Download Midway 1942: Turning Point in the Pacific (Campaign, Volume by Mark Healy PDF

By Mark Healy

Osprey's crusade identify for some of the most vital naval battles within the historical past of global warfare II (1939-1945), halfway, which used to be fought slightly six months after the devastating jap assault on Pearl Harbor. The badly broken USS Yorktown was once repaired in precisely forty eight hours and with company and Hornet got down to meet the japanese. In a conflict marked through nice heroism on each side the U.S. dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial jap Fleet sinking 4 of her strongest providers. during this beautifully illustrated quantity Mark Healy tells the complete tale; espionage, bold, good fortune and severe heroism. a desirable learn supplemented by means of actual images of the conflict in progress.

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Download The Long Run by Joan Sullivan PDF

By Joan Sullivan

At the morning of July 1, 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel, the lads of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out in their trenches and complex into no man's land. Eric Mackenzie Robertson went excessive on that fateful day-and survived. nearly unbelievably, simply 4 years later, Robertson might turn into the 1st born and bred Newfoundlander to compete within the Olympics. along with her attractive journalistic sort, Joan Sullivan-author of the award-winning within the Field-returns to inform the tale of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, a misplaced Olympiad, and one man's awesome trip in the course of the battlefield and into historical past.

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Download The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost by Judith M. Heimann PDF

By Judith M. Heimann

N ovember 1944: military airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what must have been a simple venture off the Borneo coast. as a substitute they discovered themselves all of sudden dealing with a jap fleet—and have been shot down. after they reduce themselves unfastened from their parachutes, they have been scattered around the island’s mountainous inside. Then a gaggle of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. could those Dayak tribesmen flip the ravenous airmen over to the adverse jap occupiers? Or may the Dayaks hazard vicious reprisals to get the airmen effectively domestic? The tribal leaders’ exceptional choice resulted in a determined video game of hide-and-seek, and, finally, the go back of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting.
A cinematic survival tale that includes a bamboo airstrip equipped on a rice paddy, a mad British significant, and a blowpipe-wielding military that helped ruin one of many final eastern strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is a gripping, you-are-there trip into the distant international and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.

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Download 5th Gebirgsjager Division - Hitler's Mountain Warfare by Michael Sharpe PDF

By Michael Sharpe

The recent 'Spearhead' sequence is designed to examine the leading edge of battle, facing devices in a position to working thoroughly independently within the vanguard of conflict. every one quantity within the sequence examines the selected unit's origins and heritage, its company and order of conflict, its conflict background theatre via theatre, its insignia and its markings. additionally coated are biographies of crucial commanders of every unit. each one identify ends with an review of unit effectiveness - as noticeable via the unit itself, by means of its rivals and the sunshine of newer historic examine. The books additionally contain an in depth reference part with a severe bibliography, a list of suitable museums and sites, information regarding reenactment teams and memorials. Authors of a couple of titles within the Spearhead sequence (2 Grossdeutschland, five Leibstandarte and nine Das Reich) Mike Sharpe and Brian Davies now tackle the main German mountain unit that observed motion in Greece, Crete, Russia and Italy. The elite department was once shaped in autumn 1940 and used to be commanded by way of the charismatic Julius 'Papa' Ringel till 1944. It used to be dependent in Salzburg, Austria, even if the group of workers have been predominantly from Bavaria. shaped from the a centesimal Gebirgs Regiment, the 1st few months of its lifestyles have been spent education within the Bavarian Alps earlier than it moved to the Balkans theatre, the place it performed a in demand function within the smashing of the Metaxas defence traces and the defeat of the Greek and Commonwealth protecting forces. It used to be selected because the air-landing component to XI Airborne Corps for Operation Merkur - the assault on Crete - the place it fought along the German paratroops lined in Spearhead four. It remained at the island as an career strength till it used to be despatched to the Leningrad entrance in October 1941. in the course of that point the department used to be used basically as a 'fire brigade' for the 18th Armee, serving at numerous instances at the Volchov entrance, close to Mga, close to Schlusselburg, and at the Neva close to Kolopino. In December 1943 the department was once transferred to Italy lower than the keep an eye on of tenth Armee. It exotic itself time and again scuffling with up the 'leg' of the Italian mainland throughout the battles for the Gustav and Gothic defence strains. This used to be the final Mountain department to struggle in excessive alpine terrain. On April 20, 1945, seven Gebirgsjager made an evening climb up the Northeast wall of Roc Belleface. Their raid succeeded in dislodging the French garrison's defences. After a few extra strive against activities, the department assembled for the final time and marched in complete order eastwards towards Milan. After struggling with with Italian Partisans in the course of their trip, they went into American captivity simply north of Turin. For all these attracted to army background, the hot 'Spearhead' sequence is a wonderful account of every of the person devices. Written through said specialists within the topic, each one quantity is a close account of the improvement and operational list of a few of the main well-known army devices in historical past.

