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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • From the author of The Longest Day. On Monday, April 16, 1945, an artillery barrage announced the opening Russian attack against Berlin. Russian troops were less than thirty-eight miles from Berlins centre. In fourteen days Hitler would be dead. In twenty-one days, the war would be over.  Forty-five miles to the west, advance units of the U.S. Ninth army were angrily and reluctantly turning back. Berlin was no longer a military objective. This book is the story of three weeks in which the city of Berlin - gutted, smouldering, terrorised, yet miraculously still  alive -  was the focal point of millions of lives: the last obstacle of the triumphant Allies, the last defence for the Germans and the last refuge for Hitler. Illustrated with black and white photos.

  • The author has written the full length story of the Malayan campaign of World War II from the 'sharp end' of the fighting and as a prisoner-of-war, one of thousands who suffered for three years. He takes the reader through bewildering, disordered days and nights of fighting to  humiliation at the hands of the Japanese, versed in all the arts of abasing and breaking prisoners by starvation and neglect. The illustrations by fellow prisoner Ronald Searle (St. Trinians, Down With Skool,Whizz For Atomms, How To Be Top, etc.) are poignant, forceful and make reality even more real. This really is war and imprisonment as it happened.

  • Churchill said that the North African War was the hinge of fate.   This book is a vivid description of the entire campaign:  three years, thousands of miles, over a millions Allied and Axis troops and thousands of ships, tanks and aircraft.
  • A book full of information, pictures and maps: The Battle of the Bulge; The Charge of the Light Brigade; Agincourt; Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War and more.
  •  Here for the first time is the complete history of Hitler's empire.  No other empire ever bequeathed to historians such mountains of evidence about its rise and fall as the Third Reich. The Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced - before the Nazis could destroy their files - an almost hour-to-hour record of the nightmare realm created by Hitler. This record includes the testimony of Nazi leaders, concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters - all the vast paper work behind a conspiracy to conquer the world. This is also the story of Hitler the man - his love affairs, his imprisonment, his suicide.  There is also details of the plot to kidnap the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and hundreds of other inside stories. Most of all, it is the story of how Hitler destroyed his beloved Germany. The author, who watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925 had been reporting on-the-spot from Germany and Europe for almost forty years and spent over five years sifting the mountains of paper that eventually became this definitive history.