Most popular titles of 2015
The British Carrier Strike Fleet
British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II: Vol 2
The British Battleship
The Ship of the Line
ShipCraft 23: Rodney and Nelson
Born of the Desert
The Railway - British Track Since 1804
Second Ypres 1915
Men of the Battle of Britain
Painting Wargaming Figures
First Ypres 1914 and the Race to the Sea
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The British Army Guide 2016-2017
Sniper in Helmand
The Great Train Robbery and the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad
Major & Mrs Holt's Pocket Battlefield Guide to the Somme 1916/1918
Sniper on the Eastern Front
The Great War
Images of Transport: Railway Disasters
Recollections of the Great War in the Air
Burma Railway Man
Images of Fred Dibnah
Famous Robots and Cyborgs
With Hitler to the End
Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes
Pocket Guide to Victorian Writers and Poets
Tracing Your Ancestors
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Most wanted DVDs 2015
A selection of 2015’s most popular DVDs, available to purchase individually or as part of of a bundle gift set!
100 Years War series
The Waterloo Collection
The Peninsular Collection
95th Rifles - 1800 to Corunna
The Peninsular Collection: 95th Rifles - 1809 to Salamanca
The Peninsular Collection: 95th Rifles - 1812 to the Pyrenees
The Peninsular Collection - The Keys of Spain
The Dark Ages
Most popular WW2 DVDs of 2015
Assault on Normandy: Pegasus Bridge
Battle of the Bulge: Siege of Bastogne
The Germans in Normandy: 6th Fallschirmjaeger
1st Leibstandarte - Adolf Hitler SS Panzer Division
12th Hitlerjugend Panzer Division: German Army in Normandy
More WW2 – Operation Market Garden
Arnhem - Battle of the Woods
Arnhem - The Battle for the Bridges
Arnhem- Battle for the Island and Evacuation
Hell's Highway: Market Garden Collection
Most popular WW1 DVDs of 2015
Walking the Western Front 1914 - The BEF and the Retreat
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This publication would not have been possible without the skill and dedication of John Grehan, Martin Mace, Richard Van Emden, David Martin, Jamie Vans, Peter Widdowson, Gary Sheffield, Nigel McCrery, Ann Kramer and David Bilton, whose works have appeared in this book.
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The internet can be an overwhelming place for the genealogist. Jonathan Scott's book provides readers with online shortcuts, tips for getting the best from well-known websites, plus the details of all kinds of lesser-known and hard-to-find sources.
The Family History Web Directory is an information-packed reference guide that distils the best of the internet into one easy-to-use format. Themed sections cover different topics, from 'getting started' to specific occupations, and there is an index reproducing all the websites in A-Z order. His handbook is a vital source for less experienced researchers, and a handy aide-memoire for more seasoned campaigners. Web addresses are listed by topic, then in order of importance and usefulness. Includes an extraordinary range of websites – from records of births and deaths, tax, crime and religion, to military records and records of work and occupations.
2015 Family History bestsellers
Tracing Your Birmingham Ancestors
Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors
Tracing British Battalions on the Somme
Writing Your Family History
Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors
Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837
Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census
Family History on the Internet
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Below are a selection of popular titles from the Tracing Your Ancestors and Towns and Cities in the Great War series, choose any 2 for £20 until 24/12/2015, click here to view all available titles.
Sheffield in The Great War
Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Gallipoli Campaign
Weymouth, Dorchester & Portland in the Great War
Tracing Your Yorkshire Ancestors
Tracing Your Leeds Ancestors
Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Great War
Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Somme
Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Tracing Your Rural Ancestors
Tracing Your Ancestors through Family Photographs
Portsmouth in the Great War
Top rated gift ideas for wargaming and modelling enthusiasts
Top rated wargaming books of 2015
This book aims to demonstrate the wonderfully varied hobby of wargaming with miniatures, looking at the broad scope of what it has to offer as well as detailed explanations of how to get involved, including comprehensive rules for gladiator combat, Wild West skirmishes and the horse and musket era, as well as lots of advice for anyone new to wargaming. Also now available in paperback.
"Easy to read, interesting and varied with just the right amount of anecdote, information and humour to really capture the reader. I urge you to buy this book for any veteran and novice alike."
