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The Second World War (Paperback): The Second World War (Paperback)
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From the beaches of Dunkirk to the air raid shelters in the Blitz, this book tells the story of Britain during the most destructive war of the 20th century. It is full of intriguing facts, illustrations, photographs, detailed reconstructions, paintings, maps and photographs. It includes links to websites to find out more information via the Usborne Quicklinks website as well as lists of places to visit throughout Britain.

Most Dangerous - Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Paperback): Steve Sheinkin Most Dangerous - Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Paperback)
Steve Sheinkin
R341 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R53 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
World War II - Step into the Action and behind Enemy Lines from Hitler's Rise to Japan's Surrender (Hardcover):... World War II - Step into the Action and behind Enemy Lines from Hitler's Rise to Japan's Surrender (Hardcover)
Stuart A.P. Murray
R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Fact Atlas series offers an age-appropriate overview of the historic and world-changing events of World War II, covering everything from the rise of Hitler and Nazism to the tragedy of the Holocaust and its long-lasting effects. Readers will be introduced to key players political and military leaders like Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt as well as Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, and many more. Explore the ideas of democracy versus totalitarianism and international relations as a whole during the 1930s. Learn more about the different countries that became involved in the Second World War, with a focus on most of Europe, the United States, and Japan. Lesser-known facts about the involvement of countries such as China, Libya, Ethiopia, and New Zealand make it very clear that the war touched all corners of our world. Accompanied by photos and maps to outline specific events, this book offers a careful breakdown of how the war played out globally. Battles and campaigns are explained and examined, and young readers will be able to follow the war from beginning to end, analyzing causes and effects of each important event. World War II gives young readers the opportunity to grasp the weight and magnitude of one of the very worst wars the world has seen.

Spies - The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia (Hardcover): Marc Favreau Spies - The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia (Hardcover)
Marc Favreau
R427 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As World War Two came to an end, another war began to sweep the globe. But instead of being fought by armies and aircraft carriers, the Cold War was waged by spies. The Cold War spanned five decades and saw the rise of the CIA and the explosion of the nuclear arms race as the US and USSR become embroiled in a battle of ideologies that threatened the entire globe. Over the course of the war billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to espionage, the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same. Rife with suspense and intrigue and filled with facts that shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulent decades of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who fought it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America's history and its national security.

Mohinder's War (Paperback): Bali Rai Mohinder's War (Paperback)
Bali Rai 1
R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A thrilling World War II adventure set in occupied France, featuring an Indian RAF pilot. Great for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne, and those who want diverse historical fiction. Thirteen-year-old Joelle Breton stumbles across Indian-born RAF pilot Mohinder Singh when his plane crashes in occupied France and it's up to her and her parents to hide him from the Nazis. After all, her parents are brave members of the French Resistance and will do everything they can to help get Mohinder back to Britain. But when they are betrayed and tragedy strikes, Joelle and Mohinder will have to act fast if they are ever to evade the enemy. Flashbacks offer dramatic stories set in key moments of history, perfect for introducing children to historical topics.

The Secret Life of Spies - Uncover True Stories of Secrecy and Espionage Inspired by 20 Real-Life Spies. (Hardcover): Michael... The Secret Life of Spies - Uncover True Stories of Secrecy and Espionage Inspired by 20 Real-Life Spies. (Hardcover)
Michael Noble; Illustrated by Alexander Mostov
R500 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Uncover the lives of 20 real-life spies who made it their mission to uncover the truth and collect secret information from their enemies... This book presents personal accounts and testimonies from spies all over the world and throughout history and brings key moments in history to life for young readers. This book journeys around the world and delves back and forth in time to introduce readers to a host of incredible spies who dedicated their lives to world of espionage. Meet Alan Turing whose work cracking the Enigma code helped shorten World War II by a number of years and save countless lives and let Hedy Lamarr prove to you that looks can be deceiving as she put her Hollywood glamour on hold to help advance radio technology. With accounts told through first person narrative, readers will feel like they're meeting some of the most infamous spies of all time. From those involved in reconnaissance, planning and logistics, espionage and development of new technology, this authentic retelling uncovers the secret life of spies in a unique and engaging way. With stylish illustrations from the wonderfully talented Alexander Mostov and informative and compelling text from Michale Noble, this is the secret life of spies.

Zlata's Diary - A Child's Life In Sarajevo (Paperback, New Ed): Zlata Filipovic Zlata's Diary - A Child's Life In Sarajevo (Paperback, New Ed)
Zlata Filipovic; Translated by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric 2
R139 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R41 (29%) In stock

I'm trying to concentrate so that I can do my homework (reading) but I simply can't. Something is going on in town. You can hear gunfire from the hills!

