Sustaining Air Power: Royal Air Force Logistics since 1918


The Zeppelin: An Illustrated History


U-boats of the Second World War: Their Longest Voyages


Blenheims Over Greece and Crete 1940-1941


Bismarck and Hood The Battle of the Denmark Strait: A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective


Along the Lines of Devotion The Bloodstained Field of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863


Flying into the Storm: RAF Bombers at War 1939-1942


Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank


SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 2: K-Q


Defending Leicestershire and Rutland


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Sustaining Air Power: Royal Air Force Logistics since 1918

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  • Draws on 25 years of original and exhaustive research
  • Richly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs
  • Content and style will appeal to a wide readership


The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest independent air arm, yet little has been written about its logistics. This ground-breaking book, which draws on 25 years of original archival research, opens the hangar door on this highly important discipline that has been at the forefront of supporting British air power since 1918.

Written by a former senior RAF logistics officer and supplemented by material from veterans and currently serving military personnel, Sustaining Air Power: Royal Air Force Logistics since 1918 explores the fascinating development of RAF logistics. This journey, just short of a century, explores the inter-war years, Second World War, Cold War and the major campaigns the service has been involved in since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

The main narrative ends in 2014 with the RAF’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Dedicated chapters consider the more specialist aspects of logistics such as tactical and expeditionary logistics, fuels and explosives, transport, training, information technology and how the RAF has managed its extensive supply chain. Richly illustrated, its content and style will appeal to a wide readership.

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Born and educated on the Isle of Wight, Trevor Stone was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Supply Branch in 1981 and served for 35 years, retiring as Wing Commander. He has served throughout the United Kingdom and the former West Germany during the latter years of the Cold War. He has seen operational deployments to Turkey, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Stone holds a PhD in History from the University of Exeter and is a lecturer at the University of Lincoln. He is married and lives with his wife in Cambridgeshire.

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The Zeppelin: An Illustrated History

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  • Even today, the Hindenburg disaster of 1937 is an aviation legend
  • Written by an expert of the First World War with incredibly detailed and absorbing research
  • Superbly illustrated with many rare and never before seen photographs


For a brief period in the early Twentieth Century, it seemed as if the future of air travel lay with the giant airships of Count von Zeppelin. The First World War ended that dream, fixed-wing aircraft superseding the slow moving and unwieldy airships. As weapons of war, the Zeppelins were never truly successful although they did manage to terrify huge numbers of unknowing and naïve civilians – perhaps more by imagination than by any practical manifestation of their power.

The Zeppelin crews of the First World War spent hours in the air, cold and hungry – and with the prospect of a horrendous death, either by fire or by falling thousands of feet to the ground, ever present. As vehicles of mass destruction, the Zeppelins were remarkably ineffective. Their real value, however, lay in their ability to make silent reconnaissance missions over enemy territory and sea lanes. In the post-war days, the public began to realise that airships offered a form of air travel that was comfortable, mostly stable and, sometimes, even luxurious.

The Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg were the height of elegance. Unfortunately, they had two major defects: they were vulnerable to the elements and, due to the hydrogen that kept them aloft, they were also highly flammable. The Hindenburg disaster of 1937 effectively spelled the end of the giant airship as a commercial enterprise but for almost half a century, these wonderful machines had cruised elegantly through the clouds.

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Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian. He has written forty-five books, ranging from history and biography to fiction and poetry. Carradice broadcasts regularly on BBC 3 and BBC 4 as well as presenting the BBC Radio Wales history programme The Past Master. Carradice appears occasionally as an expert on The One Show. Carradice has previously contributed to Fonthill Media with The Battles of Coronel and the Falklands: British Naval Campaigns in the Southern Hemisphere 1914-1915.

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234 x 156 mm - paperback - 96 pages - 156 photographs
 

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U-boats of the Second World War: Their Longest Voyages

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Ocean-going U-boats, each one not much longer than four European articulated lorries with up to sixty men inside them, sailed the far-off seas to reap havoc in hot inhospitable waters. The air forces and navies from Britain, the United States and other colonial countries followed to make this a daring and death-threatening venture.

The facts of what the U-boats achieved against massive odds have been told before, but U-Boats of the Second World War: Their Longest Voyages is different. It concentrates more on how it was done. How the men survived, how they lived and died and how they still found time to carry out their orders. The book is based on masses of previously unpublished documents from the German U-boat Museum, many of them written during or shortly after the war by men who survived this bitter conflict.

