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Robert J. Parker - Author

About the Author

Robert J. Parker has been a school teacher for over thirty years and is the author of British Prime Ministers, and The Kings & Queens of England both published by Amberley. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in history and combines his passion for the history of the First World War with frequent travel to the battlefield sites. He spent several months based in France studying the remains of the Western Front trenches for this book. He is currently working on a new history of the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also for Amberley.

Featured books by Robert J. Parker

An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

The Battle of the Somme epitomised the cruelty of the Western Front. 1 July 1916 witnessed the opening round of the British Army's attempt to break through an eighteen-mile front of heavily defended German lines straddling the River Somme in northern France. Preceded by an artillery bombardment of over 1,500 big guns that lasted a week, the inexperienced members of Lord Kitchener's New Army went 'over the top' and suffered the deadliest day in British military history. On the first day, British losses alone totalled nearly 20,000 dead. In the next four and a half months of combat, over 350,000 British soldiers would become casualties to one of the most intense, lethal, and futile engagements in history.

Other books by Robert J. Parker

Passchendaele 1917 The Tommies' Experience of the Third Battle of Ypres

Passchendaele 1917 The Tommies' Experience of the Third Battle of Ypres

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

It seems absurd to claim it, but the Battle of Passchendaele was in many ways worse than the Somme. The British offensive, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched on the Belgium battlefield at 3.30 a.m. on 31 July 1917. It was a massive effort by General Sir Douglas Haig and the British Army to achieve a strategic breakthrough and defeat Germany. Attrition would defeat a Germany that was, many believed, `on the ropes'. Just one more `big push' would secure victory - yet it failed. Passchendaele continued until November 1917 and became synonymous with the tragedy of the Great War: abominable weather, mud and filth; horrific injuries inflicted by increasingly industrialised warfare including tanks, gas, mines and flamethrowers; the enormous casualties (600,000) and the futility of the operation all combined to form a nightmare vision of war in the trenches. What was life like for the ordinary British soldier? Was the whole bloody effort necessary or were there alternatives? What, if anything, did it achieve? Passchendaele 1917 answers these questions while reminding us of the sacrifices and heroism of the soldiers who fought it.

Passchendaele 1917

Passchendaele 1917

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2017

It seems absurd to claim it, but the Battle of Passchendaele was in many ways worse than the Somme. The British offensive, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched on the Belgium battlefield at 3.30 a.m. on 31 July 1917. It was a massive effort by General Sir Douglas Haig and the British Army to achieve a strategic breakthrough and defeat Germany. Attrition would defeat a Germany that was, many believed, 'on the ropes'. Just one more 'big push' would secure victory - yet it failed. Passchendaele continued until November 1917 and became synonymous with the tragedy of the Great War: abominable weather, mud and filth; horrific injuries inflicted by increasingly industrialised warfare including tanks, gas, mines and flamethrowers; the enormous casualties (600,000) and the futility of the operation all combined to form a nightmare vision of war in the trenches. What was life like for the ordinary British soldier? Was the whole bloody effort necessary or were there alternatives? What, if anything, did it achieve? Passchendaele 1917 answers these questions while reminding us of the sacrifices and heroism of the soldiers who fought it.

The Pale Kingdoms Heresies for an Unbidden Hero

The Pale Kingdoms Heresies for an Unbidden Hero

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2016

An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

The Battle of the Somme epitomised the cruelty of the Western Front. 1 July 1916 witnessed the opening round of the British Army's attempt to break through an eighteen-mile front of heavily defended German lines straddling the River Somme in northern France. Preceded by an artillery bombardment of over 1,500 big guns that lasted a week, the inexperienced members of Lord Kitchener's New Army went 'over the top' and suffered the deadliest day in British military history. On the first day, British losses alone totalled nearly 20,000 dead. In the next four and a half months of combat, over 350,000 British soldiers would become casualties to one of the most intense, lethal, and futile engagements in history.

Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2016

The Battle of the Somme epitomised the cruelty of the Western Front. 1 July 1916 witnessed the opening round of the British Army's attempt to break through an eighteen-mile front of heavily defended German lines straddling the River Somme in northern France. Preceded by an artillery bombardment of over 1,500 big guns that lasted a week, the inexperienced members of Lord Kitchener's New Army went 'over the top' and suffered the deadliest day in British military history. On the first day, British losses alone totalled nearly 20,000 dead. In the next four and a half months of combat, over 350,000 British soldiers would become casualties to one of the most intense, lethal, and futile engagements in history.

The Kings and Queens of England

The Kings and Queens of England

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2014

England holds the unique position as the cradle of modern democratic parliamentary government while simultaneously retaining one of the world's longest-running monarchies. The Kings & Queens of England offers a concise and penetrating review of not only the lives and personalities of the monarchs but also the impact and ramifications of their reign on England and the world. Strong and weak, young and old, cruel and tolerant, successful and failed, and the multiple combinations thereof, the story of England's kings and queens is a rich tapestry of history, reflecting a nation that has commanded the world's attention for over 1,000 years.

British Prime Ministers

British Prime Ministers

Author: Robert J. Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

There is a distinct lack of readily available information about the British prime ministers, especially as a group. There are thick biographies of the big names - Pitt, Gladstone, Churchill - but who were the others? there are plenty of short booklets and pamphlets for all the monarchs but little or nothing on most of the fifty-three PMs. What better way to introduce these individuals than through a short, accurate review of each Prime Minister, briefly describing their background and influence, their role in British history and in major world events. On closer inspection, the PMs are revealed to be more colourful figures than might be imagined, whose unique personalities and individual deeds shaped important historical events. British Prime Ministers offers a handy and accessible guide to all of Britain's heads of government, from Sir Robert Walpole right through to David Cameron, thereby lifting the veil of obscurity from an all-too-neglected cast of characters.

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