History

Oradour

Oradour

Author: Robin Mackness

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781448208388

Category: History

Page: 256

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A True and Wholly Engrossing Tale of High Finance and Treachery in Which the Secret of a Wartime Tragedy is Revealed Through a Contemporary Drama. On 10th June 1944, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, the inhabitants of a remote village in South West France were rounded up by a company of SS soldiers and all but a handful were shot or burnt to death - 642 in total. The atrocity and its particularly disturbing details have never been adequately explained until now. In 1982 Robin Mackness met the one man left alive who held the knowledge which made terrible sense of the massacre. Five further years of thorough investigations convinced the author that he had discovered the true secret of Oradour. It cost him twenty-one months in prison and much else besides.
History

Oradour

Oradour

Author: Philip Beck

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781783035793

Category: History

Page: 176

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This WWII pictorial history illustrates a horrifying episode of destruction in Nazi-occupied France. In June of 1944, the Second SS Panzer Division Das Reich was stationed in Southern France until it was called north to help stop the Allied advance. On its way toward Normandy, Das Reich destroyed the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane and massacred its population. The brutal event ranks as one of the most notorious atrocities of the Second World War. While the scars left behind will never fully heal, many believe they should remain as a lesson to future generations. Though a new village was built nearby, President Charles de Gaulle ordered the ruins of Oradour to be preserved as a memorial to the victims. This fully illustrated volume recounts the history and legacy Oradour’s destruction, complete with photographs of the ruins throughout
History

Oradour-The Final Verdict

Oradour-The Final Verdict

Author: Douglas W. Hawes

Publisher:

ISBN: 1425986552

Category: History

Page: 260

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Shortly after D-Day, an SS Panzer unit massacred 642 men, women and children in the peaceful French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Nearly nine years later, 21 members of the unit faced trial in France. Only seven of them were German, the others were French Alsatians, most of whom had beenforcibly inducted into the SS. But whoordered the massacre, and why? Were theAlsatians victims or murderers? And why didn't any of the SS officers involved face trial? Oradour-The Final Verdict provides dramatic answers to these questions, and a compelling and up-to-date account ofa monstrous war-crime and its aftermath.
History

Martyred Village

Martyred Village

Author: Sarah Bennett Farmer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520224834

Category: History

Page: 317

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A full-scale study of the destruction of Oradour and its remembrance over the half century since the war. Farmer investigates the prominence of the massacre in French understanding of the national experience under German domination.
History

Silent Village

Silent Village

Author: Robert Pike

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750997607

Category: History

Page: 384

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'Based on eye-witness accounts, Robert Pike’s moving book vividly depicts the lives of the villagers who were caught up in the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane and brings their experiences to our attention for the first time' Hanna Diamond, author of Fleeing Hitler On 10 June 1944, four days after Allied forces landed in Normandy, the picturesque village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the rural heart of France was destroyed by an armoured SS Panzer division. Six hundred and forty-three men, women and children were murdered in the nation’s worst wartime atrocity. Today, Oradour is remembered as a ‘martyred village’ and its ruins preserved, but the stories of its inhabitants lie buried under the rubble of the intervening decades. Silent Village gathers the powerful testimonies of survivors in the first account of Oradour as it was both before the tragedy and in its aftermath. Why this peaceful community was chosen for extermination has remained a mystery. Putting aside contemporary hearsay, Nazi rhetoric and revisionist theories, Robert Pike returns to the archival evidence to narrate the tragedy as it truly happened – and give voice to the anguish of those left behind.
History

The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940-1945

The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940-1945

Author: Frank McDonough

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250275134

Category: History

Page: 496

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The Second Volume of a new chronicle of the Third Reich under Hitler's hand, ending with his death and Germany's disastrous defeat. In The Hitler Years: Disaster 1940-1945, Frank McDonough completes his brilliant two-volume history of Germany under Hitler’s Third Reich. At the beginning of 1940, Germany was at the pinnacle of its power. By May 1945, Hitler was dead and Germany had suffered a disastrous defeat. Hitler had failed to achieve his aim of making Germany a super power and had left her people to cope with the endless shame of the Holocaust. Despite Hitler's grand ambitions and the successful early stages of the Third Reich's advances into Europe, Frank McDonough convincingly argues that Germany was only ever a middle-ranking power and never truly stood a chance against the combined forces of the Allies. In this second volume of The Hitler Years, Professor Frank McDonough charts the dramatic change of fortune for the Third Reich and Germany's ultimate defeat.
History

After the Fall

After the Fall

Author: Thomas J. Laub

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199539321

Category: History

Page: 330

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A study of the internal conflicts between the German military government, the SS, and the Foreign Office during the occupation of France, showing how these battles developed and what they implied for the direction of German policy in occupied France from 1940 to 1944.
Religion

Otto Rahn and the Quest for the Grail

Otto Rahn and the Quest for the Grail

Author: Otto Rahn

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781935487173

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Who was the amazing Otto Rahn? How come if Rahn was such an amazing man has hardly anyone outside specialist pre-WW2 history circles ever heard of him? But is he really such an unknown? The story lines of Raiders of the Lost Ark to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade mirror Rahn’s incredible adventures in the South of France in the early 1930s.
Biography & Autobiography

