From the author of The Perfect Storm, a gripping book about Sebastian Junger's almost-fatal year with the 2nd battalion of the American Army. They were known as 'The Rock'. For one year, in 2007-2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the storied 2nd battalion of the U.S. Army, as they fought t... read more
|Author:||John 'Lofty' Wiseman|
The bestselling compact guide on how to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea. This updated edition contains all the latest techniques on survival training and timeless advice from the foremost expert in survival, Lofty Wiseman. All of it is rooted in the training techniques of the Special Air Service, the w... read more
|Awards:||Winner of Independent Foreign Fiction Award 1994.|
Kien's job is to search the Jungle of Screaming Souls for corpses. He knows the area well - this was where, in the dry season of 1969, his battalion was obliterated by American napalm and helicopter gunfire. Kien was one of only ten survivors. This book is his attempt to understand the eleven years of his life he gave to a se... read more
A military history exclusive - the most important book ever written about the SAS in the words of its founding members. 'We've been approached something like 25 times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren't going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.' - Colonel Sir... read more
A biography of the "Arizona Balloon Buster," the first pilot to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Frank Luke, Jr., was an unlikely pilot. In the Great War, when fliers were still "knights of the air," Luke was an ungallant loner, a kid from Arizona who collected tarantulas, shot buzzards, and boxed miners. But during two... read more
The story of the first dramatic naval battle of the First World War, in which Graf von Spee won a notable victory over the British at Coronel in Chile, and the ensuing rematch at the Falkland Islands where the British fleet turned defeat into a tremendous victory.
|Author:||Ian Gooderson (Lecturer, Joint Service Command Staff College, Wiltshire)|
When you hold the high ground on the battlefield you have the advantage and you should prevail. The German Tenth Army held the Allied forces at bay for four long months when they secured the monastery at Monte Cassino before they were eventually overcome by the greater numbers of better-equipped British and American forces. T... read more
When the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battle cruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by Japanese bombers on 10 December 1941, Winston Churchill is on record as having said 'In all the war I never received a more direct shock' Their loss led to the fall of Singapore to the Japanese and the end of British supremacy in t... read more
The Stonewall Brigade is the most famous fighting unit of the American Civil war, not least for their losses - only 210 ragged, footsore survivors form an initial muster of 6,000! Officially, it was Virginia's First Brigade. Their status changed forever at the Battle of First Manassas. Attacked by seemingly overwhelming Feder... read more
"The 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry had the dubious distinction of being the unit that had fought the biggest battle of the war to date, and had suffered the worst casualties. We and the 1st Battalion." A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vie... read more
It is Autumn, 1942.Hitler's legions have swept across Europe and France has fallen. On the Eastern Front, Soviet Russia reels under the German onslaught. Across the channel, a beleaguered Britain struggles on in near-isolation. And in North Africa, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and his unstoppable Panzers have routed the Eighth... read more
A tribute to the pilots and crews who flew from Lincolnshire during the last war, and whose actions displayed some of the finest examples of courage, professionalism and devotion to duty.
|Author:||Jack D. Hunter|
The classic novel of WWI pilots, which inspired the Hollywood movie of the same name Bruno Stachel is a nobody, a newly recruited junior officer in a First World War German combat squadron. But he is determined not to remain a nobody for long. He has his sights on the Blue Max - the most coveted of all German decorations - ... read more
|Author:||Richard C. Smith|
After having joined the RAF in 1937, New Zealander Al Deere was in the thick of action right from the start of the war, serving with great distinction over France and Dunkirk in May and June of 1940 against the dreaded Messerschmitts. After surviving a crash-landing during a head-on attack he helped defend London and the sout... read more
This is the largely unknown story of an Anzac force which fought not at Gallipoli, but in Greece a generation later.On 12 April, 1941, General Thomas Blamey, commander of the Australian Imperial Force in the Mediterranean, issued an order of the day announcing the formation of a new Anzac Corps. With the very existence of his... read more
This biography draws heavily on the personal diaries of the subject, Robert Hichens (or 'Hitch' as he was universally known). After a brief description of his early life, time at Oxford, his motor racing achievements (including trophies at Le Mans in his Aston Martin) and RN training, the book focuses on his exceptional warti... read more
During the first four years of World War II, Jan Karski worked as a messenger for the underground, risking his life in secret missions. He was captured, tortured, rescued, smuggled through a tunnel into the Warsaw. This is a memoir of Karski which is a courageous testimony of a man who risked everything for his country.
More than a quarter of a century after his death, Douglas Bader remains the most famous fighter pilot Britain has every known. He lost both of his legs a flying accident in 1931, but overcame his disability and returned to the RAF in 1939, rising to command a Canadian fighter squadron and then the first RAF fighter wing durin... read more
This broad-ranging work examines all edged weapons, featuring more than 400 examples from around the world. From the swords and spears of ancient Egypt to the pike and thrusting polearms of medieval Europe, and from the slashing sabres of the 17th century cavalry, to the presentation and dress swords used for show, pomp and c... read more