Time Flies Reflections of a Fighter Pilot


With Napoleon at St Helena


Always a Little Further: Relfections From Late In The Day


Hermann Goering: From Secret Luftwaffe to Hossbach War Conference 1935-37


Crawling Out of Hell: The True Story of a British Sniper’s Greatest Battle


The Diary of Sonny Ormrod DFC: Malta Fighter Ace


Feldpost: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann - A German Soldier on the Eastern Front


Moonlight Flyer: Diary of a Second World War Navigator


Rhapsody in Blue: An RAF Fighter Pilot’s Life During the Cold War


Spitfire Glory: The Wartime Flying Life of Leif Lundsten


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Time Flies Reflections of a Fighter Pilot

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  • An insight into the daily exploits of a fighter pilot during the Cold War and beyond, both from the cockpit and in command
  • Reflections on high level staff meetings, including briefing the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Heseltine, during the formative years of the Eurofighter project
  • Details of commanding a Tornado F3 squadron during Gulf War One
  • Memoirs of flying with the Red Arrows, including the 1993 tour of the USA
  • Profusely illustrated with high-quality photographs


Time Flies: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot is a detailed insight into the exploits of a RAF pilot from the cockpit and in command in the air, on land and at sea. Covering interceptions of Soviet bombers off Iceland to defending Saudi Arabia in Gulf War One, this gripping biography follows his thirty-year career operating Lightnings defending the UK, F-4 Phantoms from HMS Ark Royal and defending the Inner German Border (IGB) as well as commanding a Tornado F3 squadron, including a deployment to Saudi Arabia in Gulf War One.

The author formulated the operational requirements for the Eurofighter Typhoon, flew with the Red Arrows, served as the deputy station commander at RAF Leuchars and led the Tornado F3 four-ship flypast over Edinburgh Castle as the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland on 30 November 1996. A serious study for the aviation enthusiast and military historian, this work is also sumptuously illustrated with rich and candid photographs to inspire modellers.

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David Hamilton gained his pilot’s licence aged seventeen. In the RAF, he flew Lightnings, F-4 Phantoms and commanded a Tornado F3 squadron. Also, Hamilton supervised and flew with the Red Arrows. He held staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence, NATO Headquarters and air advisor to General Sir Peter de la Billière after the first Gulf War. He took early retirement as a group captain and spent twelve years on the Eurofighter project with the defence industry, both BAE and EADS.

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With Napoleon at St Helena

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  • Explore Napoleon’s residence on St Helena in detail
  • Interesting anecdotes and remarkable conversations of the Emperor
  • Imagine Napoleon’s dismay when he realised he was not being banished to America as he anticipated, but to the remote island of St Helena in the mid-Atlantic



‘The Emperor Napoleon, by almost universal consent, is pronounced to be, intellectually, the most illustrious of mankind. Even his bitterest enemies are compelled to do homage to the universality and the grandeur of his genius. Lamartine declares him to be “the greatest of the creations of God.” … The genius of Napoleon is astounding. All branches of human knowledge seemed alike familiar to his gigantic mind.’


Nearing the end of his career as a ship surgeon, John Stokoe agreed in 1817 to take a three-year posting to St Helena on HMS Conqueror. At St Helena, there was discord following Lieutenant-General Sir Hudson Lowe’s controversial decision to dismiss Napoleon’s doctor, Barry O’Mara. Around this time, Napoleon asked that Stokoe, who had once attended him and who he understood was returning to St Helena, might attend him again ‘…or would the Governor authorise some other English doctor to come, providing he sign similar conditions as had been accepted by Stokoe in the past.’ Immediately after, Stokoe arrived at St Helena, was put under arrest and tried on varying counts – seven in all.

The third indictment read, ‘That he had signed a paper purporting to be a bulletin of General Bonaparte’s health, and divulged the same to the General and his attendants contrary to orders.’ The seventh indictment reported that, ‘That he had contrary to his duty, and the character of a British Naval Officer, communicated to General Bonaparte or his attendant an infamous and calumnious imputation cast upon Lieutenant-General Sir Hudson Lowe, etc., by Barry O’Meara, late surgeon in the Royal Navy’ – also now dismissed – ‘implying that Sir Hudson Lowe had practised with the said O’Meara to induce him to put an end to the existence of General Bonaparte.’

THE AUTHOR

John Stokoe (1775-1852) set out for St Helena on HMS Conqueror in 1817. ‘I thought that I should see the great man and probably have the honour of conversing with him – little did I think at that time that the honour would be so dearly purchased!’ He married late in life, but was predeceased by his wife and two daughters. He died of a stroke in 1852. This edition was edited by his daughter, Edith Stokoe.

