Military History

  1. Aldershot's Military Heritage by Paul H. Vickers

    Aldershot has, for over a hundred and sixty years, been famous as an “Army town”; indeed its name has become synonymous across the country with the Army. Yet now it is a town undergoing considerable change. Not only has the garrison recently been completely rebuilt, but 148 hectares of old Army land has been given over to civilian redevelopment, on...
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  2. The Second World War in 100 Facts by Clive Pearson

    I was delighted when Amberley Publishing asked me to write a book on the Second World War for their 100 Facts series. I had already completed a manuscript for a book about Britain at war in 1939-45 and so I was able to include points from my research on this as well as from an article published previously about the...
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  3. Lost Lions of Judah: Haile Selassie's Mongrel Foreign Legion 1935-41 by Christopher Othen

    Haile Selassie's Mongrel Foreign Legion 1935-41 In the autumn of 1935 Addis Ababa was getting nervous. The Italians were just over the border building an army. A minor clash earlier in the year had escalated into threats, and military action. Now, Mussolini’s men were preparing to invade. Some of the Ethiopian capital’s inhabitants were worried by something closer to home...
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  4. Her Finest Hour: The Heroic Life of Diana Rowden by Gabrielle McDonald-Rothwell

    Many people have asked me what prompted me as a New Zealander living many thousands of miles from the UK to write this book – a book about Diana Rowden, a lone English woman, an agent and courier for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The story of how I began to write this biography began around the year 2004 when...
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  5. Jihad: The Ottomans and the Allies 1914–1922 by Andrew Hyde

    The Ottomans and the Allies 1914–1922 In March, 2003 the US and United Kingdom invaded Iraq. Both President Bush and Prime Minister Blair were implored not to proceed with what created arguably one of the greatest avoidable human disasters in recent history, resulting in a catastrophic loss of human life and the expenditure of eye watering amounts of treasure. Mustapha...
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  6. Northumberland and Tyneside's War by Neil R. Storey and Fiona Kay

    Both Fiona and I have been captivated by and collected the stories, photographs and memorabilia of our local men and women who ‘did their bit’ since we were kids when we first heard some tales of the Great War from the veterans we knew back then. They would say with some pride that they ‘did their bit’ and would share...
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  7. A Spitfire Pilot's Story - Pat Hughes by Dennis Newton

    THEY CALLED IT A ‘STUFFY SPREAD’ Air Marshal Sir Hugh ‘Stuffy’ Dowding not only commanded RAF Fighter Command, he was its chief architect from the very beginning when it was created in 1936. He built it into the formidable weapon it became just in time for its ‘finest hour’ saving Britain in the violent, dark days of crisis in 1940...
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  8. Operation Big - The Dirty Secret by Colin Brown

    Researching my book, Operation Big – The Race to Stop Hitler’s A-Bomb, forced me to revise my view of the biggest event of the 20th Century – the dropping of the nuclear bomb of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. I had been brought up to believe that the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan to force Emperor Hirohito into surrender...
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  9. Why do I collect bayonets? by Graham Priest

    As a post Second World child my first eight years of existence were spent without a television and largely without regular access to a motor car. Radio and cinema was a big influence, but real-life experience and the printed word were the vehicles for much information or imaginative entertainment. Life in a suburb of the City of Bath revolved around...
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  10. Jutland – the most Decisive Battle of the First World War by Phil Carradice

    The Battle of Jutland, fought on 31 May 1916, has long been regarded as an indecisive stalemate with neither side willing to risk the safety of its capital ships. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Jutland was actually the most significant action fought during the four long years of war, either on land or on the ocean...
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