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The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II

By Judith M. Heimann

N ovember 1944: military airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what must have been a simple venture off the Borneo coast. in its place they discovered themselves suddenly dealing with a eastern fleet—and have been shot down. once they lower themselves free from their parachutes, they have been scattered around the island’s mountainous inside. Then a bunch of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. may those Dayak tribesmen flip the ravenous airmen over to the opposed jap occupiers? Or might the Dayaks probability vicious reprisals to get the airmen correctly domestic? The tribal leaders’ remarkable determination ended in a determined video game of hide-and-seek, and, finally, the go back of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting.
A cinematic survival tale that includes a bamboo airstrip outfitted on a rice paddy, a mad British significant, and a blowpipe-wielding military that helped damage one of many final jap strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is a gripping, you-are-there trip into the distant international and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.

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The Bridge at Remagen: A Story of World War II (Presidio War Classic; World War II)

It used to be a beautiful strategic victory of global warfare II–and essentially the most magnificent breaks for the Allies. On March 7, 1945, a small workforce of yankee soldiers, engineers, and tank crews secured the Ludendorff Bridge that crossed the Rhine. The profitable venture kept hundreds of thousands of yank lives and spearheaded the invasion of Nazi Germany.

The Bridge at Remagen is the specified narrative of this outstanding yet the most important army motion, person who surprised the German military. it's also the relocating tale of fellows who didn't think about themselves heroes, yet who played magnificently below hearth. during this impressive actual tale, Ken Hechler can provide the hour-by-hour account of superb army bold, human braveness, and nearly excellent good fortune that profoundly replaced the process the battle.

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The Baker's Daughter: A Novel

By Sarah McCoy

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In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive youngster, as longing for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her kinfolk were protected against the worst of the phobia and desperation overtaking her kingdom through a high-ranking Nazi who needs to marry her. So whilst an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep on Christmas Eve, Elsie is familiar with that commencing the door may placed all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is attempting to dossier a feel-good Christmas piece for the neighborhood journal, and she or he sits down with the landlord of Elsie's German Bakery for what she expects may be an easy interview. But Reba reveals herself returning to the bakery back and again, anxious to discover the guts of the story—a tale that resonates together with her personal turbulent earlier. For Elsie, Reba’s questions are a stinging reminder of that final bleak 12 months of worldwide conflict II. because the women's lives turn into intertwined, either are pressured to confront the uncomfortable truths of the earlier and hunt down the braveness to forgive.

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German Special Forces of World War II (Elite)

By Gordon Williamson

A desirable and lengthy past due examine of the troops that made up Germany's elite designated forces of global warfare II. Such forces integrated the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who performed audacious projects akin to the glider-borne rescue of Mussolini, and the abduction of the son of the Hungarian regent, Admiral Horthy. This publication additionally comprises info of lesser-known devices comparable to the Brandenburgers, who operated in the back of enemy traces in captured uniforms, and the Kleinkampfverbände who have been the forerunners of modern day naval strive against troops just like the US military SEALs. whole with uniform and equipment aspect including motion bills of lots of those bold operations, this e-book is a must have for any detailed forces fanatic.

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Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II (General Military)

By Brian J Ford

Robust illustrations and a special new narrative make this an incomparable illustrated historical past of the key guns that modified the process international warfare II. The book's uncomplicated constitution is chronological, charting the race in know-how among the Allied and Axis powers, with examples in their use in conflict, besides those who remained experimental or remained the stuff of technology fiction. Importantly (and of curiosity to the overall reader) it additionally indicates how wartime study expected the high-tech period within which we now reside. The account charts mystery guns improvement from the japanese ray gun of the Thirties to the strong V2 rocket, and compares international battle II mystery guns learn with the realities of present-day technology. it is a riveting tale of innovation stressed, from a global of computer weapons and biplanes to electronics, rockets, and nuclear bombs with the ability to wipe out humanity.

