever, using the wealth of archive material held in the French Army archives in Paris, along with eyewitness testimonies from those who were there, Paul Dawson brings alive the bitter and desperate fighting in defence of the French capital. The 100 Days Campaign did not end at Waterloo, it ended under the walls of Paris fifteen days later.

Melody Foreman is a contributor to Britain at War magazine and a former editor of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum magazine. She maintains an avid interest in the Air Transport Auxiliary, the social history and reportage of both world wars, vintage aviation, film studies, literature and Dutch art.

Paul L. Dawson BSc Hons MA, MIFA, FINS, is a historian, field archaeologist and author who has written more than twenty books, his speciality being the French Army of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Greenhill Books

Blood and Soil

An Eagle’s Odyssey

The Fall of Rorke’s Drift

Sepp de Giampietro

Johannes Kaufmann

John Laband

The Memoir of A Third Reich Brandenburger $32.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-341-1

First published in German in 1984, de Giampietro’s highly-personal and eloquent memoir is a vivid account of his experiences. In astonishing detail, he delves into the reality of life in the unit from everyday concerns and politics to training and involvement in Brandenburg missions. He details the often foolhardy missions undertaken under the command of Theodor von Hippel including the June 1941 seizure of the Duna bridges in Dunaburg and the attempted capture of the bridge at Bataisk where half of his unit were killed. Translated into English for the first time, this is a unique insight into a fascinating slice of German wartime history, both as an account of the Brandenburgers and within the very particular context of the author’s South Tyrolean origins.

Sepp de Giampietro joined the Wehrmacht in 1938 before moving into the Brandenburg Division. He served in the Balkans, the Eastern Front, then the Kuban before returning to his home village at the end of the war.


My Decade as a Pilot in Hitler’s Luftwaffe

$32.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.5 / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-253-7

In this never-before-seen translation of a rare account of life in the Luftwaffe, Kaufmann takes the reader through his time in service, from his involvement in the annexation of the Rhineland, the attack on Poland, fighting against American heavy bombers in the Defence of the Reich campaign. He also covers his role in the battles of Arnhem and the Ardennes, and the D-Day landings, detailing the intricacies of military tactics, flying fighter planes and the challenges of war. Kaufmann saw out the war from the early beginnings of German expansion right through to surrender to the British in 1945. An Eagle’s Odyssey is a compelling and enlightening read, Kaufmann’s account offers a rarely heard perspective on one of the core experiences of the Second World War.

Born in 1915, Johannes Kaufmann left school early to work as an apprentice in an aircraft factory. In 1934 he volunteered in the newly-formed Luftwaffe, working through the ranks to become a Hauptmann by the end of the war, commanding a Staffel of Bf 109 fighters.

An Alternate History of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 $34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 color & black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-373-2

It is January 1879, and the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom are at war. Lord Carnarvon, Secretary of State for the Colonies, who had successfully brought about federation in Canada in 1867, had believed a similar scheme would work in South Africa. But such plans are rejected by Boer leaders. The Defense of Rorke’s Drift would go down in history as an iconic British Empire Battle and inspired Victorian Britain. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to military personnel. But what if the Zulus had defeated the British at Rorke’s Drift and invaded Natal? In the first ever alternate history of the Anglo-Zulu War, historian John Laband asks that question. With his vast knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu War he turns history on its head and offers a tantalizing glimpse of a very different outcome weaving a compelling and never-before told story of what could have been.

John Laband is Professor Emeritus and Chair of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England.

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Greenhill Books Girl With A Sniper Rifle An Eastern Front Memoir Yuliya Zhukova

$32.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / None / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-398-5

In this powerful, first-hand account we come up close to the machinations of the NKVD (the secret police) as well as the gruelling toll of war and the breathtaking bravery of this female sniper. In this vivid first-hand account we gain unique access to the inner workings of Stalin’s Central Women’s Sniper School, near Podolsk in Western Russia. Luliia was a dedicated member of the Komsomol (the Soviet communist youth organization) and her parents worked for the NKVD. She started at the sniper school and eventually became a valued member of her battalion during operations against Prussia. She persevered through eight months of training before leaving for the Front on 24th November 1944 just days after qualifying. Joining the third Belorussian Front her battalion endured rounds of German mortar as well as loudspeaker announcements beckoning them to come over to the German side. Luliia recounts how they would be in the field for days, regularly facing the enemy in terrifying one-on-one encounters. She sets down the euphoria of her first hit and starting her “battle count” but her reflection on how it was also the ending of a life. Despite suffering from ill-health in her youth, Yuliya Zhukova eventually enlisted and trained to be a sniper. After the war she finished her studies at Moscow University Pedagogical Institute and worked as a Komsomol secretary in Moscow. She then became a school director of a school and worked for the Communist Party.

Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front. Volume 1 From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle Hans Heinz Rehfeldt

$32.95 / 352 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100+ black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-361-9

A visceral account from contemporaneous diaries of a soldier who frequently came close to death but somehow survived. Following his Abitur in 1940, Rehfeldt volunteered for the Panzer Arm but was trained on the heavy mortar and heavy MG with Grossdeutschland Division. He was on the Front from 1941 fighting for the city of Tula, south of Moscow. Battling in freezing conditions, the descriptions of the privations are vivid and terrifying. With no winter clothes they resorted to using those taken from Soviet corpses. In 1942, fighting near Oriel, however, his battalion suffered heavy losses and was disbanded. Ill with frostbitten legs, Rehfeldt was treated in hospital and once recovered was dispatched to the Front. On 3 May 1945 he was captured by US Forces and held as POW for one month in a camp at Waschow before internment in Holstein from where he was released in July 1945 after agreeing to work on the land. In December 1945 he began studying veterinary medicine: his future career. This astonishing account of a man who kept bouncing back from near death is a testament to the author’s determination and sheer strength of spirit. Dr Hans Heinz Rehfeldt was born on 21 April 1923 in Hagen/Westphalia. He left for the Front on 27 October 1941, at which point his story begins. He went on to receive several awards for valor in the face of extreme adversity.

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Greenhill Books Disaster in the Desert

Voices from Stalingrad

Ken Delve

Jonathan Bastable

$34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 40 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-386-2

$19.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 pages of images and 4 maps / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-78438-442-5

Summer 1942 and the war in the Middle East is in the balance; Rommel’s Axis forces are poised on the borders of Egypt and all that is needed is one last push. But what if Rommel had won? In this alternate history, Ken Delve proposes that with a few strategic changes by the Axis powers and poor decision by Allied Commanders, the outcome of could have been very different. In this scenario, the Allied invasion in Tunisia fails, Rommel defeats Montgomery and seizes Egypt, leaving the Germans well-placed to sweep up through the Middle East, capturing oil installations and joining up with German forces in Russia.

‘Imagine what is was like, after being subjected to the relentless roaring of dozens of aeroplane engines, and constant explosions, to be suddenly surrounded by a deathly silence! We were cut off from the outside world. Were we staring an agonizing death in the face?’

First-hand Accounts from World War II’s Cruellest Battle

An Alternate History of El Alamein and Rommel’s North Africa Campaign

Ken Delve served 20 years in the Royal Air Force as a Navigator and during that time developed his passion for aviation and military history. From researching and publishing the history of his first squadron—39 Squadron, which had played a major role in defeating Rommel’s supply lines—he has subsequently written over 40 books and numerous articles.

Operation Sealion

Jonathan Bastable is a renowned writer and journalist. He studied Russian and German at Nottingham University. He reported on the Nagorno-Karabakh war and witnessed the street-fighting in Moscow during the anti-Yeltsin coup attempt of 1993. He lives in Brighton, UK.

In Haig’s Shadow

The Invasion of England 1940

Brigadier-General Hugo de Pree and the First World War

Peter Schenk

Gary Sheffield

$34.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 150 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-394-7

In Operation Sealion, Peter Schenk begins by analyzing and describing the vessels that were developed and deployed for the operation: converted cargo vessels and steamers, more specialized landing craft, barges and pontoons, and auxiliary vessels such as tugs and hospital ships. He then goes on to outline the strategic preparations for the landing and looks at the operational plans of, in turn, the navy, army and air force. The planned invasion is described in full detail so that the reader can follow the proposed sequence of events from loading, setting sail and the crossing of the Channel, to the landing and the early advances into southern England. Peter Schenk is a member of Berlin’s Groener Group and spent months researching Operation Sealion at Freiburg’s Military Archives. He has written and co-authored five books about German landing craft, netlayers and the fleets of World War I and World War II.


No previous work about Stalingrad places such emphasis on the experience of ordinary fighters and civilians. This volume of human history and military strategy includes fresh translations from original sources describing this pivotal event of World War II as told by the German and Soviet soldiers who fought the battle, Russian civilians who watched the enemy at the gates as well as Western diplomat and newspaper correspondent onlookers.

$34.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78438-353-4

Hugo de Pree was the cousin of the better-known Field Marshall Douglas Haig. However, de Pree had a distinguished military career in his own right. He served in the Boer War before the First World War began. He was sent to the Western Front, as Chief of Staff of IV Corps, coming into contact with his cousin at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. He continued his accession through the ranks, and was Commander of 189 Brigade, 63rd Royal Navy Division, at the Great Retreat of March 1918, bringing him much closer to the front line than most British generals in the First World War. This book, by one of the leading academics in this field, weaves together his letters and other writings, with incisive commentary to give a vivid insight into the life of a brigade commander in the First World War.

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Grub Street Publishing D-Day Bombers: The Veterans’ Story

RAF Bomber Command and the US Eighth Air Force Support to the ­Normandy Invasion 1944 Steve Darlow

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of photographs / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-91162-187-4 / NCR

D-Day Bombers: The Veterans’ Story is largely an eyewitness account of the vital heavy bomber contribution to the success of the D-Day landings and therefore to the winning of the war in Europe. It is told using considerable first-hand experience from the veterans of the campaign, something not really covered in any other books on the subject, together with background information from primary source documents on the tactics and strategy employed before, during and after the invasion. Steve Darlow is a Bomber Command historian and established military aviation author, with fourteen books to his name. Steve has made numerous radio and television appearances, and recently acted as program consultant on the BBC’s The Lancaster: Britain’s Flying Past and Channel 5’s War Hero in the Family (Robert Llewelyn). Steve is also an Ambassador of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Beaufighter Boys

True Tales from Those who flew the ‘Whispering Death’ Graham Pitchfork

$34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91162-144-7 / NCR

Researched many years ago by the author for a project which did not come to fruition, Beaufighter air and ground crew gave freely of their stories which ranged from complete memoirs to brief anecdotes. And there were a plethora of original photographs for him to choose from. Graham Pitchfork has built on these reminiscences to trace the roles of Beaufighter squadrons spread across all the theaters of World War Two operations. From home bases, through north-west Europe, North Africa, Malta and the Mediterranean to the far Far East and south-west Pacific, the Beaufighter served far and wide as did the crews of the RAF, RAAF, SAAF and New Zealand and Canadian squadrons. All are covered in this quite unique book to be savored by all those interested in the war in the air from 1939–1945. Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork spent thirty-six years in the RAF, as a navigator, and commanded 208 Squadron. He was director of Air Warfare, and before retiring was director of Military Intelligence at the MoD. He is the author of several successful aviation books, particularly Buccaneer Boys for Grub Street.

War Amongst the Clouds

Rate of Climb

AVM Hugh Granville White and Gp Capt Chris Granville White

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

My Flying Experiences in World War I and the Follow-On Years

$34.95 / 224 pages / 5 x 8 / illustrated throughout / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91162-143-0 / NCR

This is a story written by a young man who trained as a pilot, and then flew with the Royal Flying Corps in France during the First World War, eventually to become an ace. It is one of survival against the odds at a time when the conduct of air operations depended so much on individual skills, innovation, courage—and luck. Told by Hugh in his own words, he gives a unique insight into war in the air. With the break-up of his squadron and being reduced to a substantive rank—simply because of his young age, Hugh’s writing ends in 1919. From this point, the story is continued by his younger son Christopher. He describes Hugh’s life and RAF career from flying in India during the 1920s through the Second World War until his retirement as an air vice-marshal in 1955. Group Captain Chris Granville White flew Hunters in the Middle East and Germany. He then flew Harriers in Germany as a flight commander and offbase field site commander. He was also a Jaguar squadron commander in the recce and attack roles.

Thrilling Personal Reminiscences from a Fighter Pilot and Leader $34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91162-146-1 / NCR

Rick Peacock-Edwards has led different lives at different times, but through it all has used a bonus in life nowadays often overlooked: he has consistently enjoyed himself. One of three brothers of outstanding South African Battle of Britain pilot F/O S R ‘Teddy’ Peacock-Edwards, his subtle and compassionate regard for a generation of wartime aircrew is clear: “As the proud son of one of the ‘Few’, their selfless daring has inspired me throughout my life. Importantly, they influenced my decision to become an airman in the Royal Air Force, to become a fighter pilot like my father, and to live life with spirit as they had lived their lives. It is essential that their experiences live on.” Rate of Climb, his original and continually entertaining biography, drawing on previously unpublished family and archival material, shows Rick in complete command of his primary subject: flying. A leading exRAF fighter pilot to his fingertips, he flew the Lightning, Phantom, Tornado F2/3 and other high-performance aircraft, and served in senior-ranking positions in the UK, Germany and the US.

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Grub Street Publishing Oswald Boelcke

Stuka Attack!

RG Head

Andy Saunders

Germany’s First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat

The Dive-Bombing Assault on England during the Battle of Britain

$24.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91162-142-3 / NCR

$22.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91162-147-8 / NCR

Oswald Boelcke was Germany’s first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare. In this definitive biography RG Head explores why Oswald Boelcke deserves consideration as the most important fighter pilot of the 20th century and beyond; but also for setting the standard in military aviation flying. This book will appeal to enthusiasts of the German air force, military aviation in general and World War One in particular.

The Junkers 87 Stuka was an iconic weapon of WWII and an aircraft name that was, and still is, instantly recognized worldwide. Its roles in Poland and the Battles of France and the Low Countries are almost legendary, but in the UK its import during the Battle of Britain is one that has never been covered in any specific detail. Here, Andy Saunders takes a critical look at every operation by Ju87s against British targets in 1940 and including those on land and at sea. Each raid is charted, covering all aspects of the attacks including participants, defending RAF fighters and those on the receiving end. Myth and reality and truth and legend are all examined and analyzed in this highly illustrated new book, which adds to our knowledge of one of the most significant periods in the whole of British history.

Brigadier General RG Head, a graduate of the USAF Academy, was one of the first fighter pilots in Vietnam and flew over 325 combat missions during his military career. This earned him the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and thirteen Air Medals. He also commanded the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron in the Philippines and when promoted to brigadier general served in Italy as deputy commander of 5 ATAF and the Air Staff.

Shackleton Boys Volume 2

Hercules Boys

True Stories from Shackleton Operators Based Overseas

True Stories by the Air and Ground Crews of the RAF’s lynchpin since 1967

Steve Bond

Chris Smith

$45 / 288 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91162-133-1 / NCR

With the arrival in service of the Shackleton from 1951, re-equipment with the new type initially concentrated on the home fleet of Coastal Command. The first overseas station to get them was Gibraltar in 1952, followed by Malta, Singapore, Aden and finally Sharjah. In addition to their daily routine of maritime patrols, the overseas squadrons took part in a number of significant operations. From dealing with rebellion in Aden, Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence to the Indonesian Confrontation, the Shackleton played a vital peacekeeping role. Following the outstanding success of Volume One, published in 2018 and still available, Steve Bond has garnered another exceptional group of Shack operators who delight in giving the reader their tales of derring-do. Another one for the Boys’ kitbag! Dr Steve Bond is a life-long aviation professional and historian. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on many different aircraft, and was part of the Eurofighter Typhoon project team in the MoD.


Andy Saunders has been involved with historic aviation for over thirty-five years and is well known in the aircraft preservation and restoration field. His specialist area of interest is the air war over Europe, 1939–1945.

$34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / illustrated throughout / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91162-145-4 / NCR

The Lockheed Hercules C-130 with its unflattering nicknames such as ‘Fat Albert’ and ‘Roman Nose’ has proven to be one of the most remarkable aircraft in the RAF. Intended as a direct replacement for the likes of the Handley Page Hastings, Vickers Valetta and Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, its maiden service flight took place in October 1966 with little fanfare before it entered service the following year. During the Cold War, the aircraft’s wouldbe role was as a tactical transporter to get troops and equipment into any sphere of operations. Hercules Boys contains a fascinating collection of first-hand and highly entertaining accounts by the ground and air crews themselves who adapted to everything that the elements, enemy and ‘airships’ in Whitehall threw at them. Chris Smith is a journalist with over twenty years experience in the national and specialist press. He has written for, amongst others, The Guardian, Sunday Times and the New Statesman and is regularly interviewed on television and radio.

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Harpia • Gettysburg • Heimdal Chinese Air Power in the 20th Century

Super Legends: F-117A Nighthawk

Andreas Rupprecht

Rich Cooper

$59.95 / 256 pages / 8.27 x 11.02 / December 2019/ paperback / 978-1-95039-400-5 / NCR

$39.95 / 128 pages / 11.02 x 8.27 / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-95039-401-2 / NCR

The international community has not only acknowledged China’s continuing rise as a world power but has also closely observed Beijing regain its place in the international community and grow to become a dominant player in the Far East.

Through extraordinary photographs and recollections, readers are presented with material that forms a visual showcase of the last operational chapter of this still-classified platform. Step inside the ‘canyons’ at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, to join the ‘Bandits’ on the flight line; witness the spectacle of the ‘Silver Stealth’ celebrations with the launch and recovery of over 30 F-117s; relive the last European deployment where crowds were wowed for a final time; join the final Red Flag exercise as night falls on the bristling Nellis flight line; climb inside a tanker for daylight and sunset refuelling missions; and go air-to-air over the White Sands desert in the definitive photo sortie.

Rise of the Red Dragon

Despite the difficulty in obtaining relevant information, Harpia’s Modern Chinese Warplanes series has filled an important void in recent years, focusing on the current situation, the structure of this growing force, its order of battle, and the latest types in service and under development. This comprehensive directory provides a lavishly illustrated, in-depth analysis and overview of the historical gestation of the PLAAF path to becoming the modern air arm we know today. The title also includes an assessment of how the political climate influenced the design and development of the country’s major military aircraft including the fighters, attack aircraft and bombers created by the Chinese aviation industry after World War II.

Lone Star Valor

Texans of the Blue & Gray at Gettysburg

Joe Owen and Chris Mackowski PhD $21.95 / 164 pages / 7 x 10 / 57 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-0-99930-495-2

A Stealth Fighter Chronicle

The F-117A Nighthawk was like nothing ever flown before and we may never see such a revolutionary design again. Rich Cooper is a full-time professional photographer and journalist with around 30 years of experience. He has been commissioned for shoots all over the globe, with a 15-year career in publishing, editorial, design and journalism.

Porsche 356

Les Racines de L’aventure Christian Descombes

$32 / 128 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / July 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-533-9


Thousands of soldiers who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg for both the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia settled in Texas after the Civil War. This collection of soldiers’ accounts written during and after the war provides a unique perspective from Texans in the ranks over the course of those historic days in the summer of 1863. Also included are the stories of civilians who bore witness to the tremendous battle and who settled in Texas after the Civil War. Collected for the first time in a single volume, this is essential reference for historians of the Lone Star State and Civil War researchers. Joe Owen is a National Park Ranger at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City, Texas. He is the co-author of Texans at Gettysburg, Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade, and Texans at Antietam: A Terrible Clash of Arms, September 16-17, 1862. Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, he has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in major Civil War magazines.

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Heimdal Ste Mère Eglise & Mederet

Helmut Konrad von Keusgen $44 / 196 pages / 9.5 x 9 / September 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-543-8

TEXT IN FRENCH After his books about the Pointe du Hoc, WN 62 and recently Pegasus Bridge and the Melville Battery, von Keusgen gives us here a lively chronological account of the airborne attacks carried out by the legendary 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in the first hours of the Battle of Normandy. Accompanied by many photographs, this book will motivate those interested in paratroopers.

Bernard Jardin Gestapiste Normand

Yves Lecouturier $20 / 96 pages / 6 x 9 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-2-84048-544-5

6 Juin 1944, Les Ailes Françaises Many Souffan

$32 / 128 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-530-8

TEXT IN FRENCH With more than 250 often unpublished documents and photos, together with more than fifty profiles, this book allows us to relive the hour by hour events of 6 June 1944 closely and the day to day epic of those French pilots and ground staff from March to August 1944. These events marked, as General de Gaulle was to say in Bayeux on 16 June 1944, the renewal of France, the rebirth of French wings.

Sur Les Traces De L’Armée Allemande Grenoble Et Le Vercors, 1940-1944 Michel Lallemant

$50 / 208 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / February 2020 / hardback / 978-2-84048-545-2

TEXT IN FRENCH This book reconstructs, at least in part, the image of the German troops present in the Grenoble region in 1940 at the end of the campaign for France, as well as in 1943/44 following the Italian capitulation and during the operations against the Maquis forces in the Vercors region, up to the end of summer 1944.

Heroes of Carentan

Gold Beach

$26 / 112 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / August 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-534-6

Philippe Bauduin and Jean Charles Stasi

Denis Van Den Brink

From Ver-SurMer To Arromanches 6 June 1944

$25 / 140 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / August 2019 / paperback / 978-2-84048-546-9

TEXT IN FRENCH To our knowledge, Bernard Jardin remains the only auxiliary of the Sipo-SD in Normandy to proclaim his loyalty to National Socialism until the end. Why did this young man deliberately choose to side with the Nazis? The lure of success initially led him to enter the black market. Recruited by Hildebrandt, the main manipulator of the Sipo-SD branch in the Orne, Bernard Jardin first became an intelligence agent before taking responsibility for operations against the Orne Resistance; within a few months, he and his team would strike a hard blow against the Resistance.


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Heimdal Leibstandarte Tome 1

Leibstandarte Tome 2

Charles Trang

Charles Trang

$95 / 500 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / January 2020 / hardback / 978-2-84048-539-1

$95 / 500 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / January 2020 / hardback / 978-2-84048-540-7



Starting with the basic core of 117 men who made up the Stabswache in 1933, the Leibstandarte, Hitler’s personal bodyguard, became an elite motorized unit, then a brigade then a division. It distinguished itself in Poland, in the West and obtained its first military notoriety in the Balkans where Kurt Meyer distinguished himself in particular. Then it was the fighting on the Eastern Front, at the forefront of the victories. After 1943, it continued to distinguish itself in the big battles, at Kharkov and at Kursk. It also disarmed the Italian Army, fought in Normandy, in the Ardennes and took part in the ultimate fighting in Hungary, or even in Berlin for some of its elements.

