• 100 Turning Points in Military History
    100 Turning Points in Military History
    ISBN: 9781493037452
    Title: 100 Turning Points in Military History
    Author: AXELROD ALAN

    The typical military history presents a chronicle of battles and wars and the commanders and troops who fought them. This book takes a different approach. It presents battles and wars and people aplenty, but they are not its ultimate subjects. This book is about the turning points that not only make military history dynamic but crucial to the story of humanity and civilization. This book is about the decisions, acts, innovations, errors, ideas, successes, and failures that shaped the evolution of military art and science--strategy, tactics, and technology--and, in doing so, shaped the course of world history. Here are the 100 points--from the birth of warfare in the Battle of Megiddo, 1457 BC, to the ongoing evolution of military history on its newest battlefield, cyberspace--at which the path of the warrior decisively turned on its long journey to where we find ourselves today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
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  • 1939: The War Nobody Wanted
    1939: The War Nobody Wanted
    ISBN: 9781509858743
    Title: 1939: The War Nobody Wanted
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK

    In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions of innocent people. From the bestselling historian Frederick Taylor, 1939: A People's History draws on original British and German sources, including recorded interviews, as well as contemporary diaries, memoirs and newspapers. Its narrative focuses on the day-to-day experiences of the men and women in both countries trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Their voices, concerns and experiences lend a uniquely intimate flavour to this often surprising account, revealing a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either Britain or Germany wanted war. Precisely for that reason, 1939: A People's History is also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In today's Europe, an onset of uncertainty, a looming fear of radical populism and a revelatory schism are dangerously reminiscent of the perils of the autumn of 1938. It is both a vivid and richly peopled narrative of Europe's slide into the horrors of war, a war that nobody wanted, and, in many ways, a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A Compelling Story of Courage & Endurance in the Second World War
    21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A Compelling Story of Courage & Endurance in the Second World War
    ISBN: 9781509829590
    Title: 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A Compelling Story of Courage & Endurance in the Second World War
    Author: GUSS DAVID M.

    A genuinely new World War II story, this is a riveting account of the wartime exploits of Alastair Cram. Cram was taken prisoner in North Africa in November 1941, which began a long odyssey through 12 different POW camps, three Gestapo prisons and one asylum. He became a serial escapee--fleeing his captors no fewer than 21 times, including his final, and finally successful, escape from a POW column in April 1945. Perhaps the most dramatic of his attempts was from Gavi, the "Italian Colditz." Gavi was a maximum-security prison near Genoa for the pericolosi, the "most dangerous" inmates because of their perpetual hunger to escape. It was here that Alastair met David Stirling, the legendary founder of the SAS, and cooked up the plan for what would become the "Cistern Tunnel" escape, one of the most audacious but hitherto little-known mass escape attempts of the entire war. A story of courage in the face of extraordinary odds, it is a testament to one man's dogged determination never to give up.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Air Force Blue: The RAF in WWII - Spearhead of Victory
    Air Force Blue: The RAF in WWII - Spearhead of Victory
    ISBN: 9780007433155
    Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in WWII - Spearhead of Victory
    Author: BISHOP PATRICK

    In 2018 the RAF is one hundred years old. In his new book, destined to be a classic, Patrick Bishop examines the high point of its existence - the Second World War, when the Air Force saved the nation from defeat then led the advance to victory. A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Air warfare was a terrible novelty of the modern age, requiring a new military outlook. From the beginning, the RAF's identity set it apart from the traditional services. It was innovative, flexible and comparatively meritocratic, advancing the quasi-revolutionary idea that competence was more important than background. The Air Force went into the war with inadequate machines, training and tactics, and the early phase was littered with setbacks and debacles. Then, in the summer of 1940, in full view of the population, Fighter Command won one of the decisive battles of the struggle. Thereafter the RAF was gilded with an aura of success that never tarnished, going on to make a vital contribution to Allied victory in all theatres. Drawing from diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews, Air Force Blue captures the nature of combat in the skies over the corrugated wastes of the Atlantic, the sands of the Western Desert and the jungles of Burma. It also brings to life the intensely lived dramas, romances, friendships and fun that were as important a part of the experience as the fighting.Air Force Blue portrays the spirit of the RAF - its heart and soul - during its finest hours. It is essential reading for the millions in Britain and the Commonwealth whose loved ones served, and for anyone who wants to understand the Second World War.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    ISBN: 9781451684544
    Title: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Author: BARTOV OMER

    "A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence" (The Wall Street Journal) and a cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level--turning neighbors, friends, and family against one another--as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.

