Boy Soldier: A German Teenager at the Nazi Twilight by Gerhardt B. Thamm

By Gerhardt B. Thamm

“As a 15-year-old boy I fought in brief in a conflict. My struggle was once neither noble nor heroic. I observed the horrors that no 15-year-old boy may still ever see. I got here into warfare merely by way of happenstance, and survived it in basic terms by way of luck.”
Gerhardt B. Thamm grew up on his grandfather’s farm in reduce Silesia, the hinterlands of Germany. In early 1945 this land, close to the Czechoslovakian and varnish borders, grew to become a battleground. The Soviets captured decrease Silesia in February, and Thamm, like a lot of his Hitler formative years highschool classmates, was once conscripted to struggle at the jap entrance till the previous couple of days of global conflict II, experiencing firsthand fearsome barbarity and atrocity. Thamm’s relatives used to be deported from Silesia in 1946 to West Germany. Gerhardt Thamm arrived within the usa in 1948. The 17-year-old Thamm joined the U.S. military an analogous 12 months and served greater than two decades as an enlisted man.
“Maybe, simply possibly, I fought during this struggle to flee the barbarity. perhaps I wrote this booklet to nonetheless the memories.”

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The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy by Meg Ostrum

By Meg Ostrum

Of the millions of people that escaped during the Pyrenees in the course of international battle II, not less than 100 owe their lives to a bold scheme that Belgian Charles Schepens masterminded in Mendive, a distant Basque village close to the French-Spanish border. the tale of this near-miraculous resistance attempt, an epic project conducted in simple view of the Nazis, is mentioned in complete for the 1st time in The physician and the Shepherd, a huge, real story of wartime heroism.

In 1942, in coordination with the Belgian resistance, Schepens stage-managed a hugely mystery details and evacuation provider during the counterfeit operation of a back-country lumbering company. This ebook strains Schepens’s sluggish transformation from an apolitical younger ophthalmologist into double agent “Jacques Pérot,” and his emergence within the postwar interval as a latest people hero to the citizens of Mendive. Woven into the account are the tales of a striking foreign forged of characters, such a lot significantly the Basque shepherd Jean Sarochar, considered as an area misfit, with whom Schepens shaped his impossible partnership and a permanent friendship.

Part biography, half secret agent story, half cultural learn, The health care professional and the Shepherd relies on greater than ten years of oral historical past learn. The saga of a Belgian “first resister” who, by way of posing as a collaborator, effectively duped either the Germans and the neighborhood French Basque inhabitants, it deals a strong and illuminating photograph of ethical and actual courage.

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Surviving the Reich: The World War II Saga of a by Ivan L. Goldstein

By Ivan L. Goldstein

Ivan Goldstein is a 19-year-old green-as-grass soldier heading into his first conflict: the conflict of the Bulge, international warfare II's fiercest engagement among the yankee military and Hitler's military. A bow gunner on a Sherman tank, deepest Goldstein is barely hours into his first conflict while his tank is hit via an enemy shell, and he's virtually killed. Goldstein escapes along with his existence . . . in simple terms to be captured by means of the Germans. this may be the tale of many younger males from what has rightly been referred to as “the maximum Generation,” yet Goldstein isn't any younger guy. he's an American Jew. And whilst a German officer learns this, the officer says, “In the morning, take the Jew out and shoot him.” What follows is an epic tale of survival within the face of probably insurmountable odds that's certain to interact everybody attracted to the struggle opposed to the 3rd Reich.

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Panzer Destroyer: Memoirs of a Red Army Tank Commander by Vasiliy Krysov

By Vasiliy Krysov

The day after Vasiliy Krysov comprehensive college, on 22 June 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union and provoked a warfare of unheard of quantity and cruelty. For the following 3 years, as a tank commander, Krysov fought opposed to the German panzers in essentially the most extreme and harmful armored engagements in history–including these at Stalingrad, Kursk and Königsberg.