Almost a Boffin

Almost a Boffin

Author: EE Vielle

Publisher: Dolman Scott Publishing

ISBN: 9781909204164

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 198

View: 691

Tubby Vielle briefly mentions his schooldays, falling in love with his future wife when he was 15 years old and the effect the Great Depression and fear of starvation in 1931 had on his future. He describes his flying training at the RAF College, Cranwell, his experience as a fighter pilot at Biggin Hill in 1934 and his two years as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm at the time of the Abyssinian war. He explains his several narrow escapes from being killed – due to his amazingly good luck which was repeated many times during his career. He details the trick by which he escaped from the Fleet Air Arm and his delight at then being given one of the top flying jobs in the RAF. He explains the overriding problem that faced all aircrew (except fighters controlled from the ground) of knowing where they were and how to fly accurately to where they intended. His posting to the Special Duties List, first at RAE Farnborough and later (at US request) based in Washington, DC, was to help direct the scientists trying to solve that problem. He mentions the part he later played (as Head of Plans, Middle East) in the negotiations of the Anglo Egyptian Treaty, and his friendship with President Nasser. He describes how he found the solution to, and reduced the likelihood of further, fatal crashes of pilots flying the Canberra and, on his first supersonic flight in a fighter, solved the problem of some fatal crashes by high flying aircraft. His experiences after leaving the RAF cover an even wider field of interesting events.
History

Oradour-The Final Verdict

Oradour-The Final Verdict

Author: Douglas W. Hawes

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467083652

Category: History

Page: 294

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Relying on multiple eye witness accounts and thorough research in French, American and Résistance archives, the author describes in Part I, hour by hour, the massacre on June 10, 1944, by the Waffen-SS Division Das Reich, of 642 men, women and children in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane and the destruction of the village.. Who ordered the massacre? Why ? The book puts the tragedy in the context of the D-Day Landing and the period that precedes it. Part II is devoted to the conduct of the trial nearly nine years later. Of the 21 accused, only 7 were Germans. The others, all French/Alsatians, had mostly been forcibly inducted into the SS. None were officers. Were the Alsatians victims or murderers? And why were there no officers in the courtroom?
History

RAF Tempsford

RAF Tempsford

Author: Bernard O'Connor

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445610412

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 755

The fascinating story of the mysterious Tempsford Airfield.
Fiction

Cold Lonely Courage

Cold Lonely Courage

Author: Soren Paul Petrek

Publisher: Éditions Encre Rouge

ISBN: 9782377891535

Category: Fiction

Page: 536

View: 473

A new adventure for Madeleine Toche, alone against the German Army ! Madeleine Toche races to the front only to find her brother mortally wounded during the German Blitzkrieg attack on France at the outset of World War II. His death and her rape at the hands of an SS Stormtrooper cast Madeleine down a path of death and violence when she joins the British Special Operation Executive. Killing the Gestapo is one thing, but when she’s sent after Field Marshall Erwin Rommel the entire German Army stands in her way. Discover a new thriller with Madeleine Toche, in war against the Germans to protect herself and her brother ! EXTRAIT It was spring again, and Madeleine set out to pick wild mushrooms that grew on the hills overlooking La Ciotat. The terrain was rocky with pockets of moist soil tucked under the canopy of trees. She carried a wicker basket as she walked along the narrow forested area at the edge of a cliff that overlooked the sea. Mechanically she stopped and picked up another mushroom and placed it in the basket next to two round balls of dirt hiding black truffles. She raised the basket to her face and smelled the strong aroma, trying to focus on her tasks and enjoy a few moments away from the restaurant and the worried looks of her parents. I just can’t help it, she thought. I can’t get Yves and those German pigs out of my mind. I have to do something. I can’t hide and pick mushrooms for the rest of the war. Madeleine stepped to the edge of the cliff and looked down into an inlet, knifing in from the sea, watching as a group of German soldiers lay on the beach drinking wine and splashing around in the cool azure water. A few families sat well apart from the men trying to enjoy the warmth of the beach and sun in the presence of their occupiers. CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE Cold Lonely Courage is a fascinating, dark, and emotional account of many aspects of the second World War and all of its horrors. - Susanna, Goodreads À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Soren Paul Petrek est un avocat général passionné par l’étude de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il a vécu en France et en Angleterre, écoutant les récits de gens qui ont vécu le combat et les sacrifices lors des périodes les plus noires de la guerre. Sa poésie reflète les horreurs de ces années ainsi que les épreuves et les triomphes du peuple. Le premier roman de Soren, Courage, est inspiré de l’histoire vraie d’une jeune femme belge qui a aidé d’innombrables enfants juifs à fuir les terreurs du régime nazi. Soren partage sa vie avec Renee au Bungalow 71 à Lauderdale dans l’état du Minnesota. Ses fils, Max et Riley, tous deux artistes, vont de par le monde afin de le rendre meilleur.