The Fatal Fortress, the Guns & Fortifications of Singapore 1819-1956


Most of the coverage of the of Singapore’s defences has concentrated on the brief battle when a larger British and Commonwealth force surrendered to the Japanese generals who had been surprised by the surrender. Coverage of the defensive guns and fortifications has been relatively modest and usually confined to comments that the guns pointed seaward and were of little use against an attacker coming out of the jungle. The author has made a fine job of describing the history of Singapore’s defensive artillery from the founding of the city, to the demise of Coastal Artillery in the British Army in 1953. A very interesting read that is recommended.

Churchill’s Army 1939-1945, The Men, Machines and Organisation



This is the most comprehensive coverage of the British Army from 1939 to 1945 ever undertaken in a single volume. It is lavishly illustrated and works carefully through each of the organizations that made up the British Army, including the Home Guard, the secret Resistance organization, and Special Forces. Strongly Recommended.

British Warship Recognition, The Perkins Identification Albums, Volume II Armoured Ships 1860-1895, Monitors and Aviation Ships



This is the second facsimile volume of the outstanding Perkins warship recognition set to be released. The publisher and the British National Maritime Museum have committed to publishing a full set of eight facsimile volumes of this unparalleled source of information. Realistically, the cover price, and even the aggressive early sale discounts, will limit the readership of books that will appeal to a very wide audience of professionals, historians, enthusiasts and all with any interest in British warships. If you can find the money, don’t delay but buy today. Very Highly Recommended.

When Shall Their Glory Fade? The Stories of the Thirty Eight Battle Honours of the Army Commandos



This is a story about the British military force that inspired special forces around the world, written by a Commando. British Commandos served in every theatre of WWII. Between the Dunkirk evacuation and the large scale raid on Dieppe, the Commandos were the only direct action force attacking the Germans in Occupied Europe as a uniformed organization of the British Army. The author has told their story with authority and feeling. This is a must read history from WWII.

Monte Cassino, a German View



The author (1914-1968) was a German paratroop officer who was a battalion commander during the battle for the monastery at Monte Cassino. There have been many books, articles and references to the fight for Monte Cassino, but from the view point of the Allied Forces attempting to take the position. The author provides a German perspective. Well-written and authoritative, strongly recommended.

The End of Empire, The Cyprus Emergency: a Soldier’s Story



The author is perhaps best known as a war reporter, campaigner and former Independent MP. This book is almost of another life. A life that is alien to those born after 1960, if they have even heard of it, but a life that was known to millions of Britons as they spent their compulsory period in National Service. A fascinating tale that is based on letters the author wrote home to his family during his National Service with the Suffolk Regiment in the 1950s.

A Pauper’s History of England, 1,000 Years of Peasants & Guttersnipes



The written word has robbed us of chunks of history. As long as history was an aural construct, anyone could record anything and it survived as long as it was repeated by subsequent generations. Historians always claim that only written history is legitimate and accurate, even though there is much evidence to the contrary. A written history requires literate people to record it and they are part of the privileged of their age. That privilege implied patronage and patrons always want to be well-remembered. That inevitably means that history is mostly about the famous, the rich, the powerful, the venial, the political, and the arrogant. The author has produced a very novel alternative history. It is a powerful and serious subject but it includes humour and irreverence. An engaging book that rewards the reader.