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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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Their survival depended on one another... they knew they had to live for each other. It is 1940, the Nazis have occupied The Netherlands and the Final Solution is about to commence. But resistance is rising and two Jewish sisters Janny and Lien Brilleslijper, are willing to risk their lives in order to help those being hunted and bring them to the safehouse 'The High Nest'. Becoming one of the most important safehouses in the country, the High Nest's occupants are suddenly betrayed and the sister's most terrifying time begins... With the German defeat in sight, Janny and Lien are on their way to Auschwitz, alongside Anne Frank and her family. But the challenges the sisters are about to face is beyond human imagination and it will take all of their courage, resilience and love to keep the alive. For readers of the Tattooist of Auschwitz - the true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781841883731• Author: Roxanne Van Iperen• Publisher: Seven Dials• Format: Hardback• Pages: 299• Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 3cm

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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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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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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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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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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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'Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can't afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak'. The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race... Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ANDWINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408870587 • Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.4cm

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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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Descendant of a Peaky Blinder and the son of an illegal Birmingham bookmaker, historian Carl Chinn presents us with the real life Peaky Blinder story... Billy Kimber, Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomons are more than just fictional characters. The charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family are the favourite relatives of the ITV series, prowling the dingy back streets of Brum and leaving murder and mayhem on every street corner. But who were the real peaky blinders? Join Carl Chinn as he presents unseen photographs, interviews and facts about the real-life gangs of Birmingham. Get to grips with everything you need to know on the infamous icons - by order of the Peaky Blinders. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789461725• Author: Carl Chinn• Publisher: John Blake• Format: John Blake• Pages: 276• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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For the first time, legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Pena tell the true story of how they took down Pablo Escobar. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's brutal Medellin Cartel was responsible for trafficking tonnes of cocaines to North America and Europe in the 1980s and '90s. Colombia became a war zone as his sicarios mercilessly murdered thousands of people - competitors, police and civilians - to ensure he remained Colombia's reigning kingpin. With billions in personal income, Escobar bought off politicians and lawmen and became a hero to poorer communities by building houses and sports centres. He was untouchable. From their rigorous physical training and early assignments in Miami and Austin, to the Colombian mission that would make their names, Manhuntersis the jaw-dropping true story of how the world's most infamous narcoterrorist was finally put out of business. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472268358 • Author: Stephen E Murphy • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2cm

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The RAF Lancaster bombers took the war into the very heart of Hitler's Reich in the Second World War, destroying its cities and industrial centres with more than 600,000 tons of bombs! Flying some of the most daring bomber operations of the war including the intrepid daylight attack on the MAN diesel engine factory in Bavaria in 1942; the legendary dams raid in 1943; and the attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944. With full cooperation of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Haynes Avro Lancaster Manual gives a rare and fascinating insight insight into how the Lancaster is constructed, flown, operated and serviced! Product Information: ISBN: 9780857338303 Author: Jarrod Cotter & Paul Blackah Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 162 Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 1.5cm

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"The enemy bomber grew larger in my sights and the rear gunner was sprayed by my guns just as he opened fire. The rest was merely a matter of seconds. The bomber fell like a stone out of the sky and exploded on the ground. The nightmare came to an end." In this enthralling memoir, the author recounts his experiences of the war years and traces the story of the ace fighter pilots from the German development of radar to the Battle of Britain. Johnen flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr. He and his crew were interned by the authorities. The Germans were deeply worried about leaving a sophisticatedly equipped night fighter and its important air crew in the hands of a foreign government, even if it was a neutral one. After negotiations involving G ring, the prisoners were released. Johnen's unit moved to Hungary and by October 1944 his score was standing at 33 aerial kills. His final one came in March the following year, once Johnen had moved back to Germany. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784385644 Author: Wilhelm Johnen Publisher: Greenhill Books Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.3cm

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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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The mighty Kubelwagen was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen...But it's amphibious cousin the Schwimmwagen were the German's go-to companion in the Second World War. Like what the Jeep was to the Allies, the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS relied heavily on the Schwimmwagen. Both acquiring something of a cult status among military vehicle collectors worldwide, the Kubel and Schwimm are truly phenomenal vehicles. Join author Chris McNab as he examines the design, construction and use of these classic German utility vehicles and review today's fertile market for restorations and replicas! Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857337795• Author: Dr Chris McNab• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 160• Dimensions: 21.2 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm

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Dacre's War is a story of personal and political vengeance... Ten years after the battle of Flodden, Adam Crozier, head of his clan and of an increasingly powerful alliance of Borderers, learns for sure that it was Lord Thomas Dacre - now the most powerful man in the north of England - who ordered his father's murder. He determines to take his revenge. As a fighting man, Crozier would like nothing better than to bring Dacre down face to face but his wife Louise advises him that he must use more subtle methods. So he sets out to engineer Dacre's downfall by turning the machinery of the English court against him. A vivid and fast-moving tale of political intrigue and heartache, Dacre's War is a fascinating portrait of the historical Scottish and English borderlands, a place were there is never any chance of peace. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781846973413 • Author: Rosemary Goring • Publisher: Polygon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 3.5cm

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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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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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The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms - non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. The Phantom Atlas is a beautifully produced volume, packed with stunning maps and drawings of places and people that never existed. The remarkable stories behind them all are brilliantly told by Edward Brooke-Hitching in a book that will appeal to cartophiles everywhere. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781471159459• Format: Hardback• Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching• Publisher: Simon { Schuster• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 2.5cm

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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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Throughout the course of World War II, Allied forces engaged in elaborate deceptions to fool Hitler's armies. A ragtag group of Bohemian artists and creatives were assembled to devise these strategies, including rubber dummy tanks, faux railway lines and falsified wireless intelligence. They made armies appear out of thin air, baffling German forces and ensuring Allied success in battle. For fifty years, information on the Ghost Army strategies was classified. It is only recently that details of their heroic actions have come to light. This book includes details of SHAEF command centre who organised many of the deceptions, the First US Army Group (the so-called 'Ghost Army'), the 23rd Camouflage Engineers, and accounts of the double cross agents who risked their lives and freedom to mislead Nazi High Command. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788280853• Author: Gerry Souter• Publisher: Arcturus Publishing• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.4 x 1.7cm

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Commando is the real and exciting story of one of the most important units of World War II. The Commando unit played an important role in Britain's successes and, here, Durnford-Slater gives his first-hand and unique point of view on everything that happened. Brigadier Durnford-Slater raised and trained the first Commando unit in 1940, and Commando tells the brilliant story of an outstanding leader and some of the most courageous exploits of the Second World War. In 1940, 3 Commando was created to harry opposition forces in raids impossible for regular army units. Durnford-Slater led No. 3 Commando on an exploratory operation in Guernsey in summer 1940, and never looked back after that. From there, No. 3 Commando orchestrated raids on the Loften Islands and Vaagso in Norway and Dieppe, as well as operations in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. The commandos were so effective at creating destruction that Hitler personally ordered that all fighters captured during these missions be executed. Despite this immense threat, the commandos' spirit remained undented and extremely high. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784385606 • Author: John Durnford-Slater • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2cm

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By the time he was six years old, Stephen Matthews had been bombarded by the Luftwaffe and deported from occupied Guernsey, along with his family, to a prison camp in the heart of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. He had seen men die in front of him and walked with Jews straight off the cattle-trucks from Bergen-Belsen. He had nearly drowned, menaced by Alsatian guard dogs, been beaten by a member of the SS, stranded in a minefield and had his hand broken by a German guard for attempting to feed Russian prisoners. The Day the Nazis Came Here is an utterly unique memoir, depicting the world of Nazi prison camps through the eyes of a child - a world in which the real dangers often seemed trivial and every day was a new adventure. Above all, it pays tribute to the preciousness of hope, and shows that human kindness may flower in the unlikeliest of places. Product Information: ISBN: 9781789462074 Author: Stephen Matthews Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.3cm

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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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Discover the blaze of British pride and technology with this beautiful de Havilland Comet aircraft! Being the world's first jet airliner, delve into everything there is to know on the inaugural passenger-carrying flight. Heralding a new era of luxurious, smooth and quiet air travel in 1952, explore why it was the envy on the world! Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857338327• Author: Brain Rivas• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 176• Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm

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This is a unique collection of strange laws, heroic deeds, surprising revelations and other quirky stories that have shaped the unique history of Scotland. Scotland's long history is an extraordinarily rich source of amazing facts, whether your interest is political, social, architectural or historical. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781910821145• Author: Douglas Skelton• Publisher: Rydon Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 144• Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 1.5cm

