Download E-books A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World W ar II PDF

By Adam Makos, Larry Alexander

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December, 1943: A badly broken American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. on the controls is twenty-one-year-old moment Lieutenant Charlie Brown. part his team lay wounded or useless in this, their first venture. unexpectedly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up at the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can break the younger American workforce with the squeeze of a trigger... 

What occurred subsequent may defy mind's eye and later be referred to as “the so much significant come across among enemies in international struggle II.”

The U.S. eighth Air strength might later classify what occurred among them as “top secret.” It used to be an act that Franz may well by no means point out for worry of dealing with a firing squad. It was once the stumble upon that might hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years till, as previous males, they might seek the realm for every different, a final challenge which can swap their lives forever.

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Download E-books Infantry Mortars of World War II (New Vanguard) PDF

The mortar has proved to be some of the most influential and ordinary infantry aid guns of the twentieth century. during the process international battle II many various different types of this weapon have been utilized by the six major armies of the struggle: Britain, america, the Soviet Union, Germany Italy and Japan. even supposing the concept that of the mortar was once comparable all through those armies, calibres and utilization various greatly, based upon tactical use and terrain. This identify covers all variations from the British 3-in.-equipped 'Heavy Weapon Companies', via to the Soviet12cm mortars, that have been integrated into the Tank Corps for the storming of Berlin in 1945.

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Download E-books Suite Française PDF

By Sandra Smith

Starting in Paris at the eve of the Nazi profession in 1940. Suite Française tells the notable tale of guys and girls thrown jointly in situations past their keep watch over. As Parisians flee the town, human folly surfaces in each that you can think of manner: a prosperous mom searches for candies in a city with no meals; a pair is terrified on the considered wasting their jobs, while their international starts off to crumble. relocating directly to a provincial village now occupied by means of German infantrymen, the locals needs to discover ways to coexist with the enemy—in their city, their houses, even of their hearts.When Irène Némirovsky all started engaged on Suite Française, she used to be already a hugely profitable author residing in Paris. yet she used to be additionally a Jew, and in 1942 she used to be arrested and deported to Auschwitz, the place she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.

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Download E-books Destroyer Campbeltown: Anatomy of the Ship Series PDF

By Al Ross

The destroyer Campbeltown is not just well-known for her half within the commando raid at the St. Nazaire dry dock in 1942, yet is usually consultant of a massive variety. equipped because the USS Buchanan (DD131), she used to be considered one of over 270 flush-decked destroyers positioned into provider in the direction of the tip of worldwide warfare I. despatched to nice Britain below the Lend-Lease software and renamed Campbeltown, she spent eighteen hard months on convoy accountability, sooner than being chosen for a damaging challenge to disclaim the Nazi warship Tirpitz using fix amenities on the French port of St. Nazaire. through the determined yet winning operation, the Campbeltown rammed the port's lock gates. 11 hours later, not on time motion fuses trigger four-tons of explosives that destroyed either the send and the docks. Over 2 hundred standpoint and 3-view drawings accompany the in-depth description of this exclusive send besides a large-scale plan at the jacket cover's opposite that's new with this reprint.

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Download E-books Bonzo's War: Animals Under Fire 1939 -1945 PDF

By Clare Campbell

What was once it wish to be a puppy or cat while the area used to be at battle? whilst meals was once rationed and towns have been bombed? Pets (on the total) don't write memoirs, so that you could uncover the answer to that query, Clare Campbell went looking for voices of these humans whose lives have been entwined with animals.She came upon tales - inspiring and harrowing - of animals less than hearth, of evacuated and homeless pets, of courageous animals who supplied convenience to people whereas the bombs fell. Of pets unwittingly entangled in conflict, just like the Dunkirk pets and the camp fans who switched facets to stick alive; and the 6,000 canine recruited by way of the British military - loaned for responsibility via their households - many by no means to come. in the meantime with foodstuff briefly provide, executive officers introduced a ruthless campaigns opposed to pets... completely researched and deeply relocating, Bonzo's struggle provides a desirable account of, and platform for, the forgotten tales as but unheard, of the creatures sizeable and small stuck up in a human clash a long way past figuring out.

