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A Visitor’s Guide to Shakespeare’s London Walking the Somme – Second Edition Angel Meadow German Naval Camouflage Volume II: 1942 – 1945

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Apache over Libya Sniper in Helmand HMS Victory Accused

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Ship Models from Kits Anne Boleyn in London The Rhodesian War Major & Mrs Holt’s Pocket Battlefield Guide to Ypres and Passchendaele

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Aviation: In the spotlight

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They Gave Me A Seafire by Commander R M ‘Mike’ Crosley DSC RN.

A classic in every sense of the word, this book charts Crosley’s service career in the Fleet Air Arm during the entire period of the Second World War. Part of his service saw him in action aboard HMS Eagle, flying Sea Hurricanes on the Harpoon and Pedestal Malta convoys of June and August 1942. It was during this time that he shot down his first enemy aircraft and survived the dramatic sinking of HMS Eagle. From there he graduated on to Seafires, (the Naval equivalent of the Spitfire), and flew this type in Combat Air Patrols over Norway and ramrod strikes from Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa in November 1942), through to D-Day in June 1944 in the European Theatre of Operations, and then in the Pacific abroad HMS Implacable as part of the British Pacific Fleet in 1945 until the end of the Pacific War, by which time he had command of his own combined squadron, 801 and 880.

The narrative is well written in a frank and often scathingly critical way of Fleet Air Arm operations during the Second World War and beyond. The book looks set to bring the endeavours of Crosley to a whole new generation of enthusiasts, and it should appeal across the board to fans of aviation, naval history and families and friends of Armed Forces, past and present.

This week’s new releases
The Barbary Corsairs The Red Line Windermere and Grasmere in the Great War

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Wooden Warship Construction Waterloo Messenger The Arras Campaign

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Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 The Samurai in 100 Objects Agincourt 1415

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On this day in history

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2 May 1952: The De Havilland Comet, the world’s first commercial jet airliner, took its maiden flight from London to Johannesburg.

Comet! The World’s First Jet Airliner is out now.

About the book: This new volume from the respected and well-regarded aviation historian and author Graham Simons is sure to appeal to all aviation enthusiasts, including as it does a wide array of historical sources and archival information drawn together into one consolidated volume – the closest to a definitive study of the craft than any produced before.

Extensively illustrated throughout, the book features details lifted directly from enquiry and salvage reports, much of which has never been published before and offers a unique insight into the failures and tragedies that blighted the early days of development, laying down lessons that were ultimately to benefit later designs. As part of his research into the book, the author met and interviewed Harry Povey, the De Havilland Production Manager and John Cunningham, the Comet test pilot who would be the first to experience flight at the helms of the iconic craft. Both of these first hand accounts are relayed in the book, adding a deeper sense of authenticity and a more personalised account of proceedings than facts and reports alone are able to achieve.

Attention is also paid to the derivative Nimrod design, and the book features an interview that the author conducted with the aircraft commander of the last ever Nimrod operational flight. Interviews of this kind are supplemented by the author’s own narrative of proceedings, setting personal experience within historical context and exploring the themes and historical topics that the interviews evoke.

New WW2 releases
1000 Days on the River Kwai St Valery and Its Aftermath Tynedale at War 1939–1945

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Secret Naval Investigator MESSERSCHMITT Bf 109 Best Foot Forward

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