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Macy, Ed

Apache. 2008. Read by James Hutchinson. 10 hours 36 minutes, TB 17181.

Taking the reader right to the heart of the war in Afghanistan, 'Apache' is a story of courage, comradeship, technology and tragedy, from the cockpit of the most sophisticated fighting helicopter the world has ever known. Contains strong language and violence. TB 17181.

McKay, Sinclair

The secret life of Bletchley Park: the history of the wartime codebreaking centre and the men and women who were there. 2010. Read by Sinclair McKay, 10 hours 51 minutes. TB 18005.

Bletchley Park was where one of the war's most famous and crucial achievements was made: the cracking of Germany's Enigma code in which its most important military communications were couched. This book is the history of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds of a youthful Roy Jenkins, useless at codebreaking, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each other's work. TB 18005.

McLaughlin, Steven

Squaddie: a soldier's story. 2007. Read by Glen McCready, 12 hours 11 minutes. TB 15494.

Squaddie is a snapshot of infantry soldiering in the twenty-first century. It takes us into the heart of an ancient institution that is struggling to retain its tough traditions in a rapidly changing world. All of the fears and anxieties of the modern soldier are laid bare, as well as the occasional joys and triumphs that can make him feel like he is doing he best job in the world. This is an account of army life by someone who has been there and done it. Contains strong language. TB 15494.

Manvell, Roger

The July Plot: the attempt in 1944 on Hitler's life and the men behind it. 1964. Read by Andrew Gemmill, 8 hours 39 minutes. TB 366.

In 1944, men of the German Resistance planned to kill Hitler, but he survived the bomb which exploded in the conference room. TB 366.

Markham, Felix

Napoleon. 1963. Read by Peter Snow, 11 hours. TB 375.

Expounds Napoleon's military genius and showed how increasing despotism led to his downfall. TB 375.

Masters, John

Bugles and a tiger. 1986. Read by Garard Green, 11 hours 32 minutes. TB 10193.

Autobiography; book 1. Beginning with the author's 18 months at Sandhurst, the book describes his return to India in 1934 to join the Gurkhas and his service with them until the outbreak of war. A chronicle of adventure which recaptures the true flavour of life in British India, of vicious fighting on the North-west frontier and of the young officer's privilege in serving with the Gurkhas. TB 10193.

Meyer, Christopher

DC confidential: the controversial memoirs of Britain's ambassador to the U.S. at the time of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War. 2006. Read by Christopher Oxford, 12 hours 18 minutes. TB 16130.

Christopher Meyer was Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, during which time he was an eyewitness to and participant in the events following 9/11 and the preparations for the Iraq war. Meyer presents an account of what he saw, what he heard and how he felt. Those featured in this book includes Margaret Thatcher, Bob Hope, the Clintons, Steven Spielberg, Condoleeza Rice, Alastair Campbell and Jack Straw. The book reveals close encounters with Tony Blair, Robin Cook and Peter Mandelson; KGB honey traps in Russia; a major row with Bill Clinton; inside stories on Number 10 and the Foreign Office; and life behind the scenes with Blair and George W. Bush. Contains strong language. TB 16130.

Middlebrook, Martin

Arnhem 1944: the airborne battle, 17-26 September. 1994. Read by Robert Gladwell, 22 hours 48 minutes. TB 10098.

Arnhem was to end the war in Europe; three airborne divisions would capture and hold the bridges over the great rivers of Holland and unleash allied forces in Germany. Had it worked, the war might have been over by Christmas 1944. In fact it all went wrong. The initial operation succeeded, but troops did not reach Arnhem in time and military intelligence had not discerned the real strength of German units around the town. Here original documents and the experiences of over 500 participants are blended to describe the British Army last major defeat in battle. TB 10098.

Moffat, John

I sank the Bismarck. 2010. Read by Gareth Armstrong, 8 hours 46 minutes. TB 18314.

