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New Additions


Battle of the Bulge: Kampfgruppe Peiper

Pegasus Archive review: Another outstanding documentary from the Battlefield History TV team, following the efforts in the last days of 1944 by Jochen Peiper's 1st Panzer Regiment of the 1st " Leibstandarte" SS Panzer Division, to break through the Allied lines in the northern sector of the Ardennes. The excellently informed historians first describe the state of this much reconstituted, fully staffed but in materiel understrength Division, and with the assistance of maps, photographs, archive footage and re-enactors, vividly bring to life the story of their advance. By walking the ground and describing the key phases, they reveal how the Leibstandarte attempted to make rapid progress but were continually hampered by poor roads, blown bridges, and ever stiffening resistance, and show how this frustration culminated in the Malmedy Massacre where almost one hundred American prisoners of war were murdered. The main focus of the narrative, however, is concerned with the Division's spearhead and their constant struggle to maintain the momentum of the advance until brought to a halt by insurmountable opposition and a shortage of fuel. With the offensive at an end, Peiper and his men abandoned their tanks and smuggled themselves through the American lines to rejoin the rest of the Division. Price: £16.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or


Panzers on the Vistula by Hans Schäufler

Pegasus Archive review: Hans Schäufler was a second lieutenant in the 4th Panzer Division, and in early 1945 commanded a Jagdpanther tank destroyer before becoming an infantryman in the defence of Danzig. As a rare witness to the complete collapse of the Wehrmacht in East Prussia, his is an important story, and shows how the German soldier struggled on against an enemy whose superiority in men and equipment was by now so large that it could not be stopped. He is quite clear that no one had even the remotest illusion that a victory was still feasible, instead their purpose was to delay the Russians so that as many civilians as possible could be evacuated across the Baltic to the comparative safety of the west. The book closes with the stories of others who were taken prisoner by the Russians or were interned in Sweden, but Schäufler himself had a remarkable escape; having continued to resist until a few hours before the ceasefire came into effect, he and a few others boarded a small motor boat and, after a perilous journey, successfully reached the British sector. Price £19.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or


Armies of the Late Roman Empire: AD 284 - 476 by Gabriele Esposito

Pegasus Archive review: In its final and turbulent 200 years, the armies of the Western Roman Empire underwent a radical change to adapt to the new threats posed by the large cavalry forces which were threatening the frontiers. This book describes the composition of the legions during the High Empire, and shows how their uniforms, weapons and tactics evolved with the changing times, as they moved away from the traditional clash of heavy infantry battles which had forged the empire. It is wonderfully decorated throughout with large, clear, colour photographs of re-enactors in the dress of a very broad range of predominantly heavy and light infantry troop types, each displaying different armour styles and weapons. It concludes with an Order of Battle of the Western and Eastern Empires, and provides illustrations of the veritable catalogue of shield emblems which were used by individual units. Without doubt this is an essential book for anyone involved in living history or modelling. Price £19.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or


Crossing the Bridge - The Forgotten Manuscript by Kay Larsen

Synopsis: Crossing the Bridge is a collection of reminiscences by Private Kay Larsen, a RAMC orderly who landed by glider on the eve of D - Day near Pegasus Bridge. His introduction to war is brutal , slumped alongside him within minutes of crossing the enemy coast is his best friend, killed by anti aircraft fire . Under intense fire, unarmed, and protected only by a Red Cross armband, he attends to the wounded, both friend and foe. This first hand account, often tragic, though sometimes humorous, gives an unique insight into the work of the 195 Airlanding Field Ambulance RAMC on D-Day and the days that followed. That dedication to duty often comes at a price in the form of Post Traumatic Stress that comes back to unsuspectingly haunt the sufferer out of the blue months and even years later. This book is a tribute to the men and women of the Royal Army Medical Corps that have followed in the footsteps of Larsen in the many conflicts following WW2. Price: £9.95. Copies may be purchased from Amazon


Stalag Luft III: The German POW Camp that Inspired the Great Escape by Charles Messenger

Pegasus Archive review: Stalag Luft III will always be remembered as the camp from which the Great Escape was made, and this book of course dwells on that remarkable achievement and its tragic aftermath, when 50 of those recaptured were murdered by the Gestapo. Alongside diagrams and maps, it includes some excellent photographs of the tunnel and the apparatus used in the escape, yet this was just one small incident in the history of a camp which spanned three years, and it is with this wider story that the book is chiefly concerned. Large photographs and detailed notes are used to describe the daily routine, showing typical barrack room scenes, as well as roll calls, the food on offer, entertainment including sports and theatrical performances, and profiles of a number of key personalities. The book closes with a series of grim images from early 1945, when the men of Stalag Luft III and the surrounding camps were evacuated from the path of the Russian advance and embarked on the Long March west in dreadful winter conditions with very little food. A number ended up at Stalag VIIA at Moosburg, and the final pages deal with their liberation and voyage home. Price: £12.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or


Books - Arnhem, Normandy, Rhine Crossing, Sicily, General Airborne, Prisoner of War, General Second World War, Other