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True war & combat stories

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The Secret Life of the Codebreaker Sisters

The Secret Life of the Codebreaker Sisters

Author: Patricia Owtram, Jean Owtram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Patricia & Jean Owtram are possibly the only living sisters to have signed the wartime Official Secrets act. Raised in a Lancashire country house in the 1920s, the family takes in two Austrian Jewish refugees, and the sisters quickly become fluent in German - which will go on to shape their roles for ever. When war breaks out in 1939, Patricia is snapped up by the Wrens and posted to top-secret listening stations along the British coastline. Collaborating with Bletchley Park, she is tasked with intercepting German shipping radio in a bid to crack the seemingly impenetrable Enigma Code. Jean's quick brain for crossword solving lands her a secretive role as Code & Cipher Officer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. At just 18 years of age, Jean is posted to Cairo, before moving on to Italy to aid the Partisan efforts against the Nazis. As the sisters continue to demonstrate their outstanding intelligence, resilience and fierce determination, the tide of war gradually begins to turn in Britain's favour. This is the astonishing story of persistence, comradeship and fighting spirit showed by everyday people in bringing the Nazis down.

Forging a Unitary State Russia's Management of the Eurasian Space, 1650-1850

Forging a Unitary State Russia's Management of the Eurasian Space, 1650-1850

Author: John P. LeDonne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2020

Covering two centuries of Russian history, Forging a Unitary State is a comprehensive account of the creation of what is commonly known as the Russian Empire, from Poland to Siberia. In this book, John P. LeDonne demonstrates that the so-called empire was, for the most part, a unitary state, defined by an obsessive emphasis on centralization and uniformity. The standardization of local administration, the judicial system, tax regime, and commercial policy were carried out slowly but systematically over eight generations, in the hope of integrating people on the periphery into the Russian political and social hierarchy. The ultimate goal of Russian policy was to create a Fortress Empire consisting of a huge Russian unitary state flanked by a few peripheral territories, such as Finland, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia. Additional peripheral states, such as Sweden, Turkey, and Persia, would guarantee the security of this Fortress Empire, and the management of Eurasian territory. LeDonne's provocative argument is supported by a careful comparative study of Russian expansion along its western, southern, and eastern borders, drawing on vital but under-studied administrative evidence. Forging a Unitary State is an essential resource for those interested in the long history of Russian expansionism.

82 Days on Okinawa One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle

82 Days on Okinawa One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle

Author: Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

75 years ago, he was the first officer ashore Okinawa. It's taken him a lifetime to speak about the 82 days that followed. A riveting firsthand account of American heroism, Colonel Art Shaw's 82 Days on Okinawa delivers an unprecedented soldier's-eye view of the Pacific War's bloodiest battle of all (New York Times)-the climactic final land battle of the Second World War and a campaign so brutal that it convinced leaders to unleash the atomic bomb. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphib ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate. The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw, a unit commander in the U.S. Army's 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific's costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege's end. Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw's gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.

The Indian Empire At War From Jihad to Victory, The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War

The Indian Empire At War From Jihad to Victory, The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War

Author: George Morton-Jack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Almost two million volunteers served the Indian army in the Great War, always under British regimental officers, high commanders and staff. 150,000 of them were long-serving pre-war professional soldiers; most of the remainder were wartime recruits, drawn from across South Asia. Half of the Indian soldiers were sent overseas, and those who returned did so with a very different outlook on life - for some it lit the spark for Jihad and for even more it led to a desire for Independence. In most histories of the war, the Tommies, pals and poets have dominated the tales - but what of the war as experienced by their Indian counterparts? George Morton-Jack's remarkable, fresh take on the First World War sets this right, telling the Indian army's story of 1914-18 through the voices of the service's officers and ranks, and of the princes, priests, prostitutes and others who encountered them across the continents. It reveals their journeys to the greatest battlefields mankind had ever seen, their experiences as prisoners of war in Germany, Romania and elsewhere, and their missions as secret agents that took them down rivers, across deserts and through mountain ranges from Transylvania to Afghanistan and beyond. The Indian Army at War is a fascinating, necessary book that illuminates a central part of the Great War that has too often been overlooked.

