Military (195)

Hermann Goring Fighter Ace

ISBN: 9781906502669

Author: Peter Kilduff    Publisher: Grub Street

Pages: 224


Dimensions: 170 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 28-05-2010


Tag: Military
$59.99
Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 (Volume 1: North Africa, June 1940- January 1942)

ISBN: 9781908117076

Author: Christopher Shores    Publisher: Grub Street

It is now more than 40 years since Fighters over the Desert was published, and nearly as long since this was followed by Fighters over Tunisia . Both volu...


It is now more than 40 years since Fighters over the Desert was published, and nearly as long since this was followed by Fighters over Tunisia . Both volumes have long been out of print and collectors’ items, but, despite much prompting, Christopher Shores has resolutely refused to permit their reprinting until he amassed so much more information. He has also long nursed a desire to expand the coverage to encompass the operations of the other types of aircraft involved in this interesting and important theatre of war – the bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and maritime units. Further, it is his intention to extend the period covered to include the later operations over Sicily, Italy, the Aegean area, the Balkans and Southern Europe. \n This then represents the first volume of a seminal series dealing with all these aspects and areas, which will also tie in with the earlier Grub Street volumes which he and his collaborators have produced. Thus a full coverage of all aspects of aerial operations throughout the whole of the Mediterranean area will be the ultimate result. Further, these volumes will link appropriately and directly with his other works of this nature, dealing both with the Far East and the war in Europe. Readers will then be able to follow the wartime careers of units and personnel involved from volume to volume throughout the war. \n Operations directly over the main battlefronts will be dealt with as previously, on a daily basis. However, to allow a clearer view to be obtained of operations elsewhere in the theatre, or of a different nature, separate chapters will deal specifically with the night bombers, the air defence of the base areas, and the naval co-operation activities. \n Wide use of maps will be made throughout this and subsequent volumes together with a considerable number of photographs integrated into the text. Long awaited by many, if any work can be said to be comprehensive and definitive, this is it.


Pages: 416


Tag: Military
$110.00
Wimpy

ISBN: 9781909808140

Author: Steve Bond    Publisher: Grub Street

To date there has been a paucity of books on this remarkable aircraft. Among its claims to fame are the following: the only RAF bomber to serve in its original ...


To date there has been a paucity of books on this remarkable aircraft. Among its claims to fame are the following: the only RAF bomber to serve in its original role from first day of war to last, and in every theatre; the first type to bomb Germany; the first type to bomb Berlin; the first type to drop the 4,000lb 'Cookie' bomb; and so on. A serious study is well overdue, drawing not just on official documentation but relying greatly on personal accounts and anecdotes from the veterans who were there, both air and ground crew. Operational detail will include, for example, the early bombing campaigns, the switch to main force activity, the use of OTU aircraft and crews on operations, the protection of Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys, and the continued use as bomber and transport aircraft. A worthy tribute, then, replete with original photographs throughout.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 19-09-2014


$69.99
The First World War : A Miscellany

ISBN: 9781849534529

Author: Norman Ferguson    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Have you ever wondered who fired the first British shot of World War One? Or who claimed the glory of downing the Red Baron?

Who was the first WW1 ...


Have you ever wondered who fired the first British shot of World War One? Or who claimed the glory of downing the Red Baron?

Who was the first WW1 soldier to receive the Victoria Cross? And what has Winnie the Pooh got to do with it all?

Telling the stories of the battles, the aircraft,the weapons, the soldiers, the poets, the campaigns and the many heroes, Norman Ferguson delves deep into the history of the ‘Great War’. Through anecdotes and statistics, and drawing on letters, speeches and official reports, this comprehensive miscellany is a compelling guide to the war that transformed and marked forever the course of twentieth-century history.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 116 x 182 mm


Publication Date: 06-01-2014


Tags: February 2014   History   Military
$29.99
Curtiss P-40

ISBN: 9781780969121

Author: Carl Molesworth   

An improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fusel...


An improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nose of the new fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed appearance compared to the earlier P-40 models. Curtiss continued to tweak the H-87 for the next two years in the search for better performance, but the last major version, the P-40N, was only marginally faster than the first. In the process, Curtiss even tried an engine change to the Packard Merlin in the P-40F and L but to no avail. What the late model P-40s lacked in speed and service ceiling, they traded for maneuverability, durability and availability. Their niche became fighter-bomber operations, and they fought on fronts as varied as the arctic wastes of the Aleutian Islands and Iceland, the steaming jungles of the South Pacific and the barren deserts of North Africa. P-40s were a common sight in the skies over Burma and China, Sicily and Italy, and western Russia as well. By the time production ceased in 1944, Curtiss had produced nearly 14,000 P-40s.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 64


Publication Date: 11-11-2013


Tag: Military
$34.99
The Long Road

ISBN: 9781909166202

Author: Oliver Clutton-Brock    Publisher: Grub Street

This book is firstly a testament to those of many nationalities who faound themselves imprisoned at Stalag Luft VII, Bankau (Luft 7 for short) in Upper Silesia,...


This book is firstly a testament to those of many nationalities who faound themselves imprisoned at Stalag Luft VII, Bankau (Luft 7 for short) in Upper Silesia, the Luftwaffe's last prisoner of war camp.
Having survived the trauma of action against, and capture by, the enemy, some as far back as 1940, they came from France, the Low Countries, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, the Balkans, Italy, Hungary, the Mediterranean and other seas, and from North Africa. Many of their experiences and adventures have never been documented before.
It is also the complete history of their prisoner of war (POW) camp, Luft 7, told in full detail for the first time, a camp that existed for barely thirty-two weeks from its opening in early June 1944 to its closure in mid January 1945.
The Luftwaffe were not to know when they built the camp that it would prove to be directly in the path of the great Soviet offensive of January 1945. In one of the harshest winters for many years the hungry POWs were forced at gunpoint to walk in the Arctic conditions with little or no food for over a fortnight. They eventually reached another, much larger, camp near Berlin - Stalag IIIA (Luckenwalde) - in the second week of February 1945. Although their trials were not yet over, food and proper accommodation were not forthcoming for several weeks, the Luft 7 POWs fought through with surprisingly few casualties until, in the warm sunshine of April and May 1945, with or without the permission of the Soviet occupying forces, nearly all of them went home.
Respected historian Oliver Clutton-Brock and Raymond Crompton have researched the camp and its aftermath in depth, uncovering previously unpublished details and photos. part reference, part gripping narrative it is a unique work not only for the serious RAF historian but for ex-POWs themselves and their families and anyone else with an interest in the RAF in general.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 400


Dimensions: 170 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 25-10-2013


Tags: October 2013   Military
$79.99
The Last Of The 39-ers

ISBN: 9781909166158

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

In some ways, Alfie Fripp's war ended when he was shot down on a reconaissance sortie over Germany in October 1939. In many others, it was only just beginning.<...


In some ways, Alfie Fripp's war ended when he was shot down on a reconaissance sortie over Germany in October 1939. In many others, it was only just beginning.
Squadron Leader Alfie Fripp (RAF Retd) was the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war (POW) until his death in 2013 - the last of the so-called '39-ers0. Held in a succession of Nazi POW camps during World War II he was a prominent figure and as Red Cross representative, and always a welcome sight. Held in the infamous Stalag Luft III in Sagan, his own skipper - Mike Casey - was shot as one of the '50' who took part in the real Great Escape.
But Alfie's story begins well before the outbreak of the Second World War. One of Trenchard's 'Brats', Alfie trained as a wireless operator before spending more than five years in various flying boat squadrons in the Far East. He was again one of the last survivors from the days of the mighty Southampton, Scapa and Singapore flying boats that ruled both the skies and the waves, and helped ensure the safety of the Empire.
Told to Sean Feast with striking honesty and simplicity, written with pace and insight, Alfie's story has been brought alive. Accompanied by a superb collection of photographs, this long-overdue account is an excellent chance to discover the story of one of these legendary men.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 25-10-2013


Tags: October 2013   Military
$55.00
A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 Volume 2

ISBN: 9781909166127

Author: Christopher Shores    Publisher: Grub Street

The first volume of this series dealt with the initial 19 months of the air war over the Western Desert of North Africa. This volume picks up the story as the 8...


