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Descendant of a Peaky Blinder and the son of an illegal Birmingham bookmaker, historian Carl Chinn presents us with the real life Peaky Blinder story... Billy Kimber, Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomons are more than just fictional characters. The charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family are the favourite relatives of the ITV series, prowling the dingy back streets of Brum and leaving murder and mayhem on every street corner. But who were the real peaky blinders? Join Carl Chinn as he presents unseen photographs, interviews and facts about the real-life gangs of Birmingham. Get to grips with everything you need to know on the infamous icons - by order of the Peaky Blinders. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789461725• Author: Carl Chinn• Publisher: John Blake• Format: John Blake• Pages: 276• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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During the Battle of Britain the RAF's Hawker Hurricane fighter won lasting fame alongside the Supermarine Spitfire. Over 11,700 examples were eventually built of this versatile and deadly combat aircraft that fulfilled an incredible number of contrasting roles. This innovative manual provides a close-up look at the Hurricane s construction together with insights into what it takes to own and fly this classic fighter and how engineers keep it airworthy, as well as the historical background of the aircraft's illustrious Second World War combat history. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flights two Hurricane IIc models are the centrepieces of this manual. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785211645• Author: Paul Blackah, Malcolm V. Lowe { Louise Blackah• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Paperback• Pages: 176• Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 1cm

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Becoming Minister of Defence as well as Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill was ready to get his hands dirty and take personal control of military policy. With full responsibility for Britain's success or failure in war effort, he would be faced with monumental challenges and crucial decisions upon which the fate of Britain and the free world rest. How to respond to the collapse of France was one example of this and ordering Admiral Sommerville to sink the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir demonstrated to the world that he was determined to wage war 'whatever the cost may be'. But should Churchill have concentrated on the defence of the realm or take the war to the enemy? Where should any offensive action be focused? How much support should be offered to the Soviet Union? Delve into the insightful investigation into Churchill's conduct during the Second World War as Allen Packwood shares the agonies and uncertainties faced at each crucial stage. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781526771094• Author: Allen Packwood• Publisher: Frontline Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 271• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.5cm

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The German Tiger I and Tiger II (known to the Allies as the 'King Tiger' or 'Royal Tiger') were the most famous and formidable heavy tanks of the Second World War. In their day their awesome reputation inspired such apprehension among Allied soldiers that the weaknesses of these brilliant but flawed designs tended to be overlooked. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this illustrated history, tells the story of their conception and development and reconsiders their operational history, and he dispels the legends and misunderstandings that have grown up around them. Anthony Tucker-Jones's expert account of these remarkable fighting vehicles is accompanied by a series of colour plates showing the main variants of the designs and the common ancillary equipment and unit markings. His book is an essential work of reference for enthusiasts. This paperback book has 176 pages and measures: 24.5 x 18.8 x 1cm

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Join Lothar Hermann, a soldier from the German Army artillery unit, as he details the unimaginable experience of life as a prisoner of war under the Soviet Union during World War II. Conscripted to the German Army in 1940, Hermann found himself a prisoner in Romania in 1944. Having witnessed hundreds of prisoners around him die after a few weeks in captivity, Hermann was enduring a battle of survival. With three million German troops taken prisoner by the Red Army, join Klaus Willmann as he delves into the details of Hermann's life, through interviews recounting his near-starvation, working conditions and much more. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781784385033• Author: Klaus Willmann• Publisher: Greenhill Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 240• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3c

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Wives, mothers and teenage girls clocked in daily to work in vast munitions factories, helping to make the explosives, bullets, shells, bombs and war machines that would ensure victory. It was a dangerous, dirty and exhausting job with many going home with acid burns, yellow skin or damaged hair. This hidden army of nearly two million women toiled on regardless through the hardest years of the war, despite the bombing, rationing and heartbreak of loss or separation from their other halves. Delve into the vivid wartime memories of the 'secret army' of female workers as we republish to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day in May 1945! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789462050• Author: Jacky Hyams• Publisher: John Blake• Format: Paperback• Pages: 232• Dimensions: 20 x 12.7 x 1.5cm

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The appeal of the Beatles is everlasting. Millions of fans from all over the world continue to revel in the band’s eternal hits and their music stands out as one of Britain’s greatest cultural successes. This book takes the reader on a journey to the Fab Four’s home town of Liverpool and explores the significant sites and locations associated with the band’s unparalleled rise to stardom. We delve into the archives and uncover nostalgic images of Mathew Street, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane, as well as many other familiar landmarks and witness the changes that have taken place in the city through time. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781445652337• Author: Daniel K. Longman• Publisher: Amberley Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 95• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 1cm

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The victory of the Second World War has to appreciate the prevalence of airpower. The success of the military and naval operations relied on control of the air and the rise to dominance of Allied air forces meant that Nazi Germany was doomed. A sequel to the Second World War in Colour, this book is a stunning presentation of original colour photographs from the IWM collection. War In The Air assesses how crucial airpower was to the victory of the war. Enjoy a variety of powerful images to bring the Second World War to life. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912423033• Author: Ian Carter• Publisher: IWM• Format: Paperback• Pages: 127• Dimensions: 24 x 19.4 x 1cm

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D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history, took place on 6 June 1944. The subsequent battle of Normandy involved over a million men, and helped seal the fate of The Third Reich. This is a graphic account of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, as well as the campaign which effectively destroyed the German forces in France, opening the way for the Allied advance. Including a wealth of superb photographs and maps, the book also contains 30 facsimile items of rare memorabilia, including diaries, letters and memos. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781781779477• Author: Richard Holmes• Publisher: Seven Oaks• Format: Hardback• Pages: 224• Dimensions: 29 x 25 x 2cm

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In April and May 1917, the assault upon the Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt by three British and three Australian Divisions was designed to assist Allenby's Third Army breakout from Arras. But as a grinding war of attrition saw the worst Australian defeat of the War, this book tells the full story of a battle that can be seen as an archetype of the horrors of trench warfare. With significant numbers fighting into German lines against all odds, it was here that the Australians cemented their reputation as a reliable and formidable force. Join Paul Kendall as he contacts living relatives of those who fought to bring a human face to the sacrifices made at Bullecourt that resulted in the first breakthough of the Hindenburg Line. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780750981781• Author: Paul Kendall• Publisher: The History Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 416• Dimensions: 25 x 17.5 x 3cm

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Delve into this extraordinary addition to the primary-source records of the First World War and the later archives of the Haig family. An unknown story of Haig's nephew Hugo de Pree and his distinguished military career with a fascinating insight into the life of a Great War staff officer and brigade commander. Including new material concerning Hugo De Pree and Douglas Haig as a valuable resource of the history of the British Army and a rounded picture of a man who has too often been caricatured. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781784383534• Author: Gary Sheffield• Publisher: Greenhill Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 228• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3cm

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Calling all of Britain! We finally introduce to you, the first official BBC Weather book! Celebrating the highs, lows, oddities and marvels of British weather from all-time, reminisce in those unforgettable British summers or miserable dark rainy days! Rain before seven, fine by eleven. Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Ne'er cast your clout before May is out. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785942822• Author: Alison Maloney• Publisher: BBC Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 201• Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2.5cm

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