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ONCE UPON A MATELOT: A WW2 Memoir and Spitfire Restoration Story

by William Francis

These are the memoirs of William Francis (Bill) at the start of WW2 as he writes the story of his life and experiences as a young matelot in the Royal Navy when he signed up at tender age of 15 years after lying about his age. His memoirs are about his WW2 service experiences alongside his lifelong passion for aeroplanes and in particular the Spitfire. He writes of his journey towards working with aeroplanes and achieving his dream of owning, restoring and flying his own WW2 Spitfire. Bill, from a very early age was a very driven, determined and unassuming man who worked hard to develop a range of engineering and mechanical skills which would equip him with the knowledge and passion to pursue his dreams. He never hesitated to seek out and accept a range of diverse challenges. It was this drive and passion that followed him throughout his entire life. His journey took him from the Royal Navy into the Fleet Air Arm to ultimately working as an air fitter on the set of the Battle of Britain film in 1969 at Pinewood Studios where he rubbed shoulders with film stars of the day alongside some well-known WW2 heroes. It was whilst working on the film set in 1967as an air fitter that he was able to purchase his beloved Spitfire TB863 as a non-flying project which was used as a prop on the film. After the purchase, the plane was transported on a low-loader to Bill’s family home at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, where Bill began the restoration work almost immediately. The “Spitfire in the Garden” was well known in Southend and even given a special newspaper story in both the Southend Echo and Southend Standard. Needless to say, a WW2 Spitfire in the bungalow’s back garden caused quite a stir and was a great source of novelty and interest at the time.Years later Bill and his family decided to move to Warwickshire to purchase a rundown Service Station which Bill named the Flight Service Station and he developed into a successful business. Many a celebrity stopped for fuel at the Flight Service Station back in the day and Bill loved to tell the stories of these encounters. Bill’s beloved Spitfire was also moved to Warwickshire where the restoration continued and it remained until the early 1980’s. Years later, with advancing age, Bill moved back to Southend to be near the sea again which he always missed and yearned for but he decided he was unable to move the plane back to Southend again or continue the restoration work. He reluctantly sold it before he was able to restore it to full flying condition as he had dreamed. During these relocations and restoration periods the plane also spent some time in both Southend and Duxford Museums. Once again and despite his advancing age Bill soon had a project “on the go” again in his work shop in his Southend garden. These included (and even living on) a WW2 Air Sea Rescue Boat which he was restoring at the Dauntless Boat Yard on Canvey Island. Unfortunately once again life took over and Bill became a full time carer for his wife, Doris, whom he eventually and very sadly lost to cancer. He was grief stricken and lost without his beloved Doris. It was only a few years later when he lost his own life, when still grieving, he went on a journey to seek out an old friend from “the good old days”. He broke his leg in an accident which needed surgery but he did not survive the operation.. He sadly passed away at Southend Hospital leaving his family in shock. His ashes were scattered into the sea at Southend Pier Head, where he loved to be. As his family walked away to catch the Pier train home, as if to say a final farewell, a lone Spitfire was seen overhead flying down the Thames away from London. No one knows why it was there or where it came from that day but it was a fitting final farewell for a man who devoted his life and dreams to his beloved Spitfire - TB863. The Spitfire is now owned by the Temora Air Museum and is fully restored and flying in Australia. Bill would be a very proud man.

Genre: History, Military
Size: 303 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

A Brave Black Regiment: The History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1863-1865

by Captain Luis F. Emilio

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 721 kb
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

The Cossacks (Illustrated)

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Cossacks are a group of predominantly East Slavic-speaking people who became known as members of democratic, self-governing, semi-military communities, predominantly located in Ukraine and in Russia. They inhabited sparsely populated areas and islands in the lower Dnieper, Don, Terek, and Ural river basins and played an important role in the historical and cultural development of both Russia and Ukraine. By the end of the 18th century, Cossack nations had been transformed into a special military estate (Sosloviye), "a military class," similar to the knights of medieval Europe in feudal times.In The Cossacks, William Penn Cresson traces the history and culture of these legendary Slavic warriors. 

