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Modern Military Aircraft Development • Weaponry • SpecificationS BOOKS Autumn 2017 THE SAMURAI WARRIOR the
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Development • Weaponry • SpecificationS
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Aircraft Development • Weaponry • SpecificationS BOOKS Autumn 2017 THE SAMURAI WARRIOR the golden age of
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• Weaponry • SpecificationS BOOKS Autumn 2017 THE SAMURAI WARRIOR the golden age of japan’s elite
THE SAMURAI WARRIOR the golden age of japan’s elite fighters, 1560–1615 Ben Hubbard
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JULY 2017 PUBLiCATiOn Cats Gone Bad KAt ScrAtchiNg Can cats really act criminally? Yes, in 2013

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3,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-321-7 £6.99 Hardback 2 Celtic Legends MichAEL KErrigAN From around 750BC to 12BC,

Celtic Legends

MichAEL KErrigAN

From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. Although later pushed to the western fringes of Europe, their mythology was absorbed by the new Roman and Christian powers. Celtic Legends explores the tales of Cu Chulainn and Morrigan, among many others, and reveals how medieval stories such as the Mabinogion and the Holy Grail really owe their origins to the Celts. Highly illustrated and accessibly written, this is a fascinating insight into Celtic mythology.

this is a fascinating insight into Celtic mythology. Celtic Legends 244 x 186mm (9 ¾ x

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artworks and maps ISBN: 978-1-78274-331-6 £19.99 Hardback 142 The Fe NIAN Cy C l e The
142 The Fe NIAN Cy C l e The Fe NIAN Cy C l e
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Fe NIAN
Cy C l e
The
Fe NIAN
Cy C l e
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right: Conaran’s
daughters took Fionn
and his friends captive
– till rescuers were
summoned by the
barking of their hounds
outside.
“… and then was joined the Battle of Gabhra of the hard
Strokes – Ireland’s greatest ever clash. The day was not yet old
when the first heroic war-cries – or the first wailing from the
wounded – were heard; the rending of shields; the hacking-off of
heads; the opening up of gashes; the carving up of flesh; the gush
of blood. It came cascading out on every side, trickling into every
cranny of the ground beneath; the soldiers had to scramble over
heaped-up carcases to make their way.”
The Fianna were far outnumbered – 10- or 20-fold, some of
the sources say – but they were outstanding warriors, and they
had Oscur. Oisín’s son – Fionn’s grandson – was an army in
himself. he cut a swathe through Cairbre’s columns as they came
on. he hurt the high King more directly when he took on both
his beloved sons, Princes Conn and Art: swinging his sword, he
beheaded them in turn before going off through the melee to find
below: In Macpherson’s
Ossian epic, Fingal
(Fionn) mourns his
grandson’s widow,
Malvine, who dies while
caring for the aged hero.
of being pushed around by the Fianna. Quick to make common
cause with Cairbre was Goll mac Morna, the disaffected former
leader of the Fianna, and his group of like-minded malcontents.
Soon great armies were massing, marching together to the banner
of the high King Cairbre, converging
These Two vasT
on an area of hilly country south of
Tara. For this was where the Fianna were
ForCes Came Crashing
TogeTher.
assembling, having left their headquarters
and slipped across the Bog of Allen, ready
to respond to the high King and his allies
on firmer ground, which they found on the lower slopes of Mount
Gabhra. They stood there in seven battalions, sounding their
battle horns in defiance of Cairbre, who was now advancing on
them fast.
Then, says the battle chronicle, the Cath Gabhra, “these two
vast forces came crashing together”:
Gabhra, “these two vast forces came crashing together”: Norse Myths MArtiN J dOughErty Not only is

Norse Myths

MArtiN J dOughErty

Not only is Norse mythology rich in adventure, humour and ideas about creation, death and the afterlife, but it has also had an immense impact on the work of JRR Tolkien, Richard Wagner and the superheroes depicted in Marvel Comics. Wide-ranging in its approach, Norse Myths explores the creation stories of the Norse world, the monsters and the pantheons of the deities, and the escapades of Thor, Loki and other gods.

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244 x 186mm (9¾ x 7½”)

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58,000 words

180 b/w and colour photographs, artworks

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Haiku trANSLAtEd By hArt LArrABEE Ranging across more than 200 years of Japanese poetry, Haiku

Haiku

trANSLAtEd By hArt LArrABEE

Ranging across more than 200 years of Japanese poetry, Haiku features 90 classic poems from four poets:

Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa and Masaoka Shiki. Each poem is presented in the original Japanese script, along with romanized Japanese (romaji) and an English translation. Beautifully produced in traditional Chinese binding and with a timeless design, Haiku is an expert introduction and celebration of one of the most beautiful and accessible forms of poetry.

of one of the most beautiful and accessible forms of poetry. Haiku 264 x 196mm (10½

Haiku

264 x 196mm (10½ x 7¾”)

96pp

90 haiku in Japanese script 2,500 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-387-3 £14.99 Chinese bound hardback

words ISBN: 978-1-78274-387-3 £14.99 Chinese bound hardback The Prince NiccOLò MAchiAvELLi Napoleon, Mussolini,
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Napoleon, Mussolini, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith, even Mafia man John Gotti – they all read Machiavelli’s The Prince. Today business and management gurus apply Machiavelli’s 16 th century ideas to corporate strategy. Including editorial notes, this new edition of The Prince is printed on high quality paper and bound by traditional Chinese book- making techniques. Of immense importance to politicians and corporate leaders, The Prince is a classic text richly deserving this exquisite edition.

is a classic text richly deserving this exquisite edition. The Prince 264 x 195mm (10½ x

The Prince

264 x 195mm (10½ x 7¾”)

96pp

33,000 words ISBN: 978-1-908696-51-9 £14.99 Chinese bound hardback

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How to Sail

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How to Sail outlines basic sailing techniques for both the beginner and experienced sailor. Whatever your level of ability, this book is packed

with useful tips that will make sailing

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How would you cope if you found yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean? How to Survive at Sea confronts this daunting scenario and

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a mast and a sail.

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240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)

192pp

60,000 words

120 b/w artworks

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Tank Combat chriStEr JOrgENSEN ANd chriS MANN With photographs, maps and diagrams, Tank Combat shows

Tank Combat

chriStEr JOrgENSEN ANd chriS MANN

With photographs, maps and diagrams, Tank Combat shows how tanks have served on the battlefields of Europe, Africa and Asia, and analyses the tactics used in armoured battles up to the First Gulf War. The book discusses the importance of particular military commanders, such as Guderian and Fuller, and includes in-depth accounts of great tank battles from Cambrai to Kursk, and from Chinese Farm to Desert Storm. This is a definitive guide to the art of armoured combat in the twentieth century.

to the art of armoured combat in the twentieth century. Tank Combat 245 x 183mm (9

Tank Combat

245 x 183mm (9¾ x 7¼”)

176pp

60,000 words

150 b/w photographs, 25 b/w line

drawings

ISBN: 978-1-78274-535-8

£19.99 Paperback

b/w line drawings ISBN: 978-1-78274-535-8 £19.99 Paperback Infantry Combat ANdrEw wiESt ANd M. K. BArBiEr From
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b/w line drawings ISBN: 978-1-78274-535-8 £19.99 Paperback Infantry Combat ANdrEw wiESt ANd M. K. BArBiEr From

Infantry Combat

ANdrEw wiESt ANd M. K. BArBiEr

From the trenches of the Somme to the ruins of Stalingrad to the deserts of Iraq, the role of the infantry soldier developed dramatically throughout the twentieth century. Illustrated with photographs and battle maps, Infantry Combat examines these changes, noting the shift in the activities of the infantry after tanks were introduced, how the infantry led in terrains inaccessible to tanks in the Pacific, and how towards the end of the century the infantry came to be deployed more frequently in limited operations.

came to be deployed more frequently in limited operations. Infantry Combat 245 x 183mm (9 ¾

Infantry Combat

245 x 183mm (9¾ x 7¼”)

176pp

60,000 words

150 b/w photographs, 25 b/w line drawings

ISBN: 978-1-78274-536-5

£19.99 Paperback

b/w line drawings ISBN: 978-1-78274-536-5 £19.99 Paperback 6 Stalingrad – The Infernal Cauldron StEphEN wALSh The

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line drawings ISBN: 978-1-78274-536-5 £19.99 Paperback 6 Stalingrad – The Infernal Cauldron StEphEN wALSh The
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Stalingrad – The Infernal Cauldron

StEphEN wALSh

The German invasion of the Soviet Union was Hitler’s biggest gamble in the East – and it was at Stalingrad

that it failed. Stalingrad – The Infernal Cauldron is a comprehensive account

of the build-up, engagement and

aftermath of what became the Verdun

of World War II. With battle maps and

170 photographs, this is the battle that bled the German army dry, and turned the war in the East decisively against

Nazi Germany.

turned the war in the East decisively against Nazi Germany. Stalingrad - The Infernal Cauldron 246

Stalingrad - The Infernal Cauldron

246 x 183mm (11½ x 8½”)

176pp

60,000 words

190 black and white photographs

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Pugs in Space

JAcK ruSSELL

A small step for man, but a giant leap

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International Space Station, to taking

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Space is light years ahead of mere earthbound competitors. Pugs in Space 153 x 153mm (6

Pugs in Space

153 x 153mm (6 x 6”)

96pp

45 col photos or photomontages 3,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-512-9 £6.99 Hardback

in Space 153 x 153mm (6 x 6”) 96pp 45 col photos or photomontages 3,000 words
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Abandoned Castles KiErON cONNOLLy From Masada in the Israeli desert to Corfe Castle in Dorset,

Abandoned Castles

KiErON cONNOLLy

From Masada in the Israeli desert

to Corfe Castle in Dorset, and from

100 Years’ War bastions to forts in

Rajasthan, Abandoned Castles is a brilliant pictorial examination of once mighty strongholds. Today the borders that these castles were once defending have dissolved, and the people they were protecting have moved away, but, despite states of ruin, the buildings remain. In 150 striking images from all around the world, Abandoned Castles tells the stories of these magnificent structures.

