P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 30)

By Jerry Scutts

This e-book charts the tale of the lesser recognized aces who flew the robust Republic airplane as a tactical fighter-bomber with the 9th Air strength, instead of as a long-range escort. It additionally info the exploits of the Mediterranean-based 325th FG, which used to be the one P-47 crew in the strategic 15th Air strength. Thunderbolt aces in the 9th Air strength, rather, have been infrequent, regardless of a few 15 teams flying the fighter. helping troops at the flooring instead of looking for aerial foes, was once the secret for the lads of the 9th. even though, with the Luftwaffe frequently opposing such sorties via to April 1945, greater than 20 pilots had the chance to attain 5 or extra kills and 'make ace'.

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Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy

By Mark Simmons

Hitler promised to provide this undercover agent a villa after the struggle was once over—but as a substitute he paid him millions in counterfeit money

This is the tale of the main profitable German undercover agent of worldwide conflict II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna—an untrained opportunist. whereas operating as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara Bazna photographed best secret material, which he bought to the Germans for tremendous sums. He turned the main hugely paid secret agent in historical past. besides the fact that he by no means obtained to get pleasure from his ill-gotten earnings, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from "Operation Bernhard," the counterfeiting undertaking organize by way of the SD, the Nazi overseas espionage division. Cicero even stumbled throughout "Operation Overlord," code-name for D-Day. due to in-fighting among numerous German departments, complete use used to be by no means made from the data. Having accessed lately published British mystery carrier files, Mark Simmons analyzes all of the eyewitness money owed, and captures the feverish surroundings of impartial Ankara, a hotbed of spies and intrigue.

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Kursk 1943: The tide turns in the East (Campaign)

By Mark Healy

Osprey's exam of the Kursk crusade of worldwide struggle II (1939-1945). in the summertime of 1943 the German military stood poised for a massive offensive. The assault was once aimed toward the Kursk salient, which the Germans meant to isolate, trapping huge numbers of Russian troops and paving the way in which for the decisive crusade to knock the Soviet Union out of the battle. by the point of the assault, the Russians had grew to become the salient right into a mass of protecting positions. within the following decisive conflict, the Soviets bled Germany's very important Panzer forces white and at last took the initiative. The counter-offensive which begun an enhance that will result in the ruins of Berlin.

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In for a Penny, in for a Pound: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Wireless Operator in Bomber Command

By Howard Hewer

The gripping tale of the 20 th century’s maximum fight within the modest voice of a Canadian youngster within the RAF.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Howard Hewer dreamed of being the subsequent Billy Bishop, of piloting Spitfires or Hurricanes over Europe. His dream was once shattered whilst he used to be chosen as an alternative for a profession as a instant operator in Bomber Command.

But he obtained all of the experience he signed on for. Hewer and his crews of 218 and 148 Squadrons flew vital evening operations over Germany and North Africa, shedding their lethal payloads and dodging enemy flak.

And he was once now not continuously a lot more secure at the flooring. He survived the Blitz in London, a U-boat assault within the South Atlantic, a fire-fight with Italian troops close to el-Alamien, in addition to chaste amorous affairs, fistfights, and beers with Boer rebels.

Self-deprecating, bittersweet, and alive to either the horrors of battle and the friendships and braveness of the boys and girls who struggle it, In for a Penny, In for a Pound is the unforgettable tale of a tender Canadian’s event of history’s maximum battle.

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Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

By Frederick Taylor

For a long time it's been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a classy urban well-known for its china, chocolate, and advantageous watches -- used to be militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and different components of England.

Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking examine bargains a very new exam of the evidence and divulges that Dresden was once a hugely militarized urban actively eager about the construction of army armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand bills, contemporaneous press fabric and memoirs, and never-before-seen govt documents, Taylor proves unequivocally the very actual army possibility Dresden posed -- and the way a legacy of propaganda shrouded the reality for sixty years.

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P-38 Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 14)

By John Stanaway

The P-38 used to be used on almost each entrance to which the USAAF have been dedicated, yet loved its maximum successes within the Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) theatres. the rate, diversity and firepower of the P-38 made it the favorite of approximately all aircrew combating within the Solomons, New Guinea and the Philippines, and over 1800 jap airplane fell to its weapons. From the 1st encounters on the finish of 1942 till the Lightning scored the ultimate 5th Air strength victories in August 1945, those pilots made the Pacific skies a great deal their very own battleground.

