RMS Titanic, 1902-12 (Olympic Class), Owner’s Workshop Manual

B1656

In the manual, over 200 high-grade illustrations help to explain all of the features of the Titanic and her construction. Although the reader may wonder at the sub title of Owners’ Workshop Manual, but the Haynes format is fully vindicated as a unique contribution to the fund of knowledge now available on what was the major tragedy of the Edwardian period.

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Motor Boat Manual

B1653

This book from Haynes is immediately recommended because of the reputation the publisher has established for well-illustrated practical manuals. The author is aided by the fact that the best motor boat manual yet written has been out of print for decades and because of its age the surviving copies do not cover recent developments in motor boating, particularly in the development of marine electronics and GPS navigation. As a new book, the subject is up to date and likely to remain reasonably current for several years,

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North Sea Battleground, The War at Sea 1914-18

B1652

The author recounts the development of coastal forces spread along the British East coast, the development of mine laying and sweeping, the German bombardment raids and the British commando raids on Belgian ports. There are many books, in print and out of print, that have covered naval warfare in the North Sea from 1914 to 1918. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the North Sea battleground and is an excellent source of information. A useful addition to an existing library of Anglo-German naval warfare and an ideal starting point for any reader wishing to study this aspect of the Great War.

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LINUX, Everything you need to get started with Ubuntu Linux

B1651

This book is well written and illustrated, benefiting from the high production standard achieved by the publisher, and a very welcome coverage of the Linux operating system and associated topics. The book claims to offer everything necessary to getting started with Ubuntu Linux and this is a reasonable claim. The great feature of Ubuntu Linux is that most users will be able to do everything they ever wanted, without writing a line of code. This book, a computer and a copy of Ubuntu will open a new world without requiring any deep technical knowledge. In several respects it will require less time and energy than computers running Microsoft or Mac operating systems. All of that and its free of charge!!

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The Hidden Threat, the story of mines and minesweeping by the Royal Navy in World War I

B1650

From his account it can be seen that fishing vessels made rapidly converted minelayers, already being equipped to sweep for fish with nets and trawls. Warships, even large warships, were routinely equipped with mine sweeps. The final clear up in peacetime displayed one serious weakness of mine warfare. North Sea coasts continue to see sea mines washed ashore, some mines being from WWI. Maps of minefields were lost or inaccurate and storms broke mines from their moorings. Some of these antiques of mine warfare are still dangerous explosive devices and all have to be treated as active, being taken by bomb disposal teams to a safe area and detonated by placing new explosives against them. An intriguing book, well-researched and written, which covered a topic that is probably not present in even well stocked bookshelves.

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Longbow, a social and military history

B1648

The author traces the 8,000 year history of the longbow as it has been recorded in historical documents and by archaeological discovery. The book is beautifully illustrated in colour and in black and white. It is lifted beyond historical account by the deep feeling the author has for his subject and his ability with words from his experience as an actor.

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Blood & Iron, Letters From The Western Front

B1646

The author was a soldier writing from the trenches. His poignant detail has been sensitively edited into a book by a leading military historian. The front leaf of the jacket identifies one of the factors that made the trenches of the Western Front unique in military history. For generations, soldiers and sailors have written home, often on the eve of a battle they might not survive.

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Hougoumont & D’Erlon’s Attack

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Pen & Sword Military has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of their military history books. It was only natural that they would develop a list of DVD titles alongside the book publishing. This DVD matches the quality achieved by Pen & Sword books. The group of historians and battlefield guides responsible for writing, directing and presenting this history in the Waterloo Collection of DVDs has produced a lively and colourful account of a key part of the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon made one last throw of the dice and was driven from the field in defeat. . The shooting of the film on the battlefield and the involvement of the Napoleonic Societies re-enactment enthusiasts really brings the battle to life, with the discussions between presenters fitting naturally into the presentation with a refreshing informality that draws the viewer into the discussion. An excellent DVD at a very affordable price and a worthy companion to the books that detail the Napoleonic Wars.

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