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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It's late November 1944, after 71 days fighting in Holland, and the 506th Parachute Infantry are withdrawn having suffered heavily during Operation Market-Garden, and are looking forward to three months R&R. However, this is not to be.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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 A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
Author: Vasily Grossman
A Writer at War A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
Vintage
ISBN: 0307275337
2007
Format: EPUB
Size: 3,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 416
Soviet author Grossman volunteered for the army when the Germans invaded in 1941 and spent more than three years as a special correspondent at the front for the army newspaper Red Star. His wartime writing established him as a major "voice" of war—a status resembling in many ways that of Ernie Pyle in America. This volume, a perfect complement to the panoramic vision of Ivan's War, collects excerpts from Grossman's notebooks and published dispatches, few of them longer than a couple of paragraphs. And while the dispatches usually describe scenes fitting with Soviet orthodoxy, Grossman's notebooks also record the bloody-mindedness, the despair and the disaffection that permeated Soviet ranks as the Red Army paid its dues of learning how to fight a modern war. That material, of course, was not published at the time. Grossman was a perceptive observer with an eye for essential detail. His vignettes of the fighting at Kursk and the battles that brought the Red Army into Berlin are models of combat reporting, and the elegiac realism of his description of Treblinka merits wide anthologizing in Holocaust literature. This volume stands among the finest eyewitness accounts of Soviet Russia's war on the Eastern Front.

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 Kettenhund!: The German Military Police in the Second World War
Kettenhund!: The German Military Police in the Second World War
Author: Gordon Williamson
Kettenhund!: The German Military Police in the Second World War
Fonthill Media
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 336
Size: 22 Mb
Language: English

In almost every army in the world, the military police rank amongst those who are least liked by other soldiers despite the essential duties that they carry out, often being amongst the first in and last out in any theatre of war. In the German armed forces, opinions of the military police were those of fear and distrust, so great were the powers held by these troops. Germany created a plethora of different branches of what were termed 'Ordnungstruppe' ('Troops for Maintaining Order'). Many wore a distinctive metal plate around the neck, leading to their nickname 'Kettenhund' or 'Chain Dogs'.

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 The German Navy in World War II
The German Navy in World War II
Author: Edward P. Von der Porten
The German Navy in World War II
Thomas Y. Crowell Company
1969
Format: PDF
Pages: 296
Language: English
Size: 41.3 MB

The book The German Navy in World War II by Edward P. Von der Porten presents in its broad view an accurate, clear, and vivid picture of German naval strategy. The political and the military leadership of Germany—reared in continental concepts, and caught in them—did not recognize the decisive importance of the naval war to grand strategy. This lack of understanding was one of the fundamental reasons for the political and strategic errors committed by the German state and war commands.

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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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 The Story of the Second World War
The Story of the Second World War
Author: Henry Steele Commager
The Story of the Second World War
Brassey's Inc.
1998
Format: PDF
Pages: 356
Language: English
Size: 56.6 MB

The Story of the Second World War is one of the first efforts to encapsulate the war. It provides today's readers a highly accurate picture of how the war was perceived at the time it was fought.

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 Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
Author: Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen
Arms and Armour Press
Tanks Illustrated No.16
ISBN: 0853687021
1985
Language: English
Pages: 65
Format: PDF
Size: 56,4 MB

Operation Barbarossa (Tanks Illustrated)

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 Defeat to Victory - No.453 Squadron RAAF
Defeat to Victory - No.453 Squadron RAAF
Author: Bennett, John
Defeat to Victory - No.453 Squadron RAAF
Royal Australian Air Force Museum
1994
Format: PDF
Pages: 188
Language: English
Size: 12.4 MB

This is a comprehensive and detailed record of the Squadron’s operations in both Malaya and Europe and surely will evoke telling memories and feelings for all who read it, particularly for those who served in the Squadron. The operational successes described in the book are events of which Squadron members can be proud. On the other hand the reminder of the loss of so many fine comrades is a stark feature of the grimmest aspect of war and something those of us remaining continue to grieve over. 453 Squadron had a somewhat unique existence in that it was first formed in Australia in July 1941 and after a short but courageous period in Malaya it was withdrawn to Australia and disbanded in March 1942. Three months later, however, the Squadron was reformed in the United Kingdom where it again performed with distinction. Soon after the cessation of hostilities it was again disbanded, once and for all.

