Category Archives: General

Alan Larsen on the fine art of historical cavalry reconstruction

Some 20 years, ago I was fortunate enough to gather around me a like-minded group of cavalry enthusiasts who were prepared to work hard (and play hard, bless ’em…) in pursuit of a high standard of historical cavalry reconstruction. For … 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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The top five pre-1914 military history books for Christmas 2016

Here, our ‘Century of the Soldier‘ series Commissioning Editor Charles Singleton shares his personal pick of the best pre-1914 books to add to your Christmas wishlist:  Once again, I’ve been given the difficult task of choosing my top five books … Continue reading

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Wargaming Elizabethan Naval Warfare

Andy Callan discusses the thinking behind the easy rules he is compiling for a forthcoming new title in our Battle For Britain paper soldiers series. Making a game out of warfare at sea in this period is a tricky business. … Continue reading

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‘Century of the Soldier’ and Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foot announce a new partnership

Lawful Laws and Liberty: Fighting for the good old cause   Since we launched the Century of the Soldier book series in May 2015, we’ve come across a great many people with the same passion for the period of history. Standing … 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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The Dunkirk evacuation: myth and reality

Dr Tim Benbow, King’s College London The remarkably successful evacuation from Dunkirk in summer 1940 is an epic tale that continues to fascinate and to inspire. It involved heroism in the face of the most desperate adversity; some kind of … 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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English Civil War: The Commission of Thomas Else, 1659

By Stephen Ede-Borrett Extant Army Officers’ Commissions from before 1660 are rare and, as far as I am aware, the example shown here is the only surviving example dating to this period, the last year of the English Commonwealth. After … Continue reading

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“A Rabble of Gentility”? – The Northern Horse, 1644-45

By John Barratt General George Monck once described the Royalist Horse in the English Civil War as  a “rabble of gentility”. It  was (even in the closing stages of the war) a rather sweeping generalisation, but the men who perhaps … Continue reading

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