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Par Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag…Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
Par Byron Farwell. 1977
A definitive history of the great conflict that raged from 1899 to 1902 between the British Empire, at its peak…of power and arrogance, and a tiny nation, stubbornly fighting to maintain its independence. 1977.
Par Paul Brickhill. 2000
The Great Escape tells how more than six hundred men in a German prisoner of war camp worked together to…achieve an extraordinary break-out. Every night for a year they dug tunnels, and those who weren't digging forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes to wear once they had escaped. All of this was conducted under the very noses of their prison guards. When the right night came, the actual escape itself was timed to the split second - but of course, not everything went according to plan... 2000.
Par Jack Beeching. 1982
Par Carol Off. 2004
In 1993, Canadian peacekeepers in Croatia were plunged into the most significant fighting Canada had seen since the Korean War.…In September 1993, in a tiny corner of Croatia known as Medak Pocket, a unit of Canadian peacekeepers planted themselves between besieged Serbs and the advancing Croat army, driving them from the area under United Nations protection. The soldiers should have returned home as heroes, but instead, they arrived under a cloud of suspicion and silence. Descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2004.
Par Winston Churchill. 1976
Covers the period from 1919 to 1939. Includes chapters on the mistakes of the Allies after World War I, the…rise and re-armament of European dictatorships and the failure to preserve Austria. First published in 1948. Followed by "Their finest hour." 1976.
Par Mark Bourrie. 2011
The Canadian government censored the news during World War II for two main reasons: to keep military and economic secrets…out of enemy hands and to prevent civilian morale from breaking down. But in those tumultuous times - with Nazi spies landing on our shores by raft, U-boat attacks in the St. Lawrence, army mutinies in British Columbia and Ontario, and pro-Hitler propaganda in the mainstream Quebec press - censors had a hard time keeping news events contained. Now, with freshly unsealed World War II press-censor files, many of the undocumented events that occurred in wartime Canada are finally revealed. c2011.
In the early morning hours of August 6, 2011, a United States Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17,"…sped alone into eastern Afghanistan's deadly Tangi Valley. Shot out of the sky by a rocket propelled grenade, everyone onboard died instantly, the single greatest loss of life in the history of the Navy SEALs. Ed Darack provides a detailed account of the dramatic, deadly final moments of the Chinook, followed by the swift response to those who caused the tragedy, as well as the enduring legacies of those lost. 2017.
The fighting Newfoundlander: a history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (Carleton library series ; #209)
Par G. W. L Nicholson. 2006
When the First World War began, Newfoundland had been without any kind of military organisation for more than half a…century, so public-spirited citizens immediately formed themselves into a Patriotic Association, and within sixty days had recruited, partially equipped and dispatched 537 officers and men overseas. Nicholson details the harrowing experiences of the Newfoundland Regiment at Gallipoli, Beaumont Hamel, the Third Battle of Ypres and Cambrai, for which they were granted the title "Royal" - the only army unit to receive such a distinction during World War I. Some descriptions of violence. 2006.
The forgotten dead: why 946 American servicemen died off the coast of Devon in 1944 - and the man who discovered their true story
Par Ken Small, Mark Rogerson. 1993
The night of 27 April 1944: Exercise Tiger, a rehearsal for the D-Day landings, is held off Slapton Beach in…Devon. As the mock assault is under way, 946 American servicemen die. Under wartime restrictions the story is concealed and in time forgotten, until local hotelier Ken Small finds American bullets and money while beachcombing and decides to find the truth. 1993.
Par Hala Jaber. 2009
Jaber, a Lebanese-British foreign correspondent, describes covering the Gulf War and her personal engagement with an Iraqi family caught in…the crossfire. Reporting on the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Jaber took up the cause of hospitalized children wounded in the bombing, and helped start a fund to provide them with better medical attention and supplies. In particular, she learned the extraordinary story of two orphans and decided to adopt them. Some descriptions of violence. 2009.
Par A. J. P Taylor. 1966
For four years, while statesmen and generals blundered, the massed armies of Europe writhed in a festival of mud and…blood. All the madness, massacres and mutinies of this war are brought home by this uncompromising historian. 1966.
Par John Keegan. 1998
The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unparalleled ferocity which extended far beyond its European epicentre,…it broke the century of relative peace and prosperity which we associate with the Victorian era and unleashed the demons of the twentieth century - pestilence, military destruction and mass death - and also the ideas which continue to shape our world today - modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, and radical ideas about economics and society. Includes violence. 1998.
In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, soldiers and pilots alike might avoid death, only to…find themselves imprisoned in Germany's archipelago of POW camps, often in abominable conditions. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz of sorts that housed the most troublesome, escape-prone prisoners. Its commandant was a boorish, hate-filled tyrant named Karl Niemeyer who swore that none should ever leave. Desperate to break out of "Hellminden" and return to the fight, a group of Allied prisoners led by ace pilot (and former Army sapper) David Gray hatch an elaborate escape plan. Their plot demands a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, fake walls, and steely resolve. Once beyond the watch towers and round-the-clock patrols, Gray and almost a dozen of his half-starved fellow prisoners must then make a heroic 150 mile dash through enemy-occupied territory towards free Holland. Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, Bascomb brings this narrative to cinematic life, amid the twilight of the British Empire and the darkest, most savage hours of the fight against Germany. At turns tragic, funny, inspirational, and nail-biting suspenseful, this is the little-known story of the biggest POW breakout of the Great War. 2018.
Par Antony Beevor. 2002
Chronicles the horror of Berlin's fall to the Soviets in 1945, recalling the starvation, exposure, artillery fire, rape, and mass…destruction that marked the Red Army's final push on Germany's capital. 2002.
Par Misha Glenny. 1993
A broadcaster and writer, familiar with the politics and languages of the former Yugoslavia and one who predicted war long…before the Croatian and Slovenian factions declared independence in June 1991, chronicles the events that rekindled fires that had smoldered for decades. Glenny's eyewitness account combines historical and political analysis with portraits of leaders in the Balkan conflict. Some strong language. 1993.
Par John Keegan. 1991
A military history from the battlefield, looking at the direct experience of individuals. It examines the physical conditions of fighting,…and the emotions and behaviour generated by battle. The author reassesses three battles: Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme. 1991.
Par Nathan M Greenfield. 2010
Fall, 1941. Almost 2,000 members of the Royal Rifles and Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to bolster the British garrison at…Hong Kong, but in the seventeen day battle for the colony following the attack on December 8, the Canadians suffered grievous losses. The second part of their story describes how the Canadians survived the horrendous conditions of Japanese POW camps. Some descriptions of sex, explicit descriptions of violence and strong language. 2010.
Par Carole Engle Avriett, George W Starks. 2018
After being shot down in Nazi-occupied France, nineteen-year-old George Wiley Starks and crew members spent six weeks walking to Switzerland…with help from ordinary folks and the Resistance. He then returned to France to locate and honor those brave souls who assisted him in desperate hours of need. Here he retraces his steps to freedom and reveals the amazing stories of sacrifice and survival and how ten young American boys, plus their French helpers, became heroes. 2018.
Par Ian W Toll. 2015
This history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south…of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a 'conquering tide,' concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal. Bestseller. 2015.