Okinawa 1945: The last battle (Campaign)

By Gordon L. Rottman

By means of the spring of 1945 the Allies have been sweeping all ahead of them within the Pacific conflict opposed to Japan, and a sequence of victories had reclaimed a few of the islands and territories seized via the Imperial eastern forces within the early months of the warfare. The darkish days of humiliating defeat have been some distance in the back of the unstoppable Allied juggernaut - victory used to be now guaranteed. The query was once the place the final conflict will be fought. That position used to be the island of Okinawa. This publication info the fight for the island as US Marines and armed forces devices battled made up our minds eastern defenders within the final conflict of worldwide struggle II (1939-1945).

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Liebstandarte: Hitler's Elite Bodyguard

By Michael Sharpe, Brian L. Davis

Before everything Hitler's own bodyguard-a 120-man SS shield that shaped a cordon round him on the Nuremberg rallies, it grew to become the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler in 1933 less than SS-Obengruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. It took a number one function in inner affairs but additionally took on an army function through the struggle, as a motorized regiment in the course of the invasion in Poland, the Low international locations, and France; a brigade in the course of the conquest of the Balkans; a motorized department in the course of Operation "Barbarossa"; and an SS-Panzergrenadier department in the course of 1942. In 1943 it reformed in Italy turning into 1st SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, and fought in Italy and Russia earlier than being transferred to Normandy. Destroyed within the Falaise Pocket, an additional refit observed it in motion back within the Ardennes, sooner than relocating to Hungary. What used to be left of the department eventually surrendered to US forces at Linz.

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Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group (Aircraft of the Aces)

By Chris Bucholtz

The 357th Fighter workforce produced forty two aces, greater than the other staff in the USAAF. It was once additionally the 1st crew within the 8th Air strength to be built with the P-51. because of this fighter and the proficient pilots assigned to the gang (men resembling Bud Anderson, package Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th completed a swifter fee of aerial victories than the other 8th Air strength crew through the ultimate 12 months of the battle. It additionally claimed the top variety of aerial kills – fifty six – in one venture. the gang used to be offered exclusive Unit Citations (the unit an identical of the Medal of Honor). Written by means of Chris Bucholtz, this publication is filled choked with first-hand bills, wonderful images and a few of the main colourful profiles to be present in international battle II aviation.

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Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

By Robert Leckie

This is the most riveting first-person bills ever to return out of worldwide conflict II. Robert Leckie enlisted within the usa Marine Corps in January 1942, almost immediately after the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we keep on with his odyssey, from simple education on Parris Island, South Carolina, all of the approach to the raging battles within the Pacific, the place a few of the war’s fiercest scuffling with happened. Recounting his carrier with the first Marine department and the brutal motion on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no aspect of the horrors and sacrifices of conflict, portray an unvarnished portrait of the way actual warriors are made, struggle, and sometimes die within the security in their country. 

    From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on go away to the terrors of jungle struggle opposed to an enemy made up our minds to struggle to the final guy, Leckie describes what conflict is de facto like whilst victory can merely be measured inch through bloody inch. Woven all through are Leckie’s hard-won, eloquent, and carefully unsentimental meditations at the that means of struggle and why we struggle. unprecedented in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will go away no reader untouched. it is a ebook that brings you as just about the dust, the blood, and the event of struggle because it is secure to come.

Now manufacturers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the boys behind Band of Brothers, have tailored fabric from Helmet for My Pillow for HBO’s epic miniseries The Pacific, in an effort to thrill and edify an entire new new release.

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We Were Young and at War: The First-Hand Story of Young Lives Lived and Lost in World War II

By Sarah Wallis, Svetlana Palmer

By no means ahead of have the diaries and letters of children from each side of global warfare been woven jointly to supply an account of what it used to be prefer to develop up amidst the day-by-day struggles and horrors of this devastating battle.

We have been younger And At War follows the tales of 16 teenage girls and boys who write with a disarming directness approximately their reactions to and reviews of a really grownup conflict. they're British, French, American, eastern, Polish, German and Russian, every one with a different and heart-rending story to inform. in basic terms of them are alive this day. a few of them fought and died within the battle, others starved to demise; many have been separated from their households.

All have been pressured to develop up speedy, their lives replaced past all popularity by means of their reports. this is often their tale.

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So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima

By Kumiko Kakehashi

The conflict of Iwo Jima has been memorialized innumerable instances because the topic of numerous books and films, so much lately Clint Eastwood’s movies Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and no wartime picture is extra recognized than Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Marines elevating the flag on Mount Suribachi. but such a lot american citizens comprehend just one aspect of this pivotal and bloody conflict. First released in Japan to nice acclaim, turning into a bestseller and a prize-winner, So unhappy to Fall in conflict exhibits us the fight, in the course of the eyes of eastern commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the most attention-grabbing and least-known figures of worldwide battle II.

