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Charles Whiting - Author

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Books by Charles Whiting

48 Hours to Hammelburg Patton's Secret Mission

48 Hours to Hammelburg Patton's Secret Mission

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2016

The Great York Air Raid - 1942

The Great York Air Raid - 1942

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2012

SS Peiper

SS Peiper

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2012

On the night of 14 July, 1976 - Bastille Day - an elderly German was brutally murdered in a little French village where he had taken refuge from the evil shadow which had dogged him for the past thirty-two years. His killers were never brought to justice; indeed, no real attempt was ever made to track them down, the affair being politically embarrassing to both the French and the German governments. The murdered man was Jochen Peiper, once the dashing leader of one of the most renowned units in the German Army. The shadow which hung over him was his alleged complicity in the murder of over seventy unarmed American soldiers during the Ardennes offensive in the winter of 1944/45. It is certain that Peiper was not at the fateful crossroads near Malmedy at the time the men died, but that is not to say that they were not killed on his orders. Guilty or not, Peiper was tried and imprisoned after the war and on his release might have been said to have paid his debt for his supposed part in what had become known as the Malmedy Massacre. But there were those who thought otherwise.After exhaustive research, this classic work sees Charles Whiting tell the story of this enigmatic man, regarded by some as a brilliant and dashing leader of men, by others as a Nazi war criminal, with the vividness and punch which characterized Peiper's military career. All the facts may never be uncovered but all that are known are recorded here. What is certain is that Jochen Peiper remains one of the most controversial miltary figures to emerge from the maelstrom of the Second World War.

The Hunt for Martin Bormann

The Hunt for Martin Bormann

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

On the night of 1 May 1945 Martin Bormann, head of the Nazi Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler, fled Fuhrer's bunker into the ruins of Berlin. His subsequent disappearance became the source of countless rumours and wild speculation over the years, even including a theory that he had been kidnapped by the son of Churchill's doctor and Lt Commander Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, and had spent the rest of his life in quiet retirement in the English Home Counties! In The Hunt for Martin Bormann, Charles Whiting examines over 50 years of rumours, claims and counter-claims to uncover the real fate of one of the most hunted men of the twentieth century.Charles Whiting wrote his first novel in 1953, aged just twenty-six. He went on to be the world's most prolific author of military books; he has sold in excess of three million in the UK alone, and his collective works number around 200. Charles also lived abroad for thirty years working in German chemical factories, US fashion companies, newspapers, magazines, universities - as an associate professor and lecturer - and spent a long spell in the US army. He died in 2007.

Skorzeny

Skorzeny

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2010

Skorzeny was one of the most daring figures of the 20th Century. His exploits included the rescue of Mussolini from his mountain prison, a brief affair with Eva Peron, a blackmail attempt on Winston Churchill and the kidnapping of the son of the wartime dictator of Hungary. Eisenhower declared him The most wanted man in Europe. Charles Whiting, who actually met Skorzeny, pieces together this truly remarkable story.REVIEWS Fluently hits the high points: Mussolini s mountaintop rescue, intrigues with the Gehlen organization and OSS and CIA, postwar affair with Eva Peron. World War II Magazine, January/ February 2011

The Fighting Tykes An Informal History of the Yorkshire Regiments in the Second World War

The Fighting Tykes An Informal History of the Yorkshire Regiments in the Second World War

Author: Charles Whiting, Eric Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2008

The authors, both Yorkshiremen, both saw active service with the British Army during the wartime years, have decribed in meticulous detail the fascinating story of the campaigns fought by the Yorkshire regiments in the various parts of the world during the Second World War. This is not just the story seen through senior commanders but experiences of the Tykes themseleves. It gives a revealing insight into the terrifying reality of the battle front, of the surprising reserves of herosim, courage and humour. Bound by their experiences they epitomised that grim determination inherent in the very definition of that word 'Tyke'.

Bounce the Rhine The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Nine

Bounce the Rhine The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Nine

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2008

In September 1944, Field Marshal Montgomery predicted that his armies would easily `bounce the Rhine' to strike a final, killing blow at the exposed heart of Hitler's Reich. Over the next eight months, nearly twenty major attempts would be made to breach the `Fatherland' - beginning with the disastrous Allied defeat at Arnhem - only to be repulsed by an exhausted but resilient Wehrmacht. Montgomery's words seemed a hollow boast until, in April 1945, the hard-fought goal was finally achieved ... at the staggering cost of thousands of British and American lives. From the foxhole to the command tent, here is an in-depth and personal account of the last great Allied assault of the Second World War - an unforgettable story of extraordinary courage and military folly, when strategic considerations took second place to the glory-seeking of top commanders.