Castles tells the stories of these magnificent structures. Abandoned Castles 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)

Abandoned Castles

297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)

224pp

10,000 words

150 colour photographs

ISBN: 978-1-78274-522-8

£19.99 Hardback

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150 opposite , above and left : Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India Although established by a Hindu,
150 opposite , above and left : Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India Although established by a Hindu,

opposite, above and left:

Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India Although established by a Hindu, many of the inhabitants of Bhangarh Fort embraced Islam during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the later 17th century. Consequently, there are both ruins of Hindu temples and mosques at the fort. With the Mughal Empire weakening following the death of Aurangzeb, the fort was attacked in 1720 by Jai Singh II, before being abandoned after famine struck in 1783. Today some of the buildings have been restored.

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Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe, Argyll, Scotland One of the best preserved medieval tower houses in
Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe,
Argyll, Scotland
One of the best preserved medieval
tower houses in Scotland, Castle
Stalker is situated on Loch Laich,
an inlet off Loch Linnhe. The
current building was constructed
by the Clan Stewart in the 1440s,
but, the story goes, was later lost
in a drunken bet in 1620 to the
Clan Campbell, who lived there
until around 1840.
to the Clan Campbell, who lived there until around 1840. Abandoned Wrecks chriS McNAB From ships

Abandoned Wrecks

chriS McNAB

From ships left high and dry where the Aral Sea has become a desert to Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, from a rusting

railway graveyard in Bolivia to World War II cars lost in a Swedish forest, Abandoned Wrecks explores more than

100 fascinating sites from all around

the world. With 170 outstanding colour photographs of cars, trains, ships, submarines, tanks, aircraft and even a space shuttle, this is a brilliant pictorial work.

even a space shuttle, this is a brilliant pictorial work. Abandoned Wrecks 297 x 227mm (11¾

Abandoned Wrecks

297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)

224pp

10,000 words

170 colour photographs

ISBN: 978-1-78274-520-4

£19.99 Hardback

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Sweepstakes, Big Tub Harbour, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Lake Huron, Ontario Looking ghostly under the

waters of Big Tub Harbour in

Lake Huron, Sweepstakes was

a Canadian schooner built in

Burlington, Ontario, in 1867.

The ship sank in 1885, but has

remained astonishingly well preserved to this day.

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in Burlington, Ontario, in 1867. The ship sank in 1885, but has remained astonishingly well preserved

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remained astonishingly well preserved to this day. 48 49 How to Survive in the City chriS

How to Survive in the City

chriS McNAB & JOANNA rABigEr

How to Survive in the City is a guide to overcoming the challenges of urban living, offering the reader a variety of tips on how to be streetwise and handle everyday problems – including how to prevent muggings and avoid confrontations, how to unlock your house and car without keys, how to escape a burning building, and how to be alert to terrorist activities. Whether you are a seasoned urban dweller or merely a day visitor, this is the perfect companion to city life.

a day visitor, this is the perfect companion to city life. How to Survive in the

How to Survive in the City

240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)

192pp

120 b/w artworks

50,000 words

ISBN: 978-1-78274-537-2

£14.99 Flexibound

50,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-537-2 £14.99 Flexibound How to Track and Navigate NEiL wiLSON For anyone who
50,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-537-2 £14.99 Flexibound How to Track and Navigate NEiL wiLSON For anyone who
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How to Track and Navigate

NEiL wiLSON

For anyone who enjoys walking, canoeing, skiing or sailing, it is important to have a sound grasp of techniques for maintaining a route under any possible condition – day or night, fog or snow. How to Track and Navigate provides clear advice on navigation methods, both for a fully equipped journey and in emergency situations. Apart from such navigation fundamentals as understanding maps, compasses and GPS, the book also teaches how to navigate by the sun and stars and in extreme weather.

how to navigate by the sun and stars and in extreme weather. How to Track and

How to Track and Navigate

240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)

192pp

120 b/w artworks

50,000 words

ISBN: 978-1-78274-539-6

£14.99 Flexibound

and Navigate 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp 120 b/w artworks 50,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-539-6
and Navigate 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”) 192pp 120 b/w artworks 50,000 words ISBN: 978-1-78274-539-6

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First Aid Survival Guide chriS McNAB First Aid Survival Guide covers everything you need to

First Aid Survival Guide

chriS McNAB

First Aid Survival Guide covers everything you need to know about administering urgent medical attention in situations where there is no prospect of immediate professional help. Illustrated with more than 150 line drawings, this guide provides step-by- step instructions for treating a wide range of injuries and conditions, from cleaning a wound to setting a bone fracture. Key topics include breathing and circulation, treating wounds and stopping bleeding, dealing with head injuries and altitude sickness, and treating burns and scalds.

and altitude sickness, and treating burns and scalds. First Aid Survival Guide 240 x 189mm (9½

First Aid Survival Guide

240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½”)

192pp

150 b/w artworks

60,000 words

ISBN: 978-1-78274-538-9

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Blitzkrieg: Hitler’s Lightning War in Photographs

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Drawing on rare photographs, many from the albums of individuals who served, Blitzkrieg: Hitler’s Lightning War in Photographs presents a visually stunning account of the early years of World War II, telling the story of what happened from the perspective of ordinary soldiers. From Poland in 1939, through France and the Low Countries in 1940, and on to the North African desert in 1941–2, this is a glimpse into the workings of Germany’s highly professional and extremely successful war machine.

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50,000 words

350 black-and-white photographs

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Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Elite in Photographs is a full pictorial record of the development, combat actions and criminal activity of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard, before and during World War II. Including 500 photographs, many seldom seen outside the archives of former soldiers, the book contains all the battles and campaigns that the Waffen-SS fought in, including Poland, France and on the Eastern Front. The book also charts the growth of the Panzer divisions, features leading figures, and explores the Waffen-SS’s war crimes.

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500 b/w photographs

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Kursk – The Greatest Tank Battle

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In July 1943, the German Army launched what proved to be its last great offensive on the Eastern Front. Kursk The Greatest Tank Battle is a comprehensive history of the last time that Nazi Germany held the strategic initiative in the war against the Soviet Union. Once that initiative was lost, the course was set for the eventual destruction of the Nazi state by a vengeful Red Army. Highly illustrated, the book’s authoritative text is complemented with detailed maps.

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Kursk - The Greatest Tank Battle

285 x 213mm (11½ x 8½”)

176pp

60,000 words

150 black and white photographs and

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and artworks ISBN: 978-1-78274-022-3 £19.99 Hardback KURSK Fierce fighting raged along Rokossovsky’s front

KURSK

Fierce fighting raged along Rokossovsky’s front

Below: Two German soldiers, laden down with equipment and ammu-

meant that the troops had to dig trenches in which

to

bury the tanks, leaving only their turrets above

line throughout the day. After it repelled attacks by

ground level. Rokossovsky also ordered his subordi-

the XVI Tank Corps, two German panzer divisions, with approximately 300 tanks, attacked the XVII Guards Rifle Corps as they advanced towards

nates to launch counter-attacks against the enemy’s light tanks and infantry only. When the fighting ended on 6 July, the Soviet

Ol’khovatka and Ponyri. Although initially the

tanks were maintaining a defensive position against

Soviets withstood the assault, the Germans brought

a

total of nine German divisions: six infantry and

up additional infantry and tanks, and forced the

three panzer. Soviet units had to be prepared to

corps to withdraw to the 13th Army’s second line of

withstand an attack by an even larger German force.

