By Tank Into Normandy


Author: Stuart Hills
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9780304366408
Category: History
Page: 256
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'One of the best half-dozen personal accounts of the Normandy campaign' - Richard Holmes Stuart Hills embarked his Sherman DD tank on to an LCT at 6.45 a.m., Sunday 4 June 1944. He was 20 years old, unblooded, fresh from a public-school background and Officer Cadet training. He was going to war. Two days later, his tank sunk, he and his crew landed from a rubber dinghy with just the clothes they stood in. After that, the struggles through the Normandy bocage in a replacement tank (of the non-swimming variety), engaging the enemy in a constant round of close encounters, led to a swift mastering of the art of tank warfare and remarkable survival in the midst of carnage and destruction. His story of that journey through hell to victory makes for compulsive reading.

Als Panzeroffizier in Ost und West

Im Panzer III, Tiger und Königstiger in Russland, Frankreich und Ungarn
Author: Richard von Rosen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783803500441
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Page: 316
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Tigers in Normandy


Author: Wolfgang Schneider
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811745090
Category: History
Page: 384
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This book has it all ... like reading an After the Battle and Panzerwrecks combined ... highly recommended! --Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland

World of Tanks - Roll out


Author: Garth Ennis
Publisher: Panini
ISBN: 3736730004
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 122
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Eine britische Panzerdivision ohne Kampferfahrung soll kurz nach der D-Day-Invasion ins Landesinnere Frankreichs vorrücken, um die alliierten Truppen zu unterstützen. Dabei muss sie feststellen, dass ihre Cromwell-Panzer nicht wirklich halten, was sie versprachen. Dann heftet sich auch noch eine deutsche Veteranen-Panzereinheit an ihre Fersen. Die Briten brauchen mehr als nur Glück, um diesen Einsatz lebend zu überstehen ... Die Comic-Adaption des Videogame-Hits!

The Veterans' Tale

British Military Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Frances Houghton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108758150
Category: History
Page: N.A
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This is a unique account of the ways in which British veterans of the Second World War remembered, understood, and recounted their experiences of battle throughout the post-war period. Focusing on themes of landscape, weaponry, the enemy, and comradeship, Frances Houghton examines the imagery and language used by war memoirists to reconstruct and review both their experiences of battle and their sense of wartime self. Houghton also identifies how veterans' memoirs became significant sites of contest as former servicemen sought to challenge what they saw as unsatisfactory official, scholarly, and cultural representations of the Second World War in Britain. Her findings show that these memoirs are equally important both for the new light they shed on the memory and meanings of wartime military experience among British veterans, and for what they tell us about the cultural identity of military life-writing in post-war British society.

Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Author: Simon Forty
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1526723786
Category: History
Page: 128
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Caen, a D-Day objective on 6 June 1944, did not fall to the British and Canadian troops of Second Army until 6 August, by which time much of the city had been reduced to rubble. The two-month struggle was a crucial stage in the Normandy campaign and, as Simon Forty demonstrates in this photographic history, one of the most controversial. His detailed, graphic account gives the reader a fascinating insight into the opposing forces, the conditions, the terrain, the equipment and weaponry deployed – and it illustrates just how intense and protracted the fighting was on the ground. The reasons for the slow Allied advance have been hotly disputed. Deficiencies in British and Canadian equipment and tactics have been blamed, as has the tenacity of the German resistance. Ultimately a sequence of Allied operations sapped the defenders’ strength, and it is these operations – Perch, Martlet, Epsom, Windsor, Charnwood, Jupiter, Atlantic, Goodwood – that feature strongly in the striking photographs that have been selected for this book. They record in the most dramatic fashion the character of the fighting and show how even the SS divisions and heavy tank battalions were eventually defeated.

The Normandy Campaign 1944

Sixty Years On
Author: John Buckley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134203047
Category: History
Page: 240
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With essays from leading names in military history, this new book re-examines the crucial issues and debates of the D-Day campaign. It tackles a range of core topics, placing them in their current historiographical context, to present new and sometimes revisionist interpretations of key issues, such as the image of the Allied armies compared with the Germans, the role of air power, and the lessons learned by the military from their operations. As the Second World War is increasingly becoming a field of revisionism, this book sits squarely within growing debates, shedding new light on topics and bringing current thinking from our leading military and strategic historians to a wider audience. This book will be of great interest to students of the Second World War, and of military and strategic studies in general.

