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General History

Contemporary illustrations are an important way of understanding and experiencing the past.

Our images of war series and other heavily illustrated titles are unique collections of photographs taken from wartime archives of official photographers or from soldiers who often illegally took a camera to war with them. These collections of photos are often seen for the first time through our titles and offer a unique perspective of the conflicts from which they originated.








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Underground Structures of the Cold War

Books on the history of fortifications are plentiful. Medieval castles, the defensive systems of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the trenches and bunkers of the First World War, the great citadels of the Second World War – all these have been described in depth. But the fortifications of the Cold War – the hidden forts of… Read more...

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Giants of the Seas

The cruise ship market is a 30 billion-dollar industry, and in 2013 it is estimated that it will carry more than 20 million passengers; nor is there any sign of a slow down in the seven percent annual growth. What keeps the passengers coming in such huge numbers isn't the food, the ports or the entertainment. They come for the magnificent floating… Read more...

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Armoured Warfare in the Italian Campaign 1943-1945

The Second World War campaigns in North Africa, on the Eastern Front and in northwest Europe were dominated by armoured warfare, but the battles in Italy were not. The mountainous topography of the Italian peninsula ensured that it was foremost an infantry war, so it could be said that tanks played a supporting role. Yet, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates,… Read more...

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Hitler's Boy Soldiers

Founded in 1922, the Hitler Youth movement, or Hitlerjugend, was comprised of male youths aged 14 – 18 and, by December 1936, membership stood at over 5,000,000. During the Second World War its role evolved from assisting with the postal, train and fire services into full war fighting. Recruits went into units such as the elite 12th SS Panzer-Division… Read more...

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Korea - The Ground War from Both Sides

The Korean War opened with the invasion of South Korea by the North Koreans in June 1950. This superbly illustrated book traces the wildly fluctuating fortunes of both sides during three years of intense combat. The South Koreans were initially saved from defeat by the arrival of the American and UN forces under General MacArthur but the success of… Read more...

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Foraging

Forager and naturalist Paul Chambers explores the coast, fields, streets and gardens to reveal over a hundred of Britain's most exciting edible plants, flowers and seaweeds. This must buy pocket guide uniquely blends the practical skills of foraging with the best elements of natural history writing. As well as recipes, identification tips and collecting… Read more...

Walking The London Blitz

This is a fascinating and highly informative guidebook to the Capital which will be invaluable to those who wish to understand what Londoners went through during the Second World War. By means of five easily manageable walks, the reader is transported back to those dark days of devastating destruction. Using rich anecdotes and first-hand accounts the… Read more...

Swords and Swordsmen

This magnificent book tells the story of the evolution of swords, how they were made, how they were used, and the people that used them. It doesn't claim to give comprehensive coverage but instead takes certain surviving examples as landmarks on a fascinating journey through the history of swords. Each is selected because it can be linked to a specific… Read more...