The

Central Front commander moved reinforcements

defences. Lieutenant General A.G. Rodin’s 2nd Tank Army failed to make much headway in its attack

into

the region around Ponyri, and he transferred the

against German armoured formations; however, the German advance slowed significantly as it reached the 13th Army’s main defences. Both the Soviet and German commanders used the night of 6 July to

81st Rifle Division from the reserve area to a defen- sive position behind the XVII Guards Rifle Corps, which also received reinforcement from the 43rd and 58th tank regiments. In addition to preparing his

evaluate the situation, as well as to make prepara- tions for the next day’s combat. Anticipating another German attack with heavy tanks, Rokossovsky decided to shift his tank units to the defensive. This

nition, work their way through the debris-littered battlefield towards a disabled T-34 tank during the fighting.

defences, Rokossovsky also intended to launch fur- ther counter-attacks. He ordered the III Soviet Tank Corps to attack the enemy at Ponyri and the XVIII Guards Rifle Corps to push back the Germans’ 78th Sturm Infantry Division. The Soviet counter-attack of 6 July had prevented Model’s 9th Army from making as much progress in

prevented Model’s 9th Army from making as much progress in 76 MODE L’ S M A

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making as much progress in 76 MODE L’ S M A IN E F FO RT

the northern sector of the salient as Adolf Hitler had demanded. Model, therefore, decided to amass an

Above: Dawn, 5 July 1943. A German ‘88’ (88mm (3.45in)) gun opens up on Soviet positions during the opening bombardment of the offensive. The ‘88’ was a highly-effective tank killer.

even larger armoured force and attack the centre of the Soviet line. Consequently, he decided to commit units being held in reserve for the drive on Kursk after the breakthrough. He therefore ordered XXXXI Panzer Corps’ 18th Panzer Division, one of the units held in reserve, to be prepared to launch an attack with its 200 tanks. The XXXXVII Panzer Corps’ 4th Panzer Division had already begun its move to the front line. In addition, Model ordered the 12th Panzer, the 10th Panzergrenadier and the 36th Motorised Divisions, which were situated south of Orel, to be prepared to enter the battle. When they renewed the offensive on 7 July, the Germans hoped to penetrate the second line of Soviet defences. Because of the strength of the 13th Soviet Army’s defences and of the tank-supported counter-attacks of the previous day, Model set more conservative goals for the next phase of the offensive. What the German commander failed to realise, however, was that Rokossovsky had concentrated more than 3000 guns and mortars, 5000 machine guns, and 1000 tanks in the centre of his line. The attacks begun by Model’s 9th Army at dawn on 7 July initiated a day of extremely fierce fighting, as the Germans strove to pierce the 13th Army’s sec- ond defensive line. With help from XXXXI Panzer

Corps divisions, the XXXXVII Panzer Corps began the attack. Model threw more than 400 tanks and 4 infantry divisions along the railroad line between Ponyri and Ol’khovatka, which was 10km (6 miles) to the west. The 18th Panzer Division and 9th Panzer Division spearheaded the assault. While the 2nd Panzer Division and 20th Panzer Division attacked west towards Samodurovka-Molotych, other forma- tions moved towards Ponyri. In Model’s initial assault, 10 infantry and 4 panzer divisions hit the Soviet defences. During the night, however, addi- tional Soviet formations – the 11th Mortar and 46th Light Artillery brigades and the 12th Artillery Regiment – had moved forwards into the area near Ponyri to strengthen the defences. Both the Germans and the Soviets believed that control of Ponyri was crucial because of its position at a major railway junction between Orel and Kursk. The most intense fighting between the 9th German Army and the 13th Soviet Army occurred over Ponyri. Two divisions of the XXXXI Panzer Corps – the 18th Panzer and the 292nd Infantry Divisions – attacked Ponyri five times. The 307th Rifle Division, commanded by Major General M.A. Enshin, repelled

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Germany’s Secret Weapons of World War II rOgEr fOrd During World War II, Germany pioneered

Germany’s Secret Weapons of World War II

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During World War II, Germany pioneered rocket and jet-propelled aircraft, the pilotless plane, long-range rocket technology and ‘robot bombs’, as well as the world’s first super-heavy tanks. Many of these weapons had an impact on the course of the conflict. Illustrated with 200 black-&-white and colour photographs, diagrams and maps, Germany’s Secret Weapons of World War II explores this little-known but deadly aspect of the Nazi war machine.

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200 b/w and colour photographs,

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There are few things cuter in the world than this: cats in baskets. Featuring 90 colour photographs, Cats in Baskets celebrates 90 of the cutest felines ever to spy a cosy laundry basket. Some are snuggled up, others are peeking out at the camera; some are kittens, others are aged; some are stretching, others are busy grooming; some are alone, others are scrambling and tumbling with their brothers and sisters. But they are all undeniably very cute.

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Some are behind the wheel, others mere passengers watching the world go by; some are vociferous navigators, others hang their head out of the window enjoying the breeze, while some just settle in for a snooze. But whatever they’re doing, there is no doubt that dogs in cars are some of the sweetest things you have ever seen. With 90 colour photographs, Dogs in Cars celebrates 90 of the cutest canines on four wheels.

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Haunted Places

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From palaces to prisons, from an 11 th century château in France to The Island of the Dolls in Mexico City, Haunted Places features the world’s most fascinating spooky locations. Some hauntings are recent, others are ancient, but all the stories are striking: from the deceased monks who pace the boundaries of the ruins of an English priory, to the lift operator in a hotel in the Canadian Rockies still working his shift decades after he died, to Vlad the Impaler who haunts Corvin castle in Romania.

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Dinosaurs cArL MEhLiNg (cONSuLtANt EditOr) This reference work features more than 300 of the most

Dinosaurs

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This reference work features more than 300 of the most impressive and formidable dinosaurs to have been discovered. From the tiny, aquatic Hallucigenia to the avian Pteranodon to giant Apatosaurus and ferocious Velociraptor, along with curiosities such as prehistoric armadillos and parrots, readers will discover the extraordinary types of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, making Dinosaurs essential reading, not only for dinosaur enthusiasts, but for anyone intrigued by nature at its most majestic.

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305 x 227mm (12 x 9in)

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90,000 words

450 colour artworks

ISBN: 978-1-78274-541-9

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Top 50 Tanks

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Packed with 300 full-colour artworks and photographs, Top 50 Tanks features the greatest armoured fighting vehicles from World War I to the present day. The book includes tanks from every era, from the Mark V Male that assaulted the German trenches at Cambrai in 1917, through the feared German Tiger of World War II, as well as including some of the most highly sophisticated tanks that have seen recent service in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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From Fokker biplanes to World War II fighters such as the Supermarine Spitfire and on to stealth aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, Top 50 Military Aircraft includes fighters, bombers and transport aircraft from America to Europe to Russia and Japan. Packed with 300 full-colour artworks and photographs, and written for the general reader, each entry includes a brief description of the aircraft’s development and history, along with a specifications table.

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With casualties totaling 30 million across both soldiers and civilians, the Eastern Front was the bloodiest conflict of World War II. Drawing on 450 rare photographs from the Ukrainian State Archive, Eastern Front in World War II: Hitler’s Russian War in Photographs is an illustrated record of this campaign. Telling the story from the perspectives of ordinary men and woman, both military and civilian, the book presents a unique and visually outstanding account of one of history’s most ferocious wars.

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450 black-and-white photographs

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Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia JiM wiNchEStEr The history of aviation is full of striking and

Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia

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The history of aviation is full of striking and unusual designs, from the biplanes and triplanes of World War I, through the giant bombers and streamlined fighters of World War II, to the stealthy shapes and unusual configurations of modern military aircraft like the Northrop Grumman B-2 and V-22 Osprey. With more than 1,000 outstanding colour artworks, Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia provides a fascinating guide to every major military aircraft type flown, all accompanied by brief details and specifications.

flown, all accompanied by brief details and specifications. Military Aircraft Visual Encyclopedia 285 x 225mm (11½

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130,000 words 1,000 colour artworks ISBN: 978-1-906626-71-6 £24.99 Paperback

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What would Europe have looked like if Nazi Germany had been victorious in 1945? A racially based order would have been established across European Russia, with German soldiers running farms worked on by slave labour. Germany and Japan were to carve up the USSR and Asia between them, while Berlin was to be rebuilt on neo-classical lines. Germany’s Secret Masterplan in World War II reveals the scale of Hitler’s vision for a Greater Germany and a world dominated by Nazi ideology.

a Greater Germany and a world dominated by Nazi ideology. Germany’s Secret Masterplan in World War

Germany’s Secret Masterplan in World War II

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200 col & b/w photos and a/ws

60,000 words

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Supercars looks at 75 of the most celebrated vehicles from Europe, Japan and America, providing a pocket-sized reference guide to machines at the pinnacle of automative engineering. From Aston Martin to Ferrari, from BMW to Chevrolet, stunning close-up photography and detailed annotations present each car’s special features, while lively text explores the history of the vehicle.

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225 colour photographs

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SHIPS

The Cheops ship

The Cheops ship, the oldest preserved ship from antiquity, was found in 1954 close to the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It is built almost entirely of imported cedar. The ship was clearly a ceremonial vessel, yet compression marks of rope show that it was definitely used in the water.

marks of rope show that it was definitely used in the water. Dating from 2500 BC

Dating from 2500 BC, the ‘shell-first’ design of the Cheops ship shows that the hull was shaped before the internal members were added. It has no keel, and the side planking is lashed with rope for security. Built as a ceremonial vessel, rope compression marks show that it was used on water. Two cabins stand on the ship’s deck, the two-roomed main one covered by a canopy for added coolness. The ship was equipped with oars plus steering oars. Contemporary Egyptian warships were of similar construction.

Length: 43.6m (143ft) Beam: 5.7m (18ft 7in) Depth: 1.45m (4ft 9in) Displacement: 94t Rigging: single mast Complement: 12 plus officers

SHIPS

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Phoenician cargo ship

The Phoenicians were a great trading

It is the first vessel to show such features

been a standard motif. There is no

a

very large amphora attached to the prow

of

the ship – possibly for the crew’s water

nation and practical seafarers. Our

suggestion of rope bracing, implying that

or

wine. Ships at this time possessed no

evidence for this vessel comes from now-destroyed Egyptian tomb murals dating back to around 1500 BC.

as a masthead rope ladder and lookout point. The horse-head prow may have

the vessel, even without a keel, had sufficient rigidity to withstand the sea. The wicker fencing was probably to separate deck cargo from the oarsmen. Timber was an important cargo, and one ancient relief from almost 700 years later shows timber being towed. The Egyptian source showed

metallic fixings at all. Everything would be made of wood, rope or cloth, apart from pottery utensils. King Solomon may well have used vessels like this to import Lebanese timber to be used in building his temple in Jerusalem.

timber to be used in building his temple in Jerusalem. Length: 16.8m (55ft) Beam: 3.7m (12ft)

Length: 16.8m (55ft) Beam: 3.7m (12ft) Depth: 1.5m (5ft) Displacement: not known Rigging: single mast stayed fore and aft; square sail with upper and lower yards Complement: 8–12 Main routes: eastern Mediterranean Cargo: timber, grain, fish, metals

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Modern Military Aircraft rOBErt JAcKSON Modern Military Aircraft is a guide to the most important

Modern Military Aircraft

rOBErt JAcKSON

Modern Military Aircraft is a guide to the most important military aircraft developed since 1945. Types range from front-line fighters to reconnaissance aircraft to bombers, from interceptors and helicopters. Spanning such planes as the Lockheed Blackbird and the MiG-21, the book also includes lesser-known examples such as the South African Atlas Cheetah.

