Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Ultimately new allied aircraft—especially the American long-range P-51 Mustang—and superior tactics won out during Big Week. During the third week of february 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. Allied raids into germany were being decimated, but German resources—fuel and pilots—were strained to the breaking point.

Prior to big week, the air forces on both sides were in crisis. In the end, the six days of intense air battles largely cleared the skies of enemy aircraft when the invasion took place on June 6, 1944—D-Day. Big week is both an original contribution to WWII literature and a brilliant piece of narrative history, recapturing a largely forgotten campaign that was one of the most critically important periods of the entire war.

. Through interviews, crew, taking readers from command headquarters to fighter cockpits to anti-aircraft positions and civilian chaos on the ground, Holland follows the fortunes of pilots, and official records, diaries, oral histories, and civilians on both sides, vividly recreating the campaign as it was conceived and unfolded.

Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II #ad - Their goal: to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe while also drawing German planes into an aerial battle of attrition to neutralize the Luftwaffe as a fighting force prior to the cross-channel invasion, planned for a few months later. Officially called operation argument, this aerial offensive quickly became known as “Big Week, ” and it was one of the turning-point engagements of World War II.

In big week, acclaimed world war ii historian James Holland chronicles the massive air battle through the experiences of those who lived and died during it.


The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

St. Martin's Press #ad - From clashes between coastal convoys and schnellboote in the channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic World War II story in a fresh and compelling voice. If britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe.

. Historian james holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. A groundbreaking new account of the battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread.

The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940 #ad - With france facing defeat and british forces pressed back to the channel, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, there were few who believed Britain could survive; but, Britain refused to give in.


Normandy '44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - The allies confronted a disciplined German army stretched to its limit, which nonetheless caused tactics to be adjusted on the fly. Ultimately ingenuity, determination, and immense materiel strength—delivered with operational brilliance—made the difference. Yet as familiar as it is, as it was known, many parts of the OVERLORD campaign, as James Holland makes clear in his definitive history, are still shrouded in myth and assumed knowledge.

Drawing freshly on widespread archives and on the testimonies of eye-witnesses, and mountains of materiel, the story of how hundreds of thousands of men, Holland relates the extraordinary planning that made Allied victory in France possible; indeed, were transported across the English Channel, is as dramatic a human achievement as any battlefield exploit.

Normandy '44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France #ad - D-day, june 6, 1944, films, have become the defining episode of World War II in the west—the object of books, television series, and the seventy-six days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed the Allied landing, and documentaries. The brutal landings on the five beaches and subsequent battles across the plains and through the lanes and hedgerows of normandy—a campaign that, and other commanders were made, French resistance leader Robert Leblanc, and through the memories of paratrooper Lieutenant Dick Winters of Easy Company, Rommel, German ordnance officer Hans Heinze, Thunderbolt pilot Archie Maltbie, was worse than any in World War I—come vividly to life in conferences where the strategic decisions of Eisenhower, British corporal and tanker Reg Spittles, Montgomery, in terms of daily casualties, and many others.

For both sides, the challenges were enormous. A stirring narrative by a pre-eminent historian, Normandy ‘44 offers important new perspective on one of history’s most dramatic military engagements and is an invaluable addition to the literature of war.


The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 The War in the West Book 2

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - The luftwaffe had bombed London, while German U-boats wrought havoc on Allied shipping on the Atlantic. Acclaimed historian james holland has spent years conducting original research and interviews, mining newly available archives, visiting battlefields and uncovering letters and diaries previously unread.

The nazi blitzkrieg had taken Poland, France, and Holland with shocking speed. Acknowledging that strategy and tactics have been the focus of previous histories, he gives equal space to the logistics and supply of men and materiel without which no war can be fought. Built for speed and quick conquest, German forces by that fall were bogged down in a horrible war of attrition that blunted the Nazi momentum.

The allies strike back offers fascinating new perspective on the critical middle years in World War II’s western theatre, as the advantage between Axis and Allied forces swung back and forth on the Atlantic and eastern front, and in north Africa and Europe. Ralph schaps, who experienced the louisiana maneuvers that propelled him into europe; colonel Hermann Balck, in command of a German panzer regiment in Africa; U-boat captain Teddy Suhren, operating against Allied shipping in the Atlantic; Billy Drake, squadron commander in Britain’s Desert Air Force that helped turn the tide in North Africa; and many others.

The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 The War in the West Book 2 #ad - Following the acclaimed first volume of his trilogy, and offering frank assessments of successes and failures on both sides, The Rise of Germany, James Holland has crafted a masterful and gripping narrative of the events that ultimately determined the outcome of World War II. And, having failed to defeat britain, adolf hitler fatefully pivoted east to invade the Soviet Union—territory he felt compelled to conquer for Germany’s protection—and on June 22, 1941 precipitated the largest clash of arms the world had ever seen.

And yet, as james holland shows at the start of the allies strike back, 1941-1943—the second volume in his magisterial narrative of World War II in the West—cracks were already appearing in Germany’s apparent invincibility.


Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - What followed was an incredible race against time that, despite numerous setbacks, became one of the most successful and significant bombing raids of all time. The night of may 16, 1943: nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from an RAF airfield in Lincolnshire, England, each with a huge nine-thousand-pound cylindrical bomb strapped underneath it.

Holland has delved into the new trove” of declassified documents “to shed light on this weapons program, the politics of its development and the eventual mission” The Wall Street Journal. An impeccably researched work in the style of a fast-paced techno-thriller. Publishers weekly   “Extremely detailed but never dull .

Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943 #ad -  .  . Holland offers a definitive, nuts-and-bolts history. Kirkus reviews   “a well-written study of engineering and invention operating under great pressure.  .  .  . For all world War II history buffs. Library Journal, starred review.


The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - In the rise of germany 1938–1941, tactics, holland draws on this research to reconsider the strategy, political, and economic, and social aspects of the war. The rise of germany is a masterful book that redefines our understanding of the opening years of World War II. Exceptional” The Wall Street Journal.

Magnificent. Andrew roberts,  new york Times–bestselling author of The Storm of War. An account of the early years of World War II based on extensive new research: “A genuinely fresh approach .  .  . James holland, and exploring archives that have never before been so accessible to unearth forgotten memoirs, letters, has spent over a decade conducting new research, interviewing survivors, one of the leading young historians of World War II, and official records.

The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West #ad - Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in the middle of 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, in the air, this book is a landmark history of the war on land, and at sea.


Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

Dutton Caliber #ad - At the pinnacle of this richly told story are the generals: douglas macarthur, a prickly soldier miscast in a diplomat's role; and Walter Krueger, a military autocrat driven by his dysfunctional lust for fame and power; Robert Eichelberger, perhaps the greatest commander in the theater yet consigned to obscurity by MacArthur's jealousy; "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, a German-born officer who came to lead the largest American ground force in the Pacific.

John C. Yet the majority of fighting and dying in the war against Japan was done not by Marines but by unsung Army soldiers. Enriching the narrative are the voices of men otherwise lost to history: the uncelebrated Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria and other diseases, as well as a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction.

Mcpherson, " wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian  "Out here, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies. Even today, the marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor.

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 #ad - In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower. An engrossing, epic history of the us army in the pacific War, from the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die“This eloquent and powerful narrative is military history written the way it should be.

James M. Mcmanus, takes readers from pearl harbor—a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war—to Makin, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese.


Landing on the Edge of Eternity: Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach

Pegasus Books #ad - Eleven minutes later, the assault was floundering under intense German fire. The beach was subsequently transformed into three miles of lethal, bunker-protected arcs of fire, with seaside chalets converted into concrete strongpoints, fringed by layers of barbed wire and mines. Two and a half hours in, general Bradley, commanding the landings aboard USS Augusta, had to decide if to proceed or evacuate.

Early in 1944, german commander field marshal erwin rommel took one look at the gentle, sloping sands and announced "They will come here!” He was referring to "Omaha Beach”—the prime American D-Day landing site. Skimming across high waves, deafened by immense broadsides from supporting battleships and weak from seasickness, they caught sight of land at 6.

15. This was the beginning of the historic day that Landing on the Edge of Eternity narrates hour by hour—rom midnight to midnight—tracking German and American soldiers fighting across the beachhead. Mustered on their troop transport decks at 2am, the American infantry departed in landing craft at 5am.

Landing on the Edge of Eternity: Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach #ad - The germans called it “the Devil's Garden. When company a of the us 116th regiment landed on omaha Beach in D-Day’s first wave on 6th June 1944, it lost 96% of its effective strength. On june 6th there were well over 2, 400 casualties on Omaha Beach – easily D-Day’s highest death toll. The wehrmacht thought they had bludgeoned the Americans into bloody submission, yet by mid-afternoon, the American troops were ashore.


Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France

Oxford University Press #ad - Drawing on first-hand battlefield research, caddick-adams's gripping book, and a commanding grasp of all the archives and literature, personal testimony and interviews, published on the 75th anniversary of the events, does Operations Overlord and Neptune full justice. Peter caddick-adams's account of the allied invasion of france in June 1944 matches the monumental achievement of his book on the Battle of the Bulge, Snow and Steel, which Richard Overy has called the "standard history of this climactic confrontation in the West.

Sand and steel gives us d-day, arguably the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, through to the pitched battles fought along France's northern coast, beginning with the years of painstaking and costly preparation, from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and the push east to Strasbourg.

Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France #ad - In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, including the elaborate and lavish campaigns to deceive Germans as to where and when the invasion would take place, Caddick-Adams gives a full and detailed account of the German preparations: the formidable Atlantikwall and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's plans to make Europe impregnable-plans not completed by June 6.

. Its strategic and psychological demands stretched the Allies to their limits, testing the strengths of the bonds of Anglo-American leadership. Sand and steel reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is caddick-adams' narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out--Utah, and the attempt by American, British, Gold, Omaha, Juno, and Sword, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.

The allied invasion of Europe involved mind-boggling logistics, including orchestrating the largest flotilla of ships ever assembled.


Air Apaches: The True Story of the 345th Bomb Group and Its Low, Fast, and Deadly Missions in World War II

Stackpole Books #ad - Air apaches reconstructs the war of the 345th bomb group in impressively painstaking detail, if a pilot was shot down, capturing what it was like to be one of the young men flying low-level bombing and strafing missions and—if the missions weren’t dangerous enough—facing such challenges as kamikaze attacks and, primitive jungle conditions and a sword-brandishing enemy who did not treat downed airmen by the letter of the Geneva Convention.

303rd bomb group—hell’s angels—with the equally remarkable story of the Air Apaches in the Pacific. It is the story of men at war across all of history. Air apaches is more than the story of one unit in aerial combat in World War II. Historian and aviator Jay Stout follows up his spellbinding account of the U.