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The History of Newgate Prison Securing the Narrow Sea After Yorktown British Warships of the Second World War

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BET Group Bus Fleets Miners’ Battalion Animals in the Great War Midland Main Lines to St Pancras and Cross Country

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Law and War A Wargamer’s Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest Biography of British Train Travel Allied Tanks of the Second World War

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The Railway & Canal Historical Society Book Awards 2017

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Rails in the Road – A History of Tramways in Britain and Ireland by Oliver Green.

There have been passenger tramways in Britain for 150 years, but it is a rollercoaster story of rise, decline and a steady return. Trams have come and gone, been loved and hated, popular and derided, considered both wildly futuristic and hopelessly outdated by politicians, planners and the public alike.

A century ago, trams were at their peak, used by everyone all over the country and a mark of civic pride in towns and cities from Dover to Dublin. But by the 1930s they were in decline and giving way to cheaper and more flexible buses and trolleybuses. A gradual renaissance took place from the 1980s, with growing interest in what are now described as light rail systems in Europe and North America. In the UK and Ireland modern trams were on the streets of Manchester from 1992, followed successively by Sheffield, Croydon, the West Midlands, Nottingham, Dublin and Edinburgh. Trams are now set to be a familiar and significant feature of twenty-first century urban life, with more development on the way.

Chosen as a prize-winner in the Railway & Canal Historical Society Book Awards 2017, full details to follow.

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Roman Republic at War HMS Victory The Harrogate Terriers Cataphracts

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Fight, Dig and Live Fighters over the Fleet Send More Shrouds Isandlwana

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On this day in history: 23 February 1917

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The Hindenburg Line, or Siegfriedstellung, achieved almost mythical status in the minds of the British public: the strongest defence system the world had then seen, scientifically designed by fortification experts with only one aim, to keep at bay the British Army. On 23 February 1917, German forces on the Western Front began to withdraw to strongly defended positions along the Hindenburg Line.

This book examines the reasons for the Germans’ decision to fall back to a strong defence line while their Navy starved Britain into submission, and the “burnt earth” policy of devastation in the area evacuated. The design and layout of the Hindenburg Line, and the battles for its possession in 1917 and 1918, are given: with numerous maps covering different sectors and the struggles for each village and farm, together with the part played by many British Regiments. The maps contain information on how to find all remaining vestiges of both German and British defences in the region, most of which are rarely visited and many of which have not been seen by British eyes for many years. No book since the Great War has examined this area in such detail, nor has any single account contained so much for the battlefield visitor to see. The sites of individual acts of bravery, including the winning of many Victoria Crosses are featured, and existing locations of battle lines, headquarters, artillery observation and machine gun posts are also included, together with an absorbing narrative which also guides the armchair reader.

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Fighting Nazi Occupation – British Resistance 1939-1945, Kindle and ePub editions on sale now for only 99p.

A major reassessment of the plans to organise guerrilla warfare and longer-term resistance in the case of a Nazi invasion of Britain. Fighting Nazi Occupation tells the story of competition by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and War Office to organise irregular warfare in the country and the result is a new vision of the murky and machiavellian world of wartime British intelligence. The study includes new insights into the, much misunderstood, War Office Auxiliary Units and the wider role of the Home Guard in secret warfare. This is also the first substantial publication of one of the Second World War’s last, and best-kept, secrets – the existence of an ultra-secret resistance network organised by SIS and continuing in operation for most of the war. Malcolm Atkin’s conclusions will cause controversy among military historians and will change our understanding of preparations made in Britain for Nazi occupation in the Second World War.

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