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Her beauty saved her life... and condemned her. In 1942, Cilka Klein was sixteen-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Noticing her beautiful long hair, Commandment Schwarzhuber forced her to separate from the other women prisoners. Cilka was then charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to Vorkuta, a prison camp in Siberia. Once again, Cilka faced a familiar and horrifying battle for survival. Befriending a woman doctor, Cilka learnt to nurse the ill in the camp... eventually tending to a man named Alexandr. The story of Cilka's discovery that there is room in your heart for love, despite all unimaginable circumstances. A powerful testament to the triumph of human will, based on what is known of Cilka Klein's experiences. The sequel to the No.1 Bestseller - The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785769047• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Zaffre• Format: Hardback• Pages: 401• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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It was the Summer of 1940 and underground operative, Witold Pilecki, has accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people... But when discovering the terrifying Nazi plans, Witold is about to endure a battle over the next two and a half years as he smuggles evidence of Nazi atrocities out of Auschwitz. Shaping the Allies response to the Holocaust, his story has often been forgotten. ...Until now. The first account drawing on unpublished family papers, archival documents and exclusive interviews with resistance fighters, it is time to discover how this individual brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. A truly enthralling story of resistance and heroism and one man's attempt to change the course of history. 'Gripping, revelatory, surreal' - Simon Sebag Montefiore. 'Remarkable' - Peter Frankopan. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780753558003• Author: Jack Fairweather• Publisher: W T Allen• Format: Hardback• Pages: 505• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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Forced to do hard labour, starved and savagely beaten, British soldier Arthur Dodd thought his life would end in Auschwitz. Determined to go down fighting, he risked his life to sabotage Nazi industrial work and alleviate the suffering of Jewish prisoners. This shocking true story presents the largely unknown story of the military POWs held there.

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It is the 1930s in Vienna and after the Nazis annex Austria, the Kleinmann family's ordinary and simple world is turned upside down. With neighbours turning on them and their business seized, the threat to the family becomes greater than ever before. Nazi police send Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, father and son, to Buchenwald in Germany for what was about to be an unimaginable and tragic ordeal. Through months of suffering and torturous work, there is one constant that keeps the pair alive : the strong love between father and son. Delve into a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a father and son and their experience in Auschwitz, based on meticulous archival research and Gustav's secret diary for the first time ever released. A story of love, courage, strength and heart-break in the face of unparalleled horrors. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780241448496• Author: Jeremy Dronfield• Publisher: Penguin Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 415• Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 4.5cm

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Becoming Minister of Defence as well as Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill was ready to get his hands dirty and take personal control of military policy. With full responsibility for Britain's success or failure in war effort, he would be faced with monumental challenges and crucial decisions upon which the fate of Britain and the free world rest. How to respond to the collapse of France was one example of this and ordering Admiral Sommerville to sink the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir demonstrated to the world that he was determined to wage war 'whatever the cost may be'. But should Churchill have concentrated on the defence of the realm or take the war to the enemy? Where should any offensive action be focused? How much support should be offered to the Soviet Union? Delve into the insightful investigation into Churchill's conduct during the Second World War as Allen Packwood shares the agonies and uncertainties faced at each crucial stage. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781526771094• Author: Allen Packwood• Publisher: Frontline Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 271• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.5cm

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Regarded by many as one of the greatest tanks ever built, the German Panther is probably the finest medium tank of the Second World War and certainly the most numerous German panzer in wartime service, with some 7,000 built. It combined firepower, armour protection and mobility that was unmatched by any other tank of the period. In the Panther Tank Owners' Workshop Manual, author Mark Healy looks at the development, construction and fighting qualities of the Panther, as well as including insights into what it was like to operate and maintain. He focuses on surviving Panthers at the German Armour Museum in Munster (Panther Ausf A) and the later Panther Ausf G at the Tank Museum, Bovington, as his centrepieces and draws on a range of documentary and photographic information sources in Germany, the USA and France. Product Information: ISBN: 9781785212147 Author: Mark Healy Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 192 Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.9 x 1.6cm

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785763649• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre• Format: Hardback• Pages: 275• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5cm

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Discover the legend that is the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car, introduced by the Royal Naval Ar Service in 1914! Used for shore patrols, modified versions were still in service with the British Army's 11th Hussars in the North African desert in 1940-41. Explore everything there is to know on this beauty - even it's policing duties between the wars by the Royal Air Force in Iraq, Egypt and India. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785210587• Author: David Fletcher• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 160• Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm

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May the army of millions of dead of all nations bear witness to humanity for the hope that future generations may learn to discard war as the best way to resolve their differences. This is the little-known story of Heavy Panzer (Tiger) Battalion 507 told through the recollections of the men who fought with the unit. The book was conceived during a reunion of the 507' at Rohrdorf in 1982, where it was agreed to set up an editorial committee under Helmut Schneider, himself a veteran of the battalion, to search for as many survivors of the unit as possible and gather their reminiscences. The resulting account is a treasure trove of first-hand material, from personal memories, diary entries and letters to leave passes, wartime newspaper cuttings, Wehrmacht bulletins and more than 160 photographs. The account follows the unit from its formation in 1943 and the catastrophic events on the Eastern Front, through battles on the Western Front and engagements against the American 3rd Armoured Division to the confusion of retreat, panic-stricken flight and Soviet captivity in the closing stages of the war. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784386313 Author: Helmut Schneider Publisher: Greenhill Books Format: Hardback Pages: 288 Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.8 x 2.8cm

