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Broken Lives

by Konrad H. Jarausch

Broken Lives is a gripping account of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of ordinary Germans who came of age under Hitler and whose lives were scarred and sometimes destroyed by what they saw and...


Black Thursday

by Martin Caidin

Martin Caidin's Black Thursday tells the exciting story of the United States Air Force's massive bombing raid into Nazi Germany's industrial heartland on Thursday, October 14, 1943. On that fateful day two...


Coffin Corner Boys

by Carole Engle Avriett & George W. Starks

During WWII, a B-17 crew of 10 men was shot down over German-occupied France in an area known as Coffin Corner.

Their pilot, George Wiley Starks, spent six weeks walking through France into Switzerland with aid...


As I Am Presently Known

by Leon Rubinstein & Emily Rubin

Months after World War II officially ends, a 15-year-old boy still hides in a potato field. The horror of the Holocaust is followed by the horror of survival. The question “Why me?” haunts survivors for...


The Complete Dambusters

by Charles Foster

On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which...


Kursk 1943

by Anthony Tucker-Jones

In 1943, as war raged along the Eastern Front, the German forces attempted to push further east in the brutal Operation Citadel, which saw one of the largest armoured clashes in history in the Battle of Prokhorovka....


Island of Fire

by Jason Mark

Stalingrad was one of the largest, bloodiest, and most famous battles in history as well as one of the major turning points of World War II. For four winter months during the battle, German and Soviet forces...


Patton's Last Gamble

by Duane Schultz

In March 1945, against the advice of his top subordinates, Gen. George Patton created a special task force to venture more than fifty miles behind enemy lines and liberate a POW camp near Hammelburg, Germany....


Lessons in Leadership

by John R. Deane Jr. & Jack C. Mason

John R. Deane Jr. (1919--2013) was born with all the advantages a man needs to succeed in a career in the US Army, and he capitalized on his many opportunities in spectacular fashion. The son of one of George...


Renegotiating French Identity

by Jane F. Fulcher

In Renegotiating French Identity, Jane Fulcher addresses the question of cultural resistance to the German occupation and Vichy regime during the Second World War. Nazi Germany famously stressed music as a marker...


The British and the Greek Resistance, 1936–1944

by Andre Gerolymatos

Between 1941 and 1944, the Germans and the Italians imposed a brutal occupation of Greece. This, as well as the outbreak of famine, drove many Greeks to join a variety of resistance movements in the mountains....


A Ray of Light

by Russell Phillips

This is the inspiring true story of what happens when ordinary people unite to make a stand against evil.

Lidice was a peaceful and vibrant community in Czechoslovakia with a rich mining heritage. But an act...


Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II

by Mike Mochizuki, Daqing Yang, Marlène Laruelle & Ricardo T. Jose et al.

Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less inclined to do so? What motivates the orchestration of elaborate commemorative activities...


Doomed Destroyer

by Ron Cope

On March 1st 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered Operation Weserubung: the invasion of Norway. Having swept across Europe, the Nazi assault on Scandinavia was designed to secure the valuable iron ore being delivered...


Searchlights, Slate Pencils, and Suspicions

by Pamela Davenport

These memoirs record life in Brisbane, Australia during the Second World War, as seen through the eyes of a child. Pamela Davenport was two and a half when the war began. She has vivid memories of this time....


The Escape Line

by Megan Koreman

Of all the resistance organizations that operated during the war, about which much has been written, one stands out for its transnational character, the diversity of the tasks its members took on, and the fact...


World War II at Sea

by Craig L. Symonds

Author of Lincoln and His Admirals (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Battle of Midway (Best Book of the Year, Military History Quarterly), and Operation Neptune, (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for...


Deposition 1940-1944

by Léon Werth & David Ball

Historians agree: the diary of Léon Werth (1878-1955) is one of the most precious--and readable--pieces of testimony ever written about life in France under Nazi occupation and the Vichy regime. Werth was a...


Architects of Death

by Karen Bartlett

Topf and Sons designed and built the crematoria at the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, Belzec, Dachau, Mauthausen and Gusen. At its height sixty-six Topf triple muffle ovens were in operation...


The Unmasking of Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley

by Stella Brooks

Stella Brooks was honored with the only lengthy interview Miller ever gave wand unmasked details of his phenomenal achievements and inspirational courage. He vividly described his fantastic life working in the...