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By the EDITORS OF BOSTON PUBLISHING COMPANY
From Zenith Press: A comprehensive history of America's highest award for military valor.
The Medal of Honor chronicles the creation, evolution, and awarding of the Medal, from the battlefields of the Civil War to the jungles of Vietnam, through a wealth of illustrations and hundreds of authoritative, action-filled accounts of heroism in America's conflicts.
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▪ The Air War: 1939-1945
▪ Australia, Canada, and other Allies
▪ British Forces & the Battle of Britain
▪ China-Burma-India Theater
▪ D-Day, Normandy & W. Europe
▪ The Eastern Front
▪ The Italian Campaign
▪ U.S. Navy, Coast Guard & Merchant Marine
▪ War in the Pacific
Special Interest Topics
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By MARTIN K.A. MORGAN
From Zenith Press: "Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs." Book review »
By member WAYNE VANSANT
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 Sony Pictures: "April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany."
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IN THE PACIFIC, U.S. MARINES FIGHT ON PELELIU
1 October 1944, Palau Islands: U.S. Marines on Peleliu fight on » 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 US 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.
THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN CONTNUES
5 October 1943: Salerno, Italy: The Allies in Italy North »- Following the Allied victory in North Africa, the next logical step in the campaign against "fortress Europe" was the invasion of German held Sicily and Italy. General Eisenhower, commander of all Allied forces in the theater had the task of not only defeating Axis member Italy, but get them to surrender which would hope to weaken Germany's efforts in the Mediterranean.
THE INVASION OF POLAND
6 October 1939, Poland: Polish Forces Surrender - the War in Europe Begins » Possibly no other event in modern history has had such dire and far-reaching effects as the German invasion of Poland. In this five-week period, Poland was invaded by Germany from the west and the Soviet Union from the east. German forces numbered in excess of 1.5 million troops while Soviet strength topped 510 thousand troops, which included Slovak fighters. The invasion was Nazi Germany's first test of its combined armor-aircraft-infantry battle theory later known as 'Blitzkrieg'.
ON THE EASTERN FRONT, THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD
15 October 1941: Leningrad, Soviet Union: The Siege of Leningrad Continues » The prolonged battle for the city of Leningrad was not only one of the longest (29 months) fights for a city in modern history but also one of the costliest in terms of casualties. (After Berlin and Stalingrad) The German forces were ultimately driven out by Soviet forces on the 27th of January in 1944. The Siege of Leningrad was key to Hitler's plan to take the Soviet Union. It was detailed in Operation Barbarossa - Hitler's initial invasion of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.