Ghost Soldiers

The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385495653

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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Chronicles the daring mission of the elite U.S. Army Sixth Ranger Battalion to slip behind enemy lines in the Phillipines and rescue the 513 American and British POWs who had spent over three years in a hellish, Japanese-run camp near Cabanatuan. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.

Eine höhere Pflicht

Wie ein deutscher Pilot seinem amerikanischen Feind im Zweiten Weltkrieg das Leben schenkte

Author: Adam Makos

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 386413532X

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Sie sind erbitterte Feinde, als sie am 20. Dezember 1943 in über acht Kilometern Höhe aufeinandertreffen: der Amerikaner Charlie Brown in seinem vom Flakfeuer schwer beschädigten B-17-Bomber und der deutsche Jagdflieger Franz Stigler, der den gegnerischen Piloten einfach nur vom Himmel holen müsste, – doch er tut es nicht. Stattdessen gibt Stigler dem Bomber Geleit über die deutsche Flugabwehr hinweg bis auf die Nordsee hinaus und rettet Brown und seiner gesamten Besatzung das Leben. Die Geschichte der beiden Fliegerasse ist Legende. Und sie ist wahr. Der Historiker und Journalist Adam Makos hat sich, unterstützt von Starautor Larry Alexander, jahrelang bis ins kleinste Detail mit den Ereignissen beschäftigt und die Beteiligten getroffen. Eine höhere Pflicht ist kein Buch über einen kurzen Augenblick des Mitleids, sondern ein Buch darüber, was es bedeutet, in einem Krieg Pilot zu sein, und was für einer Pflichtverletzung es gleichkam, so zu handeln, wie es Franz Stigler richtig erschien. Es ist ein Buch auch über die Freundschaft, die Charlie Brown und Franz Stigler seit ihrem Wiedersehen 1990 verband – bis zu ihrem Tod 2008. Die wunderbare Geschichte eines deutschen Helden.

The Ghost Mountain Boys

Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific

Author: James Campbell

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307407436

Category: History

Page: 400

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Lying due north of Australia, New Guinea is among the world’s largest islands. In 1942, when World War II exploded onto its shores, it was an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and fetid swamps. Coveted by the Japanese for its strategic position, New Guinea became the site of one of the South Pacific’s most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division’s Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna on New Guinea’s north coast. Comprised of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, reserve officers, and draftees from across the country, the 32nd Division lacked more than training—they were without even the basics necessary for survival. The men were not issued the specialized clothing that later became standard issue for soldiers fighting in the South Pacific; they fought in hastily dyed combat fatigues that bled in the intense humidity and left them with festering sores. They waded through brush and vines without the aid of machetes. They did not have insect repellent. Without waterproof containers, their matches were useless and the quinine and vitamin pills they carried, as well as salt and chlorination tablets, crumbled in their pockets. Exhausted and pushed to the brink of human endurance, the Ghost Mountain Boys fell victim to malnutrition and disease. Forty-two days after they set out, they arrived two miles south of Buna, nearly shattered by the experience. Arrival in Buna provided no respite. The 32nd Division was ordered to launch an immediate assault on the Japanese position. After two months of furious—sometimes hand-to-hand—combat, the decimated division finally achieved victory. The ferocity of the struggle for Buna was summed up in Time magazine on December 28, 1942, three weeks before the Japanese army was defeated: “Nowhere in the world today are American soldiers engaged in fighting so desperate, so merciless, so bitter, or so bloody.” Reminiscent of classics like Band of Brothers and The Things They Carried, this harrowing portrait of a largely overlooked campaign is part war diary, part extreme adventure tale, and (through letters, journals, and interviews) part biography of a group of men who fought to survive in an environment every bit as fierce as the enemy they faced. From the Hardcover edition.

Between the Lines of World War II

Twenty-One Remarkable People and Events

Author: Paul M. Edwards

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786455837

Category: History

Page: 231

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This is a collection of 21 accounts of people and events that illuminate the strange adventures, mysterious circumstances, extreme behaviors and forgotten tragedies of World War II. Ranging from a look at Adolf Hitler’s “children factory,” to the smuggling of gold bullion from the besieged island of Corregidor, to those who flew with the Chinese Air Force against Japan years before the more famous Flying Tigers, these accounts provide insight into the larger scope of the war.

Latina/os and World War II

Mobility, Agency, and Ideology

Author: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez,B. V. Olguín

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292756259

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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This eye-opening anthology documents, for the first time, the effects of World War II on Latina/o personal and political beliefs across a broad spectrum of ethnicities and races within the Latina/o identity.

Special Operations and Strategy

From World War II to the War on Terrorism

Author: James D. Kiras

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135989893

Category: History

Page: 256

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James D. Kiras shows how a number of different special operations, in conjunction with more conventional military actions, achieve and sustain strategic effect(s) over time. In particular, he argues that the root of effective special operations lies in understanding the relationship existing between moral and material attrition at the strategic level. He also presents a theoretical framework for understanding how special operations achieve strategic effects using a unique synthesis of strategic theory and case studies. This study shows how the key to understanding how special operations reside in the concept of strategic attrition and in the moral and material nature of strategy. It also highlights major figures such as Carl von Clausewitz, Hans Delbrück, and Mao Zedong, who understood these complexities and were experts in eroding an enemy’s will to fight. These and other examples provide a superb explanation of the complexities of modern strategy and the place of special operations in a war of attrition. This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars with an interest in special forces and of strategic and military studies in general.

