• First to Fight: The Polish War 1939
    First to Fight: The Polish War 1939
    ISBN: 9781847924605
    Title: First to Fight: The Polish War 1939

    'This deeply researched, very well-written and penetrating book will be the standard work on the subject for many years to come' - Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill- Walking with Destiny

    The Second World War began on 1 September 1939, when German tanks, trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border, and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland's cities. The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand an attacker superior in numbers and technology; and when the Red Army invaded from the east - as agreed in the pact Hitler had concluded with Stalin - the country's fate was sealed. Poland was the first to fight the German aggressor; it would be the first to suffer the full murderous force of Nazi persecution. By the end of the Second World War, one in five of its people had perished.

    The Polish campaign is the forgotten story of the Second World War. Despite prefacing many of that conflict's later horrors - the wanton targeting of civilians, indiscriminate bombing and ethnic cleansing - it is little understood, and most of what we think we know about it is Nazi propaganda, such as the myth of Polish cavalry charging German tanks with their lances. In truth, Polish forces put up a spirited defence, in the expectation that they would be assisted by their British and French allies. That assistance never came.

    First to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides, Roger Moorhouse's dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering, and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00
  • First World War in 100 Objects
    First World War in 100 Objects
    ISBN: 9780233004693
    Title: First World War in 100 Objects

    Commemorate the centenary of the first truly global conflict through images of 100 iconic items, from the gas mask, zeppelin, and Churchill's famous cigar to personal possessions that tell poignant stories of those who fought and suffered. Offering a unique perspective on "the war to end all wars," these objects are accompanied by short essays, written by renowned World War I expert Gary Sheffield, that highlight their significance.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II
    Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II
    ISBN: 9780241404560
    Title: Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II

    In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan. The Americans' audacious suggestion to the Soviets- a second air front, with the US Air Force establishing bases in Soviet-controlled territory. Despite Stalin's obvious reservations about the presence of foreign troops in Russia inflaming ideological differences, he was persuaded, and in early 1944 and Operation Baseball and then Frantic were initiated as B-17 Superfortresses were flown from bases in Italy to the Poltova region in today's Ukraine.

    Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating, little-known story of this encounter between American and Soviet soldiers and how their collaboration quickly fell apart, mirroring the transition from the Grand Alliance to the Cold War. Soviet secret policeman watched over the Americans, shadowing their every move. A catastrophic air raid by the Germans revealed the limitations of Soviet air defences. Ultimately, while both sides were fighting for Germany's unconditional surrender, there were cultural and political differences that no common purpose could overcome. Drawing on newly opened archives as well as CIA records, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front offers a riveting bottom-up history of the end of the Second World War that shows it in a new light.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Fortress: The Great Siege of Przemysl
    Fortress: The Great Siege of Przemysl
    ISBN: 9780241309063
    Title: Fortress: The Great Siege of Przemysl


    'The vividly written and well-researched The Fortress is a masterpiece. It deserves to become a classic of military history.' - Lawrence James, The Times

    'Marvellous ... Watson's splendid book combines great evocative power (and flashes of sharp humour) with the ethical authority of the best history writing.' - Christopher Clark, The Guardian

    'Superb, revelatory, haunting ... It is excellent history, a marvellously readable, though tragic, story.' - Julian Evans, Daily Telegraph

    From the prize-winning author of Ring of Steel, a gripping history of the First World War's longest and most terrible siege

    In the autumn of 1914 Europe was at war. The battling powers had already suffered casualties on a scale previously unimaginable. On both the Western and Eastern fronts elaborate war plans lay in ruins and had been discarded in favour of desperate improvisation. In the West this resulted in the remorseless world of the trenches; in the East all eyes were focused on the old, beleaguered Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemysl.

    The siege that unfolded at Przemysl was the longest of the whole war. In the defence of the fortress and the struggle to relieve it Austria-Hungary suffered some 800,000 casualties. Almost unknown in the West, this was one of the great turning points of the conflict. If the Russians had broken through they could have invaded Central Europe, but by the time the fortress fell their strength was so sapped they could go no further.

