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Hidden Warships: Finding World War II's Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships

By NICHOLAS A. VERONICO

Available Now »

From Zenith Press: "World War II produced many epic naval battles and technologies. The many resulting shipwrecks from this immense war unintentionally created a record of new warfighting technologies that today's armchair explorers and shipwreck hunters can participate in."

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

By MARTIN K.A. MORGAN

Available Now »

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

By member WAYNE VANSANT

Available Now »

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

Available now »

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

By P.R. REID

Available Now »

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

By MICHAEL SMITH

Available in October »

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

By member RANDALL HANSEN

Available Now »

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."

Book Review »

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

By Harry Yeide

Available Now »

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

By member GAVIN MORTIMER

Available Now »

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

By CORY GRAFF

Available Now »

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

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,”

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

By member NICHOLAS A. VERONICO

Available now »

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."

Hidden Warships

By NICHOLAS A. VERONICO

The publication date is 5 June 2015 »

From Zenith Press: "World War II produced many epic naval battles and technologies. The many resulting shipwrecks from this immense war unintentionally created a record of new warfighting technologies that today's armchair explorers and shipwreck hunters can participate in.

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

By JEREMY HARWOOD

Available Now » 

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 »

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Normandy, France: 6 June 1944 D-Day: The Landings at Normandy » 'D-Day' is widely regarded as the pivotal moment and turning point for the Allies during the War in Europe. The images of Allied troops disembarking from Higgins boats onto the beaches of Normandy earns its place at the top of the many iconic images from World War II.  Full Story and video


Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean: 6 June 1942  The Battle of Midway »
The Midway Atoll, northwest of Hawaii would see one of the most important naval battles of the second world war. The Japanese Imperial Navy had just four carriers instead of eight, due to the invasion of the Aleutian Islands and two carriers in repair from the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Full Story and video

 

 

Caen, France: 6 June 1944

The Battle for Caen »
The Battle for Caen would last from the 6th of June until the 6th of August 1944. Allied involvement featured troops from Canada and Great Britain. General Montgomery was the key commander for the Allies while Field Marshal Erwin Rommel led his eight Panzer divisions in defense of the city.  Full Story

 

 

The Philippine Sea: 20 June 1944  Battle of the Philippine Sea » 
The US Fifth Fleet, led by Admiral Spruance was ordered By Admiral Nimitz to protect the invasion force at Saipan. The battle, often referred to as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” was not only one of the more lopsided naval battles in history, but was also unique in that the American and Japanese fleets in the engagement never saw each other.  Full Story

 


The Island of Okinawa: 22 June 1945  The Battle of Okinawa ends »
The battle for Okinawa was the last island battle of the War in the Pacific before the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. In terms of losses it was also the costliest with 12,281 Americans and 110,000 Japanese fighters killed. Tragically more than 100,000 Okinawan civilians lost their lives during the three month long battle.

 
 
 

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Buddies: Heartwarming Photos of GIs and Their Dogs in World War II

By L. DOUGLAS KEENEY

The publication date is 7 August 2015 »

Please join us the evening of 6 August 2015 in the D-Day, Normandy and Europe group. We have ten (10) copies reserved for us by our great friend Nichole Schiele at Zenith Press.

From Zenith Press: "Enjoy the fun photos and heartwarming stories of WWII's American soldiers and their dogs. One of the most effective forms of American propaganda during World War II was the morale-boosting dog (or buddy) photo. The photos reassured folks back home that despite the horrors of the war, their boys were still boys.

Buddies: Heartwarming Photos of GIs and Their Dogs in World War II is chock-full of photos of warriors and their pups, along with stories of the dogs and their service in Europe and the Pacific. This new edition includes even more photos and tales of furry friends on the front."

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Wings of War: Great Combat Tales of Allied and Axis Pilots During World War II

By JAMES P. BUSHA

The publication date is 1 October 2015 »

Please join us the evening of 17 September 2015 in the Air War 1939-1945 group. We have ten (10) copies reserved for us by our great friend Nichole Schiele at Zenith Press.

Experience the exciting combat tales of both Allied and Axis pilots around the world during World War II.

From Zenith Press: "Wings of War encompasses the World War II air war from late 1939 through 1945 and provides a chronological snapshot not only of famous and significant events from the global air war, but also of other lesser-known events that are equally thrilling and important. Over three dozen different Allied and Axis airplanes are featured, giving you a unique experience at the controls of a variety of World War II's famed fighters, bombers, liaison, and jet airplanes.

The action is truly global--from the skies over England, Greenland, mainland Europe, the African deserts, the CBI Theater, the entire Pacific Theater (including the Aleutians, Russia, Japan, and China) and many more, this is one book no fan of warbirds will want to miss."

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