D-Day Through German Eyes
How the Wehrmacht Lost France
Hampered by tactical mistakes in preparation for the invasion and by severely stretched resources, the Germans nevertheless almost repelled the Allies in June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy remained in the balance for two months. This assessment of the D-Day landings and the subsequent struggle for the Falaise Pocket from the defenders' perspective, focuses on the performance of the German commanders on the ground and uses first-hand accounts to give an insight into conditions and contemporary attitudes.
How to Fly a Battle of Britain Fighter
Spitfire, Messerschmitt, Hurricane
After an introduction comparing the performance of these three classic planes, facsimiles of the original Pilot’s Notes for the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane describe their fuel, oil and coolant systems, controls, operation and handling. The results of Air Ministry tests provide similar data for captured Messerschmidt Bf 109s. The material is illustrated by historic photographs of the aircraft and their crews, diagrams and cutaway views.
The Dambusters Story 1943
Max Hastings pays tribute to the heroism of the airmen and the inventiveness of Barnes Wallis in this new analysis of the Dambusters raid (Operation Chastise), but he also reveals failures in the mission that severely restricted its ultimate effectiveness. He describes the development of the bouncing bomb and the bombing raid itself as well as discussing the impact of the attack, both in the immediate aftermath and in the months following, as the Germans swiftly repaired the damage.
War and Peace
FDR's Final Odyssey D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945
Concluding his trilogy assessing Roosevelt’s leadership in the Second World War, Hamilton focuses on the president’s role in the D-Day landings and his legacy. Using previously unpublished documents and interviews the book counters the narrative offered in Churchill’s memoirs. It reveals the extent of the president’s influence and argues that despite his failing health FDR played a pivotal role in creating the conditions necessary to build a peaceful, US-backed world order.
Escape and Evasion
Small, dedicated, under-staffed and under-resourced, MI9 supported resistance groups in Nazi-occupied Europe and helped Allied prisoners of war to escape. First published in 1979, this account tells how the organization smuggled money, clothes, maps and equipment past the Germans, and brought out coded letters containing vital intelligence about enemy plans.
Double Cross in Cairo
The True Story of the Spy Who Turned the Tide of War in the Middle East
Codenamed ‘Cheese’ by MI6, Roberto Levi, an Italian Jew by birth, was one of the most successful double agents of the Second World War. Drawing on recently declassified files, this book reveals how, while pretending to spy for the Germans, he fed them false information about Allied troop deployments and strategy, misleading the Afrika Korps and saving Malta from German occupation.
The Great War
A Photographic Narrative
The images from the Western Front in this photographic collection are harrowing in their detail of the conditions in the trenches but the portfolio gives a much broader view of the conflict. It includes depictions of the war at sea and in the air as well as in distant theatres such as the Middle East and the Dardanelles, with most of the 380 carefully chosen images reproduced full-page in this large-format volume.
Wiltshire and the Great War
Training the Empire's Soldiers
The billeting and training of soldiers on Salisbury Plain swelled the population of Wiltshire by as much as 100,000 during the First World War. With first-hand accounts and archive photographs, this volume describes what life was like for the soldiers and civilians, and identifies over 30 separate military camps dotted around the county.
West Country Warships
While the fleet has shrunk in recent decades, Plymouth, Devonport, Dartmouth and Falmouth have remained central to the Royal Navy. With extended captions, this selection of photographs of warships in West Country waters provides an overview of British vessels from the Second World War to the 21st century.
Wehrmacht Combat Reports
The Russian Front, Eastern Front from Primary Sources
Based on rare material from German and Russian original sources, this collection of field reports details the tactics and combat activities of the Wehrmacht in Russia. Compiled by historian Bob Carruthers, and supplemented with illustrations from US intelligence files, it focuses on neglected military features including armoured trains, the construction of field defences, street fighting techniques and improvised anti-tank measures.
TE Lawrence in War and Peace
The Military Writings of Lawrence of Arabia, an Anthology
Written before he became an international celebrity, the pieces in this collection shed light on Lawrence’s enigmatic personality and thoughts on war and politics. The first part consists of dispatches from Arabia; the second contains articles published in The Times and elsewhere on post-war reconstruction, revolution and guerrilla warfare. An introduction and notes explain the background to each.
Trumpets of Jericho, Luftwaffe in Combat 1939–45
Despite its ubiquity in newsreels, there were only ever 700 Stukas at a given time, and although the craft had well known technical limitations it nonetheless became an iconic image of the Luftwaffe. This illustrated overview of the dive bomber draws on interviews with pilots and staff officers, and rare translations of articles from Der Adler, the Luftwaffe’s in-house magazine.
German Resistance After Valkyrie
Although German resistance to the Nazi regime seemed to end with the failure of the plot to assassinate Hitler in July 1944, and the subsequent execution of those involved, instances of ‘resistance-by-disobedience’ continued to increase. Using newly opened archives, Hansen reveals the acts of opposition carried out by soldiers and civilians across the Western front that saved thousands of lives.
The Diary of Mary Berg
Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto
As the daughter of an American citizen, Mary Berg belonged to a tiny minority of those held in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War who were given some privileges. The diary she started on her fifteenth birthday is a compassionate account of the day-to-day suffering she witnessed there.
A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit
Covering the years between the early 1930s and the end of the Second World War, Josh Ireland tells the stories of four men who threw in their lot with the Nazis, betrayed their country and suffered the consequences of their treachery: John Amery, Harold Cole, William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) and Eric Pleasants were traitors who ‘led untidy existences that were fat with accident and mess, but that were shaped by the epoch they inhabited’.
From Infamy to Greatness
Craig Nelson gives a vivid account of the Japanese surprise attack on the American naval and air forces on 7 December 1941. Blending archival research with the individual stories of sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats and leaders, he describes the situation in Japan and the US prior to the attack, the immediate result, and the unforeseen consequences that continue to linger.
An Extraordinary Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi Paris
Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family and married into the country's leading political dynasty. In occupied Paris she mingled with the cultural elite while leading a double life. Drawing on archive documents and eyewitness testimonies, this biography tells how she used her wealth and social status to create a clandestine network that saved hundreds of Jewish children from the gas chambers, before she herself paid the ultimate price for her courage.