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All Frontline Books


Frontline Books is a military history imprint of Pen & Sword Books.

Publishing a very wide range of military history topics and periods, from Ancient Greece and Rome to the present day. The common factor is well-researched, well-presented quality military history.

Frontline books are regularly reviewed in national newspapers and magazines, as well as specialist journals and websites. The main markets for our books are Britain and the United States, plus Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Europe, and many, many other countries.








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Born of the Desert

Born of the Desert is a classic account of the early years of the SAS. The Special Air Service was formed in 1941 and quickly earned a reputation for stealth, daring and audacity in the Western Desert Campaign. This elite force utilised the endless expanse of the desert to carry out surprise attacks and hit and run raids behind the Afrika Korps' lines,… Read more...

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Blood and Steel

Ordered by Hitler 'to hold, or to die' and to fight 'to the last grenade and round', the German army was a formidable opponent during the 1944 Normandy campaign. This book depicts the experience of that army in Normandy through its own records and documentation. Blood and Steel, The Wehrmacht Archive : Normandy 1944 is an informative and colourful… Read more...

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Mud and Bodies

Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary and letters among some packing trunks he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for much of the First World War. A captain and company commander at the tender… Read more...

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Uniforms of the German Soldier

This book traces the evolution of the German Army uniform from 1870 to the present day, using nearly 800 photographs to offer the reader an unparalleled analysis. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, explaining interesting aspects of the soldier's uniform, insignia and equipment. It begins with the German Empire at its height, with the… Read more...

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Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1814

Russia played a decisive role in the Napoleonic wars and the success in the struggle against France allowed Russian leaders to profoundly influence the course of European history. Over the last 200 years, the Napoleonic era has been discussed and analysed in numerous studies, but many fail to fully portray the Russian side of events due to the relative… Read more...

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Sparta At War

The rulers of the city-state of Sparta in Ancient Greece were supposedly descended from the legendary hero Heracles, who tackled opponents vastly superior in strength and remained undefeated. Heracles' feats were echoed in the victories of Sparta and its Peloponnesian League over the mighty Persian and Athenian empires during the 5th century BC. The… Read more...

Gordon Welchman

'A magnificent biography which finally provides recognition to one of Bletchley's and Britain's lost heroes.' Michael Smith The Official Secrets Act and the passing of time have prevented the Bletchley Park story from being told by many of its key participants. Here at last is a book which allows some of them to speak for the first time. Gordon Welchman… Read more...

Mud and Bodies

Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary and letters among some packing trunks he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for much of the First World War. A captain and company commander at the tender… Read more...

Twelve Days on the Somme

A joint operation between Britain and France in 1916, the Battle of the Somme was an attempt to gain territory and dent Germany's military strength. By the end of the action, very little ground had been won: the Allied Forces had made just 12 km. For this slight gain, more than a million lives were lost. There were more than 400,000 British, 200,000… Read more...