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 Cherbourg 1944 (Osprey Campaign 278)
Cherbourg 1944 (Osprey Campaign 278)
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Cherbourg 1944: The First Allied Victory in Normandy (Osprey Campaign 278)
Osprey Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 97
Size: 24 Mb
Language: English


Steven Zaloga offers up a rigorous and absorbing study of the first major Allied operation in Normandy after the D-Day landings - the capture of Cherbourg. Blending expert analysis, specially commissioned artwork and illustrative maps, this book tells the story of the bitter struggle to capture this vital point. Cherbourg was recognized by both the German and Allied High commands as crucial to the Allied foothold in Normandy - it was the nearest major port and was desperately needed by the Allies for major logistical operations to support their forces on long stretches of open beach. Hitler, on the other hand, declared Cherbourg to be a 'Festung' (fortress), a designation everyone knew to mean that its defenders were to fight to the last man.

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 Walking D-Day (Battleground Europe)
Walking D-Day (Battleground Europe)
Author: Paul Reed
Walking D-Day
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 240
Size: 13 Mb
Language: English

Paul Reed’s latest battlefield walking guide covers the site of the largest amphibious invasion of all time, the first step in the Allied liberation of France and the rest of northwest Europe. The places associated with the landings on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 are among the most memorable that a battlefield visitor can explore. They give a fascinating insight into the scale and complexity of the Allied undertaking and the extent of the German defenses – and into the critical episodes in the fighting that determined whether the Allies would gain a foothold or be thrown back into the sea. All the most important sites are featured, from Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, Ouistrehem and Longues Battery to Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah Beaches, Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église.

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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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 Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
Author: Pier Paolo Battistelli
Erwin Rommel
Osprey Publishing Ltd
2010
Format: pdf (e-book)
Language: English
Size: 5.86 MB

Nicknamed ‘The Desert Fox’ for his cunning command of the Afrika Korps, Erwin Rommel remains one of the most popular and studied of Germany’s World War II commanders. He got his first taste of combat in World War I, where his daring command earned him the Blue Max, Germany’s highest decoration for bravery. He followed this up with numerous successes early in World War II in both Europe and Africa, before facing his biggest challenge – organizing the defence of France. Implicated in the plot to kill Hitler, Rommel chose suicide over a public trial. This book looks at the life of this daring soldier, focusing on his style of command and the tactical decisions that earned him his fearsome reputation.

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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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 German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman: Barbarossa 1941
German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman: Barbarossa 1941
German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman: Barbarossa 1941
Author: David Campbell, Johnny Shumate
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Combat 7
ISBN: 978 1472803245
2014
Language: English
Pages: 83
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 6,8 MB

The Axis invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 pitted Nazi Germany and her allies against Stalin’s forces in a mighty struggle for survival. Fighting alongside the spearhead Panzer divisions were Germany’s highly skilled and veteran motorized infantrymen – including the German Army’s premier unit, Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) Gro?deutschland. Opposing these German mobile forces, the Soviets deployed the often ill-trained and poorly equipped men of the rifle regiments, who fought tenaciously and with the threat of savage reprisals from their own side. In this book three bruising clashes during the first seven weeks of the campaign are assessed – a bloody encounter battle at Zhlobin, the struggle for the destroyed city of Smolensk and then a prolonged clash along a dangerously stretched German defensive perimeter at Vas’kovo–Voroshilovo.

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 Squadron/Signal Publications 6009: Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland - A Pictorial History with Text & Maps - Specials series
Squadron/Signal Publications 6009: Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland - A Pictorial History with Text & Maps - Specials series
Squadron/Signal Publications 6009: Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland - A Pictorial History with Text & Maps - Specials series
Author: Horst Scheibert
Squadron/Signal Publications
ISBN: 0897470613
1977
Pages: 177
Format: PDF
Size: 41.32МБ
Language: English
Covers the WW 2 German units including - Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland' and Panzer-Korps Grossdeutschland; Panzer Division Brandenburg; Fuhrer Grenadier Division, Fuhrer Begleit Division & Panzer Division Kurmark. Massively illustrated in B&W photos and maps.

