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 Hawker Typhoon - The Combat History
Hawker Typhoon - The Combat History
Author: Richard Townshend Bickers
Hawker Typhoon - The Combat History
Airlife
1999
Format: PDF
Size: 49,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 140
The Hawker Typhoon became the epitome of ground-attack aircraft in World War II. During the invasion of Europe it was used to great effect as the Allied troops advanced from the English Channel to Berlin. This is a collection of first-hand accounts from operational pilots of the Hawker Typhoon.

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 The Battle of Britain [History of the Second World War 9]
The Battle of Britain [History of the Second World War 9]
The Battle of Britain
Author: Barrie Pitt
Marshall Cavendish
History of the Second World War, Part 9
1973
Pages: 32
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 50 МВ

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 2nd Panzer Division 1935-1945
2nd Panzer Division 1935-1945
Author: Tankwaffe
2nd Panzer Division 1935-1945
Tankwaffe Publishing
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 126
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

2nd Panzer Division 1935-1945

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 The Devil's General The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz, The Panzer Graf
The Devil's General The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz, The Panzer Graf
Author: Raymond Bagdonas
The Devil's General The Life of Hyazinth Strachwitz, The Panzer Graf
Casemate Publications
ISBN: 1612002226
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 2,8 МБ
Language: English
This is the story of the most highly decorated German regimental commander of World War II, known as the “Panzer Graf” (Armored Count). An aristocratic Silesian, whose ancestors had faced the Mongols at Leipzig, Strachwitz first won the Iron Cross in the Great War. After fighting with the Freikorps and in between the wars, he was serving with the 1st Panzer Division when the Polish campaign inaugurated World War II.
Leading from the front, his exploits as commander of a panzer battalion earned him further decorations during the French campaign. Transferred to the newly formed 16th Panzer Division, he participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia and then Operation Barbarossa where he earned the Knight’s Cross. The following year, during the advance on Stalingrad, he won the Oak Leaves for destroying 270 Soviet tanks at Kalach. Now commander of a regiment, he reached the Volga and fought ferociously on the northern rim of Sixth Army’s perimeter. Severely wounded during the battles, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket and was thus spared the fate of the rest of Sixth Army.

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 British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-45
British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-45
British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-45 (New Vanguard 74)
Author: Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan
Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 1841765007
2003
Pages: 51
Format: PDF
Size: 12.6МБ
Language: English
During the Second World War, flotillas of the Royal Navy's Motor Torpedo Boats and other coastal forces fought a deadly war for control of the English Channel and the North Sea. These small, fast boats attacked enemy convoys, escorted freighters, landed secret agents and even raided enemy ports. Unsung heroes, these craft and their tiny crews helped stave off defeat in the dark days of 1940. The same vessels then took the fight to other waters, and by the end of the war, British MTB's had seen service in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the Far East. This book examines the development and operation of these frail, sleek little warships, and describes the way they were manned and how they fought.

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 Operation Market-Garden 1944 (1): The American Airborne Missions
Operation Market-Garden 1944 (1): The American Airborne Missions
Operation Market-Garden 1944 (1): The American Airborne Missions
Author: Steven J. Zaloga,Steve Noon
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Campaign 270
ISBN: 978 1782008163
2014
Language: English
Pages: 98
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 9,2 MB

In the summer of 1944, plans began for a complex operation to seize a Rhine river bridge at Arnhem in the Netherlands. The American portion of the airborne mission was to employ two divisions of the US XVIII Airborne Corps to seize key terrain features that otherwise might delay the advance of British tanks towards the bridge. The 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions succeeded in their tasks of capturing the vital bridges at Eindhoven at Nijmegen in the face of fierce German resistance. However, the delays caused to the British armored advance, combined with stronger than expected fighting at Arnhem led to the withdrawal of the remnants of the British 1st Airborne Division in one of the Western Allies’ most costly defeats of World War II. Contemporary photographs, maps and detailed color artwork complement extensive archival research that reveals the successes of those American airborne missions, largely overshadowed by the failure of the operation as a whole.

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 Captured French Tanks Under the German Flag
Captured French Tanks Under the German Flag
Author: Werner Regenberg, Horst Scheibert
Captured French Tanks Under the German Flag (Schiffer Military History)
Schiffer Publishing
1997
ISBN: 0764302655
Format: PDF
Size: 28,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 52
This book gives an account of the French model tanks used by Germany during WWII.

