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The Last British Battleship The Littorio Class The Battleships of the Iowa Class The World of the Battleship

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Video: Viv Newman – The Children’s War – a ‘fireside chat‘ with author Dr Viv Newman focusing on children in war.

Recommended Reading: Children at War 1914–1918.

For most British readers, the phrase ‘children during the war’ conjures up images of the evacuees of the Second World War. Somehow, surprisingly, the children of the Great War have been largely and unjustifiably overlooked. However, this book takes readers to the heart of the Children’s War 1914-1918.

The age range covered, from birth to 17 years, as well as the richness of children’s own writings and the breadth of English, French and German primary and secondary sources, allows readers to experience wartime childhood and adolescence from multiple, multi-national standpoints. These include: British infants in the nursery; German children at school; French and Belgian youngsters living with the enemy in their occupied homelands; Australian girls and boys knitting socks for General Birdwood, (Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Imperial Force); Girl Guides working for MI5; youthful Ukrainian/Canadians wrongfully interned; German children held as Prisoners of War in Siberia; teenage deckhands on the Lusitania, not to mention the rebellious underage Cossack girl who served throughout the war on the Eastern Front, as well as the youngest living recipient of the VC. At times humorous, at others terrifying, this book totally alters perceptions of what it was like to be young in the First World War.

Readers will marvel at children’s courage, ingenuity, patriotism and pacifism and wholeheartedly agree with the child who stated, ‘What was done to us was wrong’.


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Video Sneak Peek: Operation Varsity – an extract from the Battlefield History TV film on the Glider Pilot Regiment, available on DVD now.

About the DVD: The Glider Pilot Regiment, narrated by Tim Saunders and Mike Peters.

Selection and training for the Army’s Glider Pilot Regiment was both rigorous and thoroughly demanding. GPR veterans recall their experience of training to be members one of the British Army’s new elite regiments. Once they had survived the initial toughening up, it was onto elementary fixed wing flying with the RAF and then on to gliding in a variety of aircraft including the Horsa Glider.

Using an exact full scale replica of the Horsa glider built at RAF Shawbury, the team gain an insight into the construction, size and flying characteristics of this iconic airplane. Veterans explain how the aircraft handled and the controls they used in their five mile glide from six thousand feet.

The operations of the Glider Pilot Regiment are covered from the first small scale attempt to destroy the German Heavy Water plant in Norway through to the near disastrous first major commitment at night to the invasion of Sicily in July 1943.

After the war the GPR fought as infantry alongside 6th Airborne Division in Palestine but the helicopter was now on the scene and with gliding into battle a thing of the past the Regiment was disbanded after a short but illustrious history. But their spirit and the achievements live on in today’s Army Air Corps.


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Video: The Titanic – Remembering the Crew and their Families; author Julie Cook tell us what inspired her to write her new book, The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind – The Forgotten Victims of the Fatal Voyage.

About the book: When Titanic foundered in April 1912, the world’s focus was on the tragedy of the passengers who lost their lives. Ever since, in films, dramatisations, adaptations and books, the focus has mostly continued to be on the ones who died.

The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind focuses on another group of people – the widows and children of the crew who perished on board.

Author Julie Cook’s great-grandfather was a stoker who died on Titanic. Her great-grandmother had to raise five children with no breadwinner.

This book focuses on Emily and the widows like her who had to fight for survival through great hardship, whilst still grieving for the men they loved who’d died on the ship. Using original archive sources and with accounts from descendants of crew who also lost their lives, the book asks how these women survived through abject poverty and grief – and why their voices have been silent for so long.

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