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The Battle of Arnhem

by Christopher Hibbert

In this book, first published in Christopher Hibbert, one of Britain’s foremost historians, tells the true story of the Battle of Arnhem which was fought in September 1944 on Dutch soil and made famous in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far.Nine thousand men of the First British Airborne Division were parachuted into the peaceful countryside that surrounded Arnhem. Their objective was to capture and hold the bridge over the Rhine ahead of the advancing British Second Army. Nine days later, after some of the fiercest street-fighting of the war, 2,000 paratroopers managed to escape to safety. This is the vivid account of how a brilliant plan turned into an epic tragedy.‘Alive with the detail that evokes the smoking background’—Daily Telegraph‘Finely recorded...truly the battle of Arnhem has been fortunate in its historian’—Sunday Times‘Clear-sighted, well written and scrupulously fair…it deserves to stand with the best of the battle chronicles’—Sunday Telegraph

Red Sky at Night: The Story of Jo Capka

by Capt. Jo Capka

A Czech pilot’s incredible experiences as a Legionnaire, a saboteur…and a prisoner.JO CAPKA was a Captain in the Czechoslovak Air Force who escaped to Poland following the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Determined to continue the fight, he joined the French Foreign Legion. Relief came with the declaration of war and secondment to the French Air Force, but when France was overrun, Jo fled to the South of France where at Bordeaux he joined a group of Polish Airman on a ship bound for England.He then joined the RAF and was posted to the newly formed 311 (Czech) Bomber Squadron. He flew 56 bombing missions in Wellingtons and was awarded the DFM. Severely injured over Normandy in June 1944, he was treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe.After the war, he returned to Czechoslovakia with his wife, a former WAAF, to run a flying school, but following the communist coup in 1948 was arrested as a British spy and charged with High Treason. He spent 7.5 years in prison, 14 months in solitary confinement, and was only released after the death of Stalin. He returned to England 1957.

Night Fighter

by Wing Cmdr. J. R. D. Braham

ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST DECORATED FIGHTER PILOTS TELLS HIS RIVETING TRUE STORY OF AERIAL COMBAT…Fast-paced, hard-hitting and personal, Wing Commander J. R. D. “Bob” Braham recounts his brilliant career as a World War II fighter pilot. Beginning with his pre-war training, he takes us battle-by-battle through that fateful afternoon in June, 1944, when he was shot down over occupied Denmark and taken prisoner. From the desperate night-time sorties against the Luftwaffe’s air strikes during the Battle of Britain to the daring daylight intruder raids against Hitler’s crumbling Reich, his story reveals the skill, courage and teamwork between pilot and navigator that made him one of the RAF’s most deadly fighter pilots.“HE’S 400 YARDS DEAD AHEAD!”Suddenly there he was as clear as could be—twin engines, twin tail, our opposite number, an Me110 night-fighter. He was turning gently to port.I climbed back to 16,000 feet, heading again towards Ameland. Before we had straightened out Jacko called urgently: “Hard starboard!” I hauled the Beau round in a tight turn when Jacko called, Look out, you’re closing too fast!”“I’ve got him,” I yelled. He was above me, in a tight turn, and at the speed we were travelling we looked as if we were going to ram him. I eased back the stick, put the sights on him and fired at the point-blank range of about fifty yards. There was a blinding flash as the Me exploded in my face.

Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History

by Robert Emmet Sherwood

Originally published in 1948, this book offers a rare insight into the workings of FDR’s wartime diplomacy. It is a classic account of FDR’s foreign policy during World War II and examines how Harry Hopkins, his friend and confidant, became the president’s “point man” with Stalin, Churchill, de Gaulle, and other allied leaders.The inside history of America’s inevitable wartime rise as a great power, written in a wonderfully readable prose by White House speechwriter and prize-winning playwright Robert Sherwood, this biography won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and a 1949 Bancroft Prize.Richly illustrated throughout.

