spotlight: new this fall

Dunkirk

By SINCLAIR MCKAY

Available September 15, 2014

From the Aurum Press website: "The Dunkirk evacuation is an extraordinary historical moment which goes beyond mere consideration of military tactics.

Sinclair McKay, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, delves into the social history of Britain in the early months of World War 2, examining the psychology of a nation fighting for its existence, and the extraordinary way in which the spirit that was conjured on those Channel beaches has become interchangeable with an idea of what constitutes national character."

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

By MARTIN K.A. MORGAN

Available Now »

From the Zenith Press website: "Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs. Although it took a multinational coalition to conduct World War II's amphibious D-Day landings, the U.S. military made a major contribution to the operation that created mighty American legends and unforgettable heroes."  Book review »

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

By member WAYNE VANSANT

Available September 16, 2014 »

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. With meticulous historical accuracy and hand-drawn visuals that can tell a story in ways words alone cannot, Vansant recounts the Bulge with insightful detail, replaying the thrusts and volleys of both the combined Allied and German forces during the tumultuous battle."

Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Valkyrie

By member RANDALL HANSEN

Available Now »

From the Oxford University Press website: "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."

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

By member GAVIN MORTIMER

Available July 18, 2014

From the Zenith Press website: "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

By CORY GRAFF

Available October 15, 2014

From the Zenith Press website: "Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War II? 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."

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

By COLIN HEATON & ANNE-MARIE LEWIS

Available now »

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, “. . . what might have been numbing recitations of dogfights are instead vivid descriptions of life as a warrior during World War II.”

Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft

By member NICHOLAS A. VERONICO

Available now »

From the Zenith Press website: "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."

Hitler's War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

By JEREMY HARWOOD

Available Now » 

From the Zenith Press website: "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 »

Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich

By member ROBERT F. DORR

Available now »

From the Zenith Press website: "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. Germany's capital was its largest city, the richest metropolitan center on the European continent, the sixth-largest city in the world--and it had been declared a legitimate military target."

War in the Western Pacific: The U.S. Marines in the Marianas, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, 1944-1945

By ERIC HAMMEL

Available July 23, 2014 »

From the Zenith Press website: "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."

World War II From Above: An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

By JEREMY HARWOOD

Available Now »

From Zenith Press: "In World War II From Above: An Aerial View of the Global Conflict », historian Jeremy Harwood profiles the fascinating story, unknown to many, of the battle waged by Allies and Axis spies in the skies to obtain accurate aerial intelligence during World War II."

 

Released in 2012: wwii-era british artworks

British WWII propaganda artworks

Above: "Convoys crossing the Atlantic" This artworks collection was released to Wikipedia Great Britain in June 2012. This collection of paintings, posters, and drawings by different British Artists during the Second World War is an exciting new addition to the history of the war; created to energize the morale of England's citizens, this assortment is remarkable. To view the Album One slideshow, click here or the image above. To view the Album Two slideshow please click here.

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School starts September 3: Harvard classes on the Great War, and Nazi propaganda through film

Started by Scott Lyons. Last reply by Scott Lyons 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

Harvard Extension School has two interesting courses available in September; both are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit.The first course is "HIST E-1889/W - The Great War: World War I though Film and Literature." Link here: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/great-war-world-war-i-though-film-literature This course is…Continue

Train and jump from a C-47 just like they did in WWII

Started by Randy Gann yesterday. 0 Replies

The group below puts you in a WWII barracks and trains you to jump just like they did in WWII and then you jump in full authentic gear from a C-47 that was in the War. How cool is that!! Read more below, and if you do it, please post here and tell us about your experience.The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Foundation was formed to honor and serve the memory of the men who fought and died to preserve America's freedom during WWII as members of Airborne units of the United States Army. The…Continue

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Gulf camera reveals site of WWII sinking of SS Robert E. Lee and the German U-boat that sank it.

