Military (160)

Lancaster Down!

ISBN: 9781908117267

Author: Steve Darlow    Publisher: Grub Street

During WWII, on one raid alone, Nuremburg March 1944, more Bomber Command airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. These were ordinary m...


During WWII, on one raid alone, Nuremburg March 1944, more Bomber Command airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. These were ordinary men who became part of extraordinary events. One such was Arthur Darlow, the author's grandfather. A pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF crew, they were one of the legions of men who took the offensive against the enemy for most of the war. Their story, vivdly recreated here, is special. The crew's tour starts with Bomber Command's Main Offensive in late 1943. German night fighters and flak regiments defend their homeland with grim determination and losses are high. But our crew survive. Thousands do not. Darlow's crew continue, through D-Day and the invasion of Western Europe. One day though, they are shot down over Belgium, to become, in turn, prisoner, evader, casualty. Collectively they experience it all. Not romanticised but written with feeling and respect, this book should be read by all age groups.


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2012


Tag: Military
$29.99
Good Luck to All the Lads: the Wartime Story of Brian Cox 1939-43

ISBN: 9780473139490

Author: Peter Cox    Publisher: Nationwide Books

240 x 170mm / 260 pages The Wartime Story of Brian Cox 1939-43 'Good luck to all the lads'. Brian Cox wrote those words in his diary on 26 August 1940, just b...


240 x 170mm / 260 pages The Wartime Story of Brian Cox 1939-43 'Good luck to all the lads'. Brian Cox wrote those words in his diary on 26 August 1940, just before he and his mates from 9 Platoon of 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion experience enemy action for the first time in the Western Desert. Good Luck To All The Lads is the story of Brian Cox and his schoolmates from Nelson College and of 9 Platoon during the Second World War. This moving and fascinating book written by Brian's son Peter Cox, covers the men's time training in New Zealand and Egypt, the action they saw in Greece, Libya and the Western Desert. It is a memorial to the young men, many of them from Nelson College, who bravely served, and sometimes died, so far from home. Over 110 phots & maps.


Pages: 260


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2008


Tags: Biography   Military   New Zealand
$39.99
Alfie's War

ISBN: 9781908117410

Author: Richard Pike    Publisher: Grub Street

Written in three parts, and as a sequel to "Seven Seas, Nine Lives", Richard Pike continues the remarkable experiences of Captain AWF 'Alfie' Sutton CBE DSC and...


Written in three parts, and as a sequel to "Seven Seas, Nine Lives", Richard Pike continues the remarkable experiences of Captain AWF 'Alfie' Sutton CBE DSC and bar RN.
During events which come as close to fiction as is imaginable, the first part describes how Alfie, badly injured and close to death during the bombing of HMS Illustrious by the Luftwaffe in January 1941, wakes to find himself laid out amongst the dead, but miraculously still able to help the ship on to Malta.
After full recovery, part two starts with his involvement in the Allied campaign in Greece in the spring of 1941, leading to him eventually evacuating the Greek royal family in a flying boat. After numerous escapades he fights with the defenders during the German invasion of Crete in 1941.
Admiral Cunningham was later to describe Sutton's efforts as "an example of grand personal courage under the worst possible conditions which stands out brightly in the gloom."
It was a struggle doomed to failure, but Alfie survived to continue his war and tell his story to author Richard Pike who relates it here with passion, pace and drama.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 30-08-2012


Tags: August 2012   Military
$55.00
Distant Thunder

ISBN: 9781908117281

Author: Don Harward    Publisher: Grub Street

Distant Thunder details the engrossing experiences of a helicopter pilot's tales of war told through letters that come straight from the heart. Often the autho...


