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The Hero from Nithdale Station - The Remarkable True-Life Story of Major Charles W.H. Tripp - 'the Boss' (Paperback):... The Hero from Nithdale Station - The Remarkable True-Life Story of Major Charles W.H. Tripp - 'the Boss' (Paperback)
Dick Tripp
R169 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R24 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Hurricane Over the Jungle - 120 Days Fighting the Japanese Onslaught in 1942 (Paperback, New edition): Terence Kelly Hurricane Over the Jungle - 120 Days Fighting the Japanese Onslaught in 1942 (Paperback, New edition)
Terence Kelly
R309 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R61 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the author's personal account of how the 22 pilots of No 258 Squadron RAF left Scotland in late October 1941 until 120 days later when all those who had not been killed became prisoners of the Japanese. The story takes us to the final defence of Singapore and then on to Sumatra and Java where the author recaptures the atmosphere of the bitter aerial engagements with the Japanese enemy and the hostile jungle terrain over which they fought.

On the Roads of War - A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front (Hardcover, New): Ivan Yakushin On the Roads of War - A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front (Hardcover, New)
Ivan Yakushin
R467 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R104 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ivan Yakushin survived the Siege of Leningrad, fought at the Battle of Kursk and pursued the retreating German army through Russia, Belorussia, Poland and into Germany itself. His vivid recollections of his experiences as an artillery man, then a cavalry officer on the Eastern Front that are at the heart of this rare memoir. He describes what combat was actually like for ordinary Soviet soldiers, and his detailed, first-hand record of cavalry operations during this highly mechanized war gives his book its special value.

Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy - The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent (Paperback, New edition): Patrick... Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy - The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent (Paperback, New edition)
Patrick Dalzel-Job
R302 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R62 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Very few men have a more exciting and dramatic story of their wartime activities to tell than Patrick Dalzel-Job. In 1940 using his special knowledge of North Norway's coast line he landed and moved over 10,000 Allied soldiers in local boats without the loss of a single life. Acting against specific orders he evacuated civilians from Narvik just before it was bombed - only the King of Norway's intervention halted his court martial. Thereafter his many adventures included spying on enemy shipping and operating behind the lines in France and Germany with Ian Fleming's special force unit '30AU'. As soon as he could, he returned to Norway to seek out the girl he had fallen in love with in 1940. After surviving more hazards, they were re-united, married and lived together in Scotland until her death.

F.S.P. - an N.C.O.'s Description of His and Others' First Six Months of War January 1st - June 1st 1940 (Paperback,... F.S.P. - an N.C.O.'s Description of His and Others' First Six Months of War January 1st - June 1st 1940 (Paperback, New edition)
Arthur Gwynn-Browne; Edited by N.H. Reeve
R189 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R34 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Back in print after 50 years, this book was the first written chronicle of the evacuation of Dunkirk published by a participant. Written in a modernist style reminiscent of Gertrude Stein, it has been hailed as a unique piece of battle literature. Absorbing, affecting, and often humorous, the account juxtaposes the terrifying aerial bombardment on the beach at Dunkirk with the surreal calm of the England to which the survivors returned. Additional material includes excerpts from Gwyne-Brown's proposal for a book about the London Blitz.

Winter Time - Memoirs of a German Sinto Who Survived Auschwitz (Paperback, New): Walter Winter Winter Time - Memoirs of a German Sinto Who Survived Auschwitz (Paperback, New)
Walter Winter; Translated by Struan Robertson
R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This rare account from a survivor of Gypsy concentration camps during World War II relates how German Sinto Walter Winter was discharged from the German navy in 1943 on racial grounds and was deported to Auschwitz with his brother and sister. The atrocities he witnessed, including the death of his wife and unborn child, are told in stark, unflinching detail. As well as reporting horrific persecutions, Winter recalls moments of personal bravery in which he beat up an SS guard and confronted the notorious Dr. Mengele to request extra rations for starving Sinti children on his block. As the Gypsy culture is generally predisposed not to dwell on the past, this memoir tells a rare story infused with a quiet hopefulness that suggests Winter retained his spirit, courage, and sense of fairness in the face of unspeakable cruelty.

