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BRIXMIS BRIXMIS
The Last Cold War Mission

By Steve Gibson

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For those who are aware of it BRIXMIS (British Commander-in-Chief's Mission to the Group Soviet Forces of Occupation in Germany) is one of the most covert elite units of the British Army. They were dropped in behind 'enemy lines' ten months after the Second World War had ended and continued with their intelligence-gathering missions until the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

During the Cold Ware Berlin was noted as a hotbed of spying between East and West. BRIXMIS was established as a trusted channel of communication between the Red Army and the British Army on the Rhine. However, they acted in the shadows to steal advanced Soviet equipment and penetrate top-secret training areas. This fascinating book offers a new understanding of the complex British role in the Cold War.

BRIXMIS is an excellent and thought-provoking account of Cold War spying about a little know British Military Mission. For anyone interested in the Cold War era and spying in general this book is a must.

Size: 129x198mm, 400 pages. ISBN: 9780 7509 8772 1

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Space Exploration Space Exploration
Past Present Future

By Carolyn Collins Petersen

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Humanity has always looked to the stars, but it hasn't been until relatively recently that we have managed to travel into space. Space Exploration takes us on a journey from the first space pioneers and their work. From the First World War led technological advances in rocketry that formed the basis for the Space Age, to the increasing corporate interest in space this book details our steps into sace. It is viewed from our potential future in pace on Mars to be exact and considers how we will reach that point. Space Exploration concludes with our current advances and our immediate ambitions in space exploration. The future and its scientific possibilities are enthralling: who will be the first to step on Mars? Will matter/antimatter annihilations take us to the Kuiper Belt, or will it be ion propulsion? What is the Alcubierre Warp Drive? Will it take us to the stars?

Space Exploration is a great hardback book that both entertains and enlightens where we may be going with space exploration and is a thoroughly recommended read.

Size: 156x234mm, 304 pages. ISBN: 9781 4456 5603 8

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Discovery of the Universe Discovery of the Universe
A History of Astronomy and Observatories

By Carolyn Collins Petersen

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This great hardback book charts the progress of astronomy through the observatories used throughout history, from the earliest such as Stonehenge to places like Birr Castle with its Leviathan telescope used by Herschel, places where the secrets of the universe were first unlocked by science. The Discovery of the Universe describes instruments now in use around the planet ranging from the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii to the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica that hunts for the faint emission of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). In addition, astronomers today use an array of orbiting observatories and the ground-based observatories can now attain near 'Hubble' standards of accuracy, despite peering into space through our atmosphere.

The Discovery of the Universe looks at the amazing science that has been done using the world's suite of observatories. It presents examples of astronomical discoveries made across the widest spectrum as observatories extend humanity's vision across the depths of space and time.

Size: 156x234mm, 304 pages. ISBN: 9781 4456 8413 0

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X, Y & Z X, Y & Z
The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken

By Dermot Turing

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In the bathroom of a Belgian hotel in December 1932, a French spymaster photographs secret documents - operating instructions of the cipher machine, Enigma. A few weeks later a mathematician in Warsaw begins to decipher the coded communications of the Third Reich and lay the foundations for the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park. The co-operation between France, Britain and Poland is given the cover name 'X, Y & Z'. By December 1942 in the middle of World War II the Polish code breakers are in France on the run from the Gestapo. People who know the Enigma secret are not supposed to be in the combat zone for fear of capture so MI6 devises a plan to exfiltrate them. If it goes wrong, if they are caught, they could give away the greatest secret of the war.

This book X, Y & Z - The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken describes how French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the Enigma machine. It tells of how Enigma code breaking continued in Vichy France and the how code breakers from Poland continued their work for Her Majesty's Secret Service, watching the USSR's first steps of the Cold War. The people of X, Y and Z were eccentric, colourful and caught up in world events that they could watch not control. This is their story based on original research and newly released documents it is the exhilarating story of those who risked their lives to protect the greatest secret of World War Two.