    For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz--today part of Ukraine--was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In truth, though, this genocide didn't happen so quickly.

    In Anatomy of a Genocide, Omer Bartov explains that ethnic cleansing doesn't occur as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren't just sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family. They are also middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their wives and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder.

    For more than two decades Bartov, whose mother was raised in Buczacz, traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents rarely seen until now. He has also made use of hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. Anatomy of a Genocide profoundly changes our understanding of the social dynamics of mass killing and the nature of the Holocaust as a whole. Bartov's book isn't just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It's a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities--much more easily than we might think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00

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  • Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
    Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
    ISBN: 9780241975152
    Title: Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY


    From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor's Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble tells the story of the German's ill-fated final stand.


    On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.


    The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance.


    The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45
    Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45
    ISBN: 9781447288749
    Title: Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45
    Author: HASTINGS MAX

    One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them.

    Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY


    The Sunday Times #1 Bestseller


    The great airborne battle for the bridges in 1944 by Britain's Number One bestselling historian and author of the classic Stalingrad


    'Our greatest chronicler of the Second World War . . . his fans will love it' - Robert Fox, Evening Standard


    'The eye for telling detail which we have come to expect from Antony Beevor. . . this time, though, he turns his brilliance as a military historian to a subject not just of defeat, but dunderhead stupidity' Daily Mail


    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.


    Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.


    The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle.


    It looks into the very heart of war.


    'In Beevor's hands, Arnhem becomes a study of national character' - Ben Macintyre, The Times


    'Superb book, tirelessly researched and beautifully written' - Saul David, Daily Telegraph


    'Complete mastery of both the story and the sources' - Keith Lowe, Literary Review


    'Another masterwork from the most feted military historian of our time' - Jay Elwes, Prospect Magazine


    'The analysis he has produced of the disaster is forensic' - Giles Milton, Sunday Times


    'He is a master of his craft . . . we have here a definitive account' - Piers Paul Read, The Tablet



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  • Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    ISBN: 9781743317051
    Title: Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    Author: BOGLE ERIC

    But the band played 'Waltzing Matilda' when we stopped to bury our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started all over again.Eric Bogle's famous and familiar Australian song about the Battle of Gallipoli explores the futility of war with haunting power. Now Bruce Whatley's evocative illustrations bring a heart-rending sense of reality to the tale.A timely story for every generation to share.
    13 - Biographical note ERIC BOGLE is famed for his iconic song 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda', plus multiple other hits over fourteen albums. His songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, the Pogues, and the Furies. He has toured extensively, appearing at every major folk-and-country music festival in the world. His awards include the Order of Australia medal, and a UN Peace medal for promoting peace and racial harmony.BRUCE WHATLEY is one of Australia's best-loved and most respected author/illustrators. He's illustrated over 70 books, including: the highly acclaimed The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do; the enormously successful and award- winning Diary of a Wombat, its companion volumes, and various other best-selling collaborations with author Jackie French; Monster by Andrew Daddo; and Little White Dogs Can't Jump and My Mum's the Best co- written, among many others, with his wife, Rosie Smith.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    ISBN: 9781460755235
    Title: Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Author: RAMSEY ANDREW

    The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the crucible of discovery at Cambridge University's celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, at a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed. Their brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion.

    It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership, born at the University of Adelaide's modest physics department and flourishing further in the confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the famed Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first nuclear weapons, unleashed to such devastating effect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a shared devotion to pure science, who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the war they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world witnessed and in engendering the thermonuclear threat that has held the planet hostage ever since. Yet their pioneering work lives on too in a vast array of innovations seeded by nuclear physics, from radiocarbon dating and TV screens to life-saving diagnostic-imaging devices

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Secret Plot to Stop the Nazi Atomic Bomb
    Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Secret Plot to Stop the Nazi Atomic Bomb
    ISBN: 9781529374872
    Title: Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Secret Plot to Stop the Nazi Atomic Bomb
    Author: KEAN SAM

    Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot - the Alsos Mission - meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder. At its heart was the 'Lightning A' team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies - and even a famed baseball player - who were given almost free rein to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own.