    Alexander Watson, prize-winning author of Ring of Steel, has written one of the great epics of the First World War. Comparable to Stalingrad in 1942-3, Przemysl shaped the course of Europe's future. Neither Russians nor Austro-Hungarians ever recovered militarily from their disasters. Using a huge range of sources, Watson brilliantly recreates a world of long-gone empires, broken armies and a cut-off community sliding into chaos. The siege was central to the war itself, but also a chilling harbinger of what would engulf the entire region in the coming decades, as nationalism, anti-semitism and an exterminatory fury took hold.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • French Army in the Great War
    French Army in the Great War
    ISBN: 9781473887244
    Title: French Army in the Great War
    Author: BILTON DAVID

    There have been few books written in English about the French Army during the Great War. Those that have are scarcely illustrated. This book aims to provide a highly readable and succinct account of the work of the French Army on the Western Front, as well as provide the reader with a wealth of photographs that show the daily life of the French soldier both in and out of the trenches. All of the images are contemporary, many coming from wartime and postwar magazines, interspersed with many previously unpublished images.The book aims to give a concise overview of the war seen through French eyes and includes the casualties incurred. Although the May 1917 mutinies were an important but brief part of the story, they are not dealt with at any length because they can distract from the main story of the valor shown by the French troops in battles were the casualties were extremely high. Also included is a lengthy introduction which explains the structure of the army at the onset of the war and some of the problems it faced, and a section that looks at the uniforms worn and how they changed during the war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Future of War: A History
    Future of War: A History
    ISBN: 9780141975603
    Title: Future of War: A History

    Where should we look for new dangers?
    What cunning plans might an aggressor have in mind?
    What are the best forms of defence?
    How might peace be preserved or conflict resolved?

    From the French rout at Sedan in 1870 to the relentless contemporary insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lawrence Freedman, one of the UK's foremost military thinkers, reveals how those who have imagined future war have often had an idealised notion of it as confined, brief and decisive - hence the stubborn persistence of the idea of a knockout blow, whether through a dashing land offensive or nuclear first strike or cyberattacks. He also notes the lack of attention paid to civil wars until the West began to intervene in them during the 1990s and how the boundaries between peace and war, between the military, the civilian, and the criminal are becoming increasingly blurred. Freedman's account of a century and a half of warfare and the (often misconceived) thinking that precedes war is a challenge to hawks and doves alike, and puts current strategic thinking into a bracing historical perspective.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Gallipoli
    ISBN: 9780143786351
    Title: Gallipoli

    On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail.

    Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved- the birth of their countries' sense of nationhood.

    Now approaching its centenary, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity. As such, the facts of the battle - which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front - are often forgotten or obscured. Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Gallipoli: 100 Years
    Gallipoli: 100 Years
    ISBN: 9781742708805
    Title: Gallipoli: 100 Years

    With evocative illustrations, comprehensive descriptions of events, incredible stories, and rare and newly researched removable documents and memorabilia of historic importance, Gallipoli is the ultimate commemoration of the battle.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Game of Birds & Wolves: The Secret Game That Won the War
    Game of Birds & Wolves: The Secret Game That Won the War
    ISBN: 9781529353044
    Title: Game of Birds & Wolves: The Secret Game That Won the War
    Author: PARKIN SIMON

    1941. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats.

    Prime Minister Winston Churchill is concealing from the country the number of British ships sunk. He is concealing the number of British men killed. And worst of all, unless something changes, he knows that Britain is weeks away from being starved into surrender to the Nazis.

    This is the story of the game of battleships that won the Second World War. In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women, the youngest only seventeen years old - gather to form a secret strategy unit. On the top floor of a bomb-bruised HQ in Liverpool, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing wargames in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics.

    A Game of Birds and Wolves takes us from the sweltering fug of a U-boat as the German aces coordinate their wolfpack, to the tense atmosphere of the operation room as the British team plot battles at sea on the map.

    The story of Operation Raspberry and its unsung heroines has never been told before. Investigative journalist Simon Parkin brings these hidden figures into the light and shows the ingenuity, perseverance and love needed to defeat the Nazis in this gripping tale of war at sea.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor & the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944
    Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor & the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944
    ISBN: 9780008140847
    Title: Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor & the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944

    A riveting three-way spy story set in occupied France.

    'Game of Spies' tells the story of a lethal spy triangle between 1942 and 1944 in Bordeaux - and of France's greatest betrayal by aristocratic and right-wing Resistance leader Andre Grandclement.

    The story centres on three men: one British, one French and one German and the duel they fought out in an atmosphere of collaboration, betrayal and assassination, in which comrades sold fellow comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots to the Germans, as casually as they would a bottle of wine. It is a story of SOE, treachery, bed-hopping and executions in the city labelled 'la plus collaboratrice' in the whole of France.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45
    German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45
    ISBN: 9780099539872
    Title: German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45


    The Second World War was a German war like no other. The Nazi regime, having started the conflict, turned it into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers. Over its course, the Third Reich expended and exhausted all its moral and physical reserves, leading to total defeat in 1945. Yet 70 years on âe" despite whole libraries of books about the warâe(tm)s origins, course and atrocities âe" we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for and how they experienced and sustained the war until the bitter end.

    When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict âe" the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of Germanyâe(tm)s cities âe" change their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realise that they were fighting a genocidal war?

