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Books by Chris Ward

Chris Ward has been writing about RAF Bomber Command in WW11 since the mid nineties. He began with his highly successful Bomber Command Squadron Profile series of spiral-bound publications. It was during this period that Andreas Wachtel contacted Chris for information for a book he was writing, and the two became the closest of friends, to the extent that they regard each other as family. When Chris began working on his first major work, Dambusters, The Definitive History, which was published by Red Kite in 2003, Andreas took on the initial research in Germany and Holland. In this way Chris and Andreas made available to others the Dams raid crash sites of Maudslay and Barlow, which had never previously been identified, and they also publicised the scene of Astell's crash, which is maintained by a local historian. Through this research Chris was able to correct long-held misconceptions about the circumstances of the crashes. Chris was the first to research in depth the events of the Dortmund-Ems Canal disaster, which took place four months after the dams. He and Andreas discovered the crash sites of Holden, Allsebrook, Wilson and Divall, which had never previously been identified, let alone documented and surveyed. In 2013 a number of historians in the German town of Nordhorn released a book about the air war as experienced by the local community of Bentheim on Germany's border with Holland. The inspiration for this book, which is a massive tome involving hundreds of hours of work, was Chris's account of Holden's crash on the farm of the Hood family, which resulted not only in the deaths of the eight-man Lancaster crew, including four members of Guy Gibson's Dams crew, but also Frau Hood. 70 years to the day after this tragedy, on Sunday 15th September 2013, Chris and Andreas were guests of honour at a civic reception in Nordhorn to release the book. There was also a ceremony at the crash site beside the Hood farmyard, attended by the whole local Hood family, local dignitaries, the authors of the book and many interested spectators. Another Chris Ward first was his enquiry into the events on the German side during the final attack by 617 and 9 Squadrons on the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord in November 1944. Kurt Schulze, who was a pilot on the nearby fighter airfield at Bardufoss at the time, sent Chris a copy of the transcripts of the German Courts Martial, which took place six weeks after the loss of Tirpitz to apportion blame. Chris translated them, and devoted an entire chapter in his original book and the P&S update to the reasons behind the German failure to intercept the approaching Lancaster force. Chris has since worked on a series of books for P&S detailing the histories of the bomber groups. Those on 3, 4, 5 and 6 Groups have just been joined by his latest, 1 Group. He is currently working on an updated series of Bomber Command Squadron Profiles, which P&S have undertaken to publish in hardback.
Bermondsey The Final Act By Chris Ward
Bermondsey The Final Actby Chris Ward
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Play the Queen's Gambit By Chris Ward
Play the Queen's Gambitby Chris Ward
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619 Squadron By Chris Ward
619 Squadronby Chris Ward
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Less Perfect More Happy By Chris Ward
Less Perfect More Happyby Chris Ward
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44 (Rhodesia) Squadron By Chris Ward
44 (Rhodesia) Squadronby Chris Ward
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57 Squadron By Chris Ward
57 Squadronby Chris Ward
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Stalin's Russia By Chris Ward
Stalin's Russiaby Chris Ward
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It's Your Move! By Chris Ward
It's Your Move!by Chris Ward
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5 Group Bomber Command By Chris Ward
5 Group Bomber Commandby Chris Ward
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3 Group Bomber Command By Chris Ward
3 Group Bomber Commandby Chris Ward
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Chess Tactics and Checkmates By Chris Ward
Chess Tactics and Checkmatesby Chris Ward
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Rook Endgames By Chris Ward
Rook Endgamesby Chris Ward
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Starting out: the Nimzo Indian By Chris Ward
Starting out: the Nimzo Indianby Chris Ward
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The Genius of Paul Morphy By Chris Ward
The Genius of Paul Morphyby Chris Ward
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Bermondsey Prosecco By Chris Ward
Bermondsey Proseccoby Chris Ward
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Dambusters By Chris Ward
Dambustersby Chris Ward
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Out of Office By Chris Ward
Out of Officeby Chris Ward
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Improve Your Opening Play By Chris Ward
Improve Your Opening Playby Chris Ward
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It's Your Move X 3 By Chris Ward
It's Your Move X 3by Chris Ward
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Unusual Queen's Gambit Declined By Chris Ward
Unusual Queen's Gambit Declinedby Chris Ward
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WINNING WITH THE DRAGON By Chris Ward
WINNING WITH THE DRAGONby Chris Ward
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Stalin's Russia By Chris Ward
Stalin's Russiaby Chris Ward
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CHESS CHOICE CHALLENGE 2 By Chris Ward
CHESS CHOICE CHALLENGE 2by Chris Ward
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Offbeat Nimzo-Indian By Chris Ward
Offbeat Nimzo-Indianby Chris Ward
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It's Your Move: Tough Puzzles By Chris Ward
It's Your Move: Tough Puzzlesby Chris Ward
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ENDGAME PLAY By Chris Ward
ENDGAME PLAYby Chris Ward
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QUEEN'S GAMBIT ACCEPTED By Chris Ward
QUEEN'S GAMBIT ACCEPTEDby Chris Ward
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Discover Countries: South Africa By Chris Ward
Discover Countries: South Africaby Chris Ward
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Discover Countries: Australia By Chris Ward
Discover Countries: Australiaby Chris Ward
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OPENING PLAY By Chris Ward
OPENING PLAYby Chris Ward
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Political Power By Chris Ward
Political Powerby Chris Ward
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CHESS CHOICE CHALLENGE 3 By Chris Ward
CHESS CHOICE CHALLENGE 3by Chris Ward
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Political Power By Chris Ward
Political Powerby Chris Ward
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Living on the Western Front By Chris Ward
Living on the Western Frontby Chris Ward
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Star Code By Chris Ward
Star Codeby Chris Ward
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