Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II (Women of Action)

By Cheryl Mullenbach

Winner of:
2014 Amelia Bloomer best Ten List

“Allow all black nurses to enlist, and the draft won’t be helpful. . . . If nurses are wanted so desperately, why isn’t the military utilizing coloured nurses?”

“My arm will get a bit sore slinging a shovel or a choose, yet then I ignore it while i feel approximately all these boys over within the Solomons.”

Double Victory tells the tales of African American girls who did remarkable issues to assist their state in the course of global battle II. In those pages younger readers meet various extraordinary girls: conflict staff, political activists, army girls, volunteers, and entertainers. a few, akin to Mary McLeod Bethune and Lena Horne, have been celebrated of their lifetimes and are popular this day. yet many others fought discrimination at domestic and in a foreign country with a view to give a contribution to the warfare attempt but have been ignored in the course of these years and forgotten through later generations. Double Victory recovers the tales of those brave girls, similar to Hazel Dixon Payne, the single lady to serve at the distant Alaska-Canadian road; Deverne Calloway, a purple go employee who led a protest at a military base in India; and Betty Murphy Phillips, the one black woman out of the country conflict correspondent. providing a brand new and numerous standpoint at the conflict and together with resource notes and a bibliography, Double Victory is a useful addition to any student’s or heritage buff’s bookshelf.


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The Cabanatuan Prison Raid: The Philippines 1945

By Gordon L. Rottman

On 27 January 1945 the sixth Ranger Battalion and the sixth military distinct Reconnaissance Unit (the Alamo Scouts) begun the main harmful and critical undertaking in their careers to rescue 500 American, British and Dutch prisoners-of-war held at a camp close to Cabanatuan. This bold plan was once fraught with problems – the rangers needed to fight with harsh jungle terrain, 30 miles in the back of enemy traces opposed to a much greater strength, realizing that if their mystery venture used to be leaked, the POWs will be massacred by means of their captors. but, with the aid of a Filipino guerilla strength, they controlled to free up 513 prisoners and kill 225 jap in quarter-hour, whereas basically pain losses themselves. Relive the dramatic rescue during this action-packed account, entire with bird's eye view and battlescene paintings. Gordon Rottman information the build-up to and execution of the operation, reading the problems confronted and the contribution made via the guerrillas. this can be a tale not just of awesome army luck yet a compelling story of braveness within the face of overwhelming odds.

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Mila 18

By Leon Uris

It was once a time of challenge, a time of tragedy--and a time of transcendent braveness and determination.  Leon Uris's blazing novel is decided in the course of the ghetto rebellion that confounded Nazi tyranny, because the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with do-it-yourself guns and naked fists.  Here, painted on a canvas as huge as its material, is the compelling of 1 of the main heroic struggles of contemporary occasions.

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Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

By Robert Leckie

Written through Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits could be featured this spring within the upcoming Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong males Armed has been a perennial bestselling vintage account of the Pacific theater in global conflict II. As scout and machine-gunner for the 1st Marine department, Leckie fought in all its engagements until eventually his wounding at Peleliu. the following he makes use of firsthand event and impeccable learn to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign.

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Iwo Jima 1945 (Battle Story)

One of the bloodiest battles of the struggle within the Pacific.

Operation Detachment, the invasion of Iwo Jima, on February 19, 1945, used to be the 1st crusade on jap soil, and it led to the various fiercest struggling with of the Pacific crusade. usa Marines supported by means of the U.S. military and Air strength fought the japanese either over and underground at the island of volcanic ash, in a conflict which used to be immortalized by means of the elevating of the celebs and Stripes above Mount Suribachi. It was once a conflict that the japanese couldn't win, yet they have been made up our minds to die attempting; of the 18,000-strong garrison, purely two hundred have been taken prisoner. The american citizens misplaced extra within the 35-day conflict, yet on the finish that they had ownership of 3 airfields in variety of the japanese mainland.

This publication supplies a transparent, concise account of these dramatic days in 1945, supported by means of a timeline of occasions and orders of conflict. Over fifty images illustrate the occasions in this momentous conflict.

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Operation Pointblank 1944: Defeating the Luftwaffe (Campaign)

Osprey's exam of Operation Pointblank, which was once the code identify for the us military Air Force's try and damage German fighter potential by using sunlight strategic bombing just before the D-Day landings of global warfare II (1939-1945). introduced in 1943, the operation instantly met with critical difficulties, so much significantly the terrible attrition skilled via the USA bomber forces. despite the fact that, with the arriving of the P-51 Mustang, the USA used to be capable of equip the warring parties to fly on long-range-bomber escort missions and take the struggle to the Luftwaffe within the skies over Germany. This e-book examines the full operation from either the Allied and the German views, protecting the entire major judgements and technological suggestions made by way of either side during this epic fight.

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Black Edelweiss: A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS

Initially written whereas the writer was once a prisoner of the USA military in 1945–46, Black Edelweiss is a boon to severe historians and WWII buffs alike. In an afternoon within which so much memoirs are written at part a century’s distance, the previous should be gratified via the author’s distinctive remember facilitated by means of the chronologically short-range (a topic of 1 to seven years) at which the occasions have been captured in writing. either will savor and revel in the abundantly certain, exceedingly actual wrestle episodes.

