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Secret Nazi Bases: Maisy Battery
The collapse of the Nazi regime in 1945 left as many relics as it did wreckage. Today, pieces of the Nazis’ plots and projects remain concealed in obscure corners of the earth. From the isle of Guernsey to the north of France, from the unlikely Canary Islands to the depths of the Polish forest, only through the remains of these constructions might one reveal new truths about Hitler’s tactics and targets. Secret Nazi Bases starts on 8 November on Yesterday Channel at 8pm GMT.

Look out for an appearance by Pen & Sword author Gary Sterne in an episode about Maisy Battery:

A mysterious map marked ‘area of high resistance’ leads military collector and amateur historian Gary Sterne to an empty farming field not far from Omaha and Utah beaches. But there’s nothing there – that is until Gary begins to dig and explore. Now, nearly seven decades after D-Day, a massive Nazi artillery base, the size of four football fields, poses hard questions for WWII experts. Why did the Germans build this particular base is such secrecy? How did it continue to fire for three terrible days after the initial beach landings? And most importantly; why was it buried and lost to history? Was it perhaps meant to be forgotten?


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The Cover Up at Omaha Beach – Maisy Battery and the US Rangers.

The Rangers’ mission was clear. They were to lead the assault on Omaha Beach and breakout inland. Simultaneously other Ranger units would scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to destroy the “huge” gun battery there and thus protect the invasion fleet from being targeted. But was the Pointe du Hoc mission actually necessary? Why did the Allies plan and execute an attack on a gun battery which they knew in advance contained no field guns? And more importantly, why did they ignore the position at Maisy that did? Using personal interviews with the surviving Rangers who fought on the beach and at Pointe du Hoc, this is a work of exceptionally detailed and fresh research which takes the reader into the centre of the action alongside the Rangers.

Gary Sterne has made a painstaking study of what the Allies actually knew in advance of D-Day and about the Maisy Battery. Maps, orders and assualt plans have been found in the UK, German and US archives, many of which were not released from the Top Secrecy Act for 60+ years. Radio communications have been found from the Rangers as they advanced inland towards Maisy and intelligence evaluations made by the RAF of bombing missions directed at the site have now been released. All these combine to make this one of the most up-to-date references on the subject.

Also by Gary Sterne:

D-Day – Cover Up at Pointe du Hoc Allied Intelligence and the Cover Up at Pointe Du Hoc

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M1 Abrams Stephen and Matilda’s Civil War Josiah Wedgwood

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On the Road to Victory The First and the Last of the Sheffield City Battalion Death March through Russia

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Hitler’s Vineyards The Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Age A Date with the Hangman

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Back from the Edge – Mental Health and Addiction in Sport by Luke Sutton.

The truth is that professional sport is a breeding ground for addictive behaviour. Luke Sutton is a business owner and successful agent to sporting stars such as James Taylor, Nile Wilson and Sam Quek, but his life didn’t always look so positive.

Back from the Edge reveals the huge ups and major downs that a professional career in sport can bring – and the mental health difficulties that can plague a sportsperson along the way. Luke knows this more than most. Brutally but refreshingly honest, this no-frills autobiography of the former professional cricketer describes in detail the moment he hit rock bottom, how he got there, his rollercoaster journey through rehab, and the important lessons he’s learnt since.

Throughout the book, Luke remains candid and reveals how his addictions affected his personal life, from his friends to family to his children. Back from the Edge is heart-wrenching. It’s also thoroughly genuine, funny and utterly inspirational, and has allowed the former cricketer to speak about his mental health and to raise awareness of addictive behaviour in sport. Now a sports agent, he is perfectly placed to spot the warning signs in young stars, and to support them before they spiral into the same type of experiences he faced.

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British Steam Military Connections Southern Steam Recollections Railways and Industry in the Tondu Valleys

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Glasgow Museums: The Ship Models – A History & Complete Illustrated Catalogue.

This publication will be the first full catalogue of Glasgow Museums’ internationally important collection of ship models.

Almost all of the 676 models, which range from elegant cruise liners to humble Clyde puffers, and from simple half-hull design models to magnificent display models, were produced by Clyde shipyards or Glasgow-based ship owners. It is the representation of models from such a distinct geographical area, together with the quality of the models, which makes this collection so exceptional. As well as general chapters about the collection, each of the 676 models has a description and colour photograph.

Some of the most famous ships launched on the Clyde are represented, such as RMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Hood, as well models of historically significant vessels such as the first European passenger steamer Comet and the world’s first commercial turbine-powered vessel King Edward. The ship models form one of Glasgow Museums’ most popular and most viewed collections, and enquiries about them come in from all over the world.

A stunning collection of photographs will complement newly researched and in-depth chapters. The book will give readers worldwide a chance to see images of the models, a sense of the breadth and importance of the collection and a deepened understanding about the whole history of the ship.

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