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First to Fight - The Polish War 1939 (Hardcover): Roger Moorhouse First to Fight - The Polish War 1939 (Hardcover)
Roger Moorhouse 1
R592 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R123 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Drawing for the first time on Polish, German and Soviet sources, First to Fight is the definitive history of the German invasion of Poland, which opened the war in September 1939. Roger Moorhouse provides a dramatic narrative of military events, brought to life by a select cast of generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides. In the process, First to Fight explodes many of the myths that still surround the campaign and challenge our understanding of how Britain and France entered the war. Did Britain and France assist their Polish ally to the best of their abilities when the German armies crossed the border on 1 September 1939? While they went to war with Germany, why did they not declare war on the Soviet Union when its troops invaded Poland from the east later in the month? And if the violation of Poland had been the reason to go to war in 1939, how could the Western Allies justify handing the country over on a plate to Stalin in 1945? Published to tie in with the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, First to Fight explodes many of the myths around what is a shameful chapter in both British and French history, and forensically examines a pivotal moment in the war's history.

First to Fight - The Polish War 1939 (Paperback): Roger Moorhouse First to Fight - The Polish War 1939 (Paperback)
Roger Moorhouse 1
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'This deeply researched, very well-written and penetrating book will be the standard work on the subject for many years to come' - Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

The Second World War began on 1 September 1939, when German tanks, trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border, and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland’s cities. The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand an attacker superior in numbers and technology; and when the Red Army invaded from the east – as agreed in the pact Hitler had concluded with Stalin – the country’s fate was sealed. Poland was the first to fight the German aggressor; it would be the first to suffer the full murderous force of Nazi persecution. By the end of the Second World War, one in five of its people had perished.

The Polish campaign is the forgotten story of the Second World War. Despite prefacing many of that conflict's later horrors – the wanton targeting of civilians, indiscriminate bombing and ethnic cleansing – it is little understood, and most of what we think we know about it is Nazi propaganda, such as the myth of Polish cavalry charging German tanks with their lances. In truth, Polish forces put up a spirited defence, in the expectation that they would be assisted by their British and French allies. That assistance never came.

First to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides, Roger Moorhouse’s dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering, and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.

Killing Hitler (Paperback): Roger Moorhouse Killing Hitler (Paperback)
Roger Moorhouse
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For the first time in one enthralling book, here is the incredible true story of the numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler and change the course of history.
Disraeli once declared that "assassination never changed anything," and yet the idea that World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust might have been averted with a single bullet or bomb has remained a tantalizing one for half a century. What historian Roger Moorhouse reveals in Killing Hitler is just how close-and how often-history came to taking a radically different path between Adolf Hitler's rise to power and his ignominious suicide.
Few leaders, in any century, can have been the target of so many assassination attempts, with such momentous consequences in the balance. Hitler's almost fifty would-be assassins ranged from simple craftsmen to high-ranking soldiers, from the apolitical to the ideologically obsessed, from Polish Resistance fighters to patriotic Wehrmacht officers, and from enemy agents to his closest associates. And yet, up to now, their exploits have remained virtually unknown, buried in dusty official archives and obscure memoirs. This, then, for the first time in a single volume, is their story.
A story of courage and ingenuity and, ultimately, failure, ranging from spectacular train derailments to the world's first known suicide bomber, explaining along the way why the British at one time declared that assassinating Hitler would be "unsporting," and why the ruthless murderer Joseph Stalin was unwilling to order his death.
It is also the remarkable, terrible story of the survival of a tyrant against all the odds, an evil dictator whose repeated escapes from almost certain death convinced him that he was literally invincible-a conviction that had appalling consequences for millions.

Operation Blunderhead - The Incredible Adventures of a Double Agent in Nazi-Occupied Europe (Hardcover): David Kirby Operation Blunderhead - The Incredible Adventures of a Double Agent in Nazi-Occupied Europe (Hardcover)
David Kirby; Foreword by Roger Moorhouse 1
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In the autumn of 1942, British Special Operations Executive agent Ronald Sydney Seth was parachuted into German occupied Estonia, supposedly to carry out acts of sabotage against the Nazis in a plan code-named Operation Blunderhead. Uniquely, it was Seth and not the SOE who had engineered the mission, and he had no support network on the ground. It was a failure. Captured by Estonian militia, Seth was handed over to the Germans for interrogation, imprisoned and sentenced to death, but managed to evade execution by convincing his captors that he could be an asset. What happened between Seth's capture and his return to England in the dying days of the war reads, at times, like a novel - inhabiting a Gestapo safe house, acting as a stool pigeon, entrusted with a mission sanctioned by Heinrich Himmler - yet much of it is true, albeit highly embellished by Seth, who was quite capable of weaving the most elaborate fantasies. He was an unlikely hero, whose survival owed more to his ability to spin a tale than to any daring qualities. Operation Blunderhead is a compelling and original account of an extraordinary episode of the Second World War - a brilliant blend of fact and fiction, contrasting material taken from SOE and MI5 files with Seth's own fantastical story.

