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Submarine' is almost certainly the first book to bring together eye-witness accounts from almost every navy that deployed submarines in WW2, and it is far more than an account of WW2 missions. With self-deprecating modesty, humour, pride, sadness and sometimes bitterness, submariners from Britain, Germany, the USA, Italy, France, the former USSR and Yugoslavia, Norway, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands and Japan describe every facet of operational submarine life, from firing torpedoes, the illicit distillation of alcohol, going to the toilet in heavy weather, rescuing a cat and how to treat appendicitis, to the terrifying experiences of being depth-charged, disposing of a bomb, escaping a doomed boat and planting charges beneath an enemy warship.
The Wellington Bomber was omnipresent during the Second World War, employed in a variety of contexts in the fight against the Axis powers. The pilots who flew this aircraft did so with an immense amount of pride, and there is perhaps no-one better placed to tell the story of this incredible aircraft than these men. Martin Bowman has drawn together a selection of first-hand pilot testimonies in an effort to record authentically the experience of flying the much-mythologised Wellington during one of the most challenging eras of aviation history. The book is supplemented by two plate sections of stirring black and white images.
Based on research into 2,549 servicemen and women from Portsmouth who were killed during World War II, this book uncovers stories that have never been told before: a naval bomb disposal Petty Officer awarded the George Cross; a 16-year-old Para; a Battle of Britain hero; men killed in battleships, submarines, bombers, and tanks throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. By using database software, the author has been able to analyze all 2,549 casualties and look at statistics such as their age and where in Portsmouth they came from. As well as telling the stories of individuals and units, it has been possible to build a picture of the effect that World War II had on Portsmouth’s communities.
A Companion to World War II brings together a series of fresh academic perspectives on World War II, exploring the many cultural, social, and political contexts of the war. Essay topics range from American anti-Semitism to the experiences of French-African soldiers, providing nearly 60 new contributions to the genre arranged across two comprehensive volumes. A collection of original historiographic essays that include cutting-edge research Analyzes the roles of neutral nations during the war Examines the war from the bottom up through the experiences of different social classes Covers the causes, key battles, and consequences of the war
In this title, Ian Hawkins draws together numerous stories from those men who served on the B- and C-class destroyers, weaving them together using excerpts from books, news articles, speeches, and his own authoritative notes.
The latest volume of this perennially acclaimed annual maintains the well-established high standards of scholarship, research, news and reviews from the field of warship history. Combining original articles with comprehensive examinations of a vast array of classes from the world''s major navies both past and present, Warship is an essential addition to the bookshelf of maritime enthusiasts, professionals, historians and modellers alike.Warship 2009 will include major feature articles on the Royal Navy's postwar submarine strategy, the conversion of the IJN Ise and Hyuga to 'battleship-carriers', the building of HMS Repulse, the Soviet cruisers of the Kirov class, the loss of the French battleship Suffren, and the Italian MAS-boats. Other subjects include the transition of the Victorian Navy from sail to steam, the turret ships Monarch and Captain, and weather losses during the Second World War. The annual will be completed by the customary 'World Navies in Review', 'Warship Notes', 'Gallery', and book review sections.
Praise for War Beneath the Sea "I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book." ?Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.) author of Run Silent, Run Deep "Peter Padfield is the best British naval historian of his generation now working. [His] book...will now become the standard work on the subject." ?Daily Telegraph (London) "Peter Padfield has produced by far the best and most complete critical history of the submarine operations of all the combatants in the Second World War, at the same time providing vivid narrative accounts of particular actions and events." ?Lloyd?s List (London) "An excellent account of submarine warfare in 1939?45... [it] recreates the tribulations and horrors of that especially brutal form of warfare within a sturdily analytical and often critical framework." ?The Economist "[A] marvelously complete and detailed study of World War II submarine warfare...an interesting, serious, and timely book." ?Houston Chronicle "A brilliant submarine warfare study." ?Military Review

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