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The German Army

THE GERMANS AT THIEPVAL: Thiepval, now famous for the Lutyens’s massive memorial to the missing which bears the inscriptions of the names of over 72,000 British and Commonwealth troops who were killed and have no know graves. In the Autumn of 1918, this was the site of three months of bitter fighting, as British troops tried to capture this key area of the landscape which the Germans had turned into an impregnable fortress.....Read More

THE GERMANS AT BEAUMONT-HAMEL: Beaumont Hamel is another name which conjures up appalling visions too, as it was here  on 1st July 1916 that thousands of men of VIII Corps, British Fourth Army, were killed or wounded for no gains whatsoever. This volume covers the actions there at that time and also the Old Front line from Redan Ridge to the Ancre.....Read More

THROUGH GERMAN EYES - THE BRITISH ON THE SOMME 1916: Just as the title implies, this volume deals with the battle from the German perspective and will provide the reader with a very different view of the thought processes all those years ago. Contrary to modern British belief, the Germans did not believe the British troops were useless, in fact as the author’s research now reveals, they had a great and growing respect for the professionalism, performance and mentality of their enemy – especially as they were mostly volunteers.....Read More

THE WARLORDS: Hindenburg and Ludendorff: “The Warlords” - Paul Von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff were two of the most talented generals ever known and their successes in the Great War are now considered “legendary”. Jointly forming the Third Supreme Command when Falkenhayn resigned in 1916, they quickly rose to power. Along with a number of senior army officers and several leading industrialists, they later went on to effectively run Germany as a military dictatorship in the final years of the war. Their power in a country geared up to the war effort was immense, often meddling in affairs of state, they not only controlled the army, but industry too.....Read More

THE KAISER’S MEMOIRS - WILHELM II: ...He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1908 and for the next few years stepped back and therefore played a less dominant role, however he continued to support imperialism and backed  Tirpitz when he suggested building a fleet of ships to match that of the British Royal Navy. He encouraged Austro-Hungarian aggression after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and became Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces during the Great War. William was forced to abdicate in early November, 1918 and fled his beloved country with his family and lived in Holland for the remainder of his life until he died in 1941.....Read More

 

Aviation

 

THE BERLIN AIRLIFT: As my Father took part in ground operations supporting the Berlin Airlift and was actually stationed in Berlin at the time, I was fascinated by the content of this excellent volume which tells the gripping story of how the Russians, following an order from Stalin cut off all road and rail traffic into and out of the Allied Sector of Berlin in the early Summer of 1948.....Read More

VOICES IN FLIGHT: In this splendid volume, they tell their own unique and very special stories. The tales of dare devil dog-fights from pilots and recollections of hardships and extreme conditions from ground-crew will fascinate a multitude of readers from the most experienced military historian and family history researcher to the casual reader.....Read More

TAKING TO THE SKIES - THE STORY OF BRITISH AVIATION 1903-1939: ...However this publication stands out, as not only does it cover the early aviation trials, experiments and frustrations prior to that famous first flight, it continues further, to document the important development of military aircraft during the Great War as well as detailing the stiff competition for both military and civilian air supremacy during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Before finally leading the reader to aviation advances/developments as we entered the Second World War.....Read More

THE MEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD - The Aviation Pioneers: Anyone with even the slightest interest in early aviation, will enjoy reading this excellent book! The author has successfully covered man’s initial fascination with flight, the early lives of the Wright brothers, their initial experiments and trials, together with a section on other pioneering aviators of the time and so much more!....Read More

A GLINT IN THE SKY: The dog fights and air raids over Kent during the Battle of Britain and World War 2, are still within living memory and are accurately documented on both paper and film, unfortunately, the events that took place during the Great War, were not so well recorded and therefore the details are generally quite sketchy and anyone visiting the bustling Kent ports of Dover and Sheerness or one of the nearby coastal towns of Ramsgate, Folkestone, Margate today, would find it difficult to believe, that these locations were once the sites of the first ever air raids on British soil by German bombers nearly ninety years ago! The first attack, which took place on the evening of 25th May 1917, when a raid on Folkestone by German Gotha bombers, resulted in nearly 100 people being killed by one bomb alone, forms the main part of this excellent book.....Read More

NORTH WEST AIRCRAFT WRECKS: Subtitled “New Insights Into Dramatic Last Flights” this splendid 18 chapter very readable publication provides the reader with a wealth of information, much of which was previously unpublished and obtained from a wide variety of sources, including official archives and statements from families, friends and eye witnesses to the crashes.....Read More

 

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