Category Archives: Books

Crucible of the Jacobite ’15

By Jonathan Oates The battle of Sherriffmuir is a battle known to me since 1982, when I read an article about it in a wargaming magazine when I was at school. There was only John Baynes’ book on the topic, … Continue reading

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What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather?

By Charles Barrington The book primarily covers the First World, but also describes the years leading up to the war and the period between the wars. My motivation was the fact that my grandfather was involved in this seismic period … Continue reading

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Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his war horse in the Great War

By Serena Merton Jack and Hopit tells the story of Second Lieutenant John Forrester Colvin and his charger Hopit who arrived in France in November 1914 and returned home together in April 1919. Their relationship began in 1912 when Jack … Continue reading

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Drawing Maps for the Victorio Campaign of 1879-1881

By Dr R.N. Watt – The University of Birmingham Maps and diagrams can speak a thousand words. Good maps can make a huge contribution to transmitting a historic narrative effectively. Conversely, poor maps, or no maps at all, will cripple any … Continue reading

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Tom Cooper on “the most colourful volume about military flying in the Middle East – ever”

Hot Skies Over Yemen. Volume 1 One might wonder: what is driving one into painstaking, years-long research about air forces and air warfare in such a ‘corner’ of the world as Yemen? Within the realms of what can be described … Continue reading

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Passchendaele: The Forgotten Last Act

With the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November 1917), popularly known as ‘Passchendaele’, imminent, most people remain unaware that the last attack of the controversial campaign actually occurred on 2 December 1917. Launched on the orders … Continue reading

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Brave As A Lion: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough

By Christopher Brice “He is brave as a Lion but has no headpiece”. This was the considered opinion of a young officer, W.M. Stewart, who served under Hugh Gough (1779-1869) in India. Although not a word commonly used today, Collins … Continue reading

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Facial wounds, surgery and the First World War

By Dr Andrew Bamji During my training to be a doctor, I ended up specialising in the treatment of arthritis, and I hardly expected to write a book about plastic surgery in the First World War. But when I started … Continue reading

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Why another book on the Somme? Canadians on the Somme 1916

A dialog with William Stewart, the author of the upcoming book The Canadians on the Somme, 1916: The Neglected Campaign First, what is the book about? It examines and analyses the 89-day Canadian experience in the 1916 Somme campaign at … Continue reading

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The Rhodesian Bush War – Where the police served as infantry

Bandit Mentality is a memoir written by Lindsay O’Brien, a New Zealander fighting in the British South Africa Police (BSAP) Support Unit in Rhodesia. The title Bandit Mentality refers to walking the border of lawlessness that any sustained guerrilla war … Continue reading

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