Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

By Tim Townsend

Once Adolf Hitler used to be defeated, U.S. military Chaplain Henry Gerecke got his so much tough task: he used to be despatched to Nuremberg to minister to the twenty-one imprisoned Nazi leaders waiting for trial for crimes opposed to humanity. Mission at Nuremberg takes us deep contained in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, into the cells of the accused and the court the place they replied to the realm for his or her crimes. those twenty-one Nazis had sat at Hitler's correct hand; Hermann Goering, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Hans Frank, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner have been the orchestrators, and now and again the direct perpetrators, of the main methodical genocide in history.

As the drama resulting in the court's ultimate judgments unfolds, Tim Townsend brings Henry Gerecke's most unlikely ethical concern to existence. Gerecke had visited Dachau and had obvious the results of the alternatives those males had made, the orders that they had given and performed. How may perhaps he hold forth the gospel of mercy, figuring out complete good the devastating nature of the atrocities they'd dedicated? As execution day drew close to, what convenience might he offer—and what offers of salvation may well he make—to evil itself?

Detailed, harrowing, and emotionally charged, Mission at Nuremberg is an incisive new heritage of the Nuremberg trials in addition to a nuanced refection at the nature of morality and sin, the cost of empathy, and the bounds of forgiveness.

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Lighting War

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life 3rd Reich sequence eight of 21

Recounts Nazi Germany's invasion of Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France, and discusses German process and strategies

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Wildcat Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces)

By Barrett Tillman

Arguably crucial piston-engined single-seat fighter layout ever to determine carrier with the united states army and Marine Corps, the aesthetically inelegant F4F Wildcat completed a lot acclaim in the course of its bloody frontline occupation. Thrown into wrestle at Coral Sea, halfway and Guadalcanal, the handful of Wildcat devices of the military and Marine Corps took on huge numbers of warring parties and bombers and got here out positive. at the ecu entrance, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm additionally positioned the fighter to powerful use from escort companies, holding Atlantic convoys from Luftwaffe assaults.

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Finland's War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Alliance in World War II

By Henrik O. Lunde

This ebook describes the atypical coalition among Germany and Finland in international warfare II, and their joint army operations from 1941 to 1945. it is a subject frequently lacking in English, notwithstanding in stark distinction to the varied books at the shorter and not more bloody wintry weather struggle. That clash represented a gallant struggle of a democratic "David" opposed to a totalitarian "Goliath" that stuck the mind's eye of the area. the tale of Finland struggling with along a "Goliath" of its personal has no longer introduced satisfaction to that kingdom and used to be a interval many Finns may relatively forget.

The prologue of this e-book brings the reader in control by means of in brief analyzing the tough heritage of Finland, from its separation from the Soviet Union in 1917 to its isolation after being bludgeoned in 1939-40. It then examines either Finnish and German reasons for forming a coalition opposed to the USSR, and how-as logical as a typical enemy may seem-the loss of precise making plans and training may doom the alliance.

This booklet posits that it was once mind-boggling how the hugely expert German common employees allowed itself to just accept the militarily unsound and shaky coalition that resulted. The battle goals weren't mentioned or harmonized, there have been no crusade plans with projects and missions spelled out prior the preliminary attack, no potent major attempt validated, insufficient strength degrees, and an unsound command constitution with a number of headquarters. virtually each rule within the publication was once damaged. the target of linking up with the Finns within the Leningrad region was once an enormous consider Hitler choosing 3 major drives into the Soviet Union instead of an previous OKH plan that known as for less than two.

After describing the operations in the course of and after Barbarossa, this booklet describes how the Finnish theater turned a blind best friend for the Germans. Their most powerful and top military was once trapped either operationally and geographically in valuable and northerly Finland, making nearly no contribution to the warfare attempt. The Germans couldn't deliver to undergo sufficient forces to complete their ambitions with out significant Finnish suggestions, and that was once now not forthcoming.

The ultimate chapters take care of the Soviet counteroffensive opposed to the Finns in 1944. The Finns misplaced all their profits and fast concluded a separate armistice. This left the German forces in Finland to easily vacate the territory, struggling with among the Finns and Soviets alike as they attempted to come back to the most battle. together ache 291,000 casualties, the single comfort used to be that the coalition had inflicted a few 830,000 at the Soviets.

In this ebook, Henrik Lunde, a former US distinct Operations colonel, and the popular writer of Hitler's Pre-emptive conflict: The conflict for Norway, 1940, once more fills a profound hole in our figuring out of worldwide conflict II.

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56th Fighter Group (Osprey Aviation Elite 2)

One of many first Thunderbolt teams to work out motion within the ecu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the united states military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter crew (FG) used to be additionally the one fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay built with the amazing P-47 until eventually war's finish. Led through the inspirational 'Hub' Zemke, this staff was once chargeable for devising the various bomber escort strategies hired via VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. via VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy plane than the other workforce within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are exact during this quantity including images, their plane profiles and insignia.

