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21st August, 2021


by Gunther Baumann  


During 12−14 January 1945 the Russian Army broke out from the Vistula River and headed for the Oder River on the way to Berlin. It swept away the German defending units, which retreated in disarray. In an attempt to slow down the Russian assault, Hitler declared a number of key cities to be Fortresses. Posen was one of them. This is the account of the month long siege of the city: its soldiers were to defend it to the death and its defense lay in the hands of a collection of 15,000 German and Latvian troops, supported by a few Sturmgeschutze, one Tiger I, two Panthers, one Hetzer, and a few SPWs. The first Russian units reached Posen on January 22 and cut it off from the rest of the German forces. During the next month of bitter fighting 36,000 Soviet troops and supporting units fought through a number of forts and fortifications that had been constructed in the late 1800’s, and across the city, until the last German fighters surrendered on February 23.

New in illustrated boards - large format,
480pp, 45 maps, numerous b/w photos

J. J. Fedorowicz 2020
ISBN 9781927332115 

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by Krzysztof Dabrowski

Live Testing of Soviet Nuclear Bombs, 1949-1962. On 30 October 1961, the Soviet Union conducted a live test of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. Codenamed ‘Ivan’, and known in the West as the ‘Tsar Bomba’, the RDS-202 hydrogen bomb was detonated at the Sukhoy Nos cape of Severny Island, Novaya Zemla archipelago, in the Barents Sea. The Tsar Bomba unleashed about 58 megatons of TNT, creating a 8-kilometre/5-mile-wide fireball and then a mushroom that peaked at an altitude of 95 kilometres (59 miles). The shockwave created by the RDS-202 eradicated a village 55 kilometres (34 miles) from ground zero, caused widespread damage to nature to a radius of dozens of kilometres further away, and created a heat wave felt as far as 270 kilometres (170 miles) distant. And still, this was just one of 45 tests of nuclear weapons conducted in the USSR in October 1961 alone.

New in card cover - A4 format,
56pp, numerous b/w photos, maps & colour photos &profiles

Helion, 2021
ISBN 9781913336318

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by James Holland

D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge. In this reexamined history, James Holland challenges what we think we know. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, introducing a cast of eye-witnesses from foot soldiers to bomber crews, sailors, civilians and resistance fighters.

New in card cover, 789pp, numerous b/w photos

Corgi, 2020
ISBN 9780552176118 

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                                                    ACES OF JAGDGESCHWADER 3 'UDET'

by John Weal

Jg 3 may not have the same immediate resonance as some of the more famous Luftwaffe fighter units but it is arguably the archetypal German fighter formation of World War II. Not only did it participate in nearly every campaign fought by the Luftwaffe, but it flew every major variant of the two legendary German fighters, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, and it numbered among its ranks more than 70 Knight's Cross winners. The wealth and variety of detail afforded by such a background - which includes the historic battles of Britain, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, the Ardennes and Berlin - provides an ideal framework upon which to portray the multitude of stories, exploits and ultimate fates of the many aces themselves.

New in card cover - A4 format,
96pp, numerous b/w photos, 58 colour profiles

Osprey, 2013
ISBN 9781780962986 

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by Rolf Michaelis

Hitler created the Sniper Badge on August 20, 1944, to impel soldiers to train and be used as snipers. Thus the strategic importance of single combat was stressed in highly stylized propaganda. Since the soldiers themselves were in sight of the enemy troops, unlike the members of other service arms, they experienced the death of their enemies directly. In this concise history, this badge, as well as the actions of German snipers, is examined and includes colour images of badges, weapons, awards, soldbuchs, and war era photos.

New in illustrated boards - 60pp,
60 + colour & b/w illustrations

Schiffer, 2012
ISBN 9780764340321

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