    While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. Bastard Brigaderecounts this forgotten history, fusing a non-fiction spy thriller with some of the most incredible scientific ventures of all time.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    ISBN: 9780753821657
    Title: Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY



    The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.








    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Battle of Britain: Then and Now
    Battle of Britain: Then and Now
    ISBN: 9780900913464
    Title: Battle of Britain: Then and Now
    Author: RAMSEY WINSTON G


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    Price: $153.00
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  • Battle of Heligoland Bight 1939: The Royal Air Force & the Luftwaffe's Baptism of Fire
    Battle of Heligoland Bight 1939: The Royal Air Force & the Luftwaffe's Baptism of Fire
    ISBN: 9781906502560
    Title: Battle of Heligoland Bight 1939: The Royal Air Force & the Luftwaffe's Baptism of Fire
    Author: HOLMES ROBIN

    The story of the first British bombing raid of the Second World War, of why Bomber Command flew by night and of the Wellington Mk.1A are all closely linked together. It is a story of the stone age of strategic bombing.On the 4th of September 1939 Squadron Leader Paul Harris led 149 Squadron to Brunsbuttel, Wilhelmshaven in a Mk. 1 Wellington L4302. On the way he ordered that the guns of his airplane be tested, only to make the horrifying discovery that not one of them worked. He was flying to Germany in an aircraft that was completely defenseless. Not wanting to turn back on the first raid of the war he made the decision to press on regardless.On the 18th of December he flew to Wilhelmshaven once again and took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major encounter between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe. This time he flew a Wellington Mk.1A, N2980, or R for Robert, and this time his guns worked and were red hot. Out of a total 11,461 Wellington bombers produced, Paul Harris old Wimpy is now the only one left that fought back against Nazi tyranny and survived to rest now in Brooklands Museum"

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Battle of Long Tan
    Battle of Long Tan
    ISBN: 9780143786399
    Title: Battle of Long Tan
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W

    On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, Australian troops fought one of their bloodiest, most significant battles of the Vietnam War. The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat four months earlier to open up the province. While out on patrol, Delta Company of 6RAR, originally numbering just 105 Australians and three New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering around 2500 troops, ahead of a planned Vietnamese ambush. Under heavy fire and short on ammunition, the Australians could only guess at the enemy's strength and number. Morning light revealed a shattered woodland, trees bleeding latex - and hundreds of dead enemy soldiers who had fallen in the numerous assaults against the small Anzac force. What was first thought by the Australians to be a significant defeat quickly turned out to be a major victory. Marking the battle's 50th anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts, David Cameron brings to life the events of this famous battle as it unfolded - minute by minute, hour by hour - and reveals the deeds of heroism and mateship now part of Australia's Vietnam War story. His compelling account commemorates the men who fought in the rubber plantation of Long Tan - and those who did not come home.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Battle of Long Tan: As Told by the Commanders
    Battle of Long Tan: As Told by the Commanders
    ISBN: 9781741141993
    Title: Battle of Long Tan: As Told by the Commanders
    Author: GRANDIN ROBERT

    This account of the most famous Australian battle of the Vietnam War features the recollections of the six Australian and one New Zealander commanders of the units that made up Delta Company, the Australian fighting force. They share, in their own words, the story of Battle of Long Tan and their subsequent fight for recognition back home. A number of unresolved and controversial issues that arose from the battle, such as the awarding of medals and recognition of the combatant, are discussed.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Battleship Bismarck
    Battleship Bismarck
    ISBN: 9781472828880
    Title: Battleship Bismarck
    Author: DRAMINSKI STEFAN

    The Bismarck is perhaps the most famous - and notorious - warship ever built. Completed in 1941, the 45,000-ton German battleship sunk HMS Hood, the pride of the British Navy, during one of the most sensational encounters in naval history. Following the sinking, Bismarck was chased around the North Atlantic by many units of the Royal Navy. She was finally dispatched with gunfire and torpedoes on 27 May, less than five months after her completion. Her wreck still lies where she sank, 4,800m down and 960km off the west coast of France. Drawing on new research and technology, this edition is the most comprehensive examination of Bismarck ever published. It includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-colour 3D artwork, supported by technical details, photographs and text on the building of the ship and a record of the ship's service history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $63.00
    $63.00
  • Beastly Battles of Old England: The Misguided Manoeuvres of the British at War
    Beastly Battles of Old England: The Misguided Manoeuvres of the British at War
    ISBN: 9780749953942
    Title: Beastly Battles of Old England: The Misguided Manoeuvres of the British at War
    Author: CAWTHORNE NIGEL


    Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall.


