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Introducing… Rare British Breeds

Say hello to Sophie McCallum who is going to introduce us to her brand new release Rare British Breeds.

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5 Fascinating Facts: Robert Dudley

Robert Stedall has written the interesting new book, Elizabeth I’s Secret Lover, which explores the life and influence of Robert Dudley.

Today on the blog Robert Stedall tells us 5 fascinating facts about Robert Dudley.


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Author Guest Post: James Goulty

Today we have a guest post from Pen and Sword author James Goulty, looking at the experiences  of soldiers during World War Two.

The Second World War Through Soldiers’ Eyes is due to be published in a paperback edition in May. It is currently available to order in hardback and digital editions here.

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The Titanic – Remembering the Crew and their Families

Today on the blog, Julie Cook tell us what inspired her to write her new book The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind.

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Video Sneak Peek: Operation Varsity

This video extract on Operation Varsity, which took place on the morning of 24 March 1945, is taken from the Pen and Sword/Battlefield History TV film on the Glider Pilot Regiment.


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Author talk: Vivien Newman – International Women at War 1914-1918

In August 1914 a mere 640 women had a clearly defined wartime role. Ignoring early War Office advice to ‘go home and sit still’, by 1918 hundreds of thousands of women from all corners of the world had lent their individual wills and collective strength to the Allied cause.

As well as becoming nurses, munitions workers, and members of the Land Army, women were also ambulance drivers and surgeons; they served with the Armed Forces; funded and managed their own hospitals within sight and sound of the guns. At least one British woman bore arms, and over a thousand women lost their lives as a direct result of their involvement with the war.

In this insightful talk, Pen and Sword author Vivien Newman explores the role of women in the First World War. 

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The Rhine Crossing: Operations Plunder and Varsity by Tim Saunders



23 March 1945

Tim Saunders

The optimism amongst the Western Allies following the defeat of the German armies in Normandy, was dissipated by the failure of Operation Market Garden and the bitter fighting on the borders of the Reich, all of which condemned Europe to another winter at war. In the new year having contained Hitler’s Ardennes offensive and reduced the resulting ‘Bulge’, the Allies concentrated on closing up to the Rhine. In the north, Second Canadian and Ninth US Armies fought through mud and floodwaters to clear the Rhineland’s woods, towns and villages. Their objective was to secure a firm grip on the banks of the, Rhine from where they could mount an assault crossing and envelope the engine of the German war machine, the Ruhr, thus bringing the war in Europe to a close within weeks.

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Viv Newman: The Children’s War Part 1

We have loads of exciting content planned on the Pen and Sword blog to keep you entertained whether you’re social distancing or just looking to learn more about history.

Today we have the first part of Viv Newman’s ‘fireside chat‘ which focuses on children in war.

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A note from Pen & Sword about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would like to reassure our customers and colleagues that during this challenging time in all our lives, we are doing our utmost to maintain business as usual and to deliver your orders in a timely fashion. As a company of book lovers, we know how important relaxing with a good book can be in providing a distraction and keeping us entertained through self isolation and social distancing. We have taken measures to protect the safety of our staff and will continue to do so as the situation develops.
Our sales staff are currently available via telephone on 01226 734222 (from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm on Friday) and our website is available to you 24/7. Many members of our team are now working remotely, but are still available to respond to queries by email.
Please be assured we are still working hard to fulfil orders as usual through our regular mail and courier services. Furthermore, thousands of our titles are now available as eBook editions which can be purchased with instant, contactless delivery to your digital library. You can find the full selection of ePub and Kindle editions under the eBooks tab on our website, or via your usual eBook provider. We are also working with our many expert authors to produce additional digital content, which we will be publishing on the P&S blog for you to enjoy from the safety of your living room.
As a small, independent publisher, we thank you for your support and we wish all of our customers and staff good health during this difficult period.
Charles Hewitt, Managing Director

Ask the author: Col Andrew Milburn

Andrew Milburn is a former Marine colonel who retired in March 2019 as the Chief of Staff of Special Operations Command Central. He has commanded Marine and Special Operations units in combat at every rank over the course of a 31year career, and is the author of “When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the fight against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War.

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