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Into the Night Sky: RAF Middleton St George: A Bomber Airfield at War
Paul Tweddle


Broken Eagles
Bill Norman
Our Price: £15.96

At least 72 German aircraft crashed in Yorkshire or off its coastline during the 1939-1945 conflict and 282 German airman became casualties of war. 25% of those were captured, the rest were either killed or listed as 'missing in action'. This book records the losses of both aircraft and personnel and gives details of the circumstances of each loss. Unlike many books written about the air war over Britain during W.W.II, BROKEN EAGLES gives insights into what happened to men from the other side who met their match in northern skies.

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American Pilots in the RAF: the W.W.II Eagle Squadrons
Philip D. Caine
Our Price: £19.95

The inspiring story of the US citizens who fought and died in World War II long before their country entered the war. Drawn from interviews with dozens of surviving Eagles, from their letters and memoirs and from official records of the squadrons - and containing numerous photographs from the pilots' personal collections - the Eagles' story is a unique chapter in the history of the Second World War

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Bomber Pilot: Donald MacIntosh




The true account of life as a World War 2 bomber pilot. Donald Macintosh flew over 40 raids from D-day until May 1945.

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Echoes from the Past
Sten Gould

Our Price: £9.96

This is a different perspective of World War II. There aren't battles, just the personal struggles of a young Jewish- American soldier trying to come to grips with Army life and his conflicting feeling about the Germans he meets - especially the German women- -during the U.S. occupation. The author uses well-chosen passages from the journal he wrote during his service and then comments on them from his perspective 50 years later. Very interesting and touching.

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In Adversity
by Squadron Leader N.G. Tucker and Air Vice-Marshall D.A. Pocock CBE RAF

Our Price: £48.00

This work contains data and material on the exploits of gallantry and the awards made to the RAF Regiment and its Associated Forces between 1921 and 1995. The author consulted a minimum of four sources for each individual and then engaged in cross-referencing with other sources including surviving official records, to produce an account of each person's exploit. Previously unpublished citations are included. Each story tells of individual human endeavour, leadership, courage and devotion to duty. Many of the deeds were performed, not by full-time or regular members of the services but by men called up for the duration of World War II, or on other short term engagements. In this context they only serve to highlight the professionalism and performance of duty. A register of awards accompanies each main chapter. The book is intended to be not merely a record of exploits of gallantry, but also to provide a more general overview of operations and tasks conducted by the RAF Regiment and its Associated Forces.

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Mustang Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces and the RAF
Mark Stylingm and Jerry Scutts

Our Price: £11.00

The UK-based 9th Air Force produced nearly 100 aces flying Mustangs, the subject of this book. In fact, it was the RAF which was the first Allied air force to put the Mustang into service, producing seven aces. The book looks back on both the plane and the aces who flew them.

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No.640 (Halifax) Squadron, RAF Leconfield
Bill Norman

Our Price: £16.00

The history of 640 Squadron, their Halifax Bombers and RAF Leconfield.

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RAF: a Complete History 1918-1998
Roy Conyers Nesbit and Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Johns
Our Price: £20.00


In the first 80 years of its existence as an independent air arm the Royal Air Force has gained major achievements in both war and peace. To mark the 80th anniversary of its formation in 1998, aviation author Roy Conyers Nesbit has written this illustrated history of Britain's "junior" service. Covering all the main campaigns and historical events, the concise narrative relates the history of the RAF from its formation on 1 April 1918, through the testing years of the interwar period, the desperate struggle of World War II, and the precarious peace of the nuclear age, and concludes with the high-tech RAF of the late-1990s.

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RAF Bomber Airfields of World War 2
Jonathan Falconer
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An in-depth look at all the Bomber Command Airfields. Excellent book with comprehensive maps and photographs.

