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Military Aircraft

Modern
• Features 75 of the most important military aircraft developed since World War II
Modern Military Aircraft
Development • Weaponry • SpecificationS
• Each aircraft is illustrated with a full colour artwork and brief service history

• Full specifications for each aircraft include powerplant, performance, weights,

RobeRt JAckson
dimensions and armament

RobeRt JAckson is a former pilot and navigation instructor. now
a full-time writer in military, naval and aviation affairs, he has over 80
books to his name, including Spitfire: The Operational Record, Air War
at Night, B-17 Flying Fortress and Modern Military Aircraft. He lives in
Darlington, county Durham, UK.

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Inventions
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World’s Worst
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the golden age of japan’s elite fighters, 1560–1615

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the art of swordmanship and seppuku (ritual suicide)

• Illustrated
Discover the weapons of the samurai, including the longer katana with annotated
and short wakizashi swords; pole arms, such as thephotographs
naginata and yari; that show why each
and missile weapons, such as the matchlock teppo and the fusetake yumi
compound bow invention was such a calamity
Learn about the different elements of samurai armour, including
the kabuto (helmet), hoate (mask), do (body armour), kusazuri (skirts),
suneate (shinguards) and haidate (thigh guards)

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Examines key ideas such as service to one’s lord, ethics in battle,
the art of swordmanship and seppuku (ritual suicide)
WARRIOR
the golden age of japan’s elite fighters, 1560–1615

Discover the weapons of the samurai, including the longer katana
and short wakizashi swords; pole arms, such as the naginata and yari;
and missile weapons, such as the matchlock teppo and the fusetake yumi
compound bow

Learn about the different elements of samurai armour, including
the kabuto (helmet), hoate (mask), do (body armour), kusazuri (skirts),
suneate (shinguards) and haidate (thigh guards)

Ben H ubb ard
Includes more than 200 artworks, photographs and maps

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JULY 2017 Publication Celtic Legends
MICHAEL KERRIGAN
Cats Gone Bad From around 750BC to 12BC, the
Celts were the most powerful people in
Kat scratching central and northern Europe. Although
Can cats really act criminally? Yes, later pushed to the western fringes of Celtic Legends
in 2013 a cat was found entering the Europe, their mythology was absorbed 244 x 186mm (9¾ x 7½”)
grounds of a Brazilian prison with drill by the new Roman and Christian 224pp
bits strapped to its belly. Or, in 2012, Cats Gone Bad 58,000 words
153 x 153mm (6 x 6”)
powers. Celtic Legends explores the
a couple in Seattle called 911 after 180 b/w and colour photographs,
96pp tales of Cu Chulainn and Morrigan,
their violent pet cat cornered them in artworks and maps
45 col photos or photomontages among many others, and reveals ISBN: 978-1-78274-331-6
their bedroom. With photographs or how medieval stories such as the
3,000 words £19.99 Hardback
photomontages and a whole cattery ISBN: 978-1-78274-320-0 Mabinogion and the Holy Grail really
of amusing tails, the Purrlitzer Prize- £6.99 Hardback owe their origins to the Celts. Highly
winning Cats Gone Bad features 45 illustrated and accessibly written,
true stories of feline felons. this is a fascinating insight into Celtic
mythology.

142 The FeNIAN CyCle The FeNIAN CyCle 143

right: Conaran’s “… and then was joined the Battle of Gabhra of the hard
daughters took Fionn Strokes – Ireland’s greatest ever clash. The day was not yet old
and his friends captive
when the first heroic war-cries – or the first wailing from the
– till rescuers were
summoned by the wounded – were heard; the rending of shields; the hacking-off of
barking of their hounds heads; the opening up of gashes; the carving up of flesh; the gush
outside. of blood. It came cascading out on every side, trickling into every
cranny of the ground beneath; the soldiers had to scramble over
heaped-up carcases to make their way.”
The Fianna were far outnumbered – 10- or 20-fold, some of
the sources say – but they were outstanding warriors, and they
had Oscur. Oisín’s son – Fionn’s grandson – was an army in below: In Macpherson’s

himself. he cut a swathe through Cairbre’s columns as they came Ossian epic, Fingal
(Fionn) mourns his
on. he hurt the high King more directly when he took on both grandson’s widow,
his beloved sons, Princes Conn and Art: swinging his sword, he Malvine, who dies while
beheaded them in turn before going off through the melee to find caring for the aged hero.

of being pushed around by the Fianna. Quick to make common
cause with Cairbre was Goll mac Morna, the disaffected former
leader of the Fianna, and his group of like-minded malcontents.
Soon great armies were massing, marching together to the banner
of the high King Cairbre, converging
These Two vasT on an area of hilly country south of
Tara. For this was where the Fianna were
ForCes Came Crashing
assembling, having left their headquarters
TogeTher. and slipped across the Bog of Allen, ready
to respond to the high King and his allies
on firmer ground, which they found on the lower slopes of Mount
Gabhra. They stood there in seven battalions, sounding their
battle horns in defiance of Cairbre, who was now advancing on
them fast.
Then, says the battle chronicle, the Cath Gabhra, “these two
vast forces came crashing together”:

Dogs Gone Bad Norse Myths
martin j dougherty
jack russell Not only is Norse mythology rich in
In 2006 a woman in China crashed adventure, humour and ideas about
her car while giving her dog a driving creation, death and the afterlife, but
lesson. In 1924 a labrador was it has also had an immense impact Norse Myths
sentenced to life in Pennsylvania Dogs Gone Bad 244 x 186mm (9¾ x 7½”)
on the work of JRR Tolkien, Richard
Penitentiary for having murdered 153 x 153mm (6 x 6”) 224pp
96pp
Wagner and the superheroes depicted
the governor’s cat – and he was in Marvel Comics. Wide-ranging in its 58,000 words
45 col photos or photomontages 180 b/w and colour photographs, artworks
framed. Featuring a colour photo or approach, Norse Myths explores the
3,000 words and maps
photomontage for each entry, Dogs ISBN: 978-1-78274-321-7 creation stories of the Norse world,
Gone Bad features 45 funny images ISBN: 978-1-78274-332-3
£6.99 Hardback the monsters and the pantheons of £19.99 Hardback
and quirky real-life cases of erring the deities, and the escapades of Thor,
canines. Loki and other gods.

2 3
Haiku How to Sail
TRANSLATED BY Twain Braden
HART Larrabee How to Sail outlines basic sailing
Ranging across more than 200 years techniques for both the beginner and
of Japanese poetry, Haiku features experienced sailor. Whatever your
90 classic poems from four poets: level of ability, this book is packed How to Sail
Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Haiku with useful tips that will make sailing 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
Issa and Masaoka Shiki. Each poem 264 x 196mm (10½ x 7¾”) a safe, rewarding and enjoyable 192pp
96pp experience. Clear line illustrations help 120 b/w artworks
is presented in the original Japanese
90 haiku in Japanese script 60,000 words
script, along with romanized Japanese bring to life the techniques needed
2,500 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-533-4
(romaji) and an English translation. ISBN: 978-1-78274-387-3
to handle a boat in every situation,
£19.99 Paperback
Beautifully produced in traditional £14.99 Chinese bound hardback from the importance of monitoring
Chinese binding and with a timeless weather reports to understanding how
design, Haiku is an expert introduction to use specialized equipment in an
and celebration of one of the most emergency.
beautiful and accessible forms of
poetry.

The Prince How to Survive at Sea
Niccolò Machiavelli Chris Beeson
Napoleon, Mussolini, Jean-Jacques How would you cope if you found
Rousseau and Adam Smith, even yourself stranded in the middle of
Mafia man John Gotti – they all read the ocean? How to Survive at Sea
Machiavelli’s The Prince. Today The Prince confronts this daunting scenario and How to Survive at Sea
business and management gurus apply 264 x 195mm (10½ x 7¾”) offers the sailor a variety of solutions to 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
96pp 192pp
Machiavelli’s 16th century ideas to overcome the hardships you will face.
33,000 words 60,000 words
corporate strategy. Including editorial Illustrated with 120 black-and-white
ISBN: 978-1-908696-51-9 120 b/w artworks
notes, this new edition of The Prince £14.99 Chinese bound hardback
artworks, the book is packed with ISBN: 978-1-78274-534-1
is printed on high quality paper and practical information and insightful tips, £19.99 Paperback
bound by traditional Chinese book- such as how to maintain warmth in the
making techniques. Of immense cold ocean, how to make seawater
importance to politicians and corporate safe for drinking, and how to construct
leaders, The Prince is a classic text a mast and a sail.
richly deserving this exquisite edition.

4 5
Tank Combat Stalingrad – The Infernal Cauldron
Christer Jorgensen and Stephen Walsh
Chris Mann The German invasion of the Soviet
With photographs, maps and Union was Hitler’s biggest gamble in
diagrams, Tank Combat shows how the East – and it was at Stalingrad
tanks have served on the battlefields that it failed. Stalingrad – The Infernal Stalingrad - The Infernal
of Europe, Africa and Asia, and Tank Combat Cauldron is a comprehensive account Cauldron
245 x 183mm (9¾ x 7¼”) 246 x 183mm (11½ x 8½”)
analyses the tactics used in armoured of the build-up, engagement and
176pp 176pp
battles up to the First Gulf War. The aftermath of what became the Verdun
60,000 words 60,000 words
book discusses the importance of of World War II. With battle maps and 190 black and white photographs
150 b/w photographs, 25 b/w line
particular military commanders, such drawings 170 photographs, this is the battle that and colour artworks
as Guderian and Fuller, and includes ISBN: 978-1-78274-535-8 bled the German army dry, and turned ISBN: 978-1-909160-58-3
in-depth accounts of great tank battles £19.99 Paperback the war in the East decisively against £19.99 Hardback
from Cambrai to Kursk, and from Nazi Germany.
Chinese Farm to Desert Storm. This is
a definitive guide to the art of armoured
combat in the twentieth century.

Infantry Combat august 2017 Publication
Andrew Wiest and
M. K. Barbier
From the trenches of the Somme to
Pugs in Space
jack russell
the ruins of Stalingrad to the deserts
A small step for man, but a giant leap
of Iraq, the role of the infantry soldier
for a pug – Pugs in Space celebrates
developed dramatically throughout Infantry Combat
all that is gravity-free about Earth’s
the twentieth century. Illustrated with 245 x 183mm (9¾ x 7¼”)
best-loved canines. With 45 out-of- Pugs in Space
photographs and battle maps, Infantry 176pp
153 x 153mm (6 x 6”)
60,000 words this-world pugs, from the first pug on
Combat examines these changes, 96pp
150 b/w photographs, 25 b/w line drawings the Moon, to weightless pugs on the
noting the shift in the activities of the 45 col photos or photomontages
ISBN: 978-1-78274-536-5 International Space Station, to taking
infantry after tanks were introduced, 3,000 words
£19.99 Paperback a pug for a spacewalk – and you really
how the infantry led in terrains ISBN: 978-1-78274-512-9
must keep it on a lead if you ever
inaccessible to tanks in the Pacific, and £6.99 Hardback
want to see it again – Pugs in Space is
how towards the end of the century
light years ahead of mere earthbound
the infantry came to be deployed more
competitors.
frequently in limited operations.

