Schoolboy to Soldier 1935-1945

Author: Clement Hoyle


ISBN: 1843941783

Category: Hoyle, Clement

Page: 243

View: 5131

'Schoolboy to Soldier' is the story of how a boy of 14 years old joined the Army and became a soldier of the Second World War. It embraces enlistment and training with special emphasis on the almost impossible standards set by the workshops.

Popski’s Private Army

Author: Lt.-Col. Vladimir Peniakoff DSO MC

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786258722

Category: History

Page: 494

View: 7545

In October 1942, Vladimir Peniakoff (nicknamed Popski) formed his own elite fighting force in the North African desert. Over the next year ‘Popski’s Private Army’ carried out a series of daring raids behind the German lines that were truly spectacular—freeing prisoners, destroying installations, spreading alarm. This, one of the classic memoirs of the Second World War, is their story. ‘A story of adventure...which has no rival in the literature of any war.’—DAILY EXPRESS ‘This is certainly among the best of war books...splendid writing.’—THE OBSERVER ‘One of the small handful of really first-class war books. A superb story of adventure told masterfully, brilliantly.’—EVENING STANDARD ‘His courage, resourcefulness and qualities of leadership deservedly gained him a high reputation. He has now shown that he also possesses unusual literary talent.’—THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Martha Gellhorn

A Life

Author: Caroline Moorehead

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409079481

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 8293

Martha Gelhorn's journalism tracks many of the flashpoints of the twentieth century; as a young woman she witnessed the suffering of the American Depression and risked her life in the Spanish Civil War. Her dispatches from the front made her a legend, yet her private was often messy and volcanic. Her determination to be a war correspondent - and her conspicuous success - contributed to the breakdown of her infamously stormy marriage to Ernest Hemingway. In this mesmerising biography of a life that spanned the twentieth century, Moorehead reveals how passionately Martha fought against injustice, and how determined she was to catch the human story.

A B Sea

A Loose-footed Lexicon

Author: Jack Lagan

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574091595

Category: Reference

Page: 362

View: 9810

This entertaining dictionary of the language and legends of seafarers of the 21st century contains all the words known by Jack Lagan about the sea which turns out to be hundreds of terms ranging from bumkin and fiddle block, to global positioning system and whisky. The cross-referenced definitions

Popski's Private Army

Author: Vladimir Peniakoff

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474609692

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 8729

In October 1942, with the sanction of the army, Vladimir Peniakoff (nicknamed Popski) formed his own elite fighting force. By befriending and enlisting desert Arabs, he was able to penetrate deep into German territory without being detected - over the next year, 'Popski's Private Army' carried out a series of raids behind the German lines that were truly spectacular. A bestseller when it was first published in 1950, POPSKI'S PRIVATE ARMY is a classic account of the war in the desert, and later in Italy, as seen through the eyes of a maverick soldier, hailed as the Second World War's answer to T.E. Lawrence.

Reader's Guide to Military History

Author: Charles Messenger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135959706

Category: History

Page: 986

View: 5115

This book contains some 600 entries on a range of topics from ancient Chinese warfare to late 20th-century intervention operations. Designed for a wide variety of users, it encompasses general reviews of aspects of military organization and science, as well as specific wars and conflicts. The book examines naval and air warfare, as well as significant individuals, including commanders, theorists, and war leaders. Each entry includes a listing of additional publications on the topic, accompanied by an article discussing these publications with reference to their particular emphases, strengths, and limitations.


A Monthly Review of Parliamentary and Local Government

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 4014


Ian Fleming's Commandos

The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

Author: Nicholas Rankin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912025

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 8946

In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures--commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. Assault unit commandos fought in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy, poked over the bones of bombed Pantelleria, and liberated Capri. Rebranded '30 Assault Unit', they went ashore on D-Day, heading for rocket-sites and radar-stations. They helped liberate Paris (including the Ritz Bar and the Rothschild mansion) and then set out to steal scientific and industrial secrets from the heart of Germany. Their final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy's three hundred tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to accompany the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials. Based on incisive research and written with verve and insight, this new paperback edition of Ian Fleming's Commandos brings to life a long-obscured chapter of World War II and reveals the inspiration behind Fleming's famous fiction.

World War II Resources on the Internet

Author: Roland H. Worth

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: 9780786414369

Category: Computers

Page: 311

View: 2276

This book is a detailed guide to the enormous number of World War II resources available on the Internet. A brief description and summary of the information on each website is provided.

Warriors On Wheels

Author: Capt. Robert “Park” Yunnie MC

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787200000

Category: History

Page: 348

View: 8725

Captain Robert Park Yunnie MC (1909-1961) was one of the original officers of “Popski’s Private Army” (officially No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA), a unit of British Special Forces set up on Cairo in October 1942 by Major Vladimir Peniakoff, MC (“Popski”). Capt. Yunnie was Popski’s second in command and leader of “B” patrol. “This is the true story of a small group of men who enjoyed World War II. The war was not of their seeking, few of them knew anything about war or wanted it, but when it came they volunteered as a matter of course. One by one, led by a love of adventure, they gravitated to a special service unit called ‘Popski’s Private Army’. I was second-in-command of Popski’s Private Army. I was the first recruit. I trained the men and knew them intimately. I fought with them and joked with them. I shared their triumphs, their failures and their fears. I saw some of them die. I loved these men and was honoured by their friendship and their faith. This story should have been written long ago, when the war ended. It was, but in a different form, and never published; now I have found time to rewrite it, just as it happened during the years of the war.”-Author’s Preface.

Jungle in black

Author: Steve Maguire

Publisher: Bantam Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 4437

A former Airborne Ranger blinded for life in Vietnam describes his role in the war, his readjustment to life back in the States, and his adjustment to his handicap. Original.

Welcome to Vietnam, Macho Man

Reflections of a Khe Sanh Vet

Author: Ernest Spencer

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553279009

Category: Fiction

Page: 269

View: 5259

Macho, mayhem, and massacre are the rules of battle in this tough, irreverent account of a combat marine commander's tour of duty during the Vietnam War. "For those who recall only a handful of 'good' books about Vietnam, here is another to add to the list".--Leatherneck Magazine.