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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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