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Casemate

Casemate $29.95 • 320 pages • 16 pages of photos 9781612001227 – hardback September 2012 9781612001340

$29.95 • 320 pages • 16 pages of photos

9781612001227

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September 2012

9781612001340

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Guardian Angel

Life and Death Adventures with Pararescue, the World’s Most Powerful Commando Rescue Force

William N. Sine, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.)

U.S. Air Force Pararescue is the most skillful and capable rescue force in the world, taking on some of the most dangerous rescue missions imaginable. PJs (short for para-jumpers), are members of an elite unit whose commando skills are so wide-reaching they often seem like something out of science fiction. They routinely tackle perilous operations that are beyond the capabilities of other rescue organizations, and sometimes dare the seemingly impossible.

Since their inception in 1947, PJs have saved more than thirty thousand lives. They can pluck near- frozen climbers off jagged mountaintops as well as recover shot-down jet pilots stranded deep in hostile territory. PJs parachute into ominous black waves that loom twenty feet tall to save distressed seamen, and brave the cruelest and most desolate deserts to recover victims. U.S. Air Force pararescuemen have played a prominent role in every armed conflict since the Korean War, rescuing thousands of soldiers from behind enemy lines.

Guardian Angel provides a rare glimpse at a PJ’s mind-blowing adventures. Learn what it takes to lower from a helicopter onto the slippery decks of storm-tossed ships to rescue dying sailors. Feel what it’s like to be caught in the middle of a bomb blast so powerful that it tears high-rise buildings in half, and flattens armored vehicles hundreds of yards away. This is a deadly serious business: when things go wrong, they can go terribly wrong. Aircraft crash into mountainsides, killing all onboard, while some PJs live through horrendous helicopter crashes only to struggle with freezing temperatures, snapped limbs and torn flesh in a desperate fight for survival.

limbs and torn flesh in a desperate fight for survival. $34.95 • 8 x 10 •

$34.95 • 8 x 10 • 336 pages 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001241

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October 2012

9781612001364

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Perilous Moon

Occupied France, 1944—The End Game

Stuart Nimmo

This exceptional, lavishly illustrated book invites the reader into intimate familiarity with Occupied France during World War II, through the eyes of a downed British bomber pilot who clandestinely made his way to Paris and became immersed in its political and moral complexity.

In these pages we not only follow Lancaster pilot Neil Nimmo’s fateful encounter with a Luftwaffe nightfighter over France, we also follow that Me-110 pilot’s career and the most successful day of his short life, when he shot down five British bombers in twenty minutes. Helmut Bergmann accounted for 38 British airmen that fateful night, most of them killed, but Nimmo was able to parachute to the ground, whereupon he found a Nazi-occupied country of endless ambiguity.

It is during Nimmo’s undercover life in France that we see how World War II—in between the fierce combatants—transpired in gay Parée. Though full of German soldiers on the one hand, it was stacked with Maquis on the other. But for the average Parisian, life went on as normal, individualism trumping politics, and hardship met by either resignation or resolve. It was only toward the end, when the contest between German domination and the liberation promised by the Anglo-Americans appeared to sway in favor of the latter that France itself turned as bloody as the battlefront. And Nimmo was there as he saw the tide turn, and long-dormant passions began once again to rise.

Year of Glory

The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862–June 1863

Monte Akers

No commander during the Civil War is more closely identified with the “cavalier mystique” as Major General J.E.B. (Jeb) Stuart. And none played a more prominent role during the brief period when the hopes of the nascent Confederacy were at their apex, when it appeared as though the Army of Northern Virginia could not be restrained from establishing Southern nationhood.

Jeb Stuart was not only successful in leading Robert E. Lee’s cavalry in dozens of campaigns and raids, but for riding magnificent horses, dressing outlandishly, and participating in balls and parties that epitomized the “moonlight and magnolia” image of the Old South.

Stuart was blessed with an unusually positive personality—always upbeat, charming, boisterous, and humorous, remembered as the only man who could make Stonewall Jackson laugh, reciting poetry when not engaged in battle, and yet never using alcohol or other stimulants. Year of Glory focuses on the twelve months in which Stuart’s reputation was made, following his career on an almost day-to-day basis from June 1862, when Lee took command of the army, to June 1863, when Stuart turned north to regain a glory slightly tarnished at Brandy Station, but found Gettysburg instead.

It is told through the eyes of the men who rode with him, as well Jeb’s letters, reports, and anecdotes handed down over 150 years. It was a year like no other, filled with exhilaration at the imminent creation of a new country. This was a period when it could hardly be imagined that the cause could dissolve into grief.

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imagined that the cause could dissolve into grief. Casemate $32.95 • 368 pages • 16 pages

$32.95 • 368 pages • 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001302

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September 2012

9781612001425

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The Drive on Moscow, 1941

Niklas Zetterling

At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders. German panzer spearheads cut through enemy defenses and thrust deeply to encircle most of the Soviet soldiers on the approaches to Moscow. Within a few weeks, most of them marched into captivity, where a grim fate awaited them.

Despite the overwhelming initial German success, however, the Soviet capital did not fall. German combat units as well as supply transport were bogged down in mud caused by autumn rains. General Zhukov was called back to Moscow and given the desperate task to recreate defense lines west of Moscow. The mud allowed him time to accomplish this, and when the Germans again began to attack in November, they met stiffer resistance. Even so, they came perilously close to the capital, and if the vicissitudes of weather had cooperated, would have seized it. Though German units were also fighting desperately by now, the Soviet build-up soon exceeded their own.

The Drive on Moscow, 1941 is based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources. It recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals.

the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. $ 3 2 . 9 5

$32.95 288 pages 16 pages of photos maps

9781612001203

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September 2012

9781612001333

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Casemate

Casemate $32.95 • 368 pages • 16 pages of illustrations 9781612001555 – hardback October 2012 9781612001562–

$32.95 • 368 pages • 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001555 – hardback

October 2012 9781612001562– ebook

Leyte, 1944

The Soldiers’ Battle

Nathan N. Prefer

When General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia in March 1942, having successfully left the Philippines to organize a new American army, he vowed, “I shall return!” More than two years later he did return, at the head of a large U.S. army to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. The place of his re-invasion was the central Philippine Island of Leyte. Much has been written about the naval Battle of Leyte Gulf, but almost nothing has been written about the three-month long battle to seize Leyte itself.

Originally intending to delay the advancing Americans, the Japanese high command decided to make Leyte the “Decisive Battle” for the western Pacific and rushed Imperial Army units to halt and overwhelm the Americans on Leyte. As were most battles in the Pacific, it was a long, bloody, and brutal fight. As did the Japanese, the Americans were forced to rush in reinforcements to compensate for the rapid increase in Japanese forces on Leyte.

This battle also saw a major Japanese counterattack—a carefully thought-out counteroffensive designed to push the Americans off the island and capture General MacArthur. American and Japanese battalions spent days surrounded by the enemy, often until relieved or overwhelmed. Under General Yamashita’s guidance it also saw a rare deployment of Japanese paratroopers in conjunction with the ground assault offensive. Finally there were more naval and air battles, designed to protect or cover landing operations of friendly forces. Leyte was a three-dimensional battle and did indeed decide the fate of the Philippines in World War II.

indeed decide the fate of the Philippines in World War II. $32.95 • 336 pages •

$32.95 • 336 pages • 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001234

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October 2012

9781612001357

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The Battle of the Denmark Strait

A Critical Analysis of the Bismarck’s Singular Triumph

Robert Winklareth

To Great Britain and Germany, the Battle of the Denmark Strait came like a thunderclap in the spring of 1941. The pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, was utterly destroyed, and its newest battleship, Prince of Wales, severely damaged and forced to withdraw. This was at the hands of Germany’s huge battleship Bismarck, on its first foray into North Atlantic waters. The blast of heavy shells between the behemoths resonated both in Whitehall and Berlin.

However, despite the wealth of documentary information and photographic evidence available on the battle, there continues to be controversy as to how the conflict was actually fought. This book attempts to resolve the remaining issues by a detailed technical analysis of the circumstances, while new discoveries, revealed for the first time in this book, shed new light on the battle in which the best of both navies traded salvoes and over 1,500 Royal Navy sailors were obliterated.

By carefully considering the factors affecting naval gunnery, such as flight time of shells to their target, reaction time for correcting the fall of shot, and recycle times of the various gun systems, the battle has been painstakingly reconstructed in this book within all of the established time and distance parameters. Not limited to the battle itself, the book also explores the relevant events leading up to the titanic clash, and those events associated with its aftermath.

Bailout Over Normandy

A Flyboy’s Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France

Ted Fahrenwald

This is the remarkable, newfound memoir of a U.S. fighter pilot, who after his escapades of shooting down German troops in France found himself shot down by them in turn, thence to begin an even greater adventure.

Ted Fahrenwald was a 22-year-old daredevil pilot in the famed 352nd Fighter Group when he bailed out of his burning P-51 Mustang two days after D-Day on his 100th mission. Parachuting into the farmlands of Normandy, he was immediately picked up by the local Maquis, the guerrilla branch of the French Resistance. His rudimentary French, wily personality, and backwoods skills allowed him to quickly make fast friends of these unruly outlaws. He spent the next several months carousing and raiding with their band. Determined to rejoin his squadron, Ted left his new comrades to hike through the fields and forests of the most heavily occupied areas of northern France toward the Channel coast, and the advancing Allied liberation armies.

Captured by the Wehrmacht, however, interrogated as a spy, and interned in a POW camp, the author made a daring escape just before his deportation to Germany. Nothing diminished Ted’s talent for spotting the ironic humor in even the most aggravating or dangerous situations, nor his penchant for extracting his own improvised and sometimes hilarious version of justice. A suspenseful page-turner and an outrageously witty tale of daring and friendship, this book brings to life the daily intrigues of the multiple sides of World War II.

Casemate

intrigues of the multiple sides of World War II. Casemate $29.95 • 264 pages • 16

$29.95 • 264 pages • 16 pages of photos

9781612001579

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August 2012

9781612001586

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Building for War

The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II

Bonita L. Gilbert

This intimately researched work tells the story of the thousand-plus Depression-era civilian contractors who came to Wake Island, a remote Pacific atoll, in 1941 to build an air station for the U.S. Navy. Author Gilbert charts the contractors’ hard-won progress as they scramble to build the naval base as well as runways for the U.S. Army Air Corps’s B-17 Flying Fortresses while war clouds gather over the Pacific.

Five hours after their attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese struck Wake Island, which was now isolated from assistance. The undermanned Marine Corps garrison, augmented by hundreds of the civilian-contractor volunteers, fought back, ultimately repelling several Japanese landing attempts as the enemy laid siege to the atoll for two weeks. Finally succumbing to an overwhelming amphibious attack, the surviving Americans, military and civilian, were taken prisoner. Used as slave laborers by the Japanese, and subject to a brutal massacre toward the end of the war as U.S. forces finally closed in, the civilian contractors who had risked distance and danger for well-paying jobs ended up paying a steep price: their freedom and, for many, their lives.

Written by the daughter and granddaughter of civilians who served on Wake Island, Building for War sheds new light on why the United States was taken by surprise in December 1941 and shines a spotlight on the little-known, virtually forgotten story of a group of civilian workers and their families whose lives were forever changed by the events on the tiny atoll that is Wake.

changed by the events on the tiny atoll that is Wake. $32.95 • 448 pages •

$32.95 • 448 pages • 16 pages of photos

9781612001296

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September 2012

9781612001418

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Casemate

Casemate $29.95 • 288 pages • 8 pages of photos 9781612001593 – hardback October 2012 9781612001609

$29.95 • 288 pages • 8 pages of photos

9781612001593

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October 2012

9781612001609

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Backwards, in High Heels

Faith Whittlesey, Ronald Reagan’s “Madam Ambassador” in Switzerland and the West Wing

Thomas J. Carty

“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.” Faith Whittlesey popularized this quotation during the 1980s, and many books attribute the line to her. In this book Faith Whittlesey gives concrete meaning to the quotation through her life and career as an effective “Madam Ambassador” in the worlds of both money and politics. Raised in western New York State by highly motivated Irish-American parents, she worked to reach eminent position as Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador to Switzerland, and to serve as the highest-ranking woman on Reagan’s White House staff from 1983–1985. There she occupied the West Wing office soon to be Hillary Clinton’s, and as a widow with three children provided a female influence of her own to a presidential culture well before it was fashionable.

In addition to her activities in U.S. policy and politics, for more than 30 years Whittlesey has proven to be one of the most important liaisons between the United States and Switzerland, a sister republic as well as financial superpower. Whether operating from her second floor office in the West Wing or the bucolic Ambassador’s residence in Bern, Switzerland, Whittlesey made a practice to advocate Reagan’s policies through thoughtful debate and persuasive argumentation. After leaving government service, she practiced private-sector diplomacy, serving as Chairman and then Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation.

This book provides a fascinating look into how one woman, despite daunting obstacles, was able to achieve exceptional influence, thence use her position for the furtherance of common good.

thence use her position for the furtherance of common good. $32.95 • 352 pages • 16

$32.95 • 352 pages • 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001319

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November 2012

9781612001432

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General Mark Clark

Commander of U.S. Fifth Army and Liberator of Rome

Jon B. Mikolashek

General Mark Clark is one of the four men—along with Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—who historian Martin Blumenson called “the essential quartet of American leaders who achieved victory in Europe.” A skilled staff officer, Clark rose quickly through the ranks, and by the time America entered the war he was deputy commander of Allied Forces in North Africa. Several weeks before Operation Torch, Clark landed by submarine in a daring mission to negotiate the cooperation of the Vichy French. He was subsequently named commander of U.S. Fifth Army and tasked with the invasion of Italy.

From the September 1943 landing at Salerno, Clark and his army fought their way north against skilled German resistance, augmented by mountainous terrain. The daring January 1944 end-run at Anzio set the stage for Fifth Army’s liberation of Rome on 4 June 1944. The war in Italy was not over, but the taking of Rome intact was a tremendous achievement. Pitted against one of Hitler’s most able commanders, Fifth Army spent another ten months in ferocious combat from the Gothic Line to the Po Valley, as Clark moved up to head all ground forces in Italy as commander of 15th Army Group.

The brutal Italian Campaign has been long overshadowed by D-Day and the campaign across France and into Germany. Likewise, General Mark Clark has been largely overlooked when one thinks of the great captains of the war. Mikolashek remedies this situation, shedding much needed historical light on one of America’s most important fighting generals in this “warts and all”biography.

The Silent Service in World War II

The Story of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in the Words of the Men Who Lived It

Michael Green (Ed)

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the U.S. Navy had a total of 111 submarines. However, this fleet was not nearly as impressive as the number suggests. It was mostly a collection of aging boats from the late teens and early twenties, with only a few of the newer, more modern Gato-class boats. Fortunately, with the war in Europe was already two years old and friction with Japan ever-increasing, help from what would become known as the Silent Service in the Pacific was on the way: there were 73 of the new fleet submarines under construction.

The Silent Service in World War II tells the story of America’s intrepid underwater warriors in the words of the men who lived the war in the Pacific against Japan. The enemy had already begun to deploy advanced boats, but the U.S. was soon able to match them. By 1943 the new Gato-class boats were making a difference, carrying the war not just to the Japanese Imperial Navy, but to the vital merchant fleet that carried the vast array of materiel needed to keep the land of the Rising Sun afloat.

As the war progressed, American success in the Solomons began to constrict the Japanese sea lanes, and operating singly or in wolfpacks they were able to press their attacks on convoys operating beyond the range of our airpower, making daring forays even into the home waters of Japan itself. Taking on Japanese warships, as well as rescuing downed airmen, U.S. submarines made an enormous contribution to our war against Japan.

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an enormous contribution to our war against Japan. Casemate $32.95 • 352 pages • 16 pages

$32.95 • 352 pages • 16 pages of photos

9781612001258

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November 2012

9781612001371

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Paratrooper

The Life of General James M. Gavin

T. Michael Booth and Duncan Spencer

World War II, which occurred precisely at the juncture between air transport capability and the invention of the helicopter, saw history’s first and only mass use of paratroopers dropped into battle from the sky, perhaps the most courageous combat task seen in modern warfare. And “Jumpin’ Jim” Gavin was by all accounts America’s best paratrooper leader.

His first combat jump was in Sicily, where as a battalion commander he found his men scattered all over the landscape in one of airborne’s greatest fiascos. Yet his stand with a few stalwarts at Biazza Ridge is credited with saving the U.S. invasion front. In Normandy, as assistant division commander of the 82nd Airborne, he won the eternal affection of his men for continuing to lead in combat, M-1 slung over his shoulder, even as his paratroopers were similarly scattered and faced German fire on all sides. His cool leadership served to coalesce the paratrooper bridgehead behind enemy lines until infantry from the beaches could finally reach them.

During Operation Market Garden, now as commander of the 82nd, Gavin wrote a new chapter in paratrooper heroism, seizing all his objectives despite a serious spinal injury on landing. With hardly a respite after the grueling campaign in Holland, Gavin and his men were called upon for perhaps their most dangerous task—stemming the German onslaught during the Battle of the Bulge. Though most historical kudos have gone to the 101st Airborne in that battle, it was the 82nd’s stand at St. Vith—where the Germans truly wanted to break through— that equally foiled Hitler’s last offensive attempt in the west.

foiled Hitler’s last offensive attempt in the west. $32.95 • 496 pages • 16 pages of

$32.95 • 496 pages • 16 pages of illustrations

9781612001272

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August 2012

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Casemate Fighter Pilot “McScotch” $29.95 • 5 x 7.5 • 276 pages • 9781612001463 – hardback

Fighter Pilot

“McScotch”

$29.95 • 5 x 7.5 • 276 pages • 9781612001463 – hardback • November 2012 • 9781612001470 – ebook

“McScotch” himself describes his book and pays tribute to a colleague in this note, which appears at the front of the volume: This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving in one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honor of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, ‘MICK’ MANNOCK, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.”

