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Dunkirk

By SINCLAIR MCKAY

Available 15 September 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 Zenith Press: "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 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."

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. But no matter the opinion or label attached to his name, few can argue George S. Patton’s place as a truly legendary figure in the annals of military history."

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

By member GAVIN MORTIMER

Available August 1, 2014

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 October 15, 2014

From Zenith Press: "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 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."

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 »

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

By member ROBERT F. DORR

Available now »

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. 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 Now »

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."

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."

 

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Surrender to the Writing

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British World War II propaganda artworks

Above: "British aircraft" 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.

the World at war: SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

JAPAN SURRENDERS

 2 September 1945: Tokyo Bay, Japan:  Japan Surrenders »  The Empire of Japan officially surrendered to Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers General Douglas MacArthur and other Allied leaders aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan on the 2nd of September 1945. Historians and scholars alike have long debated what ultimately prompted the final surrender of Japan. 
    
U.S. MARINES BATTLE FOR BLOODY RIDGE

 11 September 1942: Solomon Islands:  Battle of Edson's Ridge »  The battle for Guadalcanal came on the heels of the United States' victory at Midway in June of 1942. Once again, much debate as to the turning point in the war in the Pacific - was it Midway or Guadalcanal that turned the tied for the Allies? Guadalcanal codenamed "Operation Watchtower", was a strategic island for the US and Japanese. Control it, and you control the air and sea routes vital between the US, Australia and New Zealand.


OPERATION MARKET GARDEN

 17 September 1944: The Netherlands & Germany:  Operation Market Garden »  In what would be the largest airborne invasion in the history of warfare, Operation Market Garden would end as a failure in its goal of crossing the Rhine River into Germany. Airborne and ground forces from the US, UK, Canada, Poland and the Dutch Resistance were led by Generals Montgomery, Brereton, Dempsey and Browning. Estimates of casualties range from 15-17k for the Allies and 26-29k for Germany.

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.

 
 
 

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

By member GAVIN MORTIMER

Please join us 10 September 2014 at 8pm EDST in the 'Air War: 1939-1945' group for this giveaway sponsored by our good friends at Zenith Press.

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."

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

By member WAYNE VANSANT

Please join us 30 September 2014 at 8pm EDST in the 'D-Day, Normandy, and Europe' group for this giveaway. This event is sponsored by our partner Zenith Press.

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."

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