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Even as the First and Second World Wars get further away in history, they remain a subject of fascination for the young, and no wonder: the conflict brought out very best and the very worst in mankind. Paul Dowswell recounts some of the most dramatic events from the wars in this excellent collection, giving readers first-hand insight through the stories of the individuals involved. Some of those featured include Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson who in 1916 shot down a German airship, destroying for ever their myth of invincibility; Mata Hari, the Dutch born dancer who is remembered as one of the most famous spies ever; and Vasily Zaitsev, Stalingrad’s legendary Russian sniper. With maps, illustrations and photographs too, this is a fascinating book. ~ Andrea Reece
To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this is a boxed set of three paperback books from the True Stories series: The Blitz, D-Day and The Second World War. This collection provides a great introduction to the military tactics, the tools of warfare and the roles of soldiers and civilians during this tumultuous time. But also, through the use of real-life stories these books illustrate the very personal experiences of war and the impact on those who lived through the Second World War.
Epic encounters between titanic warships, battles involving thousands of men, and duels between lone snipers facing almost certain death are just some of the dramatic tales in this gripping collection of stories from the Second World War. This is one of three books included in a special boxset from Usborne called True Stories of the Second World War published in association with the Imperial War Museum to mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. You may also be interested in the companion books of this series, The Blitz and D-Day.
This is a great all round introduction to The Blitz, the name given to the raids over Britain by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The book is structured around the real-life experiences of pilots - both British and German - and of civilians who experienced the terrors and aftermath of the Blitz attacks. Each story is peppered with interesting facts including details about the aircraft used, the scientific developments such as radar which brought such benefits to the Allied Forces and the political strategy of the time. With fascinating accounts from London firemen, evacuees sent into the countryside for their own safety and tales of courage from fighter pilots this book illustrates the very real impact and experience of war. This is one of three books included in a special boxset from Usborne called True Stories of the Second World War published in association with the Imperial War Museum to mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. You may also be interested in the companion books of this series, D-Day and The Second World War.
An excellent introductory history of the First World War told in short, accessible chapters, this describes some of the key moments of the conflict and some of the reasons why it was so much more devastating than had been anticipated. Opening with the then widespread belief at the time that it would be ‘over by Christmas’ key military moments such as the zeppelin campaign, the Battle of Jutland and the devastating battle of the Somme are described as well as the unlikely but true events including the famous football match on Christmas Day 1914.
A fascinating introduction to the British involvement in the First World War. Covering some of the most important aspects of the War, including the life in the trenches, the Battle of the Somme, the home front and the invention of tanks. Illustrated with a wide variety of different pictures including contemporary photographs, posters and cartoons. Features maps, and quotes from major figures and popular songs.
From holding lances to courtly dances, this is the ultimate guide for the novice knight, covering everything from sieges to swordplay, feasts to fights and crusades to courtly love. Written in a lively, humorous and engaging style, this book is packed with a wealth of fascinating and informative historical detail that brings the period of medieval knights and valour vividly to life. Wittily illustrated by Ian McNee, this is the handbook that every chivalrous young knight will want to have tucked in his chainmail. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
Discover how scientists changed the world, from inventing life-saving medicines and probing the secrets of the smallest particles to sending people to the Moon - and how ground-breaking scientific theories changed our world again and again. With illustrations, photographs and links to specially selected websites for more information.
Everything you need to embroider, frame and hang a beautiful mermaid, including a piece of cotton fabric printed with a mermaid design, a needle, embroidery hoop and pink, yellow and blue thread. There's also a 16-page book with simple, step-by-step instructions showing you exactly what to do, and links to video clips of embroidery skills.
Discover the national flag of every independent country in the world in this fascinating sticker and colouring book. Fix the stickers in place, then use them as a guide for colouring in the flags. Grouped by continent, there are maps matching each flag to its country, information on flag colours and symbols and links to carefully selected websites.
A perfect survival guide for novice soldiers about how to stay alive in the Roman Army, revealing all the gruesome truths of life in the Roman army including what soldiers ate, what they wore and how they lived. Witty illustrations complement the text, creating a friendly and accessible introduction to Roman history.
A richly illustrated book that takes readers back in time to the dangerous Middle Ages, and the castles that people built and lived in. Children can discover who built castles, the weapons used to defend them and how everyday life was conducted, from feasting to fun to religious ceremonies.
The ultimate guide for the novice knight, covering everything from sieges to swordplay, feasts to fights and crusades to courtly love. Written in a lively, humorous and engaging style and packed with informative historical detail. A really fun way to access medieval history.
From the terror of the trenches to the beaches of Gallipoli, this book tells the unique story of Britain during the first war to touch all corners of the globe. Full of intriguing facts, illustrations, photographs, detailed reconstructions, paintings and maps.
A fascinating account of how life in Britain changed in the years after the Second World War, from post-war street parties to the celebrations on the eve of the new millennium. Full of intriguing facts, illustrations, photographs, posters, maps and timelines.
From battles and beheadings, to plots and plague, this book tells the story of life in Britain under the Tudors and Stuarts. Full of intriguing facts, illustrations, detailed reconstructions, paintings and maps.
From the elegance of stately homes, to the squalor of the slums, this book tells the story of life in Georgian Britain. Full of intriguing facts, illustrations, photographs, detailed reconstructions, paintings, maps and timelines.
This book presents a fascinating introduction to the British involvement in the Second World War. It covers some of the most dramatic events of the War, including the Dunkirk evacuations, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, fighting in the deserts of North Africa and the jungles of southeast Asia and the D-Day landings. The book is illustrated with a wide variety of different pictures including contemporary photographs, posters and cartoons. It features maps, and quotes from major figures and popular songs. For those who want to explore the Second World War further, internet links, books, films and places to visit are listed at the back of the book.
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