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WELLINGTON'S WORST SCRAPE
By Carole Divall
The disastrous retreat and near disintegration of Sir John Moore's army on the road to Corunna in 1809 is traditionally regarded as the low point in the history of the British intervention in the Peninsular War. Yet under the Duke of Wellington the British and their allies suffered defeats and retreats that tend to be overshadowed by the series of victories that eventually drove the French from Portugal and Spain. None of these setbacks was graver than the retreat that followed the disastrous failure of the siege of Burgos in 1812. It is this, less than glorious, phase of the Peninsular campaign that is the subject of Carole Divall's latest study of the British army of the Napoleonic Wars.By reconstructing events in close detail, and by bringing together [many] primary sources, she gives a vivid account of what happened and why. Wellington himself recognized the mistakes and miscalculations that led to the potentially catastrophic situation in which he placed his men. He described it as his 'worst scrape'. Yet most of the letters, journals and memoirs that have survived praise the skill with which he saved Britain's only army from disaster. Carole Divall weaves together Wellington's despatches with the eyewitness testimony left by British and Portuguese officers and men, by civilians, and by the French. A fascinating, multi-layered impression emerges of the siege of Burgos itself and the sequence of manoeuvres that preceded it. She describes in authentic detail the tense decision-making and the misjudgements that were made on the allied side and the headlong retreat that followed as the British fled from two French armies that threatened to trap and destroy them.Carole Divall's in-depth study of a pivotal - and neglected - episode in the Peninsular War gives a fascinating insight into the character of the fighting, at every level, and into the strengths and weaknesses of Wellington's command.
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From Pen & Sword Military

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US NAVY AND THE WAR IN EUROPE
By Robert C. Stern
Although the defeat of Japan was the US Navy's greatest contribution to the Second World War, it also played a significant role in the battle against Hitler. Even before Germany declared war in 1941, US naval vessels were actively engaged in Atlantic convoy battles, and suffered their first casualties long before the Pearl Harbor attack formally pitched America into the conflict. Thereafter the US Navy immediately sent reinforcements to the over-stretched Royal Navy, taking part in attacks on German-occupied Norway, flying aircraft to Malta and Egypt from its carriers and adding protection to the convoys to Russia. Its involvement in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic was also substantial, and the invasions of North Africa and Europe from 1942 onwards would have been unthinkable without the massive US forces. As late as 1945 the crossing of the Rhine by the Allied armies was heavily dependent on US Navy assets and expertise.It is not surprising that the Pacific campaign should have received so much attention from naval historians, but as a result the European effort has been undervalued and largely side-lined. This book is intended to redress the balance - not just to chronicle the many little-known US operations in the Atlantic, Arctic and Mediterranean, but to reach a more rounded judgment of the US Navy's contribution to victory in Europe.
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US EIGHTH AIR FORCE IN EUROPE- EAGER EAGLES
By Martin Bowman
Using narrative accounts and new insights this book catalogues the dramatic and first-hand oral testimonies of the US Army Air Corps' bomber crews of the newly created Eighth Air Force that became stationed in East Anglia in 1942. It begins with shock of the unannounced Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and how it affected the young men who were destined to fly and fight in Europe. American troops, or GIs as they were known because of their own derisive term of 'General Issue', began arriving in war-weary Britain in the months immediately after Pearl Harbor. Bomber and fighter groups made an especial impact. The young Americans with their well-cut uniforms, new accents and money, created a colourful heroic chapter in the lives of the British people that is still remembered today. The Americans and the villagers and townsfolk of East Anglia shared a close attachment that only wartime can create. England between 1942-45 was a battle front. The civilians were all involved in the war effort - as shipyard and factory workers, Red Cross and Land Army, farmers and firemen. Above all they were stubborn, determined fighters who had already endured more than three years of war. Into these lives came the sights and sounds - particularly the jargon - of the Americans, unprepared for the difficulties of flying in Britain's and Northern Europe's unpredictable and difficult weather. It is the story of the American's first encounters with the Luftwaffe, heavy Nazi air defences and the wartime strictures that Britain had already endured for three years. These are their memories.
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THREE GERMAN INVASIONS OF FRANCE
By Douglas Fermer
France was invaded by German armies three times in seventy years, in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 as well as in the First and Second World Wars. On each occasion the country's fate was decided in the first six weeks of hostilities. In 1870 the imperial armies of Napoleon III under Bazaine and MacMahon were defeated at Rezonville and Gravelotte outside Metz, and most spectacularly at the Battle of Sedan, leading to the downfall of the regime and the rise of the German Empire. The Third Republic which succeeded to power in France survived the disastrous Battle of the Frontiers in 1914 and Joffre turned back the German tide at the Battle of the Marne. But the Third Republic was toppled in its turn by the German Blitzkrieg of May 1940 after another decisive assault at Sedan. In describing these three crucial campaigns of the Franco-German Wars, this book considers them as a series of connected events in which French foreign policy, strategy and tactics were shaped by past victories and defeats.Quote from Sir Michael Howard 'Douglas Fermer has written not only a brilliant account of these three campaigns, but a coherent narrative that explains why the wars were fought, why the French Army fought them as it did, and what the consequences were, not just for the army, but for French society as a whole. It is a distinguished contribution to the history of war, of France and indeed of Europe in the twentieth century.'
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NOTORIOUS PRISONS OF THE WORLD
By Stephen Wade
The first prisons were in the dungeons of empires and castles, places of neglect and sheer oblivion. Every civilization has had its dissenters and its 'deviants' - criminals as well as political offenders, and so prisons became essential to the retention of power. As the centuries passed after classical times, and prisons were needed for other categories of person, such as debtors, states across the world began to cater for a variety of prisoners, and legal systems became more closely linked to incarceration. The World's Most Notorious Prisons traces this development, from the state prisons of Athens and Rome, through to the birth of the house of correction and the penitentiary. Stephen Wade tells the stories of the infamous penal colonies and state prisons across the stage of world history, from Alcatraz to Van Dieman's Land, and from the Siberian gulags to the massive superjails of modern America. The book traces the stories of inmates and staff, political regimes and the rise and fall of empires, all seen through the prison walls. The history of prisons, as is often noted, throws light on the human political and state structures which generated punishments which have taken away individual freedom, sometimes with a degree of humanitarian concern, and sometimes with sheer barbarism.
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From Wharncliffe Books