Available records and publications show “McScotch” himself as a fighter pilot with 40 Squadron, holding the rank of lieutenant and then captain. He is credited with 12 kills of German opponents. This is a detailed and exciting account of squadron life and shows the bravery and true comradeship of these flyers.

and shows the bravery and true comradeship of these flyers. An Air Fighter’s Scrapbook Ira Jones

An Air Fighter’s Scrapbook

Ira Jones

$29.95 • 5 x 7.5 • 340 pages • 9781612001500 – hardback • November 2012 • 9781612001517 - ebook

Ira “Taffy” Jones was a well-known air fighter during the First World War, having scored about 40 victories flying SE5 scouts in France with 74 Squadron. Well known in flying circles, Jones recorded stories drawn from his own experiences during the war and wrote of the many personalities he had met or known by association, both during the war and in the post-war flying years.

An Air Fighter’s Scrap Book recreates the atmosphere of the days of the biplane, of wartime flying, of early peacetime adventures in the air, the development of civil aviation, and breathtaking record beating flights, all evoking the sheer delight in flying that characterized those early years.

Night Raiders of the Air

A.R. Kingsford $29.95 • 5 x 7.5 • 220 pages • 9781612001487 •–Hardback • November 2012 • 9781612001494 – ebook

A.R. Kingsford flew with 100 Squadron, the unit that dropped the first bomb at night on Germany and, on November 11, 1918, the last one. One of the many who came to Europe from all over the Commonwealth to fight in the First World War, Kingsford had sailed from New Zealand in 1914. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and learned to fly at Northolt, before being posted to 33 Squadron at Lincoln, where he flew against Zeppelins which had been sent from across the North Sea on night bombing raids. Kingsford joined 100 Squadron in France early in 1918. He had an active career with this famous squadron up until the end of the war. Full of incident and adventure, Night Raiders of the Air is a first-person account by this young Commonwealth volunteer on his experiences during the war against Germany.

Jagdstaffel 356

The Story of a German Fighter Squadron

M.E. Kahnert

$29.95 • 5 x 7.5 • 124 pages • 9781612001449 – hardback • November 2012 • 9781612001456 – ebook

Although the author has given this Jagdstaffel a fictitious number and changed the names of the pilots composing it, the incidents related in this book have the genuine ring of truth and will be recognized as facts by anyone who has had experience of flying on the Western Front or who has studied it since. Many experts believe this work draws on the experience of the Bavarian Jasta 35, which flew against the British; however, whatever its real number may have been, Jagdstaffel 356 undoubtedly fought in the air over Flanders in 1918.

This book is an exciting account, obviously written from firsthand experience, of the air war from the German side.

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Casemate Axis Sally The American Voice of Nazi Germany Richard Lucas $18.95 • 6 x 9

Axis Sally

The American Voice of Nazi Germany

Richard Lucas

$18.95 • 6 x 9 • 324 pages • 16 pages photos • 9781612001395 – paperback • October 2012 • 9781935149804 – ebook

“…fascinating, well-researched account.”—Publishers Weekly

“Arguably one of the more odious civilian figures to emerge from World War II was an American woman who

broadcast radio propaganda aimed at U.S.

makes much of the deprivations suffered by a failed actress, and her frantic quest for fame.”

What created the monster named Axis Sally? Mr. Lucas

If Chaos Reigns

The Near-Disaster and Ultimate Triumph of the Allied Airborne Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944

Flint Whitlock

$18.95 • 6 x 9 • 400 pages • 32 pages of photos • 9781612001524 – paperback • October 2012 • 9781612000114 – ebook

“An examination of the Normandy landings that concentrates exclusively on the activities of the American, British, and Canadian airborne forces that descended upon Normandy in the dark, pre-dawn hours of 6 June 1944. Drawing on numerous first-hand accounts, Whitlock details not only the formation, training and deployment of the Allies’ parachute and glider troops, but the events on the ground at the many targets.”—Britain at War

“An excellent and well-balanced view of the airborne operations on D-Day as well as tackling the background that led up to the events on that most famous of days.”—Military Modeling

Holy Wars

3000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land

Gary L. Rashba

$18.95 • 6 x 9 • 312 pages • 32 pages illustrations • 9781612001531 – paperback • October 2012

9781612000190 – ebook

“Employing a variety of sources from the Old Testament to modern scholarly works

this spiritually and politically charged area of the globe has long been a place of pivotal battles.”—Library Journal

“…effectively traces the military history of the Holy Land and examines the tactics, motivations, and capabilities of the armies that through the millennia have warred for dominion over the sacred and all too often blood soaked region.”—Military History

a compelling tale of how

region.”— Military History a compelling tale of how 1781 The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary War

1781

The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary War

Robert L. Tonsetic

$18.95 • 6 x 9 • 284 pages • 16 pages illustrations • 9781612001548 – paperback • October 2012

9781612000787 – ebook

“There’s a reassuring solidity to battlefield analyses made by a historian who’s seen actual battlefields. 1781 saw the effective end of large-scale British warring in America, but the principal strength of Tonsetic’s book is that he never takes the victory at Yorktown for granted as so many Revolution writers do; he never writes ‘backward’ from the surrender of Cornwallis, nor should he: Americans need periodic reminders that they could just as easily have lost.”—Open Letters Monthly

AF Editions

AF Editions 50 Fighters Planes Carlos Fresno $120 • 12.5 x 13.5 • 336 pages 543

50 Fighters Planes

Carlos Fresno

$120 • 12.5 x 13.5 • 336 pages 543 illustrations • 9788496935419 – hardback June 2012 • English/Spanish Text

This is the first installment on the development and operational life of 50 fighter planes from around the world.

The first of a total of three volumes, this book covers 22 fighter planes in chronological order of their first flight including color profiles, multiple views, unit emblems and more. The following aircraft are included:

– Airco DH.2 (1915)

– SPAD A.2 (1915)

– Fokker Flugzeug-Werke G.m.b.H. Series E (E.I to E.IV) (1915)

– Hanriot HD.1 (1916)

– Sopwith F.1 Camel (1916)

– Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (1916)

– SSW D.III Simens-Schuckert and D.IV (1917)

– Packard LUSAC-11 (1918)

Special Units of the Imperial Army

Eduardo Cea

$42.95 • 8 x 11.5 • 135 pages • 217 illustrations 9788496935365 – paperback • Now available

• Complete with comprehensive statistics and amazing color artwork

In this beautifully illustrated book, Eduardo Cea goes into fascinating detail of each of the Special Units and Special Attack Units, commonly known as kamikaze units in the Imperial Navy, or the SimBu-Tai in the Imperial Army, in turn.

Complete with superb full color artwork, battle orders, lists of pilots and other essential facts and figures, this comprehensive history of Japanese Military Aircraft will interest modelers, enthusiasts and historians alike.

Tokubbetsu Kogeki Tai. Special Attack Units

Eduardo Cea

$49 • 8 x 11.5 • 195 pages 164 illustrations, 6 maps 9788496935372 – paperback • Now available

• Complete with comprehensive statistics and amazing color artwork

In this beautifully illustrated book, Eduardo Cea goes into fascinating detail of each of the Special Units and Special Attack Units in turn.

Complete with superb full color artwork, battle orders, lists of pilots and other essential facts and figures, this comprehensive history of Japanese Military Aircraft will interest modelers, enthusiasts and historians alike.

Airfile Publications

Airfile Publications Wings of the Fleet US Navy & Marine Corps Aviation 1919 – 1941 Peter

Wings of the Fleet

US Navy & Marine Corps Aviation 1919 – 1941

Peter Freeman

$30 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 100 pages 80 illustrations and 30 photographs 9781904644354 – paperback • July 2012

This book covers the relatively little- documented period in US Navy and Marine Corps aviation ‘between the wars’ from 1919- 1941’, which is widely regarded as the ‘Golden Era’, when US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft carried some of the most striking schemes and markings ever seen. Over 550 different aircraft model designations appeared during this period, many numbering only a handful of aircraft, but of those which went in to full scale production, many were significant aircraft which contributed to the development of naval aviation worldwide. With scores of full color profile and 4-view illustrations, and some well selected representative contemporary photos, the book covers aircraft development, color schemes and markings, in a chronological format, presenting each aircraft type from its first entry into service until obsolescence, with a cutoff date of 7 December 1941 – the date that the United States of America entered World War Two – allowing the reader to appreciate the gradual evolution of the many color schemes and markings, both service and unit applied.

color schemes and markings, both service and unit applied. The Battle of Britain Camouflage & Markings

The Battle of Britain

Camouflage & Markings 1940

Peter Scott

$35 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 172 pages 150 illustrations and 40 photographs 9781904643364 – paperback • July 2012

This On Target ‘70th Anniversary Special’ features one of the most famous periods in British aviation history, the summer and early autumn of 1940, when RAF Fighter Command and the German Luftwaffe battled for air superiority over the English Channel and the south eastern part of the British Isles. Mainstreaming on the main period, from 10 July to 31 October 1940, the book also goes back to the beginning of World War Two, covering the Phoney War and then the Battles of France and the Low Countries, before dealing with the Battle of Britain proper, which went through a series of marked phases, all of which are covered in detail, and show the development of the camouflage schemes and markings carried by all the combatants, including the French Armée de l’Air, Italian Regia Aeronautica, RAF Bomber Command and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, in over 100 pages of profile and 4-view full color illustrations.

100 pages of profile and 4-view full color illustrations. V - Bombers Britain’s Cold War Nuclear

V - Bombers

Britain’s Cold War Nuclear Deterrent

Glen Sands

$30 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 152 pages 80 illustrations and 50 photographs 9781904643227 – paperback • July 2012

Featuring the three V-Bombers – Vickers Valiant, Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan, this ‘special’, covers the camouflage scheme and markings development of each type, in three separate sections, from the prototypes to the final operational versions. Containing dozens of contemporary photos, many in color, as well as scores of full color profile and 4- views, all with detailed and informative captions, the book is a ‘one stop’ reference source that also includes a development, historical and operational thread.

Airfile Publications

Airfile Publications Air War Over the Falklands May – June 1982 $30 • 8.25 x 11.5

Air War Over the Falklands

May – June 1982

$30 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 84 pages • 200 illustrations and 40 photographs

9780956980236 – paperback • July 2012

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the spring of 1982. The book covers the color schemes and markings of the British and Argentinean aircraft that were used in combat in what became known as the Falklands War. Featuring such types as the Sea Harrier FRS.1, Harrier GR.3, Avro Vulcan, numerous Royal Navy and Army Air Corps helicopters, opposed by such types as Mirage Ideas, IAI Daggers, A-4 Skyhawks, Super Standards, Canberras and a large and eclectic range of secondary aircraft types and helicopters, the book offers over 70 pages of well- researched and carefully illustrated full color profiles and 4-views.

and carefully illustrated full color profiles and 4-views. RAF Trainers Volume 1 1918 – 1945 $28

RAF Trainers Volume 1

1918 – 1945

$28 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 76 pages • 160 illustrations and 20 photographs

9780956980243 – paperback • August 2012

‘RAF Trainers Volume 1’ offers over 70 pages of profiles and 4-views of the bright and often gaudy color schemes and markings applied to RAF aircraft used in the Training Role from the end of World War One and the creation of the RAF in April 1918 until the end of World War Two in May 1945. The aircraft types and numbers used in the training role during these years was vast, and color schemes just as eclectic, making for a unique and fascinating reference source for modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Volume 2, already being researched and worked upon, is planned for 2013, and will continue the theme, from the immediate postwar era in 1945, with the introduction of jet-engine types, right up to the aircraft types used today.

jet-engine types, right up to the aircraft types used today. Hawker-Siddeley/British Aerospace First Generation Harrier

Hawker-Siddeley/British Aerospace

First Generation Harrier in World Wide Services Volume 1 1960 – 2000

$28 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 76 pages • 130 illustrations and 35 photographs

9780956980250 – paperback • August 2012

The Harrier is amongst the most recognized and loved postwar British-designed military aircraft ever produced, and this book, the first of two volumes dealing with the type, covers the color schemes and markings applied to the design from the prototype and development P.1127/Kestrel airframes of the early 1960s and in to its service use with the RAF as the GR.1/GR.3 and T.2/T.4, the Fleet Air Arm as the Sea Harrier FRS.1 and the upgraded F/A.2, US Marine Corps AV-8A, Spanish Navy ‘Matador’, Indian Navy FRS.51 and Thai Navy navalized Harriers. Coverage of the original ‘tin wing’ versions is taken right up to 2000 with hundreds of full color profiles and 4-views, with detailed and informative captions.

and 4-views, with detailed and informative captions. BAe/McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing Second Generation Harrier in

BAe/McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing

Second Generation Harrier in World Wide Service Volume 2 1980 – 2012

$28 • 8.25 x 11.5 • 76 pages • 130 illustrations and 35 photographs

9780956980256 – paperback • July 2012

Following on from the first volume, this book covers the color schemes and markings applied to the so-called second-generation Harriers, extensively redeveloped by McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace (now parts of Boeing and BAE Systems respectively), which evolved in to the Boeing/BAE Systems AV-8B Harrier II. This volume

covers the the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II and Harrier II Plus, used by several NATO countries, including Spain, Italy, and the United States, and the British Aerospace-built Harrier GR.5/GR.7/GR.9s which entered service in the mid 1980s that was used by the RAF and the Royal Navy until the type’s unexpectedly early retirement in December

2010.

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Amber Books The Downfall of the Third Reich Duncan Anderson $39.95 • 11.75 x 9 •

The Downfall of the Third Reich

Duncan Anderson

$39.95 • 11.75 x 9 • 256 pages 275 photographs and artworks • maps 9781908696533 – paperback • August 2012

The final year of World War II in western Europe saw the world’s largest amphibious operation at D-Day, the largest airborne operation for its time at Arnhem and proved with Hitler’s offensive in the Ardennes that victory was not going to be easily won. Also in that year, the French Resistance fought openly against their German occupiers, more than 15,000 French civilians were killed by Allied bombing, and the scale of the concentration camps was discovered. The Downfall of The Third Reich is a military history of the Western Campaign from D-Day in June 1944 to the fall of Berlin in May 1945. It covers all the battles and campaigns, including Villers-Bocage, Operation‘Market Garden’and Operation Dragoon/Anvil, where the Allies landed in southern France in August 1944. It also features sidebars on the major commanders, such as Rommel, Montgomery, MacArthur and Eisenhower. The authoritative text is complemented by full-color maps, which explain the movement of forces. Thoroughly researched, authoritatively and accessibly told and packed with 250 outstanding color and black and white photographs that document the military and civilian experience, The Downfall of The Third Reich is a superb work of World War II history.

Submarines

1914–Present

David Ross

$34.95 • 9.5 x 7.5 • 192 pages 200 artworks and 40 photographs 9781908696663 • hardback • September 2012

The emergence of the submarine in 1914 as a major strategic weapon was swift and unexpected. On 5 September 1914, a British light cruiser, HMS Pathfinder, was sunk by the German submarine U-21, becoming the first victim of a free-fired torpedo. The basis of naval warfare had been changed forever. The Essential Naval Identification Guide: Submarines 1914–Present offers a highly illustrated guide to all the main classes of submarines to be used in naval warfare from the beginning of World War I to the present day. Divided by era, campaign and country, the book includes sections on submarine forces in 1914, technical developments during the 1930s, the Atlantic convoy war during World War II, Soviet submarine development during the Cold War, the introduction of nuclear-powered submarines, submarines of the Falklands War, and the latest ICBM carriers. All the main types are included, from the World War I-era German U-1 and British F-class, through the Type VII U- boats and US Gato class of World War II, and coming up-to-date with the latest missile submarines, such as HMS Astute, USS Virginia, the Russian Borei class, the Chinese Shang class and the INS Arihant.

Civil Aircraft

1907–Present

Paul E Eden

$34.95 • 9.5 x 7.5 • 192 pages 200 artworks and 40 photographs 9781908696649 – hardback • September 2012

Illustrated with outstanding color profile artworks, The Essential Identification Guide: Civil Aircraft is the definitive study of non military aircraft from the early experiments to barnstorming daredevils to today’s latest commercial airliners. Arranged chronologically, the book describes in depth the various types from propeller aircraft to airships, from jets to helicopters to supersonic flight. All the key aircraft types are featured, from Boeing 747s to 787 Dreamliners, from seaplanes to Lear Jets, from Concorde to the Airbus A380, from biplanes and triplanes to heavy transport aircraft. With detailed background histories and specification boxes accompanying the full- color artworks, The Essential Identification Guide: Civil Aircraft is an excellent reference guide for modelers and aviation enthusiasts.

