A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War

The day after Thanksgiving, 5 months into the Korean struggle, common Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions within the north and grandly introduced an end-the-war-by-Christmas offensive, regardless of fresh facts of intervention via Mao's chinese language troops. Marching north in plunging temperatures, common Edward Almond's X Corps, which integrated a Marine department less than the capable management of normal Oliver Smith, encountered little resistance. yet hundreds of thousands of chinese language, who had infiltrated around the frozen Yalu River, have been mendacity in wait and might quickly seize tens of millions folks troops.

Led by means of the Marines, an crushed X Corps evacuated the frigid, mountainous Chosin Reservoir vastness and fought a swarming enemy and treacherous snow and ice to arrive the coast. climate, terrain, chinese language firepower, and a 4,000-foot chasm made get away appear most unlikely within the face of a vanishing Christmas. yet patience and sacrifice prevailed, and the final troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.

In the culture of his Silent Night and Pearl Harbor Christmas, Stanley Weintraub offers one other gripping narrative of a wartime Christmas season.

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Crimea: The Last Crusade (Allen Lane History)

By Orlando Figes

The bad clash that ruled the mid nineteenth century, the Crimean struggle killed not less than 800,000 males and pitted Russia opposed to a powerful coalition of england, France and the Ottoman Empire. It used to be a battle for territory, provoked by way of worry that if the Ottoman Empire have been to break down then Russia may possibly regulate an important swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. however it was once additionally a warfare of faith, pushed by means of a fervent, populist and ever extra ferocious trust via the Tsar and his ministers that it used to be Russia's job to rule all Orthodox Christians and regulate the Holy Land. Orlando Figes' significant new ebook reimagines this amazing conflict, within which the stakes couldn't were larger and which used to be fought with a bad mix of ferocity and incompetence. It was once either a recognisably glossy clash - the 1st to be broadly photographed, the 1st to hire the telegraph, the 1st 'newspaper conflict' - and a conventional one, with illiterate squaddies, beginner officials and enormous casualties attributable to illness. the long-lasting moments of the warfare - the cost of the sunshine Brigade, the Siege of Sebastopol, the influence of Florence Nightingale - are all the following, yet there's additionally a wealthy experience of the Crimea itself and the tradition that was once destroyed via the scuffling with. Drawing on an important diversity of attention-grabbing assets, Figes additionally offers the lived event of the struggle, from that of the normal British soldier in his snow-filled trench, to the haunted, gloomy, slender determine of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to tackle the entire global in his hunt for non secular salvation.

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In the Balance: An Alternate History of the Second World War (Worldwar, Volume 1)

By Harry Turtledove

From Pearl Harbor to panzers rolling via Paris to the Siege of Leningrad and the conflict of halfway, struggle seethed around the planet because the flames of destruction rose better and hotter.
And then, abruptly, the genuine enemy came.
The invaders appeared unstoppable, their expertise a ways past human achieve. and not earlier than had males been extra divided. For Jew to unite with Nazi, American with eastern, and Russian with German used to be unthinkable.
But the choice was once even worse.
As the destiny of the area hung within the stability, slowly, painfully, humankind took up the stunning problem . . .

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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival

By Louise Murphy

The actual tale of Hansel and Gretal

In the final months of the Nazi profession of Poland, little ones are left by way of their father and stepmother to discover protection in a dense woodland. simply because their actual names will demonstrate their Jewishness, they're renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander within the woods till they're taken in via Magda, an eccentric and obdurate outdated girl known as "witch" through the within reach villagers. Magda is set to save lots of them, whilst a German officer arrives in the village together with his personal plans for the children.

Combining vintage subject matters of fairy stories and struggle literature, Louise Murphy’s haunting novel of trip and survival, of redemption and reminiscence, powerfully depicts how warfare is skilled by way of households and particularly via teenagers. The precise tale of Hansel and Gretal tells a resonant, riveting story.

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Motorcycles at War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

By Gavin Birch

Motorbikes have been general through either side in WW2 as a result of their agility, adaptability and speed,. A worthy few continue to exist this present day as infrequent collectors' items.

The writer, who's the photograph Archivist on the IWM has unearthed pictures of all of the significant marques. recognized British names (Triumph, Norton, Matchless, BSA, Velocette, James and Rudge) function in addition to the larger American machines from Indian and Harley-Davidson. German motorcycles have their very own bankruptcy with classics corresponding to NSU, Zundapp and BMW and contain hybrid tracked bikes often called Kettengrad - with a few pictures really taken via common Erwin Rommel himself.

Also lined are infrequent experimental prototypes photographed in the course of trials and later in strive against, the 'funnies' of the wartime cycling international resembling the Airborne forces Excelsior Welbike (British) and the Cushman parascooter (US).

Together it is a precise choice of two-wheeled photographs.

