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Road to Huertgen: Forest in Hell
by Paul Boesch

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English

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248

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December 02, 2018

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<em><b>“It’s hell,” he said flatly. “Pure unadulterated hell. That’s the only word for it. It’s hell.”</b></em><br /><br />The Battle of Huertgen Forest was one of the bloodiest engagements of the Second World War.<br /><br />Fought between American and German forces between 19th September to 16th December it was the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.<br /><br />During those three months six American Infantry Divisions — the 1st, 4th, 8th, 9th, 28th and 83rd — and part of the 5th Armored Division fought against the battle-hardened Germans. <br /><br />Lt. Paul Boesch provides an eyewitness account of the horrors that he and his men saw as they struggled through the rain and mud, avoiding artillery, mortars and mines.<br /><br />This book is a remarkable account of one of the most vicious battles in World War Two told honestly by a man who was there.<br /><br />“A true but little-told account of what it means to be an Infantryman.” Major General William G. Weaver<br /><br />“To an old soldier this book will arouse memories; to the man in uniform who has never heard a shot fired in anger this book will stimulate reflexes which are life savers when the chips are down; to the youngster who eventually will be given the opportunity and privilege of wearing the uniform of his country, this book demonstrates the heights of heroism Americans can reach under the most deadly and difficult circumstances.” Major General P. D. Ginder<br /><br />Paul Boesch was awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery and leadership through the course of the Battle of Huertgen Forest. At the outbreak of the war he volunteered for the join the army and served with the 8th infantry Division. After the war he became a professional wrestler and promoter, most famous for his work as an announcer and promoter for Houston Wrestling. His book <em> Road to Huertgen</em> was first published in 1962 and he passed away in 1989.<br />
Admiral Halsey's Story
by , J. Bryan III

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English

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350

Publication Date

November 26, 2018

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<h2><b>Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey earned a legendary reputation for daring and boldness as commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.</h2></b><br /><br /><em>Admiral Halsey’s Story</em> is this admiral’s record of his actions through the course of his remarkable career in the U.S. Navy.<br /><br />The account begins with a brief overview of his years in school and early years with the navy where he fought in the First World War and served in Mexico and Greece as he rose through the ranks to become vice admiral just before the outbreak of the Second World War.<br /><br />Halsey’s life was dramatically altered with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as through the next four years he rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most famous allied naval figures in the war.<br /><br />The events of Halsey’s life through World War Two are split into three sections in the book and are covered in wonderful detail:<br />Firstly he uncovers the details of his command of a carrier task force in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor until May 1942.<br />Next the book discusses his life as Commander of the South Pacific Area and its forces which lasted until June 1944.<br />And finally the book gives an in-depth overview of the final year of the war when Halsey was commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.<br /><br />During the war Halsey had continually acted with bravery and speed and all of his most famous actions are covered through the book such as how he directed the campaigns in the Solomons and led the attacks on the Carolines and New Britain.<br /><br />“The book is pure Halsey — the personal yarn of a seagoing, fighting admiral who was forthright, honest, often brilliant, sometimes rash, but who possessed above all else, a natural modesty that enhanced his uncommon valor.” <em>Naval War College Review</em><br /><br />“To learn what went on behind the wartime newspaper reports, her is an incomparable document. Admiral Halsey has written simply and modestly a book that will further enhance the Halsey legend.” <em>The Saturday Review</em><br /><br />“he knew far better than armchair historians do that the best defense is a good offense. That is the legacy of Bull Halsey.” <em>Warfare History Network</em><br /><br />William F. Halsey was an American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1943 he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. He was promoted to fleet admiral in December 1945 and retired from active service in March 1947. <em>Admiral Halsey's Story</em> was first published in 1947 and Halsey passed away in 1959. The book was written with Lieutenant Commander J. Bryan III, USNR, who during the war had served a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993.<br />
Samurai!
by Martin Caidin