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Always a Little Further: Relfections From Late In The Day

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For the past three years, since he finished writing his children’s book The Nine Lives Of Bella Simkins, Jack Swaab has carried round a battered leather notebook. In it, he has recorded the thoughts, memories, reflections and insights that the world around him bring to this remarkable author.

It is a broad canvas that attracts his urbane and witty mind’s eye—covering everything from footballers to birdsong, churchyards to ancient cricketers, boy scouts to Brexit. Some of what he writes is funny; other parts are tinged with melancholy. At times, banality, brutality or injustice, stir him to the edge of anger. Everything he writes, though, comes with the warmth, wisdom and generosity of spirit that the past 98 years have bestowed on him.

It is a very different world in which he now lives, and seeing that world through the vivid lens of so many years and so rich a life brings it to life for us too in unexpected and rewarding ways.

THE AUTHOR

The First World War was in its final year when Jack Swaab was born. The intervening 98 years have been well spent. He was sent down from Oxford, briefly a journalist, decorated fighting in the Second World War, and after the war followed successive careers in everything from advertising to online racing tips. Along the way came several engagements, one marriage, a family and now an insightful, contemplative retirement.

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Extent: 96 pages
Illustrations: 17 colour photographs

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Hermann Goering: From Secret Luftwaffe to Hossbach War Conference 1935-37

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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 Herman Goering’s personal albums reveal his life story as never before


In March 1935, Goering unveiled to the world his ‘black’ secret German Air Force, the dreaded and mighty Luftwaffe. That April, he married his second wife, a popular German stage actress, and in May, solidified Germany’s pre-1939 surprisingly good relations with neighbouring Poland. In March 1936, the Luftwaffe took part in the peaceful occupation of the former French-occupied Rhineland and by the end of the year, Goering was also the recognised economic dictator of the Third Reich heading the Nazi Four-Year Plan.

A state visit to Rome in January 1937 made him a main player regarding the future Reich alliance with Fascist Italy and in November, he hosted Europe’s largest hunting exposition of 50 years at Berlin. Overshadowing all of this, however, was the top-secret Hossbach war conference at which Hitler announced his intention go to war by 1943 in order to seize Russian territory for an expanded German empire in the East. In all of the above, Goering was the main player, second only to Hitler, especially regarding the economy and the dreaded Luftwaffe...

THE AUTHOR

Blaine Taylor is an American author of twenty histories on war, politics, cars, biography, engineering, architecture, 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, in 1991 to 1992.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 272 pages
Illustrations: 299 black-and-white photographs

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Crawling Out of Hell: The True Story of a British Sniper’s Greatest Battle

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  • A fascinating insight into the camaraderie and humour of British servicemen stationed in a war zone
  • A first-hand account of brutal action in the unforgiving battleground of Afghanistan
  • A gripping military history that will satisfy enthusiasts and students of history alike
  • A truly inspirational account of a young soldier accepting his disabilities and determination to lead a full and active life


Lance Corporal Dean Bailey is just 22 when he is sent to Afghanistan as a sniper section commander. Craving the opportunity to see action after a disappointing tour of duty in Iraq, he now has the chance to put his elite marksmanship training to the test. To his disappointment, the Taliban are nothing like a traditional enemy and their hit and run ambush tactics mean that more often than not, Bailey and his men are cooped up inside Viking armoured personnel carriers, desperate to get out and take the fight to the Taliban. During one such ambush, his platoon is attacked from all sides and their Viking is immobilised.

Going up top to fend off the assailants with his rifle, an RPG explodes next to him, covering Bailey in burning diesel. Continuing his stubborn defence and enabling his men to scramble out the back door of the stricken vehicle, he takes a direct hit from an RPG, ending his brave covering fire. Dragged from the fiery Viking, he is flown back to England with little expectation of surviving the flight home.

Bailey’s next battle will be the hardest one he has ever had to face...

THE AUTHOR

Dean Bailey was born in Lincolnshire and following the breakdown of his parent’s marriage, he moved with his mother to Essex. Bailey struggled through school and after a succession of dead-end jobs, he joined the Army, discovering that the disciplined lifestyle was what he needed. He was promoted to lance corporal, passed sniper training and was made sniper section leader aged 22. In 2007, a Taliban RPG ended his career. After several years of physical and mental rehabilitation, Bailey runs a successful property development business.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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Extent: 192 pages
Illustrations: 40 colour photographs (some disturbing images)

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The Diary of Sonny Ormrod DFC: Malta Fighter Ace

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Plt Off. Oliver Ormrod, better known as 'Sonny' to his RAF compatriots due to his youthful appearance, was just four days past his twentieth birthday when he was killed in action after his Hawker Hurricane was shot down. During his brief fighting career at Malta in February to April 1942, he was credited with only one enemy aircraft destroyed, although he shared in the destruction of three others.

