Legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader seemed invincible, fighting back from the loss of both legs in a pre-war accident. When Bader had to parachute from his badly damaged Spitfire over France, it was a shock to his comrades and to the public. As with the Red Baron during WWI, such a loss generated many myths and much controversy. The author has advanced his hypothesis with supporting evidence. An absorbing account that is strongly recommended.
The film ‘The Great Escape’ was great entertainment, but with re-written history. This overdue account is a warts and all commentary of the events at and related to German PoW camp Stalag Luft III. Every bit as entertaining as the film, but its also a stirring and poinient account of downed airmen not prepared to give up. Strongly Recommended.
This classic treatise of armed combat stands the test of time, provides insight into Sixteenth Century combat and includes substantial introduction, with a detailed glossary of technical terms. Fascinating and highly recommended.
The tank dominated land warfare during WWII and the author has provided not only a very able and well-illustrated account of this, but also provided an excellent genesis of the tanks and a description of how WWII tank technology and tactics have influenced post WWII tank warfare. The clear and impressive text is fully supported by lavish illustration with contemporary photographs, most highly recommended.
The crop of books commemorating events 100 years ago during WWI has produced many fine and thought provoking accounts. The author has taken an interesting approach to produce a poignant collection of brief biographies of 40 Boat Race competitors who answered the call to arms and gave their lives, very highly recommended.
Well-written and intensively researched, this book provides an indelible picture of the Bullencourt battle of April and May 1917. This is a thoughtful coverage of what became a Pyrrhic victory for the British and Australian troops who suffered heavy losses. Moving tribute to Australians and a gripping read.
Well-written account of the flying career of Wing Commander Swale, based on diaries and family documents. The Great War saw some fighter pilots achieving more than 80 kills, but that was a result of the practice of flying until the pilot himself became a victim, and where many kills were of much inferior aircraft. In the final year of conflict, 17 kills against the formidable Fokker VII was a great achievement. Highly Recommended.
A guide to the outstanding quality of this book is that it is still a standard source for Dutch historians. The Dutch Wars were not the finest times for the Royal Navy. This book explains why and just how bad it was for Britain. This book is a must for all who are interested in the days of sail, most highly recommended.
This is a particularly interesting story because of the wide range of experience from WWII to the Cold War, to senior rank, to the Cabinet Office. Very Highly Recommended.
A small British force, standing against 4,000 Zulus, made a great movie. The real-action was just as stirring, and now here is a battlefield guide. Very Highly Recommended.