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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 rare and vivid account of life on the Battlefields of the Great War.

Scale Military Modeller Magazine

As seen in the Surrey Advertiser.

Surrey Advertiser

As featured in the Independent on Sunday.

Independent on Sunday

Offers a unique look at a gunner's experience during the Great War.

Jersey Evening Post

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