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Lost in a Labyrinth of Red Tape (Paperback, Translated ed.): Armin Schmid, Renate Schmid Lost in a Labyrinth of Red Tape (Paperback, Translated ed.)
Armin Schmid, Renate Schmid; Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo; Foreword by Wolfgang Benz
R358 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R29 (8%) Special order

Fewer than half of all the German Jews, who were discriminated against, persecuted, and eventually murdered by the Nazis, were able to save themselves by fleeing abroad. Sadly, a large number, deeply rooted in German culture, were unwilling or unable to emigrate; after ""Kristallnacht"", the pogrom of 1938, the bureaucratic and financial obstacles to emigration became nearly insurmountable. This is the story of one family's desperate attempts to emigrate from Hitler's Germany. The Fruhaufs experienced endless bureaucratic chicanery and faced enormous difficulties with the German and foreign authorities and government agencies in their efforts to take advantage of matriarch Hilda Fruhauf's us citizenship. At the mercy of the greed of various agencies and shippers, they became more and more entangled in ""a labyrinth of red tape"". The Fruhaufs' daughter was forced into hiding in 1943, fleeing from the Nazis to Belgium, where she was given protection by the Resistance. Miraculously, she survived. The remaining members of her immediate family were unable to secure permission to emigrate, and were killed by the Nazis. This story, first published in Germany as part of S. Fischer Verlag's Lebensbilder (Portraits of Jewish Lives) series, is an account of a family fighting desperately for their lives and a testament to their courage and fortitude. Armin Schmid was born in Munich in 1926. His essays and articles have appeared in various journals and newspapers. Renate Schmid was born in Schweinfurt, Germany in 1925, and has worked in journalism and as an editor. The Schmids have collaborated on five works of non-fiction. Margot Bettauer Dembo is an editor with the American Museum of Natural History who has translated works by Robert Gernhardt, Herta M!ller, and Hans-Joachim Maaz. Wolfgang Benz is the Director of The Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism in Berlin. This book is intended for students and researchers in 20th-century German history and Holocaust studies.

The Diamond Dakota Mystery (Paperback): Juliet Wills The Diamond Dakota Mystery (Paperback)
Juliet Wills
R430 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R41 (10%) Special order

This extraordinary true tale follows the disappearance of more than 20 million dollars worth of precious diamonds during World War II. In 1942, as the Japanese army advanced on Java, two wealthy businessmen entrusted a Russian aviator, Captain Ivan Smirnoff, with a small, mysteriously-unmarked package, to be delivered to a businessman in Sydney. The plane was attacked during a Japanese air raid and under heavy fire, but Smirnoff miraculously landed the badly damaged plane on an isolated beach on Java's far northwest coast. A few weeks later, Jack Palmer stumbled across the lost package--containing precious diamonds--among the plane's wreckage. Nicknamed "Diamond Jack," Palmer and two others were charged with theft of the diamonds. This true adventure follows the diamonds as they are lost, found, and lost again.

Remembering the Good War - Minnesota's Greatest Generation (Hardcover): Thomas Saylor Remembering the Good War - Minnesota's Greatest Generation (Hardcover)
Thomas Saylor
R550 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R115 (21%) Special order

Historian Thomas Saylor criss-crossed Minnesota gathering the colourful, heroic, and at times tragic stories of those who served at home and abroad in World War 2, this collection showcases the impact of landmark historical happenings on a diverse range of individuals -- real people whose lives were forever altered by world events.

The Last Stand of Fox Company - A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Bob Drury, Tom... The Last Stand of Fox Company - A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Bob Drury, Tom Clavin; Narrated by Michael Prichard
R457 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R99 (22%) Special order

November 1950, the Korean Peninsula. After General MacArthur ignores Mao's warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge in the Nangnim Mountains. It will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 246 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men are ordered to climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass. The Marines have no way of knowing that the ground they occupy--it is soon dubbed "Fox Hill"--is surrounded by 10,000 Chinese soldiers. As the sun sets on the hill, and the temperature plunges to thirty degrees below zero, Barber's men dig in for the night. At two in the morning they are awakened by the sound--bugles, whistles, cymbals, and drumbeats--of a massive assault by thousands of enemy infantry. The attack is just the first wave of four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill, during which Barber's beleaguered company clings to the high ground and allows the First Marine Division to battle south. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox Company's Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like the outfit will be overrun, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a force of 500 men on a daring mission that cuts a hole in the Chinese lines and relieves the men of Fox Company.
"The Last Stand of Fox Company" is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as "Guadalcanal Diary," "Pork Chop Hill," and "Black Hawk Down."

