Military (166)

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
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
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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
The General's Niece

ISBN: 9781613736098

Author: Paige Bowers    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Based on interviews with family members, former associates, prominent historians, and never-before-seen papers written by Geneviève de Gaulle, The General's Ni...


Based on interviews with family members, former associates, prominent historians, and never-before-seen papers written by Geneviève de Gaulle, The General's Niece is the first English-language biography of Charles de Gaulle's niece and daughter-figure, Geneviève. Journalist Paige Bowers leads readers through the remarkable life of this young woman who risked death to become one of the most devoted foot soldiers of the French Resistance. Beginning with small acts of defiance, she eventually ferried arms and false transit letters to fellow résistants and distributed the nation's largest underground newspaper, until she was finally arrested and sent to the infamous Ravensbrück concentration camp. The General's Niece reveals the horrors the young de Gaulle witnessed and endured there that could have broken her spirit, but instead inspired her many remaining years of activism on behalf of former prisoners. Bowers details de Gaulle's later years, during which she continued to stand up for what was humane and just, participating in campaigns to help France's neediest citizens and to force the Germans to pay restitution to a group of Polish women on whom the Nazis had performed crippling experiments at Ravensbrück.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 272


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 12-06-2017


Tags: June 2017   Biography   History   Military
$59.99
Hurricane R4118 Revisited

ISBN: 9781910690437

Author: Peter Vacher    Publisher: Grub Street

Twelve years since the amazing account of Peter Vacher’s discovery in India was originally published, Grub Street is thrilled to bring readers the updated sto...


Twelve years since the amazing account of Peter Vacher’s discovery in India was originally published, Grub Street is thrilled to bring readers the updated story of Hurricane R4118. Since the restoration of this magnificent aircraft to flight in 2004, Peter Vacher continued to research its history, and more stories of R4118’s origins are told, including the extraordinary tale of how this aircraft shot down a friendly Whitley bomber before it was assigned to a RAF squadron. With brand new photography and sources, including wartime letters from Bunny Currant, this book is essential reading for all Hurricane enthusiasts.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 31-08-2017


$49.99
The General and the Nightingale : Dan Davin's War Stories

ISBN: 9781988531823

Authors: Dan Davin, Janet Wilson (Ed)    Publisher: Otago University Press

Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the na...


Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the nation was engaged. The General and the Nightingale brings together Davin’s 20 war stories, some drawn from his war diaries and loosely based on his experiences as ‘a wartime scholar-soldier’ and those of his fellow soldiers in the British and New Zealand armies. They yield an unparalleled insight into the Kiwi or Anzac soldier at war during the Mediterranean and African desert campaigns of World War II. Editor Janet Wilson notes they can be read as ‘fictionalised accounts rather than imaginative fictions’. Born and raised in a working-class Catholic family in Southland, Davin was a Rhodes Scholar and had recently completed a degree at Oxford when he enlisted in the British Army in 1939. After receiving a commission in 1940 he successfully applied to be transferred to the New Zealand forces. He saw active service in Greece and North Africa, was wounded in Crete, and rose to become General Freyberg’s intelligence officer in the Italian campaign. The General and the Nightingale updates an earlier collection of Davin’s war stories published in 1986 as The Salamander in the Fire and long out of print. This new publication features comprehensive notes, a glossary, a chronology, a map of story locations, a bibliography and an extensive introduction by Janet Wilson. It is a companion volume to The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland short stories (OUP, 2007), which is also being reissued.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 364


Dimensions: 138 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 24-01-2020


$45.00
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Lie In The Dark and Listen

ISBN: 9781904943419

Author: Ken Rees    Publisher: Grub Street

24th March 2019 sees the 75th Anniversary of the break-out Often quoted as the model for the Steve McQueen character in The Great Escape, by age 21 Ken had alr...


24th March 2019 sees the 75th Anniversary of the break-out Often quoted as the model for the Steve McQueen character in The Great Escape, by age 21 Ken had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown 56 hair-raising bomber missions by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; and been captured, interrogated and sent to Stalag Luft III. He took part in and survived the Great Escape and then the forced March to Bremen. Truly a real-life adventure story, written with accuracy, pace and drama.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Publication Date: 31-12-2006


Tags: March 2019   Military
$29.99
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