Know Your History: The Real Uhtred of Bebbanburg

H/T to the Renegade Tribune

I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales series as well as the TV series The Last Kingdom which are well adapted from the novels, but as you will see, the REAL story of Uhtred is much more cut-throat than any yarn Mr. Cornwell could ever spin!


Military History: Legend of the Old Corps – Gustav Hasford and the Snuffies

Legends of the Old Corps – Gustav Hasford and the “Snuffies”


Fascinating story for all you fellow military history book worms like me.

Stay Frosty.


Historical Fiction Book of The Month: The Revenant


Picador Publishing, 272pp

I have been interested in the history of Mountain Men, the Old West and the American Indian since I was a kid. I remember watching movies such as the original Man in the Wilderness (Based on the life of Hugh Glass), The Mountain Men, Jeremiah Johnson and Death Hunt with my dad and being engrossed by the tales of these wild and adventurous men. I still remember a friend of the family’s house we used to visit quite often had a Time Life Set of Books about the Old West. Each one was about a different subject: Gunfighters, Indians, Military, Mountain Men. I think I literally wore that set of books out reading them when I would visit!

When I first saw the movie The Revenant, the subject of Hugh Glass was a familiar subject for me. As I said, I had already watched the Original Man in the Wilderness with Richard Harris, which is based on the life of Hugh Glass. I had also read several books on Glass, the best one being The Saga of Hugh Glass by John Myers Myers. So after watching the movie a few times, I decided to read the book the movie was based, The Revenant, by Michael Punke.

Good historical fiction, regardless of the subject matter or time period,  should strive to IMMERSE the reader in the era. After reading a chapter or two, the reader should be able to close their eyes and in their mind’s eye literally SEE the geography, the men, the animals, the weapons and the danger of the uncivilized west of 1823. This book does that in spades. And not only does it place you in the middle of the action, it takes time to fill in the back story of most of the main characters of the book, including Glass, which is amazing and worth the price of admission in and of itself if you ask me.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!



Historical Non-Fiction and Fiction Books of the Month Selections

Military History Monthly Routinely publishes a “Book Guide” of recently released or soon-to-be released Historical Non-Fiction and Fiction Titles; here is their latest for all you hopeless book worms like me….




Peter Doyle and Chris Foster


Kitchener’s Mob tells the story of the raising of Kitchener’s Army, from the earliest days of recruitment, through to the creation of whole ‘Pals’ battalions across the country and beyond. This book follows the journey of these men, born to fight together, through an amalgam of words and images.

PUBLISHER: The History Press



Jeremy Black


One of the world’s finest scholars of military history, Jeremy Black provides a lucid analysis of the use of air power over land and sea over the last 100 years, with particular emphasis on the RAF during World War II and the two Gulf Wars. An essential and compelling book.

PUBLISHER: Rowman & Littlefield



Neil Faulkner


A wealth of new research supports this groundbreaking account of the Arab Revolt and the Palestine Campaign during WWI. Author Neil Faulkner provides insights into Lawrence’s peculiar genius, the collision of tradition with modernity, and the beginnings of the insurgencies that today inflame the Middle East.

PUBLISHER: Yale University Press


Tim Newark


From the 1916 classic The Battle of the Somme to the 2014 blockbuster American Sniper, this stunning new book examines 50 of the greatest war films from the last century. Highly illustrated throughout, it offers rare insight into some of history’s most compelling cinematic productions.

PUBLISHER: Osprey Publishing


Matthias Strohn (ed.)


Featuring articles by leading military historians and an introduction by renowned World War I scholar Sir Hew Strachan, this new study looks beyond the horrendous conditions and staggering casualty rate to examine the strategic and tactical impact of the campaign for German, French, British, and Dominion forces on the Somme.

PUBLISHER: Osprey Publishing



James Collins


AD 367: a battlehardened soldier is sent to the frozen north of Britannia on a mission from the Emperor. Conducting his investigation from a hostile garrison on the crumbling frontier of Hadrian’s Wall, Atellus must struggle to survive in a lawless land torn apart by the death-throes of an over-stretched empire.



R C Rivaz


‘Rivaz was, without doubt, one of the best gunners with whom I ever flew,’ said Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, VC Written only months after the events described, R C Rivaz provides a uniquely fresh and immediate perspective on some of the most harrowing episodes of World War Two.