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Abandoned Castles How to Survive in the City
kieron connolly Chris McNab &
From Masada in the Israeli desert Joanna Rabiger
to Corfe Castle in Dorset, and from How to Survive in the City is a guide
100 Years’ War bastions to forts in to overcoming the challenges of urban
Rajasthan, Abandoned Castles is a Abandoned Castles living, offering the reader a variety
brilliant pictorial examination of once 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) of tips on how to be streetwise and How to Survive in the City
mighty strongholds. Today the borders 224pp handle everyday problems – including 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
that these castles were once defending 10,000 words how to prevent muggings and avoid 192pp
have dissolved, and the people they 150 colour photographs 120 b/w artworks
confrontations, how to unlock your
ISBN: 978-1-78274-522-8 50,000 words
were protecting have moved away, but, house and car without keys, how to
£19.99 Hardback ISBN: 978-1-78274-537-2
despite states of ruin, the buildings escape a burning building, and how to £14.99 Flexibound
remain. In 150 striking images from all be alert to terrorist activities. Whether
around the world, Abandoned Castles you are a seasoned urban dweller or
tells the stories of these magnificent merely a day visitor, this is the perfect
structures. companion to city life.

Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe,
Argyll, Scotland
One of the best preserved medieval
tower houses in Scotland, Castle
Stalker is situated on Loch Laich,
an inlet off Loch Linnhe. The
current building was constructed
by the Clan Stewart in the 1440s,
but, the story goes, was later lost
in a drunken bet in 1620 to the
Clan Campbell, who lived there
until around 1840.

opposite, above and left:
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
Although established by a Hindu,
many of the inhabitants of
Bhangarh Fort embraced Islam
during the reign of Mughal
Emperor Aurangzeb in the later
17th century. Consequently, there
are both ruins of Hindu temples
and mosques at the fort.
With the Mughal Empire
weakening following the death of
Aurangzeb, the fort was attacked
in 1720 by Jai Singh II, before
being abandoned after famine
struck in 1783. Today some of the
buildings have been restored.

150 151

Abandoned Wrecks How to Track and Navigate
chris mCnab NEIL WILSON
From ships left high and dry where For anyone who enjoys walking,
the Aral Sea has become a desert canoeing, skiing or sailing, it is
to Titanic at the bottom of the important to have a sound grasp of
Atlantic Ocean, from a rusting techniques for maintaining a route How to Track and Navigate
Abandoned Wrecks 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
railway graveyard in Bolivia to World under any possible condition – day
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 192pp
War II cars lost in a Swedish forest, 224pp
or night, fog or snow. How to Track
120 b/w artworks
Abandoned Wrecks explores more than 10,000 words and Navigate provides clear advice on
50,000 words
100 fascinating sites from all around 170 colour photographs navigation methods, both for a fully
ISBN: 978-1-78274-539-6
the world. With 170 outstanding colour ISBN: 978-1-78274-520-4 equipped journey and in emergency £14.99 Flexibound
photographs of cars, trains, ships, £19.99 Hardback situations. Apart from such navigation
submarines, tanks, aircraft and even a fundamentals as understanding maps,
space shuttle, this is a brilliant pictorial compasses and GPS, the book also
work. teaches how to navigate by the sun
and stars and in extreme weather.

Sweepstakes, Big Tub Harbour,
Fathom Five National Marine
Park, Lake Huron, Ontario
Looking ghostly under the
waters of Big Tub Harbour in
Lake Huron, Sweepstakes was
a Canadian schooner built in
Burlington, Ontario, in 1867.
The ship sank in 1885, but has
remained astonishingly well
preserved to this day.

142 143 48 49

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First Aid Survival Guide Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Elite
CHRIS MCNAB in Photographs
First Aid Survival Guide covers
Christopher Ailsby
everything you need to know about
Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Elite in Photographs
administering urgent medical attention
is a full pictorial record of the
in situations where there is no prospect First Aid Survival Guide
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) development, combat actions and
of immediate professional help. Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Elite in
192pp criminal activity of Hitler’s Praetorian
Illustrated with more than 150 line Photographs
150 b/w artworks Guard, before and during World War
drawings, this guide provides step-by- 245 x 204mm (9¾ x 8”)
60,000 words II. Including 500 photographs, many
step instructions for treating a wide 224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78274-538-9 seldom seen outside the archives of
range of injuries and conditions, from 50,000 words
£14.99 Flexibound former soldiers, the book contains all
cleaning a wound to setting a bone 500 b/w photographs
the battles and campaigns that the
fracture. Key topics include breathing ISBN: 978-1-78274-543-3
Waffen-SS fought in, including Poland, £19.99 Paperback
and circulation, treating wounds and
France and on the Eastern Front. The
stopping bleeding, dealing with head
book also charts the growth of the
injuries and altitude sickness, and
Panzer divisions, features leading
treating burns and scalds.
figures, and explores the Waffen-SS’s
war crimes.

Blitzkrieg: Hitler’s Lightning War Kursk – The Greatest Tank Battle
M.K. Barbier
in Photographs In July 1943, the German Army
Ian baxter launched what proved to be its last
Drawing on rare photographs, many great offensive on the Eastern Front.
from the albums of individuals who Kursk – The Greatest Tank Battle is a
served, Blitzkrieg: Hitler’s Lightning comprehensive history of the last time Kursk - The Greatest Tank Battle
War in Photographs presents a visually Blitzkrieg: Hitler’s Lightning War in 285 x 213mm (11½ x 8½”)
that Nazi Germany held the strategic
stunning account of the early years of Photographs 176pp
245 x 204mm (9¾ x 8”)
initiative in the war against the Soviet
World War II, telling the story of what Union. Once that initiative was lost, 60,000 words
224 pages 150 black and white photographs and
happened from the perspective of 50,000 words the course was set for the eventual
artworks
ordinary soldiers. From Poland in 1939, 350 black-and-white photographs destruction of the Nazi state by a ISBN: 978-1-78274-022-3
through France and the Low Countries ISBN: 978-1-78274-542-6 vengeful Red Army. Highly illustrated, £19.99 Hardback
in 1940, and on to the North African £19.99 Paperback the book’s authoritative text is
desert in 1941–2, this is a glimpse complemented with detailed maps.
into the workings of Germany’s highly
professional and extremely successful
war machine.

K U R S K M O D E L’ S M A I N E F F O R T

Fierce fighting raged along Rokossovsky’s front meant that the troops had to dig trenches in which
line throughout the day. After it repelled attacks by to bury the tanks, leaving only their turrets above
the XVI Tank Corps, two German panzer divisions, ground level. Rokossovsky also ordered his subordi-
with approximately 300 tanks, attacked the XVII nates to launch counter-attacks against the enemy’s
Guards Rifle Corps as they advanced towards light tanks and infantry only.
Ol’khovatka and Ponyri. Although initially the When the fighting ended on 6 July, the Soviet
Soviets withstood the assault, the Germans brought tanks were maintaining a defensive position against
up additional infantry and tanks, and forced the a total of nine German divisions: six infantry and
corps to withdraw to the 13th Army’s second line of three panzer. Soviet units had to be prepared to
defences. Lieutenant General A.G. Rodin’s 2nd Tank withstand an attack by an even larger German force.
Army failed to make much headway in its attack The Central Front commander moved reinforcements
against German armoured formations; however, the into the region around Ponyri, and he transferred the
German advance slowed significantly as it reached 81st Rifle Division from the reserve area to a defen-
the 13th Army’s main defences. Both the Soviet and sive position behind the XVII Guards Rifle Corps,
German commanders used the night of 6 July to which also received reinforcement from the 43rd and
evaluate the situation, as well as to make prepara- 58th tank regiments. In addition to preparing his
tions for the next day’s combat. Anticipating another defences, Rokossovsky also intended to launch fur-
German attack with heavy tanks, Rokossovsky ther counter-attacks. He ordered the III Soviet Tank
decided to shift his tank units to the defensive. This Corps to attack the enemy at Ponyri and the XVIII
Guards Rifle Corps to push back the Germans’ 78th
Below: Two German soldiers, laden down with equipment and ammu- Sturm Infantry Division.
nition, work their way through the debris-littered battlefield towards a The Soviet counter-attack of 6 July had prevented
disabled T-34 tank during the fighting. Model’s 9th Army from making as much progress in the northern sector of the salient as Adolf Hitler had Above: Dawn, 5 July 1943. A German ‘88’ (88mm (3.45in)) gun
demanded. Model, therefore, decided to amass an opens up on Soviet positions during the opening bombardment of the
even larger armoured force and attack the centre of offensive. The ‘88’ was a highly-effective tank killer.
the Soviet line. Consequently, he decided to commit
units being held in reserve for the drive on Kursk Corps divisions, the XXXXVII Panzer Corps began
after the breakthrough. He therefore ordered XXXXI the attack. Model threw more than 400 tanks and 4
Panzer Corps’ 18th Panzer Division, one of the units infantry divisions along the railroad line between
held in reserve, to be prepared to launch an attack Ponyri and Ol’khovatka, which was 10km (6 miles)
with its 200 tanks. The XXXXVII Panzer Corps’ 4th to the west. The 18th Panzer Division and 9th Panzer
Panzer Division had already begun its move to the Division spearheaded the assault. While the 2nd
front line. In addition, Model ordered the 12th Panzer Division and 20th Panzer Division attacked
Panzer, the 10th Panzergrenadier and the 36th west towards Samodurovka-Molotych, other forma-
Motorised Divisions, which were situated south of tions moved towards Ponyri. In Model’s initial
Orel, to be prepared to enter the battle. When they assault, 10 infantry and 4 panzer divisions hit the
renewed the offensive on 7 July, the Germans hoped Soviet defences. During the night, however, addi-
to penetrate the second line of Soviet defences. tional Soviet formations – the 11th Mortar and 46th
Because of the strength of the 13th Soviet Army’s Light Artillery brigades and the 12th Artillery
defences and of the tank-supported counter-attacks Regiment – had moved forwards into the area near
of the previous day, Model set more conservative Ponyri to strengthen the defences.
goals for the next phase of the offensive. What the Both the Germans and the Soviets believed that
German commander failed to realise, however, was control of Ponyri was crucial because of its position
that Rokossovsky had concentrated more than 3000 at a major railway junction between Orel and Kursk.
guns and mortars, 5000 machine guns, and 1000 The most intense fighting between the 9th German
tanks in the centre of his line. Army and the 13th Soviet Army occurred over
The attacks begun by Model’s 9th Army at dawn Ponyri. Two divisions of the XXXXI Panzer Corps –
on 7 July initiated a day of extremely fierce fighting, the 18th Panzer and the 292nd Infantry Divisions –
as the Germans strove to pierce the 13th Army’s sec- attacked Ponyri five times. The 307th Rifle Division,
ond defensive line. With help from XXXXI Panzer commanded by Major General M.A. Enshin, repelled

