NMMC – April 2015…What’s On?

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Winner of Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2014
Winner of Best Museum at the Cornwall Today Awards 2014
Winner of silver for Best UK Heritage Attraction
at the British Travel Awards 2014
April 2015…What’s On?
EASTER HOLIDAYS

28 Mar – 12 Apr
The Vikings have landed! We’ve got a hoard of fun things to do for FREE every day of the Easter holidays.

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Building an Age of Fighting Sail Reference Library, Part 2

Building an Age of Fighting Sail Reference Library, Part 2

by BigJules

It’s a question I’m quite often asked – what books do I suggest would be useful to acquire in order to learn more about the period I write about. It was hard to make a selection from the vast range of wonderful titles out there, so I’ve decided it warranted two blog posts – here’s the second clutch I plucked from my shelves that I think readers wanting to delve deeper into the fascinating Age of Fighting Sail might find useful. You can catch up [ here ] with the first

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GBWR ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR BT WORLD WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHALLENGE 2015

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Following the announcement of the three year partnership between Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) and BT, a long-term supporter of disability sport in the UK, GBWR has announced the schedule for the highly anticipated BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge that will run alongside this year’s Rugby World Cup.

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The Year Ahead!

The Year Ahead!

by BigJules

Slaving away for you all!

2015 looks set fair to be another busy year for Team Stockwin. On January 1, I delivered the manuscript of the next Kydd book, Tyger, to my publisher. It will come out in October and I was delighted to hear back from my editor Oliver Johnson:

Another wonderful book. I especially liked the poetic descriptions of the Arctic Seas and the frigate action at the end was engrossing, visceral and brilliant. Bravo!

 

 

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Book Review – An Extraordinary Italian Imprisonment, The Brutal Truth of Campo 21 1942-1943

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Very little has been written about Italian PoW camps, against a mountain of books about camps in Germany and German Occupied Europe. As British and Italian forces had clashed in North Africa and Ethiopia, there were many British and Commonwealth servicemen who had been taken prisoner by the Italians and sent to camps in Italy. The Italian Armistice in September 1943 brought to an end the captivity of Allied PoWs in Italian camps, save for those who were in German-held Italy and who were then moved to PoW camps in Germany or German Occupied territory. This lack of coverage is unfortunate because not only were Allied PoWs in Italy involved in escapes and resistance, they were often subjected to a brutal regime that was harsher than even the most ruthless German camps. The author has provided an immaculately researched study of a camp in which his father had been imprisoned. The unique insights into the subject and the rare photographs in illustration provide a valuable expose of Italian treatment of PoWs. This is a book that should be widely read by all who have an interest in the subject of WWII and the realities of Fascism.

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Book Review – Hitler’s Paratrooper, The Life and Battles of Rudolf Witzig

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This book is a gripping biography, providing a tough, gritty and compelling study of a German soldier. It is all the stronger because it spans the war in Europe and North Africa, and unusual because it also covers the rebirth of the German army. It will of course appeal to all those who have interest in airborne forces, but it will satisfy a far wider readership because of the way it portrays the growth of Nazi Germany the early victories and then the long hard defence resulting in defeat, war crimes trials and then the rebirth of the German military machine.

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Book Review – Spirit of Resistance, The Life of SOE Agent Harry Peuleve DSO MC

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The full story of the SOE may never be told. There was a destruction of documents in the final days of war and some SOE agents were transferred to other intelligence organizations, whilst others were simply thrown out to make their own way in post-war Britain. This new book is based heavily on the unpublished memoirs of the subject and two years of painstaking research across Europe by the author. The result is a story that reads well and draws the reader into the world of SOE and survival in Occupied Europe. The story is remarkable, gripping, emotional, sad, inspiring with a tale that a fictional writer might kill for. This is so much more than a wartime history. It is the story of the triumph of the spirit with the depths and highs of a group of very brave individuals. There is a photo section of very rare photographs and an excellent set of Appendices to support the main text. Not a story to miss.

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Book Review – Orde Wingate, Unconventional Warrior, from the 1920s to the Twenty-First Century

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Orde Wingate came from a family with strong military and diplomatic traditions, Wingate Pasha was one example of a soldier/diplomat who worked hard for the Sudan and then Egypt from the viewpoint of the locals rather than as a ruler. It may not therefore be surprising that Orde Wingate was to be a controversial soldier. He was to have a great impact on the Burma Campaigns and many claim him as the father of the modern Special Forces units. The author has researched official and private papers to give new insights into his subject and to debunk the many myths and inaccuracies that have surrounded Wingate. Inevitably some will object to his presentation, but it is well presented and convincing. Wingate shares much with the controversies surrounding Lawrence of Arabia during WWI. Both men achieved successes at a time when they were needed, they also experienced some failures and they were fighting in conditions that were unfamiliar to many senior officers. A great story, well-told.

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