The Best Gallipoli Yarns and Forgotten Stories (Paperback): Jim Haynes The Best Gallipoli Yarns and Forgotten Stories (Paperback)
Jim Haynes
R463 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R94 (20%) Special order

They were shipped like sheep when the dawn was grey; And as the ships left Mudros Bay They squatted and perched where'er they could, And they laughed and swore as we knew they would. Knew they would- Knew they would; They laughed and swore as we knew they would. - Henry LawsonWhen 26,000 Anzac troops went ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, most were going into battle for the first time. These are their yarns, poems and recollections...their stories of recruitment, their memories of life in the trenches, their accounts of the fighting and their evocations of coming home. Here are the stories of Australian nurses tending the wounded, the Light Horsemen who had to leave their mounts in Egypt, and the strange bond between the Australians and their Turkish enemy.This is a collection full of poignancy, horror and sadness, as well as dry Aussie humour from one of Australia's most successful storytellers. It reminds us that Gallipoli was more than a military campaign. These are the forgotten stories and yarns that give heart to the Anzac legend.

Great ANZAC Stories - The Men and Women Who Created the Digger Legend (Paperback): Graham Seal Great ANZAC Stories - The Men and Women Who Created the Digger Legend (Paperback)
Graham Seal
R376 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R32 (9%) Special order

'These stories show the overwhelming blood and honour, heroism and horror that was the Australian experience on our cruellest shores.' - Peter FitzSimons'Accessible, short, often fresh tales capture the spirit and sentiment of Anzac.' - Roland PerryOver the years, the experiences of soldiers at war become the stuff of legend: tales of great bravery, battlefield wins, and also the tragic losses and poignant moments. Great Anzac Stories gathers iconic stories of Australians at war - on the front line and at home.Here we relive the horror of the first day on Gallipoli, acutely aware of what was to come. We admire the courage of the men who fought at Fromelles, the Rats of Tobruk, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and the secret submariners. We remember the nurses working in impossible conditions, support efforts on the home front, and some of the most daring men this country has ever produced.With larrikin episodes, grim jokes from the front, and dramatic eyewitness accounts, Great Anzac Stories includes many stories which haven't seen the light of day since wartime. It uncovers the distinctive character of the Australian digger, and the growth of the Anzac tradition over the years.

Young Digger (Paperback): Anthony Hill Young Digger (Paperback)
Anthony Hill
R513 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R109 (21%) Special order
PACIFIC WAR STORIES - In the Words of Those Who Survived (Hardcover, New): Rex Alan Smith, Gerald A. Meehl PACIFIC WAR STORIES - In the Words of Those Who Survived (Hardcover, New)
Rex Alan Smith, Gerald A. Meehl
R488 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R57 (12%) Special order

This is the most extensive collection published to date of first-person oral histories on so many diverse aspects of the war in the Pacific-told in gripping, eyewitness accounts by more than seventy veterans from all branches of service. In this new book by the authors of Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory of World War II in the Pacific, the history of the War in the Pacific comes vividly to life in the words of those who witnessed it first hand. The editors create for the reader, as the veterans themselves recall it, what that war was like-how it looked, felt, smelled, and sounded. The stories collected here are a unique portrayal of the mundane, exotic, boring, terrifying, life-altering events that made up their wartime experiences in World War II in the Pacific, a war fought on countless far-flung islands over an area that constitutes about one-third of the globe. What the veterans saw and lived through has stayed with them their entire lives, and much of it comes to the surface again through their vivid memories. This is an important book for military buffs as well as for the survivors of World War II and their families. The narratives, grouped into fifteen thematic, chronologically arranged chapters, are stirring, first-hand accounts, from front-line combat at the epicenter of violence and death to restless, weary boredom on rear area islands thousands of miles from the fighting. While their experiences differed, all were changed by what happened to them in the Pacific. These are not the stories of sweeping strategies or bold moves by generals and admirals. Instead, we hear from men and women on the lower rungs, including ordinary seamen on vessels that encountered Japanese warships and planes and sometimes came out second best, rank-and-file Marines who were in amtracs churning toward bullet-swept tropical beaches and saw their buddies killed beside them, and astounded eyewitnesses to the war's sudden start on December 7, 1941.