Starting with the basic core of 117 men who made up the Stabswache in 1933, the Leibstandarte, Hitler’s personal bodyguard, became an elite motorized unit, then a brigade then a division. It distinguished itself in Poland, in the West and obtained its first military notoriety in the Balkans where Kurt Meyer distinguished himself in particular. Then it was the fighting on the Eastern Front, at the forefront of the victories. After 1943, it continued to distinguish itself in the big battles, at Kharkov and at Kursk. It also disarmed the Italian Army, fought in Normandy, in the Ardennes and took part in the ultimate fighting in Hungary, or even in Berlin for some of its elements.

This military history is accompanied by a lot of portraits of officers who became famous, but also photographs of materiel.

This military history is accompanied by a lot of portraits of officers who became famous, but also photographs of materiel.

It’s a fabulous book, a milestone, and a limited edition which should be put into any serious library.

It’s a fabulous book, a milestone, and a limited edition which should be put into any serious library.

Décorations Allemandes

La Guerre de Secession

Jörg-M Hormann and Volker A. Behr

André Jouineau and Jean Marie Mongin


Militaires (1935-1945) et Civiles (1919-1945)


Les Armees de l’Union et de la Confederation

$95 / 336 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-538-4

$40 / 160 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / August 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-541-4



This exceptional book, with no equivalence in French, shows all the German military decorations instituted in Germany between 1935 and 1945 in the form of precise notes, accompanied by high quality photographs by Jörg-M Hormann, followed by the civilian decorations (including the RAD or the Westwall among others) presented by Volker A. Behr.

If there’s one conflict that was remarkable from a lot of points of view, it was the American Civil War, better known in France as the War of Secession.

Military decorations from 1931 to 1945 are included, such as: –1931–1935: Insignias for mountain guides, sport, the Luftwaffe pilots and observers (Flugzeugführer, Beobachter), 1914–1918 War Cross of Honour. –1936–1937: Wehrmacht service decoration, Luftwaffe and Heer Fallschirm-schützen-Abzeichen rescue medal –1938–1939: SS Service medals, Commemorative Medals for the return of Memel, 13 March 1938 and 1 October 1938, Spanish Civil War decorations, etc.

In this war the armies of the South opposed those of the North—the Union—of the almost hundred-years old republic of the United States of (North) America; it remains in the annals as the last classic war—in certain aspects the heir to the Napoleonic wars—and the first real modern war of the 20th Century in which “state of the art” technologies were used for the first time on a massive and intensive scale. This book gives you as big a panorama as possible of the uniforms worn by the belligerents during this conflict. The most characteristic silhouettes and the principles of basic organization, as circumstances dictated, are shown in the now celebrated form of Heimdal’s books.

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Heimdal Le Nouveau Dictionnaire de la Grande Armée

Les Artilleries Francaises de la Revolution et du Premier Empire

Alain Pigeard

Ludovic Letrun and Jean Marie Mongin

$84 / 384 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-542-1

$40 / 240 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-2-84048-479-0

TEXT IN FRENCH An updated edtion of this seminal reference work.


La Légion Étrangère


André Jouineau and Jean Marie Mongin

Lionel Marquis

When you tackle the French artillery of the First Empire you must always take into account descriptions of the artillery of the Ancien Régime and the Revolution in detail. In the Middle Ages the term “artillery” meant “all the machines the army uses” and so, originally, the artillery corps comprised officers who created, used and maintained these machines. All the artillery pieces, the materiel used by the Foot and Horse Artillery at the end of the Ancien Regime, during the Revolution and the First Empire, are presented in the hundreds of profiles and silhouettes shown in this book.

1831-1962, Une Histoire par L’Uniforme de la Légion Etrangère

Bonaparte et la Campagne d’Egypte

$27 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-2-84048-536-0

$56 / 192 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / November 2019 / hardback / 978-2-84048-535-3



From the Capture of Algiers to the disbanding of the REP, through the Carlist Wars in Spain, Camerone, the Great War, Bir-Hakeim or Indochina, this book retraces the history of the most famous corps in military history over the last two centuries.

In this book by Lionel Marquis, a journalist and renowned historian, covers the year where the Egyptian Campaign under the young General Bonaparte took center stage.


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Bloody Streets

The Soviet Assault on Berlin A. Stephan Hamilton

$89.95 / 520 pages / 8.75 x 12 / 350 color & b/w photos & maps / January 2020 / hardback / 978-1-91286-613-7

On 16 April 1945 the Soviet Army launched the fourth largest offensive of WWII with the goal to capture Berlin in five operational days. Bloody Streets is a massive new work that uses previously unpublished German, Russian, and Allied first person accounts, as well as previously unused primary sources and photographs, including aerial imagery, to bring to life the largest urban assault in military history. All aspects of this battle are covered with new insights into how it was planned, shaped, and executed. This book uniquely presents a day-by-day account of the tactical fighting throughout the city’s ruins in greater detail than previously published. German and Soviet units come to life through vivid first person accounts and insightful analysis that are interwoven to provide a complete picture of the brutal urban combat that ensued in the bloody streets of Berlin. A. Stephan Hamilton has spent the majority of his spare time during the last decade researching and writing about the final months of World War II in Europe. He is a recent graduate of the U.S. Army Reserve’s Command and General Staff College and holds a B.A. and M.A. in History. He lives in Washington DC.

Norwegian Volunteers of the Waffen-SS


$89.95 / 416 pages / 8.75 x 12 / 1,100 color & b/w photos / January 2020 / hardback / 978-1-91286-676-2

Greg Way

Geir Brenden and Tommy Natedal

Featuring 1,000 unpublished photographs, this is the first book about the 4,500 Norwegian volunteers in the Waffen SS. Written by Geir Brenden and Tommy Natedal—who has researched the Norwegian volunteers since the 1980s—the book is based on Geir and Tommy’s large photo archive and covers the various fronts where most Norwegian volunteers fought: the Caucasus, Leningrad and Karelia. Also covered in detail are the formations in which the Norwegian volunteers fought: Division Wiking, Freiw. Legion Norwegen, 1, 2 and 3 Police Company, The Norwegian Ski Company, Skijegerbataljonen and Regiment Norge.

Geil Brenden began researching Norwegian volunteers in the Waffen SS when he was 16 years old. He has helped with researching information and pictures for 30 books on the subject. Tommy Natedal has assisted a number of writers and historians with information and documentation about former veterans. He has also released the book Norske offiserer iWaffen SS.

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A Collection of Firsthand Accounts and Diaries by German Paratrooper Veterans from the Second World War $44.95 / 384 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 230 b/w photos, 8pp color section / February 2020 / hardback / 978-1-91286-618-2

Paratroopers or Fallschirmjäger as they are known in German, were the elite parachute troops (Fallschirmtruppe) of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The veterans featured in this book took part in the both the airborne operations and ground campaigns on many fronts during the war, from the heat of Crete and Africa to the frozen battlefields of Russia and East Prussia and from the fields and hedgerows of Normandy to the mountains of Italy. Their words provide a fascinating insight into their training, combat, capture and subsequent captivity, creating an important historical record of their military service during the Second World War.

With a lifelong interest in the Second World War, particularly the German military, Greg Way became interested in the Fallschirmtruppe during the 1990s and by chance in 1998 came into contact with several Fallschirmjäger veterans. Having conducted further research, Gregory set up a website in 1999 detailing the exploits of this famous formation and in 2001 he decided to publish the first-hand accounts he had recieved over the years.


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Chaos in the Sand

Mikhail Maslov

B.S. Barnes

Zveno Combined Aircraft—The ­Projects, Development, Testing and Combat

A History of XIII Corps at Alamein. The Southern Sector, October and November 1942

$29.95 / 152 pages / 305 x 9.75 / 180 b/w photos, 16 scale drawings & 8 color views / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-675-5

$29.95 / 160 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 78 b/w photos & maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-615-1

The purpose of this publication is to provide readers with most complete history of combined aircraft designs created by Vladimir Vakhmistrov. The designer himself referred to his projects as ‘Zveno Aircraft’ (where the Russian word ‘Zveno’ stands for ‘Chain link’ or ‘Flight’ combat unit), adding the names of aircraft which were included in each configuration. Vakhmistrov was among the world’s pioneers in devising and implementing the attachment of small fighters under heavy bombers. The book is extensively illustrated by the pictures from the author’s archive, aircraft test reports, as well as specially prepared scale drawings and color side views.

Most studies of Alamein focus on the northern coastal sector where the main action was fought. This study looks at the southern sector held by XIII Corps: 50th Northumbrian Division, 1st Greek Brigade under its command. 44th Home Counties Division and the 7th Armoured Division with 2nd Free French Brigade under its command. Though the fighting here was not on the same scale as the coastal sector it was nonetheless a series of bloody actions and hundreds of men perished. XIII Corps had the job of holding on their front German and Italian armored divisions that would otherwise be sent north to impede the main attack by Eighth Army.

Mikhail Maslov has written more than 20 books and a large number of articles on the history of early Soviet aviation, which have been published in Russia as well as in the UK, France, Germany, and USA.

Through Adversity

Nearer my God to Thee

Ben Kite

Linda Parker

Airborne Chaplains in the Second World War

Britain and the Commonwealth’s War in the Air 1939–45

$32.95 / 232 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 25 b/w ills / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-612-0

$44.95 / 500 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 100 b/w photos, 16pp color maps / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-623-6

It is exceptionally well Illustrated with over 150 photographs and diagrams, many never published before, as well as over 15 maps and diagrams. The book will undoubtedly appeal not only to aficionados, who will find considerable new information and insights, but also the more general reader who will appreciate it as the most comprehensive book written on Britain’s war in the air to date.

Nearer My God to Thee examines the full story of the army chaplains who accompanied the airborne forces to all theaters of war between 1942–1945. The chaplains landed with their troops, by parachute and on gliders, mainly behind enemy lines, and shared the dangers and challenges of operations from North Africa, through Sicily, Italy, D-Day and Arnhem to the crossing of the Rhine. In the front line of allied action, the chaplains ministered to their men spiritually and materially, performing acts of courage, aiding medical staff, taking services in difficult circumstance and burying the dead. The book uses hitherto unpublished material including first-hand accounts and letters to tell the dramatic stories of individuals and the multi-faceted work of the airborne chaplains as a whole.

Ben Kite is a serving senior British Army Officer. He has served in a variety of different roles in his thirty year Army career including deployments to Belize, Bosnia, Kurdistan, South Africa, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Linda Parker is an independent scholar and author. Her main writing focus is on army chaplaincy in both world wars, and her main historical interests lie in 20th century military, social and religious history.

Through Adversity is a unique book that provides a comprehensive account of Britain and the Commonwealth’s war in the air during the Second World War. It combines detailed studies into the tactics, techniques and technology, together with the personal accounts of the aircrew themselves as they executed some of the most hazardous operations of the war.


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You’ll Be Hearing From Us!

Operation Anthropoid—the Assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich and its Consequences Niall Cherry, Tony Moseley, Jonathan Saunders and John Howes $37.95 / 320 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 64 b/w photos, 6 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-622-9

You’ll Be Hearing from Us is a detailed investigation into Operation Anthropoid and its consequences. Operation Anthropoid was a Special Operations Executive operation with the aim of assassinating a high ranking German official in what was now known as the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Politically motivated, it was raised at the instigation of the Czech Government-inExile. The book covers the escape of the men from Czechoslovakia and their time in France before escaping again to the UK. It also covers their selection, training and return to Czechoslovakia. The book also covers the preparations for the operation, its actual execution, the manhunt for the perpetrators and the aftermath of the attack including the destruction and of the villages of Lidice and Ležáky. Also included is a translation of the Gestapo report on the assassination together with a number of photographs from that report.

Fated to Defeat

33. Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS ‘Charlemagne’ in the Struggle for Pomerania 1945 Łukasz Gładysiak

Wolverhampton Military Studies

Bull Run to Boer War

How the American Civil War Changed the British Army Michael Somerville

$29.95 / 200 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 52 b/w photos, 13 maps & original documents / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-617-5

$44.95 / 384 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / c 30 bw/ photos & maps / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-625-0

Łukasz Gładysiak’s book is the first attempt by a Polish author to accurately recreate these episodes of the last stages of 33. Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS’s history. Collecting historical sources from all over Europe, including German Army Group Vistula’s documents, and memories of veterans of both sides of the frontline largely unpublished so far, the author takes us to the fields, towns and villages of Pomerania during the tragic days of the beginning of 1945, and follows the battle through the towns of Czarne (Hammerstein)-Człuchów (Schlochau), Szczecinek (Neustettin), Białogard (Belgardan der Persante), Karlino (Koerlin) iKołobrzeg (Kolberg).

The American Civil War is often said to have predicted the way in which later wars such as the Boer War and the First World War would be fought. As a result the British Army has been criticized for not heeding its lessons, a view that can be traced back to the 1930s.

Łukasz Gładysiak PhD, born in 1983 in Poznań (Poland), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań graduate, military historian, journalist, educator and historical reenactor, lecturer of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg. His researches are focused on the German military history in the 20th century, especially weapons as well as armored warfare history.

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This book challenges that long-held view, and demonstrates that the responses to the lessons of the war in the British Army were more complex, better informed, and of higher quality, than normally depicted. In studying how the Civil War changed the Late Victorian British Army, the book provides insight into its learning process, and concludes that although sometimes flawed, its study of the American Civil War meant that it was better prepared for the wars of the twentieth century than previously acknowledged. Michael Somerville graduated with a First Class degree in History from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. Alongside a professional career as an Information Technology Consultant, much of his spare time has been spent reading and researching military history. In August 2017 he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Buckingham for his thesis on the influence of the Civil War on the Victorian British Army.


Helion and Company From Reason to Revolution

From Reason to Revolution

From Reason to Revolution

King George’s Hangman

Royal Navy Officers of the Seven Years War

The Battle of Rossbach 1757

Henry Hawley and the Battle of Falkirk, 1746 Jonathan D. Oates

$49.95 / 240 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / c 18 ills & photos / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-664-9

Sourced primarily from some 15,000 original source documents held in the National Archives, the individual entries here include the officers pre-commission postings and commissions to ships as well as other naval and civil appointments. Genealogical information such as dates of birth, death, and marriage, and the names and dates of the officer’s immediate family are also included for most of the entries.

A Biographical Dictionary of Commissioned Officers 1748–1763 Cy Harrison

$59.95 / 440 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 4 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-668-7

New Perspectives on the Battle and Campaign

edited by Alexander Querengässer $49.95 / 208 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 40 color & b/w ills & maps / January 2020 / hardback / 978-1-91286-670-0

This book covers both Hawley’s professional and personal life. In both he was a figure of controversy. Many hated him—especially Jacobites and civilians—but among soldiers his reputation was more mixed. Drawing on numerous sources this is the first attempt to provide a full length study on an important and controversial figure in eighteenth century British history.

The present volume brings together essays by well-known authors who examine the Battle of Rossbach from differing perspectives. These include analyses of the three armies involved, and discussion of the course of the battle, its effects on the surrounding civilian population, and forms of remembrance. The volume is illustrated with a number of attractive images and maps.

From Reason to Revolution

From Reason to Revolution

Northern Tars in Southern Waters

So Bloody a Day

From Reason to Revolution

The Russian Fleet in the Mediterranean, 1806-1810

Vladimir Bogdanovich Bronevskiy translated by Darin Boland $49.95 / 576 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 24 ills, 6 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-671-7

Translated for the first time into English in their entirety, the memoirs of Vladimir Bronevskiy describe the actions and movements of Russian Admiral Dmitriy Senyavin’s squadron and the infantry at his disposal in the Adriatic and Aegean Seas between the years of 1805 and 1810.


The 16th Light Dragoons in the Waterloo Campaign

David J. Blackmore $37.95 / 184 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 7 ills & 1 map / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-666-3

Making extensive use of previously unpublished material, this book gives an unprecedented view of the Waterloo Campaign from the viewpoint of a single regiment. It reveals the preparations that preceded the battle, the role of the regiment in the battle, and the long months spent in France after Paris fell, until the regiment finally returned home in December 1815.

They Fought with Extraordinary Bravery

The III German (Saxon) Army Corps in the Southern Netherlands, 1814 Geert van Uythoven

$37.95 / 152 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / c 20 b/w ills, 8pp color, 5 maps / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-665-6

In October 1813, the soldiers of one of Napoleon’s staunchest Allies, Saxony, defected en masse in the midst of battle at Leipzig. Almost immediately III German Army Corps was formed with these same soldiers as its nucleus and augmented with returning former prisoners of war, volunteers and militia.

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From Reason to Revolution

Revenge in the Name of Honour

All at Sea

The Royal Navy’s Quest for Vengeance in the Single Ship Actions of the War of 1812 Nicholas James Kaizer

$32.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 8 color plates, b/w maps, 5 portraits / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-672-4

This volume explores the single ship naval actions during the War of 1812: how they were fought, their strategic context, and their impact on the officers and men who fought them, and the wider British psyche. Trafalgar happened only seven years earlier, and the fighting ethos of the Royal Navy was still hardened by Nelsonic naval culture. Whereas contemporary civilians and modern historians understood the losses as the inevitable result of fighting the vastly superior American ‘super’ frigates, the officers of the navy struggled to accept that they could not cope with the new American warships. Nicholas Kaizer is a Halifax-based aspiring educator, academic, and writer. He was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, and completed a degree at Acadia University, making the intellectually interesting but logistically ill-advised decision of majoring in history and minoring in biology.

Naval Support for the British Army During the American Revolutionary War John Dillon

$37.95 / 304 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 2 photos, 9 tables, 10 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-667-0

Too often in military histories the focus is on the clash of arms, with little acknowledgement of the vital role of that neglected stepchild—logistics. In All At Sea, John Dillon concentrates on the role of the Navy in supporting, supplying and transporting the British Army during the war in America. Because of individual egos, other strategic priorities, and the number of ships available, that support was not always at the level the British public expected. However, without the navy the war could not have been fought at all. John Dillon joined the RAF in 1963 and after some years as an apprentice and a Cranwell Cadet, he flew as a navigator on Vulcan bombers. He left the service in 1976 for a 30-year career in computers. Early retirement in 2005 was an opportunity to study for a history degree at Reading; a First was followed by an MA and a PhD.

From Reason to Revolution

From Reason to Revolution

Québec Under Siege

Glory is Fleeting

Charles A. Mayhood

edited by Andrew Bamford with a foreword by Robert Burnham

French Eye-Witness Accounts from the Campaign of 1759 $25.95 / 144 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 7 b/w ills & maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-673-1

Late in the summer 1759, Québec, the capital of New France, was under siege. British Major General James Wolfe had the city surrounded and cut off from reinforcements in Montréal. Here the story is told by the citizens within the walls: an artillery captain, a prominent citizen, the emissary traveling between the British and the French commanders, and a Catholic nun working in the main hospital, treating the sick and wounded of both armies. Three of these works are offered in English for the first time, and all four are fully annotated. These journals and memoirs bring us inside the siege, allowing us to watch through their eyes as the fate of New France was determined. Raised in the shadows of Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point, Charles Mayhood, BSEd, is an independent researcher and historian focusing on the first person journals and memoirs of those who witnessed the events from Albany, New York, to Quebec City during both the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars.

New Scholarship on the Napoleonic Wars

$37.95 / 264 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 30 b/w ills, 12 maps / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-669-4

Napoleon is supposed to have said, ‘glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever’, but this collection of essays both revisits some of the most glorious episodes of the Napoleonic Wars and rescues from obscurity some fascinating but overlooked episodes For over 20 years the Napoleon Series website and forum have functioned as a major hub for the international community of Napoleonic scholars. This book was commissioned with the support of Napoleon Series editor, and distinguished Napoleonic scholar, Robert Burnham and the writing team are all contributors to the website. The chapters cover topics ranging across the European conflict from 1805 to 1814. There is material here on the armies of France, Russia, Prussia, and Austria as well as some of the smaller German states and the single British unit to play a part in the Battle of Leipzig.

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Century of the Soldier

‘Britain Turned Germany’

Proceedings of the 2018 Helion & Company ‘Century of the Soldier’ Conference

Serena Jones $32.95 / 224 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / c 20 b/w ills, maps / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-662-5

Century of the Soldier

‘Ready to Bleed’ Arran Johnston

$35 / 184 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-659-5

This book charts the fortunes of the armies raised by the Scottish Covenanters as they fought across Scotland, Ireland and England in defence of their cause and in defiance of their king.

Century of the Soldier

Century of the Soldier

Bruno Mugnai

$44.95 / 224 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 80 b/w ills & maps, 8 color plates / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-655-7

The history, organization, uniforms and ensigns of the Imperial army and the ‘Reichsarmee’ are here presented for the first time.


Century of the Soldier

Laurence Spring

The Infantry of Louis XIV

The Campaigns of Sir William Waller, 1642–1645

The Armies of the Scottish Covenant 1639–47

The speakers at the 2018 Helion conference offer a variety of insights into the depth and direction of research into the Thirty Years’ War.

Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV, Volume 2

Century of the Soldier

The Saxon Mars and His Force Alexander Querengässer

$39.95 / 168 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-660-1

This book gives a broad analysis on this army, dealing with topics like finances and organization, uniforms, tactics and an overview of its campaigns.

$37.95 / 104 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-656-4

Using contemporary accounts to describe events, this book looks at Waller’s campaigns from the siege of Portsmouth in June 1642 to April 1645 when his army was disbanded.

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I am Minded to Rise Jenn Scott

$32.95 / 128 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-663-2

This book throws new light on the men who fought for the Stuarts in Scotland from the beginning of the Jacobite cause in 1689 to Glenshiel in 1719..

The Sun King’s Wars and Armies 1643–1715 Volume 2 Rene Chartrand $44.95 / 256 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 208 color ills incl. Maps / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-654-0

This four-volume series is the first that present an extensive account of the many facets of the French army and the wars it fought.

Century of the Soldier

The Last Spanish Armada Jonathan D. Oates

$39.95 / 184 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 20 b/w ills, maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-661-8

This book presents an account of this little known war. The emphasis is on Britain’s naval, diplomatic and military efforts, whilst not neglecting those of its allies and enemies, both abroad and at home.

