Blitzkrieg, Lightning War

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This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German and Allied cameramen. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material telling the story of the German combined arms concepts that delivered lightning war in the prelude to WWII and from 1939.

This powerful film presents a stunning picture of the Lightning War from the invasion of Poland to the defeat of France.

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NAME: Blitzkrieg, Lightning War
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0194
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): war-time newsreel footage
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 58 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, Panzer, Pkw, tanks, army co-operation aircraft, flying artillery, mechanized infantry, anti-tank guns
ISBN: 0-24762-097-1
IMAGE: D0194
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DESCRIPTION: This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German and Allied cameramen. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material telling the story of the German combined arms concepts that delivered lightning war in the prelude to WWII and from 1939.

The Treaty of Versailles was unable to constrain the German military ambitions and its harsh terms inflamed German opinion. Blitzkrieg was a concept that began during the closing months of WWI. The first tanks and sub-machine guns demonstrated how these new weapons could be used by storm troops to break through enemy defences and bypass enemy strong points in a war of rapid movement. The first anti-tank guns and the availability of ground attack aircraft were also operating during the closing stages of WWI.

After the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the Germans began to operate covert training camps in Russia to develop these new military concepts, train soldiers and test weapons. By the time that Hitler came to power, the program was well-underway and his initial significant contribution was to bring the covert operation back onto German soil and then announce what had been achieved.

The reality was somewhat short of the propaganda claims. The basic elements, equipment and tactics were there, but early German tanks were lightly armed and armoured reconnaissance vehicles, few anti-tank guns, little equipment to mechanise the infantry, continued dependence on horse drawn vehicles, and biplane attack aircraft.

By 1939 the situation was changing and the availability of Czech munitions, and particularly Czech armour, was taking the plans forward. German aircraft development had been rapid, with tough, effective, monoplane dive bombers providing flying artillery. Medium bombers provided a quazi strategic air capability that could area bomb larger targets, including strong points that the advancing German Army had swept around. The use of monoplane transports and assault gliders introduced vertical insertion capability to support the advancing armour and take out key defensive points. There was also increasing availability of mechanized transport to enable infantry and artillery to keep up with the advancing storm forces.

This powerful film presents a stunning picture of the Lightning War from the invasion of Poland to the defeat of France.

Hitler’s War Machine, The Russian Front, Late 1943

D0193 This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1943 records the battles on the Russian Front. reviews.firetrench.com adn.firetrench.com bgn.firetrench.com nthn.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com NAME: Hitler's War Machine, The Russian Front, Late 1943 CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews FILE: D0193 DATE: 040315 PRESENTER(S): war-time newsreel footage PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital MEDIA: DVD FORMAT: Dual layer RUNTIME: 60 minutes PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player INTERNET: PRICE: £9.99 GENRE: Non-Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, 1943, Russian Front, Red Army ISBN: 0-24762-107-2 IMAGE: D0193 VIDEO: BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/lq6qtll LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German cameramen for propaganda newsreels. It features translated Wochenschau newsreels and puts a distinctly Nazi spin on the events recorded. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material. The German Propaganda Kompanien (PK) captured the events of Hitler's war on every front. Their footage was used to produce Die Deutsche Wochenschau, a weekly cinema newsreel detailing the events of World War II on land, sea and air. For the first time these unique primary source films have been collated, edited and translated into English in order to produce a complete military history of the Third Reich drawn exclusively from German primary sources. This amazing range of films captures the events of World War II exactly as they were presented to contemporary cinema audiences while the actions on the battlefield were still unfolding. This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1943 records the battles on the Russian Front.

Hitler’s War Machine, The Finnish Front, 1941-1944

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This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the battles on the Finnish Front. Historians have treated this theatre as a side show but the spirited Finnish defence against huge Red Army forces continued to occupy Soviet resources that could have been better placed in the drive towards Berlin.

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NAME: Hitler's War Machine, The Finnish Front, 1941-1944
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0192
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): war-time newsreel footage
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 57 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, 1941, Finnish Front, Red Army
ISBN: 0-24762-107-2
IMAGE: D0192
VIDEO:
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/lq6qtll
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DESCRIPTION: This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German cameramen for propaganda newsreels. It features translated Wochenschau newsreels and puts a distinctly Nazi spin on the events recorded. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material.