This is the story of how specially built long-range ocean-going U-boats started out one step ahead of the Allied navies and air power, how they fell one step behind and how they finally vanished into the depths of the biggest and deepest oceans. This is a remarkable story of endurance, courage and comradeship that terrified the world for the most critical period of the Second World War.

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Jak P. Mallmann Showell, is the son of a U-boat diesel mechanic who disappeared in those warm waters two months before the author was born. Jak P. Mallmann Showell’s first book U-boats Under the Swastika is one of the longest selling naval books in Germany and his second The German Navy in World War Two was named as one of the outstanding books of the year by the United States Naval Institute. His research is based exclusively on original documents such as logs, personal accounts written shortly after the events and interviews.

His reviewers have named him as being ‘the respected authority’. Jak has been awarded the Silver U-boat Badge by the German Submariners’ Association in Munich. He has also presented lectures at special Battle of the Atlantic weekends and has helped with the production of TV and radio programmes.

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234 x 156 mm - paperback - 224 pages - 50 black-and-white photographs

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Blenheims Over Greece and Crete 1940-1941

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  • A gripping account of the conflict as it was viewed in 1940-41 by the aircrews of both sides, the press – often for propaganda purposes – and public
  • Original research with extracts from official operations and published memoirs
  • Includes information extracted from Luftwaffe records regarding claims and losses of German aircraft/aircrew
  • Illustrated with new and rarely seen photographs


The Bristol Blenheim entered Bomber Command service in 1937. In its inception, the Blenheim was fast and sleek, and at the outbreak of war, was the first British aircraft to enter German airspace. The war, however, showed the Blenheim was vulnerable to flak and Luftwaffe fighters. It suffered horrific losses during the Battle of France: No. 144 Squadron lost almost its entire bombers in one mission. The fighting in France revealed the Blenheim Mk IV to be under-armoured, under-armed and slow. Before being replaced by the de Havilland Mosquito, the Blenheim soldiered on with almost suicidal consequences for its crews.

Blenheims over Greece and Crete 1940-1941 covers their operations during the fighting over Greece and Albania. By the end of the fighting, all three squadrons had effectively been wiped out. With many new crews to replace those lost in Greece, the Blenheims later fought in Sumatra and Java in an endeavour to repel the Japanese invasion. Written by a world leading authoritarian figure on Second World War military aviation, this is a gripping account of the heroics of the small band of British and Greek airmen who flew the Blenheims against ever-increasing odds, particularly once the Luftwaffe were determined to decimate them.

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Brian Cull has been writing Second World War aviation history for the past twenty-five years and has more than twenty-five titles to his credit, many of which have been highly acclaimed. For Fonthill Media, he is the author of First of the Few: 5 June-9 July 1940, The Diary of Sonny Ormrod DFC: Malta Fighter Ace (with Frederick Galea), 249 at Malta: RAF’s Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron (with Frederick Galea), Fighters Over the Aegean: Hurricanes Over Crete, Spitfires Over Kos, Beaufighters Over the Aegean, 1943-44 and Battle for the Channel: The First Month of the Battle of Britain 10 July-10 August 1940.

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234 x 156 mm - paperback - 256 pages - 75 black-and-white photographs

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Bismarck and Hood The Battle of the Denmark Strait: A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective

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  • Gloriously illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs
  • A revolutionary technical analysis that is controversial with its credible new perspective
  • Dispels myths and falsehoods of this infamous naval battle with new evidence
  • The author is a rear admiral in the Italian Navy and a gunnery specialist


The legendary Battle of the Denmark Strait, which saw the mighty German battleship Bismarck sink Britain’s HMS Hood in an epic duel of the titans, has been dogged by controversy to this day. Was the doomed HMS Hood really sunk by a shell that penetrated her hull to explode in one of her magazine compartments? Others believe that Bismarck’s fortunate shell detonated in Hood’s cordite supply – the powder that propelled 15-inch shells some staggering 16,700 yards – suggesting that damage examined on the wreck indicates a more distinct explosion. Or was the Hood’s destructive and violent demise a new, and until now, unexplained act of war? The sinking of HMS Hood on Empire Day, 24 May 1941, resulted in the single largest loss of life for the Royal Navy during the Second World War: 1,415 lives were lost. There were no traces of any crewmen save three survivors.