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Retinue to Regiment

Essential Agony

The King’s Irish

The Army of the Swabian League 1525

The Battle of Dunbar 1650 Arran Johnston

$37.95 / 224 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-658-8

The Royalist Anglo-Irish Foot of the English Civil War John Barratt

Douglas Miller

$32.95 / 160 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 50 color & b/w ills / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-653-3

$29.95 / 104 pages / 7 x 9.75 / 45 b/w ills & maps / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-651-9

On 3 September 1650, two former allies fought a bitter clash of arms in the rainsoaked fields around the quiet seaside town of Dunbar. This new analysis of the Battle of Dunbar explores the battlefield and its events in close detail, using the author’s intimate knowledge of the landscape. From the high politics to the individual experience, Arran Johnston brings the story of the Dunbar campaign to life and sets its significance within the context of both the seventeenth century and our own times.

The English troops serving in Ireland were a vital source of experienced and possibly war-winning manpower sought after by both King and Parliament in the English Civil War. This book looks at the Irish campaign and its influence on the experience and behavior of the troops when they reached England. It examines their equipment, logistical care, and experience following their return.

This book presents a detailed inside account of the different components and internal organization of the League army. It focuses on two campaigns led by its supreme commander, Georg Truchsess von Waldburg, to maintain discipline during an intensive six-month campaign to thwart the Duke of Württemberg. and smash the peasant rebellion while attempting to appease his political overlords within the League.

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Retinue to Regiment

Retinue to Regiment

Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth

Tanaka 1587

The Italian Wars Volume 1

$37.95 / 304 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 75 color & b/w ills / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-650-2

Stephen Turnbull

This is the story of two very different men, Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, and Henry Tudor, and how they met in battle on 22 August 1485 at Bosworth Field.

Tanaka 1587 tells the story of the 1000-strong garrison of tiny Tanaka Castle in Higo Province which held out for 100 days against an army ten times its size sent by the great general Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It uses the evidence that is available from history, literature, folklore, archaeology and cartography. It is based on the author’s own translations of the chronicles and the archaeological report together with his extensive fieldwork over a period of many years.

Mike Ingram

The book examines English and European ways of war at the time and how it affected the outcome at Bosworth. Then, using the latest archaeology and contemporary sources, it reconstructs the last hours of Richard III, where the battle took place.

Japan’s ­Greatest Unknown ­Samurai Battle $32.95 / 136 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 75 color & b/w ills / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-649-6

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The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo

Predonzani Massimo, Vincenzo Alberici and Irene Maccolini $35 / 136 pages / 7 x 9.75 / c 45 b/w ills & maps, 8 color plates / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-652-6

On 6 July 1495 a sudden gunshot kicked off a battle which changed warfare and represented the starting point of a raging conflict known as the Italian Wars. This volume offers an accurate analysis of every frantic stage of the battle.


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From Musket to Maxim 1815–1914

From Musket to Maxim 1815–1914

Redcoats in the Classroom

Durnford: From Chatham to Isandlwana

The Proceedings of the ­Warfare in the ­Victorian Age Conference 2018

The British Army’s Schools for Soldiers and their Children during the 19th Century Howard R. Clarke

$55 / 424 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 23 tables, 4 maps, 1 plan, 2 b/w documents, 9 b/w ills, 4 b/w photos, 10 color ills / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-647-2

This book tells the little known story of the British Army’s regimental and garrison schools established in 1812 to provide schooling for soldiers’ children and subsequently for enlisted men, some almost 30 years before public money was first provided for elementary schools in England and Wales.

History of the Small Arms School Corps 1853–2017 Richard Fisher

$59.95 / 512 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 38 b/w photos, 31 tables / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-91286-621-2

Commissioned by the Commanding Officer of the Small Arms School Corps himself, this book is the first comprehensive history of the Small Arms School Corps from the time of the formation of the School of Musketry at Hythe in 1853 through to it receiving the Freedom of the town of Brecon in 2017.


Anthony William Durnford and the Mysteries following his Death Kristine Herron

$49.95 / 456 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 28 photos, 12 maps, 8 ills / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-644-1

Colonel Anthony William Durnford was blamed for the disaster at the Battle of Isandhlwana by General Chelmsford. This is the publication of the Royal Engineers’ investigation into whether this was the case. It’s been fully transcribed, placed in logical context, and additional research included from the Royal Archives, the National Army Museum and archives in South Africa.

The Tanks

The History of the Royal Tank Regiment, 1976–2017

Charles Messenger $44.95 / 232 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 50 color & b/w photos, 10 color maps, 1 table / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-677-9

This history not only covers the Regiment’s numerous operational tours but also details the vehicles it has used and provides an idea of how life in the RTR has changed over the past forty years. It does not duck controversy and allows the voices of all ranks to be heard. The Tanks reflects an ever changing British Army, the one constant being the character of the RTR soldier, the Tankie.

Christopher Brice

$44.95 / 184 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / None / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-646-5

The 2018 Helion Warfare in the Victorian Age Conference saw papers from some of the leading authorities on the study of that period. Professor Ian Beckett was the keynote speaker, and in the afternoon session papers were also given by Colonel Mike Snook, Professor John Laband, and Professor Stephen Badsey.

Fight for a Throne

The Jacobite ‘45 Reconsidered Christopher Duffy

$55 / 680 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 100 b/w photos, ills., maps / February 2020 / hardback / 978-1-91286-678-6

As an impartial historian Christopher Duffy deals comprehensively with the reasons for ultimate triumph of the Hanoverian cause in 1746. Due credit is given to the Duke of Cumberland; he was an inspirational leader. He had the measure of the strength and weaknesses of the British Army, and he evolved the cautious and systematic kind of war that helped to bring him victory at Culloden on 16 April 1746.

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The Private Wartime Correspondence of Major-General Sir Edward Pereira, 1914–19

edited by Edward Pereira, Spencer Jones and Michael LoCicero $49.95 / 432 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 5 b/w maps / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-614-4

From Maubeuge to the Rhineland

History of the 1st Division in the Great War Simon Peaple

$42.95 / 200 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 25 b/w photos & maps / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-620-5

A Complete Orchestra of War A History of 6th Division on the Western Front 1914–1919 Peter Hodgkinson

$59.95 / 432 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 22 maps (16 color, 6 b/w), 20-30 b/w photos / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-619-9

This new history covers the operations of the division in detail, but devotes two chapters to the study of the division’s commanders from its four major-generals to its battalion COs; a chapter to the divisional and brigade staff; a chapter to training and another on the development of divisional firepower; and reviews medical services, engineering and logistics.

Ably edited by grandson Edward Pereira and military historians Spencer Jones and Michael LoCicero, this detailed and fascinating mid-level BEF commander’s private correspondence has been made available for the specialist and general reader for the first time.

From sore-footed reservists and old sweats in 1914 to conscripted men after 1916; the 1st Division faced the challenge of war from beginning to end. Drawing heavily on the combat records of the unit formations it offers a blend of military analysis and insights into the lived experience of the men whilst outside the front line. This book brings alive the record of the 1st Division.

With Valour and Distinction

Wolverhampton Military Studies

From Musket to Maxim 1815–1914

Wilson’s War

The Man

The Actions of the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 1914–1918

Nigel Atter with a foreword by Dr. Spencer Jones $42.95 / 240 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / c 90 bw/ photos & maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-624-3

This is the first book to uniquely focus on the actions of the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment during the First World War. This new history spans the 2nd Leicesters’ military operations undertaken on the Western Front 1914–1915, in Mesopotamia 1916–1917 and Palestine in 1918.

Sir Henry Wilson’s Influence on British Military Policy in the Great War and its Atermath

John Spencer with a foreword by Professor Gary Sheffield $49.95 / 224 pages / 6.75 x 9.75 / 15 b/w photos & maps / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-627-4

More recent scholarship has examined Wilson’s interventions in the cause of Irish Unionism and revealed a ‘political soldier’ willing and able to fight for this in the corridors of power. This study concentrates instead on Wilson’s impact on the development and execution of British military policy during the Great War.

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Kitchener Anne Samson $42.95 / 240 pages / 6.15 x 9.25 / 10 b/w photos, 4 maps, 6 tables / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-91286-645-8

In contrast to the existing biographies which treat Kitchener as British, the author of Kitchener: The Man, considers him an outsider within the British establishment. Of his 64 years, a mere 11, and those not consecutive, were spent in England. Using the existing biographies on Kitchener as a starting point, the book looks beyond his military exploits to consider who Kitchener was, and how he came to be the person we think we know.


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Mau Mau

Congo Unravelled

Portuguese Dragoons, 1966–1974

The Kenyan Emergency 1952–60 Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 56 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / many b/w photos, maps / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-687-8

This book journeys through the birth of British East Africa as a settled territory of the Empire, and the inevitable politics of confrontation that emerged from the unequal distribution of resources and power. It covers the emergence and growth of Mau Mau, and the strategies applied by the British to confront and nullify what was in reality a tactically inexpert, but nonetheless powerfully symbolic black expression of political violence.

Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt 1960–68 Andrew Hudson

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-686-1

Congo Unravelled solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events that took place in the troubled country. The reader is systematically taken through the first military attempts to stabilize the country after independence and the two distinguishing military campaigns of the decade.

The Return to Horseback John P. Cann

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 90 photos, 10 maps, 12 color profiles / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-628-1

Between 1961 and 1974 Portugal fought a war to retain its African colonies of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique. Collectively known as the Campaigns for Africa, the origin of the conflict stems from the post-World War II atmosphere of nationalism and anti-colonial fervor. The Angolan insurgency began in 1961, followed by unrest in Guinea-Bissau in 1963 and Mozambique in 1964.





SAAF’s Border War

Battle for Cassinga

The Nigerian Civil War, 1967–1970 Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 130 color & b/w photos, maps / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-689-2

This book traces the early history of Nigeria from inception to civil war, and the complex events that defined the conflict in Biafra, revealing how and why this awful event played out, and the scars that it has since left on the psyche of the disunited federation that has continued to exist in the aftermath.


The South African Air Force in Combat 1966–89 Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 80 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 16pp color aircraft profiles & color photos, profusely ills w/b&w photos, maps / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-688-5

Besides an extensive selection of rare photographs, this book features a comprehensive section on camouflage and markings and 11 pages of color aircraft profiles and insignia by noted SAAF authority William Marshall, making this title especially useful for modelers.

South Africa’s Controversial Cross-­Border Raid, Angola 1978

Mike McWilliams $29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-684-7

Battle for Cassinga is the first-hand account of a South African paratrooper who was involved in the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, SWAPO’s armed wing. The battle, although a resounding success, suffered setbacks which could have proved disastrous to the South Africans had they not maintained the initiative. McWilliams examines why the South African government took the political risk in attacking ‘Fortress Cassinga’.

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Zambezi Valley Insurgency

Operation Dingo

Bush War Rhodesia

Early ­Rhodesian Bush War ­Operations Dr. J.R.T. Wood

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-685-4

Across Africa in the post–1956 era, the aspirations of African nationalists to secure power were boosted and quickly realized by the British, French and Belgian hasty retreat from empire. This book describes and examines the first phase of the ‘bush war’ during which the Rhodesian forces honed their individual and joint skills, emerging as a formidable albeit lean fighting force.

The Rhodesian Raid on Chimoio and Tembué 1977 Dr. J.R.T. Wood

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-681-6

Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighboring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased in late 1979.

1966–1980 Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 130 color & b/w photos, maps / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-690-8

The Rhodesian War is explained in digestible detail and in a manner that will allow enthusiasts of the elements of that struggle – the iconic exploits of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, the SAS, the Selous Scouts, the Rhodesian African Rifles, the Rhodesia Regiment, among other well-known fighting units – to embrace the wider picture in order to place the various episodes in context.




Selous Scouts

France in Centrafrique

Showdown in the Western Sahara Volume 2

Rhodesian CounterInsurgency Specialists Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-683-0

Formed in 1973 by the legendary Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly at the behest of Rhodesian military supremo General Peter Walls, the Selous Scouts were to write their name into the annals of military history as one of the finest counterinsurgency units of all time, through their innovative pseudo-guerrilla tactics, and brilliant reconnaissance operations into Zambia and Botswana .

From Bokassa and Operation Barracude to the Days of Eufor Peter Baxter

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 8pp color photos, many b/w photos, maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-682-3

France in Centrafrique explores the early colonial and post-colonial history of French Equatorial Africa with a particular emphasis on the role of the Central African Republic in the Second World War and the Free French Movement. The book traces the overt and covert French military actions in the region, and the rise of internal violence and insecurity.

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Air Warfare over the Last African Colony, 1975-1991 Tom Cooper and Albert Grandolini

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 10 maps, 12 color profiles / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-629-8

Illustrated with over 100 photograph, a dozen maps and 18 color profiles, Showdown in the Western Sahara Volume 2 offers a fascinating study of the military aspects of this conflict, warfare strategies, tactics and experiences with different weapons systems.


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The Yugoslav Air Force in the Battles for Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina 1991–92

Sentries over Europe

Boeing E-3 Sentry in Combat ­Operations over Europe, 1979–2014 Sérgio Santana

$24.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 10 maps, 12-15 color profiles / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-636-6

JRViPVO in Yugoslav War, 1991–1992 Aleksandar Radic

$24.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 10 maps, 12-15 color profiles / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-635-9

Based on the author’s unique approach to local archives and firsthand sources, and illustrated by over 120 photographs and color profiles, this book is the first ever authoritative account of combat operations of the former Yugoslav Air Force in the conflict that shaped the modern-day southern Europe, and an indispensable source of reference on contemporary military history of this part of the World.

Aleksandar Radić is a Serbian military analyst and author. His primary focus is on the security topics of the West Balkans, the history of the armed forces, the military technology in that region in the 20th Century, and the conflicts that have followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the period 1991-2001.

Having learned a number of crucial lessons regarding airborne early warning during the Vietnam War, and considering a giant leap forward in the related technologies of the late 1960s, the US Air Force (USAF) embarked on a project of developing the ultimate ‘airborne early warning and control system’ (AWACS). The type that emerged from the related work became the Boeing E-3A Sentry. Following protracted research and development, the E-3 first entered service with three wings of the USAF. Before long, aircraft from all three units saw action within the frame of the Cold War—foremost over northern, but also over central Europe. This book is richly illustrated with often rare photography, and spiced by a host of data never published before. Sergio Santana is a Brazilian working as a military aviation and defense researcher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences and has penned and presented multiple research papers to congresses and seminars.



Hot Skies of the Cold War

The Trieste Crisis 1953

The First Cold War Confrontation in Europe

The Bulgarian Air Force in the 1950s Alexander Mladenov and Evgeni Andonov

Bojan Dimitrijevic

$24.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 180 b/w ills, 3 color maps, 21 color profiles / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-691-5

After the end of the Second World War, Bulgaria fell in total dependency on the Soviet Union as a direct result of the 1944 Yalta agreement on the ‘spheres of influence’ division of Europe. The Bulgarian Air Force was radically reformed in the Soviet style and rapidly re-equipped with huge numbers of front-line aircraft. The hot period of the Cold War in the early and mid-1950s saw frequent night overflights by US aircraft ferrying CIA teams to be delivered by parachute to Bulgarian territory, and often to Romania and the southern parts of the Soviet Union. This tense situation required a constant high alert state, but the Bulgarian jet fighters and anti-aircraft artillery proved largely unsuccessful in countering the night intrusions. Alexander Mladenov is an aerospace and defense author, journalist and photographer, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Evgeni Andonov is an aviation journalist and historian, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.


$24.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 120 b/w photos, 4 maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-634-2

Paying special attention to the description of the troops involved, The Trieste Crisis 1953 focuses on military-related affairs in this part of the world from the ‘race to Trieste’ of May 1945 until the creation of the Free Territory of Trieste and the culmination of tensions between Italy and former Yugoslavia, in October 1953. Including armament and equipment, the heavy weaponry deployed, and aerial and naval forces, the book is illustrated by more than 150 photographs—most of them never published before—color profiles and maps, and thus closes a gap in the history of the early Cold War in Europe of the mid-20th Century.

Bojan Dimitrijevic is Deputy Director of the Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade, Serbia. During the period 2003-2009, Dimitrijevic served as advisor to the Minister of Defence, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of Serbia, and as Assistant to the Minister of Defence.

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College Eye

Emperor’s Own

Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star and Related Technology in the Vietnam War, 1967–1972 Sérgio Santana

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100 photos, 15 artworks, 5-6 maps, 4-5 diags / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-632-8

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the National Security Agency of the US realized that it was capable of reading transmissions emitted by SRO-2 identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders carried by Soviet-made combat aircraft airborne over Cuba. After several years of development work, the resulting technology was installed in the form of the QRC-248 enemy IFF-interrogator system into Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft deployed in support of US operations over North Vietnam, in 1967, within the Project code-named College Eye Telling a little-known story, yet of crucial importance for the flow of the air war over North Vietnam, College Eye provides rare insights into the development, operational deployment, and combat operations of a relatively small community of US airmen: a story about what eventually evolved into the ‘Mother of modern-day AWACS aircraft’.

Ethiopian Forces in the Korean War: The History of the Ethiopian Imperial Bodyguard Battalion in the Korean War 1950–53 Dagmawi Abebe

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 90 phots, 15 artworks, 5-6 maps, 4-5 diagrams / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-631-1

In response to North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, the United Nations sent an urgent plea to its members for military assistance. Sixteen nations answered the call by contributing combat troops. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, a stalwart advocate of collective security, dispatched an infantry battalion composed of his Imperial Bodyguard to affirm this principle which had been abandoned in favour of appeasement when the League of Nations gave Fascist Italy a free-hand to invade Ethiopia in 1935. Until now, few have heard the story of their stand for collective security and against aggression. The Emperor’s Own provides insight into who these men and women were as well as what became of them after the war. Dagmawi Abebe was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



At The Forward Edge of Battle Volume 2

Paradise Afire Volume 2

A History of the Pakistan Armoured Corps Major General Syed Ali Hamid

$29.95 / 128 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100 photos, 15 artworks, 12 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-633-5

At the Forward Edge of Battle is the first ever illustrated history of the Pakistan Armoured Corps. The origins of this force can be traced back to the time when the cavalry units of the British India Army were mechanized, in the late 1930s. Based on decades of the author’s first-hand experience, extensive research with the help of authentic sources and official documentation, this book provides a detailed and richly illustrated description of the build-up and expansion of the Pakistan Armoured Corps. Syed Ali Hamid is retired from the Pakistan Army after more than 50 years of service, more than half of this with the Pakistan Armoured Corps. While extensively researching the history of the British Indian Army, and the military history of the Indian Subcontinent, he published hundreds of articles in military magazines and journals, and several related books.

The Sri Lankan War, 1987–1990 Adrien Fontanellaz

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 190 maps, 12 color profiles / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-630-4

Upon achieving independence from Great Britain in 1948, the stunningly beautiful island of Ceylon, re-named Sri Lanka in 1972, was expected to become a sort of ‘South Asian Singapore’. However, stable political order and bright economic prospects proved insufficient to maintain peace. A host of unsolved ethnic conflicts and social inequalities conspired to erupt into an armed conflict in 1971. Calling upon extensive studies of the Sri Lankan War, with the help of first hand sources, official documentation and publications from all of the involved parties, this volume provides an in-depth and particularly detailed account of military operations between 1987 and 1990. It is illustrated by over 120 photographs, maps and 12 color profiles. Adrien Fontanellaz, from Switzerland, is a military history researcher and author. He developed a passion for military history at an early age and has progressively narrowed his studies to modern-day conflicts.

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Latin ­America@War

The Argentine Revolutions of 1955

Skyhawks over the South Atlantic

Caribbean Legion

Revolución Libertadora Santiago Rivas

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 10 maps, 12-15 color profiles / February 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-640-3

In 1955, Argentina was divided into those in favor and those against the government of Juan D. Perón. His policies in the preceding years, against his opponents, and a deteriorating economy led to an attempt to overthrow him on 16 June 1955 in a bloody rebellion which included the only heavy bombing in history of a Latin American city.

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Paulista War

The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932 Javier Garcia de Gabiola

$24.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100 b/w photos, 18 color profiles, 6 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-638-0

The first authoritative account of this conflict ever published in the English language provides a blow-by-blow account of both aerial and ground combat operations. It is lavishly illustrated with a collection of authentic photographs and exclusive color profiles, and as such is an indispensable source of reference about this crucial moment in the history of the largest country in South America.


The Argentine Skyhawks in the Malvinas/ Falklands War 1982 Sérgio Santana

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 110 photos, 10 maps, 12-15 color profiles / January 2020 / paperback / 978-1-91286-639-7

And Its Mercenary Air Force, 1947– 1950

Dan Hagedorn and Mario Overall $29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 120 photos, 10 artworks, 10-12 maps / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-637-3

By 1982, the backbone of the Argentine combat aviation, both on the Air Force and the Navy, was formed by three batches of Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, with the A-4B and C of the Air Force and the A-4Qs of the Navy. Despite their age, they took on the overwhelming struggle to fight the British Task Force that opposed the Argentine forces on the Malvinas/Falkland Islands.

This in-depth examination goes beyond the politics and noble aspirations of the participants, whether patriot or despot, and reveals for the first time the lengths that the Legionaries went to in assembling an air strike force the likes of which the world had not yet witnessed. Well-illustrated and documented this latest addition to the series is a must for those seeking “the rest of the story.”

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Middle East@War

UNEF: The Yugoslav Contingent

Air Power and the Arab World 1909–1955

The Yugoslav Army Contingent in the Sinai Peninsula 1956–1967 Bojan Dimitrijevic

$29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 140 b/w photos, 10 color photos, 6 artworks, 2 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-641-0

Prepared with help of the original documentation from archival sources, this work focuses foremost on the deployment of the Yugoslav Army Contingent directly after the Suez Crisis of 1956. Providing detailed coverage of the much underreported closing chapter of that conflict, it is illustrated by more than 150 original photographs, most of which have never been published before.

Volume 1: Military Flying Services in Arab Countries, 1909–1918

Dr. David C. Nicolle and Air Vice Marshal Gabr Ali Gabr $29.95 / 72 pages / 8.25 x 11.75 / 100 b/w photos, 15 color profiles, 6 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-91286-643-4

Based on decades of consistent research, but also newly available sources in both Arabic and various European languages, and richly illustrated with a wide range of authentic photography, this mini-series tells the story of the men and machines of the first half century of military aviation in the Arab World.