The German Propaganda Kompanien (PK) captured the events of Hitler's war on every front. Their footage was used to produce Die Deutsche Wochenschau, a weekly cinema newsreel detailing the events of World War II on land, sea and air.

For the first time these unique primary source films have been collated, edited and translated into English in order to produce a complete military history of the Third Reich drawn exclusively from German primary sources. This amazing range of films captures the events of World War II exactly as they were presented to contemporary cinema audiences while the actions on the battlefield were still unfolding.

This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the battles on the Finnish Front. Historians have treated this theatre as a side show but the spirited Finnish defence against huge Red Army forces continued to occupy Soviet resources that could have been better placed in the drive towards Berlin.

The Peninsular Collection, 95th Rifles, 1812 to the Pyrenees

D0191

Yet another polished documentary from the BHTV Team. For those viewers new to BHTV military history DVDs, first glance at the jacket leaves the feeling that the presenters are a cast of thousands. This is the reason BHTV produces excellent presentations and the style is unique. The presenters are a band of historians, ex-soldiers, enthusiasts and battlefield guides. They know their subjects intimately and they have great enthusiasm for the subjects of the DVD. Having ex-soldiers in the team means that there is an eye for terrain which determines the outcome of most land battles. Adding into the presentation enactment groups, who are enthusiasts spending much of their spare time researching their uniforms and equipment and learning the stories behind the battles they re-enact, add a further valuable dimension, colour and movement. The elements of a BHTV presentation combine to produce not only a program of great authenticity, but a level of excitement that is entirely natural, deriving from the real events, and in great contrast to many television documentaries where the presenter has little knowledge or enthusiasm for the events, where artificial excitement is injected to keep things moving and getting in the way of the real story.

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NAME: The Peninsular Collection, 95th Rifles, 1812 to the Pyrenees
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0191
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): Tim Saunders, Andrew Duff, Rob Yull, Dave Gower, 95th Rifles Living History Society
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 95 minutes
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PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Napoleon War, peninsular War, Wellington, rifles, rifleman, infantry, Light Companies,sniper, foot soldier, British Army
ISBN: 0-24762-040-8
IMAGE: D0191
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DESCRIPTION: Yet another polished documentary from the BHTV Team. For those viewers new to BHTV military history DVDs, first glance at the jacket leaves the feeling that the presenters are a cast of thousands. This is the reason BHTV produces excellent presentations and the style is unique. The presenters are a band of historians, ex-soldiers, enthusiasts and battlefield guides. They know their subjects intimately and they have great enthusiasm for the subjects of the DVD. Having ex-soldiers in the team means that there is an eye for terrain which determines the outcome of most land battles. Adding into the presentation enactment groups, who are enthusiasts spending much of their spare time researching their uniforms and equipment and learning the stories behind the battles they re-enact, add a further valuable dimension, colour and movement. The elements of a BHTV presentation combine to produce not only a program of great authenticity, but a level of excitement that is entirely natural, deriving from the real events, and in great contrast to many television documentaries where the presenter has little knowledge or enthusiasm for the events, where artificial excitement is injected to keep things moving and getting in the way of the real story.

We might never have learned much of the Rifles in Portugal and Spain had it not been for the “Sharpe” historical fiction books and the television films based on the books. What has made the fictional Sharpe stories so popular is the careful attention to detail by the author and by the television script writers.

The BHTV team took the decision to produce a trilogy series of documentaries and it was a brave decision, given the popularity of the fictional work. It has proved a good decision and provided a series that sits well with the fictional work, both series complementing each other. What has helped the BHTV series is the high visual standard achieved and the thorough research underpinning the location filming with the very able support of the 95th Rifles Living History Society re-enactment enthusiasts.

In this third DVD, the BHTV Team take up the story from the great victory for Wellington at the Battle of Salamanca on to the Pyrenees on over the French border. This is gripping stuff and shows off the military genius of Wellington. The Rifles continued to play a part in the story beyond their numbers, taking the fight to the French, targeting French officers and NCOs and providing a valuable picket service.

