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The Diary of a Forty-Niner

1849, California. The Gold Rush had begun. This is the diary of one of those intrepid men, and the trials and tribulations that he faces in his search for riches.
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Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of the Battle of Britain

1939. The battle for the skies of Britain has just begun. At the outbreak of the Second World War D. M. Crook, of No. 609 Squadron AAF, was at Yeadon, still undergoing his training; by the winter of 1939-40, he had his wings. 'A brilliant first-hand account of the life of a fighter pilot before and during the Battle of Britain.' Spectator
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The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby

John Singleton Mosby, the ‘Gray Ghost’, was one of the most effective military leaders of the American Civil War.   Since the close of the war, I have come to know Colonel Mosby personally, and somewhat intimately. . . .There were probably but few men in the South who could have commanded successfully a separate detachment, in the rear of an opposing army and so near the border of hostilities,...
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Sniping in France: Winning the Sniping War in the Trenches

Now, if any one cares to do a mathematical sum, and to work out the number of battalions we had in the line, they will be surprised at the figures, and when they multiply these figures by thirty and look at the month’s losses, they will find that in a war of attrition the sniper on this count alone justifies his existence and wipes out large numbers of the enemy....
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The Confession of Richard Plantagenet

England, 1471. The War of the Roses is raging and Richard Plantagenet must stand fast to support for the Yorkist throne.  
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The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton

Emma, Lady Hamilton, is best remembered as the mistress of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and the muse of English painter George Romney. In The Life of Lady Hamilton, J. T. Herbert Baily traces the life of Lady Hamilton, born in 1765 to a blacksmith and christened Amy Lyon, along its startling rise to the upper echelons of English society and power. Disputing other reports of Emma’s early life that...
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Thomas Jefferson: American Statesman

Thomas Jefferson: an American Founding Father and hailed as an icon of democracy. But who was the man behind the political image? Originally published in 1883 as part of the ‘American Statesmen’ series, John T. Morse’s detailed biography explores the life of one of history’s most important political figures. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, was also a key figure...
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History of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) 1914-1919

“Will be an inspiration to all ranks of the Regiment present and to come” – King George VI In this fascinating Regimental history, Wyrall makes use of the diaries and personal memoirs of those who fought in the Somerset Light Infantry. He also notes that his work was read by many other Generals before final publication, making this a truly collective recollection of the Great War. Concentrating on the strategic...
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East Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War 1914-1918

“In dealing with the history of a regiment in the Great War it is important to examine the causes which mostly contributed to its success, for the law of cause and effect is as applicable to military matters as it is to any other concern. Regarding the East Yorkshire Regiment the causes may briefly be summarised under two headings, sound training and the inculcation among all ranks of a fine...
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Life in the Confederate Army

‘Mr Watson has some very curious things indeed to tell us.’ – The Spectator In 1861 a Scotsman living in Louisiana took up the Confederate Flag. William Watson presents a narrative of his observations and experience in the Southern States, both before and during the American Civil War. Prior to the War, Watson lived in the hot, fertile state of Louisiana. With Lincoln in office, and the secession of the...
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The Two Marshals: Bazaine & Petain

“This book is more than the story of two French soldiers, although that story is worth telling by reason of the strange inversion of their two careers. For one of them surrendered Metz in 1870 and was sentenced to death, while the other surrendered France in 1940 and was sentenced to become its ruler. The first Marshal was made a scapegoat by his defeated country; and when the second Marshal...
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Alarms and Excursions: Reminiscences of a Soldier

“Outside frequent explosions reminded us that Fritz was still cross over a nasty prod in the vitals that we had given him.” Alarms and Excursions: Reminiscences of a Soldier is the moving and entertaining account of Sir Tom Bridges’ life in the military. He recalls his early life in Kent, his very British family and his time at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, as well as what he describes...
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Army Memoirs of Lucius W. Barber

“Duty pointed with unswerving finger toward our insulted banner. To follow its lead, I freely leave the comforts of home, the society of friends, and haste to the rescue of imperiled freedom.” From 1861 to 1865 civil war raged through America. The preservation of the American Union was under threat and long enshrined constitutional law was thrown into question. All of the unknowns were overshadowed by the millions of lives...
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