Karen Farrington is a bestselling and respected military historian, with numerous books to her credit, such as Kitchener's Last Volunteer - The Life and Times of Henry Allingham and Great British Railway Journeys. She is a Fleet Street trained journalist and now runs her own media company with her husband in Devon.
Karen Farrington starts her books before 1940 showing the development of flying and how soon the military saw its potential for war. Then there were the bombs themselves, at first hand grenades tossed out of cockpits before more lethal firepower was invented. Finally, there is Coventry, Karen Farrington fills in the manufacturing history detailing the vital engineering works surrounding and in the City, filled with war workers, a crowded and important place. It all comes together in 14th November 1940 when Coventry is the target, 515 German bombers attacked the city, the first of three major raids. Using the words and experiences of those who suffered she paints a vivid picture of the experience and the aftermath of the bombing. Like for Like Reading The Secret History of the Blitz, Joshual Levine The Blitz: The British under Attack, Juliet Gardiner
Karen Farrington starts her books before 1940 showing the development of flying and how soon the military saw its potential for war. Then there were the bombs themselves, at first hand grenades tossed out of cockpits before more lethal firepower was invented. Finally, there is Coventry, Karen Farrington fills in the manufacturing history detailing the vital engineering works surrounding and in the City, filled with war workers, a crowded and important place. It all comes together in 14th November 1940 when Coventry is the target, 515 German bombers attacked the city, the first of three major raids. Using the words and experiences of those who suffered she paints a vivid picture of the experience and the aftermath of the bombing. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading The Secret History of the Blitz, Joshual Levine The Blitz: The British under Attack, Juliet Gardiner
The Luftwaffe's targetting and destruction of Coventry city remains the biggest and most destructive air raid on British soil during the Second World War. Seen as a centre of British armaments production, the German high command wished to inflict terror and panic on the British public, a plan that had paid dividends during their relentless conquest of France that year. Attacking over two nights in November, 1940 they systematically bombed and destroyed the bulk of the city, making thousands homeless, and killing over 400 men, women and children. Such was the devastation, panic and disorder it wrought, that Winston Churchill ordered a news blackout for three weeks in order to quell the unease and morale - sapping effect that the raid had. But people at the time acted with great bravery to save those trapped in bombed out and burning buildings, as well as caring for those badly injured (of which there were thousands), and fighting the Nazi planes coming in to attack the city itself. Now, for the very first time we interview those veterans who survived the raid and helped fight the flames and bombs to tell the story of this iconic event. Such was the effect it had on the country that when Bomber Command began night time raids against German cities - Hamburg, Cologne and most famously, Dresden - the call 'Remember Coventry!' went up.
Hidden away in the back of an old desk drawer was a dusty pile of school-style exercise books. In them were the recollections of a young officer who had fought with the Essex Regiment in the First World War from the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in 1915, through the mud and misery of Ypres, to see victory in 1918. Discovering the memoirs of Lieutenant Robert D'Arblay Gybbon-Monypenny was not the only surprise, what was even more remarkable was how well-written they were, how vividly life and death in the trenches was portrayed. That life in the trenches saw Robert hit by a sniper's bullet, buried in appalling mud-slides, choked in a chlorine gas attack and almost bayoneted by one of his own men, driven insane by the perpetual shelling. Inevitably, he was wounded as he led his men over the top at Arras, yet somehow he survived. To add to these riches were letters home from both Robert Moneypenny and his brother, and fellow officer, Phillips, who won the Military Cross with the Royal West Kent Regiment, but who was killed just four months before the end of the war.The collection of memoirs, letters and personal photographs are woven together to produce a gripping and powerfully frank testimony - one that will come to be recognised as amongst the finest personal accounts of the First World War ever to be published.
