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The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback): Mark Felton The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R374 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R81 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

July 1945. Eighteen young British, Australian and New Zealand special forces from a top-secret underwater warfare unit prepare to undertake three audacious missions against the Japanese. Using XE-craft midget submarines, the raiders will creep deep behind Japanese lines to sink two huge warships off Singapore and sever two vitally important undersea communications cables. Success will hasten ultimate victory over Japan; but if any of the men are captured they can expect a gruesome execution. Can the Sea Devils overcome Japanese defences, mechanical failures, oxygen poisoning and submarine disasters to fulfil their missions? Mark Felton tells the true story of a band of young men living on raw courage, nerves and adrenalin as they attempt to pull off what could be the last great raid of World War Two.

Zero Night - EXPORT EDITION - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback, Export Ed):... Zero Night - EXPORT EDITION - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback, Export Ed)
Mark Felton
R369 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R81 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The story of a lesser known - but perhaps the greatest - escape of Second World War prisoners has been told in a new book.' The Scotsman 'This is undeniably history as it should be told and a thundering good read.' History of War Magazine Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass escape of the Second World War. It was the first 'Great Escape' - but instead of tunnelling, the escapers boldly went over the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions. This was the notorious 'Warburg Wire Job', described by fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader as 'the most brilliant escape conception of this war'. Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as prisoners charged the camp's double perimeter fences. Telling this remarkable story in full for the first time, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape itself and the adventures of those who eluded the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory. Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist's eye for drama and detail, this is a rip-roaring adventure story, all the more thrilling for being true.

Ghost Riders- EXPORT EDITION - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Paperback):... Ghost Riders- EXPORT EDITION - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R325 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R69 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces - there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history. So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world's finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.

Operation Swallow- EXPORT EDITION - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback): Mark... Operation Swallow- EXPORT EDITION - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R375 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R79 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Operation Swallow is the true story of how a small group of American soldiers, inspired by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, worked to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a Nazi plan to turn Jewish prisoners of war into concentration camp slaves. It begins in the snowy forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the charnel house of Buchenwald concentration camp in spring 1945. It is a remarkable battle of wills between a young GI thrust into a leadership position he didn't want and an SS officer who will stop at nothing to complete his orders. Written from personal testimonies and official documents, it is an escape story replete with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair and salvation. Even more remarkably, it is a story that has barely been told before, a chapter of US military history that the American government tried to suppress for decades - and an uplifting story that deserves to be widely known.

Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD): Mark Felton Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD)
Mark Felton; Read by Fred Sanders
R785 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R225 (29%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Paperback): Mark Felton Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R258 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

High in the Tuscan hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle, converted to a POW camp on Mussolini's personal orders, holds one of the most illustrious groups of prisoners in the history of warfare. The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officers includes three knights of the realm and two VCs. The youngest of them is 48, the oldest 63. One is missing a hand and an eye. Another suffers with a gammy hip. Against insuperable odds, these extraordinary middle-aged POWs plan a series of daring escape attempts, culminating in a complex tunnel deep beneath the castle. One rainswept night in March 1943, six men will burst from the earth beyond the castle's curtain wall and slip away. By assorted means, the three Brits, two New Zealanders and a half-Belgian aristocrat will attempt to make it to neutral Switzerland, over 200 miles away.

Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Hardcover): Mark Felton Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R660 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The true and heroic story of American POWs' daring escape from a Nazi concentration camp.

In this little-known story from World War II, a group of American POW camp leaders risk everything to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a diabolical Nazi concentration camp. Their story begins in the dark forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the spring of 1945. This appalling chapter of US military history and uplifting Holocaust story deserves to be widely known and understood.

Operation Swallow provides a historical, first person perspective of how American GIs stood up against their evil SS captors who were forcing them to work as slave laborers. A young GI is thrust into a leadership position and leads his fellow servicemen on a daring escape. It is a story filled with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair, and salvation. A compelling narrative-driven nonfiction book has not been written that takes the reader deep into the dark story of Operation 'Swallow' and Berga Concentration Camp--until now.

