Archive for December, 2014


This is a new edition of this classic book which includes, in its over 700 postcards, many new, powerful propaganda images from nations on both sides of this epic conflict. Here are cards from the Queen’s Collection, cards from America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Rumania, Salonika, Serbia… All are faithfully reproduced from the original, whether in dramatic black and white or in exuberant colour and they are all at least 100 years old. But this is not just a picture book.

Here is a rich treasure trove to be dipped into for dilettante pleasure or to be read seriously as a thematic and contemporary history of the war. These cards have been collected over many years and a good number are rare and extremely valuable, both intrinsically and for the fascinating information contained in the informative running text and in the thoughtful captions.

This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to sense the feelings and emotions of those who lived through, and fought in, the First World War; readers will appreciate the Twitter-like brevity of the captions, the power of the images and enjoy the chase to understand what lies behind them.

This handsome and fascinating book uses hundreds of the immensely popular picture postcards of the ’14-’18 period to document the course and effects of the Great War, with all its dramatis personae, its humour, suffering, patriotism, sentimentality and fervour.

Thanks to our friends at Pen andSword, we’ve got a copy of Till the Boys Come Home to give away! For your chance of winning, send your name and full postal address to midday on Wednesday 7th January, making sure to put “Till the Boys Come Home” as the subject. The first entry out of the electronic hat after the competition closes will receive a copy of this great book!

Don’t forget to put “Till the Boys Come Home” in the subject line. Incorrectly labelled or blank entries will be discarded.

Till the Boys Come Home is available now in hardback and e-book, courtesy of Pen and Sword.


Wrath of Sparta

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Ancient

Pitting the fabled city-states of Sparta, Athens, Corinth and the Boiotian League against one another in a thrilling recreation of the Peloponnesian Wars, Wrath of Sparta is a massive expansion that lets you define the very destiny of ancient Greece.

Will Sparta and its allies martial their formidable military might to dominate Greece? Or will stately Athens retain its stranglehold on Greek politics, and assure victory with its unsurpassed navies? The dominant state must prepare for an escalating challenge, as the Persian Empire watches matters unfold, and drills its armies in readiness for a challenger to rise.

In addition, all-new technology trees representing Greek cultural disciplines such as mathematics and philosophy combine with a focus on Greek religious festivals and athletic events to bring the classical age to life. Wrath of Sparta is ROME II’s most flavourful campaign yet.

Available now, priced at £9.99 / $14.99 / €14.99