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 Panzer killers: Anti-tank Warfare on the Eastern Front
Panzer killers: Anti-tank Warfare on the Eastern Front
Author: Artem Drabkin
Panzer killers: Anti-tank Warfare on the Eastern Front
Pen and Sword;
ISBN: 1781590508
2013
Format: EPUB
Size: 2,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 224
What was it like to confront the German panzer armies as an anti-tank gunner on the Eastern Front during the Second World War? How could you hope overcome of one of the best-equipped, well-trained and tenacious armored forces of the time? And how did the Red Army's tactics and skills develop over the course of the war in order to counter the threat posed by the elite troops of the Wehrmacht? The vivid personal narratives of Red Army anti-tank men selected for this book give a fascinating insight into these questions - and into the first-hand experience of anti-tank warfare seventy years ago. Their testimony reveals how lethal, rapid, small-scale actions - gun against tank - were fought, and it shows how such isolated actions determined the outcome of the massive offensives and counter-offensives that characterized the struggle on the Eastern Front. Panzer Killers is a valuable addition to the series of graphic eyewitness accounts of every aspect of the Red Army's war on the Eastern Front published by Pen & Sword.

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 Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Author: Tony Judt
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Penguin Press
2005
Format: pdf in rar
Size: 19.08 mb
Language: English
The definitive history of postwar Europe for our time.
Tony Judt's Postwar is cause for celebration. The product of a decade's labor, it is sweeping narrative history in the grand tradition, a deeply learned and absorbing chronicle of Europe since the fall of Berlin, weaving East and West, North and South, into a majestic sixty-year tapestry studded with brilliant new insight.

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 The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain and the Rise of Air Power, 1930-1940
The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain and the Rise of Air Power, 1930-1940
The Narrow Margin
Author: Derek Wood, Derek Dempster
Pen and Sword
2010
ISBN: 1848843143
Pages: 376
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 11 MB

The Battle of Britain saved the country from invasion. If the RAF had been defeated all the efforts of the British Army and the Royal Navy would hardly have averted defeat in the face of complete German air superiority. With all Europe subjugated, Germany and Japan would later have met on the borders of India.
This remarkable book traces the varied fortunes of the Royal Air Force in the 1930s, and shows how it readied itself for the mighty German onslaught in the summer of 1940 and won a great victory by the narrowest margins. It provides a comprehensive account of the Battle of Britain, including the day-by-day summaries of the battle. It is illustrated with photographs and maps, an appendix of the aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and by the Luftwaffe with schematic drawings, also a list of all pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain from July 10 to October 31 1940.

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 SS and Gestapo: Rule by Terror (Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II. Weapons Book №8)
SS and Gestapo: Rule by Terror (Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II. Weapons Book №8)
Author: Roger Manvell
SS and Gestapo: Rule by Terror (Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II. Weapons Book №8)
Ballantine Books
1970
Format: PDF
Pages: 164
Language: English
Size: 26 MB

From the twenties to the war years and the culminating horror of the extermination camps, the history of the SS and the Gestapo traces the development of the most evil system of political thought ever to oppress humanity. Here are the lunatic elite of the 'Master Race', and here are their wretched victims, humiliated, tortured, executed. Is the past vanquished? Or are the seeds still lying dormant?

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 History of the Second World War
History of the Second World War
Author: Liddell Hart
History of the Second World War
G. P. Putnam's Sons
1971
Format: PDF
Pages: 792
Language: English
Size: 108.7 MB

An incisive account of World War II by the foremost military analyst of our time. The present magnificent work is based largely on that priceless personal collection of private documents and the author's constant study of the day-to-day events of the war. For all its clarity, Liddell Hart's History does not always make for comforting reading. It is a military history on the broadest possible scale, ranging from the frustrating events preceding the war, through all the campaigns and battles of seven turbulent years, to the final conclusion of hostilities. Trenchant, searching, thought-provoking, it is a study in reahsm and objective analysis, uncluttered by self-deception. Cherished illusions fade under fresh surveillance; long-held beliefs of justification fall under new questioning; reputations are reexamined by one of the most incisive minds of our time; judgments of our past are made lessons for our present and our future.