    In THE BEASTLY BATTLES OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.



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  • Before the Birth of the MBT Western Tank Development 1945-1959
    Before the Birth of the MBT Western Tank Development 1945-1959
    ISBN: 9788395157585
    Title: Before the Birth of the MBT Western Tank Development 1945-1959
    Author: TAYLOR DICK & ROBINSON M P

    This book is intended to be the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by the western nations in the period from the end of the Second World War to the present.

    During WW2 the tank came of age, and was probably the predominant land weapon of the period. However the tank was never perfected during the war, and the post-war decades have seen enormous resources expended on trying to do just that - to make the tank perfect. This of course is an impossible task, as threats evolve and mutate, and trying to design a vehicle (or indeed any weapon of war) to do a multitude of different tasks will inevitably lead to compromise.

    Notwithstanding this, the development of the modern 'Chariots of Fire' in the 1950s was an utterly fascinating process, with ten or more project and trial tank designs rejected for every design actually adopted. It was truly an era when technology was evolving rapidly, for if the specifications of the late 1940s differed little from the most powerful wartime designs; by 1960 the specifications for new battle tanks reflected every tactical implication of NATO's nuclear strategy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.00

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  • Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Berlin the Downfall 1945
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.


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  • Betrayal in Berlin: George Blake, the Berlin Tunnel & the Greatest Conspiracy of the Cold War
    Betrayal in Berlin: George Blake, the Berlin Tunnel & the Greatest Conspiracy of the Cold War
    ISBN: 9781473647480
    Title: Betrayal in Berlin: George Blake, the Berlin Tunnel & the Greatest Conspiracy of the Cold War
    Author: VOGEL STEVE


    'Magnificent story-telling, meticulously researched. A fascinating commentary on the height of the Cold War' Peter Snow


    The astonishing true story of the West's greatest espionage operation of the Cold War - and the Soviet mole who betrayed it.


    Its code name was "Operation Gold," a wildly audacious tunnel into East Berlin to tap into critical KGB and Soviet military telecommunication lines. Success would provide the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service access to a vast treasure of intelligence. Yet as the Allies were burrowing into the German soil, George Blake, code-named Agent Diamond by his Soviet handlers, was burrowing into the operation itself. . .


    A heart pounding account of bluff and double bluff, Betrayal in Berlin vividly recreates the frostiest days of the Cold War, and the highest accomplishment of Soviet espionage.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
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  • Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    ISBN: 9780552173506
    Title: Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES


    During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. Their goal: to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe while also drawing German planes into an aerial battle of attrition to neutralize the Luftwaffe as a fighting force prior to the cross-channel invasion, planned for a few months later. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this aerial offensive quickly became known as "Big Week," and it was one of the turning-point engagements of World War II.


    In Big Week, acclaimed World War II historian James Holland chronicles the massive air battle through the experiences of those who lived and died during it. Prior to Big Week, the air forces on both sides were in crisis. Allied raids into Germany were being decimated, but German resources - fuel and pilots - were strained to the breaking point. Ultimately new Allied aircraft - especially the American long-range P-51 Mustang - and superior tactics won out during Big Week. Through interviews, oral histories, diaries, and official records, Holland follows the fortunes of pilots, crew, and civilians on both sides, taking readers from command headquarters to fighter cockpits to anti-aircraft positions and civilian chaos on the ground, vividly recreating the campaign as it was conceived and unfolded. In the end, the six days of intense air battles largely cleared the skies of enemy aircraft when the invasion took place on June 6, 1944 - D-Day.


    Big Week is both an original contribution to WWII literature and a brilliant piece of narrative history, recapturing a largely forgotten campaign that was one of the most critically important periods of the entire war.



