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  • Details about The dog who could fly the incredible true story of a WWII airman and the four-legged hero who flew at his side

    The dog who could fly the incredible true story of a WWII airman and the four-legged hero who flew at his side

    Damien Lewis.

    An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts--ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled……more

  • Details about The ghosts of Hero Street : how one small Mexican-American community gave so much in World War II and Korea

    The ghosts of Hero Street : how one small Mexican-American community gave so much in World War II and Korea

    Carlos Harrison.

    They came from one street in Silvis, Illinois, but death found them in many places . . . . . .in a distant jungle, a frozen forest, and trapped in the flaming wreckage of a bomber blown from the sky. One died going over a fence during the greatest paratrooper assault in history. Another fell in the biggest battle of World War II. Yet another, riddled with bullets in an audacious act of heroism during a decisive onslaught a world, and a war, away. All came from a single street in a railroad town ……more

  • Details about Neptune : the Allied invasion of Europe and the D-Day landings

    Neptune : the Allied invasion of Europe and the D-Day landings

    Craig L. Symonds.

    On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along 50 miles of French coastline to battle German forces on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, as it would come to be known, would eventually lead to the liberation of Western Europe, and was a critical step in the road to victory in World War II.Yet the story begins long before the Higgins landing craft opened their doors and men spilled out onto the beaches to face a storm of German bullets. The invasion, and the victories that followed, would not h……more

  • Details about The burning shore : how Hitler's U-boats brought World War II to America

    The burning shore : how Hitler's U-boats brought World War II to America

    Ed Offley.

    On June 15, 1942, as thousands of vacationers lounged in the sun at Virginia Beach, two massive fireballs erupted just offshore from a convoy of oil tankers steaming into Chesapeake Bay. While men, women, and children gaped from the shore, two damaged oil tankers fell out of line and began to sink. Then a small escort warship blew apart in a violent explosion. Navy warships and aircraft peppered the water with depth charges, but to no avail. Within the next twenty-four hours, a fourth ship lay a……more

  • Details about Monty's men : the British Army and the liberation of Europe, 1944-5

    Monty's men : the British Army and the liberation of Europe, 1944-5

    John Buckley.

    Historian John Buckley offers a radical reappraisal of Great Britain's fighting forces during World War Two, challenging the common belief that the British Army was no match for the forces of Hitler's Germany. Following Britain's military commanders and troops across the battlefields of Europe, from D-Day to VE-Day, from the Normandy beaches to Arnhem and the Rhine, and, ultimately, to the Baltic, Buckley's provocative history demonstrates that the British Army was more than a match for the vaun……more

  • Details about Destiny in the desert : the road to El Alamein - the battle that turned the tide of World War II

    Destiny in the desert : the road to El Alamein - the battle that turned the tide of World War II

    Jonathan Dimbleby

    It was the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill's most famous aphorisms: "This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."In this thrilling historical account, Jonathan Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle, charting the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942.Drawing on official records and the personal ……more