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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

U-Boat War in the Atlantic Vol III - 1943 - 1945

U-Boat War in the Atlantic Vol III - 1943 - 1945

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2013

This is the third of three volumes describing U-boat operations in the Atlantic during the Second World War. This is the fascinating account, as told from the German perspective, of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest-running, continuous military campaign in World War II, spanning from 1939 through to Germany's defeat in 1945. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, which was announced the day after the declaration of war, although it quickly grew to include Germany's counter-blockade. The name Battle of the Atlantic , was coined by Winston Churchill in 1941 and he famously stated that the U-boats were the only thing that really frightened him. The U-boat war encompassed a campaign that began on the first day of the European war and lasted for six years, involved thousands of ships and stretched over thousands of square miles of ocean, in more than 100 convoy battles and perhaps 1,000 single-ship encounters. In the 68 months of World War II, 2,775 Allied merchant ships were sunk for the loss of 781 U-boats. This is the story of that massive encounter from the German perspective. Published in three volumes, this work was compiled under the supervision of the U.S Navy Department and the British Admiralty by Fregattenkapitan Gunther Hessler. The author, though without previous experience as a writer, had first hand experience of U-boat warfare having commanded a U-boat in 1940 and 1941. For the remainder of the war he was Staff Officer to the Flag Officer commanding U-boats. He had access to German war diaries and other relevant documents concerning U-boat command, and this work based on these many documents, tells the story entirely from the viewpoint of that command. For this reason this work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of World War II from primary sources and will be of enduring interest to those engaged in attempting to unravel the true nature of submarine warfare in World War II.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Illustrated and Annotated

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Illustrated and Annotated

Author: Bob Carruthers, James Ingram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2013

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is one of the most important sets of historical documents concerning the history of the British Isles. Without these vital accounts we would have virtually no knowledge of some of the key events in the history of these islands during the dark ages and it would be impossible to write the history of the English from the Romans to the Norman Conquest. The history it tells is not only that witnessed by its compilers, but also that recorded by earlier annalists, whose work is in many cases preserved nowhere else. At present there are nine known versions or fragments of the original 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' in existence. All of the extant versions vary (sometimes greatly) in content and quality, and crucially all of the surviving manuscripts are copies, so it is not known for certain where or when the first version of the Chronicle was composed. The translation that has been used for this edition is not a translation of any one Chronicle; rather, it is a conflation of readings from many different versions containing primarily the translation of Rev. James Ingram from 1828. The footnotes are all those of Rev. Ingram and are supplied for the sake of completeness. This edition also includes the complete Parker Manuscript. The book is illustrated throughout with paintings and engravings.

U-Boat War in the Atlantic Vol 1 - 1939-1941

U-Boat War in the Atlantic Vol 1 - 1939-1941

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2013

This is the fascinating account, as told from the German perspective, of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest-running, continuous military campaign in World War II, spanning from 1939 through to Germany's defeat in 1945. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, which was announced the day after the declaration of war, although it quickly grew to include Germany's counter-blockade. The name Battle of the Atlantic , was coined by Winston Churchill in 1941 and he famously stated that the U-boats were the only thing that really frightened him. The U-boat war encompassed a campaign that began on the first day of the European war and lasted for six years, involved thousands of ships and stretched over thousands of square miles of ocean, in more than 100 convoy battles and perhaps 1,000 single-ship encounters. In the 68 months of World War II, 2,775 Allied merchant ships were sunk for the loss of 781 U-boats. This is the story of that massive encounter from the German perspective. Published in three volumes, this work was compiled under the supervision of the U.S Navy Department and the British Admiralty by Fregattenkapitan Gunther Hessler. The author, though without previous experience as a writer, had first hand experience of U-boat warfare having commanded a U-boat in 1940 and 1941. For the remainder of the war he was Staff Officer to the Flag Officer commanding U-boats. He had access to German war diaries and other relevant documents concerning U-boat command, and this work based on these many documents, tells the story entirely from the viewpoint of that command. For this reason this work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of World War II from primary sources and will be of enduring interest to those engaged in attempting to unravel the true nature of submarine warfare in World War II.

German Artillery in Combat

German Artillery in Combat

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2013

This unique collection of contemporary combat accounts provides a primary source insight into the reality of artillery operations on the Eastern Front. Mobile, rail and towed artillery are all considered in this fascinating compilation. This book is part of the 'Hitler's War Machine' series, a new military history range compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers. The series draws on primary sources and contemporary documents to provide a new insight into the true nature of Hitler's Wehrmacht. The series consultant is David Mcwhinnie creator of the award winning PBS series 'Battlefield'

The First Afghan War 1839-1842

The First Afghan War 1839-1842

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

German Tactics On the Eastern Front - The Illustrated Edition

German Tactics On the Eastern Front - The Illustrated Edition

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Merrill's Marauders - The Road to Burma - The Illustrated Edition

Merrill's Marauders - The Road to Burma - The Illustrated Edition

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Gotterdammerung: The Last Battles in the East

Gotterdammerung: The Last Battles in the East

Author: Bob Carruthers, Willhelm Willemar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

This fascinating collection of primary source accounts focuses on the combat actions of the Wehrmacht in the final battles of the war. The material is drawn from a variety of wartime sources and encompasses fascinating writings concerning the tactical, operational and strategic aspects of the battle for Berlin. Compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers, this absorbing assembly of primary source intelligence reports encompasses rare material originally drawn from both German and Russian original sources to provide the reader with a unique insight into the last battles in the east. This is the unvarnished reality of what it meant to fight in this titanic struggle to the death. Featured in the book are reports concerning little known and neglected tactical aspects of the war including weapons, street fighting techniques and improvised anti-tank measures. Original illustrations from US wartime intelligence manuals are also featured. This compelling compilation is essential for readers with an interest in discovering more about the last days of the Wehrmacht from a range of unusual and diverse primary sources.