Wake Island Pilot - A World War II Memoir (Paperback): James M. McCaffrey Wake Island Pilot - A World War II Memoir (Paperback)
James M. McCaffrey
R142 R109 Discovery Miles 1 090 Save R33 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Wake Island Pilot" is the story of John F. Kinney - hero, POW escapee, and aviation pioneer. It contains the first full-length account of a successful escape by a Marine captured in one of the great battles of World War II. Within hours of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese struck the small U.S. garrison on Wake Island. As his squadron's engineering officer, young pilot John F. Kinney used all his considerable ingenuity to oversee the cannibalization of crippled planes for spare parts when he himself was not in the air fighting off the Japanese assault. His gallant efforts helped enable the desperate Marine and Navy defenders to hold out for an incredible two weeks, a truly epic struggle. After the island's inevitable surrender, Kinney was a Japanese prisoner in China for the next three and a half years. During this time, he put his amazingly inventive mechanical skills to work, creating from scratch numerous items, including a radio, to improve his fellow POWs' situation. Toward the end of the war, Kinney escaped from a prison train and, with the assistance of both Nationalist and Communist Chinese troops, made his way to an American airfield. He was thus one of the few Americans to escape from Japanese captivity outside the Philippines. General Kinney's subsequent Marine Corps career was equally distinguished: He flew fighters in the Korean War and helped develop the classic A4-D Skyhawk.

Caught in a Cam Net (Paperback): Tom Hamilton Caught in a Cam Net (Paperback)
Tom Hamilton
R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Every Hussar who has served could write a book about their experiences in the Army. Experiences that were good and some that were bad. Each book would be different. This book brings together the experiences of some of the soldiers and officers in the Queen's Own Hussars, the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars and the Queen's Royal Hussars. The book includes stories about beetles and goldfish, booze and bravery, Poland, Soltau and some of the operations that the Regiment has taken part in. There are articles of historical detail and anecdotes about parades and pretty girls in bubble baths, the secrets of Mr Vice and the dangers of tunnel rugby. Something for everyone.

Into the Valley - Marines at Guadalcanal (Paperback): John Hersey Into the Valley - Marines at Guadalcanal (Paperback)
John Hersey
R240 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R47 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

John Hersey was a correspondent for Time and Life magazines when in 1942 he was sent to cover Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands in the Western Pacific. While there, Hersey observed a small battle upon which Into the Valley is based. While the battle itself was not of great significance, Hersey gives insightful details concerning the jungle environment, recounts conversations among the men before, during, and after battle, and describes how the wounded were evacuated as well as other works of daily heroism. John Hersey wrote several non-fiction books and numerous novels, including A Bell for Adano, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919 (Paperback): Francis MacKay Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919 (Paperback)
Francis MacKay
R306 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R62 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The guide describes the ground and operations covered by the British, French and US Expeditionary Forces deployed from France to the area North of Venice between November 1917 and Spring 1919. These Forces supported the Italians after their disastrous defeat at Caporetto and helped stem the Austrian and German onslaught.This is the first guide to the Allied contribution and the Piave Defence line. The guide also covers the rear areas - supply and repair services, training and recreation. It also describes the movement to Italy and subsequent service and care of the 16,000 British and 20,000 French horses and mules.

To End All Wars - A True Story about the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive (Paperback, Film Tie-in Ed): Ernest Gordon To End All Wars - A True Story about the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive (Paperback, Film Tie-in Ed)
Ernest Gordon
R247 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R47 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The best-selling classic of the power of love and forgiveness in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

Forbidden Family - A Wartime Memoir of the Philippines, 1941-45 (Paperback): Forbidden Family - A Wartime Memoir of the Philippines, 1941-45 (Paperback)
R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Written just five years after the end of World War II, this is Margaret Sams s moving testimony of life in a Japanese internment camp the can of Spam hoarded for Christmas dinner, the clandestine radio hidden in her sewing kit, the beheading of other prisoners for transgressions. With her husband held elsewhere as a prisoner of war and with a small son to protect, Margaret broke the rules both of society and of her captors to fall in love and bear a child with a kind and daring fellow internee, Jerry Sams."

Blackouts to Bright Lights - Canadian War Brides Stories (Paperback, New): Barbara Ladouceur, Phyllis Spence Blackouts to Bright Lights - Canadian War Brides Stories (Paperback, New)
Barbara Ladouceur, Phyllis Spence
R402 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R147 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this bestseller, thirty-six Canadian war brides recount their early lives, their involvement in wartime duties, the magical/funny moments when they met their Canadian husbands-to-be and their journeys from Britain to Canada. The stories convey courage and humour: qualities that carried the war brides through the difficult war years and that contribute to lively reading today. Includes fifty photos.

