Conquer or Die! Wellington’s Veterans and the Liberation of the New World

by Ben Hughes Conquer or Die documents the encounters of 6, 000 British volunteers who sailed across the Mediterranean to aid Simon Bolivar in the wars of South American independence. With the smoke still clearing from the 1815 Battle of Waterloo and the country still drunk on victory, these volunteers set sail for Gran Columbia, […]


Knight: the medieval warrior’s (unofficial) manual by Michael Prestwich

If you are a medieval knight, how do you ‘ravage the land’? Well, you can probably leave the actual work of destruction to the common soldiers, and concentrate yourself on the more important business of plunder. ‘It is not a good idea to kill all the inhabitants; much better to ransom them. Even peasants can […]


How to Win on the Battlefield: the 25 key tactics of all time

by Rob Johnson, Michael Whitby, and John France The title of the book makes a big claim. Taken literally, it is in fact rather misleading. How to achieve victory in battle cannot be learnt from a book. Commanding an army on the battlefield requires far more than knowing a list of manoeuvres. What this book actually […]


Hitler’s First War by Thomas Weber

Biographies of Hitler are often frustratingly vague about his experiences as a soldier in WWI. Beyond the information that he: served as a message-carrying  ‘runner’ on the Western Front; achieved the rank of ‘Gefreiter’ ( not quite, as Thomas Weber assures us, the equivalent of  the ‘Corporal’ or even Lance-Corporal it is often translated as); […]


War In European History by Michael Howard

Not to be confused with the former Tory leader, Michael Howard, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, is, now approaching 90,  the undisputed doyen of Britain’s military historians. A veteran of the 1943 Salerno landings, he is also one of the few Military History writers who has personally experienced the (very) sharp end […]


GCHQ: the uncensored story of Britain’s most secret intelligence agency by Richard Aldrich

In an increasingly digital world, electronic communication is the deciding and dominant factor in making things happen. Markets move electronically; news and rumours of news are communicated electronically; people put their previously private thoughts not onto paper but into cyberspace – sometimes inadvertently – and, hey presto!, they find they are sharing them with the […]

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