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The Sixties

by Arthur Marwick Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

If the World Wars defined the first half of the twentieth century, the sixties defined the second half, providing the pivot on which modern times have turned. From popular music to individual liberties, the...


Stardust Memories

by Ray Connolly Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The extraordinary decade of the 1960's was always slightly out of sync. It began late - with a remarkable flourish in 1963 with The Beatles, That Was the Week That Was, the Profumo affair and the Great Train...


Where There's a Will

by Michael Heseltine Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2012)

When Where There's a Will was published in the early Spring of 1987 it received not only a highly favourable review coverage but, rarely for a work of political analysis, reached Number One in the Sunday Times...


First World War

by Frank Furedi Bloomsbury Publishing (January 30, 2014)

That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This book argues that the battle...


The Scouts

by Susan Cohen Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

Scouts have been part of the fabric of British society since the Movement's founding by Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, and Scout training continues to provide young people with 'instruction...


British Railways in the 1950s and Â?60s

by Greg Morse Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

As Britain moved from austerity to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, it became clear that British Railways needed to modernise its equipment and rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face...


Streetcars of America

by Brian Solomon & John Gruber Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2014)

The handsome multicolored streetcar is a nostalgic icon of the some of the most romantic and heritage-rich locales in America, including San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, immortalised on stage and screen...


World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

by Gordon L. Rottman & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2016)

As infantry units advanced across Europe the only support they could rely on from day to day was that provided by the heavy weapons of their own units. While thundering tanks struck fear into the hearts of their...


MiG-17/19 Aces of the Vietnam War

by István Toperczer, Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2016)

At the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) were equipped with slow, old Korean War generation fighters Â? a combination of MiG-17s and MiG-19s Â? types that should have offered...


Finland at War

by Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter, Toni Wirtanen & Chris Birks Bloomsbury Publishing (March 24, 2016)

In the aftermath of the Winter War Finland found itself drawing ever closer to Nazi Germany and eventually took part in Operation Barbarossa in 1941. For the Finns this was a chance to right the wrongs of the...


The Dnepr 1943

by Robert Forczyk & Steve Noon Bloomsbury Publishing (March 24, 2016)

Against the wishes of Hitler, German forces under Erich von Manstein were forced to retreat following the failure of the Kursk offensive of July 1943. The weakened force only had one possible refuge, behind...


Kharkov 1942

by Robert Forczyk & Howard Gerrard Bloomsbury Publishing (April 20, 2013)

After failing to finish off the German Army in the 1941/42 Winter Counteroffensive Stalin directed the Red Army to conduct a powerful blow in one sector of the Eastern Front in order to disrupt German plans....


Salerno 1943

by Angus Konstam & Steve Noon Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2013)

In mid-September 1943, as the opening move of the Allied campaign to liberate the mainland of Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force landed on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, only a few dozen miles to the...


F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat

by Peter E. Davies, Rolando Ugolini & Gareth Hector Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2014)

This title covers the technical characteristics of the F-104 Starfighter, one of the most widely-used and popular aircraft in history. Although built in small numbers for the USAF, the F-104C fought and survived...


The naval battles for Guadalcanal 1942

by Mark Stille & Howard Gerrard Bloomsbury Publishing (May 20, 2013)

The battle for Guadalcanal that lasted from August 1942 to February 1943 was the first major American counteroffensive against the Japanese in the Pacific. The battle of Savo Island on the night of 9 August...


Modelling the Challenger 1 and 2 MBT and Variants

by Graeme Davidson & Pat Johnston Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

Introduced to the British Army in 1983, Challenger Main Battle Tanks have served operationally in the Balkans and both Gulf Wars, where their firepower, protection and shock action were instrumental to the success...


Chinese Warlord Armies 1911Â?30

by Philip Jowett & Stephen Walsh Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

Defeated in the Sino-Japanese War 1894Â?95 and the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Imperial China collapsed into revolution and a republic was proclaimed in 1912. From the death of the first president in 1916 to the...


Modelling the T-55 Main Battle Tank

by Nicola Cortese, Samuel Dwyer & Graeme Davidson Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

The T-55 tank first appeared in 1958, a result of numerous improvements made to the (1949) T-54 series, and with a lineage stretching back to the wartime T-34 and the T-44. The T-55 series has seen service around...