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RAF Bomber Stories
Martin W. Bowman
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In World War Two, RAF Bomber Command lost 55,000 aircrew, with nearly 10,000 more shot down and captured and a further 8000 wounded in action. This selection of personal accounts, as related by surviving airmen, is fully illustrated with photographs from their albums. Appendices include the Battle Order for 5th June 1944 and "Bomber" Harris's famous letter to Bomber Command on 12th May 1945. The book also includes accounts of: night-time bombing raids as seen from the cockpits of Wellingtons, Hampdens, Stirlings and Manchesters in the early days of World War Two; the cut and thrust of the Bomber Command "heavies" (Lancasters and Halifaxes) versus the German nightfighter force; and "moskitopanic" as RAF Mosquito aircraft made large-scale attacks in the latter days of the war.

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RAF Coastal Command in Action 1939-1945
Roy Conyers Nesbit
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During World War II the aircraft and crews of RAF Coastal Command played a vital role of patrolling and defending the waters around Great Britain against enemy air and naval forces. These included everything from long-range fighters and patrol aircraft, like Junkers Ju88 and Focke Wulf Fw200 Kondor, to marauding U-boats, E-boats and warships. The aircraft of the Command ranged far and wide, attacking coastal targets in Scandinavia, Germany and enemy-occupied Europe. Many of these strikes were captured on film, providing vivid evidence of the devastating firepower brought to bear against enemy targets by the Command's Mosquitos, Beaufighters and Sunderlands. Using the extensive archives held at the Public Record Office, the author has brought to light a series of photographs taken by RAF Coastal Command crews in action during World War II, illustrating in detail the aircraft and the actions fought by the Command over six years of war. Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, each accompanied by a fully researched caption, this book aims to bring attention to a wider audience the wartime exploits of RAF Coastal Command.

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Scramble! (Tales of the RAF - Book One)
Don Patterson and Sonny Schug
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Spitfire! (Tales of the RAF - Book 3)
Don Patterson and Sonny Schug
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The Luftwaffe Vs the RAF: Flying Equipment
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Wellington Wings: an RAF Intelligence Officer In the Western Desert
F.R. Chappell
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Bristol's Civil Defence During World War Two
John Penny
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History of RAF Stations Ossington and Gamston World War Two
William Taylor
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Imperial War Museum: World War Two in Photographs
Richard Holmes
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My World War Two
David James Powis
Our Price: £29.95

World War Two true story. Siege of Malta, invasions of Sicily, Italy, France (D-Day) and inland battles.

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The Cold Blue Sky : A B-17 Gunner in World War Two
Jack Novey
Our Price: £15.29


A gut-wrenching and sobering view of a gunners life. Cold Blue Sky is a book that focuses on the reality of combat. Novey shows the reader how one copes with the tragedy of war and pushes on to it's end. Novey is blunt and unabridged in his comments and views of war. He recounts his aerial combat with amazing detail and allows the reader to feel the experience. Novey takes the reader into his personal life as well, talking often of his friends and loves he had during the war. Overall this memoir provides a great medium for one to experience daily life through the eyes of a waist-gunner.

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The Fugu Plan : The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War Two
Marvin Tokayer, Mary Swartz
Our Price: £10.39

This narrative follows a group of European Jews who fled to the haven of Japan during World War II. It tells of their journey across Russia, their experiences in Japan and their survival in an Asian ghetto. It also describes a secret plan to create an "Israel in Asia" known as "The Fugu Plan".

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The Lancaster: RAF Heavy Bomber
Ron Dick
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True Stories of World War Two
Robin Cross (Editor)
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True Veteran's Stories of World War Two
Cyril S Gough
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World War Two 50th Anniversary
Black
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A Bridge Too Far
Cornelius Ryan
Our Price: £9.80


The best account of Operation Market Garden in print Ryan leaves no stone unturned in his blow by blow account of the most ambitious airborne operation of W.W.II. From the Division level all the way down to the individual paratrooper, the author puts the reader in the middle of the operation. One of the classics of WW II literature

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Capturing Enigma
Stephen Harper
Our Price: £11.99


