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Author Guest Post: Bryn Evans

So I wanna be a paperback writer’

When the Beatles released ‘Paperback Writer’ in May 1966, another No 1 chart hit for the ‘Fab Four’, teenager Bryn Evans wondered if he could become a writer. The Beatles’ hit song would stay with him, and over the years it symbolised a tantalising goal, to be a paperback writer.

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Guest Post: Dilip Sarkar MBE – Johnnie Johnson: The Spitfire Ace of Aces…

Air Vice-Marshal James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, a policeman’s son from Leicestershire, was the ultimate Boys’ Own Paper character: the RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot and wing leader par excellence of the Second World War.

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Leading the Roman Army

Leading the Roman Army

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we’re offering some of our latest eBook releases to download at the special price of only £3.33 each. Today’s daily spotlight eBook is a Pen & Sword Military title by Dr Jonathan Eaton: Leading the Roman Army – Soldiers and Emperors, 31 BC – 235 AD. Read on to find out more…

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Some Desperate Glory

‘Some Desperate Glory’ by Edwin Campion Vaughan

As the anniversary period for the Third Battle of Ypres begins, Bookbub have featured eBook editions of Some Desperate Glory – The Diary of a Young Officer, 1917 by Edwin Campion Vaughan in their daily special offer email. We’ve compiled a few details and reviews of the book, currently only 99p for eBook download, to let you know why this book is a Great War ‘must read’.

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Video: RAF On the Offensive

Pen and Sword author Greg Baughen has created the following video to promote his title RAF on the Offensive. Enjoy!

You can order a copy here.

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Audiobook Teaser!

We’re very excited to share a teaser of our new audiobook for ‘Enemy Coast Ahead’. You can purchase the full audiobook here.

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Author Guest Post: Martin R. Howard

Sometimes Bliss and Sometimes Woe…

The Sepoys of Britain’s Indian Army 17981805

The British Indian Army which conquered much of India under the command of George Harris, Gerard Lake and Arthur Wellesley (the later Duke of Wellington) in the years 17981805 was an unlikely mix of men. It was an amalgam of the local East India Company (EIC) Presidency armies and of King’s regiments sent out to the continent from home. Native troops (sepoys) always made up the great majority of the Indian Army. There was no prospect of attracting sufficient European troops to fulfil Britain’s expansionist policies and to protect the EIC’s interests. It was these sepoys who fought against their countrymen – the Mysoreans and the Marathas in dramatic pitched battles such as Assaye, Delhi and Laswari, and epic sieges such as Seringapatam, Gawilghur and Bhurtpore.

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Pen & Sword and Greenhill Publishing Author Dr Simon Elliott on Appearing in Channel 5’s Walking Britain’s Roman Roads.

One of the real pleasures being a professional archaeologist and historian is having the chance to appear in television programmes as a presenter or expert. This is a fantastic medium to work in given its enormous reach, with viewers able to access programming today through the widest variety of platforms. This can range from the family watching the television in the corner of the living room, to an individual on the other side of the world viewing streamed programming on the latest electronic device.

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Guest Post: Stephen Wynn

Mystery of Missing Flight F-BELV

The writing and completion of this book was a long time in the making, forty-three years to be exact.

My late mother first told me about the death of her half-brother, James Sylvester Byrne, in 1976, whilst he was serving as a Canadian soldier during the Vietnam war. I was 18 years of age at the time. I had found the story very compelling, even more so as I had seriously considered joining the Army at that time, so anything to do with the military, I found extremely interesting. The fact that in this case the person in question was related to me gave the story an extra edge.

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Author Guest Post: Nigel Walpole


My wife held up the barbed wire for me to crawl under and into the once highly secret Warsaw Pact airfield at Zerbst, in East Germany, which in the Cold War had thundered to the sound of Russian fighter-bombers, and so was a target of interest to me as a NATO fast-jet pilot. Now a sinister silence pervaded the deserted guard posts, crumbling runways and rusting hangars; it was 1998, and the Cold War was over.

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