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Dr/Col. Philip (‘Tom’) Cobley MBE late PARA, now retired and living in USA, has most generously donated the royalties from his three books: The Final Tally, Combat Command and The British Infantry to the Airborne Charity Support our PARAs ‘in perpetuity’. This is a very generous gift and should any other ABN author wish to consider doing the same, advice as to how proceed is available from plansdir@supportourparas.org

A Street in Arnhem
Robert Kershaw
A Street in Arnhem
Author : Robert Kershaw
Publisher : Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
ISBN : 9781612002644
Pages : 304
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Description : This is well written account of the battles along the Utrechtseweg, including some great descriptive passages on urban anti-tank operations by PIAT wielding paratroops. The Germans had a surprising amount of armor in the Arnhem area, including quite a few StuG III's, and several French Char B flamethrower tanks. By the end of the nine day ordeal, even Tiger II's were appearing on the battlefield as well. As well as the great text written from a military perspective, there are a great many well written, very descriptive passages from the civilian perspective. These passages give the book a welcome "extra" viewpoint. The use of first person accounts used throughout this book make the text very "readable", giving the reader a good sense of what it was like for those involved.--Armor Modeling and Preservation Society " Can you possibly imagine what it would be like if your quiet neighborhood, where your family has lived for generations, suddenly became a battlefield? "A Street in Arnhem," with its alternating revelations of terror and valor, tells that story and supplies some of the answers."--Toy Solder & Model Figure "I recommend this book to those readers interested in WWII and in Operation Market Garden because of the insights Kershaw provides. The author promises examining one street will offer new insights- and he delivers. I also recommend the book to readers interested in modern combat because of the lessons the author reveals about urban warfare."--Military Review
Afghanistan – Britain’s War in Helmand: A Historical Account of the UK’s Fight Against the Taliban
David Reynolds
Afghanistan – Britain’s War in Helmand: A Historical Account of the UK’s Fight Against the Taliban
Author : David Reynolds
Publisher : DRA Publishing
ISBN : 9780955781339
Pages : 256
After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War
Stephen Cooper
After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War
Author : Stephen Cooper
Publisher : The History Press
ISBN : 9780750969994
Pages : 256
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Description : When Britain’s empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer: they led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. When the Armistice came after four long years, their war game was over; even as the last echo of the guns of November faded, it was time to play rugby again. As Allied troops of all nations waited to return home, sports occupied their minds and bodies. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament for the King’s Cup, to be presented by King George V at Twickenham Stadium. It was a moment of triumph, a celebration of military victory, of Allied unity and of rugby values, moral and physical. This is the story of rugby’s journey through World War I to its first World Cup, and how those values endure today.
Author Details : Stephen Cooper has played and coached rugby for more than 40 years. After Cambridge, he worked in advertising. His book The Final Whistle won Rugby Book of the Year 2013 and was shortlisted for The Times Sports Book of the Year. Jason Leonard is an English former rugby union prop forward.
Airborne Engineers -A History of 9 Independent Airborne/Parachute Squadron RE 1948-1984
Fred Gray
Airborne Engineers -A History of 9 Independent Airborne/Parachute Squadron RE 1948-1984
Author : Fred Gray
Publisher : Gray & Hooper
Pages : 280
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Description : From the preface: I was asked by Brigadier John Hooper to write a history of 9 Independent Airborne/Parachute quadron RE, from 1948 when it became an independent airborne squadron within the newly formed 16 Independent Parachute Brigade Group, to 1977 when it lost its independence and came under the command of 36 Engineer Regiment, based at Maidstone. I immediately made a list of the Officers who had commanded the Squadron with the intention of asking for their recollections of the period of their tenure. Unfortunately, of the 19, thirteen had since died, leaving only six, one of whom was very ill and unable to offer any meaningful contribution. Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Taggart (OC 1976-1978) suggested I should include a link to the World War II engineer parachute squadrons and glider-borne companies as they were the forerunners of the airborne engineers as we know them today. For this reason, Chapter 1 is a very shortened history of each squadron/company. To write a full history of each unit would be a mammoth task and take many years to complete. Mr Eric Blenkinsop also suggested a tribute to the officer responsible for the organisation of airborne forces in 1941, Major (later Lt Col) John Rock, a Royal Engineer officer, who tragically died in a glider accident in 1942 and received very little recognition of his work. It has been my intention to make this history as factual as possible, supported by photographs. Without any official documents recording the activities of the Squadron I have had to rely very much on individual accounts from former members, which have been published in the Pegasus and Airborne Engineers Journals. In addition, I acquired a number of personal memories, some written by officers and others by squadron other ranks. One hand- written account of deployments (author unknown) covered a period of 40 years of squadron activities, which has been very useful in determining the chronological order of 'hot' deployments as well as the more peaceful type. It was also suggested that the parameters of the history be extended beyond 1977 to include Operation Corporate, the re-taking of the Falkland Islands by British Forces in June 1982 after the invasion by Argentine Forces in April of the same year. 9 Parachute Squadron RE, under the command of Major Chris Davies, played a prominent role in the successful outcome of one of the major combined operations since the World War II. Therefore a chapter has been added, written by Major (later Colonel) Chris Davies MBE, including the full ORBAT of the Squadron, the Roll of Honour and decorations awarded. Chapters include: The Airborne Engineers: 1941 - 1945 A New Beginning: 1948 Aldershot 1948 - 1951 Cyprus and the Canal Zone: 1951 - 1953 Canal Zone, Aldershot: 1955 - 1956 Aldershot, Cyprus and Suez: 1955 - 1957 Aldershot, Cyprus and Jordan: 1957 - 1959 Norway, Denmark and Singapore: 1959 - 1960 Kuwait, Bahrain and Greece: 1960 - 1962 Bahrain,Cyprus and Borneo: 1962 - 1965 Aden, Borneo, Bahrain and Kenya: 1965 - 67 Northern Ireland, Kenya: 1967 - 1969 Northern Ireland, Germany and Guernsey: 1969 - 1970 Northern Ireland, Kenya and Scotland: 1970 - 1972 Canada, Northern Ireland: 1972 - 1974 Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Cyprus, and Bavaria: 1974 - 1976 Northern Ireland, Canada, The fireman's strike: 1975 - 1978 Northern Ireland, Vanuatu, and Denmark: 1978 - 1979 Northern Ireland: 1979 - 1982 Falklands Islands, Scotland and Belize: 1982 - 1984 Never volunteer, Elf and Safety, A unique presentation. Various appendices, including Officers Commanding 9 Para Sqn, Squadron Sergeant Majors, Personnel commissioned from the ranks, and 9 Squadron Roll.