Free to Fight Again - RAF Escapes and Evasions 1940-1945 (Hardcover): Alan W. Cooper Free to Fight Again - RAF Escapes and Evasions 1940-1945 (Hardcover)
Alan W. Cooper
R770 R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Save R89 (12%) Special order

To survive baling out from a doomed aircraft or a crash-landing in enemy occupied territory certainly required a large element of luck. To then manage to return to Allied shores inevitably needed considerably more good fortune and often the assistance of local patriots and resistance workers.returncharacterreturncharacterThis book contains the amazing stories of over seventy such escapes, many first-hand accounts. It includes aircrew who found their way to freedom from Europe and places as far away as the Bay of Bengal. There are stories of hi-jacked aircraft, crossing crocodile infested swamps, evasion by camel and coffin, survival in the jungle and brushes with the Gestapo.

Discovering the Rommel Murder - The Life and Death of the Desert Fox (Paperback, Revised): Charles F. Marshall Discovering the Rommel Murder - The Life and Death of the Desert Fox (Paperback, Revised)
Charles F. Marshall
R412 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R38 (9%) Special order

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's heroic opposition to Hitler in 1944 cost him his life. In this intriguing, well-paced tale of a journalistic coup, Marshall, the first to discover the real events behind Rommel's death, tells how he learned the facts from Rommel's widow and delves into the great general's background and death. He arrived at his conclusions based on his intimate knowledge of men on Rommel's staff and his access to Rommel's papers, including letters from the general to his wife. Here, for the first time in paperback, is the exciting story of how the world learned about the way the "Desert Fox" met his death.

Colt Terry, Green Beret (Hardcover): Charles D Patton Colt Terry, Green Beret (Hardcover)
Charles D Patton
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Special order

The 10th Special Forces Group was the first of the Green Beret units. Its five hundred men, all Airborne and mostly Rangers, received extensive training in everything from specialized weapons to uncommon languages. Their primary mission was to train and lead indigenous guerrillas operating in enemy territory. Second Lieutenant Colt Terry, who had joined the 82nd Airborne in 1947, had already done this in Korea. As a volunteer in the 10th SFG, he carried on his service, working with the Montagnards in Vietnam and the Khmer in Cambodia. He fought at Pleiku, Duc Co, and Plei Me, and he ferried supplies and weapons on elephants into Cambodia. From his enlistment as a buck private in 1945 to his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1970, Terry served five tours in combat, trained guerrillas, and earned two combat infantry badges, a Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars. His experiences contributed to Special Forces' expertise in ambushes and killing techniques. Even as an officer, Terry never shied away from going deep into the jungle in search of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. He personally organized a successful effort to save hundreds of men in one of Special Forces' most critical A-team camps. As one of the original Green Berets, Terry helped set the standards by which these units have become known. Anyone who has ever wondered what the Green Berets were like during their first two decades will appreciate the riveting action and close-up detail of Terry's true-life story.

My War Against the Nazis - A Jewish Soldier with the Red Army (Paperback): Adam Broner My War Against the Nazis - A Jewish Soldier with the Red Army (Paperback)
Adam Broner; Foreword by Antony Polonsky
R508 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R52 (10%) Special order

In 1939, to escape Nazi occupation, 14-year-old Adam Broner and his older brother Sam left their home and family in Lodz, Poland, and made their way to the Soviet Union. Adam enlisted in the Red Army to join the fight against the Nazis, but was sent to work in a Siberian coal mine instead when his nationality was discovered. After a bold and daring escape from Siberia, Broner reached the Soviet Polish Kosciuszko Army, joined the struggle against the Nazis, participated in the liberation of Poland, and rode victorious into Berlin in 1945. He later learned that his parents, siblings (except Sam), and all other close relatives had perished during the war. Broner rebuilt his life, established a family, returned to Moscow for a degree in economics, and then went back to Poland, where he accepted a job in the Polish central planning agency. Eventually fed up with the growing anti-Semitism of the Communist government there, the author emigrated to the United States in 1969. He earned a doctorate from Princeton University and served as an economic adviser to New Jersey governors and the state legislature. In retirement, Broner learned portrait painting and reproduced the likenesses of his parents and siblings from memory, which are presented along with their biographies in this book. In recounting his struggle for survival during some of the most dramatic upheavals of the 20th century - the Great Depression, Nazism, World War II, and the spread of Communism in Central Europe - Broner reveals a life dedicated to the ultimate goal of freedom, which he achieved through a combination of arduous effort and fortunate circumstance.