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Amberley Roman Body Armour Agincourt Rosemary Hawley Jarman $29.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages
Amberley Roman Body Armour Agincourt Rosemary Hawley Jarman $29.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages

Roman Body Armour

Agincourt

Rosemary Hawley Jarman

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages • 70 illustrations 9781445602332 – hardback • May 2012

Hilary Travis

$32.95 • 6.75 x 9.75 • 176 pages

105 images, 60 illustrations and 45

photographs, 33 in color, plus 16 color pages • 9781445608037 – paperback

July 2012

This book assesses current views of body armor used by the Roman army and its development, melding these with the archaeological evidence available. It draws together streams of published information of sculptural imagery and archaeological evidence. This has involved a return to basics in attempting to reproduce the aspects of the artifacts observed through physical reconstruction.

The reconstructions produced were subjected to low-level, simulated wear, over several years, to view component interaction, and simulated combat/ destructive testing using a range of weaponry to view which parts were more susceptible to damage, and what features may be anticipated on artifacts as evidence of regular wear, combat damage and field repairs. Discrepancies were noted between current reconstructions of Roman military equipment and the actual artifacts, which may cause us to rethink not only the appearance, but also the function/fighting methods of the Roman soldier.

A small English expeditionary force in Northern France battling to reach the coast before being cut off by an enemy superior in numbers and equipment; a victory plucked from the jaws of certain-seeming defeat – this story is familiar in the twentieth century. It is also the story of Agincourt in the fifteenth.

The distinguished historical novelist Rosemary Hawley Jarman here recreates the whole of the brief, foolhardy expedition mounted by a 28- year-old English king determined to regain the realm across the Channel.The siege of Harfleur, the ravages of disease, the gradual encirclement, the decision to break out and march through hostile territory to Calais, all lead up to the rainy dawn of 25 October 1415 – St Crispin’s Day – when the ragged, hungry English came face to face with a mighty and magnificently accoutered French army and won one of the most overwhelming victories in the chronicles of war.

of the most overwhelming victories in the chronicles of war. William the Conqueror Peter Rex $19.95

William the

Conqueror

Peter Rex

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75

288 pages • 40

illustrations, 20 in color, plus 16 pages in color 9781445606989 – paperback • July 2012

William the Conqueror’s is revealed as the brutal and violent product of his time, capable of great cruelty, and prone to a sort of grisly humor, yet, with all that he could also be a loyal friend and affectionate husband and father. His military reputation rests on his victory at Hastings and he showed little sign of strategic or tactical genius. He was a competent rather than inspired general, benefiting from the mistakes of his foes. He inspired great loyalty in some and even greater hatred in others. His primary attribute was his ruthless will which made him the driving force behind Norman ambition in North Western Europe.

force behind Norman ambition in North Western Europe. Viking Warfare Ian Stephenson $29.95 • 6.75 x

Viking

Warfare

Ian Stephenson

$29.95 • 6.75 x 9.75 128 pages • 46 illustrations, 25 in color, plus 16 pages in color 9781848686908 – paperback • July 2012

Despite a wealth of archaeological evidence on this subject, there has been no major study in English since the nineteenth century. Ian Stephenson examines the types and range of weapons and armor found, and considers other aspects in order to build a complete picture of the warfare of the period.

The quantity and quality of the finds allow us to build a picture of not simply an individual’s panoply, but also of army structure and tactics. Alongside this, the artifacts allow us to examine the cultural interaction between the Roman and Barbarian worlds, which, as the finds show, was not a simple one-way process:

each side impacted on the other.

a simple one-way process: each side impacted on the other. Roman Camps in Britain Rebecca Jones

Roman

Camps in

Britain

Rebecca Jones

$32.95 • 6.75 x 9.75 160 pages • 94 illustrations plus 16 pages in color 9781848686885 – paperback • July 2012

The Roman Empire was one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. While considerable research has been undertaken on Roman frontiers, fortresses and forts, Roman camps are often overlooked in the study of the fortifications of the Roman army, and were the most basic form of accommodation, occupied for a very limited period of time. Although only occupied for a short period, a number of camp sites have survived the ravages of time to tell us something of the movements and activities of the Roman army in provinces around the empire.

Spitfire Pilot Roger Hall $34.95 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • 50 photographs

Spitfire Pilot

Roger Hall

$34.95 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • 50 photographs 9781445605579 –

hardback • July 2012

The Battle of Britain

memoir of Roger Hall, a Spitfire pilot in 152 Squadron based in the South East of England, the heart of the fighting during the epic battle. Roger recounts in exhaustive detail his own experience of air-to- air combat with Me109s and Me110s, and that of his fellow pilots.

Hall had no compunction in revealing his fear of wartime flying. He strips away the veneer of glory, smart uniforms and wild parties and uncovers the ordinary, very human young men who lived a life in which there was no tomorrow. There is no nostalgia here.

in which there was no tomorrow. There is no nostalgia here. Too Few, Too Far George

Too Few,

Too Far

George Thomsen

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 160 pages • 32 illustrations, 19 in color, plus 16 pages in color • 9781445606200 – paperback • July 2012

Published to coincide with 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the Falklands War on the 2 April 2012.

They fought alone against an overwhelming invasion force and yet had the enemy reeling on the ropes. This is the story of true British grit, sheer bloody mindedness, professionalism and ingenuity. The Royal Marines’ courageous action on that day changed the balance of The South Atlantic War.

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day changed the balance of The South Atlantic War. Amberley The Sinking of the HMS Royal

The Sinking of the HMS Royal Oak

Dilip Sarkar

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75

160

pages

103

photographs

9781445607436 – paperback • July 2012

HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the British Royal Navy, torpedoed at anchor by the German submarine U-47 in 1939. Royal Oak was the first of the five Royal Navy battleships and battle cruisers sunk in the Second World War. The loss of life was heavy:

833 were killed that night or died later of their wounds. Now lying upside-down under water with her hull beneath the surface, Royal Oak is a designated war grave.

beneath the surface, Royal Oak is a designated war grave. Spitfire Voices Dilip Sarkar $19.95 •

Spitfire Voices

Dilip Sarkar

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 320 pages 169 photographs •

9781445606958

- paperback

July 2012

Spitfire Voices represents an important oral history of the Spitfire. Drawing upon the personal letters, diaries and memories of pilot’s families and comrades, the author recounts the deeply moving stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Illustrated with photographs from the pilots, Spitfire Voices represents what it was like flying to war in a Spitfire – in the words of those who lived to tell their tales.

– in the words of those who lived to tell their tales. The First World War

The First World War in the Air

Phil Carradice

$29.95 • 6 x 9.25 • 192 pages • 150 illustrations • 9781445605128 – paperback • September 2012

The years between 1914 and 1918 saw an incredible growth in air power. Beginning with the flimsy early aircraft, the author paints a picture of a bygone era when nobody knew what could be achieved, or how aircraft could be used. From the early years of the First World War to the final stage of the conflict when huge, streamlined airplane fleets dominated the skies.

when huge, streamlined airplane fleets dominated the skies. The Few Dilip Sarkar $19.95 • 4.75 x

The Few

Dilip Sarkar

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 320 pages 129 photographs 9781445607016 – paperback August 2012

The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31 October 1940. The Luftwaffe’s intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitler’s invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten.

odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten. The Best 500 Cockney War Stories

The Best 500 Cockney War Stories

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 224 pages 70 illustrations • 9781445608662 – paperback • September 2012

Shortly after the end of the First World War, The Evening News, asked readers to send in their stories. Of the countless tales received, the newspaper selected 500 and compiled them into a book that is both amusing and poignant. Complete with the original cartoons provided by famous wartime artist Bert Thomas, this book is a fitting tribute to the men who risked everything for King and country.

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Amberley Through Time D-Day Beaches David Evans $24.95 • 6.25 x 9.25 96 pages 180 illustrations

Through Time

D-Day Beaches

David Evans

$24.95 • 6.25 x 9.25 96 pages 180 illustrations

9781848687677 – paperback • July 2012

The stretch of beach along the Calvados coast is famous for the part it played in turning around World War II on the 6th of June 1944.

Normandy is marked by this momentous event, and the ensuing months leading to the liberation of France and the rest of Europe. Visitors today can explore old army bunkers and other war relics along the five beaches. Museums and memorials stand as reminders of when Allied Forces gradually advanced from landing beaches through villages, towns and countryside to liberate the French people.

towns and countryside to liberate the French people. Churchill’s Angels Bernard O’Connor $32.95 • 6 x

Churchill’s

Angels

Bernard O’Connor

$32.95 • 6 x 9 • 288 pages 30 illustrations plus 16 pages of mono section 9781445608280 – hardback • August 2012

Over 70 female agents were sent out by Britain’s Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. These women were flown out and parachuted or landed into occupied Europe on highly dangerous missions:

their job was to work with resistance movements before and after D-Day. There are stories of rigorous training, thrilling undercover operations, evading capture by the Gestapo, tragic betrayals and extraordinary courage.

by the Gestapo, tragic betrayals and extraordinary courage. The Real Dad’s Army The Story of the

The Real

Dad’s Army

The Story of the Home Guard

Norman Longmate

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 192 pages • 112 illustrations,

17 in color, plus 16 pages in color • 9781445606880 – paperback July 2012

The enduring popularity of the BBC TV series Dad’s Army has focused attention on one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed — The British Home Guard. What started as an improvised band of volunteers, had grown by 1942 into a conscripted, disciplined and well-equipped force with a strength of nearly two million men.

force with a strength of nearly two million men. Woman at the Front Memoirs of an

Woman at the Front

Memoirs of an ATS Girl D-Day to 1945

Sylvia Wild

$19.95 • 6.25 x 9.25 • 128 pages

9781445603698

– paperback

July 2012

Prior to D-Day Gen. Montgomery, the Commanding Officer of HQ21 Army Group gathered together a group of girls who had volunteered to serve abroad. Sylvia was one of them.This book tells the story of Sylvia working for the Senior Royal Engineer officers who, initially, were developing the D- Day plans concerning ports, docks, harbors and railways as part of Operation Overlord.

docks, harbors and railways as part of Operation Overlord. A Little Girl’s War Wendy Appleton $19.95

A Little Girl’s War

Wendy Appleton

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 128 pages 9781445606392 – paperback July 2012

Wendy ran home through the streets of Bexleyheath with the air-raid siren wailing. Just as she reached her front gate, a Spitfire spiraled out of the air and crashed into the field at the end of the road. You never forget a moment like that. Through the eyes of a child, we see family life on the Home Front – from bombed-out houses to burnt potato peelings, from math lessons to air-raid sirens and crashing planes.

from math lessons to air-raid sirens and crashing planes. Agent Tate Tommy Jonason $19.95 • 4.75

Agent Tate

Tommy Jonason

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 272 pages 56 illustrations • 9781445608648 – paperback • September 2012

This is the career of the longest serving double agent in the Double Cross system, Harry Williamson. Working under the cover name TATE, he went on to send more than a thousand messages during the war. Harry took part in D-Day, provided the Nazis with misinformation, and misled the German Navy with faulty intelligence over U-boat minefields. After the war he was almost completely anonymous until his name was revealed in the 1990s.

anonymous until his name was revealed in the 1990s. Boy in the Blizt Colin Perry $19.95

Boy in the Blizt

Colin Perry

$19.95 • 4.75 x 7.75 • 224 pages 70 photographs • 9781445606965 – paperback • July 2012

This is what survives of a journal Colin Perry kept between March and November 1940, when he was eighteen years old. The journal was never intended for

publication. It spans ‘

Days from 8 August – 31 October 1940’ and the fifty-seven nights

when the bombing of London was unceasing. This is the period enshrined in our history as the Battle of Britain.

the Great

The Long Way Home John McCallum $15.99 • 5 x 8 • 160 pages •

The Long Way Home

John McCallum

$15.99 • 5 x 8 • 160 pages • 4 pages of bw illustrations • 9781843410225 – paperback August 2012

A true story of romance and escape during the Second World War.

At the age of nineteen, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist in the Signal Corps. A little over a year later, he was in France, working frantically to set up communication lines as Europe once more hurtled towards war. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he was sent to the notorious Stalag VIIIB prison camp, together with his brother, Jimmy, and friend Joe Harkin.

Ingenious and resourceful, the three men set about planning their escape. With the help of Traudl, a local girl whom John had met while working in nearby Bad Karlsbrunn, they put their plan into action. In an astonishing coincidence, they passed through the town of Sagan, around which the seventy-six airmen of the Great Escape were being pursued and caught. However, unlike most of these other escapees, John, Jimmy and Joe eventually made it to freedom.

Now, due to the declassification of documents under the Official Secrets Act, John McCallum is finally able to tell the thrilling story of his adventure, in which he recaptures all the danger, audacity and romance of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.

of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War. Churchill 1940-1945 Under Friendly

Churchill 1940-1945

Under Friendly Fire

Walter Reid

$20.50 • 5 x 8 • 416 pages • 16 pages of bw illustrations • 9781843410591 – paperback November 2012

In April 1945 Churchill said to Sir Alan Brooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, ‘There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them!’ When he became Prime Minister on 10 May 1940 Churchill was without allies. Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain saved Britain from immediate defeat, but it was evident that Britain alone could never win the war.

Churchill looked to America. He said that until Pearl Harbor ‘no lover ever studied every whim of his mistress as I did those of President Roosevelt’. But would Roosevelt have entered the war if Pearl Harbor had not taken place? Until then his actions were ambivalent, and even afterwards America’s policy was largely shaped by self-interest and her idea of what a postwar world should be like. Churchill’s account of relations with his allies and associates was sanitized for the historical record and has been accepted uncritically. In reality he had to battle with the generals and the CIGS, Tory backbenchers and the War Cabinet, de Gaulle and the Free French and – above all – the Americans. Even his wife, Clementine, could on occasions be remarkably unsupportive.

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could on occasions be remarkably unsupportive. Birlinn Wojtek the Bear Polish War Hero Aileen Orr $17.99

Wojtek the Bear

Polish War Hero

Aileen Orr

$17.99 • 5 x 8 • 240 pages • 16 pages of bw illustrations • 9781843410577 – paperback August 2012

This is the inspiring true story of one of the Second World War’s most unusual combatants – a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer- drinking brown bear. Originally adopted as a mascot by the Polish Army in Iran, Wojtek soon took on a more practical role, carrying heavy mortar rounds for the troops and going on to play his part as a fully enlisted ‘soldier’ with his own rank and number during the Italian campaign.

After the war, Wojtek, along with some of his Polish compatriots from II Corps, came to Berwickshire, where he became a significant member of the local community before subsequently moving to Edinburgh Zoo. Wojtek’s retirement was far from quiet: a potent symbol of freedom and solidarity for Poles around the world, he attracted a huge amount of media interest that shows no sign of abating more than 45 years after his death. In an extended introduction, journalist and historian Neal Ascherson reflects on the Polish experience in the Second World War and gives full recognition to the Poles’ heroic sacrifice and the extraordinary influence they had on the countries in which they served.

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Eagle Editions Ltd. $26 • 6 x 9 • 366 pages • b/w maps by author

$26 • 6 x 9 • 366 pages • b/w maps by author

9780979403576 – hardback • Now available

After Gettysburg

Cavalry Operations in the Eastern Theater July 14, 1863 to December 31, 1863.

Robert J. Trout

Among all that has been written of America’s Civil War, however, one enormous void has existed in the scholarship: that of the period following the Gettysburg Campaign to the end of the 1863 calendar year. Historian Robert J. Trout has finally filled that void. His new study of the intense fighting that filled the fall of 1863 admirably fits the bill. Trout, renowned as the authority on the Army of Northern Virginia’s horse artillery and on Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart’s staff, has taken a novel approach to these actions.

Included in Trout’s detailed examination of these events are the cavalry engagements at Brandy Station of August 1 and October 11, 1863, the fight at Culpeper Court House of September 13, the fight at Jack’s Shop on September 22, and the so-called “Buckland Races” on October 19. Also addressed is the infantry battle at Bristoe Station on October 14, where Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill’s Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia suffered a severe and embarrassing defeat, and the Mine Run campaign of November 27-December 2, 1863. These actions are covered in detail here for the first time. Entire section of maps included.

here for the first time. Entire section of maps included. $34.95 • 8.5 x 11 •

$34.95 • 8.5 x 11 • 144 pages • 20 illustrations, 230 color and b/w photos • map

9780972106085 – hardback • Now available

The U.S. 86th Fighter Group in WWII

1942–1945

Steve W. Luce

This volume is the commemoration of the sacrifices and dedication of a group of extremely courageous, though largely unheralded young men who volunteered to answer a call, and to prosecute to its finish, in a manner up close and very personal, a war not of their making so as to make the world free of tyranny and a safer, better place in which to live.

Written by Steve Luce, the son of one of the members of the 86th, their story is presented by over 225 photographs from the veterans, most never before published and with personal stories about their war experiences. This is the story of the men and machines of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group, 12th Air Force. The 86th was operationally assigned only two aircraft during WW II. From their combat debut in early July, 1943, out of Korba, Tunisia and later based out of Italy, until the summer of 1944 they flew the North American A-36 Apache or Invader. They also flew a small number of the straight P-51, the cannon-armed version of the same airframe, for pinpoint demolition work where the Browning .50 caliber weapon, of which the A-36 carried six, was considered too light, and bombs were considered too inaccurate. From the summer of 1944 until VE-Day they flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. In the interim between official assignments, they filled in with P-40s.