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 The Ardennes, 1944-1945: Hitler's Winter Offensive
The Ardennes, 1944-1945: Hitler's Winter Offensive
The Ardennes, 1944-1945: Hitler's Winter Offensive
Author: Christer Bergstrom
Casemate
2014
ISBN: 1612002773
Pages: 508
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 15 MB

In December 1944, just as World War II appeared to be winding down, Hitler shocked the world with a powerful German counteroffensive that cracked the center of the American front. The attack came through the Ardennes, the hilly and forested area in eastern Belgium and Luxembourg that the Allies had considered a “quiet” sector. Instead, for the second time in the war, the Germans used it as a stealthy avenue of approach for their panzers. Much of U.S. First Army was overrun, and thousands of prisoners were taken as the Germans forged a 50-mile “bulge” into the Allied front. But in one small town, Bastogne, American paratroopers, together with remnants of tank units, offered dogged resistance. Meanwhile the rest of Eisenhower’s “broad front” strategy came to a halt as Patton, from the south, and Hodges, from the north, converged on the enemy incursion. Yet it would take an epic, six-week-long winter battle, the bloodiest in the history of the U.S. Army, before the Germans were finally pushed back.

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 Barbarossa: The Air Battle July-December 1941
Barbarossa: The Air Battle July-December 1941
Author: Christer Bergstrom
Barbarossa: The Air Battle July-December 1941
Midland Publishing
ISBN: 1857802705
2007
Format: Djvu
Size: 5,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 144
This book, written by a recognised authority on the air war over the Eastern Front, provides an informed, detailed and balanced account of the massive aerial campaign fought in the skies over the Soviet Union following the launch of Operation Barbarossa. Unlike most recent histories, this account features newly discovered information from both Russian and German sources and significantly expands the author's earlier study of this campaign. There is also much unique eye-witness material, and the text will be accompanied by a large number of rare and previously unpublished photographs, biographical studies of major players in the conflict, data tables, technical assessments and appendices.

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 Mustang the Inspiration
Mustang the Inspiration
Author: Philip Kaplan
Mustang the Inspiration: The Plane That Turned the Tide in World War Two
Pen and Sword Aviation
ISBN: 178159046X
2013
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 2 Mb
Language: English

If it looks right, it will probably fly right-a tired old saying among airmen, but one that persists. Think if you will of the handful of airplanes that most people would probably agree are the best-looking examples of all. The list is short but distinguished and the proof is in the enthusiastic common view of most pilots who have flown them-for nearly all, it was love at first sight and first flight. For most, that little list includes the Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire, the Douglas DC-3, the Hawker Hunter, the Lockheed Constellation, the Concord, and the North American Mustang.

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 The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II (vol.5 1943-1944)
The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II (vol.5 1943-1944)
Author: Peter Young
The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II (vol.5 1943-1944)
Marshall Cavendish Limited
1985
Format: PDF
Pages: 302
Language: English
Size: 70.8 MB

The Second World War still affects every one of us, even those who were not born in 1945. To ignore its story is in a sense to run the risk that it may all happen again. Here at last is the chance to read the unvarnished truth written with the authority of one who was deeply interested in his study, and is free from the least taint of bias. If you were to be allowed to read only one account of the history of the Second World War, then it should be Colonel Bauer 's.

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 Tiger I and Tiger II
Tiger I and Tiger II
Tiger I and Tiger II
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Pen and Sword
Images of War Special
2013
ISBN: 1781590303
Pages: 176
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 26 MB

The German Tiger I and Tiger II (known to the Allies as the ‘King Tiger’ or ‘Royal Tiger’) were the most famous and formidable heavy tanks of the Second World War. In their day, their awesome reputation inspired such apprehension among Allied soldiers that the weaknesses of these brilliant but flawed designs tended to be overlooked. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this illustrated history, tells the story of their conception and development and reconsiders their operational history, and he dispels the legends and misunderstandings that have grown up around them.

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 U-Boat Warfare: The Evolution of the Wolf Pack
U-Boat Warfare: The Evolution of the Wolf Pack
U-Boat Warfare: The Evolution of the Wolf Pack
Author: Jak P. Mallmann Showell
Ian Allan
ISBN: 0711028877
2002
Language: English
Pages: 162
Format: PDF
Size: 51,7 MB

During the course of World War II, German U-boats threatened Britain's very survival. Noted U-boat historian Jak Mallman-Showell takes a fresh look at the strategy employed by both sides as Germany and Great Britain engaged in a fateful game of measure and countermeasure to gain control of the Atlantic supply lines. Drawing upon original records from the U-boat headquarters, the Royal Navy, and British special intelligence, the author explores how and why U-boat attacks were planned, describes U-boat organization, and tells what actually happened on the high seas. Supplemented by 150 photographs, many published here for the first time, this new study should be required reading for all those interested in the development of strategy and tactics during one of the most critical campaigns of World War II.