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English

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348

Publication Date

December 07, 2018

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<h2><b>Saburo Sakai became a living legend in Japan during World War II. </h2><br /><br />Pilots everywhere spoke in awe of his incredible exploits in the air.</b><br /><br />Of all Japan’s aces, Saburo Sakai is the only pilot who never lost a wingman in combat.<br /><br />For a man who engaged in more than two hundred aerial combats, this was an incredible achievement.<br /><br />His remarkable book <em>Samurai!</em> written by Martin Caiden but with the assistance of Sakai and Fred Saito is a brilliant account of life as a Japanese pilot in the Second World War.<br /><br /><em>Samurai!</em> charts Sakai’s remarkable life from his lowly, poor origins, to signing up with the military at the age of sixteen, to his conflicts with American aircraft over Guadalcanal where he had the heavy fragments of two 50-caliber machine gun bullets imbedded in his skull, through to the moment when Japan eventually surrendered.<br /><br />For many readers <em>Samurai!</em> will do much to bring the Pacific air war into new perspective. The story of Saburo Sakai provides for the first time an intimate look into the “other side.”<br /><br />Martin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. Caidin was an airplane pilot as well, and bought and restored a 1936 Junkers Ju 52 airplane. <em>Samurai!</em> was first published in 1957 and Caidin passed away in 1997. Saburo Sakai was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace who had 64 aerial victories. He passed away in 2000.<br />
The Story of Wake Island
by James P. S. Devereux

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 30, 2018

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<b><h2>“The courageous conduct of the officers and men who defended Wake Island will not be forgotten so long as gallantry and heroism are respected and honored.” <em>Citation of the President</em></b><br /><br />“Excellent” <em>The New York Times</em></h2><br /><br />On 8th December 1941, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thirty-six Japanese bombers attacked Wake Island and destroyed eight of its twelve aircraft.<br /><br />Two more raid shortly followed, further reducing the defensive possibilities for the men who were left to defend this small area of American soil in the center of the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br />Major James P. S. Devereux was the Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion who faced Japanese onslaught. <br /><br />The first Japanese landing attempt on the morning of 11th December was repelled by a ferocious defense put forward by Devereux and his men.<br /><br />Yet although the Japanese had withdrawn without landing, they continued to bombard the island by air and sea, and there was little hope of resupply for the Americans.<br /><br />For fifteen days the American troops suffered endless bombardments until the second major Japanese offensive was launched on 23rd December.<br /><br />Against overwhelming forces the Marines and other troops that were stationed on the island fought valiantly, but after forty-nine men had lost their lives in the fight, the remaining American men and civilians were captured by the Japanese.<br /><br />James P. S. Deveraux’s remarkable book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> takes the reader to the heart of the action from the point of view of the commanding officer. It is a brilliant account of this tragic event that demonstrated the fighting spirit of the American soldier even in the face of unbeatable odds.<br /><br />“His special vantage point enriches his commentary not only on the ill-fated military operation but also on the state (and spirit) of the prewar preparations to defend the island.” John J. Sbrega, <em>The War Against Japan, 1941-1945</em><br /><br />James P. S. Devereaux was a United States Marine Corps general, Navy Cross recipient, and Republican congressman. After the ferocious fifteen-day battle of Wake Island Devereux was interned for nearly four years in Japanese prison camps. His book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 1988.<br />
Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's Eye View of the Activities on ...
by John B. George

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English

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506

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July 23, 2018

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<b>On August 7, 1942, Allied forces landed on Guadalcanal with the aim of relieving pressure that the Japanese were putting upon Allied supply and communication routes.<br /><br />It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.</b><br /><br />John B. George’s wonderful account of his early overseas experiences as a rifleman in the Guadalcanal campaign presents the viewpoint not of a brass hat, but instead of doughboy who saw the conflict from the ground.<br /><br />He begins with the story of his early years in the 132nd Infantry of the Illinois National Guard, training on the ranges in various ranges across America, before he and his regiment were inducted into the United States Army just months before the terrible events at Pearl Harbor.<br /><br />George and his regiment landed on Guadalcanal just one day after the invasion had begun and were thrown quickly into the action to secure the beachhead and defend Lunga Point.<br /><br />Being a crack shot George records the many hours that he spent hidden in the bush sniping at his enemies if any opportunities arose.<br /><br />What makes this memoir different from others is the fact that George not only uncovers the conflicts that he witnesses and took part in but he also gives extensive information about the tactics that the U.S. military implemented as well as in depth descriptions of all the weapons that they used along with those of their enemies.<br /><br />“Johnny George is a fine officer and an able Infantryman. As a leader he was always capable and aggressive; as an individual rifleman he never lost an opportunity to kill or harass the enemy.” Colonel George F. Ferry, Commanding Officer of 132nd Infantry Regiment.<br /><br />John B. George served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1947 in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters and held the rank of lieutenant colonel. After this he went to Princeton and later joined the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Institute as a consultant, lecturer, and writer on African affairs. His book <em>Shots Fired in Anger</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-50...
by Daniel V. Gallery

