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  • singapore saga
    Part One of this autobiography relates the dramatic escape to Australia of three young Swiss sisters during the Japanese invasion of Singapore, then traces their gradual and complete adaption to the Australian way of life by the youngest sister, Annelies. Part Two is the story of their father, the Swiss Consul and their mother Gritli, who remained in Singapore at their posts in dedication to their community. This second part is translated from the recently discovered original diaries of their father, Rudolph Arbenz.
  • SOE 1940 46

    S.O.E. was a small, tough British secret service dirty-tricks department.  Its job was to support and stimulate resistance in occupied countries. It was wound up after the war.  Its total strength was never more than 10,000 men and 3,200 women, over a third of them secret agents - it exercised vast influence on the war all over the world. This is a readable volume on how S.O.E was created and run, the calibre of the men and women involved, what tools they used and how, when and where they used them, where they did well - and where they did badly. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

  • ruin from the air
    The complete story of the Atomic Bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, based on interviews, diaries, government documents and a wealth of published and never-before published material and also the first account of the bomb was very nearly not used.  Very detailed and in depth.
  • prisoners of war
    Using dozens of interviews with former POWs, Patsy Adam-Smith shows the strength and courage of Aussies taken prisoner in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.  The author says: 'This book has not been written for ex-prisoners: they know the homesickness of exile, the tyranny of bondage; it was written for people of today who know little of the experiences of these men and women, of their courage, endurance and pain.  It has been written for the generations to come."  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • prisoners of war

    From 1942 - 1945, some 22,000 Australian Service Personnel - including 71 women of the Australian Army Nursing Service - become prisoners-of-war of the Japanese. They were held in camps in Timor, Java, Sumatra, New Guinea, Borneo, Singapore, Malaya and other locations including Japan. Only 14,000 survived those three and a half years after varying experiences at the hands of their captors.  One of Nelson's earliest memories is waiting at a small country railway station to meet a returning prisoner-of-war. The man, a frail figure in a too-big army uniform, hesitated in front of a line of cheering children. Uncertain as to what was expected of him, he looked around, perhaps thought about making a speech then walked away. He was one of those 14,000 who could never fully share with anyone who was not there. Here is the story of those years. With illustrations and maps.

  • pillar of fire

    In the space of three and a half weeks during May and June of 1940, Nazi Germany came  perilously close to winning the war a scant ten months after it started. The British Expeditionary Force and the French and Belgian allies were cut off in the North and driven to the very sands of the Channel and the ruins of Dunkirk, the lone port still in the hands of the BEF. Britain faced catastrophe. How that catastrophe was averted through a combination of enemy blunders and British resourcefulness is told here in an account that exposes the 'miracle' of Dunkirk.  Here is the true story, chronicled through diaries, memoirs and personal reminiscences of the hundreds of men who lived through those weeks; COs, foot soldiers, generals and privates. Very indepth.

  • operation victory
    The inside story of the victory in Africa and Europe by Montgomery's Chief of Staff.
  • operation morning light
    December, 1977:  an urgent messaged was flashed from NORAD that a Soviet satellite had begun to malfunction by flipping out of its orbit - and was going to crash into the earth's surface.  What followed was a real-life science fiction nightmare as scientists and politicians from America, Canada and the Soviet Union became embroiled in a terrifying tangle of intrigue and guessing games.  Now the full story of this nightmare is told.
  • no picnic
    This book dealing with the Falklands crisis is different in that it is the first major account to come from a fighting participant: Julian Thompson was Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, which played such an outstanding role in  the successful outcome of the campaign.