General History

Memoirs & Military Biography

Pen and Sword have a strong tradition for publishing biographies, particularly first hand accounts. Autobiographies have always been a cornerstone of our publishing list and we have a rich history of important original accounts of key battles in history. First hand accounts always tell a unique story. We always learn something new about a battle no matter what role the author played. The key part was that they were an eyewitness to events and uniquely qualified to enhance our study of history.

We are immensely proud of this collection of Biographies which have taken many years to build up and now is broken down by conflict.

A graphic personal account... Vividly describing army life.


It is an extremely sensitively written book and represents one man's plea for future generations to learn from the mistakes of the past. Both informative and very moving.

Maldon Standard

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View From Bridport

A compelling [read] and extremely well-written.

Paul Nixon

This autobiography is a remarkably frank account of a remarkable career. Zhukov is never less than forthright about the difficult political and military realities faced by Russia during the 'Great Patriotic War'...This new version is the first full edition in English. It is edited by Prof Geoffrey Roberts of University College Cork, an internationally renowned expert on the Soviet Union during the second World War and the cold war. Alongside his well-researched introduction, Roberts has included translations of Zhukov's account of the 1953-7 period and previously unpublished interview material. This book is an important source on the conduct of the war on the Eastern Front. And, as an account of the career of one of the most influential generals and political survivors of the 20th century, 'Marshal of Victory' is fascinating. Given the renewed tensions between the Kremlin and the West, it is also a timely insight into the Russian military mindset.

Irish Times