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English

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267

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February 25, 2018

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<h2>“Terrific... the first-hand story of Uncle Sam’s U-Boat killers.” — <em>Chicago Daily News</em></h2><br /><br /><b>“The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. . . .” — Winston Churchill</b><br /><br />German U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world.<br /><br />The Battle of the Atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.<br /><br />The U-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941.<br /><br />Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships.<br /><br />But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies.<br /><br />Daniel Gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat.<br /><br />Commanding the USS <em>Guadalcanal</em> he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa.<br /><br />He was the first American officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.<br /><br />“Excellent in several ways: it provides a fine quick survey of the whole Atlantic war, it describes the operation of the German U-boat service, and, most dramatically, it tells how an American task force under Admiral Gallery achieved the unique feat of capturing a German submarine.” — <em>Publishers’ Weekly</em><br /><br /> “One of the best non-fiction books about World War II.” — <em>Raleigh News & Observer</em><br /><br />“One of the war’s most exciting memoirs.” — <em>Chicago News</em><br /><br />“A first-rate adventure tale...suspense and excitement told with a seaman’s salty zest...excellent reading.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Tribune</em><br /><br />“A masterful job that merits the attention of every lover of sea stories.” — <em>Pittsburgh Press</em><br /><br />“Brimming with thrills.” — <em>Philadelphia News</em><br /><br />“An engrossing tale. . . . Pungent, entertaining, informative.” — <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br />“A humdinger of a sea story ... a highly readable book, trimmed from stem to stern with the writer’s irrepressible sense of humor.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Times</em><br /><br />Daniel V. Gallery was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. After the war, Gallery was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. <em>Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea</em> was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Ambush at the Waterfall: Marines in Vietnam (No Safe Spaces)
by Anthony H Johnson

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English

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31

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September 24, 2018

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The first in a series of true war stories by a 19 year old Marine in Vietnam. <br /><br />After the TET offensive of 1968, the North Vietnamese Army forces fled back to their base camps in the jungle covered mountains where they lived, trained and prepared their attacks. During Operation Mameluke Thrust, Marines went into those mountains in search of the NVA. The Marines were hunting and the NVA were ready for them. During several battles, the NVA and Marines fought fiercely, with heavy casualties on both sides. This is the story of one of those battles told by a 19 year old Marine who fought in those battles. <br /><br />As the Marines swept along a river, the point platoon rappelled down a waterfall that then separated them from the main body of the Marine force. The NVA, who had been waiting in ambush, opened fire on both the point platoon and main body. The point platoon, isolated from the main body and in an open field surrounded by a numerically superior NVA force in fortified concealed positions, fought bravely.<br /><br />This story is dedicated to the 21 members of 3rd platoon of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marines, who were killed or wounded at the waterfall in the mountains near Thuong Duc in Quang Nam province. <br />
Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test Pilot
by , Clay Blair

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English

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429

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September 03, 2018

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<h2>“a remarkable record” <em>The Sunday Times</em></h2><br /><br /><b>What is it like to fly twice the speed of sound?<br /><br />What does it feel like to be hurtling towards the earth from fifteen miles above the ground?</b><br /><br />Albert Scott Crossfield’s extraordinary autobiography of his time as a test pilot highlights the fascinating developments that were being made in aviation just after the Second World War.<br /><br />After a period as a fighter pilot in World War Two and then some time at university studying aeronautical engineering Crossfield joined NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.<br /><br />He quickly showed his talents as a research pilot and before long was training in a variety of aircraft, including the X-1, X-4, X-5, XF-92, D-558-I and D-558-II.<br /><br />Yet, Crossfield’s greatest flight came on November 20, 1953, when he was towed to a height of 72,000 feet by a Boeing P2B Superfortress before diving 62,000 feet and reaching a speed of 1,320 miles per hour. <br /><br />This meant that he was the first person in history to travel at more than twice the speed of sound.<br /><br />A number of years later Crossfield became both a test pilot and design consultant for the X-15 rocket-powered plane. <em>Always Another Dawn</em> provides brilliant insight into the development of this plane, and Crossfield’s impact upon it, which would eventually travel at six times the speed of sound.<br /><br />"Scott Crossfield was a pioneer and a legend in the world of test flight and space flight," said Mike Coats, Johnson Space Center Director.<br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of aviation after the Second World War as well as the how men like Crossfield risked their lives the early years of the space race in order to further our attempts to reach the stars.<br /><br />Albert Scott Crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot. He was instrumental in the development aeronautics and space flight through the 1950s. He co-authored Always Another Dawn, a story of a rocket test pilot, with Clay Blair Jr., which was published in 1960. He died in a place crash in 2006. Clay Blair Jr. had passed away in 1998. <br />
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for Peleliu
by George P. Hunt