Ormrod also claimed two probables and at least six damaged. A total of a dozen successes at a time when the Hurricane was completely outclassed by Messerschmitt Bf 109Fs of JG53, his bravery and valour were recognised by the award of a DFC. Although extracts from Ormrod’s diary have appeared in various publications over the years, the authors now offer the complete story of his brief period of combat in the skies over Malta.

He was one of many young lives lost in the effort to safeguard Malta and he was there when Hurricanes were only available to combat the Luftwaffe’s onslaught. This is his story...

THE AUTHORS

Brian Cull has been writing Second World War aviation history for the past twenty-five years and has in excess of twenty-five titles to his credit. These include the Bloody Shambles series, Hurricanes over Malta, Spitfires over Malta, Twelve Days in May, Diver! Diver! Diver!, Gladiator Ace, Screwball Beurling, and Fighters over the Aegean, First of the Few and Blenheims Over Greece and Crete 1940-1941 for Fonthill Media.  

Frederick Galea has been Malta’s National War Museum Association’s honorary secretary and newsletter editor for the last twenty years. He is also an accomplished aviation author in his own right and has written several books dealing with the air war at Malta. Additionally, he has co-authored a number of books with Brian.

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Extent: 336 pages
Illustrations: 34 black-and-white photographs

 

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Feldpost: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann - A German Soldier on the Eastern Front

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  • Lavishly illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs
  • Compulsive and historical reading
  • Written by a leading authority of the German military

Friedrich Reiner Niemann was a German soldier serving in the 6th Infantry Division from 1941 to 1945. A well-educated youth from a good family in Westphalia, he was sent to the brutal Russian front four times. He wrote his final two letters home on 12 January 1945, before disappearing during the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive.

With the assistance of Reiner’s extensive correspondence with his family, which has been obtained by the authors, Feldpost documents his life and front-line experiences over this period. Throughout the war, evocative and moving messages were passed between Reiner, on the Eastern Front, and his family, who, by the end of the war, would be scattered throughout Germany.

Reiner describes the fighting at Rzhev from 1942–43 and how he survived the destruction of his division during the Soviet summer offensive in 1944. His is a rare view of battles that annihilated entire German divisions and armies. After the Second World War, the Niemann family preserved Reiner’s letters and photographs and shipped them to New Orleans, where Reiner’s sister, Liselotte Andersson, had emigrated.

Neglected in an attic for over fifty years, the documents surfaced only after Hurricane Katrina flooded the family house. Andersson’s daughter-inlaw, author Whitney Stewart, discovered the letters in 2012 and contacted Denis Havel to translate them. Together, Havel and Stewart uncovered historical details that enabled them to follow Reiner’s trail and finally tell his story.

THE AUTHORS

Denis Havel graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in psychology and has taught at high school and college level. An independent historian, Havel has studied German history, language and literature, and the Prussian-German military. He is currently active in German-American organisations, notably the Germania Mannerchor, which preserve German language and traditions.

Whitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She is a prolific author of children’s books, adult non-fiction, and travel writing. In the course of her work, Stewart has trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal and interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi. She currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Moonlight Flyer: Diary of a Second World War Navigator

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  • This previously unpublished diary gives a unique insight into the life of an airman during his first two years of the Second World War
  • Many of the unpublished photographs are from the only Czechoslovakian squadron within RAF Bomber Command
  • Complete biographies of all thirty-seven Allied observer students trained in the first air observer course run by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada


One of the many wartime airmen who documented his day-to-day experiences in a diary was RCAF navigator John Gellner. Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Gellner was a lawyer practising in the Czechoslovak town of Brno. With the outbreak of war in Europe, he fled to Canada and trained as an air observer on the first course of the fledgling British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Gellner began his operational tour with No. 311 ‘Czechoslovak’ (B) Squadron flying the venerable Vickers Wellington.

It did not take long for Gellner’s abilities to shine, especially as an instructor in astronavigation. For his role in the attack on the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, Gellner received the coveted DFC. After thirty-seven operations over France and Germany, he was selected for pilot training in Canada. During his post-war service with the RCAF, he had a distinguished career as an administrative officer, retiring in 1958. Now a civilian, Gellner turned to writing and became one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and sought after aviation and military affairs journalists.