Airborne to Battle – A History of Airborne Warfare, 1918-1971
Maurice Tugwell
Airborne to Battle – A History of Airborne Warfare, 1918-1971
Author : Maurice Tugwell
Publisher : HarperCollins Distribution Services
ISBN : 9780718302627
Pages : 367
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Arnhem Their Final Battle: The 11th Parachute Battalion 1943-1944
Lt Col Gerrit Pijpers OBE RNLAF and David Truesdale
Arnhem Their Final Battle: The 11th Parachute Battalion 1943-1944
Author : Lt Col Gerrit Pijpers OBE RNLAF and David Truesdale
Publisher : R N Sigmond
ISBN : 9789081270304
Pages : 208
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Description : This unit history delves deeply into the creation and subsequent combat service of the 11th Parachute Battalion. The bulk of the book deals with the preparation and subsequent service of the Battalion at Arnhem in 1944, in particular around Oosterbeek. Apart from a detailed narrative which contains many eyewitness accounts, the book features a number of appendices including an order of battle, list of awards, nominal roll and roll of honour, besides many truly rare photographs.
Britain in a Perilous World: The Strategic Defence and Security Review We Need
Jonathan Shaw
Britain in a Perilous World: The Strategic Defence and Security Review We Need
Author : Jonathan Shaw
Publisher : Haus Publishing
ISBN : 9781908323811
Pages : 96
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Description : The British government periodically publishes a Strategic Defence and Security Review, an appraisal of the armed forces that seeks to understand and prepare for the defense challenges that lie ahead. This report is often controversial—the 2010 review, for example, made headlines for all the wrong reasons, as major defense projects such as the NIMROD aircraft were discontinued at huge cost, while other projects were maintained only because they were too expensive to abandon. In advance of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, Jonathan Shaw argues persuasively for the need to rethink how governments and Whitehall devise their strategies and reach crucial decisions. Beginning with the review’s often imprecise use of language, Shaw challenges the assumptions that underlie the British government’s current practices. Ultimately, he suggests how Whitehall can improve its approaches and, equally important, its credibility.
Call to Arms: Officer Cadet Training at Eaton Hall 1943-1958
Keith Taylor & Brian Stewart
Call to Arms: Officer Cadet Training at Eaton Hall 1943-1958
Author : Keith Taylor & Brian Stewart
ISBN : 9780955452802
Pages : 252
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Caribbean Wars Untold: A Salute to the British West Indies
Major General John Graham & Humphrey Metzgen
Caribbean Wars Untold: A Salute to the British West Indies
Author : Major General John Graham & Humphrey Metzgen
ISBN : 9789766402037
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Description : The contribution made to Britain's wealth by its Caribbean colonies is well known. Far less known - indeed dismissively ignored - are the contributions made over the centuries by West Indians to Britain's hard-won military victories, most notably in the two World Wars.At last this injustice has been redressed. In this single volume, the authors tell the compelling story of the Caribbean during nearly five centuries of warfare from the time of Columbus to the present decade; of how West Indians consistently rallied to Britain's side in its many years of peril, volunteered for service in its armed forces or more recently also for work in its wartime factories and forests. The book spotlights the deeds and hardships of West Indian soldiers long engaged in Africa and the Middle East, and of the many who enlisted too in the air forces and merchant navies of the Allies.And it describes the ferocious German submarine campaign in Caribbean waters, the impact that it had on life in the islands and how it was defeated; and it defines also the consequences - social, political and economic - of the World Wars on both the British West Indies and the United Kingdom. Above all, this book is written as a tribute to every West Indian veteran of Britain's wars; also to foster in the generation now growing up an awareness of the sacrifices of their forebears and pride in their achievements.
Author Details : Humphrey Metzgen is a former corporate executive at Times Newspapers as well as board director of several leading communications and finance companies. Prior to this he was a parachute officer in the British Army. John Graham is a retired major general in the British Army, with a research interest in the naval and military history of the West Indies and, in particular, the contributions made by West Indians to the rise of the British Empire.
Chameliere de bouya
Patrick Champenois
Chameliere de bouya
Author : Patrick Champenois
Publisher : Marines Editions
ISBN : 9782357431072
Combat Command
Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
Combat Command
Author : Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
Publisher : The London Press
ISBN : 9781905006908
Pages : 414
Description : This book is a detailed study into Countering the Physiological and Psychological Effects of Combat on Infantry Soldiers and as such it has been my life's-work. First, during my 41 years (1969-2010) as an active duty infantry soldier and then during this last six years as I have endeavoured to unlock the secrets of how to better prepare our next generation of infantry soldiers for their own first shock of combat. The fact is that soldiers are our nation\'s most precious resource and this author would argue that our infantry soldiers are the most precious of all. COMBAT COMMAND: BOOK REVIEW The extent and the depth of the problems of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) facing our veteran community are becoming increasingly apparent. The problem has always been with us but the length and intensity of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have highlighted the number of casualties and the life changing nature of their injuries. There is an urgent need for the military community to understand the underlying causes of PTSD and how they can be addressed, both pre-emptively in training, and subsequently in treatment. Colonel Tom Cobley draws on his own extensive personal experience, combined with thorough and extensive research to add to our understanding of the underlying causes of PTSD. Whilst the interview sample is relatively small the dialogue has been thorough and is supported by extensive, detailed, and revealing research. As a result of his analysis he draws some thought provoking conclusions and recommendations. I would recommend Combat Command to anyone seeking to understand PTSD, they will find it a rich seam of illuminating information. His Excellency General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) 2007-2011 Lieutenant Governor of Jersey 2011-Present
Commando: Winning the Green Beret
Hugh McManners
Commando: Winning the Green Beret
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : BBC
ISBN : 9780563369813
Pages : 192
Author Image : 1068
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Description : The Royal Marine Commandos were formed by Churchill during World War II and have earned a reputation as the most feared amphibious infantry in the world. They are highly trained, disciplined, tough, determined and efficient, always basing their operations on speed, mobility, surprise and fire-power. There are two ways to join the Commandos - through a Recruit Troop Course for teenagers, or through the All Arms Course for volunteeers from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Both involve intensive training, physical hardship and mental pressure, ending with the gruelling Commando tests. This book follows two such courses and presents a human story which finds the reality a far cry from the popular idea of Commandos as gung-ho Captain Hurricanes. The author, who himself successfully complete the All Arms Course, takes the reader through the agony and ecstasy of the Commando training programme in an effort to understand why these men endure this self-inflicted punishment, and to explain the pride and honour felt on winning the green beret.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Cool Postcards: Sides 1 & 2
Chris Lobban
Cool Postcards: Sides 1 & 2
Author : Chris Lobban
Publisher : CELTAS
ISBN : 9780954779603
Pages : 54
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Description : A collection of contemporary word art in bite sizes concerning entertainment, humour and literature, portrayed in a new communication medium. Cool postcards is an anthology of poetry with explanations in the form of personal notes to the author's friends, relatives, and others, which both stand alone and give alternative contextual information that provides different view points for the poems.
