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Images of War – new and coming soon
Chiang Kai-shek versus Mao Tse-tung: The Battle for China 1946–1949 Axis Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War German Armour Losses on the Western Front from 1944 – 1945 The Battle for the Caucasus 1942–1943

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Tank Wrecks of the Eastern Front 1941–1945 Salerno to the Gustav Line 1943–1944 The French Air Force in the First World War German Armour Lost in Combat on the Eastern Front

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SS Polizei Division at War 1940–1945 Hitler’s Tank Destroyers Joseph Stalin Challenger 2

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The Great British Seaside – new exhibition
Featuring photography from the 1960s to the present day, a brand new exhibition opens this Friday, 23 March 2018 at the National Maritime Museum: The Great British Seaside.

Find out more about the new The Great British Seaside exhibition via the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

Recommended reading from P&S History:

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Beside the Seaside – A History of Yorkshire’s Seaside Resorts by John Heywood, order now with 20% off RRP.

Almost all of us have happy memories of excursions and holidays spent beside the sea. For many, these will have included the Yorkshire coast which runs unbroken for more than one hundred miles between the two great rivers, the Tees and the Humber. Within those boundaries are the popular seaside resorts of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington as well as numerous smaller and quieter but equally well-loved destinations. How did the love affair with the area start and how did it develop? All the ingredients for the perfect holiday are there – the spas, the sea and sun bathing, board and lodgings, entertainment and just as importantly, the journeys there and back. Beside the Seaside takes a detailed but entertaining look back at the history of these resorts over the last four hundred years and asks, “what does the future hold?” Packed with information, this book is fully illustrated with photographs, old and new, together with paintings and etchings. Coupled with the thoughts and memories of tourists and travellers from the 17th century through to the present time, it gives a fascinating insight into how our ancestors would have spent their time at the coast.

Evocative and intriguing, absorbing and surprising, John Heywood’s book will appeal both to those familiar with the area and to others who just enjoy being “Beside the Seaside”.


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Images of the Past: The British Seaside by Lucinda Gosling, order now with 20% off RRP.

Drawing on the archives of Mary Evans Picture Library, Images of the Past – The British Seaside is a nostalgic promenade through the history of Britain’s seaside resorts from their early genesis as health destinations to their glorious, mid-20th century heyday, subsequent decline and recent regeneration.

British coastal resorts developed during a period of vast expansion and social change. Within a century, the bathing phenomenon changed from a cautiously modest immersion in the sea to a pastime that prompted the building of vast art deco temples dedicated to the cult of swimming. Once quiet fishing villages mushroomed into bustling seafronts with every conceivable amusement and facility to entice visitors and secure their loyalty for future visits. Where transport to the coast may have once been via coach and horses or boat, soon thousands of working class day-trippers flooded seaside towns, arriving by the rail network that had so quickly transformed the British landscape. This fascinating book follows these shifts and changes from bathing machines to Butlins holiday camps, told through a compelling mix of photographs, cartoons, illustrations and ephemera with many images previously unpublished.

Covering every aspect of the seaside experience whether swimming and sunbathing or sand castles and slot machines The British Seaside reveals the seaside’s traditions, rich heritage and unique character in all its sandy, sunny, fun-packed glory.

Latest releases: this week’s new titles
Tynemouth and Wallsend at War 1939–45 Stilwell: The Patriot Evans Carlson, Marine Raider

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Cavalry of the Heartland American Expeditionary Forces in the Great War Boston in the Great War

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Operation Countryman Final Scrum In Hitler’s Shadow

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In the news: Lady Death – The Memoirs of Stalin’s Sniper

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As featured in the Mail On Sunday: Lady Death – The Memoirs of Stalin’s Sniper by Lyudmila Pavlichenko, out now from Greenhill Books. Read the article online here via the Mail Online.

The wartime memoir of Lyudmila Pavlichenko is a remarkable document: the publication of an English language edition is a significant coup. Pavlichenko was World War II’s best scoring sniper and had a varied wartime career that included trips to England and America. In June 1941, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, she left her university studies, ignored the offer of a position as a nurse, to become one of Soviet Russia’s 2000 female snipers. Less than a year later she had 309 recorded kills, including 29 enemy sniper kills. She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured. She was also regarded as a key heroic figure for the war effort.

She spoke at rallies in Canada and the US and the folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a song, ‘Killed By A Gun’ about her exploits. Her US trip included a tour of the White House with FDR. In November 1942 she visited Coventry and accepted donations of £4,516 from Coventry workers to pay for three X-ray units for the Red Army. She also visited a Birmingham factory as part of her fundraising tour. She never returned to combat but trained other snipers. After the war, she finished her education at Kiev University and began a career as a historian. She died on October 10, 1974 at age 58, and was buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery.

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