One of the biggest problems facing wargamers is finding the time to actually play. Most commercially available sets of rules require several hours to set up and play to a conclusion; some can easily swallow up a whole day or weekend. For many gamers this means that their lavishly prepared miniature armies rarely get used at all. Apart from time, the other consideration is space, which further constrains the opportunities for a game. In One-hour Wargames, veteran gamer and rule-writer Neil Thomas has addressed both these problems. Now it is practical to play a game in around an hour on a normal dining table or living room floor.
"An ideal introduction to wargaming with miniatures for youngsters. One-Hour Wargames certainly achieves its stated aims and is excellent value."
Miniature Wargames Magazine
The enjoyment of wargaming is greatly enhanced if the battles (games) are played within well thought-out scenarios. Instead of simply lining up evenly-matched armies and fighting to the death, the players can have realistic objectives (such as the capture of a vital piece of terrain or delaying a superior enemy to cover a retreat) and be confronted with more challenging tactical decisions. Devising such scenarios can take a lot of effort, and more critically, time, which is always in short supply. This book is designed to take the time and effort out of organising fascinating and challenging wargames set in the Peninsular War, featuring 20 carefully devised scenarios of varying size and complexity.
"A concise introduction to the campaign and a chronology of events complement 20 thoughtfully devised scenarios of varying scope and complexity based on key engagements involving British, French, Portuguese and Spanish forces."
Toy Soldier & Model Figure
Wargaming can be a very expensive hobby, but it needn't be. Iain Dickie, one of the best-known names in the hobby shares dozens of hints and tips on how to cut the cost of your gaming and get 'more bang for your buck'. He offers sound practical advice on buying and building your armies (should you opt for metal, plastic, or even card, and in which scale?), gaming tables, terrain, buildings and even storage solutions. As well as purely financial constraints, Iain Dickie also recognizes the fact that available space is another major restriction for many gamers and tackles this issue too. Now you've no excuse not to get wargaming!
"Longtime wargamers will appreciate how the expert has produced a comprehensive book offering some fresh concepts while teaching some fresh concepts while teaching old dogs some new money-saving tricks. Newcomers interested in pursuing historical or fantasy gaming can bank on Dickie's years of hobby experience to save themselves thousands of pounds or dollars in needless in expenditures."
Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls is a set of wargame rules for naval battles in the age of sail. They are fun, fast-playing and very easy to learn. Each player can easily command a single ship or several, the rules working equally well for a single frigate chasing down a privateer, or a large-scale fleet action with multiple players on each side. The basic rules are written with the emphasis on a fast, fun game full of incident, while still rewarding use of historical tactics. Optional rules add further historical detail. Sample scenarios and a campaign system are included. The book also contains colour ship counters, so no expensive models are needed to get started. Now there is no excuse not to relive the glories of Nelson at Trafalgar or Hawke at Quiberon Bay, or perhaps try your hand at a little piracy.
"These are a good solid set of rules that will appeal to newcomers to the period, especially for their simplicity and support materials. There is a seven-page section of full-colour cut -outs fleets for the British, French and Spanish. Counters are available to download, along with all of the ship rosters and playing aids, on the Pen and Sword website, in case you don't want to cut up your nice book."
Wargames, Soldiers and Strategies
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Battleground General: Arnhem 1944
Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878
Battleground General: El Alamein 1942
Top rated modelling books of 2015
Written by a highly experienced, award-winning ship modeller, this book is a showcase for the contemporary approach to the hobby. New materials have prompted innovative techniques, which are comprehensively demonstrated in this new manual. Designed for those wishing to achieve the best results from their ship kits in the 1:700 to 1:350 range of scales, it uses step by step photographs to take the reader through the building of two models, one in plastic and one in resin, from basic construction, fittings and detailing, to painting, finishing and display.
"For anyone wanting to try warship modelling, especially in perhaps the most common 1/700th scale, this guide from David Griffith is really quite excellent. An excellent modeller, and regular prizewinner with his ship models at competitions both in the UK and the USA, the author has put down on paper, along with very good supporting photos, advice to help you get to grips with the basic techniques for warship modelling."
The Ship of the Line is the second of a new series that takes selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types – in this case, the evolution of the ship of the line, the capital ship of its day, and the epitome of British seapower during its heyday from 1650–1850. This period too coincided with the golden age of ship modelling.
"This is a beautiful book right at the start... Excellently written as one would expect from such an accomplished and experienced maritime history author as Brian Lavery... The text also offers a goldmine of information to anyone interested in the capital ships of the sailing navy of the 17th and 19th Centuries."
