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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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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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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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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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Nazi Germany was driven by a desire to dominate the world and create a new master race.  Every aspect of life in the Third Reich was focused on the goal of Aryan supremacy, and science and technology were no exception. Under the Nazis, conventional science and a range of fringes sciences were legitimate areas for research and development.  Unorthodox ideas and projects that were too outrageous for other governments received funding. On the one hand, the Nazis denounced reason and praised what they called 'thinking with the blood'. On the other, there was a strong modernist wing within the party led by Goering and Goebbels that called for constant new inventions.  During the last six months of the war, it seemed obvious the Germans had been crushingly defeated, but in spite of the military situation, Hitler continued to believe that victory would be achieved.  Product Information: ISBN: 9781788884150 Author: Michael Fitzgerald Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5cm

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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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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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Operation Overlord was one of the greatest ever military offensives, working to free Europe from the yoke of Nazism. Starting with the landings on D-Day, Victory in Europe traces the Allied struggle to create a foothold in "Fortress Europe". Overcoming initial setbacks, the final crossing of the Rhine and the advance into Germany changed the course of European history forever. This gripping story is told from the perspective of the service men at the centre of the operation, and how their bravery and doggedness made the defeat of Hitler's hordes possible. Illustrated with over 100 black and white photos and maps, Victory in Europe is a thrilling read on the final offensive push against Adolf Hitler. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781839402692• Author: Karen Farrington• Publisher: Arcturus Publishing• Format: Paperback• Pages: 144• Dimensions: 178 x 252mm

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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You might think you know a great deal about World War II but have you ever really tested your knowledge?  This compelling book, contains over 1,000 questions (and answers, if you need them) that cover every aspect of the Second World War, from its beginnings, though the widening of the conflict, the leaders and their strategies, armies, battles, weapons, bombing raids - everything to provide a real challenge to even the most committed history lover. With multiple-choice questions, truth or fiction sections to baffle and intrigue, picture quizzes from the Imperial War Museums' archive - one of the largest military photographic archives in the world - and much more, you will find there is still something new to learn about this compelling conflict, and your answers will be ranked accordingly. Product Information: ISBN: 9781782438229 Format: Paperback Author: Kieran Whitworth Publisher: Michael O'Mara Pages: 220 Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 1.6cm

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