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Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
by Stephen E. Ambrose Details
In "Band of Brothers," Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died; a company that took 150 percent casualties and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men's own words, of these American heroes.
Blood for Dignity : The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army
by David Colley Details
General Eisenhower ordered the integration of U.S. combat divisions in Germany in 1945, providing an opportunity for black soldiers to exhibit bravery and loyalty and solidify the basis for their demands of dignity. Colley interviewed several veterans of K Company, 394th Regiment, the first black soldiers to be integrated with white troops since the American Revolution.
Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia : The Normandy Invasion A-Z
by Barrett Tillman Details
This unique encyclopedia provides detailed entries for everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. Organized alphabetically, the entries give detailed descriptions of weapons, equipment, divisions, air and naval units, geography, terminology, personalities, and more.
Deceivers : Allied Military Deception in the Second World War
by Thaddeus Holt Details
Told chronologically, "The Deceivers" takes readers from the early British achievements in the Middle East and Europe at the beginning of the war, through to the massive Allied success of D-Day, American victory in the Pacific theatre, and the war's culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan.
Ghost Soldiers : The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
by Hampton Sides Details
Reports by survivors of a massacre of prisoners in the Palawan, Phillipines, prisoner-of-war stockade prompted U.S. Army leaders to send a small mobile force to another prisoner-of-war camp and liberate the inmates before their Japanese Army guards could repeat the action. The Cabantuan prisoners were the remnants of the benighted force left on Bataan three years before and forced to march without provisions and endure atrocities along the way to their encampment a brutal trek later known as the Bataan Death March.
by Elie Wiesel Details
Night offers a personal and unforgettable account of the appalling horrors of Hitler's reign of terror. Through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, we behold the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse to believe rumors of anti-Semitic atrocities. Not until they are marched toward the blazing crematory at the camp's "reception center" does the terrible truth sink in.
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
by Denise Kiernan Details
In this book the author traces the story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents.
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
by Alex Kershaw Details
The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War. The battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe; from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau.
The New York Times Complete World War II, 1939-1945: The Coverage of the Battlefields to the Home Front
by Richard Overy Details
Experience the history, politics, and tragedy of World War II as never before seen through the original, often first-hand daily reportage of The New York Times. The Times's complete coverage of the war is now available for the first time in this unique package.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer Details
The rise and fall of the Third Reich offers an examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. Shirer's account of the pivotal characters and events of that critical era benefits from his many years as a reporter and his own personal recollections, as well as from the mass of historical documents retrieved from the German Foreign Office. The result is this account of how Hitler wrested political control of Germany and managed to take the country with him on his mad six-year quest for world domination, only to see it go down in flames in the end.
With the Old Breed
by E. B. Sledge Details
Landing on the beach at Peleliu in 1944 as twenty-year-old new recruit to the US Marines, Eugene Sledge can only try desperately to survive. This memoir tells the cruelty, bravery and deaths of the men he fought alongside, and of his own journey from patriotic innocence to battle-scarred veteran.
Updated 01/02/2015
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