Author Details : Every copy of Cool Postcards will be hand bound. The Compact Book is a new concept and can be customised with a selection of SAS (Select And Supplement) cards. Details with first orders from the publishers. Test pilots say, "If it looks and feels right, it flies right". "The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely "well-adjusted," he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists amongst anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are." Medium is the Message
Crowning the Dragon: Travels in the Chinese Karakorum
Hugh McManners
Crowning the Dragon: Travels in the Chinese Karakorum
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : Grafton
ISBN : 9780246133823
Pages : 320
Author Image : 1068
Description : This is a personal account of a dramatic ascent of the third highest unclimbed peak in the Chinese Karakoram, made in 1987 by a team of largely inexperienced climbers. The stresses and breakdown in relationships are discussed frankly as well as the author's battle against M.E.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Dal Ati – Memoirs of a Persistent Optimist
John Hedley-Hooper
Dal Ati – Memoirs of a Persistent Optimist
Author : John Hedley-Hooper
Description : To buy: email John at: jjhhdalati@aol.com All proceeds to the Star & Garter Home
Danger Close
Stuart Tootle DSO
Danger Close
Author : Stuart Tootle DSO
Publisher : JOHN MURRAY
ISBN : 9781848542587
Pages : 337
Description : Colonel Stuart Tootal is the first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting in Afghanistan. A gritty portrayal of unforgiving conflict, Danger Close captures the essence of combat, the risks involved and the aftermath. 3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that has not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War. Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost. On returning from Afghanistan, Tootal fought to get proper treatment for his wounded and feeling frustrated with the Government's treatment of its soldiers, he resigned from the Army. This is a dramatic, and often moving insight into the leadership of soldiers and the sharp end of war.
Even the birds stopped singing: Fifty years of fun in the clouds
Charlie Shea-Simonds
Even the birds stopped singing: Fifty years of fun in the clouds
Author : Charlie Shea-Simonds
ISBN : 9780955425721
Pages : 240
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Description : A very readable and amusing history of the origins and growth of sport parachuting from a pioneer of the sport and the photographer responsible for some of the earliest pictures taken while free falling himself.
Falklands Commando
Hugh McManners
Falklands Commando
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN : 9780007141753
Pages : 320
Author Image : 1068
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Description : Hugh McManners was among the first of the British Special Forces to land on the Falkland Islands and here, in this gripping narrative, is his first-hand account of this most famous of modern British military operations. This new edition includes a revised introduction, along with new photography and notes on the combat. Author Biography Editor’s Note on new edition Contents List of maps & diagrams Acknowledgements New Introduction (2002) Original Introduction (1984) Chapter 1 – The Calm Before the Storm Chapter 2 – Preparation and departure Chapter 3 – At sea Chapter 4 – Planners and hoaxers Chapter 5 – Ascension Island Chapter 6 – Our war begins Chapter 7 – Fanning Head Chapter 8 – HMS Intrepid in ‘Bomb Alley’ Chapter 9 – The Fox Bay raid Chapter 10 – Survival Chapter 11 – Operations Brewers Arms Chapter 12 – Beagle Ridge Chapter 13 – Waiting to go home Chapter 14 – Home Epilogue (written for 2002) Chronology Glossary Index
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players
Stephen Cooper
Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players
Author : Stephen Cooper
Publisher : The History Press
ISBN : 9780752499000
Pages : 368
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Description : In the years leading up to World War I, the rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. This book plays tribute to the pivotal role rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of 15 men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland, and South Africa, but they were united by their love of the game and their courage in the face of war. This history follows them from London to the Western Front, Mesopotamia, Turkey, Italy, and Dublin, through some of the war's fiercest battles. The Final Whistle is a must-read for any rugby enthusiast or World War I historian.
Fishing in Time: The History of the Leintwardine Fishing Club
Barney Rolfe-Smith
Fishing in Time: The History of the Leintwardine Fishing Club
Author : Barney Rolfe-Smith
Publisher : Stonebrook Publishing
ISBN : 9780956897213
Pages : 250
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Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War
Hugh McManners
Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : Ebury Press
ISBN : 9780091908812
Pages : 496
Author Image : 1068
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Description : The Falklands War was a turning point in modern British history. On the one hand, it was what some considered to be the 'last of the great Elizabethan adventures', with the Royal Navy pulling off an incredible feat of maritime warfare, under the most appallingly risky circumstances. On the other hand, it was the first war of the modern age, using satellite surveillance, computer-driven missiles, night observation devices, and all the technologically developed power of modern weaponry. It was also a conflict that could so easily have gone terribly wrong for British forces. Instead, it was a resounding military success. And yet, the conflict's significance is often overlooked.Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's sound archive, which contains thousands of interviews with both soldiers and civilians, both British and Argentinean, "Forgotten Voices of the Falkands War" redresses the balance, presenting a complete oral history of the Falklands War. From the initial invasion of the islands to the British landings, the sinking of the Belgrano to brutal combat at Goose Green, the Argentinean surrender through to its aftermath, the book is a unique and essential chronicle of the conflict told from all sides and perspectives. It includes the visceral and often terrifying experiences of the combatants as well as the poignant and sometimes surreal recollections of the islanders caught in the middle. Utilising all the qualities that have made the "Forgotten Voices" series so popular, Hugh McManners, who himself fought in the Falklands War and witnessed its brutality first-hand, has created the definitive oral history on the subject.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Joseph J. Ellis
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Author : Joseph J. Ellis
Publisher : Vintage
ISBN : 9780375705243
Pages : 304
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Description : In this landmark work of history and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph J. Ellis explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals: Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers—re-examined here as Founding Brothers—combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes, Hamilton and Burr's deadly duel, Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin's attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison's attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams famous correspondence. Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation's history.
Four Brothers in Arms
Ian McGill
Four Brothers in Arms
Author : Ian McGill
Publisher : Melrose Books
ISBN : 9781907732423
Pages : 153
Author Image : 1170
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Description : Four Brothers in Arms is a remarkable account of a single family and their service in the British Armed Forces, drawing on an unusual collection of letters and photographs. The book provides glimpses of four brothers' experiences over a period of twenty years on the North West Frontier of India in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, during the partition of India in 1947 and the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s as well as a rare insight into their mother's precarious isolation during the war in Jersey under German occupation. Malcolm was killed while fighting the Japanese in Burma; Dick was seriously wounded in Italy while commanding his battalion where he was awarded a DSO; Jerry fought at Monte Cassino; Nigel joined the Royal Marines, retiring in 1968 as a Major General. The final chapter moves on to describe Dick's life in Rhodesia, before that country became Zimbabwe. It is extraordinary that so many events and situations occurred within the same family who tackled all their challenges with the courage and tenacity so typical of their generation. The underlying thread throughout the book is the very close bond between them all during such turbulent years.
Author Details : Ian McGill was born in Quetta in 1946. His father, one of the four brothers in this book, was then serving with the 8th Gurkha Rifles in the uncertain period before India’s partition. The family moved to Zimbabwe the following year and soon settled on a farm. Ian joined the British Army in 1965 and his military experience included service with commando and airborne forces, operational tours in Northern Ireland, Kuwait and Bosnia and leading the Royal Engineers as their professional head (Engineer-in-Chief). He was awarded the CBE in 1998 and the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1999. He left the Army as a Brigadier in 2001. He is married to Mary. They have a son who is a history teacher, a daughter working in television and two young granddaughters.