July 1812 the Anglo- Portuguese Army, with the 95th Rifles to the fore, marched to liberate Madrid. While Wellington advanced to Burgos the Light Division remained to enjoy the unusual civilization of the Spanish capital. However, this was short lived as the French Marshals had been forced to unite under King Joseph against the Allied armies and the siege of Burgos failed. Another desperate retreat to the Portuguese frontier in appalling autumn weather conditions followed in which the 95th suffered cruelly as supply arrangements broke down.

Over the winter months Wellington reorganised his army for the 1813 campaign, which he was confident would see the French ejected from Spain. Training, new lighter equipment and organisation was to enable the 95th Rifles and the rest of the Army to play the French at their own game and make lightning marches across Spain, cutting off the withdrawal route of King Joseph and his army and forcing them into battle. The plan worked well and French troops stood outside the city of Vittoria. The resulting battle was a clear victory for Wellington, with the three battalions of the 95th all playing significant parts in overcoming the French defences on the river. Like Salamanca though, the battle was not a crushing defeat for the French as their forward line collapsed, meaning Graham's flanking columns could not envelope the French Army and, of course, the treasure of a nation was too much temptation for the British, who helped themselves to the riches.

The final phase of the 1813 campaign saw the French driven back to their border in the mountains of the Western Pyrenees where they produced the Biddosa Line, from which Marshal Soult tried in vain to relieve pressure on San Sebastián. Finally, Wellington was ready to break the Biddosa Line and cross the frontier into France, with the Rifles ready to play a key part in the mountain battle on the slopes of the Great Ruhne.

The First World War, Nery and the Retreat From Mons

D0190

As so often in British history, a victory was impossible because the odds against the BEF were so large, but a form of victory was delivered. The German master plan to hurl massive forces through neutral Belgium to the Channel Coast and then swing round to take Paris and cut off the French Army was defeated by the British fighting retreat. At this stage it was a battle for infantry, cavalry and field guns with the British Quick Firing horse artillery performing superbly. The German lost momentum and the front came to a halt, foxholes and short trenches developing into two opposing lines of ever deeper trenches that stretched from the Channel Coast to the Swiss border.

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NAME: The First World War, Nery and the Retreat From Mons
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0190
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): Paul Oldfield, Ed Church, Ian Woodbridge, Mike Peters, Tim Saunders, Tom Dorner, Andrew Duff
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 100 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £13.50
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, 1941, Eastern Front
ISBN: 0-24762-116-1
IMAGE: D0190
VIDEO:
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DESCRIPTION: For those viewers new to BHTV military history DVDs, first glance at the jacket leaves the feeling that the presenters are a cast of thousands. This is the reason BHTV produces excellent presentations and the style is unique. The presenters are a band of historians, ex-soldiers, enthusiasts and battlefield guides. They know their subjects intimately and they have great enthusiasm for the subjects of the DVD. Having ex-soldiers in the team means that there is an eye for terrain which determines the outcome of most land battles. Adding into the presentation enactment groups, who are enthusiasts spending much of their spare time researching their uniforms and equipment and learning the stories behind the battles they re-enact, add a further valuable dimension, colour and movement. The elements of a BHTV presentation combine to produce not only a program of great authenticity, but a level of excitement that is entirely natural, deriving from the real events, and in great contrast to many television documentaries where the presenter has little knowledge or enthusiasm for the events, where artificial excitement is injected to keep things moving and getting in the way of the real story.

The Retreat from Mons is almost the story of the British Army and the British military in general. Down the Centuries, venial politicians have always spent the 'peace dividend', leaving the British soldiers, sailors and more recently airmen, inadequately equipped and supported, their numbers inadequate for the battles they will have to fight. The Kaiser saw this and regarded the BEF as a Contemptible Little Army that presented no danger to German soldiers. His assumptions were common through all levels of the German military and acted to give the British an unseen advantage.

From first contact, the British fooled the German commanders and troops. They put up such a fierce resistance and well-managed fighting retreat that the Germans thought they were fighting the whole BEF in engagements that were sometimes only at company strength. Well-drilled British rifle fire with the Lee Enfield rifle was so rapid and accurate that German soldiers thought they were facing machine gun fire.