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, History, Military
Size: 122 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
6 reviews

From Barrow Boy To Marksman: based on true events

by Ronald Cove

A young boxer from East London finds himself in the army after losing his last fight. Now Bill Auger realises his next fight will be different.Serving in an elite regiment, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Bill is fighting for his country in the war with Germany.The story journeys through cruel battle scenes and hard times of imprisonment.When Bill is starting to think that the fighting is finally over - he meets Lisa...

Genre: Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 282 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
3 reviews

Semper Fi, Padre: The Mathew Caruso Story

by Aaron Elson

During the epic breakout from the Chosin Reservoir, Marine Sgt. Mathew Caruso, assigned as a chaplain's assistant, heroically saved the life of Chaplain Cornelius "Connie" Griffin at the cost of his own life. on December 6, 1950. Six days later, in New England, Mathew's son was born. Fourteen months after that, his father's Silver Star was presented to little Danny Caruso in a ceremony that made national headlines. In 1953 the Caruso Memorial Chapel was dedicated at Camp Pendleton. Two years after that, Mathew's remains were repatriated and his brother John, himself a Marine, served as his burial escort by train from San Francisco to Hartford, Connecticut. "Semper Fi, Padre" is a story of sacrifice and heroism, but it is also about the effect a death in combat, any death in combat, can have on the lives of many people.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 176 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
5 reviews

Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of the Battle of Britain

by Flight Lieutenant David Crook DFC

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 284 kb
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

My Life On The Plains

by George Custer

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 306 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

The Ice Mask

by Richard Woodman

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Thrillers, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 400 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Agincourt, 1415: Field of Blood

by B. Renfrew

Genre: History, Ancient, Military
Size: 208 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

On War

by Carl von Clausewitz

On War is the most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy. Since the work's first appearance in 1832, it has been read throughout the world, and has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals. Two centuries later, On War remains both controversial and an influence on strategic thinking.*The work remained unfinished at the time of Clausewitz's death and was later completed by his wife. This is Volume 1.

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 278 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

The Art of War in Renaissance Italy

by Frederick Taylor

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, History, Europe, Military, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 144 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
15 reviews

Charlie Three Four: Anatomy of a deployment

by David Redmon

Non fiction military journal

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 149 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
1 review

KIM PHILBY: Our Man in Moscow

by Christian Shakespeare

Your best friend is a traitor.

That is what I thought when I researched this work. I try to reach new depths, to get to the wider part of the story to give you the thrills you as the reader expect from a story.

So here I am writing another book.

I’ll be truthful this one is going to shock you. It will make you think uncomfortably about your friends – and see them in a new light. After reading this I doubt if you will ever trust anyone again. Every time you go out, every time you meet people all you will see is dishonesty.

That’s right, dishonesty.

When someone works in the world of secret espionage they expect it first-hand. The lies and the duplicity committed by a man with no conscience to the consequences of his actions. Someone who simply holds a higher regard for an idea than for human life holds pure evil rationalised as nobility. Many friends simply refuse to believe it or could not say anything without the risk of losing everything.
Treachery was part and parcel in the tense days of the Cold War where nobody can ever be trusted unless they were of the right class, the right accent and of the right connections.

But that is no guarantee…

In January of 1963, in the age of atomic bombs, the Beatles, and flower power, a man slips out of Beirut and flees to the Soviet Union. For almost 30 years Kim Philby, senior intelligence officer unscrupulously spied for Moscow, wilfully leaking sensitive documents while betraying his friends, colleagues, loved ones and ultimately his country.

For over 10 years he was close to the top of the intelligence game, passing intense secrets, protecting his friends and ensuring the Soviet Union received high level information on state secrets. Kim Philby was both a charmer and a calculator, sending many to their deaths through his unique position. This spy, one of the most damaging of the Cold War, ensured the balance remained between east and west yet his masters never really trusted him.

Kim Philby, spy, cold killer and a complicated traitor.