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Eagle Editions Ltd. Wings of the Black Cross Wings of the Black Cross Number Eight Jerry

Wings of the Black Cross

Eagle Editions Ltd. Wings of the Black Cross Wings of the Black Cross Number Eight Jerry

Wings of the Black Cross

Number Eight

Jerry C. Crandall

$18.95 • 8.5 x 11 • 36 pages • 65+ b/w and 2 color photos and 8 full color illustrations 9780979403552 – paperback • Now available

illustrations 9780979403552 – paperback • Now available Wings of the Black Cross Number Nine Mark Proulx

Wings of the Black Cross

Number Nine

Mark Proulx

$18.95 • 8.5 x 11 • 36 pages • 65+ b/w and 2 color photos and 8 full color illustrations

9780979403583 – paperback • Now available

Number Seven

Jerry C. Crandall

$18.95 • 8.5 x 11 • 36 pages • 65+ b/w and 2 color photos and 8 full color illustrations

9780979403569 – paperback • Now available

Here is a unique collection of Luftwaffe aircraft images gathered over the past 40 years by author Jerry Crandall and augmented by collector/author Mark Proulx. Presented in a series of booklets are 36 pages of rare, mostly previously unpublished black and white plus color photos. In each caption are valuable historical notes and references to each photo. Each volume highlights a specific subject such as newly discovered photos of Gunther Rall’s Bf 109 F-4 or Erich Hartman’s Bf 109 G-6, or Martin Drewe’s Bf 110 plus rare Bf 109Ks and Fw 190 A-9.

Martin Drewe’s Bf 110 plus rare Bf 109Ks and Fw 190 A-9. The Focke- Wulf Fw

The Focke- Wulf Fw 190 Dora

Volume One

Jerry C. Crandall

$95 • 9 x 12 • 344 pages full color • 365 b/w and

40 color photos plus 72 illustrations

9780976103455

Contains:

– Story of prototype development

– Study of the five known types of gun cowls by factory

– First losses and victories

– Hans Dortenmann’s diary describing his all- Yellow tail W. Nr. 210003 D-9

– Combat stories of D-9 pilots

– The system of tactical markings and colors used by JG 301

– Situation reports of JG 2 Dora 9 activity

during attacking the Remagen bridge

– Flugbuch excerpts from Dora 9 pilots

– Accurate and detailed drawings of the D-9, D-9/R5, and D-9 with the Ta 152 tail

– hardback • Now available

and D-9 with the Ta 152 tail – hardback • Now available The Focke- Wulf Fw

The Focke- Wulf Fw 190 Dora

Volume Two

Jerry C. Crandall

$95 • 9 x 12 • 400 pages full color • 377 b/w and

76

17

hardback • Now available

Contains:

– The story of JV 44 and the Doras of the

Galland Circus

– Rare photos, profile and story featuring

Adolf Galland’s JV 44 Me 262

– Detailed story of the rare Fw 190 D-13 and “Yellow 10”

– Section on WGr 21 cm and R4M rockets

– Patterns and colors used by the factories that produced the Fw 190 Doras

– Recognition bands, tactical and I.D. bands

– Technical features of main parts such as

landing gear variations, propellers etc.

– Reports of unit operating the D-9 in service describing technical problems

– The study of recovered D-9s listing colors, units, pilots and technical details

color photos plus 54 color illustrations and

top and bottom views • 9780979403514 –

illustrations and top and bottom views • 9780979403514 – The Focke- Wulf Ta 152 Thomas H.

The Focke- Wulf Ta 152

Thomas H. Hitchcock

$75 • 9 x 12 • 208 pages full color • 180 b/w and 40 color photos, 36 color illustrations, 75

drawings and 19 tables/charts

9780914144533 – hardback • Now available

The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a high- performance airplane produced in small numbers that appeared late in the war. It was the culmination of a research and development program that brought together an advance high-performance engine within an innovative airframe. Only one example of the Ta 152 survives and is part of the unrestored collection at the National Air and Space Museum.

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Frontline Books X-Planes German Luftwaffe Prototypes 1930–1945 Manfred Griehl $50 • 8 x 10 • 288

X-Planes

German Luftwaffe Prototypes 1930–1945

Manfred Griehl

$50 • 8 x 10 • 288 pages illustrated throughout 9781848325555 – hardback October 2012

Renowned German aviation specialist Manfred Griehl has collected a unique and valuable selection of photographs of Luftwaffe projects that never made it into battle. They remained on the drawing board or at prototype stage either because they were deemed unsuitable or the developers simply ran out of time and the projects never went into production.

This book also details the innumerable alterations that were made to existing service aircraft to equip them for new roles. There are examples of Fw190s developed for the delivery of chemical and toxic weapons, the high altitude Junkers EF 61, the early prototype WNF 342 helicopter as well as numerous examples of developmental jet fighters that could very well have been realized had it not been for the effectiveness of the Allied bombing campaign in restricting the supply of necessary materials.

campaign in restricting the supply of necessary materials. To the Last Man The Battle for Normandy’s

To the Last Man

The Battle for Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula and Brittany

Randolph Bradham

$24.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages 9781848326651 – paperback October 2012

This book provides a detailed overview of the battles that make up the Cotentin Peninsula Campaign. While historians often cite specific examples of the fighting that took place on the peninsula, most treat the battles as individual events or singular parts of the overall Normandy campaign. In this work Bradham takes a different approach, focusing on the unique set of battles that had to be fought in order for the Allies to secure their foothold on Normandy.

Bradham not only discusses the strategy used to secure the peninsula, but also gives detailed accounts of the major battles and tactical doctrine that was developed to fight them. Along the way he provides biographical information on the main actors, explaining how key personality traits along with personal relationships influenced their conduct while in battle. In doing so, the author outlines the effect of the campaign on the overall conduct of the war.

effect of the campaign on the overall conduct of the war. The World’s First SWAT Team

The World’s First SWAT Team

W. E. Fairbairn and the Shanghai Municipal Police Reserve Unit

Leroy Thompson

$50 • 6 x 9 • 208 pages 80 photographs and diagrams 9781848326040 – paperback August 2012

In turbulent Shanghai in the years between the World Wars, the International Settlement was a mercantile powerhouse that faced unrest from Communist labor unions, criminal gangs, spies, armed kidnappers and assassins. Adjoining the Settlement were the French Concession and the Chinese city, both hotbeds of intrigue and crime themselves. Called the most sinful in the world, the Settlement relied on its police: the Shanghai Municipal Police, one of the most advanced forces in the world.

After an incident in 1926 when the police fired upon demonstrators, which resulted in unrest and strikes, W. E. Fairbairn was charged with forming a specialized unit to deal with riots and armed encounters. The resulting Reserve Unit became the prototype for future SWAT teams, as it developed tactics for using snipers, hostage rescue tactics, aggressive riot- dispersal tactics and various other tactical innovations.

dispersal tactics and various other tactical innovations. Frederick the Great A Military History Dennis Showalter $50

Frederick the Great

A Military History

Dennis Showalter

$50 • 6 x 9 • 9781848326408 – hardback • August 2012

Frederick the Great is one of history’s most important leaders. Famed for his military successes and domestic reforms, his campaigns were a watershed in the history of Europe – securing Prussia’s place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1916.

However, much myth surrounds this enigmatic man – his personality and his role as politician, warrior and king. This book provides a refreshing depiction of Frederick the Great and an objective, detailed reappraisal of his military, political and social achievements.

Early chapters set the scene with an excellent summary of 18th century Europe – The Age of Reason; an analysis of the character, composition and operating procedures of the Prussian army; and explore Frederick’s personality as a young man. Later chapters examine his stunning victories at Rossbach and Leuthen, his defeats at Prague and Kolin and Prussia’s emergence as a European power.

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Frontline Books Mercenaries in the Classical World circa 664–323BC Stephen English $39.95 • 6 x 9
Frontline Books Mercenaries in the Classical World circa 664–323BC Stephen English $39.95 • 6 x 9

Mercenaries in the Classical World

circa 664–323BC

Stephen English

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages • approximately 20, 8 page plate section • 9781848843301

– hardback • September 2012

Mercenaries were a significant factor in many of the wars of the Classical world, being employed in large numbers by many states. By far the most famous were Xenophon’s ‘Ten Thousand’, who had to cut their way out of the Persian Empire after the death of their employer and such Greek infantry were the most dominant type, but there was a wide variety of mercenaries available. Some, such as Celts and Thracians were hired for their love of fighting, while others were valued for their specialist skills, such as archers or slingers. This book examines the role of the mercenaries and their influence on the wars of the period down to the death of Alexander the Great. It also looks at the social and economic pressures that drove tens of thousands to make a living of fighting for the highest bidder, despite the intense dangers of the ancient battlefield.

Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels

A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling

Vincentio Saviolo

$39.95 • 9.25 x 6 • 256 pages 9781848325272 – hardback December 2012

In the early 1590s, Shakespeare and Vincentio Saviolo were both based in London. It is almost certain that Saviolo came in contact with Shakespeare, and there is evidence that the playwright hired Saviolo as his bodyguard and was employed to train actors in stage combat.

This book sets down the etiquette for fighting a duel - Saviolo’s guide was written in a time when rapier play was seen as a great improvement to the old-fashioned sword-and-buckler fighting and better suited to the requirements of a gentleman.

and better suited to the requirements of a gentleman. Doorway to Hell Disaster in Somalia BG.

Doorway to

Hell

Disaster in Somalia

BG. Ed Wheeler

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 272

pages • 9781848326804

– paperback • October

2012

It started as a mission of mercy-to feed the hungry, cure the sick and bring peace to a country ravaged by civil war. No formal government or organized infrastructure existed in this fourth world country governed by warlords and their armed bands of ‘gunmen’. Operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope were planned and implemented with the aim of bringing order to chaos. Unfortunately, what should have been a victory for the United Nations deteriorated into a humiliating defeat of massive proportions.

into a humiliating defeat of massive proportions. Ordeal by Exocet HMS Glamorgan and the Falklands War

Ordeal by

Exocet

HMS Glamorgan and the Falklands War 1982

Ian Inskip

$24.95 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • 8 pages of plates • 9781848321311 – paperback • July 2012

HMS Glamorgan was in the thick of the fighting throughout the war. While attacking the enemy, Glamorgan faced missiles, bombs, shells and rockets. Personal accounts recall these attacks, and other operations including the Pebble Island raid. All the Exocet attacks on the Battle Group are included, culminating with the desperate fight to save the ship, which came perilously close to sinking. The aftermath and the trauma experienced by those who lost shipmates brings home the gruesome reality of war.

who lost shipmates brings home the gruesome reality of war. Special Relationships People and Places ASA

Special

Relationships

People and Places

ASA Briggs

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • 16 pages of plates • 9781848326675 – hardback • August 2012

July 2011 marked the 90th birthday of Lord Asa Briggs. A Cambridge graduate, Bletchley Park code-breaker, and one of the most eminent and influential historians of our time. Briggs delves deep into his own history-from the origins of his highly distinctive name and his early education; through his recruitment into the Intelligence Corps and his wartime experiences as a cryptographer. Along the way he sets out to ‘trace those personal relationships which have most shaped (his) life’.

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Frontline Books The Waterloo Archive: Volume IV The British Sources Gareth Glover $50 • 6 x
Frontline Books The Waterloo Archive: Volume IV The British Sources Gareth Glover $50 • 6 x

The Waterloo Archive:

Volume IV

The British Sources

Gareth Glover

$50 • 6 x 9 • 304 pages • 9781848326552 – hardback • September 2012

This volume contains letters and journals written largely in the aftermath of the campaign of 1815, both from the frontline troops and the support services. This volume includes:

Cromwell Hath The Honour, But

P. R.

Hill

$50 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • 9781848326545 – hardback • July 2012

Much has been written about the first Civil War and the triumphs of Oliver Cromwell. Less is known, however, of the skirmishes of the second Civil War or the role and military prowess of the young Major-General John Lambert.

Lambert a brilliant general who demonstrated exceptional tactical skills but he was also a brave leader who was well liked by his men and merciful to his captured enemies. This carefully researched and readable account reexamines contemporary sources to shed light on Lambert’s decisive northern campaign of 1648–1649.

Letters by Sir Hussey Vivian and a much fuller version of the famous description by Frederick Ponsonby of his wounding and subsequent adventures.

The correspondence of officers in the infantry such as John Gardiner and George Barlow of the 69th Foot.

Lifeguards, who appears to have written the opening circumstantial narrative of ‘A Near Observer’ for Miss Eaton and George Packe of the 13th Light Dragoons.

A series of letters to Sir Charles Bell from various surgeons attending to the wounded in Brussels give both a fascinating and appalling view of the consequences of war.

A fascinating description from a witness of Napoleon onboard HMS Bellerophon at Plymouth including an original drawing of him before he sailed into exile on St. Helena.

drawing of him before he sailed into exile on St. Helena. Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the

Russian

Eyewitness

Accounts of

the

Campaign of

1812

Alexander Mikaberidze

$50 • 6 x 9 • 288 pages • 9781848326354 – hardback • September 2012

The Napoleonic era has been analyzed in numerous studies, but many fail to portray the Russian side of the events due to the scarcity of Russian sources in English. Only a handful of Russian memoirs have been translated in English while dozens remain unknown. This book seeks to fill this gap by providing previously unavailable memoirs of Russian participants using documents show the other side, providing insight on the Russian leadership and what a soldier experienced as he progressed towards victory.

what a soldier experienced as he progressed towards victory. The Wedding Feast War The Final Tragedy

The Wedding Feast War

The Final Tragedy of the Xhosa People

Keith Smith

$50 • 6 x 9 9781848326811 –

hardback • November

2012

The last of the nine Frontier Wars fought between 1799–1877 was in many ways a ‘prequel’ to the more famous Zulu War of 1879, featuring many of the British regiments and personalities who were to fight at Isandlwana, as well as being the final defeat of the Xhosa people.

This book uses British Parliamentary Papers, official War Office dispatches and personal accounts to tell the full story of this neglected yet fascinating episode of South African military history.

yet fascinating episode of South African military history. Wellington’s Voice The Candid Letters of Lieutenant

Wellington’s

Voice

The Candid Letters of Lieutenant Colonel John Fremantle, Coldstream Guards,

1808–1821

Gareth Glover

$50 • 10 x 9 • 322 pages • 9781848325739 – hardback • December 2012

John Fremantle was on Wellington’s personal staff through the later years of the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaigns.

In letters written to his Uncle, Fremantle deals with military matters in detail and gives a great insight into Wellington’s honest views of matters. He also talks a great deal about the personalities in ‘Wellington’s family’ and the ‘Great Man’, giving honest views of their strengths and failings, bringing many little- known incidents to light.

Open Cockpit Arthur Gould Lee $24.95 • 8.25 x 5.25 • 224 pages photos included

Open Cockpit

Arthur Gould Lee

$24.95 • 8.25 x 5.25 • 224 pages photos included • 9781908117250 – hardback August 2012

Thanks to a broken leg during flight school, Arthur Stanley Gould Lee gained valuable additional time flying trainers before he was posted to France during World War I. In November 1917 during low level bombing and strafing attacks, he was shot down three times by ground fire. He spent eight months at the front and accumulated 222 hours of flight time in Sopwith Pups and Camels during a staggering 118 patrols; being engaged in combat 56 times. He lived to retire from the RAF as an air vice-marshal in 1946. Author of three books, this is by far his best. Lee puts you in the cockpit in a riveting account of life as a fighter pilot at the front. At turns humorous and dramatic, this thoughtful, enlightening, true account is a classic to be ranked with Winged Victory by W. V. Yeates, also published by Grub Street.

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also published by Grub Street. Grub Street Publishing Iron Man Rudolf Berthold: Germany’s Indomitable Fighter

Iron Man

Rudolf Berthold: Germany’s Indomitable Fighter Ace of World War I

Peter Kilduff

$39.95 • 9.75 x 6.75 • 224 pages photos throughout • 9781908117373 – hardback • December 2012

One of the most successful German fighter pilots of World War I Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold was victorious in forty-four aerial combats. He was also shot down or forced to land after six fights and survived crash landings in every case. Early in World War I, when only fighter pilots were awarded the Kingdom of Prussia’s highest decoration, the Pour le Mérite, Rudolf Berthold became the tenth recipient of the honor. Of that early cohort of air heroes, only Berthold and one other pilot survived the war. This book tells his remarkable story.

Described by one of his pilot protégés as,‘an Iron Man – with an absolutely unbendable iron will’, he was a dedicated patriot. He demonstrated a fierce fighting spirit in many encounters with adversaries. Berthold was so relentless in his approach to aerial combat, when badly wounded, he cut short his convalescent leave to return to flying with his comrades.

Kilduff has produced a landmark volume based on extensive research into Rudolf Berthold’s life and military career to form the most complete account about Germany’s sixth highest scoring fighter ace of WWI. Iron Man tells the tale of this ruthless, fearless and patriotic fighter whose perseverance and bravery made him one of the most famous airmen of World War I.

made him one of the most famous airmen of World War I. The Sowreys A Unique

The Sowreys

A Unique and Remarkable Record of One Family’s Sixty-Five Years of Distinguished RAF Service

Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork

$39.95 • 9.5 x 6.75 • 224 pages • approx 80 photos • 9781908117311 – hardback October 2012

A fascinating look into the extraordinary

history of the Sowrey family; an RAF dynasty whose service spans the first sixty-five years of the RAF’s existence.