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The 8.8cm Flugzeugabwehrkanone 18/36/37/41 - more popularly known as the 'Flak 88' - was one of the most successful and influential artillery gun types in the German arsenal in the Second World War. Developed during the 1920s and 1930s, the gun combined accuracy, a high muzzle velocity and a rapid rate of fire (15-20rpm). Although at first developed as an anti-aircraft gun, it went on to achieve equal repute as an anti-tank weapon, imposing horrific casualties on Allied armor across all major European and North African theaters of war. In one clash in Normandy, in June 1944, for example, a single Luftwaffe 8.8cm battery destroyed some 40 Allied tanks. Product Information: ISBN: 9781785211331 Author: Chris McNab Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 192 Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.9 x 1.6cm

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Delve into the life and times of the Great British soldier, or Tommy, and learn all there is to know on equipping and training for war. Explore the abiding fascination with the uniform and equipment of the Great War Tommy and discover the aspects of his uniform and equipment, drill and training, weapons and defences. This guide is packed full of colour images with historical interpreters wearing uniforms, carrying the equipment and digging trenches, giving them personal insights into the practicalities of the life of a Great War Tommy. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785212574• Author: Peter Doyle• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Paperback• Pages: 156• Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 1cm

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Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents in the Hague - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in the provinces during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241475164 • Author: Bart Van Es • Publisher: Penguin Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8cm

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In the grip of the War of the Roses in January 1457, a thirteen-year old girl gives birth to a boy that was to become the most famous dynasty in British history... the Tudors. Descended from Edward III, Margaret Beaufort proved to be a critical threat to the Yorkist cause and was forced to separate from her son for fourteen years. But remaining steadfast in the enemy Yorkist court, Margaret only just escaped the headman's axe when plotting to overthrow Richard III to secure her son the throne. With Henry Tudor succeeding in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, her son was crowned King Henry VII and Margaret became the most powerful woman in England. Delve into this gripping account of her life, unmasking the myths of Margaret and revealing the real woman: an extraordinarily independent and vibrant character, who would risk everything to become Queen. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781782439929• Author: Nicola Tallis• Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Limited• Format: Hardback• Pages: 362• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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The appeal of the Beatles is everlasting. Millions of fans from all over the world continue to revel in the band’s eternal hits and their music stands out as one of Britain’s greatest cultural successes. This book takes the reader on a journey to the Fab Four’s home town of Liverpool and explores the significant sites and locations associated with the band’s unparalleled rise to stardom. We delve into the archives and uncover nostalgic images of Mathew Street, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane, as well as many other familiar landmarks and witness the changes that have taken place in the city through time. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781445652337• Author: Daniel K. Longman• Publisher: Amberley Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 95• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 1cm

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In an attempt to regain initiative on the Eastern Front, Germany unleashed a force of more than 3000 tanks and assault guns in July, 1943. With more than 4000 Soviet tanks facing them, what was about to occur was one of the greatest tank battles in the history of armoured warfare. Including first-hand accounts from both sides, stunningly vivid photographs and commissioned maps of combat zones... Kursk: The Greatest Tank Battle is a comprehensive assessment of the decisive failure of Germans' last large-scale offensive on the Eastern Front. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781782748793• Author: Will Fowler• Publisher: Amber Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 1.5cm

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Grub Street are thrilled to announce this updated story of Hurricane R4118 from the original story twelve years ago! Join Peter Vacher as he continues to research its history, with more stories of R4118's origins and a new focus on the role of 605 Squadron's ground crew and the aircraft during the Battle of Britain! Delving into the present day, Vacher examines the challenges of maintaining and flying a historic war-bird, whilst Keith Dennison provides expert commentary on what exactly it is like to fly one! 'The amazing story of how this only surviving Hurricane from the Battle of Britain was discovered and lovingly restored.' - The Mail on Sunday. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781910690437• Author: Peter Vacher• Publisher: Grub Street• Format: Hardback• Pages: 208• Dimensions: 24.5 x 18 x 2.5cm

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Germany's first shattering blow against Britain in the Second World War was the often-forgotten sinking of the battleship HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow on 14 October 1939. The crew of the U-boat including the comander of U-47, Kapitanleutnant Gunther Prien instantly became heroes. Delve into the first-hand account of Gunther Prein from his best-selling autobiography that was published a few months after. With the huge controversy of the events of the sinking, Prein's account was labelled by survivors as completely inaccurate. Dive into this search for the truth and make your own mind up, how accurate really was Prein's account of the sinking? With H J Weaver travelling across Europe and beyond to find the answers, exclusive interviews with survivors and witnesses allows us to investigate every detail of the events of the fateful night. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912476626• Author: H J Weaver• Publisher: Birlinn Origin• Format: Paperback• Pages: 170• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.6cm

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The victory of the Second World War has to appreciate the prevalence of airpower. The success of the military and naval operations relied on control of the air and the rise to dominance of Allied air forces meant that Nazi Germany was doomed. A sequel to the Second World War in Colour, this book is a stunning presentation of original colour photographs from the IWM collection. War In The Air assesses how crucial airpower was to the victory of the war. Enjoy a variety of powerful images to bring the Second World War to life. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912423033• Author: Ian Carter• Publisher: IWM• Format: Paperback• Pages: 127• Dimensions: 24 x 19.4 x 1cm

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This book contains large format and detailed descriptions of 15 of the most radical an innovative German aircraft of WWII. Over 100 detailed colour and monochrome artworks. Product Information: ISBN: 9781782749684 Author: David Donald Publisher: Bookmart Ltd Format: Paperback Pages: 112 Dimensions: 31 x 23 x 1.5cm

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Shaped through conflict and conquest, the Roman Empire's foundation of success was its legendary military might. Using stunning colourful artwork of soldiers and battles, as well as photographs and maps, Rome At War introduces the men who fought first for their Republic and then for their Emperor... Discover the story of the Ancient World's most effective war machine! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781472831460• Author: Osprey• Publisher: Osprey• Format: Hardback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 3cm

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