Size: 165x235mm, 320 pages. ISBN: 9780 7509 8782 0

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How to survive an Atomic Attack How to survive an Atomic Attack
A Cold War Manual

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This book is a fascinating guide to official 1950's US government advice on how to survive an atomic attack - including full instructions on building your own nuclear shelter.

In 1949 the Soviet Union detonated its first nuclear bomb, heralding the era of the Cold War in which the prospect of a thermonuclear attack and Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) put every man, woman and child in the firing line. The US government issued a series of booklets explaining how to protect your family. This compilation includes Survival Under Atomic Attack with practical advice on constructing a shelter, the Family Shelters Series containing detailed construction diagrams, and Fallout Protection, a straightforward explanation of the dangers of a nuclear attack.

This book provides a chilling insight from a distinctly cold war perspective into the realities of life under the threat of Armageddon. Great artwork of the era is combines to make this a cracking little read.

Size: 165x235mm, 96 pages. ISBN: 9781 4456 3997 0

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Forgotten Science Forgotten Science
Strange Ideas from the Scrapheap of History

By S. D. Tucker

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Science has a reputation as the most logical and rational of human pastimes - but this has not always been the case. Some of them were genuine geniuses; others were simply lone loons. History is littered with their wreckage, and this hardback book tells the story of the very strangest.

From the inventor Nikola Tesla, who fell in love with his favourite pigeon and tried to broadcast his own thoughts, to the wannabe chemist August Strindberg, who injected apples with drugs to see if they could get high, numerous scientists have conducted bizarre experiments down the centuries. This book is packed with stories like this and from the most improbable to the frankly disturbing they make fascinating and thought-provoking reading. The author's eclectic mix covers a wide variety of material and with sections titled Evolutionary Dead Ends: Fairies playing at the bottom of Darwin's Garden and the like there is certainly plenty to ponder.

Proposing that science has become a kind of modern religion, and telling the tale of such noted pseudoscientific fads and fallacies as alchemy, spontaneous generation and the doomed quest to raise the dead, Forgotten Science can make you laugh at the same time as making you think. Science at school was never this weird.

Size 234x156mm, 320 pages, ISBN: 9781 4456 4837 8

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Inside Enigma Inside Enigma
The Secrets of the Enigma Machine and other Historic Cipher Machines

By Prof. Tom Perera, W1TP & Dan Perera


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Many have heard about the Enigma machines of WWII but few have an understanding of the history of these impressive machines, how they work or went on to be developed. This fully updated second edition of Inside Enigma provides in depth detail on how these machines worked and why the even though the codes proved breakable that developments of this machine remained in service for many years after the war finished.

Inside Enigma has been written by established Enigma experts Tom and Dan Perera of the enigmamuseum.com who's collection of Enigma machines have been used in Hollywood blockbusters such as the Imitation Game. This book brings to life how the Enigma machines were constructed, worked, used, how the messages were encoded and why the Enigma code was considered virtually unbreakable. You will find explanations of the code breaking efforts, the mathematics involved along with the Cold-War developments by the British, Americans and Russians. There is in depth detail of the machines used in this period, including the Swiss machines that were developed. The writers have also provided information on how to find your own Enigma machine and what can be involved in restoring one. If your efforts to find a machine fail, there are even guides to building your own or even making a simple code wheel to bring the code method to life. There is much else besides this included in Inside Enigma as it is both comprehensive and copiously illustrated.

If you want a book covering the secrets, theory and practice of the Enigma Machine in the 20th Century then Inside Enigma provides the ideal source.

Size 202 x 254mm, 208 pages, 2nd Edition, ISBN 9781 9101 9371 6
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Shoot for the Moon Shoot for the Moon
The Space Race and the Voyage of Apollo 11

By James Donovan

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Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission made history, this new and impressive maxi paperback book tells the epic story of the astronauts, flight controllers and engineers who made it happen.