From Pit to Palace
Major Tom Godwin
From Pit to Palace
Author : Major Tom Godwin
Publisher : For the right reasons community print
ISBN : 9781910205426
Pages : 210
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Description : An illuminating book on one man's military career. The son of a Yorkshire policeman, his first job was deep undergrouind as an electrician in a colliery. After a brief spell in the army he made a career change and sampled police work for a time. Wanting more from life, he re-joined the parachute regiment as a 'Tom'. From there on there was never a dull moment. A fascinating story. A fascinating life.
From the Frontline Family Letters and Diaries: 1914 to the Falklands and Afghanistan
Pike Sir Hew KCB DSO MBE
From the Frontline Family Letters and Diaries: 1914 to the Falklands and Afghanistan
Author : Pike Sir Hew KCB DSO MBE
ISBN : 9781844158126
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Go to It!: An Illustrated History of the 6th Airborne Division
Peter Harclerode
Go to It!: An Illustrated History of the 6th Airborne Division
Author : Peter Harclerode
Publisher : Caxton Editions
ISBN : 9781840671360
Pages : 192
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Description : On 23rd April 1943, the War Office laid down a phased programme for the formation of what was to become one of the most renowned divisions in the history of airborne forces: the 6th Airborne. Based on a wide variety of sources, including eyewitness accounts by former members of the division, this superbly and profusely illustrated volume covers in detail the history of this remarkable force and the equally remarkable men who served in it. The 6th Airborne Division was one of the most famous fighting formations of the British Army. "Go To It" is the gripping account of a story which has not been told - until now.
Grow Your Own Charity
David Marfleet
Grow Your Own Charity
Author : David Marfleet
Publisher : Troubador Publishing
ISBN : 9781848766044
Pages : 120
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Description : Grow Your Own Charity is a vital tool for all those in leadership of new charities. It sets out clearly and concisely how to plan strategically while developing structures for financial stability and systematic growth. David Marfleet knows charities from the inside out, this is a brilliantly practical guide to sorting out the back office so that you can concentrate on the real business of helping others. Danny Kruger, founder of Only Connect UK. David Marfleet has expressed in a few pages what it has taken me years to learn about running a small charity. It is terrific! Insightful and blessedly plain written, it will be of immense value to all those who are working at the cutting edge of social action. I really wish I had read it three years ago. Sarah Brown, Executive Director of Farm Crisis Network. Grounded, sensible advice that tells you the basics of what you need to know, in a way that is easy to understand and, more importantly, easy to implement. Debra Allcock Tyler, Chair of Small Charities Coalition. This book explains in a step-by-step approach all that is necessary to help a 'good cause' become a successful charity. Bob Moffett, CEO, Panahpur Trust.
Author Details : David Marfleet is the Director of Giving the Best, a management consultancy specialising in the voluntary sector. He has extensive experience at senior management and board level in the voluntary sector and recently retired as the Chairman of an international NGO. David is a much sought-after conference speaker and trainer.
Gulf War One: Real Voices from the Front Line
Hugh McManners
Gulf War One: Real Voices from the Front Line
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : Ebury Press
ISBN : 9780091935986
Pages : 388
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Description : In 1988 Iraq was the region's dominant military power and ambitious to become leader of the Arab world. Saddam's war-experienced army were known to have used biological and chemical weapons in the past, and when 260,000 troops and 2,000 tanks crossed into Kuwait they met with little resistance. And yet Iraq's defeat at the hands of the coalition forces was the most devastatingly efficient in military history. It was the first war fought over a resource: oil. The UK committed 43,000 troops to this new 'high tech' war, and suffered few casualties. Yet on the Iraqi side, uncounted thousands of soldiers were killed, many poorly trained conscripts. Returning coalition soldiers have since found themselves dogged by health problems, likely caused by the new technologies that proved so effective in battle. Iraqi power was diminished, but Saddam Hussein was allowed to remain in power, laying the scene for the protracted suffering of the Iraq invasion over a decade later. Hugh McManners' original interviews for Gulf War One provide a compelling picture and explode many myths of how this war was carried out, and why. From military planners and politicians to ordinary soldiers and Gulf War Syndrome sufferers, both those serving and those caught up in the war tell its history in their own words.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
If Your Parachute Doesn’t Open Please Bring It Back
Roger Payne
If Your Parachute Doesn’t Open Please Bring It Back
Author : Roger Payne
Pages : 805
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Description : A compilation of 514 new and specially selected humorous short stories from the author of 'More Sky Laughing' about the unbelievable antics of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT CHARITY REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER 1131977
In the Shadow of the Mountain
Fergus Smith
In the Shadow of the Mountain
Author : Fergus Smith
Publisher : Headsail Books
ISBN : 9780992687205
Pages : 324
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Into the Killing Zone
Sean Rayment
Into the Killing Zone
Author : Sean Rayment
ISBN : 9781845296933
Pages : 264
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Description : Leading commentator, Sean Rayment, has followed the conflict in Afghanistan from the first moment and tells the story of the rise and fall of the British effort in Afghanistan. The current conflict in Afghanistan is unlike any other war in the world. Since 2006 British soldiers have been living in impossible conditions, under the searing desert sun (on occasions reaching 50°C) and facing continual fire from elusive Taliban forces. With access to many members of the Parachute Regiment, the Royal Marines, and The Royal Anglian Regiment as well as the undercover operations of special forces, Sean Rayment recounts the lives and battles of the British forces at the centre of the most difficult conflict of our times. Included here is the dramatic two-week siege of Sangin in August 2006, in which 120 members of the Parachute regiment stood against an unseen desert force: in the turmoil, under heavy fire, Corporal Bryan Budd of the Paras headed off a Taliban assault and was killed; he won a posthumous VC. During the most dangerous periods solders were forced to sleep standing at their battle positions. Sean Rayment's dispatches from the campaign, also cover the battles of Musa Quala and Nawzad and form a compelling and gruelling account of what’s really been happening in a war that is often conducted beyond the lenses of the media. He reveals a riveting portrait of courage and endurance amongst the ordinary men and women of the modern British Army.
It Never Snows in September – the German View of Market – Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944
Robert J. Kershaw
It Never Snows in September – the German View of Market – Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944
Author : Robert J. Kershaw
Publisher : Ian Allan
ISBN : 9780711033221
Pages : 436
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Joanna, George, and Henry: A Pre-Raphaelite Tale of Art, Love and Friendship
Sue Bradbury
Joanna, George, and Henry: A Pre-Raphaelite Tale of Art, Love and Friendship
Author : Sue Bradbury
Publisher : Boydell Press
ISBN : 9781843836179
Pages : 376
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Description : Biography of three artists closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites whose letters give a vivid insight into the dramas of their personal life.
Author Details : Sue Bradbury taught in Spain for three years before joining The Folio Society in 1973. She became Editorial Director in 1984, a post she held for twenty-five years. Her own publications include translations of Three Tragedies by Federico Garcia Lorca, a novel, Midnight Madonna, set in the Spanish Civil War, and a four-volume history of the world in contemporary accounts - Eyewitness to History - with Robert Fox. She was awarded the OBE in 2010.