Reminiscence. In the early hours of the 27th of May, 1941, the German warship Bismarck was sailing towards a fateful encounter. Two days previously Winston Churchill had issued the order to 'Sink the Bismarck'. Along with 12 other pilots, John Moffat took down the warship that had destroyed the famed HMS Hood within minutes. These men, in their Swordfish, managed to avoid the fearful anti-aircraft fire and launched their torpedoes. One of them hit, holing the German warship. As the only surviving member of his fellow pilots, John Moffat tells of everything that led him to be able to say, 'I sank the Bismarck'. TB 18314.

Murray, William

Atlantic rendezvous. 1970. Read by Michael de Morgan, 11 hours 20 minutes. TB 1834.

The author's personal story beginning with the sinking in 1940 of the ship on which he served, and recounting his experiences in prison ships and attempts to escape. TB 1834.

Nichol, John

Medic: saving lives - from Dunkirk to Afghanistan. 2009. Read by Peter Wickham, 16 hours 15 minutes. TB 17276.

Doctors, nurses, medics and stretcher bearers go where the bullets are thickest, through bomb alleys and mine fields, ducking mortars and rockets, wherever someone is hit and the shout goes up - 'Medic! This is the story of those brave men and women who go to war armed with bandages not bombs, scalpels not swords, and put saving life above taking life. Contains strong language. TB 17276.

Nolan, Liam

Small man of Nanataki. 1966. Read by David Broomfield, 5 hours 24 minutes. TB 1115.

Uncle John, as he was called by the British prisoners, was an interpreter at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp who was revolted by the cruelty and suffering he saw. He risked his life to smuggle in medical supplies, became a Christian and demonstrated a superb and lonely courage. TB 1115.

O'Neill, Gilda

Our street: East End life in the Second World War. 2006. Read by Carole Boyd, 9 hours 1 minute. TB 16490.

Focuses on the lives of Londoners in the East End during the Second World War. Showing the concerns, hopes and fears of these so-called 'ordinary people'. Our Street illustrates these times by looking at the every day rituals which marked the patterns of daily life during WWII. It is a affectionate record of an often fondly remembered, more communal, way of life that has all but disappeared. TB 16490.

Orwell, George

Homage to Catalonia. 2000. Read by David Thorpe, 9 hours 4 minutes. TB 16646.

When George Orwell joined up to fight in the Spanish Civil War, it seemed like the beginning of 'an era of equality and freedom'. The text chronicles his experiences: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of the ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the cynical betrayal of his allies. TB 16646.

Passmore, Richard

Blenheim boy. 1981. Read by Ronald Markham, 9 hours 10 minutes. TB 8944.

As the result of instructions given to British aircraft manufacturers, the R.A.F. took delivery of a passenger aircraft which was to prove to be the prototype of the successful Blenheim bomber. This book describes the raids undertaken by these planes during the second world war, from the gunner's point of view. The book begins with the startling assertion that 'only fools and birds fly'. TB 8944.

Patch, Harry

The last fighting Tommy: the life of Harry Patch, the oldest surviving veteran of the trenches. 2008. Read by Bill Wallis, 7 hours 58 minutes. TB 15886.

Harry Patch, the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is now 108 years old and one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflict. Fighting in the mud and trenches during the Battle of Passchendaele, he saw a great many of his comrades die. In vivid detail he describes daily life in the trenches, the terror of being under intense artillery fire, and the fear of going over the top. The Second World War saw Harry in action on the home front as a fire-fighter during the bombing of Bath. He also warmly describes his friendship with American GIs preparing to go to France, and, years later, his tears when he saw their graves. TB 15886.

Phillips, C L Lucas

Cockleshell heroes. 2000. Read by Geoffrey Drew, 9 hours. TB 17903.

In December 1942, 10 Royal Marines launched a daring canoe attack on German ships lying in Bordeaux harbour - a hazardous and successful offensive, in which only two survived. This book tells the story of those "cockleshell heroes". TB 17903.

Rappaport, Helen

No place for ladies: the untold story of women in the Crimean War. 2008. Read by Eunice Roberts, 11 hours 58 minutes. TB 15754.