Ships in Scale
This book completes a highly original and superbly illustrated two-volume survey of German naval camouflage and markings in the Nazi era. On first publication in 2012 the 1939-1941 volume was quickly recognised by warship enthusiasts and modelmakers as a major step forward in the understanding of a complex and much debated topic. It is already considered the standard reference, and this second volume is keenly awaited. Although a few crucial documents have recently come to light, this study is largely based on close scrutiny of all available photos, including many newly discovered, collated with the first-hand testimony of Kriegsmarine survivors.
"Comprehensive coverage of the Kriegsmarine's warships in the second half of the war. For a modeller building one of these vessels, this book must be the most useful and authoritative source. Highly recommended."
Marine Modelling International
This book is the first comprehensive history of how the 1:1200 scale and its 1:1250 continental equivalent became accepted as the modern standard for miniature ship models. The origins can be traced back to the first years of the 20th century and their use as identification aids by the military during the First World War, but when peace came the manufacturers aimed their increasingly sophisticated products at collectors, and acquiring, modifying or scratch-building miniature ship models has been an avidly pursued hobby ever since. This book charts the commercial rise and fall of the manufacturers, and the advancing technology that produces ever more detailed and accurate replicas. The book deals with more than off-the-shelf models, covering subsidiary issues like painting, modifying and diorama settings, and is illustrated throughout with many of the finest examples of the genre. The combination of fascinating background information with stunning visual presentation will make this book irresistible to any collector or enthusiast.
"An authoritative and well produced book that contains some spectacular images of the best examples of the modellers' art. Lavishly illustrated , it includes not only scores of often stunning models, but also some of the diagrams that show them at their best."
This hugely comprehensive encyclopaedia covers every German artillery piece mounted afloat during the Second World War, from the huge 15-inch (380mm) guns carried by the Bismarck to the smallest machine gun used by coastal forces. All marks and variations of these weapons are described individually, including their mountings and the ammunition fired, with extensive tabular data, but the feature that makes this book unique is the range, precision and detail of the illustrations.Almost every known close-up photo of these weapons is included, usually reproduced large enough to see every detail, plus accurate three-view drawings perfect for modelling purposes.
"This is an extremely detailed book. His mastery of technical details is most impressive… Strongly recommended."
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Rigging Period Ships Models
British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II – Vol I
ShipCraft 19: County Class Cruisers
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Below are a selection of popular titles from the Shipcraft and Flight Craft modelling series, choose any 2 for £25 until 24/12/2015, click here to view all available titles.
ShipCraft 14: Yamato Class Battleships
ShipCraft 1: German Pocket Battleships
ShipCraft 15: Queen Elizabeth Class Battleships
ShipCraft 16: Admiral Hipper Class Cruisers
ShipCraft 20: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau
ShipCraft Special: Allied Torpedo Boats
Flight Craft: Avro Lancaster 1945-1965
Flight Craft 5: Sukhoi Su-15
Flight Craft: Hawker Hurricane
Flight Craft 7: V-Bombers - Valiant, Vulcan & Victor
Flight Craft 8: Mikoyan MiG-31
Flight Craft 6: Il'yushin/Beriyev A-50
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Autobiographies, Biographies and Memoirs
Stilicho: The Vandal Who Saved Rome
Reasons in Writing
Twelve Days on the Somme
The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
Have You Forgotten Yet?
Escape From The Japanese
From Sapper to Spitfire Spy
Luck of a Lancaster
Malta's Greater Siege
Fighters Under Construction in World War Two
The Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War
The Panavia Tornado: A Photographic Tribute
Buy these two volumes together for only £50.
RAF in Camera: 1950s
RAF in Camera: 1960s
Corsets & Codpieces
Images of the Past: The Miners' Strike
The Sinking of RMS Tayleur
The Real Sherlock Holmes
A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England
The Courage of Cowards
Breach of Promise to Marry
Shell Shocked Britain
Poetry and Myths of the Great War
Maids, Wives, Widows
History of Men's Fashion
Books on Transport
Great Western Halls and Modified Halls
Steam, Soot and Rust
Allied Railways of the Western Front - Narrow Gauge in the Arras Sector
The Light Railways of Britain and Ireland
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Great Train Crimes
John George Haigh, the Acid-Bath Murderer
Jack the Ripper: Quest for a Killer
Scotland Yard's Ghost Squad
Major And Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide To The Somme
Visiting the Fallen - Arras North