    Drawing on a wealth of first-hand testimony, The German War is the first foray for many decades into how the German people experienced the Second World War. Told from the perspective of those who lived through it âe" soldiers, schoolteachers and housewives; Nazis, Christians and Jews âe" its masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs, hopes and fears of a people who embarked on, continued and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Going Deep: John Philip Holland & the Invention of the Attack Submarine
    Going Deep: John Philip Holland & the Invention of the Attack Submarine
    ISBN: 9781681777818
    Title: Going Deep: John Philip Holland & the Invention of the Attack Submarine

    The controversial history of the attack submarine--and the story of its colorful creator, John Philip Holland--that reveals how this imaginative invention changed the face of modern warfare.

    From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Hunt for Red October, readers the world over have demonstrated an enduring fascination with travel under the sea. Yet the riveting story behind the invention of the submarine--an epic saga of genius, persistence, ruthlessness, and deceit--is almost completely unknown.

    Like Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, John Philip Holland was completely self-taught, a brilliant man raised in humble circumstances, earning his living as a schoolteacher and choirmaster. But all the while he was obsessed with creating a machine that could successfully cruise beneath the waves. His struggle to unlock the mystery behind controlled undersea navigation would take three decades, during which he endured skepticism, disappointment, and betrayal. But his indestructible belief in himself and his ideas led him to finally succeed where so many others had failed.

    Going Deep is a vivid chronicle of the fierce battles not only under the water, but also in the back rooms of Wall Street and the committee rooms of Congress. A rousing adventure--surrounded by an atmosphere of corruption and greed--at its heart this a story of bravery, passion, and the unbreakable determination to succeed against long odds.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Guests of the Third Reich The British Prisoner of War Experience in Germany 1939-1945
    Guests of the Third Reich The British Prisoner of War Experience in Germany 1939-1945
    ISBN: 9781912423064
    Title: Guests of the Third Reich The British Prisoner of War Experience in Germany 1939-1945

    More than 170,000 British prisoners of war were taken by German and Italian forces during World War II. Conditions were tough. Rations were meager. The days dragged and there was a constant battle against boredom. The men, but not officers, had to work, often at heavy labor.

    Guests of the Third Reich is a vivid account of daily life for the prisoners, exploring everything from day-to-day mundanities to daring escape attempts. Utilizing the Imperial War Museums's collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, and recorded interviews, this gripping, poignant narrative tells the story of those in captivity in Germany during WWII in a personal and engaging way. Featuring incredible firsthand accounts from those who were there, along with black-and-white photographs from the IWM's vast archives, this collection offers a rare glimpse behind the fences of these infamous internment camps.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Heinkel He 162 'Volksjager': Last-ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe
    Heinkel He 162 'Volksjager': Last-ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe
    ISBN: 9783952296813
    Title: Heinkel He 162 "Volksjager": Last-ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe
    Author: MULLER PETER

    The primary objective of this source edition is to provide readers with original documents, allowing them to form their own impression of the development, manufacture and operation of the Heinkel He 162. By linking this accumulated data with the historical situation of those times, we hope to have facilitated a more objective assessment of the "Volksjäger" project.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $160.00
  • History of the SAS: As Told By The Men on the Ground
    History of the SAS: As Told By The Men on the Ground
    ISBN: 9781529324655
    Title: History of the SAS: As Told By The Men on the Ground
    Author: RYAN CHRIS

    In A Soldier's History of the SAS, bestselling author and SAS veteran Chris Ryan uses his matchless network of contacts to give the soldiers' accounts of missions in Malaya and Borneo, the Iranian Embassy Siege, Operation Certain Death in Sierra Leone, in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also some first-hand accounts of hitherto unknown operations.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • History of Warfare
    History of Warfare
    ISBN: 9780679730828
    Title: History of Warfare
    Author: KEEGAN JOHN

    The definitive history of warfare told by Britain's foremost military historian.

    John Keeganâe(tm)s masterpiece is a work of breath-taking scope that not only chronicles the history of warfare, but unearths lessons on the nature of humanity. Stretching across centuries and continents, from the Empire of Babylon to the Somme, A History of Warfare studies civilisations, psychology, archaeology, genetics, history and strategy with an expertâe(tm)s eye.

    John Keeganâe(tm)s unmissable and epic journey through military history has been widely acclaimed and remains vital reading today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Hitler's British Traitors: The Secret History of Spies, Saboteurs & Fifth Columnists
    Hitler's British Traitors: The Secret History of Spies, Saboteurs & Fifth Columnists
    ISBN: 9781785785610
    Title: Hitler's British Traitors: The Secret History of Spies, Saboteurs & Fifth Columnists
    Author: TATE TIM

    'Tim Tate, in Hitler's British Traitors, [explores] the entire grimy landscape of British treachery during the Second World War and the astonishing rogues' gallery of traitors working to help Nazi Germany win. [He makes] excellent use of the vast trove of material declassified by MI5 in recent years.' - Ben Macintyre, The Times&

    Hitler's British Traitorsis the first authoritative account of a well-kept secret: the British Fifth Column and its activities during the Second World War.