Jumping Beans
Edward Cartner
Jumping Beans
Author : Edward Cartner
Publisher : Woodfield Publishing
ISBN : 9781846831324
Pages : 144
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Le ciel sans pâlir
Patrick Champenois
Le ciel sans pâlir
Author : Patrick Champenois
Publisher : Xenia Editions
ISBN : 9782888921974
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Marooned
Jackie Smith
Marooned
Author : Jackie Smith
ISBN : 9780995750210
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Modest Mountaineering
John Muston
Modest Mountaineering
Author : John Muston
Description : MODEST MOUNTAINEERING is possibly the most idiosyncratic mountaineering book you will ever read. It comprises 34 vignettes, mainly on mountaineering topics, but with excursions into expedition rationing, Christian belief and pithy quotations. Geographically the mountaineering episodes extend from the modest hills of Wales to Everest via the Arctic, two volcanoes, via ferratas and even a safari in Botswana. MODEST MOUNTAINEERING does not set out to be an autobiography nor is it a tale of fearsome episodes on frozen North Faces. Rather it is a few recollections of someone who has enjoyed the mountains for the past 60 years in sun and snow, rain and wind and with many good companions to help him on his way. It is, perhaps, a book to be dipped into rather than read at one sitting like a thriller. Order from the author at j.muston@btinternet.com
Never Surrender: Lost Voices of a Generation at War
Robert J. Kershaw
Never Surrender: Lost Voices of a Generation at War
Author : Robert J. Kershaw
ISBN : 9780340962039
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Description : In Never Surrender Robert Kershaw captures the authentic voices of the ordinary heroes of the Second World War, from the soldiers fighting abroad to those battling on the home front, and creates an extraordinary portrait of a generation fighting for survival. Beginning with first-hand accounts of the reaction to Chamberlain's declaration of war in 1939, Kershaw portrays the many aspects of war through the words of those who were there, from the sailors of the little ships of Dunkirk to German soldiers preparing for Operation 'Sea Lion'. He takes us from the nightly horrors of the Blitz to battles in the limitless desert of North Africa, and from jungle war in Burma to Lancaster bombers over Germany and the beaches of Normandy. Featuring new interviews with veterans and civilians from Britain, the Commonwealth and Germany as well as diaries, letters, and first-hand accounts, this is a testimony to the remarkable men and women who lived through the Second World War - whose refusal to surrender changed them, and Britain, forever.
Author Details : Robert Kershaw, who until recently held a senior position within NATO, joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973 and has served actively in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the first Gulf War, for which he was awarded the US Bronze Star. He has written four books of military history and has contributed to The Times, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph.
No Way Out: The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege
Adam Jowett
No Way Out: The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege
Author : Adam Jowett
Publisher : Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
ISBN : 9781509864706
Pages : 320
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Notes From a Small Military
Major-General Chip Chapman
Notes From a Small Military
Author : Major-General Chip Chapman
Publisher : John Blake
ISBN : 9781782199106
Pages : 288
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Description : Stumbling from a university anarchist meeting into a career in the army, Chip Chapman is aware of how consciously incompetent he is. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst confirms his worst fears. He is eventually let loose on 6 Platoon of 2 PARA and, via the Falklands War, manages to elevate himself to a position of conscious competence and save his career. Snapshots on all aspects of military life, and government decision making, show the military at work and play. This hilarious, touching, informative and thought-provoking insight into a generation of soldiering in the late 20th century and beyond is set against the drumbeat of the social, cultural, legal and educational rhythms of the age, and the change from the certainties of the Cold War to the nihilism of 9/11. Chip Chapman eventually manages to somehow climb the greasy pole to become a General. With echoes of David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon, Lesley Thomas' Virgin Soldiers and the travelogues of Bill Bryson, Chapman captures the rawness, spirit and fortitude of the soldier and soldiering in both peace and war.
Author Details : Since September 2010, Major-General Chapman has been the Senior British Military Advisor to US Central Command.
Outdoor Survival Guide
Hugh McManners
Outdoor Survival Guide
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : DK
ISBN : 9781405319980
Pages : 192
Author Image : 1068
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Description : Get back to basics with this practical guide to mastering survival skills from the man who's done it all, Hugh McManners. Be ready for the great outdoors: find out the basics from what equipment to pack to how to stay warm and dry in the elements, to where you'll find water and food. Learn to survive in adverse conditions: easy-to-follow techniques from testing plants for poison to making your own compass to splinting a broken arm and surviving in a blizzard. All you need to answer the call of the wild with confidence. Withupdated text and illustrations, this is a practical guide to masteringoutdoor skills and staying alive in challenging environments, the Outdoor Survival Guide enables everyone - expert and novice alike - to answer the call of the wild with confidence.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Pilgrim Days – From the Vietnam War to Troop Commander, 22 Special Air Service Regiment
Alistair MacKenzie
Pilgrim Days – From the Vietnam War to Troop Commander, 22 Special Air Service Regiment
Author : Alistair MacKenzie
ISBN : 9781911096658
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Soldier: The Autobiography
Mike Jackson
Soldier: The Autobiography
Author : Mike Jackson
Publisher : Corgi
ISBN : 9780552156028
Pages : 464
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Description : General Sir Mike Jackson's illustrious career in the British Army has spanned almost 45 years and all that time he has shown loyalty, courage and commitment to the British army whilst also being an undeniable media attraction. A man of substance where foreign policy is concerned, he has served in theatres from the Artic to the jungle but is perhaps best known for his role in charge of the British troops to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, for assembling the British ground component of the coalition that toppled the Taliban, for equipping and organising the army we dispatched to defeat in Iraq and for re-organising the British army with aplomb. His drive, enthusiasm and dominating personality were always popular with his soldiers and drove him right to the top of his profession. He may have been a general but he never stopped caring about the men and women in his charge, despite the politics. Soldier: The Autobiography exhibits all the qualities for which Jackson is admired; his professionalism, his honesty, his directness, his exuberance and his sense of humour. Most of all it gives a vivid sense of what modern soldiering entails.
Author Details : General Sir Mike Jackson's illustrious career in the British Army has spanned almost 45 years and all that time he has shown loyalty, courage and commitment to the British army whilst also being an undeniable media attraction. A man of substance where foreign policy is concerned, he has served in theatres from the Artic to the jungle but is perhaps best known for his role in charge of the British troops to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, for assembling the British ground component of the coalition that toppled the Taliban, for equipping and organising the army we dispatched to defeat in Iraq and for re-organising the British army with aplomb.His drive, enthusiasm and dominating personality were always popular with his soldiers and drove him right to the top of his profession. He may have been a general but he never stopped caring about the men and women in his charge, despite the politics. "Soldier: The Autobiography" exhibits all the qualities for which Jackson is admired; his professionalism, his honesty, his directness, his exuberance and his sense of humour. Most of all it gives a vivid sense of what modern soldiering entails.
