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Warbird Factory: North American Aviation in World War II

By John M. Frederickson

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From Zenith Press: "Explore the WWII history of the company that later became a part of Boeing and made more aircraft from 1938 to 1944 than any other company in the United States.

During World War II, Los Angeles was the ultimate boom town. By the end of the war, the L.A. area had produced 17 percent of all of America's war needs. North American Aviation, Inc. (NAA), operating out of their main Inglewood, California, plant, which is south of and adjacent to the city, was a key player in that work. From 1938 to 1944, NAA built over 40,000 aircraft, more than any other company in the United States."


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The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion


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From Zenith Press: "Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs."  Book review »

The Battle of the Bulge: A Graphic History of Allied Victory in the Ardennes, 1944-1945


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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.

Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich's Enduring Mystery

By Benjamin Carter Hett

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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."

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Colditz: The Full Story


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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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The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories


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From Aurum Press: "For Winston Churchill the men and women at Bletchley Park were 'the geese the laid the golden eggs', providing important intelligence that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War.

Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Valkyrie


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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."

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Fighting Patton: George S. Patton Jr. Through the Eyes of His Enemies

By Harry Yeide

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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."

The First Eagles: The Fearless American Aces Who Flew with the RAF in World War I


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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."

Flying Warbirds: An Illustrated Profile of the Flying Heritage Collection's Rare WWII-Era Aircraft


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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."

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The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders


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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,”

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the battle of peleliu: 71 years ago

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Peleliu, Palau Islands: Noted by the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virgina as the "bitterest battle of the war for the Marines," this ultimate victory by the U.S. Marines and Army would see high casualty rates and controversy. Caught in the competition between Admiral Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur for the best strategy in island hopping northward on to victory towards Japan, the Island of Peleliu was seen as necessary for its airfield.


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the World at war: december

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.
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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' HBO series from 2001.


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upcoming book giveaways

The Battle of the Bulge: The Photographic History of an American Triumph


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Please join us Thursday evening, 3 December 2015 in the D-Day, Normandy and Europe Research Group's Discussion Forum.

This giveaway is sponsored by our good friend Nichole Schiele at Zenith Press. 

From Zenith Press: "Fought [71] years ago this December, the Battle of the Bulge still ranks as the single largest battle ever fought by the United States Army. More men, vehicles, supplies, equipment, aircraft, and effort went into this thirty-day battle than into any other in American history."

The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Players that Won the War


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Please join us Thursday evening, 17 December 2015 in the Pacific & China-Burma-India group's Discussion Forum (click here).

This event is sponsored by Nichole Schiele and our good friends at Zenith Press and Quarto Publishing. All Network members receive a 40% discount off list price on titles ordered directly from the Quarto Publishing website.

From Zenith Press: "This book provides a fresh take on World War II in the Pacific that goes beyond the simple recounting of battles won and lost to synthesize the strategies, politics, and key players that shaped the conduct of the war."

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