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REVOLUTIONARIES & ROYALISTS
Born in Caracas, Bolívar was technically one of the elites of colonial Venezuela and his family were wealthy aristocrats of full Spanish descent. As befitting his social rank, Bolívar was educated in Europe where he became steeped in Enlightenment id
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Overlord Declassified Part II
SHAEF assumed a larger role in the intelligence war from early 1944, with General Eisenhower taking control of all D-Day-related intelligence activities on 23 March. The consolidation was similar to what happened in Algiers. The French undertook a me
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Hitler’s Vengeance
The Nazi “vengeance weapon” offensive of 1944-45 aimed to utterly demoralise the British population, particularly in London and the south east (and later the newly liberated Belgian city of Antwerp). Alongside the loss of lives and physical destructi
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MUSEUMS & EVENTS
Apsley House is the former home of the Duke of Wellington and is hosting special weekend events to commemorate two of his most famous battles Located in the heart of central London, Apsley House is a unique survival of an aristocratic townhouse in
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Nazi Rocket Bunkers
In 1942 RAF Bomber Command’s first 1,000 bomber-raid against Cologne devastated the city, causing horrific destruction. Hitler demanded revenge, but the Luftwaffe was outmatched and overstretched. Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect-cum-armaments minist
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Normandy And The ‘Special Relationship’
D-Day and the Battle of Normandy not only paved the way for the liberation of Western Europe but was also critical in deepening the ties between the United States and Great Britain. The Allied success in France and beyond would not have been possible
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Explore France's Rocket Bunkers
Located a few miles from the commune of Saint Omer in northern France, La Coupole is an immense concrete bunker designed by the Nazis to store and launch V-2 rockets against the UK. Countless slave-labourers under Organisation Todt painstakingly buil
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Memoir ’44: New Flight Plan
Publisher: Days of Wonder RRP: £48.99 Released: Out Now Players: 2 (Requires a copy of Memoir ’44 base game) URL: www.asmodee.co.uk Originally released over 15 years ago, Memoir ’44 is an historical board game that turns players into WWII generals, t
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Dark City
Author: Simon Read Publisher: The History Press, 2019 Price: £10.99 This book tells an uncomfortable tale: life was not all ‘keep calm and carry on’ in wartime London, an era we like to hold up as exemplary of camaraderie and a shared defiance of th
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The End Is Nigh
Author: Robert Crowcroft Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2018 Price: £25.00 “A tale of relentless intrigue, burning ambition and bitter rivalry in British politics.” So declares the jacket blurb of Robert Crowcroft’s book. Readers might be tempt
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The Universal Soldier An Interview With Dr Alastair Mackenzie (lieutenant Colonel, Retd.)
Soldiers have been deployed to conflicts across the world across the centuries and many have fought in several wars during their service. Most remain tied to one army for their careers but Alastair MacKenzie chose a different path. Now a retired lieu
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WAR & PEACE FDR’S FINAL ODYSSEY D-DAY TO YALTA, 1943-1945
Author Nigel Hamilton Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Price £20.00 The third and final instalment of Nigel Hamilton’s trilogy on the wartime record of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, War And Peace takes the reader into the last months of the U.S. Pre
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Kiwis In Vietnam
Between 1964-72 over 3,000 military and civilian personnel from New Zealand served in Vietnam. It was also the first war where the Australasian country did not fight alongside her traditional ally Great Britain. In the aftermath of WWII, New Zealand,
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V Weapons
Target London recounts both the intelligence operations tasked with detecting the Nazis’ Vergeltungswaffen, or ‘vengeance weapons’, and also provides a fascinating insight into key figures involved. With great focus on the internal debates and reacti
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Paras In Ulster
As one of the British Army’s most elite units, the Parachute Regiment was extensively deployed in Northern Ireland. All three of its battalions saw service in the province and the regiment experienced an average of 14 tours. These could range from fo
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Crimean War Signpost
The Battle of Balaklava was one of the most famous, if controversial engagements, of the Crimean War. Fought on 25 October 1854, the battle was an Allied attempt of British, French and Ottoman troops to capture the important Russian naval base of Sev
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Rambahadur Limbu
In his brief autobiography, My Life Story, Rambahadur Limbu remembers how, as a young man, perhaps 15, he and two friends ran away from their Himalayan village of Chyangthapu to join the army as boy soldiers. Rambahadur had heard stories from his fat
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Aliwal
Sometime between 8 and 15 December 1845, Sikh forces crossed the Sutlej River in the Punjab, in northwest India. The exact date of the crossing is a subject of debate, but the result is not – war had broken out between the Sikh Empire and the British
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War In Focus
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stand among the rubble of Buckingham Palace’s chapel, destroyed by a German bomb. Although the palace was bombed several times during the war, the King and his family refused to leave the danger of the capital. “I a
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Great Battles Aliwal 1846
The British deploy into line and marched steadily towards the Sikhs. Colonel James Robertson of the 31st Regiment described the battlefield as “a magnificent flat plain, extending for miles in the direction of the enemy’s entrenched camp”. The Briti
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Bolivarian Wars
A republic of Venezuela is proclaimed in an attempt to become the first Spanish colony to gain independence. Bolívar is a key figure in a faltering, prolonged conflict that ultimately results in Venezuelan sovereignty. Bolívar invades Venezuelan ter
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Prokop The Great
Prokop the Great is shown wearing plate armour, holding a bascinet with an attached padded aventail, and gripping a battle axe. The red stripe on his black surcoat and the chalice symbol are both universal systems of the Hussite movement. Prokop the
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Battle Of Carabobo
Always rising from defeat stronger than before, Simon Bolívar managed to gather an army large enough to march on Caracas, the capital of his homeland. In 1816 he was driven from the city by the Spanish and forced to plead for help wherever he could.
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Wwii’s Greatest Escape From The Greatest Raid Of All
On paper, they didn’t stand a chance. One hundred raiders, only 20 of whom were official Allied troops, were to assault a supposedly impregnable German Army headquarters, deep behind enemy lines. Several hundred soldiers armed with MG 42 Spandau mach
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In The Ranks
The Latin American wars of independence took place between 1810 and 1825. With the Spanish Empire weakened by Napoleon’s quest to dominate Europe, the colonies of Venezuela and Nueva Granada were seized by juntas led by idealistic young men. Foremost
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De Havilland Sea Vixen
The de Havilland DH110 was a twin-engined, two-seat, twin-boom strike fighter, designed to a series of late 1940s Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm requirements for a night-fighter. After a lengthy development period (which included redesign after a
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Caudillos Of Latin America
Among the many honours festooned over his memory, including recognition as a founding father comparable to George Washington, Simon Bolívar stands as the finest example of that rare political creature – the caudillo. Possessed by a vision for a new o
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