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Review – A Century of Warfare with 9 Squadron: Gordon Thorburn

9 Squadron is one of the oldest squadrons in the RAF, being formed in December 1914. With the exception of a brief period between 1919 and 1924 – when the squadron was disbanded – it has been in continuous existence ever since. The squadron has operated a huge variety of

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Review:Kruger Kommandos & Kak by Chris Ash

K K &K sets out to try and debunk some of the Boer war myths. In the book Ash sets out to right the wrongs of other (and often more experienced) historians. There were some undoubtedly pro Boer  sentiments written by Afrikaner  revisionists who must have made unlikely bedfellows with left

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Review: Manchester In The Great War By Joseph O’Neill

This book is one of several short publications on cities throughout the country concentrating on life for the folk left at home when their loved ones had answered the call and volunteered to fight for King and Country. As we know there is a vast amount of books on the

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Review : The Kaiser’s Mission to Kabul by Jules Stewart

This is a really strange tale of two German soldiers who tried to force British troops to commit to defend the Khyber pass area in World War I. The mission was to ensure that the British get locked into defence of the Khyber Pass and its assets in India rather

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Review: Spitfire – The Inside Story by David Curnock

This is a difficult book to review as it does not fall into any of the main categories. I’ll start by describing the format. The book is envelope sized; the pages are about eight inches long by five deep and the book runs to just short of 100 pages.

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Review: Aspects of the Boer War by Malcolm Archibald

This is the Fourth and completion of the Selkirk Trilogy.  Malcolm Archibald has written  a three part story of one man’s  battles in the Boer War; the beauty is that the stories are partially based on a diary  of one of his wife’s relatives who served there. This book is not

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Review: The Rise of the Seleukid Empire by John D Grainger

After the death of Alexander, his generals fought a bitter, multipolar war for control over the vast empire he had created in a few short years, stretching from Macedonia to India. Among the successful Successors (the Diadochi, Alexander’s heirs) was Seleucus (the Roman usage), known in this book as Seleukos

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Review: I Survived Didn’t I? By Joy M Cave

This is a simple memoir of someone who, as the title suggests, survived the Great War without being seriously injured or psychologically disturbed.

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Review: Antigonus the One-Eyed by Jeff Champion

The years after the early death of the astonishing Alexander the Great were anarchic. With no clear successor in place and a huge territory, stretching from (in today’s terms) Albania to India, the brand-new Macedonian Empire was there for the taking, by whoever of Alexander’s trusted generals was strong enough.

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Review: How to Move from Public Sector to Private Sector:By Graham Scott,

Survive and thrive, moving from Civil Service, Military, Local Government, Police or Healthcare into the private sector   “Traditional employment will still be how most people pursue a career. That’s where most people are comfortable, so I don’t think it will change for the majority. The difference is that traditional

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