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10 11
Germany’s Secret Weapons Dogs in Cars
of World War II jack russell
roger ford Some are behind the wheel, others
During World War II, Germany mere passengers watching the world
pioneered rocket and jet-propelled go by; some are vociferous navigators,
aircraft, the pilotless plane, long-range others hang their head out of the Dogs in Cars
rocket technology and ‘robot bombs’, Germany’s Secret Weapons of window enjoying the breeze, while 120 x 213mm (4¾ x 8½”)
as well as the world’s first super-heavy World War II some just settle in for a snooze. But 96 pages
264 x 208mm (10½ x 8¼”) whatever they’re doing, there is no 90 colour photographs
tanks. Many of these weapons had an
224pp doubt that dogs in cars are some of the ISBN: 978-1-78274-546-4
impact on the course of the conflict.
60,000 words £7.99 Hardback
Illustrated with 200 black-&-white and sweetest things you have ever seen.
200 b/w and colour photographs,
colour photographs, diagrams and diagrams and maps
With 90 colour photographs, Dogs
maps, Germany’s Secret Weapons of ISBN: 978-1-909160-56-9 in Cars celebrates 90 of the cutest
World War II explores this little-known £19.99 Hardback canines on four wheels.
but deadly aspect of the Nazi war
machine.

Haunted Places
SEPTEMBER 2017 Publication Robert Grenville
From palaces to prisons, from an
Cats in Baskets 11th century château in France to The
Island of the Dolls in Mexico City,
kat scratching Haunted Places
Haunted Places features the world’s
There are few things cuter in the world 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
most fascinating spooky locations.
than this: cats in baskets. Featuring 90 224pp
Some hauntings are recent, others 10,000 words
colour photographs, Cats in Baskets
are ancient, but all the stories are 150 photographs
celebrates 90 of the cutest felines ever Cats in Baskets
striking: from the deceased monks ISBN: 978-1-78274-521-1
to spy a cosy laundry basket. Some are 120 x 213mm (4¾ x 8½”)
96 pages
who pace the boundaries of the ruins £19.99 Hardback
snuggled up, others are peeking out at
90 colour photographs of an English priory, to the lift operator
the camera; some are kittens, others
ISBN: 978-1-78274-545-7 in a hotel in the Canadian Rockies still
are aged; some are stretching, others
£7.99 Hardback working his shift decades after he died,
are busy grooming; some are alone,
to Vlad the Impaler who haunts Corvin
others are scrambling and tumbling
castle in Romania.
with their brothers and sisters. But they
are all undeniably very cute.

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Dinosaurs Top 50 Military Aircraft
CARL MEHLING THOMAS NEWDICK
(CONSULTANT EDITOR) From Fokker biplanes to World War
This reference work features more II fighters such as the Supermarine
than 300 of the most impressive and Spitfire and on to stealth aircraft such
formidable dinosaurs to have been as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, Top 50 Military Aircraft
discovered. From the tiny, aquatic Dinosaurs Top 50 Military Aircraft includes 264 x 208mm (10½ x 8¼”)
305 x 227mm (12 x 9in) 208 pages
Hallucigenia to the avian Pteranodon fighters, bombers and transport
448pp 40,000 words
to giant Apatosaurus and ferocious aircraft from America to Europe to
90,000 words 300 artworks and photographs
Velociraptor, along with curiosities Russia and Japan. Packed with 300 ISBN: 978-1-78274-529-7
450 colour artworks
such as prehistoric armadillos and ISBN: 978-1-78274-541-9 full-colour artworks and photographs, £19.99 Hardback
parrots, readers will discover the £24.99 Hardback and written for the general reader, each
extraordinary types of dinosaurs and entry includes a brief description of
prehistoric animals, making Dinosaurs the aircraft’s development and history,
essential reading, not only for dinosaur along with a specifications table.
enthusiasts, but for anyone intrigued
by nature at its most majestic.

Top 50 Tanks Eastern Front in World War II
Martin J Dougherty Will Fowler
Packed with 300 full-colour artworks With casualties totaling 30 million
and photographs, Top 50 Tanks across both soldiers and civilians,
features the greatest armoured fighting the Eastern Front was the bloodiest
vehicles from World War I to the Top 50 Tanks conflict of World War II. Drawing Eastern Front in World War II
present day. The book includes tanks 264 x 208mm (10½ x 8¼”) on 450 rare photographs from the 245 x 204mm (9¾ x 8”)
from every era, from the Mark V Male 208 pages Ukrainian State Archive, Eastern Front 224pp
40,000 words 50,000 words
that assaulted the German trenches at in World War II: Hitler’s Russian War in
300 artworks and photographs 450 black-and-white photographs
Cambrai in 1917, through the feared Photographs is an illustrated record of
ISBN: 978-1-78274-528-0 ISBN: 978-1-78274-559-4
German Tiger of World War II, as well £19.99 Hardback this campaign. Telling the story from £19.99 Paperback
as including some of the most highly the perspectives of ordinary men and
sophisticated tanks that have seen woman, both military and civilian, the
recent service in wars in Iraq and book presents a unique and visually
Afghanistan. outstanding account of one of history’s
most ferocious wars.

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Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia OCTOBER 2017 Publication
Jim Winchester
The history of aviation is full of
striking and unusual designs, from
Supercars
the biplanes and triplanes of World Richard Gunn
War I, through the giant bombers and Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia Supercars looks at 75 of the most
streamlined fighters of World War II, 285 x 225mm (11½ x 8½”) celebrated vehicles from Europe,
to the stealthy shapes and unusual 448pp Japan and America, providing
130,000 words a pocket-sized reference guide Supercars
configurations of modern military
1,000 colour artworks to machines at the pinnacle of 120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”)
aircraft like the Northrop Grumman 320pp
ISBN: 978-1-906626-71-6 automative engineering. From
B-2 and V-22 Osprey. With more than £24.99 Paperback 40,000 words
1,000 outstanding colour artworks, Aston Martin to Ferrari, from BMW
225 colour photographs
Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia to Chevrolet, stunning close-up ISBN: 978-1-78274-554-9
provides a fascinating guide to every photography and detailed annotations £9.99 Flexibound
major military aircraft type flown, all present each car’s special features,
accompanied by brief details and while lively text explores the history of
specifications. the vehicle.

Germany’s Secret Masterplan Ships
Chris Bishop
in World War II Fully illustrated in a striking landscape
Chris McNab format, Ships contains 300 mercantile
What would Europe have looked like and military vessels arranged in
if Nazi Germany had been victorious chronological order, from ancient times Ships
in 1945? A racially based order to the present day. From Phoenician 120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6¼”)
would have been established across Germany’s Secret Masterplan in war galleys through the graceful 320 pages
World War II trading clippers of the nineteenth 40,000 words
European Russia, with German soldiers
264 x 208mm (10½ x 8¼”) 300 colour artworks
running farms worked on by slave century to the sophisticated and
224pp ISBN: 978-1-78274-551-8
labour. Germany and Japan were to 200 col & b/w photos and a/ws heavily armed submarines of the £9.99 Flexibound
carve up the USSR and Asia between 60,000 words nuclear era, each entry is illustrated
them, while Berlin was to be rebuilt on ISBN: 978-1-78274-244-9 with a colourful artwork, while lively
neo-classical lines. Germany’s Secret £19.99 Hardback text offers a concise service history
Masterplan in World War II reveals the of the ship and a specification box
scale of Hitler’s vision for a Greater provides comprehensive technical
Germany and a world dominated by data.
Nazi ideology.
12 SHIPS SHIPS 13

The Cheops ship Phoenician cargo ship
The Cheops ship, the oldest preserved ship from antiquity, was found in 1954 Dating from 2500 BC, the ‘shell-first’ The Phoenicians were a great trading been a standard motif. There is no a very large amphora attached to the prow
close to the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It is built almost entirely of imported design of the Cheops ship shows that the nation and practical seafarers. Our suggestion of rope bracing, implying that of the ship – possibly for the crew’s water
cedar. The ship was clearly a ceremonial vessel, yet compression marks of hull was shaped before the internal evidence for this vessel comes from the vessel, even without a keel, had or wine. Ships at this time possessed no
rope show that it was definitely used in the water. members were added. It has no keel, and now-destroyed Egyptian tomb murals sufficient rigidity to withstand the sea. The metallic fixings at all. Everything would be
the side planking is lashed with rope for dating back to around 1500 BC. wicker fencing was probably to separate made of wood, rope or cloth, apart from
security. Built as a ceremonial vessel, rope deck cargo from the oarsmen. Timber was pottery utensils. King Solomon may well
compression marks show that it was used It is the first vessel to show such features an important cargo, and one ancient relief have used vessels like this to import
on water. Two cabins stand on the ship’s as a masthead rope ladder and lookout from almost 700 years later shows timber Lebanese timber to be used in building his
deck, the two-roomed main one covered point. The horse-head prow may have being towed. The Egyptian source showed temple in Jerusalem.
by a canopy for added coolness. The ship
was equipped with oars plus steering oars.
Contemporary Egyptian warships were of Length: 16.8m (55ft)
similar construction. Beam: 3.7m (12ft)
Depth: 1.5m (5ft)
Length: 43.6m (143ft) Displacement: not known
Beam: 5.7m (18ft 7in) Rigging: single mast stayed fore and aft;
Depth: 1.45m (4ft 9in) square sail with upper and lower yards
Displacement: 94t Complement: 8–12
Rigging: single mast Main routes: eastern Mediterranean
Complement: 12 plus officers Cargo: timber, grain, fish, metals

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Modern Military Aircraft World’s Worst Inventions
Robert Jackson Jack Watkins
Modern Military Aircraft is a guide When would you ever need a pair of
to the most important military glow-in-the-dark sunglasses, a round
aircraft developed since 1945. Types chessboard, or a device that stops
range from front-line fighters to Modern Military Aircraft your vacuum cleaner from getting The World’s Worst Inventions
120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”)
reconnaissance aircraft to bombers, 320pp dusty? The World’s Worst Inventions
120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”) 320pp
from interceptors and helicopters. celebrates 150 inventions that are 35,000 words
Spanning such planes as the Lockheed 225 colour artworks and 120 colour and black-&- remarkable only for their spectacular
white photographs 150 colour photographs and 150 colour a/ws
Blackbird and the MiG-21, the book awfulness. Each invention is illustrated ISBN: 978-1-78274-553-2
40,000 words
also includes lesser-known examples with colour photographs and annotated £9.99 Flexibound
ISBN: 978-1-78274-552-5
such as the South African Atlas £9.99 Flexibound illustrations. Informed – sometimes
Cheetah. even affectionate – text brings each
entry to life, alongside archive images
from the invention’s ‘heyday’.
GRUMMAN F-14A TOMCAT GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT

Although its development history was beset by problems, the variable- F-14As were originally delivered in a two-tone camouflage
geometry F-14 Tomcat emerged from them all to become of white undersides and light gull-grey topsides with white
flying surfaces. Until the late 1970s, high visibility unit
one of the most formidable interceptors of all time.
UNITED STATES

markings were also carried; seen on this example are
VF-1’s distinctive red wolf’s head on the fin, large red
stripes on the forward fuselage, and red ventral fins.