The Filibusters: The Story of the Special Boat Service

by John Lodwick

First published in 1947, this novel from British author John Lodwick is an accolade to the British Special Boat Service (SBS), a commando force of some 300 men that inflicted great damage on the enemy in the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas during World War II.Founded in July 1940 by Commando officer Roger Courtney, and initially named the Folboat Troop—after the type of folding canoe employed in raiding operations—the Special Boat Service became the special forces unit of the Naval Service of the United Kingdom. Together with the Special Air Service, Special Reconnaissance Regiment and the Special Forces Support Group, they form the United Kingdom Special Forces and come under joint control of the same Director Special Forces.In The Filibusters: The Story of the Special Boat Service, Lodwick reflects his war experiences and exploits as an officer in the Special Boat Service.

German Air Force Operations in Support of the Army

by Telford Taylor Generalleutnant Paul Deichmann

German Air Force Operations in Support of the Army, written by General der Flieger a. D. Paul Deichmann and first published in 1968, is one of a series of historical studies written by, or based on information supplied by, former key officers of the German Air Force for the United States Air Force Historical Division.The overall purpose of the series is threefold: 1) To provide the United States Air Force with a comprehensive and, insofar as possible, authoritative history of a major air force which suffered defeat in World War II; 2) to provide a history of that air force as prepared by many of its principal and responsible leaders; 3) to provide a firsthand account of that air force’s unique combat in a major war with the forces of the Soviet Union.This series of studies therefore covers in large part virtually all phases of the Luftwaffe’s operations and organization, from its camouflaged origin in the Reichswehr, during the period of secret German rearmament following World War I, through its participation in the Spanish Civil War and its massive operations and final defeat in World War II.

Understanding Medical Education: Evidence,Theory and Practice

by Tim Swanwick

In this new and extensively updated second edition, the Association for the Study of Medical Education presents a complete and authoritative guide to medical education. Written by leading experts in the field, Understanding Medical Education provides a comprehensive resource of the theoretical and academic bases to modern medical education practice. This authoritative and accessible reference is designed to meet the needs of all those working in medical education from undergraduate education through postgraduate training to continuing professional development. As well as providing practical guidance for clinicians, teachers and researchers, Understanding Medical Education will prove an invaluable resource to those studying at certificate, diploma or masters level and a first 'port-of-call' for anyone engaged in medical education as an academic discipline. Exploring medical education in all its diversity and containing all you need in one place, Understanding Medical Education is the ideal reference not only for medical educators, but for anyone involved in the development of healthcare professionals, in whatever discipline wherever they are in the world.

The History of the 71st Infantry Division

by Fred Clinger

First published in 1946, this is an account of 71st Infantry Division’s role in World War II, it was activated on July 15, 1943 at Camp Carson, Colorado. After some time training in the U.S. the division arrived in France in February 1945, entering the line at Ratswiller on 11th March 1945. Thereafter the 71st pushed the German forces back all the way back to the Siegfried Line, capturing Pirmasens 21st March and capturing Bayreuth after bitter opposition on 16th April. The Division had the distinction of having advanced the furthest east of all the U.S. Army units, by which time it had fought numerous bloody engagements and being involved in the liberation of a sub-concentration camp at Gunskirschen.

With British Snipers to the Reich

by Capt. C. Shore

First published in 1948, this book is a practical guide to the sniper’s art in World War II. Captain Shore’s enthusiasm for firearms and especially for rifles led him to take every possible opportunity to try out different weapons, ammunition and methods of shooting. His interest was combined with sound common sense, and he would never countenance a rumour about a particular weapon or incident unless he was able to confirm it for himself.As a result everything in this book is based on his personal experience. In World War II Captain Shore took part in the British landings at D-Day, and fought in Normandy and northern Europe. He came across many different weapons in varying condition, some of the worst being those used by the Dutch and Belgian resistance fighters. He was keen to learn from experienced snipers and then to train others, and he became an officer sniping instructor at the British Army of the Rhine Training Centre.He shares a wealth of first-hand knowledge of different rifles, pistols, machine guns, ammunition, telescopes, binoculars and all the equipment a sniper should carry. This is not only an account of sniping in World War II but also a guide to all aspects of sniping based on personal knowledge and experience in training and battle. Illustrated heavily with photos, pictures and other illustrations of snipers, their weapons and their tactics.