Special Operations in World War II

British and American Irregular Warfare

Author: Andrew L. Hargreaves

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806151277

Category: History

Page: 432

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British and American commanders first used modern special forces in support of conventional military operations during World War II. Since then, although special ops have featured prominently in popular culture and media coverage of wars, the academic study of irregular warfare has remained as elusive as the practitioners of special operations themselves. This book is the first comprehensive study of the development, application, and value of Anglo-American commando and special forces units during the Second World War. Special forces are intensively trained, specially selected military units performing unconventional and often high-risk missions. In this book, Andrew L. Hargreaves not only describes tactics and operations but also outlines the distinctions between commandos and special forces, traces their evolution during the war, explains how the Anglo-American alliance functioned in the creation and use of these units, looks at their command and control arrangements, evaluates their impact, and assesses their cost-effectiveness. The first real impetus for the creation of British specialist formations came in the desperate summer of 1940 when, having been pushed out of Europe following defeat in France and the Low Countries, Britain began to turn to irregular forces in an effort to wrest back the strategic initiative from the enemy. The development of special forces by the United States was also a direct consequence of defeat. After Pearl Harbor, Hargreaves shows, the Americans found themselves in much the same position as Britain had been in 1940: shocked, outnumbered, and conventionally defeated, they were unable to come to grips with the enemy on a large scale. By the end of the war, a variety of these units had overcome a multitude of evolutionary hurdles and made valuable contributions to practically every theater of operation. In describing how Britain and the United States worked independently and cooperatively to invent and put into practice a fundamentally new way of waging war, this book demonstrates the two nations’ flexibility, adaptability, and ability to innovate during World War II.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Occupying Force

A Sailor's Journey Following World War Ii

Author: D. Charles Gossman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469794772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 162

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A surprise attack on American soil and a holy war waged under the guise of an ancient religion-A nation of zealots indoctrinated to hate Western Civilization and a culture ignoring reason in favor of mindless violence-A cabal of militarists conditioned to elect suicide as a battle strategy and celebrate death for divine reward! Headlines from today's war on terrorism? No-these were the themes of America's war with twentieth-century Japan. Joining the Navy to face these fearsome enemies, seventeen-year-old Charlie misses the action in World War II by mere days. Then, directed to occupy the former foe's homeland instead, he remains behind when the war's heroes have all returned to a welcoming nation. Working and enduring through the months, Charlie records his daily thoughts while growing to respect the Japanese people-and does his best to find adventure along the way!


Vaterland

Roman

Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641108349

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Hitler hat den Krieg gewonnen - Nazideutschland beherrscht ganz Europa. Das ist das Horrorszenario in Robert Harris' frivolem Politthriller. «Harris versteht, gut und spannend zu schreiben. Es kommt alles vor: Verbrechen, Verschwörungen, Vertuschung, Irreführung, Gewalt und Liebe. Harris kann den Historiker nicht verleugnen - so würzt er seine Geschichte mit historischen Dokumenten.» DIE ZEIT


Senior High School Library Catalog

Author: H.W. Wilson Company

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Each vol. is divided into 2 parts 1st-7th ed.: Dictionary catalog and Classified catalog; 8th-9th ed. have 3rd. part: Directory of publishers.

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Journal of the US Army War College

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Military art and science

Page: N.A

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New York

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New York (N.Y.)

Page: N.A

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Mossad

Missionen des israelischen Geheimdienstes

Author: Nissim Mischal

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732513793

Category: History

Page: 512

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Kein Geheimdienst weltweit ist so bekannt, keiner so legendär und berüchtigt wie der israelische Auslandsgeheimdienst Mossad. Gefeiert wurde er für das Aufspüren des Kriegsverbrechers Adolf Eichmann, kritisiert für die Ermordung eines marokkanischen Kellners als Vergeltung der Attentate von München 1972. Doch wie arbeitet der Mossad genau? Was sind seine Methoden? Die israelischen Autoren Michael Bar-Zohar und Nissim Mischal zeigen ein Netz aus Spionage, Sabotage und Propaganda und sparen auch die zuletzt bekannt gewordenen Liquidierungen von hochrangigen iranischen Atomphysikern nicht aus.


Die Libelle

Roman

Author: John le Carré

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843708533

Category: Fiction

Page: 637

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Alle Romane von John le Carré jetzt als E-Book! - Eine Explosion im Diplomatenviertel zerstört die Villa des israelischen Arbeitsattachés und fordert drei Todesopfer. Ein weiterer grausamer Anschlag in einer Reihe europaweiter Attentate, zu denen sich die Terrorgruppe Palästinensische Agonie bekennt. Für den endgültigen Vernichtungsschlag gegen die Terroristen braucht der israelische Meisterspion Schulmann die Hilfe von Charlie, einer jungen englischen Schauspielerin. Als sie einwilligt, einen mit Sprengstoff beladenen Mercedes durch Jugoslawien zu fahren, gibt es für sie kein Zurück mehr. Um zu überleben, wird sie die Rolle ihres Lebens spielen müssen... Der Bestseller - neu aufgelegt zum 75. Geburtstag von John le Carrè.