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Mitla Pass

By Leon Uris

Desirous to resurrect his occupation, after succumbing to the entice of Hollywood, Gideon Zadok travels to Israel, made up our minds to discover fabric for a brand new booklet. as soon as there, he unearths Natasha Solomon, a survivor of the Holocaust, and her disturbed ardour for him unleashes his personal smouldering wants. Then, at the eve of the '56 Sinai struggle, he abandons her and joins the Israeli forces and is parachuted to the most important junction of Mitla cross, deep at the back of enemy traces. Amid the sounds of conflict, Gideon wages a conflict no much less violent inside of himself, as he strives to come back to grips with the scary strength of love-hate. Breathtaking in scope and painfully human, "Mitla go" is the masterwork of a superb novelist.

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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

By Molly Guptill Manning

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Heartwarming.” — New York Times

“Whether or no longer you’re a ebook lover, you’ll be moved.” — Entertainment Weekly

“A readable, available addition to global struggle II literature [and] a ebook that would be loved through fanatics of books approximately books.” — Boston Globe

“Four stars [out of 4] . . . A cultural historical past that does a lot to give an explanation for sleek America.” — USA Today

while the US entered international warfare II in 1941, we confronted an enemy that had banned and burned a hundred million books. Outraged librarians introduced a crusade to ship unfastened books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the warfare division and the publishing stepped in with a unprecedented program: 120 million small, light-weight paperbacks for troops to hold of their wallet and rucksacks in each theater of conflict. those Armed prone versions have been liked via the troops and are nonetheless fondly remembered this present day. infantrymen learn them whereas ready to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the middle of battles within the Pacific, in box hospitals, and on lengthy bombing flights. They helped rescue The nice Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, writer of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a countrywide icon. When Books Went to War is the inspiring tale of the Armed companies versions, and a treasure for heritage buffs and booklet fanatics alike.

“A completely attractive, enlightening, and infrequently uplifting account . . . i used to be enthralled and moved.” — Tim O’Brien, writer of The issues They Carried

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Poltava 1709: Russia Comes of Age (Campaign, Volume 34)

By Angus Konstam

Osprey's exam of the conflict of Poltava (1709), which marked the loss of life of Sweden as a eu nice strength and the increase of Russia. In 1707, the likely invincible Charles XII led his military deep into Russia. It was once to turn out his undoing - the lengthy march eroded the battling power of the invaders; an important provide convoy used to be misplaced; and the wintry weather of 1708/9 was once the worst in dwelling reminiscence. Drawing upon basic resource fabric formerly unseen within the west, Angus Konstam recounts the occasions, taking a look specifically at how this conflict ended in the destruction of the Swedish Army.

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Bomb Hunters: Life and Death Stories with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit in Afghanistan

By Sean Rayment

The Sunday instances Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- sizzling, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face loss of life each day within the most threatening zone in the world -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive equipment -- the IED -- the lethal home made bombs planted through the Taliban. demanding to discover and simple to set off, an anticipated 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the area. IEDs are actually the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill region, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago yr the casualty price has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs sooner than they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural good fortune play an immense half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already noticeable -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to speedy demise. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and mud of Helmand Province as he meets those brave squaddies whereas they positioned their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a panoramic photo of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives each day, who dwell understanding the enemy watches their each circulation, watching for a weak point to teach itself, a trend in strategy to be exploited, or an blunders to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this is often as shiny and dramatic as struggle reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been as a consequence killed in motion. No punches could be pulled on what those males suppose concerning the conflict, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they care for the relentless strain of the task itself within the center of the world's such a lot opposed wrestle environment.

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The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

For readers of Sebastian Junger, Philip Gourevitch, and Dexter Filkins, Graeme Smith’s magnificent e-book is a uncooked, uncensored account of the conflict in Afghanistan from a tender reporter who for numerous years was once the single Western journalist courageous adequate to dwell full-time within the perilous southern region.

With a brand new foreword via the author,The canine are consuming Them now's a hugely own narrative of our battle in Afghanistan and the way it went dangerously fallacious. Written by way of a revered and fearless former international correspondent who has received a number of awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video sequence "Talking with the Taliban") it is a gripping account of recent battle that takes you into again alleys, cockpits, and prisons –telling tales that may have endangered his existence had he released this ebook whereas nonetheless operating as a journalist. Smith was once no longer easily embedded with the army: he operated independently and at nice own hazard to document from contained in the conflict, and the heroes of his tale are the translators, courses, and traditional voters who helped him locate the reality. They printed unhappy, absurd, touching tales that offer the most important to knowing why the undertaking did not convey peace and democracy.

From the corruption of legislation enforcement brokers and the tribal nature of the neighborhood strength constitution to the economics of the drug exchange and the widespread error of international troops, this can be the no-holds-barred tale from a number one specialist at the insurgency. Smith attracts on his unequalled compassion and a unprecedented skill to chop during the noise and spot the wider truths to offer us a daring and candid examine the Taliban's endured influence–and on the blunders, catastrophes, and supreme failure of the West's most sensible intentions. And with the yank retreat from Afghanistan in 2016 nonetheless some extent of competition, there hasn't ever been a extra pressing want for a accomplished and clever examine our struggle in Afghanistan.

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