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Born Vera Welch on 20 March, 1917 in the East End of London, Dame Vera Lynn s career was set from an early age - along with her father, who also did a turn , she sang in Working Men's Clubs from just seven years old. She had a successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and 30s, but it was with World War II that she became the iconic figure that captured the imagination of the national public. Her spirit and verve, along with her ability to connect with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, made her the Forces sweetheart. Performing the songs that she will always be associated with, such as We ll Meet Again and Yours , Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma to entertain the troops and bring them a sense of back home . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780007318919 • Author: Dame Vera Lynn • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12 x 2.3cm

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Wives, mothers and teenage girls clocked in daily to work in vast munitions factories, helping to make the explosives, bullets, shells, bombs and war machines that would ensure victory. It was a dangerous, dirty and exhausting job with many going home with acid burns, yellow skin or damaged hair. This hidden army of nearly two million women toiled on regardless through the hardest years of the war, despite the bombing, rationing and heartbreak of loss or separation from their other halves. Delve into the vivid wartime memories of the 'secret army' of female workers as we republish to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day in May 1945! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789462050• Author: Jacky Hyams• Publisher: John Blake• Format: Paperback• Pages: 232• Dimensions: 20 x 12.7 x 1.5cm

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Fifteen months later into World War I, the follow-up to Blood April 1917 commences... More battles had been fought, won and lost on both sides within this period and now American strength was feeding into France, resulting in masses of men put into the air. Although the numbers were not in their favour, they were opposed by no less a formidable German fighter force than had the squadrons in April 1917. But the German fighter pilots were able to inflict a larger toll of British, French and American aircrafts shot down, making it the worst month for the Allied flyers during the whole of WWI. Black September 1918 is an illustrated and essential reference piece to understanding one of the most crucial months of war in the skies. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781911621119• Author: Norman Franks, Russel Guest { Frank Bailey• Publisher: Grub Street• Format: Paperback• Pages: 280• Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2cm

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A joint operation between Britain and France in 1916, the Battle of the Somme was an attempt to gain territory and dent Germany's military strength. By the end of the action, very little ground had been won: the Allied Forces had made just 12 km. For this slight gain, more than a million lives were lost. There were more than 400,000 British, 200,000 French, and 500,000 German casualties during the fighting. Twelve Days on the Somme is a memoir of the last spell of frontline duty performed by the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. Written by Sidney Rogerson, a young officer in B Company, it gives an extraordinarily frank and often moving account of what it was really like to fight through one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784385941 Author: Sidney Rogerson Publisher: Greenhill Books Format: Paperback Pages: 208 Dimensions: 12.7 x 20.1 x 2cm

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'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou. In this first volume of her seven books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination, violence and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. The international classic and bestseller, Maya Angelou's memoir paints a portrait of 'a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' - Barack Obama. Product Information: ISBN: 9780860685111 Author: Maya Angelou Publisher: Virago Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3cm

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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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Calling all of Britain! We finally introduce to you, the first official BBC Weather book! Celebrating the highs, lows, oddities and marvels of British weather from all-time, reminisce in those unforgettable British summers or miserable dark rainy days! Rain before seven, fine by eleven. Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Ne'er cast your clout before May is out. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785942822• Author: Alison Maloney• Publisher: BBC Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 201• Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2.5cm

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Discover the unique historic airframe that is the WK275, the only complete Supermarine Swift F4 left in the world. Constructed after the Second World War when Britain was looking to expand its air defence, this super priority list of jet-engined aircraft was to be produced. Join Guy Ellis as he sets the scene of the importance of Britain's early jets and covers the development of the swift putting WK275 into it's context. Including the tale of WK275's restoration by Jet Art Aviation, described in phenomenal detail and many photographs, drawings and publicity shots. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781910690505• Author: Guy Ellis• Publisher: Grub Street• Format: Hardback• Pages: 160• Dimensions: 26 x 22 x 2.5cm

