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In Final Defense of the Reich: The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division
In Final Defense of the Reich
The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division "Nord"
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591147441
In April 1945, the US 71st Infantry Division conquered Germany's 6th SS Mountain Division. The author argues that this battle proves that Germany's final combat formations fought as fiercely as their predecessors and inflicted many casualties. The book details the actions of both the 6th SS Mountain Division and the US 71st Infantry Division from their beginnings through their final battle, from the perspectives of the soldiers and civilians involved on both sides, drawing on correspondence by soldiers and interviews with veterans. Illustrated with 30 b&w historical photos and 11 maps, the work includes a glossary of terms and equipment as well as an appendix on order of battle. An extensive bibliography lists books, unpublished and privately published manuscripts, magazines and newspapers, and official reports and government publications. Rusiecki is dean of academics and deputy commandant of the US Army Inspector General School at Fort Belvoir, VA. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Agent Zigzag
A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307353400
A gripping portrait of the ultimate double agent draws on recently declassified documents to recount the remarkable exploits of the enigmatic Eddie Chapman, Agent Zigzag, a criminal, con man, and philanderer trained by the Nazis as a spy who became a British agent at the heart of the German Secret Service. 50,000 first printing.
The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria
The Swan King
Ludwig II of Bavaria
Paperback      ISBN: 1860648924
The biography of one of the most enigmatic figures of the 19th century. Touched by a rare, imaginative genius, Ludwig II of Bavaria is remembered for his patronage of Richard Wagner and for the fabulous palaces which he created as part of a dream-world to escape the responsibilities of state.
Eichmann And the Holocaust
Eichmann And the Holocaust
Paperback      ISBN: 0143037609
The perfect books for the true book lover, PenguinÂ's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historyÂ's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmakerÂ's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.
The Hitler of History
The Hitler of History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679446494
By examining the more than one hundred biographies of Adolf Hitler and their authors, a historian reassesses the reality of Hitler's life and his place in the history of the twentieth century and of the world. 10,000 first printing. History Bk Club. Reader's Subscription Bk Club.
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
The Wages of Destruction
The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
Paperback      ISBN: 0143113208
An accessible portrait of the Nazi war machine and its downfall traces the pivotal role of economics in every aspect of Nazi power, Hitler's views about the potential of a European force strong enough to take on America, and the shortcomings of Hitler's armies. Reprint.
42CM "Big Bertha" and German Siege Artillery of World War I
Paperback      ISBN: 1780960174
Big Bertha, Germany's World War I top secret mobile artillery piece, easily destroyed French and Belgian forts, helping set the stage for trench warfare. In the first days of World War I, Germany unveiled a new weapon - the mobile 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Gerät howitzer. At the time, it was the largest artillery piece of its kind in the world and a closely guarded secret. When war broke out, two of the howitzers were rushed directly from the factory to Liege where they quickly destroyed two forts and compelled the fortress to surrender. After repeat performances at Namur, Maubeuge and Antwerp, German soldiers christened the howitzers 'Grosse' or 'Dicke Berta' (Fat or Big Bertha) after Bertha von Krupp, owner of the Krupp armament works that built the howitzers. The nickname was soon picked up by German press which triumphed the 42cm howitzers as Wunderwaffe (wonder weapons), and the legend of Big Bertha was born. To the Allies, the existence of the howitzers came as a complete surprise and the sudden fall of the Belgian fortresses spawned rumors and misinformation, adding to the 42cm howitzer's mythology. In reality, 'Big Bertha" was but the last in a series of large-caliber siege guns designed by the German Army for the purpose of destroying concrete fortifications. It was also only one of two types of 42cm calibre howitzers built for the army by Krupp and only a small part of the siege artillery available to the German Army at the outset of the war. Such were the successes of the German siege guns that both the French and British Armies decided to field their own heavy siege guns and, after the German guns handily destroyed Russian forts during the German offensives in the east in 1915, the French Army abandoned their forts. However, by 1916, as the war settled into a stalemate, the effectiveness of the siege guns diminished until, by war's end, 'Big Bertha' and the other siege guns were themselves outmoded. This book details the design and development of German siege guns before and during World War I, to include four models of 30.5cm mortars, two versions of 28cm howitzers, and two types of 42cm howitzers (including 'Big Bertha'); in total, eight different types of siege guns. Accompanying the text are many rare, never before published, photographs of 'Big Bertha' and the other German siege guns. Colour illustrations depict the most important aspects of the German siege artillery.
Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Film and Fame
Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Film and Fame
Hardcover      ISBN: 1620877279
Describes how Hitler, who considered himself an artist, blended politics and culture and created a Nazi version of Hollywood that churned out films amidst scandals, starlets and secret agents and brought to prominence actress and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. 10,000 first printing.
The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.s. Army Defeated It
The Axmann Conspiracy
The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.s. Army Defeated It
Paperback      ISBN: 0425253686
Describes the true story of how a member of Hitler's inner circle, Artur Axmann, evaded capture and attempted to reestablish the Nazi party after World War II, but was thwarted by the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps.
Einstein's Berlin: In the Footsteps of a Genius
Einstein's Berlin
In the Footsteps of a Genius
Paperback      ISBN: 1421410400
Lured by a top academic position sponsored by the Prussian Academy of Sciences, Albert Einstein moved from Zurich to Berlin in 1914 and lived there until 1932, just weeks before Hitler became chancellor of Germany. During this fraught economic and political time, Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, gained worldwide fame, supported democratic, socialist, pacifist, and Zionist causes, and withstood the growing ire of ultranationalists. Naturally, he became entwined in a network of people and places throughout the city. With a foreword by Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, Einstein's Berlin combines narrative, maps, and period photographs to tell this story in the form of a sophisticated, annotated city guide, allowing readers and travelers to follow the physicist’s footsteps throughout Berlin. Dieter Hoffmann conveys how Einstein’s life and work were linked to the scientific and social life of the city and inspires the reader to explore the places where he made his mark.