This F-14A Tomcat, serial 158579,
Several problems were carries the markings of Navy Fighter

UNITED STATES
encountered during the Squadron VF-1 ‘Wolf Pack’,
introduction of the Tomcat into deployed as part of USS Enterprise’s
Fleet service. Poor logistics CVW-14 Carrier Air Wing.
forced squadrons to cannibalize
many aircraft in order to keep
others airworthy. In the air,
buffeting was experienced
when the flaps were deployed,
and fatigue cracking affected
the boat tail fairing; both
problems were easily cured.

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Aircraft Of World War II
Robert Jackson Civil Aircraft
Arranged by country, expertly written Robert Jackson
and attractively presented, Aircraft Civil Aircraft features 300 non-military
of World War II details the design planes ranging from the earliest
and specifications of 75 of the most Aircraft of World War II pioneers to cargo carriers and the
120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”) Civil Aircraft
important warplanes used during the massive passenger jets of the modern
320pp 163 x 123mm (6½ x 4¾”)
conflict, from the venerable Fairey age. These include planes such as
40,000 words 320pp
Swordfish biplane, through legendary 225 colour artworks, 120 colour Concorde, the Boeing 737 and 747,
60,000 words
aircraft such as the Supermarine photographs as well as the Learjet, Tiger Moth and
300 colour artworks
Spitfire and Douglas C-47 Dakota, to ISBN: 978-1-78274-555-6 Jetstream. Each aircraft is illustrated ISBN: 978-1-78274-556-3
the Messerschmitt Me-262, the first £9.99 Flexibound by a full-colour profile artwork and is £9.99 Flexibound
operational jet fighter. With four pages accompanied by informed text on its
dedicated to each entry, all the aircraft development and service history, along
are illustrated with three-view colour with a detailed specifications table.
artworks supported by informed text.

ARADO AR 196A-5 ARADO AR 196

This Ar 196A-5 served in the Although the two seats were housed under the same
eastern Mediterranean and framed canopy, the observer/gunner was only
partially enclosed under a sliding section. Bristol Type 32 Bullet Bristol Type 62 Ten-Seater Boeing 747SP Boeing 757
Aegean with 2/SAGr 125
GERMANY

(Maritime Recce Group 125) in Standard powerplant
of production Ar 196s
1943. The units also used was the 716kW
Bv 138 flying (960hp) BMW
boats. 132K; the prototypes
used the 656kW
(880hp) BMW
132Dc, driving a
The MG 81Z
installation, mounted two-bladed propeller.
For the tail assembly,
a metal structure was A lthough designed as a prototype fighter, it was as a racing aircraft that the
Bristol Type 32 Bullet achieved a brief moment of fame when it gained T he Bristol Type 62 was the product of a short-lived era when commercial
aviation in the United Kingdom had the benefit of government subsidies. T he 747SP (Special Performance) was not one of Boeing’s most successful
ventures, with only a small number of this special-performance, short-body,
long-range model being built. Introduced in 1975, it featured an enlarged tail fin.
T owards the end of the 1970s, Boeing was faced with a problem: how to keep
its highly successful Model 727 at the top of airliner sales. Subsequent
improvement studies on the design of the basic airframe resulted in an aircraft
second place in the 1921 Aerial Derby at Croydon. The Bristol Aeroplane Originally envisaged with a four-wheel undercarriage and accommodation for six
in the rear cockpit used with metal- Only a handful of airlines had a requirement for the enormous range offered by that had little in common with its predecessor, but which kept the Boeing sales
Company’s original intention was to use the sole Type 32, which was married to a passengers, the design was modified to accept nine passengers plus the pilot, who
of the Ar 196A-5, covered fixed surfaces Jupiter engine, as a demonstration aircraft, in the hope that it would attract sat in an open cockpit on a level with the upper wing. The first of four aircraft the model, one of them being China Airlines of Taiwan. Developed from the 747- challenge alive. Designated the 757, the new aircraft eventually began to take its
100, the 747SP represented a major engineering effort and investment. Its fuselage place in ever-growing numbers in the ranks of the world’s major airlines, despite
paired two MG81 and fabric-covered sufficient interest and allow the company to proceed with the development of a flew in June 1921, and the front set of wheels was removed before the aircraft
was 14.35m (47ft 1in) shorter than the standard model, which in turn demanded a disappointing initial sales. No new customers appeared until three aircraft were
The Ar 196 had a fighter version. The combination of Jupiter and Type 32 proved to be a entered its flight-testing phase, first at Croydon and then at Martlesham Heath.
7.92mm (0.31in) moving surfaces, with vertical tail 1.52m (5ft) taller, with double-hinged rudders and a tailplane increased ordered by Transbrasil and three by Aloha in April 1980. Sales then rocketed.
disappointing one, however, despite the fact that Bristol took great pains to Upon completion of the trials, the aircraft was purchased by the Air Council, who
broad-chord wing with machine guns on a a one-piece elevator. streamline the Bullet as much as possible, and overcome the large radial engine sold it to the Instone Air Line for use on the London–Paris route. Instone also
in span by 3.05m (10ft). Among other notable flights, a Pan American 747SP flew The US giant Northwest purchased a total of 73 757s to begin the replacement of
around the world in 1 day 22 hours 50 minutes at an average speed of 809km/h its domestic 727 fleet, operating the type alongside its European rival, the Airbus
an unswept leading single mount. The Ar 196A-5 was armed with two 20mm mounted in the nose. The Bullet airframe was scrapped in 1924, but the Jupiter bought the second and fourth Type 62s, and operated them until 1926 as Type
(503mph); another traversed the globe by crossing both poles. A320. The other launch customer for the 757 was Eastern Airlines.
engine became one of the success stories of the 1920s. 75s; the fourth was later converted into an air ambulance, Type 79.
edge and a slight taper (0.79in) MG FF cannon, one in each wing.
GERMANY

on the trailing edge. The aircraft was very manoeuvrable, and
could give a good account of itself in Country of origin: USA Country of origin: USA
Country of origin: GB Country of origin: GB
combat. Engines: four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3 turbofans of 19,730kg (43,500lb) Engines: two Pratt & Whitney PW2040 or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E of
Engine: one 450hp Bristol Jupiter II radial Engine: one 450hp Napier Lion radial
thrust each 18,950kg (41,780lb) and 18,230kg (40,200lb) thrust respectively.
Wingspan: 9.51m (31ft 2in) Wingspan: 17.07m (56ft)
Wingspan: 59.64m (195ft 8in) Wingspan: 38m (125ft)
Length: 7.35m (24ft 1in) Length: 12.34m (40.6ft)
Length: 56.16m (184 ft 2in) Length: 47.5m (155ft 7in)
Height: 2.95m (9ft 8in) Height: 3.35m (11ft)
Height: 20.86m (68ft 5in) Height: 13.6m (44ft 6in)
Weight loaded: 998kg (2200lb) Weight loaded: 3064kg (6755lb)
Weight loaded: 318,427kg (702,000lb) Weight loaded: 100,000kg (220,462lb)
Maximum speed: 249km/h (155mph) Cruising speed: 177km/h (110mph)
Cruising speed: 958km/h (595mph) at 9150m (30,000ft) Cruising speed: 965km/h (600mph) at 9150m (30,000ft)
The aircraft had wide-span ailerons The wings were strut-braced to the Service ceiling: not known Service ceiling: 2590m (8500ft)
Service ceiling: 13,715m (45,000ft) Service ceiling: 11,900m (39,000ft)
floats. These bracings were removed Range: not known Range: 965km (600 miles)
outboard. All control surfaces were Range: 16,560km (10,290 miles) Range: 7315km (4545 miles)
Crew: 1 Passengers + crew: 9+1
fabric-covered, the rest of the wing when the wings were folded, each wing Passengers + crew: 289–440 + 4 Passengers + crew: 201 + 2

being a metal-skinned two-spar structure. being hinged at the trailing edge root.
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Dark History Of Hollywood How to Survive a Disaster
kieron connolly Alexander Stilwell
From the setting up of the studios by What do you do if your aircraft ditches
the movie moguls a century ago to the in the sea? Or your building is on fire?
corporations that run them today, from Or you are the victim of a terrorist
stars’ drug addictions to McCarthy-era Dark History of Hollywood attack? How to Survive a Disaster is How to Survive a Disaster
188 x 137mm (7½ x 5½”)
witch-hunts and on to the Mob, Dark 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) a complete handbook to any crisis
224pp 320pp
History of Hollywood is the story of that may suddenly arise, from food or 45,000 words
53,000 words
sex and excess, murder and suicide, water shortages, from natural disasters 300 b/w artworks
180 colour and b/w photographs and artworks
ambition and betrayal, greed and to hostage situations. With more than ISBN: 978-1-78274-548-8
ISBN: 978-1-78274-109-1
corruption. Intensively researched and £19.99 Hardback 300 easy-to-follow artworks and handy £14.99 Hardback
superbly entertaining, Dark History pull-out lists of key information, this is
of Hollywood reveals that the stories the definitive survival guide for anyone
behind the silver screen are at least as wanting to be ready for anything – it
gripping as many of those on it. could save your life.

CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS

Shelters
If you are a victim of a plane or
Desert dangers vehicle accident in the desert, you
A desert environment can shelter near to the wreckage, as
during the day poses this will increase the chances of
multiple dangers, being spotted by rescuers. The inside
including direct heat of an aircraft may, however, be too
from the sun and hot during the day.
reflected heat from the As it is vital to reduce perspiration
desert floor. Wear and preserve water, do not attempt to
light, confortable build a major shelter during the heat
clothing and good of the day. Improvise, if necessary,
quality walking boots. during the day and build a larger
shelter during the cool of the
evening. Rocky outcrops and caves
can be good, cool places for shelters.
Check for any insects or reptiles that
might be sheltering there. As rainfall
is unpredictable in a desert, do not
build a shelter in a gully, to avoid the
danger of drowning in a flash flood.
The type of shelter you build will
depend on your location. You can
stretch some canvas or a poncho
from the top of a rocky outcrop or
sand dune to the ground, weighing
the ends down with rocks. Such a
construction will make a reasonable
temporary shelter to keep you out of
the glare of the sun.
To make a more elaborate and
cooler shelter, find a natural
clothing that will not stick to your and mouth from glare reflected from hot to walk on, and its dessicating depression in the ground between
flesh when you sweat and which will the desert floor, from the sun above effect will cause your feet to dry rocks (not on an obvious water
not absorb too much body sweat. and from wind-blown sand and dust. out, resulting in painful cracks. If course) and weigh down your poncho
Take a leaf out of the Arabs’ book Although we are used to walking you wear boots, you can keep sand to form a roof overhead. Alternatively,
and wear a loose headdress that you barefoot on a sandy beach, out by fashioning a form of gaiter dig a trench that will have enough
can wrap around your face, if footwear must be worn in the round the top of the boot with a room for you and any equipment,
necessary, to protect the eyes, nose desert. The sand will often be too piece of material. and create a roof overhead with the

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Dark History Of the American Women At War in World War II
Presidents Brenda Ralph Lewis
Michael Kerrigan From a German pin-up to Japanese
From sexual skirmishes to illicit women’s police to all-women British
bugging, from insider trading to orchestras, from Soviet typists in the
connections with the Mafia, from CIA field to German pilots, from POWs Women at War in World War II
Dark History of the American Presidents
cover-ups to ‘hanging chads’, Dark to secret agents, Women at War in 268 x 205mm (10½ x 8”)
244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 256 pages
History of the American Presidents 256pp
World War II is the story of courageous
explores the dirty deeds surrounding 60,000 words
60,000 words women experiencing the war in many
300 colour and black-&-white photographs
the offices of 44 presidents – from 190 colour and b/w illustrations and photographs different ways. Including 300 colour
ISBN: 978-1-78274-547-1
George Washington to Barack Obama. ISBN: 978-1-78274-027-8 and black-&-white photographs as £19.99 Hardback
In doing so, it also tells the story of £19.99 Hardback well as evocative artworks from the
the nation’s advancement from post- period, this is a poignant tribute to
Revolutionary days of anti-monarchy the bravery of those who served
and slavery through the Civil War, on all sides, and explores how their
Reconstruction, the Depression and experiences changed the lives of those
the United States’ emergence as a who followed.
global superpower.

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The Samurai Warrior General editor Jack Watkins is a
regular contributor to publications such

THE GREATEST BATTLESThe Greatest Battles in History
THE GREATEST

THE GREATEST battles in history
as BBC History, The Guardian, The Daily

THE
Telegraph, Heritage Today and National
THE SAMURAI WARRIOR

Trust Magazine, writing on history, the
IN HISTORY
Ben Hubbard EDITED BY Jack Watkins
BATTLES
arts and conservation. He is also the

SAMURAI
author of The World’s Worst Inventions.
He lives in southern England.
Spanning more than three millennia of
Picture Credits history, The Greatest Battles in History is an

Including more than 200 photographs, Spanning more than three millennia of
authoritative, fully illustrated history of
Front cover: The Battle of Hastings fought on 14
October 1066 © National Geographic Creative/Alamy.
170 key battles, campaigns and wars from
Back cover: A map of the siege of Friedland (1807) the ancient Egyptians to the end of the

illustrations, paintings and maps, The
© Amber Books Ltd. The siege saw the French, led by Napoleonic Wars.

history, The Greatest Battles in History
WARRIOR
Napoleon Bonaparte, decisively defeat the Russians.

IN HISTORY
Arranged chronologically, The Greatest
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Encyclopedia of Warfare
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The Samurai Warrior The Greatest Battles in History
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of the first properly recorded battles) and
Dougherty, Rice, et al.
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Hundred Years’ War, Chinese and
264 x 202mm (10½ x 8”)
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Japanese conflicts, the Seven Years’ War,
the American Revolutionary War and the
atana
320pp
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d yari;
famous but often misunderstood 224 pages From the battle of Megiddo in 1457 to the battle of Waterloo in 1815 , from bc ad
ake yumi chariot charges to cavalry encounters, from naval battles to sieges, The Greatest
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Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Arranged
Combatants who appear include the
Persians, the Athenians, the Greeks,
50,000 words Battles in History tells the stories of 170 key battles, campaigns and wars from the the Teutonic Knights, the Huns, the
125,000 words
warrior elite. The book describes in chronological order, each entry
Vikings, the Mongols and Saracens,

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behave honourably. Honour Loyalty was another elusive
was one of the key virtues of the ideal, although in theory it was the
bushidō code, but it often gave pre-eminent quality of the samurai,
way to ambition and self-interest. prized above all else. Any worthy
The codes of bushidō were also warrior would follow his master
sometimes inconsistent in their into death or lay down his life for
messages about honour. Those him. But loyalty to whom, or what,
considered the best warriors, for was another question. The Emperor
example, were the ones who had was considered to be the most
put the conditions of warfare to important man in Japan, until the
their advantage. Samurai were provincial clans decided they did
encouraged to be opportunists in not want to serve him. He was then
war – such as fighting with the replaced with a Shōgun, or regent.
sun at their back so it would blind But Shōguns, too, were capable of
their opponent – but they were also disloyalty. Samurai would follow
paradoxically expected to conduct their Shōgun or clan leader to the
a fair fight. ends of the earth, but their fidelity

Below: Arquebuses
were notoriously
clumsy to fire and
reload. Well-
organized armies
employed assistants
to help with
gunpowder and
ammunition.

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betrayal. Loyalty to one’s clan was parables of loyalty to one’s clan, to die an honourable death by the
thought an essential, but brothers one’s Emperor, one’s master and sword. Those defeated in battle could
would not hesitate to kill each oneself, which don’t reflect the retain their honour by committing
other to better their position. darker reality. It is the complex seppuku.
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suggests, the capture of this hill
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Celts Dark History of the Tudors
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From their emergence as an Iron Age With 180 paintings and illustrations,
people around 800BCE to the early Dark History of the Tudors is a
centuries CE, Celts reveals the truth fascinating, accessible account of the
behind the stories of naked warriors, Celts murder, adultery, and religious turmoil Dark History of the Tudors
ritual beheadings, druids, magic and 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)
that characterized England’s most
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Hallstatt and La Tène periods, as well and illustrations Elizabeth I in 1603, the Tudor dynasty ISBN: 978-1-78274-133-6
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beliefs, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art. break with the Roman Catholic Church,
his divorce or execution of four of his
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in many cases, more tantalizing than the abstract patterns used had a great many gods, of whom a large proportion were associated opposite: A Gallo-
Roman statue of the god as the one the departed had just left. Some writers recorded
in decoration, for they show us scenes of the distant past with no with a fairly limited area or a specific tribe. Some of these
Mercury. Identification that the Celts thought that sometimes the next life might be in
explanation of what we are seeing. duplicated the abilities of others and may have been absorbed into 112 EDWARD VI: REFORMS, REBELLIONS AND ROGUES EDWARD VI: REFORMS, REBELLIONS AND ROGUES 113
of Celtic gods with animal form, but this is doubtful or possibly a local variation.
a different identity by Roman assumptions. However, as the Gauls Roman ones probably There are also accounts of the dead returning as ghosts or
Celtic Myth and Religion themselves did not leave written records, the Roman accounts are began with Roman Seymour and his supporters took to it). It is thought War at Pinkie Cleugh
spectres, but these may be later interpretations of Celtic legends. that Denny was able to subtly sway the weakened The final weeks of Henry VIII’s life were tumultuous, Part of the dispute was England
The Celts were a very widespread people, whose religious in many cases the best we have to work with. scholars making the best
King in the writing of his will. William Paget, Henry’s due to the on-again, off-again battles with Scotland.
practices and beliefs varied over time as well as by location. It is not unreasonable to assume that since the Celtic people interpretation they could For the most part, when the dead do return in stories, they do so
The continued attempts – with future good relations
wanting to force reformation
secretary, who was present for the final version of
on scanty information. as people who seem to be very much alive. on the largely Catholic population
Much of what we know of the Celtic gods has come down to us spread out from a common origin and retained at least a degree Henry’s will, is also thought to have had a hand in hopefully secured by Edward’s marriage to Mary,
After the Roman
through the myths and traditional stories of Ireland and Wales, of contact with one another, many apparently similar gods who conquest of Gaul, the
influencing the dying King, although the full extent of Queen of Scots – at peace being thwarted, the ‘rough of Scotland.
or has become part of other belief systems such as Romano-
The Returned this influence may never be known. wooing’ of Scotland commenced. Part of the dispute
have different names in different places could be the same god merging of gods became The other man close to Seymour was John Dudley, was England wanting to force reformation on the
a reality.
The returned dead, according to Celtic legends, could engage
Celtic and later Christian religion. Thus in some cases there represented in varying ways. It is also likely that some gods were the Earl of Warwick, who had been one of Henry VIII’s largely Catholic population of Scotland. Seymour also Below: This striking image depicts the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, near
in most activities that a living person might. They could assist confidantes. However, Dudley would soon turn against wanted to secure the English borders against a possible Musselburgh in the south-east of Scotland. Part of the ‘rough wooing’,
are numerous variants of any given story, attributing greater or worshipped over a very large area while others were extremely
a hero in a fight or seduce someone’s wife. They could eat and Seymour to gain further power of his own. Scottish–French invasion. The Protector and warlord the battle saw the Scots defeated by the English.
lesser – or completely different – abilities and powers to any localized. It follows that the more widespread gods performed
drink, and would easily pass for a living person. However, the
given character. Many gods and other beings had three aspects, functions that were relevant to everyone, while local gods were below: The enduring below: Chun Quoit dead also had supernatural powers shared by gods and the faerie
which further confuses the issue. only of much importance to the tribe or region that venerated (if wildly incorrect) is a fine example of a
folk, and could become invisible or travel from place to place
Celtic myths generally agree that magical beings and gods them. There is thus evidence of a general pantheon throughout image of Celtic religion dolmen, or portal tomb.
is of white-robed druids The huge stones were without anyone witnessing how.
lived apart from the mortal world in an ‘Otherworld’ that the Celtic world, with local variations and additions.
collecting mistletoe originally set in an earth Some of the traditional Celtic burial customs were designed
was known by various names. Welsh mythology frequently Similarly, it is likely that the general format of Celtic religion whilst surrounded by mound which has since to prevent the dead from wandering around the countryside.
refers to this place as Annwyn, while Irish myths often was much the same throughout the Celtic world, but that local suitably savage-looking eroded away. Chun Large stones placed over the grave, or the practice of tying the
refer to Sidhe. These tales survived long enough to be customs varied considerably from this norm at times. Caesar warriors. Quoit was constructed
around 2400 bce,
limbs of the departed, were intended to restrict the activities
recorded in written form by the people they belonged to,
possibly by early proto- of the corpse. Even so, it was still sometimes possible to obtain are references to the dead dwelling underground, but if this is the above: A Celtic funeral
or at least their descendants. was an important
Celtic people. information from the dead, often by visiting or even sleeping in case then such a realm might have been much more cheerful than
On the other hand, much of what we know about affair for the dead as
their tombs at night. the underground hells of other cultures.
the religion of the Gallic Celts is filtered through the well as the living. The
Exactly where the dead It is not even clear if the Celts believed that their new lives deceased might decide to
perception of the Roman writers that recorded it, and
went when they were not took place in another world or a different part of the same one, nor return and plague their
is inevitably distorted. Julius Caesar wrote much about
returning to help out or if it mattered. What is important is that they believed that death neighbours or relatives
what the Celts believed, but he used terms that he was if not properly sealed
plague the living is unclear. was not the end but simply an interruption before life continued
familiar with. He recorded that Mercury was the chief within the tomb.
Translations of Celtic beliefs somewhere else. For this reason death in battle was not something
god of the Gauls, which seems rather unlikely. It is much
have become distorted to be greatly feared and suicide might actually be a good option if it Above: This is the front page of Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common
more probable that the Celts had a deity that fulfilled Prayer, which did away with the Latin mass. Edward’s beliefs and
by the perceptions and allowed escape from a desperate or miserable situation.
the same general functions as Mercury, and since Caesar those of his supporters took the reformation closer to Protestantism
misconceptions of those that It does seem that Celtic beliefs baffled and confused many that Henry VIII had ever intended.
did not know the god’s actual name he used a parallel
recorded them. Some writers observers, who tried to equate them to other belief systems and
that would be familiar to his expected readership. It all too much, too soon. Seymour and Edward would
claim that the Celts believed in so doing muddied the waters for future scholars. Their beliefs
is possible that this is instead an example of Roman presently be facing a rebellion from within the country
in a mystical island where were, like many other aspects of their culture, unique and not as well as threats from abroad.
arrogance, assuming that barbarians worshipped proper
the dead – or perhaps some really explainable in terms of someone else’s religion. Inference Seymour was canny enough to keep close and
Roman gods but by some other name.
of them – went, while others and conjecture can only go so far, and unfortunately the people trusted advisors near him, whom he rewarded well
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for their loyalty. These men included William Paget
refer to having to cross an who really understood it all passed on to another life somewhere
reasonable approximation in some cases, but the Gauls and Anthony Denny. Denny, one of Henry VIII’s
underground ocean. There else long ago. confidants, was the one who dry stamped Henry’s final
will with a facsimile of his signature prior to it being
signed (although Henry died before ever signing the
final version, which partly allowed the flexible approach

