The Amritsar Massacre is one of a series of events across the British Empire that was the result of grievous errors. Today it has become fashionable to weaponize history for modern political advantage, but we should still try to understand how circumstances and events combined to produce the results that they did. – Highly Recommended
Wellington and Napoleon understood that armies marched on their stomachs, poor logistics could counter the bravest soldiers and commanders. The Great War was not only a global conflict, across theatres with very different conditions, but it challenged logistics organization because of its sheer size and complexity. – Highly Recommended
The story of Stauffenberg and the attempt to kill Hitler is full of inconsistencies and misunderstandings which this book serves to correct out. The German Officer Corps had very mixed feelings towards Hitler and the Nazis. This comes out clearly from the Operation Valkyrie. – Highly Recommended
The deservedly popular Images of War Series is building into an extensive and unique visualization of war. This volume covers the French Army in a concise visual history of the Great War. – Highly Recommended
With the warmer months well underway in the Northern Hemisphere one of the great pleasures for me at this time of year is relaxing outdoors with a good book – and perhaps a chilled beverage. I have to say that much of my reading time is taken up with specific research for the current Kydd manuscript I’m working on but during breaks from that I enjoy an eclectic variety of titles over a broad range of historical periods. This BookPick is a selection of six titles I’ve enjoyed recently including a hunt for lost booty, an account of the now-vanished world of the lighthouse keeper, a war correspondent’s memoir, and a recreation of the last moments of the ill-fated Lusitania.
This is a beautifully illustrated book by an author who is an established award winning modeller. The book is a practical guide filled with enthusiasm and useful information. – Most Recommended
This delightful book will be read by steam and marine enthusiasts with enthusiasm. The story of the last coal-burning paddle steamers in regular service in Britain is told well and beautifully illustrated in colour. – Highly Recommended
This is an addition to a series of books that each cover the military legacy of British towns and cities. This book looks at the rich military legacy of Gloucester. – Highly Recommended