Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War


The Berlin1945 Battlefield Guide: Part 1: The Battle of the Oder-Neisse


Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared


SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 3: R-W


Hermann Goering Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39


The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands


The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway (Chesterfield to Langwith Junction, Beighton...)


Vietnam War Army Helicopter Nose Art


The Earls of Essex: A Tale of Noble Misfortune


RAF Liberators Over Burma Flying With 159 Squadron


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Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War

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  • An exciting and fast-paced narrative of over 100 gallant officers who died during the First World War
  • Packed with incredible stories of individual heroism and sacrifice
  • Assiduously researched, rich in detail and lavishly illustrated
  • Foreword by John Bercow, Speaker of the House, and introduction by The Hon. Ian R. K. Paisley MP, Freeman City of London


Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War tells the story of over 100 men who went to war and did not return. Many MPs fought in the war and in some instances, they pulled strings to get there.

Casualties amongst them were high, but the loss of their sons outweighed their own sacrifice. In this book, Neil Thornton dispels the popular belief that the country’s politicians sat in safety while callously sending the nation’s youth to their deaths. Their own sacrifices, together with those of their sons, are described here in poignant detail, including such names as Tom Kettle, William Gladstone and Raymond Asquith.

Others such as Valentine Fleming – father of James Bond author Ian Fleming – and Thomas Agar-Robartes feature alongside them. Recommended for the Victoria Cross for the rescue of casualties under heavy fire, Agar-Robartes’ act would cost him his life, but he would earn the respect of every man under his command.

This lavishly illustrated book is a tribute to those MPs and their sons who went to war – never to return.

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Neil Thornton (left) has produced articles on a diverse range of military history and through his extensive research has contributed to an array of military publications. He is an experienced speaker and regularly provides talks and workshops for schools, historical groups and the armed forces. The author also involves himself in a variety of military projects. His first book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed Rorke’s Drift: A New Perspective (2016).

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234 x 156 mm - hardback - 320 pages - 146 black-and-white photographs

 

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The Berlin1945 Battlefield Guide: Part 1: The Battle of the Oder-Neisse

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  • A meticulously researched and highly detailed history and location guide
  • Insights into the human face of war
  • Period and contemporary photographs bring the history of the battlefield to life
  • An essential guide crammed with useful information and facts for explorers of the Oderfront


This guide is specifically tailored towards travellers making the leap from escorted tours to independent battlefield exploration. Along with essential tour information, there are useful tips, hints and suggestions aimed towards making your battlefield journey as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. While some tour professionals and guide authors still favour traditional ‘stands’, author David McCormack has used his own experience of leading tour groups to produce a more accessible guide based around ‘viewpoints’. Therefore, what you have is straight-forward, easy to use guide, and uncluttered by unnecessary maps, diagrams and tables.

Each ‘viewpoint’ has easy to follow directions, along with tried and tested satellite navigation instructions to take you direct to the scene of the action. This easy to use guide will prove to be your indispensable tour companion as you begin your exploration of the Oder-Neisse battlefields. Includes an accessible layout and easy to follow tour instructions; circular tours designed for novice battlefield explorers; tried and tested satellite navigation addresses for every ‘viewpoint’; lunch breaks and dining suggestions incorporated into tours; profusely illustrated with period and contemporary photographs; unencumbered by unnecessarily overcomplicated diagrams and maps; and detailed historical sections, which include some remarkable first-hand accounts.

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David McCormack graduated with first-class honours in Contemporary Military and International History. A regular contributor of Japanese-based historical articles to the International Academic Forum’s Eye Magazine, he has also had eight articles entitled Japan at War published by the Armourer Magazine (2005-2006). McCormack’s first book for Fonthill Media was Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls.

