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The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History

by Gavin Mortimer

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit, similar to US Navy SEALS. Highly trained, highly secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its...


Italian Blackshirt 1935-45

by Pier Battistelli & Giuseppe Rava

The Blackshirt legions were raised under army control from 1928, and were employed in 1933 in Libya in counterinsurgency operations against the Senussi tribes; from 1935 in Italy's war against Ethiopia; and...


The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era

by Michael J. Neufeld

WINNER OF THE DEXTER PRIZE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY

Launched by the Third Reich in late 1944, the first ballistic missile, the V-2, fell on London, Paris, and Antwerp after covering nearly...


V1 Flying Bomb Aces

by Andrew Thomas & Chris Davey

Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called 'revenge weapons' against London, the V1 flying bomb. Launched from specially constructed sites in northern France,...


British Paratrooper vs Fallschirmjager: Mediterranean 1942-43

by David Greentree & Johnny Shumate

By late 1942 Britain had developed an airborne capability that would obtain its baptism of fire versus German airborne in North Africa and Sicily. On three notable occasions British airborne infantry fought...


Secret Weapons: Death Rays, Doodlebugs and Churchill's Golden Goose

by Brian Ford

Powerful illustrations and a unique new narrative make this an incomparable illustrated history of the secret weapons that changed the course of World War II. The book's basic structure is chronological, charting...


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2): Asashio to Tachibana Classes

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

During the Pacific War, at Java Sea, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, throughout the Solomons, Marianas, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns, destroyers were the backbone of every fleet.

Arguably the...


Aces of the 78th Fighter Group

by Thomas Cleaver & Chris Davey

Eighth Air Force 78th FG flew P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters in air combat against German Luftwaffe Me-109, Fw-190, and Me-262 aircraft.

The 78th FG was originally established as...


American Aces against the Kamikaze

by Edward Young & Mark Styling

The Japanese High Command realized that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. Its desperate response to the invasion of Okinawa was to unleash the full force of the Special...


World War II River Assault Tactics

by Gordon Rottman & Peter Dennis

On the major European and Russian fronts throughout World War II, the challenge of crossing rivers and other water obstacles under fire was absolutely central to any advance. The Panzers that crossed the Meuse...


A Doctor at War: The Story of Colonel Martin Herford: the Most Decorated Doctor of World War II

by Matthew Hall

Doctor at War charts the fascinating account of one man's wartime experiences. Born in Geneva in 1909, Colonel Martin Herford served in the Spanish Civil War, then, on the outbreak of World War II, he saw service...


Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II

by David Rigby

Calling the Combined Chiefs of Staff the glue that held the British-American alliance together in World War II, David Rigby describes the vital contributions to Allied victory made by the organization, which...


The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

by Jack El-Hai

In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by sixteen suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases...


Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II

by Robert Leckie

Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries.

Former Marine and Pacific War veteran Robert Leckie tells the story of the invasion of Okinawa,...


Harry S. Truman: The Coming of the Cold War

by Nicole L. Anslover

Harry S. Truman presided over one of the most challenging times in American history-the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War. Thrust into the presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office,...


Darkest Hour, Finest Hour: Norway, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain: Britain at War Part One

by Nick Shepley

The year of 1940 was a strange mix of catastrophy and triumph for Britain and her ability to hold out against the seemingly unstoppable success of Hitler's war machine had profound implications for the rest...


The Battles of Monte Cassino

by Glyn Harper & John Tonkin-Covell

The first thematic analysis of the Battles of Monte Cassino brings to light new and controversial ideas and information about some of the most critical battles of the Second World War.


NATO 1948: The Birth of the Transatlantic Alliance

by Lawrence S. Kaplan

This compelling history brings to life the watershed year of 1948, when the United States reversed its long-standing position of political and military isolation from Europe and agreed to an "entangling alliance"...


The Scars of War: Tokyo during World War II: Writings of Takeyama Michio

by Richard H. Minear

Takeyama Michio, the author of Harp of Burma, was thirty-seven in 1941, the year of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Husband, father of children born during the war, and teacher at Japan's elite school of...


Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941

by Justus D. Doenecke

Prominent historian Justus Doenecke analyzes the personalities, leading action groups, and major congressional debates surrounding the U.S. decision to participate in World War II.