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Thumbs up New and upcoming books on World War Two

The purpose of this thread is to share information on upcoming or new books relating to the Second World War that may interest other posters on here.

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Please limit each post to one title.

Please include title, author, release date a brief description if possible and a link or information on where to purchase.

Authors feel free to post your own titles here but please follow the guidelines above and keep your promotion within reason. (eg: one post per title please)

This thread is for general information on book releases. Please conduct discussion about particular titles by starting a thread unique to the title.

A great resource for WW2 publishing is Stone and Stone World War Two Books. This site has news, reviews and some great potted histories.

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Atlas of the Eastern Front: 1941-45

By Robert Kirchubel

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No Room for Mistakes: British and Allied Submarine Warfare 1939-1940

By Geirr Haarr

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A new book from this bestselling author covering the events at sea in the early years of World War II, in which he has compiled comprehensive research and insight into a highly readable and detailed account of British and Allied submarine warfare in north European waters at the beginning of the war. The early chapters describe prewar submarine development, including technical advances and limitations, weapons, tactical use and life onboard, and examine the men who crewed them and explore their understanding of the warfare that they would become involved in. The core of the book is an account of the events as they unfolded in 'home waters' from the outset of war to the end of 1940, by which time the majority of the Allied submarines were operating in the Mediterranean. It is a story of success, triumph, failure and tragedy, and it tells of the tremendous courage and endurance shown by a small group of men learning how to fight a new kind of war in claustrophobic, sub-sea vessels with limited information about the enemy, or what they would meet off the alien coasts to which they were heading. Extensive primary sources are used to document the many aspects of this war, some of which remain controversial to this day. Max Horton, Vice Admiral Submarines 1940, said: 'There is no room for mistakes in submarines. You are either alive or dead.' This book makes plain how right he was
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The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway

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The British Expeditionary Force, 1939-40

By Edward Smalley

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The British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 shines a new light on the British Army's campaign in continental Europe between September 1939 and June 1940. Extensive archival research within the essential areas of training, communications, discipline, headquarters and staff reveals how military performance was undermined by a confused mind-set, an uncertain skills-set and an uncompetitive capability. Many of the debilitating flaws in British operating procedure were long-standing, foreseeable and self-inflicted; systems were neither efficient in peacetime nor resilient in wartime. Edward Smalley explores the British Expeditionary Force's origins, the reasons for the catastrophic defeat in France, and the campaign's considerable legacy for the British Army
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Famine, Sword, and Fire: The Liberation of Southwest China in World War II

By Daniel Jackson

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The untold story of Chinese and Americans standing side-by-side, fighting together and dying together on the highest, most rugged battlegrounds of World War II. In May 1942, the Japanese 15th Army conquered Burma and southwest China. Only a desperate defence by disorganised and defeated Chinese troops and the war-weary remains of Claire Chennaults mercenary Flying Tigers stopped the advance at the Salween River. For two years, the people of southwest China lived under an oppressive Japanese occupation while Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, President Franklin Roosevelt, General Joseph Stilwell, and Major General Claire Chennault bickered over what to do next. Finally, in May 1944, the Chinese Expeditionary Force, with American supplies and advisors, supported from above by the legendary 14th Air Force, crossed the Salween to take back what they had lost.
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The Polish Army in 1939

by Vincent W. Rospond

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This volume examines the history, organization and battles of the Polish Army during the 1939 campaign. The information will include details on the uniforms, equipment, and vehicles of the Polish Army in the early and often misunderstood campaign of the war.
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Casualties of History: Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War

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The Observer Corps and the Battle of Britain

By Richard O'Neill

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Throughout the Battle of Britain, the Observer Corps constituted Britain's only means of aircraft detection over land, providing crucial intelligence to the early warning system enabling Britain to survive the summer of 1940. The largely volunteer organisation had its origins in the Zeppelin and Gotha bombing raids of the First World War and continued to expand through the inter-war period alongside the RAF. The Corps, coupled with radar, formed the system upon which the successful functioning of the RAF depended. The chief duties of the observers ranged from the detection and identification of aircraft to the provision of navigational aids for Bomber Command, reporting of downed aircraft, location and timing of enemy raids as well as the status of aerial battles and the location of airmen forced to bail from their aircraft. Despite the Corps' unspectacular contribution to the defence of Britain, the defensive system would not have been able to function were it not for the 'eyes and ears' of the RAF. Overshadowed by Fighter Command and radar, the observers held an integral position in Britain's defensive system.
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Tip of the Spear: German Armored Reconnaissance in Action in World War II

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The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police

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The Gestapo was Hitler's secret police force. Popularly depicted as a central part of an all-powerful 'Big Brother' Nazi totalitarian police state, its primary aim was to hunt down 'the enemies of the people'. Drawing on a detailed examination of previously unpublished Gestapo case files this book relates the fascinating, vivid and disturbing stories of a cross-section of ordinary and extraordinary people who opposed the Nazi regime. It also tells the equally disturbing stories of their friends, neighbours and sometimes even relatives, people drawn into the Gestapo's web of intrigue, either as informers as staff. The book reveals, too, the cold-blooded and efficient methods of the Gestapo officers. This book will reveal that the Gestapo lacked the manpower and resources to spy on everyone, that it was reliant on tip offs from the general public. Yet this did not mean the Gestapo was a weak or inefficient instrument of Nazi terror. On the contrary, it ruthlessly and efficiently targeted its officers against clearly defined political and racial 'enemies of the people'. The book: - Provides a chilling new doorway into the everyday life of the Third Reich. - Gives powerful testimony from the victims of Nazi terror. - Offers a range of fascinating and poignant life stories of those who opposed Hitler's regime. - Unearths new evidence from Gestapo case files. Challenges popular myths on the Gestapo. - It explains the controversies surrounding the Gestapo.
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Women and Yugoslav Partisans: A History of World War II Resistance

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Armored Champion: The Top Tanks of World War

By Steven Zaloga

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Armor expert Zaloga enters the battle over the best tanks of World War II with this heavy-caliber blast of a book armed with more than forty years of search.
Provocative, fact-based rankings of the tanks that fought the Second World War
Breaks the war into eight periods and declares Tanker?s Choice and Commander?s Choice for each
Champions include the German Panzer IV and Tiger, Soviet T-34, American Pershing, and a few surprises
Compares tanks? firepower, armor protection, and mobility as well as dependability, affordability, tactics, training, and overall combat performance
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