Members fought in both world wars and five of the Sowreys were awarded the Air Force Cross, amongst their other numerous decorations. Three brothers, John, Fred and William, all served in World War I with distinction before service in Iraq and the Middle East. The next generation of Sowreys started at Cranwell in 1938; one was killed in action in the Western

Desert but John Jr. and Freddie served throughout, on fighter operations in the desert and north-west Europe, whilst a sister served

in the WAAF. Also during World War II Air Cdre

William Sowrey served as an AOC in the often- forgotten campaign in East Africa. John Sowrey went on to become a test pilot in the halcyon

days of 1950-fighters and Freddie served in fighters before taking up more senior policy and diplomatic appointments during the Cold War.

Their diverse individual careers and experiences worldwide provide great scope for study into the history and development of the RAF from World War I to the later stages of the Cold War.

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Grub Street Publishing Alfie’s War A World War II Fleet Air Arm Lieutenant’s Exciting Exploits on

Alfie’s War

A World War II Fleet Air Arm Lieutenant’s Exciting Exploits on HMS Illustrious, in Greece and Crete

Richard Pike

$39.95 • 9.25 x 6 • 192 pages • 8 pages b/w photos • 9781908117410 – hardback November 2012

Written in three parts, and as a sequel to Seven Seas, Nine Lives, Richard Pike continues the remarkable experiences of Captain AWF ‘Alfie’ Sutton CBE DSC and bar RN. During events which come as close to fiction as is imaginable, the first part describes how Alfie, badly injured and close to death during the bombing of HMS Illustrious by the Luftwaffe in January 1941, wakes to find himself laid out amongst the dead, but miraculously still able to help the ship on to Malta. After full recovery, part two starts with his involvement in the Allied campaign in Greece in the spring of 1941, leading to him eventually evacuating the Greek royal family in a flying boat. After numerous escapades he fights with the defenders during the German invasion of Crete in 1941. Admiral Cunningham was later to describe Sutton’s efforts as “an example of grand personal courage under the worst possible conditions which stands out brightly in the gloom.” It was a struggle doomed to failure, but Alfie survived to continue his war and tell his story to author Richard Pike who relates it here with passion, pace and drama.

Pike who relates it here with passion, pace and drama. Lancaster Down! The Extraordinary Tale of

Lancaster Down!

The Extraordinary Tale of Seven Young Bomber Aircrew at War

Steve Darlow

$19.95 • 9.25 x 6 • 224 pages • 16 pages b/w photos • 9781908117267 – paperback July 2012

During WWII, on one raid alone, Nuremburg March 1944, more Bomber Command airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. These were ordinary men who became part of extraordinary events. One such was Arthur Darlow, the author’s grandfather. A pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF, he was one of the legions of men who took the offensive against the enemy for most of the war. Their story, vividly recreated here, is special. The crew’s tour starts with Bomber Command’s Main Offensive in late 1943. German night fighters and flak regiments defend their homeland with grim determination and losses are high. But our crew survive. Thousands do not. Darlow’s crew continue, through D-Day and the invasion of Western Europe. One day though, they are shot down over Belgium, to become, in turn, prisoner, evader, casualty. Collectively they experience it all. Not romanticized but written with feeling and respect, this book should be read by all age groups.

and respect, this book should be read by all age groups. Pathfinder Companion Sean Feast $39.95

Pathfinder Companion

Sean Feast

$39.95 • 9.5 x 6.75 • 256 pages • illustrated throughout • 9781908117342 – hardback November 2012

What sort of men were the Pathfinders, the corps d’élite of Bomber Command? What did they do? What risks did they face? And what contribution did they make to the air war and the ultimate defeat of Germany?

By drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with surviving veterans – many speaking for the first time, Sean Feast looks to answer these questions and more, seeking to put these men’s achievements in the context of the time.

The Pathfinder Companion, launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Pathfinder Force in 1942, highlights the raids and the losses, the successes and failures, the terror and the turmoil these men endured, as well as the inevitable humor in the face of tremendous adversity. Illustrated throughout with photos and memorabilia, the book shows how a poorly equipped, disparate group was forged over time into one of the most effective and devastatingly efficient fighting forces ever created. It includes stories and reminiscences not just from the Master Bombers and Long Stops, but also the journeymen Pathfinder crews whose support was so essential to success and final victory. A must for anyone interested in Bomber Command.

African MiGs Vol. 1: Angola to Ivory Coast MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub-

African MiGs

Vol. 1:

Angola to

Ivory Coast

MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub- Saharan Africa

Tom Cooper

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11 • 256 pages

with 10 b/w, 117 color pictures, 12 maps, and

127 color drawings • 9780982553954 –

paperback • Now available

This second, expanded and revised edition of the groundbreaking book African MiGs examines the role and deployment history of MiG- and Sukhoi-designed fighters in no fewer than 23 air forces in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Updated with information, photographs and artworks, it is the most reliable source on each of the features air forces, their organization, unit designations, camouflage, markings and combat deployment.

designations, camouflage, markings and combat deployment. Arab MiGs Vol. 1 MiG-15s and MiG- 17s, 1955-1967, Mikoyan

Arab MiGs

Vol. 1

MiG-15s and MiG- 17s, 1955-1967, Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-15 and MiG-17 in Service with Air Forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Syria

Tom Cooper

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11 • 256 pages with 161 b/w, 10 color pictures, 7 maps, and 32 artwork drawings • 9780982553923 – paperback • Now available

Starting in 1955, MiG-15 and MiG-17 formed the backbone of several Arab air forces. They played a prominent role in four major wars and dozens of minor incidents.

Covering the first decade of this period, this study provides a unique and previously unavailable insight into the service history of both types with five Arab air forces.

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of both types with five Arab air forces. Harpia Publishing Arab MiGs Volume 3 The June

Arab MiGs

Volume 3

The June 1967 War

Tom Cooper

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11

256 pages

Illustrations, color and

bw photos • maps • 9780982553992 – paperback • November 2012

The June 1967 War fought between an Arab alliance and Israel was a pivotal event in the modern history of the Middle East. This study provides detailed coverage of the Arab air forces during the course of that conflict. Supported by original documentation, and hundreds of accounts from participants and eyewitnesses, the result is a gripping narrative that uncovers stories for the first time.

gripping narrative that uncovers stories for the first time. African MiGs Vol. 2: Madagascar to Zimbabwe

African MiGs

Vol. 2:

Madagascar

to

Zimbabwe

MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub- Saharan Africa

Tom Cooper

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11 • 256 pages • with 19 b/w,

137 color pictures, 11 maps, and 120 color

drawings • 9780982553985 – paperback • Now

available

Completing an in-depth history of the deployment and operations of MiG and Sukhoi fighters in sub-Saharan Africa, Volume 2 covers 11 additional air forces, from Madagascar to Zimbabwe.

This encyclopaedic account is so far the only one of its kind to provide detailed analysis of aerial conflicts including those waged between Ethiopia and Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, and in Sudan.

Ethiopia and Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, and in Sudan. Arab MiGs Vol. 2 Supersonic Fighters: 1956–1967

Arab MiGs

Vol. 2

Supersonic

Fighters:

1956–1967

Tom Cooper

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11

256 pages • with 207 b/w, 27 color pictures, 2 maps, and 31 color drawings 9780982553961 – paperback • Now available

Largely based on previously unavailable documentation from official archives, the second volume in this series is an unprecedented study of the developments of the Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian, Algerian, Lebanese and Jordanian air forces during the late 1950s and 1960s. For the first time, the authors explain how and why specific air forces developed in the way they did, and why they received specific aircraft types.

way they did, and why they received specific aircraft types. Silver Wings Serving and Protecting Croatia

Silver Wings

Serving and

Protecting Croatia

Katsuhiko Tokunaga

$64.95 • 8 x 11.75 •

160 pages

with 120 high quality

color pictures and 15 color drawings • 9780982553916 – hardback Now available

This top quality photo monograph features the activities of the today’s Croatian Air Force: The Defenders, The Fire Fighters, The Transport Element, The Training Element, Wings of Storm and ZTZ. This book features the work and action of the men and women serving and protecting Croatia. It covers not only the different aircraft in service, but also the men and women flying and maintaining it.

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Harpia Publishing Latin American Fighters A History of Fighter Jets in Service with Latin American Air

Latin

American

Fighters

A History of Fighter Jets in Service with Latin American Air Arms

Iñigo Guevara

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11 • 256 pages 32 b/w, 186 color pictures, and 18 maps 9780982553909 – paperback • Now available

This book for the first time describes the military fighter jet aviation in Latin America. It covers the eventful history of fighter jets in 17 countries ranging from Mexico in the north down to Argentina in the south. Each country is covered type by type in chronological order. Information on each type is being provided related to purchase, squadron service, losses, upgrades and service history.

squadron service, losses, upgrades and service history. IRIAF 2010 The Modern Iranian Air Force Tom Cooper

IRIAF 2010

The Modern Iranian Air Force

Tom Cooper

$59.95 • 8.75 x 11.75

160 pages • 124 color

pictures • and 1 map

9780982553930 –

paperback • Now available

This richly illustrated book describes the current organization and equipment of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF). Drawing on a wide range of digital photographs, IRIAF 2010 presents all types of combat, transport and training aircraft, as well as helicopters, currently operated by the IRIAF, many of which are supported by captions detailing individual aircraft histories.

by captions detailing individual aircraft histories. Modern Chinese Air Power People’s Liberation Army Air

Modern

Chinese Air

Power

People’s

Liberation Army

Air Forces

Andreas Rupprecht

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11

256 pages • Illustrations, color and bw photos

maps • 9780985455408 – paperback

November 2012

This uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory serves as a magnificently illustrated, in-depth analysis and directory of modern Chinese air power. It is organised in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons found in Chinese service today; aircraft markings and serial number systems; and orders of battle for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Naval Air Force.

People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Naval Air Force. Latin American Mirages Mirage III / 5

Latin

American

Mirages

Mirage III / 5 / F.1 / 2000 in Service with South American Air Arms

Santiago Rivas

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11 • 256 pages • with 12 b/w, 223 color pictures, 7 maps, and 40 color drawings • 9780982553947 – paperback Now available

For more than four decades, different versions of the classic Dassault Mirage fighter have served as some of the most potent combat aircraft in Latin America. Equipping the air forces of seven South American nations in significant quantities, the delta-winged jets have seen action in various different wars and internal conflicts, and they continue to fulfill their mission with a number of operators.

to fulfill their mission with a number of operators. Iraqi Fighters 1953–2003: Camouflage & Markings Brig.

Iraqi

Fighters

1953–2003:

Camouflage &

Markings

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Sadik

$59.95 • 8.25 x 11

156 pages • with 44 b/w, 96 color pictures, 66

color drawings and one map • 9780615214146 – paperback • Now available

This book provides an exclusive insight into service history of 13 fighter jet types that served with Royal Iraqi Air Force and Iraqi Air Force between 1953 and 2003.

Serious investigative research, including exclusive primary evidence gathered by both authors in- and outside Iraq, generate a level of detail and color of unmatched degree in any previous publications about any Arab air force.

Fall of the Flying Dragon

about any Arab air force. Fall of the Flying Dragon South Vietnamese Air Force 1973–75 Albert

South

Vietnamese Air

Force 1973–75

Albert Grandolini

$64.95 • 8.25 x 11

256 pages • with 294 b/w, 117 color pictures, 1

map, and 30 color drawings • 9780982553978 – paperback • Now available

Compiled with help from previously unavailable documents that have emerged from official Vietnamese archives, and also with the assistance of narratives from dozens of participants and eyewitnesses, this volume reveals that air warfare over Vietnam did not end when the US pulled out of Southeast Asia. On the contrary, in the wake of the US withdrawal, and following the ceasefire in early 1973, North Vietnam redoubled its effort to conquer the southern part of the country.

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Heimdal Le Panzers face au Débarquement France 1940: Les Panzers Jean-Yves Mary $39.95 • 8.5 x
Heimdal Le Panzers face au Débarquement France 1940: Les Panzers Jean-Yves Mary $39.95 • 8.5 x

Le Panzers face au Débarquement

France 1940:

Les Panzers

Jean-Yves Mary

$39.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 160 pages fully illustrated throughout 9782840483175 – hardback July 2012 • French Text

• Many fantastic color photographs of

the German tanks, their units and their leaders, along with a detailed history of their engagement

6-8 Juin 1944

Georges Bernage

$27.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 80 pages fully illustrated throughout 9782840483199 – hardback June 2012 • French Text

• A close examination of the decisive moments between 5th and 8th of June

1944

In this important new work on Normandy, Georges Bernage offers a close examination of the decisive moments between 5 and 8 June, 1944, when the Panzers arrived on the front line. He details their units and their very first engagements on the battlefield, using remarkable original photographs.

This highly detailed album adds up to an invaluable resource for the avid modeler, keen tank enthusiast and general historian alike.

After the success of Jean-Yves Mary’s previous works, in particular Les

Corridor des Panzers and Zur Küste, it was quite clear that there was still

a huge demand for similar high-quality, detailed books on tanks and their important role in World War II.

This first volume contains many fantastic color photographs of the German tanks, their units and their leaders, along with a detailed history of their engagement. Any avid modeler, keen tank enthusiast or general historian will find this an invaluable resource.

or general historian will find this an invaluable resource. Souvenirs de GI’s, 1944-1945 De la bataille

Souvenirs

de GI’s,

1944-1945

De la bataille de Normandie au coeur de l’Allemagne nazie

Daniel Blanchard

$45 • 8.5 x 12 • 116 pages • full color throughout • 9782840483335 – hardback July 2012 • French Text

Included in this richly illustrated work by Daniel Blanchard are over 50 portfolios of American soldiers, ranging from paratroopers, pilots, infantrymen, tank specialists, plus many more. Blanchard retraces the history of American military units via their uniforms and equipment brought back by the GIs.

via their uniforms and equipment brought back by the GIs. La 101st Airborne Division dans la

La 101st

Airborne

Division

dans la

Second

Guerre

Mondiale

“Vanguard of the Crusade”

Mark Bando

$69.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 312 pages • 465 illustrations, 13 maps, 32 color pages • 9782840483304 – hardback • July 2012 • French Text

Mark Bando has dedicated this work to this famous American airborne division engaged in the Normandy and Ardennes battles. He relays in dramatic detail the histories recounted by hundreds of veterans, making this work a necessary addition to the enthusiast’s library.

work a necessary addition to the enthusiast’s library. Les Paras de la 82e Airborne Sicile, Italie,

Les Paras de la 82e Airborne

Sicile, Italie,

Normandie,

Holland,

Ardennes

$22.95 • 8.5 x 12 80 pages • full color throughout 9782840483328 – hardback • July 2012 French Text

Heimdal offers here a detailed presentation of the uniforms worn by the American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division, the “All American,” throughout the course of the Second World War.

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Heimdal 1940 Les Blindés Français Collectif $42.95 • 8.5 x 12 160 pages • profiles, full

1940 Les

Blindés

Français

Collectif

$42.95 • 8.5 x 12 160 pages • profiles, full color throughout

• 9782840483182 – hardback • December 2012 • French Text

1940 French Tanks offers a detailed presentation of the equipment, uniforms, and commanders, in addition to meticulous descriptions of the tanks themselves. A copious number of photos are included throughout the work, providing an accurate image of the tanks on the battlefield.

providing an accurate image of the tanks on the battlefield. 50 Aérodromes pour une Victoire Juin-Septembre

50

Aérodromes

pour une

Victoire

Juin-Septembre

1944

F. Robinard

$79.95 • 8.5 x 12 336 pages • full color throughout 9782840483274 – hardback • July 2012 French Text

Beginning on June 6, the Allies were able to establish their first airfields in Normandy. Here we will discover the fifty airfields that played an essential role in the Allied victory in Normandy. The authors offer detailed descriptions, maps, and archival photos for each of the airfields. In addition to the technical plans for the runways, the squadrons assigned to the airfields along with more than one hundred color profiles of the aircraft are included.

one hundred color profiles of the aircraft are included. Raid de Bruneval et de La Poterie

Raid de

Bruneval et

de La

Poterie –

Cap d’Antifer

Mystéres et

Vérité

Alain Millet

$69.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 320 pages • fully illustrated throughout • 9782840483151 – hardback April 2012 • French Text

After twenty years of interviews and research, author Alain Millet details the British airborne units as well as the German radar technicians, the latter providing him with superb and exceptional photos from the battle.

The work is also accompanied by documentation of the German radar systems and their positions along the Normandy coast. Along with an extensive collection of black and white images, Millet provides several color photographs.

La Flak de la Hohenstaufen

Pierre Tiquet

$27.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 80 pages • 130 photos and documents, full color throughout 9782840483267 – hardback • July 2012 French Text

Pierre Tiquet presents the history of the Flak of the 9.SS-Panzer-Division “Hohenstaufen,” which was engaged in the East in Normandy, then in Hungry, until its final capitulation. Included are over 130 previously unpublished photos along with day by day reportage from 17 December 1944 to the capitulation from Sturmmann Semmler of the 4th battery.

the capitulation from Sturmmann Semmler of the 4th battery. La Bataille des Trois Frontières Mai-Juin 1940

La Bataille

des Trois

Frontières

of the 4th battery. La Bataille des Trois Frontières Mai-Juin 1940 Jean-Yves Mary $85 • 8.5

Mai-Juin 1940

Jean-Yves Mary

$85 • 8.5 x 12 • 352 pages • over 1000 photos, maps, drawings, and figures • 9782840483311 – hardback • October 2012 • French Text

Jean-Yves Mary offers here an excellent companion piece to the encyclopedia of work on the battles of May-June 1940. Mary focuses here on the battles that took place in the Longwy region. He begins with the Longwy stronghold, which was constructed in 1680 by Vauban, and integrated into the Maginot Line in 1920.

