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Landscape photography and the Battlefield: Tips for aspiring battlefield photographers by James Kerr

Many readers of this blog will no doubt have been to the Western Front to see for themselves where the battles were fought – be it the main British sectors of Ypres, Arras and the Somme. Others may have ventured … Continue reading

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Dusan Babac: The Magical World of Uniforms

I have published dozens of articles worldwide and 17 books on military history so far; most recently The Serbian Army in the Great War 1914 – 1918 with Helion & Company Ltd. However, my magical journey through the world of … Continue reading

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Great Sacrifice: Researching ‘Old Boys’ of the Great War

First-time author Jane Ainsworth explains how her passion for researching her own family tree led her to examine the lives of 76 ‘Old Boys’ from Barnsley Holgate Grammar School, killed in the Great War. Having retired to Barnsley from Cambridge … Continue reading

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King Arthur’s Wars: The Anglo-Saxon Conquest of England by Jim Storr

The Wandsyke is a late-, or probably post-, Roman period earthwork. It runs for about 45 miles from near Marlborough to Bristol, and is about 20 feet high in places. Have you even heard of it?  There are dozens, if not … Continue reading

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The Soldier’s Voice by John H Rumsby

All military historians have their special interests; perhaps a particular war or campaign, generals and grand strategy, a local regiment, or the minutiae of uniforms and equipment. My own fascination has always been in the writings of the soldiers themselves… … Continue reading

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An interview with Bob Cook: Kohima Museum, York’s Curator

In 2013, Kohima was chosen as the ‘Greatest British Battle Ever’ in a deserved tribute to all those that for our tomorrow, gave their today. While many books and papers describe the battle and the wider Burma campaign – the … Continue reading

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Stretcher Bearer: Bob Hopper reflects on his uncle’s Second World War exploits in Egypt, Italy and Greece

My grandfather taught army recruits bayonet fighting in the First World War, so perhaps it was only natural that my father and his two brothers would volunteer to join the Territorial Army Queen’s Westminsters – later to be amalgamated in … Continue reading

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Britain’s Greatest Wartime Treasures: Protecting the British Royal Family in the Second World War by Andrew Stewart

The story of how the British Royal Family was protected during the Second World War has not previously been studied in any great detail. Whilst I was conducting research for another book about the invasion threat Britain faced throughout the … Continue reading

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Monty’s Functional Doctrine in North West Europe by Charles Forrester

In Monty’s Functional Doctrine, my debut as an author and my first book for Helion, I have attempted to paint a big picture. The book presents a reinterpretation of how British 21st Army Group produced a successful combined arms doctrine … Continue reading

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What stopped the German Stormtroopers in the spring of 1918?

Our Terraine Prize winner Sanders Marble – Senior Historian at the US Army Office of Medical History – wowed our WW1 Prize Fund judging panel, having ‘identified a major gap in literature on the Western Front’ with Operation Mars 1918. … Continue reading

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