| Author : Duncan Anderson, Lloyd Clark & Stephen Walsh Genre : Military Books History Europe Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2012-03-12 Description : The conflict on the Eastern Front in World War II was colossal in both scale and intensity, as the two infamous dictators of the twentieth century – Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin – vied for supremacy in Eastern Europe. On 22 June 1941 it was Hitler's fateful decision to launch the largest invasion ever seen, Operation Barbarossa, when 138 German divisions attacked the Soviet Union. Four years later, some two million German and eleven million Russian soldiers had ben killed in the course of their struggle, and names like Stalingrad and Kursk had been burnt into the world's consciousness. <b>The Eastern Front</b> is a detailed account of this epic clash, the greatest continuous land battle in history. The book explores in detail the state of the German and Soviet armies in 1941, and the planning and preparation of both sides for the German attack. Campaigns covered include Operation Barbarossa, the rapid German advance on Moscow and the first Soviet winter offensive in 1941–42. The race for the Caucasian oilfields in Operation Blue, as the 1942 German campaign was known, is also described, as is the fight for Stalingrad and the infamous destruction of the German Sixth Army, the Soviet success in early 1943, and the resultant German counter at Kharkov. The book details Hitler's last major offensive in the summer of 1943 that led to the world's largest tank battle at Kursk, and the significant Soviet victories that followed, with Operation Bagration in 1944 capturing huge numbers of German prisoners. Finally, the book looks at the Soviet advance onto German soil, the capture of Berlin itself and the subsequent suicide of Adolf Hitler as shells rained on his bunker. Written by three leading military historians, the Eastern Front is a superb history of the cataclysmic struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.|
| Author : Lloyd Clark Genre : Military Books History Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2009-10-13 Description : <b>“The fighting spirit of Allied paratroopers comes through with exciting clarity” in this account of two separate invasions of Germany in World War II (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).</b><br /><br /><b>A main selection of the Military Book Club</b><br />  <br /> In September 1944, as the Allies drove across Europe after Normandy, British field marshal Bernard Montgomery launched Operation Market Garden to secure the lower Rhine—Germany’s last great natural barrier in the west—and passage to Berlin. Though Allied soldiers outnumbered Germans two to one, they suffered devastating casualties and were forced to retreat.<br />  <br /> Then, in March 1945, Montgomery orchestrated another airborne attack on the Rhine, called Operation Plunder. This time the Allies overwhelmed the German defenses, secured the eastern bank, and began their final march into the heart of the Third Reich.<br />  <br /> Including detailed maps and personal accounts from those on both sides of the battle, this “vivid war story” examines Allied attempts to breach Germany’s borders, and illustrates how lessons learned from failure helped form the second plan of attack—and seal Germany’s defeat (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>).|
| Author : Lloyd Clark Genre : Military Books History Price : $15.99 Release Date : 2007-12-01 Description : Masterly . . . a heartbreaking, beautifully told story of wasted sacrifice.” Vince Rinehart,<i> The Washington Post</i><br />The Allied attack of Normandy beach and its resultant bloodbath have been immortalized in film and literature, but the U.S. campaign on the beaches of Western Italy reigns as perhaps the deadliest battle of World War II’s western theater. In January 1944, about six months before D-Day, an Allied force of thirty-six thousand soldiers launched one of the first attacks on continental Europe at Anzio, a small coastal city thirty miles south of Rome. The assault was conceived as the first step toward an eventual siege of the Italian capital. But the advance stalled and Anzio beach became a death trap. After five months of brutal fighting and monumental casualties on both sides, the Allies finally cracked the German line and marched into Rome on June 5, the day before D-Day. Richly detailed and fueled by extensive archival research of newspapers, letters, and diariesas well as scores of original interviews with surviving soldiers on both sides of the trenches<i>Anzio</i> is a harrowing and incisive true story by one of today’s finest military historians.|
| Author : Lloyd Clark Genre : Military Books History Price : $18.99 Release Date : 2011-11-04 Description : On July 5, 1943, the greatest land battle in history began when Nazi and Red Army forces clashed near the town of Kursk, on the western border of the Soviet Union. Code named Operation Citadel,” the German offensive would cut through the bulge in the eastern front that had been created following Germany’s retreat at the battle of Stalingrad. But the Soviets, well-informed about Germany’s plans through their network of spies, had months to prepare. Two million men supported by 6,000 tanks, 35,000 guns, and 5,000 aircraft convened in Kursk for an epic confrontation that was one of the most important military engagements in history, the epitome of total war.” It was also one of the most bloody, and despite suffering seven times more casualties, the Soviets won a decisive victory that became a turning point in the war. With unprecedented access to the journals and testimonials of the officers, soldiers, political leaders, and citizens who lived through it, <i>The Battle of the Tanks</i> is the definitive account of an epic showdown that changed the course of history.|
