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Pallas Armata by Sir James Turner (Greenwood Press, 1683)

Richard Atkyns edited by Peter Young (Longmans, 1967)

Running the Gauntlet by George Mossop (Nelson, 1937) quoted in Isandlwana by Adrian Greaves (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2002)

The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1967)

Recollections of the Peninsula by Moyle Sherer (Spellmount Publishers, 1996)

The War of the Guns by Aubrey Wade (BT Batsford, 1936)

Gunner Subaltern by Julian Tyndale-Biscoe (Leo Cooper, 1971)

Unwilling Passenger by Arthur Osburn (London, 1932)

As From Kemmel Hill by Arthur Behrend (Greenwood Press, 1976)

The Devil's Chariots by John Glanfield (Sutton Publishing, 2001)

There's a Devil in the Drum by John Lucy (Naval and Military Press, 2000)

Tank!: 40 Hours of Battle by Ken Tout (Robert Hale, 1944)


Imperial War Museum: A site that provides online advice about military sources and research, concentrating on British and Commonwealth conflicts of the 20th century.

National Army Museum: The site contains information about the galleries and collections of the British Army (from the 17th century to present day) and also has records relating to the Indian Army.

The National Maritime Museum: This site holds archives about Royal Navy administration from the 18th century and crew lists from the 19th century. You will also find ships' plans and a photographic index of most 20th century ships.

Places to visit

The sites of battlefields can be extremely evocative - try and visit the following:

Senlac Hill: The site of the Battle of Hastings was fought and the last of the Saxon kings, Harold, was killed in 1066. The visitor centre is at 88, High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN39 OAQ. Tel: 01424 773721.

Sutton Cheney: The precise location of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was defeated and killed in 1485, has aroused fierce controversy, but there is an excellent visitor centre and battlefield walk at Sutton Cheney, near Market Bosworth, west of Leicester.

The Naseby Battle and Farm Museum: The site of the Battle of Naseby (1645) has been located between Naseby, Northants, and Market Harborough, Leicestershire; the epicentre of the fighting can be seen from a momument on the Naseby-Sibbertoft Road. The Naseby Battle and Farm Museum, Purlieu Farm, Naseby, Northamptonshire, is open by appointment only.

The Battle of Culloden: The site where the Jacobites were decisively overthrown by the Hanoverians in 1746, lies just east of Inverness. The Visitor Centre is sign posted from the A9, 5 miles east of Inverness on the B9006. Tel: 01463 790607.

Battle of the Boyne: The Battle of the Boyne (1690) dashed Jacobite hopes in Ireland and stands in the valley of the River Boyne, just east of Drogheda in Ireland. The Visitor Centre is at Dunmore, Co Meath, Ireland and is a good starting point for tours of the area.

Local regimental museums

Imperial War Museum: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Tel: 020 7416 5320. Exhibits and resources on many conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. You can arrange to view the extensive collection of diaries and letters held by the Department of Documents.

National Army Museum: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Tel: 020 7730 0717. The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the Army as a whole from Agincourt in the 15th century to contemporary peace-keeping.

The National Maritime Museum: Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 020 8858 4422. Collections and exhibitions on various aspects of naval history and maritime personalities. You can research Royal Navy archives and crew lists in their library, as well as general information on naval history. Arrange an appointment before visiting the library.

RAF Museum: Graham Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. Tel: 020 8205 2266. Britain's only national museum dedicated to aviation. Aircraft and exhibits relating to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.

Leeds Armouries: The home of the national collection of arms and armour. Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999.

Scottish National War Museum: The museum is set in a particularly beautiful site and contains displays of military artefacts from Scottish history. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG. Tel: 0131 225 7534.

The Palace of Versailles, Paris Tourism: Visit the Palace, including the Hall of Mirrors, where the peace treaty concluding World War One was signed in 1919.

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Published: 01-03-2005

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