    Drawing on hundreds of declassified official files - many of them previously unpublished - Tim Tate uncovers the largely unknown history of more than 70 British traitors who were convicted, mostly in secret trials, of working to help Nazi Germany win the war, and several hundred British Fascists who were interned without trial on evidence that they were working on behalf of the enemy. Four were condemned to death; two were executed.

    This engrossing book reveals the extraordinary methods adopted by MI5 to uncover British traitors and their German spymasters, as well as two serious wartime plots by well-connected British fascists to mount a coup d'etat which would replace the government with an authoritarian pro-Nazi regime.

    The book also shows how archaic attitudes to social status and gender in Whitehall and the courts ensured that justice was neither fair nor equitable. Aristocratic British pro-Nazi sympathizers and collaborators were frequently protected while the less-privileged foot soldiers of the Fifth Column were interned, jailed or even executed for identical crimes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Hitler's Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II
    Hitler's Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II
    ISBN: 9780306921551
    Title: Hitler's Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II

    In April 1945, as Germany faced defeat, Hitler planned to round up the Third Reich's most valuable prisoners and send them to his "Alpine Fortress," where he and the SS would keep the hostages as they made a last stand against the Allies. The prisoners included European presidents, prime ministers, generals, British secret agents, and German anti-Nazi clerics, celebrities, and officers who had aided the July 1944 bomb plot against Hitler--and the prisoners' families. Orders were given to the SS: if the German military situation deteriorated, the prisoners were to be executed--all 139 of them. So began a tense, deadly drama. As some prisoners plotted escape, others prepared for the inevitable, and their SS guards grew increasingly volatile, drunk, and trigger-happy as defeat loomed. As a dramatic confrontation between the SS and the Wehrmacht threatened the hostages caught in the middle, the US Army launched a frantic rescue bid to save the hostages before the axe fell. Drawing on previously unpublished and overlooked sources, HITLER'S LAST PLOT is the first full account of this astounding and shocking story, from the original round-up order to the prisoners' terrifying ordeal and ultimate rescue. Told in a thrilling, page-turning narrative, this is one of World War II's most fascinating episodes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Hunt the Bismarck The Pursuit of Germany's Most Famous Battleship
    Hunt the Bismarck The Pursuit of Germany's Most Famous Battleship
    ISBN: 9781472833860
    Title: Hunt the Bismarck The Pursuit of Germany's Most Famous Battleship

    Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of the Nazi Germany's largest battleship in May 1941.Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15-inch guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armored protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable. This claim was finally put to the test in May 1941, when she sortied into the Atlantic and fought the legendary battle of the Denmark Strait, destroying HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. Bismarck was now loose in the North Atlantic. However, damage sustained in the battle limited her ability to roam at will, while the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to revenge the Hood. The stage was set for the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare.Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, and intertwining extensive research into a fast-paced narrative, this is the most accurate account of Bismarck's epic voyage ever produced.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
  • Hurricane Girls: The Inspirational True Story of the Women Who Dared to Fly
    Hurricane Girls: The Inspirational True Story of the Women Who Dared to Fly
    ISBN: 9780241354636
    Title: Hurricane Girls: The Inspirational True Story of the Women Who Dared to Fly
    Author: WHEELER JO

    Celebrating the lives of the magnificent women, the ATA girls, who courageously flew Spitfires, Tiger Moths, Lancaster Bombers and many other aircraft during World War Two.

    These extraordinary women, Mary Ellis, Jackie Moggridge and Pauline Gower are just a few of the remarkable stories inside . . .

    Since the invention of aeroplanes, women have taken to the skies. They have broken records, performed daredevil stunts and faced such sexism and prejudice that they were effectively barred from working as pilots.

    That changed in the Second World War. Led by firebrand Pauline Gower, an elite group of British women were selected as ferry pilots to fly for the Air Transport Auxiliary. They risked their lives flying munitions and equipment for the boys on the front line.

    Flying day and night without radio; dodging storms, barrage balloons and anti-aircraft fire; and with only a map, compass and their eyesight to guide them, they navigated the treacherous wartime skies.

    The Hurricane Girls is the thrilling, moving and inspirational story of the female air force who once ruled our skies.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • If This Is a Man & The Truce
    If This Is a Man & The Truce
    ISBN: 9780349100135
    Title: If This Is a Man & The Truce
    Author: LEVI PRIMO

    With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a -magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known- - PHILIP ROTH

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Indian Empire at War: From Jihad to Victory, the Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War
    Indian Empire at War: From Jihad to Victory, the Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War
    ISBN: 9781408707708
    Title: Indian Empire at War: From Jihad to Victory, the Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War

    Almost two million volunteers served the Indian army in the Great War, always under British regimental officers, high commanders and staff. 150,000 of them were long-serving pre-war professional soldiers; most of the remainder were wartime recruits, drawn from across South Asia. Half of the Indian soldiers were sent overseas, and those who returned did so with a very different outlook on life - for some it lit the spark for Jihad and for even more it led to a desire for Independence.

