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  1. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Blitz Diary: Life Under Fire in World War II: Amazon.co.uk: Carol Harris: Books

    As the Second World War loomed, everyone expected it would bring a new kind of conflict to Britain. Raids by airships in the First World War and the attack on Guernica in the Spanish Civil War had given a terrifying taste of what was to come. So when war was declared in September 1939 massive air raids against civilians were anticipated. Cities and strategic ports were the first to be hit. London was a major target throughout the war. But it was not only the capital that suffered: on 8 November 1940, 30,000 incendiary bombs rained down on Coventry, laying waste to the city, including, famously, its cathedral. Port cities such as Plymouth, Bristol and Liverpool also suffered especially badly. In "Blitz Diary" historian Carol Harris has collected together a remarkable series of accounts from the war's darkest days, with heart-warming stories of survival, perseverance, solidarity and bravery, the preservation of which becomes increasingly important as the Blitz fades from living memory.
    About the Author
    CAROL HARRIS is a writer and journalist who has written extensively on the Second World War and the 1930s and '40s. Her Women at War series was published in 2000. She lives in south-east London.

    price £10 paper back £20 hardback
     
  3. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife


    Anne Frank received a red-and-white-checked diary for her thirteenth birthday in June 1942, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, Anne crafted a memoir that has become one of the most compelling and widely read documents of modern history. Few books have been as influential for as long, and in her thoughtful and revealing book Francine Prose investigates the diary's creation, its precociously gifted writer, and its unique afterlife. Prose demonstrates what few of the diary's millions of readers will know - that Anne Frank furiously revised and edited her work, crafting a piece of literary power, which she hoped would be read by the public after the war.

    Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife: Amazon.co.uk: Francine Prose: Books
     
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    I hope this is allowed on the forum?

    A contact of mine has been working on a book called 'Fighting Back'.
    It is the detailing of Jewish contributions in the fight against Nazi Germany and the Japanese in WW2.

    It may well be of real interest to some of our members. I will attach the information sheet I received here:
     

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  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The Other Schindlers: Why Some People Chose to Save Jews in the Holocaust


    The Other Schindlers: Why Some People Chose to Save Jews in the Holocaust: Amazon.co.uk: Agnes Grunwald-Spier: Books

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    Thanks to Thomas Keneally's book Schindler's Ark, and the film based on it, Schindler's List, we have become more aware of the fact that, in the midst of Hitler's extermination of the Jews, courage and humanity could still overcome evil. While 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, some were saved through the actions of non-Jews whose consciences would not allow them to pass by on the other side, and many are honoured by Yad Vashem as 'Righteous Among the Nations' for their actions. As a baby, Agnes Grunwald-Spier was herself saved from the horrors of Auschwitz by an unknown official, and is now a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She has collected together the stories of thirty individuals who rescued Jews, and these provide a new insight into why these people were prepared to risk so much for their fellow men and women. With a foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert, one of the leading experts on the subject, this is an ultimately uplifting account of how some good deeds really do shine in a weary world. 'Unfortunately, to kill thousands of people only a few men with machine guns are needed, and they do not risk anything except their souls. Saving of just one man involved exceptional devotion, undescribable courage of many people, and they were risking not only their lives, but also those of their children.' Irena Veisaite 'Unfortunately, to kill thousands of people only a few men with machine guns are needed, and they do not risk anything except their souls. Saving of just one man involved exceptional devotion, undescribable courage of many people, and they were risking not only their lives, but also those of their children.' Irena Veisaite 'Unfortunately, to kill thousands of people only a few men with machine guns are needed, and they do not risk anything except their souls. Saving of just one man involved exceptional devotion, undescribable courage of many people, and they were risking not only their lives, but also those of their children.' Irena Veisaite


    About the Author:

    Agnes Grunwald-Spier was born in Budapest in July 1944. She and her mother were sent to the ghetto there in November 1944, and were liberated in January 1945. A former civil servant, she holds degrees in History & Politics and Holocaust Studies, and is a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a member of the Architects' Registration Board and a Justice of the Peace. She divides her time between Sheffield and London.


    And its her birthday today :)
     
  6. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Jason,

    Typical of me that! Just bumped it for a fellow Chindit researcher. Martin and I have have exchanged info on Jewish Chindits over the last couple of years.

    Bamboo.
     
  8. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  14. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food.

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    War had a big impact on the world’s food. In the late 1930s the farm economies of the great powers were in crisis. America’s Midwest was a dust bowl. Farmers in depression-hit Britain and Japan were cutting back on fertilisers, reducing output. Around 3m Chinese peasants were dying of starvation each year.

    The need to feed large armies transformed some countries. One American farmer’s daughter wrote that “Dad started having his land improved We… and most other farmers went from a tarpaper shack to a new frame house with indoor plumbing It… was just so modern we couldn’t stand it.” By 1946 America had become the world food provider of last resort.

    Japan, instead, adopted a policy of rapacious requisitioning, driving many farmers to give up. In 1941 Japanese farmers produced enough rice to give each head of population 336 grams of rice a day; by 1945 that had dropped to 234 grams. By insisting the conquered territories in South-East Asia become self-sufficient, Japan also destroyed the region’s food trade, and the farming system based on it: 1m-2m Vietnamese starved to death in 1944-45.
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  15. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    I am sure some folks who subscribe to ATB have received news of this one already, as yet it has not been added to the publishers website.

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    New book on Monte Cassino due out in May. :)
     
  16. jameshr4

    jameshr4 Junior Member

    Scorched Earth, Black Snow: The First Year of the Korean War by Andrew Salmon. The first year of the Korean War was a tumultuous series of epic battles, ending in a legendary and harrowing retreat. In the summer of 1950, British and Australian troops were dispatched to fight with UN forces in the savage struggle against communism in Korea. After both triumph and tragedy while breaking out of the “Pusan Perimeter,” 27th Brigade – the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Middlesex battalions, soon joined by the Royal Australians – spearheaded the UN drive north. After a spectacular series of battles, victory beckoned. 27th Brigade was halted to allow the Americans the glory of reaching the Chinese border. But across the rugged border, in a shock counter-offensive, China stormed south. In a desperate action, 27th Brigade fought its way out of the trap, to join the UN Command on a harrowing, 200-mile ‘bug out.” And across the peninsula, surrounded by eight enemy divisions in terrain higher than Cassino and temperatures colder than Stalingrad, 41 Commando fought alongside US Marines at Chosin Reservoir – ‘Hellfire Valley’, the most nightmarish battle fought by American or British troops in living memory - and escaped annihilation by a hair’s breadth. His first book To The Last Round about the stand at the Imjin River was excellent so I'm hoping this will be as good.
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I am sure some folks who subscribe to ATB have received news of this one already, as yet it has not been added to the publishers website.

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    New book on Monte Cassino due out in May. :)

    And there was me thinking the next one was going to be on North Africa! Well thats my B/day present sorted for next month :D

    Cheers for the heads up James.
     
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  18. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    No worries Andy ... will be looking for one myself in due course.

    Coming to a bookshelf near me - "The Sky My Kingdom" autobiography by Hanna Reitsch.
    Long out of print I have managed to get a copy via eBay , coming with it Allied Escort Ships of WW2" by Peter Elliott.
     
  19. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  20. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    And there was me thinking the next one was going to be on North Africa!

    Wouldn't want to be doing the nows now :unsure:
     

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