It is usually assumed that women did not become involved in international conflict until the First World War. But Helen Rappaport proves otherwise: numerous women were actively involved in the Crimean war in a variety of ways. Four wives would be chosen to accompany each regiment of 100 men, enduring the vermin ridden troop ships and then left to fend for themselves in the barren Crimean terrain, before combing the battlefields in search of their men. Yet the suffering of the soldiers' wives left behind was more terrible. At home, vast numbers of women - including Queen Victoria herself - knitted socks to cheer the soldiers stranded in freezing Sevastopol. TB 15754.

Reid, Fred

In search of Willie Patterson: a Scottish Soldier in the Age of Imperialism. 2002. Read by Jonathan Hackett, 6 hours 4 minutes. TB 12652.

The author was curious about his grandfather, Corporal Willie Patterson. Knowing him only from his mother's stories of the 'black sheep of the family', he wondered if there was a better side to the man. When he discovered that Willie had won the Military Medal in the First World War, he decided to research his life. This book is more than the story of a man who struggled to rise from a semi-literate background in Calton, Glasgow to be a war hero and a white-collar worker. The author, who is blind, also tells of his own confrontation with the archives and of his safari over seven thousand miles of East Africa to find the grandfather he had never known. TB 12652.

Reynolds, L C

Dog boats at war: a history of the operations of the Royal Navy D Class Fairmile motor torpedo boats and motor gunboats 1939-1945. 1998. Read by Graham Padden, 12 hours 49 minutes. TB 12020.

An account of the operations carried out by the Royal Navy's D Class MGBs and MTBs in the 2nd World War. It covers actions in Home, Mediterranean and Norwegian waters. As well as drawing on both British and German official records, the author has contacted several hundred Dog Boat veterans. TB 12020.

Rose, Michael

Fighting for peace: lessons from Bosnia. 1999. Read by Jon Cartwright, 14 hours 31 minutes. TB 13541.

Known for his role as a commander in the Falklands war, and for directing operations at the Iranian Embassy siege, General Sir Michael Rose tells the story of his role as Commander of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia in 1994. TB 13541.

Roskill, Stephen Wentworth

The Navy at war 1939-1945. 1998. Read by Bob Rollett, 21 hours 27 minutes. TB 16835.

Wordsworth Military Library. Roskill describes the major sea battles such as River Plate and Matapan as well as the characteristic convoy actions of the Battle of the Atlantic, Murmansk and Malta. He covers the contribution made by British technology, in the shape of Asdic (or Sonar) and Radar systems, and also shows the courage and skill of the officers and men who made the victory possible. TB 16835.

Schindler, Emilie

Where light and shadow meet: a memoir. 1997. Read by Norma West, 4 hours 29 minutes. TB 11365.

The author, who was married to Oskar Schindler, tells the story of their life together. On realizing the costs of the Nazi takeover, they worked to save the Jews employed in their two factories during the Second World War - leading to "Schindler's list". It is the story of one woman's daily acts of bravery, of a marriage and of survival. TB 11365.

Sereny, Gitta

Into that darkness: from mercy killing to mass murder. 1995. Read by Elizabeth Proud, 17 hours 38 minutes. TB 17785.

Franz Stangl was one of only four men to command Nazi extermination (as opposed to concentration) camps. This text is an investigation into this man's mind and the influences which shaped him. Stangl was found guilty of co-responsibility for the slaughter of at least 900,000 people. Contains strong language. TB 17785.

Stern, Robert Cecil

Destroyer battles: epics of naval close combat. 2008. Read by Hayward Morse, 9 hours 37 minutes. TB 16921.

This book recounts some of the most significant, spectacular or unusual actions in the history of destroyer warfare, from the first employment of torpedo craft during the Russo-Japanese War to the recent terrorist attack on USS Cole. With individual chapters devoted to each incident, each reflects a development in the tactics or technology, so taken as a whole the book amounts to an outline history of the destroyer. TB 16921.

