The Kamikaze Hunters
Fighting for the Pacific, 1945
The final effort of the Second World War against Japan is remembered as mainly an American affair, but the British fleet was there too and British airmen flying from carriers, mostly in leased American Corsair planes. This book recounts those last days of the Pacific War through the eyes of the Royal Navy pilots who flew hundreds of missions over Japan and in the face of desperate Japanese kamikaze attacks during the summer of 1945.
Ministers at War
Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet
In this study of Winston Churchill and the small group of men - the 'team of rivals' - that he chose to help him guide Britain through the grave crisis it faced in May 1940, Schneer examines Churchill's leadership and the relations between the War Cabinet ministers - among them Eden, Beaverbrook, Bevin, Attlee, Morrison and Stafford Cripps. He also looks beyond the war to the Cabinet's response to public expectations after six years of hardship - domestic issues which demanded a new kind of leadership.
British Intelligence and The Occult in the Second World War
Astrology, magic, political warfare and black propaganda, Commander Ian Fleming’s meeting with the ‘Beast’ Aleister Crowley... Nicholas Booth tells a surreal tale that begins with British Intelligence wanting to know whether Adolf Hitler was being advised by astrologers and ends with Rudolf Hess parachuting into Scotland. Using declassified files, Booth explains some of the peculiar events and personalities of the secret war in 1941, when Britain’s situation was desperate and even an occult straw seemed worth clutching.
The Lost Landsers
The Unpublished Photographic History of the German Army: Sand, Snow and Mud 1941-1942
Offering a German view of the Russian and North African fronts in the Second World War, this book comprises previously unpublished photographs taken by German soldiers, with detailed captions by two military historians.
Saving British and American Women at Ravensbruck
In April 1945, a score of British and American women emerged from the ‘Women’s Hell’ of Ravensbrück concentration camp, kept alive by the willpower of one woman, Mary Lindell, Comtesse de Milleville. Movingly supported by personal testimonies, this book tells the remarkable story of this courageous woman, already a heroine of the First World War, who smuggled out a list that belied German claims that they had no British or American prisoners, and saved the lives of her fellow inmates.
Britain's Enemy Aliens, Nazi War Criminals and the Reconstruction of Post-War Europe
During the Second World War over 10,000 Germans and Austrians who had fled Nazi tyranny served in the British forces. This is an account of how they returned to Germany with the Intelligence Corps to 'denazify' and help rebuild the country.
Britain's Final Defence
Arming the Home Guard 1940-1944
Arming a volunteer militia of over 1.5 million men in 1940 was no easy task and logistical problems and the use of improvised weapons and unfamiliar imported rifles gave the Home Guard a reputation for ineffectiveness that was later ingrained by the television comedy Dad's Army. This study examines the range of weaponry supplied to the force between 1940 and 1944, assessing its true military effectiveness and considering the process by which false perception can become accepted historical fact.
Bomber Harris: His Life and Times
The Biography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris, the Wartime Chief of Bomber Command
Sir Arthur Harris (1892–1984) remains one of the most controversial figures of the Second World War. As Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command from 1942 to 1945 he made a significant contribution to the Allies’ ultimate success, but his reputation has been tarnished by the fierce controversy over the ‘area bombing’ of German cities. Henry Probert’s critical but sympathetic biography is the first to give a properly balanced account of a remarkably able and dedicated man.
The Race to Stop Hitler's Atomic Bomb
When a Cambridge professor found wiring beneath the floor of his house, he had little idea of the building’s astonishing past. In April 1945, Farm Hall was used to house ten of Germany’s top nuclear scientists captured during the collapse of the Reich. This gripping narrative probes a murky world of espionage to tell how their conversations, bugged by MI6, revealed the extent of the Nazis’ nuclear ambitions, and investigates whether they were kidnapped to thwart not Hitler, but Stalin.
Dorset in Wartime
The Diary of Phyllis Walther 1941-1942
Phyllis Walther kept her wartime diary for over a year, between May 1941 and July 1942, sending it in fortnightly instalments to the government Mass Observation project. Reproduced here in its entirety, with additional responses to Mass Observation questionnaires, the journal gives an illuminating picture of life in a Dorset town during the conflict, reporting on work organizing evacuees and voluntary services as well as reflecting on shortages and the minutiae of everyday life.