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 US Carrier War: Design, Development and Operations
US Carrier War: Design, Development and Operations
US Carrier War: Design, Development and Operations
Author: Kev Darling
Pen and Sword
2011
ISBN: 184884185X
Pages: 312
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 7 MB

This book covers all aspects of the operations made by US aircraft carriers, from their introduction into service during WW1 to the continuing conflicts in the Middle East. America's part in WW1 saw the deployment of US Navy aircraft operating from coastal bases - mainly Curtiss flying boats. In the immediate postwar period the first aircraft carriers were commissioned; Langley, Saratoga and Lexington. After the wreckage had settled in the mud of Pearl Harbor, US Navy fighters engaged the Japanese for the first time at Wake Island. Japan continued its conquest of the Pacific countries and Islands throughout 1941. The USN then went on the offensive when two carriers attacked the Gilbert-Marshall Islands, and the Doolittle raid against Japan was launched from USS Hornet. During the Battle of Coral Sea the US Navy achieved a significant victory. Meanwhile in the Atlantic, US Carriers including Wasp and Ranger undertook escort duties across Atlantic. The latter also helped with the supply of Spitfires to Malta.

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 Soldaten: The German Soldier In World War 2. Volume 1. Holland
Soldaten: The German Soldier In World War 2. Volume 1. Holland
Soldaten: The German Soldier In World War 2. Volume 1. Holland
Author: Dennis Oliver
ADH Publishing
Firefly Collection No.8
ISBN: 978 0987601353
2014
Language: English
Pages: 36
Format: PDF
Size: 47,2 MB

The eighth title in the Firefly Collection. Author and illustrator Dennis Oliver is joined in this title by renowned military artist Stephen Andrew to showcase the men and armoured vehicles that held the German lines in the Netherlands through 1944 and 1945.

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 Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942
Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942
Author: Robert Forczyk
Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942
Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1781590087
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 8,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 304
The German panzer armies that swept into the Soviet Union in 1941 were an undefeated force that had honed their skill in combined arms warfare to a fine edge. The Germans focused their panzers and tactical air support at points on the battlefield defined as Schwerpunkt - main effort - to smash through any defensive line and then advance to envelope their adversaries.
Initially, these methods worked well in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and the tank forces of the Red Army suffered defeat after defeat. Although badly mauled in the opening battles, the Red Army's tank forces did not succumb to the German armored onslaught and German planning and logistical deficiencies led to over-extension and failure in 1941. In the second year of the invasion, the Germans directed their Schwerpunkt toward the Volga and the Caucasus and again achieved some degree of success, but the Red Army had grown much stronger and by November 1942, the Soviets were able to turn the tables at Stalingrad.
Robert Forczyk's incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tactics and weaponry during the critical early years of the Russo-German War. He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of armored warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives. His analysis of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.

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 Tank Warfare: A History of Tanks in Battle
Tank Warfare: A History of Tanks in Battle
Tank Warfare: A History of Tanks in Battle
Author: Kenneth Macksey
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Digital General
ISBN: 978 1782004042
2013
Language: English
Pages: 171
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 28,4 MB

After its introduction during the First World War, the tank revolutionised warfare, and proved to be a terrifying and efficient machine of war.
Kenneth Macksey provides a study of the policy-makers and tank strategists, the technical and tactical development, as well as presenting the story of the tank on the battlefield - the split-second decisions, the battle-weary crews and the endless mud in this fascinating and detailed account of tank warfare.

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 Overlord: The Allied Invasion of France June-September 1944
Overlord: The Allied Invasion of France June-September 1944
Overlord: The Allied Invasion of France June-September 1944
Battlefront Miniatures
Author: John-Paul Brisigotti, Peter Simunovich
Flames of War
ISBN: 978 0992251673
2013
Language: English
Pages: 304
Format: PDF
Size: 105,3 MB

Overlord and Atlantik Wall are the latest compilation releases for the battles of Normandy and Brittany. These books update the older Turning Tide and Earth and Steel and bring the forces within up to date with all current Flames of War.

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 Deutsche Soldaten: Uniforms, Equipment and Personal Items of the German Soldier 1939-1945
Deutsche Soldaten: Uniforms, Equipment and Personal Items of the German Soldier 1939-1945
Author: Augustin Saiz
Deutsche Soldaten: Uniforms, Equipment and Personal Items of the German Soldier 1939-1945
Andrea Press
2008
Format: PDF
Pages: 312
Language: Spanish
Size: 35 MB

Deutsche Soldaten is a stunning visual history of the German soldier and provides a unique reflection of how the men lived, ate, and washed themselves on the front, or behaved when at rest, what were their pastimes, ambitions, worries and how they spent their leave, through the collections of personal items and other artifacts they left behind.

