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Bob Carruthers - Author

About the Author

Bob Carruthers is one of the UK’s leading military historians and is famous in the UK for the bestselling book The Wehrmacht in Russia, published by Pen & Sword, which topped Amazon bestseller charts in 2012. Bob is also an Emmy AwardTM winning filmmaker whose work in the form of series such as Battlefield, Line of Fire, and Weapons of War are channel staples that are shown on BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS and numerous other channels around the world.

Featured books by Bob Carruthers

The Somme: By Those Who Were There

The Somme: By Those Who Were There

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

A comprehensive and vivid account of what it meant to play a part in the battle which has become famous for the biggest loss of life suffered by the British Army in a single day.

Other books by Bob Carruthers

Hitler's Wartime Orders

Hitler's Wartime Orders

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2017

Hitler's War directives from 1939-1944 with a new introduction and commentary.

Panzer Rollen!

Panzer Rollen!

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Repair, logistics, recovery, tactics and movement of a panzer division compiled from post- war debriefs, contemporary intelligence reports and interviews.

Shooting the Somme

Shooting the Somme

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2016

A new book on how the iconic film was made and certain scenes were faked

SS Specialist Units in Combat

SS Specialist Units in Combat

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

It is an often overlooked fact that the SS Divisions included Cavalrymen, Paratroopers, Mountain and Ski Battalions and these rare photographs illustrate the unique role played by specialist units in action.

SS Panzer Divisions on the Eastern Front

SS Panzer Divisions on the Eastern Front

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Rare photographs from SS sources illustrating the armoured formations which took part in this titanic struggle. Includes rare images of the Panther in action.

German Armour Losses on the Western Front from 1944 - 1945

German Armour Losses on the Western Front from 1944 - 1945

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2016

The German armoured forces lost some 10,000 armoured fighting vehicles. Today there are very few surviving vehicles from the Wehrmacht. We are fortunate therefore that these unique photographs detail the fate of the Panzers destroyed in action in the west.

SS Grenadiers on the Russian Front

SS Grenadiers on the Russian Front

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2016

Rare photographs from both official and unofficial SS sources illustrate the role of the individual in this epic struggle. This is a candid and comprehensive picture of warfare on the Russian Front at the sharp end. These were the men who manned the trenches, climbed mountains and marched across the endless steppe in all seasons.

German Armour Lost in Combat on the Eastern Front

German Armour Lost in Combat on the Eastern Front

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Rare photographs from both German and Russian sources : Today there are very few surviving vehicles from the Wehrmacht. which illustrate the fate of many of the armoured fighting vehicles of Hitler's much vaunted Panzerwaffe-

German Army on Campaign 1914-1918

German Army on Campaign 1914-1918

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2016

This new volume in the long-running Images of War series features the actions of the German Army on the Somme. The book is comprised of rare photographs illustrating the German Army fighting a dogged defensive war against superior odds on the Somme. It is accompanied by a powerful text written by Official War Correspondent Philip Gibbs, who was an eyewitness to the events. Photographs from the battlefield illustrate the terrible conditions, which the beleaguered German forces on the battlefield endured in the notorious engagement, which has become synonymous with vainglorious sacrifice. This book incorporates a wide range of images that encompass the actions of the German infantry and their supporting artillery. Also featured are images, which depict the almost incomprehensible condition of the battlefield and the trenches after more than one million shells had been poured into the German lines. Portraits of the German troops are contrasted with surviving images of captured British prisoners of war and the endless battle to get the supply columns through to the front.

Illustrated War Reports: Trench Warfare

Illustrated War Reports: Trench Warfare

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

This powerful collection, depicting the grim events of trench warfare, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning and vivid graphic record of life and death in the trenches during the Great War, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important, as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

Passchendaele Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

Passchendaele Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

This powerful collection, depicting the grim realities of the battle for Passchendeale, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning and vivid graphic record of life and death in the infamous campaign of 1917, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important, as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

War in the Air 1914 - 1916 Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

War in the Air 1914 - 1916 Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

This powerful collection, depicting the first war in the air, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning graphic record, which produces a powerful record of life and death in the skies above the trenches during the Great War, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

Cavalry Charges Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

Cavalry Charges Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

This powerful collection, depicting cavalry engagements on all fronts, showcases the work of contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning graphic record of the horse in action during the Great War, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important, as their work provides a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

Illustrated War Reports: Great War at Sea 1914-1915

Illustrated War Reports: Great War at Sea 1914-1915

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2015

This powerful collection, depicting the events of the Great War at sea, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. The result is a stunning and vivid graphic record of life and death on the high-seas from 1914-18, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important, as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

Illustrated War Reports: Ypres

Illustrated War Reports: Ypres

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2015

This powerful collection, depicting the grim realities of the four-year struggle for the Ypres salient, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning and vivid graphic record of life and death in the most infamous campaign of the Great War, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important, as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.

British at First and Second Ypres 1914 - 1915

British at First and Second Ypres 1914 - 1915

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2015

This new volume in the long-running Images of War series features the actions of the British Army at Ypres from 1914-15. Rare photographs illustrating the optimistic men of the BEF in the act of mobilization and transport to France are contrasted with photographs from the battlefield during the opening phases of the campaign, which culminated in the four-year struggle for the Ypres salient. The photographs are accompanied by a fascinating text, featuring Bruce Bairnsfather's personal description of the conditions endured by the men in the rudimentary trenches on the Ypres salient during 1914-15 as the early phase of the battle for Ypres raged around them. This book incorporates a wide range of photographic images encompassing the actions of the cavalry, infantry and artillery. Also featured are images, which depict the myriad activity behind the lines, dealing with German prisoners of war, the endless supply columns of the commissariat and the extraordinary efforts to provide proper medical care for the wounded.

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