Recent reviews :
- The Irish Guards in the Great War (Rudyard Kipling)
- 21 Days in Normandy (Angelo Caravaggio)
- Battle of the Bulge. The German View (Danny S Parker Ed.)
- Pepy's Navy. Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-1689 (J D Davies)
- Nelson's Navy (Brian Lavery)
- British Cruisers. Two World Wars and After (Norman Friedman)
- Warships of the Napoleonic Era (Robert Gardiner)
- The Very Thing (Jonathan Crook)
- Victory from fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and Beyond (Iain Ballantyne & Jonathan Eastland)
- Waterloo 1815 Captain Mercer's Journal (Bob Carruthers)
Book reviews for - 19th and Early 20th Century
Newark, George and Christopher
Many people are familiar with Kipling's poetry but this compliation, with paintings by Bryan Fosten, and supporting text by the authors is a book for the military historians bedside.
The Pompadour Gallery, 1993
The Warrior Mullah- The Horn Aflame 1892-1920
Bellew Publishing, 1990
The Transvaal War 1880-1881
Facsimile reprint of the 1885 edition - concentrates primarily on the various seiges of British garrisons throughout the Transvaal in which her husband Col. Bellairs was involved but also describes the situation and causes of the war.
Struik, Cape Town, 1972
Victorian Military Campaigns
Bond, Prof. Brian (Editor)
A very readable collection of descriptions by various authors of some of the larger of Britains 'Small Wars' during the Victorian period. Includes the Sikh Wars, China 1660, Abyssinia, Ashanti, Egypt and the Sudan as well as an excellent write up on the first Boer War, or the Transvaal Independence of 1881.
Hutchinson & Co., 1967
The Boer War
Churchill, Winston S
A collected volume of Churchill's reports from the front for the Morning Post during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. Obviously intended for a pro-British,19th Century newspaper readership but still very readable with plenty of first-hand detail, particulary on his daring escape from captivity. His treatement of Sir Redvers Buller is contemporary and generous which although rubbished since, has more recently been re-appraised.
The Blue and the Grey - 2 Vols.
Commager, Henry Steele
2 volume collection of 1st hand accounts, extracts of memoires etc. from the American Civil War. Covers both Generals and soldiers, politicians and civilians.
Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1950
The Three Years War
De Wet, Christiaan
Victorian Colonial Warfare - Africa
Victorian Colonial Warfare India
Covers from the Sind to the Indian Mutiny in masses of detail. Maps and illustrations support the excellent text.
The Civil War, A Narrative - 3 Vols.
The Hall Handbook of the Anglo Boer War
An excellent reference text providing background on people, places, events, equipment and organisation in the Anglo Boer War. A particularly interesting section on the Boer Artillery - the Long Toms - from an acknowledged expert on the subject.
University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1999
Britain's Forgotten Wars
Subtitled 'Colonial Campaigns of the 19th Century' this is a collected work originally published between 1998 abd 2001 as three separate books - 'Massacre and Retribution', 'The Savage Empire', and 'Blood in the Sand'. A mammoth but very readable chronicle of many of Britains lesser known colonial conflicts including the Maori 'Flagstaff War', the first Burma war, the first and second Sikh Wars, the Opium and Arrow China Wars and many others.
The Boer War
Good overview of the war with plenty of illustrations and photographs. Highlights the important role of the black South Africans and gives the lie to the conflict said to be the 'White man's war'. Accompanied a TV series.
Channel 4 Books, 1999
Mad Mullah of Somaliland
Jardine, Douglas James
Herbert jenkins, 1923
The Crimean War
The military incompetence, the personal animosities of the senior officers and the heroics and sufferings of the common soldier are all here. Judd draws on the personal accounts of men who were there and of the writings of the first ever war correspondent to give a clear readable overview of the Crimean War.
Book Club Associates 1976, 1975
To the Bitter End - A Photographic History of the Boer War 1899-1902
An excellent collection of photographs of the Boer War with a good accompanying text fleshing out the photographic subjects. As a consultant surgeon in Britain, and a born and bred South African he approaches the subject from an objective and humanitarian view point. The chapter on battlefield injuries and their treatment is particularly good.
Guild Publishing, London., 1985
Battle Cry of Freedom
McPherson, James M
A classic single-volume text on the American Civil War covering all the major engagements, political movements and foreign policy implications necessary to build a rounded picture of the war.
Into the Valley of Death: The British Cavalry Division at Balaclava 1854
Mollo, John and Boris
The action of the Heavy Brigade and the more 'news worthy' Light Brigade are covered in the text as well as a great deal of information on uniforms, organization and other matters. Rarely seen contemporary illustrations, and Bryan Fosten's superb illustrations, make it a 'must read' book.
Windrow & Greene Ltd., 1991
The Scramble for Africa
Covers the European colonial expansion into Africa during the later part of the 19th Century. Well researched, full of colourful detail and lively narrative
The Boer War
Another excellent and readable book from Pakenham. It covers most aspects of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War drawing heavily from 1st hand accounts, official papers and letters. Plenty of detail in the accounts of the actions as well as the political and diplomatic viewpoints.
Commando. A Boer Journal of the Boer War
Originally published 1929, this is a personal memoir of the 17 year old son of a Transvaal politician from Pretoria who rode with his compatriots into Natal in 1899 and fought the British for the duration. A must for anyone interested in the period from both sides.
Faber and Faber, 1932
The Great Crimean War 1854-1856
The Immortal Warrior: Britain's First and Last Battleship
Wells, Captain John
Everything you need to know, and more, about Warrior. Informative detailed text superb illustrations. The book to read before and after a visit to the preserved leviathan.
Kenneth Mason, 1987