Like Grass Before the Scythe - The Life and Death of Sgt. William Remmel, 121st New York Infantry (Hardcover): Robert Patrick... Like Grass Before the Scythe - The Life and Death of Sgt. William Remmel, 121st New York Infantry (Hardcover)
Robert Patrick Bender
R827 Discovery Miles 8 270 Special order

Uncommonly articulate letters from a young German-American soldier with the Union forces.
During a conflict that saw death visit many households in the land, this is the story of a young recruit's devotion to family and nation. William Remmel's letters cover more than two full years of service in the 121st New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, from August 1862 to October of 1864. They provide details on military and social history in the eastern theater of operations and on the experience of the homefront in upstate New York among a largely immigrant, working-class family and community. Like every other soldier in every other war, Remmel's experiences are both universal and unique. They are universal in his experience of boredom, privation, discomfort, and ultimately, obliteration. His circumstances were idiosyncratic in that he was an immigrant boy, serious, thoughtful, articulate, who represents a constituency of one.
Sergeant Remmel's unit (which was for a time commanded by Emory Upton, an important figure in the post-war army) was part of the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac. He was a German immigrant who had settled with his parents and family in far upstate New York. The author wrote in English and apparently his parents responded in German. Perhaps this cultural difference led Remmel to be particularly careful in his writing and to explain events with unusual precision.
In addition to the important material on an immigrant family's experience, Remmel also deals with the question of slavery, illness and hospital care (when he was wounded), the problem of hard war/total war, as well as the campaigns of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. He disappears, MIA, at the Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864. His family believed he died as a POW at Andersonville Prison, and they spent a good deal of time and effort vainly trying to determine his fate.

Battle Diary - From D-Day and Normandy to the Zuider Zee and VE (Paperback): Charles Cromwell Martin Battle Diary - From D-Day and Normandy to the Zuider Zee and VE (Paperback)
Charles Cromwell Martin; As told to Roy Whitsed
R329 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R60 (18%) Special order

A fast-paced account by a soldier who was twice decorated. Charlie Martin, company sergeant-major in the Queen's Own, was with his beloved A Company in all of the significant Normandy actions.

No Time to Mourn - The True Story of a Jewish Partisan Fighter (Paperback, New): Leon Kahn No Time to Mourn - The True Story of a Jewish Partisan Fighter (Paperback, New)
Leon Kahn
R394 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R77 (20%) Special order

Growing up Jewish in the little town, or shtetl, of Eisiskes near the Polish-Lithuanian border, Leon Kahn experienced a peaceful childhood until 1 September 1939 when Hitler's forces attacked Poland. Only sixteen years of age, Kahn watched as the women and children of his community were herded into a gravel pit and murdered. Realising that to stay meant certain death, Kahn tore off his yellow star of David identifying him as a Jew, and fled with his father, brother and sister to the Polish forests and the uncertain welcome of a few farmers who, at risk to their own lives, would offer temporary food and shelter. partisan fighters, composed of Russians from Siberia and Poles, who roamed the forests outside the towns in search of food and weapons. As a partisan fighter, Kahn was given professional guerrilla training and soon became an expert in blowing up German trains. The story of the partisan struggle is as engrossing as it is terrible, for Kahn describes in detail those uncertain times when one never knew who was friend, who was enemy. T and the American forces, one after the other, detained Kahn for a time as an enemy alien. Eventually, however, his search for freedom was successful: the memoir ends with his immigration to Canada in 1948 and his discovery in Vancouver that this is my home now.