Street, Robert

The siege of Kohima, the battle for Burma: once upon a wartime XIII. 2003. Read by Steve Hodson, 6 hours 34 minutes. TB 15358.

This book tell the story of the Siege of Kohima where the battle of Burma was fought and the Japanese advance to India was halted. It is told through the eyes of Raymond Street who was part of the everyday life in Burma at this time. TB 15358.

Sun, Tzu

The art of war. 2010. Read by Eamonn Riley, 1 hour 23 minutes. TB 17354.

Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teachings of Sun Tzu on warfare and civilization and have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. TB 17354.

Tinker, David

A message from the Falklands: the life and gallant death of David Tinker: from his letters and poems. 1983. Read by Richard Earthy, 8 hours 35 minutes. TB 4569.

Lieutenant Tinker was killed in the Falklands action. This collection of his letters home begins before his Falklands service days, but it is his clear perception of what is happening and how his views on war are changing that gives the book its relevance - and its poignancy. TB 4569.

Tout, Ken

By tank: D to VE Days. 2007. Read by Geoffrey Newland, 11 hours 11 minutes. TB 16777.

Follow the very ordinary young lads of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry through the massive enemy defences on Bourguebus Ridge, to the snows of the Ardennes, the night crossing of the River Rhine, when Sherman tanks were traded in for amphibious Buffaloes, and final roll-call in Zwolle's Grote Kerkl, where they celebrated with liberated Dutch citizens. The author graphically describes the total experience inside the Sherman tank, nicknamed by their enemy the 'Tommy Cooker'. This text recalls the whole experience of battle. Contains strong language. TB 16777.

Townsend, Peter

Duel of eagles. 1991. Read by George Hagan, 21 hours 14 minutes. TB 9293.

The Battle of Britain was the collision towards which aviation developments on both sides had been heading for more than twenty years. Group Captain Townsend traces the background, of two air forces with a common past of rivalry and respect. This dramatic account vividly recalls the days when Britain's fate hung in the balance until allied airmen, the author among them, secured a victory which saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for Hitler's final defeat. TB 9293.

Van Der Vat, Dan

The last corsair: the story of the Emden. 1983. Read by David Rider, 8 hours 10 minutes. TB 5330.

The author relates perhaps one of the best sea stories of the First World War: the lone campaign of the German light cruiser SMS "Emden" against the British Empire in the Indian Ocean. TB 5330.

Vaughan, Edwin Campion

Some desperate glory: the diary of a young officer, 1917. 1981. Read by Patrick Romer, 9 hours 19 minutes. TB 4322.

Written by a young man who marched into battle with Palgrave in his pocket, this is a moving account of life on the Western Front during the first eight months of 1917. Of his group of ninety men, only fifteen returned. TB 4322.

Whicker, Alan

Whicker's war. 2006. Read by Peter Wickham, 6 hours 35 minutes. TB 15067.

Alan Whicker joined the Army Film and Photo Unit as an 18-year-old army officer, following the Allied advance through Italy, from Sicily to Venice. He filmed the troops on the front line, met Montgomery, and other military luminaries, filmed the battered body of Mussolini after his execution and accepted the surrender of the SS in Milan. This is an account of the Italian campaign of 1943 and 1944, as he retraces his steps over sixty years later. Contains strong language. TB 15067.

Wright, Lawrence

The looming tower: Al-Qaeda's road to 9/11. 2006. Read by Harrick Hagon, 17 hours 52 minutes. TB 14887.

This book tells the full story of Al Qaeda from its roots up to 9/11. Drawing on interviews and first-hand sources, it investigates the extraordinary group of ideologues behind this organization - and those who tried to stop them. Interweaving this story with events including the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the first attack on the World Trade Center, Lawrence Wright takes us into training camps, mountain hideouts and top secret meetings to explore how it all fed into the planning and execution of 9/11 - and reveals the complex origins of Al Qaeda's hatred of the West. Contains strong language. TB 14887.
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