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Modern Military Aircraft

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120

x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”)

225

colour artworks and 120 colour and black-&-

white photographs

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GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT GRUMMAN F-14A TOMCAT Although its development history was beset by problems, the
GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT
GRUMMAN F-14A TOMCAT
Although its development history was beset by problems, the variable-
geometry F-14 Tomcat emerged from them all to become
one of the most formidable interceptors of all time.
F-14As were originally delivered in a two-tone camouflage
of white undersides and light gull-grey topsides with white
flying surfaces. Until the late 1970s, high visibility unit
markings were also carried; seen on this example are
VF-1’s distinctive red wolf’s head on the fin, large red
stripes on the forward fuselage, and red ventral fins.
UNITED STATES
Several problems were
encountered during the
introduction of the Tomcat into
Fleet service. Poor logistics
forced squadrons to cannibalize
many aircraft in order to keep
others airworthy. In the air,
buffeting was experienced
when the flaps were deployed,
and fatigue cracking affected
the boat tail fairing; both
problems were easily cured.
This F-14A Tomcat, serial 158579,
carries the markings of Navy Fighter
Squadron VF-1 ‘Wolf Pack’,
deployed as part of USS Enterprise’s
CVW-14 Carrier Air Wing.
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175
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CVW-14 Carrier Air Wing. 174 175 UNITED STATES Aircraft Of World War II rOBErt JAcKSON Arranged

Aircraft Of World War II

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Arranged by country, expertly written and attractively presented, Aircraft of World War II details the design and specifications of 75 of the most important warplanes used during the conflict, from the venerable Fairey Swordfish biplane, through legendary aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Douglas C-47 Dakota, to the Messerschmitt Me-262, the first operational jet fighter. With four pages dedicated to each entry, all the aircraft are illustrated with three-view colour artworks supported by informed text.

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40,000 words

225 colour artworks, 120 colour

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GERMANY ARADO AR 196A-5 ARADO AR 196 This Ar 196A-5 served in the eastern Mediterranean
GERMANY
ARADO AR 196A-5
ARADO AR 196
This Ar 196A-5 served in the
eastern Mediterranean and
Aegean with 2/SAGr 125
(Maritime Recce Group 125) in
1943. The units also used
Bv 138 flying
boats.
Although the two seats were housed under the same
framed canopy, the observer/gunner was only
partially enclosed under a sliding section.
For the tail assembly,
metal structure was
used with metal-
covered fixed surfaces
and fabric-covered
The Ar 196 had a
broad-chord wing with
an unswept leading
edge and a slight taper
on the trailing edge.
The MG 81Z
installation, mounted
in the rear cockpit
of the Ar 196A-5,
paired two MG81
7.92mm (0.31in)
machine guns on a
single mount.
Standard powerplant
of production Ar 196s
was the 716kW
(960hp) BMW
132K; the prototypes
used the 656kW
(880hp) BMW
132Dc, driving a
two-bladed propeller.
a
moving surfaces, with
a
one-piece elevator.
The Ar 196A-5 was armed with two 20mm
(0.79in) MG FF cannon, one in each wing.
The aircraft was very manoeuvrable, and
could give a good account of itself in
combat.
The aircraft had wide-span ailerons
outboard. All control surfaces were
fabric-covered, the rest of the wing
being a metal-skinned two-spar structure.
The wings were strut-braced to the
floats. These bracings were removed
when the wings were folded, each wing
being hinged at the trailing edge root.
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World’s Worst Inventions

JAcK wAtKiNS

When would you ever need a pair of glow-in-the-dark sunglasses, a round chessboard, or a device that stops your vacuum cleaner from getting dusty? The World’s Worst Inventions celebrates 150 inventions that are remarkable only for their spectacular awfulness. Each invention is illustrated with colour photographs and annotated illustrations. Informed – sometimes even affectionate – text brings each entry to life, alongside archive images from the invention’s ‘heyday’.

archive images from the invention’s ‘heyday’. The World’s Worst Inventions 120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”)

The World’s Worst Inventions

120 x 161mm (4¾ x 6½”)

320pp

35,000 words

150 colour photographs and 150 colour a/ws

ISBN: 978-1-78274-553-2

£9.99 Flexibound

150 colour a/ws ISBN: 978-1-78274-553-2 £9.99 Flexibound Civil Aircraft rOBErt JAcKSON Civil Aircraft features 300
150 colour a/ws ISBN: 978-1-78274-553-2 £9.99 Flexibound Civil Aircraft rOBErt JAcKSON Civil Aircraft features 300

Civil Aircraft

rOBErt JAcKSON

Civil Aircraft features 300 non-military planes ranging from the earliest pioneers to cargo carriers and the massive passenger jets of the modern age. These include planes such as Concorde, the Boeing 737 and 747, as well as the Learjet, Tiger Moth and Jetstream. Each aircraft is illustrated by a full-colour profile artwork and is accompanied by informed text on its development and service history, along with a detailed specifications table.

service history, along with a detailed specifications table. Civil Aircraft 163 x 123mm (6½ x 4¾”)

Civil Aircraft

163 x 123mm (6½ x 4¾”)

320pp

60,000 words

300 colour artworks

ISBN: 978-1-78274-556-3

£9.99 Flexibound

Bristol Type 32 Bullet

Bristol Type 32 Bullet A lthough designed as a prototype fighter, it was as a racing

A lthough designed as a prototype fighter, it was as a racing aircraft that the Bristol Type 32 Bullet achieved a brief moment of fame when it gained

second place in the 1921 Aerial Derby at Croydon. The Bristol Aeroplane Company’s original intention was to use the sole Type 32, which was married to a Jupiter engine, as a demonstration aircraft, in the hope that it would attract sufficient interest and allow the company to proceed with the development of a fighter version. The combination of Jupiter and Type 32 proved to be a disappointing one, however, despite the fact that Bristol took great pains to streamline the Bullet as much as possible, and overcome the large radial engine mounted in the nose. The Bullet airframe was scrapped in 1924, but the Jupiter engine became one of the success stories of the 1920s.

Country of origin: GB Engine: one 450hp Bristol Jupiter II radial Wingspan: 9.51m (31ft 2in)
Country of origin:
GB
Engine:
one 450hp Bristol Jupiter II radial
Wingspan:
9.51m (31ft 2in)
Length:
7.35m (24ft 1in)
Height:
2.95m (9ft 8in)
Weight loaded:
998kg (2200lb)
Maximum speed:
249km/h (155mph)
Service ceiling:
not known
Range:
not known
Crew:
1
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Bristol Type 62 Ten-Seater

Range: not known Crew: 1 106 Bristol Type 62 Ten-Seater T he Bristol Type 62 was

T he Bristol Type 62 was the product of a short-lived era when commercial aviation in the United Kingdom had the benefit of government subsidies.

Originally envisaged with a four-wheel undercarriage and accommodation for six passengers, the design was modified to accept nine passengers plus the pilot, who sat in an open cockpit on a level with the upper wing. The first of four aircraft flew in June 1921, and the front set of wheels was removed before the aircraft entered its flight-testing phase, first at Croydon and then at Martlesham Heath. Upon completion of the trials, the aircraft was purchased by the Air Council, who sold it to the Instone Air Line for use on the London–Paris route. Instone also bought the second and fourth Type 62s, and operated them until 1926 as Type 75s; the fourth was later converted into an air ambulance, Type 79.

Country of origin: GB Engine: one 450hp Napier Lion radial Wingspan: 17.07m (56ft) Length: 12.34m
Country of origin:
GB
Engine:
one 450hp Napier Lion radial
Wingspan:
17.07m (56ft)
Length:
12.34m (40.6ft)
Height:
3.35m (11ft)
Weight loaded:
3064kg (6755lb)
Cruising speed:
177km/h (110mph)
Service ceiling:
2590m (8500ft)
Range:
965km (600 miles)
Passengers + crew:
9 + 1
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Boeing 747SP
Boeing 747SP

T he 747SP (Special Performance) was not one of Boeing’s most successful ventures, with only a small number of this special-performance, short-body,

long-range model being built. Introduced in 1975, it featured an enlarged tail fin.

Only a handful of airlines had a requirement for the enormous range offered by the model, one of them being China Airlines of Taiwan. Developed from the 747- 100, the 747SP represented a major engineering effort and investment. Its fuselage was 14.35m (47ft 1in) shorter than the standard model, which in turn demanded a vertical tail 1.52m (5ft) taller, with double-hinged rudders and a tailplane increased in span by 3.05m (10ft). Among other notable flights, a Pan American 747SP flew around the world in 1 day 22 hours 50 minutes at an average speed of 809km/h (503mph); another traversed the globe by crossing both poles.