Distant Thunder details the engrossing experiences of a helicopter pilot's tales of war told through letters that come straight from the heart. Often the author laboured well into the night after a mission still wearing the dusty flight suit which bore witness to the events he penned. Don Harward was torn between two worlds; his loyalty to his family and to his country. Like so many other soldiers, even on leave, he can always hear the dim roar of guns, the distant thunder of war, and is always summoned towards the sound. Pacific Wings, a prestigious New Zealand-based magazine, has previously published some letters which have been praised by a growing readership, both aviator and non flyer alike, for their ability to transport the reader into the world of war. Includes superb action photographs from Don's personal collection. An inspiring read.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-06-2012


Tags: Christmas Gifts   Military   History
$55.00
Churchill And His Airmen

ISBN: 9781908117366

Author: Vincent Orange    Publisher: Grub Street

Winston Churchill probably had more impact on 20th Century British military history than any other person and especially during World War II. Yet of all the man...


Winston Churchill probably had more impact on 20th Century British military history than any other person and especially during World War II. Yet of all the many volumes since that war which deal with his relationships with generals and admirals, most surprisingly, there seems not to be a single book devoted to Churchill as a would-be pilot, and, more importantly, to the relations he had with a host of airmen between 1914 and 1945. Exceptional air marshals of his time included Dowding, Park, Portal, Freeman, Tedder, Coningham and Harris. Such men had years of professional expertise behind them and those who had reached the top by 1943 were such strong characters that not even the prime minister could dominate them in policy-making. Crucially, Churchill had supported the independence of the RAF from other services, and whilst he did bully and cajole, even abuse his airmen, he also listened to them and their plans, and inspired them. With his expert eye, respected historian and professor, Vincent Orange, has carefully studied and evaluated every detail of Churchill's relationships with his closest officers to produce a masterful analysis of a neglected subject.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 22-03-2013


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Iron Man

ISBN: 9781908117373

Author: Peter Kilduff    Publisher: Grub Street

As one of the most successful German fighter pilots of World War I, Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold was victorious on fortyfour aerial combats. He was also shot down ...


As one of the most successful German fighter pilots of World War I, Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold was victorious on fortyfour aerial combats. He was also shot down and forced to land after six fights and survived crash landings in every case.
Early in World War I, when only fighter pilots were awarded the Kingdom of Prussia's (and de facto, Imperial Germany's) highest bravery decoration, the Pour le Merite, Rudolf Berthold became the tenth recipient of the honour. Of that early cohort of air heroes, only Berthold and one other pilot survived the war. This book tells his remarkable story.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 170 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 21-09-2012


$55.00
Coastal Dawn

ISBN: 9781906502690

Author: Andrew D. Bird    Publisher: Grub Street

Blenheims In Action From The Phoney War Through The Battle Of Britain
In 1940, the defense of Great Britain rested with a handful of volunteer aircrew,...


Blenheims In Action From The Phoney War Through The Battle Of Britain
In 1940, the defense of Great Britain rested with a handful of volunteer aircrew, Churchill's 'few'. Overshadowed in later folklore by the more famous Spitfire and Hurricane pilots, there were other pilots, observers and air gunners - just as courageous - flying the Bristol Blenheim MKIV-F. The future of the country and arguably that of the free world depended also on their skill, morale and sacrifice.Remarkably little has been chronicled of these men and their aircraft - the 'Trade Protection' squadrons formed by Hugh Dowding - allotted to 11 Group in October 1939. The aircraft's range and endurance made it suitable for defense of coastal shipping against attack on the southern and eastern shores of Britain, and for operations further afield. Indeed during bitter fighting casualties among Numbers 235, 236, 248 and 254 Squadron Blenheims were high on operations over Norway, Holland, France, Dunkirk and then the Battle of Britain where the Blenheims were completely outclassed by Messerschmitt 109 and 110 fighters and fell easy victims, scythed from the sky.
But the record of the aircraft and their crew was an immensely proud one. Drawing on contemporary diaries, periodicals, letters, logbooks, memoirs and interviews with survivors, lauded historian Andy Bird reassesses the vital role they played and repositions it in history. In doing so, he justifiably embraces the heroes we have left behind.


Pages: 224


Publication Date: 15-09-2012


$55.00
The Pathfinder Companion

ISBN: 9781908117342

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

What sort of men were the Pathfinders, the corps d'elite of Bomber Command? What did they do? What risks did they face? And what contribution did they make to t...