THE AUTHOR

Pavel Vančata is a highly-respected Czech aviation historian, author and journalist specialising in Czechoslovaks who served in the RAF during the Second World War. He has published five books in Czech, one in English and also co-authored several other books on related subject matter. He has been a regular contributor to the Czech aviation magazine REVI since 2003. Vančata graduated in 2003 as a telecommunication engineer from the Czech Technical University in Prague.

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Extent: 256 pages
Illustrations: 69 black-and-white photographs

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Rhapsody in Blue: An RAF Fighter Pilot’s Life During the Cold War

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  • An authentic portrayal of life in the RAF covering frontline operations in the UK, Middle East and Germany, and flight testing at Boscombe Down and Farnborough from 1955 to 1991
  • The unique tale of the 1969 Trans-Atlantic Air Race in a Harrier
  • A stimulating and easy to read biography of interest to aviation/military historians and modellers


Rhapsody in Blue: An RAF’s Fighter Pilot’s Life During the Cold War is a fighter pilot’s autobiography of life in the RAF from 1955 to 1991. It is structured around the Hawker Hunter, the first operational aircraft the author flew in 1958 to 1985. It includes operational tours on 54 Sqn, 145 Sqn (229 OCU), 8 Sqn in Aden during the Radfan campaign; a year at the Empire Test Pilots’ School, followed by four years on the Fighter Test Sqn at the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment, including the 1969 Transatlantic Air Race in a Harrier; command of one of the first operational Harrier squadrons in Germany; the delights of off-base operations; a ground tour on the staff at the Royal College of Defence Studies in Belgrave Square; command of a RAF Germany base with four nuclear capable Jaguar squadrons; a ground tour as Gp Capt Operations in Germany; a short tour as CO Experimental Flying at Farnborough; and a final flying tour as Commandant of A&AEE. The epilogue covers the final five years of service in the MOD, including the demise of the Nimrod AEW, the birth of the Typhoon, and a final year as commandant general of the RAF Regiment.

THE AUTHOR

Graham Williams served for thirty-seven years in the RAF, retiring in 1991 as an air vice-marshal. He has extensive experience as a strike/attack pilot on Hunters, Harriers and Jaguars in the UK, Middle East and Germany, and as a test pilot. He commanded a Harrier squadron, a Jaguar station and his R&D experience culminated in command of A&AEE (Boscombe Down), followed by five years in the MOD responsible for new equipment requirements for the RAF. Williams is a holder of the Air Force Cross and bar and the Harmon Trophy.

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Extent: 272 pages
Illustrations: 71 black-and-white photographs

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Spitfire Glory: The Wartime Flying Life of Leif Lundsten

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  • Previously unpublished stories of hundreds of Spitfires
  • For the first time in English and with quotes from Norwegian fighter pilots who flew Spitfires for the RAF
  • Illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs
  • A glorious work of in-depth research that took years to complete


Major Leif Lundsten flew hundreds of Spitfires during the Second World War. As a fighter pilot with the legendary No. 331 Squadron and test pilot with Vickers-Armstrong, he flew ten marks of Spitfires from Mark I to the very capable and brutal Mark XIV.

Following Lundsten’s career as a skilled fighter and test pilot under Jeffrey Quills’ leadership, all Spitfires he flew are covered as well as in-depth and detailed information on his sorties from his first flight in 1941 to his last shortly after D-Day.

Tor Idar Larsen pays tribute to a forgotten Spitfire hero, a brave and gallant young man who contributed greatly towards the Allied victory. Behind every Spitfire he flew, there is a tale to be told; stories of unimaginable heroism, tragic deaths and brave resilience. A number of Lundsten’s Spitfires met an early demise, shot down in flames by Luftwaffe fighters and others exist today, one planned for an airworthy restoration. This is Leif Lundsten’s legacy.

THE AUTHOR

Tor Idar Larsen was born in Gjøvik, Norway, in 1980. Larsen previously contributed towards Fonthill Media with Viking Spitfire: The Story of Finn Thorsager and Mosquito Attack! A Norwegian RAF Pilot at War, and he also co-authored Into the Swarm: Stories of RAF Fighter Pilots in the Second World War. He also released aviation-related books in his own native language and has published several aviation articles. Larsen is also the webmaster and photographer for www.spitfirepilots.com and enjoys attending British air shows every summer. He is also a board member of the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation.

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Extent: 288 pages
Illustrations: 69 black-and-white photographs

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