Tunnel Rat in Vietnam

by Gordon L. Rottman & Brian Delf Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

In 1965, soon after the first US combat troops had arrived in Vietnam, it was realized that in some areas the Viet Cong had developed vast tunnel complexes in which to hide from the enemy. It was long known...


He 111 Kampfgeschwader on the Russian Front

by John Weal Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2013)

The twin-engined He 111 was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's bomber arm at the start of World War ll. Accompanied by the Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber, it provided the aerial striking power for all the early Blitzkrieg...


V1 Flying Bomb Aces

by Andrew Thomas & Chris Davey Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called 'revenge weapons', the V1 flying bomb. Launched from specially constructed sites in northern France, the fast, small,...


The SovietÂ?Afghan War 1979Â?89

by Gregory Fremont-Barnes Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2012)

The Soviet invasion of its neighbour Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict in that country until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988Â?89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to...


Valiant Units of the Cold War

by Andrew Brookes & Chris Davey Bloomsbury Publishing (August 20, 2012)

The RAF's first Cold War strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant, was procured as an insurance measure in case either the Vulcan or Victor was found to have a serious flaw. The Valiant was the equivalent of the...


Escape and Evasion

by Peter van der Linden Bloomsbury Publishing (August 20, 2014)

Escape and Evasion' is the true story of one of the most unique feats of evasion during World War II. This book also tells of the courage and determination of the people involved in the Dutch underground and...


Modern African Wars (5)

by Philip Jowett & Raffaele Ruggeri Bloomsbury Publishing (September 22, 2016)

With decades of research to draw from Philip Jowett explores this extraordinary David-and-Goliath conflict, where the rag-tag Igbo tribal army of secessionist Biafra faced off against the Nigerian Federal forces....


Malaya and Singapore 1941Â?42

by Mark Stille & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2016)

For the British Empire it was a military disaster, but for Imperial Japan the conquest of Malaya was one of the pivotal campaigns of World War II. Giving birth to the myth of the Imperial Japanese Army's invincibility,...


US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944Â?45

by Mark Stille & Jim Laurier Bloomsbury Publishing (September 22, 2016)

The ineffectiveness of conventional air attacks on US Navy surface ships, particularly heavily defended targets like carrier task groups, forced the Japanese to re-evaluate their tactics in late 1944. The solution...


Demyansk 1942Â?43

by Robert Forczyk & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2012)

The fighting around the town of Demyansk was one of the longest encirclement battles on the Eastern Front during World War II, stretching from February 1942 to February 1943. Originally, the German 16. Armee...


Erwin Rommel

by Pier Paolo Battistelli & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

Nicknamed 'The Desert Fox' for his cunning command of the Afrika Korps, Erwin Rommel remains one of the most popular and studied of Germany's World War II commanders. He got his first taste of combat in World...


Vercors 1944

by Peter Lieb & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (December 20, 2012)

Fighting insurgents has always been one of the greatest challenges for regular armed forces during the 20th century. The war between the Germans and the French resistance, also called FFI (Forces Françaises...


Leehurst Swan School

by Jane Howells Bloomsbury Publishing (December 18, 2013)

The first school at Leehurst in Campbell Road, Salisbury, run by the Sisters of Christian Education, was opened by the Bishop of Clifton in May 1914. In 1953 the school was taken over by the Sisters of La Retraite...


US Navy F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1964-68

by Peter E. Davies, Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector Bloomsbury Publishing (August 25, 2016)

The F-4 Phantom II is perhaps the most famous post-war fighter. Primarily used as a land-based fighter-bomber and reconnaissance platform, its naval origins and the immense contribution made to the US war effort...


Fw 200 Condor Units of World War 2

by Chris Goss, Chris Davey & Mark Postlethwaite Bloomsbury Publishing (August 25, 2016)

The Fw 200 Condor first made an appearance over Norway in April 1940, flying with the unit that eventually become synonymous with it Â? Kampfgeschwader 40. As the war in the west progressed, and German forces...


