Saturday, 24 December 2016

Compliments of the season to everybody.



May you all enjoy the next few days of family and festivity.


MrsJ and I will be fully occupied keeping up with grandchildren and trying to work out how their new electronic gizmos work. Grandchild 1 has been trying to induct me into his 'run around and shoot em up' X-box game, but my reactions are far too slow. I end up killed off in seconds, much to his discust.


We'll be back in the new year

Friday, 9 December 2016

Book Sale

Way back in July I said I'd be downsizing my library and listing the books I'd be clearing away. This job has taken longer than I thought, mainly due to the researching of suitable prices. The list is now ready, 147 titles in all, mainly 19th and 20th century interest but a few earlier. Most will probably be represented in your own collections but you never know. I'll be happy to answer questions about condition etc.

I'm offering my readers a chance to take first pick, so if anyone wants to see the list please e-mail me and I'll let them have it as an attachment. Note that postage is not mentioned, as that will obviously depend on size and where it's going.

Anything not cleared within a reasonable time frame will either be offered to a dealer or stuck on an auction site.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Enjoy Your Halloween Experience


I just thought I'd better get into the spirit of the day, so threw this together after breakfast this morning.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

I am still here!

I've been very un-active this summer. A combination of very hot weather making it too hard to get off my deckchair, heavy involvement with a new grand-daughter, and MrsJ's insistence that the caravan needs more exercise  than previous years have all eaten away the time. That and an attempt to list the books I wish to dispose of is taking longer than I thought.

However, while away in the van I have been catching up with the contents of my Kindle reading thing, and would like to bring your attention to an author you may not know of, who has the start of an interesting series on the go.

He is Andy Johnson, an ex-guardsman, privately published and available through Amazon Books.

The first of his books is "Seelowe Nord", and is a fictional account of an alternative invasion of the UK by Hitler's troops, taking place on the Yorkshire coast in the Filey/Bridlington/Scarborough area.We are introduced to a number of participants, both real historical figures and fictional characters, from privates to higher command. Even Churchill's 'Secret Army' of resistance fighters get a mention. A reasonable read with some good wargame inspiration, I won't go into detail in case it gets spoilt for you,

The second of his titles is really a prequel to the above, and carries many of the characters through earlier actions of the war. "Thunder In May" is the story of 1940, from the invasion of Belgium and the assault on Ebn Emaul* through to the final boat leaving Dunkirk after the evacuation. As mentioned above, we are given the story of many of the participants of the first book, from both British and German forces. Andy Johnson has very cleverly joined his fiction with real events of the time in a believable way. No spoilers here, as you know how it ended.

The third book, which I have only just discovered, is 'Crucible Of Fate', and seems to cover the Overlord operation. I haven't read it yet, but if it is as gripping (read all through in one go, late to bed) type of stuff as the others I shall enjoy it.

Check them out, you won't be dissapointed.  
 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

BBC Time Commanders to return?

According to another, TV related site, that I hang about in, the BBC are to revitalise the old Time Commanders programme. They are currently looking for armchair generals to make up teams and take part. More information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart/time_commanders.

Lets hope that they cover a few different eras this time, and the technology should have improved by now.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Suggestions needed

For a number of reasons, not least the real possibility of a major downsize in living accommodation in the near future, I have to reduce my library by some 50% or more. Quite a bit of it is military/naval related and much of it has not been looked at for a long time. I can put the books on that auction site and let the cards fall as they will, donating unsolds to the ubiquitous charity shops; I could offer them to the local second-hand dealer accepting whatever he's prepared to offer, knowing he's in the business for profit; or I could post them on my blog over the next few months, knowing that the information would at least reach interested parties.

The question is whether that would be reasonable, and should I ask a price or for offers? ( in effect, an auction). Would you be interested in seeing what I have to offer in that way?

For example. I have a set (5 volumes) of C.C.P.Lawson's "A History of The Uniforms Of The British Army", published between 1940 and 1967, covering the 1660s through to the early 19th century. I show volume 1 below as an example.

volume 1

Originally published in 1940, this is a 1962 reprint. 202 pages of text. The only one of the set without its original dust jacket, I photocopied one of the others to keep the set looking uniform. Mylar book cover fitted. Some straining and opening of the stitching in one place. Detailed coverage of cavalry, infantry, marine regiments, Scottish regiments, artillery, militia, etc. Many illustrations, mainly black and white sketches. Someone has made occasional pencil notes on certain pages.

I won't quote a price at this time, as I'd rather sell them as a set, but I would appreciate your opinions.

Thank you in advance.


 . volume 4

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Visit to Lincolnshire - part two


Here we have a picture of a perfectly innocuous field in the middle of no-where on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The only clue to it's past is the name - Slash Hollow. This is where the routing forces of the Royalists were cut to ribbons by the pursuing troops of Oliver Cromwell and Sir Thomas Fairfax after the battle of Winceby in 1643.

And here we look in the opposite direction to view the field of battle itself.

Winceby, as a village, no longer exists. You can drive through it without noticing it was once there. The extent of the field is minute, only about half a mile from one side to the other. With some 3000 troops in the Royalist lines and about 4000 with the Roundheads, more a skirmish really. The whole area would fit onto a normal table if gamed.

Satellite picture care of Google Earth, shows the disposition of the two armies, and the relative smallness of the area.  While tucked away off the main road (The line running left to right along the top of the picture) the site is easily viewable. The battle was a Roundhead victory, enhancing Cromwell's growing reputation, and showed that the Parliamentarian cavalry was every bit as good, if not better, than that of the Crown.

More information can be found in_
British Battlefields, The North - by Philip Warner, (pp79/86)
Battles and Generals of the Civil War - by H.C.B.Rogers, (p110)
Winceby and the battle - by Betty Brammer , 
(A 102 page book that goes into much detail of the events leading to, during, and after the battle; including some interesting stories about what the civilian residents of Winceby did to keep themselves and their property safe. Something often forgotten in tales of war.