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M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 1943-97

by Steven Zaloga & Jim Laurier

The M18 76mm Gun Motor Carriage was developed for the US Army's Tank Destroyer Command. It was the only tank destroyer deployed during World War II actually based on their requirements for speed and firepower....

British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan

During World War II, few groups within the Royal Navy fought a harder, more intense war than the men of Coastal Forces. Their job was to operate the Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches (MLs) and Motor...

V-2 Ballistic Missile 1942-52

by Steven Zaloga & Robert Calow

The German A-4 ballistic missile, better known by its propaganda name of V-2, was the world's first successful ballistic missile, breaking through the atmosphere to reach its target quicker. It was a forerunner...

M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45

by Steven Zaloga & Hugh Johnson

The highly successful 'stop-gap' M3 medium tank was designed in 1941, and as adequate turret casting facilities were not yet ready, the M3 used an unusual armament configuration patterned after a French tank....

KV-1 & 2 Heavy Tanks 1939-45

by Steven Zaloga & Peter Sarson

Named after Klimenti Voroshilov, the People’s Commissar for Defence, the KVs proved a nasty surprise for German tank crews during the early days of Operation Barbarossa. Although slow, they were extremely...

Pacific Victory: Tarawa To Okinawa 1943-1945

by Derrick Wright

The American 'island-hopping' campaign in the Pacific during the Second World War was a crucial factor in the eventual defeat of Japan in 1945. The assault and capture of these islands meant US bombers and their...

Out of the Rat Trap: Desert Adventures with Rommel

by Max Reisch & Alison Falls

For the Austrian Max Reisch, pioneer international motorist and writer of the 1930s, World War II offers yet more opportunities for adventure. Here is his lively account of his time with a vehicle maintenance...

The Password is Courage

by John Castle

The man who broke into Auschwitz. When he was captured in France in 1940 Sergeant-Major Charles Coward launched his own private war against the Germans (although he was being held as a prisoner-of-war). For...

D-Day Hero: CSM Stanley Hollis VC

by Mike Morgan

Stanley Hollis won the Victoria Cross when, on 6th June 1944, he single-handedly stormed a German pillbox before going on to save the lives of two comrades. Drawing on Hollis's personal diaries and letters,...

Station 43: Audley End House and SOE's Polish Section

by Ian Valentine

Audley End House in Essex - or Station 43 as it was known during the Second World War - was used as the principal training school for SOE's Polish Section between 1942 and 1944. Polish agents at Audley End undertook...

Slaughter at Halbe: The Destruction of Hitler's 9th Army, April 1945

by Tony Le Tissier

Operation 'Berlin', the Soviet offensive launched on 16 April, 1945, by Marshals Zhukov and Koniev, isolated the German Ninth Armyy and tens of thousands of refugees in the Spreewald 'pocket', south-east of...

The Freedom Line

by Peter Eisner

The romance of Casablanca ... the gripping narrative of Eye of the Needle ... both come together in this enthralling true story of World War II resistance fighters and the airmen they saved.

As war raged against...

The A to Z of the Roosevelt-Truman Era

by Neil A. Wynn

The A to Z of the Roosevelt-Truman Era examines significant individuals, organizations, and events in American political, economic, social, and cultural history between 1933 and 1953. This was a period of enormous...

Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II

by John Geoghegan

The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of their time


In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack...

We Remember the Battle of Britain

by Frank Shaw & Joan Shaw

'I was talking and laughing with a school friend in the street when suddenly there was the eerie wailing notes of the air raid siren filling the air. I can remember that our laughter stopped straight away, and...

Women Who Spied

by A. A. Hoehling

From the Biblical days of Delilah to modern times there have been women who ventured at their peril as spies into the conflicts of armed men. Recounted in this fascinating history are dramatic incidents of feminine...


by Edward L. Beach

For the World War II submariner, every day was a life-or-death trial: going to sea for months at a time; existing in dank, claustrophobic conditions; enduring long stretches of monotonous silence punctuated...

Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War

by Dale Maharidge

Sergeant Steve Maharidge returned from World War II an angry man. The only evidence that he’d served in the Marines was a photograph of himself and a buddy tacked to the basement wall. On one terrifyingly...

Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from World War I through World War II

by Martin Folly & Niall Palmer

The Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from World War I through World War II relates the events of this crucial period in U.S. history through a chronology, an introductory essay, over 600 cross-referenced...

Jungle Journal: Prisoners of the Japanese in Java, 1942-1945

by Frank Williams & Ronald Williams

This is the story of a young Royal Artillery officer, Lieutenant Ronald Williams, who was held as a prisoner of war in the Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies from 1942-45. It is a true account of the alternate...