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Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys

by Julian Dierkes

History education is official version of modern national identities. This book is a remarkable unveiling of how three countries changed their portrayal of history after disastrous defeat in World War II. The...


Arnhem: Nine Days of Battle

by Chris Brown

The greatest airborne operation in history commenced on 17 September 1944. Nine days later nearly four out of five of the British 1st Airborne Division and their Polish comrades would be killed, wounded or captured...


Britain's Band of Brothers

by Tom Keene & General Julian Thompson

They were Britain's own Second World War 'Band of Brothers': a privately selected secret army of 50 cross-channel raiders who formed the elite Small Scale Raiding Force. Part SOE, part Combined Operations, their...


Hitler

by Michael Lynch

Adolf Hitler is the most notorious political figure of the twentieth century. The story of his life, how he became a dictator, and how he managed to convince so many to follow his cause is a subject of perennial...


Wall, Watchtower, and Pencil Stub: Writing During World War II

by John R. Carpenter

How World War II became central in our culture.

Even as World War II raged on, contemporary writers were riveted by its every twist and turn. One of the war’s most fascinating features was that it was subject...


Inside the Wire: The Prisoner of War Camps and Hostels of Gloucestershire 1938-1948

by Ian M C Hollingsbee

Stalag VIII-B, Colditz, these names are synonymous with Prisoners of War in the Second World War. But what of those caught on British soil? Where did they go? Gloucestershire was home to a wealth of PoW camps...


Finding Bill

by Henrietta T. O'Neill

As a child growing up on a farm in Eastern Ontario, Henrietta listened intently to dinner table stories about her parents' lives before and after WWII.

She never tired of the accounts of the family legend, Bill...


Pillboxes and Tank Traps

by Bernard Lowry

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank...


The Silent Men: Syria to Kokoda and on to Gona

by Peter Dornan

The story of the Australian 2/14th Battalion in World War Two.


South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

by Russell Crenshaw Jr.

Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers readers a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt...


PT 105

by Richard Dick Keresey

Drawing on his own experiences as the captain of PT 105 at Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and more, the author tells how the fastest little boat in combat contributed to the war effort.


Eisenhower: A Life

by Paul Johnson

Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson's lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today

In the rousing style he's famous for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson offers a fascinating...


"A" Force: The Origins of British Deception in the Second World War

by Whitney Bendeck

June 1940. The Italians declared war on the British. Completely unprepared for war, the British had only 35,000 troops to defend Egypt. Opposing them, the Italian army in Libya numbered at least 215,000; in...


F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen: Pacific Theater 1943-44

by Edward Young & Jim Laurier

In the key Pacific War battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, Leyte Gulf, and in and around Japan itself (from late 1943 through to VJ-Day) the principal fighters involved were the F6F Hellcat and the A6M5/7...


Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck

by Gordon Rottman & Johnny Shumate

These lethal man-portable anti-tank weapons enabled Wehrmacht infantry to destroy T-34 and Sherman tanks. Written by an expert on anti-tank warfare, this book reveals the fascinating development history of the...


Kidnap in Crete: The True Story of the Abduction of a Nazi General

by Rick Stroud

On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete.

In 1941 the...


The Besieged: A Story of Survival

by Caroline Walton

The Besieged is a beautifully observed account of one of the defining moments of twentieth-century history: the Siege of Leningrad. The Siege began in September 1941, when German forces severed the last connection...


We'll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II

by Robert McLaughlin

During the highly charged years of World War II, movies perhaps best communicated to Americans who they were and why they were fighting. These films were more than just an explanation of historical events: they...


Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith

by D.K.R. Crosswell

A valued adviser and trusted insider in the highest echelon of U.S. military and political leaders, General Walter Bedell Smith began his public service career of more than forty years at age sixteen, when he...


The USS Flier

by Michael Sturma

The fate of the USS Flier is one of the most heroic stories of the Second World War. On August 13, 1944, the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute, leaving only...