The first volume of this series dealt with the initial 19 months of the air war over the Western Desert of North Africa. This volume picks up the story as the 8th Army, following its hard-fought success in Operation Crusader, was forced back to the Gazala area, roughly mid-way between the Cyrenaican/Tripolitanian border of Libya and the frontier with Egypt. It covers the lull prior to the disastrous defeat of the 8th Army in June 1942 and the loss of the important port and fortress of Tobruk. The costly efforts of the Allied air forces to protect the retreating British and Commonwealth troops and prevent this turning into a rout is examined in depth. So too is the heavy fighting which followed in the El Alamein region as the line was stabilised. This period was ameliorated somewhat for the Western Desert Air Force by the arrival - at last - of the first Spitfires. The build-up of both the army and air force which followed, coupled with new commanders on the ground, meant that Rommel's Deutsche Afrika Korps was defeated at Alam el Halfa at the start of September, and then again, comprehensively, at the climactic battle of El Alamein in October. Joined now by the first units of the United States Army Air Force, the Allied air forces began to achieve a growing ascendency over those of the Axis. The long, rather slow, pursuit of the Italo-German forces right across Libya is recounted, including the capture of Tripoli, followed by the breakthrough into Southern Tunisia at the end of March 1943. This allowed a link-up with the Allied forces in Tunisia (whose story will be related in Volume 3) to be achieved. In this volume follow to the fortunes of some of the great fighter aces of the Desert campaign such as Jochen Marseille and Otto Schulz of the Luftwaffe, Franco Bordoni-Bisleri of the Regia Aeronautica and Neville Duke, Billy Drake and 'Eddie' Edwards of the Commonwealth air forces. While the fighting above the constantly-moving front lines form the main narrative of this book, the Allied and Axis night bombing offensives and the activities of the squadrons co-operating with the naval forces in the Mediterranean are certainly not neglected.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 560


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2013


Tags: May 2014   Military
$110.00
Private Bradley Manning & Wikileaks

ISBN: 9781613740682

Author: Denver Nicks    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Private Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History.
The man at the epicenter of the WikiLeaks controvers...


Private Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History.
The man at the epicenter of the WikiLeaks controversy
Providing insight into Bradley Manning’s background, this biography paints a nuanced portrait that disputes his depiction in the mainstream media. As the alleged source to WikiLeaks for the biggest breach of military security in American history, Bradley Manning has been inaccurately described as a combative outcast, a bullied and embittered homosexual, and a loser grasping for notoriety; however, this exploration into his past depicts a young man haunted by demons and driven by hope, forced into an ethically fraught situation by a dysfunctional military bureaucracy. The Manning this book uncovers is impulsive and cocky, yet idealistic enough to follow his conscience. In leaking a vast collection of American secrets, he thought he was doing the right thing. His story is one of global significance, and yet he remains an enigma. Now, for the first time, the full truth will be told about a man who, at the age of only 22, changed the world.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 274


Dimensions: 160 x 230 x 25 mm


Publication Date: 22-08-2013


$49.99 $32.00
Tangmere

ISBN: 9781909166196

Author: Reginald Byron    Publisher: Grub Street

This is the first full history of the Royal Air Force fighter station at Tangmere, West Sussex, from its beginnings in the First World War until its untimely cl...


This is the first full history of the Royal Air Force fighter station at Tangmere, West Sussex, from its beginnings in the First World War until its untimely closure in 1970. In its day it was one of the best known and strategically most important fighter stations in the British Isles. Tangmere first became prominent in the 1920s and 1930s for the highly polished air displays given at the RAF Pageants at Hendon by the pilots and aircraft of its resident squadrons, 1 and 43. On the outbreak of the Second World War, 1 Squadron was the first RAF squadron to be sent to France. With the fall of France in May 1940, Tangmere's squadrons found themselves right on the front line and during the Battle of Britain Tangmere was one of the main fighter stations constantly engaging with the deadly Luftwaffe. Tangmere's Hurricane and Spitfire pilots continued heroically to defend southern England for the next three years and turned increasingly to an offensive role, led by Wing Commander Douglas Bader. Squadrons at Tangmere were heavily involved in Operation Jubilee, the combined raid on Dieppe, and continued over the years to harass the enemy across the Channel with increasing accuracy, ferocity and persistence, culminating in a pivotal role in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings. After the war Tangmere settled into a peacetime routine, became home to the High Speed Flight and the World Air Speed Record was broken there in 1946 and again in 1953 by Neville Duke. As the cold war set in Tangmere was no longer well positioned as an interceptor station and by the end of 1958 Fighter Command had withdrawn its last squadron. The aerodrome was used by Signals Command for six years or so then served as a home to various non-flying units until its decommissioning in 1970. It is now a highly prized museum with many valuable artefacts and aircraft. Expertly told with use of official diaries and operations record books this is a long-awaited, comprehensive and conclusive account of a fascinating fighter station.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 352


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 03-10-2013


$69.99
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