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 Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II - A Graphic Presentation of the Japanese Naval Organization
Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II - A Graphic Presentation of the Japanese Naval Organization
Author:
Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II - A Graphic Presentation of the Japanese Naval Organization
US Military
1952
Format: PDF
Size: 22,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 306
Graphic Presentation (charts and tables) of the Japanese Naval Organization.
Through instructions from the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to the Japanese Government, 12 October 1945, subject: Institution for War Records Investigation, steps were initiated to exploit military historical records and official reports of the Japanese War Ministry and Japanese General Staff. Upon dissolution of the War Ministry and the Japanese General Staff, and the transfer of their former functions to the Demobilization Bureau, research and compilation continued and developed into a series of historical monographs.
The paucity of original orders, plans and unit journals, which are normally essential in the preparation of this type of record, but were largely lost or destroyed during field operations or bombing raids, rendered the task of compilation most difficult; particularly distressing has been the complete lack of official strength reports, normal in AG or G3 records. However, while many of the important orders, plans, and estimates have been reconstructed from memory and therefore are not textually identical with the originals, they are believed to be generally accurate and reliable.

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 Legend of the Lancasters: The Bomber War from England 1942-45
Legend of the Lancasters: The Bomber War from England 1942-45
Legend of the Lancasters: The Bomber War from England 1942-45
Author: Martin W. Bowman
Pen and Sword
2009
ISBN: 1848840179
Pages: 336
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 7 MB

This book is a riveting account told in ten big chapters of the young RAF crews who flew Lancasters in RAF Bomber Command from 1942 to the end of the war in Europe in April 1945. It is unique in that the story is told using first person accounts from RAF aircrew and German night fighter crews who fought each other on raids on occupied Europe and Germany from 1942 onwards. Details of what it was like to be on the receiving end in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne etc are also included. A whole host of incredible first-hand accounts by British, Commonwealth, American and German air crews permeate the action and describe the aerial battles as only they can. This unique book also includes many accounts and photos that have not previously been seen before while the rich mix of combat accounts from all sides are brought together for the first time in one volume.

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 Fall Gelb 1940 (2): Airborne Assault on the Low Countries (Osprey Campaign 265)
Fall Gelb 1940 (2): Airborne Assault on the Low Countries (Osprey Campaign 265)
Author: Doug Dildy
Fall Gelb 1940 (2): Airborne Assault on the Low Countries (Osprey Campaign 265)
Osprey Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 97
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

The great blitzkrieg campaign of May/June 1940 saw German forces pour through Holland and Belgium to confront the French and British. The assault was audacious; it relied on speed, feinting and manoeuvre as much as superior force, and in the end these qualities were to prove decisive to German success. Featuring vivid illustrations, illuminative bird's eye views and maps, this book charts the unfolding of an unprecedented ‘lightning war', which saw the first ever airborne assault at a strategic level, and the largest clash of armour to date. Never in the history of warfare had the clash between such large, powerful, and apparently equal forces been decided so swiftly and conclusively.

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 Black Thursday [Illustrated Edition]
Black Thursday [Illustrated Edition]
Author: Martin Caidin
Black Thursday [Illustrated Edition]
Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 0553135821
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 3,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 304
Includes 15 photographs, 23 drawings and 2 maps
The battle fought on Black Thursday stands high in the history of American fighting men. It will be long remembered, like the immortal struggles of Gettysburg, St. Mihiel and the Argonne, of Midway and the Bulge and Pork Chop Hill. Tens of thousands of our airmen fought in desperate battles in the sky during World War II. From China to the Aleutians, from Australia through the Philippines and across the Southwest Pacific, through the Central Pacific, in Africa and the Mediterranean, and across the length and breadth of Europe, American fliers engaged in combat with the Germans, the Japanese, the Italians.
In all these battles one stands out among all the others for unprecedented fury, for losses suffered, for courage. This was the battle on Black Thursday, Mission 115 of the VIII Bomber Command from bases in England to the savagely defended German city of Schweinfurt. It was a battle in which we suffered unprecedented losses, and a battle that we cannot in honesty remember as having produced the results we had hoped for, or that hurt the enemy’s war effort as much as we had believed.
Yet it is an aerial struggle remembered with great pride, for it demanded the utmost in courage, in skill, in carrying on the fight in the face of bloody slaughter. All these things, and more, make up the story of Black Thursday, of this book.

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 Asiatic Land Battles: Expansion of Japan in Asia (The Military History of World War II vol.8)
Asiatic Land Battles: Expansion of Japan in Asia (The Military History of World War II vol.8)
Author: Trevor Nevitt Dupuy
Asiatic Land Battles: Expansion of Japan in Asia (The Military History of World War II vol.8)
Franklin Watts, Inc.
1963
Format: PDF
Pages: 80
Language: English
Size: 27.7 MB

A retrospective of Asiatic Land Battles: Expansion of Japan in Asia.

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 Panzer Army Africa
Panzer Army Africa
Author: James Lucas
Panzer Army Africa
Jove Books
1986
Format: PDF
Pages: 292
Language: English
Size: 31 MB

Well written perspective from the German side of the WW II battles of North Africa. Since the author is British, makes sense there was more on the British than was presented on the Germans & Italians in this book.

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