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Delve into this graphic and insightful account into the storming and taking of Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' by the Allies during those final eleven months of the Second World War. The epic campaign encompassed the most famous battles and events during June 1944-May 1945... from D-Day, Arnhem, the Battle of the Bulge to the capturing of the bridge at Remagen and much more. Written exclusively by historian Julian Thompson and containing numerous items of memorabilia, re-live the extraordinary period of history through a series of maps, letters, diaries and other items. 'The undoubted star is Julian Thompson's Victory inn Europe... an absolute gift in every sense of the word' - The Times. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781838610678• Author: Major General Julian Thompson• Publisher: Welbeck• Format: Hardback• Pages: 160• Dimensions: 25.5 x 22 x 2cm

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It is August 1939 and curators at the Louvre have nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lived case to spirit her away to the Loire Valley for the biggest museum evacuation in history. Throughout the next six years, directors and staff are having to risk their jobs and lives to protect the artworks from the personal appetites of the Nazi leaders. Through the bombing, fire, flood and thieving occurring and the viciousness of German military reprisals, Saving Mona Lisa is a suspenseful battle. 'Gerri Chanel's account of how France preserved its art from both the destruction of war and the pillaging of the German occupiers reads like a thriller' - TLS. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785785498• Author: Gerri Chanel• Publisher: Icon Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 377• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3cm

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From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Nativesspeaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473661233 • Author: Akala • Publisher: Two Roads • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3cm

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Delve into the remarkable story of the legendary bouncing-bomb attack on Nazi Germany's dams. In 17 May 1943, the German village close to the Mohne Dam, heard the air-raid warnings that were widely regarded as a precautionary measure. However, an immense tidal wave was roaring down the valley towards them and Guy Gibson, who led 'X' Squadron of 19 adapted Lancasters equipped with Barnes Wallis's 'bouncing bomb'. A small number of those involved would survive crashed aircraft and live out the war in POW camps. Going down as perhaps the most famous air strikes in history, the Dam Busters raids are a story of courage and determination - 40% of whom died in the mission. Discover this compelling account telling the story of those dramatic events through the eyes of those who were there... whether or not the reality matches the legend, the incredible bravery of those in flight was as accurate as ever. Product Information: ISBN: 9781398104068 Author: W B Bartlett Publisher: Amberley Books Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 20 x 12.5 x 2cm

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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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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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Exerted a profound influence over his own troops and the Allied soldiers of the Eighth Army in the Second World War... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel had an aura surrounding him that remained unsullied over anything. Join Rommel in this classic study of the art of war as he analyses the tactics that lay behind his success. First published in 1937, it quickly became a highly regarded military textbook and brought its author to the attention of Adolf Hitler. As leader of a small unit in the Great War, he proved himself a versatile commander with a reputation for using battleground terrain to his advantage. Also graphically describing his own achievements in the battles on the Western Front and the 1917 campaign in Romania, enjoy seeking out his astonishing leadership skills, providing an indispensable guide to the art of war. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781848326521• Author: Erwin Rommel• Publisher: Frontline Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 265• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2cm

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A stunning collection of myths and legends from Ancient Greece and Rome, retold by a variety of expert storytellers. The myths and legends of Ancient Greece and Rome have influenced art and literature for millennia and continue to capture our imaginations today. These enduring stories from classical antiquity form a major part of the heritage of Western culture, ranging from myths of the Titans, Hercules and the creation of the world to the legends of the Trojan War and the founding of Rome. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789503692• Author: Arcturus• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 335• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5cm

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Details:Viking artefacts discovered across a vast geographical range, from Russia and modern-day Turkey to Greenland and North America, bear witness to an artistic legacy that astonishes by its beauty, wealth and diversity. This richly illustrated introduction to an extraordinary people presents an art of immense sophistication, ranging from exquisite gold jewellery to superbly decorated weapons of war, breathtakingly intricate woodcarvings, and vividly incised and painted runestones. This north European civilisation has always had a special place in the popular imagination. "The Vikings" reflects favourite themes, including: the restless spirit of these warrior-explorers and their extraordinary voyages in quest of trade as well as adventure, booty, conquest and glory; the mighty pantheon of gods and goddesses such as Odin, Freyja, Thor and the mischief-making trickster Loki; the mysteries of the afterlife, including Valhalla (land of dead warriors) and the Underworld domain of the goddess Hel; the warrior cult, which produced the terrifying Berserks (fighters who believed themselves to be possessed by wolves or bears in battle); and, the ceremonies and sacrifices that accompanied the magnificent longship burials of the Viking chieftains. A superb addition to any library of art and the imagination, "The Vikings" sets new standards in capturing the achievements of an ancient civilisation through the marriage of word and image. Ideal for:A fascinating read for history buffs and people with an interest in the Viking age. This paperback book has 143 pages and measures: 20 x 20 x 1cm.

