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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 J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the…Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
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 Daniel Paisner, Krystyna Chiger. 2008
In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of…Polish Jews sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, provides a first-person account of those fourteen months with her family. Also describes Leopold Socha, a Polish Catholic and former thief, who risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food and supplies. 2009, c2008.
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.
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 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 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.
Par Otto Dietrich. 2010
When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction…that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler. c2010. Uniform title: 12 Jahre mit Hitler.
Par Elizabeth Sherrill, Corrie Ten Boom, John L Sherrill. 1972
Par Geoffrey Bilson. 1988
During World War II, more than 7000 children were evacuated from Britain to Canada. Their fears and joys in this…new country, as well as their difficulty in adjusting after their return to Britain, are revealed in these first-person narratives. 1988.
Par Hilary St George Saunders. 1972
A history of the British commando Green Beret regiment during the Second World War. Details their exploits in France, Norway,…the Middle East, Italy and Burma, at Dieppe and on D-Day. 1972.
Par C. P Stacey, Barbara M Wilson. 1987
This social history of the Canadian soldier in Britain is based on soldiers' diaries and war censors' reports. Includes chapters…on the relationship between Canadian soldiers and British women, and Canadian soldiers in trouble with the law. c1987.
Par George G Blackburn. 1996
Blackburn continues the story of the First Canadian Army's 4th Field Regiment. After the battle for Normandy, they pursue the…German army through the Netherlands and Belgium, opening the Scheldt estuary. They endure the bitter winter of 1945, then fight in the Battle of the Rhineland through to ultimate victory. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. 1996.
Par George G Blackburn. 1995
Blackburn follows the Canadian Army through its landing on the Normandy beaches after the D-Day attacks, and to the battles…at Falaise and Caen. Blackburn presents a detailed description of the lives of the Canadian soldiers who fought in the battles. Some strong language.
Par C.E. Lucas Phillips. 2000
The story of the St Nazaire assault, under a storm of enemy fire at point-blank range which set the sea…itself on fire, and of the heroism of the men in the 'little ships' raid, carried out by Royal Navy forces. 2000.
Par Mark Zuehlke. 2003
For four dreadful weeks, Canadian soldiers struggled against the Gothic Line - a vast network of fortifications spanning the width…of the nation and braced against the hard spine of the Apennines. Using personal diaries and records, the author relates this terrible test of arms and captures the experience of soldiers from generals to privates. 2003.