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Hitler’s Invasion of East Anglia, 1940 A History of Women’s Lives on the Isle of Wight A Guide to Hitler’s Munich

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Wellington’s Command Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC to AD 106 Countdown to Valkyrie

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RAF College, Cranwell: A Centenary Celebration MI6: British Secret Intelligence Service Operations, 1909–1945 Obedient Unto Death

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Brand new from Terry Deary

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The Peasants’ Revolting Crimes from the esteemed author of the immensely popular Horrible Histories series.

Popular history writer Terry Deary takes us on a light-hearted and often humorous romp through the centuries with Mr & Mrs Peasant, recounting foul and dastardly deeds committed by the underclasses, as well as the punishments meted out by those on the ‘right side’ of the law.

Discover tales of arsonists and axe-wielders, grave robbers and garroters, poisoners and prostitutes. Delve into the dark histories of beggars, swindlers, forgers, sheep rustlers and a whole host of other felons from the lower ranks of society who have veered off the straight and narrow. There are stories of highwaymen and hooligans, violent gangs, clashing clans and the witch trials that shocked a nation. Learn too about the impoverished workers who raised a riot opposing crippling taxes and draconian laws, as well as the strikers and machine-smashers who thumped out their grievances against new technologies that threatened their livelihoods.

Britain has never been short of those who have been prepared to flout the law of the land for the common good, or for their own despicable purposes. The upper classes have lorded and hoarded their wealth for centuries of British history, often to the disadvantage of the impoverished. Frustration in the face of this has resulted in revolt.

This entertaining book is packed full of revolting acts and acts of revolt, revealing how ordinary folk – from nasty Normans to present-day lawbreakers – have left an extraordinary trail of criminality behind them. The often gruesome penalties exacted in retribution reveal a great deal about some of the most fascinating eras of British history.

New Images of War volumes

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Tank Wrecks of the Western Front, 1940–1945 – Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Anthony Tucker-Jones.

Early in the Second World War in Western Europe the German victors regularly photographed and posed with destroyed or abandoned Allied armour. During their invasion of France the Germans left 4,500 smashed French tanks in their wake, and these were a popular subject for their photographs. Then, when the tide of the war turned against them in 1944-5, their wrecked and burnt-out panzers were photographed by the victorious Allies during the key battles for Normandy and the Ardennes. These wartime photographers created an extraordinary record of the many thousands of tank wrecks that littered the battlefields, and Anthony Tucker-Jones has selected a fascinating visual guide to the fate of the numerous types of tank employed by the American, British, French and German armies throughout the conflict.

All the principal tanks are represented – Renaults, Matildas, Churchills, Shermans, Panzer IVs, Panthers and Tigers along with many others – so the book gives an insight into the rapid development of tank design during the war. It also shows how vulnerable these armoured vehicles were – and how lethal they could be for their crews – when they were hit by anti-tank guns and air attacks.

Tank Wrecks of the Western Front will be absorbing reading and reference for anyone who is interested in the history of armoured warfare, and it will be a useful visual guide for modellers.

The Normandy Air War 1944 Early Jet Bombers, 1944–1954 Wingate’s Men Air War Over North Africa – USAAF Ascendant

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New release: Shooting Vietnam

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“The combat photographers whose stories are told in this book occupy a unique place in the history of the war, both chronicling and participating in some of the major actions of the war while trying to capture the essence of life for the average GI.” ~ The New York Journal of Books

Shooting Vietnam – The War By Its Military Photographers is a collection of firsthand accounts and photographs by military combat photographers and other photo unit personnel who documented the war and the country, on and off the battlefields. Each story is unique and expresses the writers’ opinions about the war and what they saw and felt about it.

Out now, written by Dan Brookes and Bob Hillerby, with a foreword by Joseph Galloway. As featured in The Sun and the Daily Mail.

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