Heimdal is pleased to offer this exceptional work accompanied by 55 maps, drawings and figures, along with over a thousand never before seen photos.

La femme

with over a thousand never before seen photos. La femme dans la Société Medieval Florent Véniel

dans la

Société

Medieval

Florent Véniel

$45 • 8.5 x 12 • 144 pages • richly

illustrated, full color throughout • 9782840483281 – hardback July 2012 • French Text

Florent Véniel offers here the anticipated continuation of La Vie Quotidienne de la femme au Moyen Âge. The medieval woman is presented in the context of her life, in the very heart of her society. Véniel focuses on the relationships in her life: neighbors, husband, community. She also considers society’s view on the medieval woman in all of its complexity, sometimes even contradictory in nature.

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Heimdal Strumgeschütz Brigade 191 La “Buffelbrigade” de 1940-45 des Balkans à la steppe des Kalmouks Bruno
Heimdal Strumgeschütz Brigade 191 La “Buffelbrigade” de 1940-45 des Balkans à la steppe des Kalmouks Bruno

Strumgeschütz Brigade 191

La “Buffelbrigade” de 1940-45 des Balkans à la steppe des Kalmouks

Bruno Bork

$65 • 8.5 x 12 • 276 pages • over 360 photographs and documents

9782840483236 – hardback

October 2012 • French Text

Established on 1 October 1940, the Sturmgeschütz Brigade participated in Operation Barbarossa in Ukraine all the way to the gates of Moscow. In 1942 it fought on the Terek in the Ukraine and then onto Sebastopol, Yugoslavia and then Hungry. Its successes can be attributed to the numerous recipients of the Knights Cross included among its ranks. Over 360 photographs and original pieces of documentation are included in this well researched work.

Dieppe

19 Aout 1942, Le Raid

Nicolas Bucourt

$57.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 224 pages • fully illustrated throughout • 9782840483168 – hardback • Now available • French Text

Originally conceived in April 1942 as Operation Rutter, the Allies planned to conduct a major raid on a German-held port on the French channel coast. They planned to hold it for the duration of at least two tides, so as to effect the greatest amount of destruction of enemy facilities and defenses before withdrawing. However, the first landing attempt in Normandy ended as a disastrous bloodletting failure.

Almost 4,000 Canadian and British troops were killed, wounded or taken prisoner on 19 August, 1942; the Canadians lost two thirds of their force altogether during the virtual slaughter of the first assault.

during the virtual slaughter of the first assault. Objectif La Haye-du- Puits 3-9 Juillet 1944 Georges

Objectif La

Haye-du-

Puits

3-9 Juillet 1944

Georges Bernage

$26.95 • 8.5 x 12

80 pages • full color throughout

9782840483212

French Text

The extreme difficulty of the battles in the Cotentin marshes has already been discussed in Operation Cobra, during which Mont Castre represented a primary obstacle. Here Heimdal presents La Haye-du-Puits, the final hurdle to achieve in order to prepare the departure base necessary for the ultimate breach. Highly illustrated with numerous color photos, this work offers a rich description of the terrain and equipment used on the battlefield.

– hardback • November 2012

used on the battlefield. – hardback • November 2012 Tiger- Abteilung 503 La schwere Panzerabteilung 503

Tiger-

Abteilung

503

La schwere Panzerabteilung 503 du front de l’Est à la Normandie

Dr. Franz-Wilhelm

Lochmann

$79.95 • 8.5 x 12 • 432 pages • over 940 photographs, documents, and color profiles 9782840483243 – hardback • October 2012 French Text

Dr. Franz-Wilhelm offers a well-researched history of this famous unit that was established on 4 May 1942, made famous not only by its efforts in the East but also in Normandy. More than 940 photographs and original documents, along with color profiles are included in this highly detailed work.

color profiles are included in this highly detailed work. Prises de guerre Insignes et Photos de

Prises de

guerre

Insignes et Photos de la Waffen-SS

Mark Bando

$95 • 8.5 x 12 • 368 pages • full color

throughout, 820 color photos, 180 b/w photos 9782840483298 – hardback • July 2012 French Text

Mark Bando and Michael Beaver present in this illustrated work objects taken from the Waffen-SS by American soldiers between 1944 and 1945. Included are photos, badges, and medals, along with many other souvenirs brought back by the troops. Included among the rich photographic documentation are images of the capturing of German soldiers by the Americans. This limited run edition offers the collector and enthusiast a must-have work.

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Helion and Company The German Fallschirmtruppe 1936-41 Its Genesis and Employment in the First Campaigns of
Helion and Company The German Fallschirmtruppe 1936-41 Its Genesis and Employment in the First Campaigns of

The German Fallschirmtruppe

1936-41

Its Genesis and Employment in the First Campaigns of the Wehrmacht

Karl-Heinz Golla

$79.95 • 6 x 9 • 640 pages • approximately 100 b/w and 12 color photos, 28 color maps

9781908916525

– hardback • November

2012

Man of Steel and Honour: General Stanislaw Maczek

Soldier of Poland, Commander of the 1st Polish Armoured Division in North-West Europe 1944-45

Evan McGilvray

$69.95 • 6 x 9 • 224 pages • approximately 120 b/w photos, 4 maps • 9781908916532 – hardback • December

2012

This is a biography of one of the most undervalued commanders of the Second World War, General Stanislaw Maczek. Unlike most Polish commanders he rocked no boats and after his service was complete in 1947 he retreated into relative obscurity. One had to be acquainted with the 1st Polish Armored Division in order to know anything of the man. This book is an attempt to put the record right and place front and center into the wartime historiography the story of an extraordinary man.

The Fallschirmtruppe of the Wehrmacht won recognition for their valor and endurance not only from their fellow German soldiers, but from their former enemies as well. On the basis of careful and comprehensive research, including utilizing extensive unpublished documentary and personal materials, the author covers the history of the Fallschirmtruppe from its genesis and early training to its employment in combat in Scandinavia, the Albert Canal in Belgium, Holland, the Greek mainland and, of course, at Crete.

The reasons for the remarkable successes of the German Fallschirmtruppe during this period are analyzed, as are also the conceptual weaknesses inherent in its formation, and the faults in the command and control during its combat employment.

in the command and control during its combat employment. Panzer Lehr Division 1944-45 Dr Frederick P.

Panzer Lehr

Division

1944-45

Dr Frederick P. Steinhardt (ed)

$49.95 • 6 x 9 • 352

pages • photos, tables, diagrams, 41 maps •

9781906033521 – paperback • August 2012

The Panzer Lehr Division was one of the most élite German armored formations in existence in early 1944. Its baptism of fire was in the deadly Normandy bocage. Although suffering heavy losses in Normandy, the Division continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war, seeing particularly notable service during the Ardennes Offensive and in the Ruhr.

service during the Ardennes Offensive and in the Ruhr. From Addis to the Aosta Valley A

From Addis to the Aosta Valley

A South African in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1940-

45

Keith Ford

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 256 pages • approximately 70 b/w photos, illustrations, maps 9781908916242 – paperback • December 2012

Based on the author’s diaries, From Addis to the Aosta Valley is the account of Keith Ford’s service in the Second World War from 1940- 1945. As a gunner, he was deployed ‘up north’ to East Africa and experienced his first taste of action with the 1st South African Division during the invasion of Italian Somaliland; thereafter he was involved in the Abyssinian campaign and was with the victorious Allies when Addis Ababa was liberated.

with the victorious Allies when Addis Ababa was liberated. US Army Infantry Divisions 1943-45 Volume 1

US Army

Infantry

Divisions

1943-45

Volume 1

Organisation,

Doctrine &

Equipment

Yves J. Bellanger

$49.95 • 8 x 11 • 256 pages • 74 b/w charts • 9781874622277 – paperback • August 2012

In the first of a three-volume study, the author presents an extremely detailed record of the organization, doctrine and equipment of U.S. Army infantry divisions during the latter part of World War II. Yves Bellanger presents each of the division’s sub-units - from the divisional HQ to an infantry battalion and the divisional artillery to its combat engineer element. For each, the author examines their organization, their training and tactical doctrine.

The Role of the Soviet Union in the Second World War A Re-examination Boris Sokolov

The Role of the Soviet Union in the Second World War

A Re-examination

Boris Sokolov

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 120 pages 2 tables • 9781908916556 – paperback • October 2012

This book investigates several controversial issues regarding the role of the Soviet Union and the performance of the Soviet government and Red Army. The primary question explored by the author regards the effectiveness of both the Red Army and of the Soviet military economy.

Dr. Sokolov argues that the chief defect of the Soviet military economy was the disproportionate emphasis on the production of tanks and aircraft at the expense of transportation means and the means of command and control. This leads the author to look at the role of Lend-Lease during the war. Through the delivery of radio sets, trucks, jeeps, locomotives, fuel, explosives and so on, the author concludes that Lend-Lease was critical to the Red Army, and that the Soviet Union would not have been able to wage a long war against Germany without the Lend-Lease supplies - a conclusion that defies decades of Soviet claims to the contrary.

that defies decades of Soviet claims to the contrary. The Viaz’ma Catastrophe, 1941 The Red Army’s

The Viaz’ma Catastrophe, 1941

The Red Army’s Disastrous Stand against Operation Typhoon

Lev Lopukhovsky

$79.95 • 6 x 9 • 576 pages 69 b/w photos, 19 color maps 9781908916501 – hardback December 2012

This book describes one of the most terrible tragedies of the Second World War and the events preceding it. The horrible miscalculations made by the Stavka of the Soviet Supreme High Command and the Front commands led in October 1941 to the deaths and imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of their own people. Until recently, the magnitude of the defeats suffered by the Red Army at Viaz’ma and Briansk were simply kept hushed up. For the first time, in this book a full picture of the combat operations that led to this tragedy are laid out in detail, using previously unknown or little-used documents.

The author was driven to write this book after his long search to learn what happened to his father, the commander of the 120th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, who disappeared together with his unit in the maelstrom of Operation Typhoon.

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in the maelstrom of Operation Typhoon. Helion and Company The Rzhev Slaughterhouse The Red Army’s Forgotten

The Rzhev Slaughterhouse

The Red Army’s Forgotten 15-month Campaign against Army Group Center,

1942-1943

Svetlana Gerasimova

$59.95 • 6 x 9 • 224 pages 112 b/w photos, 38 b/w maps 9781908916518 – hardback December 2012

Historians consider the Battle of Rzhev “one of the bloodiest in the history of the Great Patriotic War” and “Zhukov’s greatest defeat”. Veterans called this colossal battle, which continued for a total of 15 months, “the Rzhev slaughterhouse” or “the Massacre”, while the German generals named this city “the cornerstone of the Eastern Front” and “the gateway to Berlin”. By their territorial scale, number of participating troops, length and casualties, the military operations in the area of the Rzhev - Viaz’ma salient are not only comparable to the Stalingrad battle, but to a great extent surpass it. The total losses of the Red Army around Rzhev amounted to 2,000,000 men; the Wehrmacht’s total losses are still unknown precisely to the present day.

total losses are still unknown precisely to the present day. The Armed Forces of Poland in

The Armed Forces of Poland in the West 1939-46

Strategic Concepts, Planning, Limited Success but no Victory!

Michael Alfred Peszke

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 80 pages • 20 photos, 3 maps • 9781908916549 – paperback • October 2012

This monograph focuses on the strategic concepts, planning and the limited success of the Polish military, leading up to the British Guarantee of March, 1939 and then throughout the Second World War.

It discusses the contribution of the Polish Military to its allies, France and the United Kingdom leading up to the war, and the respite they received due to Poland’s spirited defense that degraded German offensive capability by at least half a year. Recreated in France, the Polish Military conceptualized a liberation policy of encouraging both France and the United Kingdom to undertake a Balkan Strategy to Poland’s freedom. Polish relations, with Hungary in particular, and Romania, while British relations with Greece and Turkey, made this a promising policy option. In early 1941, Britain did send troops to aid Greece and the Poles were also about to send their Middle East- based force to Greece.

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Helion and Company A Pride of Eagles A History of the Rhodesian Air Force Beryl Salt

A Pride of Eagles

A History of the Rhodesian Air Force

Beryl Salt

$79.95 • 6 x 9 • 752 pages • 800 photos, 70 diagrams, maps 9781908916266 – paperback December 2012

This is the story of military aviation in

Rhodesia from the days of ‘bush’ flying in the 1920s and ‘30s to the disbandment of the Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) in 1980. In 1939 the Royal Rhodesian Air Force (RRAF) became the first to take up battle stations even before the outbreak of the Second World War. The Rhodesian squadrons served with distinction in East Africa, the Western Desert, Italy and Western Europe.

After the war, Rhodesia rebuilt its air force, equipping it with Ansons, Spitfires, Vampires, Canberras, Hunters and Alouettes. Following the unilateral declaration of independence from Britain in 1965, international sanctions were imposed, resulting in many innovations. The bitter ‘bush war’ followed in the late 1960s and ‘70s, with the RhAF in the vanguard of local counterinsurgency operations and preemptive strikes against vast guerrilla bases. With its aging fleet, the RhAF was able to wreak havoc on the enemy.

aging fleet, the RhAF was able to wreak havoc on the enemy. SAAF’s Border War The

SAAF’s Border War

The South African Air Force in Combat 1966-89

Peter Baxter

$29.95 • 8 x 11 • 72 pages • 5 pages color aircraft profiles, 1 page color aircraft insignia, 3 pages color photos, profusely illustrated with b/w photos, maps 9781908916235 – paperback • November 2012

This is the story of the South African Air Force over the 23-year period that became known as the ‘Border War’.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the SAAF was effectively South Africa’s first line of defense against Soviet expansionism in southern Africa. That the Soviets, through their surrogates-the Cuban military, Angola’s FAPLA and Namibia’s SWAPO-sought a communist regime in South Africa is indisputable, as too was the SAAF’s skill and capability to defeat the best Soviet air defenses of the time. This account covers all the major operations that the SAAF was involved in, from Operation Blouwildebees, the opening salvo of the conflict at Omgulumbashe, South West Africa in 1966 to the final curtain, Operation Merlyn, the so- called April Fool’s Day ‘war’ of 1989 when the SAAF and Koevoet frustrated SWAPO’s last throw of the dice with its illegal invasion of South West Africa.

Tumult in the Clouds

Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010

Dean Wingrin

$69.95 • 6 x 9 • 640 pages • 130 b/w photos, 8 maps • 9781908916273 – paperback • December 2012

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is the second oldest air force in the

Commonwealth. The air arm played a major role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War and in Korea in the 1950s. The SAAF assisted Rhodesia in the 1960s and ‘70s, made a major contribution to the ‘Border’ war, participated in the transition to a new democracy in South Africa and continuously supports South African peace missions.

The SAAF is not just about aircraft; it is made up of people and it is in this compilation that these people find their voice. These are their stories, all told in the first person by the actual participants as personal recollections. Through their stories, the reader will follow the history of the SAAF. The final chapter includes a collection of squadron pub songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War.

songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War. LZ Hot! Flying South Africa’s
songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War. LZ Hot! Flying South Africa’s

LZ Hot!

Flying South Africa’s Border War

Nick Lithgow

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 152 pages • approximately 50 color and 40 b/w photos 9781908916594 – paperback November 2012

This book captures the experience of the South African Air Force helicopter pilot as

never before; from ‘rookie’ to seasoned combat aviator in one of history’s most intense counterinsurgency conflicts – the South African Border War. Nick Lithgow’s work relates the grueling endurance of SADF National Service.

LZ Hot! relates the drama of recovering downed fighter pilots under fire, responding to the horror of mine-strikes with soldiers dreadfully injured and needing urgent evacuation, or deep penetration operations into Angola in support of South African Special Forces. It also relates the candor of mess life, the characters and incidents that amuse, delivering much needed relief from the demands of operational flying - Nick’s accounts of mess dinner hijinks are especially entertaining and will be recognizable to all who have served!

Flying mountain rescue missions and responding to terrifying shipwrecks, a crazed Military Policeman during a casevac, Lithgow takes all in his stride.

Mau Mau The Kenyan Emergency 1952-60 Peter Baxter $29.95 • 8 x 11 • 72

Mau Mau

The Kenyan Emergency 1952-60

Peter Baxter

$29.95 • 8 x 11 • 72 pages • 8 pages color photos, many b/w photos, maps 9781908916228 – paperback September 2012

The Second World War forever altered the complexion of the British Empire. Africa in

the late 1940s and 1950s was energized by the grant of independence to India. The British on the whole managed to disengage from Africa with minimum violence.

In Kenya, matters were different. A local settler had accrued significant economic and political authority under local legislature. Mau Mau was less than a liberation movement, but more than a civil disturbance. Its historic importance is based primarily on the fact that the Mau Mau campaign was one of the first violent confrontations in sub-Saharan Africa.

This book journeys through the birth of British East Africa as a settled territory of the Empire and confrontation that emerged from the unequal distribution of resources and power. It covers the growth of Mau Mau, and the strategies applied by the British nullify a powerfully symbolic black expression of political violence.

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black expression of political violence. Helion and Company A Whisper in the Reeds Nine Charlie 32:

A Whisper in the Reeds

Nine Charlie 32: Signalling ‘The Terrible Ones’

Justin Taylor

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 136 pages • approximately

60 color and 60 b/w photos, 4 maps

9781908916587

– paperback

December 2012

This work relates the experiences of Justin

Taylor who served as the Signals Officer for the South African Defense Force’s infamous 32 Battalion. As a young officer he trained in the intricacies of Signaling before volunteering for Border Duty and service with 32 Battalion.

