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Second World War books

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Dunkirk Nine Days That Saved an Army A Day by Day Account of the Greatest Evacuation by John Grehan Dunkirk Nine Days That Saved an Army A Day by Day Account of the Greatest Evacuation

Compiled with the use of Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry archives, this is a clear chronological description of the evacuation
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2018

Storm Over Leyte The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy by John Prados Storm Over Leyte The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy


Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2018

Hurricane by Hurricane

This remarkable aircraft, designed and built to combat the emerging fighter strength of the Axis nations in the lead-up to World War II, made its name in the air battles over Britain and France in the first years of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/04/2018

Churchill's Secret Warriors The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII by Damien Lewis Churchill's Secret Warriors The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII

Sunday Times no.1 bestselling author tells the thrilling untold story of Churchill's private army
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2018

Liebling's War World War II Dispatches of A.J.Liebling by Liebling's War World War II Dispatches of A.J.Liebling

The only reason A J Liebling is not well known as a war correspondent is that his war dispatches have been overshadowed by his postwar New Yorker writings. This book gives us the World War II narrative Liebling would have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2018

The Arakan Operations 1942-45 by Bisheshwar Prasad The Arakan Operations 1942-45

The volume The Arakan Operations 1942-45 describes the operations in the coastal belt of Arakan in Burma from 1942-45. After the reverses suffered by the Indian forces in Burma the issue confronting India was to stem the tide of Japanese...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2018

We Were Going to Win, Or Die There With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan by Roy H. Elrod We Were Going to Win, Or Die There With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan

In 1940, Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. His unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal. On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37mm cannons ashore through half a mile of bullet-laced surf. At...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2018

Cannons Versus Elephants The Battles of Panipat by Harjeet Singh Cannons Versus Elephants The Battles of Panipat

Panipat has been the cockpit of Indian history for nearly four centuries. The fate of India was decided three times in fiercely contested battles in the area around Panipat. However, an objective study of the battles- from a military standpoint-...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2018

Expansion of the Armed Forces and Defence Organisation 1939-45 by Bisheshwar Prasad Expansion of the Armed Forces and Defence Organisation 1939-45

The volume describe the massive expansion made by Indian armes forces during second world war.
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2018

Falaise: The Flawed Victory The Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944 by Anthony Tucker-Jones Falaise: The Flawed Victory The Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944

Compelling new study of key battle in the Normandy campaign.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2018

Weapons of Desperation German Frogmen and Midget Submarines of World War II by Lawrence Paterson Weapons of Desperation German Frogmen and Midget Submarines of World War II

Chronicles the little-known story of the German 'Kleinkampfverb nde' ( Small Battle Units ) and their use of unconventional weapons
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2018

Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Simon Forty Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Photographic history of the two-month battle for Caen in 1944 .
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2018

Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1944-1945: Warsaw to Berlin Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Nik Cornish Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1944-1945: Warsaw to Berlin Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

The final volume in a four-part photographic history of the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2018

Arnhem, the Battle of the Bridges by William F. Buckingham Arnhem, the Battle of the Bridges

A gripping day-by-day combat narrative of the infamous battle for a bridgehead over the Rhine.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/04/2018

Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific by Akira Iriye Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific

This study provides a broad examination of historical memory of World War II. Focusing on the Asia Pacific region, the contributors analyze how the war is perceived, how it was commemorated on the seventieth anniversary of its conclusion, and how...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/04/2018

Coming Soon

Farthest Field An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad Farthest Field An Indian Story of the Second World War

I have not lately read a finer book than this-on any subject at all. . . . A masterpiece. -Simon Winchester, New Statesman
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2018

Why Stalin's Soldiers Fought The Red Army's Military Effectiveness in World War II by Roger R. Reese Why Stalin's Soldiers Fought The Red Army's Military Effectiveness in World War II

