We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history - part death camp, part concentration camp, where around a million Jews were killed.
'A lyrical, engrossing and essential read' - Sathnam Sanghera
'A superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets' - Brian Van Reet, author of Spoils
What does it mean to be on the wrong side of history?
Svenja O'Donnell's beautiful, aloof grandmother Inge never spoke about the past.
In this highly original work Jeremy Black, one of world's leading military and cartographic historians, shows how fundamental maps were to the conflict as he charts its historical sweep across each of the major theatres.
'I am one of few Jewish survivors of World War Two, but one of many Jewish people to fight the Nazi regime. Unlike her parents and sister - who, she would later discover, died in other camps - she survived by using her alias, pretending to be someone else.
Edited and introduced by two leading historians of the period, this volume tells the inside story of Home Intelligence and why it proved so controversial in Whitehall, the complete and unabridged sequence of reports provide us with a unique and extraordinary window into the mindset of the British during a momentous period in their history.
Published in 2010, Bloodlands argues that accounts of World War II have paid too much attention to the atrocities of Adolf Hitler, and not enough to Joseph Stalin's. Snyder believes a definitive history of the period must depict the suffering of all of the conflict's victims.
There is no reason why you should have heard of Geoffrey Pyke. After his suicide in 1948 he was described as one of the great geniuses of his time, to rank alongside Einstein, yet he remains today, as The Times put it, 'one of the most original if unrecognised figures' of the twentieth century.
This is the story of the journey of the British Expeditionary Force from hope to despair, to triumph in the midst of defeat. Over 300,000 men were taken off the beaches of Dunkirk, and it was they who became the nucleus of the armies which swept Nazism from Europe.
Winston Churchill saved Britain and Europe by his incomparable leadership in the Second World War. This book shows the importance of war in Churchill's career as a whole, from his early days as a hussar in India to his attempts to control the threat of the nuclear bomb. It covers his leadership in the Second World War.
This series combines text based largely on eyewitness accounts lodged in the archives of the Imperial War Museum, with a CD based on actual recordings held in the same archives. This volume relives the Battle of Britain.
This series combines text based largely on eyewitness accounts lodged in the archives of the Imperial War Museum, with a CD based on actual recordings held in the same archives. This volume examines the part that women played in the two major wars of the 20th century.
As seen on Channel 4's WWII Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails, this is the incredible story of four escape routes out of Nazi-occupied Europe, of the Allied servicemen who used them, and of the men and women of the Resistance who risked their lives to create and run them.
It wasn't until many months that ground forces captured Arnhem in conventional fighting. It had literally been "a bridge too far". This book consists of interviews, research of British and Polish airborne forces involved in Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians caught up in the battle.
This work examines the events and outcomes in the many places in which World War II was fought. It shows where the strategic decisions came from and how they were implemented, but also through diary entries and recorded oral history, how ordinary people felt when they witnessed or heard of events.
A view of Winston Churchill, the workings of his historical imagination, and his successes and failures as a statesman. It treats Churchill's relationships with Stalin, Roosevelt and Eisenhower, as well as his farsighted political vision concerning the coming of World War II and the Cold War.
Part history and part autobiography, this is a portrait of the harrowing effect of war. Personal stories of the survival or destruction of the author's family lend an intimate dimension to this narrative of those millions who have surged back and forth across the lowlands bordering the Baltic Sea during the middle of this century/