Download E-books Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors PDF

By James D. Hornfischer


"Son, we’re going to Hell."

The navigator of the USS Houston confided those prophetic phrases to a tender officer as he and his captain charted a path into U.S. naval legend. well known as FDR’s favourite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was once a prize goal trapped within the some distance Pacific after Pearl Harbor. with no desire of reinforcement, her team confronted an excellent jap strength ruthlessly devoted to overall conquest. It wasn’t a good struggle, however the males of the Houston might salary it to the death.

Hornfischer brings to lifestyles the striking terror of night naval battles that became decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the lethal rain of fireside from jap bombers, and the just about superhuman attempt of the team as they miraculously escaped catastrophe back and again–until their success ran out in the course of a bold motion in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston used to be eventually sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For greater than 3 years their destiny will be a secret to households ready at home.

within the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such movies as The Bridge at the River Kwai, the conflict endured for the lads of the Houston—a life-and-death fight to outlive pressured hard work, hunger, ailment, and mental torture. this is the gritty, unvarnished tale of the notorious Burma–Thailand demise Railway glamorized by means of Hollywood, yet which in fact mercilessly diminished males to little greater than animals, who fought again opposed to their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, will–power—and the timeless religion that their kingdom may prevail.

utilizing journals and letters, infrequent ancient records, together with testimony from postwar jap conflict crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness debts of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s effortless to fail to remember that each observe is right.

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Download E-books Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII PDF

By Stephen Dando-Collins

Beginning with a loopy plan hatched via a suspect prince, and an excellent crazier reliance at the note of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound used to be devised. among might 1 and will eight, 1945, 2,268 army devices flown via the USAAF, dropped foodstuff to 3.5 million ravenous Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland.

It took uncooked braveness to fly on Operation Chowhound, as American aircrews by no means knew while the German AAA may possibly open fireplace on them or if Luftwaffe warring parties may perhaps leap them. Flying at four hundred toes, slightly above the tree tops, with weapons pointed at once at them, they'd haven't any likelihood to bail out if their B-17s have been hit―and but, over 8 days, 120,000 German troops stored their be aware, and not fired at the American bombers. As they flew, thankful Dutch civilians spelled out "Thanks Boys" within the tulip fields less than. Many americans who flew in Operation Chowhound may declare it was once the simplest factor they did within the warfare.

In this gripping narrative, writer Stephen Dando-Collins takes the reader into the rooms the place Operation Chowhound used to be born, into the airplane flying the venture, and onto the floor within the Netherlands with the civilians who so desperately wanted aid. James Bond author Ian Fleming, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, in addition to Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill all play an element during this tale, making a compelling, narrative read.

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Download E-books The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama PDF

This new, up to date version of The conflict of england on Screen examines intensive the origins, improvement and reception of the main dramatic monitor representations of 'The Few' within the conflict of england produced during the last seventy five years. Paul MacKenzie explores either continuity and alter within the presentation of a wartime occasion that received and keeps near-mythical dimensions in renowned recognition and has been represented time and again in characteristic motion pictures and tv dramas. along proper technical advancements, the ebook additionally examines the social, cultural, and political alterations taking place within the moment half the twentieth century and primary decade of present century that assisted in shaping how the conflict got here to be framed dramatically.

This variation includes a new bankruptcy taking a look at the portrayal of the conflict of england on the time of its seventieth anniversary. via its perceptive demonstration of ways our reminiscence of the conflict has been continually reshaped via movie and tv, The conflict of england on Screen offers scholars of the second one global struggle, 20th-century Britain and picture heritage with a radical and intricate knowing of an iconic old event.

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Download E-books The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

By Gert Ledig, Michael Hofmann

1942, on the jap entrance. infantrymen crouch in terrible holes within the floor, mingling with corpses. Tunneled underneath a radio mast, German squaddies look forward to the order to blow themselves up. Russian tanks, suffering to wreck via enemy strains, hamper in a swamp, whereas a German runner, bearing messages from headquarters to front, scrambles desperately from defend to look after as he attempts to prevent getting stuck within the motion. via all of it, Russian artillery—the crude yet devastatingly powerful a number of rocket launcher recognized to the Germans because the Stalin Organ and to the Russians as Katyusha—rains demise upon the suffering troops.

Comparable to such masterpieces of warfare literature as Ernst Jünger's Storm of Steel and Erich Remarque's All Quiet at the Western Front, The Stalin Front is a harrowing, virtually photographic, description of violence and devastation, one who brings domestic the unforgiving truth of overall conflict.

