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Island of Fire reprint by Stackpole.

Jason Mark on his website has stated the following:

"In other news, we have authorised Stackpole Books to re-issue “Island of Fire”. We must receive at least 2 or 3 emails a week enquiring about this long out-of-print book. For all those that have been asking, you won’t have much longer to wait. When it becomes available, we will be offering this book to our customers, so if you want to get a copy from us (signed bookplates will also be available), get your name on our list by sending an email"


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New Jason Mark book "Panzerkrieg Volume 1" available for prepub order.

Jason Mark from Leaping Horseman Books is offering a prepub offer for his new book Panzerkrieg Volume 1...

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Jason Mark on his website has stated the following:

"In other news, we have authorised Stackpole Books to re-issue “Island of Fire”. We must receive at least 2 or 3 emails a week enquiring about this long out-of-print book. For all those that have been asking, you won’t have much longer to wait. When it becomes available, we will be offering this book to our customers, so if you want to get a copy from us (signed bookplates will also be available), get your name on our list by sending an email


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I'm one of those who keeps asking Jason about a reprint so I dont have to spend 500 dollars for it...I can finally get to read the definitive account of the gun factory battle!

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This looks awesome also!...I have All but two of Jasons books and all are high quality reading extensively researched by Jason and co. The build quality of his books are second to none IMHO...

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Eagles over Husky: The Allied Air Forces in the Sicilian Campaign, 14 May to 17 August 1943

By Alexander Fitzgerald-Black
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In the summer of 1943, the United Nations began Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily. The Eagles over HUSKY - the airmen of the Allied air forces - played a crucial role in the assault. The Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica provided a significant part of the Axis force meant to defend the island and throw the Allies back into the sea. The Allied air forces foiled this effort and inflicted losses on a German Air Force badly needed on other fronts. Raids on mainland Italian railway transport crippled Axis resupply efforts. The same strikes brought pressure on the Italian state to denounce Fascism and join the Allied side. Army commanders relied heavily on tactical air power to destroy Axis forces in Sicily. The result was a strategic victory which forced Nazi Germany to stand alone in defense of southern Europe. Most histories of the campaign focus on the escape of German forces across the Strait of Messina. Eagles over Husky challenges the notion that the Allied militaries bungled total victory in Sicily. It assesses one of the greatest air battles of the Second World War. This is a topic that has been relatively unexamined by historians of the campaign, who tend to focus on army matters. Eagles over Husky tells the integrated story of the air war waged during the Battle of Sicily. The author draws upon experiences, perspectives, and sources from both Allied and Axis camps to inform the analysis and enhance the narrative.
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Panzers in the Defence of Festung Posen 1945

By Maciej Karalus & Jaros Jerzak

March 2018

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Panzers in Defence of Festung Poznan 1945 by Maciej Karalus and JarosÅaw Jerzak is the first book published in English to describe the bitter battle for Festung PoznaÅ in 1945. That Polish city, occupied by the Nazis since almost the very beginning of the Second World War in 1939, was declared a fortress (Festung) on January 20, 1945, and for the whole month it saw heavy fighting between Wehrmacht and Waffen SS troops and the Red Army advancing directly towards Berlin. Among the garrison of the fortress a special part was played by a small heavy Panzer unit which possessed just one Tiger tank, two Panthers, one Panzer IV and a handful of Sturmgeschütze. Despite the difficulty and sparsity of sources, the authors were able to acquire an impressive wealth of information and memoirs, as well as rich iconography. Before Poland was able to regain her full political autonomy in 1990, the fighting in PoznaÅ was described only by Zbigniew Szumowski and StanisÅaw OkÄcki. These, however, were poor compilations, only marginally touching upon the participation of German Wehrmacht. These authors looked upon this subject through the lenses of Soviet documentations and historiographical propaganda of their times. Sadly, they could not or would not make use of the documents in German archives. Their cardinal mistake was to overestimate the strength of the forces at play (especially on the German side), and the glorification of the Soviet victory, foregoing an honest analysis of the losses of human life as well as equipment on both sides. This is the first book in English that allows the reader to follow the street fighting in PoznaÅ through the eyes of the Wehrmacht soldiers, documenting the story of the German armored forces engaged in the battles for the city.
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La Luftwaffe face au debarquement: Normandie 6 juin - 31 aout 1944