His Struggle - Hitler in Landsberg Prison, 1924 (Paperback): Roger Moorhouse His Struggle - Hitler in Landsberg Prison, 1924 (Paperback)
Roger Moorhouse
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Berlin at War (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition): Roger Moorhouse Berlin at War (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Roger Moorhouse
R399 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R32 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In "Berlin at War," acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich. Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. It was the backdrop for the most lavish Nazi ceremonies, the site of Albert Speer's grandiose plans for a new "world metropolis," and the scene of the final climactic battle to defeat Nazism. Berlin was the place where Hitler's empire ultimately meet its end, but it suffered mightily through the war as well; not only was the city subjected to the full wrath of the Soviet ground offensive and siege in 1945, but it also found itself a prime target for the air war, attracting more raids, more aircraft, and more tonnage than any other German city. Combining groundbreaking research with a gripping narrative, Moorhouse brings all of the complexity and chaos of wartime Berlin to life. "Berlin at War "is the incredible story of the city--and people--that saw the whole of this epic conflict, from start to finish.

The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler (Paperback): Roger Manvell, Heinrich Fraenkel The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler (Paperback)
Roger Manvell, Heinrich Fraenkel; Foreword by Roger Moorhouse
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"Well written and accurate."--"New York Review of Books"
An enormous success upon its original publication in 1964, "The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler" investigates the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler's infamous Wolf's Lair, a conspiracy led by Claus von Stauffenberg, a staff insider with access to the Fu hrer. The first book to reveal the truth about the now infamous Operation Valkyrie, "The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler" is "one of the most readable stories ever written about the war" ("The Sunday Times"). This classic is an exciting and shocking tale of modern sabotage packed with first-hand information about Stauffenberg's tragic failed attempt on Hitler's life. Written when those involved were still alive and testifying, Manvell and Fraenkel's account is the most powerful and candid telling of the near-miss assassination of Hitler ever written. 19 b/w photographs.

The Devils' Alliance (Hardcover): Roger Moorhouse The Devils' Alliance (Hardcover)
Roger Moorhouse
R587 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R61 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

History remembers the Soviets and the Nazis as bitter enemies and ideological rivals, the two mammoth and opposing totalitarian regimes of World War II whose conflict would be the defining and deciding clash of the war. Yet for nearly a third of the conflict's entire timespan, Hitler and Stalin stood side by side as partners. The Pact that they agreed had a profound--and bloody--impact on Europe, and is fundamental to understanding the development and denouement of the war.
In "The Devils' Alliance," acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse explores the causes and implications of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, an unholy covenant whose creation and dissolution were crucial turning points in World War II. Forged by the German foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov, the nonaggression treaty briefly united the two powers in a brutally efficient collaboration. Together, the Germans and Soviets quickly conquered and divided central and eastern Europe--Poland, the Baltic States, Finland, and Bessarabia--and the human cost was staggering: during the two years of the pact hundreds of thousands of people in central and eastern Europe caught between Hitler and Stalin were expropriated, deported, or killed. Fortunately for the Allies, the partnership ultimately soured, resulting in the surprise June 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union. Ironically, however, the powers' exchange of materiel, blueprints, and technological expertise during the period of the Pact made possible a far more bloody and protracted war than would have otherwise been conceivable.
Combining comprehensive research with a gripping narrative, "The Devils' Alliance" is the authoritative history of the Nazi-Soviet Pact--and a portrait of the people whose lives were irrevocably altered by Hitler and Stalin's nefarious collaboration.