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NORMANDY CAMPAIGN 1944
By Bob Carruthers
This lavishly illustrated edition is the definitive single volume overview of the hard fought campaign in Normandy. The Normandy Campaign encompasses the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of the battle for Normandy and expertly details the events which influenced the actions of the armies on both sides of the battlefront.
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From Pen & Sword Military

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NAVAL AVIATION IN THE KOREAN WAR
By Warren Thompson
The first part of this book covers the role of US aircraft carriers and aircraft in stopping the North Korean initial push to the south and also their role in the famous Inchon Landing and Pusan Perimeter Break out. The last part of the first chapter deals with naval operations during the Marine's Chosin Reservoir march to the sea in December 1950. The book goes on to describe the stabilization of the front lines after the Chinese had entered the war during 1951. At this time, the emphasis for naval air operations is centered on interdiction behind the lines. The focus is on trying to stop road and rail traffic from re-supplying the communist troops and allowing them to build up to a major offensive. Also, it includes the entry of the F2H Banshee into carrier operations which gave the USA four major types of aircraft to wage the war. During 1952 most carrier air groups spend their time off the coast of North Korea while hitting targets up along the Yalu River. This puts them well within the range of the MiG-15's. Navy F9F Panthers were used as top cover while the Corsairs and Skyraiders went after major targets such as the dam complexes up river and marshalling yards north of Pyongyang. During 1953 naval air operations were stepped up in an effort to get the communists back to the truce talks. The number of MiG-15's had grown to a figure many times that of the UN for overhead protection. The deep missions were more dangerous than ever and the Chinese brought in state of the art anti-aircraft automatic weapons. The number of sorties flown by the US Naval aircraft increased over the previous year's record numbers. The war ended on July 27, 1953.
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From Pen & Sword Aviation

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NAPOLEON'S GUARD IN RUSSIA
By Louis J Vionnet
Major Louis Joseph Vionnet's memoirs of Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia are readable, detailed, and full of personal anecdote and vivid glimpses into the life of the nineteenth-century soldier. His account concentrates in particular on the retreat from Moscow, but he was present at all the major actions and followed the entire course of the campaign from the opening moves in July 1812 to being chased through Prussia by bands of Cossacks in early 1813. He was present at the destruction of Smolensk, toured the battlefield of Borodino and witnessed the great fire in Moscow. Vionnet was a major in the Fusiliers-Grenadiers, a regiment of veterans in the Imperial Guard, and his account provides a wonderful insight into the elan, morale and cohesion of this elite fighting force. Jonathan North has translated Vionnet's memoirs for the first time for this English edition. In addition to providing detailed explanatory notes, he quotes from the accounts left by five other soldiers from the same regiment, and these extracts allow the reader to follow the ups and downs of the unit as a whole.
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From Pen & Sword Military

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FROM CORUNNA TO WATERLOO 1808-1815
By John Mollo
Living as we do in the midst of a technological revolution, during which the nature of war has changed more rapidly than in any other period in history, the stirring, colourful days of the Regency and The Peninsular War seem now so remote that they are effectively removed into mythology. Inspired in his boyhood by the kindly and unfailing help of a distinguished Edwardian historian - C.C.P. Lawson, to whom this fascinating book is dedicated - John Mollo has devoted many years to the study of the British Army in the Napoleonic era, its campaigns, triumphs and disasters. In so doing he has not only become a master of the most kaleidoscope range of uniforms worn in the period - a subject on which he has published widely - but also the whole social and political background against which the army achieved some of its most historic successes. Here he describes the conception, gestation, birth and adolescence of the first British Regiments of Hussars - the byproducts of the Prince Regent's passion for military finery and dandyism - leading on to their full maturity in the grim realities of war in the Iberian Peninsula between 1808 and 1814, first under Moore and then under Wellington, in two widely different campaigns. Basing his story on contemporary letters, diaries and reports and a comprehensive bibliography, John Mollo takes the reader into the heart of the Hussar Brigade in peace and war, depicting its many colourful characters with a sure hand and describing every facet of day-to-day life, in barracks and on the battlefield. In so doing he highlights the extraordinary contrast between the foppish dandyism so beloved by the Prince Regent and the dashing courage and fortitude of all ranks as they fought under the most severe conditions of climate and terrain, often against considerable odds and lacking many of the bare necessities of military life. This is a story based on the harsh realities of war in the early years of the nineteenth century and both sides of the
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BATTLE OF THE BULGE - FIRST EIGHT DAYS
By Bob Carruthers
The Battle of the Bulge This is the fascinating account, as recorded from the US perspective, of the bitter fighting during the eight days and nights of encirclement at Bastogne. First published in the pages of the Infantry Journal in 1946, this contemporary account by S.L.A. Marshall was rescued from obscurity by the US Armys Center Of Military History and is now appearing in e-book form for the first time. Full description
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SKELETON CUPBOARD
By Tanya Byron
The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients.
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From Macmillan

