Military (145)

Valiant Boys

ISBN: 9781909808218

Author: Tony Blackman    Publisher: Grub Street

Following on from the success of Victor Boys and Vulcan Boys, Tony Blackman, in collaboration with Anthony Wright, brings you Valiant Boys to complete the V For...


Following on from the success of Victor Boys and Vulcan Boys, Tony Blackman, in collaboration with Anthony Wright, brings you Valiant Boys to complete the V Force set. This is a fascinating collection of personal accounts of operating Britain's first V bomber by aircrew and ground crew. The book tells the story from the aircraft's birth taking off from Vickers' tiny airfield at Wisley near Brooklands to its premature death from fatigue. There are tales of testing atom bombs in the Australian desert, dropping hydrogen bombs in the middle of the Pacific and, as a complete contrast, attacking airfields with conventional bombs in Egypt during the very brief and abortive Suez campaign. We are reminded of how the Valiant provided the UK's first nuclear deterrent by always having some armed aircraft on stand-by twenty-four hours a day, supported by their air and ground crews, ready to be flown at a moment's notice on a one-way trip to launch an atomic war. Some Valiants were given a photographic role providing accurate images from high altitude and were used not only to gather military intelligence but also to survey the UK and countries overseas. Others were developed into flight refuelling tankers breaking point to point records before enabling Britain's fighter aircraft to be refuelled and fly anywhere in the world. This book completes Tony Blackman's trilogy of the three V bombers. As Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham makes it clear in his foreword: 'It is good to have a book written by aircrew and ground crew telling their stories and how they operated the aircraft so that all these things are recorded and not forgotten.' Not as well known as the Vulcan and Victor, the Valiant is often overlooked; this book will go a long way to redress the balance.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 10-11-2014


Tags: October 2014   Military
$55.00
Into The Blue

ISBN: 9781910690017

Author: Norman Macmillan    Publisher: Grub Street

Into the Blue is widely regarded as a literary classic. Originally published in 1929, and 44 years since its latest publication, Grub Street reintroduces you to...


Into the Blue is widely regarded as a literary classic. Originally published in 1929, and 44 years since its latest publication, Grub Street reintroduces you to Norman Macmillan’s insightful and gripping book about his experiences as a pilot during the First World War. Wing Commander Norman Macmillan, OBE, MC, AFC, DL, was born on 9 August 1892 in Glasgow. After serving sixteen months in the Highland Light Infantry, he joined the RFC in 1916. He learned to fly at Netheravon, and in 1917 went to 45 Squadron on 1½ Strutters. Norman flew many missions on this type and claimed two victories before 45 were re-equipped with Camels in August 1917; Norman then gained his first Camel victory in the same month they arrived. On 11th September he twice claimed Fokker Triplanes out of control during two separate engagements in the space of a few minutes. Macmillan went on to claim nine victories in all. After being injured in an unfortunate accident on 6th January 1918 he did not see further combat and returned to England to become a flight instructor. After his experience in the First World War, he was closely associated with flying for many years and also became an enthusiastic writer of aviation books; of which, Into the Blue is the best. In 1925 Norman was the first person to make an emergency landing at Heathrow, which was then a row of cottages. During World War Two he became wing commander war correspondent, before retiring to Cornwall, where he became Deputy Lord Lieutenant of that county. Norman died on 5 August 1976 aged 83. Norman Macmillan was decorated with the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in 1918 and was also later awarded the prestigious Air Force Cross.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 135 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-07-2015


Tags: July 2015   Military
$45.00
The Battle of Britain : A Miscellany

ISBN: 9781849537421

Author: Norman Ferguson    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Have you ever wondered… Which German asked for a squadron of Spitfires? Who were the Millionaire’s Mob? What was a Jericho Trumpet? Telling the stories of t...


Have you ever wondered… Which German asked for a squadron of Spitfires? Who were the Millionaire’s Mob? What was a Jericho Trumpet? Telling the stories of the commanders, the campaigns, the air raids, the pilots, the aircraft, and the vital invention of air defence radar, from Churchill’s resounding declaration on 18 June 1940 that ‘The Battle of Britain is about to begin’ to 17 September 1940 when Hitler postponed Operation Sealion, this comprehensive miscellany is a compelling guide to this most crucial of Second World War battles – the first to be fought solely in the air.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 116 x 182 mm


Publication Date: 06-07-2015


Tags: July 2015   Military   History
$29.99
The Daily Telegraph Military Obituaries Book Three

ISBN: 9781909808317

Author: David Twiston Davies    Publisher: Grub Street

David Twiston Davies’s latest, highly entertaining collection of 100 Daily Telegraph military obituaries from the last sixteen years includes those celebrated...


David Twiston Davies’s latest, highly entertaining collection of 100 Daily Telegraph military obituaries from the last sixteen years includes those celebrated for their great heroism and involvement in major operations. Others have extraordinary stories barely remembered even by their families. Those featured include Private Harry Patch, the last survivor of those who went ‘over the top’ on the Western Front in 1917 and Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wilson of the Somaliland Camel Corps who learned he had been awarded a posthumous VC in a prison camp. Colonel Clive Fairweather, who organised the SAS attack on the terrorists who seized the Iranian embassy in London in 1980, also features. The Canadian Sergeant Smoky Smith won the VC in Italy but was locked up to ensure he would be sober to receive it at Buckingham Palace; Obergefreiter Henry Metellman was a Panzer driver who, brutally frank about his Eastern Front experiences, later became a groundsman at Charterhouse School. Penny Phillips was an ambulance driver caught up in the retreat from the Germans in 1940. The Italian, Amedeo Guillet, led the last cavalry charge against the British; Australian General Sir Frank Hassett commanded a textbook operation at Maryang San in Korea; and Lieutenant-­Colonel David Garforth Bles was pig-sticking in India when a comrade suddenly disappeared only to be found at the bottom of an enormous well accompanied by his horse with a pig trying to bite both of them.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 416


Dimensions: 138 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 26-10-2015


Tags: Coming Soon   Military
$65.00
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A Dangerous World

ISBN: 9781877368400

Author: Ernest McIvor    Publisher: National Pacific Press

The Middle East is a region steeped in history that has seen the rise and fall of great civilisations and empires over thousands of years. For certain periods o...