An attack by a British destroyer on a German U-boat in the Eastern Mediterranean in October 1942 altered the course of the entire war. The capture of secret German Enigma coding material from U-559, at the cost of the lives of two of HMS Petard's crew, enabled Bletchley Park's codebreakers to crack a new Enigma system introduced to cover a maximum U-boat offensive. After ten critical months with no U-boat signals intelligence available, this was the crucial factor in defeating Hitler's Atlantic U-boat wolf packs before they could starve Britain into defeat in the winter of 1942-3. Had it been possible to release the facts of her triumph at the time, the name of HMS Petard would surely have ranked alongside that of Nelson's Victory in the annals of British history. Because of the top secrecy about Ultra messages that lasted nearly four decades, the Petard's achievement remained unknown, her fame unrecognised. This text is the true story of how HMS Petard attacked and captured U-559 in the darkness of a Mediterranean night. With the use of vivid eyewitness accounts, the author describes how two of her crew swam across to the sinking, abandoned U-boat (ahead of a boarding party in a whaler) went below and passed key signals documents up the conning tower before being trapped when U-559, leaking from damage caused in the Petard's earlier depth charge attacks, sank. Both men were later recommended for posthumous awards of the Victoria Cross but the Admiralty, concerned this might draw unwanted attention from German Intelligence, instead ordered posthumous awards of the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery.

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Citizen Soldiers
Stephen Ambrose
Our Price: £8.79


This sequel to "D-Day" opens at 00:01 hours, June 7, 1944 on the Normandy Beaches and ends at 02:45 hours, May 7, 1945. In between come the battles. From the enlisted men and junior officers who were there, this text draws on interviews and oral histories from those on both sides of the battles.

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Encyclopaedia of German Tanks of World War Two
Peter Chamberlain, Hilary Doyle
Our Price: £16.00


A guide to the tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles of the Third Reich. The result of research, it was first published in 1978, and has been revised and updated since to provide more information. Here are the complete technical and combat histories of all German World War II AFVs, in standard data layouts and arranged in sections by type. It contains over 1000 photographs, a glossary of German technical terms and English translations, eight appendices covering armament, ammunition, engines and other equipment. Contents include: Panzerkampfwagen I and II; Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) and 38(t); Panzerkampfwagen III; Panzerkampfwagen IV; Panzerkampfwagen V (Panther); Panzerkampfwagen VI (Tiger); plus variants on all Marks; miscellaneous fully-tracked vehicles; semi-tracked vehicles; armoured cars; and French, Italian and captured enemy vehicles in German service.

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Five Days in London, May 1940
John Lukacs
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An hour-by-hour account of the five days from 24th to 28th May 1940, as the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. It also investigates the mood of the British people, and how military disasters were affecting Churchill's political situation.

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The Heat of Battle: the Italian Campaign
Peter Hart
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This third volume in the Pen & Sword Regimental Actions series follows the 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, as they slogged their way through Italy during the Second World War.

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Voices from the Third Reich : An Oral History
Johannes Steinhoff, Peter Pechel, Dennis Showalter
Our Price: £11.00


This work offers a historical documentation, by means of personal testimonies from more than 150 Germans, of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Well-known figures such as Manfred Rommel and Helmut Kohl, former soldiers and ordinary civilians, and the victims of the criminal policies of the Nazi regime all contribute. Haunting and extraordinary tales of horror, courage, grim determination and moral confusion fill these page. This book takes the material of epic history and presents it in the form of the individual experience of men, women and children subjected to the pressures of total war in a fascist state.

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In the Shadow of the Holocaust : The Second Generation
Aaron Hass
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As one survivor has observed, the Holocaust did not end with the liberation of survivors after the collapse of the Third Reich, for the legacy of their suffering extends to a generation that never faced an SS storm trooper. With a blend of oral history, memoir, and psychological interpretation, Aaron Hass deepens our understanding of the price of that legacy for the second generation. What are the effects of growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust? Drawing on interviews and survey materials, Aaron Hass provides an account of the experiences of survivor's children. Now in their 30s and 40s, these men and women describe their relationships with their parents and offer their perceptions of the impact of the Holocaust on their families. They give voice to memories and feelings about which some of them have never spoken before. Himself a child of survivors and a clinical psychologist, Hass writes about the lingering presence of the Holocaust in his own life as well.

