World History Books

47 Products

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 The first account drawing on unpublished family papers, archival documents and exclusive interviews with resistance fighters, it is time to discover how this individual brought the fight to the Nazis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

3.5 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £20.00 Save £14.00 (70% Off RRP)

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

3.3 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £14.99 Save £8.99 (60% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £18.99 Save £12.99 (68% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£8.00 RRP £25.00 Save £17.00 (68% Off RRP)

'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

3.7 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £8.99 Save £1.99 (22% Off RRP)

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.

3.3 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

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

3.3 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £22.99 Save £15.99 (70% Off RRP)

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

3.1 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £12.99 Save £6.99 (54% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £22.99 Save £15.99 (70% Off RRP)

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

4.5 ({1})
£10.00 RRP £25.00 Save £15.00 (60% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £9.99 Save £5.99 (60% Off RRP)

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

3.7 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £13.99 Save £10.99 (79% Off RRP)

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

3.7 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

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

3.1 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £14.99 Save £8.99 (60% Off RRP)

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

4.5 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £22.99 Save £15.99 (70% Off RRP)

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

3.1 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £8.99 Save £5.99 (67% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £20.00 Save £14.00 (70% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£4.00 RRP £13.99 Save £9.99 (71% Off RRP)

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

5 ({1})
£6.00 RRP £14.99 Save £8.99 (60% Off RRP)

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

3.5 ({1})
£7.00 RRP £20.00 Save £13.00 (65% Off RRP)