Soldier Five - The Real Truth About The Bravo Two Zero Mission (Hardcover): Mike Coburn Soldier Five - The Real Truth About The Bravo Two Zero Mission (Hardcover)
Mike Coburn 2
R385 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R85 (22%) Special order

SOLDIER FIVE is an elite soldier's memoir of his time within the Special Air Service (SAS) and, in particular, his experiences during the Gulf War. As a member of the Special Forces patrol now famously known by its call sign Bravo Two Zero, he and seven others were inserted hundreds of kilometres behind enemy lines. Their mission was to reconnoitre targets, undertake surveillance of Scud missile sites and sabotage Iraqi communications links, but was to end in desperate failure.From the outset the patrol was dogged by problems that contributed both directly and indirectly to the demise of the mission. The patrol's compromise, and subsequent attempts to evade Iraqui troops, resulted in four members of Bravo Two Zero being captured and a further three killed. One escaped. But the story goes further than the Gulf War itself. Despite numerous books, films and articles on the same subject, the British Government has done its utmost to thwart the release of Soldier Five, at one stage claiming the book in its entirety was confidential. A campaign of harassment that took some four-and-a-half years of litigation to resolve has now resulted in this explosive publication. SOLDIER FIVE is a gripping and suspenseful account of one man's experiences as a Special Forces soldier. Revealing his conflicts, loyalties and relationships forged, it is the resolution of a soldier's determined fight to see his story told.

The March Up (Paperback): Ray L Smith, Bing West The March Up (Paperback)
Ray L Smith, Bing West 2
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Special order

Taking us straight to the front lines, The March Up follows the famed 1st Marine Division on their decisive 1,184 kilometre trek to Baghdad, from first assault to the taking of the city. The 1st Marine Division, which had fought in Guadalcanal, Khe San, and Kuwait City, provided the critical force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. With unprecedented access to everyone from three-star generals to privates, authors West and Smith, men with 60 years of military and combat experience between them, trace the strategic war plans as they unfolded in battle, providing unflinching portrayals of what went well and what went poorly, and detailing power struggles and failures which have never before been reported. No other journalist had the mobility, battlefield knowledge or personal contacts as West or Smith. They were able to observe eighteen separate combat units in the division. What emerges is a dramatic, personal and human account of how the corporals fought and the generals plotted, revealing the men behind the guns and the brave and sometimes unorthodox actions that resulted in astonishing triumphs. Complete with a 16- page, four-colour photo insert and endpaper maps, The March Up is the behind-the-scenes story of how the men on the frontlines and the strategists in the backroom turned the march to Baghdad into a road to victory.

A Perfect Picture of Hell - Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa (Paperback): Ted Genoways, Hugh H... A Perfect Picture of Hell - Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa (Paperback)
Ted Genoways, Hugh H Genoways
R791 Discovery Miles 7 910 Special order

From the shooting of an unarmed prisoner at Montgomery, Alabama, to a successful escape from Belle Isle, from the swelling floodwaters overtaking Cahaba Prison to the inferno that finally engulfed Andersonville, A Perfect Picture of Hell is a collection of harrowing narratives by soldiers from the 12th lowa Infantry who survived imprisonment in the South during the Civil War. Editors Ted Genoways and Hugh Genoways have collected the soldiers' startling accounts from diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and remembrances. Arranged chronologically, the eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, and Tupelo, together with accompanying accounts of nearly every famous Confederate prison, create a shared vision of life in Civil War prisons as palpable and immediate as they are historically valuable. Captured four times during the course of the war, the 12th Iowa created narratives that reveal a picture of the changing southern prison system as the Confederacy grew ever weaker and illustrate the growing animosity many southerners felt for the Union soldiers. In brief introductions to each battle, the editors highlight the 12th lowa's activities in the months between imprisonments, providing a unique backdrop to the soldiers' accounts. An acquisitions editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press, Ted Genoways is the founder and former editor of the lierary journal Meridian and the editor or author of several books, including the forthcoming In the Trenches; Soldier-Poets of the First World War, Hugh Genoways serves as chair and professor of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Combat Chaplain - The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (Hardcover, New): Israel A.... Combat Chaplain - The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (Hardcover, New)
Israel A. S Yost; Edited by Monica E. Yost, Micheal Markrich
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Special order

