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Rifles - Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters (Paperback, Main): Mark Urban Rifles - Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters (Paperback, Main)
Mark Urban 2
R337 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R56 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

As part of the Light Division created to act as the advance guard of Wellington's army, the 95th Rifles are the first into battle and the last out. Fighting and thieving their way across Europe, they are clearly no ordinary troops. The 95th are in fact the first British soldiers to take aim at their targets, to take cover when being shot at, to move tactically by fire and manoeuvre. And by the end of the six-year campaign they have not only proved themselves the toughest fighters in the army, they have also - at huge personal cost - created the modern notion of the infantryman. In an exhilarating work of narrative military history, Mark Urban traces the story of the 95th Rifles, the toughest and deadliest sharpshooters of Wellington's Army. 'If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must, your Christmas present solved.' Bernard Cornwell, Daily Mail 'Urban writes history the way it should be written, alive and exciting.' Andy McNab

The Verdun Regiment - Into the Furnace: The 151st Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Verdun 1916 (Hardcover): Johnathan Bracken The Verdun Regiment - Into the Furnace: The 151st Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Verdun 1916 (Hardcover)
Johnathan Bracken
R655 R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Save R123 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Although the French fielded the largest number of Allied troops on the Western Front in the First World War, the story of their soldiers is little known to English readers. The immense size of the French armies, the number of battles they fought, and the enormous losses they incurred, make it difficult for us to comprehend their experience. But we can gain a genuine insight by focusing on one of the defining battles of that war, at Verdun in 1916, and by looking at it through the eyes of a small group of soldiers who served there. That is what Johnathan Bracken does in this meticulously researched, detailed and vivid account. The French 151st Infantry Regiment spent fifty days under fire at Verdun in 1916 and another thirty-five in 1917, and lost 3,200 soldiers killed or wounded. Yet their ordeal was no different from that of hundreds of other infantry units that fought and endured in this meat-grinder of a battle. Their diaries and memoirs tell their story in the most compelling way, and through their words the larger human story of the French soldier during the war comes to life.

One Drop in a Sea of Blue - The Liberators of the Ninth Minnesota (Paperback): John B. Lundstrom One Drop in a Sea of Blue - The Liberators of the Ninth Minnesota (Paperback)
John B. Lundstrom
R659 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R114 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Soldiers in the Union Army volunteered for many reasons--to reunite the country, to put down the southern rebellion. For most, however, slavery was a peripheral issue. Sympathy for slaves often came only after the soldiers actually witnessed their plight.
In November 1863, thirty-eight men of the Minnesota Ninth Regiment responded to a fugitive slave's desperate plea by holding a train at gunpoint and liberating his wife, five children, and three other family members who were being shipped off to be sold. But this rescue happened in Missouri, where Union soldiers had firm orders not to interfere with loyal slaveholders. Charged with mutiny, the Minnesotans were confined for two months without being tried. Their case was even debated in the U.S. Senate. This remarkable and unprecedented incident remains virtually unknown today.
"One Drop in a Sea of Blue" is the story of these thirty-eight Liberators and of the Ninth Minnesota through the entire Civil War. After a humiliating defeat at Brice's Crossroads, Mississippi, many were held at Andersonville and other notorious Confederate prisons, where the Ninth Minnesota as a whole suffered a death rate exceeding 60 percent. Yet the regiment also helped destroy the Confederate Army of Tennessee at Nashville and capture Mobile. In August 1865, when the Ninth Minnesota was mustered out, only fourteen Liberators stood in its ranks. With vital details won through assiduous research, John Lundstrom uncovers the true stories of ordinary men who lived and died in extraordinary times.
John B. Lundstrom, curator emeritus of history at the Milwaukee Public Museum, is the award-winning author of "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral" and four other books of military history.