What sort of men were the Pathfinders, the corps d'elite of Bomber Command? What did they do? What risks did they face? And what contribution did they make to the air war and the ultimate defeat of Germany?
By drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with surviving veterans - many speaking for the first time - and combining these with official records and exclusive access to contemporary documents and exhibits at the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton, Sean Feast looks to answer these questions and more, seeking to put these men's achievements in the context of the time.
The Pathfinder Companion, launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Pathfinder Force in 1942, highlights the raids and the losses, the successes and failures, the terror and the turmoil these men endured, as well as the inevitable humour in the face of tremendous adversity.
Profusely illustrated throughout with photos and memorabilia, the book shows how a poorly equipped, disparate group was forged over time into one of the most effective and devastatingly efficient fighting forces ever created. It includes stories and reminiscences not just from the Master Bombers and Long Stops - the elite of the elite controlling huge numbers of bombers over the target - but also the journeymen Pathfinder crews whose support was so essential to success and final victory. A must for anyone interested in Bomber Command.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 30-08-2012


Tags: August 2012   Military
$55.00
The Sowreys

ISBN: 9781906502311

Author: Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork    Publisher: Grub Street

A fascinating look into the extraordinary history of the Sowrey family; an RAF dynasty whose service spans the first sixty-five years of the RAF’s existe...


A fascinating look into the extraordinary history of the Sowrey family; an RAF dynasty whose service spans the first sixty-five years of the RAF’s existence. Members fought in both world wars and five of the Sowreys were awarded the Air Force Cross, amongst their other numerous decorations. Three brothers, John, Fred and William, all served in World War I with distinction before service in Iraq and the Middle East. The next generation of Sowreys started at Cranwell in 1938; one was killed in action in the Western Desert but John jnr and Freddie served throughout, on fighter operations in the desert and north-west Europe, whilst a sister served in the WAAF. Also during World War II Air Cdre William Sowrey served as an AOC in the often-forgotten campaign in East Africa. John Sowrey went on to become a test pilot in the halcyon days of 1950-fighters and Freddie served in fighters before taking up more senior policy and diplomatic appointments during the Cold War. Their diverse individual careers and experiences worldwide provide great scope for study into the history and development of the RAF from World War I to the later stages of the Cold War. The author, Graham Pitchfork, spent thirty-six years in the RAF, as a navigator, and commanded a Buccaneer squadron, Director of Air Warfare and, before retiring in 1995, was a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. He has collaborated with Air Marshal Sir Freddie Sowrey, founder of the RAF Historical Society, gaining access to valuable records and a superb collection of photographs in order to bring to life an extremely engaging and enlightening tale of this most brave and unique of families.


Pages: 224


Tag: Military
$55.00
Spitfire Mark I P9374: The Extraordinary Story of Recovery, Restoration and Flight

ISBN: 9781908117069

Author: Andy Saunders    Publisher: Grub Street

Andy Saunders relates the fascinating story of the recovery of this Battle of France Spitfire Mk1 from the sands of Calais during the early 1980s and its subse...


Andy Saunders relates the fascinating story of the recovery of this Battle of France Spitfire Mk1 from the sands of Calais during the early 1980s and its subsequent return to the UK for rebuild and restoration to flying condition. The full history of the airframe from the factory to loss, the aeroplane's operational history with 92 Squadron and the story of the pilots who flew it during its career are also told, as is the unfolding saga of its restoration and return to air - detailing its progress through the workshops right up to the first flight in 2011. Upon completion P9374 will be the earliest mark of Spitfire flying anywhere in the world. It is also intended that this landmark aeroplane will grace many major airshows into the foreseeable future. About the author: Andy Saunders is an eminent and well respected aviation historian with a growing body of acclaimed work to his name - viz Finding the Few, Finding the Foe and Bader's Last Fight amongst others.


Publication Date: 01-05-2012


Tags: Transport   Military
$55.00
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