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.
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.
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.
Richard Wyndham's evocative and charmingly eccentric account of his tour of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, taken as Britain stood on the brink of the second world war.
An eccentric, fun and informative read, following a self-confessed 'haphazard' journey along side roads.
And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the `living books' - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be `borrowed' to educate the children in the camp.
Nicholas Rankin's revelatory new book, whose cast of characters includes Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski, sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against fascism, from Abyssinia through the Spanish Civil War.
'Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut. And we enter the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the Royal Family.
Presents the history of the Blitz and bombing in the Second World War. This book examines not just the most well-known parts of the campaign, but the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Front for example, or the Allied campaigns against Italian cities.
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From the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, G.I. Brides weaves together the real-life stories of four women who crossed the ocean for love, providing a moving true tale of romance and resilience.
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.
Aviation has revolutionised warfare over the last 100 years. This pocket guide gives the reader the essential details of 70 iconic aircraft, including the Sopwith Camel, the Spitfire, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the P-51 Mustang and the F-4 Phantom. It uses detailed profile artwork to illustrate and aid recognition.
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/
An account of the origins of World War Two which challenges conventional beliefs that Chamberlain was naive and deceived by Hitler's intentions, providing evidence that certain British leaders welcomed Nazism as an alternative to Communism.
James Leininger was just two years old when he began having disturbing nightmares that would not stop. He screamed out in the night: 'Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!' While nightmares are common among children, what happened next shocked those around him...
Craig L. Symonds' World War II at Sea offers a definitive naval history of the Second World War presenting the chronology of the naval war, from The London Conference of 1930 to the surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945, on a global scale for the first time.