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Download E-books Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal PDF

By James D. Hornfischer

The conflict of Guadalcanal has lengthy been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, together with his strong portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the 1st time the total tale of the boys who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships within the slim, lethal waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” right here, in attractive cinematic aspect, are the seven significant naval activities that started in August 1942, a time whilst the warfare appeared unwinnable and the United States fought on a shoestring, with the result continuously doubtful. operating from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness debts, and newly on hand files, Hornfischer paints a bright photograph of the officials and enlisted males who hostile the japanese in America’s hour of want. the 1st significant paintings in this topic in virtually twenty years, Neptune’s Inferno does what all nice conflict narratives do: It tells the gripping human tales at the back of the momentous occasions and significant judgements that altered the process heritage and formed such a lot of lives.

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Download E-books German Pocket Battleships 1939-45 (New Vanguard) PDF

After the top of global struggle I, the German army got here up with the idea that of the Panzerschiffe, or Pocket Battleship, as a mode of circumventing treaty obstacles at the dimension and kinds of send Germany was once authorized to construct. New, extra smooth construction tools, the place welded building prevailed over the older riveting method, have been mixed with the improvement of contemporary engines able to speedy speeds and an important armament, some distance more suitable to that on any enemy Cruisers. This publication covers those 3 sister ships, the 'Deutschland', the 'Admiral Graf Spee' and the 'Admiral Scheer', which shaped the middle of the Kriegsmarine's struggling with energy at first of worldwide battle II.

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Download E-books 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About World War II PDF

By Frank E. Vandiver

For the hundreds of thousands who need to know extra approximately “The maximum Generation” and the worldwide fight they fought and gained, an important paintings of renowned reference.

World struggle II was once the main complicated, geographically large, and momentous international clash in human history–a topic uniquely suited for the time-tested formulation of the acclaimed 1001 sequence. From the increase of Hitler and Germany’s army resurgence to Japan’s give up to the U.S., esteemed historian Frank Vandiver provides 1000s of key proof in regards to the struggle that outlined the 20 th century and formed the area to this present day. equipped chronologically, 1001 issues every body may still find out about global conflict II looks on the battle with a very international point of view, masking all of the warring international locations and studying not just the an important battlefields but additionally the method, the expertise, and the cultural forces that prompted the struggle. educated, concise, and obtainable, this booklet will satisfaction either the uninitiated and the hardcore buff with its particular and freshly awarded details on a conflict we can’t appear to–and don’t wish to–forget.

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Download E-books Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-45 (New Vanguard) PDF

The destruction of a lot of the rest of the japanese fleet and its air arm within the later 1/2 1944 left the japanese domestic Islands at risk of assault by way of US naval and air forces. In desperation, the Imperial eastern military proposed utilizing "special assault" formations, a euphemism for suicide assaults. those at the start consisted of crude improvisations of traditional airplane outfitted with high-explosive bombs that may be crashed into US warships. referred to as "Divine Wind" (Kamikaze), the specific assault formations first observed motion in 1944, and have become the scourge of the USA fleet within the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945.

In view of the good fortune of those assaults, the japanese defense force started to improve a whole diversity of latest specified assault guns. This ebook starts via reading the preliminary kamikaze plane assaults, however the concentration of the publication is at the committed certain assault guns constructed in 1944, together with the Ohka, a rocket-powered guided missile and the Kaiten man-guided torpedo submarines. It additionally covers really expert suicide assault guns similar to anti-tank lunge mines. a lot of the data during this ebook comes from little recognized US intelligence studies and images compiled after the battle that experience by no means been generally published.

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Download E-books Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruisers (New Vanguard) PDF

By Gordon Williamson

Regardless of being really unknown in comparison to recognized ships like Graf Spee or Bismarke, or the extra well-known U-boats, the Auxiliary Cruisers have been immensely winning, not just within the variety of enemy ships they sank, yet within the assets that have been tied up attempting to tune them down. The Royal Navy's auxiliary cruisers tended to be service provider vessels used to guard convoys from assault. The German Auxiliary Cruisers, despite the fact that, seriously armed and typically carried torpedo tubes in addition to weapons or even occasionally their very own plane. those ships have been competitive predators, looking the ocean lanes for unsuspecting enemy retailers, and weren't basically in a position to destroying enemy service provider ships, but in addition of protecting themselves opposed to well-armed enemy warships. This publication appears to be like on the requisites and designs of the eleven Auxiliary Cruisers, in addition to their wrestle histories, their eventual fates, and the careers of a few of the main well-known commanders.

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