Special Force: The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)
Alastair MacKenzie
Special Force: The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)
Author : Alastair MacKenzie
Publisher : IB Tauris
ISBN : 9781848850712
Pages : 369
Author Image : 1056
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Description : The exploits of the British Army's elite 22nd Special Air Service Regiment - the regiment of the SAS that forms part of the Regular army - are shrouded in mystery and myths abound about its members. But what is the truth behind the public façade of clinical professionalism? How has such a small regiment attracted so many weighty legends? And what is the purpose of the SAS in the 21st century? Special Force provides an original and unusually critical overview of the activities of the SAS from the Malayan Emergency of 1950 to the present day. In the context of a detailed and often controversial analysis of the post-war activities of the Regiment, MacKenzie establishes that the Regiment's almost legendary professional competence is often not backed up by reality. Far from being part of a structured deployment of strategic military assets, MacKenzie argues that the use of the SAS in recent years has been primarily driven by the 'entrepreneurial' actions of a few SAS commanding officers. Special Force not only offers a revelatory history of the SAS in the modern period, it is also a disturbing exposé of the truth behind the myth. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the British military - past, present and future.
Author Details : Alastair MacKenzie comes from a military family of long standing and he served as an officer with the New Zealand infantry in South Vietnam and in the special forces of South Africa, Oman and the UK, where for four years he was troop commander in the 22nd Special Air Services Regiment. After his retirement as a full-time Army officer he enjoyed a successful commercial career with Royal Ordnance and British Aerospace before setting up his own consultancy firm. In civilian life he retained an involvement with the Territorial Army as an SAS officer and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. He obtained his PhD in Politics in 2005 and is the author of a number of articles for military journals.
Tales from the Special Forces Club
Sean Rayment
Tales from the Special Forces Club
Author : Sean Rayment
Publisher : Collins
ISBN : 9780007452552
Pages : 329
Description : Stories of real-life bravery and courage-under-fire contribute to a unique and poignant record of a club created for heroes. There are just a handful of men and women alive today who served and fought with the Special Forces during the Second World War. They are a dwindling bunch of veterans in their twilight years whose tales of heroism and daring-do will soon be lost in time forever – yet they still regularly get together in a gentleman’s club, right in the heart of London – The Special Forces Club. In ten separate and astonishing accounts of ingenuity and heroism, former Sunday Telegraph defence correspondent Sean Rayment visits this unique group of people, and through their vivid memories, transports the reader back in time to the dark days of the Second World War when Britain was again fighting on multiple fronts across the globe.
Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander’s War 1944-45
David Render with Stuart Tootal
Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander’s War 1944-45
Author : David Render with Stuart Tootal
Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN : 9781474603263
Pages : 320
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Description : A gripping account of the Second World War, from the perspective of a young tank commander. In 1944 the average life expectancy of a newly commissioned tank troop officer in Normandy was estimated as being less than two weeks. David Render was a nineteen-year-old second lieutenant fresh from Sandhurst when he was sent to France to join a veteran armoured unit that had already spent years fighting with the Desert Rats in North Africa. Joining the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry five days after the D-Day landings, the combat-hardened men he was sent to command did not expect him to last long. However, in the following weeks of ferocious fighting in Normandy, in which more than 90 per cent of his fellow tank commanders became casualties, his ability to emerge unscathed from countless combat engagements defied expectations and earned him his squadron's nickname of the 'Inevitable Mr Render'. In Tank Action David Render tells his remarkable story, spanning every major episode of the last year of the Second World War in Western Europe, from the invasion of Normandy to the fall of Germany. Ultimately it is a story of survival, comradeship and the ability to stand up and be counted as a leader in combat.
The Army & Navy Club 1837 – 2008
Anthony Keith Dixon
The Army & Navy Club 1837 – 2008
Author : Anthony Keith Dixon
Publisher : Army & Navy Club
ISBN : 9780956207609
Pages : 300
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Description : It is not a catologue of facts and figures. It is a story of the people and events that have shaped the way in which the club was founded and developed over the past 171 yrs. It is written against the background of the rise and fall of an Empire, two world wars and a host of so called minor wars besides, and of significant political, economic and social change. It reveals something of the way in which the Club has been managed over the years, the successes and failures and the high drama of certain events.
The Backpacker’s Handbook
Hugh Mcmanners
The Backpacker’s Handbook
Author : Hugh Mcmanners
Publisher : Dorling Kindersley
ISBN : 9780751301601
Description : Getting away from it all is becoming increasingly popular with many people spending most of their free time visiting wild areas. But if you want to go backpacking how do you start? How do you sift through the numerous styles of equipment to find the right kit for your needs? And once you have decided on a trip where do you go? The Backpacker's Handbook contains the answers to these questions and many more. All the facts at your fingertips Beginning with planning and preparation The Backpacker's Handbook considers how to get yourself physically fit before a trip and what food and equipment you will need. Then follows information on travelling in various conditions - from the best way of walking to avoid injury to using maps and compasses and moving over difficult terrain. Also included is information on setting up a safe and environmentally friendly camp and on dealing with natural hazards such as extreme weather and dangerous animals. Highly illustrated approach Packed with hundreds of essential tips and fully illustrated in as easy-to-follow style The Backpacker's Handbook is an indispensable item of kit for anyone interested in experiencing the wilderness at first hand.
The British Infantry
The British Infantry
Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
The British Infantry
The British Infantry
Author : Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
Publisher : The London Press
ISBN : 978-1907313998
Pages : 592
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Description : Book Review by Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CB CBE, late A&SH Infantry Colonel Commandant 2013-Present: The infantry is “The Arm that wins battles,” to quote Field Marshal Earl Wavell. That assertion is as true today as it was in the 1930’s and it is therefore essential to read the first part of The British Infantry as Dr./Col. Philip (‘Tom’) Cobley brings to life a selection of the campaigns, operations, and battles in which British infantrymen have taken a pivotal role. The author also highlights the essential personal attributes required of an infantry soldier, which include leadership, initiative and tenacity, as well as the tactical and capability attributes required of an effective infantry Arm, as it develops through the ages. The author’s vivid accounts of infantry combat bring home the point that combat in the front-line is a challenging human dynamic. The challenge being to train infantry soldiers to strike a balance between discipline, based upon self-discipline, while preserving individual initiative and independence, which is so essential in winning wars. A second and more contemporary challenge is how to better prepare infantry soldiers for the dramatic range of emotional responses that a combat environment stimulates. As a result, in the second part of The British Infantry the author explores various initiatives, such as selection and screening, stress management training, combat simulation, and leadership, which he recommends as being the essential elements in lessening the effects of combat stress on individual infantry soldiers. In conclusion, I encapsulate the ethos of the British infantry as “having an unquenchable will to prevail – whatever the odds.” I consider that a combination of that ethos, when reinforced with individual and collective resilience, mental strength, combat focus, flexibility, adaptability, hardiness, battle-craft and tactical expertise, as being the elements that will create the steel core to an effective warfighting British Army. If this is true, and I believe that it is, then Dr./Col. Philip (‘Tom’) Cobley has added many reinforcing, challenging, and inspiring, perspectives for the present, and future generations of infantry soldiers to assimilate
