One fifth of the men engaged in the Gallipoli campaign were under the age of 21. This is the story of two of those boys
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One fifth of the men engaged in the Gallipoli campaign were under the age of 21. This is the story of two of those boys
Glossary, maps, p.236.
Winchester travels in a scimitar-shaped journey through Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegreo, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece to Turkey. He names his route the Fracture Zone, because this locale marks not only the meeting of two vast continental tectonic plates, perpetrators of geological chaos, but also the uneasy boundary between two great historical empires, the Hapsburg and the Ottoman." "The Fracture Zone weaves together history, travel and political perspective with the personal testaments of ordinary and extraordinary people. In this record of history, hatred and ruin, Simon Winchester details the conditions under which the area's refuges now live against a background of ancient political and spiritual struggle
balkan peninsula - history, balkan peninsula - travel
Index, bibliography, illv, map, p.303.
A history of the participation of the International brigades during the Spanish civil war
civil war - spain - 1936-1939, civil war - spain - foreign participation
A French teenagers account of life during the German occupation.
france - german occupation - 1940-1945, jewish teenagers - france - 1940-1945
Index, notes, map, p.267.
The classic account of Hitler's fall from power, first pubilshed in 1947, reissued with a striking new cover. In September 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. He had simply disappeared, and had been missing for four months. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. His brilliant piece of detective work not only proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin, but also produced one of the most fascinating history books ever written. The Last Days of Hitler tells the extraordinary story of those last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker. Besieged in the shattered capital, but still dominating the remains of his court, Hitler reiterated the original alternative of Nazism: either total victory or annihilation. This book is the record of that carefully prepared, ceremonious finale to a terrible chapter of history. World War II. Military History. Nazi Germany.
germany - politics and government - 1933-1945, adolf hitler - death and burial
Index, notes, ill, p.699.
Memoirs of the man who was appointed as the head architect and minister of armaments and war production for the Nazi government.
germany - politics and government - 1933-1945, albert speer - autobiography
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, p.361.
After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 20 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place? Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists.
germany - politics and government - 1933-1945, germany - anti nazi movements
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, maps, p.337.
Having already drawn both praise & controversy, this main selection for the Military Book Club continues to generate discussion among scholars & readers. Though histories of World War II are abundant, few of them examine the critical errors in Hitler's approach to the war that finally led to German defeat. Joining the ranks of "counterfactual" histories like the bestseller What If?, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II clearly shows what the consequences would have been for Hiltler, the Axis, & the world if he had chosen differently.
world war 1939-1945 - germany - military strategy, adolf hitler - military leadership
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, p.224.
Was the man in Spandau prison Rudolf Hess? This book unravels the mystery
hess rudolf - 1894-1987, conspiracy theories
Index, notes, bibliography, ill, p.421.
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion-a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. THE CHURCHILL FACTOR is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
great britain - politics and government - 1936-1945, winston churchill - biography
Index, notes, references, ill, p.554.
A brilliant insight into Britain's atomic scientists during the war from the Costa Award-winning author of The Strangest Man .
world war 1939 – 1945 – science – britain, atomic bomb - great britain
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, maps, p.497.
On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. This is a vital new history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. Drawing on previously unseen sources, it sweeps from the advent of Hitler in 1933 to the beaches of Dunkirk, and presents an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats whose actions and inaction had devastating consequences.
great britain - politics and government - 1936-1945, great britain - diplomatic history
Index, notes, ill, maps, plans, p.702.
Reginald Jones was nothing less than a genius. And his appointment to the Intelligence Section of Britain's Air Ministry in 1939 led to some of the most astonishing scientific and technological breakthroughs of the Second World War. In Most Secret War he details how Britain stealthily stole the war from under the Germans' noses by outsmarting their intelligence at every turn. He tells of the 'battle of the beams'; detecting and defeating flying bombs; using chaff to confuse radar; and many other ingenious ideas and devices. Jones was the man with the plan to save Britain and his story makes for riveting reading.
world war 1939 – 1945 – secret service – britain, world war 1939 – 1945 – science and technology
Index, ill, maps, p.541.
