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Second World War books

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Allied Jet Killers of World War 2 by Stephen Chapis, Andrew (Author) Thomas, Mark (Cover Illustrator) Postlethwaite Allied Jet Killers of World War 2
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Allied fighter pilots began encountering German jets - principally the outstanding Me 262 fighter - from the autumn of 1944. Stunned by the aircraft's speed and rate of climb, it took USAAF and RAF units time to work out how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940-41 by Phoebus Athanassiou Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940-41

In October 1940 an Italian army some 200,000 strong invaded Greece across its largely undefended border with Albania. Although supported by Great Britain, at first by sea and in the air and later by landing British and ANZAC troops from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

Case Red The Collapse of France by Robert Forczyk Case Red The Collapse of France

Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then engaging a tough defence along the Somme, the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/11/2017

USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship The Pacific 1942-44 by Mark Stille USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship The Pacific 1942-44

In the build-up to World War II both the United States and Japan believed their battleships would play a central role in battle, but after the Pacific War began in December 1941, the role of the battleship proved to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

Jagdgeschwader 1 `Oesau' Aces 1939-45 by Robert Forsyth, Mark (Cover Illustrator) Postlethwaite Jagdgeschwader 1 `Oesau' Aces 1939-45
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Formed shortly after the outbreak of World War 2, and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109Es, Jagdgeschwader 1 was initially tasked to defend the regional North Sea and Baltic coastal areas and Germany's main port cities and naval bases. The greatest...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

British Tank Crewman 1939-45 by Neil Grant British Tank Crewman 1939-45

Great Britain had introduced the tank to the world during World War I, and maintained its lead in armoured warfare with the `Experimental Mechanised Force' during the late 1920s, watched with interest by German advocates of Blitzkrieg. Despite these successes,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

British Destroyers 1939-45 Wartime-built classes by Angus Konstam British Destroyers 1939-45 Wartime-built classes

As the possibility of war loomed in the 1930s, the British Admiralty looked to update their fleet of destroyers to compete with the new ships being built by Germany and Japan, resulting in the commissioning of the powerful Tribal-class. These...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2017

Dunkirk The History Behind the Major Motion Picture (Gift Edition) by Joshua Levine Dunkirk The History Behind the Major Motion Picture (Gift Edition)

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER THE EPIC TRUE STORY OF DUNKIRK - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, AND STARRING KENNETH BRANAGH, TOM HARDY, AND MARK RYLANCE.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

The Ardennes Battlefields December 1944-January 1945 by Simon Forty, Leo Marriott The Ardennes Battlefields December 1944-January 1945
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The latest in the WWII series by Simon Forty and Leo Marriott provides a unique, highly illustrated perspective on The Battle of the Bulge using maps, photography old and new, hardware, memorials, museums, and cemeteries to give an overview of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/11/2017

Frantic 7 The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944 by John Radzilowski Frantic 7 The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944

The full story of Frantic 7, the only daytime air drop providing assistance to the Poles during the Warsaw Uprising, including full details of the fate of the bombers shot down on 18 September 1944.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/11/2017

Vitebsk The Fight and Destruction of the 3rd Panzer Army by Linden Lyons Vitebsk The Fight and Destruction of the 3rd Panzer Army

Written less than a decade after 3rd Panzer Army's defense of Vitebsk, Otto Heidkamper's account is published for the first time in English.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/11/2017

Les Paras Allemands Batailles, Combats, Documents et Insignes by Karl Veltze Les Paras Allemands Batailles, Combats, Documents et Insignes

The third of three volumes, this book is part of a series considered the most complete and detailed study on the uniforms and the equipment used by Second World War German paratroopers (Fallschirmjager). Virtually every element of the uniforms is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/11/2017

Untold Stories of Polish Heroes from World War II by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, James S. Pula Untold Stories of Polish Heroes from World War II
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In 1939, both Germany (September 1st) and Soviet Union (September 17) invaded Poland. The eight narratives presented in this book deal with Polish destinies, untold stories of people, mostly very young, who survived the Second World War, and how great...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017

Victory in World War II by Nigel Cawthorne Victory in World War II


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Operation Lena & Hitler's Plots to Blow Up Britain by Bernard O'Connor Operation Lena & Hitler's Plots to Blow Up Britain

