The Men Inside the Metal, The British AFV Crewmen in WW2, vol.1

B1948

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The publisher became established with a range of books for model makers and model engineers and also covered Polish subjects. From that starting point, an outstanding range of special interest books are now available and contain much more than just notes and images for modellers. This book, one of two volumes, takes a detailed look at British AFV Crewmen in WWII.

The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, many in full colour, and also by specially commissioned artwork. The text is concise, effective and easy to read. The book will be of special interest for modellers and historical re-enactment groups, because it provides a level of detail that is missing from most other books that cover WWII and AFVs.

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Chemical Soldiers, British Gas Warfare in World War One

B1947

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The use of poison gas may have been first proposed by a British Napoleonic War frigate captain who also proposed the use of naval aviation to deliver the chemical weapons, but it was the Germans who first used them a hundred years later. This book provides a comprehensive view of the weapons and how the British set about training and deploying specialist troops to counter the weapons.

The author has woven data from official records with personal data from diaries, letter and memoirs, to build a unique and thorough review of the weapons, the British special troops training and deployment and taken a critical look at the Brigade’s leader. A good selection of maps, sketches and photographs are used through the body of the book to ably illustrate the text.

This is an important book because it provides a balanced coverage of its subjects and exposes the myths and misunderstandings that have sprung up over the years.

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The Stockbrokers’ Battalion in the Great War, a History of the 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers

B1946

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The unusual aspect covered very effectively by the author is the Pals’ Battalions. Today, expectations and use of qualifications encourages individuals to join a military organization as an officer and to accept whatever postings follow. There are still British regiments where several members of a family might serve together but that is the exception rather than the rule and becomes progressively rarer as the number of regiments reduces and the old practices of drawing recruits from a small geographic area fade away.

The author has done a good job in researching and drawing content from letters and diaries, to produce an account that is poignant and uplifting together. He has also shown how those left behind in London took special interest in “their battalion” and how Livery Companies gave money to buy weapons and also instruments for the band. The Lord Mayor was made Honorary Colonel, any family and friends sent parcels of food and gifts. It was a very close family and every loss was deeply felt.

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Towton, The Battle of Palm Sunday Field 1461

B1945

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This new book provides a vivid reconstruction of a bloody fight of attrition. The main body of text and the photo plate section provide an engaging narrative, supported by time line tables, maps, notes and preface. As an account of this immensely important English battle, the book will be very difficult to better and makes many earlier accounts dated and no longer applicable.

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Mark Antony, A Plain Blunt Man

B1944

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The author has provided a very readable review of Mark Antony, based on careful research. He shows Mark Antony as a pivotal figure with a precise political vision for the Roman world and places him in a fresh perspective. This differs from many previously accepted reviews of Mark Antony but the case is convincingly argued. Undoubtedly, others will take a fresh look in the future and may present a different set of views which is inevitable because of the way that evidence was recorded and presented, mostly by people who supported other Roman factions and were keen to present those they supported in a favourable light.

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Nokia MixRadio takes on SXSW!

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First up, we are in sunny Austin, Texas for SXSW 2014 with a wealth of activities for you all to get involved in – come and find us if you are around! It was also great to see that the International Music Summit is taking place in Ibiza very soon and in a nice new home… exciting! We take a look at the launch of Nokia X, an exciting new phone range designed to bring first smartphone experiences to people in emerging markets; it’s sure to introduce many to the benefits of music streaming with Nokia MixRadio. Last but not least, we are happy to share that we made this year’s BRIT Awards International!

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Building on a budget with Welsh Oak Frame

Welsh Oak Frame home

Welsh Oak Frame will work with you to fulfil your needs whatever your budget

If you’ve dreamed about building your own beautiful oak-framed home you will have no doubt heard of Welsh Oak Frame. As one of the leading experts in the industry for the last 20 years, they are a popular choice for self-builders who want to combine a mix of handcrafted techniques with the latest forms of engineering and technology. But, just because the bespoke service they offer is so unique, it doesn’t mean you need to rule their expertise out of your budget.

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