Always at Sea

Always at Sea

Author: Mary Wardle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Based on Mary Wardle's father's own account, this book recounts the exploits of William Donald, who went to sea as a boy in 1912 and stayed in the Merchant Navy for almost 50 years. In the course of his career, he dealt with many incidents, including: eccentric captains and crews; a crazy baboon; and a submarine chase and grounding. The years between the wars were full of incidents, including: a cargo of bones; a steadily expanding fireman; and the sinking of a tanker. World War II brought endless convoys, gun watches and sleepless nights. This record of life at sea should be of interest as an entertaining read, as well as for its historical detail and account of operations in the Merchant Navy.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield A Woman's View of War

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield A Woman's View of War

Author: Christina Lamb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From award-winning war reporter and co-author of I Am Malala, this is a searing, angry reckoning of a book that exposes the unheard stories of women during war, and how in countries around the world today rape is used as a weapon. Rape and war have a long and painful history, stretching back from Alexander the Great through the 'comfort women' of the Imperial Japanese Army and the rapes of German women by the Red Army during World War Two. Today, the story hasn't changed. Rape is an insidious, growing part of war used against hundreds of thousands of women - often as part of barbaric military strategy. This book is the first major account to address the terrible scale of sexual assault in modern conflict. It is also a biting condemnation of the way rape is accepted and ignored. Though rape was - at last - formalised as an international war crime in 1919, there has since been one single conviction. Christina Lamb has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years. With unflinching attention and unfailing care and humanity, she tells both the global stories and the individual experiences of women within war. Moving between conflicts, this is an account of Bangladesh in 1970-1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to skew the population and breed Punjabis; of Bosnia, where in the nineties 20,000 women were forced into camps and sexual slavery by Serbian soldiers; of the rapes of an estimated quarter of a million Tutsi women during the Rwandan genocide; of the abduction of thousands of Yazidi women by the Islamic State and Boko Haram; of the 219 Chibok teenagers taken from their school dormitories in Nigeria; and, horrifically, of many other human rights failings. With truly international scope, Christina Lamb's book asks we recognise that if these events are difficult for us to hear, they are far harder for the people who lived them to forget. Determined, it is an effort to amplify the voices and stories of women in war. Furious, it is a call to bring justice against the perpetrators of war rape. Insistent, it is a demand not to turn away from hard truths, but to look and work hard at making change.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield A Woman's View of War

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield A Woman's View of War

Author: Christina Lamb Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From award-winning war reporter and co-author of I Am Malala, this is a searing, angry reckoning of a book that exposes the unheard stories of women during war, and how in countries around the world today rape is used as a weapon. Rape and war have a long and painful history, stretching back from Alexander the Great through the 'comfort women' of the Imperial Japanese Army and the rapes of German women by the Red Army during World War Two. Today, the story hasn't changed. Rape is an insidious, growing part of war used against hundreds of thousands of women - often as part of barbaric military strategy. This book is the first major account to address the terrible scale of sexual assault in modern conflict. It is also a biting condemnation of the way rape is accepted and ignored. Though rape was - at last - formalised as an international war crime in 1919, there has since been one single conviction. Christina Lamb has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years. With unflinching attention and unfailing care and humanity, she tells both the global stories and the individual experiences of women within war. Moving between conflicts, this is an account of Bangladesh in 1970-1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to skew the population and breed Punjabis; of Bosnia, where in the nineties 20,000 women were forced into camps and sexual slavery by Serbian soldiers; of the rapes of an estimated quarter of a million Tutsi women during the Rwandan genocide; of the abduction of thousands of Yazidi women by the Islamic State and Boko Haram; of the 219 Chibok teenagers taken from their school dormitories in Nigeria; and, horrifically, of many other human rights failings. With truly international scope, Christina Lamb's book asks we recognise that if these events are difficult for us to hear, they are far harder for the people who lived them to forget. Determined, it is an effort to amplify the voices and stories of women in war. Furious, it is a call to bring justice against the perpetrators of war rape. Insistent, it is a demand not to turn away from hard truths, but to look and work hard at making change.

Not for King or Country Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War

Not for King or Country Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War

Author: Tyler Wentzell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Not for King or Country tells the story of Edward Cecil-Smith, a dynamic propagandist for the Communist Party of Canada during the Great Depression. Born to missionary parents in China in 1903, Cecil-Smith came to Toronto in 1919 where he joined the Canadian militia and lived a happy life ensconced in the Protestant missionary community of Toronto. He became increasingly interested in radical politics during the 1920s, eventually joining the Communist Party in 1931. Worried by the growing strength of fascism around the world, particularly in China, Germany, Italy, and Spain during the summer of 1936, Cecil-Smith quietly departed Canada and became among the first volunteers to fight for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. Cecil-Smith was motivated to fight not out of any sense of traditional patriotism ( for king or country ) but out of a sense that the onward march of fascism had to be stopped, and Spain was where the line had to be drawn. Not for King or Country is the first biography of a Canadian commander in the Spanish Civil War, and is also the first book to critically analyse the major battles in which the Canadian and American volunteers fought. Drawing upon declassified RCMP files, records held in the Russian Archives in Moscow, audio recordings of the volunteers, a detailed survey of maps, and battle records, as well as and the Communist Party press, Not for King or Country breaks down the battles and the Party's activities in a way that will be accessible to interested readers and scholars alike.