    In most histories of the war, the Tommies, pals and poets have dominated the tales - but what of the war as experienced by their Indian counterparts? George Morton-Jack's remarkable, fresh take on the First World War sets this right, telling the Indian army's story of 1914-18 through the voices of the service's officers and ranks, and of the princes, priests, prostitutes and others who encountered them across the continents. It reveals their journeys to the greatest battlefields mankind had ever seen, their experiences as prisoners of war in Germany, Romania and elsewhere, and their missions as secret agents that took them down rivers, across deserts and through mountain ranges from Transylvania to Afghanistan and beyond.

    The Indian Army at War is a fascinating, necessary book that illuminates a central part of the Great War that has too often been overlooked.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Jagdtiger: Design, Production and Operations
    Jagdtiger: Design, Production and Operations
    ISBN: 9789185657018
    Title: Jagdtiger: Design, Production and Operations

    The Jagdtiger was a logical extension of the creation of Jagdpanzer designs from tank designs such as the Jagdpanther from the Panther tank. The Jagdtiger used a boxy superstructure on top of a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The resulting vehicle featured very heavy armor and the powerful 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at long ranges (+3,500 m). It had 250 mm armor on the turret front and 150 mm on the glacis plate, which made it invulnerable to any frontal fire. However it lacked a traversable turret and the main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire. The Jagdtiger suffered from a variety of mechanical and technical problems due to its immense weight and under-powered engine. The vehicle had frequent breakdowns; ultimately more Jagdtigers were lost to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to enemy action. Despite these shortcomings it was still very effective in defensive roles. Not the best, but definitely the biggest and heaviest of the Tank destroyers built during WWII. This mammoth was so big and heavy that it was problematic to transport it by railroad in Germany. It wasn't just the biggest vehicle of the war, it also had the biggest gun with the greatest caliber. And its power to kill tanks would be great even on the modern battlefield. So why wasn't it successful? Why didn't they build more of them? How did it "tick"? What units used it? Any modifications on the model? These questions and many more are answered in this second release of our new Tech series

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $102.00
  • Jungle Is Neutral
    Jungle Is Neutral
    ISBN: 9789814516389
    Title: Jungle Is Neutral

    After the fall of Malaysia to the Japanese, the unflappable F. Spencer Chapman survived for years in the jungle as a guerilla fighter. the Jungle is Neutral is his amazing tale of survival and valor against all odds.As he traveled by bicycle, motorcycle, dugout, on foot, or on his belly through the jungle muck, Chapman recruited sympathetic Chinese, Malays, Tamils, and Sakai tribesmen into an irregular corps of jungle fighters. Their mission: To harass the Japanese in any way possible. In riveting scene, Chapman recalls their daring raids as they blew up bridges, cut communications lines, and affixed plasticine to troop-filled trucks idling by the road. They threw grenades and disappeared into the jungle, their faces darkened with carbon, their tommy guns wrapped in tape so as not to reflect the moonlight. When Chapman wasn't battling the Japanese or escaping from their prisons, he found himself fighting the jungle's incessant rain, wild tigers, unfriendly tribesmen, leeches, disease, and malnutrition.'Fascinating . . . a thrilling story in a brave man's life.' the New York Times'I very much doubt if anybody else can equal his adventures or achievements.' Viscount Mountbatten'Well-written . . . filled with fascinating information and exciting adventures.' the Nation

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Karl Doenitz & the Last Days of the Third Reich
    Karl Doenitz & the Last Days of the Third Reich
    ISBN: 9781848319226
    Title: Karl Doenitz & the Last Days of the Third Reich
    Author: TURNER BARRY

    Among the military leaders of World War Two, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz remains a deeply controversial figure.

    As chief of the German submarine fleet he earned Allied respect as a formidable enemy. But after he succeeded Adolf Hitlerto whom he was unquestioningly loyalas head of the Third Reich, his name became associated with all that was most hated in the Nazi regime.

    Yet Doenitz deserves credit for ending the war quickly while trying to save his compatriots in the east. His Dunkirk-style operation across the Baltic rescued up to two million troops and civilian refugees. He was sentenced to ten years at Nuremberga penalty acknowledged as a blatant example of victor's justiceand after his release from Spandau kept well away from politics.

    Barry Turner's closely examined and even-handed portrait gives a fascinating new perspective on this complex figure, to whom history has not been kind.