By Jean-Bernard Frapp

Jan 2018

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The first edition of this historic text, an indisputable and virtually unobtainable reference, is finally reissued, reviewed, corrected and expanded. This book offers a wealth of information including a comprehensive overview of the intervention of German fighters in the skies of Normandy, the Ile de France and then in Provence after the Allies landed on the coasts the Mediterranean. Includes photos. Text in French.
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"The Wehrmacht's Last Stand
The German Campaigns of 1944-1945


Robert M. Citino

By 1943, the war was lost, and most German officers knew it. Three quarters of a century later, the question persists: What kept the German army going in an increasingly hopeless situation? Where some historians have found explanations in the power of Hitler or the role of ideology, Robert M. Citino, the world’s leading scholar on the subject, posits a more straightforward solution: Bewegungskrieg, the way of war cultivated by the Germans over the course of history. In this gripping account of German military campaigns during the final phase of World War II, Citino charts the inevitable path by which Bewegungskrieg, or a “war of movement,” inexorably led to Nazi Germany’s defeat.

The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand analyzes the German Totenritt, or “death ride,” from January 1944—with simultaneous Allied offensives at Anzio and Ukraine—until May 1945, the collapse of the Wehrmacht in the field, and the Soviet storming of Berlin. In clear and compelling prose, and bringing extensive reading of the German-language literature to bear, Citino focuses on the German view of these campaigns. Often very different from the Allied perspective, this approach allows for a more nuanced and far-reaching understanding of the last battles of the Wehrmacht than any now available. With Citino’s previous volumes, Death of the Wehrmacht and The Wehrmacht Retreats, The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand completes a uniquely comprehensive picture of the German army’s strategy, operations, and performance against the Allies in World War II."

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"Robert M. Citino is the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum. His many books include the multi-award-winning The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943; Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942; and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich, all published by Kansas."

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Hitler's 'Wonder' U-Boats: The Birth of the Cold War's Hunter-Killer Submarines

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Two-Wheeled Blitzkrieg

By Paul Garson

Aug 2018

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No other combatant nation employed motorcycles and bicycles on the scale produced by the Third Reich. Motorcycles and bikes served as couriers, reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and assault shock troops taking the brunt of battle—even as tank destroyers and for delivering hot meals to the frontline. As the Third Reich gained absolute control of Germany, numerous brands of bicycles and motorcycles had been in production, yet only a select few were chosen to join the Wehrmacht in its war of conquest. Among the motorcycles were the vaunted BMW and the "bullet tough" DKW, NSU, and Zundapp. This book shares personal, largely unpublished images they took of themselves and their machines. It also touches upon U.S., British, French, Italian, Japanese, and Soviet bicycles and motorcycles
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From Cherkassy to the Pacific Ocean: the Combat History of the 6th Guards Tank Army. Volume 1: January-October 1944

By Igor Neboslin

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The new study of Igor Nebolsin provides end to end combat history of the Soviet 6th Guards Tank Army from its formation in January 1944 till the defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945 and capitulation of Japan in September 1945. The 6th TA had its combat baptism at Cherkassy (Korsun) in January-February 1944 where it first played an important role in encircling units of German XI and XLII Army Corps'. Then army was on the path of the German III. Panzer Corps relief attacks of Cherkassy Pocket. In March 1944 in adverse weather conditions (rasputitsa) Army crossed South Bug, Dnestr and Prut rivers and in April 1944 was one of the first Soviet units entered Bessarabia (Romania). During April - June 1944 6th Tank Army conducted heavy offensive and defensive battles in the area of Jassy in Northern Romania against armor units of Group Army South Ukraine which included 23. Panzer Division, 24. Panzer Division, 14. Panzer Division, Gross Deutschland Division. Although Army failed to capture Jassy and penetrate Romania it managed to withstand German attempt to destroy it in a strong counteroffensive. In August 1944 6th TA played a decisive role in the Jassy - Kishinev operation which resulted in the destruction of the 6th German Army, knocking out Romania from the WW2 as an ally of Nazi Germany, capturing Ploesti oil fields, and Bucharest. In September-October 1944 6th Tank Army was engaged in the heavy combats in Transylvania and Hungary including tank battle at Debrecen. The day by day coverage of events, honest views of the Soviet & German commanders, statistical data from both Russian and German viewpoints, and the 'human element' based on the exciting firsthand recollections of Soviet tank officers all make this study an incredibly valuable source of information. The text is fully supported by specially-commissioned color maps and an extensive selection of photographs, many from private collections.
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Island of Fire: The Battle for the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad

By Jason Mark

May 2018

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Stalingrad was one of the largest, bloodiest, and most famous battles in history as well as one of the major turning points of World War II. For four winter months during the battle, German and Soviet forces fought over a single factory inside the city of Stalingrad. Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, Island of Fire presents a day-by-day―at times hour-by-hour―chronicle of that pitiless struggle as seen by both sides. The book is unparalleled and exhaustive in its research, meticulous in its reconstruction of the action, and vivid in its retelling of the street-by-street, hand-to-hand fighting near the gun factory.
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50th at Bay - The Years of Defeat: A History of the 50th Northumbrian Division 1939 to September 1942

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he book begins when war is declared and the Territorials of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division are mobilized before their move to France. Many of these men joined the territorials in the 1930s because they could find no work in the depression and the monthly bounty they got paid, plus a good pair of army boots, were worth a lot to men who had nothing. In late 1939 the division was moved to France in one of the worst winters in modern memory. In May 1940 the war began and the 50th were in the forefront of the fighting as they tried to stem the Blitzkrieg. When the situation became untenable the British army found themselves outflanked and in full retreat to the French Coast. The 50th reached the Great War Memorial at Ypres, the Menin Gate, and fought a delaying action here but soon found themselves retreating again, by now they had lost many casualties. By 19th and 20th May 1940 the whole British Army was in headlong retreat and heading towards Dunkirk with the Panzers close on their heels, it was decided that a delaying action was to be launched by the 50th Division at Arras with British and French armored units in support. It was here at Arras that the 50th would meet their future Nemesis in the form of Erwin Rommel and his Ghost Division. On 20th May the 50th prepared themselves for battle on and around the Canadian Great War Memorial on Vimy Ridge. On 21st May the attack was launched into some very surprised German formations that were just about to move around Arras. The attack was led by tanks of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Troops of the 151st Durham Brigade, 150th Brigade was in Arras itself along the River Scarpe. The shock of the British assault caught the Germans by surprise and the British tanks caused great slaughter among the German units, especially among the ranks of the SS Totenkopft Division who fled the field in terror. The descriptions of the battle by tank crews and Durhams are outstanding and hair raising, the Germans looked to be close to defeat when Erwin Rommel stepped forward and ordered his 88mm anti-aircraft guns to lower their barrels and be used in an antitank role for the first, but not the last time. The British tanks could not withstand their immense firepower and soon the battlefield was strewn with the smoking hulks of British tanks and the dead bodies of both sides. Rommel had saved the day. The retreat now continued in a mad dash to the coast. At the town of Dunkirk and along the beaches the whole British Army waited patiently to be taken home, under constant air attack and artillery fire. By 2nd June the last troops had been evacuated and a very badly beaten army was brought home, men who were there talk of their shame when interviewed, many were never proud of the fact that they were at Dunkirk. The British populace however were just pleased to have the survivors home and the myth of the miracle of Dunkirk took root. For many it was a time of mourning. The 50th Division were now reorganized and stationed on the south coast of England in preparation for the invasion that never came. In 1941 the newly reconstructed 50th Division was sent to the middle east, spending a miserable winter moving about from camp to muddy camp. Finally the 50th was sent to the Gazala Line in May 1942, this line was held by the South Africans, the Free French and three brigades of the 50th Division, 150th, 151st and 69th Brigades, plus all the 8th Army's armored formations. Rommel needed to break through here and in May began to make his plans. The British Forces were positioned in defensive boxes, each one was supposed to be able to support the other in the event of the expected attack, but most were so far apart that mutual support was out of the question. Lt General Cruwell of the German forces was out reconnoitering the ground in a spotter plane when his pilot got lost and flew over the box held by 150th Brigade, his plane was shot down, his pilot killed and he was taken prisoner. The troops who took him saw only a blood spattered German and had no idea who was in front of them, they handled him roughly and stole his Pour le Merite and a gold ring. The young officers did not know the rank of the prisoner they had to interrogate and all snapped to attention when his rank was revealed, interviews with these men are featured in this book. In late May 1942 Rommel assembled his Panzers, infantry and support vehicles by night, his attack force covered an area of eleven square miles. The plan was to move across 8th Army's front at night and to swing around the left flank, where the Free French held Bir Hacheim, and to the rear of 8th Army, a classic Rommel maneuver. As this happened the men of the 50th Division sat tight in their defensive boxes and waited. Patrols reported large troop and tank movements to the British Front but the commanders would not believe it until it was too late. The Free French at Bir Hacheim were attacked by German and Italian armored formations and fought a legendary defensive action for over 10 days until they were forced to retire leaving behind them one thousand of their own dead and hundreds of enemy dead, dozens of black smoldering tanks littered the battlefield. The Panzers smashed into British armored units behind the Front Line and still it was not believed by the high command that this was happening, desperate messages came over the airwaves warning of the German assault. Rommel's forces were now in the rear of the 50th Division who could hear the thunder of battle all around them. The British commanders threw their armor in piecemeal fashion at the Germans and suffered horrendous losses, Rommel's timetable was slowing down now and he needed to get supplies and fuel for his hard pressed troops. In the face of ferocious attacks by the British armor he backed his units up to the rear of the Gazala Line and formed a defensive crescent of the dreaded 88mm antitank guns around his panzers to hold off the British armor. Again and again the British commanders threw their tanks at this screen, only to see them knocked out in their hundreds, so fierce was the fighting in this area that it was christened "The Couldron". Rommel now turned his attention to the 50th Division and realized that to get the supplies he so badly needed he needed to destroy the 150th Brigade. His tanks and infantry laid siege to this box and launched fleets of dive-bombers against them, heavy artillery fire, plus tanks and infantry. Day after day the battle raged but the 150th Brigade would not yield. After fighting an unsupported defense for five days the situation became serious for the badly depleted 150th. Rommel was so concerned regarding his supplies situation that he personally led one final desperate assault on 1st June 1942, after a morning of the most vicious close quarter fighting the Panzers rolled over this doomed position. In Rommel's diary that night he recalled "The defence was conducted with great skill and determination and as usual the British fought to the last round". Rommel's now replenished troops burst out of their bridgehead and put the British to flight, the troops in the Gazala Line got away as best they could with many close calls and near misses. At Mersa Matruh the 50th Division was ordered to make a stand in order that other units could get away and in a very confused situation fought until they could fight no more, Pte Adam Wakenshaw won the Victoria Cross here and lost his life in the process. The Gazala Gallop then resumed until at last the 8th Army arrived at the last defensive line before Alexandria, this was to take its name from an insignificant railway siding called El Alamein. The 50th Northumbrian Division had suffered grievously in the Western Desert and in May and June 1942 had taken nine thousand casualties. These years of defeat had seen them transformed into a battle hardened legion of the 8th Army who would become internationally famous in the years to come. This study adds comprehensively to our knowledge of WW2 in a number of ways: Firstly the views of the men involved throw a bright light on what it was really like to fight in an elite infantry division. Secondly it covers events that have not been studied in detail before and shows in no uncertain way the horrors men endured for years if they survived. Thirdly: The testimony of the men describes scenes they would not tell their families, from the deaths of friends in action to the terrible things they personally had to do to survive, to men who returned home and had to tell their parents, who knew nothing, what had happened to their brother. Fourthly: the text, illustrations and period maps come together to form a clear view of what the 50th Division really did in those terrible times as seen through the eyes of the survivors.
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Odessa 1941-44: Defense, Occupation, Resistance and Liberation

