Pen and Sword Books

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Pen and Sword Books
Parent company Barnsley Chronicle
PredecessorLeo Cooper
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters location Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Distributionself-distributed (UK)
Casemate Publishers (US) [1]
Peribo (Australia) [2]
Publication typesBooks, magazines
Nonfiction topicsMilitary history, naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime
Imprints Air World, Frontline Books, Green Bean Books, Seaforth Publishing, White Owl
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Pen and Sword Books is a British publisher which specializes in printing and distributing books on military history, militaria and other niche subjects. It is part of the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper group.

Publishing Process of production and dissemination of literature, music, or information

Publishing is the dissemination of literature, music, or information. It is the activity of making information available to the general public. In some cases, authors may be their own publishers, meaning originators and developers of content also provide media to deliver and display their content. "Publisher" can refer both to an individual who leads a publishing company or an imprint and to an individual who owns/heads a magazine.

Militaria are artifacts or replicas of military, police, etc., collected for their historical significance. Such antiques include firearms, swords, knives, and other equipment such as uniforms, military orders and decorations and insignia. An alternate name, used by many dealers, for militaria is military antiquities or military antiques.

The Barnsley Chronicle, published in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is one of the UK's oldest provincial newspapers and one of the few weeklies still in private ownership. It was launched in 1858 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. It is owned and operated by the Hewitt family and is part of the wider Acredula Group. The paper also covers local news for the Barnsley audience and also publishes "We Are Barnsley" and the "Holme Valley Review".



The first books produced by the company were in response to public demand, following a series of articles first published weekly in the Barnsley Chronicle. Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks told the story of crash sites in the Dark Peak National Park and a further weekly feature on the history of two Kitchener battalions, known as the Barnsley Pals, aroused a public interest. Over the years these books have been reprinted a number of times.

Dark Peak

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Kitcheners Army initially, an all-volunteer army formed in the United Kingdom

The New Army, often referred to as Kitchener's Army or, disparagingly, as Kitchener's Mob, was an (initially) all-volunteer army of the British Army formed in the United Kingdom from 1914 onwards following the outbreak of hostilities in the First World War in late July 1914. It originated on the recommendation of Herbert Kitchener, then the Secretary of State for War to raise 500,000 volunteers. Kitchener's original intention was that it would be formed and ready to be put into action in mid-1916, but circumstances dictated its use before then. The first use in a major action came at the Battle of Loos.

The Barnsley Pals were two Pals battalions during the First World War.

Following on from the success of the Dark Peak and Barnsley Pals books, a number of local history paperbacks were produced along with a series of battlefield guide books. Battleground Europe proved successful and as 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 established in 1990. [3] Leo Cooper (25 March 1934 – 29 November 2013), the husband of novelist Jilly Cooper, had established a reputation for publishing military history titles. Leo Cooper later retired. [3]

Leonard (Leo) Cooper worked for numerous distinguished publishing houses before setting up his own independent publishing house, Leo Cooper Ltd, in 1968.

Jilly Cooper English author

Jilly Cooper, CBE is an English author. She began her career as a journalist and wrote numerous works of non-fiction before writing several romance novels, the first of which appeared in 1975. She is most famous for writing the Rutshire Chronicles.

Pen and Sword also covers naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime.

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Aerial warfare is the battlespace use of military aircraft and other flying machines in warfare. Aerial warfare includes bombers attacking enemy installations or a concentration of enemy troops or strategic targets; fighter aircraft battling for control of airspace; attack aircraft engaging in close air support against ground targets; naval aviation flying against sea and nearby land targets; gliders, helicopters and other aircraft to carry airborne forces such as paratroopers; aerial refueling tankers to extend operation time or range; and military transport aircraft to move cargo and personnel. Historically, military aircraft have included lighter-than-air balloons carrying artillery observers; lighter-than-air airships for bombing cities; various sorts of reconnaissance, surveillance and early warning aircraft carrying observers, cameras and radar equipment; torpedo bombers to attack enemy shipping; and military air-sea rescue aircraft for saving downed airmen. Modern aerial warfare includes missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Surface forces are likely to respond to enemy air activity with anti-aircraft warfare.

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