This book tells for the first time one of the best kept secrets of World War Two. British Security Co-ordination made a major contribution to the eventual allied victory.
world war 1939 – 1945 – secret operations – britain, secret service - britain
Index, bibliography, ill, maps, p.182.
The personal diaries of J Womack of his experiences in the invasion of Europe, edited by his daughter.
world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – britain, james albert womack
As deputy director of the Australian War Memorial for many years, Michael McKernan had heard and written about many stories of war. For him, war was never about the big picture; it always came down to the individual. Yet little did he know when he met his future wife in 1989 that her father would soon be telling him, over many leisurely afternoons, his own story, of being made a slave to the Nazis in the Second World War, and its unforeseeable consequences.
war and families - australia, ukranians - australia - biography
Frank Legg was a war correspondent accompanying the Australian forces in the South Pacific area during World War Two
world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – australia, campaigns - south west pacific theatre
Index, bibliography, ill, maps, p.119.
An account of the 2/13th battalion's actions in World War Two
2/13th btattalion aif - history, world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – australia
An autobiographical account of the wartime experiences of Henry Gullett
world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – australia, henry gullett - autobiography
Ill, bibliography, maps, p.40.
The personal letters and correspondence of Alwyn Till
world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – australia, oral history
Collection of speeches by Winston Churchill
britain - politics and government, world war 1939-1945 - britain
Index, ill, p.470.
Aborigines and army service - Australian women's Army - Burma-Thailand railway - Prisoners of war (POW's).
world war 1939 – 1945 – personal narratives – australia, world war 1939 – 1945 – campaigns – australia
Index, ill, p.486.
Following the publication of the remarkable 'Forgotten Voices of the Great War', Max Arthur has once again gone deep into the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive to create this landmark oral history of the most devastating conflict the world has ever seen, the Second World War. The Imperial War Museum holds a vast archive of interviews with soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians of most nationalities who saw action during WW2.
world war 1939-1945 - personal narratives - britain, oral history
Ill, maps, p.288.
The escape of Basil Embrey from occupied France
escapes, world war 1939-1945 - personal narratives - britain
In World War II James Leasor was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment and posted to the 1st Lincolns in Burma and India, where he served for three and a half years. His experiences inspired him to write such books as Boarding Party (filmed as The Sea Wolves). He later became a feature writer and foreign correspondent at the Daily Express. Here he wrote The One that Got Away.
franz von werra, prisoners of war - germany - escapes
Ill, maps, p.130.
Commemorative issue celebrating the 65th year of News Bulletin
ex prisoners of war and relatives association, ex prisoners of war - biography
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, p.220.
The story of the Heidelberg Military Hospital during the second world war
military hospitals - australia - heidleberg, military nursing - history
Ill, maps, p.285.
Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 19th November 1939, he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation he was sentenced to 25 years in the Gulags. After a three month journey to Siberia in the depths of winter he escaped with six companions. This title tells the true story of his adventure, survival and escape.
political prisoners - soviet union - autobiography, prisons and prisoners - russia
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, p.523.
Australians from every field of conflict in World War II found themselves as prisoners in Hitler's notorious Stalags, or prisoner of war camps. Most were forced to labour in factories, down mines or on the land - often in conditions of enormous privation and hardship. All suffered from shortages, overcrowding and the mental strain of imprisonment. Peter Monteath's fascinating narrative history is exhaustively researched, and compelling in its detailed evocation.
world war 1939 – 1945 - prisons and prisoners – germany, prisoners of war - australia
Index, bibliography, notes, ill, p.179.
Over 60,000 Australians and Americans captured by the Japanese during World War II toiled and died to build the Bridge over the River Kwai. Respected military historian Linda Goetz Holmes tells the story of one man's survival in Japanese labor camps during WWII. Amazing photographs, taken secretly by other prisoners, chronicle this dark history of Allied troops in the Pacific theatre of war.
world war 1939 – 1945 - prisons and prisoners – australia, burma thailand railway
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