Written from personal testimonies and official documents, Operation Swallow is a tale replete with high adventure, compelling characters, human drama, tragedy, and eventual salvation, from the pen of a master of the modern military narrative.

Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape - The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape... Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape - The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R606 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Today is a Good Day to Fight - The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (Paperback, New edition): Mark Felton Today is a Good Day to Fight - The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (Paperback, New edition)
Mark Felton
R482 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R102 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Blood, guts, dust and hatred: the real history of the American West. Today is a Good Day to Fight covers the period from the initial penetration of the region by settlers and prospectors in the 1840s until the end of the Indian Wars in the 1890s. It explains the history of white-Indian conflict from the military point of view, showing how the United States used its army to wage terrible wars of conquest upon Native American peoples in order to take the land from them and enrich the growing nation, and how the Indians never really stood a chance in trying to defend their homelands. Highlighting the fractious and bitter relations between tribes unable and unwilling to unite in time to stave off their common enemy, it portrays the utter bitterness of the conflict between white and Indian, and how both sides resorted to increasingly foul acts of war and slaughter as the conflict progressed. A dirty, underhanded and scrappy conflict, the outrages committed by both sides fuelled bitterness and resentment that still exists in America today.

Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Hardcover): Mark Felton Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R802 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Holocaust Heroes : Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover): Mark Felton Holocaust Heroes : Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R563 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This inspiring book examines the often incredible and nearly always tragic examples of Jewish resistance in ghettos and concentration camps during the Nazis 'Final Solution'. It shows that the Warsaw Uprising in Poland during April to May 1944 was not the only occasion of defiant opposition. Throughout the Nazis' extermination programme Jews and other prisoners fought back against their murderers, often with stunning results. The Germans were nearly always taken by surprise by the sudden emergence of armed Jewish resistance and often paid dearly. This happened in ghettos and concentration campos (including Treblinka, Auschwitz, Syrels and Sobibor) throughout Poland and the Ukraine. Some Jews tried to stop the machinery of the Holocaust by rising up and destroying the gas chambers while others bravely tried to take over an extermination camp and escape en masse. In virtually every case the brave men and women who volunteered to fight back paid with their lives. Importantly these men and women are not just portrayed as victims but also as brave and resourceful fighters and resisters against their tragic fate.These are stories that are uplifting, inspiring and often profoundly moving.

The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback): Mark Felton The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R287 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

July 1945. Eighteen young British, Australian and New Zealand special forces from a top-secret underwater warfare unit prepare to undertake three audacious missions against the Japanese. Using XE-craft midget submarines, the raiders will creep deep behind Japanese lines to sink two huge warships off Singapore and sever two vitally important undersea communications cables. Success will hasten ultimate victory over Japan; but if any of the men are captured they can expect a gruesome execution. Can the Sea Devils overcome Japanese defences, mechanical failures, oxygen poisoning and submarine disasters to fulfil their missions? Mark Felton tells the true story of a band of young men living on raw courage, nerves and adrenalin as they attempt to pull off what could be the last great raid of World War Two.

Zero Night - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback): Mark Felton Zero Night - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R258 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The story of a lesser known - but perhaps the greatest - escape of Second World War prisoners has been told in a new book.' The Scotsman 'This is undeniably history as it should be told and a thundering good read.' History of War Magazine Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass escape of the Second World War. It was the first 'Great Escape' - but instead of tunnelling, the escapers boldly went over the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions. This was the notorious 'Warburg Wire Job', described by fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader as 'the most brilliant escape conception of this war'. Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as prisoners charged the camp's double perimeter fences. Telling this remarkable story in full for the first time, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape itself and the adventures of those who eluded the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory. Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist's eye for drama and detail, this is a rip-roaring adventure story, all the more thrilling for being true.

Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last... Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R659 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R107 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD, Library... Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Mark Felton; Read by Fred Sanders
R2,033 R1,392 Discovery Miles 13 920 Save R641 (32%) Out of stock
Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last... Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Standard format, CD)
Mark Felton
R1,727 R1,190 Discovery Miles 11 900 Save R537 (31%) Out of stock
Holocaust Heroes - Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover): Mark Felton Holocaust Heroes - Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R806 R719 Discovery Miles 7 190 Save R87 (11%) Out of stock

Holocaust Heroes is an inspiring book that examines the incredible--yet tragic--examples of Jewish resistance in ghettos and concentration camps during the days of the Nazis' "Final Solution." The Warsaw Uprising during the spring of 1944 is the most infamous rebellion, but there were other occasions of Jews and other prisoners fighting back--often with stunning results--against their murderers via the armed Jewish resistance. Destroying gas chambers, efforts to take over camps, and escaping en masse were just some of the brave methods attempted to stop the machinery of the Holocaust throughout Poland and the Ukraine. In virtually every case, the brave men and women who rebelled against their captors, paid dearly with their lives. Holocaust Heroes recounts the stories of these individuals who fought against victimization and acted with bravery, resourcefulness, and resistance to fight against their tragic fate. An important and original addition to the bibliography of the Holocaust, these stories are uplifting, inspiring, and profoundly moving.

Slaughter at Sea - War Crimes of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Hardcover): Mark Felton Slaughter at Sea - War Crimes of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

Even the most knowledgeable reader will be shocked by the extent of the crimes committed against servicemen and civilians revealed in this chilling new study. From the regular execution of POWs to the abandonment of survivors, Mark Felton takes a detailed look at this dark chapter in the history of the Japanese navy in World War II. Prior to this account, Japanese war crimes at sea have received relatively little attention compared to coverage of the Japanese army's barbaric conduct. Written by a longtime resident of the Far East, this new work takes into account the culture that led to such appalling atrocities. Upon publication in the UK, the book drew major news coverage.

Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback): Mark Felton Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R290 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R51 (18%) Out of stock

Operation Swallow is the true story of how a small group of American soldiers, inspired by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, worked to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a Nazi plan to turn Jewish prisoners of war into concentration camp slaves. It begins in the snowy forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the charnel house of Buchenwald concentration camp in spring 1945. It is a remarkable battle of wills between a young GI thrust into a leadership position he didn't want and an SS officer who will stop at nothing to complete his orders. Written from personal testimonies and official documents, it is an escape story replete with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair and salvation. Even more remarkably, it is a story that has barely been told before, a chapter of US military history that the American government tried to suppress for decades - and an uplifting story that deserves to be widely known.

China Station (Hardcover, New): Mark Felton China Station (Hardcover, New)
Mark Felton
R569 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R111 (20%) Out of stock

The Author, who lives in Shanghai, sets out to demonstrate that the British military has been at the forefront of many of the great changes that have swept China over the last two centuries. He devotes chapters to the various wars, military adventures and rebellions that regularly punctuated Sino/British relationships since the 1st Opium War 1839-1842. This classic example of Imperial intervention saw the establishment of Hong Kong and Shanghai as key trading centres. The Second Opium War and the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions saw the advancement of British influence despite determined but unsuccessful efforts by the Chinese to loosen the grip of Western domination. The Royal Navy's might ensured that, by 'gunboat diplomacy', trading rights and new posts were established and great fortunes made. But in the 1940s the British grossly underestimated Japanese military might and intentions with disastrous results. After the Second World War the British returned to find that the Americans had supplanted them. The Communists' victory in the Civil War sealed British and Western fates and, while Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, the end of British rule was almost inevitable. But the handover was a masterly piece of pragmatic capitalism and the former Colony remains an economic powerhouse with strong British influence.

Fujita Plan (Hardcover): Mark Felton Fujita Plan (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

After the staggering success of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack, the Japanese plotted to maintain the initiative and spread fear and panic among the civil population of the United States and Australia.
With his usual skilled research the author has uncovered numerous plans. Some like the midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and the daring Seaplane air raids on Oregon were put into effect. Others never reached that stage due to either impracticality, bad luck or counter-espionage.
The Fujita Plan throws fascinating new light on a little known aspect of the Second World War.

