Blades of the British Empire for sale here:http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-a-kinsley/bl ... 28776.html
I can not recommend this book highly enough for anybody interested in reading first-hand accounts of British hand-to-hand fighting from the 17th-19th centuries. It is a MUST HAVE for any serious student of close combat. This book covers a LOT, describing fighting with swords, sabres, tulwars, baskethilts, bayonets, spears, lances, kukris and a load of other things. It covers the continual thrust vs. cut debate that went on, as well as what happened when European soldiers and adventurers met each other in conflict, as well as the warriors of Africa and Asia. This book should be of interest to anyone who collects the armaments of the period and will give you a lot more insight into how they were used and why they were designed that way (in some cases it will point out flaws in their design!).
This is not fiction, this is a large compilation of real first-hand accounts of people who fought in life and death encounters and survived to tell the tale. If you haven't read any of Kinsley's previous versions YOU NEED TO. If you bought a version quite some time ago then you'll find a lot of new material in this version.
It also comes in other formats (eg. cheap pdf download)