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Philip Hamlyn Williams
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A writer of people's stories. My book, War on Wheels, was published by History Press on 8 September 2016
A writer of people's stories. My book, War on Wheels, was published by History Press on 8 September 2016

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A Prequel to War on Wheels
My new book, Ordnance , on equipping the British Army in WW1 is to be published by The History Press in June 1918. Exploring the story,  there is a strong thread of lessons waiting to be learnt. Some were, but, for others, it wouldn't be until WW2 that they...

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Children supplying the army in WW2
In the summer of 1943 the Derby depot had found itself unable to deal with the volume of material it was receiving and so Brigadier Robinson had the imaginative idea of seeing if school children on their summer holidays would help. The Derby Evening Telegra...

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There could be only one D Day
In March 1943 The War Diaries of the DOS Allied Forces HQ North Africa, Brigadier WEC Picknall  reported ‘Warren and McCausland have arrived and I think their visit, and that of the Chilwell party, should be most helpful'. One issue that had haunted the Nor...

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Dan Snow's seal of approval for War on Wheels
Dan Snow has Tweeted this to his 155,000 followers @thehistoryguy I learn from this excellent book that during WW2 the number of vehicles in the British Army went from 40k to 1.5mill What can I say? I'm thrilled at this affirmation.

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Paris in February 1917
What would it have felt to be here in 1917. The war had dragged on for three gruelling years. everyone must have known someone who had died or been injured. Yet life went on. The firm of Joly Fils had been given the job of storing, cleaning and repairing Br...

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Talking at Chilwell
What an experience! Seeing some of the places that I have been writing about; not for the first time since I was there in 1966 for the sliver jubilee of the Shell Filling factory, although I have no real memory of the occasion. To imagine the Chilwell site,...
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