The Rape of Poland: Pattern of Soviet Aggression

by Stanislaw Mikolajczyk

First published in 1948, this is the inside story by the former head of the Polish Government in Exile, and more recently head of the Peasants’ Party in Poland, which tried to find a way to co-operate with the Soviets.“A raging question in Poland has become, ‘How long will it take them to communize us completely?’“To my mind, however, the question is badly framed. I am convinced that human beings cannot be converted to communism if that conversion is attempted while the country concerned is under Communist rule. Under Communist dictatorship the majority become slaves—but men born in freedom, though they may be coerced, can never be convinced. Communism is an evil which is embraced only by fools and idealists not under the actual heel of such rule.“The question should be phrased: How long can a nation under Communist rule survive the erosion of its soul?”—Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, Preface

Churchill’s England

by Adele Gutman Nathan

THE PARADOX that is life—an empire shaping a man, the man shaping that empire’s destiny—sweeps across the pages as the great moments in the personal epic of Sir Winston Churchill unfold.The man destined to lead Great Britain in her “finest hour” drew his first breath in historic Blenheim Palace. He was three years old when Queen Victoria assumed the title, “Empress of India,” the seeming apex of her people’s glory. Growing up, Winston hero-worshiped his ancestor, the first Duke of Marlborough, dreaming, as he played with his toy soldiers, that his forefather’s mantle of military greatness might fall on him.Winston Churchill did become a soldier, serving in India and Africa, before his political career began with his election to the House of Commons. Ironically, he was dismissed as First Lord of the Admiralty during World War I, and finished his war service in the trenches in France.In and out of political favor during the decades that followed, Churchill alternately devoted himself to government and to writing. But when, in 1940, German troops marched into the Lowlands, there was no question of who was in favor—only who might possibly save England. Becoming Prime Minister, Churchill, characteristically blunt, said: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”And English people, nightly retreating to subterranean depths to escape the Nazi bombers, gave their toil, their tears, their blood, inspired by a leader who, in the nation’s blackest times, could flash a grim V for Victory.Speaking of the Royal Air Force, whose members beat back the Nazi Luftwaffe, Churchill told the British people: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few” a judgment the world now applies not only to those brave fliers but to all England and her wartime leader.

Army of Shadows

by Joseph Kessel Haakon Chevalier

THIS IS THE TRUTH, THOUGH THE FORM IS FICTION…The terrible and inspiring truth about the French underground, the way it’s men and women operate, fight, die, a story full of nobility, heroism, and brutal violence.First published in its English translation in 1944, this is the fictionalized account of French writer Joseph Kessel’s own experiences as a member of the French Resistance in World War II.

The White Kepi: A Casual History of the French Foreign Legion

by Walter Kanitz

Heroic figures galloping across the loose sands of the Sahara, their flowing white kepis a symbol of the highest romance and adventure...or murderers and human derelicts, rejected by society and hunted by the police, seeking escape from prison in the ranks of the Légion Étrangère? Neither picture—so commonly held by the general public—is even partially accurate, writes Walter Kanitz.During World War II, Walter Kanitz fought with the Foreign Legion in Africa. He has done a vast amount of research and reading about the Legion, and has made every possible effort to check his facts. His book represents the first comprehensive and objective history of the French Foreign Legion since its inception in 1831 by the royal decree of Louis Philippe.For the better part of its history, the Foreign Legion, remote, fascinating, somewhat sinister, has been shrouded in mystery. It has been called everything from “Desert Carrion” to the “Legion of Beggars.” It was often said that “dogs bark when the Legion passes.” Yet, in battle, the Légionnaires are famed for a courage and heroism that knows no fear of death. They are considered by most professional soldiers to be, as a unit, the best fighting force in the world.When a new recruit applies for enlistment, he is made to wait 24 hours to reconsider his decision. The ranks are made up of men of all nationalities—Germans, Poles, Czechs, Slavs, Spaniards, Americans. It is the only army in existence today made up of mercenaries who have voluntarily signed to serve five years for the government of France. The discipline is harsh and the pay meager. The call to battle has taken Legion units from Mexico to Norway, from China to Morocco. Outside of battle, life consists of infinite boredom broken only by alcohol and an occasional woman. And yet, says ex-Legionnaire Kanitz, “Qu’importe, quand la Légion passe, que les chiens viennent aboyer après d’elle! Vive la Légion!”

