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Guest Post: James Goulty

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The Second World War Through Soldier’s Eyes: British Army Life 1939-1945

In 2016 Pen and Sword published my book: The Second World War Through Soldier’s Eyes. They will kindly be re-publishing it in paperback during May 2020, which will coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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Author Video: Bernard Wilkin – How did one become a French soldier in the Napoleonic army?

Today on the blog we have a new video from Pen and Sword author Bernard Wilkin. Bernard works as a historian at the State Archives of Belgium and specialises in the history of the French army and the French people at war. In this video, Bernard explain how young men were conscripted in Napoleon’s army between 1798 and 1814. Enjoy!

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Meet the author: Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS

Driven by his passion to research and share the stories of casualties, and record the human experience of war, Dilip Sarkar MBE is a best-selling author whose work is highly regarded globally. In this Q&A Dilip, tells us more about his upcoming books! 

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75th Anniversary of VE Day

Seventy-five years ago, the formal announcement of the end of the Second World War in Europe on 8 May 1945 was one of the major milestones of the twentieth century and it is entirely appropriate that it should be widely marked. The Allies’ victory over Hitler’s fanatical fascism that had wreaked such havoc in Europe and beyond had never been inevitable. In summer 1940 when Britain and the Empire stood effectively alone, with the all-conquering German forces just across the narrow Channel, our Nation’s future was grim.

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Author Guest Post: Michael Pearson – The Ohio & Malta


George Cross Island

Sleeping or waking Malta is always in my thoughts’, so said Admiral Lord Nelson during the Napoleonic Wars. With the rise of the Nazis in 1930’s Germany, and the increasing prospect that Europe would again plummet into war, Malta was once more destined to become vital to Allied interests.

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Guest Post: Nigel Walpole – A Virtual War

We felt at peace with the world on that quiet Sunday in February 1978 at RAF Brüggen, our biggest strike/attack base in North Germany; there was no sign of life in the four corners of the airfield, each with a squadron of 15 Jaguar fighter-bombers, hidden in their Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS). Rows of Bloodhound surface-to-air missiles (SAM) pointed silently but menacingly to the east, but little could be seen of our mobile Rapier SAM squadron in their compound to the west, nor the squadron of Royal Engineers which cared for our infrastructure.

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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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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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On this day 1915 – The start of the Armenian Genocide

The 24th April 1915 marks the start of the Armenian Genocide, where over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.

Armenian Genocide is a new, gripping short history that tells the story of a forgotten genocide: the men and women who died, the few who survived, and the diplomats who tried to intervene. We currently have the eBook edition available to purchase for only 99p.

Here’s an exclusive look at the introduction.

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The Human Tragedy of the Bridge Too Far 75th Anniversary lecture by Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS

In this lecture, author Dilip Sarkar relates some of the deeply moving stories of casualties included in his book ‘Arnhem 1944: The Human Tragedy of the Bridge Too Far‘. In the audience are relatives of the Fallen, Sophie Lambrechtsen-ter Horst, daughter of Kate, the ‘Angel of Arnhem’, ‘Flower Children’ Willi Rieken, Ans van Wijke-Hobe and Wim van Zanten, and Arnhem expert Dr Robert Voskuil. The evening was hosted by Sarah Heijse, Director of the Airborne Museum.

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