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    Price: $28.00
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  • Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    ISBN: 9780141983851
    Title: Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    Author: OVERY RICHARD


    'Fascinating, full of original material and shrewd insights ... a masterful historian of air power' Leo McKinstry, Literary Review

    The RAF was the world's first air force. This is the story of its founding in 1918, as a response to the new terror of aerial warfare, the struggles to keep it alive amid controversy and opposition, its crucial role in the Second World War and its unique place in Britain's history.


    'Brilliantly lucid' Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph


    'Richard Overy is to be congratulated on creating a concise exposition of the formation of the RAF ... this is a book that makes you think' Peter Hart, BBC History Magazine


    'A skilful pocket history of the founding of the Royal Air Force in 1918 ... a fine introduction' Kirkus Reviews



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  • Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    ISBN: 9781444795745
    Title: Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    Author: DUNLOP TESSA

    The women of Bletchley Park have a unique story to tell. Although critical to the success of the project to break the German and Japanese codes in World War II, their contribution has been consistently overlooked and undervalued. Through unprecedented access to surviving veterans, this book reveals how life at "The Park" and its outstations was far removed from the glamorous existence usually portrayed. The women speak vividly of their lives in the 1930s, why they were selected to work in Britain's most secret organization, and the challenges of re-entry into civilian life. Forbidden to talk about their vital war work, they often found it hard to adjust to the expectations of both their immediate families and society as a whole. By spending time with these fascinating female secret-keepers, who are still alive today, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary journeys into an adult world of war, secrecy, love, and loss. Through the voices of the women themselves, this is a portrait of life at Bletchley Park beyond the celebrated code-breakers. "The Bletchley Girls" is the story of the women behind Britain's ability to consistently outsmart the enemy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    ISBN: 9781782391364
    Title: Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    Author: CLARK LLOYD

    In the spring of 1940, the Germans launched a military offensive in France and the Low Countries that married superb intelligence, the latest military thinking, and new technology to achieve in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to achieve in all four years of the First World War. It was a stunning victory, altering the balance of power in Europe in one stroke, and convinced the entire world that the Nazi war machine was unstoppable.

    But as Lloyd Clark, a leading British military historian and academic, argues inBlitzkrieg, much of our understanding of this victory, and blitzkrieg itself, is based on myth. Far from being a foregone conclusion, Hitler's plan could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. The Germans recognized that success depended not only on surprise, but on avoiding being drawn into a protracted struggle for which they were not prepared. And while speed was essential, 90% of Germany's ground forces were still reliant on horses, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation. There was a real fear of defeat. Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, Clark argues, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable--a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union.


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  • Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    ISBN: 9780374533038
    Title: Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    Author: SWIFT DANIEL

    In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with the 83rd Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Widespread aerial bombardment was to the Second World War what the trenches were to the First: a shocking and new form of warfare, wretched and unexpected, and carried out at a terrible scale of loss. Just as the trenches produced the most remarkable poetry of the First World War, so too did the bombing campaigns foster a haunting set of poems during the Second.

    In researching the life of his grandfather, Daniel Swift became engrossed with the connections between air war and poetry. Ostensibly a narrative of the author’s search for his lost grandfather through military and civilian archives and in interviews conducted in the Netherlands, Germany, and England, Bomber County is also an examination of the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry, an investigation into the experience of bombing and being bombed, and a powerful reckoning with the morals and literature of a vanished moment.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Bounty Hunter 4/3: From the Bronx to Marine Scout Sniper
    Bounty Hunter 4/3: From the Bronx to Marine Scout Sniper
    ISBN: 9780733639265
    Title: Bounty Hunter 4/3: From the Bronx to Marine Scout Sniper
    Author: DELGADO JASON


    The fight for Jason Delgado's life and soul began when he was just a boy. He ultimately escaped the death and drugs of a crime-riddled Bronx by way of the United States Marine Corps. However, after earning his way into the esteemed ranks of the service's famed Scout Snipers, Delgado saw that old struggle reignited when he was dumped into the hell of war in Iraq.


