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  • holy fox
    The life of Lord Halifax, remembered as the architect of the policy of achievement of Nazi Germany.  His meeting with Hitler in 1937 was a milestone in appeasement yet just days before the 1938 Munich conference, Halifax repudiated the policy and demanded the destruction of Nazism.  By May 1940, it was he rather than Churchill who was the choice for Britain's war leader.  His public life also included Viceroy of India from 1926 - 31 and a deal with Gandhi that ended the Civil Disobedience campaign before it could force the British to quit.
  • hinge factor

    From the Wooden Horse of Troy to the Gulf War, military history has been as much marked by chance and error as gallantry and heroism.  Here is an entertaining observation that shows how many conflicts have been decided by the caprices of weather, bad intelligence or individual incompetence. In military terms, the incident that swings a battle from victory to defeat in a moment is known as the Hinge Factor. Features:  Agincourt, Waterloo, Balaclava, The Bismarck, the Gulf War and many other crucially historic military moments.

  • goebbels diariesgoebbels diaries
    When the Russians overran Berlin in 1945 they went through the German official archives with more vigour than discrimination.  Some material was shipped to Russia, some was destroyed and the rest scattered and trampled.  The pages of Goebbel's diary were found in the ministry courtyard, having narrowly escaped burning.  Seven thousand sheets of unburnt paper was salvaged by an amateur junk dealer, who salvaged the official document binders and made random bundles of the paper.  To get the diary in order was a Herculean task.  Here is not only the diary, but other odd documents of Goebbel's life:  receipts, drafts of speeches, expense accounts, lists of charity donations and letters.
  • 013

    It was at Dunkirk that Toosey's charisma and fortitude were first noted and in 1941 he was given command of an artillery regiment. Sent to fight in the Far East he and his men were embroiled in the battle for Singapore and were taken prisoner after the island's fall in 1942. The Japanese, scornful of the Allied forces for surrendering, determined to make use of the new workforce now at their disposal. Toosey was sent to Thailand to command the 'bridge camp' at Tamarkan  where he was ordered to supervise the construction of two railway bridges over the river Khwae Mae Khlong. Starvation rations and harsh working conditions mean that dysentery and cholera were rife and a quarter of the 60,000 prisoners working on the Burma Railway wold perish.  Toosey insisted on high standards of hygiene and discipline, giving back the men their self-respect and making himself a buffer for the cruel excesses if the guards.  The author is Toosey's grand-daughter. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.

  • 012

    Kokichi Nishimura was a member of the 2nd battalion, 144th regiment of the Japanese Imperial Army. In 1942 he fought every foot of the Kokoda Track as the Japanese attempted to take Port Moresby and was the only man from his platoon to survive the campaign. Finally he retreated, wounded and starving, leaving thousands of his comrades buried in shallow graves along the Track. He promised that he would one day return to them and bring them home to Japan for proper burial. He married, had three children and started an engineering business which prospered. But his driving ambition was to return to New Guinea to keep his promise. In 1979, nearing retirement age, he shocked his family by giving his business to his sons, his house and all his assets to his wife and he returned to New Guinea to begin his search for the remains of Japanese soldiers. For the next 25 years Nishimura lived alone in huts and tents along the Kokoda Track and using a mattock, a shovel, a metal detector and an indomitable will, he found the bones of hundreds of his comrades and also forged a new comradeship and new purpose in helping the poverty-stricken Papuans he worked amongst. An incredible story. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

  • patton

    Patton's aggression and theatrical personality made his units the most successful and efficient and he believed that it should be his Army that should lead the Allied attacks.  This brought him into constant conflict with Eisenhower and Montgomery, with Patton doing nothing to hide his belief that he would win the war if properly supported. He expected the same aggression from his men and was probably the best American field commander in the European theatre.

  • rommel

    Rommel distinguished himself during World War I and at the start of World War II he was called upon to lead the 7th Panzer division.  His successful drive across France was rewarded by promotion and the command of German troops in Libya. He was made Field Marshal after the fall of Tobruk but  he was hampered by lack of supplies at El Alamein and his health problems forced his return to Germany where he was put in charge  of the defence of the Atlantic Wall.  His warnings to Hitler of impending invasion went unheeded and he joined the abortive attempt to assassinate Hitler.  He was forced to suicide for his role and since then, his legend has grown with every passing year. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs.

  • stoker

    In 1987 the Australian Government finally agreed to compensate Australian personnel who had been interned and subjected to brutal treatment in Nazi concentration camps.  A.I.F soldier Don Watt was one of those internees. Like many in the camps, Watt  thought of escape. After several short periods pf freedom he managed to stay on the run for three weeks, only to be recaptured within sight of the Swiss border. Brutal  torture by the Nazis failed to make Watt disclose details of his escape. His punishment was consignment to Auschwitz - where he was given a horrific choice.  It took fifty years for Watt to come to terms  with his experiences - an ordeal that he never mentioned to anyone, not even his immediate family - and reveal the full story. In spite of the horrors he witnessed and those in which he was forced to participate, he remained modest, straightforward, understated, courageous and laconic - a hero in the tradition of the true Australian Digger.

  • Soldiering On

    The Australian Army at Home and Overseas, by Some of the Boys and published by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1942.  Chapters include: Star Over Bethlehem; Diggers in Britain; Midnight Messiah; Purple's Pup; Arab Justice; Digger v. Doughboy and so much more.  Our boys' impressions of Christmas in a cold climate and local customs as well as the American servicemen and women here in Australia.  The colour plates, interestingly, are pasted in. Tales, jokes, sketches, cartoons and  on-the-spot experiences a-plenty. Illustrated in colour and black and white. A treasure mine of information.