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BBC Two is now broadcasting Battlefield Britain, an 8-part television series which covers nearly 2000 years of battles fought on British soil, from Boudicca’s uprising against the Romans in 61AD to the last battle fought on British soil at Culloden in 1746 and the Battle of Britain. We've put together a selection of titles on just a few of these battles.
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Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain
1066: The Year of the Conquest
Everyone knows 1066 as the date of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. But how many of us can place that event in the context of the entire dramatic year in which it took place? From the death of Edward the Confessor in early January to the Christmas coronation of Duke William of Normandy, there is an almost uncanny symmetry, as well as a relentlessly exciting surge, of events leading to and from Hastings.
World War One: British Army
This is the essential book for everyone with an interest in the British Army and the First World War. It is a thorough analysis of the uniforms, weapons and equipment employed by British forces between 1914 and 1918. From the mud and trenches of the Western Front to the deserts of the Middle East, it focuses on the soldiers from section to battalion level, exploring their experience of battle and how it affected what they wore and what they fought with.
World War One: A Chronological Narrative
After it started, nothing would ever be the same again. Millions and millions of able-bodied men were slaughtered or disabled for life in unimaginably sordid circumstances. Women suffered appallingly at the deaths of husbands, lovers, and sons—and their status, by the end of the fighting, had changed remarkably. Nor would it be the war to end all wars, as people believed, for the Treaty of Versailles, so hated by Germany, set the stage for the next world conflict. In a masterpiece of succinct storytelling and vibrant description, Philip Warner leads you through the complexity of the 1914-1918 hostilities: the wretchedness of trench warfare, the controversial leadership, the first use of tanks, and the most historic battles.
The Second World War
Churchill's six-volume history of World War II -- the definitive work, remarkable both for its sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, universally acknowledged as a magnificent historical reconstruction and an enduring work of literature. From Britian's darkest and finest hour to the great alliance and ultimate victory, the Second World War remains the pivotal event in our century. Churchill was not only its greatest leader, but the free world's most eloquent voice of defiance in the face of Nazi tyranny. His epic account of those times, published in six volumes, won the Nobel Prize in 1953.
Volume I: The Gathering Storm
The Battle of the Atlantic
The Few: Summer 1940, the Battle of Britain
"The best sort of popular military history"—Times Literary Supplement. Sixty years ago, in England's summer skies, history's greatest air battle raged. In a decisive moment, those whom Churchill so famously addressed as "the few" thwarted Hitler's planned invasion. Over 160 graphic images and riveting testimony by Allied and Luftwaffe pilots, ground crew, and civilians paint a panoramic portrait of this confrontation. Pictures of wartime locations as they were then and are now, plus vintage photos from scrapbooks and diary excerpts, provide a uniquely personal perspective.
Battles of the English Civil War
In this book, the author illustrates the various factors which led to the Civil War, and discusses the qualities of the leaders. He writes of the two opposing armies, and focuses on the three crucial military engagements, Marston Moor, Naseby and Preston. By the author of Oliver Cromwell.