This book takes you into the discipline of military communications as never before. It illustrates how a unit’s Signals Officer sits at the core of military operations, allowing Command elements to control and coordinate war-fighting, whilst countering the never ending failures of equipment and communications. What is more, it emphasizes how the Signals Officer needs to remain abreast of enemy eavesdropping.

Little is known of 32 Battalion. Most of its troops were black Portuguese-speaking soldiers. Established by the legendary Colonel Breytenbach and barracked at ‘Buffalo Base’ in the Caprivi Strip, 32 Battalion was to develop a reputation for military prowess that was second to none.

Brown Waters of Africa

prowess that was second to none. Brown Waters of Africa Portugese Riverine Warfare 1961- 1974 John

Portugese Riverine Warfare 1961-

1974

John P. Cann

$49.95 • 6 x 9 • 264 pages • 33 photos, 31 maps, 21 tables • 9781908916563 – paperback • December 2012

During World War II, Portugal played its cards uncommonly and subsequently

became a member of NATO. This membership resulted in modernizing its navy and its integration into the Atlantic Alliance.

By 1960, when other colonial powers were abandoning their empires, Portugal made the decision to cling to its possessions. Without them Portugal saw itself as only a small European country, whereas with them, it would be a great nation. Portugal ultimately would fight a 13- year war against nationalist movements in Africa to retain its possessions. By the mid-1950s, it became apparent to the Portuguese Navy that it would fight in Africa, and it began to make preparations. Ultimately, it would perform a wholesale conversion from the oceanic navy that supported NATO to a brown water or riverine one to fight in Africa. This is the story of that conversion and the great “battle of the rivers” in Africa.

Shadows of a Forgotten Past

To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts

Paul French

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 136 pages • approximately

60 color and 60 b/w photos, 12 maps

9781908916600

– paperback

December 2012

This all-new work chronicles the experiences of Paul French who, upon leaving the British Army’s 21 SAS, sought adventure and excitement in C Squadron of the Rhodesian SAS. Upon passing the arduous Rhodesian SAS selection course, Paul was thrown into the maelstrom that was the Rhodesian Bush War. Here he participated in the SAS’s infamous raid on Joshua Nkomo and numerous other operations against insurgent forces. Passing selection for Ron Reid-Daly’s elite counterinsurgency specialists, the Selous Scouts, the author took part in ‘externals’ against FRELIMO and ‘ attachments’ with the Mozambique National Resistance. Paul continued to serve on operations with the Rhodesian SAS until the end of the ‘Chimurenga’ in 1980. Paul then went on to join the South African Defense Force’s elite 6 Reconnaissance Commando. A career in private security followed, with a series of assignments in Angola, Iraq and Somalia.

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Helion and Company The Great Trek Uncut Escape from British Rule: The Boer Exodus from the

The Great

Trek Uncut

Escape from British Rule: The Boer Exodus from the Cape Colony 1836

Robin Binckes

$69.95 • 6 x 9 • 584 pages • 30 b/w illustrations, 30 maps 9781908916280 – paperback • December 2012

It is impossible to separate the Great Trek from events which took place as far back as the Portuguese explorers because those events shaped the backdrop to the causes of the Great Trek. Most writers have specialized in the trek itself whereas Binckes has adopted a broader approach that studies the impact of the earlier white incursions and migrations on southern Africa, to create a better understanding of the trek and its causes.

to create a better understanding of the trek and its causes. Anecdotes of the Anglo- Boer

Anecdotes of the Anglo- Boer War

1899-1902

Tales from ‘The Last of the Gentlement’s Wars’

Rob Milne

$29.95 • 6 x 9 • 176 pages • approximately 200 b/w photos, illustrations, maps

9781908916259 – paperback • December 2012

Rob Milne has compiled this selection of Anglo-Boer War stories from all over South Africa and recounts them in a book that saddens, mystifies, but most of all entertains. Tales include the lone Boer sniper who held off the entire Guards Brigade for more than a day and the ghosts of the British officers that still haunt the Elands river valley.

British officers that still haunt the Elands river valley. The Battle of Woerth August 6th 1870

The Battle

of Woerth

August 6th 1870

G.F.R. Henderson

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 96 pages • approximately 30 illustrations and maps 9781907677274 – paperback • May 2012

This is a companion volume to the same author’s classic, The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870, providing an account of the ‘other’ battle fought at Woerth. The Battle of Woerth was, like Spicheren, an encounter during the opening phase of the Franco-Prussian War, and had the same result - after courageous defense, the French were forced to withdraw from the battle.

defense, the French were forced to withdraw from the battle. Three Weeks in November A Military

Three Weeks

in November

A Military History of the Swiss Civil War of 1847

Ralph Weaver

$49.95 • 6 x 9 • 96

pages • 24 pages color plates including uniform figures, 40 b/w illustrations, 5 color and 1 b/w maps, 1 b/w diagram • 9781908916570 – hardback August 2012

The phenomenon known as the ‘Springtime of the Nations’ swept through Europe in 1848 forcing autocratic regimes to grant constitutions to the people and bringing large scale campaigns to cities across the continent. What is not known is that a precursor to these events had already taken place in the Alpine valleys of the collection of independent states known as Switzerland.

the collection of independent states known as Switzerland. Generals of the Danish Army in the First

Generals of

the Danish

Army in the First and Second

Schleswig-

Holstein Wars, 1848-50 and 1864

Nick B. Svendsen

$69.95 • 6 x 9 • 320 pages • 73 b/w

illustrations, 32 pages color maps and figures •

9781908916464 – hardback • December 2012

The first half of the 19th Century was a momentous time for Denmark. The call for a democratic constitution caused social disturbance and the monarchy continued to lay claim to their duchies. The author examines three Danish generals, Olaf Rye, Friederich Adolph Schleppergrell, and Claude du Plat who

began their careers as officers in Norway and Russia and were all killed in either 1848-50 or

1864.

and Russia and were all killed in either 1848-50 or 1864. The Loyal Suffolk Hussars The

The Loyal

Suffolk

Hussars

The History of the Suffolk Yeomanry

1794-1967

Margaret Thomas

$79.95 • 6 x 9 • 304 pages • approximately 120 b/w illustrations and photos, 8 pages color illustrations, 8 pages color maps 9781908916457 – hardback • December 2012

The book is the first complete account of the Suffolk Yeomanry from its formation in 1794 as volunteer cavalry to its eventual disbandment and merger with T.A. units in 1967. With access to previously unpublished material, the authors give a detailed account of how this volunteer unit served the British Army and the civil power responding to the challenges presented by a succession of crises at home and abroad.

The Advance from Mons 1914 The Experiences of a German Infantry Officer Walter Bloem $35

The Advance from Mons

1914

The Experiences of a German Infantry Officer

Walter Bloem

$35 • 6 x 9 • 128 pages • 9781907677045 – paperback • Now available 9781907677908 – ebook

This is an outstanding personal memoir penned by a German infantry officer recalling his experiences during the initial days and weeks of the war in the West, July-September 1914. Walter Bloem was a Captain in the German 12th Grenadier Regiment. His narrative gives a superb insight into the outbreak of war and his regiment’s mobilization, followed by the advance through Belgium and France, including the author’s participation at the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne.

His account of what it was like to face Britain’s ‘Old Contemptibles’ at Mons is particularly valuable. Before the war, the author was a novelist, and The Advance from Mons clearly shows this - it is written with a great eye for detail, careful yet vivid descriptions abound and importantly, from a historical perspective. This is a high quality reprint of the 1930 original, newly typeset.

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of the 1930 original, newly typeset. Helion and Company A Considerable Achievement The Tactical Development of

A Considerable Achievement

The Tactical Development of the 56th (London) Division on the Western Front, 1916-1918

Matt Brosnan

$69.95 • 6 x 9 • 192 pages • approximately 20 photos, 8 color maps • 9781908916471 – hardback • December 2012

The operational performance of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) on the Western Front during the First World War is a debated subject. The dominant perception is one of a conflict characterized by mud and trenches, presided over by incompetent commanders. Over the last thirty years a different view has emerged. Many have argued that the BEF deserves more credit for the wartime learning curve it underwent in evolving from a small force into a mass citizen army.

This book enters into this debate by taking a look at a single infantry- the 56th Division. By focusing on and comparing three key battles in the Division’s service, this study provides insight into 56th Division’s tactical development. It suggests that by the last year of the war, 56th Division had developed sophisticated offensive tactics born out of years of hard- fought experience.

Sniping in France 1914-

18

With Notes on the Scientific Training of Scouts, Observers, and Snipers

Major H. Hesketh-Pritchard DSO MC

$39.95 • 6 x 9 • 144 pages • 20 sketches, 11 photos • 9781906033491 – paperback August 2012

Sniping in France provides a detailed and richly informative account of how the snipers of the Great War British army trained and fought, and measures taken against their German counterparts.

The author was responsible for organizing a cohesive structure to the training of the snipers via the First Army School of Scouting, Observation and Sniping, established in 1916.

Written in a very readable style, filled with anecdotes and fascinating detail, the author’s study covers the genesis of sniping in the army, his early days instructing XI Corps, and then First Army, including much on the curriculum and work at that unit’s School of Scouting, Observation and Sniping. It also includes anecdotal chapters describing sniping memories, before concluding with recollections of training the Portuguese Expeditionary Force’s snipers, and looking ahead to the future of sniping. Detailed appendices reproduce relevant excerpts from the army’s wartime training manuals.

excerpts from the army’s wartime training manuals. ‘Young Citizen Old Soldier”. From boyhood in Antrim to

‘Young Citizen Old Soldier”. From boyhood in Antrim to Hell on the Somme

The Journal of Rifleman James McRoberts, 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, January 1915–April 1917

David Truesdale (ed.)

$59.95 • 6 x 9 • 224 pages • approximately 130 bw photos, 3 maps • 9781908916488 – hardback • August 2012

For almost 43 years three school notebooks lay in obscurity in the County Armagh home of sixty two-year old James McRoberts. The closely filled pages recorded just over two years in his life in uniform as he played his part in what was then known as the Great War.

During the Home Rule crisis of 1914, one of several in Ireland’s history, James McRoberts, like many other men, joined the Young Citizen Volunteers, an organization that eventually became the 14th Royal Irish Rifles, a battalion of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

These notebooks, written at the time and with footnotes added some forty years later, record his Army service between 8 January 1915 and 3 April 1917. They tell, with remarkable immediacy, of his time at Randalstown, County Antrim and the move to Seaford in East Sussex. From here, after further training, James moved with his Battalion to the trenches of the Western Front.

with his Battalion to the trenches of the Western Front. TO ORDER: Visit www.casematepublishers.com or call

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Histoire and Collections Kharkov 1943 Philippe Naud $24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 80 pages 9782352502371

Kharkov 1943

Philippe Naud

$24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 80 pages 9782352502371 – paperback • July 2012

Between February and March 1943 Ukraine’s second town, Kharkov, was the scene of a fierce struggle between the Red Army and Axis troops. Feeling optimistic after the Stalingrad triumph, Stalin thought that his adversaries were in full flight. But Feldmarschall von Manstein kept a cool head. Thanks to the SS- Panzerkorps which had just been created, he planned a counteroffensive. In mid-February the SS army corps managed to extricate itself from Kharkov with great difficulty and a few days later launched the great counterattack. In three weeks the Red army found itself in full retreat and with great difficulty managed to get out of the grips of the enemy who demonstrated its great mastery of the war of movement.

The SS recaptured Kharkov a month after losing it but by doing so probably deprived von Manstein of an even greater victory. The situation stabilized with the thaw leaving both adversaries completely exhausted.

Although the situation had changed in favor of the Allies, the Eastern Front now included new protagonists – the Waffen-SS armored units on whom Hitler was counting to work some miracles and defeat his mortal enemy.

Philippe Naud is Professor of History and a specialist of the Eastern Front. He is the author of numerous articles in VaeVictis, Steelmasters and Tank Zone magazines.

articles in VaeVictis, Steelmasters and Tank Zone magazines. The Swiss in French Service 1785–1815 Didier Davin

The Swiss in French Service

1785–1815

Didier Davin

$24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 80 pages 9782352502357 – paperback • August 2012

That association of mountainous territories shut

in among the European powers, Switzerland

solved part of its financial problems as early as the Renaissance by developing a truly mercenary industry. Each canton could sign a contract (a capitulation) to recruit military units with their own officers and regulations in exchange for pay and equipment for a neighboring state. On the eve of the Revolution there were therefore Swiss units in the government guards or the troops of the Line in France, the Italian States, Spain and the United Provinces.

The revolutionary process in France ran up against their loyalty to their employer: the King, and the sad events of the massacre of the Swiss Guard on 10 August 1792 whereas the Swiss regiments of the Line were disbanded.

During the vast European reorganization led by France between 1793 and 1813, Switzerland was politically and geographically transformed

and furnished its big neighbor whether it liked

it or not with troops of great worth who upheld their favorite motto “Honneur et Fidélité”.

A lot has already been written on the Swiss

regiments. The book skims over the Swiss troops in service with the King on the eve of the Revolution to concentrate on those who served the Republic, the Consulate and then the Empire, focusing on less well-known aspects.

and then the Empire, focusing on less well-known aspects. Allied Forces: Under the Battledress Jean Bouchery

Allied Forces: Under the Battledress

Jean Bouchery

$55 • 8.25 x 9.75 • 144 pages • over 300 illustrations • 9782352501916 – hardback July 2012

This is the third volume of the vast trilogy devoted to the Allied troops under the Anglo- Canadian command of the 21st Army Group (the Tommy during the Liberation, 2 vols., and the Canadian during the Liberation).

The aim of this book is to discover the distinguishing features of these volunteers who donned British battledress: Belgians, Luxemburgers, Frenchmen, Dutchmen, Poles, Norwegians, Czechs and Danes and who were engaged from the Normandy beaches to well into the heart of the Reich.

It is intended for all sorts of amateurs of history: collectors, model-makers, historians and reconstitution groups.

Jean Bouchery is a specialist of 1944-1945 and as such he is one of the regular authors for the specialized press, especially Militaria Magazine and has taken part in a number of works published by Histoire and Collections.

Panthers in Normandy 116 Panzer Division July – August 1944 Didier Lodieu $44.95 • 9

Panthers in Normandy

116 Panzer Division July – August

1944

Didier Lodieu

$44.95 • 9 x 12.25 • 128 pages 9782352502326 – hardback • Now available

The Panther battalion of the 116. Panzer Division, during the Battle of Normandy. During the night of 19-20 July 1944, the I./Pz.Rgt. 24’s 76 Panthers set off in a one kilometer column, four yards between each tank. There would now be new battles for the veteran Panzerschützen; for the recruits, this would be their baptism of fire.

This book by Didier Lodieu – one of France’s foremost specialists on the fighting in Normandy – traces the odyssey of the 1st Battalion of Panthers of the 24th Regiment of the 116. Panzer Division, just back from the East… From the first engagements in July to the crossing of the Seine at the end of August…a day by day account of the terrible fighting during the “hedgerow” war.

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during the “hedgerow” war. Histoire and Collections German Pioneer Equipment and Vehicles Amphibious Vehicles

German Pioneer Equipment and Vehicles

Amphibious Vehicles

Rodolphe Roussille

$49.95 • 9 x 12.25 • 144 pages • 200 b/w photographs, 30 color profiles 9782352501602 • hardback • June 2012

The fruit of the seven years’ research, this is the first of a series devoted to the vehicles and crossing equipment used by the German pioneers during World War Two, a theme neglected by military specialists until now. This book now fills the gap, tracing the development of amphibious vehicles from the initial hesitations in the thirties to the secret projects at the end of the war which remained on the drawing board.

Illustrated with thirty or so color profiles and more than 200 black and white period photographs, of which a hundred or so are as yet unpublished, this book is the new reference for as yet relatively unstudied subjects such as:

– The Trippelwagen amphibious cars and how

they evolved.

– The Land-Wasser-Schleppers in all its forms

– The L.W.S. II Panzerfähre

– The Skoda LWS III Project

– Amphibious trailers

A historian and model-maker, Rodolphe Roussille has specialized for more than ten years now in engineers’ vehicles and equipment, and in the secret weapons developed by the Allies and the Axis forces during WWII; he is the author of numerous articles on the subject.

WWII; he is the author of numerous articles on the subject. The Art of the Jeep

The Art of the Jeep

From Propaganda to Advertising

Jérome Hadacek

$55 • 9 x 12.25 • 160 pages • approximately 350 illustrations • 9782352502210 – hardback Now available

The Jeep, despite its small engine and public underestimation, represents the most well known example of an American manufacturer’s success at making the transition from war propaganda to mainstream popular advertising.

Made famous by the appearance of a few articles, images of the Jeep could be found everywhere: on stationary, match boxes, playing cards, and appeared to invade America and then the world. The firm Willys further strengthened the phenomenon by inundating the press with large format color advertisements in order to compete with Bantam, the original maker of the engine. While the group was in reality too small to tackle both the demand of this project and the needs of their major client Ford, Willys was nevertheless able to dominate the publicity about the all terrain vehicle by devoting excellent illustrators to the job. Given the firm’s success, the image of the Jeep was thus highly exploited and used in other campaigns advertising the promotion of other products, personnel recruitment, as well as a variety of other items.