This entry in Zlata's diary in April 1992 shows how the war draws relentlessly closer to her home in Sarajevo. When she starts her diary, Zlata tells of her normal, happy life with her family and friends. But soon they are fighting to survive. Zlata's very personal account is a vivid portrait of an innocent child caught up in a terrible war.

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship (Paperback): Michael Foreman Stubby: A True Story of Friendship (Paperback)
Michael Foreman 1
R189 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.

‘A wonderful story of courage, bravery, loyalty and friendship.’ Early Years Educator

‘…a moving insight into the horrors of the war as seen through the story of the exceptional contribution of a
stray dog.’ LoveReading4Kids

‘…its lessons are important for each new generation’ Evening Echo

A Secret Diary of the First World War - Fact-tastic Stories from Scotland's History (Paperback): Gill Arbuthnott A Secret Diary of the First World War - Fact-tastic Stories from Scotland's History (Paperback)
Gill Arbuthnott; Illustrated by Darren Gate 1
R196 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R37 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What was the First World War really like? Step into the boots of 14-year-old soldier James Marchbank and find out. Inspired by the real-life diary of a Scottish boy soldier, each easy-to-read chapter mixes James's story with timelines, letters, diagrams and illustrations to create a fact-tastic account of the First World War, which is both fun and emotionally engaging for younger readers. Why was rat hunting a popular hobby in the trenches? How did parachuting pigeons help win the war? Why would a really good friend rub whale oil on your feet? What did it feel like to be a teenager at war? Take a journey through time and discover all the most important and incredible bits of the First World War. A Secret Diary of the First World War is the first in a new brilliant series, which blends together intriguing facts and fascinating fiction to bring the most exciting, gruesome and crucial moments of Scottish history alive for young readers.

Sticker Dressing - The World Wars (Paperback, New edition): Various Sticker Dressing - The World Wars (Paperback, New edition)
Various
R304 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R73 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Follow the course of the First and Second World Wars, using 300+ stickers to get soldiers, sailors and airmen ready for action. From field marshals, ambulance drivers and soldiers in muddy trenches to submarine commanders, snipers and secret agents, there are lots of historically accurate uniforms to discover, plus extra equipment and weapons.

One Boy's War (Paperback): Lynn Huggins-Cooper One Boy's War (Paperback)
Lynn Huggins-Cooper; Illustrated by Ian Benfold Haywood
R225 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R58 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A young soldier's honest portrayal, told through letters home and a frank journal, of his enthusiasm for the 1914 recruitment campaign, and joining up - followed by the disillusionment and degradation of soldiering in the trenches of World War I. Sixteen-year-old Sydney is overwhelmed by the excitement of the 1914 recruitment campaigns and the bravado of men leaving for the Great War. Bursting with enthusiasm, he runs away to join up, but soon finds himself a long way from home in a frontline trench where reality - and the rats - begin to bite. Told through Sydney's optimistic letters home and his journal, this is his honest portrayal of the disillusionment and degradation of life and death in the trenches of World War I. 'Find room for this indictment of the First World War' - Bookseller

Beastly Armor: Military Defenses Inspired by Animals (Beasts and the Battlefield) (Paperback): Charles C Hofer Beastly Armor: Military Defenses Inspired by Animals (Beasts and the Battlefield) (Paperback)
Charles C Hofer
R193 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R35 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Child Soldier - When Boys and Girls Are Used in War (Paperback): Jessica Dee Humphreys Child Soldier - When Boys and Girls Are Used in War (Paperback)
Jessica Dee Humphreys; Illustrated by Claudia D avila
R255 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R48 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Davila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: "If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito."

The War in Syria (Hardcover): Claudia Martin The War in Syria (Hardcover)
Claudia Martin
R394 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R83 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The media is full of images and stories about the people of Syria and the suffering they have undergone in recent years. This book looks in detail at the history of the conflict, explains how it came about and the plight of the refugees, while emphasising the point of view of the people actually involved.

Weapons of World War II (Paperback): Matt Doeden Weapons of World War II (Paperback)
Matt Doeden
R246 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Countries from all over the globe fought in World War II. Check out this book to find out more about the weapons used in World War II.

Outrunning the Nazis - The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme (Paperback): Matt Chandler Outrunning the Nazis - The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme (Paperback)
Matt Chandler; Illustrated by Douglas A. Sirois; Cover design or artwork by Pericles Junior; Illustrated by Daniele Nicotra
R246 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the true story of one man's bravery, ingenuity and determination as he trekked hundreds of kilometres across the mountains. Readers will learn about the struggles Sven Somme endured as he eluded 900 German soldiers who set out to capture him.