Bismarck and Hood: The Battle of the Denmark Strait – A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective is a controversial and electric study of this infamous battle. The author, a rear admiral in the Italian Navy, is a leading expert in gunnery and his book, a work of over two decades of study, further investigates this battle to attain a more credible explanation. The events and tactics leading up to the battle are explained within their various contexts and a cinematic/ballistic model of the battle was developed, essential for a statistical analysis of Hood’s sinking. Certainly, no one will ever be able to confirm what exactly happened in the Denmark Strait on that fateful day, but this fascinating book disposes of myths and falsehoods to give a more definitive and realistic interpretation of this iconic battle between HMS Hood and Bismarck.

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Marco Santarini is a retired rear admiral in the Italian Navy after studying gunnery at a naval academy. In 1989, he followed the Royal Naval Staff Course in Greenwich, London, and in subsequent years obtained a BSc and an MSc in Naval Sciences. Santarini held various positions at the Material Department and on his last assignment, he was a Vice Director at the Italian Institute for High Defence Studies in Rome. His previous publications include essays on the evolution of naval fire control systems and a performance evaluation of ordnance used by the Venetian Navy in the 16th century.

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248 x 172 mm - paperback - 184 pages - 56 black-and-white and 16 colour illustrations
 

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Along the Lines of Devotion The Bloodstained Field of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863

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  • Many unpublished dispatches between high commands
  • Contains many photographs and unpublished first-hand accounts
  • Explanations in the events that took place


The fighting on July 1 1863 built the foundation to what would become known as the bloodiest battle fought on American soil. However, it remains one of the most overlooked locations around the battlefield. Cast into the shadows of more scenic locations such as Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield and others, it is easy to drive through one of the most iconic aspects of the battlefield.

This comprehensive narrative works to shine light onto the portion of the battlefield that is so often overlooked. While beginning on June 9 through July 1, author James Smith goes through great lengths to explain, in detail, of the movement of troops, human interest stories, humorous accounts, detailed descriptions of the men present for the battle, and an examination of the harrowing deeds it took to preserve a nation during the American Civil War.

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James Smith visited the Gettysburg National Military Park for the first time when he was thirteen years old. Since then, another thirteen years have passed and he has given information for numerous newspapers articles and Internet blogs. Smith spends much of his free time studying the conducts of the battle and participants in it. He also conducts battlefield walks every year and of the men who fought in the Civil War.

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234 x 156 mm - paperback - 160 pages - 32 illustrations
 

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Flying into the Storm: RAF Bombers at War 1939-1942

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  • Covers RAF’s bomber offensives around the world in the first two years of war
  • Crew experiences of campaigns and raids combined with strategic overviews
  • Comparisons of the Luftwaffe’s interwar growth and arsenal with the RAF
  • Lavishly illustrated with many unpublished images: of interest to the military historian and modeller alike


From the lessons of the First World War and the theories of the interwar years, the RAF developed modern aircraft in time for hostilities in 1939. These consisted of Hampdens, Whitleys, Wellingtons, Blenheims and Battles.

These aircraft and their crews were pitted against the German war machine flying into storms of deadly flak and swarms of Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 Zerstörer fighters in their vulnerable and poorly-armed bombers. From Norway and Libya, Malaya and France, the crews and their aircraft were at the front of every military operation often without adequate fighter escorts and with poor equipment against superior Axis opposition.

They were the few who bravely went on what they would term as ‘One-way ticket’ missions that saw a life expectancy of only a matter of hours without hesitation or complaint.

Flying into the Storm: RAF Bombers at War 1939-1942 chronicles these brave men and their aircraft against impossible odds and laid the ground work for a campaign that would lay waste to the Third Reich by Lancasters and Halifaxes.

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Chris Sams was born in Gillingham, Kent, and studied at King Alfred’s College in Winchester. While at university, he read History specialising in the Luftwaffe and the Second World War. He also studied Social History at post-graduate level. Sams continues to keep an interest in military history and is an avid reader and researcher. He also enjoys walking around ruins and local historical places of interest. Sams’ first book for Fonthill Media was German Raiders of the First World War: The Kaiser’s Cruiser Warfare Against the Allies 1914-1915.

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Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank

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  • Previously unpublished photographs of this unique fighting vehicle from both sides, including unique snaps taken from German soldiers
  • Detailed maps of the areas that T-35As were deployed and their exact location where they were lost
  • The world’s first comprehensive look at the opening days of the Great Patriotic War through Russian documents and German photographs


The Soviet T-35A is the only five-turret tank in history to enter production. With a long and proud service history on parade grounds, the T-35A was forced to adapt to the modern battlefield. Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own against German invaders with terrible consequences.

Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank gives a grim depiction of the aftermath of the goliath that was the T-35A. Very little is known of these strange vehicles bar their basic shape and photographs of parade grounds and frontline action.