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Inside the Concentration Camps
Eugene Aroneanu (Editor), Thomas Whissen (Translator)
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This work is a translation of an oral history of the concentration camp experience recorded immediately after World War II as told by men and women who endured it and lived to tell about it. Their vivid, firsthand accounts heighten the reality of this experience in ways no third-person narrative can capture. Even when they are at a loss for words, their struggle to find language to express the unspeakable is, in itself, mute testimony to the ordeal etched forever on their memories. The testimonies are arranged to reflect the chronology of camp experience (from deportation to liberation), the living conditions of camp life (from malnutrition to forced labour), and the various methods of abuse and extermination (from castration to gassing and cremation). The chronology gives the accounts a narrative flow and even creates a certain suspense, especially as liberation nears and hopes rise.

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Iron Coffins : A Personal Account of the German U-Boat Battles of World War II
Herbert A. Werner
Our Price: £9.77


The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the most savage, strategically significant campaigns of World War II: 28,000 out of 39,000 men in the German U-boat force disappeared beneath the waves. Herbert A. Werner, one of the few surviving German U-boat commanders, served on five submarines from 1941 to 1945. From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, from the English Channel to the North Sea, he takes the reader with him through the triumphant years of 1941 and 1942, when German U-boats nearly strangled England, to the final years of destruction, disillusionment and defeat

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Japan at War : An Oral History
Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook
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This work of oral history captures the remarkable story of ordinary Japanese people during World War II. Haruko Taya and Theodore Cook take readers from the Japanese attacks on China in the 1930s to the Japanese homefront during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offering glimpses of how this century's most violent conflict affected the lives of the Japanese population. "Japan at War" documents a huge range of experiences. In constructing this oral history, the authors encountered every form of human response: those who held to their principles, and those who gave in to opportunism, those who controlled events, and the majority who were powerless. Soldiers and sailors caught in the jungles of New Guinea and on the seas around the Philippines; unrepentant generals, as well as conscripts whose political or intellectual training made them unwilling participants in the horrors wrought by their country; Japanese newspapermen, film-makers, artists, cabaret dancers and diplomats: all speak candidly about their wartime experiences, adding a whole new dimension to our understanding of what the war actually meant to the Japanese people and transcending all the stereotypes of kamikaze pilots and human torpedoes.

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Panzer Battles : A Study of the Employment of Armour in the Second World War
F. W. Von Mellinthin
Our Price: £4.26

Panzer Battles is a must have for those interested in the fighting in North Africa and the Eastern Front. Major General von Mellenthin provides an extremely knowledgeable account of the divisional level fighting before El Alamein and during and after Stalingrad. Of particular interest are his accounts of the 4th Panzer Army's attempt to rescue the 6th Army at Stalingrad and the 4th's actions near Belgorod during operation Citadelle. The only flaws this book has are von Mellenthin's tendency to blame Hitler for any setbacks and his comments on his Russian opponents which lead one to believe that von Mellenthin had little problem with Hitler's "lebensraum" policies. These minor details notwithstanding, this is a very good book well worth a read.

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Secret Underground Cities
N.J. McCamley
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‘SECRET UNDERGROUND CITIES’ is the history of the series of vast underground arsenals, factories and control bunkers built by the British government during the Second World War, and of the new uses found for many of these subterranean cities as nuclear shelters and command centres during the period of post-war, cold-war paranoia.

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Tales from a Child of the Enemy
Ursula Duba
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This beautifully written gem should be required reading for anyone who feels they understand the Holocaust. Ursula Duba is brutally honest in her portrayal of "civilised" behaviour in difficult circumstances. This book will take your conscience on a difficult trip by showing us that we are all responsible for protesting injustices in the world around us.

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The Mighty Eighth : The Air War in Europe As Told by the Men Who Fought It
Gerald Astor
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Gerald Astor has assembled many wonderful stories written by the men who are best suited to tell the story of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. This book was difficult to put down for two reasons: 1. The story it tells is extremely exciting and tragic at the same time and 2. The stories as told by the men who were there impart a quality and feeling that can be hard to find in more traditional histories. I definitely recommend this book.

