Military (220)

Malta Spitfire Pilot

ISBN: 9781909166035

Author: Denis Barnham    Publisher: Grub Street

Malta in the summer of 1942, a Malta wide open to air attack from the Germans and Italians and defended by a handful of Spitfires and a few anti-aircraft guns. ...


Malta in the summer of 1942, a Malta wide open to air attack from the Germans and Italians and defended by a handful of Spitfires and a few anti-aircraft guns. Denis Barnham, a young and inexperienced flight lieutenant, spent ten hectic weeks on this indomitable island; he left a well-ordered English aerodrome for the chaos and disillusionment of Luqa. His task was to engage the overwhelming number of enemy bombers, usually protected by fighter escorts, and shoot down as many as possible. The Spitfires were bomb-scarred and battered; often they could only get two or three in the air together, and the airfields were riddled with bomb craters, but they managed to keep going and they made their mark on enemy operations. The author has written a powerful account of his experiences in Malta starting with his trip out in an American aircraft carrier through the ceaseless battle and turmoil during the desperate defence of the island, until his departure by air back to England, having seen the reinforcements safely landed and the tide of battle turning. His descriptions and illustrations of the air action are thrilling, but terrifying. It is at times a very grim story but is told with humour and compassion to bring, arguably, one of the best first-hand accounts of aerial combat ever written.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 135 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2013


Tags: May 2013   Military
$29.99
The Road to En-dor

ISBN: 9781843914631

Author: Elias Jones    Publisher: Hesperus Press

I was filled with the growing hope that my door to freedom lay through the Ouija. And first and foremost in pursuance of my plan, I aimed at inveigling the Comm...


I was filled with the growing hope that my door to freedom lay through the Ouija. And first and foremost in pursuance of my plan, I aimed at inveigling the Commandant into the spiritualist circle and making him the instrument of my escape. The news that there existed a buried treasure which the Turks were seeking gave me an idea of how to do it…

Captured during the First World War, Lieutenant E.H. Jones (a Welsh officer in the Indian Army) and Lieutenant C.W. Hill (an Australian serving in the R.A.F.) were prisoners of war at the Yozgad prison camp in Turkey.
Duty-bound as officers to attempt escape, Jones sensed that what had previously been the harmless fun of fooling around with a homemade Ouija board could be turned into something much more productive. Playing on the credulous nature of their captors, Hill and Jones weave an incredibly elaborate plot, hatched to plan their escape. Acting as mediums for the Ouija board, they attempted to convince their captors that they were gradually descending into insanity – which, had it been true, would have seen them repatriated.
A true story of bravery, dedication and extreme hardship, this book is a fascinating insight account of a daring escapade, a narrative that deserves to be brought back into the public eye.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 26-04-2013


Tags: April 2013   April 2020   Biography   Military
$27.99 $7.99
Finding The Few

ISBN: 9781909166011

Author: Andy Saunders    Publisher: Grub Street

1940 in the skies over Britain was a time of courage, heroism and extreme danger. Many men gave their lives to keep our island free and some disappeared into th...


1940 in the skies over Britain was a time of courage, heroism and extreme danger. Many men gave their lives to keep our island free and some disappeared into the summer sky with no trace of them ever being found.
This remarkable book records the life of a dozen of these pilots shot down and killed but who remained missing for decades until diligent research and searches primarily by the author brought identification to them and closure to their families.
Each case represents a fascinating human story of humour, drama, love and tragedy; and each one represents a startling tale of detective work and remarkable coincidences, oft-times revealing controversy.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 170 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 15-04-2013


Tags: April 2013   Military
$39.99
Military Quotations

ISBN: 9781849533270

Author: Hugh Draper    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

From Charlemagne to Churchill, and from Agincourt to Trafalgar, history is rich with rousing rhetoric, inspiring quotations and heroic speeches from the most ce...


