April 2017 – new titles, old favourites and anniversary news

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April titles – with 20% off RRPs on new releases and preorders
Tracing Your Manchester and Salford Ancestors All Quiet on the Home Front In the Peninsula with a French Hussar Waterloo Messenger

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Tracing Your Ancestors’ Lives Send More Shrouds Post-War Childhood Great Western Star Class Locomotives

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London Curiosities Children in the Second World War Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots Best Foot Forward

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In the news: The Mau Mau Rebellion

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The Mau Mau Rebellion – The Emergency in Kenya 1952-1956, as seen in the Daily Mail.

Nick Van Der Bijl describes the background to and the course of a short but brutal late colonial campaign in Kenya. The Mau Mau, a violent and secretive Kikuyu society, aimed to restore the proud tribe’s pre-colonial superiority and rule. The 1940s saw initial targeting of Africans working for the colonial government and by 1952 the situation had deteriorated so badly that a State of Emergency was declared. The plan for mass arrests leaked and many leaders and supporters escaped to the bush where the gangs formed a military structure. Brutal attacks on both whites and loyal natives caused morale problems and local police and military were overwhelmed. Reinforcements were called in, and harsh measures including mass deportation, protected camps, fines, confiscation of property and extreme intelligence gathering employed were employed. War crimes were committed by both sides.

As this well researched book demonstrates the campaign was ultimately successful militarily, politically the dye was cast and paradoxically colonial rule gave way to independence in 1956.

Just released: River Ouse Bargeman

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River Ouse Bargeman – A Lifetime on the Yorkshire Ouse by David Lewis.

The Ouse reaches into the heart of Yorkshire from the Humber Estuary. Until the 1980s, loaded barges made the challenging journey from Hull to Selby, bearing bulk cargoes for the mills of the town. The bargees had to be tough and resourceful; physically strong enough to handle their craft, wise enough to combat the river’s shifting currents and savvy enough to deal with those supplying short measure.

Laurie Dews of Selby worked the Ouse from 1937 to 1987, and is now the only man remaining with first-hand experience of a lost way of life. In this book, Laurie’s words of wit and wisdom give a skipper’s eye view of a barge loaded to the gunwales fighting upstream, unloading at the mill and drifting back with the tide. Laurie spins many a yarn about a bargeman’s social life, too. His first-hand account includes the mysterious river crafts of singling out and penning up, the tricks and tell tales to show where the ever-shifting river channel lay and the camaraderie of life in the close-knit watery world. In this book, alongside Laurie’s account, there is a factual commentary, illustrated by many images from Laurie’s collection dating back over a century, and extracts from official documents and maps.

Backlist favourites, now back in stock
Juno Beach The Teutonic Knights The Quiet Heroes

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Unbroken Amphibious Assault Falklands Wellington’s Peninsular War

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On this day in history – RMS Titanic sinks

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15 April 1912 – RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage

This month marks 105 years since the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic, after she hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on her journey from Southampton to New York.

Unsinkable – The Full Story by Daniel Allen Butler is the first modern work to give a comprehensive picture of the RMS Titanic and the people intertwined with her fate, from disaster to recovery. Drawn from primary sources and contemporary accounts, this heart-rending narrative allows readers to come to their own conclusions about this legendary vessel. Daniel Allen Butler spent more than 30 years researching the work, delving into the lives of every principal participant.

On this day in history – Malta receives the George Cross

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15 April 1942 – Malta receives the George Cross

The introduction of Italy into the Second World War on 10 June 1940 signalled the start of the siege of Malta, and for the next two and a half years the Axis powers did all they could to batter the small island into submission. Malta’s defences were initially verging on non-existent but the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, could not give up on the island. Laying at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, where the supply route between Italy and the Axis armies in Libya crossed the Allied sea route between Gibraltar and Alexandria, almost exactly at its mid-point, Malta was strategically too important and held the key to the door of the desert war being fought in North Africa.

If Malta could be held then it would allow British forces to maintain an offensive capability in the Mediterranean and prevent Axis supplies from reaching North Africa. But everything needed to fight a campaign – people, food, fuel, ammunition, medical stores, aircraft and spares – would have to be delivered to Malta in sufficient numbers and on a regular basis. It would take a monumental air and maritime effort just to survive, let alone hit back, and to manage both would require those in command to carefully balance Malta’s precious and limited resources. Otherwise, it meant surrender and who knows what the outcome of the Second World War might have been had the island fallen.

In Fortress Island Malta, accomplished author Peter Jacobs tells the extraordinary story of the heroic defence and re-supply of the Fortress Island of Malta during the longest siege in British history.

Further reading: more titles on Malta in WW2
Malta Malta Strikes Back Malta’s Greater Siege Air Battle of Malta

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Latest eBook releases
Pebble Island Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors London Curiosities Rising Sun at War

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Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots Animals in the Great War Kings of Georgian Britain Fighting the Somme

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