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Hunters and Killers: Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943

by Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman

Naval Institute Press

224 pp

Nov 2015

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Hunters and Killers is the first comprehensive history of all aspects of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) from its beginnings in the 18th century through the important role of present anti-submarine systems and operations. Published in two volumes, the work discusses anti-submarine warfare operations in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and today. In addition to tactical and strategic narratives of major ASW campaigns, the work covers the evolution of ASW sensors, weapons, platforms, and tactics.
This first volume looks at the often ignored reaction to the earliest submersible attack on British warships in 1776 to the first, primitive ASW actions of World War I. World War I saw the Germans use U-boats to devastate British shipping, nearly driving the country out of the war. Here the authors look at the development of the innovative, but rudimentary sensors and weapons that the Allies used to counter the U-boat threats in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters.
Still, the U-boats were never completely defeated in the Great War, and the ensuing chapters about the two decades between the world wars narrate the development of sonar, radar, and ASW ships, as well as changing political attitudes toward undersea warfare.
The remainder of the first volume covers the first half of World War II's Battle of the Atlantic, from September 1939 to the U-boat crisis in the spring of 1943. This section discusses the influence of intelligence, gained mainly through cryptography, on the Battle of the Atlantic.
Polmar and Whitman have created a thorough, well-researched reference for anyone interested in the development of ASW.
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From Versailles to Mers el-Kébir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-40

By George Melton

Naval Institute Press

280 pp

Oct 2015

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This book concerns itself with one of the most unlikely relationships in the two decades before World War II: the alliance of the Royal Navy and the French fleet. By the mid 1930s, both fleets had overextended themselves with global defense commitments, owing mainly to the collapse of the world war alliances and to an ominous shift in the balance of world naval power. To maximize their power, England and France combined their assets in a naval alliance. The union was not an altogether happy one, but it survived in one form or another until the British attack upon the French fleet at Mers el-Kébir in 1940. George E. Melton brings new insights to the diplomacy that led to this often strained cooperation, and reinterprets some of the most important events of early World War II.
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Distance Is Not a Range: A Gunnery Manual for Tactical World War II Soviet Tank Simul

Covering all the essentials of stadia-metric range-finding system used by World War II Soviet tanks, "Distance Is Not a Range" seeks to familiarize readers with range-finding and accurate shooting process for tactical realism. The fruit of twenty years of tactical gaming experience, it provides formulas directly relevant to success on the virtual battlefield. Including many color illustrations and diagrams, this guide uses a practical, functional, and easy-to-understand format and focuses on the wide range of Soviet armor and gun sights during World War II.

"Distance is not a Range" can be Googled where parts of the book are reproduced alongside with some Stadia Metric tables.

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Firing Now!: Tank, Anti-Tank and Self-Propelled Artillery Ammunition UK & USA 1939-1945

By Dick Taylor

160pp

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Armoured Warfare in the Far East 1937 - 1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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China and Japan at War 1937 - 1945

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The Watery Grave: The Life and Death of the Cruiser HMS Manchester

Richard Osborne

Oct 2015

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Mussolini in Ethiopia, 1919-1935: The Origins of Fascist Italy's African War


By Robert Mallett

200pp

Sept 2015

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Mussolini in Ethiopia, 1919-1935 looks in detail at the evolution of the Italian Fascist regime's colonial policy within the context of European politics and the rise to power of German National Socialism. It delves into the tortuous nature of relations between the National Fascist Party and the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), while demonstrating how, ultimately, a Hitler-led Germany proved the best mechanism for overseas Italian expansion in East Africa. The book assesses the emergence of an ideologically driven Fascist colonial policy from 1931 onwards and how this eventually culminated in a serious clash of interests with the British Empire. Benito Mussolini's successful flouting of the League of Nations' authority heralded a new dark era in world politics and continues to have its resonance in today's world.
Not World War Two as such but looks like an interesting look at one of the antecedents to the conflict.
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The Furies Unleashed: The Soviet Peoples At War 1941-1945

By Steven Merritt Milner

Sept 2016

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Atlas of the Eastern Front: 1941-45

By Robert Kirchubel

304 pages

Due November 2015
This title looks like a real good one and I am really looking forward to it.
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This book is available now in the UK from Helion.
I will be ordering mine in a couple weeks from JJ Fedorowicz

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I had pre-ordered these 2 books 2 months ago for a 25% discount

http://www.rzm.com/books/lfv/lfbk005.cfm

http://www.rzm.com/books/rzm/rzmbk017.cfm

Looks like they will be at my door soon !!

