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Witnessing The Junta
Between 1976-83, Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship that was commonly known as the ‘junta’. Throughout this period, the regime conducted a ‘Dirty War’ where political dissidents were hunted down. Approximately 30,000 people disappeared an
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Bury Me Next To Ernie
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) led three expeditions to the Antarctic and was famed for his leadership qualities. He is best remembered for the ill-fated but lauded Endurance expedition of 1914-16. Forgotten by a world consumed by WWI, the expedit
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Filip Konowal
Buckingham Palace would seem a most unlikely place to find an ordinary Canadian soldier, but on 15 October 1917, King George V leaned forward and pinned the coveted crimson ribbon and bronze cross emblazoned “for valour” on the tunic of Corporal Fili
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The Sword Of Allah
Shamyl, the third imam of Dagestan, joined the dozens of warriors trying to escape the mountain stronghold of Akhoulgo on 21 August 1839. After a bloody 80-day siege, the Russians had finally succeeded in capturing the fortified village. As the conqu
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War In Focus
An American gun crew crouches as they fire their M20 75mm recoilless rifle, in support of infantry units across the valley. First deployed in the closing months of WWII, the M20 became a mainstay of US forces and their allies in post-1945 conflicts.
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Boulton Paul Defiant
From the autumn of 1941, Defiants received Airborne Interception (AI) radar for night combat. The transmitters were behind the turret, while the receiver and screen were in the cockpit. The wings were built in sections, and were a simplified version
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Second Punic War
Carthage is defeated in the First Punic War (264-241 BCE) and loses Sardinia and Corsica to Rome. However, the Carthaginians gain control in Iberia and tensions rise over the hegemony of Saguntum, a Hellenized coastal city with Roman connections. Ha
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Defending The Falklands Part I The Gathering Storm
On 1 April 1982 Major Mike Norman took command of a small garrison of around 70 Royal Marines stationed on the Falkland Islands. He was looking forward to a quiet year’s posting, with time for some adventure training, fishing and exploring the rugged
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The Battle Of Cannae
Hannibal, sworn to enmity for Rome since childhood, quickly defeated two Roman armies at the Trebia and Lake Trasimene, shortly after invading Italy. However, on the large sweeping plains near Cannae, he would meet a very different challenge. Those v
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MUSEUMS & EVENTS
The Royal Hospital will be playing host to its inaugural history festival with dozens of events including talks by distinguished historians and a WWII veteran Running between 9-13 October 2019, the first Chelsea History Festival will be taking plac
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Could Hannibal Have Taken Rome?
In Autumn 216 BCE, Hannibal was the master of Italy. He had defeated consular armies in 218, 217 and 216, most recently destroying 80,000 men at Cannae. Elsewhere, Rome was being defeated too. The city stood at Hannibal’s mercy and yet he did not pla
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Werewolf
Director: Adrian Panek Distributor: Eureka Entertainment Stars: Kamil Polnisiak, Sonia Mietieleca, Danuta Stenka, Nicolas Pryzgoda UK Release: 20 September Adrian Panek’s WW2-themed horror film begins with the Nazis in retreat. It’s early February 1
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Weapons
The weapons of war for Roman legionaries and their Carthaginian enemies were essential tools, developed and refined over time. However, in many cases the terminology of these weapons remained the same for centuries and we can lose sight of how period
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Entertaining The Troops 1939-1945
Author: Kiri Bloom Waldon Publisher: Shire Publications Price: £7.67 The idea of entertaining the troops during war has long been seen as vital for keeping up morale and breaking the monotony of military life when not on the frontline. Whether you
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CARTHAGINIANS & ROMANS
The son of the renowned Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal spent much of his early life in Spain. His father, who had vigorously fought the Romans during the First Punic War, reputedly made his son swear eternal hostility to Rome and Hanni
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The Art Of Prowling
Author: Col. G. A. Wade Publisher: Royal Armouries Price: £6.99 This curious little book offers advice for members of the Home Guard on patrol duty during World War II. Originally published in 1940, it has been reissued in hardback by the Royal Armo
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Market Garden Inside The 1st Airborne Division’s Failure At Arnhem
The Battle of Normandy effectively ended on 21 August 1944 with the closing of the Falaise Gap, 76 days after Allied troops first set foot on the D-Day landing beaches. The battle cost the Germans around 10,000 dead and 50,000 prisoners along with al
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Waiting For War: Britain 1939–1940
Writer: Barry Turner Publisher: Icon Books Price: £20 The opening phase of World War II, the so-called ‘Phoney War’, tends to be glossed over in most histories. It is understandable that writers have been more interested in events on the continent,
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Polish Airborne At Arnhem
The 1st Polish Parachute Brigade was, in the words of its commander Major General Stanislaw Sosabowski, “An Army bastard, born out of wedlock, unwanted and with most of the qualities and faults of a love-child – strength, stubbornness and determinati
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Women In The Second World War
Authors: Neil R. Storey and Fiona Kay Publisher: Amberley Publishing Price: £8.99 The role played by women in the Second World War still tends to be overlooked amid the campaign and battle narratives of conventional history. This slim volume aims to
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Siege Of Seringapatam
In the mid-1790s, Great Britain’s colonies in India were largely limited to widely separated coastal enclaves, where the East India Company (EIC) conducted trade while protected by its own armed forces. These were mainly composed of ‘native’ battalio
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Operation Market Garden
Alongside day-by-day, hour-by-hour battlefield analysis of the full operation, Buckingham’s narrative also includes first-hand accounts from the last remaining veterans of Operation Market Garden. With an extensive list of sources and even an index,
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Siege Of Seringapatam
Harris decided that the western walls presented the best chance of success, and later determined on a site near the north-western bastion. His and the Nizam’s forces deployed accordingly to the west of the city. Operations on the night of 5-6 April
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Louis Bonaparte’s Banner
On 5 June 1806, Napoleon installed his younger brother Louis as the ‘King of Holland’. The new monarchy replaced the Batavian Republic, a client state that had existed since French revolutionary forces overthrew the old Dutch Republic in 1795. Louis
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South Georgia, 1982 “We All Die Here”
South Georgia is one of the most remote islands in the world. At 104 miles long and 23 wide, it is a mountainous drop in the southern Atlantic Ocean. To its south lies only the icy desolation of Antarctica and its nearest inhabited neighbours are the
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D Company’s Small Arsenal
At the Battle of Long Tan, the various elements of the Viet Cong forces had variety of weapons and plenty of ammunition at their disposal. This included AK-47 and SKS assault rifles, recoilless rifles, RPG-2 rocket-propelled grenades, light machine-g
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The Nazi Invasion Of Poland
In classic style, an eminent historian chronicles the rise of the German army’s vaunted armoured formations from the ascendancy of the Nazis to the evacuation of British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk. He deftly places the Nazi invasion of Poland, wh
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‘Long Live Death! Down With Intellectuals!’
In 1926 Millán-Astray was promoted to Brigadier, an honour that helped mitigate the grief of having lost his right eye as well as his left arm in two separate engagements with the Rif guerrillas. His disability once became the target of a vitriolic a
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The Exiled
Writer: David Barbaree Publisher: Zaffre Price: £8.99 Released: Out now What responsibility does the writer of historical fiction have to the historical record? This tautly written, rather bleak thriller of Imperial Roman politics raises that questi
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