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A selection of books with a slightly more military theme.


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.




Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW: The Conjuror on the Kwai

Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW: The Conjuror on the Kwai


Price: £14.99


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Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW is the incredibly moving story of Gus Anckorn, a British soldier who was captured by the Japanese and held for over three and a half years. Before the war, Gus was a magician and throughout the war, entertained both fellow soldiers and Japanese guards with his tricks.Gus has a brilliant sense of humour and a 'tell it as it is' attitude which got him into a number of scrapes with both the Japanese and his own side. He has a remarkable humility to his character and is extremely endearing, both in the book and face to face guaranteeing massive media attention.Gus experienced terrible ordeals that no one should have to face. He should have been killed on four or five occasions, but remarkably survived due to quick thinking and good luck. Gus also reveals the heartache of leaving his fiancee behind and not knowing if he would ever see her again.This is an incredibly moving book and will surely be considered as one of the classic Far East POW stories. Gus is still alive and active today, very publicity focused and well connected. He still holds the unique claim of being the youngest ever member of the Magic Circle and is now currently their oldest ever member. He is also a member of the Masons. Gus has appeared on BBC TV when they arranged for him to meet a Japanese POW camp guard on the bridge at Kwai.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (27 Oct. 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1848846227
Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm




Women in War

Women in War


Price: £12.99


The changing role of women in warfare, a neglected aspect of military history, is the subject of this collection of perceptive, thought-provoking essays. By looking at the wide range of ways in which women have become involved in all the aspects of war, the authors open up this fascinating topic to wider understanding and debate.They discuss how, particularly in the two world wars, women have been increasingly mobilized in all the armed services, originally as support staff, then in intelligence, and defensive combat roles. They consider the tragic story of women as victims of male violence, and how women have often put up a heroic resistance, and they examine how women have been drawn into direct combat roles on an unprecedented level, a trend that is still controversial in the present day. The implications of this radical modern development are explored in depth. The authors also look at the support women have given to servicemen fighting at the front and at the vital contribution they have made at home.The collection brings together the work of noted academics and historians with the wartime experiences of women who have remarkable personal stories to tell. The book will be a milestone in the study of the recent history of the parts women have played in the history of warfare.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First Edition edition (15 Mar. 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1848846692



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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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.


Deceiving Hitler - Double Cross and Deception in WW2 by Terry Crowdy

Deceiving Hitler - Double Cross and Deception in WW2 by Terry Crowdy


Price: £17.99


The 1940s Society had the privilege of hearing Terry Crowdy speak on the subject of this book and it was absolutely fascinating. This book goes into greater details and tells the intertwined stories of the development of Allied deceptions and the intelligence networks that enabled and supported them.

We have a LIMITED NUMBER of these books as they are SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

(Hardback, 352 pages)

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Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot

Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot


Price: £3.99


What was life like as an RAF Battle of Britain pilot? What was it like to fly a fighter? Who were the men that flew Spitfires and Hurricanes? How did they spend a typical day? Which was the better machine - Spitfire or Messerschmitt? What unique challenges did a lone RAF pilot face at 30,000 feet?
(paperback, RRP 4.99)

World War ll Allied Women's Services by Martin Brayley

World War ll Allied Women's Services by Martin Brayley


Price: £9.99


The contribution of women to the Allied war effort in 1939-45 was massive. This book gives a concise introduction to the organisation and uniforms of these services, with an emphasis on the British and US forces.
Lots of photographs with full colour detailed illustrations of the uniforms.

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French Resistance Fighter - France's Secret Army

French Resistance Fighter - France's Secret Army


Price: £10.99


Terry Crowdy recently gave an excellent talk to the 1940s Society on the French Resistance and if you have an interest in this area of WW2 I would thoroughly recommend both this and some of Terrys other books available on this site.

As always with this range of Osprey books they are well illustrated with photographs and colour artwork showing clothing and equipment.

