With Wellington in the Peninsula, The Adventures of a Highland Soldier, 1808-1814

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This is a first-hand account of the Peninsula War by a soldier who was there. First published in 1827, this is a primary source account, that includes material from others who fought in the campaigns in Portugal and Spain. This material has been sensitively edited to produce a new book with illustration, mainly in the form of maps. The author has written with humour, colour and frankness that has lost noting in the editing. It is not a history book or a stiff account written late in life by an old soldier. The text flows and has character. The author attempts to paint a comprehensive picture of a series of campaigns that took British soldiers into France and the defeat of Napoleon. The result is an entertaining and informative story that reads well and will appeal to all who are interested in the period. A very worthwhile book.

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The Ship of the Line, a History in Ship Models

B2208

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The author is one of the foremost naval historians of his generation with special skill and knowledge of sailing warships of the 18th and 19th Centuries. He has been widely published for many years and his knowledge sought by period film companies. This book therefore needs little introduction. What it does very well is provide full colour illustration of ships that have long since ceased to exist. Traditionally, books covering the history and technology of these wooden warships have required drawings and sketches, with a few colour photographs of rare survivors, such as HMS Victory, USS Constitution, and the Swedish Vasa. What the author has done is use colour photographs of models held in the great maritime museums and originally built mostly for training or sales purposes.

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TYGER: “A very rich and satisfying reader experience”

TYGER: “A very rich and satisfying reader experience”

by BigJules

QD Sept Oct 2015A number of early review copies of Tyger, the next book in the Kydd series, were made available by my publishers (Hodder & Stoughton in the UK; McBooks Press in the US). I’ve been chuffed with the feedback from these reviewers, many saying it’s the best book yet! And I’m honoured that the September-October issue of Quarterdeck devotes a whole nine pages to my work and features specially commissioned photographs, taken in my study in my home in Devon. Click on the picture to download this free online maritime/historical fiction journal.

 

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Discover the foundations of one of the world’s most enduring brands; rare objects on display for the first time at London Transport Museum’s Acton depot

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London Transport Museum is putting on display recent finds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, when its Acton depot, normally closed to the public, will open its doors for the Design Uncovered Open Weekend.

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Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds, a Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31BC from the Historians of the Ancient World

B2207

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The author has brought together the works of ancient historians and produced an impressive compendium that is both exciting and vivid. There is humour and candour and the chronological order of the battles will be a great help to those embarking on a study of ancient warfare and politics. There is some very good illustration with maps and battle formations. Both land and sea battles are covered. This paints a full colour picture of ancient warfare and the result is excellent.

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Gunboat Command, the Biography of Lieutenant Commander Robert Hichens DSO DSC RNVR

B2206

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The capital ships often collared the headlines and in peace and war they were a very visible statement of power, but the coastal craft were the frequent stars of WWII and were key to some of the most important activities during the conflict. The subject of this biography is in many ways typical of the buccaneering skippers of Coastal Forces, recommended for the Victoria Cross before his death and recipient of the DSO and DSC, mentions in despatches and the respect of his peers and superiors. This is one of those books that reaches out beyond a traditional readership of naval warfare enthusiasts. It is not the easiest task for a son to write about a dead father, but this is an example of how it can be done and done well. It is more than a factual account of a very brave young man and his comrades, displaying affection, respect, love, and a deep understanding. Highly recommended – page turner!!

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Operations in North Africa and the Middle East 1939-1942, Tobruk, Crete, Syria and East Africa

B2205

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This is another volume in the fine series of unabridged despatches, collected to cover specific campaigns. Authorship is always a tricky area with this type of book. The authors have done much more than an editor would to create a credible collection of primary source material and have provided the essential introductions. The text material is complemented by a good photographic illustration in the form of a photo-plate section. This type of book is a must for researchers, writers and well-informed enthusiasts, It is also essential reading for military professionals. However, it is a very readable work that provides fascinating insights from those who were in command and should appeal to a much wider readership. Recommended.

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Royal Canadian Air Force marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

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‘A Summer of Heroes’

by Nicolas Trudgian

September 20, 2015

OTTAWA — Second World War veterans marched alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Cadets in a parade today on Parliament Hill as part of commemorative ceremonies observing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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Wheelchair Rugby returns to the Olympic Park – Rugby World Cup 2015

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby's youth programme was launched at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Running alongside the Rugby World Cup, the tournament (BT WWRC15) will see London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallists Australia return to the Olympic Park alongside Silver medallists Canada and Bronze medallists USA. Other nations taking part alongside Great Britain are New Zealand; South Africa; Japan and France.

WWRC15 will take place from 12 to 16 October 2015 at the Copper Box, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

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