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For budding authors and more! OPEN BOOK 2017: The brand new Literary Festival for Hitchin – Saturday 29 July 2017

By Allan Esler Smith I am part of the Group organising the inaugural Open Book 2017 at British Schools Museum and we have a significant ‘history’ content in the day. Please see some detail below on one of my talks … Continue reading

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The Battle of Arnhem and conflict on film

Helion’s new book features at a book signing and talk at the Open Book Literary Festival, Hertfordshire on 29 July 2017 By Allan Esler-Smith Think back to all those UK war films that you may have watched over the decades … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunity – The Battle of the Ardennes, 22 August 1914

By Simon J House The story of the ‘Lost Opportunity’, afforded to the French Armies in August 1914 and squandered, had its origins in a ‘Moment of Madness’ – or more properly a ‘Moment IN Madness’. For I was researching … Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview: Blood in the Forest author Vincent Hunt

Which period of history and specific events does your book Blood in the Forest. The End of the Second World War in the Courland Pocket cover? The Courland Pocket covered six battles between October 1944 and May 1945 in western … Continue reading

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Military history author Linda Parker: Where and how I write

Linda and Nigel Parker are both military history authors – currently working on separate books for Helion & Company Ltd. Here, Linda ventures into the brave new world of blogging, and reveals a little of where and how she writes…  At last, … Continue reading

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An unprecedented view of East Front combat during the last months of World War Two

By A. Stephan Hamilton This book represents the first comprehensive treatment of Panzergrenadier-Division ‘Brandenburg’ published to date. Yet, it was not a book I ever intended to write. In 2011 Duncan Rogers requested that I pen an Introduction to a new … Continue reading

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Early July 1916: La Boisselle – Forgotten Battle of the Somme Engagement?

By Nick Thornicroft – Author of Dauntless Courage on the Somme. Officers of the 19th Division who fell at La Boisselle 1 – 10 July 1916. On 1 July 2016, commemorations of the centenary of the first day of the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Bill Braham – Ancestor of Barnsley ‘Old Boy’ George Braham

By Jane Ainsworth I was delighted to hear from Bill when Duncan Rogers, my publisher at Helion & Company, forwarded an email to me from him on 12 July. Bill had read my book – Great Sacrifice: The ‘Old Boys’ of … Continue reading

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The Half-Shilling Curate: A Personal Account of War & Faith 1914-18 by Sarah Reay

The Half-Shilling Curate tells the very personal story of a young Army Chaplain, the Reverend Herbert Butler Cowl, who was my grandfather. The descriptive account, dating from Christmas Eve 1914 to the end of hostilities in 1919, includes his personal letters and … Continue reading

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Accrington’s lost generation of men by Steve Corbett

On July 1st 1916, a brave band of volunteers from Accrington and the surrounding districts suffered catastrophic losses while attempting to capture the fortified village of Serre… I’ve always had a passionate interest in the battles of the Great War. … Continue reading

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