Includes Aerial Warfare During World War I Illustrations Pack with 115 maps, plans, and photos. “Maurice Baring made an unlikely soldier but during the First World War, at the age of forty, he obtained a commission and became Private Secretary to Hugh Trenchard, Commander of the Royal Flying Corps in France, and, later on, creator of the Royal Air Force. Drawn from letters and diaries, Baring describes the momentous war years that forged the flying services. The embryo RAF was lucky to have such an observant and eloquent chronicler of its early years. General Foch said ‘There never was a Staff Officer in any country, in any century like Major Maurice Baring’. When first published in 1920, it was hailed ‘as one of the few war books that will survive’.”-Print ed.
World War II helped to define Tristan Jones as an adventurous Welsh youth. After losing his parents, he spent much of his life working on sailing barges and so he is no stranger to the seas when he’s called to fight for Britain during the Blitz in 1940. Tristan Jones is not only caught in the middle of arduous battles on board, but also the tragic battles he must fight in his heart. When the British Royal Navy commissions him to embark on transatlantic duties on the HMS Eclectic, HMS Hood and the Bismarck, Jones learns the emotional trials a sailor must face. On land and at sea, Jones is a hero and describes his thrilling and often comic adventures in HEART OF OAK.
Forgery, larceny, perjury, bigamy and infamy: it's all here. The Telegraph Book of Scandal collects the paper's reporting on the most outrageous events and individuals in its 160-year history. From Oscar Wilde's trial to the Profumo affair, the unmasking of Anthony Blunt as a Soviet spy, right through to their searing coverage of the expenses scandal; corrupt politicians, sex-crazed singers, murderous dictators and shady businessmen alike will be named and shamed. Tapping into the universal desire for 'something sensational to read on the train', and using the same addictive editorial structive as the bestselling Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer, this book will be perfect for anyone looking for an irreverent, surprising and sometimes tragic alternative history of the two centuries.
Jan Kokk, Curacao’s brawny answer to Belgium’s impeccable Hercule Poirot, is kidnapped by the scheming security officer--attractive female, of course--of an oil tanker plying the Caribbean. Kathlee hopes Kokk will discover who is murdering the ship’s twelve-man crew, one by one. Which of the crew is the murderer and why is he killing all his mates? The motive remains a mystery until the ship--minus crew--reaches Nicaragua’s isolated Little Corn Island in the Caribbean. Kokk’s sleuthing fails to deter his interest in the lovely security officer, who just happens to be the daughter of the shipping company’s president. Come aboard for another test of Jan Kokk’s skills, both detecting and doting.
Whilst there have been many accounts from specific escapees who took part in the famed Wooden Horse escape from Stalag Luft III, there have been few objective historical studies of the camp as a whole. Many attempts at escape characterised its history, and the story of its establishment is a fascinating one. Now, historian Robert Laplander attempts to provide a comprehensive history of the camp and compound, framed around the ingenious Wooden Horse escape.??The author describes Eric Williams' classic book The Wooden Horse as merely an introduction to the escape, arguing that its creation was impeded by both a lack of necessary historical scope and regulations of the Crown. Today, however, there is much more material to take advantage of, including official documents that have been released and eye-witnesses that have spoken out Ð enough to justify this re-appraisal of the events at Stalag Luft III. The author's rigourous approach to the subject matter is evident from the outset. Supplemented throughout by a range of fascinating illustrations, including shots of a full scale replica of the vaulting horse used which the author constructed specifically for the purposes of understanding the logistics of the escape yet further, the book represents a competent and exhaustive account of the escape in its entirety, set solidly in context in order to provide an overview of the camps history from establishment to demise.
A Max Rydal Military Mystery - November fifth. Soldiers and their families gather to celebrate with a fireworks display and a giant bonfire, but delight turns to fear when it explodes to send flaming debris over the spectators. A battalion of Drumdorran Fusiliers has marched in that same afternoon, and when the wife of their Pipe Major dies from her injuries the Scots vent their anger on resident troops. Military detectives Max Rydal and Tom Black investigate as tensions flare. And then another dangerous incident occurs . . .