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Downfall 1945

by Steven J. Zaloga & Steve Noon

As the final month of fighting in Europe in 1945 dawned the Allies embarked upon a series of mopping up operations, destroying the last centres of German resistance as the essentially defeated Wehrmacht fought...


SR-71 Blackbird

by Paul F. Crickmore

Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed...


Operation Totalize 1944

by Stephen A. Hart & Johnny Shumate

In Operation Totalize, Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds' II Canadian Corps launched an attack from its positions along the Bourguébus Ridge south of Caen, striking south-southeast astride the main Caen?Falaise...


F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 "Frank??

by Edward M. Young, Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector

The Vought Corsair was the first American single-engined fighter to exceed 400 mph and establish dominance over the legendary Mitsubishi Type Zero-sen. The Ki-84 Hayate was introduced by the Japanese specifically...


US Army Rangers 1989–2015

by Leigh Neville & Peter Dennis

Written by an expert on modern Special Forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers' missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia and the post 9/11 invasions...


The SBS in World War II

by Gavin Mortimer

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in...


Voices of World War Two

by Sue Elliott & Steve Humphries

In association with the flagship BBC2 series.

This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew...


Summary of How We Got to Now: by Steven Johnson | Includes Analysis

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How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson | Includes Analysis

 

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Glass formed in the Libyan desert about twenty-six million years ago when grains of silica became superheated...


Around the World in 175 Days: The First Round-the-World Flight

by Carroll V. Glines & Walter J. Boyne

American military aviation reached a low point after World War I, lagging behind its European counterparts and facing a peacetime battle for survival. To raise the public profile of aviation, military leaders...


Einstein at Home

by Friedrich Herneck, Josef Eisinger & Alice Calaprice

These intimate, candid descriptions of the private life of Albert Einstein come from a series of interviews with Herta Waldow, a housekeeper who lived with Einstein and his wife and daughter from 1927 to 1933...


The Secret War

by Max Hastings

From one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of Inferno and Catastrophe: 1914, The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of...


The Culmination of Conflict: The Ukrainian-Polish Civil War and the Expulsion of Ukrainians After the Second World War

by Stephen Rapawy

As Germany fought the Soviet Union during World War II, a much smaller but equally vicious struggle was unfolding in southeastern Poland, fueled by longstanding ethnic and territorial conflicts between Poles...


Operation Desert Storm

by 50MINUTES.Com

In August 1990, Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, shortly after the beginning of the second Gulf War. Afraid that the situation would become explosive once again, the UN launched Operation Desert Storm on 17th January...


The 1948 Palestine War

by 50MINUTES.Com

On 15th May 1948, David Ben-Gurion formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. Immediately after the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the neighboring Arab nations came together and decided...


The Battle of Algiers

by 50MINUTES.Com

In the summer of 1956, Algiers was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks orchestrated by the FLN against the center of French power in Algeria. The aim of this violence was to fight against the colonial stronghold...


The Battle of Kursk

by 50MINUTES.Com

After the crushing defeat suffered at Stalingrad, Adolf Hitler more than ever needed to lead an attack that would reassure the German people and restore his prestige. To do this, he chose the Kursk region, and...


The Battle of Stalingrad

by 50MINUTES.Com

On 23rd August 1942, the German army truly believed in its own superiority and had no idea of the fate that awaited them in Stalingrad. However, faced with the unwavering resistance of the Red Army during their...


The Battle of the Atlantic

by 50MINUTES.Com

At 9:00pm on 3rd September 1939, the longest campaign of the Second World War began. The challenge for the Germans was of the utmost importance: gaining supremacy in the Atlantic Ocean and preventing the British...


The Battle of the Marne

by 50MINUTES.Com

Before 4th August 1914, the Allied armies had not managed to gain any victories over the vicious German troops. However, on 6th September, everything changed and hope was restored once again with the Battle...


The Cold War

by 50MINUTES.Com

After the Second World War, Europe was a disastrous scene. The two victors of the war, America and the USSR, were ideologically and economically opposed. Therefore, an inevitable confrontation occurred between...