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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...


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...


Endkampf

by Stephen Fritz

" A Military History Book Club Selection At the end of World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, fearing that retreating Germans would consolidate large numbers of troops in an Alpine stronghold and from there...


Fascism and the Right in Europe 1919-1945

by Martin Blinkhorn

This new text places interwar European fascism squarely in its historical context and analyses its relationship with other right wing, authoritarian movements and regimes. Beginning with the ideological roots...


The French at War, 1934-1944

by Nicholas Atkin

The years 1934 to 1944 remain the most contentious and dramatic decade in modern French history. Covering the Occupation, the Vichy regime, the Resistance and collaboration, Nick Atkin provides an important...


Empires in the Balance: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies to April 1942

by H.P. Willmott

The respected British military historian H. P. Willmott presents the first of a three-volume appraisal of the strategic policies of the countries involved in the Pacific War. Remarkable in its scope and depth...


Grey Wolves: The U-Boat War 1939¿1945

by Philip Kaplan

In the early years of the Second World War, the elite force of German submariners known as the Ubootwaffe came perilously close to perfecting the underwater battle tactics and successfully cutting Britain's...


Defiant Courage: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

by Tore Haug, Astrid Karlsen Scott & Harald Zwart

The incredible true story of one man’s escape from Nazis in Norway.

“I remember reading We Die Alone in 1970 and I could never forget it. Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again...


The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II

by Lawrence Verria & George Galdorisi

On August 14, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan's surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine published...


Nazi Steel: Freidrich Flick and German Expansion in Western Europe, 1940¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿1944

by Marcus O. Jones

This study explores an exemplary instance of the close interaction between private and official interests in planning and executing the programs of the Nazi government, namely the acquisition in 1941 of the...


They Spread Their Wings: Six Courageous Airmen in Combat in the Second World War

by Alastair Goodrum

What turns an ordinary man into an extraordinary one? The answer lies in the stories of Fg Offs Howard Clark and Jack Cheney, Wg Cdr Walter Dring, Flt Lt James Crampton, Sqd Ldr Kenneth Summerson and WO Arthur...


Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy

by Mark Simmons

This is the story of the most successful German spy of World War II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna - an untrained opportunist. Bazna worked as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. He photographed...


The Leadership, Direction and Legitimacy of the RAF Bomber Offensive from Inception to 1945

by Peter Gray

This book offers a fresh approach to the debate on the RAF's bomber offensive by using modern strategic leadership theory as an analytical tool to examine the campaign. In particular, it looks at the legality...


The Origins of the Second World War: An International Perspective

by Frank McDonough

Many major world events have occurred since the last key anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, and these events have had a dramatic impact on the international stage: 9/11, the Iraq War, climate...


The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble that Won France

by Ray Argyle & Maurice Vaïsse

Long dismissed as a vain and arrogant self-seeker after glory, Charles de Gaulle is revealed in The Paris Game as a transformative figure of the twentieth century whose unflagging determination brings France...


The D-Day Companion: Leading Historians explore history's greatest amphibious assault

by Jane Penrose

Published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, ‘The D-Day Companion’ book brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic....


Invasion!: Operation Sea Lion, 1940

by Martin Marix Evans

This terrifying alternative reality is actually based on historical facts.  The book follows the real course of events up to1 September, including the planning in Britain and Germany, and the aerial war. The...


The Bonfire Of Berlin

by Helga Schneider

Abandoned by her mother, who left to pursue a career as a camp guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau, loathed by her step-mother, cooped up in a cellar, starved, parched, lonely amidst the fetid crush of her neighbours,...