    Barry Turner is an acclaimed historian and editor of "The Statesman's Yearbook" (Palgrave) which has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. His most recent books are "Beacon for Change" (Aurum Press, 2011) and with Tony Rennell, "When Daddy Came Home" (Arrow, 2014), described as "fascinating" by the "Daily Mail." He lives in London and southwest France."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00

  • KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
    KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
    ISBN: 9780349118666
    Title: KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

    In a landmark work of history, Nikolaus Wachsmann offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims, and all those living in what Primo Levi called "the gray zone." In KL, Wachsmann fills this glaring gap in our understanding. He not only synthesizes a new generation of scholarly work, much of it untranslated and unknown outside of Germany, but also presents startling revelations, based on many years of archival research, about the functioning and scope of the camp system . Examining, close up, life and death inside the camps, and adopting a wider lens to show how the camp system was shaped by changing political, legal, social, economic, and military forces, Wachsmann produces a unified picture of the Nazi regime and its camps that we have never seen before. A& boldly ambitious work of deep importance, KL is destined to be classic in the history of the twentieth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Kursk: The Last Mission
    Kursk: The Last Mission
    ISBN: 9780857504135
    Title: Kursk: The Last Mission
    Author: MOORE ROBERT

    'It takes you through each nail-biting moment . . . heart-breaking, humane and, at times, all too vivid. I've rarely read such a gripping work of non-fiction' COLIN FIRTH

    At 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 12 August 2000, two massive explosions roared through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The Kursk, pride of the Northern Fleet and the largest attack submarine in the world, was hurtling towards the ocean floor.

    In Kursk (originally published asA Time to Die), award-winning journalist Robert Moore vividly recreates this disaster minute by minute. Venturing into a covert world where the Cold War continues out of sight, Moore investigates the military and political background to the tragedy. But above all, he tells the nail-bitingly poignant human story of the families waiting ashore, of the desperate efforts of British, Norwegian and Russian rescuers, and of the Kursk sailors, trapped in the aft compartnemt, waiting for rescue, as a horrified world followed their battle to stay alive . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, & the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War
    Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, & the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War
    ISBN: 9781911617181
    Title: Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, & the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War
    Author: OLSON LYNNE

    An engrossing account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler.

    When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations - Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia, and Poland - who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self- appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as 'Last Hope Island'.

    In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian and New York Times-bestselling author Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history and restore order to a broken continent.

    'Last Hope Island is a book to be welcomed, both for the past it recovers and also, quite simply, for being such a pleasant tome to read ... Certain of these refugee groups have had their stories told before ... but Olson's book is the first to weave this all together ... It's a well-written and well-illustrated book, and deeply researched.'
    - The Washington Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, & Von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
    Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, & Von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
    ISBN: 9781501164927
    Title: Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, & Von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

    Prize-winning and bestselling historian Jean Edward Smith tells the dramatic story of the liberation of Paris during World War II--a triumph that was achieved through the remarkable efforts of Americans, French, and Germans, all racing to save the city from destruction.

    Following their breakout from Normandy in late June 1944, the Allies swept across northern France in pursuit of the German army. The Allies intended to bypass Paris and cross the Rhine into Germany, ending the war before winter set in. But as they advanced, local forces in Paris began their own liberation, defying the occupying German troops.

    Charles de Gaulle, the leading figure of the Free French government, urged General Dwight Eisenhower to divert forces to liberate Paris. Eisenhower's most senior staff recommended otherwise, but Ike wanted to help position de Gaulle to lead France after the war. And both men were concerned about partisan conflict in Paris that could leave the communists in control of the city and the national government, perhaps even causing a bloodbath like the Paris Commune. Neither man knew that the German commandant, Dietrich von Choltitz, convinced that the war was lost, dissembled and schemed to surrender the city to the Allies intact, defying Hitler's orders to leave it a burning ruin.

    In The Liberation of Paris, Jean Edward Smith puts this dramatic event in context, showing how the decision to free the city came at a heavy price: it slowed the Allied momentum and allowed the Germans to regroup. After the war German generals argued that Eisenhower's decision to enter Paris prolonged the war for another six months. Was Paris worth this price? Smith answers this question in his superb, dramatic history of one of the great events of World War II--published seventy-five years after the liberation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Living the Cold War: From Moscow & London to Berlin & Paris Memoirs of Diplomat
    Living the Cold War: From Moscow & London to Berlin & Paris Memoirs of Diplomat
    ISBN: 9781445669618
    Title: Living the Cold War: From Moscow & London to Berlin & Paris Memoirs of Diplomat

