The School of Fencing, With a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art

First published in 1763, this new carefully edited edition contains many illustrations. Essential reading for all historical swordfighters and students of martial arts and military history, much recommended.


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Bader’s Last Flight, an in-depth investigation of a great WWII mystery

Legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader seemed invincible, fighting back from the loss of both legs in a pre-war accident. When Bader had to parachute from his badly damaged Spitfire over France, it was a shock to his comrades and to the public. As with the Red Baron during WWI, such a loss generated many myths and much controversy. The author has advanced his hypothesis with supporting evidence. An absorbing account that is strongly recommended.


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Stalag Luft III, An Official History of the ‘Great Escape’ PoW Camp

The film ‘The Great Escape’ was great entertainment, but with re-written history. This overdue account is a warts and all commentary of the events at and related to German PoW camp Stalag Luft III. Every bit as entertaining as the film, but its also a stirring and poinient account of downed airmen not prepared to give up. Strongly Recommended.


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Tanks of the Second World War

The tank dominated land warfare during WWII and the author has provided not only a very able and well-illustrated account of this, but also provided an excellent genesis of the tanks and a description of how WWII tank technology and tactics have influenced post WWII tank warfare. The clear and impressive text is fully supported by lavish illustration with contemporary photographs, most highly recommended.


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Looking Down The Corridors, Allied Aerial Espionage Over East Germany and Berlin 1945-1990

The Cold War created threats and opportunities. An important story that has not been told is how the Allies used their access rights to Berlin to gather photo intelligence of Russian and East German activity. The authors have conducted thorough research into an area that has previously been hidden by classification of operations and images gathered, most recommended.


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Hear the Boat Sing, Oxford and Cambridge Rowers Killed in World War I

The crop of books commemorating events 100 years ago during WWI has produced many fine and thought provoking accounts. The author has taken an interesting approach to produce a poignant collection of brief biographies of 40 Boat Race competitors who answered the call to arms and gave their lives, very highly recommended.


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Securing the Narrow Sea, The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

With WWI centenaries coming thick and fast, there has been a deluge of books published to time with the events. Inevitably the terrible battles on the Western Front have dominated but here is a most welcome book on the Dover Patrol, a much under-covered part of WWI. The author has produced a very creditable review of this vital service, a must-read book that deserves to be highly commended.


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