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It was early October 1942 when the German Sixth Army realised that it had one last chance to crush Soviet resistance in the city of Stalingrad. Before exhaustion and the harsh Russian winter set in, the Battle of Stalingrad was launched. Delve into the detail at the last-gasp attempt by the Wehrmacht to win the battle of Stalingrad in an all-out effort and how the Red Army managed to cling on against all odds. Marking the crucial turning point of the war on the Eastern Front, join Will Fowler in this concise examination. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781782749264• Author: Will Fowler• Publisher: Amber Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 1.5cm

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Shrouded in myth and conspiracy, the history of the Knights Templar is little understood. Geordie Torr pulls fact from fiction, revealing the astonishing tale of this military-religious order that dominated the politics of the medieval Middle East. Initially created to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land in the wake of the First Crusade, the Templars soon became an institution of incredible power, possessing wealth and influence throughout the courts of Europe. Yet just two centuries later they dramatically fell as its members were accused of heresy and burned at the stake. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the wars between Christians and Muslims, this illustrated book brings to life the legacy of this secretive order and the characters who defined the era. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789502282• Author: Geordie Torr• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256

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The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings - the sea-borne attackers who brought terror to northern Europe. Despite their reputation as bloodthirsty violent warriors, the Vikings possessed quite a sophisticated culture of arts, literature and kingdoms of surprising endurance. Explore how and why a region at the edge of Europe came to dominate and terrorise the rest of the continent with Philip Parker. Dive into the research and thrill of the story told about this utterly fascinating people. 'A fascinating read' - Literary Review. 'It is quite a feat to write history this good... An engaging and splendidly written book' - Dan Jones, Sunday Times. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780099551843• Author: Philip Parker• Publisher: Vintage Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 450• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 4cm

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Delve into this exploration through maps of the land and time in which Shakespeare wrote! From the locations of his plays and looks at how they differ from their dramatic incarnations, enjoy all of the possible inspirations for the mythical sites. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781844865178• Author: Jeremy Black• Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 2.5cm

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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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Dive into this new edition and continue the story into more recent times, covering later 20-century work in Antarctica! From Robert Falcon Scott's first British Antarctic Expedition, the exploits of Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition, the success of Amundsen's team in reaching the Pole in 1911 and much more! Also including Shackleton's dramatic journey to seek rescue after the destruction of his ship in 1914-17. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781844864867• Author: Pieter Van Der Merwe• Publisher: Conway• Format: Paperback• Pages: 208• Dimensions: 24.5 x 19 x 1.5cm

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Hitler had declared that 'National Socialism will be an exclusively male revolution'... While his cynical spin doctor Goebbels attempted to justify the exclusion of women from politics and public life, he declared that they were being denied an active role in the administration so that their 'essential dignity be restored'. Nevertheless, German women were active participants in the dictatorship, some proving to be as brutal and merciless as their male counterparts, while others risked their lives and that of their families to work against the regime. Evil Nazi Women reveals the previously little know stories of the women who were not content to live in the shadow of their Nazi masters. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788280822• Author: Paul Roland• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2.2cm

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All is fair in love and war...at least the Nazis thought so. They deployed sex like any other weapon in the service of the Third Reich. Al Camino examines many shocking cases, where brothels were hotbeds of bugging and blackmail, and pillow talk could topple nations. From the bugging of Salon Kitty, a high-class brothel in Berlin to the Nazi spy Lilly Stein, a 'good-looking nymphomaniac' who slept with US men in order to blackmail them, this insight is full of intrigue and surprise. Nazi Sex Spies presents a fascinating history of a little-known aspect of World War II. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789509540• Author: Al Cimino• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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In April and May 1917, the assault upon the Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt by three British and three Australian Divisions was designed to assist Allenby's Third Army breakout from Arras. But as a grinding war of attrition saw the worst Australian defeat of the War, this book tells the full story of a battle that can be seen as an archetype of the horrors of trench warfare. With significant numbers fighting into German lines against all odds, it was here that the Australians cemented their reputation as a reliable and formidable force. Join Paul Kendall as he contacts living relatives of those who fought to bring a human face to the sacrifices made at Bullecourt that resulted in the first breakthough of the Hindenburg Line. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780750981781• Author: Paul Kendall• Publisher: The History Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 416• Dimensions: 25 x 17.5 x 3cm

