London Transport Museum is appealing for votes for its First World War Battle Bus

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London Transport Museum is appealing for votes for its First World War Battle Bus as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards. Winning would throw a spotlight on the sacrifice made by thousands of Londoners who fought and served during the First World War.

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Wellington’s Engineers, Military Engineering in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814

B2274

This is a very welcome addition to the publish pool of knowledge for the Peninsular War and general warfare to the 20th Century. Very readable and well-supported by images, This is the first book to cover military engineering during the Peninsular War by the British Army. A must-read book for all interested in land forces at war.

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Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1807

B2272

This carefully edited collection of eyewitness accounts of the battles between the French and the Russians provides a balanced view but much of the information will be new to English-language readers. There is a fine monochrome photo-plate section which adds greatly to the content, graphically demonstrating the terrible conditions under which many battles were fought. Recommended.

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Churchill’s Navy, The Ships People and Organization 1939-1945

B2334

The author is now so firmly established as a prolific writer of naval subjects that each new book tends to be compared to his previous work rather than to current and past authors. Once again, he has produced an authoritative work that is both concise and comprehensive. The work is lavishly illustrated and will stand for many years as the definitive work on the subject. Highly Recommended.

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The Battle of the River Plate, The First Naval Battle of the Second World War

B2335

This was not only the first naval battle of WWII, but it was a victory for a small force of British and Commonwealth warships against a significantly more powerful enemy. The author has produced a well researched work that carries monochrome images in support of a flowing text that carries the reader through this exciting story.Highly Recommended.

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Omar Al-Bashir and Africa’s Longest War

B2323

The long running civil war in the Sudan is just one of a series of wars and civil wars that have ripped through Africa during the last seventy years. It is a legacy of the dash for Empires as European nations grabbed chunks of Africa and created colonies that paid little attention to important local features. The author has provided a comprehensive view of the war in the Sudan and of President Al-Bashir. An important addition to the published knowledge of a seriously troubled region and a very readable account.

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With the German Guns, Four Years on the Western Front

B2326

This is an important book at several levels. The author was a German Jew who fought through WWI as a German soldier, received two Iron Cross awards, remained in Germany until 1937, fled the Nazis to England and was commissioned in the British Army. An engaging story that is well-told.

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With Winston Churchill at the Front, Winston in the Trenches 1916

B2325

An account by Major Dewar Gibb, originally under the pen name of Captain X, of his time in the trenches with Winston Churchill. This is a story about one stage in the life of one of the most important people of the 20th Century. It will of course appeal to all those interested in the land actions of WWI and it will appeal to all those who are interested in politics and politicians. It should appeal to a very wider audience because it is about a truly inspirational and controversial individual who is much larger than life. A great story, told with humour, and a great individual. Most recommended.

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