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Holocaust versus Wehrmacht

How Hitler's "Final Solution" Undermined the German War Effort

An innovative and thorough history of how Hitler's war to eliminate Europe's Jews and the Wehrmacht's war versus the Allies were in conflict with each other to the detriment of the latter.

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IN DEADLY COMBAT

A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front

In the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Herbert Bidermann served in that lethal theater from 1941 to 1945, and his memoir of those years recaptures the sights, sounds, and smells of the war as it vividly portrays an army marching on the road to ruin.

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Japan's Imperial Army

Its Rise and Fall, 1853 - 1945

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Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

Untold Tales of Men of Jewish Descent Who Fought for the Third Reich

In this intriguing work, the author has collected the oral histories of Jews and part-Jews who served in the German armed forces during World War II. Many enlisted to protect their families, often in vain; Rigg tells heartrending stories of soldiers risking their lives in battle as relatives disappeared into extermination camps.

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Losing Binh Dinh

The Failure of Pacification and Vietnamization, 1969 - 1971

Boylan's careful and well-documented analysis of US and South Vietnamese counterinsurgency efforts in Binh Dinh province is a powerful and convincing refutation of those Revisionists who have counter-factually asserted that the US had won the war by 1970—only to have it lost because of the failure of Congress to support Saigon after the 1973 Paris agreement.

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Marshall and His Generals

U.S. Army Commanders in World War II

General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and His Generals is the first and only book to focus entirely on that selection process and the performances, both stellar and disappointing, that followed from it. Stephen Taaffe chronicles and critiques the background, character, achievements, and failures of the more than three dozen general officers chosen for top combat group commands—from commanders like Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur to some nearly forgotten.

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The Mediterranean Air War

Airpower and Allied Victory in World War II

Without what the Allies learned in the Mediterranean air war in 1942-–1944, the Normandy landing--—and so, perhaps, the Second World War II--—would have ended differently. This is one of manyis the lessons of The Mediterranean Air War, the first one-volume history of the vital role of airpower during the three-year struggle for control of the Mediterranean Basin in World War II--—and of its significance for the Allied successess in the war's last two years.

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A Military History of Afghanistan

From the Great Game to the Global War on Terror

The first comprehensive history of over two centuries of warfare and international conflict in Afghanistan, including the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century struggles over modernization, the fall of the last monarchy, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the twenty-first century US Global War on Terror.

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Military Service and American Democracy

From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Who Serves? William Taylor shows us why the changing answers to that question matter, not only to the individuals involved but to the health of American democracy. A pioneering work on the political and social history of American military recruiting since the end of World War II.

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