As so often in British history, a victory was impossible because the odds against the BEF were so large, but a form of victory was delivered. The German master plan to hurl massive forces through neutral Belgium to the Channel Coast and then swing round to take Paris and cut off the French Army was defeated by the British fighting retreat. At this stage it was a battle for infantry, cavalry and field guns with the British Quick Firing horse artillery performing superbly. The German lost momentum and the front came to a halt, foxholes and short trenches developing into two opposing lines of ever deeper trenches that stretched from the Channel Coast to the Swiss border.

It is sad to see British Forces now reduced prior to absorption into a European Union Army, losing some of its greatest units, particularly the Gurkas, at a time when Europe needs to re-arm as NATO to stand against a fresh threat from a petty Russian dictator. This is a DVD for normal people to enjoy and for the corrupt political classes to be force-fed before they irreparably wreck the British Army.

Hitler’s War Machine, The Siege of Leningrad

D0189

This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the one thousand day siege of Leningrad - one of the decisive actions of World War II.

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NAME: Hitler's War Machine, The Siege of Leningrad
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0189
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): war-time newsreel footage
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 60 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, 1941, Eastern Front
ISBN: 0-24762-102-1
IMAGE: D0189
VIDEO:
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DESCRIPTION: This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German camermen for propaganda newsreels. It features translated Wochenschau newsreels and puts a distinctly Nazi spin on the events recorded. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high.

The German Propaganda Kompanien (PK) captured the events of Hitler's war on every front. Their footage was used to produce Die Deutsche Wochenschau, a weekly cinema newsreel detailing the events of World War II on land, sea and air.

For the first time these unique primary source films have been collated, edited and translated into English in order to produce a complete military history of the Third Reich drawn exclusively from German primary sources. This amazing range of films captures the events of World War II exactly as they were presented to contemporary cinema audiences while the actions on the battlefield were still unfolding.

This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the one thousand day siege of Leningrad - one of the decisive actions of World War II.

DVD Review – Hitler, a Journey Through His World, Then and Now

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Emmy AwardTM winning film maker Bob Carruthers takes us on a journey into the world of Adolf Hitler. There has been so much coverage of Hitler, so many biographies from those who claimed to have been close to him, so much propaganda coverage by the Allies, so many attempts by historians to explain and dissect Hitler, that it seems impossible for anything new to emerge or any better telling of a much told story. However, this DVD produces fresh insight in an absorbing presentation. In many respects, Hitler was an unexceptional product of recent German history.

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NAME: Hitler, a Journey Through His World, Then and Now
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0188
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): Bob Carruthers
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 90 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, Pre-war Germany, Rise of the Nazi Party, Hitler
ISBN: 0-24762-104-8
IMAGE: D0188
VIDEO:
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DESCRIPTION: Emmy AwardTM winning film maker Bob Carruthers takes us on a journey into the world of Adolf Hitler. There has been so much coverage of Hitler, so many biographies from those who claimed to have been close to him, so much propaganda coverage by the Allies, so many attempts by historians to explain and dissect Hitler, that it seems impossible for anything new to emerge or any better telling of a much told story. However, this DVD produces fresh insight in an absorbing presentation. In many respects, Hitler was an unexceptional product of recent German history.

The environmental factors which shaped Hitler are explored and assessed in this unique film which retraces the footsteps of Hitler from his first boyhood experiences through the years of struggle in Vienna, his Great War adventures, the bungled Beer Hall Putsch, his triumph over democracy and his final defeat in the ruins of Berlin.

Nothing is missed in this brilliant film which produces an incisive insight to the main factors which influenced Hitler - from his violent father to the mesmeric effect of the music of Richard Wagner. Many of the surviving Third Reich sites today are revisited including Hitler's birth place, his family homes, the beer halls, the monuments to folly which were erected in his name.

Set to a stunning soundtrack of music by Richard Wagner, the film incorporates historic interviews with Hitler's sister Paula and other Third Reich figures. This is indispensable viewing for anyone who seeks fresh insight into the man and his world.

DVD Review – Walking the Western Front, Somme Part 3, Tank Battles and the Final Phase, September-November 1916

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The growing list of Pen & Sword DVDs has been made up with lists from leading production companies. An important part of the list has been provided in the form of German WWII field cameramen shot footage used for propaganda and weekly domestic cinema news. Equally important but very different has been a selection of fine documentary-style videos and this video is from the Battleground series with Ed Skeling and Nigel Cave presenting the story of the Somme campaign of September to November 1916. This is an absorbing presentation that does not attempt to inject false excitement, depending on the excitement of real events ably told.

