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  1. theoriginalphantom

    Book Review Eating with the Tudors, Food and recipes. Brigitte Webster. Pen and Sword History

    History and food, two of my favourite subjects and here they are in one book. Having made "historic" food (or a modern approximation) before, I was looking forward to this. The comprehensive introduction covers the types of diet, the cooking methods, info on cookery books of the time and...
  2. theoriginalphantom

    Book Review Living in early Victorian London - Michael Alpert. Pen and Sword books I have this as an e-book and I think the Victorians would approve of this format as their world was full of innovation and invention, much of which is covered in this book. Each chapter covers a different...
  3. Trilby

    Book Review Nicholas Milton's 'The Role of Birds in World War One'

    The Role of Birds in World War One Nicholas Milton's recent (Pen & Sword History, 2022) 232-page hardback 'The Role of Birds in World War One' covers a range of topics pertinent to birds and the war, including birdwatching at the front, the activities of the RSPB, culling birds, famous...
  4. Smeggers

    Historical Record of the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment 1958-2018

    The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment 1958-2018 Written by Col. J.R.Cawthorne. ISBN: 978 1 52678 795 8 The Author: Richard Cawthorne joined the Gurkha Transport Regiment in 1969, having spent the previous three years with 28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade in Malaysia where he first...
  5. Smeggers

    Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations

    The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations by John Haywood. Published in 2005. ISBN 978-0-141-01448-7 John Haywood (born 8 March 1956) is a British historian and author. A graduate of the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and University of Copenhagen, Haywood has served as a...
  6. MoleBath

    Book Review Book Review: I Served With Hitler In The Trenches by Hans von Mend

    Stagging on with Hitler. There have been a number of excellent biographies of Hitler, including Konrad Helden and Joachim Fest. This biography from the 1930s was written by Hans von Mend who served with Hitler in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment. The book has been republished by the...
  7. Themanwho

    Book Review Maritime London, by Anthony Burton

    “Maritime London” is, of necessity, designed as very much an overview of a colossal subject: the history of human endeavours on the Thames in London since the iron age to modern day. This is the core purpose of the book, also the cause of its failure. It is presented in the style of a “coffee...
  8. theoriginalphantom

    Ethel Gordon Fenwick - by Jenny Main

    I was Voluntold to review this book. My interest in medical matters and history is well known to some, and I already had a tiny bit of knowledge of Ethel Gordon Fenwick. If you have any interest in medical history, nursing, social history or women's rights, this is the one book you have to read...
  9. Smeggers

    Peninsular and Waterloo General; Sir Denis Pack and the war against Napoleon

    Peninsula and Waterloo General; Sir Denis Pack and the war against Napoleon. Written by; Marcus De Is Poer Beresford. ISBN: 978-1-39908-320-1 After completing a Masters Degree in history at Trinity College, Dublin: Marcus De La Poer Beresford qualified as a lawyer and practised with a...
  10. jmb3296

    The Perdiccas Years - Alexanders Successors at War

    Published by Pen and Sword this is an extremely well researched, authoritative narrative of the years immediately following the death of Alexander the Great. It is supplied by Amazon at £16:99 (an absolute bargain and down from the original published price of £25) or £7.99 on Kindle. Having...
  11. Smeggers

    Faces of the Home Front 1939-1945

    Faces of The Home Front 1939-1945 written by Neil R. Storey and Fiona Kay ISBN 978 1 39900 158 8 Published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd. The authors. Neil R. Storey is an award-winning winning historian who specialises in the impact of war on British society during the first half of the...
  12. untallguy

    Logistics: The Key To Victory

    Logistics: The Key To Victory by Jeremy Black is a “world history of logistics” - the intent is to fill a gap in both the history of warfare and the studies of military logistics. Black is a good individual for the task being a prolific writer and a renowned and dedicated scholar and lecturer...
  13. Fang_Farrier

