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The complete range of books published by Sabrestorm Publishing.



Fighting For The Empire - An Irish doctor’s adventures through Imperial Campaigns and two  World Wars by David Worsfold

Fighting For The Empire - An Irish doctor’s adventures through Imperial Campaigns and two World Wars by David Worsfold


Price: £19.99


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Fighting for the Empire is the story of a remarkable Irishman, a staunch Catholic from Galway who dedicated his life to the British Crown and its Empire for almost fifty years. His extraordinary military career took in countless conflicts, two World Wars, acts of heroism and encounters with royalty.





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CC41 Utility Clothing - The Label that Transformed British Fashion

CC41 Utility Clothing - The Label that Transformed British Fashion


Price: £19.95


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The Utility symbol, CC41, is one of the most iconic symbols in the history of clothing in Britain; instantly recognisable to anyone who lived in Britain through the Second World War or the immediate postwar years.

Mike Brown looks at the background to, and the evolution of, the clothing scheme and the symbol as it changed to include more items of clothing, from underwear to fur coats. He also addresses the often misunderstood subject of 'Super Utility', and the so-called 'Dinner plate' mark, uncovering the truth behind a subject shrouded in mystery since its introduction.

A fascinating explanation of a little understood scheme with a wealth of knowledge complimented by colour photographs and original illustrations throughout




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D-Day June 6 1944 - Following in the footsteps of heroes

D-Day June 6 1944 - Following in the footsteps of heroes


Price: £20.00


To be used as a history book or as a guidebook for visitors to the battlefield, ‘Following in the Footsteps of Heroes’ will touch every reader, providing a new perspective into one of the greatest military feats ever achieved.

Drawing upon four decades of research and two decades of working the battlefields as the region’s foremost guides, the authors use a compelling combination of background narrative and first-hand accounts provided exclusively to them by D-Day veterans. This comprehensively illustrated book serves as an essential accompaniment to any visit to the region, includes directions of how to find the important sites, what to see during a visit to the battlefields, and how to discover the lesser known areas only familiar to those with an intimate knowledge of the area.

The publication date for this title is 15 April 2014. Pre-Order Now and it will be sent to you as soon as available.


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The New Forest at War - Revised and Updated

The New Forest at War - Revised and Updated


Price: £14.99


The New Forest at War documents aspects of the social and military history of this unique area of Britain during the years of the Second World War. The Forest was on the front line of the massive build-up and launch of D-Day in June 1944. Although many parts of Britain contributed to the final assault, it was this part of Hampshire that was used as the primary assembly and departure point. There were over 100,000 troops under canvas and thousands of military vehicles parked in the quiet country lanes throughout the area. There were also many thousands of ships off the Forest coastline in the waters of the Solent.

First published in 2004 this updated edition of The New Forest at War contains additional images and anecdotes which will add both to the reading experience and to visits to the Forest. This highly acclaimed book tells the story of the area during WW2 and its heritage, underpinned now by the New Forest National Park Authority which has implemented and hosts an area wide preservation scheme. The book contains many photographs with firsthand accounts of the Forest during WW2 with reminiscences from military sources as well as civilians. It provides a fascinating snapshot of life at this critical time in the nation’s history and it will be of interest to everyone who visits, lives or works in the Forest and to all those with an interest in Britain’s wartime heritage.




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The Pin-up in World War II

The Pin-up in World War II


Price: £6.99



With the advent of the World War II, millions of men were torn from their homes and plunged into the impersonal surrounding of the barrack room. They took with them a few personal belongings to remind them of home, and to make their 'space' a little more welcoming. These included photos of loved ones and, of course, pin-ups. These might be photographs or illustrations cut from popular magazines, or some of the many postcards then on sale. Using examples from British and overseas magazines, posters, postcards and nose-art from the period, this book gives a flavour of the many delights available to the servicemen.

Author Mike Brown, an authority on the period, has researched deeply in archive sources to bring together a fascinating selection of photographs, picture postcards, artworks and drawings of beautiful women in beguiling poses. Ranging from the tasteful nude portraits to the erotically charged paintings of artists like Alberto Vargas and the whimsical humour of Norman Pett's Jane, this book provides a wonderfully evocative vision of an age gone by.


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Doing their Bit - Home Front Lapel Badges 1939-1945

Doing their Bit - Home Front Lapel Badges 1939-1945


Price: £45.00


"Books on badges do not come any better than this one-clear informative text, brilliant layout, superb illustration and really easy to use. The book can also be held up as an example of how lapel badges have a story to tell and are small nuggets of social history. Indeed you do not have to be a badge collector to enjoy this work, anyone with an interest in the Home Front will be fascinated by the story and especially impressed by the level of detail that Jon incorporates."
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This 280 page hardback book has been extensively updated and is illustrated with over 600 wartime lapel badges and ephemera. It records the wartime history of over 200 organisations and should be on the shelves of anyone with an interest in the history of wartime Britain.


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Parachute doctor - The memoirs of Captain David Tibs MC RAMC

Parachute doctor - The memoirs of Captain David Tibs MC RAMC


Price: £9.99


Edited by Neil Barber Parachute Doctor is the story of Captain David Tibbs RAMC MC who as a member of 225 (Parachute) Field Ambulance and the 13th Parachute Battalion served with the 5th Parachute Brigade of the famous 6th Airborne Division.