Inept leadership, inefficient campaigning, and enormous losses would seem to spell military disaster. Yet despite these factors, the Soviet Union won its war against Nazi Germany thanks to what Roger Reese calls its military effectiveness : its ability to put...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/04/2018

World War Two A graphic account of the greatest and most terrible event in human history by Sir Max Hastings World War Two A graphic account of the greatest and most terrible event in human history


Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2018

Nose Art by Allan Burney Nose Art


Format: Hardback - Released: 26/04/2018

An Iron Wind Europe Under Hitler by Peter Fritzsche An Iron Wind Europe Under Hitler

'A profoundly significant exploration of how Europeans-both Germans and those under German occupation-struggled to make sense of the conflict.' - Richard Overy, Wall Street Journal
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2018

Operation Don's Main Attack The Soviet Southern Front's Advance on Rostov, January-February 1943 by David M. Glantz Operation Don's Main Attack The Soviet Southern Front's Advance on Rostov, January-February 1943

A uniquely informed study of a critical but virtually forgotten Soviet military operation in World War II, Operation Don's Main Attack offers a fresh perspective on the nature of the twentieth century's most terrible of wars.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/04/2018

Sacrificing Childhood Children and the Soviet State in the Great Patriotic War by Julia K. DeGraffenried Sacrificing Childhood Children and the Soviet State in the Great Patriotic War

The story of how Soviet children experienced the horrors of the Great Patriotic War, both as victims and as heroes who helped make victory possible.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2018

My Sea Lady An Epic Memoir of the Arctic Convoys by Graeme Ogden My Sea Lady An Epic Memoir of the Arctic Convoys


Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2018

Crossing the Zorn The January 1945 Battle at Herrlisheim as Told by the American and German Soldiers Who Fought it by Crossing the Zorn The January 1945 Battle at Herrlisheim as Told by the American and German Soldiers Who Fought it

Conceived after the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945, Germany's Operation Nordwind culminated in the Alsatian fields surrounding the Zorn River. Combining eyewitness accounts of veterans from both sides of the conflict with information from print sources, this book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2018

Roi Ottley's World War II The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist by Mark A. Huddle Roi Ottley's World War II The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist

The memoir of Roi Ottley, an African American soldier in World War II.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2018

Hell to Pay Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-47 by D. M. Giangreco Hell to Pay Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-47


Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2018

Ahab's Legacy by Angus Neil Campbell Ahab's Legacy


Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2018

2. Panzerdivision En Normandie Tome 1 Juin-Juillet 1944 by Frederic Deprun 2. Panzerdivision En Normandie Tome 1 Juin-Juillet 1944

L'engagement de la 2.Panzer- Division dans le bocage normand. Premiere partie sur la reformation de l'unite dans l'attente du debarquement et sur les combats meurtriers de juin - juillet 1944. 800 photographies inedites, plus de 60 cartes, multiples temoignages, du...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/04/2018

The Holocaust Averted An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967 by Jeffrey S. Gurock The Holocaust Averted An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967

Imagines what might have happened to the Jewish community in the United States if the Holocaust had never occurred. Jeffrey Gurock forces readers to contemplate how the road to acceptance and empowerment for today's American Jews could have been harder...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2018

Ostkrieg Hitler's War of Extermination in the East by Stephen G. Fritz Ostkrieg Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. As the key theater of the war for the Germans,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2018

Other books in this genre

Soviet Destroyers of World War II by Alexander Hill Soviet Destroyers of World War II

The Soviet Navy that faced the German onslaught in 1941 boasted a mixture of modern warships, often built with foreign technical assistance, and antiquated warships from the Tsarist era that were modernised for the conflict. Some Soviet naval vessels saw...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2018

Blitzkrieg: Book 1 of the Ladybird Expert History of the Second World War by James Holland, Keith Burns Blitzkrieg: Book 1 of the Ladybird Expert History of the Second World War
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Part of the ALL-NEW Ladybird Expert series. Learn about the fall of Europe in the Second World War in one of the most successful military strategies of modern warfare in this accessible, insightful and authoritative account. Historian, author and broadcaster...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018

