Short Sunderland – The ‘Flying Porcupines’ in the Second World War

In 1933, the Air Ministry issued a specification for a general-purpose four-engine flying boat capable of operating from the outposts of the Empire. … [Read more...]





Vintage Lighting – A Collectors Guide

This practical guide by interior design expert, Barty Phillips, will focus on lighting from Victorian times onwards with examples of what you can have … [Read more...]





Valour in the Trenches – ‘Bombo’ Pollard VC MC* DCM HAC in The Great War

Alfred Pollard joined the Honourable Artillery Company at Armoury House in the City of London in 1914 aged 21. The HAC is a unique Territorial unit … [Read more...]





Code wars – How ‘Ultra’ and ‘Magic’ led to Allied Victory

When the top secret codebreaking activities at Bletchley Park were revealed in the 1970s, much of the history of the Second World War had to be … [Read more...]





The Battle-cruiser HMS Renown 1916-48

This is the story of the Royal Navy battle-cruiser HMS Renown, a famous ship with a long and distinguished operational career. Originally built for … [Read more...]





Scotland Yard’s Ghost Squad – The Secret Weapon Against Post-War Crime

When the Second World War ended, England was bombed-out and starving, with practically every saleable commodity rationed. It was the age of … [Read more...]





Fighting Brigadier – The Life of Brigadier James Hill DSO* MC

In the 1930s James Hill was forced to leave the Army because he was under 26 when he married. Recalled to the colours he won his MC with the BEF in … [Read more...]