This is the awesome tale of his conflict. because the commander of a heavy tank, a self-propelled gun -a tank destroyer-and a T-34, he fought his method westward throughout Russia, the Ukraine and Poland opposed to a skillful and decided enemy which had formerly by no means identified defeat. Krysov again and again confronted difficult SS panzer divisions, just like the SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Panzer department within the Bruilov-Fastov region in 1943, and the SS Das Wiking Panzer department in Poland in 1944. . Krysov used to be at Kursk and took part in a counterattack at Ponyri. The ruthlessness of this lengthy and sour crusade is vividly depicted in his narrative, as is the big scale and complexity of the fighting.

Honestly, and with a rare readability of keep in mind, he describes confrontations with German Tiger and Panther tanks and lethal anti-tank weapons. He was once wounded 4 instances, his crewmen and his commanding officials have been killed, yet he used to be fated to outlive and list his adventure of wrestle. His memoirs supply a compelling perception into the truth of tank battle at the japanese Front.

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Stand Like a Man: The Story of Duke "The Indian" by Donna King-Nykolaycuyk

By Donna King-Nykolaycuyk

From writer, Donna King-Nykolaycuyk, the area battle II army memoir of Cpl. Loren Duke Abdalla.

The great-grandson of leader working Bull of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Loren Duke Abdalla persisted a harsh existence transforming into up throughout the nice melancholy. In his adolescence, he used to be a fighter, learning the ideas of boxing legend, Joe Louis. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and was once referred to as “The Indian”, because of his heritage.

Duke served less than Colonel Chesty Puller with the first Regiment in the course of international conflict II within the Pacific and survived the bloody Battles of Peleliu & Okinawa. dealing with civilian existence, he struggled to deal with the thoughts of conflict. advised in its sincere simplicity, the tale of Duke unearths a necessary, own account of a guy with an indomitable spirit, looking peace after experiencing the horrors of struggle. Cpl. Duke Abdalla was once merited sixty nine years later with a assessment of his provider for the Medal of Honor—and this is often his story.

“Donna King-Nykolaycuyk's tribute to Duke via her e-book, Stand Like a Man is actually remarkable. This ebook used to be fantastically written. faculties may still comprise this publication as studying assignments so our younger parents don't forget the background of that period. i'd fairly wish to see the e-book made right into a motion picture one day.”
—Jean Miller, Director of improvement, Retired, Howe army Academy

“Donna King-Nykolaycuyk profoundly captures Duke as a tender guy with a combating spirit who grew to become the battlefield warrior that made the Marine Corps mythical. Duke fought on shores, jungles and hilltops opposed to a ferocious enemy that neither gave nor took area. i'm grateful to Donna for her devotion to Duke and for elegantly keeping the heroics of Duke “The Indian” Abdalla. i'm commemorated to name Duke my friend.”
—Richard C. Daniels, Attorney

"Donna King-Nykolaycuyk's writing approximately this WWII Hero is exceptional. Duke’s conflict reviews are defined First Hand yet what touched me so much used to be the conflict he fought whilst he got here domestic with the thoughts of conflict and his rate was once the misplaced of every thing, together with his family members. Duke's self-control to beat within the years whilst PTSD used to be in simple terms noted in whispers and his skill to beat and do the perfect factor is inspiring!"
—Mick Grady, Founder—V-SPANN Veterans precise Programming American information Network

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Das letzte Geleit: vom Vorpostenboot zur U-Boot Flotte by Marc Debus,Alfred Nell

By Marc Debus,Alfred Nell

Ein Erlebnisbericht, der von der Ausbildung in Stralsund über Norwegen zu den grauen Wölfen in den Atlantik führt. Obermaat Alfred Nell schildert in eigenen Worten seine Kriegserlebnisse:

-Ausbildung in Stralsund
-Vorpostenboot “Orkan” in Norwegen
-Ausbilder im Dieselmaschinenraum von U-141
-Dienstzeit auf U-720
-Dienstzeit auf U-984
-Die Schlacht um Brest
-Die Gefangenschaft

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Untouched Heroics: Anecdotes from the Life of a World War II by Steven Attanasio

By Steven Attanasio

Untouched Heroics is the real life-story of 95-year-old Tony Varone, an Italian immigrant raised in Brooklyn, long island who served within the usa military from January 1941 until eventually June 1945. Surviving 8 campaigns as an infantryman within the Mediterranean and ecu Theatres of global warfare II, Tony escaped loss of life and harm innumerable instances, and stored an important variety of lives within the technique.