The wartime story of how the Nazi Germany's sent saboteurs from 1938 onwards to launch acts of terror on the street of England and amazingly employed collaborators from the IRA, and attempted to use Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

Coming Soon

Blitzkrieg Anatomy of a Legend by Oliver Hayes Blitzkrieg Anatomy of a Legend


Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017

Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Transport of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade 1941-1945 by Piotr Witkowski Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Transport of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade 1941-1945

Third volume about the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade in World War Two, this one featuring detailed photographs of its transport and vehicles.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017

Sd.Kfz.10 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t by Alan Ranger Sd.Kfz.10 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t

New photo-album in the Camera On series contains over 140 photographs of the German Wehrmacht's light towing vehicle in World War Two.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017

Tank Battles in East Prussia and Poland 1944-1945 Vilkavishkis, Gumbinnen/Nemmersdorf, Elbing, Wormditt/Frauenburg, Kielce/Lisow by Igor Nebolsin Tank Battles in East Prussia and Poland 1944-1945 Vilkavishkis, Gumbinnen/Nemmersdorf, Elbing, Wormditt/Frauenburg, Kielce/Lisow

This study covers, in remarkable detail, a number of forgotten and overlooked armoured engagements on the Eastern Front 1944-45, based on Soviet and German archives.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/11/2017

The End of the Gallop The Battle for Kharkov February-March 1943 by Alexei Isaev The End of the Gallop The Battle for Kharkov February-March 1943

Based heavily on inaccessible Soviet records, this book presents a lively account of a pivotal battle on the Eastern Front, heavily illustrated with rare photographs.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/11/2017

U-Boat 977 The True Story of the U-Boat That Escaped to Argentina by Heinz Schaeffer U-Boat 977 The True Story of the U-Boat That Escaped to Argentina

Rare, vivid, first-person account of submarine warfare from the German side
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Heinrich Himmler The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and Gestapo by Roger Manvell, Peter Fraenkel Heinrich Himmler The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and Gestapo
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An in-depth look at the head of the Nazi's feared SS and the sadistic Gestapo.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

The Luftwaffe and the War at Sea As Seen by Officers of the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe by David Isby The Luftwaffe and the War at Sea As Seen by Officers of the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe

The air-sea war in the North Atlantic and European theatre from the perspective of the German Air Force and Navy.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Voices of the Second World War A Child's Perspective by Sheila A. Renshaw Voices of the Second World War A Child's Perspective

Unique stories from children all over the world, with a range of viewpoints and experiences
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

In Action with Destroyers 1939 1945 The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN by Alec Dennis In Action with Destroyers 1939 1945 The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN

Action packed WW2 naval memoir of a highly decorated sailor who saw almost constant action in numerous theatres and seas.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Red Army Sniper A Memoir on the Eastern Front in World War II by Evgeni Nikolaev Red Army Sniper A Memoir on the Eastern Front in World War II

First-person accounts from the Eastern Front, illustrated with contemporary photos taken by the author
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Churchill's Thin Grey Line British Merchant Ships at War 1939 1945 by Bernard Edwards Churchill's Thin Grey Line British Merchant Ships at War 1939 1945

Overdue recognition of the contribution of the Merchant Navy
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

U-Boat Ace The Story of Wolfgang Luth by Jordan Vause U-Boat Ace The Story of Wolfgang Luth

Biography of Wolfgang Luth, one of only seven men to win Germany s highest combat decoration
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Tynemouth and Wallsend at War 1939 - 1945 by Craig Armstrong Tynemouth and Wallsend at War 1939 - 1945

Rare illustrations of wartime Tynemouth and Wallsend
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Buttoned Up American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II by Westin Ellis Robeson Buttoned Up American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II

Independent tank battalions were small, self-contained armored units attached to larger infantry divisions as necessary during World War II. The United States Army believed this would provide infantry the firepower and protection it needed on an ever-changing battlefield. In Buttoned...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/12/2017

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Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units by Marco Mattioli, Mark (Cover Illustrator) Postlethwaite Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units
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Initially developed by Savoia-Marchetti as a transport, the aircraft had evolved into a dedicated medium bomber by the time the S.79-I made its combat debut in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. During World War 2, it became Italy's most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2017

