Leo Cooper, whose death was announced on November 29, was one of two singular figures in late twentieth century military publishing. The imprint he founded, which launched many author’s careers, evolved in its final version to become Pen and Sword Books, Casemate’s first and now largest distribution client.
Here is a link to an excellent obituary in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/03/leo-cooper
I have a number of memories of meetings with Leo, particularly when I was working for Lionel Leventhal’s Greenhill Books in the early 1990s (Lionel and Leo were “somewhat competitive” ) and I was responsible for selling Leo’s books as part of Greenhill’s sales repping activities in London. One time I was hauled up for a 10am meeting to explain some lackluster sales performance. On arrival at Leo’s office, I was handed a glass (and then several more) of Bergerac which was what appeared to be needed to get through that awkward hour before the pubs opened and one could have a proper gin and tonic. This was followed by a lengthy lunch and then a train home at the end of a liquid day. At some point the sales would have been alluded to, but only tangentially (can’t spoil a good lunch talking about business).
I don’t quite know how Leo kept up the pace – but he did, and some!
It is the season for giving and we have got a really great deal for you!
From now until November 29th, eight of Helion and Company’s Africa@War titles covering major battles such as Operation Dingo to the Battle for Cassinga are now available for only $3.99.
Available as print and digital editions, these great titles contain an accurate depiction of Africa’s military, political and social turmoil through the years. Don’t miss out on this great deal and download today!
Africa@War: Operation Dingo
Rhodesian Raid on Chimoio and Tembué 1977
Dr J.R.T. Wood
Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighboring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased in late 1979.
Africa@War: France in Centrafique
From Bokassa and Operation Barracude to the Days of EUFOR
France in Centrafrique explores the pre- and post-colonial history of the Republic of Central Africa as well as giving the reader a taste of the country’s involvement in WWII itself. The main focus of this volume is on Central Africa’s independence and the rise to power of Jean Bedel Bokassa including the Focard network and Françafrique connections, France’s military links with RCA (defense agreements), the republic’s post independence military, its politics and Bokassa’s coup.
We’re pleased to announce that Mike Guardia’s newest book Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…And Always is now available from Casemate!
This book takes us through the life of one of the most admired American combat leaders, Hal Moore, following his years of service in the Korean and Vietnam wars. A 1945 graduate of West Point, Lieutenant General Moore fought battles Old Baldy, T-Bone and Pork Chop Hill in Korea. In Vietnam he commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry in the Battle of la Drang where Moore’s courage and strategy led the Communists to a final withdrawal from battle. Although Moore saw the end of the battle as an ultimate defeat, after U.S. forces left and let the North Vietnamese reassert control, many commend the Lieutenant General for his willingness to face overwhelming odds in battle.
Following his tour in Vietnam, Moore assumed command of the 7th Infantry Division, forward-stationed in South Korea, and in 1971, he took command of the Army Training Center at Fort Ord, California. In this capacity, he oversaw the US Army’s transition from a conscript-based to an all-volunteer force. He retired as a Lieutenant General in 1977.
The author, Mike Guardia, has been allowed access to Hal Moore’s personal files, letters, documents and never-before-seen photographs. Working from personal documents and after many interviews with the renowned leader, Guardia introduces this official biography of Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always. Guardia has published two biographies with Casemate and is currently an Armor officer in the U.S. army.
“…outstanding biography …Moore, one of America’s most distinguished Soldiers, granted Guardia numerous interviews and allowed the author unrestricted access to his collected letters, documents, and never before published photographs to produce this first ever fully illustrated biography.” - Armchair General
Order your own copy of Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always here.
We are truly saddened to announce the passing of Philip Gray, a great man and the author of Ghosts of Targets Past: The Lives and Losses of a Lancaster Crew in 1944-45.
Suddenly at his home in Etobicoke, Ontario, Philip passed away on October 16, 2013. He was born in Ladybank, Fife, Scotland to Philip and Isabella Gray. He attended Kirkcaldy High School to 4th Year, where he was the Junior Sports Champion in 1936. Philip joined the RAF in 1942, and underwent training for close to a year at Falcon Field, Arizona, USA. Upon his return to the UK, he was posted to 186 Heavy Bomber Squadron, at Stradishall. He piloted Lancaster Bombers, and with “Lady Luck” by his side, flew in 16 bombing operations against the Third Reich. Philip was later posted to the 622 Squadron, Mildenhall, where his duties included dropping food to the people of The Netherlands under operation “Manna”, and flying back ex-POW’s from France to England. He married Lynn Melville, in 1952, in Dundee, Scotland. In 1971, they immigrated to New Zealand where Philip continued his aviation related career and community radio broadcasts. The loss of Lynn in 1982 hit him hard. He scripted a book “Ghosts of Targets Past” in New Zealand, and had it fine honed after he immigrated to Canada in 1990. He became a member of the Canadian Air and Space Museum in 2000, where he was very well respected. Philip accomplished ten annual visits to the Duxford Air Museum, UK, retailing hundreds of his books. Philip will be missed by his many friends, surviving cousins, neighbors, and especially Ivor “Blondie” Foster, (Plymouth, England) the last surviving crew member.
On this Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, Casemate Publishers would like to commemorate the bravery and strength of soldiers throughout history. We would also like to honor those who are currently serving our country in order to protect our freedoms.
Casemate Publishers has the wonderful opportunity of sharing the different veterans’ stories throughout history, and we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.
From Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
This week, Casemate attended the 2013 AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
We were there representing our Publisher Client, Helion & Company, and the AUSA book titled The German Fallschirmtruppe 1936-41. Many different exhibitors were present from weapons manufacturers and military engineers to outfitting companies who produce the equipment necessary for surviving unfamiliar weather conditions. Every booth had something fascinating and imperative to offer troops across the world.
AUSA’s Book Program, located in the small business arena, consisted of Casemate Publishers, Naval Institute Press, The University Press of Kentucky and AUSA authors. While there, we engaged in many exchanges with new and veteran customers, current and potential authors and our fellow military history publishers. We had the chance to feature one of our own recently published titles, 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution, written by Col. John Antal, which was very well received.
We are looking forward to our next show, Fall-In, taking place the weekend of November 15th-17th at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, PA. Here you will have the chance to attend one of the largest gatherings of historical miniatures on the east coast, while also supporting local and international miniature makers as well as war gamers! Feel free to come out and visit us at the Casemate Booth!
Below are some great pictures from AUSA! You can view our entire AUSA album here!