The Life and Death of a Royal Field Artillery Subaltern on the Western Front - 2nd Lieutenant Henry Arthur King, 121st Brigade,... The Life and Death of a Royal Field Artillery Subaltern on the Western Front - 2nd Lieutenant Henry Arthur King, 121st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Paperback)
Keith Brain
R178 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R25 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Last Man Standing: The Memoirs, Letters and Photographs of a Teenage Officer (Paperback): Richard Van Emden Last Man Standing: The Memoirs, Letters and Photographs of a Teenage Officer (Paperback)
Richard Van Emden
R348 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

It hardly seems credible today that a nineteenyear- old boy, just commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders, could lead a platoon of men into the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. Or that, as the machine gun bullets whistled past and shells exploded, he could maintain his own morale to lead a platoon, keeping its discipline and cohesion, in spite of desperate losses. Norman Collins, the author of this superb memoir, was this remarkable man.Using Norman's own words, Last Man Standing follows him from his childhood in Hartlepool to his subsequent service in France. The book also covers such shattering events as the German naval assault on Hartlepool in December 1914 when, as a seventeen-year-old, Norman was subjected to as big a bombardment as any occurring on the Western Front at that time. Norman's love for, and devotion to, the men under his command shine out in this book and his stories are gripping and deeply moving. They are illustrated by a rare collection of private photographs taken at or near the front by Norman himself, although the use of a camera was strictly proscribed by the Army. Most of the images have never been published before.

Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part Two, June 1940-December 1945 (Hardcover): Lt-Gen... Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part Two, June 1940-December 1945 (Hardcover)
Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley, Lt-Col Peter Crocker, The Late Lt-Col Sinnett
R1,241 R939 Discovery Miles 9 390 Save R302 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Part Two describes the expansion of the Regiment and its service in every theatre of the war: Great Britain, NW Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Italy, Madagascar, and the Far East. Its units included not only infantry battalions, but also anti-tank artillery regiments and a parachute battalion. It ends where Volume VI picks up the story of the Regiment in 1945

Territorials 1908-1914: a Guide for Miltary and Family Historians (Hardcover): Ray Westlake Territorials 1908-1914: a Guide for Miltary and Family Historians (Hardcover)
Ray Westlake
R532 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Territorials 1908-1914 is a unique, comprehensive record of the part-time soldiers who made up the Territorial Force that supported the regular army in the years immediately before the outbreak of the First World War. Previously information on the history and organization of these dedicated amateur soldiers has been incomplete and scattered across many sources but now, in this invaluable work of reference, Ray Westlake provides an accessible introduction to the Territorial Force and a directory of the units raised in each county and each town.The origin, aims and organization of the Territorial Force are described as well as the terms of service, recruitment, equipment and training. But the bulk of the book consists of details of over 600 Territorial units plus a comprehensive account of every city, town or village associated with them. Essential information on the all the infantry formations is supplied, but also covered are the yeomanry, the artillery, the engineers, the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Army Service Corps. Ray Westlake's historical guide of the Territorial Force - the forerunner of the present-day Territorial Army - will be of enduring value to military and family historians.

Letters Home 1914-1919 - Written by John Harker to His Family (Paperback): John Harker Letters Home 1914-1919 - Written by John Harker to His Family (Paperback)
John Harker; Edited by Rosemary Rainbird
R315 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R43 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
An Australian Band of Brothers - Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th Division (Paperback): Mark Johnston An Australian Band of Brothers - Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th Division (Paperback)
Mark Johnston
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This riveting book follows a small group of Australian front-line soldiers from their enlistment in the dark days of 1940 to the end of World War II. No ordinary soldiers, they were members of Don Company of the Second 43rd Battalion, part of the famous 9th Australian Division, which during campaigns in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo sustained more casualties and won more medals than any other Australian division. It is an evocative and detailed account of the dayto-day war of three infantry soldiers whose experiences included night patrols at Tobruk, advancing steadily through German barrages at Alamein, charging enemy machine guns in New Guinea, and repelling Japanese charges on Borneo. Inspired by American historian Stephen Ambrose's landmark book, Band of Brothers, about the US Army's Easy Company of the 506th Regiment, Mark Johnston, one of our best military historians, here gives an Australian company the same treatment. Using the frank and detailed personal letters, diaries and memoirs of three Australian soldiers, he brings to life their campaigns, battles and interactions with their comrades and enemies. His book is a unique and powerful account of the everyday experiences of a small unit of soldiers on the front line.