Tank Men


Author: Robert Kershaw
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848946481
Category: History
Page: 480
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'I thought Tank Men was a triumph ...it is a really fine piece of work' - Richard Holmes 'Some of the eye witness accounts Kershaw has collected for this comprehensive review of tank warfare have the power to chill the reader to the bone. This is warfare at the sharp end' --NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST The First World War saw the birth of an extraordinary fighting machine that has fascinated three generations: the tank. In Tank Men, ex-soldier and military historian Robert Kershaw brings to life the grime, the grease and the fury of a tank battle through the voices of ordinary men and women who lived and fought in those fearsome machines. Drawing on vivid, newly researched personal testimony from the crucial battles of the First and Second World Wars, this is military history at its very best.

D-Day

Minute by Minute
Author: Jonathan Mayo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476772959
Category: History
Page: 304
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Told in a purely chronological style, this fascinating account vividly details the authentic stories of regular people caught up in the historical events of D-Day. June 6, 1944 was a truly historic day, but it was also a day where ordinary people found themselves in extraordinary situations... Lieutenant Norman Poole jumped from a bomber surrounded by two hundred decoy dummy parachutists. French baker Pierre Cardron led British paratroopers to his local church, where he knew two German soldiers were hiding in the confessional. Southampton telegram boy Tom Hiett delivered his first “death message” by midday. At the sound of Allied aircraft, Werner Kortenhaus of the twenty-first Panzer Division ran to collect his still damp washing from a French laundrywoman. And injured soldiers wept in their beds in a New York hospital, knowing that their buddies lay dying on the Normandy beaches. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and oral accounts, D-Day is a purely chronological narrative, concerned less with the military strategies and more with what people were thinking and doing as D-Day unfolded, minute-by-minute. Moving seamlessly from various perspectives and stories, D-Day sets the reader in the midst of it all, compelling us to relive this momentous day in world history.

Kalte Strömung

Alex Devlin 2 - Roman
Author: Mary-Jane Riley
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641222869
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Die 17-jährige Elena, Tochter der prominenten Politikerin Cat Devonshire, wird in Norfolk tot am Fuß einer Klippe aufgefunden – Selbstmord laut Polizei. Cat plagen Gewissensbisse, da sie und ihr neuer Ehemann Elena in ein Internat abgeschoben hatten, um ihr junges Eheglück ungestört genießen zu können. Verzweifelt bittet sie die Journalistin Alex, die Hintergründe zu Elenas Tod herauszufinden. Bei ihren Recherchen stößt Alex jedoch auf großes Misstrauen, die Mitarbeiter und Schüler feinden sie an und bedrohen sie. Bald wird klar, dass sich hinter der Fassade des Elite-Internats tiefe Abgründe verbergen ...

The Americans at Normandy

The Summer of 1944--The American War from the Normandy Beaches to Falaise
Author: John C. McManus
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 1466845805
Category: History
Page: 496
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In The Americans at D-Day, the first volume of this series, John C. McManus showed us the American experience in Operation Overlord. Now, in this succeeding volume, he does the same for the Battle of Normandy as a whole. Never before has the American involvement in Normandy been examined so thoroughly or exclusively as in The Americans at Normandy. For D-Day was only one part of the battle, and victory came from weeks of sustained effort and sacrifices made by Allied soldiers. Presented here is the American experience during that summer of 1944, from the aftermath of D-Day to the slaughter of the Falaise Gap, from the courageous, famed figures of Bradley, Patton, and Lightnin' Joe Collins to the lesser-known privates who toiled in torturous conditions for their country. What was this battle really like for these men? What drove them to fight against all sense and despite all obstacles? How and why did they triumph? Reminiscent of Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day, The Americans at Normandy takes readers into the minds of the best American strategists, into the hearts of the infantry, into hell on earth. Engrossing, lightning-quick, and filled with real human sorrow and elation, The Americans at Normandy honors those Americans who lost their lives in foreign fields and those who survived. Here is their story, finally told with the depth, pathos, and historical perspective it deserves. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Normandy 1944

The Road to Victory
Author: Richard Doherty
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 335
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An examination of the planning and preparation for the invasion, the launching of the greatest military operation of all time, and the campaign that followed in the summer of 1944, until the Allied armies closed at Falaise Gap and the Germans began their retreat from France.