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Download Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute by Jonathan Mayo, Emma Craigie PDF

By Jonathan Mayo, Emma Craigie

On thirtieth April 1945 the realm is in chaos...

American and Russian forces have associated up in the course of Germany, however the struggling with keeps. The roads of Germany are choked with humans – Jews who've survived focus camps, Allied POWs attempting to get domestic, and Nazis at the run. The civilian inhabitants below German regulate will run out of foodstuff in lower than a fortnight. the fellow whose dream of a thousand-year Reich begun this nightmare is in a bunker underneath the streets of Berlin announcing his farewells. via 4pm he'll be dead.

Hitler's final Day: Minute via Minute, is natural chronological narrative, as obvious during the eyes of these who have been there within the bunker, these combating within the streets of Germany, and people pacing the corridors of energy in Washington, London and Moscow. It used to be an afternoon of endings and beginnings whilst usual humans have been positioned frequently in amazing situations.

Take Sisi Wilczek, fleeing the advancing Russians together with her family's sizeable fortune in a shoebox; President Truman, weighing up utilizing the atomic bomb that his Secretary of warfare calls 'the so much bad weapon ever identified in human history'; German officer Claus Sellier, on a final project around the kingdom to bring important files; or Allied aircrews shedding nutrition parcels rather than bombs to feed the ravenous Dutch population.

30th April 1945 was once an afternoon that hundreds of thousands had dreamed of, and died for...

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Download The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II by Charles Glass PDF

By Charles Glass

A groundbreaking background of normal squaddies suffering at the entrance strains, The Deserters bargains a very new standpoint at the moment international warfare. Charles Glass—renowned journalist and writer of the severely acclaimed americans in Paris: lifestyles and dying lower than Nazi Occupation—delves deep into military records, own diaries, court-martial files, and self-published memoirs to supply this dramatic and heartbreaking portrait of guys neglected through their commanders and overlooked via history.

Surveying the 150,000 American and British infantrymen recognized to have abandoned within the eu Theater, The Deserters: A Hidden background of worldwide conflict II tells the lifestyles tales of 3 infantrymen who deserted their posts in France, Italy, and Africa. Their deeds shape the spine of Glass’s arresting portrait of squaddies driven to the brink, a sweeping reexamination of the stipulations for usual soldiers.

With the grace and speed of a unique, The Deserters strikes past the fake extremes of braveness and cowardice to bare the real event of the frontline soldier. Glass stocks the tale of fellows like inner most Alfred Whitehead, a Tennessee farm boy who earned Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in Normandy—yet turned a gangster in liberated Paris, robbing Allied offer depots in addition to usual electorate. the following is also the tale of British males like deepest John Bain, who abandoned 3 times yet by no means fled from combat—and who persevered battles in North Africa and northerly France ahead of German computing device weapons reduce his legs from lower than him. the center of The Deserters is living with males like inner most Steve Weiss, an idealistic teenage volunteer from Brooklyn who pressured his father—a upset First international conflict veteran—to signal his enlistment papers simply because he used to be no longer but eighteen. at the Anzio beachhead and within the Ardennes woodland, as an infantryman with the thirty sixth department and as an unintentional partisan within the French Resistance, Weiss misplaced his illusions in regards to the the Aristocracy of clash and the infallibility of yankee commanders.

Far from the intense photo present in propaganda and nostalgia, the second one international conflict used to be a grim and brutal affair, a protracted and lonely attempt that hasn't ever been totally reported—to the detriment of these who served and the chance of these nurtured on fake stories at the present time. Revealing the real expenditures of clash on these compelled to struggle, The Deserters is a sublime and unforgettable tale of normal males desperately suffering in impressive occasions.