Country of origin: USA Engines: four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3 turbofans of 19,730kg (43,500lb) thrust
Country of origin:
USA
Engines:
four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3 turbofans of 19,730kg (43,500lb)
thrust each
Wingspan:
59.64m (195ft 8in)
Length:
56.16m (184 ft 2in)
Height:
20.86m (68ft 5in)
Weight loaded:
318,427kg (702,000lb)
Cruising speed:
958km/h (595mph) at 9150m (30,000ft)
Service ceiling:
13,715m (45,000ft)
Range:
16,560km (10,290 miles)
Passengers + crew:
289–440 + 4
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Boeing 757

miles) Passengers + crew: 289–440 + 4 88 Boeing 757 T owards the end of the

T owards the end of the 1970s, Boeing was faced with a problem: how to keep

its highly successful Model 727 at the top of airliner sales. Subsequent

improvement studies on the design of the basic airframe resulted in an aircraft that had little in common with its predecessor, but which kept the Boeing sales challenge alive. Designated the 757, the new aircraft eventually began to take its place in ever-growing numbers in the ranks of the world’s major airlines, despite disappointing initial sales. No new customers appeared until three aircraft were ordered by Transbrasil and three by Aloha in April 1980. Sales then rocketed. The US giant Northwest purchased a total of 73 757s to begin the replacement of its domestic 727 fleet, operating the type alongside its European rival, the Airbus A320. The other launch customer for the 757 was Eastern Airlines.

Country of origin: USA Engines: two Pratt & Whitney PW2040 or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E of 18,950kg
Country of origin:
USA
Engines:
two Pratt & Whitney PW2040 or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E of
18,950kg (41,780lb) and 18,230kg (40,200lb) thrust respectively.
Wingspan:
38m (125ft)
Length:
47.5m (155ft 7in)
Height:
13.6m (44ft 6in)
Weight loaded:
100,000kg (220,462lb)
Cruising speed:
965km/h (600mph) at 9150m (30,000ft)
Service ceiling:
11,900m (39,000ft)
Range:
7315km (4545 miles)
Passengers + crew:
201 + 2
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Dark History Of Hollywood KiErON cONNOLLy From the setting up of the studios by the

Dark History Of Hollywood

KiErON cONNOLLy

From the setting up of the studios by the movie moguls a century ago to the corporations that run them today, from stars’ drug addictions to McCarthy-era witch-hunts and on to the Mob, Dark History of Hollywood is the story of sex and excess, murder and suicide, ambition and betrayal, greed and corruption. Intensively researched and superbly entertaining, Dark History of Hollywood reveals that the stories behind the silver screen are at least as gripping as many of those on it.

screen are at least as gripping as many of those on it. Dark History of Hollywood

Dark History of Hollywood

244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)

224pp

53,000 words

180 colour and b/w photographs and artworks

ISBN: 978-1-78274-109-1

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and artworks ISBN: 978-1-78274-109-1 £19.99 Hardback Dark History Of the American Presidents MichAEL KErrigAN
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Dark History Of the American Presidents

MichAEL KErrigAN

From sexual skirmishes to illicit bugging, from insider trading to connections with the Mafia, from CIA cover-ups to ‘hanging chads’, Dark History of the American Presidents explores the dirty deeds surrounding the offices of 44 presidents – from George Washington to Barack Obama. In doing so, it also tells the story of the nation’s advancement from post- Revolutionary days of anti-monarchy and slavery through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Depression and the United States’ emergence as a global superpower.

and the United States’ emergence as a global superpower. Dark History of the American Presidents 244

Dark History of the American Presidents

244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)

256pp

60,000 words

190 colour and b/w illustrations and photographs

ISBN: 978-1-78274-027-8

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and photographs ISBN: 978-1-78274-027-8 £19.99 Hardback 20 How to Survive a Disaster ALExANdEr StiLwELL What do
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How to Survive a Disaster

ALExANdEr StiLwELL

What do you do if your aircraft ditches

in the sea? Or your building is on fire?

Or you are the victim of a terrorist

attack? How to Survive a Disaster is

a complete handbook to any crisis

that may suddenly arise, from food or water shortages, from natural disasters to hostage situations. With more than 300 easy-to-follow artworks and handy pull-out lists of key information, this is the definitive survival guide for anyone wanting to be ready for anything – it could save your life.

to be ready for anything – it could save your life. How to Survive a Disaster

How to Survive a Disaster

188 x 137mm (7½ x 5½”)

320pp

45,000 words

300 b/w artworks

ISBN: 978-1-78274-548-8

£14.99 Hardback

300 b/w artworks ISBN: 978-1-78274-548-8 £14.99 Hardback CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS

CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS

CRISIS IN THE WILDERNESS

Desert dangers A desert environment during the day poses multiple dangers, including direct heat from
Desert dangers
A desert environment
during the day poses
multiple dangers,
including direct heat
from the sun and
reflected heat from the
desert floor. Wear
light, confortable
clothing and good
quality walking boots.
clothing that will not stick to your
flesh when you sweat and which will
not absorb too much body sweat.
Take a leaf out of the Arabs’ book
and wear a loose headdress that you
can wrap around your face, if
necessary, to protect the eyes, nose
and mouth from glare reflected from
the desert floor, from the sun above
and from wind-blown sand and dust.
Although we are used to walking
barefoot on a sandy beach,
footwear must be worn in the
desert. The sand will often be too
hot to walk on, and its dessicating
effect will cause your feet to dry
out, resulting in painful cracks. If
you wear boots, you can keep sand
out by fashioning a form of gaiter
round the top of the boot with a
piece of material.
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Shelters If you are a victim of a plane or vehicle accident in the desert, you can shelter near to the wreckage, as this will increase the chances of being spotted by rescuers. The inside of an aircraft may, however, be too hot during the day. As it is vital to reduce perspiration and preserve water, do not attempt to build a major shelter during the heat of the day. Improvise, if necessary, during the day and build a larger shelter during the cool of the evening. Rocky outcrops and caves can be good, cool places for shelters. Check for any insects or reptiles that might be sheltering there. As rainfall is unpredictable in a desert, do not build a shelter in a gully, to avoid the danger of drowning in a flash flood. The type of shelter you build will depend on your location. You can stretch some canvas or a poncho from the top of a rocky outcrop or sand dune to the ground, weighing the ends down with rocks. Such a construction will make a reasonable temporary shelter to keep you out of the glare of the sun. To make a more elaborate and cooler shelter, find a natural depression in the ground between rocks (not on an obvious water course) and weigh down your poncho to form a roof overhead. Alternatively, dig a trench that will have enough room for you and any equipment, and create a roof overhead with the

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Women At War in World War II

BrENdA rALph LEwiS

From a German pin-up to Japanese women’s police to all-women British orchestras, from Soviet typists in the field to German pilots, from POWs to secret agents, Women at War in World War II is the story of courageous women experiencing the war in many different ways. Including 300 colour and black-&-white photographs as well as evocative artworks from the period, this is a poignant tribute to the bravery of those who served on all sides, and explores how their experiences changed the lives of those who followed.

their experiences changed the lives of those who followed. Women at War in World War II

Women at War in World War II

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60,000 words

300 colour and black-&-white photographs

ISBN: 978-1-78274-547-1

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THE SAMURAI WARRIOR the golden age of japan’s elite fighters, 1560–1615 Ben Hubbard
THE
SAMURAI
WARRIOR
the golden age of japan’s elite fighters, 1560–1615
Ben Hubbard

The Samurai Warrior

BEN huBBArd

Including more than 200 photographs, illustrations, paintings and maps, The Samurai Warrior – The Golden Age of Japan’s Elite Warriors 1560–1615 is a colourful, accessible study of Japan’s famous but often misunderstood warrior elite. The book describes the unification under the Tokugawa bakufu, the major battles of the era, the weapons and armour used, the social structure of Japanese society, myths about the samurai, and finally the decline of the samurai amidst the modernization of the Meiji period.

of the samurai amidst the modernization of the Meiji period. The Samurai Warrior 285 x 213mm

The Samurai Warrior

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50,000 words More than 200 colour illustrations, photographs and maps ISBN: 978-1-78274-499-3 £19.99 Hardback

and maps ISBN: 978-1-78274-499-3 £19.99 Hardback 146 MYTH AND REALITY OF THE SAMURAI MYTH AND REALITY
146 MYTH AND REALITY OF THE SAMURAI MYTH AND REALITY OF THE SAMURAI 147 behave
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REALITY
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SAMURAI
MYTH
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behave honourably. Honour
Loyalty was another elusive
was one of the key virtues of the
bushidō code, but it often gave
way to ambition and self-interest.
The codes of bushidō were also
sometimes inconsistent in their
messages about honour. Those
considered the best warriors, for
ideal, although in theory it was the
pre-eminent quality of the samurai,
prized above all else. Any worthy
warrior would follow his master
into death or lay down his life for
him. But loyalty to whom , or what,
was another question. The Emperor
example, were the ones who had
was considered to be the most
put
the conditions of warfare to
important man in Japan, until the
their advantage. Samurai were
encouraged to be opportunists in
war – such as fighting with the
provincial clans decided they did
not want to serve him. He was then
sun at their back so it would blind
their opponent – but they were also
replaced with a Shōgun, or regent.
But Shōguns, too, were capable of
disloyalty. Samurai would follow
paradoxically expected to conduct
their Shōgun or clan leader to the
a
fair fight.
ends of the earth, but their fidelity
Below: Arquebuses
were notoriously
clumsy to fire and
reload. Well-
organized armies
employed assistants
to help with
gunpowder and
ammunition.
was often rewarded with death or
samurai heroes are therefore
Above: Samurai warriors were expected
betrayal. Loyalty to one’s clan was
parables of loyalty to one’s clan,
to die an honourable death by the
thought an essential, but brothers
one’s Emperor, one’s master and
sword. Those defeated in battle could
would not hesitate to kill each
other to better their position.
The stories of the greatest
oneself, which don’t reflect the
darker reality. It is the complex
relationship with this topmost
retain their honour by committing
seppuku.
this topmost retain their honour by committing seppuku. The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers dAvid rOSS Packed

