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.
The US Army Soldier Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352502593
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2013
Illustrations: Fully illustrated throughout
Description:
With the way the battlefield has evolved over the last ten years, the soldier’s equipment has had to evolve accordingly. Although the media often show the US Army Boys right in the heart of the fighting in Afghanistan, and up until recently in Iraq, their equipment, material and weapons have never been shown in detail. This book has now done this, drawing up an exhaustive list of the equipment used by the US Army’s infantryman (but also the helicopter pilots and the armoured vehicle drivers)– from the boots to the wrist computer, via the assault rifle and the winter uniform – and the programmes intended to make the soldier even quicker, even more effective and better protected.
Vehicles Blindes Combat Roues 8 x 8 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9782352502579
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2012
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout
Description:
This book gathers together for the first time all the wheeled armoured vehicles in the world with their various modifications, modernisations along with the technical specifications for each model.There are more than 300 photos; the book is bilingual, methodical, giving the history of each vehicle and its dimensions in a practical and visual manner. This manual enables you to identify accurately any 8 x 8 combat armoured vehicle from a picture even if it’s an incomplete one.

L’Acrylique Pas A Pas

Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352502425
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2012
Description:
With a score of very detailed demonstrations, Patrice Baffou covers all the techniques that can be used with acrylics. The step are presented in order of increasing difficulty and address the choice of materials, the basic concepts as well as the wide range of painting subjects for beginners. With the right direction the reader can tackle landscapes, flowers and portraits and with that experience go on their own way, creating their own personal artistic approach.
Corsair Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9782352502166
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2012
Illustrations: 50 photographs
Description:
The Corsair no doubt appears at the top of the list of mythical aircraft which have left their mark on aviation history. As the author is predominantly an illustrator he has given priority to the illustrations and iconography following with explanations that are deliberately concise but as thorough as possible. His aim was to tell the thirty year story of the Corsair’s extraordinary career from its baptism of fire in the Pacific to the African skies, passing through the Far-East and a less martial, but nonetheless virile, interlude in the colourful and exhilarating world of the Pylon Races.
The Art of the Jeep Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9782352502210
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2012
Illustrations: Fully illustrated throughout
Description:
After the war the Jeep, a small military vehicle then mostly unknown to the general public, suddenly became central to the vision of the postwar period. Made famous in magazines and newspapers world-wide, the Jeep was on everything from writing paper, matchboxes and playing cards, and seemed to invade America before conquering the world. This fabulous new book from Histoire et Collections perfectly captures the mood of that period immediately after the war with its lavish full colour illustrations.
Mirage 2000N Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9782352502081
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2011
Illustrations: Highly illustrated throughout
Description:
The Mirage 2000N program was launched in 1978 to accomplish intercept missions and medium-range air to surface nuclear attacks in order to eventually replace the Mirage IVP which was terminated in 1990. Based off of the Mirage 2000B, it is equipped with a weapons system organised around an Antilope radar system, enabling automatic navigation and field monitoring, all while maintaining its in-flight auto-defense capabilities. While the first models were only capable of carrying nuclear missiles, beginning with the 2000N-K2, the aircraft is now able to undertake conventional ground attack missions, with a large array of traditional bombs.
Breguet 693 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782352501947
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2011
Illustrations: Highly illustrated throughout
Description:
Derived from the Breguet 690 which was built at the beginning of 1936, the Breguet 693 had its baptism by fire in May 1940: eleven aircraft of the GBA 1/54 were engaged in the region of Maastricht against the Germans. Unfortunately the ground assault tactic utilised proved to be disastrous, rendering the aircraft particularly vulnerable and ten among them, decimated by the flak, never returned. The Breguet 693, a two-seat twin-engine bomber carrying a pilot and a machine gun back-to-back, was also one of the first French aircraft to be equipped with radio communication.
Les Tractuers Vendeuvre Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782352501626
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2011
Illustrations: 300 colour and b/w photos
Description:
From 1800 to 1900, many craftsmen invested in building simple animal-drawn farming tools like ploughs, harrows and rollers. Certain workshops remained modest affairs and disappeared; others encouraged by shrewd bosses or inspired inventors developed and went beyond the craftsman stage to become factories. This was the destiny of a very modest local Aubois workshop, run by a talented man who above all devoted himself to developing a machine for threshing cereals and other crops.