From Charlemagne to Churchill, and from Agincourt to Trafalgar, history is rich with rousing rhetoric, inspiring quotations and heroic speeches from the most celebrated military leaders. Whether applauding great victories or consoling troops in defeat, the words collected within this treasure trove provide a fascinating glimpse into the many unique experiences of war.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 116 x 182 mm


Publication Date: 25-11-2012


Tags: November 2012   History   Military
$29.99
Things Have Been Pretty Lively: The Great War Diary of Melve King

ISBN: 9780958261739

Author: Neil Frances    Publisher: Wairarapa Archive

DoP - November 2008, NZ Private Melville King of Carterton was a tiny part of New Zealand's huge manpower contribution to the Allied armies in World War One. H...


DoP - November 2008, NZ Private Melville King of Carterton was a tiny part of New Zealand's huge manpower contribution to the Allied armies in World War One. His diary, recording what he did and what he saw, reflects the military service of an ordinary young man half the globe away from home and in extraordinary circumstances. His perceptive and detailed view of the Great War adds an important 'voice' to the New Zealand understanding of that tragic and crucial event. Melve King's words are supported by additional text explaining facets of his army life and the major campaigns and battles of the New Zealand Division on the Western Front. Melve faithfully recorded many of the Wairarapa men he served with and these are detailed in an extensive personnel index.


Pages: 232


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 09-11-2008


Tags: Biography   New Zealand   Military
$25.00
The Troopers' Tale : The History of the Otago Mounted Rifles

ISBN: 9780473204624

Author: Don Mackay    Publisher: Turnbull Ross Publishing

Frantically galloping under fire across the devastation of No Man's Land on the Western Front, the men of the Otago Mounted Rifles rode their way into New Zeala...


Frantically galloping under fire across the devastation of No Man's Land on the Western Front, the men of the Otago Mounted Rifles rode their way into New Zealand's military history at Messines in 1917.
Featuring nearly 400 photographs, illustrations and maps, The Troopers Tales records the history of the regiment from the 1860s to the present day, and tells the fascinating personal stories of many previously unknown New Zealand soldiers.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 382


Publication Date: 01-03-2012


Tags: Military   New Zealand   History
$69.99 $49.99
A Nurse at War: Emily Peter, 1858-1927

ISBN: 9780908714094

Author: Joan Woodward & Glenys Mitchell    Publisher: Te Waihora Press

DoP Sept 2008, Christchurch Raised on a remote sheep farm in the Mid Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, Emily Peters (1858-1927) had a remarkable ...


DoP Sept 2008, Christchurch Raised on a remote sheep farm in the Mid Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, Emily Peters (1858-1927) had a remarkable career as a nurse. In the 1890s she travelled to the United Kingdom to train at Westminster Hospital. She then nursed in England and served as a nurse in the South African War and in Serbia and Egypt during World War I. In this intriguing book, two authors, Joan Woodward and Glenys Mitchell, have linked Emily Peter's surviving papers - among them a fascinating nursing casebook and a vivid war diary - into a narrative account of an extraordinary life of devotion to helping others. The book illuminates the history of nursing in England and New Zealand. It also casts a light on an emerging New Zealand nationhood and on women's emancipation. In Emily Peter's life and writings readers will see New Zealanders of British descent becoming a distinct people with their own national characteristics over a single generation.


Pages: 167


Tags: History   New Zealand   Military
$45.00 $19.99
Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse

ISBN: 9781908216106

Authors: General Jack Seely, Sir Alfred Munnings    Publisher: Raceform Ltd

Pages: 160


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2011


Tags: History   Military
$39.99
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
The Lightning Boys: True Tales from Pilots of the English Electric Lightning

ISBN: 9781908117151

Author: Richard Pike    Publisher: Grub Street

According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a r...


According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a ready market for this timely and entertaining book which, with over twenty individual stories from former Lightning pilots, relates the highs and lows, the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft from the sharp end. Tales include the recollections of an aerobatic display pilot, an implausible yet true account of telepathic communication, and an extraordinary episode when a Lightning pilot on an exchange programme with the French Air Force became embroiled in a mid-air collision. An unverified yet probably genuine world record is revealed in one of the chapters. In addition to the original photographs that accompany the text, the renowned aviation artist Chris Stone (himself a former Lightning pilot) has provided a unique sketch as well as copies of some of his paintings. The style, scope and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast.


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2011


Tag: Military
$59.99
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