Last Nazis: the Hunt for Hitler's Henchmen (Hardcover): Mark Felton Last Nazis: the Hunt for Hitler's Henchmen (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

The heinous crimes committed by the Nazis will inevitably appal mankind for ever. Interest in the hunt for those who have escaped justice since 1945 is huge. A surprising number of war criminals remain alive 65 years on despite the on-going campaign by the Simon Weisenthal Center, who launched 'The Last Chance' campaign in 2008. Since 2001 no less than 76 legal decisions have been won against Nazi war criminals and collaborators, half of them in the USA. Yet the author reveals that there are many more alive and free today and their stories are no less shocking for the passage of time.He also covers those who died recently before trial as well as those who have succeeded in escaping justice or only suffered very minor punishment.The author spares no effort to shock the reader with his accounts of the appalling crimes committed by these evil men and women.

Guarding Hitler - The Secret World of the F hrer (Paperback): Mark Felton Guarding Hitler - The Secret World of the F hrer (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R370 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R68 (18%) Out of stock

Based on intelligence documents, personal testimonies, memoirs and official histories, including material only declassified in 2010, Guarding Hitler provides the reader with a fascinating inside look at the secret world of Hitlers security and domestic arrangements. The book focuses in particular on both the official and private life of Hitler during the latter part of the war, at the Wolfs Lair at Rastenburg, and Hitlers private residence at Berchtesgaden, the Berghof. Guarding Hitler manages to offer fresh insights into the life and routine of the Fuhrer, and most importantly the often indiscreet opinions, observations and activities of the little people who surrounded Hitler but whose stories have been overshadowed by the great affairs of state. It covers not only the plots against Hitlers life but the way security developed as a result. His use of doubles is examined as is security whilst travelling by land or air. As little has been written about the security and domestic life of Adolf Hitler, Guarding Hitler allows the reader to delve deeper into this previously overlooked but nonetheless fascinating aspect of the worlds most infamous man.

Guarding Hitler (Hardcover): Mark Felton Guarding Hitler (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R565 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R110 (19%) Out of stock

Based on intelligence documents, personal testimonies, memoirs and official histories, including material only declassified in 2010, "Guarding Hitler" provides the reader with a fascinating inside look at the secret world of Hitler's security and domestic arrangements. The book focuses in particular on both the official and private life of Hitler during the latter part of the war, at the Wolfs Lair at Rastenburg, and Hitler's private residence at Berchtesgaden, the Berghof.

"Guarding Hitler" manages to offer fresh insights into the life and routine of the Fuhrer, and most importantly the often indiscreet opinions, observations and activities of the 'little people' who surrounded Hitler but whose stories have been overshadowed by the great affairs of state.

It covers not only the plots against Hitler's life but the way security developed as a result. His use of 'doubles' is examined as is security while traveling by land or air.

As little has been written about the security and domestic life of Adolf Hitler, "Guarding Hitler" allows the reader to delve deeper into this previously overlooked but nonetheless fascinating aspect of the world's most infamous man.

Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War (Hardcover): Mark Felton Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R565 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R110 (19%) Out of stock

The brutal Japanese treatment of Allied POWs in WW2 has been well documented. The experiences of British, Australian and American POWs on the Burma Railway, in the mines of Formosa and in camps across the Far East, were bad enough. But the mis-treatment of those used as guinea pigs in medical experiments was in a different league. The author reveals distressing evidence of Unit 731 experiments involving US prisoners and the use of British as control groups in Northern China, Hainau Island, New Guinea and in Japan. These resulted in loss of life and extreme suffering. Perhaps equally shocking is the documentary evidence of British Government use of the results of these experiments at Porton Down in the Cold War era in concert with the US who had captured Unit 731 scientists and protected them from war crime prosecution in return for their cooperation. The author's in-depth research revealed that, not surprisingly, archives have been 'combed' of much incriminating material but enough remains to paint a thoroughly disturbing story.

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