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Moonless Night: The Wartime Escape Epic

by Jimmy James

From the moment he was shot down to the final whistle, Jimmy James' one aim as a POW of the Germans was to escape.

The Great Escaper describes his experiences and those of his fellow prisoners in the most gripping...


Profiles of Flight: Vought Corsair: F4U-1, F4U-1A, FG-1D, F4U-4, F4U-5NL, F4U-7, F2G-1

by Dave Windle

The Vought F4U was the best carrier based fighter of WW2. 12,571 aircraft were built and downed 2,140 enemy aircraft for the loss of only 189 Corsairs. It was developed early in 1938 for the US Navy. The designer,...


Sink the French!: At War with Our Ally - 1940

by David Wragg

The victorious German Blitzkrieg assault on Holland, Belgium and Northern France placed Anglo-French relations under huge strain. The Vichy surrender raised real British fears that the Germans would force the...


Luftwaffe Combat Reports

by Bob Carruthers

"My Luftwaffe is invincible... And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks?" Hermann Goering, June 1940. These detailed accounts of Luftwaffe combat operations are taken from...


Day of the Panzer: A Story of American Heroism and Sacrifice in Southern France

by Jeff Danby

This is a rarely detailed “you are there” account of World War II combat, describing a brief but bloody tank/infantry action in August 1944. Based on six years of research—drawing from interviews, primary...


Panzer Lehr Division 1944-45

by Fred Steinhardt

The Panzer Lehr Division was one of the most élite German armoured formations in existence in early 1944. Its baptism of fire was in the deadly Normandy bocage. Although suffering heavy losses in Normandy,...


Hitler's Malta Option: A Comparison of the Invasion of Crete (Operation Merkur) and the Proposed Invasion of Malta (Operation Hercules)

by Stephen L.W. Kavanagh

In 1941, after the conquest of Yugoslavia and Greece, senior German military leaders were considering two airborne operations, one for the invasion of Crete and the other for the invasion of Malta. The invasion...


Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe

by John R. Bruning

Bombs Away! covers strategic bombing in Europe during World War II, that is, all aerial bombardment of a strategic nature which took place between 1939 and 1945. In addition to American (U.S. Army Air Forces)...


The First Day on the Somme

by Martin Middlebrook

After an immense but useless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British Army went over the top and attacked the German trenches. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme, and on that day the...


Bismarck: The Epic Chase

by James Crossley

When the German Battleship Bismarck was commissioned in 1940 she was one of the fastest and most powerful ships afloat. To the Royal Navy and the security of Allied shipping in the Atlantic she posed an enormous...


Charging Against Napoleon: Diaries & Letters of Three Hussars

by Eric Hunt

By means of the personal diaries and letters of three officers in the 18th Hussars, the reader traces the progress of this famous cavalry Regiment through the gruelling years of campaigning in Portugal, Spain...


Ancient Weapons in Britain

by Logan Thompson

Few accounts of ancient warfare have looked at how the weapons were made and how they were actually used in combat. Logan Thompson's pioneering survey traces the evolution of weapons in Britain across 3000 years,...


The Bloody Triangle: The Defeat of Soviet Armor in the Ukraine, June 1941

by Victor Kamenir

It was a tank battle exceeded in size and significance only by the famous defeat of Germany's Panzer force near Kursk in 1943.  And yet, little is known about this weeklong clash of more than two thousand Soviet...


Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942-April 1943

by Bruce Gamble

For most of World War II, the mention of Japan's island stronghold sent shudders through thousands of Allied airmen. Some called it "Fortress Rabaul," an apt name for the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese...


Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II

by Bruce Gamble

January 23, 1942, New Britain. It was 2:30 a.m., the darkest hour of the day and, for the defenders of this Southwest Pacific island, soon to be the war's darkest hour. Fifteen hundred men and six nurses, Lark...


Nothing Friendly in the Vicinity ...: My Patrols on the Submarine USS Guardfish During WWII

by Claude C. Conner

As chronicled in Silent Victory, Clay Blair's monumental history of United States submarine operations in World War II, the submarine war against Japan was a relatively little known war-within-a-war. It was...


Fighters Under Construction in World War Two

by Graham Simons

There has been bookshelf after bookshelf of books compiled, written and published about British aircraft, the Royal Air Force and the activities of its pilots during World War Two. Tales of derring do, bravery...


No.131 (County of Kent) Squadron 1941 - 1945

by Phil H. Listemann

A deep study of this unit which includes history, the men who flew with it, details on losses, claims, statistics with plenty of photos and colour profiles. Three printable posters are also included.


The Spitfire Smiths: A Unique Story of Brothers in Arms

by Rod Smith

In late 2001 Rod Smith died tragically at his own hand, leaving behind a part-written autobiography and many notes. At the request of his family, his friend, the historian Christopher Shores, took on the task...


The RAF Regiment at War

by Kingsley Oliver

Born out of necessity in the dark days of the War, the RAF Regiment found itself in the thick of the action supporting the vital operations in all theaters. This comprehensive record of their operations gives...