Even greater than the strictly army narrative, in spite of the fact that, the writer has crafted a searingly candid view into his personal brain and soul. As such, Black Edelweiss is far greater than a "ripping yarn" or a low-level army historical past. Black Edelweiss joins not just the transforming into physique of German army memoirs, however the extra decide on, extra narrowly-focused staff of non-public memoirs via different Waffen-SS enlisted males. past the microcosmic view of strive against those books relate—to the level that they're sincere and candid—such books are very important for what they could show approximately their authors’ motivations and reflections on these impulses and their results. to this point, those works range considerably.

As it joins the ranks of the books during this style, Black Edelweiss makes a special and extremely vital contribution. it's a real, own account of the author’s struggle years, first in school after which with the Waffen-SS, which he joined early in 1943 on the age of seventeen. For a yr and a part, the writer fought as a computer gunner in SS-Mountain Infantry Regiment eleven "Reinhard Heydrich," in general within the arctic and sub-arctic reaches of Soviet Karelia and Finland, and later on the Western frontier of the 3rd Reich. The characters within the tale are actual, and the conversations and activities are stated to the simplest of his skill from the quick distance at which he wrote the manuscript in 1945–46.

Apart from the piercing insights into the query of why the German soldier fought as he did, what makes this e-book really distinct is the author’s anguished, but resolute exam of the dialectic among the honorable and valorous comportment of his comrades and the essentially reprehensible behavior of approximately 35,000 males in the back of front traces who however wore an analogous uniform.

During his captivity, the writer used to be assigned for a time as a clerk to a US military pass judgement on suggest General’s Corps officer, and within the functionality of his administrative tasks, the writer had entry to the mounting reams of documentation of the Holocaust. His becoming attractiveness of the involvement of Waffen-SS body of workers within the tremendous crimes of that procedure brought on him to dig deeply into his soul, to envision his such a lot intimate and personal motivations and concepts, and to reevaluate the main simple assumptions of his existence to that time. the writer captured this approach and the outcome within the notes which grew to become this booklet.

Honestly, forthrightly, and courageously instructed, Black Edelweiss is a valuable present to historians and different scholars of worldwide struggle II. It not just offers a glimpse into the attributes that made the German defense force a powerful and tenacious foe, yet squarely confronts the main painful factor dealing with German international conflict II veterans quite often, and Waffen-SS veterans particularly.

Supported by way of 22 images, eight maps, and notes.

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Troop Leader: A Tank Commander's Story

By Bill Bellamy

Troop chief is a special account of 1 man's event of the conflict for Europe in 1944 and 1945. invoice Bellamy was once a tender officer within the eighth King's Royal Irish Hussars from 1943 to 1955. He served in seventh Armored department within the North West Europe crusade, touchdown in Normandy on D+3, fought during the conflict for Normandy and into the Low nations as a troop chief in Cromwell tanks, and was once latterly a member of the preliminary occupying strength in Berlin in may perhaps 1945. opposed to the principles, invoice stored diaries and notes of his studies. His account is clean and open, and his descriptions of conflict are bright. He witnessed a lot of his contemporaries killed in motion, and this life-altering event truly informs his narrative. The money owed of tank scuffling with within the leafy Normandy bocage within the peak of summer time, or within the iron tough fields of Holland in wintry weather are image and compelling.

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US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II (New Vanguard)

American event, from D-Day to dug-in jap defenders, went from British Crocodile to E4-7, USMC devil, and the numerous POA-CWS (Pacific sector Operation-Chemical battle part) flamethrower tank versions chronicled during this book.

The US military and Marine Corps experimented with quite a lot of flame-thrower tanks via international struggle II in either the ecu and Pacific theaters. This publication will research early efforts within the US, the ill-fated try to followed the British Crocodile for D-Day in Normandy, the adoption of the auxiliary E4-7 within the ecu Theater, and using British Crocodile flamethrower devices within the ETO. even though the U.S. military deployment of flame-thrower tanks within the ETO used to be not easy at most sensible, flamethrowers have been even more commonly used within the Pacific theater and have become ubiquitous through 1945, together with a whole military flamethrower tank battalion on Okinawa in 1945, the biggest unmarried use of flamethrower tanks in global battle II. it will hide the preliminary makes an attempt on the use of auxiliary flamethrowers via either the USA military and Marine Corps in 1943, the standardized adoption of the devil flamethrower tank by means of the Marines in 1944, the improvement of major gun flamethrowers via the Marines and US military in keeping with the POA-CWS (Pacific quarter Operation-Chemical struggle part) designs, and the myriad different varieties demonstrated in wrestle together with the robust LVT-4 layout utilizing military flamethrowers at Peleliu in 1944. as a result large eastern use of fortifications within the ultimate 12 months of the Pacific warfare, Flamethrower tanks turned essentially the most very important recommendations in American tactics.

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