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D-Day Dakotas by Martin W. Bowman

Pegasus Archive review: The Dakota, or C-47 as it was known to the Americans, was one of the most successful but understated aircraft of World War 2, with more than 10,000 being produced for the unglamorous but essential work of ferrying passengers and freight to and from the front line all over the world. But it was also ideally suited to the airborne role and played an absolutely central, sometimes exclusive part in supporting every major operation of the war; towing gliders, dropping parachutists, and supplies. This book examines the Dakota's role in the Normandy landings, chiefly focusing on the actions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions; the British operation is understandably dealt with more concisely as two-thirds of their aircraft were of other models. The story is largely told through the medium of first hand accounts of those directly involved, and these vividly convey the chaos and confusion which unfolded as the aircrews struggled to identify their drop zones in the face of heavy flak and poor visibility, resulting in a badly scattered drop. Price: 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

Pictorial History of the US 3rd Armored Division in World War Two by Darren Neely

Pegasus Archive review: A lavishly illustrated photographic history of the US 3rd Armored Division, documenting their arrival in Normandy a few weeks after the D-Day landings, through to the end of the war. The Division served with the 1st US Army and, as their nickname of the Spearhead Division implies, were frequently at the forefront of many battles; in France, the Ardennes, and ultimately across the Siegfried Line and into Germany. The individual chapters provide only a very brief summary of events, leaving the considerable array of excellent quality photographs, together with their detailed captions, to tell the story. These have been carefully selected to show the Division and its numerous vehicle types in a variety of situations, and the book culminates with an account of the famous duel between a Panther tank and one of the Division's new Pershing's in Cologne. Price 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

Hitler's Wolfsschanze: The Wolf's Lair Headquarters on the Eastern Front by John Grehan

Pegasus Archive review: The Wolfsschanze or Wolf's Lair is perhaps the most famous of Hitler's numerous headquarters, as it was here in July 1944 that he narrowly escaped being killed by Colonel von Stauffenberg's bomb. Hidden in the woodland of northern Poland, its elaborate construction began in late 1940 in advance of Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, and by the time of its abandonment in October 1944 it had grown to accommodate more than 80 buildings across an area of 2.5 square miles. This lavishly illustrated book describes its history and naturally devotes a chapter to the assassination attempt, but it is above all a photographic guide and includes many superb images from the time and a vast wealth of colour photographs showing the remains of the site today. It also includes several chapters describing the other headquarters established nearby, including the Mauerwald headquarters of the German High Command, the Hochwald headquarters of the SS, and the Luftwaffe headquarters at Robinson, and the Werwolf headquarters in Ukraine; Hitler's most easterly outpost. Price 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

Pioneers of Irregular Warfare by Malcolm Atkin

Pegasus Archive review: Military Intelligence (Research) is a much neglected aspect of the British intelligence organisation, which was established during the pre-war period to devise the tactics and equipment to enable irregular forces to wage a highly effective guerilla war against their adversaries under the direct command of British officers, very much in the Lawrence of Arabia mould. It was fated to never truly fulfil its vision, becoming overshadowed by the Special Operations Executive as the preferred method of using agents and resistance groups to wreak havoc, but it nevertheless did much to establish the template for intelligence organisations far beyond the war's end. MI(R) also had a hand in developing the Commandos, as well as the SAS and Jedburgh teams, whose methods of operation in Western Europe were very much in line with their ethos. Their efforts also led to the creation of MI9 which did excellent work in helping prisoners of war to escape. This book traces their fascinating story, from its origins and the personalities which shaped it, to their part in operations across the entire Second World War battlefield; from Western Europe to Africa, and from Asia to the Far East. Price 25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

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