Books by ABN Members

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

 

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With the Paras in Helmand: A Photographic Diary

With the Paras in Helmand: A Photographic Diary

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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

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Joanna, George and Henry: A Pre-Raphaelite Tale of Art, Love and Friendship

Joanna, George and Henry: A Pre-Raphaelite Tale of Art, Love and Friendship

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Biography of three artists closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites whose letters give a vivid insight into the dramas of their personal life.

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Jumping Beans

Jumping Beans

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In this informative book, Edward Cartner has gathered the reminiscences of former personnel of No.1 Parachute Training School RAF to create an informal history of what he has dubbed an ‘oddball’ RAF unit.

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Parachutes, Princes and Predicaments: Recollections of a Royal Occasion in Parachute Training

Parachutes, Princes and Predicaments: Recollections of a Royal Occasion in Parachute Training

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In April 1978 Edward Cartner was serving his fifth tour of duty as an officer at the Royal Air Force’s No.1 Parachute Training School* when it was announced that HRH the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his brother Prince Andrew would be attending to train as military parachutists.

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Le ciel sans pâlir

Le ciel sans pâlir

Patrick Champenois est entré dans l'armée avec l'unique ambition de devenir chef de section parachutiste. Ayant atteint son objectif, il nous fait partager ce qu'il a vécu en sautant à la tête d'une section, d'une compagnie, d'un régiment de parachutistes puis au commandement de l'Ecole des troupes aéroportées.

Dessinateur et aquarelliste, ses textes et ses images évoquent avec une simplicité empreinte de poésie la réalité vécue, de l'inconnu des premiers sauts aux exigences de la chute opérationnelle.

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Notes from a Small Military

Notes from a Small Military

Stumbling from a university anarchist meeting into a career in the army, Chip Chapman is aware of how consciously incompetent he is.

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Combat Command

Combat Command

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.

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The British Infantry
The Final Tally

The Final Tally

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.

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Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

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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.

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After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War

After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War

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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.

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The Hated

The Hated

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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.

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The Army & Navy Club 1837 – 2008

The Army & Navy Club 1837 – 2008

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.

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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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

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From Pit to Palace

From Pit to Palace

 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.

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Caribbean Wars Untold: A Salute to the British West Indies

Caribbean Wars Untold: A Salute to the British West Indies

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.

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Airborne Engineers -A History of 9 Independent Airborne/Parachute Squadron RE 1948-1984

Airborne Engineers -A History of 9 Independent Airborne/Parachute Squadron RE 1948-1984

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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........

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Go to It!: An Illustrated History of the 6th Airborne Division

Go to It!: An Illustrated History of the 6th Airborne Division

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.

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Dal Ati – Memoirs of a Persistent Optimist

Dal Ati – Memoirs of a Persistent Optimist

To buy: email John at: jjhhdalati@aol.com All proceeds to the Star & Garter Home

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Soldier: The Autobiography

Soldier: The Autobiography

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.

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No Way Out: The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege
A Street In Arnhem

A Street In Arnhem

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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.

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It Never Snows in September – the German View of Market – Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944

It Never Snows in September – the German View of Market – Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944

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The airborne landing at Arnhem was immortalizing in the film A Bridge to Far, but this is the first account making extensive use of German sources.

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Never Surrender: Lost Voices of a Generation at War

Never Surrender: Lost Voices of a Generation at War

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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.

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