Military Aviation of the First World War


Prisoners of the British: Internees and Prisoners of War during the First World War


German Raiders of the First World War: Kaiserliche Marine Cruisers and the Epic Chases


Britain’s Forgotten Fighters of the First World War


Churchill, Kitchener and Lloyd George: First World Warlords


Deveron to Devastation: Brother Officers of the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in WW1


Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c


Great Scientists Wage the Great War


Hermann Goering in the First World War: The Personal Photograph Albums of Hermann Goering


Kaiser Bill: A New Look at Imperial Germany's Last Emperor, Wilhelm II 1859-1941


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Military Aviation of the First World War

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This beautifully illustrated book provides details of every power that took part in Military aircraft activity during the First World War. The war was a global conflict with 57 nations involved but with aviation being in its infancy only eight nations had a major air arm to their fighting Services. The Allies: Britain, America, Italy, Belgium, France, and Russia and then the Central Powers comprising Germany and Austria - Hungary.

The book covers the formation, establishment and wartime exploits of all the major air powers during the war, as well as providing thumbnail sketches of all the major aces for each country, giving full coverage to: The Allies: The Royal Flying Corps, The French Military Air Service, The United States Air Service, Aeronautica de Region Esercito (Italy), The Belgian Air Arm, The Russian Imperial Air Services. The Central Powers: The Imperial German Air Service, and the Austro-Hungarian flying service However, smaller powers (at the time) like Australia, Canada and Japan as well as Portugal, Serbia, Romania and South Africa are all featured is this fascinating book.

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Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
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Extent: 360 pages
Illustrations: 474 black-and-white photographs
 

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Prisoners of the British: Internees and Prisoners of War during the First World War

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  • War often brings out the worst in those taking part; it also had the same effect on many of the British public and led to widespread violence on the streets
  • A time when neighbours often became seen as the enemy and were treated accordingly
  • Answers the age-old problem of what to do with enemy soldiers taken prisoner during a war
  • German prisoners of war were often better fed than the British public


Much of what has been written about the treatment of prisoners of war held by the British suggest that they have often been treated in a more caring and compassionate way than the prisoners of other countries. During the First World War, Germans held in Britain were treated leniently while there were claims of British prisoners being mistreated in Germany. Was the British sense of fair play present in the prison camps and did this sense of respect include the press and public who often called for harsher treatment of Germans in captivity? Were those seen as enemy aliens living in Britain given similar fair treatment? Were they sent to internment camps because they were a threat to the country or for their own protection to save them from the British public intent on inflicting violence on them?

Prisoners of the British: Internees and Prisoners of War during the First World War examines the truth of these views while also looking at the number of camps set up in the country and the public and press perception of the men held here.

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Michael Foley spent much of his career teaching in inner city primary schools before becoming a full-time carer to his disabled twin grandsons. It was then that he began to write professionally and has published over twenty–two books on various subjects as well as numerous articles and short stories in magazines. He lives with his wife and one of his grandchildren in Essex.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 208 pages
Illustrations: 40 black-and-white photographs

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German Raiders of the First World War: Kaiserliche Marine Cruisers and the Epic Chases

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  • The untold and full story of German warships and auxiliary cruisers in the Pacific Ocean during the First World War
  • Combines the views of the British, German, French and Canadian commanders for the first time
  • Lavishly illustrated with many unpublished images: of interest to the military historian and modeller alike


As the world plunged into war in August 1914, two German fleets and several cruisers lay beyond the North Sea, posing a serious threat to British merchant vessels and naval superiority. Beyond the British blockade, there was little chance of reinforcements and resupply of ammunition. Admiral Souchon crossed the Mediterranean with a superior French and British fleet in pursuit. Vice-Admiral von Spee had to decide what to do half a world away from Germany with colonies and friendly shipping rapidly being overtaken by Allied forces. With only the ammunition onboard his vessels, he had to fight his way through British lines to get his men home. Karl von Müller led the Emden on a daring campaign of commerce raiding as did the commander of the Karlsruhe. Other cruisers also carried out warfare, seriously affecting Allied merchant shipping. However, the Royal Navy spent precious resources to remove these threats and Admiral Craddock swept down the coast of North America chasing phantoms only to find what he was looking for was at Coronel and the Falklands Islands.

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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 in Germany and Japan. 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. He resides in Gillingham with his wife, daughter and two sons.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 208 pages
Illustrations: 64 black-and-white photographs

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Britain’s Forgotten Fighters of the First World War

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Those with any interest in the First World War will have have heard of the planes most associated with that conflict - the legendary Sopwith Camel and Royal Aircraft Factory’s S.E.5a, which are often called the ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Hurricane’ of the Great War. Aviation enthusiasts might even know of the Camel’s predecessors, the Sopwith Pup or the Triplane. But what of the many other planes that saw active service in the war?

