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1. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy (The Liberation Trilogy, 1)
Author: by Rick Atkinson
Published at: Holt Paperbacks; First edition (May 15, 2007)
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER”A splendid book… The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war.”The Washington Post Book WorldThe liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph.
In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. Opening with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algiers, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia.
Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. At the center of the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
2. Warfare: The Definitive Visual History
Author: by DK
Published at: DK; Reissue edition (April 7, 2020)
The most wide-ranging and visually arresting history of wars and warfare ever published, Warfare: The Definitive Visual History documents every major war or significant period of conflict in over 5,000 years of human history. A must-have reference gift for military enthusiasts and general readers alike, no other book about warfare contains such a diverse selection of imagery including contemporary paintings and photographs, objects and artifacts, and specially commissioned artworks, maps, and diagrams.
Warfare: The Definitive Visual History includes a comprehensive directory of every major war, thematic spreads examining broader topics within the history of warfare, from the role of mercenaries, communications, and the treatment of wounded soldiers, and personal accounts and objects from soldiers and civilians that bring to life the human experience of battle.
From the earliest known Wars in Sumeria and Ancient Egypt War to the occupation of Iraq, Warfare: The Definitive Visual History combines a coherent and compelling spread-by-spread historical narrative with a wealth of supporting features to recount the epic 5,000-year story of warfare and combat through the ages.
3. From the Realm of a Dying Sun. Volume II: The IV. SS-Panzerkorps in the Budapest Relief Efforts, December 1944–February 1945
Author: by Douglas E. Nash Sr.
Published at: Casemate; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2020)
On Christmas Eve 1944, the men of the IV SS-Panzerkorps were preparing to celebrate the occasion as best they could. Taking advantage of the pause in the fighting around Warsaw, they looked forward to partaking in that most German of holidays, including the finest Christmas dinner their field kitchens could still prepare in this fifth year of the war.
They had earned it too; after five months of unrelenting combat and the loss of many of their friends, troops from the corps headquarters, headquarters troops, and its two divisionsthe 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf and the 5th SS Panzer Division Wikingwere eagerly anticipating what the holiday would bring, including presents from home and perhaps sharing a bottle of schnapps or wine with their comrades.
This was not to be, for that very evening, the corps commander, SS-Obergruppenfhrer Herbert Otto Gille, received a telephone call notifying him that the 35,000 men of his corps would begin boarding express trains the following day that would take them from the relative quiet of the Vistula Front to the front lines in Hungary, hundreds of kilometers away.
4. Selected by Extraterrestrials Volume 2: My life in the top secret world of UFOs, Think Tanks and Nordic secretaries
Author: by William Mills Tompkins
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 29, 2020)
The first volume of Selected by Extraterrestrials covered the life of Bill Tompkins to about 1970 and did not go deeply into the super-secret briefings he attended with Navy spies reporting what was going on in Nazi Germany from 1942-1945. Volume 2 of his ground-breaking memoirs covers those details and more about his subsequent aerospace career at companies including TRW.
Here is a record of everything that Bill Tompkins wrote on his computer about his life until his death in 2017. You can read what Bill was remembering as he typed his recollections over about 15 years. Of special interest is his detailed access to work being done by TRW that is largely still unknown, such as aggressive remote viewing projects with the early Bobby Ray Inman involvement, extensive underground alien and U.S.
Tunneling systems, and the interesting role TRW played in the content of movies. Bill was in charge of the famous Joe Papp engine development that was one of many non-petroleum energy systems studied by TRW. Bill was entered the world of secrecy as a teenager, when the Navy took his personal ship models out of a Hollywood department store display window because they showed the classified locations of radars and gun emplacements.
5. The World Encyclopedia of Tanks & Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Over 400 Vehicles And 1200 Wartime And Modern Photographs
Author: by George Forty
Published at: Lorenz Books (June 6, 2017)
An illustrated A-Z history of the world’s most important tanks and AFVs, with detailed specifications.
6. Tanks and Armored Vehicles, Dover Coloring Book
Author: by Bruce LaFontaine
Published at: Dover Publications; Clr Csm edition (June 19, 2013)
A highly developed form of protected, mobile striking power, tanks are the successors to war chariots and armored elephants used by armies of ancient times. Designed to be used as part of large infantry units (as in World Wars I and II), or as a separate striking force (as in the Gulf War of 1991), the modern tank is a formidable weapon of war.