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Download E-books Eva Braun: Life with Hitler PDF

By Heike B. Görtemaker

During this groundbreaking biography of Eva Braun, German historian Heike B. Görtemaker delves into the startlingly ignored historic fact approximately Adolf Hitler’s mistress. greater than simply the vapid blonde of well known cliché, Eva Braun was once a capricious yet uncompromising, fiercely dependable spouse to Hitler; theirs used to be a courting that flew within the face of the Führer’s proclamations that Germany was once his basically bride. Görtemaker paints a portrait of Hitler and Braun’s lifestyles including unnerving quotidian detail—Braun selected the flicks screened at their mountaintop retreat (propaganda, of course); he dreamed of retiring along with her to Linz sooner or later after relinquishing his management to a more youthful man—while weaving their own dating during the cloth of 1 of history’s such a lot devastating regimes. even though Braun progressively received an unequalled strength inside of Hitler’s internal circle, her id was once stored a mystery in the course of the 3rd Reich, till the ultimate days of the conflict. trustworthy to the top, Braun dedicated suicide with Hitler in 1945, days after their marriage.

Through exhaustive examine, newly came upon documentation, and anecdotal debts, Görtemaker has meticulously equipped a shocking portrait of Hitler’s bourgeois life outdoor of the general public eye. notwithstanding Eva Braun had no function in Hitler’s guidelines, she used to be by no means as banal as she was once formerly painted; she used to be aware of his ideas, governed lifestyles inside of his entourage, and held his belief. As scary because it is remarkable, Eva Braun will surely be referenced in all destiny money owed of this era.

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Download E-books Staghound Armored Car 1942-62 (New Vanguard) PDF

The Staghound used to be a distinct international battle II armored automobile - designed and synthetic within the US, yet meant completely for the British military. This booklet examines the advance of this type of armored automobiles and provides a close research of the huge strive against use of the Staghound in British carrier in addition to within the carrier of alternative Allied nations together with Canada, New Zealand and Poland. often armed with a 37mm gun, it weighed 12 lots and will achieve speeds of 55mph wearing a workforce of 5. considering its strive against debut in Italy in 1943 till the tip of the conflict it had played rather invaluable carrier in a reconnaissance function the place its pace and armor ensured that it used to be capable of extricate itself from difficulty as required with no extra aid. The publication additionally contains a short description of post-war use from NATO international locations together with Denmark to distant battlefields reminiscent of Lebanon delivering a complete and available insurance of a motor vehicle that's really well-liked by deepest creditors.

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Download E-books Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 (Canadian Battle) PDF

With its trademark "you are there" sort, Mark Zuehlke's 10th Canadian conflict sequence quantity tells the tale of the 1942 Dieppe raid. Nicknamed "The terrible Man's Monte Carlo," Dieppe had no strategic value, yet with the Soviet Union thrown at the ropes by means of German invasion and the United States having simply entered the conflict, Britain was once below excessive strain to release an incredible cross-Channel assault opposed to France.

Since 1939, Canadian troops had massed in Britain and proficient for the inevitable day of the mass invasion of Europe that may eventually take place in 1944. however the Canadian public and plenty of politicians have been impatient to determine Canadian infantrymen struggle sooner.

The first significant practice session proved one of these shambles the raid was once driven again to the top of July in simple terms to be cancelled through bad climate. Later, in a choice nonetheless shrouded in controversy, the operation was once reborn. Dieppe although didn't move easily.

Drawing on infrequent archival files and private interviews, Mark Zuehlke examines how the raid got here to be and why it went so tragically flawed. finally, Tragedy at Dieppe honors the bravery and sacrifice of these who fought and died that fateful day at the shores of Dieppe.

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Download E-books The Center of the Web (Third Reich) PDF

"The heart of the net" is a quantity within the Time-Life 3rd Reich sequence, assuring a reliable paintings, and offering a masterpiece. The booklet takes you deep into the top region of Nazi Germany. into the lifestyle of Adolf Hitler. This publication is an absolute needs to for any Hilter, and 3rd Reich scholar. it truly is laced with breathtaking photographs and illustrations.

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Download E-books Sevastopol 1942: Von Manstein's Triumph PDF

By Robert Forczyk

In past due July 1941, Hitler ordered military staff South to grab the Crimea as a part of its operations to safe the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, as a way to shield the important Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air assault. After weeks of heavy scuffling with, the Germans breached the Soviet defenses and overran many of the Crimea. by way of November 1941 the one last Soviet foothold within the zone used to be the seriously fortified naval base at Sevastopol.

Operation Sturgeon Haul, the ultimate attack on Sevastopol, used to be one of many only a few joint carrier German operations of worldwide conflict II, with German corps and a Romanian corps supported through a major artillery siege teach, the Luftwaffe's crack VIII Flieger Korps and a flotilla of S-Boats supplied via the Kriegsmarine. This quantity heavily examines the influence of logistics, climate and joint operational making plans upon the final significant German victory in global battle II (1939-1945).


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