    The centerpiece of this vivid memoir by the former British Ambassador in Germany and France is Germany's 1990 unification--the culmination of years of work by him and his colleagues. He describes living in Moscow in the Cuba crisis, why Khrushchev took a huge risk and why he yielded to President Kennedy. He discusses work in the Foreign Office, from dealing with the threat of the Soviet Union to Britain's attempt to persuade Argentina to withdraw from the Falklands in 1982. And he brings different experiences alive, from the KGB's harassment of diplomats in Moscow to his time as Ambassador in France.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
  • Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions
    Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions
    ISBN: 9788365281319
    Title: Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions

    The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day. With its unusual twin-boom design, this was one of the most distinctive fighters of WW2, and saw action in all theatres of the war, being especially effective in the Pacific area. This book describes the development of the early versions of this iconic warplane, with full technical details and many detail photos. Profusely illustrated with photos, including a comprehensive walk-around section showing all aspects of the airframe, and diagrams from official manuals. Includes 1/72nd scale plans, and color profiles showing many of the colorful schemes applied to the P-38 by its users.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
  • London at War
    London at War
    ISBN: 9781910821084
    Title: London at War

    A unique collection of surprising revelations, heroic deeds and other quirky pieces of trivia from the conflicts that have shaped London's fascinating past. From British wartime commanders and other characters who called London their home, through the privations of war and their social impact, to the devastation caused by the Blitz.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre
    London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre
    ISBN: 9780300238655
    Title: London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre
    Author: FRY HELEN

    Behind the locked doors of three mansions in London's exclusive Kensington Palace Gardens neighborhood, the British Secret Service established a highly secret prison in 1940: the London Cage. Here recalcitrant German prisoners of war were subjected to "special intelligence treatment." The stakes were high: the war's outcome could hinge on obtaining information German prisoners were determined to withhold. After the war, high-ranking Nazi war criminals were housed in the Cage, revamped as an important center for investigating German war crimes. This riveting book reveals the full details of operations at the London Cage and subsequent efforts to hide them. Helen Fry's extraordinary original research uncovers the grim picture of prisoners' daily lives and of systemic Soviet-style mistreatment. The author also provides sensational evidence to counter official denials concerning the use of "truth drugs" and "enhanced interrogation" techniques. Bringing dark secrets to light, this groundbreaking book at last provides an objective and complete history of the London Cage.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots & Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
    Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots & Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
    ISBN: 9780062262097
    Title: Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots & Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
    Author: HAMPTON DAN

    The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation--a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today's technologically expert warriors flying supersonic jets.

    One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary stories of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. Told in his acclaimed high-octane style, Lords of the Sky is a fresh and exhilarating look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • Lost a Search for Six of Six Million
    Lost a Search for Six of Six Million
    ISBN: 9780062277770
    Title: Lost a Search for Six of Six Million

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Madame Fourcade's Secret War
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War
    ISBN: 9781925849301
    Title: Madame Fourcade's Secret War
    Author: OLSON LYNNE

    In 1941, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of Alliance, a vast Resistance organisation - the only woman to hold such a role. Brave, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job.

    No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence as Alliance - and as a result, the Gestapo pursued its members relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Fourcade herself lived on the run and was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape.

    Though so many of her agents died defending their country, Fourcade survived the occupation to become active in post-war French politics. Now, in a dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Man Who Was Saturday: The Extraordinary Life of Airey Neave
    Man Who Was Saturday: The Extraordinary Life of Airey Neave
    ISBN: 9780008309084
    Title: Man Who Was Saturday: The Extraordinary Life of Airey Neave

    SOLDIER, ESCAPER, SPYMASTER, POLITICIAN - Airey Neave was assassinated in the House of Commons car park in 1979. Forty years after his death, Patrick Bishop's lively, action-packed biography examines the life, heroic war and death of one of Britain's most remarkable 20th century figures. Airey Neave was one of the most extraordinary figures of his generation. Taken prisoner during WW2, he was the first British officer to escape from Colditz and using the code name 'Saturday' became a key figure in the IS9 escape and evasion organisation which spirited hundreds of Allied airmen and soldiers out of Occupied Europe. A lawyer by training, he served the indictments on the Nazi leaders at the Nuremburg war trials. An ardent Cold War warrior, he was mixed up in several of the great spy scandals of the period. Most people might consider these achievements enough for a single career, but he went on to become the man who made Margaret Thatcher, mounting a brilliantly manipulative campaign in the 1975 Tory leadership to bring her to power. And yet his death is as fascinating as his remarkable life. On Friday, 30 March 1979, a bomb planted beneath his car exploded while he was driving up the ramp of the House of Commons underground car park, killing him instantly. The murder was claimed by the breakaway Irish Republican group, the INLA. His killers have never been identified. Patrick Bishop's new book, published to mark the 40th anniversary of his death, is a lively and concise biography of this remarkable man. It answers the question of who killed him and why their identities have been hidden for so long and is written with the support of the Neave family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
    Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
    ISBN: 9781501102387
    Title: Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
    Author: STEIL BENN

    Winner of the 2019 New-York Historical Society Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History
    Winner of the 2018 American Academy of Diplomacy Douglas Dillon Award
    Shortlisted for the 2018 Duff Cooper Prize in Literary Nonfiction

    " A] brilliant book...by far the best study yet" (Paul Kennedy, The Wall Street Journal) of the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan and its long-lasting influence on our world.

