Byzantium Triumphant, The Military History of the Byzantines, 959-1025

B2301

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The Roman Empire expanded to rule most of the known world. In the process, it inevitably expanded beyond its ability to administrate. Equally inevitable was the subsequent fall of the Roman Empire, but it was not extinguished. Instead it divided under two Emperors. In the West it did break up and dissolve, but the Eastern Empire continued on and was able to defend itself from attackers to the West and to the East. The author has provided a compelling account of the period of triumph, as the world moved into the Middle Ages. The text is supported by an interesting monochrome photo-plate section. Strongly Recommended.

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Battleground Special, a Tour of the Bulge Battlefields

B2305

Originally published in 2001, and now updated by the author’s son, this is another outstanding battlefield guide from Pen & Sword. Battlefield guides are primarily intended to aid those making the pilgrimage to old battlefields, but they contain so much information they will achieve a very much wider readership. Lavishly illustrated throughout and featuring clear crisp text, this is essential reading for tourists and enthusiasts. Strongly Recommended.

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Death Before Glory!, The British Soldier in the West Indies in the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

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The author has provided a graphic history of the British soldier in the West Indies during the wars with France at the latter part of the 18th Century and early part of the 19th Century. This was a very important point in the development of the British Empire and is an under-told story. This is an extremely readable story that deserves to be read by a wide readership. Highly Recommended.

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Dawn of the Horse Warriors, Chariot and Cavalry Warfare 3000-600BC

B2303

The history of humans seems to extend every year as new discoveries are made. In little more than 70 years, historians have moved the date for the arrival of humans back from an accepted belief of a few thousand years to a recognition that it is more than 100,000 years. During that time there have only been a handful of discoveries and inventions that can justifiably claim to have been world-changing. One discovery was the methods of domesticating the horse and using it for transport, farming and war. The author has done a fine job of tracing the history of the domesticated horse and its dramatic application to warfare. Highly recommended.

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Cholera, The Victorian Plague

B2302

The Victorian era is most remembered as the period when the British Empire expanded rapidly, national wealth increased, and innovation was order of the day. There was another dark side to the era and the author has made a very capable job of addressing the Victorian Plague and the efforts to contain and eliminate it. The subject may not be the most attractive but this book presents the situation in a very readable form, with good bibliography and photo-plate section. Recommended.

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Byzantium Triumphant, The Military History of the Byzantines, 959-1025

B2301

The Roman Empire expanded to rule most of the known world. In the process, it inevitably expanded beyond its ability to administrate. Equally inevitable was the subsequent fall of the Roman Empire, but it was not extinguished. Instead it divided under two Emperors. In the West it did break up and dissolve, but the Eastern Empire continued on and was able to defend itself from attackers to the West and to the East. The author has provided a compelling account of the period of triumph, as the world moved into the Middle Ages. The text is supported by an interesting monochrome photo-plate section. Strongly Recommended.

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America’s Commandos, U.S. Special Operations Forces of World War II and Korea

B2300

This is part of the G.I., the Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment, Series. As with other books in this series, it features a large number of rare an unusual photographs and sketches. In this volume, the photographs are monochrome and full colour. The birth of modern special forces operations, recommended

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Billy Yank, The Uniform of the Union Army, 1861-1865

B2299

This is part of the G.I., the Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment, Series. As with other books in this series, it features a large number of rare and unusual photographs and sketches. In this volume, the photographs are all monochrome, but drawings/sketches are executed in full colour. There is also a page with Division and Corps badges in colour. Essential reading for American Civil War enthusiasts and a valuable view of one period of US Army history.

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When Shall Their Glory Fade? The Stories of the Thirty Eight Battle Honours of the Army Commandos

B2348

This is a story about the British military force that inspired special forces around the world, written by a Commando. British Commandos served in every theatre of WWII. Between the Dunkirk evacuation and the large scale raid on Dieppe, the Commandos were the only direct action force attacking the Germans in Occupied Europe as a uniformed organization of the British Army. The author has told their story with authority and feeling. This is a must read history from WWII.

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