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Download Resistance: Memoirs of Occupied France by Agnès Humbert PDF

By Agnès Humbert

In the summertime of 1940, because the German career tightened its grip on Paris, Agnes Humbert helped to set up one of many first resistance cells. inside a 12 months the gang used to be publishing a news broadcast, supporting allied airmen get away and passing army info again to London. Then got here the disaster of betrayal, through arrest and interrogation, imprisonment and trial and, for Agnes, deportation to slave labour camp in Germany. Resistance is the key magazine of a lady who by no means gave up desire.

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Download Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War by Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes PDF

By Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes

Robert Neiman, possibly the main skilled wrestle commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ tank arm, was once one of many infrequent USMC officials to serve in either Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks at the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth Estes, relay vibrant bills of scuffling with within the Pacific battle, in addition to Marine Corps provider in the course of the whole international battle II interval, with out idolatry and mythmaking. the result's a battle tale informed from the original standpoint of fellows combating from armored machines in determined battles opposed to a made up our minds enemy.

After the seize of Guadalcanal, Neiman persevered jap bombardments there to collect info for his task as operations officer of a brand new tank university being shaped in California. He finally led his personal tank corporation via 4 island battles culminating within the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he comprehensive the battle as government officer and commanding officer of the first Tank Battalion on profession and defense responsibility in North China in 1945–46.

Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar education at Quantico and in North Carolina in the course of the delights of a brand new Zealand bereft of guys, the horrors of Saipan and Iwo, the abnormal state of affairs in China after the conflict, after which the journey again to the States for Neiman’s profitable postwar occupation as a lumber retailer.

Through all of it, Estes interprets Neiman’s eye for the fascinating and the human right into a multifaceted story of a tender Marine going to battle. this can be an experience tale with many novel turns that would allure the curiosity of army specialists, army historical past aficionados, Marine Corps contributors as a rule, and veterans of armored battling automobile devices. Neiman isn't a USMC icon, only one of the unheralded hundreds of thousands of officials who did the true scuffling with. this is often their tale, up to it truly is his.

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Download The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Craig L. Symonds PDF

By Craig L. Symonds

There are few moments in American historical past during which the process occasions tipped so all at once and so dramatically as on the conflict of halfway. At sunrise of June four, 1942, a rampaging eastern military governed the Pacific. by means of sundown, their vaunted provider strength (the Kido Butai) have been sunk and their grip at the Pacific have been loosened without end.

during this completely riveting account of a key second within the historical past of worldwide struggle II, one in all America's prime naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, braveness, and sacrifice. Symonds starts with the coming of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating eastern assault, and describes the major occasions resulting in the climactic conflict, together with either Coral Sea--the first conflict in heritage opposed to opposing provider forces--and Jimmy Doolittle's bold raid of Tokyo. He focuses all through at the humans concerned, supplying telling pictures of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and various different americans, in addition to the top jap figures, together with the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. certainly, Symonds sheds a lot mild at the facets of eastern culture--such as their single-minded devotion to strive against, which resulted in poorly armored planes and insufficient fire-safety measures on their ships--that contributed to their defeat.

The author's account of the conflict itself is masterful, weaving jointly the various disparate threads of attack--attacks which failed within the early going--that eventually created a five-minute window during which 3 of the 4 eastern providers have been mortally wounded, altering the process the Pacific conflict in an eye-blink.

Symonds is the 1st historian to argue that the victory at halfway used to be no longer easily an issue of good fortune, mentioning that Nimitz had equivalent forces, more advantageous intelligence, and the section of shock. Nimitz had a powerful hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly anticipated to win.

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Download Xavier: A British Secret Agent with the French Resistance by Richard Heslop PDF

By Richard Heslop

Colonel Richard Heslop, alias Xavier, was once one in all Britain's maximum distinct Operations brokers in France. Ingeniously orchestrating resistance teams and ruthlessly sabotaging German operations, Xavier performed an important position in Allied espionage in the course of the warfare, from overdue 1942 all through to D-Day.

Sent to France in the course of the clash, he delicately balanced clandestine missions and hazardous wartime operations every day, but his identify slightly will get a point out within the money owed of the designated Operations govt (SOE), making this perception the entire extra interesting. it truly is transparent that Xavier's function was once like no different. it was once a role that concerned common encounters with the terrifying probabilities of catch, torture and loss of life; it was once a task the place a slipshod whisper may well carry a guy into the arms of the Gestapo; and it used to be a task that concerned acts of sabotage, espionage, robbery, and occasionally even murder... Xavier is a dramatic and compelling account of braveness and patience within the face of a cruel enemy - the real tale of 1 of Britain's maximum mystery brokers.

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