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Wild Blue

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471104419
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In the bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, Stephen E. Ambrose portrayed in vivid detail the experiences of soldiers who fought on the bloody battlegrounds of World War II. THE WILD BLUE brings to life another extraordinary band of brothers - the men who volunteered to join the American Air Force and undertook some of the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. Focusing on the men of the 741st Bomb Squadron and, in particular, the crew of the DAKOTA QUEEN, these are the boys turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners of the B24s, who suffered 50 per cent casualties during conflict. With his extraordinary talent for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose sweeps us along in the B24s as their crews fought to the death to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine.

From The Industrial Revolution To World War Ii In East Central Europe

Author: Marija Wakounig
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643901291
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The Centers for Austrian Studies - founded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research - play an important role for the international scientific community. Their tasks are to promote studies on Austria and Central Europe, and to give Austrian students the opportunity to conduct research abroad and make contact with local scientific communities. This book contains reports on the activities of these institutions during the 2010/2011 academic year, as well as the working papers developed by some of their most promising PhD students. The research presented in this book covers various aspects of Central European history in modern times, ranging from the 17th century to the present. (Series: Europa Orientalis - Vol. 12)

Endgame 1945

Author: David Stafford
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316023434
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To end a history of World War II at VE Day is to leave the tale half told. While the war may have seemed all but over by Hitler's final birthday (April 20), Stafford's chronicle of the three months that followed tells a different, and much richer, story. ENDGAME 1945 highlights the gripping personal stories of nine men and women, ranging from soldiers to POWs to war correspondents, who witnessed firsthand the Allied struggle to finish the terrible game at last. Through their ground-level movements, Stafford traces the elaborate web of events that led to the war's real resolution: the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau, and the Allies' race with the Red Army to establish a victors' foothold in Europe, to name a few. From Hitler's April decision never to surrender to the start of the Potsdam Conference, Stafford brings an unprecedented focus to the war's "final chapter." Narrative history at its most compelling, ENDGAME 1945 is the riveting story of three turbulent months that truly shaped the modern world.


Author: Georg Hoffmann
Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh
ISBN: 3657781374
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Das Buch widmet sich einem bislang übersehenen und verdrängten Phänomen im Bombenkrieg gegen das Deutsche Reich: Übergriffen und Morden an abgeschossenen alliierten Flugzeugbesatzungen. Der Bombenkrieg als Trauma einer ganzen Generation ließ bislang eine Beleuchtung dieser Gewaltverbrechen kaum zu. So erhielt sich die von der NS-Propaganda aufgebaute Vorstellung einer aufgebrachten Bevölkerung, die Rache an ihren Peinigern nahm. Der Autor durchbricht dieses Bild, beleuchtet die Wirkungskomplexe des Bombenkrieges und zeichnet anhand von Fällen aus Österreich und Ungarn nach, welche Funktion dieser Form der Gewalt im Rahmen einer NS-Herrschaft "unter Bomben" zukam. Anhand von umfangreichem Quellenmaterial zu über 1.000 Flugzeugabstürzen sowie 26 detaillierten Fallstudien wird dieses Phänomen erstmals umfassend erschlossen.

The Victors

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471104400
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Stephen A. Ambrose draws from and integrates in this one-volume history of the Second World War his five acclaimed books about the conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-DAY and CITIZEN SOLDIERS. THE VICTORS is woven into a chronological continuing narrative, beginning with the preparation and training of the Allied armies and Eisenhower's decision to cross the English Channel to capture the Normandy beaches on D-DAY. From Utah bridge to The Bulge and on to Hitler's Eagle's nest in Germany, Ambrose describes the momentous events of the war until the final days when the Allied soldiers pushed the German troops out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime, making this the definitive history of the Second World War. At the centre of this epic drama are the citizen soldiers, the boys who became men as they fought and rose to the occasion, proving eventually unbeatable. THE VICTORS displays Ambrose's scholarship and authority, his readability, and the powerful love and admiration for these young men that make his books on war so moving and popular.


Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781416502562
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BAND OF BROTHERS: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - A tale of heroic adventures and soul-shattering confrontations, BAND OF BROTHERS brings to life the profound ties of brotherhood forged in the barracks and on the battlefields. D-DAY: June 6, 1944, The Battle for the Normandy Beaches - The epic story of the men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore. D-DAY is an exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. CITIZEN SOLDIERS: From the Beaches of Normandy to the Surrender of Germany - The real story of the end of World War II, from the day after D-Day to the overrunning of Germany, from the perspective of the men and women who fought it. WILD BLUE: 741 Squadron, On a Wing and a Prayer over Occupied Europe - The unforgettable story of the 741st Bomb Squadron - the boys turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners of the B-24s who fought to the death to reach their targets and destroy the German war machines. PEGASUS BRIDGE: D-Day, The Daring British Airborne Raid - A breathtaking minute-by-minute account of the first engagement of D-Day, a British operation that was crucial to the ultimate success of the Normandy invasion.

Citizen Soldiers

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: G K Hall & Company
ISBN: 9780783801742
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Citizen Soldiers begins on June 7, 1944 and ends on May 7, 1945. In between are graphic re-enactments of the battles that finally defeated Germany. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there, and re-creates the experiences for the reader: fighting in the cold and wet, gruesome wounds, combat exhaustion, looting, and random destruction - the suffering of warfare. He describes how citizen soldiers overcame their fear and inexperience to win the war in a definitive book on the most important time frame in World War II.

Crazy Horse And Custer

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497659256
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A New York Times bestseller from the author of Band of Brothers: The biography of two fighters forever linked by history and the battle at Little Bighorn. On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.