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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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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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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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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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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 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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The epic true story of Dunkirk - now a major motion picture, written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance. In 1940, at the French port of Dunkirk, more than 300,000 trapped Allied troops were dramatically rescued from destruction at the hands of Nazi Germany by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation. The true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians involved in the nine-day skirmish has passed into legend. Now the story Winston Churchill described as a 'miracle' is narrated by best-selling author Joshua Levine in its full sweeping context, including new interviews with veterans and survivors. Told from the viewpoints of land, sea and air, Joshua Levine's Dunkirk is a dramatic account of a defeat that paved the way to ultimate victory and preserved liberty for generations to come. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780008227876• Author: Joshua Levine• Publisher: William Collins• Format: Paperback• Pages: 356• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 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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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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