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From Scarlet to Khaki : Understanding the Twentieth Century Military Uniforms in your Family Album

From Scarlet to Khaki : Understanding the Twentieth Century Military Uniforms in your Family Album


Price: £6.50


by Jon Mills

This book describes and illustrates most of the uniforms worn by the British Army and its associated services in the first sixty years of the twentieth century. Illustrated with 140 original photographs never before published, it shows and describes how uniforms developed from the turn-of-the century scarlet coat to the utilitarian khaki service dress and battledress worn in the two world wars.

An excellent book for anyone interested in identifying and dating the uniforms worn by their own or others' ancestors.

Marching to the Sound of Gunfire - North West Europe 1944-1945

Marching to the Sound of Gunfire - North West Europe 1944-1945


Price: £11.95


A famous English general once wrote that '… the forward area of any theatre of war, the sharp end of battle as we used to call it, is inhabited by young men with a gleam in their eye, who actually do the fighting. They are comparatively few in number and they are nearly always the same people.'

In Marching to the sound of Gunfire, scores of British soldiers from almost every echelon of the British Army tell their amazing stories of life - and death - at the sharp end. In the eleven months of frenzied warfare that followed D-Day, these soldiers successfully drove the Nazi hordes back into their Fatherland and beat them into surrender.
(RRP 16.99)

Military Misdemeanours by Terry Crowdy

Military Misdemeanours by Terry Crowdy


Price: £7.99


I'm a fan of Terry Crowdy. He has spoken to the society on several occasions and has written some very informative books. Whilst this book doesn't fall neatly into the 1940s area it does cover general military history and is great for dipping into - Its an enjoyable read

(HB, RRP 9.99)

Crash Dive - HMS Safari 1942 - 43

Crash Dive - HMS Safari 1942 - 43


Price: £4.95


The full range of the submariner's experiance is here in this gripping eyewitness account. Crash Dive is a unique and important historical record of life on board HMS Safari during WW2, based on the diary of leading telegraphist Arthur Dickison.

The Great Escape - The Full Dramatic Story

The Great Escape - The Full Dramatic Story


Price: £9.95


The full dramatic story of the escape of 76 RAF officers from STALAG LUFT lll, and the murder of 50 of them. Anton Gill brings together the details of what happened together with photographs and contributions from survivors and their families.

Hardback, 270 pages, RRP 20

Nurses at War - Women on the Frontline 1939-45

Nurses at War - Women on the Frontline 1939-45


Price: £11.95


The wealth of original research conducted by Penny Starns provides readers with a graphic insight into the lives of Britain's nurses on the frontline in the Second World War. Believing that their skills would be of most use to the wounded if they were working in operational areas, these 'frontline females' suffered the violent consequences of war in much the same way as their male counterparts. Their vivid oral and written testimonies also reveal how they fought a parallel struggle to achieve recognition for their professionalism in a largely male-dominated medical profession.

Hardback, RRP 19.99

Finest Hour Tim Clayton & Phil Craig

Finest Hour Tim Clayton & Phil Craig


Price: £9.95


The terror, the tragedy and the triumph of the Battle of Britain told through the voices of the civilian and military men & women who lived, loved and died.
Hardback, 418 pages
RRP 20.00

End of the Beginning, Tim Clayton & Phil Craig

End of the Beginning, Tim Clayton & Phil Craig


Price: £7.99


Tim Clayton & Phil Craig continue the stories of some of the men and women first encountered in Finest Hour, and introduce a number of new characters, Woven together with the skill that made Finest Hour so evocotive and moving, these first hand accounts of ordinary people in wartime create an unforgetable portrait of the human spirit under duress.

Paperback, 438 pages
RRP 12.99

Cockleshell Heroes by C. E. Lucas Phillips

Cockleshell Heroes by C. E. Lucas Phillips


Price: £3.95


In october 1942, chief of combined operations Vice-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten unveiled the outline plan for operation Frankton - destined to become one of the bravest, most courageous and imaginative raids of the entire war.

The factual story of a legendary wartime exploit.
Paperback, 236 pages
RRP 6.99

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