This is the story of those armed aeroplanes whose names few people can recall, the ‘Forgotten Fighters’ of the First World War, including the pusher ‘gunbuses’ of the early war years, the strange ‘pulpit’ design of the B.E.9, the desperate conversions of reconnaissance machines that were never intended to be armed, and those which were thought too tricky for the average pilot to handle. It is also the story of the brave men who flew these machines, fighting, and too often dying, for a cause they believed in.

Some of these aeroplanes only served in small numbers and others in areas away from the main battle on the Western Front, but all made a vital contribution to the winning of the war. And these lost but iconic fighter aircraft, and the brave young men who flew them, deserve to be remembered just as much as the more famous aces in their legendary machines. This is their story.

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Paul R. Hare has made a lifelong study of early aviation with particular emphasis on the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and, in addition to writing books and articles, has lectured on the topic to numerous organisations both in England and the US. Hare has been involved, at director level, with several aeroplane museums and, as a leading authority on the subject, has acted as technical advisor on a number of restoration projects.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 130 b/w photographs

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Churchill, Kitchener and Lloyd George: First World Warlords

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Would it have been possible for the First World War to be avoided? Steve Cliffe, author of Churchill, Kitchener and Lloyd George: First World Warlords, believes so as did David Lloyd George, Britain’s wartime prime minister. In a bloody act of annihilation that killed over half a million young British men, George was one of three powerful personalities who indelibly stamped their authority and influence on the conduct and final outcome of ‘the war to end all wars’.

Of the other two, Winston Churchill became better known for his role in the Second World War, and Lord Kitchener was arguably the greatest instigator of Britain’s war effort. With his image stamped on the iconic ‘Your country needs you’ enlistment poster during the war, Kitchener exerted tremendous influence on both politicians and a lost generation of British youth. Those who start wars seldom finish them, and Kitchener, tragically, was no exception to this grim rule.

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Stephen Cliffe had an ancestor who charged with the Life Guards at Waterloo and a great uncle who was killed in the Battle of the Somme. A lifelong journalist and student of military history, and a former staff public relations officer at C-in-C Fleet, Royal Navy, Cliffe is an ex-Liberal Democrat councillor and is very much interested in the Liberal and coalition governments during the First World War.

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Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: paperback
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 40 b/w photographs

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Deveron to Devastation: Brother Officers of the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in WW1

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Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Daniel Reid was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. His body was never recovered; however, there is nothing singular about that. What is remarkable is that his eloquent journal has survived untouched for 100 years. The context for Alexander Daniel Reid’s creative writing and contemporary account of the Great War are provided partly by the memoirs of his brother, Harry, who was the transport officer in the same battalion, and partly from historical research. Although it is essentially a biography of two Scottish-born brothers in an Irish battalion on the Western Front, Deveron to Devastation: Brother Officers of the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the First World War is unique in that it reaches to the corners of the Empire and tells of conflicts from German South-West Africa to the Rand Rebellion of 1922.

Alexander Daniel Reid was a professional soldier and served with the Indian Army before migrating to Canada. Harry began a career working for one of the wealthiest mining magnates in Johannesburg. Their chances of survival in the ‘Fighting Seventh’ Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were slim. Theirs is a narrative common enough to serve as a general introduction to the First World War for a new generation of readers, yet it contains valuable new material to add to the historical record.

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James Fraser Bourhill schooled at St John’s College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bourhill did national service in a mounted infantry unit. His tertiary education began at Cerara College of Agriculture, after which he went farming in Rhodesia and North America before returning to Rustenburg where he lives today. Bourhill is the author of Come Back to Portofino: Through Italy with the 6th South African Armoured Division.

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Pages: 304

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Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c

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Designed as the benchmark against which competitors in the 1912 Military Aeroplane Competition were judged, the B.E.2 outperformed them all and was put into production becoming the most numerous single type in Royal Flying Corps service. The B.E.2c, a later variant, was designed to be inherently stable and was nicknamed the ‘Quirk’ by its pilots. Intended mainly for reconnaissance, it was hopelessly outclassed by the Fokker Eindecker fighter and its defenceless crews quickly became known as ‘Fokker Fodder’. The Eindecker, piloted by top scoring German aces such as Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, made short work of the B.E.2c in the aerial bloodbath coined as the ‘Fokker scourge’. Its vulnerability to fighter attack became plain back home and to the enemy who nicknamed the B.E.2c as kaltes fleisch or cold meat. British ace Albert Ball said that it was a ‘bloody terrible aeroplane’. B.E.2c crews were butchered in increasing numbers.