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War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Critical Issues in World and International History)

In reading one of many defining occasions of the 20 th century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its old, political, social, cultural, and army contexts. in contrast to many different remedies of the Holocaust, this revised, 3rd version discusses not just the persecution of the Jews, but in addition different segments of society victimized by means of the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and different teams deemed bad. In transparent and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the 2 interconnected targets that drove the Nazi German application of conquest and genocide—purification of the so-called Aryan race and enlargement of its residing space—and discusses how those ambitions affected the process international warfare II. together with firsthand bills from perpetrators, sufferers, and eyewitnesses, her e-book is speedy, human, and eminently readable.

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A Child's War: Growing Up on the Home Front

By Mike Brown

When the second one international battle broke out in September 1939, it got here as no shock to the kids of Germany: the Nazis were getting ready them for a battle ever on the grounds that that they had come to strength in 1933. To British little ones it used to be an altogether assorted topic. childrens all over the place Britain have been deeply stricken by the conflict: many have been separated from their mom and dad by way of evacuation or bereavement; all needed to "make do and mend" with outfits and toys; and a few even died whereas contributing to the battle attempt at home. In this relocating and infrequently fun account, Mike Brown describes what lifestyles used to be like at the domestic entrance throughout the battle from a kid's standpoint. His totally illustrated narrative comprises information of evacuation, rationing, dealing with fuel mask and air raids, leisure and the important—and frequently dangerous—roles of the Boy Scouts and lady Guides. This photographic heritage can pay tribute to the new release of women and boys who grew up lower than the shadow of the second one international War.

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Peleliu 1944: The Forgotten Corner of Hell (Praeger Illustrated Military History)

By Gordon L. Rottman, Jim Moran

Equaling Tarawa and Okinawa in scale and ferocity, till lately the conflict for Peleliu has been considered as the Pacific war's forgotten conflict, and unfortunately one who shouldn't ever were fought. a big carrier-based assault a few weeks prior to the invasion destroyed all plane and transport within the zone and almost remoted the japanese garrison. 1st Marine department commander, normal Rupertus, made extravagant claims that the trap of Peleliu may in simple terms take 3 days--maybe . however the jap fought a bloody conflict of attrition from ready positions an in a fight of exceptional savagery an entire Marine department used to be bled white.

Equaling Tarawa and Okinawa in scale and ferocity, until eventually lately the conflict for Peleliu has been considered as the Pacific war's forgotten conflict, person who with hindsight should not were fought in any respect. initially deliberate to safe normal MacArthur's japanese flank in the course of his invasion of the Philippine Islands, the attack grew to become superfluous after a huge carrier-based assault at the Palau Islands through job strength fifty eight a few weeks previous destroyed all airplane and transport within the region and almost remoted the japanese garrison. The planners could have been inspired through the extravagant claims of the commander of the Marine Corps' 1st department, basic Rupertus, that it will purely take 3 days--maybe , yet because the eastern defenders deserted their prior technique of trying to repel the invader at the shores and fought a conflict of attrition from conscientiously ready positions within the Umurbrogol Hills, the operation turned a close-quarters slog of remarkable savagery within which a complete Marine department expended itself and needed to be changed through military units.

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Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination

By Saul Friedländer

The enactment of the German extermination guidelines that led to the homicide of six million ecu Jews depended upon many elements, together with the cooperation of neighborhood experts and police departments, and the passivity of the populations, essentially in their political and religious elites. invaluable additionally used to be the victims' willingness to post, usually with the desire of surviving lengthy adequate to flee the German vise. The Years of Extermination, the of entirety of Saul Friedländer's significant historic opus on Nazi Germany and the Jews, explores the convergence of some of the elements of this so much systematic and sustained of contemporary genocides. during this remarkable work—based on an enormous array of records and an overpowering choir of voices from diaries, letters, and memoirs—the historical past of the Holocaust has came across its definitive representation.

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The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality

The Crime of My Very Existence investigates a infrequently thought of but severe measurement of anti-Semitism that used to be instrumental within the belief and perpetration of the Holocaust: the organization of Jews with criminal activity. Drawing from a wealthy physique of documentary proof, together with memoirs and little-studied photos, Michael Berkowitz lines the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish illegal activity" from the eighteenth century throughout the Weimar Republic, into the advanced Nazi attack at the Jews, and increasing into postwar Europe.

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