The Blue Devils in Italy: A History of the 88th Infantry Division in World War II

by T/Sgt. John P. Delaney

The 88th Division played a major role in the battle of Italy, where it was rated by the Germans after the summer of 1944 as the best American division in Italy. Because of the outstanding job it did in Italy, the 88th contributed its share to the winning of the war. It was the first of the draft infantry divisions to enter combat on any front in World War II and it was among the top divisions in the American Army. It won its share of territory and honors during its 344 days of combat. It paid dearly for all that it won—it lost 15,173 officers and men killed, wounded and missing in action. Only thirteen other divisions in the U.S. Army suffered heavier losses.The 88th fought its battles on what was called “a forgotten front.” Some day history will appraise the true worth of the Italian campaign in the overall war picture. Military historians will analyze and sift and publish detailed volumes on the operational contribution of the 88th in the battle for Italy.This book is not a history, in the true sense of the word. It is not intended to be such.It is rather the story of a combat division from its beginning to its end. It is a story compiled both from official journals and from the personal experiences of the citizen-soldiers who made up its squads and platoons. It is a story which never can be told in every complete detail. For every one of the incidents related here, a reader can remember scores that are not found in these pages. There are not enough words, or paper, to list them all. The incidents related are considered to be representative of the experiences of the majority of 88th men.

An Infantry Officer with the Eighth Army: The Personal Experiences of an Infantry Officer During the Eighth Army’s Campaign Through Africa and Sicily

by Major H. P. Samwell

First published posthumously in 1945, this is a descriptive account by Major H. P. Samwell, MC of his experiences serving as an Infantry Officer with the Desert Army in the Western Desert and Sicily between 1942 and 1943.A rare account of the North African campaign as it happened, day-by-day, and includes Samwell’s thoughts from the frontline regarding the problems of occupation in Italy.-Print ed.

From Normandy to the Baltic: The Story of the 44th Lowland Infantry Brigade of the 15th Scottish Division from D Day to the End of the War in Europe

by Advocate

This is the story of the 44th Lowland Infantry Brigade of the 15th Scottish Division from D Day until the surrender of the German armies in May 1945.The story is written by one who had the very great honour to be a member of the Brigade HQ staff of the Lowland Brigade throughout the whole period. The writer had also been previously in the Brigade during the greater part of the war, while in the United Kingdom. The story is a catalogue of events as seen and experienced by one man; the indulgence of those who took part in the events described is, therefore, craved for the many inaccuracies which will no doubt be apparent. At the same time, Brigade HQ was probably the best place for getting a bird’s-eye view of operations as a whole, and the account may perhaps be found to be more objective than if the writer had been in one of the battalions. Use has been made of the records of Brigade HQ to check the facts, but not those of the battalions, and the writer has also had the benefit of the help and advice of many officers of the Brigade, to whom his thanks are due.

