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Sea Battles That Changed the World – Phil Carradice

Almost everyone knows about the great land battles of history – Hastings, Waterloo, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and so on. But strangely – and perhaps disconcertingly for a sea faring nation – not many British people know much about the important sea battles of history. They are battles that did literally change the world.

One of the earliest but most significant was the Battle of Salamis which took place in 480BC. Victory for the Athenian Navy prevented the Persian fleet of King Xerxes linking up with his formidable army – already victorious in the Pass of Thermopylae – to form an unbreakable force that would have conquered Greece and then marched on into Europe. If that had happened European history, culture and lifestyles would be very different from the way they appear today.

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The White Owl Books Craft Series

White Owl Books, a leading publisher for hobby enthusiasts are pleased to announce the
arrival of their new Craft series, covering a wide range of subjects from Crochet and Felt
Making, through to Quilting and Embroidery, for crafters of all abilities.

White Owl Books have teamed up with one of the industry’s leading content creation teams
to produce a beautiful series of books that any publisher would be proud to publish. The
team have previously produced content for one of the leading magazine’s in the craft trade.
Each concept for our series has been extensively evaluated and researched, before the books
themselves are meticulously designed.

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Knighthood for Capt Tom – 2020? Why not VCs for women – 1917?


First of all we would like to wish the newly promoted Colonel Tom Moore a very happy 100th birthday. We have loved following his incredible fundraising efforts!

Today we have another lecture from Vivien Newman, in which she explores some interesting similarities between the WW1 fundraisers and Colonel Tom Moore. We hope you enjoy!

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Marie Antoinette: Dauphins and Dentistry

We have an exciting guest post from Pen and Sword author and historian of Georgian royalty, Catherine Curzon. We hope you enjoy!

Marie Antoinette is an icon of tragic glamour, clad in silks and strutting in her stuff in towering wigs. But the road to the Bourbon throne was far from easy. If dental surgery brings you out in a cold sweat, you have been warned.

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Geoff Simpson – After 80 years a new member of The Few

Some commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain are being postponed or cancelled. However, the occasion has been marked in an unusual way with the announcement that a Spitfire pilot has been added to the official list of “the Few”.

The decision of the Air Historical Branch (RAF), based at RAF Northolt, concerned Sergeant James Eric William Ballard, London born, who had joined No 610 (County of Chester) Squadron at Acklington, Northumberland on October 6 1940. The squadron’s operations record book was not well kept and showed no operational flight by “Bill” Ballard up to October 31, the date on which the Battle of Britain is considered to have ended.

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Author Lecture: Vivien Newman – Corona Poets – Echoes of Great War

We have another fascinating lecture to share with you from Vivien Newman.

Over 100 years separate poetry written during the Great War and today’s coronavirus. So much in the world has changed, but not the things which really matter.


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Author Guest Post: John Grehan – The Doolittle Raid


The First Strike Against Japan, April 1942

Just over two years ago, in January 2018, I was stood on Runway Able at the former U.S. airbase of North Field on the tiny Pacific island of Tinian. Nearby are two deep pits – one for Fat Man and one for Little Boy – the two nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two B-29 Superfortresses, Enola Gay and Bockscar, that carried the bombs which brought the Second World War to a crushing conclusion, took off from Runway Able. Standing there was truly memorable.

The storey of the dropping of the atomic bombs is well known, of course. But when I began reading about the bombing of Japan prior to my visit to Tinian, I came across an event I had never heard of before – the Doolittle Raid.

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Author Guest Post: Jim Blake

Today we have a guest post from Pen and Sword author and transport photographer Jim Blake. Jim has written numerous titles for Pen and Sword which can be viewed here.

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Guest Post: Nigel Walpole – War in the Balkans

In that quiet corner of Germany on the Dutch border, the tranquil calm of Easter Sunday, 4 April 1999, was shattered by the roar of six RAF Tornados launching into the night. They were loaded with Paveway Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs) and Thermal Imaging Laser Designators (TIALDs), armed with Sidewinder Missiles and Mauser Cannon and equipped with a defensive suite of Boz chaff dispensers and Skyshadow Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods; they were bound for Serbian targets in Kosovo. This was Operation Engadine – and the risks were high.

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The Lancastria Tragedy

Today on the blog we have a guest post from author Stephen Wynn, whose new book The Lancastria Tragedy is available to preorder now.

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