    There Delgado proved not only a participant, but a warrior capable of turning the tide in several of the most harrowing and historically important battles of the evolving war. He took all the hard lessons learned in combat and, as MARSOC's (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) original lead sniper instructor, made himself a pivotal figure in revolutionising the way special operations snipers trained and operated. But even after accomplishing his mission in the military, Delgado still faced that original fight, struggling to understand and accept the man his experiences had transformed him into.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • British at War
    British at War
    ISBN: 9781910821237
    Title: British at War
    Author: BASTABLE JONATHAN

    A collection of stories exploring the less well-trodden byways of Britain's long history of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the war on terror, it uncovers the heroic, tragic and often peculiar facts behind some of the best-known battles in British history.|This is a fascinating collection of stories exploring the less well-trodden byways of Britain's long history of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the war on terror, "Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: the British at War" uncovers the heroic, tragic and often peculiar facts behind some of the best-known battles in British history. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it is the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
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  • British Carrier Strike Fleet
    British Carrier Strike Fleet
    ISBN: 9781848321717
    Title: British Carrier Strike Fleet
    Author: HOBBS DAVID


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    Price: $91.00
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  • Burma '44: The Battle That Turned the War in the Far East
    Burma '44: The Battle That Turned the War in the Far East
    ISBN: 9780552172035
    Title: Burma '44: The Battle That Turned the War in the Far East
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES


    'A thrilling blow-by-blow account' The Times


    In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War.


    What became know as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanese, more significantly, it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated. The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East, set up the campaign in Burma that would follow, as General Slimâe(tm)s Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory.


    Burma '44 is a tale of incredible drama. As gripping as the story of Rorke's drift, as momentous as the battle for the Ardennes, the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of World War Two.



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  • Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
    Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
    ISBN: 9780812996838
    Title: Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
    Author: MATTIS JIM & WEST BING

    Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $56.00
    $56.00
  • Century of Remembrance
    Century of Remembrance
    ISBN: 9781912423026
    Title: Century of Remembrance
    Author: CLOUTING LAURA

    A century after the end of World War 1, its human toll remains staggering. More than eighteen million people were killed in the war, and the incomprehensible scale of the loss generated a whole new language of memorialization and remembrance both public and private.

    A Century of Remembrance draws on the vast collections of the Imperial War Museums to explore the ways in which the dead of World War I were mourned in Great Britain from the end of the war through the 1920s, from the poppy to the cenotaph. In its pages we discover deeply personal remembrances, as families try to cope with unfathomable losses. Nearly every town, too, had its memorial, honoring its fallen sons and daughters, and that desire to acknowledge sacrifice extended to the national level, as well. Augmenting its story with photographs, film stills, posters, and paintings, A Century of Remembrance offers a powerful way for us to begin to understand what it was like to be alive in the wake of World War I--and have to find a way to come to terms with the dead.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $62.00
    $62.00
  • Changi Brownlow
    Changi Brownlow
    ISBN: 9780733629754
    Title: Changi Brownlow
    Author: PERRY ROLAND

    After Singapore falls to the Japanese early in 1942, 70 000 prisoners including 15 000 Australians, are held as POWs at the notorious Changi prison, Singapore. To amuse themselves and fellow inmates, a group of sportsmen led by the indefatigable and popular Chicken Smallhorn, created an Australian Football League, complete with tribunal, selection panel, umpires and coaches. The final game of the one and only season was between Victoria and the Rest of Australia, which attracted 10 000 spectators, and a unique Brownlow Medal was awarded in this unlikely setting under the curious gaze of Japanese prison guards. Meet the main characters behind this spectacle: Peter Chitty, the farm hand from Snowy River country with unfathomable physical and mental fortitude, and one of eight in his immediate family who volunteer to fight and serve in WW2; Chicken Smallhorn, the Brownlow-medal winning little man with the huge heart; and Weary Dunlop, the courageous doctor, who cares for the POWs as they endure malnutrition, disease and often inhuman treatment. This is a story of courage and the invincibility of the human spirit, and highlights not only the Australian love of sport, but its power to offer consolation in times of extreme hardship.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Changi Camera a Unique Record of Changi & the Thai-burma Railway
    Changi Camera a Unique Record of Changi & the Thai-burma Railway
    ISBN: 9780733629624
    Title: Changi Camera a Unique Record of Changi & the Thai-burma Railway
    Author: BOWDEN TIM

