Books – and prints – for Santa’s Sack 2016

Books – and prints – for Santa’s Sack 2016

by BigJules

I’m a bit of a bah humbug man when it comes to the commercialisation of Christmas – but there’s one thing that I fervently believe: a book is a present that, if well chosen for the recipient, will give hours of pleasure and be a lasting reminder in itself of someone putting thought, not just money, into a Yuletide gift. So do consider adding some of these fine books – all with a maritime or military link – to your present-buying list. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone in this somewhat eclectic selection. And for those looking for some fine maritime art prints there’s a special offer from Art Marine – see the end of this blog for details.

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Douglas Reeman, Master maritime story teller is ill and needs help






It is with deep regret that we hear of the plight of master story teller Douglas Reeman (also writing as Alexander Kent) who has given so much pleasure to so man readers down the years. It is a reminder that even best selling authors can need help. Please go to and those with facebook accounts can help without even donating money. Please read the continuation.

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Collectors Sets 2017


There will be a Collectors Set Offer for Persephone the next title in the Kydd Series (out May 2017). As usual, the Collectors Sets comprise a signed, embossed and numbered UK First Edition of the book plus a signed cover postcard. The Sets are strictly limited to 500 in number. First come, first served!
Persephone Collectors Set

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Nothing is Impossible, a Glider Pilot’s story of Sicily, Arnheim and the Rhine Crossing



Sad that the author is no longer with us, but great that the publisher has produced a new posthumous edition with additional material provided by his sons and family. Pioneered by the Germans, vertical insertion by glider and parachute was to revolutionize land warfare. This personal account by a British glider pilot of the large scale airborne assaults by British troops is fascinating and very valuable – Most Recommended.

Postcards of the Army Service Corps, 1902-1918 Coming of Age



This book is a visual celebration of the achievements of the Army Service Corps in turning around the logistics disaster of the Crimean War into a modern supply system that, from 1902, provided a dependable supply system for the British Army. A fascinating story that is recommended.

Deaths of an RAF Gunner and a Luftwaffe Pilot



From the greatest air battle of all time, the author has drawn the personal stories of two combatants, an RAF air gunner and a Luftwaffe night fighter pilot. This is a history that holds the readers attention like a novel. In this snapshot, the whole of the bombing campaign against Germany is laid out in graphic detail, very highly recommended.

SOE in France 1941-1945



A full account of SOE operations is unlikely ever to be written because some events were never documented and documents were lost or destroyed at the end of the war. This book is likely to be the best and most comprehensive account possible, being based on the previously unpublished report by a staff officer and former SOE member at the end of the war. Highly Recommended.

London Bombed, Blitzed and Blown UP, The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867



When most people talk about London being bombed, they are talking about the German terror attacks of WWII, but London has a unique history of being bombed from 1867. The author has produced a very readable account of this long history of bomb attacks on Londoners. It is a truly comprehensive account that considers the impact on one of the world’s greatest cities, much recommended.