The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers

dAvid rOSS

Packed with more than 200 artworks and photographs, The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers features 52 of the most significant carriers from World War I’s converted battleships to classic carriers of World War II and on to nuclear-powered supercarriers of the Cold War era and the latest ships in service today. Each entry includes a brief description of the ship’s development and history, a colour profile view or cutaway, and technical specifications.

profile view or cutaway, and technical specifications. The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers 297 x 227mm (11¾

The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers

297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)

224pp

65,000 words

200 colour artworks and photographs

ISBN: 978-1-78274-524-2

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HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra HMAS Canberra (2014) Australia’s largest warship is a state-of-the-art amphibious warfare vessel, capable

HMAS Canberra (2014)

Australia’s largest warship is a state-of-the-art amphibious warfare vessel, capable of playing a variety of roles, particularly enhancing the Australian Navy’s off-shore capabilities.

Changing circumstances both in strategic and tactical requirements in Australia’s part of the globe were underlined by the difficulties in managing the logistics of the UN peacekeeping force in East Timor in 1999–2000. This led to an Australian government plan to improve the country’s amphibious warfare ability, centred on two large Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels. In the mid-2000s tenders were received for the French Mistral design and a Spanish design based on the Spanish Navy’s LHD Juan Carlos I, commissioned in 2010. The Spanish version was chosen, and with numerous adaptations specified by the Royal Australian Navy, it forms the two-ship Canberra-class. The builder was Navantia, of Ferro. The keel of Canberra was laid there on 23 September 2009 and it was launched on 17 February 2011. Construction was modular, with the ship assembled in three separate parts, although in the same yard, then joined together. By 17 October 2012 the hull, without island, was transferred by heavy lift ship to Williamstown

Shipyard, Victoria, for completion and fitting out by BAE Systems Australia. Canberra, although lead ship and first to be commissioned on 28 November 2014, carries pennant No.L02 while the other class member, Adelaide, is L01. Adelaide was commissioned on 4 December 2015. The two LHDs substantially expand Australia’s capacity to influence events and operate in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with their numerous hot-spots of diplomatic and military tension.

Construction Mast height At 46.8m (142ft 7in) above the waterline, Canberra’s mast would have just
Construction
Mast height
At 46.8m (142ft 7in) above the waterline,
Canberra’s mast would have just 40cm
(15.7in) clearance when passing under
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Twin decks
There are two decks for heavy and light
vehicle storage.
Australia’s latest warships are, after much discussion,
based on a Spanish design, built in Spain, and finally
assembled in Australia.
Propeller
Thruster propellers are 4.5m (15ft) in
diameter.
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Construction cost was A$1.5 billion. The ships share the major features of European naval LHDs, with a long triple- masted island set to starboard and an axial flight deck area 202.3m (616ft 6in) long and 32m (97ft 6in) wide. Intended as a helicopter carrier, it has no provision for catapult or arrester gear. However, a bow ramp set to the port side is fitted to enable it to launch V/STOL planes, although none are carried at present, and six landing spots allow for simultaneous take-offs and landings by six helicopters of NRH90 or Blackhawk size, or four Chinooks. There are three main decks below the flight deck: the hangar deck with storage also for light vehicles and cargo; the main accommodation deck and the well dock, 69.3m

Landing craft The four LCM 1E landing craft have an endurance of 190nm (389km; 242 miles). They can ‘comfortably’ hold 120 personnel with full combat load, but this can be stretched to 170.

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THE GREATEST BATTLES IN HISTORY AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF classic warfare from megiddo to waterloo GENERAL
THE GREATEST
BATTLES
IN HISTORY
AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF classic warfare
from megiddo to waterloo
GENERAL EDITOR: JACK WATKINS

The Greatest Battles in History

EditEd By JAcK wAtKiNS

Spanning more than three millennia of

history, The Greatest Battles in History

is a brilliantly illustrated reference

work to 170 key battles from the Battle of Megiddo in 1457BCE to the

Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Arranged

in chronological order, each entry

includes full-colour illustrations – either maps or artworks – a description

of the context, course of battle and

the conflict’s aftermath, as well as information boxes containing facts and figures.

as well as information boxes containing facts and figures. The Greatest Battles in History 264 x

The Greatest Battles in History

264 x 202mm (10½ x 8”)

320pp

125,000 words More than 400 maps, illustrations and photographs ISBN: 978-1-78274-544-0 £19.99 Hardback

and photographs ISBN: 978-1-78274-544-0 £19.99 Hardback nOvEMBER 2017 PUBLiCATiOn World War II Abandoned Places
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978-1-78274-544-0 £19.99 Hardback nOvEMBER 2017 PUBLiCATiOn World War II Abandoned Places MichAEL KErrigAN A rusting

World War II Abandoned Places

MichAEL KErrigAN

A rusting anti-aircraft fort in the North

Sea. A German submarine base in France. A Flak tower in a Viennese park — more than 70 years after the end of

World War II, its remnants can still be seen from Europe to Japan. World War II Abandoned Places explores more than 100 bunkers, pillboxes, submarine bases, forts and prison camps from the North Sea to Okinawa. With 150 outstanding colour photographs, this is

a brilliant pictorial examination of both

the military and non-military legacy of the conflict.

both the military and non-military legacy of the conflict. World War II Abandoned Places 297 x

World War II Abandoned Places

297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)

224pp

10,000 words

150 colour photographs

978-1-78274-549-5

£19.99 Hardback

US Amphibious LVT, Bloody Nose Ridge, Peleliu, Palau Islands The burned-out shell of an LVT

US Amphibious LVT, Bloody Nose Ridge, Peleliu, Palau Islands The burned-out shell of an LVT (‘Landing Vehicle, Tracked’) stands rusting, an inanimate metal monument to the thousands of men who died attacking and defending this one ridge alone. As the nickname they gave it wryly suggests, the capture of this hill was among the toughest challenges the US 1st Marine Division were ever to face.

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Celts MArtiN J. dOughErty From their emergence as an Iron Age people around 800BCE to

Celts

MArtiN J. dOughErty

From their emergence as an Iron Age people around 800BCE to the early centuries CE, Celts reveals the truth behind the stories of naked warriors, ritual beheadings, druids, magic and accusations of human sacrifice. The book examines the different tribes, the Hallstatt and La Tène periods, as well as Celtic survival in western Europe, the Gallic Wars, military life, spiritual beliefs, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art.

life, spiritual beliefs, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art. Celts 244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”) 224pp

Celts

244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)