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The Nazi Doctors
Robert Jay Lifton
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If you only read one book about doctors under Hitler then this is the one. Lifton not only focuses on the leading medical figures in the Third Reich, but also includes eyewitness testimony and disturbing accounts from victims. He offers numerous theories on how medical professionals turned into dispassionate killers in the name of "scientific research." A must read for anyone interested in behavioural pathology.

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The Second World War in the West
Charles Messenger
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The Second World War is so well documented these days that any new history usually relies to a large extent on the added value of untapped primary sources or personal experience to make its mark. The Second World War in the West is the exception that proves the rule. Charles Messenger sticks to the conventional wisdom of the causes of the 1939-45 war--The Treaty of Versailles, for example--and his analysis of the main conflicts and turning points will equally find few dissenters. Where he scores heavily, though, is in steering a careful path between detail and simplicity to provide a vivid picture of the breadth of the war in the four major European theatres--north-western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle-East, and The Third Reich and the East. Messenger's clarity is consolidated by superb design, but pride of place must go to the chronology, the maps and the brief biographies. Many histories are too self- important to give a week-by-week guide to the war, but Messenger's simple chronology does more to connect seemingly disparate European events than many complete books. The 21 maps, some of which are virtually in 3D, are minor artworks and, to complete the package, we get a brief résumé of which campaigns the leading generals on both sides were engaged in.

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Allied Photo Reconnaissance of World War II
Chris Staerck (Editor)
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Beaulieu: Finishing School for Secret Agents
Cyril Cunningham Our Price: £13.56


During the Second World War Beaulieu fulfilled a highly secret role, as a training camp for many of the country's top SOE agents. This is no ordinary history of an English country house.

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Blood and Water : Sabotaging Hitler's Bomb
Dan Kurzman
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As the blitzkrieg raged in Europe during World War II, a covert battle was being waged in laboratories as both the Allies and the Nazis raced to create the first atomic bomb. Although the Manhattan Project is now well known, Dan Kurzman chronicles an obscure yet vitally important episode that helped deny the Nazi's the A-bomb. Soon after the Germans invaded Norway in April of 1940, they began using the Norsk Hydro electrochemical and hydroelectric plant to produce deuterium oxide--"heavy water"--a principal element needed to create atomic weapons. Blood and Water: Sabotaging Hitler's Bomb follows the two-year clandestine mission conducted by the British and Norwegian commandos who braved rugged, high-mountain terrain to defuse a situation that could have changed the course of the war. This is a textbook case of fact being more exciting than fiction; the story has the pace and feel of a well-orchestrated thriller. Based on interviews with the Norwegian and British saboteurs, war diaries, and recently declassified documents, Kurzman's book brings history alive, revealing the real men behind this heroic chapter of the Allies' victory.

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British Security Co-ordination : The Secret History of British Intelligence in the Americas, 1940-1945
William Samuel Stephenson (Editor), Nigel West (Introduction)
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Originally prepared in 1945, this is actually an after action report of the wartime activities of the British Security Co-operation (BSC) office that operated from New York City during World War II. As a transparent cover for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, the BSC conducted espionage and counterespionage in North and South America and was particularly effective in influencing American public opinion during the isolationist period. Headed by millionaire spymaster Sir William Stephenson (profiled in A Man Called Intrepid), the BSC co-ordinated with American and Canadian authorities to establish an elaborate spy network using the tools of subversion, sabotage, disinformation, blackmail, threats, and some unsubtle arm-twisting to combat Axis efforts in the United States and South America

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Changing Enemies : The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany
Noel Gilroy
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An intimate portrait of British military and intelligence operations during the Second World War, seen through the eyes of Noel Annan, who was privileged to witness at first hand the innermost workings of British intelligence in Bletchley Park and elsewhere.

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Desperate Deception : British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44
Thomas E. Mahl
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Halifax Squadrons of World War 2
John Lake
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Handley Page's Halifax was the first RAF "heavy" bomber to drop bombs on Germany in 1941. The detailed text explains tactics used by the crews for their raids over Europe, North Africa and maritime patrol and paratrooping work. There are scale drawings of all the major Halifax bomber variants.

