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Haunted Cotswolds
  • 9780752462394
  • 26-12-2010
Haunted Cotswolds (Ebook)
Diz White

Spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and the undead have been gathered here from every corner of the Cotswolds revealing, in heart stopping detail, this region's unexplained events and the creepy elements that lurk just beneath its rolling hills and beautiful vistas. These stories, illustrated with more than sixty photographs include: King Charles I's headless haunting of Chavenage House; the ghost of Warwick Castle as he emerges from his portrait; the ghouls of the Ram Inn, the most haunted building in Britain; the banshee of Banbury Cross; and a ghostly Guy Fawkes and his conspirators who still plot to blow up Parliament. In this volume, descriptions of Cotswold architecture and history are woven into thrilling stories of supernatural happenings, promising those with an interest in the paranormal terrifying dreams for years to come.

Heroines of SOE
  • 9780752462455
  • 26-12-2010
Heroines of SOE (Ebook)
Beryl Escott

Britain's war in the shadows of male spies and subterfuge in the heart of occupied France is a story well known, but what of the women who also risked their lives for Britain and the liberation of France? In 1942 a desperate need for new recruits, saw SOE turn to a previously overlooked group - women. These extraordinary women came from different backgrounds, but were joined in their idealistic love of France and a desire to play a part in its liberation. They formed SOE's F Section. From the famous White Mouse, Nancy Wake, to the courageous, Noor Inayat Khan, they all risked their lives for King, Country and the Resistance. Many of them died bravely and painfully, and often those who survived, like Eileen Nearne, never told their stories, yet their secret missions of intelligence-gathering and sabotage undoubtedly helped the Resistance to drive out their occupiers and free France. Here, for the first time is the extraordinary account of all forty SOE F women agents. It is a story that deserves to be read by everyone.

Catherine Parr
  • 9780752462523
  • 26-12-2010
Catherine Parr (Ebook)
Susan James

This title presents the turbulent life and loves of Henry VIII's sixth wife. Romantic, chaotic, and terrifying, Catherine Parr's life unfolded like a romance novel. Wed at 17 to the grandson of a confirmed lunatic then widowed at 20, Catherine chose a Yorkshire lord twice her age as her second husband. Caught up in the turbulent terrors of the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, she was captured by northern rebels, held hostage, and suffered violence at their hands. Fleeing to the south shortly afterward, Catherine took refuge in the household of the Princess Mary and in the arms of the king's brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Seymour. Her employment in Mary's household brought her to the attention of Mary's father, the unpredictable Henry VIII. Desperately in love with Seymour, Catherine was forced into marriage with a king whose passion for her could not be hidden and who was determined to make her his queen.

Bullecourt 1917
  • 9780750962520
  • 01-09-2010
Bullecourt 1917 (Ebook)
Paul Kendall

The assault upon the formidable Bullecourt in April and May 1917 by three British divisions the 7th, 58th and 62nd and three Australian divisions was initially designed to assist Allenby's Third Army break-out from Arras. This book tells the full story of a battle that can be seen as an archetype of the horrors of trench warfare. The first Bullecourt battle of 11 April came to be regarded as the worst Australian defeat of the war, when Australian infantry assaulted without artillery and tank support. They were badly let down by the British tanks but the Britsih tank crews were let down in turn by their own commanders, who put them in the forefront of the attack in Mark II training tanks, prone to malfunction and not armour-plated. Significant numbers fought their way into the German lines at Bullecourt against all odds, including legendary ANZAC soldiers Major Percy Black, Captain Albert Jacka and Captain Harry Murray. The Australians cemented their reputation as a reliable and formidable force, not merely a colonial adjunct to the British Army. Marshal Foch described the soldiers of the AIF as the finest shock troops in the world. British and Australian forces launched repeated offensives throughout May in an effort to capture Bullecourt. It became an awful battle of attrition fought with savagery on both sides. After three more weeks of fighting, which saw stretcher bearers sniped at and hand-to-hand struggles with bayonet and entrenching tool, the village was eventually taken. Approximately 17,000 soldiers were sacrificed to capture the village and nearby trenches; 4,124 of those soldiers killed were listed as missing and have no known grave. Was possession of the pile of rubble that was Bullecourt worth the butcher's bill, when plans were already in place to switch the main push to Flanders that summer? The bloody sacrifices made by Australian and British soldiers notwithstanding, the fighting at Bullecourt resulted in the first breakthrough of the impregnable Hindenburg Line. Author Paul Kendall has contacted many of the living relatives of those who fought to bring a human face to those terrible statistics.