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Super Drawings in 3D

The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

The Japanese Osa-Class Missile Destroyer Suzutsuki Boat Zdzisław Krygier 1945

The German Armoured Cruiser SMS Blücher

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 17 sheet with modeling plans, 2 doublesided A2 sheets with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-802-4

$36.95 / 72 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 120 profiles, B2 drawing sheet / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-815-4

$36.95 / 92 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 166 profiles, double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-39515-757-8

Mariusz Motyka

Mariusz Motyka

Super Drawings in 3D

$36.95 / 68 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 122 profiles, double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-801-7

Progression in development of Osa-class missile boats revolutionized naval warfare. More than 400 units were built in total.

Super Drawings in 3D

Marsden Samuel

Detailed modeling plans for the Japanese destroyer Shimakaze.

Suzutsuki was the third ship from the series of the most powerful Akizuka destroyers.


Super Drawings in 3D

Super Drawings in 3D

The Guided-Missile Frigate ORP Kościuszko

The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivyy

$24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 15 color photos, 5 color profiles, A2 and A4 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-812-3

The Battleship HMS The British HuntPrince of Wales Class Escort Carlo Cestra Destroyer HMS $36.95 / 92 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Badsworth 160 profiles, B2 drawing sheet /

$36.95 / 68 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 122 profiles, double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-803-1

Witold Koszela

The rocket missile Kosciuszko is currently one of the more valuable Polish Navy ships.

Oleg Pomoshnikov and Jan Radziemski

The Spravedlivyy was built as one of 27 Project 56 destroyers.

Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-811-6

Prince of Wales was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy.

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The SMS Blücher was the last armored cruiser built by the German Empire.


Waldemar Góralski

$27.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / color profiles, A4 and B2 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-819-2

One of 86 British Hunt-class destroyers.


Kagero Photosniper


Operational History of the Hungarian Armoured Troops in World War II

Renault FT & M1917 Light Tank

$24.95 / 184 pages / 7 x 10 / 124 photos, 16 color profiles / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36614-817-8

$34.95 / 180 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 120 archival photos, painting schemes / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-807-9

Continuing with the study of the lesser known Air Forces that fought in the skies of Europe during WWII, this book remembers the Spanish Air Force and how it defended the Spanish skies from several Air Forces that took part in the World War II. It pays tribute to all the members of the Spanish Air Force that fought for their country.

This is a follow-up to Hungarian Armored Forces in World War II and focuses on the unit histories of the different Hungarian armored formation as well as the personal history of the crew.

During its 25-year service, the Renault FT tank was used in many countries around the world. It was in service during both world wars. The structural arrangement created by L. Renault with its transmission and drive wheels at the rear, combat compartment in the middle of the hull and a movable turret, has become a classic construction solution for tanks and is still used nowadays. It was a base for new tanks manufactured in the United States, Italy, and the Soviet Union.

Hard Cover Series

Hard Cover Series


Battleships of World War II. Vol 1

Hunt-Class Destroyers in Polish Navy Service

Before the Birth of the MBT

Library of Armed ­Conflicts

Spanish Air Force During World War II Germany’s Hidden Ally?

Eduardo Martinez

Miroslaw Skwiot

$37.95 / 112 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 276 archival photos / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-39515-756-1

This book presents photographs which illustrate the entire history of each battleship featured. In the first volume, the author describes all the most important battleships from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Spain, Japan, France, and Germany.


Peter Mujzer

Mariusz Borowiak

$37.95 / 240 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 140 photos, 100 profiles, A2 and A3 sheets with modeling plans / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36614-810-9

The late 1930s saw a rapid development and modernization of the Royal Navy. New classes of battleships, aircraft carriers, light cruisers were built that were distinctly better suited for fighting surface combatants than escorting merchants or hunting down and sinking submarines. The destroyers were no exception and by the outbreak of the war in 1939, the British navy had commissioned subsequent medium and large-size destroyers of: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J and K classes, as well as those of the Tribal class.

Jacek Szafranski and Samir Karmieh $34.95 / 180 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 132 Color photos, 24 Archive photos, 100 profiles, gloss paper / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-804-8

Western Tank Development 1945–1959

Dick Taylor and M.P. Robinson $29.95 / 180 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 22 color profiles, 150 archival photos / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-39515-758-5

During WW2 the tank came of age, and was the predominant land weapon of the period. However the tank was never perfected during the war, and the post-war decades have seen enormous resources expended on trying to do just that. This book is intended to be the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by the western nations in the period from the end of the Second World War to the present.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K: G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-10, K-4

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol. II

Macchi MC.202

Maciej Noszczak

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 17 sheet with modeling plans, 2 doublesided A2 sheets with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-808-6

Maciej Noszczak

Maciej Noszczak

Alessandro Cardasco and Camillo Cardasco

$27.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Color profiles, A4 and B2 drawing sheets, mask foil / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-822-2

$24.95 / 24 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 7 color profiles, A3 and A4 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-813-0

Versatile, tough and well armored, this nimble fighter was one of the most advanced aircraft of its era.

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 8 color profiles, 17 sheets with modeling plans, 2 double-sided A2 sheets with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-39515-759-2

Twenty pages of drawings in A4 and A3 format, including 7 color profiles.

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 was a typical work horse of the German Luftwaffe.





Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A

Focke-Wulf Fw 190: S, F, G models

PZL.37 A- B Ĺ 0Ĺš

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 17 sheet with modeling plans, 2 doublesided A2 sheets with modeling plans / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-809-3

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 8 color profiles, A4 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-816-1

The Soviet Light Bomber Petlyakov Pe-2

Maciej Noszczak

An advanced fighter developed by Germany to be the successor to the Mersserschmitt.

Maciej Noszczak

Twenty pages of drawings in A4 and A3 format with 8 color profiles.

Maciej Noszczak

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 15 color profiles, 17 sheet with modeling plans, 3 double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans, masking foils / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-39515-755-4

A plane of Polish construction and medium-sized production, a twin-engined bomber built in a low-wing system with a completely metal structure.

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Equipped with a more powerful and aerodynamic engine in-line layout and a closed cockpit, it was built in about 1100 units.

Oleg Pomoshnikov

$24.95 / 20 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Color profiles, A4 and B2 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-820-8

Petlakov Pe-2 (Peshka) is the best-known twin-engine light bomber of Soviet aviation in World War II.


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Republic P-47 ­Thunderbolt

Curtiss P-40 B, C, D, E

Chance Vought F4U Corsair

XP-47B, B, C, D, G Maciej Noszczak

$24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Color profiles, A3 drawing sheets, A4 poster / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-814-7

Mariusz Lukasik

$24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 6 color profiles, A4 drawing sheets / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-818-5

A,C,D,P, Mk I, Mk II, Mk III, Mk IV Maciej Noszczak

$24.95 / 28 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Color profiles, A3 drawing sheets, A4 poster / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-821-5

The first copies of the P-47B underwent a series of tests at the turn of 1941 and 1942. Initially, they were not very promising. One of the planes was lost because of the tail tearing off during the dive.

The decision to start the production of the Curtiss P-40 fighter was made primarily due to the relatively low airframe price and the possibility of launching it almost immediately (based on Curtiss P-36s ready fuselages). The P-40 did not have a turbocharger, but despite this the requirements were constantly increasing, especially when it comes to the maximum speed. It was requested to raise it by over 100 km/h (up to 580 km/h). It required a number of construction changes e.g. new exhaust pipes and a new shape.

Connoisseur’s Books

Naval ­Archives

Armor Color Gallery

U-Boots’ Escape to South America

Naval Archives Volume 10

Mariusz Borowiak and Peter Wytykowski

$18.95 / 80 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-800-0

Camouflage & Markings of Axis Armor in the Balkans Campaigns 1940–1941

Before the P-47 Thunderbolt gained a “bubble top” fairing, these fighters had slightly different—some claim to be more racial—figure. In the first versions, the plane had a typical canopy built into the fuselage, which resulted in a slightly hunched line.

Secret of the Gray Wolves

$37.95 / 265 pages / 6.7 x 9.8 / 162 illustrations / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36614-823-9

The authors of the book discovered numerous unpublished documents in England, Argentina, Germany and the USA. They debunk myths and expose lies concerning the escapes of the German Nazis and the transportation of large amounts of treasure, mainly gold, as well as documentation of the most valuable military projects of the German Reich, which were supposed to turn the tide of the war.


Super-­ Destroyers of the ­Sovremenny Type

This publication will be of particular interest to maritime enthusiasts. Each book is a set of articles particularly interesting for those who find warships fascinating. The book is amply illustrated with photos, colored ship profiles and 3D visualizations. Additionally, each contains a pair of 3D glasses, which allow a reader to admire stereoscopic anaglyphs of chosen vessels.

The enormous war demand for all kinds of armaments, including fighters, caused the Vought factory to be overloaded with production. Therefore, it was extended to Brewster and Goodyear factories, where the production of F4U fighters began. Ultimately, 12,500 Corsairs were built in 16 different variants.

Jeffrey Plowman

$44.95 / 72 pages / 8 x 11.5 / 25 full-color plates and 142 b&w photos / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36067-231-0 / NCR

This is an authoritative guide to the armor deployed by the Axis in the Balkans during 1940 and 1941. Starting with the Hungarian annexation of North Transylvania from Romania, it moves through to the Italian invasion of Greek-controlled Epirus in Albania, and ultimately the Axis attack on Yugoslavia followed by the German invasion of continental Greece and the island of Crete.

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MMPBooks White Series

White Series

White Series

US Combat Aircraft Colours Over Vietnam 1964–1975 Vol. 1 US Air Force

US Combat Aircraft Colours Over Vietnam 1964–1975 Vol. 2 US Navy and US Marine Corps

Swedish Bomber Colours 1924–1958

Jarosław Dobrzyński

$62 / 240 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 200 / September 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-843-3 / NCR

This volume covers all fixed-wing combat aircraft operated by US military during the Vietnam War 1964–1975. Volume 1 covers aircraft operated by the US Air Force. The book is illustrated with numerous color and monochromatic photographs and color profiles, depicting various versions and paint schemes.

White Series

Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1918–1941

Ognjan Petrovic and Djordje Nikolic $62 / 42 pages / 8.2 x 11.6 / 240+ B&W photos, 160+ color profiles / November 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-826-6 / NCR

This book describes in detail the camouflage and markings of the day fighters used by the Yugoslav Air Force from 1918 to 1941. Aircraft of Yugoslav, British, German, Czech and French origin are shown. Detailed color notes and precise description and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modelers.

Jarosław Dobrzyński

$62 / 240 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 200 / October 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-844-0 / NCR

This volume covers all fixed-wing combat aircraft operated by US military during the Vietnam War 1964–1975. Volume 2 covers aircraft operated by US Navy and Marines. The book is illustrated with numerous color monochromatic photographs and color profiles.

Mikael Forslund

$62 / 240 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 300 / September 2019 / hardback / 978-836595-837-2 / NCR

This book covers Swedish bomber aircraft deployed during World War Two and in early 1950s. Camouflage and markings on the bombers obtained from different countries are described in unparalleled detail by the well-known Finnish author Mikael Forslund.The book features many previously unpublished photographs, and exclusive color profiles created for this book by Karolina Hołda.

Yellow Series

Maritime Series

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang

U.S. Navy Battleships Camouflage 1941–1945

$39 / 240 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 250 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36595-839-6 / NCR

This book is devoted entirely to the question of painting US battleships from the Second World War from the moment the United States joined the Second World War with the Japanese attack on the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii until the day of capitulation of Japan aboard the USS Missouri battleship on September 2, 1945. The reader will find in it color plates presenting all the American battleships used in this period, a large number of historical photos illustrating the variety of camouflage used.

Robert Pęczkowski

This detailed monograph covers the design and development of the P-51B/C Mustang family, the main wartime production variant of this classic fighter. This book provides all the core technical details of the P-51B/C family in one compact, economical volume. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodelers.1/48 scale plans of all versions.

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Grzegorz Nowak

$62 / 300 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 420 / October 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595845-7 / NCR


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Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

SPAD 13 C1. Great War and Occupation Forces

Krzysztof Wołowski

$29 / 44 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 40 color profiles / August 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-847-1 / NCR

40 color profiles of the famous Messerschmitt Me 163, a German WW2 rocket fighter aircraft. German and foreign users’ camouflages are shown.

Janusz Światloń

$29 / 42 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 40 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36595-841-9 / NCR

Red Wings in the Winter War 1939–1940 Carl-Fredrik Geust

$52 / 280 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 350 photos, 28 color profiles, 5 maps / November 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-851-8 / NCR

40 color profiles of the famous SPAD 13 C1, a French famous WWI fighter. French and other foreign users’ camouflages are shown.

This book describes the operations of the Soviet Air Force along the Finnish-Soviet front during the Winter War 1939-1940. The book includes 350+ photos, most of which were never published before, 28 color profiles, and 5 maps. A must-have book for the student of Soviet aviation history.

Scale Plans

Polish Wings

Polish Wings

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang

Petlyakov Pe-2 & UPe-2. Tupolev USB

French Flying Boats 1918–1939

Dariusz Karnas

$11.99 / 24 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 60 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36595-846-4 / NCR

Scale plans in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 of the P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang.A3 size pages in A4 pb.12 A3 size scale plans.

Lechosław Musiałkowski

$25 / 80 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 250 / July 2019 / paperback / 978-8-36595-842-6 / NCR

This book in the popular Polish Wings series is on the famous Rusian WW2 bombers in Polish Air Forces. It covers duty of these aircraft during WW2 and postwar period. More than 120 photos, mostly unpublished, and many color profiles.


Marcin Warzynkowski

$29 / 96 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 120 photos, 30 color profiles / December 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-850-1 / NCR

This book in the popular Polish Wings series is on the French flying boats in Polish Navy Air Forces. It covers duty of these aircraft from 1918 to 1939. More than 120 photos, mostly unpublished, and many color profiles.

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Kaiserliche EisenbahnBau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914–1915

Kaiserliche EisenbahnBau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914–1915

Marek Dubiński

Marek Dubiński

Volume 1

Volume 2

$25 / 80 pages / 8.2 x 11.6 / 120+ B&W photos / July 2019 / paperback / 978-8-36595-833-4 / NCR

$25 / 80 pages / 8.2 x 11.6 / 120+ B&W photos / July 2019 / paperback / 978-8-36595-834-1 / NCR

This profusely illustrated photo album includes over 120 previously unseen pictures of the Kaiserliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie unit, which operated during the early stages of WW1 in the Western Galicia, now southern Poland.

This profusely illustrated photo album includes over 120 previously unseen pictures of the Kaiserliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie unit, which operated during the early stages of WW1 in the Western Galicia, now southern Poland.

Ship Plans


IJN Destroyers Matsu Class

Battleships Nelson & Rodney

$11.99 / 24 pages / 12 x 8.5 / 50 / Currently Available / paperback / 978-8-36595-838-9 / NCR

$49 / 160 pages / 8.3 x 8.3 / photos, technical drawings / October 2019 / hardback / 978-8-36595-835-8 / NCR

Grzegorz Nowak

Scale plans in 1/700, 1/350 and 1/200 of the IJN Destroyers Matsu Class.A3 size pages in A4 pb.12 A3 size scale plans.

Witold Koszela

This book is a compilation of technical descriptions of all the British Rodney and Nelson battleships. The author describes their technical aspects, precisely describing the differences among others. All the ships are described and illustrated with full technical specifications.

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Just Paint How to Paint Your Military Model

Artur Wałachowski $39 / 200 pages / 8.3 x 11.7 / 200 photos / September 2019 / paperback / 978-8-36595-849-5 / NCR

The book describes painting models of armored weapons, showing various simple painting and weathering techniques that allow the reader to create a spectacular model. A guide for both beginners and advanced modelers. The techniques presented with the use of products from various manufacturers, without the promotion and advertising of one selected producer, shows what is good, tried and brings expected results.


Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Instrument Panels Hisato Nakada

$25 / 42 pages / 8.5 x 12 / 40 / Currently Available / hardback / 978-8-36595-840-2 / NCR

This book shows detailed drawings of the famous Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft instrument panels in great detail. Instrument panels of the 20 aircraft are shown with detailed captions.


Pen and Sword The Germans in Normandy

Battleground Books: WWII

Operation Totalize

Richard Hargreaves

Tim Saunders

$22.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.5 / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-067-8

$22.95 / 224 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / 80 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-126-4

By early August 1944 the Germans fighting in Normandy had been worn down by the battles around Caen, while to the west, the American breakout was finally gaining momentum. Now was the time to launch II Canadian Corps south towards Falaise. With much of the German armor having been stripped away for the Mortain Counter-Attack, hopes ran high that the Corps, reinforced with British tanks, the 51st Highland, and the Polish Armored Divisions, would repeat the success of their predecessors in the Battle of Amiens. An innovative change of tactics to a night armored assault and the conversion of seventy-two self-propelled guns to armored personnel carriers for the accompanying infantry was very successful, but up against their implacable foes, 12th Hitlerjugend SS Panzer Division, the pause for bombing allowed Kurt ‘Panzer’ Meyer to deploy his division. Consequently, when the 4th Canadian and Polish Armored Divisions were launched into their first battle they made frustratingly little progress.

While the Germans knew an invasion was inevitable, no-one knew where or when it would fall. Those manning Hitler’s mighty Atlantic Wall may have felt secure in their bunkers but they had no conception of the fury and fire that was about to break. After the initial assaults of June established an Allied bridgehead, a state of stale-mate prevailed. The Germans fought with great courage hindered by lack of supplies and overwhelming Allied control of the air. When the Allies finally broke out the collapse was catastrophic with Patton’s army in the East sweeping round and Monty’s in the West putting remorseless pressure on the hard pressed defenders. The Falaise Gap became a graveyard of German men and equipment. To read the war from the losing side is a sobering and informative experience.

A Guide to Hitler’s Munich

Battleground Books: WWII

The Dunkirk Perimeter and Evacuation 1940

David Mathieson

$29.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52672-733-6

France and Flanders Campaign Jerry Murland

$24.95 / 240 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / Fourteen maps and over 200 illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47385-223-5

The book covers the fierce fighting around the Dunkirk Perimeter during May and June 1940 between the retreating British Expeditionary Force and its French allies and the advancing German army. It covers the area that most people in Britain associate with the fighting in France in 1940, a military disaster that could have been much worse. This grievous military setback was soon transformed into a morale boosting symbol of the resilience of the British against a Germany that had crushed so many nations in a matter of weeks. Jerry Murland is a retired headteacher who has written over twenty books and guidebooks coverering the events of the First and Second World Wars. His first book, Aristocrats Go To War, was published by Pen and Sword in 2010 and since then he has gone on the write a number of others, including the Battlelines Guidebooks to the Western Front, co-written with Jon Cooksey.


The Allied invasion of Northern France was the greatest combined operation in the history of warfare. Up until now it has been recorded from the attackers’ point of view whereas the defenders’ angle has been largely ignored.

Munich is one of Europe´s most enchanting cities. Exploring its narrow cobbled streets or wide sunlight boulevards with views of the Bavarian Alps is a delight. Each autumn, millions of revellers from around the world join locals in their legendary Octoberfest, one of the world’s biggest festivals. Yet many visitors also know that Munich has a past so dark that it cast a looming shadow over the twentieth century: this was the city which played a unique role in the ascent of Nazism, the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler. This illustrative new book explains how Munich and its surrounds became inextricably linked with the rise and fall of Nazism. It provides the modern reader with a detailed guide to what happened where in the city, why those events were important in the unfolding history of the Third Reich, and why they remain a timely warning today. Dr David Mathieson is a writer based in Germany. He is a qualified solicitor and has a PhD in contemporary history. He was a Special Advisor to the former British foreign minister, the late Robin Cook.

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Pen and Sword Shooting Vietnam

The War By its Military Photographers

Dan Brookes, Bob Hillerby with a foreword by Joseph L. Galloway $32.95 / 224 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 360 color & black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-400-5

With firsthand accounts and photographs by military photographers in Vietnam from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Shooting Vietnam puts the reader right alongside these men as they struggle to document the war and stay alive while doing it—although some didn’t survive. The cameras around their necks often shared space with a rifle or grenade launcher that enabled them to stay alive while performing their assigned military duties, killing, if necessary, to survive. Often, during a brief respite from trudging through swamps and rice paddies or jumping from a chopper into a hot landing zone, they would wander the streets of villages or even downtown Saigon, curiously photographing a people and a culture so strange and different to them. It is these photographs, of a kinder, more personal nature, removed from the horror and death of war that they also share with the reader. The accounts in this book come from twelve men, all who had their own unique perspective on the war. Some were seasoned photographers before the military, others had only recently held a camera for the first time. Dan Brookes is a writer, photographer, and graphic artist. His tour in Vietnam gave him the travel bug and he still takes to the road, ocean, and air the world over adding to his collection of stories and pictures. Bob Hillerby was a journalism major at Amarillo College before entering the Army and training as a photographer, He spent his one-year tour in Vietnam with some of the most battle-hardened units.

Allied Intelligence and the Cover Up at Pointe Du Hoc The History of the 2nd & 5th US Army Rangers, 1943–30th April 1944 Gary Sterne

$50 / 504 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 150 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-222-2

Volume 1 of this two-part work puts the reader firmly into the footsteps of the 2nd and 5th Rangers as they arrive in England in 1943. It follows them during their intensive training with the Commandos and the Royal Navy as they head towards D-Day—including cliff climbing, assault landings and the Slapton Sands ‘dress rehearsal’. The orders given to the Rangers, along with dozens of aerial reconnaissance photographs of Omaha Beach, Pointe et Raz de la Percée, Pointe du Hoc and Maisy—as well as French Resistance reports—detail the information given to the Rangers’ commander Lt. Col. Rudder. Shown in chronological order and in their original format, many of the documents are still marked TOP SECRET and were only recently released after nearly 70 years. This work is the culmination of four years of detailed research within the US Archives and backed up by evidence uncovered in Normandy. The author fills in the gaps that many have only guessed at concerning the Rangers’ real missions on D-Day. It is a real historical gamechanger that pulls no punches as it challenges conventional studies of one of the most iconic battles of WWII. Gary Sterne is a keen collector of militaria and was a co-founder of The Armourer and Skirmish Magazines. He has always been fascinated with the D-Day landings and in particular was intrigued by the lack of precise information relating the mystery of the “missing guns” of Pointe du Hoc. He is the aiuthor of D-Day Cover Up at Pointe du Hoc.