The Development of the German Air Force, 1919-1939

by Prof. Richard Suchenwirth Harry R. Fletcher

The Development of the German Air Force, 1919 to 1939, first published in 1968, written by Professor Richard Suchenwirth, and revised and edited by Mr. Harry R. Fletcher, is one of a series of historical studies written for the United States Air Force Historical Division by men who had been key officers in or outstanding authorities on the German Air Force during World War II.The overall purpose of the series is twofold: 1) To provide the United States Air Force with a comprehensive and, insofar as possible, authoritative history of a major air force which suffered defeat in World War II, a history prepared by many of the principal and responsible leaders of that air force; 2) to provide a firsthand account of that air force’s unique combat in a major war, especially its fight against the forces of the Soviet Union.This series of studies therefore covers in large part virtually all phases of the Luftwaffe’s operations and organization, from its camouflaged origin in the Reichswehr, during the period of secret rearmament following World War I, through its participation in the Spanish Civil War and its massive operations and final defeat in World War II, with particular attention to the air war on the Eastern Front.

German Air Force Airlift Operations

by Telford Taylor Generalmajor a. D. Fritz Morzik

Germany’s imaginative employment of transport aircraft in World War II produced as many innovations as Germany’s use of tanks. Indeed, like the tank, the transport aircraft was closely associated with the Blitzkrieg concept. This relationship was advantageous at the outset of the war, but it became dangerous as the war dragged on and German armies outran their surface supply lines in North Africa and Russia. Then ground commanders began to think of air transport as the means of supply.The history of this trend is one of the main themes of this study, which was first published in its English translation in 1961. Some of the questions embodied in this theme—How much air transport is enough? Under what conditions is an air-supply operation feasible? What are the prerequisites for a successful airlift to encircled ground forces? What are the advantages and limitations of the glider?—are as vital and controversial today as they were during World War II.Generalmajor a. D. Fritz Morzik, who began his military career as a non-commissioned officer in the German Air Service in World War I and ended it as Armed Forces Chief of Air Transport in World War II, is especially well-qualified to write the present study. His long career, spanning two world wars, and his experience with both civilian and military transport aircraft testify to the breadth of his practical knowledge.

The Wonderful Country

by Tom Lea

Originally published in 1952, Tom Lea’s The Wonderful Country opens as mejicano pistolero Martín Bredi is returning to El Puerto (El Paso) after a fourteen-year absence. Bredi carries a gun for the Chihuahuan warlord Cipriano Castro and is on Castro’s business in Texas. Fourteen years earlier—shortly after the end of the Civil War—when he was the boy Martin Brady, he killed the man who murdered his father and fled to Mexico where he became Martín Bredi.Back in Texas Brady breaks a leg; then he falls in love with a married woman while recuperating; and, finally, to right another wrong, he kills a man. When Brady/Bredi returns to Mexico, the Castros distrust him as an American. He becomes a man without a country.The Wonderful Country clearly depicts life along the Texas-Mexico border of a century-and-a-half ago, when Texas and Mexico were being settled and tamed.

Myths and Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians

by Morris Edward Opler David H. French

“We are dealing here with a living literature,” wrote Morris Edward Opler in his preface to Myths and Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians. First published in 1942, this is another classic study by the author of Myths and Tales of the Jicarilla Apache Indians.Opler conducted field work among the Chiricahuas in the American Southwest, as he had earlier among the Jicarillas. The result is a definitive collection of their myths. They range from an account of the world destroyed by water to descriptions of puberty rites and wonderful contests. The exploits of culture heroes involve the slaying of monsters and the assistance of Coyote. A large part of the book is devoted to the irrepressible Coyote, whose antics make cautionary tales for the young, tales that also allow harmless expression of the taboo. Other striking stories present supernatural beings and “foolish people.”