In June 1944, twenty-seven-year-old combat infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the 100th Battalion, a little-known National Guard unit of mostly Japanese Americans from Hawai'i. Yost was apprehensive when he learned of his assignment to this unusual unit composed of soldiers with whom he felt he had little in common and who were mostly Buddhists. But this would soon change. For the next nine months at the front - from Salerno to Monte Cassino to Anzio to Bruyeres - Yost assisted medics, retrieved bodies from the battlefield, buried enemy soldiers, struggled to bolster morale as the number of casualties rose higher and higher, and wrote countless letters of condolence, all in addition to fulfilling his ministerial duties, which included preaching in the foxholes. Although his sermons won few converts, Yost's tireless energy and concern for others earned him admiration from his fellow soldiers, who often turned to him as a trusted friend and spiritual advisor. Forty years after the war had ended, with the help of his field diaries and the letters he had written almost daily to his wife, Yost wrote of his wartime experiences in the hopes that they might one day be published as a record of the remarkable character and accomplishments of the 100th. ""Combat Chaplain"" presents this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of photographs and subsequent letters and speeches by Yost and other veterans.

Combat Chaplain - The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (Paperback): Israel A. S Yost Combat Chaplain - The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (Paperback)
Israel A. S Yost; Edited by Monica E. Yost, Micheal Markrich
R522 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R52 (10%) Special order

In June 1944, twenty-seven-year-old combat infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the 100th Battalion, a little-known National Guard unit of mostly Japanese Americans from Hawai'i. Yost was apprehensive when he learned of his assignment to this unusual unit composed of soldiers with whom he felt he had little in common and who were mostly Buddhists. But this would soon change. For the next nine months at the front - from Salerno to Monte Cassino to Anzio to Bruyeres - Yost assisted medics, retrieved bodies from the battlefield, buried enemy soldiers, struggled to bolster morale as the number of casualties rose higher and higher, and wrote countless letters of condolence, all in addition to fulfilling his ministerial duties, which included preaching in the foxholes. Although his sermons won few converts, Yost's tireless energy and concern for others earned him admiration from his fellow soldiers, who often turned to him as a trusted friend and spiritual advisor. Forty years after the war had ended, with the help of his field diaries and the letters he had written almost daily to his wife, Yost wrote of his wartime experiences in the hopes that they might one day be published as a record of the remarkable character and accomplishments of the 100th. ""Combat Chaplain"" presents this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of photographs and subsequent letters and speeches by Yost and other veterans.

The Jewish War and the Victory (Paperback): Henryk Grynberg The Jewish War and the Victory (Paperback)
Henryk Grynberg; Translated by Celina Wieniewska, Richard Lourie
R302 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R20 (7%) Special order

The Jewish War and The Victory are Henryk Grynberg's first two autobiographical novels on the Holocaust. The Jewish War is the epic tale of a family of provincial Polish Jews who struggle for survival against nearly insurmountable odds. The story is told from the perspective of a young Jewish boy who has survived the war thanks to his parents' heroic efforts. His family moves through a series of hiding places in the countryside, and when his father is murdered, he and his mother flee through Poland using forged papers. To maintain the facade, they adopt a false life as the Catholic family of an officer captured by the Germans.
The Victory picks up the story with the advance of the Red Army in 1944. The narrator and his mother move to yet another town, and the boy, aware he has been tainted by the war, fights to reclaim his Jewishness. Through the boy's straightforward observations, Grynberg portrays the despair of Polish Jews in 1945 as they confronted the horrors of the past and the agonizing choices of the present.

The Jewish War and the Victory (Hardcover): Henryk Grynberg The Jewish War and the Victory (Hardcover)
Henryk Grynberg; Translated by Celina Wieniewska, Richard Lourie
R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Special order

"The Jewish War and The Victory" are Henryk Grynberg's first two autobiographical novels on the Holocaust. "The Jewish War" is the epic tale of a family of provincial Polish Jews who struggle for survival against nearly insurmountable odds. The story is told from the perspective of a young Jewish boy who has survived the war thanks to his parents' heroic efforts. His family moves through a series of hiding places in the countryside, and when his father is murdered, he and his mother flee through Poland using forged papers. To maintain the facade, they adopt a false life as the Catholic family of an officer captured by the Germans.
"The Victory" picks up the story with the advance of the Red Army in 1944. The narrator and his mother move to yet another town, and the boy, aware he has been tainted by the war, fights to reclaim his Jewishness. Through the boy's straightforward observations, Grynberg portrays the despair of Polish Jews in 1945 as they confronted the horrors of the past and the agonizing choices of the present.

