WWII

  1. Through Adversity - 'Lives of Three Operational Pilots' by Alastair Goodrum

    The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots My seventh and latest book tells the stories of three pilots from widely differing places: Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and South Africa, and social backgrounds: sons of a country JP, a market gardener and a vet. They are typical of the composition of the RAF and their individual military...
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  2. Police in Nazi Germany by Paul Garson

    The Third Reich officially ended with the signing of the unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945, only after Nazi Germany had been reduced to a smoldering heap of ashes, its borders breached by the Allies from the west and the Soviet Army from the east. Although Hitler and Goebbels were dead by suicide in the Berlin Fuhrerbunker, his henchmen sought...
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  3. Photographers of the Third Reich by Paul Garson

    Images from the Wehrmacht What is it about photos that mesmerize us? When even life and death enemies find themselves smiling for their captor’s camera. A group of army officers struggle with various types of cameras, likely in France. (Photographers of the Third Reich, Amberley Publishing) What power do these images hold that in some cases linger with us for...
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  4. Normandy Crucible by John Prados

    The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War Two in Europe The Allied Intelligence Advantage Cobra's breakout took American troops through a succession of ruined villages and towns. Here a Stuart tank and other armor passes a road control team on its way to find the Germans, July 27. (c. National Archives, Normandy Crucible, Amberley Publishing) The first-generation histories of D-Day...
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  5. Der Kapitan: U-Boat Ace Hans Rose by Markus F. Robinson

    Kapitan Leutnant Hans Rose Propaganda postcard annotated 'Commander of the German Undersea-boat U 53 from Wilhelmshaven to New York'. (c. Author's Archive, Der Kapitan: U-Boat Ace Hans Rose, Amberley Publishing) History and “Fake” History - Beware of Secondary Sources Winston Churchill wrote ‘history is written by the victors.’ His statement succinctly captures the reality that all history is reported...
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  6. Evesham's Military Heritage by Stan Brotherton

    Miniature manuscript illumination of a battle believed to be the Battle of Evesham. (Evesham's Military Heritage, Amberley Publishing) Evesham’s Military Heritage? An interesting title and a fascinating subject; but how to write such a book? The challenge wasn’t the lack of material. Indeed, the opposite is true: there’s far too much. After all, entire books have been dedicated just...
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  7. Shadow Warriors: Daring Missions of World War II by Women of the OSS and SOE by Greg Lewis

    World War II was the war in which old gender rules changed, as intelligence agencies created specific training and roles for women. Women were trained to work as undercover combatants armed with Sten guns and grenades, cut telecommunication wires, lay mines in roadways, and organize bombing raids. Their work contributed greatly to the success of the D-Day invasion and the...
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  8. Nursing Churchill by Jill Rose

    Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill's Nurse Doris receives her Gold Medal for Excellence in Nursing from Miss Ruth Derbyshire, Head of the British Rad Cross and a former Matron of St Mary's Hospital, while the current Matron, Miss Mary Milne, looks. on. (Courtesy of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Archives, Nursing Churchill, Amberley Publishing) My mother...
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  9. SOE Heroines by Bernard O'Connor

    The Special Operations Executive's French Section and Free French Women Agents A 1944 aerial shot of RAF Tempsford, the airfield from which most women agents were flown. (Courtesy of the East Englian Aviation Society, SOE Heroines, Amberley Publishing) It was not until the last few decades of the 20th century that history books and media coverage of the Second World...
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  10. Spitfire Deserter? The American Pilot Who Went Missing by Bill Simpson

    USS Wasp in British waters in 1942. It is likely that it is in the Firth of Clyde. (c. IWM Image A 9483, Reproduced with the permission of the Imperial War Museum, Spitfire Deserter? The American Pilot Who Went Missing, Amberley Publishing) Having written in the past about our local squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force here in Edinburgh...
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