Longbow, a social and military history

B1648

The author traces the 8,000 year history of the longbow as it has been recorded in historical documents and by archaeological discovery. The book is beautifully illustrated in colour and in black and white. It is lifted beyond historical account by the deep feeling the author has for his subject and his ability with words from his experience as an actor.

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Longbow, a social and military history

B1647

Each section is heavily illustrated, using colour images where available and technical drawings. The manual ends with appendices the cover a range of related information. It is difficult to avoid praising this manual. Some information could be expanded, and has been in other books covering the history of military DC-3 operations, but it is hard to think of any questions that are not answered in the text and illustration. This is a manual that may prove as popular and long-lived as its subject.

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Douglas DC-3 Dakota, 1935 onwards (all marks, Owners Workshop Manual

B1647

Each section is heavily illustrated, using colour images where available and technical drawings. The manual ends with appendices the cover a range of related information. It is difficult to avoid praising this manual. Some information could be expanded, and has been in other books covering the history of military DC-3 operations, but it is hard to think of any questions that are not answered in the text and illustration. This is a manual that may prove as popular and long-lived as its subject.

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Blood & Iron, Letters From The Western Front

B1646

The author was a soldier writing from the trenches. His poignant detail has been sensitively edited into a book by a leading military historian. The front leaf of the jacket identifies one of the factors that made the trenches of the Western Front unique in military history. For generations, soldiers and sailors have written home, often on the eve of a battle they might not survive.

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Getting the picture via satellite

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Thanks to ISIDE, cinema operators can now browse a catalogue of hundreds of movies, order online from the comfort of their office and their selections will be downloaded via satellite.

6 September 2011
As cinema owners worldwide begin to embrace new digital technologies via satellite, audiences are being given more ways to enjoy an evening at the movies.

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Hougoumont & D’Erlon’s Attack

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Pen & Sword Military has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of their military history books. It was only natural that they would develop a list of DVD titles alongside the book publishing. This DVD matches the quality achieved by Pen & Sword books. The group of historians and battlefield guides responsible for writing, directing and presenting this history in the Waterloo Collection of DVDs has produced a lively and colourful account of a key part of the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon made one last throw of the dice and was driven from the field in defeat. . The shooting of the film on the battlefield and the involvement of the Napoleonic Societies re-enactment enthusiasts really brings the battle to life, with the discussions between presenters fitting naturally into the presentation with a refreshing informality that draws the viewer into the discussion. An excellent DVD at a very affordable price and a worthy companion to the books that detail the Napoleonic Wars.

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German U-Boats at Sea, Atlantic Missions

September 4th, 2011

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there was an arms race as the restrictions were lifted, or ignored by Hitler, as Germany planned for war in 1944. By that year, Germany expected to have a strong surface fleet and a large submarine force. When Hitler miscalculated in invading Poland in 1939, German was suddenly at war with few U-Boats in service. All of the designs were based on 1914-1918 War designs. They were all relatively small submarines and many were only coastal types, unsuitable for deployment to the Atlantic from German ports.

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Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses

September 4th, 2011

B1645

The author has developed a long interest in medieval history and has published articles on many aspects of culture and warfare. He is now coordinator for the Richard III Foundation Inc. With that background, it is to be expected that any book he writes will be authoritative. The medieval period is one of great contrasts and many readers will be most familiar with just one concept, often that of the Age of Chivalry and of Arthurian Legend. English Victorians set the legends of King Arthur in the medieval period, even though the legends are generally accepted now as being based at least in part on a Romano-British warlord of the Fifth Century. The result is that many have an image of the chivalrous armoured knight with full armour that was more accurately jousting armour from the post medieval period of Henry VIII. The reality of the period is rather different and comprises a complex mix of conflicting elements.

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