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Deeply touching, humble and filled with wisdom, Stories of Hope is the non-fiction debut from the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Now, in this essential companion, Heather Morris presents an inspiring manual for life, with a series of tales of the remarkable people she has met, the incredible stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all. In Stories of Hope, explores Heather’s extraordinary talents as a listener - a skill she employed when she first met Lale Sokolov, the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the inspiration for her bestselling novel. Heather shares the story behind her inspirational writing journey and the defining experiences of her life, including her profound friendship with Lale, and explores how she learned to really listen to the stories people told her - skills she believes we can all learn. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786580474 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 3.1 cm

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World War II from Above offers a never-before-seen combination of annotated satellite images and expertly drawn battle maps. It aims to satisfy both the military history buff and those seeking a visually stunning history gift book, bringing the war vividly and dramatically to life by showing the actual landscapes where battles took place along with specially commissioned annotations depicting remarkable events, troop movements, heroic last stands, or even where individual soldiers stood or fell. Each of the 25 chapters features an enhanced Google Earth image, along with specially commissioned battle maps showing every facet of the conflict in exceptional detail. Written by a highly decorated soldier and leading military history expert, this is an innovative, richly detailed and visually stunning overview of history's most destructive conflict. Product Information: ISBN: 9781787395817 Author: Julian Thompson Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 160 Dimensions: 22.4 x 25.7 x 2.1cm

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The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins. In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz. Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old. While twins at Auschwitz were granted the 'privileges' of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele's sadistic medical experiments and were forced to fight daily for their own survival. In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913183578 • Author: Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Rojany Buccieri • Publisher: Monoray • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 2 cm

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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: Paperback• Pages: 275• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5cm

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In November 1942, two nights after the Battle of El Alamein, a young British army officer was captured by German forces. As the Nazis deliberated about what to do with him and his peers, Richard Carver had particular reason to be afraid: unknown to anyone else, he was the stepson of Lt-Gen Bernard Montgomery, who had just inflicted the first serious land defeat on the Third Reich. Having decided on the high-risk strategy of making his way back to Allied HQ in the south, he embarked on a gruelling 500-mile journey through German-occupied territory, evading capture again and again and ultimately being saved by a family of brave Italian peasants who jeopardised not just their own lives but those of an entire village to hide him. This is a tale of great adventure and derring-do - a reminder of a lost age when, in the face of terrifying challenges, a generation rose to extraordinary feats of valour in the service of a cause greater than themselves. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781906021924 • Author: Tom Carver • Publisher: Short Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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This astonishing account of a man who kept bouncing back from near death is a testament to the author's determination and sheer strength of spirit. In 1940, Rehfeldt volunteered was on the Front from 1941 fighting for the city of Tula, south of Moscow. Battling in freezing conditions and with no winter clothes, the privations resorted to using those taken from Soviet corpses. In agony from severe frostbite to his legs, Rehfeldt defied the odds and astonished his surgeon when he walked again. He was then promoted from Gunner to Trained Private Soldier in 1942, and to Corporal for bravery in the field in 1943. But two years later, Rehfeldt was captured by US Forces and held as PoW for one month in a camp at Waschow before internment in Holstein from where he was released in July 1945. After which, he began studying veterinary medicine: his future career. Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front is a visceral account of a soldier who frequently came close to death but somehow survived. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784383619 • Author: Hans Heinz Rehfeldt, Marc Rikmenspoel • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 23.62 x 15.49 x 3.05 cm

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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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For anyone seeking to understand the experiences of the ordinary German soldier during World War II, Blood Red Snow provides an excellent starting point. Gunter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author's excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit and their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front. This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, some six decades later, the fulfilment of a responsibility the author feels to honour the memory of those who perished. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781526781994 • Author: Gunter K. Koschorrek • Publisher: Frontline Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 302  • Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm

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They knew their survival depended on each other. They had to live for each other. It is 1940 and the Final Solution is about to begin. The Nazis have occupied The Netherlands but two Jewish sisters - Janny and Lien Brilleslijper - are risking their lives to save those being hunted, through their secret safehouse 'The High Nest'. But when the house and its occupants are betrayed, the most terrifying time of the sisters' lives begins. The Brilleslijper family are put on the last train to Auschwitz, along with Anne Frank and her family. What comes next challenges the sisters beyond human imagination as they are stripped of everything but their courage, resilience and love for each other. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781841883755 • Author: Roxane van Iperen • Publisher: Seven Dials • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women-many of them teenagers-were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reichsmarks (about £160) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labour. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish-but also because they were female. Now, acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529329353 • Author: Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm

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Heinz Knocke was one of the outstanding German fighter pilots of World War II and this vivid first-hand record of his experiences has become a classic among aviation memoirs, a best-selling counter-balance to the numerous accounts written by Allied pilots. Knoke joined the Luftwaffe on the outbreak of war, and eventually became commanding officer of a fighter wing. An outstandingly brave and skilful fighter, he had flown over four hundred operational missions before being crippled by wounds in an astonishing 'last stand' towards the end of the war. In a text that reveals his intense patriotism and discipline, he describes being brought up in the strict Prussian tradition, the rise of the Nazi regime, and his own wartime career set against a fascinating study of everyday life in the Luftwaffe, and of the high morale of the force until its disintegration. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784386023 • Author: Heinz Knoke • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208 • Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.54 cm