On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, a moment ingrained in modern memory. Perhaps the world's greatest technological achievement - and a triumph of spirit and ingenuity ? the Apollo 11 mission and the Apollo program was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the Space Race with the Soviets. Seen through the eyes of those who lived it, Shoot for The Moon reveals the dangers, the challenges and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible. Both sweeping and intimate, and based on exhaustive research and dozens of fresh interviews, this is the definitive ? and thrilling ? account of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.

A truly inspiring read Shoot for the Moon - The Space Race and the Voyage of Apollo 11 delivers many extra details in this book not covered by others. If you are interested in this period of our history this is a book not to be missed.

Size 160x240mm, 488 pages, ISBN: 9781 4456 9907 3

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Haynes build your own Robot Haynes build your own Robot
By James Cooper

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If you are a follower of Robot Wars is the highly successful TV series or not, this Hardback book is very well written and incredibly detailed. This Haynes manual is produced in a similar style to the familiar 'how to' guides for cars but doesn't just include details about building robots but much more.

This Haynes - Build Your Own Robot Manual provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the show - the arena, and both house and competitors' robots. Lavishly illustrated with high quality pictures there are step-by-step extensively illustrated instructions for building three project robots, from a simple 'self-navigating' robot, to a fully controllable Robot Wars challenger.

If you have been fascinated by robot competitors 'fighting to the death' on TV this could be the book for you. Why not indulge yourself whilst reading about construction techniques and of course competitor teams battling each other and the fearsome 'house robots' - Dead Metal, Matilda, Shunt and Sir Killalot?

The Haynes - Build Your Own Robot Manual essential reading for all Robot Wars fans and anyone interested in something different to construct.

Hardback, Size 216x279mm, 176 pages ISBN: 9781785211867

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The Voices The Voices
Spying and Radio Warfare During the Cold War

By Gordon Adams, G3LEQ

Many are aware of the spying activity that took place following WWII until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Few though are aware of the radio jamming, broadcasts of encrypted messages or any of the other electronic skulduggery that took place during this time. This book shines a light on these activities that range from the extraordinary to the most mundane but most disruptive imaginable.

Readers of The Voices will find the details of the radio warfare engaged in the Americans, Soviets and British along with a number of other countries and groups from the Middle-East to the Caribbean. You will find details of the author's first experiences of radio jamming that lead to his deep fascination as to what was going happening on the airwaves at this time. There is discussion of the activities of propaganda stations such as Radio Marti, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe and many others. The mysterious Numbers Stations, their coded messages and the non-attributable callsigns are explained here. The author talks about where the spies operated from and the radio traffic they generated. There is a chapter on Orford Ness and the still secret Cobra Mist project along with a reflection of the role of Cyprus and the UK's Sovereign bases. There is even detail of the role of the BBC and their World Service during these times.

Produced as a tribute to the late, Gordon Adams, G3LEQ this book is based on series of articles first published in RadCom in 2000-2001 and a fond remembrance of someone whose tireless efforts influenced the RSGB for many years. This book has edited from those articles and expanded with new pictures and small amounts of material omitted from that series.

The Voices book is a truly eye-opening read for those who are unaware of this part of our history. It is simply thoroughly recommended reading for those interested in the Cold War and the radio warfare that took place in the latter part of the 20th Century.

ISBN: 9781 9101 9353 2 Size 174x240mm, 120 pages

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British Military Intelligence British Military Intelligence
Objects from the Military Intelligence Museum

Nick van Der Bijl

One of the little known museums of the UK is the Military Intelligence Museum at Chicksands in Bedfordshire. This museum provides a huge insight into British intelligence activity since Wellington's time and this new book provides a unique look at its fascinating collection.