    In THE CHANGI CAMERA, acclaimed author Tim Bowden presents a unique record of one Australian soldier's experience of the fall of Singapore, captivity in Changi, and enduring the hell of the Thai-Burma Railway. George Aspinall was a keen photographer and, even in the very worst of conditions, he managed to take photos, process them, and so preserve for later generations the reality of incarceration.Along with George's own memories of those years, Tim Bowden has written a gripping and authoritative overview of what happened in Changi and on the Railway. This powerful narrative and unique collection of almost one hundred photographs combine to give us a raw and graphic account of just what George and thousands of his fellow Australians endured.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Chastise: Dambusters
    Chastise: Dambusters
    ISBN: 9780008280536
    Title: Chastise: Dambusters
    Author: HASTINGS MAX

    A brand new history of the Dambusters raid from best-selling and critically acclaimed military historian, Max Hastings. Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF's 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic that has passed into Britain's national legend. Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who led the raid. In the 21st Century, however, he urges that we should see the dambusters in much more complex shades. The aircrew's heroism was entirely real, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'bouncing bombs'. But commanders who promised their young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised as ruthlessly as they did about the entire bomber offensive. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept through the Mohne valley, more than half of them Russian and Polish women, slave labourers. Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Wallis' bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams. But he also portrays in harrowing detail those swept away by the torrents. He argues that what modern Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine temporary disruption, rather than a crippling blow. Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris gained much of the public credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. Harris also made perhaps the operation's biggest mistake - failure to launch a conventional attack on the huge post-raid repair operation which could have transformed the impact of the dam breaches on Ruhr industry. Here once again is a dramatic retake on familiar history by a master of the art. Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
    Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
    ISBN: 9781444798982
    Title: Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
    Author: MILTON GILES


    'A magnificent story, brilliantly told. Read it!' Anthony Horowitz


    Six gentlemen, one goal - the destruction of Hitler's war machine


    In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.


    The guerrilla campaign that followed was to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and thoroughly ungentlemanly. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favourite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another member of the team, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing. He was hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines.


    Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men - along with three others - formed a secret inner circle that planned the most audacious sabotage attacks of the Second World War. Winston Churchill called it his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. The six 'ministers', aided by a group of formidable ladies, were so effective that they single-handedly changed the course of the war.


    Told with Giles Milton's trademark verve and eye for detail, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is thoroughly researched and based on hitherto unknown archival material. It is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do and is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War.


    Previously published in hardback as The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.



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    Price: $28.00
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  • Cold War Spymaster
    Cold War Spymaster
    ISBN: 9781526736222
    Title: Cold War Spymaster
    Author: WEST NIGEL

    Guy Liddell was the Director of MI5's counter-espionage B Division throughout the Second World War, during which he wrote a confidential personal diary. Within its pages details of virtually every important event that had any intelligence significance during the conflict were recorded.

    Those recently declassified diaries, which were edited by Nigel West, have been followed by a postwar series which cover the period from the German surrender until Liddell's sudden resignation in May 1953. These eight years of the early Cold War contain many disturbing secrets, such as the cache of incriminating Nazi documents which was supposed to be destroyed by the SS. When these were recovered intact the British government went to considerable lengths to keep their contents from being disclosed, for they provided proof of the Duke of Windsor's contact, through a Portuguese intermediary, with the enemy during the crucial period in 1940 when the ex-king declared himself ready to fly back from the Bahamas and be restored to the throne. One of Liddell's first tasks, at the request of Buckingham Palace, was to retrieve and suppress the damaging material.

    Liddell's diaries were never intended for publication and are therefore filled with indiscretions that shed new light on MI5 investigations that he supervised after his promotion to Deputy Director-General.

    Many in Whitehall anticipated that Liddell would become Director-General but, as these pages reveal, he had employed Anthony Blunt as his trusted personal assistant, had found it hard to accept the evidence of Kim Philby's treachery, and had maintained an unwise friendship with Guy Burgess. Nevertheless, despite Liddell's manifest failings, and his reluctance to believe in the disloyalty of men he regarded as friends, he was probably the single most influential British intelligence officer of his era.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $62.00

    $62.00
  • Complete Visual Encyc of Naval Aircraft of World Wars I & Ii: Directory of Over 70 Aircraft With 330 Identification Photographs
    Complete Visual Encyc of Naval Aircraft of World Wars I & Ii: Directory of Over 70 Aircraft With 330 Identification Photographs
    ISBN: 9780754830566
    Title: Complete Visual Encyc of Naval Aircraft of World Wars I & Ii: Directory of Over 70 Aircraft With 330 Identification Photographs
    Author: CROSBY FRANCIS