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Yamamoto Isoroku: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

By Mark Stille

Osprey Command sequence #26

Yamamoto Isoroku is the main famous of Japan's army leaders and his identify can be eternally associated with the assault on Pearl Harbor. as the assault used to be such an obvious luck, he has long gone down as essentially the most remarkable naval figures in heritage.

The fact is very various as defined during this new booklet on Yamamoto which examines the truth and fable of 1 of an important command figures of the second one international conflict. the best fantasy to blow up is the luck of Yamamoto's Pearl Harbor assault which he for my part endorsed for and went to nice extremes to execute. inspite of his perception concerning the consequence of a conflict among the us and Japan, Yamamoto's assault used to be not just a political catastrophe because it got rid of any threat of a negotiated peace, however it had little army influence, and was once in reality, pointless to assure Japan's early conflict conquests.

Yamamoto's list later within the battle is not any greater, as is tested generally. As he had at Pearl Harbor, Yamamoto bullied the Naval basic employees right into a sequence of badly conceived operations which lead the Imperial military to catastrophe. on the conflict of Coral Sea, the japanese squandered their numerical virtue and jeopardized Yamamoto's adored halfway operation. halfway used to be Yamamoto's conflict from its inception and making plans via to its execution. His defective making plans and terrible execution led to a seminal defeat which stopped eastern enlargement within the Pacific.

Even after halfway, Yamamoto's acceptance remained excessive. within the subsequent crusade, the fight for Guadalcanal, he didn't realize that this was once the decisive conflict with the U.S. army that he have been looking. His keep watch over of the conflict used to be timid and susceptible, and hence the japanese have been by no means capable of concentration their nonetheless more advantageous forces to accomplish ultimate victory.

This new examine Yamamoto conscientiously examines the parable of Yamamoto and his influence at the conflict within the Pacific.

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The Great Escape

By Paul Brickhill

"A stressful, exciting, great tale."―Philadelphia Inquirer

They have been American and British air strength officials in a German criminal camp. With basically their naked palms and the crudest of do-it-yourself instruments, they sank shafts, cast passports, faked guns, and adapted German uniforms and civilian outfits. They constructed a phenomenal safeguard approach to guard themselves from German surveillance. It used to be a split-second operation as soft and as lethal as a time bomb. It demanded the targeted devotion and vigilance of greater than 600 men―every one in every of them, each minute, each hour, each day and evening for greater than a yr. Made into the vintage motion picture starring Steve McQueen. sixteen pages of pictures

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Panzer Aces I: German Tank Commanders of WWII (Stackpole Military History Series)

By Franz Kurowski

  • Six riveting, gritty bills of a few of the best German tank commanders, together with Michael Wittmann, Hans Bolter, Hermann Bix, and others
  • Timelines mark the milestones of every officer's occupation

    With pace, violence, and lethal strength, seriously armored tanks spearheaded the German blitzkrieg that stormed throughout Europe in 1939. Tracks damn and engines roaring, those deadly machines engaged in a number of the fiercest struggling with of global conflict II, from the shorelines of Normandy and the Ardennes wooded area to the snow-encrusted japanese entrance. during this reprint of the highly renowned booklet, prolific writer Franz Kurowski tells the action-packed tales of six of the main bold and winning officials ever to command Panzers.

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    Hitler and the Nazis: A History in Documents (Pages from History)

    By David F. Crew

    Provides a historical past of the increase and fall of Hitler and Nazism via unique resource files, together with Nazi social gathering files and propaganda and files from witnesses, Holocaust survivors, and people who resisted the Nazi regime. every one bankruptcy has a normal creation in addition to statement in regards to the person documents.The excerpts are drawn from govt papers, Nazi propaganda, letters, diaries, articles, memories, and trial and hearings testimony. The textual content is supplemented with black-and-white interval images, paintings, and records, together with reproductions that exhibit how the Nazis used propaganda to create a legendary Hitler who turned the omnipotent embodiment of the German nation.

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    A People's History of World War II: The World's Most Destructive Conflict, As Told By the People Who Lived Through It

    By Marc Favreau

    The main damaging warfare in human historical past, international conflict II maintains to generate an astonishingly wealthy trove of historic fabric, writings, and first-person reminiscences, that are necessary to any appreciation of this so much pivotal of ancient events.

    A People's background of worldwide warfare II brings the complete variety of human adventure in the course of international battle II to lifestyles via the most bright money owed and photographs to be had at any place. This concise and available quantity contains first-person interviews through Studs Terkel; infrequent archival photos from the workplace of struggle details assortment; propaganda comics from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss); narratives of wartime reports from writers together with historian Howard Zinn, civil rights activist Robert L. Carter, and celebrated French writer Marguerite Duras; and decisions from the writings of a few of the world’s major historians of the struggle, together with John Dower, Philippe Burrin, David Wyman, and Eric Hobsbawm.

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