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NAME: Walking the Western Front, Somme Part 3, Tank Battles and the Final Phase, September-November 1916
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0187
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): Ed Skelding, Nigel Cave
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 100 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, First World War, Great War, 1914-1918, battles, tank battles, 1916
ISBN: 0-24762-025-4
IMAGE: D0187
VIDEO:
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DESCRIPTION: The growing list of Pen & Sword DVDs has been made up with lists from leading production companies. An important part of the list has been provided in the form of German WWII field cameramen shot footage used for propaganda and weekly domestic cinema news. Equally important but very different has been a selection of fine documentary-style videos and this video is from the Battleground series with Ed Skeling and Nigel Cave presenting the story of the Somme campaign of September to November 1916. This is an absorbing presentation that does not attempt to inject false excitement, depending on the excitement of real events ably told.

As with the outstanding BHTV DVD series, also published by Pen & Sword, Skelding and Cave have adopted the discussion style, between ex-soldiers/battlefield guides and leading historians, that works extremely well. Unlike the BHTV series, there has been no use of enactment groups which add colour to the BHTV presentations, but the use of two presenters, who know their subject inside out, is an equally valid style.

Following on from the success of the two films on Ypres (Slaughter of the Innocents and The Immortal Salient) The Walking the Western Front series turns its attention to the infamous Battle of the Somme, where almost 60,000 British men were either killed, wounded or classed as missing on the first day alone.

Spread across three seventy-minute DVDs, acclaimed film-maker Ed Skelding and eminent military historian Nigel Cave take us on a tour of the Somme battlefields as they exist today and explain the Battle of the Somme in its entirety, from the opening day offensive where thousands of troops lost their lives against a determined German defence to the abandonment of the operation on 18 November with the final failed Battle of the Ancre.

Relying on their combined knowledge of the battlefields, Ed and Nigel revisit famous places relating to the battle including: Delville Wood, High Wood, Fricourt, Mametz, Guillemont and many more to explain the history behind each offensive, as well as the successes and failures of the Allied armies. The pair also visit a selection of war graves, including the Thiepval Memorial to give the viewer an insight into the scale of loss that the allies suffered during the conflict. Accompanied by a selection of original photographs from the period and exclusive money off vouchers for related books from the Pen and Sword catalogue, these DVDs are the perfect companion for fans of the Battleground series and students of the Great War alike.

A companion book on the Somme will be released by Ed Skelding in late 2013, showing the battle through the eyes of a film-maker and will present original black and white photographs of the battlefield and present day pictures to show how the battlefields have changed over the years.

BookPick: A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England

B2135

Now that Thomas Kydd finds himself mingling at the highest levels in English society his horizons have changed immeasurably from those of the humble wig-maker who was press-ganged into the Royal Navy in 1793. Sue Wilke’s book is a very readable eye-witness guide to Kydd’s new world.

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austen pickPacked with detail, and anecdotes, the book is an intimate exploration of how the middle and upper classes lived in the Georgian era. The author skilfully conjures up all aspects of daily life within the period, drawing on contemporary diaries, illustrations, letters, novels, travel literature and archives.

The book is divided into seven chapters – travelling, gracious living, the latest modes, money matters, shopping and leisure, the perfect partner and health concerns.

From the chapter on travelling: ‘All roads lead to London, the bustling centre of the nation’s trade and fashion. Unless you have your own carriage, you’ll travel by stagecoach or mail coach, post-chaise or hired horse, breaking your journey where necessary at an inn.

‘One of the best views of London is from Shooter’s Hill on the Dover Road. You’ll see the River Thames winding through rich green meadows against a backdrop of gently rolling downs: a bristling forest of ships’ masts...

Visitors coming from the opposite direction, that is from the west, enter the metropolis via the Great West Road at Hounslow. From Brentford you’ll find that it’s now almost one continuous street to London...’

An extensive bibliography is included as are a number of interesting black and white illustrations.

