Letters from the Light Brigade

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Letters from the Light Brigade
The British Cavalry in the Crimean War
Anthony Dawson

The Charge of the Light Brigade is one of the most famous, controversial and emotive small-scale actions in military history. Over the 160 years since the event, and since it was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem, it has generated a stream of writing and debate. Yet, as this new book by Anthony Dawson shows, the subject is far from exhausted. His selection of previously unpublished letters and journal accounts of the two cavalry charges at the Battle of Balaklava is a notable addition to the literature on the Crimean War. It offers a direct insight into events on the battlefield as they were seen and understood by those who witnessed them and by those who took part. In their own words, and in the language of the time, the men who were there recorded what they knew and felt.

ISBN 9781783030279
RRP ?25.00

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Napoleon on Campaign

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Napoleon on Campaign
Classic Images of Napoloen at war
H A Carruthers

These are the magnificent works of Detaille, Meissonier, Vernet, Lady Butler, Hillingford and many of the other artists who sought to capture on canvas the most celebrated incidents of the Napoleonic Wars. Through their battle paintings these great artists tell an intriguing tale, of power, greatness, greed and hubris. Each image is captivating in its own way and opens the door to a bygone world of martial splendour.

The rise and fall of Napoleon makes for a gripping, and tragic story, and these great works inside are arranged chronologically in order to let the images do the talking and provide an opportunity to allow the reader a unique chance to revel in the glorious and timeless work of the artists. Gathered together in a single volume for the first time this wonderful book makes for essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Napoleonic era.

ISBN 9781783462506
184 pages
RRP ?25.00

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New Book – Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras

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Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras
The French Perspective
Andrew W Field

The Battle of Quatre Bras was critical to the outcome of the Waterloo campaign – to the victory of the allied armies of Wellington and Blücher, the defeat of the French and the fall of Napoleon. But it has been overshadowed by the two larger-scale engagements at Ligny and at Waterloo itself. And too often the clash at Quatre Bras has been seen mainly through the eyes of the British and their allies – the viewpoint of the French has been neglected. It is this weakness in the history of the battle that Andrew Field focuses on in this original and highly readable new study.

ISBN 9781783463848
192 pages
RRP ?19.99

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New Book: Decisive battles of the English Civil War

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Decisive battles of the English Civil War
Malcolm Wanklyn

In this stimulating and original investigation of the decisive battles of the English Civil War, Malcolm Wanklyn reassesses what actually happened on the battlefield and as a result sheds new light on the causes of the eventual defeat of Charles I. Taking each major battle in turn –Edgehill, Newbury I, Cheriton, Marston Moor, Newbury II, Naseby, and Preston – he looks critically at contemporary accounts and at historians’ narratives, explores the surviving battlegrounds and retells the story of each battle from a new perspective. His lucid, closely argued analysis questions traditional assumptions about each battle and the course of the war itself.

ISBN 9781783469758
246 pages
RRP ?14.99

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New Book: The Vikings and Their Enemies

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The Vikings and Their Enemies
Warfare in Northern Europe 750 – 1150
Philip Line

The Vikings had an extraordinary historical impact. From the eighth to the eleventh centuries, they ranged across Europe – raiding, exploring, colonizing – and their presence was felt as far away as Russia and Byzantium. They are most famous as warriors, yet perhaps their talent for warfare is too little understood. Philip Line, in this scholarly and highly readable survey of the Viking age, uses documentary sources – the chronicles, sagas and poetry – and the latest archaeological evidence to describe how the Vikings and their enemies in northern Europe organized for war. His graphic survey includes Scandinavia, the British Isles, the Carolingian Empire and its successor kingdoms and the lands of the eastern Baltic. He gives an up-to-date interpretation of Viking approach to violence and their fighting methods that will be fascinating reading for anyone who is keen to understand how they operated and achieved so much in medieval Europe.

ISBN 9781848844407
253 pages
RRP ?25.00

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New Book: AD69: Emporers, Armies & Anarchy

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AD69: Emporers, Armies & Anarchy
Dr Nic Fields

With the death of Nero by his own shaky hand, the ill-sorted, ill-starred Iulio-Claudian dynasty came to an ignominious end, and Rome was up for the taking. This was 9 June, AD 68. The following year, commonly known as the ‘Year of the Four Emperors’, was probably one of Rome’s worst.

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New Book: The Spartan Supremacy 412-371 BC

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The Spartan Supremacy 412-371 BC
Bob Bennett & Mike Roberts

Sparta was a small city which consistently punched above its weight in the affairs of classical Greece, happily meddling in the affairs of the other cities. For two centuries her warriors were acknowledged as second to none. Yet at only one period in its long history, in the late fourth and early third century BC, did the home of these grim warriors seem set to entrench itself as the dominant power in the Greek world. This period includes the latter stages of the Peloponnesian War from 412 BC to the Spartan victory in 402, and then down to the Spartan defeat by the Thebans at Leuctra in 371 BC, where it all began to unravel for the Spartan Empirern Surprisingly few previous books have covered the tumultuous first decades of the fourth century BC, particularly when compared to the ample coverage of the Peloponnesian War. As the authors explain, although the earlier period has the benefit of Thucydides’ magisterial history, the period covered here is actually well served by sources and well worthy of study. There are many interesting characters here, including Alcibiades, Lysander, Agesilaus, Pelopidas and Epaminondas, to name but a few. In addition there are several campaigns and battles that are reported in enough detail to make them interesting and comprehensible to the reader. Bob Bennett and Mike Roberts untangle the complexities of this important but unduly neglected period for the modern reader.

ISBN 9781848846142
299 pages
RRP ?25.00

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New Book – The Inspirational Autobiography Of Ganesh Bagchi

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The History Of One, Is The History Of All—The Inspirational Autobiography Of Ganesh Bagchi

Recounting a pivotal period in both British and Indian history, and a celebration of coming out on the other side of tragedy.

NATIONWIDE, 28th July, 2014—History has a bad habit of repeating itself, if not to the same extremes—to somewhat similar ones. The only thing that breaks the repetitive cycle, is the insight and knowledge gained by taking an in-depth look at how things got to their extremes. In order to achieve this, one must look at history and events from all angles—and make a conscious effort to actively work towards positive alternatives. This is precisely how, the history of one—becomes the history of all.

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