    In the wake of World War II, with Britain's empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new Secretary of State George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continue to shape world events.

    Benn Steil's "thoroughly researched and well-written account" (USA TODAY) tells the story behind the birth of the Cold War, told with verve, insight, and resonance for today. Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil's gripping narrative takes us through the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations--the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, Stalin's determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe is vividly portrayed. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil's account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan.

    "Trenchant and timely...an ambitious, deeply researched narrative that...provides a fresh perspective on the coming Cold War" (The New York Times Book Review), The Marshall Plan is a polished and masterly work of historical narrative. An instant classic of Cold War literature, it "is a gripping, complex, and critically important story that is told with clarity and precision" (The Christian Science Monitor).

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $44.00

  • Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King
    Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King
    ISBN: 9781591140429
    Title: Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King
    Author: BUELL THOMAS B.

    A comprehensive biography of the most powerful naval officer in the history of the United States who was the controversial architect of the American victory in the Pacific.

    Someone once asked Admiral Ernest J. King if it was he who said, "When they get in trouble they send for the sonsabitches." He replied that he was not -- but that he would have said it if he had thought of it.

    Although never accused of having a warm personality, Ernest J. King commanded the respect of everyone familiar with his work. His is one of the great American naval careers, his place in history forever secured by a remarkable contribution to the Allied victory in the Second World War. "Lord how I need him," wrote Navy Secretary Frank Knox on December 23, 1941, the day he summoned King to take control of the Navy at its lowest point, the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.

    Raised in a stern Calvinist home in Lorain, Ohio, Ernest King grew interested in a naval career after reading an article in a boys' magazine. After graduating from Annapolis fourth in his class (1901), King's early career was "rather ordinary" according to biographer Robert W. Love. But in 1909, at the end of a stint as a drillmaster at the Naval Academy, King distinguished himself by writing an influential essay entitled, "Organization on Board Ship." King performed well in a number of commands between 1914 and 1923, when he began a three-year stint as commander of the submarine base at New London, Connecticut. In 1926 his career took an important turn: he completed the shortened flight course at Pensacola, and from that point on, he would see aviation as the decisive element in naval warfare. This conviction deepened when he served as assistant bureau chief under Rear Admiral William Moffett, widely considered the father of American naval aviation.

    King's career received another boost when he ably commanded his first aircraft carrier, the Lexington, in the early 1930s. But as his prospects for advancement increased, so did his reputation as a difficult character. "He was meaner than hell," commented one junior officer, reflecting the general opinion that King was as much despised as he was respected. This didn't seem to bother him, though. Love observed that he "seemed almost to pride himself on the fact that he had earned his rank solely on his merits as a professional naval officer, rather than as a result of the friendship of others."

    In the spring of 1939, the sixty-year-old King coveted the job of Chief of Naval Operations. But his personality and decided lack of political skill or tact led President Roosevelt to pass him over in favor of Admiral Harold Stark. Seemingly banished to duty on the General Board in Washington, King's career was resurrected by the war that soon started in Europe. When Stark grew dissatisfied with the commander of his Atlantic Squadron, he looked to King, who took over in December, 1940. With his slogan "do all that we can with what we have," King ably managed the undeclared war with Germany's U-boats. Although his command was limited to the Atlantic, it brought him to Washington frequently and he stayed abreast of developments in the Pacific. The morning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Stark called him to Washington; soon after he was running the Navy -- first as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet, soon adding the title Chief of Naval Operations, making him the first man to combine both jobs.

    In the early months of 1942, King's strategic brilliance earned him the complete confidence of President Roosevelt. When none of the British or American war planners even dared to think of going on the offensive in the Pacific in 1942-43, King successfully lobbied to do just that. "No fighter ever won his fight by covering up -- merely fending off the other fellow's blows," he wrote. "The winner hits and keeps on hitting even though he has to be able to take some stiff blows in order to keep on hitting." It's

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.00
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 a Engine
    Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 a Engine
    ISBN: 9788365281685
    Title: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 a Engine

    This book describes famous Bf 109 G variants with DB 605 A engine. Technical aspects of all variants. Books describes all variants differences in detail.
    A detailed technical description is attached. All variants are lavishly illustrated by pictures including strip down and walk around pictures of the fighter and its systems.
    1/72 scale plans of all versions.
    Colour profiles.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $67.00
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