The Commando Survival Manual
Hugh McManners
The Commando Survival Manual
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : DK
ISBN : 9780751300833
Pages : 192
Author Image : 1068
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Description : In this book former commando and special forces major Hugh McManners saw combat in the Falklands and has trained rigorously to overcome life-and-death situations. Now he shares his specialized knowledge and skills in this practical guide to staying alive outdoors under adverse conditions. Could you recognize signs of an approaching storm, put up a dry shelter, or - if you had to - prepare a meal of slugs? Would you know how to locate water, splint a broken leg or signal for help? With this unique book you\'ll learn all these outdoor skills and hundreds more.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
The Final Tally
Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
The Final Tally
Author : Dr/Col. Philip ('Tom') Cobley MBE late PARA
Publisher : The London Press
ISBN : 9781905006991
Pages : 369
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Description : The story of a modern centurion: Tom Cobley's excellent and comprehensive account of his 40 years of service has much to tell the reader. His service took him from Australia and the Pacific Islands, to Britain and Northern Ireland, to the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, and places in between. In different regiments of two armies, often alongside men from other armies, he served on operations in many theatres. He tells of service life, the training, comradeship and preparation for operations, his insights show what it is really like. He tells of command and staff work on operations. And above all we learn of Tom Cobley, the centurion himself. - General Sir Rupert Smith KCB, DSO*, OBE, QGM (DSACEUR 1998-2001) Although I have served with the Parachute Regiment for close to 40 years, I only got to know Colonel Tom Cobley later in his career. When he was in Afghanistan I was the UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), with operational responsibility for our forces there. Subsequently I saw him in Iraq, first as CJO and later as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), when visiting the NATO training mission. Finally, he worked in my EU strategic level Headquarters at Mons, whilst I had command of the EU operation in Bosnia. It is my experience that you find the best soldiers wherever there is an operation, the same faces always turn up where the action is. Tom is no exception and his account of his fascinating and varied career is well worth reading. - General Sir John Reith KCB, CBE (DSACEUR 2004-2007)
The Hated
Mick Cotton
The Hated
Author : Mick Cotton
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN : 9781466279254
Pages : 682
Description : Prepare yourself for a violent journey through the strife torn streets of Belfast in the early seventies where bombings, shootings and riots are everyday events. Then with a mercenary force to Africa bent on getting hidden loot whatever the cost. Sergeant Frank Britton is kicked out of the Paras for assaulting an officer who has caused the death of a soldier through incompetence. Paul Van Der Borgh goes on the run from the Army after murdering a civilian in Belfast. Paul is a sadistic psychopath who ends up in the central African state of Karuda. Through twisted cunning he sets off a chain of events to propel him to the very top of the Karudan Army. Frank Britton meanwhile is recruited by the mysterious Major Pern who wants a mercenary force to infiltrate Karuda and “liberate” a horde of hidden loot worth millions. Story telling at its very best from a man who spent over twenty years in the Paras serving all over the Globe including Belfast and Rhodesia / Zimbabwe and the Falklands War.
Author Details : Mick Cotton joined the Parachute Regiment in 1965 and immediately saw service in Aden, the Radfan and later did numerous operational tours in Northern Ireland where he was shot and wounded. A spell in Africa working with former guerrillas and mercenairies broadened his experience. Mick also took part in the Falklands War. He is married and lives abroad.
The Manner of Men: 9 PARA’s Heroic D-day Mission
Stuart Tootle DSO
The Manner of Men: 9 PARA’s Heroic D-day Mission
Author : Stuart Tootle DSO
Publisher : John Murray
ISBN : 9781848546790
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Description : In June 1944, an elite unit of British paratroopers was sent on a daring and highly risky behind-the-lines mission, which was deemed vital to the success of D-Day. Dropping ahead of the main Allied invasion, 9 PARA were tasked with destroying an impregnable German gun battery. If they failed, thousands of British troops landing on the beaches were expected to die. But their mission was flawed and started to go wrong from the moment they jumped from their aircraft above Normandy. Only twenty per cent of the unit made it to the objective and half of them were killed or wounded during the attack. Undermanned and lacking equipment and ammunition, the survivors then held a critical part of the invasion beachhead. For six bloody days, they defended the Breville Ridge against vastly superior German forces and bore the brunt of Rommel's attempt to turn the left flank of the Allied invasion. The Manner of Men is an epic account of courage beyond the limits of human endurance, where paratroopers prevailed despite intelligence failures and higher command blunders, in what has been described as one of the most remarkable feat of arms of the British Army and the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.
The Para Fitness Guide (General Military)
Sam McGrath
The Para Fitness Guide (General Military)
Author : Sam McGrath
Publisher : Osprey Publishing
ISBN : 9781849085465
Pages : 192
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Description : Every year getting fit and losing weight is at the top of the list of resolutions but few of us manage to stick to any kind of fitness regime. What you need is a military instructor watching over your exercise programme, helping you out and encouraging you along the way. Unfortunately, we can't supply you with your own personal fitness expert, but this book is the next best thing! In The Para Fitness Guide, Major Sam McGrath of the legendary Parachute Regiment has collected together an inspirational series of exercises which are perfect for anyone. Sam offers advice on how to choose a gym, eat well, prepare for exercise, warm up and how to warm down to reduce the impact of all of those aches and pains. The book also sets out six challenges for readers to aim for as they follow this programme, including a 10-mile race and the grueling Fan Dance around the Brecon Beacons. Recession proof your fitness programme with our accompanying iPhone app; have Major Sam McGrath as your own personal, portable trainer on your mobile device! The updated app now features the Emperor Training programme, pushing your quest for fitness further with weight training. With our help you can be fighting fit in time for your summer hols!
Author Details : Sam McGrath was the youngest soldier to achieve the rank of major since the Second World War and has been running the selection course for the crack Parachute Regiment for the last three years. In his spare time he organises the Paras' 10 - a charity 10 mile race which anyone can enter as long as they are prepared to run in combat boots and carrying a rucksack. This year he also completed the Bob Graham Round for Help for Heroes - an endurance challenge climbing 42 peaks in the Lake District with a combined vertical ascent of 27,000ft over 72 miles - and all in 24 hours.
The Scars of War
Hugh McManners
The Scars of War
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN : 9780586211298
Pages : 448
Author Image : 1068
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Description : War is by far the most traumatic life event that any human can experience - a damaging combination of danger, uncertainty and horror. Yet little has been written about the actual experiences of combat - what the modern battlefield is really like and how professional soldiers, sailors and airmen, prepare to cope with carnage. This book compares the ways in which the British Army, the US Army and the Israeli Defence Force motivate their peacetime soldiery and train their special forces, as well as showing the power and range of modern weapons and the ability of technology to eliminate darkness so that fighting can take place around the clock.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Three Days in June: Battle for Mount Longdon
James O'Connell
Three Days in June: Battle for Mount Longdon
Author : James O'Connell
ISBN : 9780992631611
Pages : 380
Author Image : 1095
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Description : This book is an account of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment during the last three days of the Falklands war, it has been put together with the goodwill of the members of 3 Para and their attachments. When I asked Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike KCB, DSO, MBE if he would do a read through, to make sure he had no objections to the content and if he would be kind enough to write the foreword, this was his reply, it sums up what the book is all about.