This comprehensive coloring book of 44 accurately rendered illustrations chronicles the development of tanks and other armored vehicles from the “Little Willie” (1915) to the British Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) (1994). Also included are these vehicles: Rolls Royce Armored Scout Car (1916); British Mark A Whippet (1917); Japanese Type 95 (1935); French Char B1 (1937); British A12 Matilda (1940); German Panzer III (1940); Russian T-34 (1940); American M4 Sherman (1942); American M26 Pershing (1945); Russian T-72 MBT (1973); American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (1961); Israeli Merkava MBT (1980); and 30 more.
Detailed informative captions accompany each illustration in a book sure to be enjoyed by military buffs and colorists alike.
7. From the Realm of a Dying Sun. Volume I: IV. SS-Panzerkorps and the Battles for Warsaw, July–November 1944
Author: by Douglas E. Nash Sr.
Published at: Casemate; Illustrated edition (January 9, 2020)
During World War Two, the armed or Waffen-SS branch of the Third Reich’s dreaded security service expanded from two divisions in 1940 to 38 divisions by the end of the war, eventually growing to a force of over 900,000 men until Germany’s defeat in May 1945.
Not satisfied with allowing his nascent force to be commanded in combat by army headquarters of the Wehrmacht, Heinrich Himmler, chief of the SS, began to create his own SS corps and army headquarters beginning with the SS-Panzerkorps in July 1942.
As the number of Waffen-SS divisions increased, so did the number of corps headquarters, with 18 corps and two armies being planned or activated by the war’s end. The histories of the first three SS corps are well known the actions of I, II, and III (Germanic) SS-Panzerkorps and their subordinate divisions, including the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Hitlerjugend, Hohenstaufen, Frundsberg and Nordland divisions, have been thoroughly documented and publicized.
8. Leopard Tanks in Action: History, Variants and Combat Operations of the German Leopard 1 & 2 Main Battle Tanks
Author: by Jill Marc Münstermann
Published at: K&F Verlag (January 6, 2021)
Dive deep into the fascinating world of German tanks in this definitive textbook about the Leopard 1 and 2. Known as one of the most for their prominence in peacetime, there’s more to these trusty machines than meets the eye. Follow them on their journey around the globe as we guide you through every combat mission ever ventured upon by the mighty machines.
The wide range of conflicts they have been in creates a fascinating reading experience for history lovers and war fanatics. Read in raw, uncut detail the savage battle reports from these fierce tanks as you’re taken deep into each conflict they took part in.
From being pitted against Bosnian Serb battle tanks to their involvement in the invasion of Kosovo, this book covers the complete combat operation history of the Leopard 1 and Leopard 2. Also, their deployments in more modern times are discussed, with them being used to fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Syria.
The amount of missions these tanks have embarked upon is endless, and you will learn about them all in this definitive book. This is the only book of its kind. A one-off concise guide outlining everything you would ever need to know about the Leopard 1 and 2.
9. Panzer Leader
Author: by Heinz Guderian
Da Capo Press; Reissue edition (December 24, 2001)
Germany’s opening run of victory in World War II was only made possible by the panzer forces that Heinz Guderian (1888-1954), the father of modern tank warfare, had created and trained, and by his audacious leading of those forces from 1939 to 1941.
Guderian’s breakthrough at Sedan and lightning drive to the Channel coast virtually decided the Battle of France. The drive he led into the East came close to producing the complete collapse of Russia’s armies, but at the end of 1941 Guderian was dismissed for taking a timely step back instead of pandering to Hitler’s illusions.
He was recalled to service only when Germany’s situation had become desperate, and he was eventually made chief of the General Staff when all had become hopeless. Panzer Leader is a candid and dramatic account of the development and campaigns of the panzer forces that, along with the Luftwaffe, stood at the heart of blitzkrieg; it is also a searing group portrait of the Third Reich’s leading personalities as they turned early victory into a protracted, agonizing defeat.
10. The Battle of Kursk
Author: by David M. Glantz
Published at: Univ Pr of Kansas; Sixth Printing edition (October 29, 1999)
Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk witnessed (at Prokhorovka) one of the largest tank engagements in world history and led to staggering lossesincluding nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualtieswithin the first ten days of fighting.
Going well beyond all previous accounts, David Glantz and Jonathan House now offer the definitive work on arguably the greatest battle of World War II. Drawing on both German and Soviet sources, Glantz and House separate myth from fact to show what really happened at Kursk and how it affected the outcome of the war.
Their access to newly released Soviet archival material adds unprecedented detail to what is known about this legendary conflict, enabling them to reconstruct events from both perspectives and describe combat down to the tactical level. The Battle of Kursk takes readers behind Soviet lines for the first time to discover what the Red Army knew about the plans for Hitler’s offensive (Operation Citadel), relive tank warfare and hand-to-hand combat, and learn how the tide of battle turned.
11. Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
Author: by David Stahel
Published at: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (April 21, 2011)
Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began the largest and most costly campaign in military history. Its failure was a key turning point of the Second World War. The operation was planned as a Blitzkrieg to win Germany its Lebensraum in the East, and the summer of 1941 is well-known for the German army’s unprecedented victories and advances.
Yet the German Blitzkrieg depended almost entirely upon the motorised Panzer groups, particularly those of Army Group Centre. Using previously unpublished archival records, David Stahel presents a new history of Germany’s summer campaign from the perspective of the two largest and most powerful Panzer groups on the Eastern front.
Stahel’s research provides a fundamental reassessment of Germany’s war against the Soviet Union, highlighting the prodigious internal problems of the vital Panzer forces and revealing that their demise in the earliest phase of the war undermined the whole German invasion.
12. Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans Von Luck (World War II Library)
Author: by Hans Von Luck
Published at: Dell; 1st edition (February 1, 1991)
A stunning look at World War II from the other side… From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel’s 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front-von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world.German soldiers.
Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight’s Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman. Told with the vivid detail of an impassioned eyewitness, his rare and moving memoir has become a classic in the literature of World War II, a first-person chronicle of the glory-and the inevitable tragedy-of a superb soldier fighting Hitler’s war.
13. Death Ride of the Panzers: German Armor and the Retreat in the West, 1944-45
Author: by Dennis Oliver
Published at: Skyhorse; Annotated edition (February 13, 2018)
Death Ride of the Panzers is a unique guide to the Nazi tanks, vehicles, and crews of World War II. It features never-before-seen photographs from the US National Archives and the author’s personal collection, annotated artist renderings, and detailed explanations and historical context for each collection of images.
Readers will also be able to trace the combat histories of these subjects through orders of battle, maps and organizational diagrams, vehicle allocation charts, and unit biographies. The forensic approach for which Dennis Oliver is known creates a broad, comprehensive record of German soldiers and hardware from early 1944 to the end of the conflict in 1945.
Death Ride of the Panzers provides the context and chronology necessary for the general reader and the primary sources and hardware specifics that appeal to the expert, making this book perfect for the readers with historical interest, modelers, and WWII buffs alike.
14. Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge (New Vanguard)
Author: by Steven J. Zaloga
Published at: Osprey Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 28, 2020)
A new analysis of exactly how Allied and German tanks fought the Battle of the Bulge, one of the great tank battles of World War II. The Battle of the Bulge raises many questions which, until now, have not been adequately answered: How did the major tank types perform during the battle?
What were the specific lessons learned from the combat? And did these lessons result in changes to tanks in the subsequent months? Offering detailed answers to these questions, and many more, this book provides a survey of the principal tank and tank-equivalents (such as tank destroyers and Jagdpanzers) that took part in the Ardennes Campaign of December 1944-January 1945.
Beginning with a basic overview of the campaign, accompanied by an order of battle of the major armored units, it examines the opposing forces, covering the organization of the two tank forces to explain how they were deployed. Author Steven Zaloga also scrutinizes the technical balance between the opposing sides, comparing armor, mobility, and firepower as well as other important factors such as reliability, crew situational awareness, and tank layout/efficiency.
15. The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966–1972
Author: by Donald Snedeker
Published at: Casemate (March 19, 2020)
When the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment came ashore at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, in September 1966, it faced a number of challenges. The enemyViet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA)was, of course, the most critical challenge. But the terrain and weather were also factors that could adversely affect the employment of both armored vehicles and helicopters alike.
The dearth of doctrine and tactics for the employment of armored cavalry in a counterinsurgency was equally challengingespecially during the pre-deployment training and initial combat operations. But just as importantly, there was an institutional bias within the Army that an insurgency was an infantryman’s war.
Despite the thick jungle and monsoonal rains, despite the lack of doctrinal guidance, Blackhorse leaders found a way to overcome the obstacles and accomplish the mission. Within a year of their arrival in Vietnam, Blackhorse troopers overcame ambushes that featured volleys of anti-tank weapons, multitudes of mines, and coordinated assaults by reinforced enemy regiments against troop-sized positions.
16. Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq (Military History)
Author: by Louis A. DiMarco
Published at: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (October 24, 2017)
Throughout history cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Art of War that the lowest realization of warfare was to attack a fortified city.
Indeed, although strategists have advised against it across the millennia, armies and generals have been forced nonetheless to attack and defend cities, and victory has required that they do it well. In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it means to seize and hold a city literally block by block.
Such a study could not be more timely. We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow. Di Marco masterfully studies the successes and failures of past battles in order to provide lessons for today’s tacticians.