Essex in the First World War
  • 9780750962537
  • 01-11-2009
Essex in the First World War (Ebook)
Michael Foley

Before the First World War, Essex was a very different county from that which we know today. The economy was largely based on agriculture, and its people rarely travelled beyond its borders, or even out of their towns or villages. The war opened up a whole new world for the people of Essex. Men from the county enlisted in Kitchener's Army and travelled abroad, and many troops came into the camps and barracks which sprang up around the countryside. Some of these men came from all points of the British Empire and had enlisted to fight for the mother country. Essex was a key area during the war. Situated on the east coast, it was thought that the enemy could potentially use it as a site for invasion, so many defences were set up all round the county. Essex was subjected to great danger and harsh times by the enemy in the form of air raids from Zeppelins, and later, from the more potent aeroplane attacks. This well-illustrated and informative book sets out the experiences of the county and its inhabitants against what was happening in the broader theatre of war. It offers a valuable insight into life for Essex folk in the First World War and will appeal to anyone interested in the county's history.

The Footballer of Loos
  • 9780750962506
  • 01-08-2009
The Footballer of Loos (Ebook)
Ed Harris

The Germans fighting on two fronts were concentrating in the east where the Russians were weakening. In the west, the Allied effort was met with well prepared German defences, and efforts to open a new front on the Gallipoli Peninsula had foundered. Decisive action to break the deadlock on the Western Front saw a mighty attack of six British divisions planned for the autumn of 1915 in the vicinity of the small mining community of Loos en Gohelle where 'The Big Push' would begin. The bitter recriminations that followed the perceived failure reduced the Battle of Loos to a footnote in the history of the Great War for many decades. Entirely lost in translation has been the Boys' Own tale of the Tommy who kicked a football ahead of the charge. That soldier was identified as Rifleman Frank Edwards, and through his original research, Ed Harris clearly establishes for the first time that the first great attack by the British army was begun when Edwards kicked a football towards the German lines. Harris sheds light on what it was like to be a part of this crucial battle and questions the largely held view that Loos was a failure, using material sourced from a wide variety of sources form the Imperial War Museum to the National Football Museum.

Front-Line Suffolk
  • 9780750962544
  • 01-05-2007
Front-Line Suffolk (Ebook)
Michael Foley

Suffolk's coastline faces east, and through most of its history has therefore been one of the areas of this country that has been at risk from invasion during times of conflict. This title delves into history of military Suffolk, from Saxon shore forts to castles or castle sites, Napoleonic martello towers and Second World War airfields.

Viva Che!
  • 9780750956482
  • 19-01-2006
Viva Che! (Ebook)
Andrew Sinclair

This book on Che Guevara, in the words of his comrades and with tributes from the leading figures of the world, was the first book to be published on the guerrilla hero in the revolutionary year of 1968, when all change seemed possible. Collected in Cuba the previous year, "Viva Che!" is the only contemporary portrait of the international icon, to appear so soon after his murder in Bolivia, and captures the charged feeling of the time. With such contributors as Graham Greene, Robert Lowell, Susan Sontag and Italo Calvino, it is a unique and enduring testament to the period. As Calvino wrote after a meeting, 'In my mind, the discussions with Che have gone on all these years, and the more time has passed, the more he has been right. 'This new edition includes new material by Andrew Sinclair which reveals how Che's death and example led to the revolutions of 1968, particularly in France, the UK and the USA. It also includes Fidel Castro's speech on Che's death, along with Inti Peredo's insistence that the struggle would continue. These features, which are fully complemented with posters, intimate photographs and other ephemera, will ensure that this is an essential purchase for anyone interested in this enduring icon, and the legacy he left behind.

Verdun 1916
  • 9780750962513
  • 01-08-2003
Verdun 1916 (Ebook)
Malcolm Brown

1916 was a year of killing. The British remember the Somme, but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in north-eastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously, leading to a battle that would claim hundreds of thousands of lives and permanently scar the French psyche. To this day one can visit the site of ghost villages uninhabited since, but still cherished like shrines. Memories of Verdun would greatly influence military and political thinking for decades to come as both sides came away with memories of bravery, futility and horror. Malcolm Brown has produced a vivid new history of this epic clash; drawing on original illustrations and eye-witness accounts he has captured the spirit of a battle that defines the hell of warfare on the Western Front.