| Author : Duncan Anderson & Lloyd Clark Genre : Military Books History Europe Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2014-06-04 Description : <b>Campaigns of World War II: Fall of the Reich</b> is a military history of the Western European campaign from D-Day in June 1944 to the fall of Berlin in May 1945.  Beginning with the Allied preparations for what would become Operation Overlord, from the initial discussions of Roosevelt and Churchill, to the deliberations and plans of Marshall and Brooke, and the subsequent appointment of commanders like Eisenhower, Montgomery and Ramsay, the book covers in detail the landings on the Normandy coast. Combining tactical coverage of events such as the severe fighting at Omaha and Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian success on Juno beach, and the 21st Panzer Division's aborted counterattack, with reporting of the reactions of Hitler and Rommel to the landings, the book provides an explanation of why the Allied advance ran out of steam, and a description of their struggle to escape the bocage hedgerows of Normandy.<br />
The US-led breakout in late July 1944 released Bradley and Patton's forces into the heart of France, and the liberation of Paris followed swiftly. A crumbling German defence led to Allied overconfidence and the resultant 'bridge too far' at Arnhem, but as the Allies approached the Rhine and the German border, resistance quickly stiffened. Hitler's last gamble, the attack through the Ardennes known as the Battle of the Bulge, brought temporary panic to the Allied ranks, but heroic stands at Bastogne and elsewhere, coupled with a German acute lack of petrol and the weather clearing to allow Allied aircraft to operate again, led to the defeat of the last Wehrmacht attack in the west. The final year of the war saw the Allies advancing as occupying forces into the heart of Germany, adopting Eisenhower's broad front strategy. Finally the book examines why the decision was made to allow the Red Army to occupy Berlin and remain on the western bank of the Elbe river. <br />
Part of a five-volume series on the Second World War written by prominent military historians, <b>Fall of the Reich</b> is a masterful account of the 1944–45 campaign in Western Europe that describes both the action on the front line and the decisions made behind the scenes that decided the fate of Nazi Germany.|
| Author : Lloyd Clark Genre : Military Books History Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2016-09-06 Description : <b>A “masterly account” of the juggernaut offensive that conquered France—but also marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany in World War II (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).</b><br />  <br /> In the spring of 1940, the German forces launched an attack on France that combined superb intelligence, cutting edge strategy, and new technology—the <i>blitzkrieg</i>, or “lightning war.” In just six weeks, it would achieve what their fathers had failed to do in all four years of the First World War. It was a stunning victory.<br />  <br /> But here, leading British military historian and academic Lloyd Clark argues that much of our understanding of this victory is based on myth. Far from being a foregone conclusion, Hitler’s plan could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. The Germans recognized that success depended not only on surprise, but also avoiding a protracted struggle for which they were not prepared—making defeat a very real possibility.<br />  <br /> Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, Clark argues, the Battle of France revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable. And Hitler dismissed this fact as he planned his next move—and greatest blunder: the invasion of the Soviet Union.<br />  <br /> In this eye-opening reassessment, complete with maps and illustrations, Clark “presents a well-balanced narrative that highlights the knife-edge victory of the German forces” and reveals how very close the Nazi war machine came to catastrophe in the early days of World War II (<i>New York Journal of Books</i>).<br />  |
| Author : Lloyd Clark Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2008-10-31 Description : The Swiss Alpine Pass Route is varied long distance walk in Switzerland. Crossing 16 passes in 15 stages, the walker will ascend around 58,000ft and will pass many famous peaks such as the Eiger, Monch and Jungrau, Todi and Titlis and the Wetterhorn. A challenging route for most humans but even more so for a ten year old one-eyed Smooth Fox Terrier.
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Cows with ringing bells, dark timber chalets, brightly coloured flowers, cascading waterfalls and quaint remote villages are encountered as one crosses Switzerland from East to West. The remoteness of Richetli contrasts sharply with the hustle and bustle of Montreux yet all areas are undoubtedly Swiss in character and each town, village, pass and remote Alp brings its own charms and unique flavour to this inspiring route.
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A veteran of long distance routes across the UK and Europe; the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way, Raad ny Foillan and Tour du Mont Blanc, Harry was no spring chicken. However, ten years of going up mountains, across bogs and moors, swimming rivers and crossing forests had prepared Harry well. More at home in a tent than a house, this is one intelligent and tenacious Smooth Fox Terrier.
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This book recounts Harry’s side of the story; his thoughts and experiences has he completed his epic 250 mile walkies over the top of the Alps from Sargans to Montreux.|