224pp

58,000 words

180 colour and b/w photographs, artworks, maps

and illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-78274-166-4

£19.99 Hardback

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in many cases, more tantalizing than the abstract patterns used in decoration, for they show
in many cases, more tantalizing than the abstract patterns used
in decoration, for they show us scenes of the distant past with no
explanation of what we are seeing.
had a great many gods, of whom a large proportion were associated
with a fairly limited area or a specific tribe. Some of these
opposite: A Gallo-
Roman statue of the god
Mercury. Identification
duplicated the abilities of others and may have been absorbed into
of
Celtic gods with
a
different identity by Roman assumptions. However, as the Gauls
Roman ones probably
Celtic Myth and Religion
themselves did not leave written records, the Roman accounts are
began with Roman
The Celts were a very widespread people, whose religious
practices and beliefs varied over time as well as by location.
Much of what we know of the Celtic gods has come down to us
through the myths and traditional stories of Ireland and Wales,
or has become part of other belief systems such as Romano-
Celtic and later Christian religion. Thus in some cases there
are numerous variants of any given story, attributing greater or
lesser – or completely different – abilities and powers to any
given character. Many gods and other beings had three aspects,
which further confuses the issue.
Celtic myths generally agree that magical beings and gods
lived apart from the mortal world in an ‘Otherworld’ that
was known by various names. Welsh mythology frequently
refers to this place as Annwyn, while Irish myths often
refer to Sidhe. These tales survived long enough to be
recorded in written form by the people they belonged to,
or at least their descendants.
On the other hand, much of what we know about
the religion of the Gallic Celts is filtered through the
perception of the Roman writers that recorded it, and
is inevitably distorted. Julius Caesar wrote much about
what the Celts believed, but he used terms that he was
familiar with. He recorded that Mercury was the chief
god of the Gauls, which seems rather unlikely. It is much
more probable that the Celts had a deity that fulfilled
the same general functions as Mercury, and since Caesar
did not know the god’s actual name he used a parallel
that would be familiar to his expected readership. It
is possible that this is instead an example of Roman
arrogance, assuming that barbarians worshipped proper
Roman gods but by some other name.
The Roman assignment of parallels works as a
reasonable approximation in some cases, but the Gauls
in
many cases the best we have to work with.
scholars making the best
interpretation they could
It is not unreasonable to assume that since the Celtic people
on
scanty information.
spread out from a common origin and retained at least a degree
After the Roman
of
contact with one another, many apparently similar gods who
conquest of Gaul, the
have different names in different places could be the same god
represented in varying ways. It is also likely that some gods were
worshipped over a very large area while others were extremely
localized. It follows that the more widespread gods performed
functions that were relevant to everyone, while local gods were
only of much importance to the tribe or region that venerated
them. There is thus evidence of a general pantheon throughout
the Celtic world, with local variations and additions.
Similarly, it is likely that the general format of Celtic religion
was much the same throughout the Celtic world, but that local
customs varied considerably from this norm at times. Caesar
merging of gods became
a
reality.
below: The enduring
(if wildly incorrect)
image of Celtic religion
is
of white-robed druids
collecting mistletoe
whilst surrounded by
suitably savage-looking
warriors.
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as
the one the departed had just left. Some writers recorded
that the Celts thought that sometimes the next life might be in
animal form, but this is doubtful or possibly a local variation.
There are also accounts of the dead returning as ghosts or
spectres, but these may be later interpretations of Celtic legends.
For the most part, when the dead do return in stories, they do so
as
people who seem to be very much alive.
The Returned
The returned dead, according to Celtic legends, could engage
in
most activities that a living person might. They could assist
a
hero in a fight or seduce someone’s wife. They could eat and
drink, and would easily pass for a living person. However, the
below: Chun Quoit
is a fine example of a
dead also had supernatural powers shared by gods and the faerie
folk, and could become invisible or travel from place to place
dolmen, or portal tomb.
without anyone witnessing how.
The huge stones were
originally set in an earth
mound which has since
eroded away. Chun
Quoit was constructed
around 2400 bce,
possibly by early proto-
Celtic people.
Some of the traditional Celtic burial customs were designed
to
prevent the dead from wandering around the countryside.
Large stones placed over the grave, or the practice of tying the
limbs of the departed, were intended to restrict the activities
of
the corpse. Even so, it was still sometimes possible to obtain
are references to the dead dwelling underground, but if this is the
above: A Celtic funeral
information from the dead, often by visiting or even sleeping in
their tombs at night.
Exactly where the dead
went when they were not
returning to help out or
plague the living is unclear.
Translations of Celtic beliefs
have become distorted
by the perceptions and
misconceptions of those that
recorded them. Some writers
claim that the Celts believed
in a mystical island where
the dead – or perhaps some
of them – went, while others
refer to having to cross an
underground ocean. There
case then such a realm might have been much more cheerful than
the underground hells of other cultures.
It is not even clear if the Celts believed that their new lives
took place in another world or a different part of the same one, nor
if it mattered. What is important is that they believed that death
was not the end but simply an interruption before life continued
somewhere else. For this reason death in battle was not something
to be greatly feared and suicide might actually be a good option if it
allowed escape from a desperate or miserable situation.
It does seem that Celtic beliefs baffled and confused many
observers, who tried to equate them to other belief systems and
in so doing muddied the waters for future scholars. Their beliefs
were, like many other aspects of their culture, unique and not
really explainable in terms of someone else’s religion. Inference
and conjecture can only go so far, and unfortunately the people
who really understood it all passed on to another life somewhere
else long ago.
was an important
affair for the dead as
well as the living. The
deceased might decide to
return and plague their
neighbours or relatives
if not properly sealed
within the tomb.
or relatives if not properly sealed within the tomb. Vikings: A History of the Norse People

Vikings: A History of the Norse People

MArtiN J. dOughErty

A thousand years after their demise,

traces of the Vikings remain far beyond

Scandinavia. They traded walruses with Inuits, brought Russian furs to Western Europe and took European slaves to Constantinople. In this

accessible book, the whole narrative

of the Viking story is examined from

the eighth to the 11 th century. Arranged thematically, Vikings: A History of the Norse People reveals the story of the Norsemen from exploration to religion, from trade to settlement to weaponry, from their kingdoms to their legacy.

settlement to weaponry, from their kingdoms to their legacy. Vikings: A History of the Norse People

Vikings: A History of the Norse People

242 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼”)

224pp

62,000 words

200 colour and b/w photographs, artworks, maps

and illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-78274-061-2

£19.99 Hardback

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raids were characterized
by being small in
scale and limited in
penetration. It was
relatively easy to follow
the coast until a suitable
target was located.
return with a ship full of booty and tall tales of prowess in battle
might be more exciting than a well-negotiated trade with far-off
people, but the admiration of those looking upon the proceeds
was not necessarily greater. A profitable voyage would inspire
fame, which brought a status that could not always simply be
bought with wealth.
The decision to launch the Lindisfarne raid was therefore
logical. The target was an easy one, with prospects of a large
quantity of plunder. The expedition offered everyone involved
the chance to enrich himself both materially and in reputation.
It appealed to an adventurous people who
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believed that a man could take what he
wanted, providing he had won it by strength
and prowess. From the point of view of the
ATLANTIC
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Scandinavian seafarers of the time, Lindisfarne
was nothing more or less than a perfect opportunity to do what
they had been doing for centuries.
The beginning of the Viking Age was not marked by a sudden
departure from previous habits. The Vikings had been raiding
and trading for generations. The only thing that really changed
was the scale of their operations, and the amount of attention
they attracted from those in a position to record history. The
beginning of the Viking Age was not the moment when the
Norsemen decided to start raiding; it was the moment that
the rest of the world had to start taking notice.
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128 VIKING WEAPONS AND COMBAT it open. Effectiveness depends greatly upon impact, and the design
128
VIKING
WEAPONS
AND
COMBAT
it open. Effectiveness depends greatly upon
impact, and the design of an axe is important if
impact is to be maximized. The haft must be of
an appropriate length to match the user’s arm and
thus create a good arc of swing, and the head must
concentrate mass behind the blade without making the
weapon unwieldy.
Viking axes were thus anything but crude. While less
prestigious than swords they were highly effective and were
often very well made. Heads were of a socket type, where
the head has a hole through which the haft passes. More
primitive axes, whose heads are tied on with thongs, were
far less effective in action, especially against opponents
wearing armour. Even a well-made axe could come apart
in combat, however. There are instances in the sagas of
axe-heads parting company with the haft, usually to the
immediate detriment of the wielder.
The typical Viking axe was wielded in one hand, usually
in conjunction with a shield, and had a single cutting
blade. The gigantic two-bladed axes often depicted in fantasy
games or movies are exactly that – fantasy. The Viking axe was
a
simple but entirely effective weapon, probably carried without
a
sheath. It is not hard to stick an axe through a belt, and
ABOVE: These replica
reasonably safe to carry it this way. One hanging on a thong from
axes have only a slight
the belt would be a rather different proposition, since it would
‘beard’ on the head.
swing about and injure the owner around the knees even if it
Some designs have
were not sharp enough to cut him.
a
very pronounced
Axes could also be carried in other ways. Some saga-heroes
elongation of the
and, therefore, presumably some Viking warriors carried an axe

lower cutting face. The angulation of the leftmost axe’s head is deliberate, aligning the

cutting edge with the

arc of a swing.

in

their shield-hand as a backup weapon, transferring it to the

weapon hand when the main weapon was lost or hurled at an

opponent. They were also fairly concealable, being shorter than

most swords, and could be hidden under a cloak or in a bundle of

apparently innocuous objects until the wielder was ready to strike. Long-hafted axes were also used, sometimes as tools and sometimes as weapons. The longer haft required the use of both hands, so the shield had to be cast away or hung on the back. This made the warrior vulnerable, particularly to arrows and

V I K I N G W E A P O N S A N
V I K I N G
W E A P O N S
A N D
C O M B AT
1 2 9
LEFT: Although not
as
prestigious as a
sword, axes were
still possessions to
be
prized. This axe
head is beautifully
decorated, but that does
not preclude it being
a
working weapon as
opposed to a ceremonial
or
decorative item.
weapon as opposed to a ceremonial or decorative item. thrown spears, but this was offset by

thrown spears, but this was offset by the greater reach and power of his blows. The long-handled axe became a signature weapon of the Varangian Guard in Byzantine

 

BELOW: This rather

service and was adopted by various Viking-influenced cultures,

including the English.