    Wisdom of the Ancients

    I enjoyed this book, not sure if it due to the purpose intended by the author or not. The author takes us around the world to various historic and prehistoric sites, mainly the latter. During this journey he gives a brief description of them and their relevance to our understanding of human...
  14. dockers

    Heroes of the RNLI - The Storm Warriors by Martyn R Beardsley

    Many books have been written about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). What distinguishes this one is the author has taken the interesting turn of trying to gather these stories by theme, rather than chronologically. The groupings are The Navy Men; Soldiers, Sailors, Priests and...
  15. Auld-Yin

    The Last 100 Years

    Al Murray is better known as the stand UP COMEDIAN The Pub Landlord who brings a somewhat cynical, albeit funny, outlook on life. Murray also and has an interest in history, producing some very interesting military history documentaries. Murray has taken this forward and given us a look at the...
  16. Auld-Yin


    REVIEW by Metellus Cimber II I enjoyed this book. It is a series of readable potted biographies of nine medieval monarchs who were key figures of their age: the Emperor Charlemagne; King Alfred of Wessex; King Cnut (aka Canute or Knut); William I, the Conqueror; the Emperor Frederick I...
  17. Themanwho

    Cromwell’s Failed State and the Monarchy

    Written by Timothy Venning, this book details the turmoil in the decades following the English Civil War, a fascinating period in history when Cromwell’s great experiment in nation making, covering regicide, dictatorship, wars of conquest and defence, and eventual collapse, was enacted on the...
  18. M


    Review by Metellus Cimber II I have never read or reviewed a book quite like this one. Readable, enjoyable in a scary, crazy way, it combines grief memoir, autobiography, biography, ghostly folklore, literary and film criticism with travel around the UK. Edward Parnell is an ornithologist as...
  19. Auld-Yin

    The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

    Review: by Metellus Cimber II First published in 2019, this fascinating book somehow escaped the vigilance of the ARRSE book review team until now. Running to 522 well-written pages, it is an ideal Covid-19 book; enjoyable as well as instructive. In Salman Rushdie's words, William Dalrymple is...
  20. M

    The Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal and Seduction in Georgian England

    Review by metellus cimber II. At 349 pages, this is a good, long book with which to while away a Covid-19 furlough. As exciting as a George MacDonald Fraser novel, it offers elopement, murder, kidnapping, adultery, coercion, naval and military adventure against a background of London...
  21. M


    The Man in the Red Coat was Dr Samuel Pozzi (1846-1918). In the English-speaking world he is mainly famous for having been painted in 1881, as 'Dr Pozzi at Home', in a long crimson dressing gown by John Singer Sargent. This arresting portrait – one of the best that Sargent ever painted - is now...
  22. M

    The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance,

    Review by Metellus Cimber II This review comes with a spoiler: The German Genius is not everyone's ideal holiday reading. It is as thick as War and Peace and requires the same level of concentration. It is a complete history of Germany from 1750 to the present day. The author's erudition is...
  23. untallguy

    The Elite

    The Elite by Ranulph Fiennes examines the history of Special Forces from the Spartans through to modern times with a look forward into the future. Fiennes, in addition to being a highly prolific explorer, marathon runner and a cracking public speaker (I recommend it if you get the chance to...
  24. M

    Vox Populi, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Classical World but were Afraid to Ask

    The title says it: almost everything that you might might want or need to know about classical antiquity is covered, or at least touched upon, here. Vox Populi represents value for money: a remarkable amount of information has been condensed into 277 pages, excluding the Appendices. At £12.99...
  25. Auld-Yin

    Histories of the Unexpected – The Romans

    At this time of year, I receive many books of a quirky nature which are designed for the Christmas present market; this book seems to be one of them. I have no problem with that as often a wee gem pops out and while not the greatest this book does have a lot going for it. This is not a book...
  26. Auld-Yin

    Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

    Review by Metellus Cimber II Most people like to think that they know the basic facts about the Prince Consort's life. The younger son of the Duke of a comic-opera German State about the size of Staffordshire, Prince Albert married the Queen of the greatest empire that the world had yet seen...
  27. Cynical

