Download E-books Okinawa 1945: The last battle (Campaign) PDF

By Gordon L. Rottman

By way of the spring of 1945 the Allies have been sweeping all prior to them within the Pacific battle opposed to Japan, and a chain of victories had reclaimed a few of the islands and territories seized via the Imperial jap forces within the early months of the conflict. The darkish days of humiliating defeat have been a long way in the back of the unstoppable Allied juggernaut - victory was once now guaranteed. The query used to be the place the final conflict will be fought. That position used to be the island of Okinawa. This publication information the fight for the island as US Marines and military devices battled decided jap defenders within the final conflict of worldwide battle II (1939-1945).

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Download E-books 'Down to Earth' Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force (Aircraft of the Aces) PDF

'Like The lengthy succeed in, right down to Earth is a message from the conflict at its peak, informed of their personal phrases by means of the lads who struggle' - this is often how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his creation to this booklet. His professional endorsement unearths simply how very important a rfile all the way down to Earth used to be to the instructing of tyro fighter pilots heading for motion within the ETO. extra prime aces have been misplaced to flak when flooring strafing than to German warring parties. during this publication William Hess has integrated biographies of all of the pilots that initially contributed to this paintings again in 1943-44.

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Download E-books A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II PDF

By Peter Grose

The untold tale of an remoted French group that banded jointly to supply sanctuary and guard to over 3,500 Jews within the throes of global struggle II

no one requested questions, no one demanded cash. Villagers lied, lined up, procrastinated and hid, yet most significantly they welcomed.

This is the tale of an remoted group within the top reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to avoid wasting the lives of 3,500 Jews lower than the noses of the Germans and the warriors of Vichy France. it's the tale of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke legislation and defied orders to guard the lives of overall strangers. it's the tale of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from great who cast 5,000 units of fake id papers to avoid wasting different Jews and French Resistance opponents from the Nazi focus camps. And it's the tale of a group of excellent women and men who provided sanctuary, kindness, cohesion and hospitality to humans in determined desire, understanding complete good the results to themselves.

robust and richly informed, A reliable position to Hide speaks to the goodness and braveness of normal humans in striking conditions. eight pages of B&W illustrations

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Download E-books Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel PDF

By Philip Kerr

The most up-to-date New York Times bestseller from the writer of the Berlin Noir trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Field Gray brings Bernie Gunther back—to a home celebration from hell

First brought in Philip Kerr's celebrated Berlin Noir trilogy, Bernie Gunther is a good cop residing within the so much ruthless of occasions. Prague Fatale is Bernie's newest trip, and it is a tantalizing locked-door mystery-cum-political-thriller that is poised to construct on Field Gray's good fortune, confirming Kerr as a grasp of espionage literature.

            it is 1941 and Bernie is again from the jap entrance, once more operating murder in Berlin's Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a guy he either detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there's an murderer in his midst, he orders Bernie to hitch him at his state property outdoors Prague, the place he has invited a few of the 3rd Reich's so much odious officers to have fun his new appointment. one in every of them is the would-be murderer. Bernie can ponder greater how you can spend a gorgeous autumn weekend, yet, as he says, "You do not say no to Heydrich and live."

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Download E-books Erich Von Manstein: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History PDF

By Robert Forczyk

Osprey Command sequence #2

Erich Von Manstein used to be some of the most winning German commanders of worldwide battle II. An apostle of the German idea of Bewegungskrieg - manoeuvre struggle - he was once accountable for the operational plan for the German step forward within the Ardennes wooded area that ended in the quick defeat of France in 1940. He led a panzer corps within the force to Leningrad in 1941 and a military within the Crimea, culminating within the trap of Sevastopol in 1942. As commander of Heeresgruppe Don he oversaw the doomed try to rescue the German place at Stalingrad, sooner than causing an important opposite on Soviet forces within the 3rd conflict of Kharkov in March 1943, most likely his most interesting victory. it is a army account of Manstein's maximum battles, supplying an analytical account of his strategies, judgements and personality features that helped him achieve conflict and made him the most revered German commanders.

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Download E-books Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War (Texas A&M University Military History Series, 85.) PDF

By Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes

Robert Neiman, possibly the main skilled wrestle commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ tank arm, used to be 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 shiny money owed of struggling with within the Pacific battle, in addition to Marine Corps provider throughout the complete international warfare II interval, without idolatry and mythmaking. the result's a struggle tale advised from the original standpoint of fellows combating from armored machines in determined battles opposed to a decided enemy.

After the seize of Guadalcanal, Neiman continued eastern bombardments there to assemble details for his project as operations officer of a brand new tank college being shaped in California. He ultimately led his personal tank corporation via 4 island battles culminating within the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he comprehensive the conflict as govt officer and commanding officer of the first Tank Battalion on profession and safety responsibility in North China in 1945–46.

Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar education at Quantico and in North Carolina during the delights of a brand new Zealand bereft of fellows, the horrors of Saipan and Iwo, the bizarre scenario in China after the battle, after which the journey again to the States for Neiman’s winning postwar profession 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 struggle. this is often an event tale with many novel turns that would allure the curiosity of army specialists, army background aficionados, Marine Corps individuals ordinarily, and veterans of armored struggling with motor vehicle devices. Neiman isn't really a USMC icon, only one of the unheralded hundreds of thousands of officials who did the genuine scuffling with. this can be their tale, up to it truly is his.

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Download E-books Grey Wolves: The U-Boat War 1939-1945 PDF

By Philip Kaplan

In the early years of the second one global warfare, the elite strength of German submariners referred to as the Ubootwaffe got here perilously with regards to perfecting the underwater strategies of the 1st international warfare and effectively slicing Britain's transatlantic lifeline. To the Allies, those enemy sailors have been embarking on a undertaking that was once unequivocally evil.

It was once popularly believed that the U-boat males have been all volunteers; this used to be now not the case. even if, as soon as devoted to the Ubootwaffe, each one guy quickly understood that he needs to show pride in being a part of a special brotherhood. He needed to achieve this simply because he used to be commencing, in claustrophobic, unsanitary, stench-filled and eventually hellish stipulations, on a trip that might try his psychological and actual persistence to the very limits, and person who he had little probability of surviving. those who did go back quickly ceased to take convenience in pals or kin, living in simple terms at the wisdom that one other patrol awaited them. the boys of the Ubootwaffe have been sure jointly by means of an excessive camaraderie cast in an atmosphere of ever-present hazard, and a cohesion of objective extra strong than any recognized to different sailors.

As the U-boat memorial close to Kiel files, by means of the tip of the warfare, of the 39,000 males who went to sea within the U-boats, 27,491 died in motion and an additional 5,000 have been made prisoners of conflict. Of the 863 U-boats that sailed on operational patrols, 754 have been lost.

Grey Wolves captures existence on board a U-boat, in textual content, letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, prose and poetry, relaying stories of the mundane and the regimen, dramatic and heroic; the terror and resilience of each group member, from Kapitainleutnant to Mechaniker. it's a vibrant, brutally life like portrait of the boys who fought and died underneath the outside of the Atlantic in what was once, maybe, the main severe conflict of the war.

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Download E-books We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944 PDF

By Walter Dean Myers

Age diversity: 10 - 14 Years

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Following within the footsteps of his father and great-grandfather, either conflict veterans, Scott Pendleton Collins symptoms up for the military throughout the peak of global struggle II. he's shipped out to England in simple terms to stand weeks of boredom. He and his unit are looking to be out within the fields, doing whatever to assist the Allied forces. eventually, the comrades locate themselves on a ship heading to Normandy, France, in the dark. yet as his boat techniques the seashore, Scott unexpectedly realizes what they're up opposed to, and it truly is an very unlikely invasion. not anything in easy education, not anything he's heard from different infantrymen, not anything he has ever skilled prepares Scott for what awaits on Omaha Beach.

As D-Day rages round him, Scott is separated from his unit. misplaced within the bloody chaos, he needs to have the ability to pass though the conflict. Revolving round probably the most recognized invasions in historical past, Scott's tale is certainly one of bravery and victory, heartache and soreness, loss and survival.

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Download E-books Saving Children from the Holocaust: The Kindertransport (The Holocaust Through Primary Sources) PDF

By Ann Byers

“Who will take care of me . . . and why cannot all of us pass together?” Kurt Fuchel requested his father those questions, because the younger boy ready to embark on a trip to England . . . on my own. Fuchel was once considered one of 10000 kids who made this trip presently prior to international battle II started. In 1938, Jews looked for a fashion out of Germany. yet anti-Jewish legislation and countries unwilling to just accept fleeing refugees made break out tough or very unlikely. England’s attempt to avoid wasting the youngsters attempt got here to be often called the Kindertransport, and writer Ann Byers discusses the heroes who geared up the transports and the youngsters who have been kept from the Holocaust.

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Download E-books German Headgear in World War II, Volume 1: Army/Luftwaffe/Kriegsmarine: A Photographic Study of German Hats and Helmets PDF

By Pat Moran, Jon Maguire

This quantity set via Pat Moran and Jon Maguire illustrates, in complete colour, over 240 visor hats and helmets of the German: military, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, SS, NSDAP, Police, Civilian, and miscellaneous formations. each one peaked hat is proven from 4 angles, together with inside, and insignia element. those volumes are a needs to for creditors of German headgear and militaria, in addition to modelers and scholars of army uniforms.

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