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234 x 156 mm - paperback - 160 pages - 45 black-and-white and 29 colour photographs
 

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Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared

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  • A memoir of Christiaan Barnard by a former colleague and personal friend
  • New insights on the controversial surgeon by many who knew him well
  • An insider’s perspective of the early development of heart transplantation


From humble beginnings as a ‘barefoot boy’ in a small town in the heart of South Africa, the charismatic and controversial Christiaan Barnard became the most famous surgeon the world has ever known by performing the first human heart transplant in Cape Town on 3 December 1967. His new-found fame led him to mix with presidents and prime ministers, with royalty and popes, and he quickly became addicted to the high-life of the jet-set who surrounded him, eventually becoming distracted until he was a mere shadow in his own department. Yet, he remained in the public eye through his gifts for public speaking and as a writer.

He caused controversy by his role in advertising a cream that reputedly prevented wrinkling of the skin, but set-up a heart research foundation and a society that paid for children from all over the world to travel to Cape Town for corrective heart surgery. Throughout life, he was a serial womaniser, surviving three tempestuous marriages and divorces, each wife becoming younger than the last. Can we summarise Christiaan Barnard? Not very easily. He was a complex combination of selfless visionary and selfish hedonist. Surgery will not see such a colourful character again.

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David Cooper trained in heart surgery in the UK. He was present at the first heart transplant in London in 1968, and was a member of the surgical team that established heart transplantation in Cambridge in 1979. He then became a colleague of Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town for several years before following Barnard to Oklahoma City, where he helped establish a new heart transplantation programme. He now dedicates his time to transplantation research. In writing this memoir of Barnard, Cooper has drawn on both his personal friendship with the charismatic surgeon and on his great experience of heart transplantation.

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234 x 156 mm - hardback - 576 pages - 95 photographs

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SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 3: R-W

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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 794 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:

Friedrich Rainer
Johann Baptist Albin Rauter
Friedrich Wilhelm Otto Rediess
Wilhelm Reinhard    
Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop
Erwin Friedrich Karl Rösener    
Ernst August Albert Sachs    
Ernst Friedrich Christoph Sauckel
Paul Scharfe    
Julius Gregory Schaub    
Gustav Adolf Scheel    
Georg Friedrich Schlessmann    
Ernst-Heinrich Schmauser    
Walter Schmitt    
Julius Schreck    
Friedrich Bernhard Gustav Karl Ulrich Erich Graf von der Schulenburg    
Franz Xaver Schwarz    
Oskar Schwerk    
Arthur Seyss-Inquart    
Felix Martin Julius Steiner    
Wilhelm Stuckart    
Siegfried Louis Emanuel Taubert    
Fritz Wächtler    
Mathäus Karl Wahl    
Josias Georg Wilhelm Adolf Erbprinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
Paul Wegener    
Friedrich Philip Weitzel    
Otto Ferdinand Nikolai Winkelmann    
Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff    
Udo Gustav Wihelm Egon von Woyrsch    
Alfred Bernhard Julius Ernst Wünnenberg    

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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248 x 172 mm - hardback - 480 pages - 794 black-and-white photographs
 

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Hermann Goering Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39

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  • Full saga of his remarkable biography with photographs from other captured Nazi pictorial sources
  • Anecdotes from first-person memoirs, reports, diaries and autobiographies help identify a fascinating if brutal human saga
  • Superbly illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs from Hermann Goering’s personal albums reveal his life story as never before


The year 1938–39 was when Hitler set out on the road of pre-war bloodless conquests, which led to the actual shooting combat over Poland in September 1939. Both willing and unwilling, Hermann Goering was his main acolyte in achieving the peaceful military occupations of Austria and the Czech–German Sudetenland in 1938, followed by that of Bohemia and Moravia.

Prior to this, Goering played perhaps the key role in the Nazi overthrow of the Third Reich’s conservative military and foreign services, being named field marshal as his reward. A major factor in making the Allies back down to Germany at the infamous Munich Pact Conference, Goering’s Luftwaffe was the key bargaining chip that gained these unprecedented territorial acquisitions for Hitler—all without a shot being fired. He also helped achieve alliances with Fascist Slovakia and Italy. The year 1938 also witnessed Goering’s role in the aftermath of the Kristallnacht action against German Jews that was a notable way station on the road to the Holocaust.

