The Imperial War Museum Book Of Modern Warfare – British And Commonwealth Forces At War 1945-2000

B1147

Surprisingly WWII as a whole still continues to dominate as a subject for new books on military history often at the expense of more recent campaigns. The post war period has witnessed a number of major campaigns such as the Korean War, The Falklands and the Gulf war to name but a few. This book covers 15 such events between 1945 and 2000 and each account is written by either a person who served in that conflict or a journalist who covered the event. The editor of this book Major General Thompson has written the chapter on the Falklands war in which he served as the Commanding Officer of 3 Commando Brigade

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The Illustrated History of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft

B0120

The authors look at the 77 year history of this well known American aircraft manufacturer. Many naval aircraft are featured within this informative reference book including famous names like the Dauntless, Skyraider, F4 Phantom II, F18 Hornet and the AV8B Harrier among the many types covered. The text is supported by a rich selection of illustrations with both cutaway drawings and many superb photographs including some in colour

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The Home of the Blizzard

B1158

This is the true story of Antarctic survival and a gripping yarn it is too. Once again, Birlinn has published a title that might have been lost for all time. This is a very affordable single volume of the original two volume book copyrighted 1988 by the Estate of Sir Douglas Mawson, with a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The book recounts the pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic endurance during the yeara Mawson spent in Antarctica, centred around his epic sledge journey of 1912-13. There are four sets of outstanding black and white photographs, taken on the expedition by Frank Hurley who was later to achieve fame on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition

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The History of the Ship 2005

A new edition reworked and updated in softback. This has resulted in a very low recommended retail price that makes it very affordable. As this is likely to be a book that is much used and referred to the binding may not stand up well unless some care is taken, but at the price its easy enough to buy a replacement. Reviewing a book of this detail is always a challenge because there is so much information that even after reading it several times there is still much to absorb. The author has considerable sea-going experience and was already much published when this title was first released in 1997. He has covered an enormous subject in a single volume and the work feels comprehensive the labour of many years of research. Particularly in the early chapters covering the first few thousand years of sailing, there is solid new information on periods that have received very little coverage before

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The History of the Ship

B1293

A new edition reworked and updated in softback. This has resulted in a very low recommended retail price that makes it very affordable. As this is likely to be a book that is much used and referred to the binding may not stand up well unless some care is taken, but at the price its easy enough to buy a replacement. Reviewing a book of this detail is always a challenge because there is so much information that even after reading it several times there is still much to absorb. The author has considerable sea-going experience and was already much published when this title was first released in 1997. He has covered an enormous subject in a single volume and the work feels comprehensive the labour of many years of research. Particularly in the early chapters covering the first few thousand years of sailing, there is solid new information on periods that have received very little coverage before. Even in the more recent and better covered period of ship technology there are new insights

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The Heavy Cruiser Takao

B1268

The subject of this book is the lead vessel of a class of 4 vessels built between 1930 and 1931. They were fast, heavily armed, and well-protected, Takao being sunk in Singapore Harbour by a midget submarine. A volume in the series of Conway Anatomy of the Ship books. Primarily aimed at model engineers and serious students of ships and ship design. Its strength is in the fine quality of the illustrations which are excellent and include a scale fold-out plan inside the dust jacket. There are some good detail photographs of Takao and details of the aircraft carried from first commission to wartime sinking

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The Grand Scuttle

B0098

The author provides the reader with an informative account of the rise and war record of the German fleet before describing its decline from the mutiny and its ignominious voyage across the North Sea into internment. The book paints a vivid picture of life onboard the doomed ships during those long monotonous days at anchor in Scapa Flow and the scuttling itself. The book ends with a look at the salvage operation with its inherent high risks from actually raising the ships

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The Golden Years of the Clyde Steamers

B1162

Paterson covers here the period 1889 to 1914. Really, he has continued the story he began in The Victorian Summer of the Clyde Steamers, and continued in the same comprehensive and well researched style. In some respects this is Volume II of Clyde Steamers where the division into two volumes is more a production decision by a publisher. Some would argue that the period 1864 to 1889 was the Golden Age and 1889 to 1914 was the Indian Summer of the Clyde Steamers. The trade and technology was largely established before 1880 and it was then a matter of continuing an established situation. The steamer was also starting to come under threat by the railways and the automobile was making its appearance

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The Global Schooner

B1221

This book is in Conway territory. The publisher has a well-deserved reputation for publishing ultimate reference works that are copiously illustrated with high quality graphics and illustration that are good enough to become the basis of accurate models. The author is an internationally established modeller and marine artist, which explains the feeling for the subject and the attention to detail. The price is more than justified by the quality of the content. The schooner as a type is a handsome design with fast and versatile rigs that made it an important style of vessel that survives and prospers today in leisure sailing. The author has selected four specific types in illustration of his history

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