His fascinating recollections feature jumping into Normandy on D-Day and the subsequent intense battle to defend the Airborne perimeter; assisting the Americans in repulsing the Ardennes offensive, the massive Airborne drop across the Rhine and the rapid advance to the Baltic to prevent the Russians moving into Denmark. Following the end of the European war, the Brigade was shipped to the Far East for a proposed invasion of Singapore.

However, the Japanese surrendered beforehand, and the Paras ended up being involved in a little known episode, fighting alongside the Japanese in defence of Dutch civilians against violent rebels on the island of Java.

This fascinating memoir breaks with convention and is produced in full colour throughout with illustrations, photographs and a good design adding greatly to your book reading enjoyment.



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Digging For Victory - Gardens & Gardening in Wartime Britain

Digging For Victory - Gardens & Gardening in Wartime Britain


Price: £17.00


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Beans as bullets', 'Vegetables for Victory' and 'Cloches against Hitler': these slogans convey just how vital gardening and growing food were to the British war effort during the Second World War. Exhorted to 'Grow More Food', then to 'Dig for Victory', Britain's 'allotment army' was soon out in force, growing as many vegetables as possible in suburban allotments, private gardens, even the grounds of stately homes.
(RRP £20)

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Allotment & Garden Guide - A monthly guide to better wartime gardening

Allotment & Garden Guide - A monthly guide to better wartime gardening


Price: £8.99


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Produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, the "Allotment and Garden Guides" were issued monthly throughout 1945. Aimed at the amateur gardener, they were to be the final rallying call in the wartime campaign to Dig for Victory.

Here, Twigs Way gives an historical overview to gardening during the Second World War and comments on each month of the guide.

I may be slightly biased but I think this is a superb book, packed with additional photographs and illustrations and is full of useful tips for gardeners as well as being a fascinating book for those interested in Britains Home Front.

(Hardback, RRP £9.99)


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Air Raids & Ration Books - Life on the Home Front in Wartime Britain

Air Raids & Ration Books - Life on the Home Front in Wartime Britain


Price: £17.00


How did you prepare your home and family for the air raids. What were the blackout regulations and how did people cope with them. How did hard-pressed housewives feed their families on ever-tightened rations, and what were the rations and what were the alternatives, how was clothing rationed, how did you furnish, decorate, heat and even clean your house in the face of yet more rationing. How did people travel with the blackout, petrol rationing, road blocks and restrictions? ‘Air Raids and Ration Books’ answers these and many other questions about everyday life on the home front.
(RRP £20)

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I crrently have a stock of this book that have been individually signed by the authors Mike Brown & Carol Harris making it an extra special gift.


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The 1940s Look - Recreating the Fashions, Hairstyles and Make-up of World War Two

The 1940s Look - Recreating the Fashions, Hairstyles and Make-up of World War Two


Price: £14.99


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At last the book we've been waiting for. The 1940s Look by historian and author Mike Brown, tells you everything you need to know about the fashions of wartime and the impact that rationing, the Utility scheme, changing tastes and the demands of everyday life had on the styles people wore. Covering Men, Women, Children, Accessories, Hair Styles, Make-up, and much more, its a must have book.

Comprehensively illustrated throughout in colour, this large format, 280x229mm 144 page book is an ideal reference for re-enactors, fashion students or anyone interested in the 1940s
(RRP £16.99)


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The 1950s Look - Recreating the Fashions of the Fifties

The 1950s Look - Recreating the Fashions of the Fifties


Price: £14.99


With an end to the drab war years came a bright new optimism and exciting new fashions ruffled through the wardrobes of the nation. Discover the fashions, hairstyles, make-up and accessories that made this decade so special. Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, this is essential reading for anyone interested in social history and fifties fashion.
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The 1960s Look - Recreating the Fashions of the Sixties by Mike Brown

The 1960s Look - Recreating the Fashions of the Sixties by Mike Brown


Price: £19.99


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The 1960s, known as the ‘Swinging Sixties’ are recognised as a landmark decade both by those who lived through them and those who look back in awe at the revolutionary changes in fashion, style and sexual freedom. Continuing interest and appreciation of vintage fashion mean that 1960s styles, hair and make-up have seen a huge increase in popularity and the need for detailed information on this period has never been so great.





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Utility Furniture

Utility Furniture


Price: £9.99


A comprehensive guide to the introduction of wartime Utility Furniture by Jon Mills. Lots of illustrations, colour throughout, also includes a complete reproduction of the first Utility Catalogue. Hardback.


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Make Do and Mend

Make Do and Mend


Price: £4.99


This faithfully reproduced book originally produced in 1943 is often quoted and mentioned in modern reference books. Now it is available for all those interested in the Second World War British Home Front. With 32 pages and 29 illustrations its as fascinating today as when it was first published.


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Welcome To Britain

Welcome To Britain


Price: £4.99


This booklet was issued to American forces in an attempt to get them acquainted with the British, their country, and their ways, and avoid some of the more obvious misunderstandings that could easily occur without at least a little knowledge of the strange and wonderful British customs.

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Night Raiders - Wartime Game

Night Raiders - Wartime Game


Price: £6.99


Be the first to reach your enemy target in this excellent reproduction of this wartime board game. (2 to 4 players).



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Dunton Green - The Past in Pictures

Dunton Green - The Past in Pictures


Price: £8.99


Containing over 120 photographs of Dunton Green from the last 100 years, this book allows you to step back into the past and see the changing landscape of a busy village through the seasons. Enjoy a view of its buildings, people and industries, many of which have disappeared forever and discover some of the hidden secrets of this village in Kent.


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