The scale of the hypocrisy is hard to imagine, scary for you and I to appreciate just how one man could operate with a completely split personality to affect the outcome that could potentially have tipped us all into a nuclear World War III. A man just like Kim Philby.

Dare you read what happened to this traitor? Download a sample or buy it today.

See you on the other side.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Historical Study, Military, World, Nonfiction, True Accounts, True Crime, Teen & Young Adult, Biographies
Size: 279 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
6 reviews

Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad (Blood and Treasure Book 2)

by Oliver Poole

This eyewitness account reveals the truth about Baghdad's Red Zone during the American occupation, and describes the reality of daily life as the city descended into bloody civil war. How do you cheer on your national football team when you're terrified to step outside your front door? What's it like to go to the shops when your biggest fear is being blown up by a suicide bomber? Or risk being shot at a roadblock when you drive your pregnant wife to hospital?

As the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad bureau chief, Oliver Poole first arrived in Iraq in 2003, crossing the Kuwait border in the bank of a US armoured vehicle. Once in Baghdad his home would become a hotel room in the middle of the city's Red Zone, one of the most dangerous places on earth. He tells how the war changed this young Englishman’s life - and also the life of his interpreter Ahmed, whose relations were among those slaughtered and who ultimately had to flee Iraq – with Oliver’s help – in a vehicle filled with his possessions and family.

Oliver travelled with British and US troops, witnessed first-hand the bloody impact of car bombs and had his own offices destroyed by a suicide bomber. Finally in November 2006, with his newspaper closing down his office, he joined the masses escaping Iraq through Baghdad airport.

This is the story of that war, and that city, during that time.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 289 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

The Expansion of Europe 1642-1789

by Wilbur Abbott

WHEN in the last months of 1648 was signed the great peace which brought to an end the Thirty Years' War and with it the mediaeval polity which it finally destroyed; as the army of diplomats whose work it was dispersed to their respective governments, the awe-inspiring mass of documents which formed the fruit of their long labors might have led men to believe that Europe would hasten to enjoy the peace which she so needed and which her people for the most part so greatly desired. But whatever hopes of quiet were entertained, were already far on the way to disappointment; for the Europe to which the diplomats returned was even then altered or altering before their eyes and already shaping itself for new conflict. Scarcely a state of any consequence prepared to recruit its resources by the arts of peace; scarcely a royal house but faced a crisis in its fortunes; scarcely a people but was stirring in unrest or already engaged in revolution. So far from ushering in a period of peaceful progress the Westphalian treaties became the starting point for new and bloody rivalries...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, History, Europe, Military
Size: 322 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Secret Labs and Mysteries of the Third Reich (Revised edition): Unique modern and old world war technology

by Dick W. Kerry

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 14.33 mb
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
1 review

ADMIRAL LEE the MENTOR of HUMAN RACE: SECTION A (The Unknown Leaders Their Struggle and Success Book 3)

by Young H. D. Kim

We read this series of books not because we do not know the globe is one, but because we want to know when and how it became the ONE GLOBE, and what it looked like before it became one and what it will look like for us in the coming years.

The ONE GLOBE where we live our lives today was built upon wars. No blames for all the fighting and conquering per se though, because it is the way of nature.

When there’s a victor or a survivor, there’s always a victim too; mommy lions do not hunt and kill poor animals for fun, but to survive, to feed their babes. For the record, ancient Roman Empire, from which we owe so much for today’s our way of life, was built upon the hard works of the slaves, and when the slaves were freed and given the citizenship, the country collapsed. Since all the slaves were gone, who’d do all the necessary 3D works?

No matter what country we are from, we all have a proud moment in our own country’s history, and the moment wouldn’t have existed if there hadn’t been any victims for the glory of our national history. We are just happy and proud when we are the victors and survivors while we get so mad at other victors calling them invading robber bastards when we are the victims. Likewise everything in our world has different points of view. It’s like it is adultery if other people do it, but a romantic love story if I do it.