British Liberation Army 1944-45

British Liberation Army 1944-45

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2008

In this, his final work, acclaimed military historian Charles Whiting details the final efforts of the British infantry to free Europe from the grip of the German Army. From the drama of D-Day to the grim push into Germany and on to Berlin, the focus is on the men who took the brunt.

Paths of Death and Glory: The Last Days of the Third Reich The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Ten

Paths of Death and Glory: The Last Days of the Third Reich The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Ten

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2007

On 4 January 1945, General 'Blood and Guts' Patton confided gloomily to his diary: 'We can still lose this war'. This book gives an account of the conclusion to the Second World War assembled through interviews and battalion journals. It also assembles the fighting men's individual stories.

The Other Battle of the Bulge: Operation Northwind

The Other Battle of the Bulge: Operation Northwind

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Operation Northwind was the little-known second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties and almost detroyed the Alliance. It was planned by the Fuhrer himself, which hurled eight German divisions, three of them SS, against the thinly-held American line in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Although the US High Command was forewarned by 'Ultra' from Bletchley, the German pressure was just too much. The Americans were forced to retreat. For the first time during the campaign in the West, Eisenhower ordered his troops to give up ground paid for by so many lives and commanding that Stratbourg, which held a special place in both French and German hearts, should be evacuated. This sparked off a row which threatened to destroy the Franco-American Alliance and throw France into a dramatic revolution. Quick moving and action-packed, this book sees the events through the eyes of the soldiers who were 'at the sharp end', and fills a major gap in the history of World War II.

Patton's Last Battle The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Eight

Patton's Last Battle The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Eight

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Presents the portrait of George S. Patton, the most flamboyant American soldier of World War II and his commanding role in the Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge.

Decision at St Vith The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Six

Decision at St Vith The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Six

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2007

This book tells the devastating story of the terror and chaos of battle, of men who fought until they died and others who quickly surrendered, of officers relieved of command and orders that bore no relation to reality. On the night of 15 December 1944, General Eisenhower and his staff at SHAEF Headquarters celebrated the news that he had just been given his fifth star. That same night, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, an army of 250,000 men with 2,000 pieces of artillery and 980 tanks awaited the hour to attack. A few miles to the west, the young soldiers of the US 106th ( Golden Lion ) Division huddled in their foxholes and tried to sleep. They had never been in battle and were told they occupied a rest sector on the front...This was the night when the full might of Hitler's armies exploded against inexperienced and unprepared US troops in the first shattering blow of the Battle of the Bulge. This is an intensely riveting narrative and a must-read for anyone with an interest in the Second World War.

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Four

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Four

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2007

Thirty thousand American G.I.s were killed or wounded in the longest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army - a battle that was ignored for so long, a battle that should never have been fought. From September 1944 to February 1945, eight U.S. infantry and two U.S. armoured divisions were thrown into the green hell of Hurtgen - fifty square miles of thick, rugged, hilly woods on the Belgian-German border, full of German soldiers in a deadly network of concrete bunkers. The butcher's bill was high: casualty rates ran to 50 per cent and more for most rifle companies. The High Command, from the relative comfort and security of their headquarters, miles away from the forest, refused to admit there had been a mistake. Careers, and the pride of the Army, were at stake. So more troops were poured in and the slaughter continued - to capture an objective that had long since lost any real purpose. This is a classic account of the price fighting men must pay for the prideful blunders of their commanders.

Bloody Aachen The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Three

Bloody Aachen The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Three

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2007

Of all the towns and cities in Germany none evokes the spirit of history more vividly than the name of Aachen. Here in 814 Charlemagne was buried. Here twenty-eight of the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned. And here, in the autumn of 1944, the US First Army, the Big Red One, was held at bay for two months by the fanatical resistance of the Wehrmacht. But this was no ordinary battle, no straightforward two-sided slogging match, for in the middle was a third party. Aachen, the ancient Holy City of the Empire, had remained a bastion of Catholicism in a godless state, the mass of her citizens refusing to acknowledge the Nazi creed. So it was that when they were ordered to evacuate the city, 20,000 civilians chose to disobey, hiding as best they could in the ruins, to fight it out with `friend' and foe alike. The atmosphere of a city in torment is brilliantly recaptured by the author and the vital importance of the battle for Aachen in the subsequent war fully explained. Two months later the German Army began its counter-attack in the Ardennes; but by then the Big Red One was worn out.