Tiger im Schlamm

die 2./schw. Pz.-Abt. 502 vor Narwa und Düneburg
Author: Otto Carius
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Tank warfare
Page: 234
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Das Ende

Kampf bis in den Untergang - NS-Deutschland 1944/45
Author: Ian Kershaw
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641128099
Category: History
Page: 704
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Das apokalyptische Finale des »Dritten Reiches« In der Endphase des Zweiten Weltkriegs glich das Leben in Deutschland einem Albtraum, die Städte lagen in Trümmern, Millionen von Menschen waren tot. Warum kämpften die Deutschen bis zum bitteren Ende weiter? Ian Kershaw schildert die letzten Monate des »Dritten Reichs«, vom Attentat auf Hitler im Juli 1944 bis zur Kapitulation im Mai 1945, und zeichnet dabei meisterhaft das Räderwerk nach, das das nationalsozialistische Herrschaftssystem bis zum Schluss in Gang hielt. Das »Dritte Reich« kämpfte nicht nur bis zum bitteren Ende, bis zur totalen Niederlage, es funktionierte auch bis zum Schluss. Bis die Rote Armee vor den Pforten der Reichskanzlei stand, wurde die öffentliche Ordnung in Deutschland, das täglich ein Stück mehr unter alliierte Besatzung geriet, weitgehend aufrechterhalten. Löhne wurden gezahlt und die Verwaltung arbeitete – wenngleich unter großen Schwierigkeiten – weiter. Aber warum war das so? Zentral bei der Frage nach Antworten, warum das Regime so lange durchhalten konnte, sind die Strukturen von Hitlers Herrschaft und die Mentalitäten, die sie untermauerten.

Raymond Williams

A Warrior's Tale
Author: Dai Smith
Publisher: Parthian Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 514
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A biography of Raymond Williams, One of the most influential socialist intellectuals in post-war Britain.

British Tanks in Normandy


Author: Ludovic Fortin,Alan McKay
Publisher: Histoire Et Collections
ISBN: 9782915239331
Category: History
Page: 176
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A detailed account of the Normandy campaign fought by the British Armoured Divisions and independant Armoured Brigades, from the D-Day landings to Operation Goodwood. The Author, an acknowledged British armor specialist, has divided his work into three parts: the units involved, the AFVs fielded in Normandy, and the doctrine of use of the High Command with its actual effect on the battlefield. Equipped in some cases with obsolescent vehicles, their personnel often under-motivated but often inventive, the British tank formations did not always answer the hopes of the Allied military planners. This book gives a fresh point of view on the whole question. REVIEWS .,."an excellent look at the 'hardware' of the British forces... photos are well- chosen...very well-researched and is extremely well-written."Armorama

By Tank

D to VE Days
Author: Ken Tout
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 240
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Like most of his comrades, Ken Tout was just 20 years old in Normandy 1944. Not until the 1980s did he feel able to gather their memoirs in three books, Tank!, Tanks, Advance! and To Hell with Tanks. Now these adventures are condensed into this one continuous narrative. Follow the very ordinary young lads of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry through the massive enemy defences on Bourguebus Ridge, to the snows of the Ardennes, the night crossing of the River Rhine, and final roll-call in Zwolle's Grote Kerkl, where they celebrated with liberated Dutch citizens. The author graphically describes the total experience—the heat, noise, and smells—inside the Sherman tank. By Tank: D Day to VE Days vividly recalls, in one complete volume, the whole experience of battle with utter authenticity—the fear, confusion, boredom, excitement and grief.

Normandy Crucible

The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe
Author: John Prados
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101516615
Category: History
Page: 336
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A military intelligence expert examines the most formative battle of World War II. The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. Millions of soldiers battling for control of Europe were thrust onto the front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided. Author John Prados tells the story of how and why the tactics and battle plans of Normandy proved so formative, and reconstructs the climactic Allied Normandy breakout from both sides of the battle lines.