Combat Chaplain - A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle (Paperback): James D Johnson Combat Chaplain - A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle (Paperback)
James D Johnson
R395 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R32 (8%) Special order

Chaplain James D. Johnson chose to accompany his men, unarmed, on their daily combat operations, a decision made against the recommendations of his superiors. During what would be the final days for some, he offered his ministry not from a pulpit but on the battlefields-in hot landing zones and rice paddies, in hospitals, aboard ship, and knee-deep in mud. He even found time for baptisms in the muddy Mekong River. "You've never really lived until you've almost died," writes Johnson, one of the youngest army chaplains at the time. Through his compelling narration, he takes us into the hearts of frightened young boys and the minds of experienced men. In Combat Chaplain, we live for eight and one-half months with Johnson as he serves in the field with a small unit numbering 350 men. The physical price can be counted with numbers-ninety-six killed and over nine hundred wounded. Only those who paid it can understand the spiritual and psychological price, in a war that raised many difficult moral issues. "It placed my soul in the lost and found department for awhile," Johnson writes. Also provided here is an in-depth look at the "Mobile Riverine Operations," a rare joint effort in which the U.S. Army and Navy combined forces. Johnson describes the workings of the flotilla and the complexity of having these two military branches in combat operations. This is one man's chronicle of Vietnam and the aftermath of war, of his coming to terms with his posttraumatic "demons," and his need for healing and cleansing which led him to revisit Vietnam twenty-eight years later. Veterans of the Vietnam war and other wars, their family members, pastors, chaplains, mental health workers, and anyone who has experienced trauma will find this story of interest.

Soldiering for Freedom - A GI's Account of World War II (Hardcover, New): Herman J. Obermayer Soldiering for Freedom - A GI's Account of World War II (Hardcover, New)
Herman J. Obermayer
R643 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R69 (11%) Special order

Only a small percentage of the sixteen million servicemen called up during World War II saw front-line service. For the others, war involved training, reinforcement depots, tedious assignments, and lots of waiting. Herman J. Obermayer was one of those who earned a combat star without ever coming close enough to a battlefront to hear or see booming guns. Nonetheless, his letters then, and his reflection on them now, reveal important aspects of the war and the wartime world. From school, from basic training, and later from Europe, Obermayer wrote home with vivid descriptions of life in the Army. Reflective and observant, he recorded his views of both French and German reactions to the American occupation force, race relations among enlisted men, and the problems of supplying the troops as they crossed Europe after the Normandy invasion. One of the few people alive today to have seen Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, and other leaders of Third Reich, Obermayer wrote compellingly about the Nazis on trial at Nuremberg, describing Goering's leadership qualities when stripped of the symbols of rank. A Jew himself, Obermayer explained his reactions at the trials when he witnessed the first documentary confirmation that six million Jews had been killed in the Holocaust. He knew and wrote about the official U.S. Army hangman at Nuremberg. Readers will find in Obermayer's letters and connective commentary a welcome tendency to look for what went on beneath the surface, a challenging view of how his experiences cast light on today's politics and issues, and an engrossingly human story of war behind the lines.

Ray Parkin's Wartime Trilogy - Out of the Smoke/into the Smother/the Sword and the Blossom (Paperback, illustrated... Ray Parkin's Wartime Trilogy - Out of the Smoke/into the Smother/the Sword and the Blossom (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Ray Parkin
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Both the courage and the inhumanity displayed during wartime are chronicled in these three diaries penned by Ray Parkin, who served during World War II. Engaging narratives and pictures detail his experience on the "HMAS Perth in the Sunda Strait battle with the Japanese naval force that eventually sunk his ship. Also recounted are Parkin's 15 months as a prisoner of war, during which he helped construct the Burma-Siam railway. Details of his final 12 months of captivity in a crowded tramp steamer reveal the endurance of soldiers who survived submarine attacks and weathered a typhoon. These stories provide a single man's perspective on the war but also offer insight into the Japanese way of thinking and the traumas of combat.

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