The Poor Bloody Infantry 1939-1945

The Poor Bloody Infantry 1939-1945

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Nobody in the Second World War paid a higher price for the failure of politicians and generals than the infantry, whatever their nationality. Most battalions had a 100 per cent turn over due to casualties, some as high as 200 per cent. The majority of histories of the Second World War focus on what are perceived to be the more glamorous aspects of the conflict: flying aces, new technologies, politics. However, Charles Whiting's classic book, now reprinted in paperback is in the author's own words not a history. Poor Bloody Infantry is the story of the brave men whose efforts were so central to Allied victory but which has been gravely neglected by many writers on the Second World War. Whiting's vivid account of their experiences puts the reader in the thick of their struggles: firing useless Boyes rifles at oncoming SS tanks; crouching low in foxholes beneath a yellow incandescence as the surrounding dessert rocks and roars. Detailed and personal in scope, Poor Bloody Infantry deals with all aspects of the uncomfortable day-to-day life of infantrymen in the Second World War ranging from experiences in combat to such matters as foul tinned rations and VD.

'44 In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Two

'44 In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Two

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

Recreates the combat soldiers' world of fifty years ago down to the most intimate detail. This work presents the story of early confidence turning to disillusion as the campaign wore on - appalling strategic blunders, of strained relations among the Allies, and, of ideals steadily overtaken by the grim realities of war.

West Wall: The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume One

West Wall: The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume One

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

The Battle for the Siegfried Line was not only the most important of the 1944-45 campaign against Germany, it was to prove the key battle in the war in the west. This work gives a vivid account brings to life the principal personalities engaged in the struggle to break through the West Wall .

Target Eisenhower Military and Political Assassinations in World War II

Target Eisenhower Military and Political Assassinations in World War II

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2005

A story of the attempt on Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower's life. It is an aspect of World War II and the true story of what happened to Heydrich and Leslie Howard. This World War II story, which details the start of a new kind of state terrorism that has instigated two wars in Iraq, caused major crises in both the UK and the USA.

Slaughter Over Sicily

Slaughter Over Sicily

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2005

Victory in North Africa was a triumphant beginning but the Allies knew that there was no time to lose. 'Festung Europa' (Fortress Europe) had to be cracked and Operation HUSKY was the bold beginning. As well as a massive seaborne invasion, Roosevelt and Churchill ordered their military commanders Eisenhower, Alexander and Montgomery to initiate a major airborne assault. Unfortunately, as Whiting reveals, those responsible for planning were at loggerheads from the outset. While mercifully the outcome was successful, the immediate results were nearly catastrophic and it took great leadership and acts of bravery to overcome the flaws that underlay the concept. Thanks to painstaking research, this book reveals not just the errors but the lessons that were learnt the hard way.

The Last Assault 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge Reassessed

The Last Assault 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge Reassessed

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2004

It has generally been assumed by historians of the Second World War that the Americans were caught completely unawares by the last great German Offensive - the drive into the Ardennes in December, 1944, known as the Battle of the Bulge. In this remarkable reappraisal, best-selling military historian Charles Whiting argues that the answer is very probably that they were not. So the author raises yet another question: Was somebody trying to cover something up and if so why?

The Field Marshal's Revenge The Breakdown of a Special Relationship

The Field Marshal's Revenge The Breakdown of a Special Relationship

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2004

This is an exploration of the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States told from the perspective of the volatile, often fraught alliance during World War Two. The spotlight falls on Monty and Ike, then takes in the ordinary squaddie who becomes a pawn in the game.

Paths of Death and Glory: The Last Days of the Third Reich The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Paths of Death and Glory: The Last Days of the Third Reich The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2003

This volume in the Spellmount Siegfried Line series provides eyewitness accounts of the battle for Europe. The work conveys the experiences and responses of the ordinary soldier during the final period of the war.

The Battle of the Bulge The Untold Story

The Battle of the Bulge The Untold Story

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2003

Fought in the Ardennes forests in December 1944, this was the greatest land battle waged by the US Army this century. For political reasons no mention was ever made of crucial British involvement. Whiting aims to set the record straight; telling the true story of the XXX Corps actions and recounting the hard fighting and suffering they endured.

Bounce the Rhine The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume 9

Bounce the Rhine The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume 9

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2002

In September, 1944, Montgomery predicted that his armies would easily 'bounce the Rhine' to strike a final blow at the heart of Hitler's Reich. However, his confidence was misplaced; nearly 20 major attempts were made to breach the German defences.

44 In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes

44 In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2002

World War II scholar Whiting here examines the events at the close of 1944, when Allied troops liberated France and began the invasion of Germany. Whiting focuses on the pressures faced by the fighting men during the war against Germany's final campaign, a time that saw fatigue, illness, atrocities committed by both sides, and 100,000 Allied desertions. '44 is a book that looks beyond the propaganda and tells the truth about the loss in morale and combat strain that the average soldier faced in that momentous year.

