Histoire et Collections

Histoire et Collections

Founded in 1984, Histoire & Collections is the leading publisher of French-language magazines in the fields of militaria and related hobbies. Producing hundreds of books in both English and French, H&C have gained a reputation for excellence, both in terms of the information their books contain and the unprecedented level of detail in their production. Although some books are only available in French, the wealth of high quality illustrations make them a valuable purchase for enthusiasts all over the world.

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  • Batailles De Champagne

    As we are getting ready to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice, it would be good if we got away from the usual shortcuts: the Battles of the Marne, Verdun, the failure on the Chemin des Dames, the victorious offensives of 1918… It was in 1915 however - the bloodiest year of the war - that almost 400 000 French soldiers were killed. With Artois, Champagne was almost certainly the most murderous battlefield of the front. This book evokes in a most striking manner the twelve months of fighting which the tragic names of Souain, Massige, Tahure, Perthes et Mesnil-les-Hurlus represe... Learn More

    Starting at: £35.00

  • 9th Air Force

    During the preparation of the Normandy Invasion, the American high command realized soon enough that the 8th Air Force, which was wholly committed to strategic bombing, could not undertake the close support of ground units in this major offensive. The keystone of operation “Overlord” would indeed be mastery of the skies: tactical aviation had to be able to intervene quickly and precisely, and to operate from bases on the Continent.

    The heavy bombers, as they were dependent on large and permanent airfields, could not be called upon for such tasks. The concept of on-call... Learn More

    Starting at: £35.00

  • M4 Carbine

    The M4 Carbine and its variants fire 5.56 x 45mm NATO ammunition and are gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire firearms with a 4-position telescoping stock.
    The M4 can trace its lineage back to earlier carbine versions of the M16, all based on the original AR-15 made by ArmaLite. It is a shorter and lighter version of the M16A2 assault rifle, with selective fire options including semi-automatic and three-round burst.

    Used predominantly by US forces, and by many special forces around the world, this book provides an illustrated history of its design, develop... Learn More

    Starting at: £15.95

  • US WWII Artillery

    With the help of technical specifications, discover all the cannon used by the American forces campaigning between 1941 and 1945. Field artillery and anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns are presented from the technical and historical point of view. A chapter is devoted to radio vectors and another to artillery spotting.

    Undisputed specialist of 20th Century French Army history and former officer, Paul Gaujac served in the paratroopers, in the air transport command, at the nuclear submarines headquarters and then at that of the Army, finishing his career as head of the Historical... Learn More

    Starting at: £14.99

  • French Army 1918

    In January 1914 the French Army had 47 divisions (777,000 French and 46,000 colonial troops) in 21 regional corps, with attached cavalry and field-artillery units.
    By 1918 about 40% of all French troops on the Western Front were artillerymen. Increasing use of machine-guns, armoured cars and tanks also reduced the numbers in the infantry. This volume examines the French Army's last year of the Great War. Learn More

    Starting at: £13.99

  • SFV - Societe Francaise De Vierzen

    The beginning of the fifties was a really golden age for the Société Française de Matériel Agricole et Industriel de Vierzon’s. This venerable French company was present everywhere in the rural world with its threshers but especially with its farming tractors, the famous “Vierzons”. The company did not miss any opportunity to remind people that its products were 100% French.

    Year in year out, farming techniques developed faster and faster and after a prosperous period, the Société Française encountered serious diffic... Learn More

    Starting at: £25.00

  • French Infantry Flags 1789-1815

    French Infantry Flags 1789-1815 Learn More

    Starting at: £32.95

  • C160 Transall

    Although its retirement was announced for a while for 2005, the C-160 Transall is still the principal lynchpin of French military air transport. More than forty years after it went into service, this twin-engined tactical transport has been present in all the theaters of operation where the French army has been deployed, not to mention the numerous humanitarian operations which have taken it all over the globe.

    Handled with dexterity by its crews, the Transall is always impressive when it's a question of getting down to the nitty-gritty and showing some muscle in the most... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.99

  • Hastings 1066

    Fought on 14th October 1066 between Duke William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson, the king of England, the Battle of Hastings changed the course of English history forever.

    William's victory ensured his accession to the English throne, and the battle of Hastings and the two earlier battles at Fulford and Stamford Bridge led to such horrendous casualties that there were very few men left to lead any kind of resistance to William once he'd been crowned. Because of this lack of resistance, William would survive long enough to successfully found a Norman dynasty of Englis... Learn More

    Starting at: £21.00

  • Twilight Of Medieval Castles

    Volume II, entitled the Twilight of the Medieval Castles, gives details of the last period in which the architectural elements characteristic of the medieval period were used. It shows how the castles failed to make the necessary adaptation to the new fighting techniques along with the tastes of the period which also evolved at the end of the period. The incapacity to react to all these constraints was the main reason for the disappearance of the medieval castle. Finally the author evokes the often contrasting fate of some of these buildings which ended up as barracks, prisons or being... Learn More

    Starting at: £35.00

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