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Author : Andrew W. Field
ISBN : 1848847947
Genre : History
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The story of the Battle of Waterloo – of the ultimate defeat of Napoleon and the French, the triumph of Wellington, Blücher and their allied armies - is most often told from the viewpoint of the victors, not the vanquished. Even after 200 years of intensive research and the publication of hundreds of books and articles on the battle, the French perspective and many of the primary French sources are under-represented in the written record. So it is high time this weakness in the literature – and in our understanding of the battle – was addressed, and that is the purpose of Andrew Field's thought-provoking new study. He has tracked down over ninety first-hand French accounts, most of which have never been previously published in English, and he has combined them with accounts from the other participants in order to create a graphic new narrative of one of the world's decisive battles. Virtually all of the hitherto unpublished testimony provides fascinating new detail on the battle and many of the accounts are vivid, revealing and exciting.

Unearthing Churchill S Secret Army

Author : John Grehan
ISBN : 9781783376643
Genre : History
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The Special Operations Executive was one of the most secretive organizations of the Second World War. The fate, of many of its agents was not revealed to the general public other than the bare details carved with pride upon the headstones and memorials of those courageous individuals. These are stories of bravery and betrayal, incompetence and misfortune, of brutal torture and ultimately death.

Agents Fran Aises

Author : Bernard O'Connor
ISBN : 9781326703288
Genre : History
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Between 1942 and 1944, at least 36 French women were recruited by British, French, Soviet and American intelligence agencies, trained as organisers, wireless operators, couriers and saboteurs and infiltrated into France by boat or plane from Britain and Algeria on special missions to help the French Resistance in their attempt to liberate their country. This books tells the stories of Anatole', Francine Fromont, Yvonne Rudellat, Andree Borrel, Odette Sansom, Marie-Therese le Chene, 'Angela', Marguerite Petitjean, Jeannette Guyot, Daniele Redde, Madeleine Damerment, Jeanne Bohec, Denise Bloch, Francoise Agazarian, Yvonne Fontaine, Alix d'Unienville, Suzanne Mertzisen, Marie-Louise Cloarec, Pierrette Louin, Eugenie Djendi, Marcelle Somers, Julienne Aisner, Madeleine Lavigne, Ginette Jullian, Germaine Heim, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, Josianne Somers, Evelyne Clopet, Suzanne Pax-Colombas, Denise Colin, Eugenie Gruner, Cecile Pichard, Elisabeth Torlet, Marguerite Giannello, Aimee Corge and Michele de Ducla."

Raf And The Soe

Author : John Barry Grehan
ISBN : 9781473894150
Genre : History
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The Special Operations Executive developed a vast network of agents across Occupied Europe which played a vital role in developing and sustaining Resistance movements that persistently sought to subvert German control of their territories. The culmination of their efforts was seen when the Allied armies landed at Normandy in June 1944, with the SOE and the Resistance causing widespread destruction and disruption behind the German lines. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the Royal Air Force. Not only the RAF supply the SOE, and the movements it led and coordinated, with the thousands of tons of arms and equipment needed to undertake this role, it also delivered and retrieved agents from under the very noses of the enemy. Compiled at the end of the war by the Air Historical Branch of the RAF, this is an extremely detailed and comprehensive account of the RAF’s support for the SOE, and in it we learn of the enormous and complex arrangements undertaken by the Special Duties squadrons as well as showing how the material delivered by these aircraft was used in the field. This account is reproduced here in its entirety, along with a detailed appendix containing the official historical record of Bomber Command aircrews and aircraft engaged in clandestine operations. Taken together, this book represents the most comprehensive account of the RAF’s support for SOE ever published.

Churchill S Secret Warriors

Author : Damien Lewis
ISBN : 9781848668546
Genre : History
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One of the most remarkable stories in the history of Special Forces' operations - Daily Express In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death. Churchill's Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of 'freelance pirates', undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare. Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers' brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit's earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.

Operaciones Especiales De La Segunda Guerra Mundial

Author : Manuel J. Prieto
ISBN : 9788490607633
Genre : History
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Durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial no solo acontecieron grandes batallas protagonizadas por los ejércitos aliados y del Eje, sino que también hubo un espacio reservado para otra forma de combatir, para los engaños en los que primó el ingenio, para las guerrillas en territorio hostil, en definitiva, para las denominadas operaciones especiales. Esta obra, escrita con una combinación de rigurosidad y amenidad, permitirá al lector adentrarse en los grandes hitos bélicos de aquellos hombres que en la sombra y tras las líneas enemigas en Europa, África o el Pacífico, fueron capaces de cambiar el curso del conflicto que marcó a fuego el pasado siglo XX. Una auténtica visión de la guerra total.

Stopping Hitler

Author : John Grehan
ISBN : 1473895529
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After the unprecedented death and devastation of the First World War, few people imagined that such a conflict could ever happen again. Though the belief that it was the war to end war was to be shattered within a generation, in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, it was expected that international disputes could be settled by arbitration through the creation of League of Nations. Consequently, the British Government concluded that there would not be another war for a least ten years and therefore the country s armed forces could be correspondingly scaled back. The rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s, however, prompted politicians and generals to contemplate the frightening prospect of another world war. The Chiefs of Staff of the three Defence Services were instructed to bring Britain s armed forces up to a standard where they could resist a revitalized and powerful aggressor, and to put in place plans for the defense of the country. When that war became a reality, the Chiefs of Staff then had to devise schemes to prevent a German invasion and, as the war progressed, to counter the bombers of the Luftwaffe and the flying bombs and rockets that followed. Reproduced here in their entirety, are the previously classified plans and reports of the Chiefs of Staff from 1933 to the end of the war. These are the real reports compiled by the men in whose hands lay the fate of the United Kingdom in its darkest hours."

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