Author Details : Hi, I hope you enjoy my book Three days in June, it was written over three years, I travelled around the UK and went back to the Falklands several times with veterans of the battle to do walk through talk through, to get a more accurate account of movement, also of great help were the Argentine veterans Lt Dachary (Argentine Heavy Machine Gun Commander) Cpl Colemil (Commander of HMG's number 4/5/6.) also Cpl Pedemonte of 2 Platoon 7th Infantry Regiment, these men helped with the location of gun positions and I would like to thank them all, If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, at phelmets@aol.co.uk For paperback version search 'Three Days in June' on Ebay bye for now Jimmy O'Connell
Three Decades of Duty: The Comedy
Gordon Muirhead
Three Decades of Duty: The Comedy
Author : Gordon Muirhead
Publisher : Vanguard Press
ISBN : 9781784650339
Pages : 323
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Description : Utrinque paratus. Ready for anything. The motto of the famed Parachute Regiment (The Paras) covers war and peace, work and play and all to the highest and most exhilarating standards. And "anything" and everything is certainly covered in this book where the reader is taken, by some thought-provoking and often hilarious anecdotes, through training, life in the barracks, exercises, on operations, off duty, and facing the ultimate sacrifice. If you thought you knew The Paras... think again!
Top Guns
Hugh McManners
Top Guns
Author : Hugh McManners
Publisher : BBC
ISBN : 9780563387077
Pages : 224
Author Image : 1068
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Description : Aiming to provide a balanced view of the issues facing a modern air force, this study of the RAF takes readers behind the air displays and Royal Tournament performances, the uniforms and the war heroes, to examine the dedication and rigorous training that goes into creating a fighter pilot. Among the other topics considered are how today's pilots differ from their World War I and World War II counterparts, technology and its influence on the modern plane, and the effectiveness of the latest fighter planes. The author served with the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery for 13 years, fought in the Falklands War with the Special Boat Squadron, has also been a paratrooper, and ran the British Army jungle-warfare training school in Belize.
Author Details : Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at www.hughmcmanners.com
Utility of Force: The Art Of War In The Modern World
Rupert Smith
Utility of Force: The Art Of War In The Modern World
Author : Rupert Smith
Publisher : Penguin UK
ISBN : 9780141020440
Pages : 320
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Description : Why do we try to use military force to solve our political problems? And why, when our forces win the military battles does this still fail to solve those problems? It is because the force lacks utility. From Iraq to the Balkans, and from Afghanistan to Chechneya, over the past fifteen years there has been a steady stream of military interventions that have not delivered on their promise for peace, or even political resolution. The Utility of Force explains this anomaly at the heart of our current international system.
Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance
Levison Wood
Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance
Author : Levison Wood
Publisher : HODDER & STOUGHTON
ISBN : 9781473626263
Pages : 291
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Walking the Nile
Levison Wood
Walking the Nile
Author : Levison Wood
Publisher : Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN : 9781471135651
Pages : 352
Description : A major Channel 4 series and a Sunday Times bestseller His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He will cross seven, very different countries. No one has ever made this journey on foot. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting Levison Wood's walk along the length of the Nile, he will uncover the history of the Nile, yet through the people he meets and who will help him with his journey, he will come face to face with the great story of a modern Africa emerging out of the past. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense. The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history...
War and Peace in the Balkans: The Diplomacy of Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
Ian Oliver
War and Peace in the Balkans: The Diplomacy of Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
Author : Ian Oliver
Publisher : IB Tauris
ISBN : 9781850438892
Pages : 256
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Description : The hostilities that saw the break-up of Tito's Yugoslavia ravaged the Balkans and generated some of the most tragic episodes in modern history. War and Peace in the Balkans explores the history of the conflict and its themes from an insider's perspective. In this independent and critical account, Ian Oliver uses his extensive experience in the region to evaluate the role of the international community in its responses to the war and the efforts to rebuild.
Author Details : Ian Oliver worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Union and for Bosnia's first 'High Representative' in the Former Yugoslavia during the Balkan wars of secession. He has since returned to help supervise the national and presidential elections there in 2000.
Whither the Fates Call: A Personal Account of National Service in the British Army 1950-1952
Keith Taylor
Whither the Fates Call: A Personal Account of National Service in the British Army 1950-1952
Author : Keith Taylor
ISBN : 9780955452819
Pages : 420
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Description : This is a true adventure story which in today s parlance might be described as a 2 year gap year. From the day he entered the Guards Depot at Caterham, Surrey, to the day he disembarked from the troopship Empire Pride in Liverpool from the Far East, the author wrote 208 letters home. These letters, meticulously kept in chronological order, together with numerous photographs, provide a unique record of one person s National Service experience in The British Army. This beautifully produced hardback of 400 pages is a fascinating story. Ranging from boredom to under-fire action in the Korean War as a junior infantry Officer, the letters include vivid descriptions of arduous training at battlecamps as far from each other as Dartmoor in Devon to Hara Mura in Japan, smuggler hunting on the Hong Kong/Chinese border, rowdy Officers Mess nights, leave in Ceylon (Sri Landa) via the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean, an aircraft crash-landing in Manila and learning to manage men under stressful conditions. The author recalls his experiences with a discerning eye, a sense of humour and a great respect for British National Servicemen to whom, along with his family, this book is dedicated. The Forewords to the book are by General Sir Geoffrey Howlett, KBE, MC, Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Lee, Taw Sik and David Smurthwaite, Assistant Director, National Army Museum, London.
Author Details : Keith was educated at Uppingham School in the United Kingdom and subsequently won a Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Traveling Scholarship to the United States. He spent 25 years in the manufacturing industry and 20 years as a management consultant which led to numerous assignments in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. He retired (a complete misnomer) in 2004. Keith has maintained his lifelong interest in sacred choral music and in addition to singing in the Hong Kong cathedral choir during his National Service he sang in the Westminster Abbey Special Choir for 15 years and is currently a member of two choirs in Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts. He is a keen participant in field sports (in the UK, France, Spain and Mongolia) and spends as much time as he can in the countryside and wide open spaces. Since his two years National Service (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) and three years Territorial Army (TA) (the Parachute Regiment), he has maintained his army links. He is a Patron of the British Korean Veterans Association, trustee of the Society of Friends of the National Army Museum and founded the Eaton Hall OCS reunion dinner in 1983. He has recently been appointed Chairman of the newly formed British Army Benevolent Fund America, part of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) of the UK. He lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.
With the Paras in Helmand: A Photographic Diary
Craig Allen
With the Paras in Helmand: A Photographic Diary
Author : Craig Allen
Publisher : Pen and Sword
ISBN : 9781848843004
Pages : 304
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Description : With the Paras in Helmand is an account of the 2008 tour and a percentage of each book sold will go towards the Afghan Trust
Author Details : Craig Allen, a Paratrooper for 29 years, returned to 2 PARA as a reservist and unofficial photographer for the Battlegroup’s dramatic 2008 Tour in Helmand. As both a respected soldier and photographer he had unrivaled access to the fighting and moved from area to area following the action. Every evening he wrote up his experiences and those of the men he was with, whose trust he had as ‘a member of the club’. He had a ringside seat to a very costly summer tour, with the Taliban proving themselves worthy enemies to even the most elite British Army soldiers.