Through a mix of objects, medals, photographs and documents held in the Military Intelligence Museum, the book tells the story of British military intelligence across the years, moving from its earliest object of the Waterloo medal awarded to the Duke of Wellington's senior intelligence officer to items recovered from operations in Afghanistan. This fascinating collection includes a Boer War photographic stereoscope and uniforms worn by intelligence officers and other ranks during the First World War. Among the Second World War objects are a very rare highest gallantry medal awarded to a British officer by France, items that belonged to a founder of the Long Range Desert Group, an example of a pigeon coop used to deliver pigeons in Occupied Europe, a chess set used by captured Special Operations Executive operatives in Buchenwald concentration camp and copies of forged rations coupons dropped into Germany as part of Psychological Warfare Executive operations. The end of the war saw the Intelligence Corps heavily involved in arresting war criminals in Germany and Japan; among the objects are handcuffs used by a Field Security Section in Occupied Germany to arrest three high-ranking Nazi officials. During the Cold War, the Intelligence Corps role in collecting intelligence from those organisations hostile to British interests and protecting the Army from espionage, sabotage and terrorism is illustrated by several documents.

There are over 180 photographs and illustrations included and the varied nature of these objects illuminates a feature of British military operations that is rarely discussed, despite having been frequently proven to be crucial to their success. British Military Intelligence provides a great read and is thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in the UK's clandestine history.

Size: 165 x 234mm, 96 pages, ISBN: 9781 4456 6238 1

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3D Printing for Dummies 3D Printing for Dummies
By Kalani Kirk Hausman & Richard Horne

Done in the usual 'Dummies' style this 3D Printing For Dummies book explains all that you need to know to get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively!

3D printing is no longer just the preserve of expensive printers working with incomprehensible and equally expensive software. This remarkable technology has now come to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers at lower costs than ever before. 3D Printing For Dummies provides a friendly but straightforward guide that examines the types of 3D printing technology available. You'll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs. The mysteries of stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques are all explained. The book even provides a design for making your own 3D printer the 'RepRap' printer and walks you through the process of creating a printer using open source designs, software, and hardware.

3D Printing For Dummies provides a great insight into this fast developing area of technology. It provides the knowledge needed to manufacture specialist parts of unusual design or construction at home. Be you keen constructor or just want to know about the technology this book provides a fascinating guide to the possibilities of 3D printing.

Size: 188 x 234mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781 1186 6075 1

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Boffin Boffin
The Early Days of Radar and Radio Astronomy and Quantum Optics

By Prof. Robert Hanbury Brown

Professor Robert Hanbury Brown was one of the most important figures in the development of radar and of observational astronomy that the UK has ever produced. This fascinating autobiography provides a unique account of the history of radar in WWII and the development of radio astronomy in the post war years.

Boffin traces the evolution of radar from the static Home Chain used in the Battle of Britain to the inclusion of the first airborne radars used in aircraft for night-fighting. The book covers his work on the polarisation of radio waves, crucial in determining the optimum configuration of the radar aerials on all the early air-to-surface equipment operated by Coastal Command. Air-to-surface radar played a huge role in the detection of surfaced submarines and the winning of the 'Battle of the Atlantic'. In 1942, Hanbury Brown was seconded to the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, and working in conditions of great secrecy, he continued the development of the Eureka and Rebecca airborne radar programme.

Post War Hanbury Brown was involved in the early days in the development of Jodrell Bank. Sir Bernard Lovell commented that without Hanbury Brown it was unlikely that the Jodrell Bank Radio telescope would ever have been built. Boffin describes this period and his later work where Hanbury Brown became perhaps best known for his invention of the optical intensity interferometer. Working with other well-known figures in astronomy such as Cyril Hazard and Richard Twiss he was involved in many great advances. Using an optical interferometer he measured for the first time pulsars and quasars. Working in the Australian outback in the 1960s he designed and built a device with mirrors 23ft in diameter moving on a circular railway 600ft across.

Professor Robert Hanbury Brown was one of the brightest engineers of the time and Boffin provides his personal story and that of the development of Radar in WWII and the development of Radio Astronomy. This book is thoroughly recommended reading for anyone interested Radar, Astronomy and much besides.

