The legendary Avro Lancaster receives the famous Haynes manual treatment with the full co-operation and authorisation of the Royal Air Force. This book provides an insight into what it takes to restore and operate a Lancaster, as well as a wonderful insight into the engineering and construction of this remarkable aeroplane.
Explores British imperial unity at the outbreak of the Second World War and how this ultimately led to its own dissolution in post-war years. This book examines the key themes affecting the relationship between Britain and the Dominions during the Second World War, the Empire's last great conflict.
How close did Britain really come to invasion during this time? What were Hitler and Churchill's motives? And what was the battle's real effect on the outcome of the war? This title deals with these questions.
The untold story of a nation of Schindlers: this is the gripping, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of how during WWII the people of Denmark rallied to save their Jewish population from the Nazis.
Drawing on declassified documents, this book reveals missions as remarkable as a plot to assassinate Mussolini and plans to arm the Mafia, and brings home the risks that secret agencies run when trying to undermine well-entrenched regimes. It features a tale of desperate daring, tragic sacrifice and long-held wartime secrets.
When Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in the early hours of 2 April 1982, Britain's military chiefs were faced with a real-life Mission Impossible. Drawing on interviews with the combatants, Falklands residents and British High Command, this book takes us to the beating heart of the legendary raid.
1940 was the most significant year in European history this century, this book examines what it meant for the people of Britain then and now. Malcolm Smith details the resultant influences that have constructed our national consciousness.
Russia's engagement with Germany on the Eastern Front during World War II was ferocious, unprecedented and bloody, costing millions of civilian and military lives. In this challenging new book, Lee Baker distinguishes myth from reality and deflates the idea that this war, while gargantuan in scale, was in essence a war like any other.
This introductory student guide to World War II provides a clear narrative of events and detailed analysis and includes sections on the strategic, ideological, economic and social dimensions of the war.
Tells the history of the Blitz in the Second World War. This book examines the well-known parts of the campaign, and the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Front for example (and discovered material on the more familiar 'Blitz' on Britain), or the Allied campaigns against Italian cities.
Winston Churchill's inspiring leadership in the Second World War once put him above criticism. This book makes sense of this extraordinary man and his controversial and heroic career. It brings out Churchill's strengths and weaknesses, looking at the many received versions of Churchill, and offers a fresh insight into his character.
Night after night, they swallowed their fears and flew long distances through packs of enemy fighters to drop the bombs that could destroy Hitler and bring about the end of the war. This title tells the story of the controversial last battles of Bomber Command through the eyes of the heroic men who fought them.
The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. This title shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
Moving from the Middle-Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s, to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, this book tells the story of two German men whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an unusual way.
This new book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the key Allied powers, setting in motion the traumatic years of the Occupation, the Vichy regime, and the rapid escalation of World War Two.
The first scholarly study of the men of the RAF and British culture during the war, The Flyer examines the lives of these men and their popular representation in literary and cinematic texts. It illuminates broader issues of gender, class, race, emotional life, and the creation of a national myth in modern Britain.
Challenging conventional wisdom on the use of intelligence and on Churchill's bombing campaign, this book tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory, and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.
The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front.
For nearly two years the two most infamous dictators in history actively collaborated with one another. This book tells the story of the pact between Hitler and Stalin, from the motivation for its inception to its dramatic and abrupt end in 1941 as Germany declared war against its former partner.
During the Second World War Eric Lomax was forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio. Left emotionally scarred and unable to form normal relationships, Lomax suffered for years until, with the help of his wife, Patti Lomax.
Written directly from archival sources, this book offers the student new perspectives on the man who dominated the making of British policy before and after his "triumph" at Munich in September 1938 - Neville Chamberlain. It considers his personality, his aims and his methods.
On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. This book reveals stories about this battle.
Analyses how Axis strategy evolved. Examining the Second World War on different fronts, this book asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, the Axis might even have won.
As a child, the distinguished historian the author was sent first to the ghetto of Theresienstadt and then to Auschwitz. As one of the few survivors he has spent much of his life studying Nazism and the Holocaust, but always as a discipline requiring the greatest coldness and objectivity, with his story set to one side. This title tells his story.
Provides original documents which are designed to evaluate claims that World War II introduced a new sense of social solidarity and social idealism which led to a consensus on welfare state reform. This book offers important evidence on crime, race relations, women, health and the family.
The most terrible emergency in Britain's history, the Second World War required an unprecedented national effort. An exhausted country had to fight an unexpectedly long war and found itself much diminished amongst the victors. This is the story from 1942 to Indian independence in 1947.
The astonishing life of a young working-class man who fought throughout Second World War from Alamein to the invasion of Sicily, was captured at Arnhem and as a POW survived the Allied bombing raid on Dresden
Emerging from modern history as a remarkable and much-loved family, the Mitfords have remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley and British fascism.
This tiny tome featuring a faux leather binding with embossed type and illustration is filled with Winston Churchill's biography, his most inspirational quotes, and excerpts from some of his most famous speeches.