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Blaine Taylor is the American author of twenty-one histories on war, politics, aviation, automotives, biography, engineering, medicine, photography, and aviation. The well-read historian is a former Vietnam War soldier and Military Policeman under enemy fire, political and crime newspaper reporter, award-winning medical journalist, international magazine writer, winner of four political campaigns as a press secretary, and a US Congressional aide on Capitol Hill, Washington, 1991–92.

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248 x 172 mm - hardback - 320 pages - 280 black-and-white photographs

 

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The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour
  • Features extended commentaries from the author that are rich in detail
  • Of interest to train enthusiasts, local historians and modellers


The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands covers many of the railways across the area and the locomotives that worked over them. In the main, the time period covers the ten years or so from the late 1950s up to the end of steam working in the East Midlands.

In addition to steam locomotives, some of their diesel replacements will also be shown. A number of industrial locations will also be visited, and in particular, the book explores the now-closed Ironstone Railways of the East Midlands.

The photographs, a mixture of colour and black and white, come mostly from those taken by the author and his late father, with the balance coming from his father’s old friends. Most of the photographs have never been published, with all images accompanied by an extensive and informative commentary.

THE AUTHOR

Michael Clemens and his late father in the 1950s and 1960s lived in Worcestershire, but travelled all over Britain, from Penzance to the north of Scotland, filming many now long closed railways and the steam locomotives that worked on them. The movie film collection, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been released by the author on thirty videos starting in the 1990s. The author’s website can be visited at www.michaelclemensrailways.co.uk and contains many hundreds of pages of railway memorabilia.

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248 x 172 mm - hardback - 144 pages - 239 black-and-white and colour photographs

 

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The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway (Chesterfield to Langwith Junction, Beighton...)

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  • Discover the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, the ‘Dukeries Route’
  • Read about its various connecting lines and the Sheffield District Railway
  • Maps, diagrams and many unpublished images in mono and colour
  • Highly informative and of much interest to the historian, enthusiast and modeller


When coal was ‘king’, an ambitious plan was laid for an east to west cross-country rail route to connect the Manchester Ship Canal at Warrington to a new dock to be built near the small east coast village of Sutton on Sea. It was to be grandly titled The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway. As history was to show, the line would reach neither Warrington nor Sutton on Sea with only the Chesterfield to Pyewipe Junction section and a branch to Sheffield ever being completed. Taken over by the G.C.R. in 1907, the route was primarily a coal-carrying railway with a passenger service that lasted until 1955.

Discover the former Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, the self-styled ‘Dukeries Route’ and its branches through the lenses of photographers from a period of over 110 years. From the main line between Chesterfield and Lincoln, the Beighton Branch, the Sheffield District Railway and the Mansfield Railway to the motive power depots at Chesterfield, Tuxford and Langwith Junction, this is a glorious photographic journey from its early days to its remains in 2016.

THE AUTHOR

Chris Booth has been fascinated in the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway since reading the books The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway and Langwith Junction: The Life and Times of a Railway Village. Since then, apart from the odd article in the railway press, little else on this railway line has been seen in book form.

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248 x 172 mm - paperback - 160 pages - 206 black-and-white and colour photographs

 

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Vietnam War Army Helicopter Nose Art

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  • Profusely illustrated with previously unpublished photographs
  • Pure unadulterated eye candy in beautiful colour
  • The Vietnam War that was not on the 6 O’clock News


Vietnam War Army Helicopter Nose Art unlocks a treasure trove of recently recovered Vietnam War photographs from Army veterans. Held from public view until now, these colourful helicopter nose art images capture that unmistakable American war custom of embellishing one’s assigned aircraft with personalised markings.

Each photo is accompanied by a caption containing data of the helicopter name, unit, serial number, photo date and location, crew names, artist name, photo contributor and anecdotal information. Against a backdrop of censorship, political correctness and military directives to the contrary, helicopter nose art flourished in Vietnam. Any study of Army aviation history is diminished if it fails to include the contributions and merits of helicopter nose art as exhibited in Vietnam.

