24 Hours on the Somme describes that catastrophic day hour by hour through the differing perspectives of both sides. The British trench view is juxtaposed against the German parapet and dugout alongside the backdrop of their staff commands, who, ensconced in chateaus to the rear, could see nothing. The book charts this dreadful day through the eyes, ears and senses of the soldiers themselves, through eye-witness accounts, diaries, unit logs and a mass of supporting material exhaustively harvested from across Europe.
This second edition of the magazine Battles That Changed the World is about decisive battles that have altered the course of history. This time the focus is on Hastings 1066, Waterloo in 1815 and Stalingrad 1942 – 1943.
Each battle is introduced by an outline of the war from which it has been taken with a short narrative of the course of the battle itself. The main commanders are reviewed as also the typical experience of the combatants. The Battlefield Tour reviews each battle from a ‘Then and Now’ perspective viewing the field in a three-dimensional perspective, as in the previous issue. Battlefield Detective articles examine controversies and the Hollywood reviews once again assess how successfully popular feature films that have portrayed these epic events.
24 Hours at Waterloo is not about Wellington and Napoleon or the strategy and tactics of the commanders. It is about how the decisions they made affected the fortunes of two-dozen or so individuals from the different armies that are tracked across the battlefield that day. The wealth of first hand accounts, diaries and letters offer the type of grainy authenticity and immediacy commonly used in TV war reports.
Interviews with Dutch civilians and British and German veterans during the battle of Arnhem reveal that nearly all of them stood on the Utrechtseweg at some time during the battle. Closer examination of this one road has started to unveil aspects of the battle not considered before.
The participants had no idea about what was going on around them in big-picture terms. The street is the personal story of what it is like to fight a modern war in your own back-yard.
This is the story told from the human perspective how military men adapted Leonardo Da Vinci’s parachute ‘umbrella’ and glider concept as a means of going to battle. Different countries evolved their own personalized approaches to airborne warfare and these are examined through the individual experiences of those that pioneered them. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany were at the forefront of translating this into military reality.
There is enormous interest in the Second World War generation, primarily from their families, who look for insights about a conflict that is unsurpassed in scale, length and bitterness since. This is not a story of battles and campaigns, rather selected vignettes from defining moments that happened during the War, described through interviews, letters, diaries and personal accounts. What was it like to witness the fall of France and wait anxiously to be taken off the beaches at Dunkirk or struggle ashore through obstacle-strewn surf on D-Day?
Tank Men is a turret-eye perspective of what it was like to fight from tanks from their sudden appearance in 1916 to the end of the Second World War. The book describes what it was like for British, German, Russian, French, American and Italian tank crews to be inside a tank at war, a tight metal box, from which little can be seen to obviate an all-pervasive claustrophobia heightened by the fear of burning. This is the human, brutal and often moving story of tank men at war.