An axe, used in one or both hands, was in many ways more

dramatic depiction of

Leif Eriksson landing in

the New World shows

capable of penetrating armour than a sword. The combination

him armed with a long-

hafted axe as his primary

of leverage, concentration of mass and a sharp blade made an

weapon, with a sword as

axe more likely to cut through a helmet or bash the wearer

a backup. He also has a

dagger hung vertically

senseless, and there are numerous examples of this in the sagas. Less common are descriptions of axes being thrown, although it

from his belt, which may

happens occasionally. When it does, it seems to be an expedient

be an anachronism.

it from his belt, which may happens occasionally. When it does, it seems to be an
it does, it seems to be an expedient be an anachronism. Dark History of the Tudors

Dark History of the Tudors

Judith JOhN

With 180 paintings and illustrations, Dark History of the Tudors is a fascinating, accessible account of the murder, adultery, and religious turmoil that characterized England’s most infamous royal dynasty. Beginning in 1485 and ending with the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the Tudor dynasty transformed England, but its darker side included Henry VIII’s notorious break with the Roman Catholic Church, his divorce or execution of four of his six wives, and several executions as nobles fell from political favour.

and several executions as nobles fell from political favour. Dark History of the Tudors 244 x

Dark History of the Tudors

244 x 186mm (9½ x 7¼”)

224pp

53,000 words

180 colour and b/w photographs and illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-78274-133-6

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112 EDWARD VI: REFORMS, REBELLIONS AND ROGUES

EDWARD VI: REFORMS, REBELLIONS AND ROGUES

113

AND ROGUES EDWARD VI: REFORMS, REBELLIONS AND ROGUES 113 Above: This is the front page of

Above: This is the front page of Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer, which did away with the Latin mass. Edward’s beliefs and those of his supporters took the reformation closer to Protestantism that Henry VIII had ever intended.

all too much, too soon. Seymour and Edward would presently be facing a rebellion from within the country as well as threats from abroad. Seymour was canny enough to keep close and trusted advisors near him, whom he rewarded well for their loyalty. These men included William Paget and Anthony Denny. Denny, one of Henry VIII’s confidants, was the one who dry stamped Henry’s final will with a facsimile of his signature prior to it being signed (although Henry died before ever signing the final version, which partly allowed the flexible approach

Seymour and his supporters took to it). It is thought that Denny was able to subtly sway the weakened King in the writing of his will. William Paget, Henry’s secretary, who was present for the final version of Henry’s will, is also thought to have had a hand in influencing the dying King, although the full extent of this influence may never be known. The other man close to Seymour was John Dudley, the Earl of Warwick, who had been one of Henry VIII’s confidantes. However, Dudley would soon turn against Seymour to gain further power of his own.

War at Pinkie Cleugh

The final weeks of Henry VIII’s life were tumultuous, due to the on-again, off-again battles with Scotland. The continued attempts – with future good relations hopefully secured by Edward’s marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots – at peace being thwarted, the ‘rough wooing’ of Scotland commenced. Part of the dispute was England wanting to force reformation on the largely Catholic population of Scotland. Seymour also wanted to secure the English borders against a possible Scottish–French invasion. The Protector and warlord

Part of the dispute was England wanting to force reformation on the largely Catholic population of Scotland.

Below: This striking image depicts the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, near Musselburgh in the south-east of Scotland. Part of the ‘rough wooing’, the battle saw the Scots defeated by the English.

in the south-east of Scotland. Part of the ‘rough wooing’, the battle saw the Scots defeated
wooing’, the battle saw the Scots defeated by the English. Kama Sutra trANSLAtEd By richArd BurtON
wooing’, the battle saw the Scots defeated by the English. Kama Sutra trANSLAtEd By richArd BurtON

Kama Sutra

trANSLAtEd By richArd BurtON

Written in India in Sanskrit between 400BCE and 300CE by the philosopher Vatsyayana, the Kama Sutra is the classic work on love, marriage and sex, with much of what it has to say still valid today. Although famous for its chapter on sexual pleasure, the Kama Sutra actually addresses many topics. Including editorial notes, this abridged edition features extracts from each chapter of the book. Illustrating the text are more than 30 classic Indian paintings from a 16th century edition of the book.

Indian paintings from a 16th century edition of the book. Kama Sutra 264 x 195mm (10½

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However the part sixty-four is now treated of, and the embrace, being the first subject,
However the part sixty-four is now treated of, and the embrace, being
the first subject, will now be considered.
Now the embrace which indicates the mutual love of a man and
woman who have come together is of four kinds, viz.:
Touching
Piercing
Rubbing
Pressing
CHAPTER 2
Of the embrace
T his part of the Kama Shastra, which treats of sexual union, is
also called “Sixty-four” (Chatushshashti). Some old authors
say that it is called so, because it contains sixty-four chapters.
Others are of opinion that the author of this part being a person
named Panchala, and the person who recited the part of the Rig Veda
called Dashatapa, which contains sixty-four verses, being also called
Panchala, the name “sixty-four” has been given to the part of the work
in honour of the Rig Vedas. The followers of Babhravya say on the
other hand that this part contains eight subjects, viz., the embrace,
kissing, scratching with the nails or fingers, biting, lying down, making
various sounds, playing the part of a man, and the Auparishtaka, or
mouth congress. Each of these subjects being of eight kinds, and eight
multiplied by eight being sixty-four, this part is therefore named “sixty-
four.” But Vatsyayana affirms that as this part contains also the following
subjects, viz., striking, crying, the acts of a man during congress, the
various kinds of congress, and other subjects, the name “sixty-four”
is given to it only accidentally. As, for instance, we say this tree is
“Saptaparna,” or seven-leaved, this offering of rice is “Panchavarna,”
or five-coloured, but the tree has not seven leaves, neither has the rice
five colours.
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17
The action in each case is denoted by the meaning of the word which stands
The action in each case is denoted by the meaning of the word which
stands for it.
The above two kinds of embrace takes place only between persons
who do not, as yet, speak freely with each other.
(1). When a man under some pretext or other goes in front or alongside
(3). When two lovers are walking slowly together, either in the dark, or in
of a woman and touches her body with his own, it is called the “touching
embrace.”
a place of public resort, or in a lonely place, and rub their bodies against
each other, it is called a “rubbing embrace.”
At the time of the meeting the four following kinds of embrace are
used, viz.:
Jataveshtitaka, or the twining of a creeper.
Vrikshadhirudhaka, or climbing a tree.
Tila-Tandulaka, or the mixture of sesamum seed with rice.
Kshiraniraka, or milk and water embrace.
(1). When a woman, clinging to a man as a creeper twines round a tree,
bends his head down to hers with the desire of kissing him and slightly
makes the sound of sut sut, embraces him, and looks lovingly towards
him, it is called an embrace like the “twining of a creeper.”
(2). When a woman, having placed one of her feet on the foot of her
lover, and the other on one of his thighs, passes one of her arms round
his
back, and the other on his shoulders, makes slightly the sounds of
singing and cooing, and wishes, as it were, to climb up him in order to
have a kiss, it is called an embrace like the “climbing of a tree.”
These two kinds of embrace take place when the lover is standing.
(3). When lovers lie on a bed, and embrace each other so closely that
the arms and thighs of the one are encircled by the arms and thighs of
the other, and are, as it were, rubbing up against them, this is called an
embrace like “the mixture of sesamum seed with rice.”
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(2). When a woman in a lonely place bends down, as if to pick up something, and pierces, as it were, a man sitting or standing, with her breasts, and the man in return takes hold of them, it is called a “piercing embrace.”

takes hold of them, it is called a “piercing embrace.” (4). When on the above occasion

(4). When on the above occasion one of them presses the other’s body forcibly against a wall or pillar, it is called a “pressing embrace.”

These two last embraces are peculiar to those who know the intentions of each other.

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Survival Techniques ALExANdEr StiLwELL Survival Techniques takes you through all the things you need to

Survival Techniques

ALExANdEr StiLwELL

Survival Techniques takes you through all the things you need to know about surviving disasters and staying alive in the wild, such as where to find water in the desert, how to build shelters, how to make tools, first aid skills and what plants are safe to eat. However, the ultimate aim is to get back to civilization, so the book contains chapters on navigation techniques. Packed with life-saving information, the expert text is supported by 150 instructive line drawings.

expert text is supported by 150 instructive line drawings. Survival Techniques 188 x 137mm (7½ x

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150 b/w artworks

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words 150 b/w artworks 978-1-78274-242-5 £14.99 Hardback SURVIVAL AT SEA Cloud types Cirrus Cumulonimbus

SURVIVAL AT SEA

Cloud types

Cirrus Cumulonimbus Cirrocumulus Cumulus Altocumulus Stratocumulus Stratus
Cirrus
Cumulonimbus
Cirrocumulus
Cumulus
Altocumulus
Stratocumulus
Stratus

they pile up and push higher into the atmosphere they can become storm clouds.

direction of the storm as well as a rapid drop in temperature.

4.Stratus

3. Nimbus Clouds of uniform greyness extend over the whole sky.

Low clouds composed of water droplets make up an even, grey layer of cloud. They inevitably mean rain or snow.

Cumulonimbus These clouds are dark with flat bases and rounded tops.

Altostratus Holes in this layer mean that the weather may not be too bad.

Sometimes they form an anvil shape at the top, looking like cirrus. They often mean sudden heavy showers of rain, snow or hail. If a thunderstorm occurs, you can expect a strong wind from the

Nimbostratus These rain-bearing clouds have a low base and consist of thick layers.

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SURVIVAL AT SEA

BOARDING A LIFE RAFT

your inflatable life-preserver

If the raft is attached to you with a rope, pull the raft towards to you (A). If it is upside down in the water, pull it the right way up by moving to the side opposite to where the lanyard is attached and pulling it over, placing your feet against the raft if necessary, or by grabbing handles at the opposite side from where you are in the water and pulling it over. To board the raft, you can attach

either to yourself or the raft before removing it. Then grab handles on each side of the raft and pull yourself in, while kicking with your legs in the water (B and C). Another way of boarding is to get one knee inside the raft and pull yourself forward into it as shown in D and E. When you are in the raft, make sure it is fully inflated and check for any leaks.

Boarding a life raft, A 59
Boarding a life raft, A
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and check for any leaks. Boarding a life raft, A 59 Berlin: The Final Reckoning KArL

Berlin: The Final Reckoning

KArL BAhM

In April 1945, the final act of World

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a 1,000-year Reich.

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II Private, German Luftwaffe Field Division Junior officer, US Army
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Private, German Luftwaffe Field Division
Junior officer, US Army
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III

Private, US 1st infantry Division

Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)
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