So if we really want peace for our present and future, we’d better stop blaming each other based on our sentiment from the past fights and wars because we all have the same good and bad sides while we see only the side we want to for our convenience.

No need to feel ashamed, because that’s exactly who we are by nature, we the people with complex emotion which is oftentimes not that reasonable. So we live together with other people who can help us open our eyes and ears.

Writing is a tough and time consuming work, but I love this work because it can only be completed and meaningful when it is done not only by the writers, but by the readers participating to motivate and encourage the writers; WE MAKE IT TOGETHER. So together we will discuss to know what war has meant to us in both small and large scales. We will learn in detail about the patterns of wars in the past and what they will look like in our time in the coming years.

We will see that simple changes in tactics of war have always been the decisive causes of the very changes of our global orders after all. The first volume starts with the ancient ground force evolution based on a tiny piece of new horse gear called stirrup so as to learn how it destroyed an era and built another, so-called the Middle Ages under feudalism famed for chivalry, faith and romance.

Second volume is about the development of various shooting maneuvers later to fit perfectly in the naval operations for the global expedition to create the very first “global” order that lasted for more than one and a half centuries from 1494 to 1648.

We won’t just learn the cliché of art of war in our history that everybody's been talking so much about, but also the very causes of tragic conflicts in a way that our kids, who’d better prepare to actually face a big one in the coming years, are also able to enjoy and learn with such abundance of colorful image assistance that will entertain everybody’s eyes, children’s and grown-ups’ alike.

After we are done with this series, our world we know will be larger than ever before with less misunderstanding about other societies in different languages and appearances, which has always been one of the biggest causes of the restless conflicts of our world.

I hope you enjoy the stories, and if you have any question or want to discuss the story, please email me (rayearth2010@gmail.com) or visit my Google Plus “Collection: ONE GLOBE and Our WARS” (https://plus.google.com/107574615880718437432/posts).

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Military, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 218 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.90 / 5
5 reviews

AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun

by R.J. Belle

Meet eight combat-injured men who sustained life-altering injuries. Read eight inspiring stories of heroism and the re-building of independent, productive and fulfilling lives after seemingly impossible circumstances.

This project looks at the struggles of these incredible men to reshape their lives after combat. It also sets these stories within the context of current veteran healthcare; injury, suicide, and disability statistics; and looks briefly at the impacts on the caregivers who support these men. Being face-to-face with combat-injured veterans has given me an insight that all Americans should have. Veterans of the Vietnam era began the process of opening our eyes to the grim realities that await veterans both psychologically and physically. These men’s stories show how much more we have to accomplish.

This book isn't about war or politics - it is about figuring out what it takes to move forward AFTER the war. I wrote this book to raise awareness of what our warriors need most when they return, what the government does and doesn't provide and why there is a high demand for private non-profits to fill the gaps. Make no mistake - we are in this period of recovery and rehabilitation for decades to come. It also introduces the non-profit organization Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station which has taken on the task of helping our combat-injured men and women make the daunting transition from military to civilian life. 100% of the proceeds benefit them in this much-needed labor of love.

It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior.

100% of the proceeds benefit Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station.

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 142 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

I SHOULD HAVE GONE TO COLLEGE: An Origin Story

by Jason Rosman

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 261 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

Bombs for Breakfast: A Real Life Story

by Gary Green

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Health & Fitness, Exercise & Fitness
Size: 340 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Secret Laboratories of Germany (Extended edition): Unique modern and old world war technology

by William S. Carson

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Military
Size: 9.25 mb
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Ghosts We Leave Behind

by Al Barrera

Some call them killers--hard men from the other side of the planet sent to collect the heads of their enemies and make peace with a gun.Freedom follows, along with all of its problems. Choice, and a lack of it. A world without the easy answers that come from being in a uniform.And the space where the two worlds collide. Where a man tries to reconcile the person he’s become with the one he was. A new kind of battlefield, where the ghosts of his past change everything he’s ever known.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 352 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Hit the Road Jack: A wickedly suspenseful serial killer thriller (Jack Ryder Book 1)

by Willow Rose

New series from the Amazon Bestselling author Willow Rose.  Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben Waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all. Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