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Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project
Paul Lawrence Rose
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No one better represents the plight and the conduct of German intellectuals under Hitler than Werner Heisenberg, whose task it was to build an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany. The controversy surrounding Heisenberg still rages, because of the nature of his work and the regime for which it was undertaken. What precisely did Heisenberg know about the physics of the atomic bomb? How deep was his loyalty to the German government during the Third Reich? Assuming that he had been able to build a bomb, would he have been willing? These questions, the moral and the scientific, are answered by Paul Lawrence Rose in this text. Digging deep into the archival record among formerly secret technical reports, Rose establishes that Heisenberg never overcame certain misconceptions about nuclear fission, and as a result the German leaders never pushed for atomic weapons. In fact, Heisenberg never had to face the moral problem of whether he should design a bomb for the Nazi regime. Only when he and his colleagues were interned in England and heard about Hiroshima did Heisenberg realise that his calculations were wrong. He began at once to construct an image of himself as a "pure" scientist who could have built a bomb but chose to work on reactor design instead. This was fiction, as Rose demonstrates: in reality, Heisenberg blindly supported and justified the cause of German victory. The question of why he did, and why he misrepresented himself afterwards, is answered through Rose's subtle analysis of German mentality and the scientists' problems of delusion and self-delusion. This study is an effort to understand one of the 20th century's great enigmas.

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Intelligence and the War Against Japan
Richard Aldrich
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Intelligence and the Far Eastern War offers the first comprehensive scholarly history of the development of the British secret service and its relations with its American intelligence counterparts during the war against Japan. Richard J. Aldrich makes extensive use of recently declassified files in order to examine the politics of secret service during the Far Eastern War, analysing the development of organisations such as Bletchley Park, the Special Operations Executive and the Office of Secret Services in Asia. He argues that, from the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the Allies focused increasingly on each other's future ambitions, rather than the common enemy. Central to this theme are Churchill, Roosevelt and their rivalry over the future of empire in Asia. Richard J. Aldrich's cogent, fluent analysis of the role of intelligence in Far Eastern developments is the most thorough and penetrating account of this latter-day 'Great Game' yet produced.

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Mosquito Reconnaissance Units of World War 2
Martin Bowman
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This volume, one of three "Osprey Combat Aircraft" titles on the Mosquito, focuses on reconnaissance variants and their users. The plane's high performance gave it the ability to escape interception by enemy fighters. The text covers recce tactics, operations and a spread on crew uniforms.

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Pioneers of Radar
Colin Latham, Anne Stobbs, Sir Bernard Lovell
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In 1935 a simple demonstration in the Midlands of the reflection of radio waves from an overflying aircraft led to the development of a war-winning device - radar. This volume tells the story of a team of mainly young scientists and engineers who played a vital part in enabling Britain to outwit the onslaught of the Nazi bombers during World War II. It reveals how they fought the radar war-within-a-war, providing solutions to each new threat posed by the enemy. They were civilians working strictly under the Official Secrets Act for the whole of their wartime service. But ordinary civilians they were not; nor was the team they made up anything other than extraordinary in its combined brain power, its continual need for improvisation and its outright dedication to the changing needs of the services at home and overseas. This team was known successively by a number of titles until in November 1940 it acquired and retained the name by which it was best known throughout the war: TRE - the Telecommunications Research Establishment.

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Selections from Cryptologia : History, People, and Technology
Cipher A. Deavours
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This is a collection of articles and professional papers from "Cryptologia", a journal which focuses on the history and technology of cryptology. The volume offers personal accounts of crypto personalities, scholarly papers on the origins of cryptology, the inadequacy of cryptanalysis, and much more. Articles from "Historica" include: the unsolved messages of Pearl Harbour; Roosevelt, MAGIC and ULTRA; and diplomatic cryptanalysis in World War II. Articles from "Technologia" include: Viet Cong SIGINT and US army COMSEC in Vietnam; a World War II German radio army field cipher and how it was broken; and information on the history of the Siemens and Halske T52 cipher machines.

