Nurses of Passchendaele, caring for the wounded of the Ypres Campaigns 1914-1918

A very welcome new book from an author with a passion for her subject. A well-researched study of a subject that has received far less attention than it merits. The photo-plate section is well selected, with images that have not previously appeared in a printed work. There are also extensive notes on the sources used, making this a valuable reference work in addition to being a fascinating story – Most Highly Recommended.


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Under the Devil’s Eye, The British Military Experience in Macedonia 1915-1918

The authors have addressed one of the great omissions by historians covering WWI. This is a well-researched study of a subject that has received far less than its deserved attention. The photo-plate section is well selected and maps in the body of the book help in the understanding of this unfamiliar part of WWI – Very Highly Recommended.


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Voices in Flight: Escaping Soldiers and Airmen of World War I

The author is well-known for his aviation histories and this book is an interesting departure from his main work, albeit not far from it. As usual, this is a well-researched study of a subject that has received far less than its deserved attention. The two photo-plate sections are well selected – Most Highly Recommended.


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Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Norfolk Coast in the Great War, King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Sheringham, Cromer & Great Yarmouth

The publisher produces a number of fine series that provide valuable insights into history. The sad part of reviewing books is that time restricts the number of books that can be read and reviewed. As a result, the FIRE Project review team has not been able to review all of the titles in the local histories of WWI, taking only snapshots of the series. This new title is a delight and representative of the high standard achieved by the series. The text is built on thorough research and is very ably supported by a host of illustration – Very Highly Recommended.


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Red October, The Revolution That Changed The World

The author has studied the recent history of Russia, from attending the Joint Services School for Linguists and the career that followed, that adds valuable knowledge and insights to the subject. The event that brutalized Russia from 1917 was to cause and react with a series of major events of the 20th Century to the detriment of the world – Most Highly Recommended.


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GI The Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment, Distant Thunder, The US Artillery from the Spanish American War to the end of the 20th century

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This popular pictorial history series was originally published by Greenhill Books. The strength of this series lies in the selections of rare and interesting images. Text is limited, concise and mainly restricted to captions and extended captions. – Highly Recommended.


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Nachtjagd, Defenders of the Reich, 1940-1943

The author has established a solid reputation for accurate aviation histories of WWII that add valuable knowledge and insights to the subject. If you think everything that can be said about the WWII air war has been said, here is a book to challenge your belief. – Most Highly Recommended.


 

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Ian Fleming’s Secret War, The Real-life Inspiration Behind the James Bond Novels

Ian Fleming was a character best known through the prism of his James Bond spy stories. Fleming was happy to encourage the myths that soon came to circulate around his best selling novels. The author provides a view from researching public records and private documents and its as fascinating as any account about James Bond – Highly Recommended.


 

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First In, The Airborne Pathfinders, A History of the 21st Independent Parachute Company, 1942-1946

The short history of paratroops leaves many areas inadequately covered by historians. This book reviews one specialist unit within the British Parachute Forces. This account is illuminating because it not only provides a very welcome history of the unit, but sheds light on some of their specialist missions – Highly Recommended.


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SAS Secret War in South-East Asia

In an age of continuous ‘news’ broadcasting and publishing, there are still conflicts that exist under the radar. The absorbing study of how the SAS waged a largely unreported war to keep Malaya free from Communist control. Good text with a fascinating photo-plate section – Much Recommended.


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