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Vikings: A History of the Norse Kama Sutra
People TRANSLATED BY
Martin J. Dougherty RICHARD BURTON
A thousand years after their demise, Written in India in Sanskrit between
traces of the Vikings remain far beyond 400BCE and 300CE by the philosopher
Scandinavia. They traded walruses Vatsyayana, the Kama Sutra is the Kama Sutra
with Inuits, brought Russian furs to Vikings: A History of the Norse People 264 x 195mm (10½ x 7¾”)
classic work on love, marriage and
Western Europe and took European 242 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼”) 96pp
224pp sex, with much of what it has to say
slaves to Constantinople. In this 5,000 words
62,000 words still valid today. Although famous for
accessible book, the whole narrative 50 col artworks
200 colour and b/w photographs, artworks, maps its chapter on sexual pleasure, the
of the Viking story is examined from ISNB: 978-1-909160-22-4
and illustrations Kama Sutra actually addresses many £19.99 Chinese bound hardback
the eighth to the 11th century. Arranged ISBN: 978-1-78274-061-2 topics. Including editorial notes, this
thematically, Vikings: A History of the £19.99 Hardback abridged edition features extracts from
Norse People reveals the story of the each chapter of the book. Illustrating
Norsemen from exploration to religion, the text are more than 30 classic Indian
from trade to settlement to weaponry, paintings from a 16th century edition of
from their kingdoms to their legacy. the book.

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opposite: Early Viking return with a ship full of booty and tall tales of prowess in battle 16° N 8° Arctic Circle 0° it open. Effectiveness depends greatly upon LEFT: Although not

raids were characterized as prestigious as a The action in each case is denoted by the meaning of the word which The above two kinds of embrace takes place only between persons
might be more exciting than a well-negotiated trade with far-off ICELAND
impact, and the design of an axe is important if However the part sixty-four is now treated of, and the embrace, being
by being small in Viking Raids sword, axes were stands for it. who do not, as yet, speak freely with each other.
people, but the admiration of those looking upon the proceeds Settled from c. 825 Europe c. 814 impact is to be maximized. The haft must be of the first subject, will now be considered.
scale and limited in still possessions to
was not necessarily greater. A profitable voyage would inspire
64°
Viking raids an appropriate length to match the user’s arm and be prized. This axe
Now the embrace which indicates the mutual love of a man and
penetration. It was Norwegian from c. 780 (1). When a man under some pretext or other goes in front or alongside (3). When two lovers are walking slowly together, either in the dark, or in
fame, which brought a status that could not always simply be thus create a good arc of swing, and the head must head is beautifully woman who have come together is of four kinds, viz.:
relatively easy to follow Sea
decorated, but that does Touching of a woman and touches her body with his own, it is called the “touching a place of public resort, or in a lonely place, and rub their bodies against
the coast until a suitablebought with wealth. concentrate mass behind the blade without making the
S

target was located. not preclude it being Piercing embrace.” each other, it is called a “rubbing embrace.”
The decision to launch the Lindisfarne raid was therefore weapon unwieldy.
N

a working weapon as Rubbing
A

logical. The target was an easy one, with prospects of a large Viking axes were thus anything but crude. While less opposed to a ceremonial (2). When a woman in a lonely place bends down, as if to pick up (4). When on the above occasion one of them presses the other’s body
I

Pressing
quantity of plunder. The expedition offered everyone involved prestigious than swords they were highly effective and were
G

or decorative item. something, and pierces, as it were, a man sitting or standing, with her forcibly against a wall or pillar, it is called a “pressing embrace.”
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the chance to enrich himself both materially and in reputation. often very well made. Heads were of a socket type, where thrown spears, but this was offset by the greater breasts, and the man in return takes hold of them, it is called a “piercing
W

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It appealed to an adventurous people who the head has a hole through which the haft passes. More reach and power of his blows. The long-handled axe
R

embrace.” These two last embraces are peculiar to those who know the
‘Better to fight and believed that a man could take what he
O

primitive axes, whose heads are tied on with thongs, were became a signature weapon of the Varangian Guard in Byzantine intentions of each other.
N

BELOW: This rather CHAPTER 2
fall than to live wanted, providing he had won it by strength far less effective in action, especially against opponents service and was adopted by various Viking-influenced cultures,
dramatic depiction of

Of the embrace
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and prowess. From the point of view of the wearing armour. Even a well-made axe could come apart including the English. At the time of the meeting the four following kinds of embrace are
without hope’. ATLANTIC Leif Eriksson landing in
ED

Kaupang
Scandinavian seafarers of the time, Lindisfarne OCEAN in combat, however. There are instances in the sagas of An axe, used in one or both hands, was in many ways more used, viz.:
SW

the New World shows
was nothing more or less than a perfect opportunity to do what KINGDOM axe-heads parting company with the haft, usually to the capable of penetrating armour than a sword. The combination him armed with a long- Jataveshtitaka, or the twining of a creeper.
they had been doing for centuries. OF THE PICTS immediate detriment of the wielder. of leverage, concentration of mass and a sharp blade made an hafted axe as his primary Vrikshadhirudhaka, or climbing a tree.

