An exhibition showcasing Rhodian archaeology through the ages is due to run at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 14th November 2014 – 10th February 2015, shedding light on the vibrant history of this stunning Grecian region.
Previously home of the Colossus (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Rhodes is famed for its rich archaeological and cultural treasures. The exhibition at the Louvre, entitled ‘Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East’, brings together artifacts that have previously been scattered in museums across the world, from Copenhagen Museum to the British Museum.
Falklands veteran Will Kevans, 51 from West Wales met Prince Harry after a surprise visit from the Prince on Thursday 6th November at St Margaret’s Church Westminster where he was taking part in the Amy Arts Society’ ‘Going to War’ Exhibition. Prince Harry was very keen on Will Kevans’s cartoon showing the QEII arriving at Grytviken in South Georgia and 2 Para at Goose Green, saying it was “really good”.
Airfix Announce 3D Scanning for High Detail Models
On Saturday 8th November 2014 the Airfix Development team gave their annual presentation to a packed lecture theatre at IPMS Scale ModelWorld 2014, revealing some key products from the forthcoming Airfix 2015 range, plus unveiling some new, cutting-edge technology that has been used in the creation of key models for next year.
This is an excellent pocket book and primer for the First World War. IWM is a unique military museum inspired by a desire to commemorate and explain the War-to-end-all-Wars, as WWI was then regarded, and the part played by the nations of the British Empire. It is therefore most fitting that this valuable pocket book has received contributions from many of the staff of the museum, to provide a first class overview through the synopses they have written. It follows the path of pocket books that can be used as an introduction for the young, or as a rapid reference by the enthusiast who may have a great deal of knowledge of the general subject.
Of the international airports around London, Gatwick is number two. This lavishly illustrated book charts the history of the airport from the purchase of a flying field in the 1930s by two young men. The quality of the illustrations is good to outstanding and the text is readable and concise, painting the picture of the history of Gatwick from a humble start to a bustling modern airport with good road and rail links for passengers. The author is a lifelong aviation enthusiast and his love of aviation enhances a very workman-like book that provides an excellent review of the airport and the struggles it has worked through
The Light Brigade became immortal, their fame stretching far beyond a British remembrance. History generally remembers the Light Brigade as the victims of poor leadership and a determination to charge artillery when prudence would have called retreat. However, there are also those who consider the Light Brigade as having achieved the objectives set but been let down by inadequate follow through that would have turned a costly repulse into a stunning victory. The controversy surrounding the Charge of the Light Brigade will probably continue long into the future, but this new book is based on the letters home from those who served on that fateful day. The author has made a very good selection of previously unpublished letters that were written within eight days of the battle. This is primary source material that provides unique insight.
The “Billy Ruffian” should have been one of the most famous Royal Navy warships of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. She will be known to enthusiasts and most probably for one of the simplest voyages she ever made, carrying Napoleon into exile following his defeat. The author has set out to redress this lack of knowledge with a fine account of a fine ship that served through the wars with Revolutionary France and then with Napoleon, covering the period form 1793-1815. She was present at some of the epic battles, including the great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. This is a book that every enthusiast for the period and the war at sea, but it is also a fine account of long and dedicated service that must reach a wider readership.
This is the most comprehensive work on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century forts and fortifications of the central European States. The authors are veteran historians with a considerable knowledge of forts and fortifications. Here, they provide an in depth review of these structures in central Europe and provide valuable insight into their use during WWII. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject, but also provides a useful introduction for those wishing to develop a knowledge of fortifications and their impact on the conduct of war.