Also getting the 5th and concluding book in the series of the 29th ID in combat on the Western Front
http://www.amazon.com/Last-Roll-Call...ictorious+1945

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German Ground Forces of World War II: Complete Orders of Battle For Army Groups, Armies, Army Corps, and Other Commands of the Wehrmacht and Waffen Ss, September 1, 1939, to May 8, 1945

By: William McCroden and Thomas Nutter

624 pages

Savas Beattie

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German Ground Forces of World War II offers the first comprehensive order of battle for German ground troops throughout the Second World War, from the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, to the destruction of the last remnants of Germany's Wehrmacht and Waffen SS in Berlin in 1945. Unlike similar works, these orders of battle are dynamic, and so account for the continuously changing character of Germany's ground forces at war. This massive new reference work by McCroden and Nutter, broken up in sections including Theater Commands, Army Groups, Armies, and Corps Commands, presents a detailed analysis of each corresponding order of battle for every German field formation above division. Additional new ground is broken by also describing the orders of battle of the myriad German and Axis satellite formations assigned to security commands throughout occupied Europe and the combat zones, as well as those attached to fortress commands and to the commanders of German occupation forces in Eastern and Western Europe. An accompanying narrative describes the career of each field formation and includes the background and experience of many of their most famous commanding officers. For the first time, readers can follow the career of every German division, corps, army, and army group as the German armed forces shifted units to and from theaters of war, from the period of triumphant successes to the years of grinding defensive warfare and eventual defeat.
The work on this book was first announced in 2008 and has been worked on for years. Hopefully if finally sees the light of day next year.
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The Defence of Sevastopol: The Soviet Perspective

By Clayton Donnell

256 pp

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In December 1941, while America was reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the offensives of the German Army Groups North and Centre were stalled in the mud and cold of the Russian winter, the German Eleventh Army encircled the vast fortress of Sevastopol in the Crimea, launching massive combined air, land and naval attacks against the heavily defended positions. One of the most remarkable sieges in the history of modern warfare had begun, and this is the subject of Clayton Donnell's graphic and highly readable new study. Drawing on his expert knowledge of the history of modern fortifications, he describes the design and development of the Red Army's formidable base at Sevastopol. But he concentrates on the sequence of attacks mounted by the Wehrmacht on the strongpoints protecting the city. The forts and bunkers had to be taken one by one after devastating artillery and air attacks, the casualties on both sides were severe, and this brutal struggle went on for over six months. Using documentary records and a range of personal accounts, Clayton Donnell reconstructs the events and experience of the siege in vivid detail.
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Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1943-1945: Red Steamroller

By Robert Forczyk

288 pp.

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By 1943, after the catastrophic German defeat at Stalingrad, the Wehmacht's panzer armies gradually lost the initiative on the Eastern Front. The tide of the war had turned. Their combined arms technique, which had swept Soviet forces before it during 1941 and 1942, had lost its edge. Thereafter the war on the Eastern Front was dominated by tank-led offensives and, as Robert Forczyk shows, the Red Army's mechanized forces gained the upper hand, delivering a sequence of powerful blows that shattered one German defensive line after another. His incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tank tactics and weaponry during this period of growing Soviet dominance. He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of armoured warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives. This major study of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.
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Retreat and Rearguard - Dunkirk 1940: The Evacuation of the Bef to the Channel Ports

By Jerry Murland

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This book, the third title in the Author's Retreat and Rearguard series, covers the actions of the BEF during the retreat from the Dyle Line to the evacuation points of Dunkirk, Boulogne, Calais, St Valery-en-Caux and finally the Cherbourg Peninsula. Some of the engagements are relatively well known (Cassell, the Arras counter-attack and the notorious Le Paradis SS massacre) but the author has unearthed many less known engagements from the long and painful withdrawal. While the main Dunkirk evacuation from the port and beaches was over by early June, elements of the BEF fought on until 21 June. In relating those, often heroic, actions the author catches the atmosphere of desperate defiance that typified this never-to-be-forgotten period
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