Size: 174x240, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9309 9

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Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition
by Sam Denham

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This new paperback edition of the Haynes Thunderbirds Agents' Technical Manual, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original Supermarionation series, in September 1965, is an inventive, informative and entertaining guide to the world's foremost rescue organisation.

Those familiar with the traditional "Haynes Manual" will recognise the Haynes approach that features cutaway drawings, detailed diagrams, colour illustrations and photographs. This updated edition features an additional seven cutaways of vehicles used in rescue missions, along with even more diagrams, illustrations and photographs. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team of the Thunderbirds TV series. Intended for International Rescue field agents, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual includes an introduction by Jeff Tracy, a look at late 21st Century Technology, Mission files, Operational procedures for agents' missions and much more.

Whether you are familiar with Thunderbirds or not, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team and is an excellent read and a treasure trove of detail and trivia. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition is not only a thoroughly recommended read but it also makes a great gift or treat.

Size: 270 x 210mm, 152 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3823 5

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Fort Bridgewoods Fort Bridgewoods
From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station

By Stephen G Small, G4HJE

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This is the story of a Victorian Fort that was obsolete before the last stone was laid yet in the early twentieth century became one of the most secret places in the realm. It was here that the developing science of radio became a vital weapon of espionage and war. Without the painstaking work of the expert civilian intercept operators Bletchley Park may well have failed to break the Enigma code and the vital allied intelligence advantage may have been lost.

Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station sets out this fascinating story from its building to its final closure in 1968. The early role as Fleet protection in the late 19th Century and even its WWI activities are detailed along with the significant characters involved in its history. Readers will find much about the highly secret WWII activity as a 'Y' Station which became one of the most important signal gathering stations in Britain's 'Enigma Code' breaking operation. This book is packed with information and readers will find that the radios and equipment used are covered in detail from the early Marconi equipment to the DST-100 receiver, designed specifically for wireless interception work through to the familiar HRO sets used later in the war and are even details of the Hallicrafters and RCA receivers used.

Whilst the World slipped slowly into the abyss of a Second World War the operators of Fort Bridgewoods skilfully developed the science of signals intelligence and were intercepting both the secret diplomatic and military radio traffic. Without Fort Bridgewoods the vital early 'breaks' of the Enigma code would certainly not have happened. Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station describes all of this and provides an insight into the operational work of this 'Y' station and its part in WWII. If you are interested in the radio interception technology of WWII and its pioneers this book is a revelation.

Size: 174x240, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9309 9
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The Birth of British Radar The Birth of British Radar
The Memoirs of Arnold 'Skip' Wilkins

Edited by Colin Latham and Anne Stobbs

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Arnold "Skip" Wilkins is one of the unsung heroes of the British effort to develop radar. The Birth of British Radar book combines the memoirs of Skip with an authoritative overview of the historical importance of his work.

At the core of The Birth of British Radar are Skip's memoirs of his involvement in the British radar (or, as it was then known, radio direction finding, RDF) programme from its very inception in 1935. Working under the direction of Robert Watson-Watt, it was he who proposed using radio waves, bounced back from an enemy aircraft, to detect its position. Initially working entirely alone, he constructed prototype equipment which he used in the famous Daventry experiment conducted in a field near Weeden, Northants, on 26 February 1935. The success of this led to the establishment of the R&D group at Bawdsey Manor with its team of talented scientists, engineers and technicians. From there he describes the engineering and political developments which occurred to change faint traces into a fully working system which played such a crucial role in defending Britain in the Second World War.

This second edition of The Birth of British Radar has been greatly expanded from the original memoirs with a large array of additional material. Each chapter of the memoirs is set in a historical context with an explanatory note. There is a host of extra material including an interview with Skip, details of how radar grew, post war commemorations and much more. The Birth of British Radar contains mono and colour photos along with details of Skip's post war experiences. The story of this publicity-shy individual who never sought public recognition for his achievement, is fascinating. This book describes the struggles and triumphs from the earliest days of radar, in perhaps one of the most important periods in British electronics development, and is highly recommended.