Regimental Records of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, v. 3: France and Flanders (Hardcover): C.H Dudley Ward Regimental Records of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, v. 3: France and Flanders (Hardcover)
C.H Dudley Ward
R1,306 Discovery Miles 13 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Memoirs of the Tenth Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own) (Paperback): R. S. Liddell Memoirs of the Tenth Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own) (Paperback)
R. S. Liddell
R1,252 Discovery Miles 12 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Historical Records of the XIII Madras Infantry, 1776-1896 (Paperback): R.P. Jackson Historical Records of the XIII Madras Infantry, 1776-1896 (Paperback)
R.P. Jackson
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Skinner's Horse - The History of the 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers (Paperback): A. M. Daniels Skinner's Horse - The History of the 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers (Paperback)
A. M. Daniels
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of the 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse) from 1809-1922 (Paperback): D. E. Whitworth History of the 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse) from 1809-1922 (Paperback)
D. E. Whitworth
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of the 26th Punjabis, 1857-1923 (Paperback): P. S. Stoney History of the 26th Punjabis, 1857-1923 (Paperback)
P. S. Stoney
R761 Discovery Miles 7 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Regimental History of the 6th Royal Battalion 13th Frontier Force Rifles (SCINDE) 1843-1923 (Paperback): D. M. Lindsey Regimental History of the 6th Royal Battalion 13th Frontier Force Rifles (SCINDE) 1843-1923 (Paperback)
D. M. Lindsey
R944 Discovery Miles 9 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
100 Years' History of the 2nd West India Regiment, 1795-1892 (Paperback): J.E. Caulfield 100 Years' History of the 2nd West India Regiment, 1795-1892 (Paperback)
J.E. Caulfield
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of the Thirtieth Lancers Gordon's Horse (Paperback): E. A. W. Stotherd History of the Thirtieth Lancers Gordon's Horse (Paperback)
E. A. W. Stotherd
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hodson's Horse, 1857-1922 (Paperback): F G Carden Laie Hodson's Horse, 1857-1922 (Paperback)
F G Carden Laie
R999 Discovery Miles 9 990 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Account of the Operations in Burma Carried Out by Probyn's Horse During February, March and April 1945 (Paperback): Mylne Account of the Operations in Burma Carried Out by Probyn's Horse During February, March and April 1945 (Paperback)
Mylne
R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Outram's Rifles - A History of the 4th Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles (Paperback): H.G. Rawlinson Outram's Rifles - A History of the 4th Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles (Paperback)
H.G. Rawlinson
R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
With the Royal Garhwal Rifles in the Great War, from August 1914 to November 1917 (Paperback): D. H. Drake-Brockman With the Royal Garhwal Rifles in the Great War, from August 1914 to November 1917 (Paperback)
D. H. Drake-Brockman
R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
2nd Rhodesia Regiment in East Africa (Paperback): A. E. Capell 2nd Rhodesia Regiment in East Africa (Paperback)
A. E. Capell
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A good detailed account of this Regiments work in East Africa in WWI.A white unit, raised specifically for service in that campaign and drawing its recruits from the pre-war Southern Rhodesia Volunteers and the settler community at large.It saw a considerable amount of action during its short existence.It also, in common with other white units, suffered heavy losses from disease and the general wear and tear of bush warfare.It was disbanded in 1917.The nominal roll in this book is particularly helpful to medal collectors and genealogists.It shows details of attestation dates, highest ranks held, whether killed or wounded, and any awards made

Between the Enemy and Texas - Parsons's Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (Paperback, New edition): Between the Enemy and Texas - Parsons's Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (Paperback, New edition)
R533 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R69 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Much of the Civil War west of the Mississippi was a war of waiting for action, of foraging already stripped land for an army that supposedly could provision itself, and of disease in camp, while trying to hold out against Union pressure. There were none of the major engagements that characterized the conflict farther east. Instead, small units of confederate cavalry and infantry skirmished with Federal forces in Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana, trying to hold the western Confederacy together. The many units of Texans who joined this fight had a second objective - to keep the enemy out of their home state by placing themselves ""between the enemy and Texas."" Historian Anne J. Bailey studies one Texas unit, Parsons's Cavalry Brigade, to show how the war west of the Mississippi was fought. Historian Norman D. Brown calls this ""the definitive study of Parsons's Cavalry Brigade; the story will not need to be told again."" Exhaustively researched and written with literary grace, ""Between the Enemy and Texas"" is a ""must"" book for anyone interested in the role of mounted troops in the Trans-Mississippi Department.

Neill's 'Blue Caps', v. 1 - 1639-1826 (Paperback): H. C. Wylly Neill's 'Blue Caps', v. 1 - 1639-1826 (Paperback)
H. C. Wylly
R963 Discovery Miles 9 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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