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The Spitfire is probably Britain's best loved and admired aeroplane. It is also revered around the world. This book looks at the later marques that were modified for various special tasks and differed to a large degree from Supermarine's first early versions that saw action in the early days of World War II. New and more powerful Rolls-Royce engines replaced the well-tried Merlin, but increased the aircrafts performance in terms of speed and operational altitude. Subtle changes to wing design also increased the manoeuvrability and capability of these spectacular models that survived in the operational role until superseded by the introduction of jet-powered flight. Ultimate Spitfires explains the design details, development and flight testing of twelve models as well as their operational roles and history. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781526782298 • Author: Peter Caygill • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.49 x 2.03 cm

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Just as vital as the battle on land or the struggle at sea, the air war ultimately tipped the balance of power in World War II. Many campaigns rode on the capabilities of their airforce, as British Spitfires were pitted against Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Japanese Zeros. Aerospace expert David Baker explores this battle in the skies, detailing the technical leaps that were made and little-known histories about the men and women involved, from pilots to factory workers. Featuring magnificent photographs and illustrations, The Aerial War gives a brilliant insight into many key battles and highlights the integral role that aviation played in securing an Allied victory. Product Information: ISBN: 9781838574338 Author: Dr David Baker  Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 x 2.1cm

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How would it feel if all your sons and daughters were caught up in war? What would it be like to spend six years fearing what a telegram might bring? That was the heart-wrenching reality faced by so many families throughout the Second World War, including the parents of the Walker children. From the Blitz to the battlefields of Europe and the Far East, this is the remarkable story of four brothers and two sisters who were swept along by the momentous events of the war.  Harold was a surgeon in a London hospital alongside his sister Ruth, a nurse, when the bombs began to fall in 1940. Peter was captured in the fall of Singapore. Edward fought the Germans in Italy, and Walter the Japanese in Burma, while in London, glamorous Bee hoped for lasting happiness with an American airman. In To War with the Walkers, Annabel Venning, Walter's granddaughter, tells the enthralling and moving tales of her relatives, six ordinary young men and women, who each faced an extraordinary struggle for survival. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473679320 • Author: Annabel Venning • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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The Supermarine Spitfire was developed by R.J. Mitchell and his team for just one reason: to intercept and shoot down enemy bombers from British skies. It was during the Battle of Britain in 1940 that the Spitfire became an enduring legend and a symbol of the British fighting spirit, partnering with the Hawker Hurricane to defeat the might of Hitler’s Luftwaffe and prevent invasion. From 1942-3 onwards, it would range and fight around the world, from Malta and North Africa to Soviet Russia and Burma, often taking on new roles like ground attack and bomber escort for which it had never been designed.  Profusely illustrated with historic photographs, Spitfire The History of a Legend includes all the significant coverage of the Spitfire’s operational service, explaining how the aircraft evolved to meet the war’s changing requirements and overcome the threat of new generations of Luftwaffe fighters. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781912918256 • Author: Mike Lepine • Publisher: Sona Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 144 • Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.32 x 1.52 cm

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Spitfire Pilot was written in 1940 in the heat of battle when the RAF stood alone against the might of Hitlers Third Reich. It is a tremendous personal account of one of the fiercest and most idealised air conflicts the Battle of Britain seen through the eyes of a pilot of the famous 609 Squadron, which shot down over 100 planes in that epic contest. Often hopelessly outnumbered, in their state of the art Spitfires, Crook and his colleagues committed acts of unimaginable bravery against the Messerschmidts and Junkers. Many did not make it and the author describes the absence they leave in the squadron with great poignancy. Spitfire Pilot is justly regarded as one of the classics of WWII and this new paperback edition, 66 years on, includes an introduction by the historian Richard Overy. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781906502041 • Author: David Crook • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm

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Shurka, her husband and their two small children never thought the war would reach their remote Polish village. They were wrong. Forced to flee their family home, they find shelter with their fellow Jews in the ghetto - but every night more and more people disappear, taken away on trucks to never be seen again. As terrible rumours of extermination camps swirl, Shurka realises that the longer they stay in the ghetto, the lower their chances of survival. Their best hope is to flee into the Polish forest, where Jewish resistance fighters hold out against Nazi search parties. Their new life is precarious in the extreme - and will test them more than they ever thought possible... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787465947 • Author: Adiva Geffen • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 301 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm

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True stories of love and loss during WWII, from the tough Northern women who kept the foundry fires burning. When war broke out, the young women of Sheffield had their carefree lives turned upside down. With their sweethearts being sent away to fight, they had no choice but to step into the men's shoes and become the backbone of the city's steel industry. Through hard toil and companionship, they vowed to keep the foundry fires burning and ensured that soldiers had the weapons, planes and ships needed to secure victory over Hitler. When the men returned from the front in 1945, many of these women tragically found themselves discarded 'like yesterday's fish and chip wrappers'. But decades later, a grassroots campaign spearheaded by the elderly Women of Steel finally brought their remarkable story to light. Product Information: ISBN: 9781472267368 Author: Michelle Rawlins Publisher: Headline  Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6cm

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1941. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships carrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats. Britain is only weeks away from starvation and crushing defeat. In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women - gather to form a secret strategy unit.  The Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing war games in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics. As the U-boat wolfpacks continue to prey upon the supply ships, it is race against time to save Britain. With novelistic flair, investigative journalist Simon Parkin shines a light on this riveting true story of war at sea. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529353211 • Author: Simon Parkin • Publisher: Sceptre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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