Flying in Defiance of the Reich A Lancaster Pilot's Rites of Passage

Flying in Defiance of the Reich A Lancaster Pilot's Rites of Passage

Author: Peter Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

This is the vivid memoir of a young man who served with both Coastal Command and Bomber Command throughout the Second World War. Having joined the RAFVR before the war, Peter Russell was mobilised in August 1939 and, after training, became operational with Coastal Command's 233 Squadron flying Lockheed Hudsons from Leuchars, Aldergrove and St Eval in Britain's battle for survival in the Atlantic. After fourteen months Peter was rested and tasked with training navigators for the impending enlargement of Bomber Command. In 1944 he joined 625 Squadron flying Lancasters against targets in Germany and Occupied Europe. Russell took command of B' Flight and was promoted to squadron leader. His memories of the many raids, his crew and operational flying during this period until the end of the war are gripping recounted in Flying in Defiance of the Reich. After the German surrender, Peter headed for the Far East, joining Shield Force which was tasked with conducting a strategic night bombing offensive against the Japanese mainland. However, before it could become operational the war was brought to an abrupt conclusion with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peter's unit was, therefore, redirected to relieve Hong Kong, in which the RAF undertook a purely land operation. The final chapters give a unique insight into how Japanese military rule was replaced, once again, by British law and order.

MI9 Escape and Evasion

MI9 Escape and Evasion

Author: M.R.D. Foot, J.M. Langley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

Many of the most famous escapes in history took place during the Second World War. These daring flights from Nazi-occupied Europe would never have been possible but for the assistance of a hitherto secret British service: MI9. This small, dedicated and endlessly inventive team gave hope to the men who had fallen into enemy hands, and aid to resistance fighters in occupied territory. It sent money, maps, clothes, compasses, even hacksaws - and in return coded letters from the prisoner-of-war camps and provided invaluable news of what was happening in the enemy's homeland. Understaffed and under-resourced, MI9 nonetheless made a terrific contribution to the Allied war effort. First published in 1979, this book tells the full, inside story of an extraordinary organisation.

Home Before Morning The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam

Home Before Morning The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam

Author: Lynda Van Devanter, Lynda Van Devanter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2020

Lynda Van Devanter was the girl next door, the cheerleader who went to Catholic schools, enjoyed sports, and got along well with her four sisters and parents. After high school she attended nursing school and then did something that would shatter her secure world for the rest of her life: in 1969, she joined the army and was shipped to Vietnam. When she arrived in Vietnam her idealistic view of the war vanished quickly. She worked long and arduous hours in cramped, ill-equipped, understaffed operating rooms. She saw friends die. Witnessing a war close-up, operating on soldiers and civilians whose injuries were catastrophic, she found the very foundations of her thinking changing daily. After one traumatic year, she came home, a Vietnam veteran. Coming home was nearly as devastating as the time she spent in Asia. Nothing was the same including Lynda herself. Viewed by many as a murderer instead of a healer, she felt isolated and angry. The anger turned to depression; like many other Vietnam veterans she suffered from delayed stress syndrome. Working in hospitals brought back chilling scenes of hopelessly wounded soldiers. A marriage ended in divorce. The war that was fought physically halfway around the world had become a personal, internal battle. Home before Morning is the story of a woman whose courage, stamina, and personal history make this a compelling autobiography. It is also the saga of others who went to war to aid the wounded and came back wounded physically and emotionally themselves. And, it is the true story of one person's triumphs: her understanding of, and coming to terms with, her destiny.

The Jewish War and the Victory

The Jewish War and the Victory

Author: Henryk Grynberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2020

This epic tells the story of a Polish Jewish family struggling against nearly insurmountable odds. In The Jewish War, the family of a young Jewish boy hides throughout the countryside until the father is murdered. To escape, the mother and boy use forged papers and adopt a false life as the Catholic family of an officer captured by the Germans. The Victory picks up the story as the Red Army advances and the boy fights to reclaim his Jewishness amidst the horrors of the past and the choices of an agonizing present.