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Spitfire in Blue
Hugh Smallwood
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A biography of a single Spitfire, Mk XI PL965, which apart from being the fastest and most manoeuvrable Merlin-engined Spitfire also flew unarmed, on photo reconnaissance missions across Europe. Alongside interviews with surviving PR Mk XI pilots, examples of their recce photography and rare contemporary colour photographs, a detailed record of PL965s restoration is also provided.

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Station X : Decoding Nazi Secrets
Michael Smith
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An excellent book, companion to the Channel4 TV series of the same name.

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The Art of Military Deception
Mark Lloyd
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An examination of modern military deception techniques, which considers the tactics that were used by the Coalition forces in the Gulf, by the Soviets in Afghanistan and by the British in a series of post-imperial bush wars, with discussion of how such techniques were developed during World War II.

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The Cicero Spy Affair : German Access to British Secrets in World War II
Richard Wires
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The episode of the opportunistic valet of Britain's ambassador to neutral Turkey during World War II - dubbed "Cicero" for the eloquence of the top-secret material he appropriated from his employer Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugesson and sold to the Nazis - is a staple of intelligence lore. Yet this remarkable and sometimes comical story has often been recounted with little regard for the facts, most prominently in the popular film "Five Fingers". Here, historian and former intelligence officer Richard Wires seeks to present a full and objective account of the Cicero spy episode, offering closure to past discrepancies and credible solutions to remaining mysteries. It is a story set in the hotbed of intrigue that was wartime Turkey, replete with a dramatic car chase, a series of colourful mistresses ever loyal to their lover the spy, and an old-school British ambassador whose documents are photographed as he plays the piano in the drawing room and at night slips into a sleeping pill-induced slumber. Despite the affair's amusing aspects, it is also a sobering tale in which there are no winners and from which there are serious lessons to be learned. Germany never made use of the highly sensitive British documents it obtained during this crucial four-month period of the war because the handling of the information was caught up in a bitter and wasteful personal rivalry between Ribbentrop and Schellenberg. It was sheer luck for the British that their war effort did not sustain any significant damage. For, while the book states definitively that security regarding the Allied invasion of Normandy was not breached in the Cicero affair, Germany did gain a potential advantage concerning campaigns in the Aegean and the Balkans. This embarrassed the British greatly, especially since Cicero walked away a free man. However, the greedy valet - the most highly paid spy in history at that time - did not achieve his goals, either; he discovered some years later that the British banknotes he insisted on as payment were counterfeited by the Germans as part of a larger counterfeiting project. Cicero died a desperate man, deeply in debt, a fitting anticlimax for an espionage episode resulting in neither bodily injury nor strategic impact, but in humiliation on all sides.

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The Codebreakers
David Kahn
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Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break," writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is long. Kahn traces cryptology's origins to the advent of writing. It seems that as soon as people learned how to record their thoughts, they tried to figure out ways of keeping them hidden. Kahn covers everything from the theory of ciphering to the search for "messages" from outer space. He concludes with a few thoughts about encryption on the Internet.

With a new chapter on computer security issues, this updated and revised history of codes and codebreaking takes the reader from the protocryptography of Egyptian Pharoah Khnuumhotep II through to the speculations of scientists solving messages from outer space.

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The Darlington Spitfire
Peter Caygill
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Traces the history of the "Darlington Spitfire". Much of the book's information was supplied by former pilots and spans three and a half years of World War II, during which time the W3320 was the regular aircraft of one of the top scoring pilots. Later, it was converted to LFVb standard.

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The Hut Six Story : Breaking the Enigma Codes
Gordon Welchman
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The story of the people who worked in hut 6 at Blecthley Park, the secret headquarters of the war time codebreakers.

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The Imperial War Museum Book of War Behind Enemy Lines
Julian Thompson
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Examines the "golden age" of special forces and their leaders, including: the SAS, Long Range Desert Group, SBS, Popski's Private Army, Chindits, Stirling, Wingate and Calvert. From diaries, letters and other reminiscences, this book features the voice of the combatant

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The Road to War
Richard Overy, Andrew Wheatcroft Our Price: £7.99


Without resort to hindsight, this study looks at why the world's greatest powers were at war 60 years ago. It aims to recapture the concerns, anxieties and prejudices of the statesmen of the 30s and the people they led.