Genre: Arts & Photography, Dance, Fashion, Film & Video, Music, Photography, Pop Culture, Television, Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Ethnic, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Reference & Collections, Travel, Business & Finance, Business Life, Economics, Finance, Industries & Professions, Investing, Marketing & Sales, Personal Finance, Reference, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Computers & Internet, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sport & Outd
Size: 454 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Windrush (Jack Windrush Book 1)

by Malcolm Archibald

Riveting historical war fiction from Malcolm Archibald, author of Shadow Of The Wolf.Burmese War, 1852. Unable to join the famous Royal Malverns, Jack Windrush is commissioned into the despised 113th Foot.Determined to rise in the ranks by making a name for himself, he is sent with a small detachment of the 113th to join the British expedition. After they get involved in the attack of Rangoon, Jack realizes that war on the fringes of the Empire is not as honorable and glorious as he expected.After a chance meeting with a renegade British soldier, Jack witnesses the true terrors of war, and begins to question the whole framework in which he has grown up.

Genre: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, War, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 274 pages
Free download for Kindle from 19 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

The GIFT: NEW RELEASE : a dog's way home

by Valerii Titov

The story is a fiction about a dog named Shon (named after my own dog), an American Stafford who finds love and happiness with his owner and friend Jerry. But, that love and happiness is replaced with war and pain for both the boy and the owner after Jerry is sent to study in the United States, leaving Shon behind. They are both plagued by the loss of each other till that feeling of love drives them to find each other again on the battlefield in Afghanistan.Shon finds Jerry but not in the best of conditions. Together, they both make their way out of a hospital recently taken over by the Taliban with their enemies hot at their heels.This story shows the bond between a man and his dog. It is an exciting and thrilling read for dog lovers, war story lovers, and lovers of action story novels.“Thank you very much Dad! Thank you so much, Mum!!” I screamed when my father and my mother finally presented me with the promised dog for which I had waited so long already. I was full of joy and I could not contain my excitement. I could not help crying while laughing as I became full of excitement and gratitude. If the way I screamed my gratitude to my parents did not do a good job of showing how much I valued the living gift that was just given to me, then, the way I hugged the little puppy, almost squeezing the life out of the little American Stafford breed definitely showed how much I loved and valued the puppy.""BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD " MATTHEW 5.9or so the movie version would go..“You are lucky to survive, sir. It’s a miracle you survived that long. Somehow, the explosion did not do any real harm to you. It was the shrapnel, your fall and the debris that did you all this damage” the doctor said to me and I was grateful that nothing major had happened to me.But there was a problem. They were talking about cutting Shon’s paw off. I was not going to allow that. The paw was hanging and they said he would need a lot of care if the paw would not be infected. Since the hospital was not a veterinary center, they could not admit him in and start taking care of him. They had only taken care of him because a soldier who was named Jeffery insisted that the dog deserved it. They were basically saying that they could not admit him in and that the only other options would be to cut his paw off, or for me to take care of the dog on my own. I insisted that I would take care of Shon myself and told them that there would be no cutting of anything." dog, war, action, friendship, short story, best friend, genre fiction, military, family life, family story, a movie version, breeds, an American staffordshier, bravery, self-sacrifice, braveheart, American soldiers

Genre: Fiction, Religious Fiction, War, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 137 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
88 reviews

The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo

by Edward Creasy

Edward Creasy’s 1851 military analysis of fifteen world battles is a classic of its genre. Appearing between Clausewitz’s On War (1832) and Ardant Du Picq’s Battle Studies (composed c.1870), The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo is essential reading for military scientists.