Minimi Machine Gun Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9782352501725
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2011
Illustrations: full colour throughout
Description:
The FNH Minimi light machine gun was initially developed to respond to the technological leap forward made by the Soviet PKM whose lightness was due to the way it was made, by stamping.Ever since 1974, because of its limited weight and firepower, FN Hestal’s light machine gun has illustrated how sound the concept of the direct infantry support weapon is and has been selected by more than 45 user countries and used in fifteen or so conflicts including two major ones: Iraq and Afghanistan. Like the German MG34/42 which founded the concept of the polyvalent machine gun and was given the nickname “Hitler’s saw”, in 2010 the FNH Minimi is still the archetypal light machine gun and has earned the nickname “the free world’s saw”.
Alesia, 52 BC Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352501237
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2011
Series: Men & Battles
Illustrations: fully illustrated throughout
Description:
The Romans had been at odds with the Gauls for a very long time indeed. Somewhere between 390 and 386 BC, a Senoni warchief called Brennus managed to capture Rome and ransom the city with his famous Vae Victis.The Urbs was then a city whose authority was only relative.
Aerobatic Teams Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782352501688
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Illustrations: Over 100+ photos, profiles
Description:
This book invites you to discover the history of the aircraft, with their often spectacular liveries, of jet-equipped display teams which have today disappeared, or those still flying, be it the most famous, such as the American Blue Angels, or the Thunderbirds, the British Red Arrows, the Italian Frecce Tricolori and, of course, the Patrouille de France, or those not often seen in our skies, such as the Indian Surya Kiran or the Singapore Black Nights.
F-16 Volume 1: Fighting Falcon A + B Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352501299
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Illustrations: 150 photos, 56 profiles
Description:
A multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force, the F-16 has been in service for an incredible 36 years, with no sign of retiring. At a time when other planes retire to museums, General Dynamics’ fighter bomber is still a formidable foe in international combat against so-called “fifth generation” planes.The first prototype flew for the first time in 1974 and the operational career of the last aircraft built will continue well into the 2040s - almost 75 years and still going strong!
First Bull Run Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352501534
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Series: Men & Battles
Illustrations: 50 photographs, 14 uniform plates
Description:
The Battle of Bull Run took place in July 1861 and although when all was said and done, its impact was relatively limited, it did have a far-reaching effect on the American Civil War itself. The psychological impact of the battle on the combatants was indeed unquestionable, particularly for the North, and increased general consciousness of the reality of war and the challenges that lay ahead. The first Battle of Manassas was special because it was the first large-scale engagement in which troops were brought to the battle area by train, which enabled the Confederates to overthrow the fewer Federals.
French Army 1940 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9782352501794
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Series: Officers & Soldiers
Illustrations: 54 uniform plates, photographs
Description:
This, the thirteenth book in the Officers & Soldiers series, shows the French Army during the Phoney War and the French campaign in May-June 1940.Continuing the work - started two years ago by Andre Joineau in the two volumes dealing with the 1914-18 armies - given over to an almost exhaustive survey of French Army uniforms and outfits during the two World Wars, this volume shows almost sixty colour plates with no less than 300 uniforms, several dozen insignia and equipment illustrations.
Siege Of Orléans And The Loire Campaign 1428-1429 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782352501190
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Series: Men & Battles
Illustrations: 160 illustrations
Description:
The year is 1428, and the war between England and France has been raging for nearly one hundred years. The English control territory to the north of the Loire, but have no control of regions beyond the river. During the summer, the Duke of Bedford decides to eliminate his enemy and besieges Orléans.
Sturmbataillon No. 5 Rohr 1916-1918 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782352501664
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2011
Illustrations: 200 photos
Description:
At the beginning of the Great War, assault units did not exist. If one was to compare the Caslow assault detachment (Sturmabteilung Caslow) with the Rohr assault detachment then battalion (Sturmbattalion) which succeeded it, it is easy to maintain that the former - an experimental detachment - gave rise a year later to the latter, a remarkable combat and training unit.The book supplements existing works on the subject of the Sturmbatallion Nr 5 (Rohr) and offers among other things an exceptional number of illustrations in a small format, which has never previously been available.