It’s a century today since the great clash of dreadnoughts

It’s the centenary of the Battle of Jutland today – the first and only clash of the great fleets during the First World War. On the misty afternoon of 31 May 1916, off the coast of Denmark, the British and German fleets came to blows in classic form: a tussle between their lighter battlecruiser forces, … More It’s a century today since the great clash of dreadnoughts

What if Germany won the First World War? Would we have avoided Hitler?

I posted the other day about the way Germany nearly won the First World War in spring 1918. If Erich von Ludendorff’s gigantic offensive of March-June 1918 had succeeded, Germany would have dominated Europe on land – and with all combatants exhausted by years of fighting, it’s highly likely the Allies would have sought terms. … More What if Germany won the First World War? Would we have avoided Hitler?

Spring Offensive: how Germany nearly won the First World War in 1918

It struck me the other day that amid all the ‘what if’ stories about Hitler winning the Second World War, there has been little speculation about the Kaiser winning the first one – which he very nearly did. Twice. The Kaiser’s Germany came very close to winning during the first months of their war, as … More Spring Offensive: how Germany nearly won the First World War in 1918

And so the great 2015 re-release adventure ends

It’s done! Yup  – the re-release programme for seven of my earliest military history books is finished. These titles were originally published by Reed NZ Ltd between 1998 and 2003. They were short, by design, and intended – above all – to be interesting and accessible for the general audience. ‘We like your style,’ the managing … More And so the great 2015 re-release adventure ends

The advantages of using your own photos in your books

One of my blogging friends asked me, yesterday, why I’d picked a Japanese flag to feature on the cover of my reissued book Pacific War: New Zealand and Japan 1941-45. Why not a New Zealand image? The flag picture featured originally on the back cover of the 2003 Reed print edition. Now it’s in full glory … More The advantages of using your own photos in your books