As writer Kumiko Kakehashi demonstrates, Kuribayashi used to be faraway from the stereotypical enthusiast jap warrior. distinctive between his country’s officials, he refused to chance his men’s lives in suicidal banzai assaults, as a substitute making a protecting, rebel type of wrestle that finally turned the japanese commonplace. On Iwo Jima, he eschewed the distinctive therapy because of him as an officer, enduring an analogous tough stipulations as his males, and for my part walked each inch of the island to plot the positions of hundreds of thousands of underground bunkers and tunnels. The very flagpole utilized in the well known photo used to be a pipe from a fancy water assortment approach the final himself engineered.

unique interviews with survivors display that because the tide grew to become opposed to him, Kuribayashi displayed his actual mettle: notwithstanding provided a more secure publish on one other island, he selected to stick with his males, combating along them in a last, fearless, and eventually hopeless three-hour siege.

After thirty-six cataclysmic days on Iwo Jima, Kurbiayashi’s troops have been chargeable for the deaths of a 3rd of all U.S. Marines killed throughout the complete four-year Pacific clash, making him, finally, America’s so much feared–and respected–foe. sarcastically, it used to be Kuribayashi’ s personal thoughts of his army education in the USA within the Nineteen Twenties, and his admiration for this country’s wealthy, gregarious, and self-reliant humans, that made him worry ever dealing with them in combat–a feeling that a few suspect caused his superiors to ship him to Iwo Jima, the place he met his destiny.

in addition to the phrases of his son and daughter, which supply targeted perception into the non-public guy, Kuribayashi’s personal letters mentioned generally during this booklet paint a stirring portrait of the conditions that formed him. So unhappy to Fall in conflict tells a desirable, never-before-told tale and introduces the United States, as though for the 1st time, to at least one of its such a lot helpful adversaries.

From the Hardcover edition.

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IS-2 Heavy Tank 1944-73 (New Vanguard)

The Iosef Stalin tanks have been the final word heavy tanks built via the Soviet Union and have been popularly known as 'Victory tanks' because of their shut organization with the defeat of Germany in 1945. but regardless of their acceptance, the Stalin tanks emerged from a afflicted layout, had a quick second of glory in 1944 and 1945, and disappeared in ignominy after 1960. This name covers the occasions contributing to the Soviet Union's have to layout the recent sequence, with specific connection with the unsuccessful KV sequence and the appearance of a brand new new release of heavy German tanks together with the Tiger. It additionally covers their improvement, operational heritage and myriad variations.

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Crete 1941: Germany's lightning airborne assault (Campaign)

Osprey's examine of Operation Mercury, the German airborne attack at the island of Crete in could 1941 in the course of international struggle II (1939-1945), which used to be the 1st strategic use of airborne forces in historical past. The attack all started on 20 could, with landings close to the island's key airports, and reinforcements tomorrow allowed the German forces to seize one finish of the runway at Maleme. by means of 24 could, the Germans have been being strengthened by way of air on a massive scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This ebook describes how desperately shut the conflict were and explains how German losses so stunned the Führer that he by no means back permitted a massive airborne operation.

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World War II: People, Politics, and Power (America at War)

By William L. Hosch

Global struggle II used to be a bad deviation from our lengthy dating with struggle; new applied sciences and ideas have been hired that led to common demise and incredible atrocities—never earlier than identified to guy. This e-book is a helpful source that follows the warfare from the increase of Hitler to the losing of the atomic bombs, via blitzkrieg and bombings, to the treaty that at last ended all of it, noting the results upon destiny international politics.

Series overview: the USA at War
"This sequence tells the entire tale of the foremost army conflicts of the U.S. like few different units have performed, whereas being written in a fashion that nearly a person may well comprehend. a variety of illustrations and photographs reduction in explaining what occurred. The short biographical sketches of approximately each significant individual of worldwide value on the time are aim and choked with aspect. Many information goods, speeches, and army engagements are defined in blocked textual content, giving the reader a greater figuring out of phrases and events...This set offers competitively priced for the money."
—Library Media Connection

Series evaluate: the USA at War
"This five-volume set offers beneficial details for college kids who're getting ready a learn venture or are easily drawn to the battles, political and army figures, and heritage info offered. each one quantity is definitely geared up, with a liberal sprinkling of pictures, brief biographical sketches, and first resource documents...this well-prepared sequence may be of price to readers for either lecture room assignments and private interest."
—VOYA journal

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