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Pen and Sword Poland’s Struggle

Poland and the Second World War, 1938–1948

Before, During and After the Second World War

Evan McGilvray

Andrew Rawson

$39.95 / 352 pages / 6 x 9.5 / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-47383-410-1

$34.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-392-3

Poland was re-created as an independent nation at the end of the First World War, but it soon faced problems as Nazi Germany set about expanding its control on Europe. The Wehrmacht’s attack on 1 September 1939 was followed by a Red Army invasion two weeks later. Despite the dangers, many Poles joined the underground war against their oppressors, while those who escaped sought to fight for their nation’s freedom from abroad. They sent intelligence to the west, attacked German installations, carried out assassinations and rose up to confront their enemy, all against impossible odds. The advance of the Red Army brought new problems, as the Soviet’s dreaded NKVD introduced its own form of terror, hunting down anyone who fought for an independent nation. The story concludes with Poland’s experience behind the Iron Curtain, ending with the return of democracy by 1991.

The author narrates all the fighting involving Polish forces, including such famous actions as the Battle of Britain, Tobruk, Normandy, Arnhem and the Warsaw Rising, but also lesser known aspects such as Kopinski’s Carpathian Brigade in Italy.

Evan McGilvray specializes in 20th century military history. His previous works include The Black Devil’s March, a history of the Polish First Armored Division, and studies of the Polish Government-in-Exile 1939–45.

To War with a 4th Hussar

Take These Men

Fighting in Greece, North Africa and the Balkans

Tank Warfare with the Desert Rats Cyril Joly

Peter Crichton

$29.95 / 376 pages / 6 x 9.5 / None / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-209-3

$49.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 b&w plates / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-510-0

Peter Crichton seized the outbreak of the Second World War to escape his journalistic job in London. Ever adventurous and somewhat impetuous he quickly transferred regiments to the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars who were destined for North Africa. In no time he found himself fighting a desperate and ill-fated rear-guard action in the mountains of Northern Greece. One of only 180, out of 600, of his Regiment to be evacuated, he was soon involved in the brutal battles of Alam Halfa and El Alamein. Although he wrote up his experiences with admirable clarity and modesty, his papers remained unpublished until Robert, his son, decided to bring them to a wider audience. The result is an actionpacked and graphic memoir of unusual breadth.

On the outbreak of war, Peter Crichton joined the Northamptonshire Yeomanry but, frustrated by home service, he transferred to the 4th Hussars.


The invasion of Poland by German forces (quickly joined by their then-allies the Soviets) ignited the Second World War. Evan McGilvray, drawing on intensive research in Polish sources, gives a comprehensive account of Poland’s war. He reveals the complexities of Poland’s relationship with the Allies (forced to accept their Soviet enemies as allies after 1941, then betrayed to Soviet occupation in the post-war settlement), as well as the divisions between Polish factions that led to civil war even before the defeat of Germany.

Few accounts of the tank battles in the Western Desert during the Second World War have provided so vivid an evocation as Cyril Joly’s classic account Take These Men. In such inhospitable conditions, this was armored warfare of a particularly difficult and dangerous kind. Cyril Joly’s firsthand narrative of these campaigns, highly praised when it was originally published in 1955, tells the story through the eyes of a young officer in the 7th Armoured Division, the famous Desert Rats. It describes in accurate, graphic detail the experience of tank warfare over seventy years ago, recalling the fortitude of the tank crews and their courage in the face of sometimes overwhelming odds. Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Joly was born in southern China and educated at Clifton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1939 and served throughout the Western Desert campaign during which he was wounded and awarded the Military Cross and bar.

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Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guides

Major & Mrs Holt’s Definitive Battlefield Guide to the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches 75th Anniversary Edition with GPS References Major Tonie Holt and Valmai Holt

$24.95 / 6 x 9.5 / 200 color illustrations & maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-790-6

Already the best-selling English-language guide to the area, universally known as THE BIBLE, this is the 75th anniversary, completely revised, up-to-date, much expanded edition of the Definitive Guide to the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches. The third in the Holts’ important series of Battlefield Guides (following the Somme and the Ypres Salient) it employs the same, highly acclaimed formula. Once again the cold facts are interlaced with anecdotes of bravery, humor, sadness and humanity.

Major and Mrs Holt founded the first organization to offer battlefield tours to the general public in the late 1970s. Since the 1990s they have been writing their series of guide books, incorporating all that they have learned from their experiences conducting thousands of people around battlefields.

Soviet Cavalry Operations During the Second World War and the Genesis of the Operational Manoeuvre Group John S Harrel

$34.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-302-2

While the development of tanks had largely led to the replacement of cavalry in most armies by 1939, the Soviets retained a strong mounted arm. In the terrain and conditions of the Eastern Front they were able to play an important role denied them elsewhere. John Harrel shows how the Soviets developed a doctrine of deep penetration, using cavalry formations to strike into the Axis rear, disrupting logistics and lines of communication, encircling and isolating units. He shows that this doctrine did not stem from the native cavalry tradition of the steppe but from the example of the American Civil War. The American approach was copied by the Russians in WWI and the Russian Civil War, refined by the Soviets in the early stages of World War Two and perfected during the last two years of the war. Although the last horsemounted units disappeared in the 1950s, their influence led directly to the formation of the Operational Manoeuvre Groups that, ironically, faced US forces in the Cold War.

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Leningrad Under Siege

First-Hand Accounts of the Ordeal

Ales Adamovich and Daniil Alexandrovich Granin translated by Clare Burstal and Dr. Vladimir Kisselnikov $24.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Black and white photographs / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-081-4

Leningrad was under siege for almost three years, and the first winter of that siege was one of the coldest on record. The Russians had been taken by surprise by the Germans’ sudden onslaught in June 1941. This book tells the story of that long, bitter siege in the words of those who were there. It vividly describes how ordinary Leningraders struggled to stay alive and to defend their beloved city in the most appalling conditions. They were bombed, shelled, starved and frozen. They dug tank-traps and trenches, built shelters and fortifications, fought fires, cleared rubble, tended the wounded and, for as long as they had strength to do so, buried their dead. Many were killed by German bombs or shells, but most of them died of hunger and cold. This work is based on interviews with survivors of the siege and on contemporary diaries and personal memoirs.


Pen and Sword Escaping with His Life

The British Partisan

From Dunkirk to D-Day & Beyond

Capture, Imprisonment and Escape in Wartime Italy

Sir Nicholas Young

Michael Ross

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 b&w plates / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-663-4

Very few British soldiers could lay claim to such a full war as Leslie Young. Having survived the retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk, he volunteered for the newly formed Commandos and took part in their first operation, the raid on the Lofoten Islands. He fought and was captured in Tunisia. He went on the run before his POW camp at Fontanellato was taken over by the Nazis after the September 1943 Italian armistice. He spent six months on the run in the Apennine mountains aided by brave and selfless Italians. Many of whom were actively fighting their occupiers. He eventually reached Allied lines but not before several of his companions were tragically killed by both German and American fire. On return to England he immediately signed up for the invasion of North West Europe and despite being wounded eventually fought through to Germany. It is thanks to his son’s research that Major Young’s story can now be told. It is an inspiring and thrilling account which demands to be read.

No Mercy from the Japanese

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-035-8

In this action-packed account, the author, a Welch Regiment officer, describes his remarkable Second World War experiences. These include his baptism by fire in the Western Desert against Rommel’s armor in 1942, the spontaneous help of nomad Arabs when on the run for ten days behind enemy lines, his capture and life as a POW in Italy. The reader learns of the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of local Italians helping and hiding Allied soldiers. Ross’s story has a poignant conclusion as, while on the run, he fell in love with a prominent anti-fascist’s daughter whom he married after the war.

Michael Ross, an undergraduate at the outbreak of the War, immediately volunteered for military service and was commissioned into the Welch Regiment.

The Music Maker

How One POW Provided Hope for Thousands

A Survivor’s Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942–1945

Jaci Byrne

John Wyatt and Cecil Lowry

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-486-8

$24.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-344-1

By the laws of statistics John Wyatt should not be here today to tell his story. He firmly believes that someone somewhere was looking after him during those four years. Examine the odds stacked against him and his readers will understand why he holds this view. During the conflict in Malaya and Singapore his regiment lost two thirds of its men. More than three hundred patients and staff in the Alexandra Military hospital were slaughtered by the Japanese—he was the only known survivor. Twenty six percent of British soldiers slaving on the Burma Railway died. More than fifty men out of around six hundred died aboard the Aaska Maru and the Hakasan Maru. Many more did not manage to survive the harshest Japanese winter of 1944/45, the coldest in Japan since record began. John’s experiences make for the most compelling and graphic reading. The courage, endurance and resilience of men like him never ceases to amaze.

On 8 May 1945, 46-year-old Drum Major Jackson staggered towards his American liberators. Emaciated, dressed in rags, his decayed boots held together with string, he’d been force-marched for twenty days over the Austrian Alps after five heinous years as a POW in Nazi labour camps. He collapsed into his liberators’ arms, clinging to his only meaningful possession—his war diary. In this captivating testament to human endurance, Jackson’s granddaughter has used his personal diary and photographs to tell the unforgettable and gripping true story about the life and times of a humble man who, through his passion for music, overcame extreme adversity.

A full-time writer, Jaci Byrne has published four novels and a series of children’s books. This is her first work of non-fiction.


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SS Charlemagne

The 33rd Waffen-Grenadier Division of the SS Tony Le Tissier

$22.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-664-0

In May 1945, as the triumphant Red Army crushed the last pockets of German resistance in central Berlin, French soldiers fought back. They were the last surviving members of SS Charlemagne, the Waffen SS division made up of French volunteers. They were among the final defenders of the city and of Hitler’s bunker. Their extraordinary story gives a compelling insight into the dreadful climax of the Battle for Berlin and into the conflicts of loyalty faced by the French in the Second World War. Yet, whatever their motivation, the performance of these soldiers as they confronted the Soviet onslaught was unwavering, and their fate after the German defeat was grim. Once captured, they were shot out of hand by their French compatriots or imprisoned. SS Charlemagne is a gripping, fluently written study of one of the most revealing side stories of the war. Tony Le Tissier has researched every aspect of the 1945 battle for the city in unprecedented detail and has published a series of outstanding books on the subject—The Battle of Berlin 1945, Farewell to Spandau, Berlin Then and Now, Zhukov at the Oder, among others.

Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front

The Second World War Illustrated

Mintauts Blosfelds edited by Lisa Blosfelds

Jack Holroyd

Fighting with Hitler’s Latvian SS

The First Year

$14.95 / 224 pages / 5 x 7.9 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-075-3

$32.95 / 272 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 750 color & black and white illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-440-1

Following the conquest of his native Latvia by the Nazis, the author was given the stark choice: service in the SS or forced labor in a slave camp. So he ‘volunteered’ to fight for the Nazis. He describes his training and how he became an instructor before being sent into Russia. He nearly perished during the terrible winter of 1943-44 being wounded and finding himself with his friend lying dead on top of him. As the tide turned and the Russians advanced remorselessly through, he was wounded twice more and awarded the Iron Cross for bravery.

The first volume covers contributory factors leading up to the outbreak of hostilities. Hitler’s amazing success in correcting the real and perceived insults to the German nation resulting from the Great War and the Treaty of Versailles is acknowledged. There followed a military operation— Blitzkrieg—which rocked the world as two super powers, France and Great Britain, were soundly thrashed on the battlefield of Europe by Nazi Germany. By the skin of their teeth the British Expeditionary Force fled across the Channel from Dunkirk, leaving most of their equipment behind. The invasion of Kent in the south of England by a triumphant enemy equipped with a cruel and oppressive regime replete with Gestapo, concentration camps and policies of racial and political persecution presented a spinetingling threat to the British people. With Winston Churchill at the helm disparaging peace treaties with the Nazi regime, the fight back began. The first year of the war ended, in September 1940, with Mussolini threatening Egypt and the Suez Canal.

With German resistance collapsing, the author had to flee for his life—capture by the Russians meant almost certain death. He surrendered to the Americans but describes the neglect he suffered at their hands. Unable to return to Latvia, now occupied by the Russians, he became a Displaced Person eventually settling in the UK.

Mintauts Blosfelds was born in Latvia in 1924. After his wartime adventures he came to England and worked in the Yorkshire coalmines until he joined International Harvesters.

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Pen and Sword Coastal Convoys 1939–1945 The Indestructible Highway Nick Hewitt

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-254-3

Using official records from the National Archives personal accounts from the Imperial War Museum and other sources, Coastal Convoys 1939–1945: The Indestructible Highway describes Britain’s dependence on coastal shipping and the introduction of the convoy system in coastal waters at the outset of the war. It brings to life the hazards of the German mining offensive of 1939.

To the Last Man

The Home Guard in War & P­ opular Culture Malcolm Atkin

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-593-4

Using official documents, contemporary histories, stories, artwork and poetry, and comparing these with post-war films and histories, Malcolm Atkin takes a unique perspective. He explores how the myths of the Home Guard arose and were exploited by official propaganda and the wartime and post-war media. To the Last Man strips back the myths and forensically analyses how the modern perception has evolved. The result is a new, gritty, sometimes shocking, appreciation of the role that the Home Guard was expected to play in the Second World War.


Faithful in Adversity

The Royal Army Medical Corps in the Second World War John Broom

$49.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-955-0

The Royal Army Medical Corps was present during all engagements in the Second World War. From the frozen wastes of Norway through to liberation from the death camps of Germany and the Far East, RAMC personnel were frequently close to the front line, risking their lives to provide medical support to a mobile army in a mechanized war. Using much previously unpublished material from public and private family archives, this book charts the story of those who remained true to the motto of the RAMC: Faithful in Adversity.

Britain’s Desert War in Egypt & Libya 1940–1942 ‘The End of the Beginning’ David Braddock

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-978-8

The desert war in Libya and Egypt between 1940 and 1942 has deservedly attracted the attention of many historians. Fought in an unforgiving yet strategically important landscape, the fortunes of the implacable opponents swung wildly. The author highlights the vital roles of the Royal Navy, disrupting enemy supplies, and the Royal Air Force, which eventually gained command of the air.

Ladies of Lascaris

Season in Hell

Paul McDonald with a foreword by John Rhys-Davies

Nigel McCrery and Neil Thornton

Christina Ratcliffe and The Forgotten Heroes of Malta’s War

$29.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100 color & black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-170-6

The world premiere of the musical stage play Star of Strait Street took place in Valletta on 4 April 2017. It celebrates the life of Christina Ratcliffe, an English singer and dancer who became an aircraft plotter in Malta in the Second World War. This is Christina’s story and that of other British and Maltese girls employed by the RAF. It is also the story of Philip Glassborow’s hit musical Star of Strait Street.

British Footballers Killed in the Second World War

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-147382-713-4

Professional soccer was officially suspended at the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. With their contracts terminated, players were free to join the Armed Forces and, by April 1940, 514 were enlisted in the Army, 84 in the RAF and 31 in the Royal Navy. In this powerful and evocative memorial book the author traces the soccer and military careers of these talented men who sacrificed all for King and Country.

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Pen and Sword Keystone of 22 SAS

The Life and Times of Lieutenant ­Colonel J M (Jock) Woodhouse MBE MC Alan Hoe

$39.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-505-7

For all its successes, the future of the Special Air Service was uncertain after the Second World War. Resurrected as 22 SAS Regiment for the Malayan Emergency, after a shaky start it evolved into an important tool in the struggle against terrorism. Credit for this renaissance in the 1950s must go to a small group of highly motivated officers, of these, Lieutenant Colonel John Woodhouse stood out. As this overdue biography written by an SAS insider describes, Woodhouse’s energy, military knowledge and courage were pivotal to establishing the standards that made 22 SAS into the world’s leading special force unit. Without his efforts there would probably be no 22 SAS today. Alan Hoe enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals at 15. At 18 he joined 22 SAS Regiment. He remained with the SAS for over twenty years achieving the rank of major and taking part in five active service campaigns. After his retirement he spent many years in South America in risky security work.

Behind Enemy Lines With the SAS The Story of Amedee Maingard, SOE Agent Paul McCue

$24.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-665-7

Behind Enemy Lines With the SAS is more than a story of great bravery and dedication to duty in wartime. Amédée Maingard was a young Mauritian studying in London in 1939 who volunteered for the British Army. After a frustrating spell in the infantry, Maingard joining the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and later had a successful career as a leader and peace keeper in France and later Mauritius. Maingard returned to Mauritius and was instrumental in developing the islands tourism and hotel industry. Founder and first Chairman of Air Mauritius, he became one of his country’s most successful post-war businessmen before illness cut short his ambition and he died in 1981 at the age of 62. Paul McCue graduated in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. His working life began with Laker Airways and upon the companys demise he joined the local government service. He is currently a Director in an inner London local authority.

Secret SAS Missions in Africa

C Squadron’s Counter-Terrorist ­Operations 1968–1980 Michael Graham

$19.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-844-7

This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service. Operating in East Africa, the Squadron was involved in almost continuous counter communist terrorist operations over the period 1968 to 1980. In the unstable final stages of British colonial and white rule, the Squadron was never short of action. Written by a seasoned former senior member of C Squadron, Secret SAS Missions in Africa paints a graphic and thrilling account of their covert operations and the colorful characters that undertook them.

Mike Graham was born in Burnley, Lancashire but brought up in Rhodesia. He was called up for National Service in the Rhodesian Army. After being commissioned as an officer he transferred to the Regular Army and joined the Rhodesian SAS (C Squadron), rising to be Second-in-Command.

The Operators

On the Streets with Britain’s Most Secret Service James Rennie

$24.95 / 272 pages / 5 x 7.9 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-231-4

Few outside the security services have heard of 14 Company. As deadly as the SAS, yet more secret, the Operators of 14 Company are Britain’s most effective weapon against international terrorism. For every bomb that goes off 14 Company prevent twelve. The selection process is the most physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding anywhere in the world. This is the true story of one Operator and of some of the most hair-raising military operations ever conducted on the streets of Britain.

James Rennie is the pseudonym of a former officer in 14 Company who received Ministry of Defence clearance for this book.

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Pen and Sword The Men Who Flew the Hawker Hunter

The Men Who Flew the Halifax

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 70 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52670-572-3

$39.95 / 288 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 70 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52670-568-6

If ever there was a real pilot’s aeroplane it was the Hunter, an outstanding multipurpose aircraft which excelled in the roles of interceptor fighter, ground attack, reconnaissance, research vehicle and two-seater trainer, not to mention its dramatic displays in formation aerobatic performances.

This is the story of the air war over Western Europe, much of it told by the Halifax pilots and air crew who took part. It spans the period between 1942 and 1945 and covers the encounters between the Luftwaffe and the air forces of Britain and the Commonwealth.

Martin W Bowman

Martin W Bowman

The Hawker Hunter is one of the world’s greatest aircraft. For decades pilots have enthused about it, extolling the virtues of its smooth, aerodynamic lines, 4 x 30mm cannon, Rolls-Royce Avon engine, and its outstandingly honest handling characteristics combined with a lively performance. Who can ever forget the glory days of the unforgettable aerobatic displays with the Black Knights, Black Arrows and Blue Diamonds? This book vividly recalls operations in Europe with Fighter Command and 2nd TAF, and in Cyprus, the Middle East and the Far East and we read details of the Hawker’s fascinating story, told from the perspective of the men who actually flew this outstanding aircraft through history.

This book contains vivid accounts of some of the most heroic actions in the history of air warfare.

The Reich Intruders

Balloons and Airships

RAF Light Bomber Raids in World War II

A Tale of Lighter than Air Aviation Anthony Burton

Martin W. Bowman

$49.95 / 216 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 60 color & black and white illustrations and photographs / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-949-2

This book tells the often dramatic and always fascinating story of flight in lighter than air machines. For centuries man had dreamed of flying, but all attempts failed, until in 1782 the Montgolfier brothers constructed the world’s first hot air balloon. The following year saw the first ascent with aeronauts – not human beings but a sheep, a duck, and a cockerel. But it was not long before men and women too took to the air and became ever more adventurous. The aeronauts became famous giving displays before crowds of thousands, often accompanied by special effects. The most famous developer of airships was Graf von Zeppelin and the book tells the story of the use of his airships in both peacetime and at war. Anthony Burton is a professional writer who has specialized in industrial and transport history. Among his many books on the subject are a biography of the pioneer of steam transport, Richard Trevithick, and an account of a journey in search of all types of steam, Steaming Through Britain.


Many unique experiences are recounted concerning the daily bombing raids that were hurled against Hitler’s war machine. The author has sought the experiences of RAF and German fighter pilots, who explain how they stalked their prey before pouncing to catastrophic effect.

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 200 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-083-8

This is the story of 2 Group RAF during World War II. Much of it is told by the men who flew the Blenheim, Boston, Mitchell and Mosquito aircraft that carried out many daring daylight and night-time raids on vitally important targets in Nazi-occupied Europe and Germany. These were not the famous 1,000 bomber raids that hit the wartime headlines, but low-level, fast-moving surprise attacks flown by small formations of fleet-footed and skilfully piloted twin-engine light bombers. Their targets were usually difficult to locate and heavily defended because of their strategic importance to the enemy. 2 Group also played a vital part in the invasion of Europe both before and after D-Day. Often they would fly at wave-top height across the English Channel or North Sea to avoid detection and then hedgehop deep into enemy territory to deliver their precision attack. Enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire were a constant risk. This is a remarkable story of skill and bravery by a little known branch of the RAF.

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Cold War 1945–1991

Prague Spring

The Battle for Laos

Phil Carradice

Stephen Emerson

Warsaw Pact Invasion, 1968

Vietnam’s Proxy War, 1951–1975

$22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 color & 75 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-700-5

$22.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 color & 75 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-704-3

Cold War nadir: January 1968 and in Czechoslovakia the new Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek has made it clear that this is the opportunity to loosen the Soviet stranglehold on the country. As the Prague winter slowly eases into a Prague spring, it really does seem as if Dubcek has judged it right. Reforms in oppressive censorship laws, improved housing, a lessening of totalitarian oppression, Dubcek promises and delivers on it all. The new regime in Czechoslovakia does seek to destroy communism but it does want to choose its own political destiny

By 1959 the newly independent Kingdom of Laos was being transformed into a Cold War battleground for global superpower competition, having been born out of the chaos following the French military defeat and withdrawal from Indochina in 1954

And then, on the night of 20/21 August the Prague Spring is crushed by the Warsaw Pact invasion: 200,000 Communist troops, mostly Soviet but also Polish and East German, flood the country. The resulting protests and rallies against the invasion, mostly by young people, are violent and bloody. It is the end of the Prague Spring, the reformation of Czechoslovakia having ended in ruins.

