military history

  1. MoleBath

    D Day Normandy Landing Beaches

    There are reams of D-Day books covering every aspect of the landings, tactics, uniform and equipment. Some are helpful if visiting but this is aimed squarely at those planning (and making) a visit. The book gives some background notes, some really helpful points on using the guide and some...
  2. MoleBath

    Wellington's History Of The Peninsular War

    To a generation coloured by Bernard Cornwall’s eminently readable Sharpe series this is a chance to return to the root sources. Stuart Reid has assembled the Duke of Wellington’s published despatches. They form a contemporary account of the campaign , the key item for the serious historian is...
  3. MoleBath

    When The Germans Came

    There have been numerous books written about the German occupation of the Channel Islands including Jersey Under The Jackboot, Living With The Enemy and The German Occupation of the Channel Islands by Charles Cruickshank. For those excited by reinforced concrete (stand forward ex Sappers) there...
  4. M

    PARLIAMENT'S GENERALS: SUPREME COMMAND & POLITICS DURING THE BRITISH WARS 1642-51

    This is a useful and timely book for several reasons. Firstly, it examines the careers of most of Parliament's Generals in the Civil War. There is a tendency for the gigantic figure of Oliver Cromwell to overshadow the others, who included the Earl of Essex; Sir Thomas Fairfax; his father, Lord...
  5. MoleBath

    General Sir Ralph Abercrombie and the French Revolutionary wars 1792-1801

    Abercromby is not the best known general of the late 18th century . A previous work by J A Dunfermline is periodically reprinted but Carole Divall has brought an interesting and devoted soldier out from the shadows. Her work has primary and secondary sources and has obviously been thoroughly...
  6. MoleBath

    Greece 1941: The Death Throes Of Blitzkrieg

    Jeffery Plowman has a notable track record as a military writer, having already researched and written on both Greece and the Balkans. In both cases theatres less well covered than France and the Western Desert. He has over fifteen books in print to date The story starts with a brief historical...
  7. M

    Rome: Republic into Empire

    Given that we are still living with the legacy of Rome in many respects, all of our politicians ought to read this book; although – with the exception of Boris Johnson, who is a classicist - they probably will not, being too far up their own posteriors to heed the lessons of the past. Rome...
  8. M

    The Battle of Killiecrankie

    On 27 July 1689 one of the bloodiest battles in Scottish history took place at Killiecrankie in Perthshire. A small Highland army led by a lowlander – John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee or 'Bonnie Dundee' – confronted a much larger army of Scots, English and Dutchmen led by a highlander...
  9. MoleBath

    A light Infantryman with Wellington: The letters of George Barlow

    Letters from serving Light Division members in the Napoleonic wars turn one’s thoughts to Rifleman Harris and Private Wheeler, two well known books. Gareth Clover has edited the letters of Captain George Barlow to produce a fine addition to this period of history. George Barlow saw service...
  10. M

    The Cretan War 1645 – 1671

    This book describes in considerable detail one of the least-known wars of the seventeenth century: the campaign waged by the expansionist Islamic Ottoman Empire to gain control of Crete, which Venice had owned since 1211. Crete had great economic and strategic importance; once it was in Ottoman...
  11. Themanwho

    VIETNAM An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975

    “VIETNAM, An Epic Tragedy” by Max Hastings is exactly what it purports to be: a chronicle of the tragic history of Vietnam, concentrating on the period spanning the French and American involvement in South East Asia from the return of colonial power following the defeat of Japan through to the...
  12. MoleBath

    Ardennes 1944 by Yves Buffetaut

    Yves Buffetaut has produced a brief but useful overview of the Ardennes offensive of 1944. Readers of a certain age will be familiar with the film “The Battle Of The Bulge” and there is a famous clip of the Panzer Lied that surfaces regularly on YouTube. Heavyweight books abound including Snow &...
  13. Wastedcareer

    Recommended Podcasts like Jocko Podcast

    Although there is a 'what podcasts do you recommend' thread, I wish to be a little selfish and get some opinions on my current favourite and where to go from here. I am currently listening to Jocko Podcasts with only a handful left to listen to whilst travelling around. For those of you...
  14. MoleBath

    Futile Exercise?

    Books on the preparation for the Great War are in relatively short supply. The Edwardian years saw major army reform after the shocks of the Boer War, a rethink of the strategic role of the army and a complete overhaul of the reserve forces. Russia and Japan saw changes in weapons and tactics in...
  15. MoleBath

    A Cruel Captivity by Ellie Taylor

    From The Knights of Bushido and The Bridge on the River Kwai, tales of the Japanese brutality to their POWs abound. For every recorded war crime there must have been scores committed in unmarked clearings, deserted kampongs and in rivers or at sea. In Germany the SS and Gestapo murdered British...
  16. MoleBath

    Hitler's D-Day Defences

    Philip Kaplan has chosen to write on well trodden areas of history. There are a legion of books looking at the D Day landings in general and German defences in particular. A key issue is whether this book adds to the subject or not. Rommel was well aware that allied air superiority would make...
  17. seaweed

    By Fire and Bayonet

    In 1793 Republican France declared war on Britain. As usual we went to war in our socks and the Government dithering made that even worse. The need to service operations in Flanders, and on the French Atlantic coast, as well as in the West Indies, resulted in endless shuffling of what few...
  18. Subsunk

    ‘The Royal Navy at Dunkirk'

    Having volunteered to review this because it was nautical, I was braced for a fairly dull collection of defence writing of varying standards. This was emphatically not the case. Operation DYNAMO was conceived in haste and desperation, and carried out successfully against the odds. The sense...
  19. Cynical

    Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel

    Rommel, the “Desert Fox,” has developed a romantic allure as a gentlemanly general – spared being tarnished with the brutalities of Nazi Germany in spite of being a creation of that state’s propaganda machine and for several years the favourite of Hitler. That contradiction, combined with his...
  20. MoleBath

    Allenby's Gunners . Artillery in the Sinai & Palestine Campaigns

    The Sinai and Palestine campaigns of 1916-1918 are well off the general knowledge radar screen , the coming Armistice celebration and recent media coverage has been western front orientated. The Lawrence of Arabia film is well in the past and the Middle East resounds to more recent fighting...
  21. 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
  22. Subsunk

    ‘Mobility Conquers – the Story of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group 1978-2005’ by Willem Steenkamp & Hel

    There has been a recent ‘big bang’ in military history books on the South African and Rhodesian bush war experience. Many of these tend to be lively accounts with loads of pictures, often written by people who had been there and smelled the gunsmoke themselves. ‘Mobility Conquers’, a...
  23. Subsunk

    The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945 James Jinks & Peter Hennessy, Allen L

    The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945 James Jinks & Peter Hennessy, Allen Lane, London, ISBN 978-1846145803 This is a heavyweight book in every sense, notably in the £30 hardcover edition. It has already paid for itself as it provided a welcome distraction from the...

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