This is a comprehensive account of the history of the Second World War, with expert commentary on its political and economic causes, every key moment, and the impact of new technologies and military strategies. It offers moving eyewitness and contemporary accounts from survivors of the battles and conflicts, personally interviewed by the author. It covers every major battle on land, at sea and in the air, with an expert analysis of the events and descriptions of weaponry. It features a chronology of the period that helps put all specific actions of the war into a historical context. It covers 380 contemporary photographs recording incidents as they happened, plus maps and battle plans. World War II was the most immense human conflict the world has ever known. You can discover how the war took shape, from its beginnings with the rise to power of Hitler in the 1930s to its apocalyptic end in the ruined cities of Germany and Japan in 1945. It features eyewitness accounts, maps, battle plans and hundreds of contemporary photographs that bring the past to life. All the major turning points of the war are included - D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, Operation Barbarosa, the battle of Midway and many others. This authoritative and accessible military history will enable the reader to understand the war more fully than ever before.
The perfect companion to Bradshaw's guide book. Showcasing in colour all that is great about Bradshaw's guide. Great British Railway Journeys has been a hugely successful TV programme, which is now into its third series on BBC2. Much as Michael Palin built up a dedicated fan base for travel around the globe, so Michael Portillo has done likewise for lovers of trains in his explorations the length and breadth of the United Kingdom from the window of a train seat. Both charming and insightful, Michael again uses Bradshaw's guides, and now undertakes five unique journeys that were constructed by the Victorians from 1830-1900. Across 25 episodes he delves into this fascinating and colourful period of our history, and show how the modern British landscape was created from this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, Great Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and finally Dublin to Belfast - Michael will go back in time to showcase areas of outstanding Victorian engineering and design across Queen Victoria's dominions. Key parts of the programme and tie-in book will showcase how the world's very first fixed-track train in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electric train service ran in Southend to its famous pier; and he also celebrates the wide variety of lines that opened up trade and mobility to the Victorian classes. Travelling on a variety of existing, and in some cases restored, Victorian train lines, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly work on them, and also looks at the modern landscape to tell the story of how each area was shaped by their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this will once again be a 'must have' purchase for all train lovers, as well as those who simply want to find out their heritage and what is now available to view and travel upon in the 21st century to transport them back in time.
Based on the popular Radio 4 series, Great Lives highlights some of the world's most fascinating and influential characters. Chosen by the show's guests, each biography reveals the life and times of artists, sportsmen, statesmen, authors, monarchs, actors, musicians and scientists, showing why they inspire, what they achieved and how they have influenced the world at large. Discover the intriguing lives of Clement Attlee and Henri Matisse, King Alfred and Samuel Johnson, Tommy Cooper and Robert Kennedy, Robin Day and Edith Wharton, along with many more. From the famous to the obscure, the historical to the contemporary, each biography provides an insight into the character's personality, why they were driven to achieve so much, and separates fact from fiction. With a foreword by the show's presenter, Matthew Parris, Great Lives is an ideal gift for history and biography enthusiasts, and for fans of the Radio 4 series.
In this amazing anthology of the baffling and the bizarre, author Karen Farrington recounts the latest investigations into strange phenomena that have mystified mankind for centuries.Some of history's most astounding tales of the weird and wonderful are retold here in vivid detail, from the grotesque to the gruesome and from the unearthly to the plain inexplicable. Embracing themes as diverse as alien abductions, zoological oddities, Roswell and the Kraken of Viking legend, Marvels & Mysteries of the Unexplained offers a wealth of evidence, supporting it - where possible - with specially chosen images and providing valuable insights into the nature of the unknown.This compelling and timely examination of our planet's most astonishing secrets is sure to intrigue and amaze in equal measure.
On 7 December 1941, the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbour. Simultaneously, the Japanese army launched all-out assaults on Malaya, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The Japanese sphere of influence spread at a phenomenal rate. As nations of Asia collapsed one by one, and the British and US troops in the region were overwhelmed in short order, it seemed the Japanese dream of empire was about to be realized. Victory in the Pacific tells how the tide of Japanese victory was turned, and how the Allies fought their way the length and breadth of Burma and from island to island on their way to achieving final victory in the East.
By midnight on 6 June 1944, the future of Europe hung in the balance. Allied troops occupied beachheads as Hitler's troops threatened to drive them back into the sea. Karen Farrington presents this remarkable story of the final Allied liberation and the push through to Berlin, the beating heart of the Third Reich.