Decision at St.Vith The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Decision at St.Vith The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2001

This text deals with the story of the US 106th Division, which Hitler smashed in the Battle of the Bulge, having never been in battle before, they suffered the first onslaught in December 1944

Patton's Last Battle The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Eight

Patton's Last Battle The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Eight

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2001

Charles Whiting tells the dramatic story of General George Patton's final months, following him over the Rhine to help deliver the fatal blows to Hitler's Third Reich, to his death, in bed, in December 1945.

Ardennes The Secret War

Ardennes The Secret War

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2001

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2000

This text is an account of the battle of Hurtgen Forest on the German/Belgian border, in WW2, which ran from September 1944 to February 1945. Thirty thousand US soldiers were killed or wounded during this hellish battle.

American Hero Life and Death of Audie Murphy

American Hero Life and Death of Audie Murphy

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2000

Bloody Aachen The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Three

Bloody Aachen The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Three

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2000

Of all the towns and cities in Germany none evokes the spirit of history more vividly than the name of Aachen. Here in 814 Charlemagne was buried. Here twenty-eight of the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned. And here, in the autumn of 1944, the US First Army, the Big Red One, was held at bay for two months by the fanatical resistance of the Wehrmacht. But this was no ordinary battle, no straightforward two-sided slogging match, for in the middle was a third party. Aachen, the ancient Holy City of the Empire, had remained a bastion of Catholicism in a godless state, the mass of her citizens refusing to acknowledge the Nazi creed. So it was that when they were ordered to evacuate the city, 20,000 civilians chose to disobey, hiding as best they could in the ruins, to fight it out with `friend' and foe alike. The atmosphere of a city in torment is brilliantly recaptured by the author and the vital importance of the battle for Aachen in the subsequent war fully explained. Two months later the German Army began its counter-attack in the Ardennes; but by then the Big Red One was worn out.

44: In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

44: In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2000

This text recreates the combat soldiers' world of in the Second World War, describing their weapons, their food, how they coped, lived in hope and often died in agony; as early confidence turned to bitter disillusion following appalling strategic blunders and strained relations among the allies.

Hitler's Secret War The Nazi Espionage Campaign Against the Allies

Hitler's Secret War The Nazi Espionage Campaign Against the Allies

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2000

At last the full extent of the Nazis Secret Intelligence network is revealed thanks to recently released secret papers. Charles Whiting interviewed such key figures as Giskes, who fooled the Americans over the Battle of the Bulge, and Ritter, who stole the top secret US Norden bombsights. This book will fascinate the reader right to the last page in true Whiting style.

West Wall: The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume One

West Wall: The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume One

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/1999

The Battle for the Siegfried Line was not only the most important of the 1944-45 campaign against Germany, it was to prove the key battle in the war in the west. This work gives a vivid account brings to life the principal personalities engaged in the struggle to break through the West Wall .

America's Forgotten Army The Story of the US Seventh

America's Forgotten Army The Story of the US Seventh

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/1998

In this book, bestselling historian and WW2 veteran tells the story of the US Seventh Army's exploits in WW2. Among the characters featured are George S. Patton and Audie Murphy, America's most decorated soldier of the war.

Ardennes: The Secret War The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Five

Ardennes: The Secret War The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series Volume Five

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/1996

Following the greatest failure of Allied intelligence since Pearl Harbor, on the morning of December 16, 1944, a huge German army of 600,000 men smashed into the American troops who were holding the line in the snowbound hills of the Belgian Ardennes. A handful of German special forces, wearing U.S. uniforms, driving U.S. equipment, and operating behind the U.S. lines, caused chaos and havoc. Among their number was the legendary Otto Skorzeny, who had previously achieved notoriety when he masterminded and executed the daring rescue of Mussolini from his mountain haunt. These German specialists, working right under the noses of Allied intelligence, nearly turned a German defeat into victory at a time when the Allied top brass were predicting the war would be over by Christmas.

Werewolf

Werewolf

Author: Charles Whiting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/1996

Werewolf is the study of an operation undertaken by the short-lived Nazi guerrilla group known as UNTERNEHMEN WEREWOLF. This group is part of an aspect of the Second World War which has been neglected by many writers, that of the German Resistance. The Werewolves were formed in November 1944, having been recruited and trained by SS Police General Gutenberger. Werewolf explains how the team of five men and a woman was chosen for Operation Carnival , which was a plot to kill Franz Oppenhoff, the new mayor of Aachen, who the Germans saw as an American stool-pigeon and traitor. Werewolf skillfully recreates the atmosphere of unease that prevailed on both sides giving a distinct background to the action which is described in great detail.