Roll on-roll off ferries, floating harbours and radio navigation might sound like modern day inventions but, in fact, were all developed in the two years of planning for D-Day on 6 June 1944.
In this new book, the author has considered how the Hundred Years War could have produced a very different result. Although English history has recorded this period of conflict with France, the first alternative may be that the Hundred Years War was just a series of campaigns in a much longer war between France and England, continuing through British history and surviving to the present day with only a few unusual and very brief periods of peace or truce, and even rarer occasions of alliance.
The author has provided a comprehensive glimpse of one group of survivors and their determination to return to a full life and to take on a challenge that is gruelling for anyone, being accepted by few. The story begins with facing life after a major injury. The part played in assisting recovery by Help For Heroes and the idea of Race2Recovery is explained. The author then works methodically through the key elements by providing a sketch of each team member, the competing vehicles, the support vehicles and the training. The stage is then set for the story of the Dakar race, the stresses on people and equipment, the attrition, and the final triumph of the crew that completed the race to achieve a podium position.
The 2013 edition of the Seaforth World Naval Review includes four articles on significant ships, respectively; French Navy, US Coast Guard, German Navy, and Indian Navy. The reviews and articles are insightful and increasing coverage is being given to unmanned and autonomous vehicles.