Bestsellers – May’s most popular titles

Facebook  Twitter  Youtube  Instagram  Pinterest  Issuu

http://nthn.firetrench.com

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://bbn.firetrench.com

http://bgn.firetrench.com

http://brn.firetrench.com

http://ftnews.firetrench.com

http://broadlyboatnews.com

selection of our most popular titles during May 2020
Seek and Strike Sex and Sexuality in Victorian Britain Waterloo Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

Our Price
£15.99
RRP: £19.99

eBook Price
£1.99

Our Price
£11.99
RRP: £14.99
British Independent Bus and Coach Operators An American Uprising in Second World War England The Secret Lives of Garden Bees Arras Counter-Attack 1940

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

Our Price
£10.39
RRP: £12.99
The German Offensives of 1918 Fighters in the Blood The Light Division in the Peninsular War, 1808–1811 Dunkirk and the Fall of France

eBook Price
£1.99

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

Our Price
£20.00
RRP: £25.00

eBook Price
£1.99

Click to browse this week’s most popular titles

On sale: 99p eBook editions

eBook Price
£0.99

Bismarck: The Epic Chase – The Sinking of the German Menace by Jim Crossley.

When the German Battleship Bismarck was commissioned in 1940 she was one of the fastest and most powerful ships afloat. To the Royal Navy and the security of Allied shipping in the Atlantic she posed an enormous threat – she must be destroyed. When she broke out into the Atlantic in 1941, some of Britain’s most powerful ships were sent to pursue and sink her. The first encounter proved disastrous for the British Battleship HMS Hood, which was sunk at 0800 on 24 May. Bismarck had sustained several hits from HMS Prince of Wales but the Royal Navy were unsure of the extent of the damage and whether she would attempt to return to Germany for major repairs or sail for France to lick her wounds. Previous written accounts suggest that the whereabouts and course of Bismarck were unknown to the Allies until discovered by an RAF Catalina at 1030 on 26 May. This was followed an hour later by the arrival of a Fairey Swordfish flying off HMS Ark Royal. This aircraft hit the Bismarck with her torpedo and severely damaged her steering gear. It was now only a matter of time before the full firepower of the British capital ships would close in and destroy Germany’s greatest ship.

This new book revises previous theory of the events, in which earlier publications have failed to reveal the full extent of the capabilities of both British and German Radar or the significance of British ULTRA signal intercepts.


eBook Price
£0.99

Last Stand at Le Paradis – The Events leading to the SS Massacre of the Norfolks 1940 by Richard Lane.

In early September 1939, the 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment were one of the first complete infantry units of the BEF to land in France.

The first months of World War Two were relatively quiet but after deploying to the Maginot Line sector during January 1940 they came into contact with those Germans manning the West Wall or Siegfried Line. A patrol led by Captain Peter Barclay entered German territory and was attacked. As a result, the first decorations of the war were awarded. Barclay received the Military Cross and Lance-Corporal Davis the Military Medal while the remaining members of the patrol were mentioned in despatches.

Two days later, the battalion suffered a tragic first when Lieutenant Patrick Everitt was mortally wounded while leading a daylight patrol. Everitt was the first British officer to be killed in action in the Second World War.

When the Germans launched their offensive on 10 May, the BEF advanced to the River Dyle in Belgium. Within days the Allied Armies had been forced onto the back foot by the speed and ferocity of the German breakthrough. The Norfolks withdrew to the River Escaut where the BEF was to make a stand. On 21 May, the Company Sergeant Major George Gristock courageously destroyed some German machine-gun posts and won a posthumous Victoria Cross.

As the Allies withdrew towards the Channel, the Norfolks were ordered to defend a section of the Canal Line between Bèthune and Le Cornet Malo. Already down to around half strength, the Norfolks held their sector from 24 to 27 May. By the time the order was issued for them to withdraw, it was too late, Battalion HQ at Duries Farm, Le Paradis was surrounded and they had no alternative but to surrender, although ‘C’ Company held out until the following morning.

After the surrender, ninety-nine men of the Battalion were marched to a paddock where they were machine-gunned in cold blood by their SS captors. Miraculously, two men survived and were instrumental in bringing the SS officer responsible, Fritz Knoechlien, to justice after the war.

When the remnants of the battalion reassembled in England, its strength was just five officers and 134 other ranks. The remainder had either been killed or captured as POWs.

Your house through time…

Our Price
£11.99
RRP: £14.99

Now back in stock: Tracing Your House History – A Guide For Family Historians by Gill Blanchard.

Anyone who wants to find out about the history of their house – of their home – needs to read this compact, practical handbook. Whether you live in a manor house or on a planned estate, in a labourer’s cottage, a tied house, a Victorian terrace, a twentieth-century council house or a converted warehouse – this is the book for you. In a series of concise, information-filled chapters, Gill Blanchard shows you how to trace the history of your house or flat, how to gain an insight into the lives of the people who lived in it before you, and how to fit it into the wider history of your neighbourhood.

A wealth of historical evidence is available in libraries, archives and record offices, in books and online, and this is the ideal introduction to it. Gill Blanchard explores these resources in depth, explains their significance and directs the researcher to the most relevant, and revealing, aspects of them. She makes the research process understandable, accessible and fun, and in the process she demystifies the sometimes obscure language and layout of the documents that researchers will come up against.

© Pen and Sword Books Limited 2020. Registered in England No. 2527258
Registered Office: 47 Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AS.