Genre: History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 404 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 February 2020 onward  

Black Secrets of the Third Reich (Extended edition): Unique modern and old world war technology

by Dick W. Kerry

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Military
Size: 165 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 February 2020 onward  

The Conclusion

by George M. Papa

Living through the Vietnam War was a commanding experience in my life. All of the key events of this retelling did happen, just as indicated. This book takes you with me and my platoon on several ‘search and destroy’ missions through the triple canopy jungle just below the dividing line between North and South Vietnam, DMZ.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, History, Military
Size: 369 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 February 2020 onward  

Wars and Words

by Adrian Musgrave

I never met my great-uncle, George Clarke Musgrave. Born in 1874, he answered the Reaper's call in 1932 and now lies at rest with his parents at Swanage in the beautiful countryside of Dorset. I did not know him but, for more than a decade now, I have lived with him, walked with him and dreamed with him. But now he is gone and his going has left us with the sad reality that he can no longer recount his life and times to you in person. That task has slipped several branches down the family tree to me and it is with some trepidation, and a keen desire to keep true to his memory, that I have dedicated myself to channelling for you the stories of this fascinating, multi-faceted, complex character.George Clarke Musgrave's time in this world carried him through the great challenges and changes of the reigns of Victoria, Edward VII and George V. For his own character, though, he always felt himself more closely aligned with the reformers, the heroes, the visionaries and the Empire builders of the 19th century, than with the dour and stifling traditionalists of the 20th. Following service in the British Army, brought to a premature end by injury and subsequent medical discharge, George Clarke became a war correspondent and journalist, seeing action with both British and American forces in a number of conflicts across the world. His articles from these conflicts were published in many national and international journals including: the Illustrated London News, the London Chronicle, the Daily Mail, Strand Magazine, Black and White Review and the New York Times. He also wrote a number of books which were readily published and well received by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. His books are now out of print and first editions are rare and expensive. But his words should be read and, in seeking to bring his library back to life, my intent in these pages is twofold: Firstly, to present for you authentic adaptations of our author's original works, written with a particular focus on preserving the action, the excitement, the drama and the emotion of his original narrative and, secondly, to knit together the diverse and tangled threads of his career which spanned some twenty five years in which he grew from a raw but determined twenty-one-year-old neophyte of the media circus to a seasoned, brilliantly analytical and highly respected observer of war. So, share with us the raw brutality, the traumas and the evils of war tempered with an undying admiration for the men and women who have lived and loved, suffered and triumphed in its fighting. Discover in these writings my attempts to chronicle the joys, the tears, the pleasures, the pain and the blessings of a life that George Clarke Musgrave always tried to live well.

Genre: History, Military
Size: 692 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.70 / 5
5 reviews

Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (Blood and Treasure Book 1)

by Oliver Poole

The riveting ‘Band of Brothers’ tale of a young British journalist embedded in a US tank corps known as the Black Knights as they spearheaded the push into Baghdad in spring 2003.

Black Knights is an extraordinarily vivid, gripping and moving fly-on-the-wall account of what frontline combat action meant in the first major war of the twenty-first century. Written by a young journalist who was the only British daily newspaper reporter to be embedded with the US military during the operation in Iraq, this book unflinchingly describes the modern face of battle, and the young soldiers who fought in it.

The tank and infantry company known as the 'Black Knights' was the first unit in the US Third Infantry Division to engage in combat when, twelve hours after crossing the Kuwait border, it helped seize Tallil airfield. Eight hundred miles and almost a month later, it headed a column that fought its way through Republican Guard units on the outskirts of Baghdad and led the advance from the west into the centre of Saddam Hussein's capital.

By the time the first statues of Saddam were toppled in Baghdad, the soldiers had been through a terrifying baptism of fire – and had inflicted terrible casualties on the Iraqis. How did the troops – many of them under the age of twenty, some of whom had only recently acquired US citizenship – cope with fear and injury? How did they react to the killing? How were they changed by war? What, finally, was the impact on the people of Baghdad?

Oliver Poole shared the soldiers' food, living space and dangers, becoming their confidant and a sounding-board for all their hopes and fears. He has written a remarkably frank and revealing narrative – testimony as much to his own courage and writing skills as to the bravery and professionalism of the combatants.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 240 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

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