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 The Red Army at War (Images of War)
The Red Army at War (Images of War)
Author: Artem Drabkin
The Red Army at War (Images of War)
Pen and Sword Military
2010
Format: EPUB
Pages: 128
Size: 36 Mb
Language: English

The 160 contemporary photographs from the Russian archives that have been selected for this book give a striking insight into all sides of wartime service for the Soviet soldier. The whole range of military experience is portrayed here, from recruitment and the rigors of training to transport, marching and the ordeal of combat.

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 The Black Panthers A Story of Race, War, and Courage—the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II
The Black Panthers A Story of Race, War, and Courage—the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II
Author: Gina M. DiNicolo
The Black Panthers A Story of Race, War, and Courage—the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II
Westholme Publishing
ISBN: 159416195X
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 6,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 321
In a Segregated Military, the African American Armored Unit That Helped Patton Check the German Advance, Close the Rhine Ring, and Spearhead a New Postwar Army
Known primarily for being the first African American armored unit to see combat in World War II and as future baseball star Jackie Robinson’s onetime outfit, the 761st Tank Battalion was forged in a devil’s cauldron of heat and prejudice at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Here, most viewed the tankers as tokens in a racial experiment, rather than as fellow American soldiers who would actually be deployed to fight a common enemy. Led by a small cadre of white and black officers, the 761st trained to the pinnacle of its craft. The Black Panthers, as they soon were called, proved their battle prowess against other units bound for combat on the parched Texas training fields. For this, they earned a coveted assignment to fight under General George S. Patton and go head-to-head with the best of Hitler’s arsenal. Moving to the front in November 1944, trial by fire soon shook the unit to its core. Ambushed by a veteran German force, the 761st suffered heavy casualties in the confusion as they cut their way out of the trap. But the men rallied to overcome self-doubt and vindicate their losses. Quickly battle hardened, the tankers saw intense combat through November and when Germany launched its last-ditch offensive through the Ardennes in December, the 761st fought side-by-side with Patton’s Third Army. Moving swiftly, the unit helped check the German advance, cut resupply routes to the forces surrounding beleaguered Bastogne, and drove the enemy back, recapturing towns crucial to the final defeat of Germany.
In The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage—the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II, historian Gina M. DiNicolo tells the full and unvarnished history of this important American fighting force. Relying on extensive archival research, including documents that had not been consulted in previous accounts, and interviews with surviving soldiers and family members, the author describes the unit’s training, deployment, combat, and individuals, such as Sgt. Ruben Rivers, one of only seven African American men awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II heroism. The professionalism, dedication, and courage of the 761st and other non-white units made clear that the strength of the American army in the future lay with integration—one of the enduring accomplishments of these servicemen.

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 SS-GB
SS-GB
Author: Len Deighton
SS-GB
Ballantine Books
1982
Format: PDF
Pages: 388
Language: English
Size: 62 MB

For nine months Britain has been occupied - a blitzed, depressed and dingy country. However, it's 'business as usual' at Scotland Yard run by the SS when Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to a routine murder case. Life must go on. But when SS Standartenfuhrer Huth arrives from Berlin with orders from the great Himmler himself to supervise the investigation, the resourceful Archer finds himself caught up in a high level, all action, espionage battle. This is a spy story quite different from any other. Only Deighton, with his flair for historical research and his narrative genius, could have written it.

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 Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
Mosquito: The Original Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
Author: Graham Simons
Pen & Sword Aviation
2011
ISBN: 1848844263
Pages: 256
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 10 MB

During the history of aviation there have been very few aircraft that have achieved immediate success when entering front-line service. The de Havilland Mosquito was one such aircraft. It was not designed to an RAF requirement, but was the result of an initiative of the designers and builders to utilize the skills of woodworkers and the relative abundance of wood in the crisis years of World War II. The result was an airplane that could be built quickly, was extremely fast and extremely versatile. The pilots loved it. This book describes how it was built and utilizes many hitherto unpublished photographs from the design studio and production lines. It illustrates and explains the many different roles that the aircraft took as the war progressed. Fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, night fighter - there were few tasks that this brilliant design could not adopt.

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