Shanghai Pierce: A Fair Likeness

by Chris Emmett

“I am Shanghai Pierce, Webster in Cattle, by God, Sir.” And, in truth, he was. Part rascal, part gentleman, part poseur, part just himself—of all the colorful Texas figures following the Civil War none was as loud, garish, and funny as Shanghai Pierce, who left Rhode Island penniless and became one of the Big Pasture Men of southern Texas.At six foot, four, Shanghai Pierce was big, rich, and selfish, but he could also be kind. His cunning was seldom matched, and business, whether it involved a quarter-million-dollar loan or a twenty-five cent pair of socks, was his lifeblood.In recreating the life of Abel Head (“Shanghai”) Pierce, Chris Emmett unfolds the entire dramatic spectacle of the time and place in which Pierce lived. An arresting figure, Pierce was a symbol of his era. His statue, which he himself erected in Hawley, Texas, is still a perfect memorial to, and a reminder of, westward-moving America. Shanghai Pierce was a man who pulled up his roots and fled to the West, where he found there was ample room and opportunity.First published in 1953, Shanghai Pierce: A Fair Likeness won the 1953 Summerfield G. Roberts award of the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book on the Republic of Texas.

Dead Aim

by Lee Echols

First published in 1951, this book recounts the nostalgic antics of hell-raising pistol shooters of the 1930’s.It is complete and unexpurgated and is the hot blasts of mirth from the shaky guns of Lee Echols, who fired for many years before World War II with the U.S. Treasury Department Pistol Team.Lee Echols’ stock-in-trade was the business of making a pistol go whangety-bang with a fair degree of accuracy. However, this always had to take a back seat to his hell-raising antics and inspired tom-foolery, which had him known as the Clown Prince of pistoleers on every range in the Western Hemisphere.

A Time in the Sun

by Jane Barry

A major novel of the Indian wars in the far West, told from both points of view—the Apache’s and the white man’s.Anna Stillman was on her way to Tucson to marry Lieutenant Linus Degnan, the son of the commandant of the U.S. fort there, when she was captured by an Apache raiding party. It was 1870, and the Apaches were making a fierce last stand against the white men who were driving them from their land.The Degnans, father and son, soon realized that any attempt to rescue Anna by force would endanger her life, and so they sent Shafter, an ex-Confederate whom the Indians trusted, to try to ransom her. Victorio, leader of the Mimbreños tribe, willingly set a price for the release of the Mexican girl who had been Anna’s traveling companion, but was unwilling to ransom Anna.Greatly disturbed by the Mexican girl’s report that Anna was living with an Apache brave, Linus and his father made every effort to get her back, only to discover that she no longer wanted to be rescued.Jane Barry develops her characters in depth—Anna, who could not avoid hurting the man she had always intended to marry; Joaquin, who had cast his lot with the Apaches when he found that he was not accepted in the white man’s world; Linus, whose struggle to save Anna made a man of him; and Shafter, who tried to be a friend to both Joaquin and Linus.Most of the Apache chiefs and some of the Americans who figure in the book are historical personages. Mrs. Barry’s thorough research has enabled her to bring the Apache civilization to life in vivid detail. A TIME IN THE SUN is a powerful novel about the conflicts experienced by people at odds with one another caught between two ways of life.

Caballeros

by Ruth Laughlin

First published in 1931, this is the complete history of Santa Fe, New Mexico written by Santa Fe native, Ruth Laughlin. Drawing on her extensive research and thorough personal understanding, the author covers all aspects of Spanish-American traditions, customs, and culture. She captures the elusive quality which makes the atmosphere of the city so appealing and writes with fluent ease of the history of the Southwest from the days of the Conquistadores. She covers every aspect of the life of the region including the political situation of the time with its Japanese Detention Camp, its art, its crafts, its architecture, and of the land and its climate.

Plenty-Coups, Chief of the Crows: The Life Story of a Great Indian

by Frank B. Linderman

In his old age, Plenty-Coups (1848-1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the moving story of his life to Frank B. Linderman, a well-known western writer who had befriended him.First published in 1930, Plenty-Coups is a classic account of the nomadic, spiritual, and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced onto reservations. Plenty-Coups tells of the great triumphs and struggles of his own life: his powerful medicine dreams, marriage, raiding and counting coups against the Lakotas, fighting alongside the U.S. Army, and the death of General Custer.

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