Size 174x240mm, 128 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8675 7
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Making Waves Making Waves
ADMIRAL MOUNTBATTEN'S RADIO SEAC 1945-49
By Eric Hitchcock

The story of British Forces Broadcasting in the India and South-East Asia Commands (SEAC) during WWII is one that very few people know about. This book sets out to describe the challenges, difficulties and problems of transmissions over such a huge area of the world.

Unlike in Europe where mobile stations followed closely behind the troops after D-Day as they fought their way across Europe into Germany, this approach was not suitable for the war east of Suez. SEAC covered such a huge area that other means were needed to deliver programmes to the forces. Led by Vice-Admiral Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia experimental radio transmissions were started. Soon the conclusion was reached that the best option was a powerful short wave transmitter was needed for forces broadcasting along with more receiving sets. The result was Radio SEAC.

Early estimates of targets for when the station might go on the air proved to be optimistic. They underestimated the difficulty of shipping, from England to Ceylon, the components of a big transmitter, complete with its own power supply. Several aerial towers (300 feet high) had to be dismantled, shipped and re-erected. Readers with some knowledge of the technical details of radio receivers may be surprised by photographs showing the sheer size of the components used in the big transmitter. Making Waves details much of the trials of setting up Radio SEAC and the post war operation for the BBC Overseas Service and it eventually being handed over to the Ceylon's new government.

The story of Radio SEAC, and Mountbatten's pivotal involvement in it, has remained untold until now. Making Waves presents a balanced and fascinating account, blending military, social, political and scientific history together to produce a fascinating read.

Size: 156x234mm, 224 pages ISBN: 9781 9060 3395 8

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<span style='font-size: 16px;'>Centenary</span> Centenary
100 Years Working for Amateur Radio

By Elaine Richards, G4LFM

As part of the Centenary celebrations the RSGB has commissioned and produced this special hardback book looking at 100 years of RSGB History. In its first century, the RSGB has represented the interests of members at national and international level and provided the framework within which the early pioneers and experimenters thrived. Centenary outlines the century of activity of the RSGB and its members.

Centenary is a peek at the history of the RSGB, which is a rich tapestry indeed. The stories gathered together here provide a glimpse of the people behind the organisation and the way they have shaped the history of the Society. It would have been impossible for all the stories, famous names and events from the first 100 years have made it into print. Nevertheless, this collection of events gives a flavour of the RSGB history and the hobby it supports. From the first days and its initial membership of four, through two World Wars to a new Millennium, the RSGB's membership have taken part in propagation experiments, pushed the boundaries of radio and electronic knowledge and shown what international amateur radio relations is all about. Whether it's proving that VHF communications is more than line-of-sight, showing the world how far radio signals can travel or putting satellites into space, radio amateurs have been involved in it all. Centenary brings together some of the best achievements and tells the story of some of the most well known names in amateur radio history.

Packed with over 200 colour and mono photographs this book provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of the RSGB. Produced as a quality hardback book, with a glossy slip cover and glossy paper throughout, to bring out the detail, this book is exceptional. If you would like a part of the RSGB centenary celebration then Centenary will grace any bookshelf.

ISBN: 9781 9050 8689 4, Hardback
Size: 300x225mm (landscape), 144 pages

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Haynes Owner Workshop Manuals Messerschmitt Bf109 Haynes Owner Workshop Manuals Messerschmitt Bf109
By: Paul Blackah & Malcolm Lowe

Produced as a sister volume to the Haynes Workshop Manual for Supermarine Spitfire this book provides the same treatment to the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf109. This single-seat fighter was the main combat adversary of the RAF's Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

This Haynes Owners Workshop Manual covers the history of the Bf109, restoration to flight, the views of owners, pilots and engineers, and operating and servicing insights. Data boxes cover Bf109 facts and figures, plus interviews with Luftwaffe pilots and modern-day owner-pilots. Illustrated with a mix of specially commissioned colour and archive photographs, the Bf109 Manual also includes illustrations from Luftwaffe official wartime servicing manuals, and coverage of restoration projects in the UK and overseas.

Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 160 pages, ISBN 9781-8442-5642-6

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The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird
By Dr Douglas Brown, GM8FFH

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John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is remembered as the inventor of television but his work in colour, 3D and holographic television is much less well known. As are his significant contributions to other information sciences and their resulting technologies. The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird sets out this work and adds a perspective not seen before to the story of this great inventor.

The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird details the story of this great man from his early years through, to those where despite ailing health and poverty he did more to advance the early development of television than any other individual. He planted the seed, which has grown into a multinational, trillion dollar video and communications media industry. Baird is often dismissed as the person who invented a crude type of television which was quickly superseded but this book lays these criticisms to rest once and for all. For over a quarter of a century Baird developed monochrome, colour and 3D television, and many of the techniques he pioneered are still used in modern day systems. This book goes into detail about how the systems worked and their later development after John Logie Baird's death. The author has even provided projects that can be made which demonstrate the Baird's technology, including colour broadcasting.

The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird is fascinating read that provides an excellent reference work on his inventions, an insight into the world of television and shows just how much we owe this great inventor.

Size 174x240mm, 208 pages (mono & colour): ISBN: 9781 9050 8679 5
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Island Fever Island Fever
By Robin Jones

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If you have ever dreamed of mounting a DXpedition to a far flung part of the world, yet it has never come to pass, this book could easily be a trigger for something closer to home. Packed with potential IOTA activations, low noise enviroments, spots with a large body of salt water on the doorstep, Island Fever is a great book.

Britain is an island nation with hundreds of smaller islands off the mainland shores, each with its own distinct character. Island Fever provides an insight into the some the islands of England and Wales. There are forty chapters in this full colour hard back book covering hundreds of individual islands. Each chapter provides an insight into the islands covered in both text and pictures. From the Marconi's activity on Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel in 1897, through historic Lindisfarne, to the WWII Red Sands forts, this book is packed with interesting stories. The glossy pages host nearly 300 top quality photographs which highlight some of the well known and many lesser known scenic parts of the British Isles that may well tempt you into that DXpedition you have promised yourself.

Hardback, Size 224x 297mm, 160 pages ISBN 9780711034716

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Images Across Space Images Across Space
The Electronic Imaging of Baird Television

By Dr. Douglas Brown

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Written Dr. Douglas Brown a leading authority on TV Images Across Space provides a unique and fascinating insight into the pioneers of television and in particular to Scottish inventor John Logie Baird. From the initial concept of television though to the patent for 3D TV that far surpasses that offered to modern consumers, this book gives a fascinating insight into the man and his developments.

Lavishly illustrated Images Across Space not only provides the background to the development of TV but the story of the Baird Television Ltd. up to its demise and its continuation as Cinema Television Ltd. There are many previously unpublished photographs that illustrate the level of sophistication practiced by the Baird Television Ltd. and revealing photographs of the Baird cathode-ray tube facility, laboratories in the Crystal Palace and Rotunda outbuilding, equipment installed at Alexandra Palace. The book reveals the implications of the devastating fire that spectacularly razed the Crystal Palace to the ground in 1936, taking with it the Baird facilities and an analysis of the television systems on trial for the BBC at Alexandra Palace. Readers will find this book a mine of fascinating material with even a comprehensive listing of the British patents of Baird and his associates at Baird/Cinema Television.

John Logie Baird is remembered as the inventor of the first working system of television but Images Across Space shows that there was much more to the story. Images Across Space is a rare book of technical detail and an extraordinary story - thoroughly recommended reading.

Size 176x250mm, 192 pages, ISBN 9781-8742-8921-0

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Edgar Harrison Edgar Harrison
Soldier, Patriot and Ultra Wireless Operator to Winston Churchill

By Geoffrey Pidgeon

Edgar Harrison had the most extraordinary adventures in World War II. This book details the life of the man from his earliest years through a career in the Royal Corps of Signals an abrupt move into MI6. The story of his numerous missions on all fronts and his time as an Ultra operator for Winston Churchill, is fascinating.