River Plate 1939

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan Bloomsbury Publishing (August 25, 2016)

Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen. Amongst them was the Panzerschiff ('armoured ship') Graf Spee, a formidable warship...


Burma Road 1943Â?44

by Jon Diamond & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2016)

Myitkyina was a vital objective in the Allied re-conquest of Burma in 1943Â?44. Following the disastrous retreat from Burma in April 1942, China had become isolated from re-supply except for the dangerous air...


F-51 Mustang Units of the Korean War

by Warren Thompson, Chris Davey & Gareth Hector Bloomsbury Publishing (December 20, 2015)

By the time the Korean War erupted, the F-51 Mustang was seen as obsolete, but that view quickly changed when the USAF rushed 145 of them to the theatre in late 1950. They had the endurance to attack targets...


Spanish Republican Aces

by Rafael A López Permuy & Julio López Caeiro Bloomsbury Publishing (March 20, 2013)

At the start of the Spanish Civil War, most young fighter pilot officers joined the rebels, while the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals remained loyal...


J2M Raiden and N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai Aces

by Yasuho Izawa, Tony Holmes, Jim Laurier & Mark Postlethwaite Bloomsbury Publishing (April 21, 2016)

Although seen as a replacement for the A6M Zero-sen carrier-based fighter, the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden was actually designed as a land-based naval interceptor optimised for speed rather than manoeuvrability. Engine...


Fifty Great War Films

by Tim Newark Bloomsbury Publishing (June 16, 2016)

From The Battle of the Somme (1916) through to American Sniper (2014), war and conflict has been a staple source of inspiration for the film industry since the turn of the 20th century. Today, this genre and...


Downfall 1945

by Steven J. Zaloga & Steve Noon Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

As the final month of fighting in Europe in 1945 dawned the Allies embarked upon a series of mopping up operations, destroying the last centres of German resistance as the essentially defeated Wehrmacht fought...


SR-71 Blackbird

by Paul F Crickmore Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed...


Operation Totalize 1944

by Stephen A Hart & Johnny Shumate Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

In Operation Totalize, Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds' II Canadian Corps launched an attack from its positions along the Bourguébus Ridge south of Caen, striking south-southeast astride the main Caen�Falaise...


F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 "FrankÂ??

by Edward M. Young, Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

The Vought Corsair was the first American single-engined fighter to exceed 400 mph and establish dominance over the legendary Mitsubishi Type Zero-sen. The Ki-84 Hayate was introduced by the Japanese specifically...


Spitfire Aces of the Channel Front 1941-43

by Andrew Thomas, Chris Thomas & Mark Postlethwaite Bloomsbury Publishing (June 16, 2016)

80 years after the Spitfire was first developed it remains an icon of military aviation. Though many associate its victory during the Battle of Britain as the high point in the history of the Spitfire, the years...


F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25

by Doug Dildy, Tom Cooper & Jim Laurier Bloomsbury Publishing (April 21, 2016)

Designed following the relatively poor performance of America's multi-role fighters during the Vietnam War, the F-15 Eagle was conceived as a dedicated air superiority fighter. But, having trained for 15 years...


US Army Rangers 1989Â?2015

by Leigh Neville & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

Written by an expert on modern Special Forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers' missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia and the post 9/11 invasions...


The SBS in World War II

by Gavin Mortimer Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in...


World War I Companion

by Matthias Strohn & Gary Sheffield Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2013)

The pieces in this book form an excellent introduction to the military history of World War I that will also prove valuable to specialists in the subject.' Professor Gary Sheffield World War I changed the face...


Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis

by Graeme Donald, Andrew Wiest & William Shepherd Bloomsbury Publishing (May 20, 2013)

Did you know they started 'hearing through the grapevine' during the American Civil War, that 'ghettos' originated in Venice or that 'deadline' has a very sinister origin? Jam-packed with many amazing facts,...


Armies of the Greek-Turkish War 1919Â?22

by Philip Jowett & Stephen Walsh Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2015)

This is a comprehensive guide to the armies that fought a devastating and decisive conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two World Wars of the 20th century. From the initial Greek invasion, designed...