Hitler's Arctic War: The German Campaigns in Norway, Finland and the USSR 1940-1945 [EPUB]
12 April 2018, 13:08
2017 | EPUB | 25.66MB
ĎIn the past the German General Staff had taken no interest in the military history of wars in the north and east of Europe. Nobody had ever taken into account the possibility that some day German divisions would have to fight and to winter in northern Karelia and on the Murmansk coast.í (Lieutenant-General Waldemar Erfurth, German Army). Despite this statement, the German Armyís first campaign in the far north was a great success: between April and June 1940 German forces totaling less than 20,000 men seized Norway, a state of three million people, for minimal losses. Hitlerís Arctic War is a study of the campaign waged by the Germans on the northern periphery of Europe between 1940 and 1945.
As Hitlerís Arctic War makes clear, the emphasis was on small-unit actions, with soldiers carrying everything they needed Ė food, ammunition and medical supplies Ė on their backs. The terrain placed limitations on the use of tanks and heavy artillery, while lack of airfields restricted the employment of aircraft.
Hitlerís Arctic War also includes a chapter on the campaign fought by Luftwaffe aircraft and Kriegsmarine ships and submarines against the Allied convoys supplying the Soviet Union with aid. However, Wehrmacht resources committed to Norway and Finland were ultimately an unnecessary drain on the German war effort. Hitlerís Arctic War is a groundbreaking study of how war was waged in the far north and its effects on German strategy.
Hitlerís Propaganda Pilgrimage [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:39
2015 | EPUB | 19.21MB
The famous image of Hitler in Paris has become one of the most iconic images of the Second World War. However, Hitler only spent a few hours in Paris before heading to Flanders to revisit the sites of the battlefields where he had served during the Great War. He was on a propaganda mission to publicize his own war service and a full photographic record of Hitlerís visits to France and Flanders was produced by Heinrich Hoffman, Hitlerís personal photographer. Those photographs from 1940 have now been collected together for the first time and are reproduced here along with all of the most important surviving images of Hitler in the Great War.
Featuring rare and previously unpublished images of Hitler in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1940, this important photographic study documents a vital but often overlooked chapter in the story of Adolf Hitler.
Dropping Britainís First H-Bomb: Story of Operation Grapple 1957 [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:38
2008 | EPUB | 37.96MB
On 15 May 1957 Vickers Valiant V-Bomber X.D.818 under the command of Wg. Cdr. Kenneth Hubbard, O.C. 49 Squadron R.A.F., dropped Britainís first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the resolve and the capability to protect her own democracy and that of her Commonwealth. It was a major breakthrough that ensured Britain maintained her place in the most senior influential positions of the United Nations and other corridors of world power, and in the ensuing years provide Britainís deterrent throughout the decades of the Cold War.
The theme of this book is to explain how the R.A.F. selected and trained the crews who would be responsible for the precision dropping of the several weapons that would detonate during Grapple. It also provides a complete background to the parts played by all other services during this unique period in British history.