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New Battleground guide from Christina Holstein:

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Battleground: Walking In the Footsteps of the Fallen – Verdun 1916 by Christina Holstein.

A visit to the battlefield of Verdun is usually dominated by the forts of Douamont and Vaux, the museum at Fleury and the striking, huge Ossuary, Although this gives a flavour of the horrific fighting that took place in the area, particularly in 1916, the visitor will be hard pressed to get much more than an impression from such places.This book seeks to guide the battlefield pilgrim into parts of the battlefield that get rarely visited by means of a series of walks, a number of which include the major sites.

The four tours have been carefully walked. All are practicable for a reasonably healthy adult; the tours vary in length, most taking a half day to complete and the longest (the last) a day.

In a twist to the usual walks to be found in the Battleground series, Christina makes full use of the numerous field graves and isolated memorials that are to be found on the Verdun battlefield, a number of which will bring visitors to the most visited sites. In the course of these walks many physical remnants will be found, such as gun positions, bunkers and trench systems, the significance of which is fully explained. The walks have not been chosen at random: by following these the tourer will get a far greater understanding of why the fighting at Verdun developed as it did and why such places as Fort Vaux were so significant to both sides.

The field graves and memorials to the combatants, very often of individuals, provide an opportunity to give their story and the unit action in which they were fighting when they were killed.

Verdun is a battlefield where the story of units and individuals can easily become lost in the horror of the incessant fighting that raged over ten months; and over ground which is extremely difficult to read because of the post war forestation programme. Profusely illustrated and with excellent mapping, a hallmark of Christina Holstein’s books, a visitor who follows the walks in this book will be left with a far clearer idea of the men who fought and died here and of the features of the battlefield and their significance in this battle that so challenged the endurance of the armies of two nations.

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Tracing Your Potteries Ancestors Hull at War 1939–45 The Sweeney: The First Sixty Years of Scotland Yard’s Crimebusting All Things Georgian

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Poison panic! Murder, Mystery and My Family

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Author Helen Barrell has appeared as a case historian on BBC One’s award-winning series, Murder, Mystery and My Family, looking at the case of Essex woman Sarah Chesham, aka ‘Sally Arsenic’, who was found guilty of murdering her husband by arsenic poisoning in 1850 and sentenced to death by hanging. Expert of the time Professor Alfred Swaine Taylor gave evidence at the trial and Sarah had no lawyer acting in her defence. Sarah’s cousin, Roz, sought to prove her ancestor’s innocence.

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Helen is the author of two P&S History books on the subject of poisoning; Poison Panic – Arsenic Poisoning in 1840s Essex and Fatal Evidence – Professor Alfred Swaine Taylor & the Dawn of Forensic Science.

About Poison Panic: Essex in the 1840s was notorious in the Victorian mind, a place where women stalked the winding country lanes searching for their next victim to poison with arsenic. The public were captivated by these stories, where death was down to ‘white powder’ and the evil intentions of the human heart. Poison was easy to buy, but with the dawning of forensic science and the creation of professional police forces, murderers would not escape justice.

Sarah Chesham, Mary May and Hannah Southgate are the protagonists of this tale, of how rural Essex, in a country saturated with arsenic, was touched by the tumultuous 1840s. But were these women murderers or victims of circumstance?

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