Edgar joined the Army as a 14 year old apprentice and was soon heading on a posting to China for five years. Posted back to Britain in 1938 with war looming Edgar signed on for further military service. In January 1940 he was moved out of the blue into MI6 and the British intelligence HQ at Waddon Hall. By April he was in Norway at the time the Germans invaded, from where he had to beat a hasty retreat. He was then in Brussels during the Blitzkrieg before escaping back to England via Dunkirk. Posted to Greece he was again on the retreat when the Nazis launched their overwhelming attack, he however, refused to surrender with other Allied troops. Instead, he made his escape via Kalamata in a rowing boat before being rescued by a British warship. He landed in Crete and was soon retreating again and was later evacuated to Cairo where he spent time recuperating from the wounds. Edgar was then parachuted into Yugoslavia with wireless gear for General Mihailovic and he became involved in close-quarter fighting between the various factions. Following a submarine withdrawal he was then sent to the Ukraine, for his sixth retreat of the war whilst ostensibly training Russian tank crews in the use of British wireless equipment. After returning to Cairo and Rommel's successful drive into Egypt, Edgar was ordered to set up the agents' wireless station for the SAS and the Long Range Desert Group deep in the Libyan Desert down at Kufra Oasis. From there he was posted to Algiers, becoming involved in the invasion of Sicily and setting up stations in Italy. Eventually Edgar returned Whaddon Hall, five miles west of Bletchley Park, before going to France and Germany. During this time he was also assigned to Winston Churchill as the MI6 wireless operator at meetings with Allied leaders. Passing the leader the decoded German Engima signals know as Ultra. After the war Edgar became the Principal Signals Officer of the Foreign Office.

This biography has been written by an acknowledged expert on Britain's clandestine activities Geoffrey Pidgeon. This book provides a glimpse of one of the great WWII stories and is recommended to everyone interested in MI6 the work carried out by its signals operators.

Size 177x255mm 232 pages ISBN: 9780 9560 5150 9

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Full Circle Full Circle
A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled

By Theodore J. Cohen

Solly's dream is for his son Teddy to one day become a concert violinist. Eventually he comes to understand and to endure the heartbreak of knowing that the dream never will be realized. As Solly watches, life takes Teddy from gifted violin student to adult engineer and scientist, leaving no time for the career in music Solly so dearly wants his son to pursue. In the end, there emerges the essence of redemption as Teddy returns to the violin late in life and fulfills his and his father's vision. The story, which is a work of fiction based on real events, will fascinate readers from ages ten to one hundred who are interested in radio, communications, and music and in how it was to grow up in a family whose members trace their heritage to that great wave of immigrants that crashed onto America's shores in the mid- to late 1800s.


Size 204x127, paperback, 216 pages, ISBN: 9781 4490 2914 2

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Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide
By Prof. Tom Perera, W1TP

This is the third edition of the famous Perera's Telegraph Collectors Guide. Written by the leading expert on Telegraph Keys this book provides the reader with the comprehensive guide to telegraph keys. There is a historical background of telegraph keys and details of the types of keys available from the earliest 1830 varieties through to the present day. Morse code keys, spark & wireless keys, military keys from around the world and radio keys are all covered. There is also a wide range of material covering practice sets, semi-automatic keys (or "Bugs"), electronic keyers, paddles, home-made keys and even novelty items. There are even tips on restoring telegraph keys. The book also provides the latest guide prices for the keys along with a hugely valuable cross reference and comprehensive index of the material.

This book contains:
* Historical background
* Details of key types
* Hundreds of pictures
* Current key prices
* Tips on restoration
* Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Index

This guide is ideal companion for anyone with an interest in telegraph keys and is a fascinating reference work on telegraph and Morse keys since their very inception

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