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US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45 - Pre-war Classes

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

American Navy cruisers built prior to World Wat II saw extensive action throughout the Pacific War, in both surface actions like Guadalcanal, and carrier battles like Midway.

Designed and produced under the regulations...


Jagdpanther vs SU-100: Eastern Front 1945

by David Higgins & Richard Chasemore

The culmination of big-gun German and Soviet tank destroyer design can be found in their clashes in Hungary in the spring of 1945.

As World War II in Europe reached its end, armor development and doctrine had...


Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942

by Donald Nijboer & Jim Laurier

The inability of the Italians and Germans to invade Malta proved decisive for Allied victory in the Mediterranean during World War II, as the islands provided the Allies with a base from which to project air...


The Pacific War

by William B. Hopkins

Once the stories have been told of battles won and lost, most of what happens in a war remains a mystery. So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a conflict whose nature is only obscured...


The American Aircraft Factory in World War II

by Bill Yenne

Few industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary...


Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts

by Bill Yenne

At the heart of the evil of Nazism was Hitler’s “witch doctor,” Heinrich Himmler, and his peculiar and deadly organization with the mundane name Schutzstaffel, literally “protective squadron.” Undoubtedly...


Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

by Phil Nordyke

Hailing from the big cities and small towns of America, these young men came together to serve their country and the greater good. Preparing for war, they came of age in what arguably became the best parachute...


Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

by Michael Mair & Joy Waldron

In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten-a manned suicide...


More Than Courage

by Phil Nordyke

Drawing on many oral and unpublished written accounts from veterans of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Phil Nordyke brings the history of the regiment to life, conveying with remarkable immediacy and...


Operation Tabarin: Britain's Secret Wartime Expedition to Antarctica 1944-46

by Stephen Haddelsey & Alan Carroll

In 1943, Churchill's War Cabinet met to discuss the opening of a new front. Its battles would be fought amidst the glaciers of the Antarctic. Intended to safeguard the Falkland Islands from Japanese invasion...


To D-Day and Back

by Bob Bearden

In the predawn hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944, which would become immortalized as the Longest Day, Bob Bearden and his comrades in the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment jumped into the inky skies over Normandy....


Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter

by John Robert Slaughter & Alex Kershaw

"Slaughter vividly conveys the reality of combat during World War II in his book with sweeping passages that literally place his reader on the battlefield beside him." Belvoir Eagle

Before D-Day, regular army...


Jimmy Stewart

by Starr Smith & Walter Cronkite

Of all the celebrities who served their country during World War II -and they were legion -Jimmy Stewart was unique. On December 7th, when the attack on Pearl Harbor woke so many others to the reality of war,...


All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Sicily to Normandy

by Phil Nordyke

The 82nd Airborne Division parachuted into history on 9 July 1943 when they led Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. Less than a year from their formation in August 1942, the All Americans (the name of the...


The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II

by Steven Karras & Michael Berenbaum

Even Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize winning survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, struggles with the question:  Why didn't the Jews fight back?  And finally, in view of the circumstances--even now, who would...


Last Man Standing

by Dick Camp

One of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history, Operation Stalemate, as Peleliu was called, was overshadowed by the Normandy landings. It was also, in time, judged by most historians to have been unnecessary;...


Normandy

by Dominique Francois

Told in full, in never-before-seen detail, this is the first complete illustrated history of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France. The book's on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes accounts of both...


Patton's Third Army in World War II

by Michael Green & James D. Brown

Patton was champing at the bit to lead the D-Day invasion, but Eisenhower placed him in command of a decoy unit, the First U.S. Army Group. Nearly seven weeks after D-Day, Patton finally got his chance to take...


Tiger Tanks at War

by Michael Green & James D. Brown

The first prototype for the Tiger tank was set to be ready for Hitlers birthday on April 20, 1942. The Henschel Company, competing with Porsche, produced the superior model, and by August of that year the formidable...


Blitz Diary: Life Under Fire in World War II

by Carol Harris

In "Blitz Diary" historian Carol Harris has collected together a remarkable series of accounts from the war's darkest days, with heart-warming stories of survival, perseverance, solidarity and bravery, the preservation...