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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 early battles of the First World War were open, mobile affairs whose tactics had long been familiar to professional soldiers. By early 1915, however, a new type of military engagement had emerged - trench warfare. The combination of trench warfare with newly industrialized weaponry abruptly changed the logistics and psychology of warfare. The trenches of the Western Front became static theatres of war where soldiers were forced to slug it out in miserable conditions. The result was an unprecedented loss of life as military leaders continued to send their soldiers 'over the top'. Martin Marix Evans offers a fascinating insight into how soldiers and their commanders attempted to adapt to the unfamiliar and terrifying new landscape. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788880862• Author: Martin Marix Evans• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 240• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2cm

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Renia is a young girl who dreams of becoming a poet. But Renia is Jewish, she lives in Poland and the year is 1939. When Russia and Germany invade her country, Renia's world shatters. Separated from her mother, her life takes on a new urgency as she flees Przemysl to escape night bombing raids, observes the disappearances of other Jewish families and, finally, witnesses the creation of the ghetto. But alongside the terror of war, there is also great beauty, as she begins to find her voice as a writer and falls in love for the first time. She and the boy she falls in love with, Zygmunt, share their first kiss a few hours before the Nazis reach her hometown. And it is Zygmunt who writes the final, heartbreaking entry in Renia’s diary. Recently rediscovered after seventy years, Renia’s Diary is already being described as a classic of Holocaust literature. Written with a clarity and skill that is reminiscent of Anne Frank, Renia's Diary also includes a prologue and epilogue by Renia's sister Elizabeth, as well as an introduction by Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Denial. It is an extraordinary testament to both the horrors of war, and to the life that can exist even in the darkest times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529105049 • Author: Renia Spiegel • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 4.1cm

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The Tudors retained only a precarious grip on the crown of England, founded on a title that was both tenuous and legally flimsy. This left them preoccupied by two major obsessions: the necessity for a crop of lusty male heirs to continue the bloodline, and the elimination of threats from dynastic rivals. None was cursed more by this rampant insecurity than Henry VIII, who embodied not only the power and imperial majesty of the monarchy, but also England's military might. His health always had huge political consequences at home and overseas - hence his unbridled hypochondria. Drawing on the latest historical and medical research, Robert Hutchinson reveals the extent to which the king also grappled with accelerating geriatric decay in his last six years, made more acute by medical conditions that were not only painful but transformed the monarch into a 28-stone psychotic monster, suspicious of everyone around him, including those most dear to him. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474605809 • Author: Robert Hutchinson • Publisher: W&N • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8cm

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George VI made a broadcast to the nation on the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939.This remarkable moment has renownedly climaxed into the well-known Oscar-winning film The King's Speech. After more than a decade of hard work with Lionel Logue, the two men formed a relationship that followed on for years. Now, Logue was to play an even more important role at the Monarch's side. Delve into this study following the relationship through the dark days of Dunkirk, the Blitz and the heroism of D-Day to victory in 1945 and beyond. Drawing on collections of diaries, letters and other documents by Lionel, this book recounts the details of the most dramatic moments of the war - as seen inside Buckingham Place. A fascinating portrait of two men and their families, the Windsors and the Logues, as they together face up to the greatest challenge in Britain's history. Product Information: ISBN: 9781782065999 Author: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi Publisher: Quercus Format: Paperback Pages: 302 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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Can you predict killing sprees? What do mass killers have in common? Why do so many of them write manifestos online and what do these tell us? These are some of the questions David J. Krajicek seeks to answer in Mass Killings, on a topic that is becoming increasing urgent and desperate. In recent decades, mass shootings worldwide have increased in their savagery and frequency. Nearly all mass killers are male - and many of them are bound together by misogyny, misanthropy, and racism. They do not just "snap." They plan their assaults for months or years, drawing up detailed battle plans, and accumulating weaponry. They document the process in journals or videos online, understanding that they are leaving evidence which will help the marquee lights of their futile crimes burn brighter and longer. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788286282• Author: David J. Krajicek• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 303• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5cm

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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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