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56° North weapon, with a sword as
The beginning of the Viking Age was not marked by a sudden Sea The typical Viking axe was wielded in one hand, usually axe more likely to cut through a helmet or bash the wearer his part of the Kama Shastra, which treats of sexual union, is Tila-Tandulaka, or the mixture of sesamum seed with rice.
below: The Viking a backup. He also has a
departure from previous habits. The Vikings had been raiding DENMARK in conjunction with a shield, and had a single cutting senseless, and there are numerous examples of this in the sagas. also called “Sixty-four” (Chatushshashti). Some old authors Kshiraniraka, or milk and water embrace.
longship was an efficient STRATH- dagger hung vertically
and seaworthy design, and trading for generations. The only thing that really changed CLYDE
Lindisfarne blade. The gigantic two-bladed axes often depicted in fantasy Less common are descriptions of axes being thrown, although it from his belt, which may say that it is called so, because it contains sixty-four chapters.
Ribe
but it was a small craft was the scale of their operations, and the amount of attention PICTS
games or movies are exactly that – fantasy. The Viking axe was happens occasionally. When it does, it seems to be an expedient be an anachronism. Others are of opinion that the author of this part being a person (1). When a woman, clinging to a man as a creeper twines round a tree,
NORTHUMBRIA
in which to undertake they attracted from those in a position to record history. The Hedeby a simple but entirely effective weapon, probably carried without named Panchala, and the person who recited the part of the Rig Veda bends his head down to hers with the desire of kissing him and slightly
IRISH
long voyages on the open York
beginning of the Viking Age was not the moment when the KINGDOMS
a sheath. It is not hard to stick an axe through a belt, and called Dashatapa, which contains sixty-four verses, being also called makes the sound of sut sut, embraces him, and looks lovingly towards
sea. Such vessels made Panchala, the name “sixty-four” has been given to the part of the work him, it is called an embrace like the “twining of a creeper.”
more or less routine Norsemen decided to start raiding; it was the moment that 52°
Hamburg SL ABOVE: These replica reasonably safe to carry it this way. One hanging on a thong from
WELSH A axes have only a slight in honour of the Rig Vedas. The followers of Babhravya say on the
crossings to Iceland. the rest of the world had to start taking notice. STATES
Lichfield Bremen VS the belt would be a rather different proposition, since it would
MERCIA SAXO
NS ‘beard’ on the head. other hand that this part contains eight subjects, viz., the embrace, (2). When a woman, having placed one of her feet on the foot of her
Ipswich
Rhine swing about and injure the owner around the knees even if it
Some designs have kissing, scratching with the nails or fingers, biting, lying down, making lover, and the other on one of his thighs, passes one of her arms round
London
Dorestad
a very pronounced were not sharp enough to cut him.
WEST
WESSEX Winchester various sounds, playing the part of a man, and the Auparishtaka, or his back, and the other on his shoulders, makes slightly the sounds of
WALES elongation of the Axes could also be carried in other ways. Some saga-heroes mouth congress. Each of these subjects being of eight kinds, and eight
Portland
Quentovic Aachen
Cologne singing and cooing, and wishes, as it were, to climb up him in order to
c. 789 first Viking lower cutting face. and, therefore, presumably some Viking warriors carried an axe multiplied by eight being sixty-four, this part is therefore named “sixty-
raid mentioned in
Anglo-Saxon Frankfurt The angulation of the
have a kiss, it is called an embrace like the “climbing of a tree.”
histories in their shield-hand as a backup weapon, transferring it to the four.” But Vatsyayana affirms that as this part contains also the following
Rouen leftmost axe’s head is
48° Bayeux weapon hand when the main weapon was lost or hurled at an subjects, viz., striking, crying, the acts of a man during congress, the These two kinds of embrace take place when the lover is standing.
Paris deliberate, aligning the
BR E T ONS
F R A N K I S H E M P I R E cutting edge with the opponent. They were also fairly concealable, being shorter than various kinds of congress, and other subjects, the name “sixty-four”
Orléans
Salzburg
arc of a swing. most swords, and could be hidden under a cloak or in a bundle of is given to it only accidentally. As, for instance, we say this tree is (3). When lovers lie on a bed, and embrace each other so closely that
Nantes Tours
Besançon Zurich apparently innocuous objects until the wielder was ready to strike. “Saptaparna,” or seven-leaved, this offering of rice is “Panchavarna,” the arms and thighs of the one are encircled by the arms and thighs of
Long-hafted axes were also used, sometimes as tools and or five-coloured, but the tree has not seven leaves, neither has the rice the other, and are, as it were, rubbing up against them, this is called an
Bay of Limoges Geneva sometimes as weapons. The longer haft required the use of both five colours. embrace like “the mixture of sesamum seed with rice.”
Biscay
Lyons
Milan hands, so the shield had to be cast away or hung on the back.
Bordeaux Venice
Turin Verona
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Survival Techniques The Battle of the Bulge:
Alexander Stilwell Hitler’s Last Hope
Survival Techniques takes you through
all the things you need to know about Robin Cross
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the wild, such as where to find water Survival Techniques Hope is a comprehensive history of
in the desert, how to build shelters, 188 x 137mm (7½ x 5½”) Germany’s surprise offensive, the
320pp failure of which hastened the end of The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler’s Last Hope
how to make tools, first aid skills and 246 x 183mm (9½ x 7½”)
what plants are safe to eat. However, 45,000 words the conflict. The book’s authoritative
150 b/w artworks 192pp
the ultimate aim is to get back to text is complemented with detailed
978-1-78274-242-5 60,000 words
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SURVIVAL AT SEA SURVIVAL AT SEA II III

BOARDING A LIFE RAFT your inflatable life-preserver
Cloud types
Private, German Luftwaffe Field Division
If the raft is attached to you with a either to yourself or the raft before
rope, pull the raft towards to you removing it. Then grab handles on Private, US 1st infantry Division
(A). If it is upside down in the each side of the raft and pull
Cirrus water, pull it the right way up by yourself in, while kicking with
moving to the side opposite to your legs in the water (B and C).
where the lanyard is attached and Another way of boarding is to
Cumulonimbus pulling it over, placing your feet get one knee inside the raft and
against the raft if necessary, or by pull yourself forward into it as
grabbing handles at the opposite shown in D and E.
side from where you are in the When you are in the raft, make
Cirrocumulus water and pulling it over. sure it is fully inflated and check
To board the raft, you can attach for any leaks.

Cumulus Boarding a life raft, A
Altocumulus

Stratocumulus Stratus

they pile up and push higher into direction of the storm as well as a
the atmosphere they can become rapid drop in temperature.
storm clouds.
4.Stratus
3. Nimbus Low clouds composed of water
Clouds of uniform greyness droplets make up an even, grey
extend over the whole sky. layer of cloud. They inevitably
mean rain or snow. Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)
Cumulonimbus
These clouds are dark with flat Altostratus
bases and rounded tops. Holes in this layer mean that the
Sometimes they form an anvil weather may not be too bad.
shape at the top, looking like
cirrus. They often mean sudden Nimbostratus
heavy showers of rain, snow or These rain-bearing clouds have a
hail. If a thunderstorm occurs, you low base and consist of thick Junior officer, US Army
can expect a strong wind from the layers.

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Berlin: The Final Reckoning The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror
Gordon Williamson
Karl Bahm
The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror
In April 1945, the final act of World
examines every aspect of the Führer’s
War II in Europe was played out in
private army, from internal security
Germany’s capital. Berlin: The Final The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror
to intelligence services, from Waffen-
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SS combat units to foreign divisions
of the last battle of Nazi Germany, 246 x 183mm (9½ x 7½”) 304pp
192pp to racial policy and the running of
which would see the virtual destruction 110,000 words
60,000 words concentration camps. Ranging from its
of a city, and the suicide of Adolf Hitler. 50 col & 220 b/w photos, artworks and maps
150 b/w photographs, 16-page colour insert origins after World War I to the fall of ISBN: 978-1-78274-028-5
Brilliantly researched and including a
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personnel, tanks, firearms and aircraft,
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this is a superbly illustrated account of
artworks. This is the definitive account
the battle that ended the Nazi dream of
of Nazi Germany’s most notorious
a 1,000-year Reich.
organization.

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Classic titles
Mini Encyclopedias

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The Human Body How the Brain Works Human Body How the Body Works 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words
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285 x 255mm (11¼ x 9”) 512pp, 260,000 words 276 x 220mm (10¾ x 8¾”) 276 x 220mm (10¾ x 8¾”) Gerrie McCall a Special Forces Soldier Special Forces Selection Course Fitness Training
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Paul E. Eden 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Jack Watkins (editor) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
297 x 228mm (11¾ x 9”) 1,024pp, 350,000 words 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 448pp, 160,000 words SAS and Special Forces Self SAS and Special Forces SAS and Elite Forces Guide: SAS and Elite Forces
512pp, 190,000 words 600 col maps 320pp, 100,000 words 600 col & b/w photos & a/ws Defence Handbook Mental Toughness Training Extreme Fitness Guide: Armed Combat
1,200 col & b/w photos & a/ws ISBN: 978-1-78274-023-0 400pp b/w & col photos and a/ws ISBN: 978-1-906626-80-8 John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman Chris McNab Chris McNab Martin J. Dougherty
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£24.99 Paperback £24.99 Hardback 160pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 320pp, 45,000 words 320pp, 45,000 words
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Combat Military History
Survival

SAS and Elite Forces Guide: SAS and Elite Forces Guide: SAS and Elite Forces Guide:  SAS and Elite Forces Guide:
Unarmed Combat Extreme Unarmed Combat Ropes and Knots Prisioner of War Escape
Martin J. Dougherty Martin J. Dougherty Alexander Stilwell & Evasion The Samurai Warrior Gladiator In The Footsteps of Alexander The Viking Warrior
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Alexander Stilwell Chris McNab Martin J. Dougherty Alexander Stilwell The Viking Warrior Warriors of the World: Encyclopedia Battles of the Bible
178 x 127mm (7 x 5”) 178 x 127mm (7 x 5”) 178 x 127mm (7 x 5”) 178 x 127mm (7 x 5”) Ben Hubbard The Ancient Warrior of Classic Warfare Phyllis G. Jestice & Others
320pp, 40,000 words 320pp ,45,000 words 320pp, 45,000 words 320pp, 60,000 words 285 x 213mm (11¼ x 8½”) Martin J. Dougherty Jack Watkins 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
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World War II Secret Special Forces in Action Self-Defence: Self-Defence:
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Military History World War I

The Illustrated History The Western Front The Western Front The Eastern Front
Camouflage at War The Illustrated History The Illustrated History 1917–1918 1914–1916 1914–1920
Amphibious Warfare of World War I
Martin J. Dougherty of World War I of the Vietnam War Andrew Wiest Michael S. Neiberg David Jordan & Michael S. Neiberg
Ian Speller & Christopher Tuck Andrew Wiest
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World War II Plans Edward J. Erickson David Jordan Tim Benbow
That Never Happened & Campaigns of the American Civil War Chris Bishop
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Michael Kerrigan 224pp, 75,000 words 224pp, 75,000 words 224pp,75,000 words
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World War II

Battles that Changed History
Air Combat Land Combat Sea Combat
Kelly DeVries & Others
Thomas Newdick Martin J. Dougherty Robert Jackson Rommel World War II Plans
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) The Essential Aircraft Hitler
285 x 211mm (11¼ x 8¼”) 285 x 211mm (11¼ x 8¼”) 285 x 211mm (11¼ x 8¼”) In His Own Words That Never Happened­­­­­
448pp, 160,000 words Identification Guide: Aircraft Michael Kerrigan
320pp, 80,000 words 320pp, 80,000 words 320pp, 80,000 words
600 col & b/w photos & a/ws of WWI 1914–1918 264 x 208mm (10½ x 8¼”) John Pimlott (editor) Michael Kerrigan
300 col a/ws and photographs 300 col a/ws and photographs 300 col a/ws and photographs 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
ISBN: 978-1-906626-80-8 Jack Herris & Bob Pearson 224pp, 60,000 words
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Military Atlas of World War II Chronology of World War II Uniforms of World War II Stalin’s Secret Police Visual Battle Guide: Visual Battle Guide: Order of Battle: German Order of Battle: German
Chris Bishop David Jordan Peter Darman Rupert Butler FIfth Guards Tank Army at Kursk Das Reich­­­ at Kursk Kriegsmarine in WWII Luftwaffe in WWII
360 x 280mm (14¼ x 11”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 285 x 213mm (11¼ x 8½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) David Porter David Porter Chris McNab Chris Bishop
176pp, 32,000 words 160pp, 70,000 words 288pp, 80,000 words 192pp, 65,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
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SS Divisional Histories