For almost twenty years, the fighting between the Western-supported Royal Lao government and the communist-supported Pathet Lao raged across the plains, jungles, and mountaintops largely unseen by most of the world in the so-called “secret war.” Nearly 3 million tons of bombs were dropped on Laotian territory between 1965 and 1973, leaving a deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance that lingers to this day. Thus, the battle for Laos is the story of entire communities and generations caught up in a war seemingly without end, one that pitted competing foreign interests and their proxies against each other, and one that was forever tied to Washington’s pursuit of victory in Vietnam.

History of Terror

Cold War 1945–1991

Battle of Manila

Inchon Landing

Miguel Miranda

Gerry van Tonder

Nadir of Japanese Barbarism, 3 February–3 March 1945

MacArthur’s Korean War Masterstoke, September 1950

$22.95 / 128 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 60 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52672-905-7

$24.95 / 136 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 color & 75 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-696-1

Nearly four years of brutal Japanese occupation in WW2 dimmed Manila’s lustre and now a vast Allied army led by the indomitable MacArthur is ready to take it back from the Japanese. It is a necessary mission and an urgent one for trapped within the old University of Santo Tomas are thousands of ailing prisoners: men and women, young and old, at risk of torture and death by their captors.

General Douglas MacArthur is met with considerable resistance to his plans for a counteroffensive against the North Korean ground force, from both Washington and his staff in South Korea and Japan: it is typhoon season, the approaches to the South Korean port city of Inch’ŏn are not conducive to amphibious assault, and it will leave the besieged Pusan Perimeter in great danger of being overrun. However, the controversial MacArthur’s obstinate persistency prevails and, with a mere three weeks to go, the US X Corps is activated to execute the invasion on D-Day, 15 September 1950. Elements of the US Marine Corps land successfully on the scheduled day, and with the element of surprise on their side, immediately strike east to Seoul, only 15 miles away. The next day, General Walker’s Eighth US Army breaks out of Pusan to complete the southerly envelopment of the North Korean forces. Seoul falls on the 25th. MacArthur’s impulsive gamble has paid off, and the South Korean government moves back to their capital.

But the token Japanese garrison has other ideas as desperate units of the Japanese navy dig in to fight to the death against the advancing Americans. Caught in this cruel vice are thousands of Filipinos still trapped in the metropolis, with no hope of escape. From the closing days of January until early March 1945, Manila is to endure the most bitter fighting in the Pacific theater, leaving it a charred wasteland littered with the bodies of the dead, soldier and civilian alike, the latter deliberately targeted by Japanese death squads. Such is the carnage and conquest of Manila.

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Military History of Late Rome

Military History of Late Rome 425–457

Military History of Late Rome 457–518

$39.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 color & black and white maps & battle diagrams / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-84884-853-5

$42.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 color & black and white maps & battle diagrams / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-47389-532-4

The Military History of Late Rome 425-457 analyzes in great detail how the Romans coped with the challenge posed by masses of Huns in a situation in which the Germanic tribes had gained a permanent foothold in the territories of West Rome. This analysis reassesses the strategy and tactics of the period. The book shows how cooperation between the West Roman Master of Soldiers, Aetius, and East Roman Emperor Marcian saved Western civilization from the barbarian nightmare posed by the Huns of Attila. A fresh appraisal of the great clash at the Catalaunian Fields in 451 offers new insights into the mechanics of the fighting and shows that it was a true battle of nations which decided nothing less than the fate of human civilization.

The Military History of Late Rome 457-518 provides a fresh, new look into the events that led to the collapse of West Rome, while East Rome not only survived but went on to prosper despite a series of major defeats that included, most notably, the catastrophic campaign against the Vandals in 468. The author explains what mistakes the West Romans made and what the East Romans did right to survive. He analyzes the role of the barbarian generals and military forces in this and also offers an analysis of the tactical developments during this pivotal period as a result of which the cavalry, so famous from the accounts of Procopius, became the dominant arm in the East.

Dr. Ilkka Syvänne

Dr. Ilkka Syvänne

Dr. Ilkka Syvänne earned his doctorate in history in 2004 from the ­University of Tampere in his native Finland. Since then he has written extensively about ancient and medieval warfare and his publications include: The Age of ­Hippotoxotai, Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster 491-636 (Tampere UP 2004), the multi-volume Military History of Late Rome published by Pen & Sword.

Who Really Won the Battle of Marathon?

The Pope’s Army

The Papacy in Diplomacy and War John Carr

A Bold Re-Appraisal of One of History’s Most Famous Battles

$39.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-489-3

Constantinos Lagos and Fotis Karyanos transalted by John Carr

$34.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 34 b/w / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-806-4

The Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, where an Athenian-led Greek force defeated a Persian invasion, is one of the most decisive battles in Antiquity and has been studied for centuries. It is famed as a triumph of the Greek hoplite heavy infantry phalanx against massively superior Persian numbers. But this exciting re-assessment of the evidence, including new archaeological findings, overturns many long-held assumptions. In particular the authors argue that the Greek numerical inferiority was less marked than previously thought, largely because the hoplites were accompanied by many light infantrymen who are given unprecedented credit for their role in the fighting. The contribution of these poorer citizens, it is argued, led to the immediate strengthening of democracy in Athens. The authors also tackle the much-debated mystery of the whereabouts of the Persian cavalry, generally thought to have been absent on the day of battle.


For much of its 2,000-year history, the Roman Catholic Church was a formidable political and military power, in contrast to its pacifist origins and its present concentration on spiritual matters. The period of political and military activism can be dated to roughly between 410, when Pope Innocent I vainly tried to avert the sack of Rome by the Visigoths, and about 1870, when Pope Pius IX was abandoned by his protectors, the French Army, and forced to submit to the new Italian state by surrendering any political power the Vatican had left. Climaxing the story are the little-known yet bitter late-nineteenth century battles between the papal volunteers and the Italian nationalists who ultimately prevailed. John Carr narrates the story of Papal military clout with engaging verve. John Carr is the author of On Spartan Wings: The Royal Hellenic Air Force in World War II; Spartas Kings; The Defence and Fall of Greece 1940–41; RHNS Averof and Fighting Emperors of Byzantium, all published by Pen & Sword.

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Pen and Sword Rome, Blood and Power

Reform, Murder and Popular Politics in the Late Republic 70-27 BC Gareth C. Sampson

$34.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-017-8

Following the First Civil War the Roman Republic was able to rebuild itself and restore stability. Yet the problems which had plagued the previous seventy years of the Republic, of political reform being met with violence and bloodshed, had not been resolved and once again resumed. Men such as Catiline and Clodius took up the mantle of reform which saw Rome paralyzed with domestic conflict and ultimately bloodshed and murder. In the search for stability, the Roman system produced a series of military dynasts; men such as Pompey, Crassus and Caesar, who strove to bring stability to Rome. Gareth Sampson analyzes the various reforming politicians, their policies and opponents and the violence and bloodshed that resulted. He charts the Republic’s collapse into further civil wars and the new system that rose from the ashes. After a successful career in corporate finance, Gareth C. Sampson returned to the study of ancient Rome and gained his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he taught history for a number of years.

Carthage’s Other Wars

Carthaginian Warfare Outside the ‘Punic Wars’ Against Rome Dexter Hoyos

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations and 10 black and white maps / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-78159-357-8

Carthage was the western Mediterranean’s first superpower, long before Rome, and her military history was powerful, eventful, and checkered even before her ‘Punic Wars’ against Rome. Although characterized in the surviving sources and modern studies as a predominantly mercantile state, Carthage fought many wars, both aggressive and defensive, before and in between the contests with the Roman parvenus. This is the first full-length study dedicated to these other wars which furthered Carthage’s interests for over half a millennium. The book is based firmly and analytically on the ancient sources, and among many insights is that Carthage, though usually considered a naval power, did more fighting on land than at sea and with more success.

Dexter Hoyos has recently retired as Associate Professor of Classics at Sydney University. His previous works include Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy; Truceless War: Carthage’s Fight for Survival, 241-237 BC and Hannibal’s Dynasty.

The Frontiers of Imperial Rome David J. Breeze

$24.95 / 272 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 17 black and white maps, 40 black and white drawings and diagrams / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-080-7

At its height, the Roman Empire was the greatest empire yet seen with borders stretching from the rain-swept highlands of Scotland in the north to the sun-scorched Nubian desert in the south. But how were the vast and varied stretches of frontier defined and defended? This wide-ranging survey describes the varying frontier systems, describing the extant remains, methods and materials of construction and highlighting the differences between various frontiers. This is a detailed and wide-ranging study of the frontier systems of the Roman Empire by a leading expert. Intended for the general reader, it is also of great value for academics and students in this field. The appendixes include a brief guide to visiting the sites today. David J. Breeze is an honorary professor at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle, and is chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Roman Invasion of Britain Archaeology versus History Birgitta Hoffmann

$22.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations, maps & diagrams / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-663-3

The purpose of this book is to take what we think we know about the Roman Conquest of Britain from historical sources, and compare it with the archaeological evidence, which is often contradictory. Birgitta Hoffmann tackles the subject by taking a number of major events or episodes (such as Caesar’s incursions, Claudius’ invasion, Boudicca’s revolt), presenting the accepted narrative as derived from historical sources, and then presenting the archaeological evidence for the same. The result of this innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader as well as those studying or teaching courses on ancient history or archaeology. Dr Birgitta Hoffmann teaches archaeology at the University of Liverpool and is also co-director of the Roman Gask Project (excavating the Gask Ridge frontier system in Perthshire, which predates Hadrian’s Wall by half a century).

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Pen and Sword The Wars of Alexander’s Successors 323–281 BC Volume 1

The Wars of Alexander’s Successors 323–281 BC Volume 2

Bob Bennett and Mike Roberts

Bob Bennett and Mike Roberts

Commanders and Campaigns

Battles and Tactics

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 18 black and white illustrations & 2 maps / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-074-6

$24.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Black and white illustrations / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-079-1

When the dying Alexander the Great was asked to whom he bequeathed his vast empire, he supposedly replied ”to the strongest”. This first volume introduces the key personalities characters such as Antigonos “Monopthalmus” (the One-eyed) and his son ‘Demetrius ‘Poliorcetes’ (the Besieger), Seleucus ‘Nicator’ (‘the Victorious’) and Ptolemy “Soter” (“the Saviour”)—and gives a narrative of the causes and course of these wars from the death of Alexander to the Battle of Corupedium (281 BC) when the last two original Diadochi faced each other one final time.

Most of these Diadochi, or successors, were consummate professionals who had learned their trade under Alexander and, in some cases, his father Philip. This second volume studies how they applied that experience and further developed the art of war in a further four decades of warfare. This is a period rich in fascinating tactical developments. The all-conquering Macedonian war machine developed by Philip and Alexander was adapted in various ways (such as the addition of war elephants) by the different successors according to their resources. Siege and naval warfare is also included.

Bob Bennett has a Certificate in British Archaeology and an MA in Classical Studies from the Open University. Mike Roberts has a degree in South East Asian Studies from Hull University. Both social workers by profession, they met and discovered their mutual enthusiasm for the ancient world over ten years ago and have been researching the Successors of Alexander the Great ever since, creating a website dedicated to the subject.

The Rise of the Hellenistic Kingdoms 336–250 BC

Armies of the Past

Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC–AD 30

Philip Matyszak

History, Organization and Equipment

$34.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-47387-476-3

Gabriele Esposito

When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, he left an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the mountains of Afghanistan. This empire did not survive Alexander’s death, and rapidly broke into several successor states. These states, substantial kingdoms in their own right, dominated Asia Minor, Greece, the Levant and Egypt for the next three hundred years. While Philip Matyszak’s narrative covers their remarkable contribution of the Eastern Greeks in fields such as philosophy, science and culture, the main focus is on the rivalry, politics and wars, both civil and foreign, which the Hellenistic rulers constantly fought among themselves. As in other fields, the Successor Kingdoms were innovators in the military and diplomatic field. Philip ‘Maty’ Matyszak holds a doctorate in Ancient History from St John’s College, Oxford University, and has been studying, teaching and writing on the subject for over twenty years. The author of over twenty books, he specializes in the history of Classical Greece and of the Late Republic and Early Imperial periods of Rome but has also written two historical novels.


$34.95 / 168 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 80 illustrations, 8 maps / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-029-9

This book provides a complete and detailed analysis of the organization and equipment employed by the armies of the Hellenistic States. After Alexander the Great’s death in 323 BC, his immense Macedonian empire was divided between his ambitious generals, who in turn formed their own monarchies across Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa. This work follows the development of the Hellenistic military forces from the army bequeathed by Alexander the Great to the complex military machines that succumbed one by one in the wars against the expanding Romans.

Gabriele Esposito is a military historian who works as a freelance author and researcher. In particular, he is an expert specializing in uniformology: his interests and expertise range from the ancient civilizations to modern post-colonial conflicts.

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Pen and Sword Images of War

Images of War

United States Airborne Divisions 1942–2018

US Cold War Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Michael Green

Michael Green

$32.95 / 216 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52673-467-9

In 1942 the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were formed and three more followed. As this superbly illustrated book describes, both 82nd and 101st earned their reputations as ‘crack’ divisions at the forefront of US operations and military interventions, be it Grenada (Urgent Fury), Panama (Just Cause), the Gulf Wars and most recently Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom). Thanks to the author’s knowledge and research, this Images of War book gives the reader a full insight into the battles and the men and their equipment that have made these divisions the elite of the US Army.

$28.95 / 224 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52672-721-3

To counter the Soviet threat and that of their client States during the Cold War years 1949-1991, the American military deployed an impressive range of main battle tanks (MBTs) and armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). The Patton series of medium MBTs (including the M46, M47 and M48) supplemented by the M103s Heavy Tank initially formed the core of the US tank fleet. Expert author Michael Green covers all these vehicles and their variants in this informative and superbly illustrated Images of War series work.

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters, and US Cold War Tanks and AFVs.

Images of War

Images of War

Images of War

FV430 Series

M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier & Variants

M36/ M36B1 Tank Destroyer

Robert Griffin $32.95 / 216 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 color & black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-289-6

During the Second World War the British infantry found itself lacking suitable transport to cope with the fast moving German Blitzkrieg tactics. Various stopgap measures were introduced with mixed success but, with the postwar nuclear biological and chemical threat, it was imperative that a robust solution was found. This Images of War book not only describes in words and images the AFV430 series but traces the development of infantry carriers for the British Army.

David Doyle

$22.95 / 168 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 240 color & black and white photographs / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-356-5

Conceived as part of a Top Secret project to disrupt Nazi Germany’s atomic bomb program, the hastily developed Studebaker Weasel went on to one of, if not THE most of the wartime all-terrain vehicles. Designed with light weight to facilitate both air-dropping and efficient, high-speed operation in the snow, the vehicles were soon found to have excellent performance in the mud. These pages provide an overview of the development, and a detailed look at the deployment and the machines themselves.

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David Doyle

$22.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 175 color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-892-8

Going into WWII, the prevailing strategy of the US command was that tanks were not to be used to engage enemy tanks in combat. Rather, tanks were to be the armored spearhead to breach enemy positions. Enemy tanks were to be dealt with by specialized weapons, aptly named tank destroyers. While US antitank doctrine hanged, many of these vehicles were supplied to other nations.


Pen and Sword The Americans from Normandy to the German Border

Images of War

Brooke S Blades

$28.95 / 176 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-119-5

The Gilbert and Ellice Islands–Pacific War Jim Moran

August to Mid-December 1944 $28.95 / 224 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-672-5

This Images of War book takes up the story of the massive American contribution to the campaign in north West Europe during the autumn and early winter of 1944. Following the dramatic breakout from the Normandy bridgehead, events moved fast with the liberation of Paris quickly following and the Allies closed in on the German border. With his superb collection of images and grasp of the historic significance of the actions so graphically described, Brooke Blades’ latest book will be appreciated by all with an interest in the final stages of the Second World War. Dr Brooke Blades is an archaeologist and historian whose research has included examinations of sites from the Second World War in France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.

This Images of War book covers the dramatic events that befell both the Gilbert and Ellice Pacific island groups using a wealth of well-captioned photos and informed text. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Gilbert Islands were occupied by the Japanese who built a seaplane base at Butaritari. In August 1942 this base was attacked by the US 2nd Raider Battalion (Carlson’s Raiders). As a result the base was reinforced and a second built at Apamana. Betio Island on the Tarawa Atoll became the main Japanese strong point. Operation Galvanic, the US assault on Butarita, Apamana and Betio, was launched in November 1943 by the 2nd Marine Division and the 27th Infantry Division. While short in duration, the Betio battle has the dubious distinction of being the most costly in US Marine Corps history. Thanks to the author’s in depth knowledge and access to superb contemporary images, this book will be of particular interest and value to historians and laymen.

Images of War

Images of War

Air War Over North Africa

The Eighth Army in North Africa

USAAF Ascendant

David Mitchelhill-Green

Simon Forty

$24.95 / 216 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47388-179-2

The year 1942 began badly for the Allies. German U-boats were indiscriminately sinking merchant shipping off America’s east coast and in the Caribbean. Allied fortunes were no better in the Far East under the relentless Japanese advance. America was struggling to hold the Philippines, while the Soviet Union was fighting a series of bitter winter battles against Hitler’s Wehrmacht at the gates of Moscow. General Erwin Rommel’s surprise offensive in North Africa brought a renewed threat to the Middle East in mid-1942, which hastened the transfer of U.S. aircraft to Egypt to assist the beleaguered British. This book is a pictorial account of U.S. fighter aircraft and bombers—including the iconic B-17 Flying Fortress, P-38 Lightning and B-24 Liberato — and the aircrews that fought to establish ascendancy over North African skies and beyond.. David Mitchelhill-Green is a freelance military author and photographer. His areas of interest include the Second World War and Japanese castles.


$29.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 150 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52672-379-6

The British Eighth Army, which played a decisive role in defeating the Axis in North Africa, was one of the most celebrated Allied armies of the Second World War, and this photographic history is the ideal introduction to it. The carefully chosen photographs show the men, weapons and equipment of the army during campaigns in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The book gives vivid insight into the fighting and the desert conditions, and it shows what a varied, multinational force the army was, for it brought together men from Britain, the British Empire and Commonwealth as well as Free French, Greeks and Poles.

Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before reading history at London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970s, first as editor and latterly as author.

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Pen and Sword Images of War

Images of War

Fallschirmjäger Volume 2

Hitler’s Defeat on the Western Front, 1944–1945

German Paratroopers, 1942–1945 François Cochet

$24.95 / 120 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 170 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-070-0

As elite troops, the German Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) were regularly engaged in front line combat during the Second World War. Their famed actions such as the fighting in Scandinavia, the taking of the Belgian fortress Eden-Emal in May 1940, and the Battle for Crete just a year later, have given them the reputation of being determined, courageous and loyal soldiers. This book continues the pictorial history of the Fallschirmjäger, focusing on the period following the bloody Battle for Crete. Used as elite infantry, first in the USSR and then in Africa, the Fallschirmjäger were able to reconnect with their glorious past, whether in Italy or on the Greek Islands, as they jumped from their Ju 52s to engage the the enemy. François Cochet is a Belgian author whose main interest lies in the battles of the Second World War. Over the last 80 years he has met and interviewed many German ex-soldiers of the Wehmacht and collected various memorabilia and documents.

Hans Seidler

$24.95 / 144 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52673-157-9

Hitler’s Defeat on the Western Front 1944–1945 is a compelling account of the Nazis’ ten month struggle against the overwhelming Allied military might on the Western Front. Thanks to the successful Images of War format of authoritative text supported by copious, well captioned contemporary images, the reader witnesses the intensity of the fighting from the Normandy beaches, through France and the Low Countries and finally into Germany itself. Despite demoralizing withdrawals and reversals the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Hitlerjugend, and Volkssturm, with many barely trained conscripts, continued to fight tenaciously inflicting significant losses on their superior enemy. Hans Seidler is a leading collector of Second World War memorabilia and an authority on German armed forces and their equipment.

Images of War

Images of War

7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941–1945

The Battle for Arnhem 1944–1945 Anthony Tucker-Jones

A History of the Division

$24.95 / 128 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 160 illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52673-001-5

$22.95 / 112 pages / 7.5 x 9.5 / 250 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52672-142-6

In a sequence of almost 200 archive photographs accompanied by a detailed narrative Anthony TuckerJones describes the landing of British and American parachutists and glider troops. At the same time British tanks spearheaded a sixty-mile dash along ‘Hell’s Highway’ to link up with the lightly armed and heavily outnumbered airborne forces. This book focuses on the efforts of the US 101st and 82nd airborne divisions to hold off counterattacks by German battlegroups during the tanks’ advance.

Ian Baxter

Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen 1941 - 1945 is the 7th book in the Waffen-SS Images of War Series written by Ian Baxter. The book tells the story of the 7th SS Mountain Division, formed in 1941 from the Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia, Hungary and Romania. It fought a brutal counter insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the occupied Serbia and Montenegro. Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front—The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front—The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, among others.

The photographs give dramatic insight into all sides of a remarkable but ill-fated operation which has fascinated historians and been the subject of controversy ever since.

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armored and aerial warfare. He is the author of numerous books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, and Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944.

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Pen and Sword Waterloo The French Perspective

Andrew W. Field $29.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 color & black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-250-5

Andrew W. Field has tracked down over ninety first-hand French accounts of the battle of Waterloo, many of which have never been previously published in English, and he has combined them with accounts from the other participants in order to create a graphic new narrative of one of the world’s most decisive battles. Virtually all of the hitherto unpublished testimony provides fascinating new detail on the battle and many of the accounts are vivid, revealing and exciting.

Grouchy’s Waterloo

The Battles of Ligny and Wavre Andrew W. Field

$29.95 / 336 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 color illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-662-6

In this the third volume of his four-volume series exploring the French perspective of the Waterloo campaign, Andrew W. Field concentrates on an often neglected aspect of Napoleon’s final offensive—the French victory over the Prussians at Ligny, Marshal Grouchy’s pursuit of the Prussians, and the battle at Wavre. The story of this side of the campaign is as full of controversy and interest as the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo which he has examined in such a penetrating and original way in his previous studies.