This ancient and private account attracts on over 24 hours of author-recorded interviews to recreate the adventure of sitting throughout from this inspirational guy as he eloquently defined the main memorable moments of his existence. His tale is a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of infantrymen from wars all through time whose tales have long past untold. it's the tale of a standard individual pressured into impressive situation, of innocence, love, and resilience. such a lot of all, it's a human tale a few huge new release of whom much less and no more stay every day, that may be favored by means of the generations who've due to the fact that benefited from their sacrifice.

Readers will develop to in detail recognize Tony via rates from his huge own memoirs, excerpts from over a hundred sentimental letters written to his household whereas in carrier, and lots of outstanding pictures and artifacts from his life.

Untouched Heroics is a narrative to be remembered.

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ZigZag Pass: Love and War by Leon Hesser

By Leon Hesser

ZigZag cross is a memoir of the author’s chilling stories as a teenage Infantryman in battles within the Philippines in the course of international conflict II and his later provider within the military of profession in Japan. Interwoven is a love tale. while he again domestic to the woman he left at the back of, they married once he grew to become 21. they'd little ones and farmed in Indiana until eventually he used to be 30, whilst his spouse confident him to promote the farm enterprise and input Purdue collage as a freshman. He and his spouse either earned doctorates. They have been interested in careers that relieved starvation and poverty in lots of nations. the writer attributes their climb to the area level to his being eager about cultures within the Philippines and Japan that differed from these he had grown up with within the Midwest of the USA. The publication bargains a problem to children to set their attractions excessive, to arrive for the celebs.

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Sunderland over Far-Eastern Seas: An RAF Flying Boat by Group Captain Derek K. Empson MBE RAF (Rtd)

By Group Captain Derek K. Empson MBE RAF (Rtd)

"This is the 1st publication to offer a close, first-hand account of post-World warfare II RAF brief Sunderland operations within the a ways East. the writer was once a navigator with 88 Squadron and later 205 Squadron, flying operations throughout the Korean warfare, the Malayan Emergency and lots of different operations. He used to be established at Seletar in Singapore, Kaitak in Hong Kong, Iwakuni close to Hiroshima and diverse different operational bases all through his and a part yr journey. The Sunderland flying boat used to be a distinct airplane in that every staff used to be disbursed an airplane which grew to become their floating and airborne domestic. The workforce relied upon all-round cooperation to maintain the aircraft in most sensible , plus the addition of customized luxuries. the duty of lengthy distance navigation within the a ways East in the course of the early Fifties trusted the normal equipment of astro navigation and useless reckoning, a tricky job while crossing thousands of miles of open ocean and encountering monsoon and tropical hurricane conditions.

Amongst the noteworthy occasions integrated is a go back flight from Singapore to Hong Kong throughout 1,400 miles of ocean with a VIP passenger, his first operational flight as a 21 12 months previous Pilot Officer navigator. He then undertakes an operation regarding a go back journey to Scotland which took 3 months. On relocating to Kiatak the Sunderlands supplied air disguise for seek and rescue operations, setting out and touchdown among the port's many small and unevenly recommended delivery craft. He flew sixty-one missions in help of the United international locations forces battling in and round Korea, enduring the specter of chinese language combatants over the Yellow Sea. in a single operation an engine hearth brought on the workforce to ditch within the Tsushima Strait with severe structural failure and so they have been rescued via the USS De Haven, a US destroyer. this can be a important checklist of a few of the mythical brief Sunderland's ultimate roles within the RAF."

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