Started by Randy Gann. Last reply by Amber Pierce 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

Click the link following the article for some great pics.Spectacular footage detailing World War II wrecks thousands of feet down in the Gulf of Mexico has been released by scientists doing a months-long deep sea expedition in the area.Their ship, Exploration Vessel Nautilus, is loaded with experts from around the world, as a team lead by Penn State University checks the Gulf for damage from the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010.Scientists control two remote operated submersible vehicles…Continue

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Great Britain- or Europe-based battlefield guide needed

Started by Scott Lyons Jul 13. 0 Replies

We are looking for an experienced Great Britain- or Europe-based battlefield guide to join our staff. The person should specialize in World War I and World War II battlefield sites and tours.A new group is being formed on the Network and we need the person to create and maintain the forum.If anyone knows of such a guide please contact me through the site or via email at scottmhlyons@gmail.com. Or please direct them to the site.Thank you.Scott Continue

Tags: D-Day-tours, Europe-tours, Battlefield-guide

quick history: the World at war

Warsaw, Poland: 1 August 1944  The Warsaw Uprising Perhaps no other city in the Eastern Front suffered more total destruction than the Polish city of Warsaw. By the end of the war approximately 85% of the city was destroyed. The "Uprising" involved the Polish Underground and later the Polish First Army against the German Army. Polish forces were anticipating help from the Soviet Army, but their advance stalled and fell short.


Solomon Islands: 2 August 1943   PT-109 is Sunk
The presidency of John F. Kennedy was referred to as a time of "American Camelot" by his wife. This referred to the era of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and a time of idyllic joy and happiness. JFK was loved by a nation during his presidency, and well respected for his heroism during the war.

 Hiroshima, Japan: 6 August 1945  The Bombing of Hiroshima Was it necessary to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima to force a surrender on Japan? Yes. Without a doubt it would save the lives of up to 1 million American and Allied soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines by averting a protracted ground war by invasion of mainland Japan. It was also estimated to have taken up to one full year to defeat Japan on its own homeland by conventional bombing and warfare. President


Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands:7 August 1942  The Battle of Guadalacanal It was the first major offensive launched against the Empire of Japan. The victory would require the best from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Army, and was key for further advance in the Solomon Islands. The Marine Corps would gain valuable jungle fighting experience which would be critical throughout the Pacific War. 


Nagasaki, Japan: 9 August 1945  Nagasaki is Bombed  Just three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, Emperor Hirohito and Japan still refused to surrender. In the weeks and months leading up to August, civilian men, women and children were being trained to fight with everything from their bare hands to sharpened bamboo poles in advance of an Allied invasion. Rejecting the Pottsdam Declaration and not giving much credence to the Soviets entering the war against them, the dropping of a second atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" for its odd shape would finally force the surrender.  


New York City: 14 August 1945  "VJ Day" Following the catastrophic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki earlier in the month, both Japan and Emperor Hirohito were finally brought to surrender, ending World War II. Historians, authors and scholars have long debated the question: was it the dropping of both atomic bombs, or the entry into war against Japan by the Soviet Union or both which ultimately led Hirohito to end the war? Whatever the final reason by Japan to cease its aggression, Japan announced its surrender and final acceptance of the Pottsdam Agreement terms on the 15th of August 1945.


 Sicily, Italy: 17 August 1943  Operation Husky: The Invasion of Sicily The Invasion of Sicily began on the 9th of July and ended in the strategic victory for the Allies on the 17th of August 1943. Forces from the United States, Great Britain, Canada and France were successful in drivng out Italian and German air, ground and naval units. As a result of the Allied victory, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was removed from power.


Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands: 17 August 1942  U.S. Marine Raiders at Makin The Raid on Makin Atoll was one of the first ground actions by US forces of the war. The other actions included the US Marine 1st Division along with the US Army Americal Division on Guadalcanal (also in August 1942), and US Army actions on New Guinea and in North Africa. The raid was led by Marine LtCol Evans Carlson and would be the first combat test for the new unit. The raid was delivered by US Navy submarines and would be the last occurrence of their usage for delivering US Marines to battle. 


 Paris, France: 25 August 1944  The Liberation of Paris  The Liberation of Paris was also referred to as the Battle of Paris. This was the final battle in the Normandy Campaign and marked the end of "Operation Overlord". Allied units would include the 2nd Armored Division and the 4th US Infantry Division. General Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe had Berlin as the main objective and wanted to reach the city before Soviet troops. The French Resistance fought alongside the Allied troops against the German Army. 

 
 
 

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the books of august

Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich

By ROBERT F. DORR

From Zenith Press »

Please join us August 6 at 7pm EDST in The Air War 1939-1945 group. This giveaway is sponsored by the good people at Zenith Press.

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From the Zenith Press website: "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.

Germany's capital was its largest city, the richest metropolitan center on the European continent, the sixth-largest city in the world--and it had been declared a legitimate military target. "

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