Militaria

Front cover of Avoiding Armageddon by Jeremy Black
Avoiding Armageddon - Jeremy Black

Avoiding Armageddon by Jeremy Black is an original and up-to-date account of a key period of military history, one that not only links the two World Wars but also anticipates the more complex nature of conflict following the Cold War. Black links the two World Wars, between the overcoming of trench warfare in the campaigns of 1918 and the fall of France in 1940. This was a period when militaries, governments and publics digested the lessons of the Great War and prepared for another major struggle.

R175.00
Front cover of Master of War by Benson Bobrick
Master of War - Benson Bobrick

Master of War by Benson Bobrick is a revelatory and dynamic biography of general George H. Thomas. Bobrick argues that he was the greatest and most successful general of the Civil War. Because Thomas didn't live to write his memoirs, his reputation has been largely shaped by others, most notably Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, two generals with whom Thomas served and who, Bobrick says, diminished his successes in their favour in their own memoirs.

R150.00
Front cover of This Seat of Mars by Charles Carlton
This Seat of Mars - Charles Carlton

This Seat of Mars by Charles Carlton is an innovative and moving book. Charles Carlton explores the glorious and terrible impact of war at the national and individual levels. Chapters alternate, providing a robust military and political narrative interlaced with accounts illuminating the personal experience of war, from recruitment to the end of battle in discharge or death.

R150.00
Front cover of A Great and Glorious Adventure by Gordon Corrigan
A Great and Glorious Adventure - Gordon Corrigan

A Great and Glorious Adventure by Gordon Corrigan is a captivating new history of a conflict that raged for over a century. The author reveals the horrors of battle and the machinations of power that have shaped a millennium of Anglo-French relations. The Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to both the throne of France by right of inheritance and large parts of the country that had been at one time Norman or, later, English.

R160.00
Front cover of 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War - Charles Emmerson

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this “prelude to war” narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe’s capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open.

R175.00
Front cover of Lords of the Sky by Dan Hampton
Lords of the Sky - Dan Hampton

Lords of the Sky by Dan Hampton, bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend, offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation-a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today's technologically expert warriors flying supersonic jets. One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S.

R165.00
Front cover of The Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Hart
The Great War 1914-1918 - Peter Hart

The Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Hart was published in paperback for the anniversary of the conflict and is a pioneering and comprehensive account of the First World War, comparable to Anthony Beevor or Max Hastings. The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena around the world, in a history that combines cutting edge scholarship with vivid and unfamiliar eyewitness accounts, from kings and generals, and ordinary soldiers.

R130.00
Front cover of Catastrophe 1914 by Max Hastings
Catastrophe 1914 - Max Hastings

Catastrophe 1914 by Max Hastings gives us a conflict different from the familiar one of barbed wire, mud and futility. He traces the path to war, making clear why Germany and Austria-Hungary were primarily to blame, and describes the gripping first clashes in the West, where the French army marched into action in uniforms of red and blue with flags flying and bands playing. In August, four days after the French suffered 27,000 men dead in a single day, the British fought an extraordinary holding action against oncoming Germans, one of the last of its kind in history.

R225.00
Front cover of Shooting Range edited by Inge Henneman
Shooting Range - Inge Henneman

Shooting Range edited by Inge Henneman draws on a selection of magnificent private archives to show how this then relatively new technology was used for a variety of propaganda purposes. The First World War began on July 28, 1914, 100 years ago, and lasted until November 11, 1918. From the start, photography and film played decisive roles in the media and governmental presentation of this unprecedentedly global conflict.

R220.00
Front cover of The Kaiser's Pirates by Nick Hewitt
The Kaiser's Pirates - Nick Hewitt

The Kaiser's Pirates by Nick Hewitt is a dramatic and little-known story of World War I, when the actions of a few men shaped the fate of nations. By 1914 Germany had ships and sailors scattered across the globe, protecting its overseas colonies and "showing the flag" of its new Imperial Navy. After war broke out on August 4 there was no hope that they could reach home. Instead, they were ordered to attack Britain's vital trade routes for as long as possible.

R150.00
Front cover of The First World War in Photographs by Richard Holmes
The First World War in Photographs - Richard Holmes

The First World War in Photographs by Richard Holmes presents the conflict in all its appalling and intensely moving detail - covering all the great battles and theatres of operations, from the mud of Flanders to the beaches of Gallipoli. The photographs capture the patriotism and innocence of the men and women who volunteered for their countries, the reality of trench warfare on the Western Front, the sea battles in oceans around the globe, the terror of gas and mechanized weaponry, and the ultimate sacrifice of a generation.