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 No Victory in Valhalla: The untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgad
No Victory in Valhalla: The untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgad
Author: Ian Gardner
No Victory in Valhalla: The untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden
Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 1472801334
2014
Format: epub
Size: 25.09 mb
Pages: 344
Language: Ehglish

Based on extensive interviews with the survivng veterans, No Victory in Valhalla relives the dramatic struggle of the famed "Screaming Eagles" paratroopers in some of the toughest fighting of World War II. Famously profiled in Band of Brothers, the division as a whole was awarded Unit Citation for its heroic defense of Bastogne - a first in the history of the US armed forces.

It's late November 1944, after 71 days fighting in Holland, and the 506th Parachute Infantry are withdrawn having suffered heavily during Operation Market-Garden, and are looking forward to three months R&R. However, this is not to be. On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched the offensive which came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge and the 101st Airborne Division was rushed into action to stem the German tide. The ensuing large-scale combat operation would write the most dramatic chapter in the history of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Third Battalion in particular. Bitter fighting in unbearable conditions saw the battalion reduced to the size of a company before its relief on January 17.

Following this the battalion took part in the reduction of the Colmar Pocket, the Ruhr Pocket, and the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany itself, with Ed Shames being the first Allied soldier to cross the gates of Dachau. The Third Battalion finished the war occupying Hitler's mountain retreat of Berchtesgarden, held on readiness for deployment to the Pacific until Hiroshima and Nagasaki precipitated the Japanese surrender.

This book is the final book in a gripping trilogy which includes Tonight We Die as Men and Deliver us from Darkness.

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 Los Ases del P-47 Thunderbolt de la 8 Fuerza Aerea (Aviones en Combate: Ases y Leyendas №35)
Los Ases del P-47 Thunderbolt de la 8 Fuerza Aerea (Aviones en Combate: Ases y Leyendas №35)
Author: Collective
Los Ases del P-47 Thunderbolt de la 8 Fuerza Aerea (Aviones en Combate: Ases y Leyendas №35)
Ediciones del Prado
2000
Format: PDF
Pages: 64
Language: Spanish
Size: 47.6 MB

EI 56 FG, dotado de algunos de los primeros cazas de fabricacion estadounidense que utilizo la USAAF en Europa, paso a formar parte de la 8 Fuerza Aerea en Gran Bretaña a finales de 1942 para asumir las funciones de escolta de la cada vez mayor fuerza de bombarderos B-17 de esta Fuerza Aerea. Los enfrentamientos iniciales con los cazas alemanes no fueron muy esperanzadores ya que los P-47 eran facilmente superados en manejabilidad en cotas bajas y medias y el rendimiento de su motor era bastante mediocre; tambien se critico el corto radio de accion del aparato. Sin embargo, la llegada de los primeros P-47C a mediados de 1943, con depositos de combustible exteriores, soluciono el problema del escaso radio de accion de combate de este avion. Segun fue evolucionando la tactica de combate, los pilotos aprendieron la mejor forma de pilotar los Thunderbolt para contrarrestar a los cazas de la Luftwaffe, mas agiles, y ases del calibre de Hub Zemke y Gabby Gabreski comenzaron a engrosar sus registros. Fabricado para soportar los daños y firme como una roca, el Thunderbolt fue rapidamente capaz de algo mas que defenderse. La llegada del P-47D definitivo a finales de 1943 fue seguida poco despues del Thunderbolt bubbletop, que se convirtio por entonces en el modelo preferido gracias a su mayor visibilidad por la parte trasera.

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 Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Assembly Ships of the Mighty Eighth
Author: Jacek & Bock, Robert Jackiewicz
Atelier Kecay
ISBN: 978 8392491415
2013
Language: English
Pages: 148
Format: PDF
Size: 62,2 MB

The first air combat of WWII between RAF bombers and Luftwaffe fighters took place on the 18th December 1939. when twenty-four Wellingtons of Nos.9, 37, and 149 Squadrons took off on an armed reconnaissance sortie over the Helgoland Bay (two of them returned early due to technical problems). It was a bright, sunny day, and the sky was clear of clouds, but no targets were visible so the Wellingtons headed for home with their bombload still on board. However the formation was spotted by the German radar system and sixteen Bf 110s and thirty-four Bf 109s were sent to intercept. The fighters used whatever tactics they wanted towards the slow bombers, attacking them from every direction, so they could choose the best range at which to open fire. The combat resulted in twelve bombers being shot down plus three badly damaged Wellingtons that eventually got back to base.