For the first time, battlefield photographs have been cross-referenced with maps and documents to bring the most complete look at the T-35A in the Second World War to date. Explore the changes that were made to the design throughout the 1930s and interesting conversions often missed.

THE AUTHOR

Francis Pulham first went to the Bovington Tank Museum when he was 12 years old. He walked away with a model of a Soviet KV-2 and was never the same again. Pulham has had a strange passion for anything Soviet ever since, and once he got his hands on a model T-35, it was love at first sight. Ever since then, he has endeavoured to bring this exiting chapter of history that is often overlooked to more people. Pulham lives in Brighton with his family and three cats, which he loves dearly.

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248 x 172 mm - paperback - 144 pages - 179 black-and-white and 10 colour photographs

 


 

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SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 2: K-Q

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  • An astonishing piece of research and the author’s life’s work
  • Part three of a three-part series
  • Superbly illustrated with 510 unpublished mono photographs


In the turbulent times of the post-First World War era, new political parties emerged frequently in Germany, many with opposing extremist policies. The Communist movement grew out of the Socialist working classes using the Russian Bolshevik Party as a template. In direct opposition, the new National Socialist German Workers’ Party under the leadership of Adolf Hitler occupied the extreme right-wing position. Head-on conflict was inevitable and both parties organised violent demonstrations against the other.

Hitler recognised that he was physically vulnerable and ordered the formation of his own protection squad, made up of loyal men who would not shirk from a fight. From the rudimentary ranks of Hitler’s select few grew the infant SS, a modern praetorian guard, which developed over the years into a massive and efficient military style force with tentacles spreading into all elements of everyday life in Nazi Germany. To administer this organisation, Hitler appointed leaders upon whom he could rely. Many names remain obscure, but this book highlights who they all were and how they appeared.

Featured in this volume are:

Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Hans Friedrich Karl Franz Kammler
Jürgen Christof Albrecht Axel von Kamptz
Karl Otto Kurt Kaufmann
Georg Heinrich Keppler
Wilhelm Karl Keppler
Dietrich Klagges
Matthias Kleinheisterkamp
Kurt Friedrich Julius Knoblauch
Karl Heinrich Wilhelm Koppe
Paul Körner
Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger
Walter Krüger
Hans Heinrich Lammers
Hartmann Lauterbacher
Werner Karl Adolf Otto Lorenz
Benno Franz Theodor Martin
Karl Theodor Alexander Heinrich von Maur
Emil Mazuw
Wilhelm Murr
Constantin Freiherr von Neurath
Carl Albrecht Oberg
Günther Pancke
Karl Paul Pfeffer-Wildenbruch
Artur Martin Phleps
Oswald Ludwig Pohl
Hans Adolf Paul Prützmann
Ernst Rudolf Querner

THE AUTHOR

Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich, which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two-volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organisation and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.

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Defending Leicestershire and Rutland

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  • A survey of the military landscape of Leicestershire and Rutland based on fieldwork and documentary evidence
  • The text provides the social, political, historical and military contexts for the military landscape of Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Illustrations demonstrate the wide range of structures, which make up the military landscape of Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Appendices supplementing the text with comprehensive detail on specific classes of monument such as airfields


Leicestershire and Rutland have seen the movement of armies from Roman times to the Civil War with the decisive battles of Bosworth and Naseby and many others. The Victorians saw the development of both the regular and volunteer forces, which would later fight in two world wars. The development of military flight was a twentieth-century theme, witnessing defence against Zeppelins in the First World War; jet engines and US airborne forces in the Second World War; and elements of Britain’s nuclear deterrent during the Cold War.

During the Second World War, the eavesdroppers of the ‘Y’ Service at Beaumanor Hall provided much of the raw material for Bletchley Park’s codebreakers. Evidence of this activity is visible in the landscape: castles of earthwork, stone or brick; barracks and volunteer drill halls; airfields, missile sites and munitions factories; pillboxes, observer corps posts and bunkers.

Defending Leicestershire and Rutland places sites and figures such as William the Conqueror, Richard III and Cromwell into their social, political, historical and military contexts.

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Mike Osborne’s interest in fortification began with childhood visits to castles. It has developed over the years to include all aspects of the topic from iron-age forts to Cold War bunkers. He was a volunteer-co-ordinator for the Defence of Britain Project recording the military structures of the twentieth century. After a thirty-year career in education, he took early retirement and since then has produced nearly twenty books. Topics include Civil War sieges and fortifications, drill halls, twentieth-century military structures and the best-selling Defending Britain.

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