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RIP IT UP
By Richard Wiseman
Rip up this book and unleash your hidden potential. Most self-help books encourage you to think differently; to think yourself thin, imagine a richer self or to visualize the perfect you. This is difficult, time consuming and often doesn t work. Drawing on a dazzling array of scientific evidence, psychologist Richard Wiseman presents a radical new insight that turns conventional self-help on its head: simple physical actions represent the quickest, easiest and most powerful way to instantly change how you think and feel.
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From Pan

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KILLING PATON
By Bill O'Reilly
General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident-and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
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From Macmillan

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NUMBER POPS - SUBTRACTION
By Simon Abbott
Make Subtraction fun! Pull the tab to see 6 minus 2 cupcakes become 4, and 5 minus 3 mice become 2.
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From Tango Books

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COMPLETE GUIDE TO LIVING WELL GLUTEN FREE
By Beth Hillson
Going gluten-free? Go here first. Whether you've been diagnosed with a gluten-related condition or you're just striving for a healthier diet, you know that adopting a gluten-free lifestyle is easier said than done. Beth Hillson, president of the American Celiac Disease Association, was diagnosed forty years ago, and she knows these challenges firsthand. For decades, she has been a guru in the gluten-free community, answering questions about everything from diagnosis to food to lifestyle. Now, Beth combines her personal expertise with the latest research to offer: Essential info on celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, and other gluten-related disorders Advice on choosing a doctor, getting tested, and exploring treatment options The basics of the GF diet, including setting up a safe kitchen and simple recipes Guidance on living as a blended-diet family and raising gluten-free kids Frank answers to personal questions on topics from "gluten smooching" to gas
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From Da Capo Lifelong Books

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HAPPY LITTLE YELLOW BOX
By David Carter
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INTERACTIVE ART BOOK
By Ron Van der Meer
Flaps, pop-ups and even more inventive paper engineering techniques make this wonderful introduction to art accessible and enjoyable for young readers. Including 60 famous pictures, and twelve 3D models to show important features like perspective and the illusion of movement, this brilliantly interactive book will teach children everything they could want to know about some of the most groundbreaking masterpieces and artistic techniques that have been used through the ages. The book also comes with a mobile to build, 3D glasses, a colourscope and a separate 18-page activity book with hints and tips so kids can make their very own creations.
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From Tango Books

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JUSTICE AND THE ENEMY
By William Shawcross
The bestselling authorson of a lead prosecutor at Nurembergconsiders the issues surrounding the pending trial of Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and asks: How does society deal lawfully with the lawless?
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From PublicAffairs

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KING OF INFINITE SPACE
By David Berlinski
For more than two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's Elements, the world's first mathematical treatise. The system of shapes and space it describes is at once so powerful and so natural that it has intrigued men and women for centuries, and continues to be taught in classrooms around the world. In The King of Infinite Space, David Berlinski pays homage to Euclid and the vision that he created, showing how Euclid has achieved a hold on our imagination for reasons that go beyond the details of his proofs. Euclid provided mathematicians with a way of life, a technique of proceeding from what must be assumed to what can be demonstrated. The circumstances under which Euclid composed the Elements remain largely unknown, and the details of his life have long since vanished. But through his masterpiece, Euclid--and the mathematical tradition he established--have achieved immortality. Written with Berlinski's characteristic lyricism and verve, The King of Infinite Space offers a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his Elements.
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From Basic Books

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ONE BOWL BAKING
By Yvonne Ruperti
Yvonne Ruperti, recipe developer extraordinaire, will tempt readers into the kitchen with a uniquely simplified approach to baking. In this one-of-a-kind recipe collection, Yvonne shows how to create beautiful, delicious, and wholesome desserts from scratch using just one bowl. No mixer, no food processor. It's for anyone looking for the ease and convenience of box mix baking, but with quality ingredients and gourmet results. Best of all, practically all of the recipes are mixed and in the oven in just 15 minutes or less. That's it! One Bowl Baking includes more than 100 effortless recipes for all types of super delicious treats, including: Layer cakes Cookies Muffins Scones Tarts Cheesecakes And more!
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From Running Press

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