The Downfall Hitler Youth The German Soldier The Gestapo
of the Third Reich Brenda Ralph Lewis in World War II Rupert Butler
Duncan Anderson 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Stephen Hart 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) pb
Order of Battle: Western Allied SS: Totenkopf SS: Wiking
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 192pp, 60,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp; 50,000 words Order of Battle: The Red
Forces of WWII Chris Mann Rupert Butler
256pp, 70,000 words 120 b/w photos 192pp, 60,000 words 120 black and white photos Army in WWII
275 photos, artworks and maps Michael E. Haskew 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
ISBN: 9781782743682 120 b/w photos ISBN: 9781782743156 David Porter
ISBN: 978-1-908696-53-3 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words
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150 col & b/w photos & a/ws ISBN: 978-1-78274-251-7 ISBN: 978-1-78274-248-7
150 col & b/w photos & a/ws
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World War II Data Book: World War II Data Book: 7th Armoured Division 1st SS Panzer Corps
The Third Reich The Luftwaffe at Villers-Bocage at Villers-Bocage
Chris McNab S. Mike Pavelec David Porter David Porter SS: Leibstandarte SS: Das Reich SS: Hitlerjugend SS: Hitler’s Foreign Divisions
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Rupert Butler Gregory L. Mattson Rupert Butler Chris Bishop
192pp; 50,000 words 192pp; 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words 192pp 50,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
170 b/w photos, diagrams and maps 150 b/w photos, diagrams and maps 150 col a/ws & b/w photos 150 col a/ws & b/w photos 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words
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Plans that Never

SS: Hell on the Western Front Weapons and Fighting Tactics SS: Roll of Infamy SS: Hell on the Eastern Front Technical Drawings Chronology of Aviation World’s Greatest Civil Aircraft World’s Greatest Military Aircraft
Chris Bishop of Aircraft of World War II Jim Winchester Paul E. Eden Thomas Newdick
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
Happened
of the Waffen SS Christopher Ailsby Christopher Ailsby
Paul E. Eden 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 297 x 227mm (113⁄4 x 9”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
Stephen Hart 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
192pp 60,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp, 60,000 words 192pp, 60,000 words 297 x 228mm (11¾ x 9”) 160pp, 70,000 words 224pp, 65,000 words 224pp, 65,000 words
120 b/w photographs 192pp, 60,000 words 150 b/w photographs 120 b/w photos 256pp, 50,000 words 300 col & b/w photos & a/ws 100 col a/ws & 100 col & b/w photos 200 col a/ws and photographs
ISBN: 9781782743149 70 b/w photographs & 50 b/w a/ws ISBN: 9781782743132 ISBN: 9781782743675 385 col photos and 116 line artworks ISBN: 978-1-78274-067-4 ISBN: 978-1-78274-245-6 ISBN: 978-1-78274-263-0
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Aviation

Military Atlas Modern Military Aircraft The Essential Aircraft
Allied Aircraft
of Air Warfare Identification Guide:
of World War II Thomas Newdick & Tom Cooper
Martin J. Dougherty Allied Fighters 1939–45
Personal Accounts of the Battles of the Waffen-SS Drones Technical Guide: Chris Chant 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
360 x 280mm (14¼ x 11”) Christopher Chant
Waffen SS at War Gordon Willamson Martin J. Dougherty Japanese Aircraft of World War II 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 384pp, 100,000 words
176pp, 37,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
Gordon Willamson 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) Thomas Newdick 384pp, 100,000 words 400 col & b/w a/ws & photos
120 col maps and 100 photographs 192pp, 50,000 words
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp, 60,000 words 224pp, 55,000 words 216 x 170mm (81⁄2 x 6¾”) 400 col & b/w a/ws & photos ISBN: 978-1-78274-066-7
ISBN: 978-1-78274-138-1 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos
192pp, 60,000 words 120 b/w photos 200 col a/ws and photographs 128 pages, 25,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-207-4 £29.99 Hardback
£24.99 Hardback ISBN: 9781905704699
120 b/w photos ISBN: 9781782743705 ISBN: 978-1-78274-255-5 120 artworks and 15 photos £29.99 Hardback
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FLYING THE
WORLD’S GREATEST
COMBAT
AIRCRAFT

FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS
FROM THE PILOTS WHO FLEW
The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft
Identification Guide: Identification Guide: Aircraft Identification Guide: Modern
THEM IN ACTION

Identification Guide: Aircraft
Flying the World’s Greatest Aviation Fact File: Aviation Fact File: Aviation Fact File: Allied Bombers 1939–45 of the Cold War 1945–1991 of WWI 1914–1918 Military Airpower 1990–Present
Combat Aircraft Classic Military Aircraft Military Aircraft of the Cold War Helicopters Christopher Chant Thomas Newdick Jack Herris & Bob Pearson Thomas Newdick
James Bennett (EDITOR) Jim Winchester (editor) Jim Winchester (edITOR) Jim Winchester (editor) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
297 x 224mm (11¾ x 9”) 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11¾”) 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11½”) 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11½”) 192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words
224pp 90,000 words 448pp; 120,000 words 256pp, 145,000 words 256pp, 145,000 words 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos
375 col & b/w photos 2000 colour photos and a/ws 2000 col & b/w photos & artworks 2000 col & b/w photos & artworks ISBN: 9781905704705 ISBN: 9781906626631 ISBN: 9781906626655 ISBN: 9781907446276
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Naval

World’s Greatest Small Arms Small Arms: Small Arms: The Essential Weapons
Chris McNab Compared and Contrasted 17th Century to the Present Day Identification Guide:
The Golden Age of Sail 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) Martin J Dougherty MARTIN J. DOUGHERTY Small Arms 1914-1945
The Essential Aircraft Air Combat The Encyclopedia
224pp, 65,000 words 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11½”) 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11½”) Michael E. Haskew
Identification Guide: Thomas Newdick of Aircraft of World War II David Ross
200 colour and b/w photos & a/ws 224pp, 70,000 words 224pp; 15,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
Carrier Aircraft 1917–Present 285 x 211mm (11¼ x 8¼”) Paul E. Eden 213 x 290mm (8½ x 11½”)
ISBN: 978-1-78274-262-3 300 col photos and illustrations 250 col a/ws, 35 col & b/w photos 192pp, 50,000 words
Thomas Newdick 320pp, 80,000 words 297 x 228mm (11¾ x 9”) 224pp, 50,000 words
£19.99 Hardback ISBN: 978-1-78274-206-7 ISBN: 9781907446801 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 300 col a/ws and photographs 512pp, 190,000 words 110 col a/ws & photos
£19.99 Hardback £19.99 Hardback ISBN: 9781908273758
192pp, 50,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-333-0 1,200 col & b/w photos & a/ws ISBN: 978-1-78274-069-8
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Military Technology

Ships of the Civil War Submarines The World’s Greatest Essential Submarine
Kevin J. Dougherty Chris Bishop Submarines Identification Guide:
215 x 300mm (8½ x 11¾”) 270 x 215mm (10½ x 8½”) David Ross Kriegsmarine U-Boats The Essential Weapons Technical Guide: Technical Guide: Camouflage at War
224 pages; 50,000 words 384 pp 120,000 words 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 1939–45 Identification Guide: Japanese Aircraft in World War II Russian Tanks of World War II Martin J. Dougherty
130 colour a/ws and photos 500 artworks and 80 photographs 224pp, 65,000 words Chris Bishop Small Arms 1945-present Thomas Newdick Stephen Hart 268 x 205mm (10½ x 8”)
ISBN: 9781909160675 ISBN: 978-1-78274-433-7 200 colour artworks and photographs 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Martin J. Dougherty 216 x 170mm (81⁄2 x 6¾”) 216 x 170mm (81⁄2 x 6¾”) 224pp, 60,000 words
£19.99 Hardback £29.99 Hardback ISBN: 978-1-78274-421-4 192pp, 50,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 128 pages, 25,000 words 128 pages, 25,000 words 200 col & b/w photos and a/ws
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Small Arms

Compared and Contrasted Compared and Contrasted Red Army Tanks of World War II World’s Greatest Civil Aircraft
Collector’s Guides: Collector’s Guides: Collector’s Guides: Collector’s Guides:
Glock Colt Pistols & Revolvers Rifles & Muskets Weapons of World War II Modern Weapons Tim Bean & WILL FOWLER Paul E. Eden
Michael E. Haskew Martin J Dougherty 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 297 x 227mm (113⁄4 x 9”)
Chris McNab Michael E. Haskew Martin J. Dougherty Michael E. Haskew
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 176pp, 70,000 words 224pp, 65,000 words
244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)
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Essential Identification Guides

The World’s Greatest The World’s Greatest The World’s Greatest The World’s Greatest
Military Aircraft Submarines Tanks Small Arms
Thomas Newdick David Ross Michael E. Haskew CHRIS MCNAB
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
German Panzers Allied Tanks Allied Aircraft Modern Military Aircraft
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
224pp, 65,000 words 224pp, 65,000 words
of World War II of World War II of World War II Thomas Newdick
224pp, 65,000 words 224pp, 65,000 words
Chris Bishop & Jorge Rosado David Porter Chris Chant 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
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ISBN: 978-1-78274-263-0 ISBN: 978-1-78274-421-4 ISBN: 978-1-78274-108-4 ISBN: 978-1-78274-262-3
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Military Atlas Military Atlas
Atlas of Tank Warfare
of Tank Warfare of Air Warfare
Stephen Hart (Editor)
Stephen Hart Martin J. Dougherty Modern Tanks The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft
297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”) The Essential Aircraft
360 x 280mm (14¼ x 11”) 360 x 280mm (14¼ x 11”) and Artillery Identification Guide: Identification Guide: Aircraft
176pp ,100,000 words Identification Guide:
176pp, 32,000 words 176pp, 37,000 words Michael E. Haskew Allied Fighters 1939–45 of the Cold War 1945–1991
120 col maps, 150 col & b/w Allied Bombers 1939–45
110 col maps and 65 photographs 120 col maps and 100 photographs 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Chris Chant
photos & artworks Chris Chant Thomas Newdick
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The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft The Essential Aircraft The Essential Tank
Identification Guide: Aircraft Identification Guide: Modern Identification Guide: Identification Guide:
of WWI 1914–1918 Military Airpower 1990–Present Carrier Aircraft 1917–Present Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions
Jack Herris & Bob Pearson Thomas Newdick & Tom Cooper Thomas Newdick 1939–45
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Chris Bishop
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The Essential Vehicle Essential Submarine
The Essential Vehicle The Essential Vehicle
Identification Guide: Identification Guide:
Identification Guide: Identification Guide:
Panzergrenadier Divisions Kriegsmarine U-Boats
Waffen-SS Divisions Western Allied Tanks
1939–45 1939–45
1939–45 1939–45
Chris Bishop Chris Bishop
Chris Bishop David Porter
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words
192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words
200 col & b/w a/ws & photos 200 col & b/w a/ws & photos
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The Essential Weapons The Essential Weapons The Essential Weapons The Essential Vehicle
Identification Guide: Identification Guide: Identification Guide: Identification Guide: Postwar
Small Arms 1914-1945 Small Arms 1945-present Postwar Artillery Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Michael E. Haskew Martin J. Dougherty 1945–Present 1945–Present
240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) Michael E. Haskew Michael E. Haskew
192pp, 50,000 words 192pp, 50,000 words 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)
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