R280.00
Front cover of Churchill's Bunker by Richard Holmes
Churchill's Bunker - Richard Holmes

Churchill's Bunker by Richard Holmes draws on a fascinating range of original material, including newly available first-hand accounts of the people who lived there. Holmes reveals how and why the bunker and its war machine developed; how the inhabitants' lives were transformed; and how their work led to victory. Elegant and illuminating, Churchill's Bunker is a unique exploration of one of the most important sites in British history.

R95.00
Front cover of Japan 1941 by Eri Hotta
Japan 1941 - Eri Hotta

Japan 1941 by Eri Hotta is a groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionise how we think of the war in the Pacific. When Japan launched hostilities against the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose.

R150.00
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The Great and Holy War - Philip Jenkins

The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins offers the first look at how religion created and prolonged the First World War. At the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, historian Philip Jenkins reveals the powerful religious dimensions of this modern-day crusade, a period that marked a traumatic crisis for Western civilisation, with effects that echoed throughout the rest of the twentieth century. The war was fought by the world's leading Christian nations, who presented the conflict as a holy war.

R165.00
Front cover of Bosworth 1485 by Michael Jones
Bosworth 1485 - Michael Jones

Bosworth 1485 by Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history. He shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and puts Richard firmly back into the context of his family and his times. In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years.

R130.00
Front cover of The Pointblank Directive by L Douglas Keeney
The Pointblank Directive - L Douglas Keeney

The Pointblank Directive by L Douglas Keeney carefully reconstructs the events in the air war that led up to D-Day while painting an in-depth portrait of the lives and times of General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, General Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz and General James "Jimmy" Doolittle. Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Historians have debated that question for six decades, but in 2010 a formerly classified World War II D-Day history was restored, and in it were a new set of answers.

R135.00
Front cover of Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy
Engineers of Victory - Paul Kennedy

Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders' grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realising their commanders' visions of success.

R135.00
Front cover of Flight by Elephant by Andrew Martin
Flight by Elephant - Andrew Martin

Flight by Elephant by Andrew Martin is the incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission. In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma with the aid of twenty elephants. At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the green hell of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam.

R80.00
Front cover of The World's War by David Olusoga
The World's War - David Olusoga

The World's War by David Olusoga describes, in a sweeping narrative, how Europe's Great War became the World's War - a multi-racial, multi-national struggle, fought in Africa and Asia as well as in Europe, which pulled in men and resources from across the globe. Throughout, he exposes the complex, shocking paraphernalia of the era's racial obsessions, which dictated which men would serve, how they would serve, and to what degree they would suffer. As vivid and moving as it is revelatory and authoritative.

R215.00
Front cover of The Bombers and the Bombed by Richard Overy
The Bombers and the Bombed - Richard Overy

The Bombers and the Bombed by Richard Overy is a startling new history of the controversial Allied bombing war against Germany and German-occupied Europe. In the fullest account yet of the campaign and its consequences, Overy assesses not just the bombing strategies and pattern of operations, but also how the bombed communities coped with the devastation. This book presents a unique history of the bombing offensive from below as well as from above, and engages with moral questions that still resonate today.

R165.00
Front cover of Another Man's War by Barnaby Phillips
Another Man's War - Barnaby Phillips

Another Man's War by Barnaby Phillips is The story of a Burma boy in Britain's forgotten African army. In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain’s colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored. Isaac Fadoyebo was one of those ‘Burma Boys’. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army.

R165.00
Front cover of Dingo Firestorm by Ian Pringle
Dingo Firestorm - Ian Pringle

Dingo Firestorm by Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it. On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and aeroplanes took off from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated.

R95.00
Front cover of When the Comics Went to War by Adam Riches
When the Comics Went to War - Adam Riches

When the Comics Went to War by Adam Riches, Tim Parker and Robert Frankland is an expansive, authoritative history of the British war comic book genre, from the first publications to appear in the 1880s to the last new titles to appear in the 1990s.

R225.00
Front cover of Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion by Marius Scheepers
Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion - Marius Scheepers

Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion by Marius Scheepers presents an eyewitness account by a South African Defense Force (SADF) Signals Officer, who served in arguably the most formidable battle unit that ever existed in the history of the South African Defence Force: 32 Battalion. It describes how members lived and fought in the bush during 1983 under the most difficult conditions.

R115.00
Front cover of A Short History of the first World War by Gary Sheffield
A Short History of the first World War - Gary Sheffield

A Short History of the first World War by Gary Sheffield is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why. The First World War was a watershed in world history. Tragic but far from futile, its origins, events and legacy have roused impassioned debate, creating multiple interpretations and confusion for those encountering the period for the first time. Synthesising the latest scholarship, acclaimed historian Gary Sheffield cuts to the heart of the conflict.

R95.00

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