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 La Toma del Puente Ludendorff (Osprey Segunda Guerra Mundial №38)
La Toma del Puente Ludendorff (Osprey Segunda Guerra Mundial №38)
Author: Steve Zaloga
La Toma del Puente Ludendorff: Remagen, Marzo de 1945 (Osprey Segunda Guerra Mundial №38)
RBA/Osprey Publishing
2008
Format: PDF
Pages: 98
Size: 28 Mb
Language: Spanish

La Toma del Puente Ludendorff

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 SS & Wehrmacht Camouflage U.S.Richardson Report, 20 july, 1945
SS & Wehrmacht Camouflage U.S.Richardson Report, 20 july, 1945
Author: Richardson, F. S. & Borsarello, J.
SS & Wehrmacht Camouflage U.S.Richardson Report, 20 july, 1945
Iso Publications
ISBN: 0946784906
1996
Format: PDF
Size: 24,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 51
Booklet; very good in lightly marked card covers. Reprint. ; Camouflage fabrics, both plain and printed for military use by the German SS and German Army, reported by Francis S. Richardson, QMC Consultant. With b/w photographs & 2 pages of colour plates.

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 Soviet Partisan 1941-1944
Soviet Partisan 1941-1944
Author: Nik Cornish
Soviet Partisan 1941-1944
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Warrior 171
ISBN: 1472801431
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 66
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English

he partisan war in the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1944 has been the subject of considerable political manipulation in the decades following 1945. In great part this was due to the need to project the image of a country united behind Joseph Stalin and the Communist regime when the truth was much more complex than that. The opening weeks of Operation Barbarossa had exposed the lack of unity in the Soviet Empire as nationalist and anti-Communist groups emerged in the western provinces such as Belo Russia, Galicia, Bukovina, Ukraine and the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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 Panzers of Kasserine The Afrika Korps in Tunisia
Panzers of Kasserine The Afrika Korps in Tunisia
Author: C. Gillono
Panzers of Kasserine The Afrika Korps in Tunisia (Campaigns Series)
Factory Publishing
ISBN: 0980463114
2008
Format: PDF
Size: 25,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 35
In the first months of 1943 Axis forces in North Africa were caught between two advancing Allied armies in the Tunisian bridgehead. Short of men, weapons and supplies the veterans of the Afrika Korps were still able to pack a formidable punch.

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 5th Waffen SS Panzer "Division Wiking" 1940-1945 Illustrated (Waffen SS Panzer Division Book 2)
5th Waffen SS Panzer "Division Wiking" 1940-1945 Illustrated (Waffen SS Panzer Division Book 2)
Author: German Army Center Military History
5th Waffen SS Panzer Division Wiking 1940-1945 Illustrated (Waffen SS Panzer Division Book 2)
German Army Center Military History
2015
Format: EPUB + PDF (conv)
Size: 3,5 МБ + 8,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 213
The 5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking" emerged on October 22, 1943, from the renaming of the 5th SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Wiking".. At this time, the division had a HKL based on the Dnieper between Kanev and Cherkassy. On 13 November 1943, the Red Army to establish a bridgehead across the Dnieper in Cherkassy. In the ensuing heavy fighting, she managed a month later to conquer Cherkassy. Subsequently, the positions of the 5th SS Panzer Division ran from south Kanev along the Dnieper Cherkasy direction and then in a south-westerly direction Smela. To December 31, 1943 announced the Division a strength of 14,647 men. Once it was the Red Army succeeded on 28 January 1944 the XI. and the XXXXII. Army Corps between Zvenigorodka - Kanev - include Cherkassy, built the Division on with their rear blocking lines in the southwestern part of the boiler. In the wake of the German Entsatzversuches on February 9, 1944 received the SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 9 "Germania" command to move into the space Shanderovka to here the relief column of III. Take Panzer Corps. Because of Russian resistance but failed the German relief attempt. From 16 February 1944, the trapped German forces then broke out into the west, with the 5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking" fought split into several combat groups. Only about 4,000 men reached the German lines without heavy weapons and equipment. These residues were at RISino, about 25 west of Zvenigorodka, assembled and then moved on 25 February 1944 to freshen up in the area east of Lublin. On the 16th of March, the Division came to Kovel, where the refresh should be performed. Until the division of the city, however, was able to achieve this had already been included by the Red Army. The Division of rumbling gathered in the room Maciejów with other German troops to the relief of Kovel.

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