Military History Books

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.



The book reads well and is written in an easy to read style. I admit to generally reading books in bite-sized chunks but this one I became engrossed in and could not put it down. The narrative is very personal and absorbing as it details many of the escape attempts by people on board various ships, boats and rafts. Some of the stories are harrowing, but this is due to the honesty of the author in his writing.

British Military History

The name of Major John Howard is synonymous with the assault on Pegasus Bridge during the first minutes of the D-Day landings, and while many books have attempted to describe this most famous of actions, there can surely be no substitute for the words of the man who trained, planned and led the attack. The Pegasus Diaries is an extremely detailed and personal memoir of a man who was commissioned from the ranks into the 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and it follows his career from taking command of "D" Company in 1942 to the end of the war, including the intense training leading up to D-Day and his account of all that took place on the 6th June 1944. It continues to describe his part in the remainder of the Normandy campaign, and also the tragic end to his career when he was badly injured in a road accident and, despite his best efforts to recover and return to the Airborne, ultimately invalided out of the Army.

Pegasus Archive

A workman-like biography, describing the life and unusual naval career of a very professional and unquestionably brave naval officer.

Navy Today (New Zealand)

‘A solid history of Germany’s paratrooper force in World War II . . . well-illustrated with photos provided to the author by Witzig and his family.’

World at War magazine

'It is a joy to read'

Military Illustrated, Gary Sheffield