- Pen and Sword Books
Pen & Sword Books is part of The
Barnsley Chroniclenewspaper group. The Barnsley Chronicle is one of the UK's oldest provincial newspapersand one of the few weeklies still in private ownership. It was launched in 1858and is due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2008.
The first books produced by the Company were in response to public demand following of a series of articles first published weekly in the Barnsley Chronicle. Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks told the story of crash sites in the
Dark PeakNational Park and a further weekly feature on the history of two Kitchener battalions, known as the the Barnsley Pals, aroused a public thirst for more. Over the years these books have been reprinted a number of times and collectively have reached a figure of around 20,000 copies sold. Following on from the success of Dark Peak Wrecks and Barnsley Pals books, a number of local history paperbackswere produced along with a series of battlefield guide books. Battleground Europe proved immediately successful and as more and more titles were produced the Company made the decision to launch a book publishing arm of the group. When the Leo Cooper imprint became available the Barnsley Chronicle bought it; and the Pen and Sword publishing house was born. Leo Cooper, the husband of the famous novelist Jilly, had established a strong reputation for publishing military history titles and had some famous books in his list. With the Leo Cooper imprint and its backlist Pen and Sword became established as one of the UK's leading military historypublishers. Over recent years the company has continued to grow and has added new imprints to its core area of military history. Pen & Sword now specialise in all areas of military history, naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime. With over 200 books published every year, Pen & Sword has established itself as a specialist book publisher.
* "Aviation Heritage Trail" -- stories, history and events behind famous aviation operations
* "Battlegrounds" -- Over 100 illustrated
battleground guide books from periods including 1066, Wars of the Roses, The English Civil War, Napoleonic, Zulu War, The Boer War, World War Ito World War II
* "Holt's guidebooks" -- Overview general information books with detailed maps,
memorials, battlegrounddescriptions and tourist-focused summaries covering varied campaigns from World War Iand World War II
* "Pals" -- narratives documenting the lives of friends,
comrades and pals who joined together in the same Battalions to serve King and Country during the Great War
* "Classics" -- books covering
military operations and stories from many different periods throughout history
* "Warships of the Royal Navy" -- stories behind famous Royal Navy ships from the
Napoleonic Warsto contemporary military conflicts
* "Images of war" -- photographs from wartime archives with detailed captions and references
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