Download E-books Storming the Eagle's Nest: Hitler's War in the Alps PDF

By Jim Ring

From the autumn of France in June 1940 to Hitler's suicide in April 1945, the swastika flew from the peaks of the excessive Savoy within the western Alps to the passes above Ljubljana within the east. The Alps up to Berlin have been the guts of the 3rd Reich.

'Yes,' Hitler declared of his headquarters within the Bavarian Alps, 'I have an in depth hyperlink to this mountain. a lot was once performed there, took place and ended there; these have been the easiest instances of my lifestyles . . . My nice plans have been cast there.'

With nice authority and verve, Jim Ring tells the tale of the way the struggle used to be conceived and directed from the Fuhrer's mountain retreat, how the entire Alps bar Switzerland fell to Fascism, and the way Switzerland herself grew to become the Nazi's banker and Europe's undercover agent centre. How the Alps in France, Italy and Yugoslavia grew to become cradles of resistance, how the variety proved either a sanctuary and a death-trap for Europe's Jews - and the way the full battle culminated within the Allies' descent on what used to be rumoured to be Hitler's Alpine Redoubt, a Bavarian mountain fortress.

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Download E-books In the Wake of War: The Reconstruction of German Cities after World War II PDF

By Jeffry M. Diefendorf

In 1945 Germany's towns lay in ruins, destroyed via Allied bombers `hat left significant architectural monuments badly broken and lots more and plenty of the housing inventory lowered to rubble. on the war's finish, observers concept that it is going to take 40 years to rebuild, yet via the overdue Fifties West Germany's towns had risen anew. The housing difficulty were triumph over and nearly all very important monuments reconstructed, and the towns had reclaimed their attribute identities. all over there has been a mix of outdated and new: ancient church buildings and city halls stood along new housing and shops; old road layouts have been crossed or encircled by means of broad arteries; outdated urban facilities have been balanced by means of backyard suburbs laid out in response to glossy making plans ideas. during this publication, Diefendorf examines the questions raised by means of this amazing feat of city reconstruction. He explains who used to be essentially dependable, what accounted for the rate of rebuilding, and the way priorities have been set and judgements acted upon. He argues that during such an important parts as architectural type, city making plans, historical protection, and housing coverage, the Germans drew upon team of workers, rules, associations, and functional studies from the Nazi and pre-Nazi classes. Diefendorf indicates how the rebuilding of West Germany's towns after 1945 can basically be understood when it comes to long term continuities in city development.

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Download E-books Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 PDF

By Sterling Mace, Nick Allen

A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR via A MEMBER OF WWII'S FABLED 1ST MARINE department

Sterling Mace's unit used to be the mythical "K-3-5" (for corporation okay, third Battalion, fifth Regiment of the first Marine department) and his tale takes readers via probably the most excessive motion of the Pacific conflict, from the seldom-seen point of view of a rifleman on the aspect of attack.

Battleground Pacific is stuffed with indelible moments that commence along with his youth growing to be up in Queens, big apple, and his run-in with the legislation that finally ended in his enlistment. yet this can be eventually a wrestle tale―as violent and harrowing as any that has come earlier than. From combating throughout the fiery hell that used to be Peleliu to the lethal battleground of Okinawa, Mace strains his course from the phobia of strive against to knowing that killing one other human comes simply as simply as staying alive. He learns that bravery frequently equates to stupidity, resulting in the demise of shut acquaintances, but in addition that lifestyles is going on, with dying on its heels.

Battleground Pacific is likely one of the most crucial and wonderful memoirs in regards to the Pacific theater in WWII.

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Download E-books Griffon Spitfire Aces PDF

By Andrew Thomas

Changed for low-level operations to counter Luftwaffe assaults at the south coast, the Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV turned the simplest low-level fighter of worldwide battle II. Squadrons moved to south-eastern England to counter the V1 flying bomb offensive, the place bold pilots pioneered the means of tipping the V1 over with the aircraft's wingtip to disorientate the bomb. Andrew Thomas additionally investigates the function performed through the converted Spitfire squadrons after the V1 offensive, either within the assault on Germany and after the battle in Malaya and Palestine. First-hand tales, pictures and color profiles entire this account of the aces who flew the main robust Spitfire version ever outfitted.

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Download E-books Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler PDF

By Hans Bernd Gisevius

When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly put inside of Hitler’s headquarters by way of Colonel count number Claus von Stauffenberg— exploded with out killing the Führer, the following coup d’état opposed to the 3rd Reich collapsed. The conspirators have been summarily shot or condemned in exhibit trials and sadistically hanged. one of many few survivors of the conspiracy was once Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had used his positions within the Gestapo and the Abwehr (military intelligence) to additional the anti-Nazi plot. Valkyrie, an abridgment of Gisevius’s vintage insider’s account To the sour End, is an intimate memoir as riveting because it is exceptional.

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Download E-books Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption PDF

By Laura Hillenbrand

On a may perhaps afternoon in 1943, a military Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving just a spray of particles and a slick of oil, gas, and blood. Then, at the ocean floor, a face seemed. It was once that of a tender lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was once suffering to a lifestyles raft and pulling himself aboard. So all started the most amazing odysseys of the second one global War.

The lieutenant's identify was once Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a crafty and incorrigible antisocial, breaking into homes, brawling, and fleeing his domestic to trip the rails. As undefined, he had channeled his defiance into operating, getting to know a prodigious expertise that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within reach of the four-minute mile. but if conflict had come, the athlete had develop into an airman, embarking on a trip that resulted in his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a float into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay millions of miles of open ocean, jumping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and hunger, enemy plane, and, past, an ordeal even larger. pushed to the bounds of patience, Zamperini might resolution desperation with ingenuity; agony with wish, unravel, and humor; brutality with uprising. His destiny, even if triumph or tragedy, will be suspended at the fraying cord of his will.

In her long-awaited new ebook, Laura Hillenbrand writes with an analogous wealthy and bright narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable tale of a man's trip into extremity, Unbroken is a testomony to the resilience of the human brain, physique, and spirit.

BONUS: This variation comprises an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit.

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Download E-books Come the Hour PDF

By Peggy Savage

In London, households are introduced jointly by way of the struggle. Amy and Dan have twins, 18-year-old Tessa and Charlie. Nora, a working-class spouse and mom, has a 12-year-old daughter, Sara whose dream is to turn into a physician. jointly, the 2 households fight to outlive and Sara fights to arrive her most unlikely dream.

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Download E-books Dust on the Sea (The Royal Marines Saga) PDF

By Douglas Reeman

The Mediterranean, 1943: in the end the British military has gained a victory, and Rommel's Afrika Korps is in retreat. Into this new section of the conflict comes Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando. Already bloodied within the disastrous retreat from Burma, Blackwood is going to Alexandria as a part of an elite unit, poised to strike the 1st blows opposed to the Nazi fort of mainland Europe.

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