By Nikolai Ovcharenko

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April 2018

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After a brief overview of the origins and development of the city of Odessa on the Black Sea Coast, author Nikolai Ovcharenko turns to its citizens' ordeal during the Second World War. In the process, he describes the heroism of the city's defenders and residents in the summer of 1941 on the land, sea and in the sky, when defending against insistent Romanian attacks. Exploiting the numerous estuaries on the Black Sea coastline, which served as natural defensive lines, under the weight of numerically superior Romanian forces, Odessa's defenders successively, fell back into the city of Odessa itself. Once the situation became critical, a valiant counterattack in part with naval infantry gained valuable space and time for Odessa. Eventually, at a time when German forces had advanced far to the east and were approaching the critical naval base of Sebastopol in the Crimea, the decision was made to evacuate the remaining Soviet forces from Odessa. There ensued more than two years of occupation and underground resistance; the partisans and activists made use of the extensive catacombs underneath the city of Odessa. The occupiers scored successes against the underground movement, which Ovcharenko details in succeeding chapters using contemporary newspapers and interviews with surviving eyewitnesses, but were never able to stamp out resistance completely. Finally, in the spring of 1944, Odessa was liberated by forces of the advancing Third Ukrainian Front. Ovcharenko describes this offensive against forces of the resurrected German Sixth Army.
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