The Germans in Normandy

A book proving that there are still valuable new insights into the Normandy fighting that add greatly to established knowledge. The story of the Allied landings in Normandy have been told very well from an Allied perspective but remarkably little has been written about the experiences of the Germans who were the recipients of the largest amphibious landing in history – Highly Recommended

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The Ismaili Assassins, A History Of Medieval Murder

A book that cuts through the myth and legend of the Assassins and the Crusaders, setting out a fascinating history that has shaped the world today. The Medieval conflict between Christians and Muslims has many similarities to the Middle East today and the use of terror – Much Recommended

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The Battle of Fontenoy 1745, Saxe Against Cumberland in the War of the Austrian Succession

A perceptive and original account by a leading authority on 18th Century warfare. The Battle of Fontenoy was the turning point in the War of the Austrian Succession and yet it has been very poorly covered before by historians – Very Highly Recommended

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Take These Men, Tank Warfare With The Desert Rats

A vivid and flowing account of the North Africa armoured engagements by the late Lt Col Cyril Joly, MC & Bar. This book was highly acclaimed in 1955 when it was first published and remains the outstanding account from a ‘tanker’ who served throughout the Western Desert campaign, was wounded and awarded the Military Cross and Bar – Very Highly Recommended

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Operation Totalize, Battleground Normandy

Pen & Sword may be a prolific publisher but it really does not seem long enough for the highly acclaimed Battleground series to have expanded to 100 books. This book is by a former soldier, member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, historian and presenter of a series of fine DVDs on aspects of the Napoleonic Wars – Very Highly Recommended

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The Vultee Vengeance In Battle

The Vultee Vengeance is one of the lesser known aircraft in RAF service during WWII. This dive bomber was acquired from the US by the British Purchasing Commission in the darkest days of the war and played an important role later in the Far East in support of the Chindits special forces – Highly Recommended


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The Irish Brigade, 1670-1745, The Wild Geese In French Service

The Irish Brigade was intended to help the Jacobite cause but, ironically, helped solidify the English Crown. This account of the history of the Irish Brigade sheds light on a formation that has received very little attention previously from historians – Highly Recommended

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