Killing Hitler - The Third Reich and the Plots Against the Fuhrer (Paperback, New Ed): Roger Moorhouse Killing Hitler - The Third Reich and the Plots Against the Fuhrer (Paperback, New Ed)
Roger Moorhouse 2
R235 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R50 (21%) Out of stock

Most people have heard of the Stauffenberg Plot but it is not widely known that this was only one of a long series of attempts on the life of Adolf Hitler. The Germans, Soviets, Poles and British all made plans to kill the Fuhrer. Lone gunmen, disaffected German officers and the Polish Underground, the Soviet NKVD and the British Special Operations Executive were all involved. Their methods varied from bombing, poisoning or using a sniper, to infiltrating the SS, or even sending Rudolf Hess back to Germany under hypnosis. Many of the plans did not make it beyond the drawing board, some were carried out. All of them failed. Alongside the dramatic and largely unknown stories of Hitler's numerous assassins, this book presents a fascinating investigation of a number of broader issues, such as the complex motives of the German Resistance, the curious squeamishness of the British, and the effectiveness of the Nazi security apparatus. Drawing on memoirs and original archival sources in Poland, Germany, Russia and Britain, Killing Hitler offers a unique perspective on the history of the Third Reich.

The Devils' Alliance - Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 (Paperback): Roger Moorhouse The Devils' Alliance - Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 (Paperback)
Roger Moorhouse 1
R235 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R50 (21%) Out of stock

For nearly two years the two most infamous dictators in history actively collaborated with one another. The Nazi-Soviet Pact stunned the world when it was announced, the Second World War was launched under its auspices with the invasion and division of Poland, and its eventual collapse led to the war's defining and deciding clash. It is a chapter too often skimmed over by popular histories of the Second World War, and in The Devils' Alliance Roger Moorhouse tells the full story of the pact between Hitler and Stalin for the first time, from the motivation for its inception to its dramatic and abrupt end in 1941 as Germany declared war against its former partner. Using first-hand and eye-witness testimony, this is not just an account of the turbulent, febrile politics underlying the unlikely collaboration between these two totalitarian regimes, but of the human costs of the pact, as millions of eastern Europeans fell victim to the nefarious ambitions of Hitler and Stalin.

Berlin at War - Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45 (Paperback): Roger Moorhouse Berlin at War - Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45 (Paperback)
Roger Moorhouse 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Out of stock

Berlin was the city at the very center of World War Two. It was the launching pad for Hitler's empire, the embodiment of his vision of a "world metropolis." Berlin was also the place where Hitler's Reich would ultimately fall. Berlin suffered more air raids than any other German city and endured the full force of a Soviet siege.

In "Berlin at War," historian Roger Moorhouse uses diaries, memoirs, and interviews to provide a searing first-hand account of life and death in the Nazi capital--the privations, the hopes and fears, and the nonconformist tradition that saw some Berliners provide underground succour to the city's remaining Jews. Combining comprehensive research with gripping narrative, "Berlin at War" is the incredible story of the city--and people--that saw the whole of World War Two.

The Hitler I Knew - Memoirs of the Third Reich?s Press Chief (Paperback): Otto Dietrich The Hitler I Knew - Memoirs of the Third Reich?s Press Chief (Paperback)
Otto Dietrich; Introduction by Roger Moorhouse
R264 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R23 (9%) Out of stock

"Up to the last moment, his overwhelming, despotic authority aroused false hopes and deceived his people and his entourage. Only at the end, when I watched the inglorious collapse and the obstinacy of his final downfall, was I able suddenly to fit together the bits of mosaic I had been amassing for twelve years into a complete picture of his opaque and sphinxlike personality. If my contemporaries fail to understand me, those who came after will surely profit from this account." Otto Dietrich When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler, requesting that it be published after his death. Dietrich's role placed him in a privileged position. He was hired by Hitler in 1933, was his confidant until 1945, and he worked and clashed with Joseph Goebbels. His direct, personal experience of life at the heat of the Reich makes for compelling reading. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Microcosm - A Portrait of a Central European City (Paperback, New Ed): Norman Davies, Roger Moorhouse Microcosm - A Portrait of a Central European City (Paperback, New Ed)
Norman Davies, Roger Moorhouse 2
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The story of Central Europe is anything but simple. As the region located between East and West, it has always been endowed with a rich variety of migrants, and has repeatedly been the scene of nomadic invasions, mixed settlements and military conquests. In order to present a portrait of Central Europe, Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse have made a case study of one of its most colourful cities, the former German Breslau, which became the Polish Wroclaw after the Second World War. The traditional capital of the province of Silesia rose to prominence a thousand years ago as a trading centre and bishopric in Piast Poland. It became the second city of the kingdom of Bohemia, a major municipality of the Habsburg lands, and then a Residenzstadt of the kingdom of Prussia. The third largest city of nineteenth-century Germany, its population reached one million before the bitter siege by the Soviet Army in 1945 wrought almost total destruction. Since then Wroclaw has risen from the ruins of war and is once again a thriving regional centre. The history of Silesia's main city is more than a fascinating tale in its own right. It embodies all the experiences which have made Central Europe what it is - a rich mixture of nationalities and cultures; the scene of German settlement and of the reflux of the Slavs; a Jewish presence of exceptional distinction; a turbulent succession of imperial rulers; and the shattering exposure to both Nazis and Stalinists. In short, it is a Central European microcosm.

