New DVD – 95th Rifles 1809 to Salamanca

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The  Peninsular Collection: 95th Rifles
1809 to Salamanca
Run Time: 105 mins
95th Rifles: 1809 to Salamanca is the second DVD in 95th Rifles trilogy of films and is part of The Peninsular Collection from BHTV and Pen and Sword Digital. The DVD explores the history of the 95th Rifles, who were masters of the battlefield and particularly skilled in skirmishing. Held in high esteem by the French and Allies alike, they played a momentous role in the outcome of the Peninsular War. Following the events set out in the Salamanca DVD, this film serves as a prequel to explain the years leading up to the Battle of Salamanca, starting with the aftermath of Sir John Moore’s retreat to La Corunna in the winter of 1808/1809.

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Restored early B-type Bus unveiled by London Transport Museum

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Thursday 12 June

One of only four B-type buses in existence
No. B2737 restored as part of the First World War commemorations
More than 1000 London buses saw service on the Western Front
In September the vehicle will be converted into ‘Battle Bus’ wartime appearance and tour the battlefields of France and Belgium

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New Book – Fiction – That Quiet Earth: A First World War Tale

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That Quiet Earth: A First World War Tale
Bruce Fellows
George Bridge has a secret, a wrong he did a lifetime ago that he must confess. Back in the summer and autumn of 1918 he lived life at a pitch he never experienced again; any moment could have been his last. He was a pilot in the RAF.

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New Book – Fiction – Those Measureless Fields

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Those Measureless Fields 
A First World War Story
Caroline Scott
Captain Laurence Greene was gassed at Ypres. He takes ten years to die. With her fiancé, Joseph, lost in France, Effie Shaw spends a decade as Laurence’s cook. They share a roof, a sweet tooth and a taste for pastoral romances. Propriety, however, prescribes that their sharing end there. It is a surprise to Effie, then, when Laurence bequeaths her a railway ticket, the deeds to a tea shop and a declaration of his unspoken love.

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New Book – With the Kaiser’s Army

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With the Kaiser’s Army
A Neutral Observer in Belgium & France
Sven Hardin
In 1914 Swedish professor, writer, illustrator and adventurer Sven Hedin was granted a car and escort and given a comprehensive tour of the German Armies fighting in Belgium and France during September and October 1914. Hedin was given unfettered access to German armies and leadership. The resulting book, With the German Armies in the West, was quickly finished and published, originally in Swedish, in 1914 then swiftly translated and printed in early 1915 by John Lane of The Bodley Head Press, London, at a time when the events described in the book were still fresh.

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New Book – A History of the War in the Air 1914 -1918

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A History of the War in the Air 1914 -1918
Professor Sir Walter Raleigh
This magnificent and comprehensive volume was written in 1922 by Professor Walter Raleigh. Originally entitled The History of the War in the Air (Being the story of the part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force) this all embracing and vital work features the most important account of the aerial battles, the men and the machines.

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New Book – Ypres 1914: Langemarck

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Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Jack Sheldon & Nigel Cave
These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men – British, French, Indian and German – who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards.

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new Book – The Flatpack Bombers

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The Flatpack Bombers
The Royal Navy & the Zeppelin Menace
Ian Gardiner
Our vision of aviation in the First World War is dominated by images of gallant fighter pilots dueling with each other high over the Western Front.  But it was the threat of the Zeppelin which spurred the British government into creating the Royal Flying Corps, and it was this ‘menace’, which no aircraft could match in the air at the beginning of the war, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy to set about bombing these airships on the ground.  Thus in 1914, the Royal Naval Air Service, with their IKEA-style flatpack aeroplanes, pioneered strategic bombing.  Moreover, through its efforts to extend its striking range in order to destroy Zeppelins in their home bases, the Royal Navy developed the first true aircraft carriers.

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New Book – Veteran Volunteer

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Veteran Volunteer
Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914 – 1919 by Frank Vans Agnew
Edited by Jamie Vans & Peter Widdowson
Frank Vans Agnew left America in 1914 and claiming to be 40 (rather than 46) enlisted in 2nd King Edward’s Horse.  He arrived in France in 1915 at Festubert and was given a commission.  After attending the Machine Gun School he was at the Somme before volunteering for the Tank Corps.  In 1917 he was wounded at Messines, where he won his MC.  He demonstrated his tank for King George.  He fought at 3rd Ypres and was wounded and captured at Cambrai in November 1917.  Over the next 12 months he was held as a POW at Hannover, Karlsrűhe, Heidelberg and Furstenberg.

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