By United States Army
US military middle of army historical past e-book 12-1-1. usa military in global struggle 2. textual content written and images compiled and edited through Kenneth E. Hunter and Margaret E. Tackley. features a number of 500-plus photos with textual content of the us military in motion within the Pacific Theater of global struggle 2.
By Stephen G. Fritz
On the finish of worldwide struggle II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, fearing that chickening out Germans may consolidate huge numbers of troops in an Alpine stronghold and from there behavior a prolonged guerilla conflict, grew to become U.S. forces towards the guts of Franconia, ordering them to chop off and damage German devices sooner than they can succeed in the Alps. Opposing this enhance was once a conglomeration of German forces headed by means of SS-Gruppenführer Max Simon, a dedicated nationwide Socialist who encouraged cruel resistance. lower than the course of officials schooled in harsh wrestle in Russia, the Germans succeeded in bringing the yank enhance to a grinding halt.
Caught within the heart have been the folks of Franconia. Historians have accorded little point out to this era of violence and terror, however it offers perception into the chaotic nature of lifestyles whereas the Nazi regime used to be crumbling. Neither German civilians nor overseas refugees acted easily as passive sufferers stuck among fronts. during the sector humans burdened neighborhood specialists to finish the mindless resistance and sought revenge for his or her tribulations within the "liberation" that undefined.
Stephen G. Fritz examines the main issue and outlook of yank GI's, German infantrymen and officers, and the civilian inhabitants stuck within the exhausting struggling with through the waning days of global struggle II. Endkampf is a gripping portrait of the cave in of a society and the way it affected these concerned, whether or not they have been infantrymen or civilians, victors or vanquished, perpetrators or sufferers.
By Lynn H. Nicholas
Winner of the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award
The genuine tale in the back of the main movie The Monuments Men. the forged of characters comprises Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to say works via artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the tale advised during this beautifully researched and suspenseful ebook is that of the 3rd Reich's conflict on ecu tradition and the Allies' determined attempt to maintain it.
From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate paintings" and Goering's procuring sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous trip of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the invaluable treasures of liberated Italy, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, philistinism, and heroism that mixes superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.
By Sterling Mace, Nick Allen
A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR via A MEMBER OF WWII'S FABLED 1ST MARINE department
Sterling Mace's unit was once the mythical "K-3-5" (for corporation okay, third Battalion, fifth Regiment of the first Marine department) and his tale takes readers via essentially the most severe motion of the Pacific warfare, from the seldom-seen point of view of a rifleman on the element of attack.
Battleground Pacific is full of indelible moments that start together with his youth transforming into up in Queens, manhattan, and his run-in with the legislations that finally resulted in his enlistment. yet this is often finally a wrestle tale―as violent and harrowing as any that has come prior to. From struggling with throughout the fiery hell that used to be Peleliu to the lethal battleground of Okinawa, Mace strains his direction from the terror of strive against to realizing that killing one other human comes simply as simply as staying alive. He learns that bravery frequently equates to stupidity, resulting in the demise of shut associates, but in addition that existence is going on, with loss of life on its heels.
Battleground Pacific is without doubt one of the most crucial and wonderful memoirs concerning the Pacific theater in WWII.
By Andrew Thomas
The japanese military Air Force's invasion of Burma in the course of 1941-42 was once before everything an important luck opposed to the RAF who struggled to aid the Chindit day trip at the flooring. but the coming of the Spitfire used to be to alter the fortunes of the RAF and the result of the conflict. Proving an important enhance to morale, the Spitfire performed a wide half in defeating the enemy and masking the following Allied boost via Burma, conserving the floor troops and delivering important offers. the arriving of Spitfire devices at this significant time additionally had a right away impression in blunting enemy air raids on Calcutta and alongside the coast of East Bengal, when in Northern Australia, the Spitfire was once referred to as upon to safeguard opposed to shock raids by way of the japanese. overlaying the little documented aerial battle over Burma, this ebook tells the tales of the fifty four aces who flew opposed to the japanese, and in addition those that fought in India and Australia. Full-color paintings unearths the markings and paint schemes of this most-famous of British planes, when first-hand bills and archive pictures carry the aerial battles of Burma, India and Australia to existence.
In 1940, the Polish Underground desired to recognize what was once taking place contained in the lately opened Auschwitz focus camp. Polish military officer Witold Pilecki volunteered to be arrested via the Germans and mentioned from contained in the camp. His intelligence experiences, smuggled out in 1941, have been one of the first eyewitness debts of Auschwitz atrocities: the extermination of Soviet POWs, its functionality as a camp for Polish political prisoners, and the “final answer” for Jews. Pilecki acquired brutal remedy till he escaped in April 1943; quickly after, he wrote a short file. This ebook is the 1st English translation of a 1945 extended model. within the foreword, Poland's leader rabbi states, “If heeded, Pilecki's early warnings may have replaced the process history.” Pilecki's tale was once suppressed for part a century after his 1948 arrest by way of the Polish Communist regime as a “Western spy.” He was once accomplished and expunged from Polish background. Pilecki writes in staccato sort but additionally interjects his observations on humankind's loss of growth: “We have strayed, my pals, we've got strayed dreadfully... we're an entire point of hell worse than animals!” those notable revelations are amplified via forty b&w photographs, illus., and maps
By Jack Higgins
For many years, Higgins has been giving his readers the simplest in overseas suspense. If there have been ever going to be a
commando crew composed of writers, the editors of the Book-of-the-Month membership wrote lately, Jack Higgins must be their chief. He turns out to understand accurately how infantrymen, leaders, traitors, thieves, and spies imagine and act. by no means has that been more true than for the awesome characters and events of his new publication. it's the early days of global struggle II, and brothers locate themselves on contrary facets. Max and Harry Kelso have been born within the U.S. of a German mom and an American father. They have been separated as boys whilst their mom took Max again together with her to Germany, and now Max has grown as much as develop into a feared pilot with the Luftwaffe, and Harry a Yank ace within the RAF. every one has saved music of the other's development, yet neither might be able to expect the extreme situations below which they're approximately to fulfill back. Forces a lot more than they've got set in movement an intrigue so devious, so jam-packed with peril, that it'll require that they query every little thing they comprehend, all that they carry so much dear--their lives, their households, their loyalties. Upon the result of their activities will grasp, unalterably, the process the battle itself... full of harrowing twists and high-tension motion, Flight of Eagles is Higgins at his very best.