With Hitler to the End - The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet (Paperback): Heinz Linge, Roger Moorhouse With Hitler to the End - The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet (Paperback)
Heinz Linge, Roger Moorhouse
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Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a ten-year period from 1935 until the Fuhrer's death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself. During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler's household and was constantly by his side.
Here, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler's household: his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humor, and his private life with Eva Braun. After the war Linge said in an interview, "It was easier for him to sign a death warrant for an officer on the front than to swallow bad news about the health of his dog." Linge also charts the changes in Hitler's character during their time together and his fading health during the last years of the war. During his last days, Hitler's right eye began to hurt intensely and Linge was responsible for administering cocaine drops to kill the pain. In a number of instances--such as with the Stauffenberg bomb plot of July 1944--Linge gives an excellent eyewitness account of events. He also gives thumbnail profiles of the prominent members of Hitler's "court": Hess, Speer, Bormann and Ribbentrop amongst them.
Though Linge held an SS rank, he claims not to have been a Nazi Party member. His profile of one of history's worst demons is not blindly uncritical, but it is nonetheless affectionate. The Hitler that emerges is a multi-faceted individual: unpredictable and demanding, but not of an otherwise unpleasant nature.

The Third Reich in 100 Objects - A Material History of Nazi Germany (Hardcover): Roger Moorhouse The Third Reich in 100 Objects - A Material History of Nazi Germany (Hardcover)
Roger Moorhouse
R596 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R125 (21%) Out of stock

Hitler's Third Reich is still the focus of numerous articles, books and films: no conflict of the twentieth century has prompted such interest or such a body of literature. Approaching the canon of World War II literature is a challenge for a general reader but the 100 objects approach is a novel and accessible presentation. This is a compelling, frequently shocking and revelatory guide to the Third Reich that has been collated and presented by two of the world's leading World War II historians. The photographs gathered by Roger Moorhouse and Roger Moorhouse include Pervitin, Hitler's Mercedes, Wehrmach toilet paper, Hitler's grooming kit, the Nuremberg courtroom, the Tiger Tank, fragments of flak, the Iron Cross and, of course, the Swastika and Mein Kampf.

Hitler's Interpreter - The Memoirs of Paul Schmidt (Paperback): Paul Schmidt Hitler's Interpreter - The Memoirs of Paul Schmidt (Paperback)
Paul Schmidt; Foreword by Roger Moorhouse 1
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As an interpreter in the German Foreign Ministry, Paul-Otto Schmidt (1899-1970) was in attendance at some of the most decisive moments of twentieth-century history. Fluent in both English and French, he served as Hitler's translator during negotiations with Chamberlain, the British declaration of war and the surrender of France, as well as translating the Fuhrer's infamous speeches for radio. Having gained favour with the Nazi Party - donning first the uniform of the SS then that of the Luftwaffe - Paul Schmidt was given `absolute authority' in everything to do with foreign languages. He later presided over the interrogation of Canadian soldiers captured after the 1942 Dieppe Raid. Arrested in May 1945, Schmidt was freed by the Americans in 1948. In 1946 he testified at the Nuremberg Trials, where conversations with him were noted down by the psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn and later published. After the war he taught at the Sprachen und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich. Hitler's Interpreter presents a highly atmospheric account of the bizarre life led behind the scenes at the highest level of the Third Reich. Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Berlin at War, Killing Hitler and The Devil's Pact. He has contributed to He Was My Chief, I Was Hitler's Chauffeur, With Hitler to the End and Hitler's Last Witness.

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