The B.E.2c slogged on throughout the war, and its poor performance against German fighters, and the failure to improve or replace it, caused great controversy in Britain. One MP attacked the B.E.2c and the Royal Aircraft Factory in the House of Commons stating that RFC pilots were being ‘murdered than killed.’ This resulted in a judicial enquiry that cleared the factory and was partly instrumental in bringing about the creation of the Royal Air Force.

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Paul R. Hare has made a lifelong study of early aviation with particular emphasis on the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and, in addition to writing books and articles, has lectured on the topic to numerous organisations both in England and the USA. Hare has been involved, at director level, with several aeroplane museums and, as a leading authority on the subject, have acted as technical advisor on a number of restoration projects.

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Great Scientists Wage the Great War

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First World War histories largely ignore the scientists and their important role in the war. Five Nobel laureates worked in Fritz Haber’s poison gas project, by the end of the war his group included 150 academics and more than 1,300 NCOs, soldiers, and women. To call attention to the role of science in the war the book examines six case histories – five of them of Britons whose letters and reports are available in the archives. The German is Otto Hahn (poison gas) The British are Ernest Starling (treatment of wound shock and food allocation), Chaim Weizmann (explosives), WH Bragg (sonar). WL Bragg (sound localization of artillery), AV Hill (anti-aircraft gunnery). Their stories bring in their Allied co-workers and their enemy competitors.

The British government never mobilized the scientists – they found their way in through side doors. Two of the British protagonists laid the groundwork for their highly effective scientific mobilization in the Second World War, which is revealed in the final chapter.

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William Van der Kloot, Distinguished Professor emeritus at Stony Brook University, has been a scientist at Harvard, Cambridge, Cornell, NYU, and Stony Brook, writing 160 papers and a scientific textbook: Behavior (Holt, Reinhardt and Winston, 1968). In recent years he has written two books on the First World War: The Lessons of War: The Experiences of Seven Future Leaders in the First World War and World War 1 Fact Book. He has also published five papers about scientific work during the First World War in the Notes and Records of the Royal Society.

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Binding: hardback
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 34 b/w photographs

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Hermann Goering in the First World War: The Personal Photograph Albums of Hermann Goering

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When modern readers think of Hermann Goering, what probably comes to mind is the overweight drug addict and convicted war criminal who cheated the hangman's noose at Nuremberg by committing suicide just hours before he was due to die. Or perhaps there is the image of his powerful German air force in the Second World War – the Luftwaffe – bombing defenceless European cities and towns in the early part of the war, until it was defeated by the Royal Air Force in the epic Battle of Britain. Perhaps the reader might think of Goering the debauched art collector who pirated captured collections all over Nazi Europe during the Occupation years.

All of these images are correct, but here we see another Hermann Goering: the slim, dashing fighter pilot and combat ace of an earlier struggle, the Great War of 1914-18, which he began as an infantry officer fighting the French Army in the 1914 Battle of the Frontiers. During a hospitalization, his friend Bruno Lorzer convinced him to become an aerial observer-photographer, photographing the mighty French fortress of Verdun. He did, and began these never-before-seen personal photo albums of men and aircraft at war: up close.
This remarkable book – the first of an intimate series of photographic diaries – is an unique photographic record of the early years of this notorious figure.

THE AUTHOR

Blaine Taylor is the American author of twelve histories on war, politics, automotives, 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, 1991-92.

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Dimensions: 247 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 348 b/w photographs

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Kaiser Bill: A New Look at Imperial Germany's Last Emperor, Wilhelm II 1859-1941

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Wilhelm II (27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was the eldest grandson of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe, three notable contemporary relations being his first cousins King George V of the United Kingdom, Marie of Romania, Queen consort of Romania and second cousin to Tsar Nicholas II of the House of Romanov, the last ruler of the Russian Empire before the Russian Revolution of 1917 which deposed the monarchy.

He became monarch in 1888 and ruled in peace for twenty-five years. Wilhelm’s father had been the hero of three wars and his mother the Princess Royal of Great Britain. When his father died prematurely of throat cancer, Wilhelm succeeded him at age twenty-nine and became the icon of the new ‘Wilhelminian’ age. Germany excelled in commerce, agriculture, trade, science, cars, the arts, and medicine. Already having Continental Europe’s greatest army, Wilhelm set about winning world power via overseas colonies and the building of a vast Imperial High Seas Fleet that rivalled Britain’s.

Eventually, he was defeated by the combined forces of the UK, US, France and Russia, and driven into exile by the red revolution. He remained politically active in exile, pressing for a return to the monarchy up to the time of his death in 1941. This is a fresh look at a much maligned figure, including his relationships with Bismarck, Hindenburg, Tirpitz, King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II, all on the precipice of global change. Was Wilhelm a visionary, a fool, or both?

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Blaine Taylor is an American author of eleven 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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Binding: hardback
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 60 b/w photographs

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