    The Prime Ministers

    There is a saying in the Army that an officer’s annual confidential performance report tells the reader at least as much about the author as it does about the subject. This seems to be the case with this book, which comprises the author’s reflections on the leadership of recent prime ministers...
  28. HE117

    The Shortest History of Germany

    Not exactly sure where to put this, however I think this new book by James Hawes (ISBN 978-1-91040-073-9) touches on such a wide range of subjects and areas of interest that it is best put here.. For all you cold war warriors and watchers of the European scene, this little book is an excellent...
  29. C

    'Dont tell him pike' is punchin the air rn

    Only just saw this now. 'HOW I KILLED "H" JONES IN FALKLAND WAR (1982)' Is this real ? I mean how did he know it was 'H' jones and why do they have no respect and are bragging about it? at one point someone even applauds and shouts Bravo.
  30. M

    Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye:

    Two Naval Officers, Ian Fleming and Alan Hillgarth, were the architects of Operation Golden Eye, a little-known sabotage and disruption plan that would have been activated if Germany had invaded Spain or Spain had become an Axis ally during the Second World War. Although this was far from...
  31. ancienturion

    Hitler’s British Isles

    In 1940 people of Great Britain waited for the Germans to invade with the intention of occupying the British Isles as soon as their attempt at bombing the country into submission had succeeded. That invasion never happened because of the resistance put up against the bombing campaign. Further...
  32. D

    How To Invent Everything

    Now this is a very strange book to review, not normally the sort of book that I would choose if seeing it on display, its a large book running to 420 pages At first it reminded me of Stephen Hawkins book a Brief History of Time, one of those books that you read and which uses so many complex...
  33. M

    The Marches:

    Originally published in 2016 and now available as a Vintage Paperback, The Marches is a curious book: partly Rory Stewart's autobiography; partly the biography of his remarkable father, Brian; partly general history; partly military history; partly travel writing. If you enjoyed Bruce Chatwin's...
  34. M

    Gimson's Kings & Queens: Brief Lives of the Monarchs since 1066

    Like its companion-volume, Gimson's Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May, reviewed for ARRSE in April 2018, this is a handsome hardback volume in a handy size (A5). If you are looking for a birthday present for an intelligent and historically-aware person, this book should definitely...
  35. M

    Gimson's Prime Ministers

    Gimson's Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May is a handsome volume in a handy size (A5). It fits easily into a briefcase or even a large overcoat pocket. If you are looking for a birthday present for an intelligent and politically-aware person, this book might be the answer. At...
  36. W

    Phoenix: A Complete History of the Luftwaffe. The Genesis of Air Power 1935 – 1937

    This is the second volume of a multi-volume history of the Luftwaffe. The first volume covers the years 1918 – 1934, when the German Air Force was a clandestine organisation, forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The current volume covers the years 1935 – 1937, after the existence of the...
  37. G

    Cap badge history

    Hi people, I've been trying to find some information on the origins/history of reg cap badges, but have so far come up empty. Specifically I'm looking for info on the Queens Own Yeomanry running fox cap badge. So any military history buffs out there I'd appreciate your theories and facts. Of...
  38. Simon - Quest Magazine

    Charterhouse - CCF Contingent Commander & Teacher of History

    A Teacher of History, (with some Government & Politics), is required at Charterhouse, with an enthusiasm for the subject and for teaching. The History Department is friendly, enthusiastic and well-resourced and you will take responsibility for a number of classes across the age- and...
  39. guzzijon

    Britain's Armed History. Starts tonight 05.01.17. BBC4

    I am increasingly liking BBC4 and a new three-part documentary which looks right up my street starts tonight. 9pm BBC4, trailer here:- Sword, Musket & Machine Gun: Britain's Armed History - BBC Four
  40. T

    Opinions on Douglas Haig

    I've got a history essay on interpret ations of Douglas Haig, can you give me any? Cheers