Bomber Command The Thousand Bomber Raids by Martyn Chorlton Bomber Command The Thousand Bomber Raids

1942 was a crucial year for the fortunes of Bomber Command. The newly appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Sir Arthur Harris, knew he had to show quickly that his Bomber Command could make a real difference to the war, so with...
Format: Book - Released: 23/10/2017

Patton's First Victory How General George Patton Turned the Tide in North Africa and Defeated the Afrika Korps at El Guettar by Leo Barron Patton's First Victory How General George Patton Turned the Tide in North Africa and Defeated the Afrika Korps at El Guettar


Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2017

Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War by Vladimir Kotelnikov Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

Seventy years have passed since the Second World War yet the books and articles still keep coming in a never-ending stream discussing the question of what role the deliveries of arms and materials by Soviet allies played in the victory...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' Pacific Theater 1944-45 by Donald Nijboer B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' Pacific Theater 1944-45

By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 Tojo . Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45 by Mark (Author) Stille US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45

While not as famous as their larger and faster sister ships such as the Essex- and Yorktown-class carriers, escort carriers made an enormous contribution towards Allied victory both in the Pacific and Atlantic theatres. Rather than relying on size or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

101st Airborne in Normandy Militaria: The Big Battles of WWII by Yves Buffetaut 101st Airborne in Normandy Militaria: The Big Battles of WWII

Paratroopers of 101st Airborne were tasked with several objectives on D-Day, including securing the exits from Utah Beach, which they acheived against the odds. In the days after D-Day, the 101st attacked German-held Carentan. This fully illustrated volume examines the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

2nd SS Panzer Das Reich Division Militaria: The Big Battles of WWII by Yves Buffetaut 2nd SS Panzer Das Reich Division Militaria: The Big Battles of WWII

A fully illustrated history of the 2nd SS-Panzer 'Das Reich' Division, from their pre-war formation, through the Blitzkrieg campaigns and Barbarossa to Normandy and their final surrender in May 1945.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Himmler's Favourite From Formation to Autumn 1944 The Combat History of III SS Panzerkorps by Lennart Westberg, Martin Mansson, Geir Brenden Himmler's Favourite From Formation to Autumn 1944 The Combat History of III SS Panzerkorps
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These two photographic volumes depict Himmler's favourite unit in the Waffen-SS: the III 'Germanic' SS Panzerkorps, for it fulfilled Himmler's long-time political plans of recruiting 'Germanic' volunteers for the creation of a greater Germanic Reich in the future.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Wartime New Forest Revealed by John Leete Wartime New Forest Revealed

The New Forest, a military training area since the sixteenth century, played a pivotal role in the preparations and launch of D-Day in 1944. Many consider that the ultimate success of the D-Day campaign was in part due to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Sturmgeschutz Panzer, Panzerjager, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe Units 1943-45 by Thomas Anderson Sturmgeschutz Panzer, Panzerjager, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe Units 1943-45

First established in 1940, the Sturmgeschutz assault guns were purpose-built vehicles intended to support the infantry during the phase of attack and breakthrough of enemy positions. During the eastern campaign the Sturmgeschutz proved to be potent tanks destroyers, able to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Pacific Thunder The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943-October 1944 by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver Pacific Thunder The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943-October 1944

On 27 October 1942, four Long Lance torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

First Kills The Illustrated Biography of Fighter Pilot Wladyslaw Gnys by Stefan Gnys First Kills The Illustrated Biography of Fighter Pilot Wladyslaw Gnys

Written by his son Stefan and drawing from his logbooks, this highly illustrated biography of Wladek Gnys, the first Allied pilot to score aerial kills in WWII, is the most in-depth account of the Polish hero's life.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

The Falaise Gap Battles Normandy 1944 by Simon Forty, Leo Marriott The Falaise Gap Battles Normandy 1944
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Photographs old and new reconstruct the fierce fighting around Falaise and Chambois in 1944, providing a vivid comparison between then and now.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

1st Airborne Market Garden 1944 by Simon Forty, Leo Marriott 1st Airborne Market Garden 1944
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Photographs old and new reconstruct the fierce fighting during Operation Market Garden involving the 1st Airborne Division, providing a vivid comparison between then and now.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

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