Wolf Pack: The U-Boats at War

Wolf Pack: The U-Boats at War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Once you heard that pinging sound you knew they had got to you, then the depth charges came. Terrible, just terrible. Kurt Wehling, u-boat survivor The steel coffins was the name given to the U-boats of the Kriegsmarine by their own crews. Their fatalistic view of the war was certainly justified; it is estimated that seventy-five per cent of the 39,000 men who sailed in the U-boat fleet paid the ultimate price as the tide of war turned inexorably against Hitler's Germany. This is the illustrated history of the U-boat war from the perspective of the men who sailed into battle in the service of the Third Reich. Drawing heavily on the accounts of the last remaining survivors, 'The U-boat War' traces the grim story of the rise and fall of the grey wolves. The memories of the brief days of the happy times of superiority and success were soon replaced by the stark terror of the enfolding nightmare as the realisation dawned that the hunters had become the hunted. Written by Emmy award winning author Bob Carruthers, this powerful account of the U-boat war features extensive personal recollections, rare photographs and extracts from contemporary propaganda magazines producing a vivid picture of what it meant to fight beneath the waves.

Tiger I in Combat

Tiger I in Combat

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

The Pz. Kpfw. VI with its heavy armour, dual purpose armament and fighting ability is basically an excellent tank. Major W. de l. Messenger, British Intelligence, 1944 The Tiger I is the most famous tank in history. In the right hands it enjoyed spectacular successes, but the Tiger I was also plagued by an array of technical and design flaws which made it a death trap for novice and unwary crews. This unique overview draws on a wide variety of primary accounts of the Tiger I in action from both the Allied and the German perspective. Rare photographs, technical drawings and contemporary reports of the Tiger in combat help to set aside the myths and bring the reality into focus. This book is part of 'The Hitler's War Machine' series, a new military history range compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers. The series draws on primary sources and contemporary documents to provide a new insight into the true nature of Hitler's Wehrmacht. The series consultant is David Mcwhinnie creator of the award winning PBS series 'Battlefield'.

German Paratroops 1939-45

German Paratroops 1939-45

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

One cannot even imagine the panic which was caused by rumors of the appearance of parachutists. Field Marshal Kesselring The Fallschirmjager were the German paratroopers, the elite troops frequently deployed as the vanguard of attacks and as the bulwark of a difficult defence. In 1940 they spearheaded the campaigns Belgium, Holland and France. They also saw action in the battle for Norway, and in the next year took part in major actions in the Balkans and Crete. Airborne operations were curtailed following heavy losses in Crete after which the Fallschirmjager took part in the final battles for Tunisia and were prominent on both the Eastern Front and most famously in Italy. In 1944 they appeared on the Western Front serving in Normandy, Holland, the Ardennes and Berlin. This fascinating overview compiled by Emmy Award winning author Bob Carruthers draws on rare primary sources, photographs and combat reports to produce a comprehensive overview of the Fallschirmjager in action. This book is part of 'The Hitler's War Machine' series, a new military history range compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers. The series draws on primary sources and contemporary documents to provide a new insight into the true nature of Hitler's Wehrmacht. The series consultant is David Mcwhinnie creator of the award winning PBS series 'Battlefield'.

Battle of the Bulge: The First Eight Days

Battle of the Bulge: The First Eight Days

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is the fascinating account, as recorded from the US perspective, of the bitter fighting during the eight days and nights of encirclement at Bastogne. First published in the pages of the Infantry Journal in 1946, this contemporary account by S.L.A. Marshall was rescued from obscurity by the US Army's Center Of Military History and is now appearing in e-book form for the first time. There are few better or more authoritative accounts of the struggle as seen through the eyes of the American soldiers who stood fast at Bastogne. Sent to rest and recuperate, the weary paratroopers and GIs found themselves in the middle of a siege while all hell let loose around them. This is the definitive overview of their conflict as recounted in the year following the battle. This masterful overview is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Battle of the Bulge.

German Tank Hunters; The Panzer Jager

German Tank Hunters; The Panzer Jager

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2012

This unique collection of contemporary combat accounts provides a primary source insight into the reality of anti-tank warfare on the Eastern Front. Both armoured and infantry based operations are considered.This book is part of the 'Hitler's War Machine' series, a new military history range compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers. The series draws on primary sources and contemporary documents to provide a new insight into the true nature of Hitler's Wehrmacht.The series consultant is David Mcwhinnie creator of the award winning PBS series 'Battlefield'.

Tigers at War

Tigers at War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2012

Tigers at War

Tigers at War

Author: Bob Carruthers Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2012

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