Battle of the Atlantic: Book 3 of the Ladybird Expert History of the Second World War by James Holland, Keith Burns Battle of the Atlantic: Book 3 of the Ladybird Expert History of the Second World War
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Part of the ALL-NEW Ladybird Expert series. Understand the longest battle of World War Two. This is an accessible, insightful and authoritative account of the naval campaign that kept supply lines open and enabled Britain to continue to fight. Historian,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018

The Traitors A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit by Josh Ireland The Traitors A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit

An enthralling look at British treachery in the Second World War by a superb young narrative historian
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2018

Waffen-Ss Armour in Normandy The Combat History of Ss Panzer Regiment 12 and Ss PanzerjaGer Abteilung 12, Normandy 1944, Based on Their Original War Diaries by Norbert Szamveber Waffen-Ss Armour in Normandy The Combat History of Ss Panzer Regiment 12 and Ss PanzerjaGer Abteilung 12, Normandy 1944, Based on Their Original War Diaries

Waffen-SS Armour in Normandy presents the combat history of SS-Panzer Regiment 12 and SS-Panzerjager Abteilung 12 in the Battle for France from June to the end of August 1944
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2018

The Italian Front Invasion of Sicily; Salerno; Monte Cassino; Anzio; Rome; Gothic Line by Michael E. Haskew The Italian Front Invasion of Sicily; Salerno; Monte Cassino; Anzio; Rome; Gothic Line


Format: Paperback - Released: 14/03/2018

The Luftwaffe Facts, Figures and Data for the German Air Force, 1933-45 by S. Mike Pavelec The Luftwaffe Facts, Figures and Data for the German Air Force, 1933-45


Format: Paperback - Released: 14/03/2018

The Kriegsmarine Facts, Figures and Data for the German Navy, 1935-45 by David Porter The Kriegsmarine Facts, Figures and Data for the German Navy, 1935-45


Format: Paperback - Released: 14/03/2018

Fighting Techniques of a US Marine 1941-1945 by Leo J., III Daugherty Fighting Techniques of a US Marine 1941-1945
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/03/2018

Con I Panther Della brandeburg by Eduard Bodenmuller Con I Panther Della brandeburg


Format: Paperback - Released: 11/03/2018

Finland at War The Winter War 1939-40 by Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter, Toni Wirtanen, Chris Birks Finland at War The Winter War 1939-40
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The story of the `Winter War' between Finland and Soviet Russia is a dramatic David versus Goliath encounter. When close to half a million Soviet troops poured into Finland in 1939 it was expected that Finnish defences would collapse in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2018

Imphal 1944 The Japanese invasion of India by Hemant Singh Katoch Imphal 1944 The Japanese invasion of India

In March 1944, the Japanese Fifteenth Army launched an offensive into India from Burma. Named `U Go', its main objective was the capture of the town of Imphal, which provided the easiest route between India and Burma. Whoever controlled it,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2018

No Ordinary Pilot One young man's extraordinary exploits in World War II by Suzanne Campbell-Jones No Ordinary Pilot One young man's extraordinary exploits in World War II

After a lifetime in the RAF, Group Captain Bob Allen, finally allowed his children and grandchildren to see his official flying log. It contained the line: 'KILLED WHILST ON OPERATIONS'. He refused to answer any further questions, leaving instead a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2018

Secrets of World War II by Sean McCollum Secrets of World War II

World War II was the most destructive war in history. Secrets of World War II reveals little-known stories of the people, weapons, and battles that have affected the maps on our walls and the allegiances in our hearts.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018

Secrets of World War I by Sean McCollum Secrets of World War I

World War I was a brutal war that left more than 9 million dead. They unleashed secret weapons, employed spies, and relied on the element of surprise itself to wage terrible battles. Secrets of World War I reveals little-known stories...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018

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