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The Spitfire Story
Alfred Price
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A history of the Spitfire, one of the most famous fighter aircraft, providing a complete design and production history from its pre-war origins through to its final post-war variant. This edition has been revised and expanded, and features additional artwork and cut-away drawings.

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Undercover Tales of World War II
William B. Breuer
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Tales of espionage have always fascinated military history enthusiasts. During World War II, spies were playing for the highest stakes of all time. Military historian, William Breuer, has collected information from personal interviews, official archives, declassified documents, books, articles, and magazines to expose over 75 little-known stories of intrigue, including clandestine manoeuvres, sabotage, spying, plots, propaganda, bribery, code-breaking, kidnappings and other bizarre plots from the years leading up to and through W.W.II. Told in a vivid, fast-paced and dramatic style, this glimpse of the inside workings of spies and saboteurs on both sides of the war provides a new understanding of the stakes involved - and the life-and-death chances these daring few took in a bitter struggle.

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War in Italy 1943-1945 : A Brutal Story
Richard Lamb
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Richard Lamb, one of the few Italian-speaking officers in the British Army during World War II, has relied in part on newly opened Italian archives to present a surprising and unprecedented history of the war in Italy from Mussolini's fall until the final victory. Chronicling an unbroken sequence of Nazi infamies, Lamb reveals how German troops massacred thousands of surrendering Italians in the Aegean islands, deported Italian Jews to Auschwitz and slaughtered Italian hostages and POWs. Had it not been for Mussolini's frenzied attempts to protect his countrymen, Italy would have been treated even worse than Poland. Lamb answers important and controversial questions, such as why the Allies did not land unopposed in Italy before the Germans poured over the Brenner Pass. He dwells on the attempted annexation of northern Italy by de Gaulle and Tito, documents the contributions of the Royalist Army to the Allied cause, shows how helpful Italian civilians were to escaping Allied POWs, and reveals why the German generals failed to obey Hitler's order to "scorch" all of Northern Italy.

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Out of the Italian Night: Wellington Bomber Operations 1944-45

Previously published as "It's Dicey Flying Wimpys Around Italian Skies"
Maurice G. Lihou
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Familiar Voices
Frank Harbord
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WORLD WAR 2 RAF MEMOIR FEATURING LIFE AS AIRCREW IN THE BRISTOL BLENHEIM BY OBSERVER/NAVIGATOR FRANK HARBORD DFM. 101,104,82,105 and 60 Squadrons RAF

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Underneath a Harlem Moon
Iain Cameron Williams
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By documenting Adelaide Hall's early years in show business, Iain Cameron Williams takes the reader on a roller coaster ride, making stops in New York, Chicago, Paris, London; visiting Broadway, the Moulin Rouge and the Cotton Club. It is impossible to pause for breath and put the book down, for the author has brilliantly captured the spirit of Miss Hall, and uncovered facts hitherto unknown. Her energy, talent and passion for life made her one of the best-loved, and most in-demand entertainers of the 1920s and 1930s, and yet so little has been published about her. Too often Adelaide Hall has been overlooked in histories of jazz and popular music. This thoroughly researched biography, written with love, must surely give her the recognition she deserves as the real First Lady of Jazz, and as a trailblazer in popular entertainment. This is a journey everyone should take.

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The Quest for Freedom

A young secretary in occupied Antwerp during WW II, Files didn't even inform her father (who was also her boss) when she joined the Belgian Resistance. A staunch patriot, Files assembled bombs in her living room, hid downed Allied airmen, and slipped propaganda into the letterboxes of buildings that housed the German invaders. Arrested and imprisoned, she bravely survived whipping and interrogation at the hands of the Nazis before she was freed upon the liberation of Belgium.

The Quest for Freedom: A Story of Belgian Resistance in World War II


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