The Middle East is a region steeped in history that has seen the rise and fall of great civilisations and empires over thousands of years. For certain periods of time it has known peace, but today it is engulfed in conflict - a blood-soaked battleground where nations and armed groups fight for control of land, people, and natural resources. But what are the root causes of the seemingly intractable problems and disputes fuelling wars that have cost hundreds of thousands of lives and produced millions of displaced citizens and homeless refugees? Who is really to blame for the region's descent into a nightmare scenario of killing and destruction? Is there any solution, and what are the implications for the countries beyond in Europe and North Africa? A Dangerous World addresses these questions by examining each of the countries playing a significant role in the geopolitical chess game that today's Middle East has become, and reveals in fascinating detail their present and likely future contribution to the events unfolding in this increasingly unstable meeting point between east and west.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 860


Dimensions: 153 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 30-10-2015


Tags: October 2015   History   Military
$39.99
Hawker Hurricane Survivors

ISBN: 9781909808348

Author: Gordon Riley    Publisher: Grub Street

With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the Hawker Hurricane’s ‘finest hour’ – it is appropriate to tell the story of...


With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the Hawker Hurricane’s ‘finest hour’ – it is appropriate to tell the story of the surviving Hurricanes from around the world. Building on research originally started thirty years ago, the author has delved into the archives to amass new information – and in the process managed to identify positively one particular Hurricane which had proved elusive for more than forty years.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 185 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2015


Tags: October 2015   Military
$79.99
The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (Men-at-Arms)

ISBN: 9781849085397

Author: Wayne Stack    Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Although comparatively small in number, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (1914-1918) earned an elite reputation on the Western Front, and the ...


Although comparatively small in number, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (1914-1918) earned an elite reputation on the Western Front, and the New Zealanders' war effort was a defining moment in their national history and sense of identity. The statistics are astonishing: of the total population of New Zealand of 1 million, no fewer than 100,000 men enlisted - that is one in every five men in the country, and of those, 18,000 men were killed and 58,000 wounded. In other words, 15 per cent of the male population of New Zealand became casualties. The NZEF was first committed at Gallipoli in 1915, NZ cavalry regiments helped defend Egypt and fought in Palestine with Allenby's famous Desert Mounted Corps; on the Western Front the Kiwis were called the 'Silent Division' for their fieldcraft and their uncomplaining professionalism. This book is both a tribute and a history of the crucial contribution made by a small nation.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 48


Tags: March 2016   History   Education   Military   New Zealand
$24.99 $14.99
Forever Vigilant

ISBN: 9781910690147

Author: Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork    Publisher: Grub Street

208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this u...


208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF’s current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron’s main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2016


Tags: April 2016   Military
$75.00
Poles in Defence of Britain

ISBN: 9781910690154

Author: Robert Gretzyngier    Publisher: Grub Street

Fifteen years since it was originally published, Grub Street is proud to present the re-issue of Poles in Defence of Britain. To the Polish volunteers who were ...


Fifteen years since it was originally published, Grub Street is proud to present the re-issue of Poles in Defence of Britain. To the Polish volunteers who were to fly and fight so brilliantly and tenaciously throughout the Battle of Britain, the United Kingdom was known as ‘Last Hope Island’. Many lost their lives, such as Antoni Ostowicz, many achieved glory and became aces – such as Glowacki, Skalski and Witorzenc. The RAF came to depend on these men, with over 100 Polish pilots supporting almost thirty fighter squadrons, most especially 302, 303 and 307 (night fighter). ‘An exhaustive record of the heroic actions of the Polish pilots who escaped to Britain and helped ensure its survival.’ Pennant ‘The result of many years of research, sharp and comprehensive, the text is supported by an excellent selection of rare photos.’ Air Mail


Bind: hardback


Pages: 304


Dimensions: 150 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 21-04-2016


Tags: April 2016   Military
$45.00
Mother's Darlings of the South Pacific

ISBN: 9781927322635

Author: Judith A Bennett Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mo...


Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces the intimate relationships that existed in the wartime Pacific between US servicemen and Indigenous women, and considers the fate of the resulting children. The American military command carefully managed such intimate relationships, applying US immigration law based on race to prevent marriage ‘across the colour line’. For Indigenous women and their American servicemen sweethearts, legal marriage was impossible, giving rise to a generation of children known as ‘GI babies’. Among these Pacific war children, one thing common to almost all is the longing to know more about their American father. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces these children’s stories of loss, emotion, longing and identity, and of lives lived in the shadow of global war. It considers the way these relationships developed in the major US bases of the South Pacific Command from Bora Bora in the east across to Solomon Islands in the west, and from the Gilbert Islands in the north to New Zealand. The writers interviewed many of the children of the Americans and some of the few surviving mothers, as well as others who recalled the wartime presence in their islands. Oral histories reveal what the records of colonial governments and the military largely have ignored, providing a perspective on the effects of the US occupation that until now has been disregarded by historians of the Pacific war.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 424


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 13-06-2016


Tags: Biography   History   Military
$45.00
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