    This title features a directory of over 70 aircraft with 330 identification photographs. It includes Shipborne fighters, bombers, flying boats and naval planes, including the Curtiss Helldiver, Mitsubishi Zero-Sen, Supermarine Seafire, Fairey Swordfish, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Mitsubishi Zero and Vought F4U Corsair. It examines the history and evolution of naval aircraft, from the first flights launched from ships and their pioneering role in World War I to the rise of naval airpower during World War II, with special reference to Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. Naval aircraft - planes that are able to launch from and land on ships - have played an ever-increasing role in wartime conflicts. This fully illustrated reference book charts the early history of naval aviation, from the pioneering days when biplanes were catapulted from converted destroyers through to the 'ace-making' aircraft of World War II. An A-Z directory of over 70 aircraft describes the main characteristics of each plane, with details about its country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weight and performance. The book provides enthusiasts with a fascinating portrayal of the naval aircraft of this significant period in history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Countdown to D-Day: The German Perspective
    Countdown to D-Day: The German Perspective
    ISBN: 9781612007694
    Title: Countdown to D-Day: The German Perspective
    Author: MARGARITIS PETER

    In December 1943, with the rising realization that the Allies are planning to invade Fortress Europe, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is assigned the title of General Inspector for the Atlantic Wall. His mission is to assess their readiness.What he finds disgusts him. The famed Atlantikwall is nothing but a paper tiger, woefully unprepared for the forces being massed across the English Channel. His task—to turn back the Allied invasion—already seems hopeless.His superior, theater commander, crusty old Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, who had led the Reich to victory in the early years of the war, is now fed up with the whole Nazi regime. He lives comfortably in a plush villa in a quiet Paris suburb, waiting for the inevitable Allied invasion that will bring about their final defeat.General der Artillerie Erich Marcks, badly injured in Russia, is the corps commander on the ground in Normandy, trying to build up the coastal defenses with woefully inadequate supplies and a shortage of men to fulfill Rommel's demands. Marcks is convinced that the Allies will land in his sector, but no one higher up the chain of command seems interested in what he thinks.Meanwhile, aristocratic Generaloberst Hans von Salmuth, an outspoken, cocky, experienced veteran of the Russian Front, has been given responsibility for defending Fifteenth Army's coastline at Calais—the area that the High Command thinks is most likely to be the Allies' objective. General der Panzertruppen Geyr von Schweppenburg is preparing the élite panzer divisions for what may lie ahead. Generalmajor Max Pemsel struggles in coordinating efforts to prepare Seventh Army, suspecting that if an invasion comes he will be the hub of the German response. All of the Western Theater commanders are subject to the whims of Adolf Hitler, hundreds of miles away but continually issuing orders increasingly divorced from the reality of the war.Countdown to D-Day takes a detailed day-to-day journal approach, tracing the daily activities and machinations of the German High Command as they try to prepare for the Allied invasion

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $69.00
    $69.00
  • D-Day Operations Manual 'Neptune', 'Overlord' & the Battle of Normandy - 75th Anniversary Edition: Insights into How Science, Technology & Enginee
    D-Day Operations Manual 'Neptune', 'Overlord' & the Battle of Normandy - 75th Anniversary Edition: Insights into How Science, Technology & Enginee
    ISBN: 9781785216558
    Title: D-Day Operations Manual 'Neptune', 'Overlord' & the Battle of Normandy - 75th Anniversary Edition: Insights into How Science, Technology & Enginee
    Author: FALCONER J

    The landing of Allied forces on the shores of Normandy on 6 June 1944 was the greatest amphibious invasion in history. Technology and innovation played crucial parts in the D-Day drama - from tank-carrying gliders, swimming tanks and the Mulberry harbors, to radio and radar aids that ensured landing craft arrived on the right beaches and combat aircraft overhead were controlled. D-Day Operations Manual describes the development, construction and use of a wide range of innovative machines, structures and systems, explaining their uses on D-Day and after, and revealing how they contributed to the success of 'Overlord.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
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