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RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

By Norman Franks

It is a famous incontrovertible fact that, had the warfare long gone badly for the Allies at the India/Burma entrance, and had the japanese succeeded in invading the Indian Continent, the end result of the battle could were solely assorted. but regardless of this, the crusade at the Burma entrance is out there unusually scant insurance within the majority of photo-history books. This new e-book, from revered army historian and writer Norman Franks, makes an attempt to redress the stability, noting the significance of this actual aerial clash in the wider context of the second one international War.

Franks takes as his concentration the pilots, plane and landscapes that characterised the crusade. pictures got through the process a radical examine interval are consolidated right into a quantity that's bound to make for a favored addition to the tested photographs of struggle sequence. Many unpublished pictures function, every one delivering a brand new perception into the clash because it spread out over Burmese skies. The archive deals a wealth of dynamic photographs of RAF Hurricanes and Spitfires in flight, with photographs of either the airplane and the pilots hired in this tough clash. 

To fly and struggle in Burma, pilots fairly needed to be on the best in their video game. the japanese enemy definitely were not the single challenge to cope with; climate, bad nutrition, tremendous warmth and all its attendant maladies, jungle illnesses, tigers, elephants, fevers... the japanese have been the genuine enemy however the British pilots had a lot more to house. and so they did it for years. In Britain, a pilot might watch for a holiday from operations each six months or so on standard. In Burma, pilots first hired in 1941 have been nonetheless flying operations in 1944. 

The assortment represents a choice at the author's half to checklist the half performed by way of those resilient and expert RAF fighter pilots, the contribution that they paid in assisting common Slim's 14th military and the half they eventually performed in defeating the japanese makes an attempt to damage via into India. those efforts, all paramount and valuable to good fortune, are celebrated right here in phrases and pictures in a quantity guaranteed to entice Spitfire and typhoon fans, in addition to the extra common reader.

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Blitz Kids: The Children's War Against Hitler

By Sean Longden

From the hazards of London streets in the course of the Blitz to engaged on the excessive seas within the service provider army through the Atlantic Convoy, little ones have been at the frontline of conflict throughout the moment global warfare. In Sean Longden's gripping retelling of the clash, he explores how the conflict impacted upon a complete new release who misplaced their innocence at domestic and in a foreign country, at the battlefield and the house entrance. via broad interviews and learn, Longden uncovers formerly untold tales of heroism and braveness: the 11 12 months outdated boy who was once sunk at the SS Benares and left in frozen water for 2 days; the teenage lady advisor presented the George Medal for bravery; the service provider seaman sunk 3 times by means of the age of seventeen; the fourteen 12 months outdated who signed up for the military thrice sooner than eventually seeing motion within the Normandy crusade; the fourteen yr outdated 'Boy Buglers' of the Royal Marines on lively provider onboard battleships; in addition to the harrowing reports of the boy who used to be survived the Bethnal eco-friendly Tube catastrophe; the horrors of being a toddler captive within the German PoW camps. Blitz teenagers will switch endlessly the way in which one sees the connection among the second one global warfare and the iteration - our grandparents and nice grandparents- who bravely confronted the problem of Nazism. permitting them to inform their tales of their personal phrases, Sean Longden brings either the horrors and the humour of younger lives lived in afflicted occasions. The booklet comprises tales of: The seventeen 12 months outdated boy who signed up four occasions earlier than he made it onto the shores at Normandy. the lady advisor who kept a kin in the course of the blitz. The teenage service provider seaman who was once sunk thrice. What it was once prefer to be a teenage POW after the mess ups of Dunkirk. compliment for Sean Longden: "A emerging identify in army historical past ...able to discover the lacking tales of the second one international War." The mother or father 'A tenacious sleuth of moment global struggle secrets.' Andrew Roberts. 'At occasions you should cease and remind your self that you are studying historical past and never an 007 thriller." The Soldier. 'First category heritage from a first-class historian' army Illustrated. 'Fascinating'. monetary instances.

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