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English

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104

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July 08, 2018

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<b><h2>“The brutal and heroic story of Marines in action” <em>The New York Times</em></h2></b><br /><br />08:32, September 15, 1944.<br /><br />The 1st Marines stormed the Pacific island of Peleliu.<br /><br />Captain Hunt and his company of two hundred and thirty-five men were among some of the first to land; forty-eight hours later, only seventy-eight of them were alive.<br /><br />Outnumbered and outgunned by the enemy, they beat off all attacks with a courage which is at the same time matter-of-fact and superhuman individual, yet collective and drawn from the real comradeship of men who cannot let each other down. <br /><br />Here are dramatic accounts of wounded men miraculously still fighting, of two men seen in silhouette at night against the flashes of guns in a death struggle atop a cliff, of the flame-scarred bodies of Japanese in caves and pillboxes, of a nervous and badly scared youngster shooting one of his own comrades.<br /><br />When, at last, relief came and Captain Hunt and his handful of men staggered back to the beach, they had withstood three terrible counterattacks and killed more than five hundred enemy soldiers.<br /><br />“<em>Coral Comes High</em> is an unpretentious, stark, blow-by-blow story of a terrible action, well told in the fewest possible words” <em>Time Magazine</em><br /><br />“This is a story of fighting men told by a fighting man.” General Alexander Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps.<br /><br />Captain Hunt served in the 1st Regiment of the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific and was decorated with the Silver Star medal and the Navy Cross. He received the Navy Cross for his part in the action described in this book. The citation for this decoration relates how Captain Hunt's company of riflemen was reduced to thirty-four men; how these survivors defended an isolated position "against three counterattacks killing four hundred and twenty-two Japanese.” After the war he worked as a writer and editor for Fortune and Life magazines. <em>Coral Comes High</em> was first published in 1946 and Hunt passed away in 1991.<br />
The Campaigns Of General Nathan Bedford Forrest And Of Forrest's ...
by General Thomas Jordan

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English

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577

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October 31, 2018

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<b><em>“I think Forrest was the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side … he had a genius of strategy which was original, and to me incomprehensible."</em> General William T. Sherman</b><br /><br />Nathan Bedford Forrest was an unorthodox soldier.<br /><br />He was not trained in military tactics, had not read the great texts on strategy and according to some could not even drill a company.<br /><br />Yet, what he lacked in training he made up for in his aggressive actions and energy to win battles, always taking the shortest lines towards his objectives, grasping opportunities and countless times seizing victory from the brink of defeat.<br /><br />A physically imposing man, he led his men from example as a hard rider and fierce swordsman in the heat of conflict. It was said that had killed up to thirty enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand combat.<br /><br />Forrest’s actions and unpredictability terrified Union troops and their commanders who termed him “that Devil Forrest”, while for the south he quickly became a hero. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee both agreed in their postwar memoirs that the outcome of the war might have been different if they had better used Forrest’s talents.<br /><br />General Thomas Jordan and J. P. Pryor’s brilliant account of the campaigns of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry uncover the actions of this innovative leader. <br /><br />General Forrest gave the authors complete access to his military papers, conducted numerous interviews and worked closely with them to create this fascinating book.<br /><br />Through the course of the work they cover Forrest’s many campaigns and battles including Sacramento, Fort Donaldson, Shiloh, Murfreesboro, the West Tennessee raids, Dover, Brentwood, Chattanooga, Day's Gap, Chickamauga, Paducah, Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, the Tennessee Raids, Nashville, and Selma, as well as the infamous Battle of Fort Pillow.<br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the life of this fascinating man and the campaigns that he led through the course of the American Civil War.<br /><br />“Forrest ... used his horsemen as a modern general would use motorized infantry. He liked horses because he liked fast movement, and his mounted men could get from here to there much faster than any infantry could” Bruce Catton, <em>The Civil War</em><br /><br />General Thomas Jordan was a Confederate general and major operative in the network of Confederate spies during the American Civil War. After the war he became newspaper editor and author, writing articles about the American Civil War. He co-wrote this book with J. P. Pryor who was a professional journalist. Their book <em> The Campaigns Of General Nathan Bedford Forrest And Of Forrest's Cavalry</em> was first published in 1868.<br />

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