Although Iron Butterfly may not be as well-known as Memphis Belle or Enola Gay from the Second World War, it nonetheless carried its crews into battle with as much passion for life and a sense of duty as their father’s generation.

THE AUTHOR

John Brennan has authored six Vietnam War helicopter books. His background in this subject began with a twelve-month military tour in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region assigned to the Army’s 114th Assault Helicopter Company as a flight operations coordinator. This was followed by a B.A. degree in American Studies from California State University at Chico. He was subsequently hired by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Library in Washington, DC. Later, when the 114th formed an association, Brennan served as a historian. Today, he is retired from federal service and resides with his family in Northern California.

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The Earls of Essex: A Tale of Noble Misfortune

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  • Profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished images
  • An extraordinary insight into the Capell family
  • A tale of plots, intrigue, battles, court cases and family quarrels
  • A thoroughly researched and very readable account of this astounding family


This is the dramatic, often erratic, and at times unbelievable story of the fortunes and misfortunes over 900 years to the present day of one of England’s premier aristocratic families, who in 1661 were given the Earldom of Essex by Charles II.

This previously untold story begins just after the Norman Conquest and ends at the present day. Over a period of 400 years, the Capell family built a fortune, and over the next 500 years, lost it due to an incredible number of mistakes, bad judgement calls, and misfortunes. The Earls of Essex examines the rise and fall of this family, providing in-depth analysis and judgement on the reasons behind their decline.

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Dr Robert Bard, MA, PhD, has had a long and interesting career as an airline pilot, sales director of a well-known confectionery company, and author of fifteen books. Bard has appeared on BBC programmes talking about aspects of London’s history including London’s lost battlefields, hidden burial grounds, and execution sites. Robert Bard lives in Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, and was previously a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, lecturing in European history.

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234 x 156 mm - hardback - 224 pages - 90 colour photographs

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RAF Liberators Over Burma Flying With 159 Squadron

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  • The RAF air war versus Japan in the Far East is grossly under-represented in print; the Kirkness memoir lessens this gap with its valuable contributions
  • Thirty-two combat ops may seem like too many to individually chronicle in a single memoir; however, each op’s narrative is compellingly, and uniquely, presented and the cumulative result is that Kirkness’ final, harrowing, op is the most riveting of them all
  • Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs


RAF wireless operator/air gunner Bill ‘Enoch’ Kirkness flew thirty-two B-24 Liberator bomber sorties, twenty-eight of which were against Japanese targets in Burma. He was credited with downing the night fighter that killed a crewmate and severely damaged his Liberator; his aircraft’s crash landing abruptly ending his first tour. Bill was subsequently awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal.

His memoir of Wellington ferry flights, Liberator training, and ops with 159 Squadron typifies aspects of the human spirit, which any young man immersed within such a conflict would have likely experienced. Bill wore his heart, not just his sergeant’s stripes, on his sleeve. His story is a compelling, dignified account of an average man’s war from 1942 into 1944 in the UK, the Mediterranean, Africa, and onwards through his first operational tour based in India.

Matt Poole, an expert on 159 Squadron and RAF Liberator activities against the Japanese, seamlessly enhances Bill’s narrative with added historical detail. Although Bill passed away in 1994, Matt vowed, in retirement, to help bring the memoir to a wider audience.

THE AUTHORS

As an RAF wireless operator/air gunner, the late Bill ‘Enoch’ Kirkness DFM of Horsforth, West Yorkshire, flew seventy-two ops from India on two tours, the first in a B-24 Liberator bombing role and the second primarily on air sea rescue assignments aboard Catalinas and Liberators. Post-war, he owned a signwriting business and hobby shop, Models and Militaria, and was a ham radio enthusiast.

Matt Poole, a retired US government geospatial analyst, has researched RAF Liberator operations in the Far East since 1990.

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234 x 156 mm - hardback - 256 pages - 53 black-and-white photographs

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