Beginners Plus Spying (Paperback, New edition): Henry Brook Beginners Plus Spying (Paperback, New edition)
Henry Brook; Illustrated by Staz Johnson
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Behind Enemy Lines - The Escape of Robert Grimes with the Comet Line (Paperback): Matt Chandler Behind Enemy Lines - The Escape of Robert Grimes with the Comet Line (Paperback)
Matt Chandler; Illustrated by Dante Ginevra
R246 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Experience the thrilling and true story of Lt Robert Grimes as he runs for his life to evade being captured by Nazi soldiers. Readers will follow Grimes as he escapes danger with help from the Comet Line, a resistance group that rescued Allied soldiers during WWII.

Weapons of World War I (Paperback): Matt Doeden Weapons of World War I (Paperback)
Matt Doeden
R245 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the first world wide war, many new weapons were invented for the battlefield. Learn about the advancement in weapons in this book!

Hoping for Peace in Sudan (Paperback): Jim Pipe Hoping for Peace in Sudan (Paperback)
Jim Pipe
R252 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If two children from both sides of a conflict could write to each other, what would they say? This hard-hitting but heartwarming book tells of war and confilict in Sudan over a period of time through the eyes of two fictional children who are corresponding by letter, as penpals. One African Sudanese child is living in a refugee camp; the other child, who is Arabic Sudanese, is from a wealthy, educated family. Discover the lives of ordinary people in a war-torn country and how conflict affects their daily lives.

Hoping for Peace in the Middle East (Paperback): Angela Royston Hoping for Peace in the Middle East (Paperback)
Angela Royston
R252 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If two children from both sides of a conflict could write to each other, what would they say? This hard-hitting but heartwarming book tells of war and confilict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East over a period of time through the eyes of two fictional children who are corresponding by letter, as penpals. One child, Jacob, is an Israeli; the other child, Salma, is Palestinian. Discover the lives of ordinary people in a war-torn country and how conflict affects their daily lives.

Hoping for Peace in Iran (Paperback): Jim Pipe Hoping for Peace in Iran (Paperback)
Jim Pipe
R252 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If two children from both sides of a conflict could write to each other, what would they say? This hard-hitting but heartwarming book tells of war and confilict in Iran over a period of time through the eyes of two fictional children who are corresponding by letter, as penpals. One child is living in the United States; the other child is living in Iran. Discover the lives of ordinary people in a war-torn country and how conflict affects their daily lives.

Hoping for Peace in Afghanistan (Paperback): Nick Hunter Hoping for Peace in Afghanistan (Paperback)
Nick Hunter
R252 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If two children from both sides of a conflict could write to each other, what would they say? This hard-hitting but heartwarming book tells of war and confilict in Afghanistan over the past ten years through the eyes of two fictional children who are corresponding by letter, as penpals. One child, Kelly, is living in the United States; Fatimah is living in war-torn Afghanistan. Discover the lives of ordinary people in a war-torn country and how conflict affects their daily lives.

An Unlikely Spy (Paperback): Terry Deary An Unlikely Spy (Paperback)
Terry Deary 1
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Thrilling historical adventure from Terry Deary, the 'outstanding children's non-fiction author of the 20th century' (Books For Keeps)

This brand new, exciting adventure from bestselling Horrible Histories author Terry Deary brings the Second World War to life. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne.

World War II has begun. Brigit has been evacuated to Wales from her home near the aeroplane factories of Coventry. But when it's revealed that her father is German, Brigit runs away to join her mother in a very special training camp, where Churchill is building a secret army of spies and saboteurs known as the Special Operations Executive.

Brigit and her mother soon find themselves on the front line in Nazi-occupied France, where they search for double agents and meet with danger at every turn in their efforts to support the French resistance. But no-one will suspect Brigit is a spy, will they? After all, who would suspect a child?

Featuring characters from The Silver Hand, this page-turning adventure sheds new light on the Second World War and will have readers gripped from start to finish.

The Battle of Britain (Paperback): Catherine Chambers The Battle of Britain (Paperback)
Catherine Chambers
R248 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During World War II, between 10 July and 31 October 1940, Nazi Germany launched an attempt to invade Great Britain, beginning with air raids. The German air force named the Luftwaffe fought in the skies above Britain against the British Air Force. The battle in the air caused destruction and chaos on the cities and towns below. However, thanks to the bravery of fighter pilots and the clever strategy of British forces, all was not lost. In this fascinating book, primary sources, quotes from Winston Churchill, Battle facts, a timeline and much more will provide readers with all they need to know about one of Britain's most challenging events in its long history.

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