Acceptable Loss (Paperback, Reissue): Kregg P.J. Jorgenson Acceptable Loss (Paperback, Reissue)
Kregg P.J. Jorgenson
R172 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R11 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The true-to-life story of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue Team in the Air Cavalry, racing to the aid of soldiers who faced the same dangers he had barely survived in the jungles of Vietnam. Whether enduring NVA sniper attacks, surviving & quot; friendly& quot; fire, or landing in hot LZs, Jorgenson discovered that in Vietnam you never knew whether you were paranoid or just painfully aware of the possibilities.

John F. Kennedy and PT-109 (Paperback): Richard Tregaskis John F. Kennedy and PT-109 (Paperback)
Richard Tregaskis
R229 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R43 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the bestselling author of Guadalcanal Diary: The thrilling true story of the future president's astonishing act of heroism during World War II. In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, US Navy motor torpedo boat PT-109 patrolled the still, black waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands. Suddenly, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri loomed out of the darkness, bearing directly down on the smaller ship. There was no time to get out of the way-the destroyer crashed into PT-109, slicing the mosquito boat in two and setting the shark-infested waters aflame with burning gasoline. Ten surviving crewmembers and their young skipper clung to the wreckage, their odds of survival growing slimmer by the instant. Lt. John F. Kennedy's first command was an unqualified disaster. Yet over the next three days, the privileged son of a Boston multimillionaire displayed extraordinary courage, stamina, and leadership as he risked his life to shepherd his crew to safety and coordinate a daring rescue mission deep in enemy territory. Lieutenant Kennedy earned a Navy and Marine Corps Medal and a Purple Heart, and the story of PT-109 captured the public's imagination and helped propel the battle-tested veteran all the way to the White House. Acclaimed war correspondent Richard Tregaskis-who once beat out the future president for a spot on the Harvard University swim team-brings this remarkable chapter in American history to vivid life in John F. Kennedy and PT-109. From the crucial role torpedo boats played in the fight for the Solomon Islands to Kennedy's eager return to the front lines at the helm of PT-59, Tregaskis tells the full story of this legendary incident with the same riveting style and meticulous attention to detail he brought to Guadalcanal Diary and Invasion Diary. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard Tregaskis including rare images from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.

Two Slices of Bread - Interned in a Japanese concentration camp-then finding peace at last... at the bottom of the world.... Two Slices of Bread - Interned in a Japanese concentration camp-then finding peace at last... at the bottom of the world. (Paperback)
Ingrid Coles
R280 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R35 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Flying in Father's Slipstream - Leaves from Our Flying Logbooks 1929-2010 (Paperback): Tom Eeles Flying in Father's Slipstream - Leaves from Our Flying Logbooks 1929-2010 (Paperback)
Tom Eeles
R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Harry and Tom Eeles both served in the Royal Air Force as pilots over the time span of 1929 to 2010, eighty years of the Royal Air Force's one hundred year's existence. Joining the adolescent Royal Air Force from an unlikely background, Harry Eeles had a varied and interesting career as a fighter pilot, aide-de- camp, weapons instructor, Battle of Britain fighter squadron commander, numerous high profile staff and command appointments including two years working for Chief of Air Staff and four years as Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Tom Eeles followed his father into the Royal Air Force and had a wide range of operational and instructional flying tours, including embarked time on an aircraft carrier with the Fleet Air Arm, a tour as the Royal Air Force's chief examiner of instructional flying and command of a large flying training base. Royal Air Force pilots are required to record all their flying in a logbook. During his research the author, whilst looking through his father's flying logbooks, was struck by some of the entries, which seemed to have an interesting story behind them. He has chosen a selection of flights from both his father's and his own flying logbooks and has elaborated on what was originally a simple one-line entry, recording just the date, type of aircraft and duty undertaken, into a full description of the personal and technical issues associated with each individual flight. Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen, who joined the Royal Air Force at the same time as the author at Cranwell in 1960, has written the foreword. His father was Harry Eeles's first flying instructor at Cranwell in 1929, thus neatly completing the link between the past and the present. Flying in Father's Slipstream is a book of great historical, technical and human interest.