In the Shadow of Nelson The Life of Admiral Lord Collingwood Denis Orde

$29.95 / 304 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52676-112-5

Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood was Nelson’s close friend from the outset. They served together for over 30 years and only at Trafalgar, was Nelson his superior officer. Collingwood’s reputation was made in battles such as The Glorious First of June (1794) and Cape St Vincent (1797). After assuming command of the Fleet on Nelson’s death he was the author of the famous Trafalgar Dispatch that announced the victory and death of Nelson to the Nation. He died at sea in 1810 and is buried beside Nelson in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Deadlier than the Male Wives of the Generals 1677–1937 Trina Beckett

$39.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9.25 / 16 illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78159-013-3

How much influence did notable wives have on the leading commanders in British military history? These women tend to be disregarded but, as Trina Beckett demonstrates in this revealing and thoughtprovoking study, their influence has often been profound. Taking examples from the eighteenth century to the Second World War, she uncovers a hidden dimension in the rise to prominence of some of Britain’s most famous soldiers.

Wellington Against Massena The Third Invasion of Portugal, 1810–1811 David Buttery

$24.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-253-6

Wellington’s clash with Massena was one of the most remarkable contests between two commanders in the Peninsular War. David Buttery’s close analysis of the campaign in Spain and Portugal offers a penetrating insight into the personalities of these two outstanding soldiers. Using a variety of sources including eyewitness accounts, he reassesses the famous confrontations at Ciudad Rodrigo, Almeida, Busaco, the lines of Torres Vedras and the final bitterly fought battle at Fuentes de Oñoro.


Napoleon and the Eagles of Europe Ian Castle

$24.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 60 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-252-9

In this authoritative and beautifully illustrated new account of Napoleon’s greatest victory and the campaign that preceded it, Ian Castle sheds new light on the actions of the commanders and questions the assumptions—and explores the myths—that have shaped our understanding of the event ever since. His account follows every twist and turn of a war that was fought out across central Europe two centuries ago.

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Pen and Sword Britain’s Island Fortresses

Defence of the Empire 1796– 1956 Bill Clements

$49.95 / 320 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-030-4

The author describes in detail, with the aid of historic photographs, maps and plans, the defenses of the most important islands in the British Empire; Bermuda, Ceylon, Hong Kong, Jamaica and Singapore, and a number of lesser ones including Antigua, Ascension, Mauritius St Helena and St Lucia. The book will appeal not only to readers whose interest is in the study of fortifications, but also to those readers interested in the maritime history of the British Empire.

Britain’s Last Invasion

The Battle of Fishguard, 1797 Phil Carradice

$39.95 / 232 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-326-8

With Britain’s Last Invasion dive in to the Battle of Fishguard, a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France. The little-known ‘invasion’ consisted mainly of drunken Frenchmen rampaging around the area, burning churches and terrorizing the locals. The role and courage of the women of Fishguard is revealed; when the men fled, the women stayed fast. Learn how the town cobbler Jemima Nicholas—armed with only a pitchfork—captured twelve enemy soldiers.

Castle to Fortress

Medieval to Post-Modern Fortifications in the Lands of the Former Roman Empire J E Kaufmann and H W Kaufmann

$39.95 / 256 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 80 color illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-687-1

This, the second volume of a highly illustrated new study of medieval fortification, gives a fascinating insight into the last great age of castles and the centuries of violence and conflict they were part of. It traces the advances made between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries, looking in particular at the form these fortifications took.

The Battle of Fontenoy 1745 Saxe against Cumberland in the War of the Austrian Succession James Falkner

$34.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-841-9

The Battle of Fontenoy marked a turning point in the War of the Austrian Succession, yet it has rarely been analyzed in depth and the Europe-wide conflict in which it played a part is little understood. James Falkner’s narrative gives a fascinating insight into the Battle of Fontenoy itself and more widely into the nature of warfare in Europe 250 years ago.

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Hugh Despenser the Younger & Edward II Downfall of a King’s Favourite Kathryn Warner

$29.95 / 232 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 color illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-175-1

Born in the late 1280s, Hugh married King Edward I of England’s eldest granddaughter when he was a teenager. Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II tells the story of ‘the greatest villain of the fourteenth century’, his dazzling rise as favorite to the king and his disastrous fall.

Frederick Whirlpool VC The Hidden Victoria Cross Alan Leek

$39.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-910-8

Frederick Whirlpool VC is the fascinating history of an ordinary man, whose life is deserving of factual interpretation. It is a story of heroism, suffering and failure, but this forgotten man will triumph in its telling: the true story of this sad and purposefully enigmatic hero. This new book reveals his true identity and early life in Ireland, before he joined the East India Company Army and sailed to India.


Pen and Sword The Animal Victoria Cross

Animals in the Great War

The Dickin Medal

Stephen Wynn and Tanya Wynn

Peter Hawthorne

$32.95 / 168 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-47383-804-8

$24.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-666-4

Animals in the Great War looks at the use of animals by all sides in the Great War and to what effect. It mainly focuses on horses, dogs and pigeons but also addresses the war efforts of other animals.

Sixty-three animals have won the Dicken Medal, the highest award for animal bravery. Their inspiring stories are told, for the first time in one book, The Animal Victoria Cross. Four types of animal have been honored, dogs, horses, pigeons and one cat. Simon, the feline, is credited with saving an entire ships crew. Canine breeds include alsatians, terriers, collies and spaniels. The majority of awards were related to war service and the conflicts include the Second World War, Korea, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The Al-Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers as well as the Blitz saw great courage exhibited by animals such as Rip, the dog who saved many lives. In addition to British animals, there are American, Canadian, Australian and Egyptian winners of this unique award. This delightful book will be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.

In the early years of the war horses were, to a large extent, the only form of transport that was available to the British Army, ranging from use by cavalry units, artillery units as well others such as the Army Ordnance Corps for the conveying of ammunition supplies to men fighting at the front. Britain sent an estimated one million horses to fight in the war, most of them to France and Belgium, but only 60,000 of them ever returned home, and only because of the intervention of Winston Churchill. Animals in the Great War explores how everyday domestic animals were transformed into remarkable wartime heroes, who more than did their bit for the war effort.

Peter Hawthorne is Head of History and Lecturer in Law at Stafford College. He lives near Telford, UK.

In Peace & War

Uncommon Valour

The Story of The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish)

The Story of the Victoria Cross Granville Allen Mawer

$49.95 / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-538-4

What is the nature of courage, how and when should it be recognized, and how has our appreciation of it changed? These are among the questions Granville Allen Mawer seeks to answer in this absorbing study of the history of the Victoria Cross, the highest award in the British honors system for gallantry in the presence of the enemy Using vivid and carefully selected examples, he compares individual actions that led to a Victoria Cross and considers the circumstances in which they took place and the reasons given for making the award. So many factors were involved – the character of the individual concerned, the severity of the danger he faced, the situation of the British forces, whether his conduct was seen and recorded, and the interpretation of the criteria for making an award at the time. This unconventional treatment of the Victoria Cross may be controversial, but it should stimulate a deeper understanding of the history of the medal and of the heroism of those to whom it has been awarded.


Robin Rhoderick-Jones with a foreword by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh $60 / 304 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 color & 100 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-695-5

The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish) (QRH) traces its origins back to 1685 when King James II formed a standing army. The Regiment was created in 1993 with the amalgamation of the Queen’s Own Hussars and the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. The author tells the history of these celebrated regiments who fought alongside each other at Dettingen, Balaklava, the Peninsula, in India and during the two World Wars. In Peace and War is a superbly researched record of over 300 years’ distinguished service to the Crown. While the demands facing officers and men today may have changed over the years, what remains constant are the dedication, bravery, commitment and sense of humor of those who serve. Robin Rhoderick-Jones joined the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars in 1962 retiring in 1988.

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The National Archives

Battleground Books: WWI

Battleground WWI

1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs

The French on the Somme—North of the River

Walking in the Footsteps of the Fallen

David O’Mara

$24.95 / 208 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / 200 illustrations and a dozen maps. / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52671-704-7

Richard van Emden

$24.95 / 384 pages / 6.8 x 9.56 / 150 color illustrations / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-52675-232-1

1918: The Fight for Victory. The Decisive Year in Soldiers’ Own Words and Photographs is the next volume in the remarkable series of books from the best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Revisiting the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1918, of both the ferocious spring offensive that so nearly brought victory for the Germans in the West, and the tenacious British rearguard fight that thwarted them. The book also tells the vivid story of the Allied breakthrough and the return to open warfare that was to bring victory in November 1918. The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and overwhelmingly unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even fun.

The Battle of the Somme 1916

$29.95 / 224 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / 200 illustrations and twenty five maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52672-248-5

With a few notable exceptions, the French efforts on the Somme have been largely missing or minimized in British accounts of the Battle of the Somme. And yet when a Franco-British Offensive was originally planned in the winter of 1915 it was to be one dominated by the French, who were to provide at least twice as many divisions as Haig’s BEF. The Battle of Verdun, which commenced in February 1916, soon changed the situation and by late spring it was clear that this would be a smaller offensive and one that would make the British by far the bigger contributor of manpower, though French influence over the direction of the battle remained high. This book bulds on David O’Mara’s The Somme 1916: Touring the French Sector and goes some way to rectify the lack of knowledge amongst most British visitors of these ‘forgotten’ men of France and the development of the battle to the immediate right of Rawlinson’s Fourth Army.

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Verdun 1916

Christina Holstein

A visit to the battlefield of Verdun is usually dominated by the forts of Douamont and Vaux, the museum at Fleury and the striking, huge Ossuary, Although this gives a flavour of the horrific fighting that took place in the area, particularly in 1916, the visitor will be hard pressed to get much more than an impression from such places. This book seeks to guide the battlefield pilgrim into parts of the battlefield that get rarely visited by means of a series of walks, a number of which include the major sites. Verdun is a battlefield where the story of units and individuals can easily become lost in the horror of the incessant fighting that raged over ten months; and over ground which is extremely difficult to read because of the post-war forestation program. Profusely illustrated and with excellent mapping, a hallmark of Christina Holstein’s books, a visitor who follows the walks in this book will be left with a far clearer idea of the men who fought and died here and of the features of the battlefield and their significance in this battle that so challenged the endurance of the armies of two nations.


Pen and Sword Despatch Rider on the Western Front 1915–18

A Passionate Prodigality Fragments of Autobiography Guy Chapman

The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM

$39.95 / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / August 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52675-011-2

David Venner

When A Passionate Prodigality was first published in 1933 it was hailed as one of the finest English works to have come out of the First World War. Today this memoir reads with a graphic immediacy, not merely in the descriptions of the filth, shock and carnage that characterized the struggle, but in its evocation of men at war—’certain soldiers who have now become a small quantity of Christian dust’. Stylish, honest and eloquent, A Passionate Prodigality is less a book than a living voice, demonstrating an important if little remembered truth: ‘The poetry is not in the pity. To hell with your generalized pity. What the survivor remembers is not the fears he knew, the pains, but the faces and a few words of the men who were with him at the front.’ Guy Chapman, OBE, MC, served with the 13th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers in France, Belgium and Germany from 1914 to 1920. Born in 1889, he died in 1972, having been a barrister, soldier, publisher, teacher, student of economics, professor of modern history and writer.

Supplying the British Army in the First World War

Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM’s Great War diary is of unusual scope and exceptional interest. Albert was a First World War motorcycle dispatch rider attached to the Headquarters 37th Division. His wideranging role enabled him to witness much more than his fellow men who were restricted to the trenches. One day he would be dodging shell holes and ammunition limbers to take his dispatches to the front, the next commenting on the quaint but often courageous lives of the local populace. As a result his diary entries, and some longer descriptions of the main actions of the Division, provide a graphic record of the war on the Western Front. Throughout the diary are colorful and amusing anecdotes about his fellow soldiers, and critical comments on the strategies and tactics employed by the officers. Despatch Rider on the Western Front 1915-1918 offers a unique opportunity for readers to immerse themselves in a well written and objective firsthand account of life and death on the Western Front.

Children at War 1914–1918 “It’s My War Too!”

Janet MacDonald

Vivien Newman

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52672-537-0

Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach, but it also marches in its boots and its uniforms, carrying or driving its weapons and other equipment, and all this material has to be ordered from headquarters, produced and delivered. Janet Macdonald’s detailed and scholarly new study explains how this enormously complex task of organization and labor was carried out by the British army during the First World War. She describes the personnel who performed these tasks, from the government and military command in London to those who handled the items in the field. They were responsible for clothing, accommodation, medicine, transport, hand weapons, armament and communications—a vast logistical network that had evolved to keep millions of men in the field. Janet MacDonald took her MA in Maritime History at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, London, and her PhD at King’s College London, where she was awarded a Laughton Scholarship. Her thesis was on the administration of naval victualling.


$24.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 pages of black and white plates / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-52674-845-4

$29.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47382-107-1

For most British readers, the phrase ‘children during the war’ conjures up images of the evacuees of the Second World War. Somehow, surprisingly, the children of the Great War have been largely and unjustifiably overlooked. However, this book takes readers to the heart of the Children’s War 1914-1918. The age range covered, from birth to 17 years, as well as the richness of children’s own writings and the breadth of English, French and German primary and secondary sources, allows readers readers to experience wartime childhood and adolescence from multiple, multi-national standpoints. At times humorous, at others terrifying, this book totally alters perceptions of what it was like to be young in the First World War. Readers will marvel at children’s courage, ingenuity, patriotism and pacifism and wholeheartedly agree with the child who stated, ‘What was done to us was wrong’.

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Lionel Morris and the Red Baron

Benedict Williamson edited by Nigel Cave

Jill Bush

From Messines to the Armistice

Air War on the Somme

$39.95 / 216 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 12 maps and B&W plate section / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-989-8

$39.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 25 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-222-3

Happy Days in France and Flanders was written by Benedict Williamson within three years of the end of the First World War. It is a vivid account of his experiences, starting with the trauma of working in a Casualty Clearing Station during the Battle of Messines 1917. Williamson was an articulate man and a shrewd observer of the War; his contribution to the literature of the war is significant and Happy Days is worthy of this major revision by a well known authority on the Great War.

Nineteen-year-old Lionel Morris left the infantry for the wood and wires of the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front in 1916, joining one of the world’s first fighter units alongside the great ace Albert Ball. Learning on the job, in dangerously unpredictable machines, Morris came of age as a combat pilot on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, as the R.F.C. was winning a bloody struggle for admiralty of the air.

In this completely new and revised edition, there are a number of new features: an extended biographical essay, notes on some of the characters, maps and a plate section.

Told through previously unpublished archive material, the words of contemporaries and official records, Lionel Morris and the Red Baron traces a short but extraordinary life; and reveals how Morris’s role in history was rediscovered one hundred years after his death.

Father Benedict Williamson became a Catholic in 1896 (when he changed his name) and was subsequently ordained for the Archdiocese of Southwark. He was much involved in the refoundation of the Brigettine Order and made a failed attempt to establish a male branch of it.

Jill Bush worked mainly in the arts after graduating from Aberdeen University. Her research on the Royal Flying Corps began when she became curious about a family legend of a connection with the Red Baron.

The Killing of the Iron Twelve

An Account of the Largest Execution of British Soldiers on the Western Front in the First World War Hedley Malloch

$39.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52671-857-0

Why did the Germans brutally and illegally execute a group of British soldiers who had been trapped behind the lines during the retreat to the Marne in 1914? Hedley Malloch, in this gripping and meticulously researched account, vividly describes the fate the soldiers on the run, and of the French civilians who sheltered them. He tells a dramatic and tragic story of escape, betrayals and punishment that also gives a fascinating insight into the life stories of the soldiers and civilians involved and the mind-set of the German army on the Western Front. The book names the German officers responsible for this atrocity, and explores their motivations. Hedley Malloch is Chair of the Iron Memorial Fund and an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association. He has taught management in business schools throughout Europe, latterly at the Catholic University of Lille. He holds a PhD awarded by the University of Glasgow.

The Newcastle Commercials

16th (S) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in the Great War Ian S Johnson edited by Nigel Cave

$60 / 304 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 425 black and white illustrations and 30 maps / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-531-7

In outline it is a common story; but, as for all the Pals battalions, its unusual origins and its very close connection to a local area, in this case Newcastle, provide an enduring fascination for today’s generation. Ian Richardson has worked extraordinarily hard to gather documents from members of the battalion—letters, diaries and recollections—as well as numerous photographs. He has prepared extensive appendices on its membership and its casualties. The outcome is a fitting tribute to these young men from Newcastle men of a century ago who, for whatever motive, answered their country’s call, all too many of whom paid for it with their lives or their health. Ian Johnson has always been a Newcastle Commercial man, starting work at the age of sixteen in the well-known Bainbridge Department Store in 1977, now part of the John Lewis Partnership.

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Your Towns & Cities in the Great War

Your Towns & Cities in the Great War

Your Towns & Cities in the Great War

Your Towns & Cities in the Great War

Your Towns & Cities in the Great War

Barking and Dagenham in the Great War

Canterbury in the Great War

Enfield in the Great War

Hythe in the Great War

Poole in the Great War

$19.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Black and white illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47383-415-6

$19.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.5 / Black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47383-408-8

$19.95 / 208 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 25 black and white illustrations / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47385-075-0

$24.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 100 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47383-407-1

$19.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47383-519-1

Your Towns & C­ ities in World War Two

Your Towns & C­ ities in World War Two

Your Towns & ­Cities in World War Two

Derbyshire at War 1939–45

Hull at War 1939–45

Stephen Wynn

Stephen Wynn

Glynis Cooper


Stephen Wynn

Stephen Wynn

The Air Raids

A History of the Yorkshire A Story of Invasion, Watford at War Royal Hospital Uprising and Conflict Chelsea 1682– Paul C Levitt 1939–45 2017 Eugenia Russell and Quentin Russell

Stephen Wynn and Tanya Wynn

$24.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 25 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47386-090-2

$24.95 / 160 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 25 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47389-170-8

$29.95 / 240 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 64 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52-675144-7

David Bilton and Malcolm K Mann $24.95 / 176 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 50 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-47387-587-6

Stephen Wynn

$24.95 / 144 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 20 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-255-0

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The History Behind Game of Thrones The North Remembers David C. Weinczok

$34.95 / 280 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 32 black and white illustrations / July 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52674-900-0

A wall in the distant north cuts the world in two. Ruthless seaborne warriors raid the coasts from their war galleys, yearning to regain lost glories. A young nobleman and his kin are slaughtered under a banner of truce within a mighty castle. A warrior king becomes a legend when he smites his foe with one swing of his ax during a nationforging battle. Yet this isn’t Westeros—it’s Scotland. Writer and presenter David C. Weinczok draws on a vast array of characters, events, places, and themes from Scottish history that echo Game of Thrones at every dramatic turn. Visit the castle where the real Red Wedding transpired, encounter the fearsome historical tribes beyond Rome’s great wall, learn how a blood-red heart became the most feared sigil in Scotland, and much more.

David C. Weinczok is a writer, presenter, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland based in Edinburgh. He is a regular features ­writer for The Scots Magazine and has composed works on Scottish history for History Today and History Scotland.

The History of Toy Soldiers Luigi Toiati with a preface by James Opie $59.95 / 640 pages / 6.5 x 9.5 / 600 color illustrations / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-47389-729-8

Humans have made and collected toy soldiers from time immemorial. They amuse and comfort us, awaken our curiosity, turn aggressiveness into creativity. In The History of Toy Soldiers, Luigi Toiati, himself an avid collector and manufacturer of toy soldiers, conveys and shares the pleasure of collecting and playing with them. Far from a dry encyclopedia, it leads the reader through the fascinating evolution of the toy soldier from ancient times to the early twenty-first century. The author, as a sociologist with an interest in semiotics (the study of signs), offers truly original insights into why different types of toy soldiers were born in a given period and country, or why in a given size and material. The author’s writing is packed with factual detail about the different types of toy (and model) soldiers and their manufacturers, but also with anecdotes, nostalgia, wit and his enduring passion for the subject. Hundreds of beautiful color photographs, many depicting the author’s own collection, complete this delightful book. Luigi Toiati makes his own soldiers and founded Garibaldi & Co. Toy Soldiers. James Opie is the toy soldier consultant to Bonham’s auctioneers and recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject.

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Women of the Third Reich From Camp Guards to Combatants Tim Heath

$32.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 30 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-945-2

The women of the Third Reich were a vital part in a complex and vilified system. What was their role within its administration, the concentration camps, and the Luftwaffe and militia units and how did it evolve in the way it did? We hear from women who issued typewritten dictates from above through to those who operated telephones, radar systems, fought fires as the cities burned around them, drove concentration camp inmates to their deaths like cattle, fired anti-aircraft guns at Allied aircraft and entered the militias when faced with the impending destruction of what should have been a one thousand-year Reich. Every testimony is unique, each person a victim of circumstance entwined within the thorns of an ideological obligation. Women of the Third Reich provides an intriguing, humorous, brutal, shocking and unrelenting narrative journey into the half lights of the hell of human consciousness— sometimes at its worst. Tim Heath’s previous books are Hitler’s Girls: Doves Amongst Eagles, In Hitler’s Shadow: PostWar Germant & the Girls of the BDM, and Hitler’s Germany: The Birth of Extremism


Pen and Sword TankCraft



StuG III and StuG IV

Panther Tanks


German Army and Waffen-SS Western Front, 1944–1945 Dennis Oliver

Germany Army and Waffen-SS, Defence of the West, 1945 Dennis Oliver

British Cold War Main Battle Tank Robert Jackson

$24.95 / 64 pages / 200 color & black and white illustrations / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-142-4

$24.95 / 64 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / 200 color & black and white illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-586-5

$22.95 / 64 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / 200 color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52675-590-2

Dennis Oliver uses archive photos and extensively researched color illustrations to examine the StuG III and StuG IV deployed by the German army and the Waffen-SS during these doomed campaigns. 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 these historic armored vehicles.

Dennis Oliver uses archive photos and extensively researched color illustrations to examine the Panther tanks and units of the German army and Waffen-SS panzer battalions that struggled to resist the Allied onslaught.





