by Gordon AA Wilson (Amberley, 288 pages, £30) The speed, agility and bombcarrying capacity of the Avro Lancaster made it a devastating weapon in the RAF’s arsenal against Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Here, Wilson looks in detail at the plane’s history and its seven-man crews, as well as devoting chapters to surviving examples of the aircraft. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 photographs, this is a fitting tribute to a hugely successful fighter plane.
(Amberley, 128 pages, £19.99) Campbell McCutcheon shines a light on some often-overlooked stories here. Essentially a collection of captioned photos, he delves into the vital role that hospital ships and troopships played in the First World War. McCutcheon doesn’t particularly drill down into the detail, but this may be useful for those seeking out photos of working vessels that may have slipped under the radar.