The Final Mission Of Extortion 17 - Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in... The Final Mission Of Extortion 17 - Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in Afghanistan (Hardcover)
Ed Darack
R480 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R99 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Child who Fell from the Sky (Paperback): Stephan Chadwick The Child who Fell from the Sky (Paperback)
Stephan Chadwick
R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Untold secrets of a post-war childhood. A true story of a child born in war-torn London soon after the Second World War whose early memories are of the care and security given to him by his grandmother and a guardian angel who watches over him. At six he finds out a devastating secret that changes his life. He withdraws into his own world, searching for understanding and meaning. Isolated from his family and children of his own age he turns to his angel for love and guidance but even she cannot save him from what is to come. Unable to read and write he joins a gang and at fourteen finds himself before the courts for the first time.

First with the News (Paperback): Michael Evans First with the News (Paperback)
Michael Evans
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
They Called It Naked Fanny - Helicopter Rescue Missions During the Early Years of the Vietnam War (Paperback): Scott Harrington They Called It Naked Fanny - Helicopter Rescue Missions During the Early Years of the Vietnam War (Paperback)
Scott Harrington
R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Fighting for Queen and Country - One Man's True Story of Blood and Violence in the Paras and the SAS (Paperback): Nigel Ely Fighting for Queen and Country - One Man's True Story of Blood and Violence in the Paras and the SAS (Paperback)
Nigel Ely
R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Red Cloud - Oglala Legend (Paperback): John D. McDermott Red Cloud - Oglala Legend (Paperback)
John D. McDermott
R283 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R18 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A celebrated warrior who led his people to victory on the battlefield, Red Cloud was also a skilled diplomat who transitioned the Oglala Sioux to reservation life. In Red Cloud: Oglala Legend, John D. McDermott examines Red Cloud's early years, his rise to prominence, and his struggle to protect his people from cultural domination. McDermott goes beyond Red Cloud's War to focus on the Oglala chief's time as a statesman. Chronicling the chief's diplomatic trips to the United States capital, the author examines the changes in Red Cloud's vision of armed resistance and his long-term strategy for maintaining Oglala life and culture. Through negotiation, passive resistance, and selective integration, Red Cloud worked to defend his people's interests in the face of change. As the only American Indian leader to win a war against the United States Army, Red Cloud is a larger-than-life figure in the history of the West. McDermott adds new layers to the story of the chief, illuminating his early youth and worldview through little-used sources. Red Cloud: Oglala Legend is the fourth book in the South Dakota Biography Series, which highlights some of the state's most famous residents.

A Shy and Simple Warrior (Paperback): R. H. Parr A Shy and Simple Warrior (Paperback)
R. H. Parr
R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An inspiring account of struggle, survival and coping with life during the early twentieth century...Two sailors sit astride camels at the Pyramids, on leave from guarding Suez against attack in 1914. Crewmen scramble from the flooded engine room of their cruiser 'Warrior' as it sinks at the Battle of Jutland. British warships shell Bolshevik troops in Estonia in 1919. The Royal Navy visits Japan in 1928 to celebrate Hirohito's Coronation. Excited Plymouth children, blitzed out of their school, watch an American soldier's lasso tricks just before D-Day.This biography of a sailor, George Lancaster, views a half-century of history from his novel perspectives. George experienced world wars, revolutions, sectarian atrocities and the Great Depression. Serving in the Royal Navy across the globe, he witnessed British imperial display and decline, and saw civil conflict in countries - Russia, Turkey and China - where nationalist movements were filling the void created by the collapse of empires.

Intake 131 - Memoirs of a Rhodesian Army Cadet (Paperback): Sandy Sanderson Intake 131 - Memoirs of a Rhodesian Army Cadet (Paperback)
Sandy Sanderson
R345 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R113 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 1973, Sandy Sanderson attended School of Infantry in Gwelo, in what was then central Rhodesia, for officer training. Now, more than 40 years on, he has written a book based on the diary he kept. The result is a frank, detailed and sometimes humorous account of the training as it happened. The book will be intriguing to people from all parts of the world with an interest in the military. In June 1977, Time magazine commented, "Man for man, the Rhodesian Army ranks amongst the world's finest fighting units". If this were true the training must surely have contributed. Recruits were trained by some of the toughest and most experienced military instructors in the world, all of whom possessed a varied, if profane, vocabulary. As Sandy put it, "Any Rhodesian drill instructor could string a sentence together consisting entirely of expletives, apart from the odd indefinite article, and make perfect sense". In spite of this they were hugely respected and their expertise undoubtedly saved many lives.

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