PUBLISHER: Albion Press



Ben H Shepherd


Drawing on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship, this penetrating history is the first to examine the full extent of the German army’s complicity in the Nazi crimes of World War Two and the range of reasons for its early victories and eventual defeat.

PUBLISHER: Yale University Press


John Brooks


In this major new account of the Battle of Jutland, the key naval battle of the First World War, John Brooks reveals the key technologies employed, from ammunition to battle orders. He offers important new interpretations of the battle, drawing on contemporary sources, along with official records, letters, and memoirs.

PUBLISHER: Cambridge University Press



Brian Devereux


A gripping true story of survival as one family struggles against overwhelming odds in WWII occupied Asia. Whilst his wife and son are in Burma evading the Japanese and surviving in the jungle, Jack Devereux survives the sinking of a PoW ship and the atom bomb at Nagasaki.



William Mortimer Moore


A compelling account of the occupation and liberation of Paris, this book draws on a wealth of diverse accounts and memoirs weaving together the intricate parallel chains of events – military and diplomatic, Allied and German – that led General Leclerc’s French 2nd Armoured Division to the boulevards of Paris in 1944.



Stay Alert, Stay Armed, Read Good Books and Stay Dangerous!

Historical Fiction Book of the Month Suggestion: Halestorm by Becky Akers


Author Becky Akers has long lived in the eighteenth century—or at least she wishes she had. Now readers can join the excitement via her debut novel, Halestorm.

They’ll meet such icons as General George Washington, who must learn the British Army’s plans for quashing the rebellion or perish with his troops; Sir William Howe, the British commander who quickly sheds his principles and his sympathy for Americans when King George III asks him to lead His Majesty’s forces against them; and Nathan Hale, a 21-year-old charmer whose dedication to the Patriots’ cause is exceeded only by his honor.

Halestorm presents the true—well, mostly true; okay, partially true—story of this legendary spy. Beloved son of a farmer in Coventry, Connecticut, Nathan imbibes politics along with the food his family raises at his father’s table.

When Mrs. Hale dies, Nathan’s heartbroken dad turns to a lady he knew long ago—and one with whom he shares an explosive secret. Soon her luscious daughter, Alice Adams, falls in love with Nathan. But Mr. Hale forbids the couple to marry, imprisoning Nathan with his own honor.

Though Nathan considers himself duty-bound to forget Alice, she doesn’t. When a dangerous and determined rival begins courting her, she encourages him to make Nathan jealous.

A motley militia fires on British troops in Massachusetts, and Nathan enlists in the new Continental Army. There he battles his honor again when General George Washington appeals for a spy. Espionage in these days before James Bond is dirty and despicable; no gentleman of honor befriends an enemy only to betray him. But unless they know the details of the upcoming British attack, the vastly outnumbered Continental troops will die—and so will the Revolution.

Nathan alone volunteers for this essential mission as Alice once more plays her suitor against him. The disaster she unleashes overtakes the threesome behind British lines, where Nathan’s uncovering the secrets General Washington needs to win the war…

Filled with love and conflict, murder and betrayal, Halestorm stirs readers’ deepest emotions with themes that resonate today as much as they did in the 1770s: the tragic effects of history, both personal and political, on our lives; our need to make sense of the senseless; how much obedience and loyalty we owe our family; whether honor should ever displace love.

“…a triumph of literary artistry and historical research…”
— American Daily Herald

“…her fiction brings alive the time of the American Revolution in beautifully written prose…”
— Hearst Newspapers

“This novel turns its own pages, so you may want to begin reading it at the beginning of a weekend. I didn’t, and it made for some sleepy workdays.”

HALESTORM; Quackenduck Books; 978-0-9882032-0-4
356 pages; $16.95; also available as an e-book for $2.99

About the Author:

Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian who publishes so voluminously that whole forests of gigabytes have died. You’ve heard of some of the outlets that carry her work (Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Barron’s, New York Post, American History Magazine, Independent Review, Military History Magazine, Ottawa Citizen,,,,; others can only wish you’d heard of them. She’s also written two novels of the American Revolution, Halestorm and its sequel, Abducting Arnold. She lives in New York City, not far from where Nathan Hale uttered his famous regrets about having only one life to give for his country.


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