British Military Test and Evaluation Aircraft

The Jeep

Second World War Lance Cole

$22.95 / 64 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-651-1

A selection of archive photographs showing the Jeep in service in European and Pacific campaigns gives a graphic impression of how adaptable the Jeep was and records the variety of equipment it could carry. The book is an excellent source for the modeler, providing details of available kits, together with specially commissioned color profiles recording how the Jeeps used by different units and armies appeared. Lance Cole’s introduction to the Jeep is necessary reading and reference for enthusiasts and modelers.


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 these historic tanks.

American Halftracks of the Second World War Robert Jackson

$22.95 / 64 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-655-9

The M2 and M3 half-tracks were among the most successful armored vehicles produced by American industry during WWII. A selection of archive photographs showing the M2/M3 in action gives a graphic impression of how adaptable these vehicles were and records the range of equipment they could carry. The book is an excellent source for the modeler, providing details of available kits, together with specially commissioned color profiles demonstrating how the M2/M3 used by different units and armies appeared.

The British Chieftain was perhaps the best main battle tank in service with NATO during the 1960s and 1970s. As well as tracing the history of the Chieftain, Robert Jackson’s work provides an excellent source of reference for the modeler, providing details of available kits and photographs of awardwinning models, together with artworks showing the color schemes applied to these tanks. Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.

The Golden Years 1945–1975

Malcolm V Lowe and Mark Rolfe $32.95 / 72 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / 100 color & black and white illustrations / July 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-671-9

Alongside the technical aspects of military testing and development, are the many and varied color schemes and markings carried by the aircraft themselves – not only by the brand-new experimental designs, but by existing production machines, suitably modified, to greater or lesser degrees, to develop the technical advances in systems and weaponry.

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Pen and Sword Normandy’s Nightmare War

The French Experience of Nazi Occupation and Allied Bombing 1940–45 Douglas Boyd

$29.95 / 224 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 40 black and white illustrations / September 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-581-1

Tourists passing through the ferry ports like Boulogne, Cherbourg and Dunkirk may wonder why there are so few old buildings. Few know that the demolition which preceded the extensive urban renewal of the ancient town centers was effected by British bombs during four years of hell for the people living there. Before its belated liberation three ghastly months after D-Day, the sirens in Le Havre wailed 1,060 times to warn of approaching British and American bombers. Told largely in the words of French, German and Allied eyewitnesses—including the moving last letters of executed hostages—this is the story of Normandy’s nightmare war. Douglas Boyd is a former BBC TV producer/director who began collecting first-hand accounts of the French experience of Second World War in 1968 while working on television programmes commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.


Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars Roger Branfill-Cook

$28.95 / 64 pages / 9.25 x 11.5 / 200 illustrations / December 2019 / paperback / 978-1-52674-906-2

The ShipCraft series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeler through a brief history of the subject, highlighting differences between ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring color profiles and highly detailed line drawings and scale plans. This volume is something of a departure for the series in covering a wide variety of the types, at first improvised and then purpose-built for the Brown Water conflict. Besides the well-known American involvement, the book also covers some of the craft used by the French in their earlier struggle with Vietnamese guerrillas. With its unparalleled level of visual information – paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs – this book is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these unusual craft.

Neville Chamberlain’s ­Legacy

Hitler, Munich and the Path to War Nicholas Milton

$49.95 / 248 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 40 black and white illustrations / December 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-225-5

Neville Chamberlain has gone down in history as the architect of appeasement, the Prime Minister who, by sacrificing Czechoslovakia at Munich in September 1938, put Britain on an inevitable path to war. In this radical new appraisal of the most vilified politician of the twentieth century, historian Nicholas Milton claims that by placating Hitler, Chamberlain not only reflected public opinion but also embraced the zeitgeist of the time. Chamberlain also bought Britain It is with the hindsight of history that we understand Chamberlain’s failure to ultimately prevent a war from happening. vital time to rearm when Hitler’s military machine was at its zenith. Yet by placing him within the context of his time, this fascinating new history provides a unique perspective in to the lives and mind-set of the people of Britain during the lead up to the Second World War. Nicholas Milton is a military historian specializing in the Second World War who has written for British newspapers and Britain at War magazine.

Fittest of the Fit

Health and Morale in the Royal Navy, 1939–1945 Kevin Brown

$49.95 / 256 pages / 6 x 9.5 / 16 illustrations / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-52673-427-3

‘Fittest of the fit’ was the Royal Navy’s boast about its personnel, a claim based on a recruitment process that was effectively self-selection. This book examines that basic assumption and many of the issues that followed from it. Beginning with the medical aspects of recruitment, it looks at how health and fitness was maintained in the adverse environment of sea service, including the particularly onerous extremes of arctic and tropical conditions, and life for its submariners and airmen as well as those in the surface fleet. To put this all into context, comparisons are made with the other British services as well as US Navy practice. From this emerges a rounded picture of a crucially important factor in the wartime success of the Senior Service.. Kevin Brown is the Curator of the Alexander Fleming Museum at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and an expert on the history of medicine. His previous books include Fighting Fit, and Poxed & Scurvied.

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Sabrestorm Command and Valour

To War Without Arms

The Grand Strategy of D-Day & the Battle for Normandy and how 21 Heroic Deeds Helped Enable Victory

The D-Day Diary of an Army Chaplain Rev. Alexander Reynolds RAChD edited by Dr. Simon Trew

Stuart Robertson

$29.95 / 152 pages / 6.4 x 9.4 / 85 photographs/ illustrations / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78122-014-6

$37.95 / 208 pages / 8.2 x 10.2 / 106 photographs + 30 maps / Currently Available / hardback / 978-1-78122-011-5

It is amazing to consider that many of the most commonly held perceptions of what exactly happened in 1944 are nothing but deeply ingrained myths, repeated so often that they now go unchallenged. In Command and Valor, the author addresses these myths head on, and without taking prisoners, readdresses the truth of the battle reaching conclusions which may surprise many of those who thought they already knew all there was to know on such an iconic subject. Alongside this story, the author recounts, for the very first time in a single volume, the instances of incredible valor which led to the 21 Victoria Crosses and Medals of Honor to be awarded during the Normandy campaign. Stuart Robertson is a history graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of York St. John. Since 2004 he has worked as a full-time historian and battlefield guide based in Normandy, France. During this time, Stuart has written numerous works focusing on D-Day and the subsequent campaign in North-West Europe.

Pegasus Bridge

Reynolds’s journal provides vivid insights into the everyday experience of British military chaplains in Normandy and throughout the north-west European campaign of 1944–5. During his first week in France, Reynolds personally helped bury around 200 British and German soldiers who died during the D-Day assault. A humane, honest and thoughtful witness of some of the most dramatic events in 20th-Century history, in this book Reynolds tells the story of the campaign in his own words. Dr. Simon Trew has taught for over 25 years in the War Studies Department at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has written or edited many books, among them the 14-volume Battle Zone Normandy series of battlefield tour guides (2004) and D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: a Photographic History (2012). He has appeared in more than 50 television historical documentaries and live programmes, among them BBC commemorative anniversary broadcasts from Normandy.

The Silencing of the Merville Battery

A WW2 Pocket Guide Neil Barber

A WW2 Pocket Guide Neil Barber

$7.95 / 52 pages / 4 x 6 / illustrated throughout / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78122-012-2

$7.95 / 52 pages / 4 x 6 / illustrated throughout / Currently Available / paperback / 978-1-78122-013-9

Pegasus Bridge is a legendary part of the D-Day story but myths and misunderstandings abound. The 6th Airborne Division was to begin landing in this area during the early hours of D-Day with a mission to protect the eastern flank of the seaborne landings, commencing a few hours later. For the British and Canadians, this was just beyond Ouistreham, on the beaches codenamed SWORD, JUNO and GOLD.

With the decision for the D-Day invasion to take place in Normandy, the Merville Battery’s location became of paramount importance as it had the ability to fire along the length of the proposed SWORD Beach. It was imperative that the Battery be silenced before the landings began.

The very first operation of D-Day was to be the capture of the Caen Canal Bridge (Pegasus Bridge) and the River Orne Bridge (Horsa Bridge) a little further up the road. These were the only two bridges between the sea and Caen and so were vital for the linking of the seaborne and airborne forces and also the resupply of the Airborne Division and evacuation of its wounded.

Attempts were made by RAF Bomber Command to destroy the site, but with the casemate walls being in places up to two meters thick and covered with earth, they proved to be almost impervious to to bombs. Airborne Forces, in the shape of the British 6th Airborne Division had many important tasks for D-Day, not least of which was the silencing of the Merville Battery. This formidable task was assigned to Lieutenant Colonel Terence Otway’s 9th Parachute Battalion.

This comprehensive pocket guide is designed for anyone visiting the site but is equally useful for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what went on and where.

This comprehensive pocket guide is designed for anyone visiting the Merville Battery but is equally useful for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what went on and where.


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Savas Beatie Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series

The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg

An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9–July 14, 1863 Bradley M. Gottfried

$34.95 / 240 pages / 7 x 10 / 82 maps / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-479-6

The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 - July 14, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his seventh book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series. The Maps of Gettysburg, Gottfried’s inaugural and groundbreaking atlas published in 2007, covered only a small portion of the cavalry’s actions during the seminal campaign. This book addresses that topic in-depth in a way that no other study has ever achieved. It plows new ground by breaking down the entire campaign into sixteen map sets or “action sections,” enriched with 82 detailed full-page color maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental and battery level, and include the march to and from the battlefield and virtually every significant event in between. At least two—and as many as ten—maps accompany each map set. Keyed to each piece of cartography is a full-facing page of detailed text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the cavalry actions come alive. This presentation allows readers to easily and quickly find a map and text on virtually any portion of the campaign. Serious students will appreciate the extensive and authoritative endnotes and complete order of battle, and take it with them on trips to the battlefields. A final bonus is that the maps unlock every other book or article written on any aspect of the cavalry’s actions during this important campaign. Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried recently retired, from working in higher education for more than four decades, beginning as a full-time faculty member and ending as president of the College of Southern Maryland. He also serves as a board member of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.

The Confederacy’s Most Modern General James Longstreet and the American Civil War Harold M. Knudsen LTC (Ret.)

$32.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 10 images, 5 maps / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-475-8

The Civil War is often called the first “modern war.” Sandwiched between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, the Civil War spawned a host of “firsts” and is often looked upon as a precursor to the larger and more deadly 20th century conflicts. Confederate General James Longstreet made some of the most profound modern contributions to the art of war. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Knudsen explains what he did and how he did it in The Confederacy’s Most Modern General: James Longstreet and the American Civil War. LTC Knudsen’s thoughtful study ties comparatives from the Napoleonic era through World War II and beyond back to the Civil War, and in doing so, demonstrates that Longstreet evolved his thinking across several battles, and how his innovations appeared in future wars. Longstreet was not the sole agent of all modern change away from the Napoleonic method, but his contributions were very significant, executed on a large scale, and demonstrated that he was a modern thinker unparalleled in the Confederate Army. This work draws heavily on 20th Century Army doctrine, field training, staff planning, command, and combat experience, and is the first serious treatment of Longstreet’s generalship vis a vis modern warfare. Not everyone will agree with LTC’s Knudsen’s conclusions, but it will now be impossible to write about the general without referencing this important study. LTC Harold M. Knudsen is an Illinois native. His career spans twenty five years of active duty Army service, and includes seven resident career artillery, command and staff Army schools and colleges. He spent nine years in Germany training tactics offensive armored warfare, as well as peace-keeping and counter-insurgency training. A combat veteran of Desert Storm, he performed extensive artillery fire planning and execution in support of the U.S. breakthrough of the Iraqi line and penetration into Iraq. He has also served in the Iraq Campaign. His years of staff work at the Corps, Army, and Pentagon levels give him a strong understanding of army operations from the lowest to highest levels.

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Savas Beatie The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour


Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864

Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger

Jerry T. Wooten

$19.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 1 image, 10 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-464-2

“Johnsonville” doesn’t mean much to most students of the Civil War. Yet, its contribution to the Union victory in the Western Theater is difficult to overstate, and its history is complex, fascinating, and heretofore mostly untold. Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864, remedies that oversight with the first fulllength treatment of this subject.

Terry L. Jones

Like many other soldiers who fought in the Civil War, New Orleans newspaper editor William J. Seymour left behind an account of his wartime experiences. It is the only memoir by any field or staff officer of the famous 1st Louisiana Brigade (Hays’ Brigade) in the Army of Northern Virginia. Long out of print, The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger is available once more in this updated and completely revised edition by award-winning author Terry L. Jones. Seymour’s invaluable narrative begins with his service as a volunteer aide to Confederate Gen. Johnson K. Duncan during the 1862 New Orleans campaign. Utilizing his journalistic background and eye for detail, Seymour recalls in great detail the siege of Fort Jackson (the only Southern soldier’s account except for official reports), the bickering and confusion among Confederate officers, and the subsequent mutiny and surrender of the fort’s defenders. Seymour’s memoirs cover his experiences in the army of Northern Virginia in great detail, including the campaigns of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Shenandoah Valley, ending with the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864. His pen recounts the activities of the Louisiana Brigade while offering a critical analysis of the tactics and strategies employed by the army Terry L. Jones received his Ph.D. in history at Texas A&M University and is professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has published eight books on the Civil War.


$19.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 18 images, 5 maps / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-477-2

Wooten unearthed a wealth of new material that sheds light on the creation and strategic role of the Union supply depot, the use of railroads and logistics, and its defense by U. S. Colored Troops. His study covers the emergence of a civilian town around the depot, and the roll all of this played in making possible the Union victories with which we are all familiar. This sterling monograph also includes the best and most detailed account of the Battle of Johnsonville. Prior works on Johnsonville focus on Forrest’s operations, but Wooten’s deep original archival research peels back the decades to reveal significantly more on that battle as well as what life was like in and around the area for both military men and civilians. Jerry T. Wooten, Ph.D., is the Park Manager for Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN. Jerry is an American History and Public History graduate of Austin Peay State University (BS), Murray State University (MA), and Middle Tennessee State University (Ph.D.) He serves on the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association’s Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker at Civil War roundtables, historical organizations, state and national parks, and museums.

From Texas to Rome

Fighting World War II and the Italian Campaign with the 36th Infantry Division Fred L. Walker

$34.95 / 456 pages / 6 x 9 / 30 images, 6 maps / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-482-6

Major General Fred Walker assumed command of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division in September 1941. He led it for the next 34 months through training, overseas deployment, and World War II’s horrific Italian campaign. Throughout, Walker kept a daily journal in which he recorded his experiences on and off the battlefield. The diary was originally published in a limited run in 1969 and has been out of print for decades. Thanks to the efforts of the Texas Military Forces Museum, Walker’s remarkable and very rare memoir is available once more. General Walker’s wartime journal provides a refreshingly candid version of some of World War II’s most important battles, as well as a frank appraisal of key figures in the Allied high command and their military operations. This unique and thoroughly gripping account puts readers at General Walker’s side as he argues against the disastrous Rapido operation, worries about his men fighting in Italy’s bitter conditions, and fights to overcome his superior’s doubts to plan and execute the daring attack on Monte Artemisio, which broke the Anzio stalemate and landed the Allies in Rome four days later.

Fred L. Walker (1887–1969) was a native of Ohio and graduate of Ohio State University. He earned a Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart at the Second Battle of the Marne during World War I. After his distinguished World War II career, he was assigned to command the Infantry School at Fort Benning in July 1944.

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Savas Beatie Bloody Ban Banastre Tarleton and the American Revolution, 1776–1783

Oscar E. Gilbert and Catherine R. Gilbert $32.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 16 images, 6 maps / November 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-485-7

The Continentals had no doubt: Banastre Tarleton was the most barbaric and hated officer in America. Given his historical importance, surprisingly little has been written about the dashing cavalry leader; this is the first modern biography to appear in more than half a century. Tarleton enjoyed a meteoric rise in rank and stature. He began the war at age 22 in 1776 as a cornet (lieutenant), and by 1781, the 26-year-old was a lieutenant colonel and leader of the feared Loyalist British Legion (“Tarleton’s Raiders”), a combined arms brigade recruited in the northern colonies and sent south to terrorize and subdue its rebellious citizenry. Lord Cornwallis considered him his right-hand man, and entrusted Tarleton with the most difficult of missions. The authors have utilized period records and personal accounts to unravel the complex story (and debunk several myths) of Tarleton’s extraordinary career. As Bloody Ban makes clear, the cavalryman possessed an exceedingly talented military mind, but was consumed by overweening ambition that clouded his judgments. Oscar E. “Ed” Gilbert Jr. served as an artilleryman and NCO instructor in the Marine Corps Reserve before earning a Ph.D., working for the Geological Survey in Alabama, and teaching at Auburn University. Ed was the author of many books and was awarded the 2016 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa (2015). He passed away in 2019. Catherine R. Gilbert’s interest in genealogy led to extensive research into the organization and function of the Southern state militias in the American Revolution.

The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 1780-1783

The Diary of Count of Lauberdière, General Rochambeau’s Nephew and Aide-de-Camp Norman Desmarais

$32.95 / 312 pages / 6 x 9 / 1 chart, 8 maps / October 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-483-3

The fate of the American Revolution had yet to be decided when a remarkable 21-yearold Frenchman arrived in America. LouisFrançois-Bertrand, the Count of Lauberdière, belonged to an old noble family that traced its heritage back to the Crusades. The Count kept one of the most remarkable diaries of the entire war, and it is published here for the first time. His keen eye and sharp descriptions of the Army’s daily activities and movements provide a wealth of information for inquisitive readers and historians—details found only in this diary. Serving as aide-de-camp on General Rochambeau’s staff, the young and welleducated Lauberdière enjoyed a unique perspective of the war. He rubbed shoulders with some of the Revolution’s most important personalities (including George Washington and Lafayette), and was in the epicenter of many of the war’s momentous events. With its expertly crafted footnotes, maps, and illustrations, this book offers a fresh and invigorating firsthand account that will satisfy even the most demanding student of the American Revolution.

Norman Desmarais is professor emeritus at Providence College and an active reenactor. He is a member of Le Régiment Bourbonnais, the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment and the Brigade of the American Revolution.

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The Guns of September

A Novel of McClellan’s Army in Maryland, 1862

Alexander B. Rossino $25 / 336 pages / 6 x 9 / 3 maps / September 2019 / hardback / 978-1-61121-476-5

After John Pope’s devastating defeat at Second Bull Run, George McClellan reconstitutes the Army of the Potomac and marches in pursuit of Robert E. Lee’s invading Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates have pushed north of the Potomac River into the border state of Maryland in search of one more decisive victory that might bring about Southern independence. Fortune smiles on “Little Mac” when a lost copy of Lee’s orders falls into his hands, revealing the Rebel general’s plan to divide his army and capture the Union garrison at Harper’s Ferry. McClellan pushes his army and catches Lee by surprise at South Mountain, where he inflicts a decisive defeat that turns Lee’s plan on its head and his army back against the Potomac for a final stand at Sharpsburg on September 17. The resulting battle could decide the fate of the nation. Readers live the high-stakes drama through the gritty minutiae experienced by a host of historical characters—including a diligent General McClellan, the hard-fighting Joseph Hooker, a frustrated Ambrose Burnside, and the aggressive George Armstrong Custer. The Guns of September is a sweeping account, superbly written with a “you-arethere” sense that will linger with you long after you finish the book. It is a masterful conclusion to his earlier volume Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862, which is written from the Confederate perspective.

Award-winning author and historian Alexander B. Rossino is a resident of Boonsboro, MD.


Savas Beatie Emerging Revolutionary War

Emerging Revolutionary War

The Winter that Won the War

A Handsome Flogging The Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778

The Winter Encampment at Valley Forge, 1777-1778

William R. Griffith IV

Phillip S. Greenwalt

$14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images, 10 maps / August 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-495-6

$14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images, 10 maps / October 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-493-2

Valley Forge conjures up images of cold, desperation, and starvation. Yet Valley Forge also became the winter of transformation and improvement that set the Continental Army on the path to military victory and the fledgling nation on the path to independence. Phillip S. Greenwalt takes the reader on campaign in the year 1777 and through the winter encampment, detailing the various changes that took place within Valley Forge that ultimately led to the success of the American cause. Walk with the author through 1777 and into 1778 and see how these months truly were the winter that won war.

Phillip S. Greenwalt is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and historical editor for the Emerging Revolutionary War series. He is also a fulltime contributor to the Emerging Civil War series.

June 1778 was a tumultuous month in the annals of American military history. Somehow, General George Washington and the Continental Army were able to survive a string of defeats around Philadelphia in 1777 and a desperate winter at Valley Forge. Historian William Griffith retells the story of what many historians have dubbed the “battle that made the American army,” and takes you along the routes trekked by both armies on their marches toward destiny. Follow in the footsteps of heroes (and a heroine) who, on a hot summer day, met in desperate struggle in the woods and farm fields around Monmouth Court House. William Griffith received his BA in History from Shepherd University in 2014, and MA in Military History from Norwich University in 2018. He has previously worked as a historical interpreter at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland, and is currently employed by the Gettysburg Foundation.

Emerging Civil War

Emerging Civil War

Emerging Civil War

On to Richmond!


A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

Richmond During the Civil War Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw

The Union’s Most Infamous POW Camp of the Civil War Derek Maxfield

$14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images, 10 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-491-8

$14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images, 10 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-487-1

“On To Richmond!” cried editors for the New York Tribune in the spring of 1861. Thereafter, that call became the rallying cry for the North’s eastern armies as they marched, and fought their way toward the capital of the Confederacy. The authors tell the story of the Confederate capital before, during, and after the Civil War. This guidebook includes a comprehensive list of places to visit: the battlefields around the city, museums, historic sites, monuments, cemeteries, historical preservation groups, and more.

Derek Maxfield contextualizes the rise of prison camps during the Civil War, explores the failed exchange of prisoners, and tells the tale of the creation and evolution of the prison camp in Elmira.


Long called by some the “Andersonville of the North,” the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, NY, is remembered as the most notorious of all Union-run POW camps. It existed for only a year—from the summer of 1864 to July 1865—but in that time it became darkly emblematic of man’s inhumanity to man.

The Fall of New Orleans, 1862 Mark F. Bielski

$14.95 / 192 pages / 6 x 9 / 150 images, 10 maps / November 2019 / paperback / 978-1-61121-489-5

History has not devoted a great deal of attention to the fall of New Orleans, a Civil War drama that was an early harbinger of the dark days to come for the Confederacy. Here, Mark F. Bielski tells of the leaders and men who fought for control of New Orleans, the largest city in the South, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy.

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