Organized by product, Hadacek’s work gathers together a superb collection of illustrations and material, retracing an entire period focused on a vehicle that initially went unnoticed but quickly became a major symbol of postwar ingenuity.

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Histoire and Collections L’Armée Française 1943–1956 Paul Gaujac $24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 96 pages
Histoire and Collections L’Armée Française 1943–1956 Paul Gaujac $24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 96 pages

L’Armée Française

1943–1956

Paul Gaujac

$24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 96 pages 9782352501954 – paperback Now available • French Text

After adopting the American uniform in 1943 when the French Expeditionary Corps in North Africa

were equipped by the United States, the high command and the units were constantly improving it with additions conforming to French military traditions. However, once peace had returned, its metropolitan army needed new dress and uniforms.

The result of this development bore its fruit in 1954, nine years after the end of the conflict. It was in that year that the TTA 148 appeared, a set of regulations for all the arms, in color, given over to the uniforms and insignia of the French Army.

This fully illustrated volume includes the black and white plates of the officers’ uniforms published in April 1954, and shows how from 1943 to 1956, the high command and the units managed to transform a uniform which was dull by its very nature into a rather becoming and tasteful uniform inspired by the great tradition of the French Army.

Les Blindés et Figurines Heller

1965-2012

Jean-Christophe Carbonel

$24.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 • 64 pages over 220 photographs 9782352501930 – paperback July 2012 • French Text

It wasn’t until 1960 that a European

brand launched the creation of military miniatures. That company was Airfix, with the Sherman M4, well after the American and Japanese manufacturers. A few simple model kits appeared in France under the brand “Les Plastiques Dermatt.” Such models could be found in packets of Bonux dish soap!

Illustrated with over 220 photos, this work recounts the evolution of the Heller product line that continues on through the present day

product line that continues on through the present day Les Paras Français en Algerie 1954-1962 Eric

Les Paras

Français en

Algerie

1954-1962

Eric Adams

$49.95 • 9 x 12.25

160

600

July 2012 • French Text

The airborne troops of the French Army, the subject of this first volume, witnessed an enormous growth during the Indo-China war. Eric Adam and Patrice Pivetta present in meticulous detail descriptions of the uniforms of the paratroopers in Algeria as well as profiles of their badges, the famous red beret, the parachutes, drop material, and weaponry.

pages

illustrations • 9782352501640 – hardback

weaponry. pages illustrations • 9782352501640 – hardback Guerre Aérienne en Libye L’armée de l’air au Combat

Guerre

Aérienne

en Libye

L’armée de

l’air au

Combat

Jean-Marc Tanguy

$34.95

8.25 x 9.75 • 128 pages • 280 photographs 9782352502197 – paperback • July 2012 French Text

Eight months of aerial warfare have been gathered together in this exceptional book. For the first time since the end of the operations in October 2011, here is a work illustrating the commitment of the pilots and mechanics in the air force before and after Operation Harmattan in Corsica, Crete, Italy and in the Libyan skies.

Harmattan in Corsica, Crete, Italy and in the Libyan skies. Les Coiffures Militaires Françaises 1870-2000 Frédéric

Les

Coiffures

Militaires

Françaises

1870-2000

Frédéric Coune

$27.95 • 7.75 x 9.5 84 pages • 280 photographs 9782352502418 – paperback • July 2012 French Text

Illustrating the great variety of headgear worn by French soldiers, this new edifying book will help us to understand the evolution of this headgear from 1870 to the present day. This panorama of more than 250 headpieces concentrates mainly on the Képi, the emblematic hat worn by the army, but also illustrates the variety of shakos, bi-corns, caps, chechias and berets, as well as airmen’s and sailors’ caps, not to forget the Gendarmerie.

China Threat in South Asia Dr Pushpa Adhikari $27.95 • 5.5 x 8.5 326 pages

China

Threat in South Asia

Dr Pushpa Adhikari

$27.95 • 5.5 x 8.5

326 pages

9781935501329 – hardback • July 2012

This book is a result of years of China watching by a scholar who has developed great insight into the minds and methods of ruling elite of China while working as advisor to Radio Beijing. He would prefer rise of Asia with the rise of Chindia but signs are to the contrary.

Asia with the rise of Chindia but signs are to the contrary. IAF And it’s War

IAF

And it’s War

Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary, VSM

$27.95 • 5.5 x 8.5

256 pages

9781935501336 – hardback • July 2012

This is an analytical account of the entire operational history of the Indian Air Force in one volume. Within five years of its creation the fledgling Flights of No 1 Squadron were undergoing trials by fire in NWFP. In its history of 80 years the IAF has also operated in Counter Insurgency role on many occasions.

Lancer

in Counter Insurgency role on many occasions. Lancer Indian Defence Review Oct–Dec 2011 Bharat Verma (Ed)

Indian

Defence

Review

Oct–Dec 2011

Bharat Verma (Ed)

$18.95 • 9 x 12

112 pages

9788170622482

IN THIS VOLUME:

Why New Delhi is Unable to Prevent Terrorist Attacks?

Indian Air Force: Into the Future

Air-To-Surface Weapons

Submarines: Technologies and Trends

Aerospace and Defense News

India and the Afghan Imbroglio

The Darkness in Afghanistan • Peoples’ Liberation Army:

Thrust on Integrated Joint War-fighting

The Military Must Find Its Voice

Cyber Warfare • Growing Strength of the PLAAF: Implications for the IAF

– paperback • July 2012

PLAAF: Implications for the IAF – paperback • July 2012 I Was a Prisoner of War

I Was a Prisoner of War in China

Lt Col KN Bakshi, VSM

$18.95 • 5.5 x 8.5

100 pages

9788170620662 – hardback • July 2012

This book reveals for the first time, a true and human story of a soldier who carries physical disabilities to this day from this war. Details of a Chinese prison camp come out vividly after an exhausting war and capture.

camp come out vividly after an exhausting war and capture. Kashmir Its Aborigines and Their Exodus

Kashmir

Its Aborigines and Their Exodus

Col Tej K Tikoo

$27.95 • 5.5 x 8.5

700 pages

9781935501343 – hardback • July 2012

Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir valley in 1989 /1990 was their seventh such exodus since the arrival of Islam in Kashmir in the fourteenth century. This exodus resulted from the appalling events of 1989, when Pakistan sponsored insurgency broke out at full blast across the valley. The radical Islamists targeted this miniscule community creating enormous fear, panic and terrible sense of insecurity.

enormous fear, panic and terrible sense of insecurity. Indian Defence Review Jan–Mar 2012 Bharat Verma (Ed)

Indian

Defence

Review

Jan–Mar 2012

Bharat Verma (Ed)

$18.95 • 9 x 12

120 pages

9788170621560

IN THIS VOLUME:

•Pakistan at War with Itself

• The IAF at 79 — The Challenges Ahead

• Developing Leadership in Arms

• Are the Days of the Manned Combat Aircraft Numbered?

• Defending Indian Skies against the PLAAF

• Taking Nuclear War-Fighting Seriously •Coastal Security Paradox

• Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Peace

• Critical Technologies and Self Reliance — The Road Ahead for India

• Unfolding US foreign policy attempts to contain China.

– paperback • July 2012

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MMP German Fighter Projects 1935 – 1945 A Complete History of Might- Have-Been German Air Force

German Fighter

Projects 1935 –

1945

A Complete History of Might- Have-Been German Air Force Fighter Projects

Marek Rhys

$59 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 192 pages 30+ b/w photos • 60+ color drawings • 9788361421764 – hardcover • October 2012

The speculation about what the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) might have achieved if World War II had continued into 1946 is a fascinating and rapidly growing field of interest. This book develops some of this intriguing speculation with extensive, believable, illustrations of aircraft that never flew, from the mid thirties until the end of WWII.

Second, updated, edition of two best-selling books:

German Air Projects 1935–1945 vol. I; ISBN: 839163275X German Air Projects 1935–1945 vol. II; ISBN: 8389450070 Revised text and new color drawings.

II ; ISBN: 8389450070 Revised text and new color drawings. Lockheed P-38 J-L Lightning Robert Peczkowski

Lockheed P-38 J-L Lightning

Robert Peczkowski

$35 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 112 pages 100+ b/w photos, 150+ color photos, scale plans, 32 color profiles

9788361421696

– hardback

August 2012

The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ

Day. With its unusual twin-boom design, this was one of the most distinctive fighters of WW2, and saw action in all theaters of the war, being especially effective in the Pacific area. This book describes the development of the later versions of this iconic warplane, with full technical details and many detail photos.

Profusely illustrated with photos, including a comprehensive walk- around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd and 1/48th scale plans, and color profiles showing many of the colorful schemes applied to the P-38 by its users.

Malta Spitfire Vs –

1942

Their Colours and Markings

Brian Cauchi

$39 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 128 pages 100+ b/w photos • 30+ color profiles • 9788361421795 – paperback • November 2012

In the desperate battle for Malta in 1941-2, when German and Italian bombers pounded the island, the arrival of Spitfire Vs helped turn the

tables in favor of the Allies. Flown from RN and USN carriers, and some even direct from Gibraltar, the Spitfires significantly enhanced the defenses. For many years arguments have raged about the precise color schemes carried by these aircraft – in this new book Brian Cauchi looks at all the evidence, from photos and

personal memories through to surviving parts of these aircraft, and presents his personal interpretation of the many color schemes, official and otherwise, carried by these hard-pressed and hardworking warplanes.

carried by these hard-pressed and hardworking warplanes. Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron Lechoslaw Musialkowski $59

Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron

Lechoslaw Musialkowski

$59 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 160 pages

200+ b/w photos • 30 color profiles

x 11.75 • 160 pages 200+ b/w photos • 30 color profiles 9788361421801 – paperback December

9788361421801

– paperback

December 2012

History of this successful Polish bomber squadron during WW2. No. 305 ‘Weilkopolski’ Squadron RAF was a Polish bomber squadron than originally served as a night bomber

squadron, but later converted to daylight operations in 1943 and ended the war as a low-level bomber

squadron.

The book covers the history of the squadron and the history of the aircraft used – Vickers Welligton, B-25 Mitchell and de Havilland Mosquito. Also details of the markings and camouflage changes are described with many unpublished photos and color profiles.

Swedish Piston Fighter Colours 1926 – 1954 Mikael Forslund $69 • 8.25 x 11.75 •

Swedish

Piston

Fighter

Colours

1926 – 1954

Mikael Forslund

$69 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 192

pages • 200+ b/w photos, • 72 color profiles

9788361421726 – hardback • October 2012

This book describes and illustrates all the fighter aircraft used by the Swedish armed forces during from the mid ‘20s to the end of the piston-engine era. Covering both the indigenous designs employed early on through to the American fighters flown for much of the period, the camouflage and markings of these aircraft are described and illustrated in great detail.

aircraft are described and illustrated in great detail. Macchi MC.202 Folgore Przemyslaw Skulski $35 • 7

Macchi

MC.202

Folgore

Przemyslaw Skulski

$35 • 7 x 10 • 144 pages • 100+ b/w photos, 150+ color

photos, scale plans, 32 color profiles • 9788361421665 – paperback July 2012

Second edition, revised and extended.

This expanded 2nd edition contains: scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, superb color illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare b/w archive photographs. Color photos of the preserved aircraft illustrate all aspects of the airframe. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodelers.

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Douglas F3D Skyknight Jose Fernandez $27 • 7 x 10 • 112 pages • 100+
Douglas F3D
Skyknight
Jose Fernandez
$27 • 7 x 10 • 112
pages • 100+ b/w
photos, 100+ color
photos, scale plans,
16 color profiles
9788361421702
– paperback
November 2012

The F3D was designed as a carrier-based all- weather fighter aircraft. It saw service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. It downed several MiG-15s as a night fighter over Korea with only one air-to-air loss.

The design, development and operations of these aircraft are described in detail, illustrated with many previously unpublished photos.

detail, illustrated with many previously unpublished photos. Hungarian Fighter Colours Dénes Bernád $69 • 8.25 x

Hungarian

Fighter

Colours

Dénes Bernád

$69 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 192 pages • 200+ b/w photos, 72 color profiles

9788361421719 – hardback • September 2012

This book describes and illustrates all the fighter aircraft used by the Hungarian armed forces during WW2. Covering both the indigenous designs employed early on through to the German and Italian fighters flown for much of the period, the camouflage and markings of these aircraft are described and illustrated in great detail.

Fully illustrated with many rare wartime photos. Full color profiles of many representative aircraft.

photos. Full color profiles of many representative aircraft. Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun Jan Forsgren $27 •

Messerschmitt

Bf 108

Taifun

Jan Forsgren

$27 • 7 x 10 • 112 pages • 150+ b/w photos, 120+ color photos, scale plans, 32 color profiles • 9788361421672 – paperback • June 2012

The Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (German for “typhoon”) was a German single-engine sports, touring and communications aircraft developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke. The experience gained by Messerschmitt in developing this aircraft led to the most important German fighter of World War II, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. Profusely illustrated with photos, including a comprehensive walk- around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals.

aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F Robert Michulec $29

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F

Robert Michulec

$29 • 7 x 10 • 160 pages • 200+ b/w photos • 48 color profiles

9788361421757 –

paperback • November

2012

This book covers the development of the ‘F’ variants of the most famous German WW2 fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. Contains:

scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, superb color illustrations of camouflage and markings, rare b+w archive photographs, color photos of the preserved aircraft. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodelers.

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MMP The Pucará Story Dr. Ricardo Caballero $49 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 128 pages 120+

The Pucará Story

Dr. Ricardo Caballero

$49 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 128 pages 120+ b/w and color photos • 30 color profiles • 9788361421825 – paperback • December 2012

The Argentine designed and built IA-58 Pucará light attack aircraft was developed in the late 1960s in response to a requirement drawn up by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina

(Argentine Air Force). After a long developmental period the design went into series production in 1974. The aircraft remains in active service to this day, with the FAA and with several foreign air forces. Best known for its involvement in the Malvinas conflict (Falklands war) in 1982, the Pucará remains an effective and much appreciated warplane. This book tells the full story of the design, development and operational use of the Pucará, including the many upgrades and redesigns tested and planned at various stages. Based on access to Argentine air force sources and archives, and discussions with serving and former Pucará crew, this is the first English- language book to describe this iconic aircraft in such detail.

book to describe this iconic aircraft in such detail. The Man Who Really Made the Mini

The Man Who Really Made the Mini

A Biography of Leonard Lord

Martyn Nutland

$59 • 148 pages • 120+ b/w photos

9788361421788

– hardcover

October 2012

Leonard Lord was one of the finest production engineers working in Britain in the 20th century. At Morris, Austin and then BMC he had a major role in the motoring industry and was responsible for the production of some of the most significant popular cars of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. During the war he masterminded the conversion of Austin’s peacetime production facilities into major producers of war materiel – trucks, aircraft, munitions. But his role has been overlooked and belittled, and the true story of this important industrialist has yet to be fairly recounted. This book takes an unbiased look at his career, and draws on personal accounts, official archives, plus family photos and memories, to paint a rounded picture of Lord, the engineer, businessman and family man.

French Wings No.3

the engineer, businessman and family man. French Wings No.3 Breguet 27 Jose Fernandez $23 • 8.25

Breguet 27

Jose Fernandez

$23 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 80 pages 100+ b/w photos, 16 color profiles 9788361421771 – paperback December 2012

This third title in the “French Wings” series tells the story of the Breguet 27 aircraft in the French Air Force. The Breguet 27 was a 1930s

French biplane military reconnaissance aircraft, built for the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) and also exported to Venezuela and China. Breguet 27s continued in military service through the outbreak of World War II, still equipping three Gropes at the time of the initial German offensive.

The design, acquisition and operations of these aircraft is told in detail, illustrated with many previously unpublished photos. Color schemes and markings are described and illustrated.

Polish Wings No.16

Supermarine Spitfire XVI

1944–1946

Wojtek Matusiak

$25 • 8.25 x 11.75 • 80 pages

200+ b/w photos • 30 color profiles

9788361421689

– paperback

October 2012

This new book in the popular “Polish Wings” series tells the story of Spitfire XVIs used by Polish pilots in Britain, covering the years 1944- 1946, both in Polish squadrons and in RAF and auxiliary units. It includes listings of losses and of officially credited victories. There are over 200 photographs (about half of which have not been published before) and about 30 color profiles (plus top and bottom views for two representative aircraft).

(plus top and bottom views for two representative aircraft). 42 TO ORDER: Visit www.casematepublishers.com or call

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OREP The Americans In Normandy Jean Quellien $59.95 • 8 x 10.5 • 260 pages 400

The Americans In Normandy

Jean Quellien

$59.95 • 8 x 10.5 • 260 pages 400 illustrations • maps • 9782815101141 – paperback • July 2012

Alongside their British and Canadian allies, the American troops landed on the Normandy beaches on the 6th of June 1944. Today, their presence in Normandy on D-Day appears as if it were perfectly obvious. The reality behind it is a little more complicated.

First and foremost, this book offers an account of their long journey. It also concentrates on the hostilities that marked the summer of 1944, covering aspects which are often left in the shadows, such as how the army operated out in the field, the day- to-day lives of the GIs, their relationships with the local population or the great burden of the presence of the Americans in Normandy - for by late July, there were three times as many GIs in the Cotentin and Bessin as there were inhabitants!

Sword

From Pegasus Bridge To Caen

Yann Magdeleine

$11.50 • 6.75 x 9.5 • 36 pages 80 illustrations • maps 9782815101066 – paperback July 2012