This book is a very readable and complementary addition to the rich body of reference works available on Georgian life ashore.
Sue Wilkes A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England
Published by Pen & Sword. ISBN 178159264 1

The Real Sherlock Holmes, The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada

B2186

The author has had many articles published on the topics of family history and discovered Caminada during her research into her own family history. This has resulted in a book that is highly descriptive of life and crime in Manchester in the last three decades of the 19th Century. It is a gripping tale of one extraordinary detective in his attempts to clean up the Manchester underworld. The book will appeal strongly to all those interested in tracing their roots and in past social structures, but it provides a highly entertaining and informative insight into crime and crime fighting. The purist may baulk at the 'real Sherlock Holmes' connection because Holmes was a creation seen from an early forensic scientist's perspective. It laid this view alongside the Victorian interest in 'detecting', whereas Caminada is a Victorian policeman who used determination and 'modern' techniques to achieve success in fighting real crime and real criminals in the grimy conditions of a major late Victorian city that had experienced large numbers of immigrants who combined with rural Britons drawn from the land to the cities.

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NAME: The Real Sherlock Holmes, The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada
DATE: 200215
FILE: R22186
AUTHOR: Angela Buckley
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 157
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:
ISBN: 1-78159-269-1
IMAGE: B2186.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/orgh43r
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DESCRIPTION: The author has had many articles published on the topics of family history and discovered Caminada during her research into her own family history. This has resulted in a book that is highly descriptive of life and crime in Manchester in the last three decades of the 19th Century. It is a gripping tale of one extraordinary detective in his attempts to clean up the Manchester underworld. The book will appeal strongly to all those interested in tracing their roots and in past social structures, but it provides a highly entertaining and informative insight into crime and crime fighting. The purist may baulk at the 'real Sherlock Holmes' connection because Holmes was a creation seen from an early forensic scientist's perspective. It laid this view alongside the Victorian interest in 'detecting', whereas Caminada is a Victorian policeman who used determination and 'modern' techniques to achieve success in fighting real crime and real criminals in the grimy conditions of a major late Victorian city that had experienced large numbers of immigrants who combined with rural Britons drawn from the land to the cities.

Caminada had to deal with all types of crime, from pickpockets and thieves, through con artists, cold-blooded killers, to organized crime and what would now be regarded as anti-terrorist duties. As a large and expanding city, Manchester attracted many of the worst criminals in society that saw poverty and high crime rates as the other side of the Industrial Revolution coin.

The engaging text is supported by a very interesting photo plate section that includes reproductions of sketches, adding further depth to the review of Caminada's part in developing the art of detection.

The Preface sets the scene to the research project that led to the book. The Prologue then sets the scene in which the study of Caminada is set. The writing style lends a thread of entertainment by painting a high level of detail, more in the style of a novel, and this will engage readers who might not otherwise have started reading a history of real people. The reader is drawn into the fabric of the study, rather than just being presented with a number of facts, however engaging, in a strict chronological order.

In any study of British policing it can be challenging to present from one period of history. Policing goes back, with perhaps some breaks, to the time of the Roman occupation. The Medieval period saw an organized structure of watchmen in the towns and cities, these particularly being active as Night Watchmen. However, it was not until the mid 19th Century that formal police forces, broadly similar to modern police organizations, came into being. Sir Robert Peel is credited with the formation of the modern police force, but it might be more accurate to say that he was responsible for creating an organizational structure and uniform to make the purpose and composition of a police force easily recognizable. These early police forces continued to provide a very similar set of services to those provide by the Night Watch, walking defined beats and checking that doors were locked and that anyone abroad at night was investigated to be sure that the individual was not a criminal on the prowl. The duties of running down fugitives was conducted on a more uniform basis, but still followed the pioneering work of the Bow Street Runners.

The rapid social, financial, political and technological advances of the Railway Age and the urbanization of Britain demanded similarly rapid advancing of policing to deal with new levels of threat to society and order. However, police were still largely drawn from the working class areas where the differences between policeman and criminal could be very small. It was still a very physical job where a punch might be all that was required to stop a situation getting out of control. There was a high level of violence, but the use of firearms was low in a society that was armed and the policeman usually had no weapon other than a truncheon. The early police forces did have armouries and firearms were issued when there was an identified armed threat, mainly when revolutionaries had been cornered, rather than ordinary criminals.