New Book – Honourable Warriors

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Honourable Warriors
Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan 
Richard Streatfeild
In 2009 Major Richard Streatfeild and his men fought for six months against the Taliban in Sangin, northern Helmand. They were engaged in over 800 fire-fights. They were the target of more than 200 improvised explosive devices. Ten men in his company were killed, 50 were wounded. This is their story – and it is the story, from the front line, of Western intervention in
Afghanistan.

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New DVD – Assault on Normandy Gold Beach

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Assault on Normandy
Gold Beach
Run time: 85 mins
When Montgomery took over command of 21st Army Group the COSSAC plan only had three beaches. He promptly up-scaled the enterprise inserting two new beaches including GOLD and, what is more, he had just the boys to land there the veteran 50th Northumbrian Division who had fought with the Eighth Army and landed in Sicily. They were joined by the southern regulars of 231 Brigade who already had two assault landings under their belt and they would need every bit of experience to overcome Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

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New DVD – The Hawker Hurricane

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The Hawker Hurricane
Run time: 58 mins
he Hawker Hurricane designed by Sydney Camm was the British produced single-seat fighter aircraft which was flown by the RAF from 1937 onwards. It was a product of Hawker Aircraft Ltd. and it arrived just in time to affect the outcome of the Battle of Britain. Although the fame of the Hurricane is often overshadowed by the more famous Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned as a superb fighter during the Battle of Britain and it certainly played the dominant role accounting for 60% of the RAF’s air victories in the battle. Almost 15,000 Hurricanes were built between 1937 and 1944, and they served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
This DVD, much like the Spitfire DVD released earlier this year, tells the story of this iconic aircraft through original British wartime footage including the fighter’s construction, test flights and footage of the aircraft in action against the enemy and combines this with new aerial footage.

New DVD – Le Cateau

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Le Cateau
Run time: 85 mins
Having temporarily checked the Germans at Mons the BEF had no alternative but to withdraw as they were outnumbered by the enemy and Lanrezac’s Fifth French Army was falling back. The Germans, however, were soon in hot pursuit, sensing the BEF were at their mercy. In a series of rear guard actions the BEF managed to hold – just. Despite Field Marshal French’s instructions General Smith-Dorrien knew that he had to turn and fight on the open chalk hills above the town of Le Cateau. Here II Corps stood as the German pressure mounted and a desperate battle resulted as more and more German troops came into action; men fell, guns were lost and saved but again the BEF were able to escape.

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New DVD – Bletchley Park and the Ultra Secre

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Special Forces 
Bletchley Park and the Ultra Secret
Run time: 105 mins
During the Second World War, Bletchley Park was the site of the UK’s main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.

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New DVD – Assault on Normandy Pointe du Hoc

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Assault on Normandy
Pointe du Hoc
Run time: 90 mins
The German battery of six 150mm guns established on Point du Hoc during 1943 covered both the American Omaha and Utah Beaches. It wasn’t a suitable objective for paratroopers, who were anyway fully committed. On hearing the Ranger plan to scale the cliffs and seize the battery before the landings, experienced commanders commented that ‘an old woman with a brush could sweep them off the cliffs’. To get up the hundred foot high cliffs Colonel Rudder developed and trained 2nd Rangers in scaling techniques that included sectional aluminium commando ladders, rocket grapples and ropes, plus the so called Swans–London Fire Brigade ladders.

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New DVD – Operation Bulbasket Part 2

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Special Forces: Operation Bulbasket Part 2
Destruction of the French Railways
Run time: 60 mins
Continuing the story of Operation Bulbasket the Battlefield History TV team of soldier historians follow the development of the attacks on the railways in order to delay the arrival of crucial German re-enforcements in Normandy. They find the clandestine drop zones where the main body and for the first time jeeps dropped, look at the targets (railway bridges and junctions) and camps deep in isolated forests, before examining how it all started to unravel.

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New DVD – Agincourt 1415

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100 Years War
Agincourt 1415
Run time: 100 mins
On the 25th October 1415 Henry Vs small and dispirited Anglo/Welsh Army destroyed a vast French Army at Agincourt. This programme looks at not just this iconic battle immortalised by Shakespeare and many other authors but the campaign that led  up to this final great English victory of the 100 Years War when the Yeoman of England reigned supreme on the field of battle.

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