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From Zenith Press: The Germans thought escape was impossible. These men proved them wrong.
Colditz Castle, located near Leipzig Germany, was the last stop for select Allied prisoners during World War II. It was here, a reportedly impregnable fortress, that the Germans sent all the prisoners who escaped from other prisons.
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From Zenith Press: "In Battle of the Bulge, author and artist Wayne Vansant brings readers into the frozen foxholes, haunting forests, and devastated villages of the Ardennes during that freezing cold winter.
By Benjamin Carter Hett
From Oxford University Press: "A powerful new look at the Reichstag fire.... Based on years of archival and scholarly research, the book reconstructs the event in gripping detail."
By P.R. REID
From Zenith Press: The Germans thought escape was impossible. These men proved them wrong. Colditz Castle, located near Leipzig Germany, was the last stop for select Allied prisoners during World War II. It was here, a reportedly impregnable fortress, that the Germans sent all the prisoners who escaped from other prisons.
By member RANDALL HANSEN
From Oxford University Press: "Fills a crucial niche in the history of WWII resistance, focusing on disobedience after Valkyrie, which has typically been overlooked.... Based on extensive archival research in three languages.... Considers a wide range of resistance figures, including officers, soldiers, and citizens."
By Harry Yeide
From Zenith Press: "He is remembered as an officer with few equals. A leader who attained legendary status while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. He was also well known for his eccentricity and controversial outspokenness."
By member GAVIN MORTIMER
From Zenith Press: "In The First Eagles: The Fearless American Aces Who Flew with the RAF in World War I, award-winning historian Gavin Mortimer engagingly profiles the restless, determined American aviators who grew tired of waiting for the their country to establish an aerial military force during World War I."
By CORY GRAFF
From Zenith Press: "Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? ... In deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur."
By COLIN HEATON & ANNE-MARIE LEWIS
From Zenith Press: "When The German Aces Speak published in 2011, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine welcomed Colin Heaton’s and Anne- Marie Lewis’s masterful command of interview-based narrative, writing,”
By member NICHOLAS A. VERONICO
From Zenith Press: "In Hidden Warbirds II, the engaging follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hidden Warbirds, aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico further explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks and recoveries."
By JEREMY HARWOOD
From Zenith Press: "The downfall of Nazi Germany, as seen through its own media. The first issue of Signal magazine, Germany's biweekly army propaganda publication, hit the newsstands in April of 1940." Read More »
By member ROBERT F. DORR
From Zenith Press: "Robert F. Dorr's critically acclaimed World War II bombing narrative, now available in paperback format. The western Allies flew 314 bombing missions to Berlin between 1940 and 1945."
By ERIC HAMMEL
From Zenith Press: "By the summer of 1944 the tide had turned in the Pacific War against the Japanese. The war was not nearly over, however, and the U.S. Marines had their heaviest season of combat awaiting them."
From YouTube: "Patrick Henningsen interviews Gerrard Williams, the former Duty Editor at Reuters Television and Foreign Duty Editor at The BBC, Sky News and APTN and author of the book Grey Wolf. Patrick and Gerrard take a deeper look into one of the greatest the untold stories of World War II, where Adolf Hitler and many other top Nazis including Martin Bormann, escaped to Argentina after the Fall of Berlin in 1945." What do you think? Did Hitler in fact escape Berlin in 1945? Watch the video and share your thoughts here.
7 December 1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor; 1941 » The United States could no longer maintain its stance of neutrality amidst the global conflict in 1941. FDR declared war against Japan on 8 December following the attack on the US Pacific Fleet. The attack would claim 2,403 lives, military and civilian. FDR made his famous "A date which will live in infamy" quote during his 8 December speech to Congress.
Hickam Air Field » Wheeler Army Airfield »
8 December 1941: The Battle for Wake Island » The simultaneous attacks by Japan on Wake Island and Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into World War II. The attack on Wake Island was fought by 450 US Marines of the 1st Marines Defense Battalion and 68 US Navy personnel. US Navy Pilot George H.W. Bush would fly his first mission of the war over Wake Island, and go on to fly 58 combat missions.
15 December 1944: Bandleader Glenn Miller lost » The music that Glenn Miller gave the world was momentarily silenced on the 15th of December back in 1944, as his patriotism and passion for his music would ultimately combine to end his life. Glenn was scheduled to entertain Allied troops in Paris, when his small aircraft, a UC-64 Norseman disappeared over the English Channel.
20 December 1946: 'It's a Wonderful Life' starring WWII veteran Jimmy Stewart » Set against the backdrop of WWII, Frank Capra's movie classic was released on December 20, 1946 at the Globe Theatre in New York. Based on the novel, "The Greatest Gift", this Christmas classic starring WWII veteran Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed would go on to be recognized by the American Film Institute, as one of the '100 best American Films' ever made.
24 December 1943: Roosevelt's Christmas Eve message to America » FDR was known for his powerful ability to unite America in time of crisis. As our only four-term president, FDR had the unenviable task of leading our country out of the depression and through WWII. With such an ominous set of circumstances thoughout his terms, persuasive and sensitive oratory skills were necessary in order to reach Americans.
24 December 1944: Christmas miracle at the "Bulge"» On Christmas Eve 1944, a wartime miracle played out in a small cottage deep within the Ardennes Forest during the "Battle of the Bulge". For one brief night, a few American and German soldiers put down their weapons at the behest of one brave family and created a timeless Christmas story. Fritz Vinken was 12 years old at the time as he recounts that night.
24 December 1944: Renee LeMaire,"The Angel of Bastogne" » The story of Renee LeMaire is among the many accounts of valor in Bastogne on Christmas Eve, 1944. Renee was a Beligian nurse who volunteered to stay and assist at the makeshift aid station of the US Army's 10th Armored Division while the fighting in Bastogne intensified. Renee's story is highlighted in episode 6, "Bastogne" in the 'Band of Brothers' series from 2001.