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The Grey Goose of Arnhem by Leo Heaps

Pegasus Archive review: After the 1st Airborne Division withdrew from Arnhem on the 25th September 1944, Leo Heaps was one of several hundred of their number who, having escaped or evaded capture, were sheltered by the Dutch Resistance on the German-occupied side of the River Rhine. Having made contact with the 2nd British Army, they were equipped with arms and made ready to assist them if another attempt to cross the river was made, but once it became clear that this would not happen it was decided to smuggle the entire party through enemy territory and into the Allied lines. Heaps played a prominent role in the daring and completely successful Operation Pegasus, and so was superbly placed to tell the story of how 138 men were hidden in Holland for a month before making good their escape. His personal account is but one small aspect of the book, however, and he paints a superb portrait of the many colourful characters who organised the force and planned the crossing. Copies may be purchased from Amazon

 

Guderian: Panzer General by Kenneth Macksey

Pegasus Archive review: A superbly researched account of General Heinz Guderian, who proved himself to be an able commander but is primarily known for his role in developing the panzer arm of the Wehrmacht during the inter-war years, and in evolving the idea of Blitzkrieg, which revolutionised warfare when his massed formations of panzers rapidly overran Poland, the Low Countries and France in 1939-40. Most of the book focuses on these earlier periods in the conflict and his part in the opening phases of the invasion of Russia, before his dismissal in the final days of 1941. The remainder follows his return to favour as Chief of the General Staff in 1943, though so dire were Germany's military prospects at this time that his impact was limited. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including material from the Guderian family archive, Macksey explores how his ideas were put into effect, and sheds light on his character, as well as his complicated and sometimes difficult relationships with Hitler, senior figures in the Nazi party, and his fellow generals. Price: £14.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Guderian-Panzer-General-Paperback/p/13703

 

Hugh Hambleton, Spy by Leo Heaps

Synopsis: A gripping true story of espionage and betrayal through the height of the Cold War. Perfect for readers of Ben MacIntyre, Andrew Lownie and David E. Hoffman. Professor, friend, Soviet spy; who was the real Hugh Hambleton? He was a well-respected economist who had studied and worked at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, as well as NATO and the Canadian International Development Agency. Yet, in December 1982, he was charged by a British court of spying for the KGB and sentenced to ten years in jail. Over the course of thirty years Hambleton had deceived his friends and colleagues as he passed photographs of thousands of classified items to the Soviet Union. The sheer volume, variety and sensitivity of much of the material he sent would give experienced Soviet intelligence officers a comprehensive picture of NATO, the West and all its weaknesses and strengths for years to come. Why had Hambleton done this? And how had he been recruited by the KGB to betray his country? As a childhood friend, Leo Heaps knew Hugh Hambleton long before he became entangled in espionage. Drawing from court transcripts, interviews with key players, and exclusive discussions with Hugh Hambleton in prison, Leo Heaps uncovers the double-life of his former friend, from his first contact with Soviet agents to his trial and incarceration. Hugh Hambleton, Spy is a remarkable book that exposes the story of how a lonely economist became one of the most wanted spies of the Cold War, pursued by Mossad, MI5 and the CIA. Copies may be purchased from Amazon

 

Log of the Centurion by Leo Heaps

Synopsis: In 1740, George Anson and his fleet set off to harass Spanish commerce in the Pacific and attack towns on the coasts of Chile and Peru. Four years later, over half the men had died and of the seven ships which left Portsmouth only the Centurion had completed its objective of attacking Spanish possessions around the globe. Although this journey came at the cost of numerous lives and ships, the Centurion had succeeded in capturing the biggest prize of all time, the Acapulco galleon. Captain Philip Saumarez kept a daily record of the voyage around the world in his four log books, which along with a wealth of letters and documents give brilliant insight into life aboard these ships. Leo Heaps has compiled and edited these manuscripts to provide a complete chronicle of the expedition which saw men decimated by scurvy, mutinies among marooned sailors, ships battered by mountainous waves around Cape Horn and eventual glory in the capture of the gold-laden Nuestra Señora de la Covadonga. Log of the Centurion is a unique account of a daring maritime expedition across the high seas of the globe in the mid-eighteenth century. Copies may be purchased from Amazon

 

Operation Morning Light by Leo Heaps

Synopsis: On 24th January 1978, a Soviet spy satellite broke up upon re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. Debris was scattered across thousands of miles of northern Canada, yet what was more worrying was that the satellite contained one hundred pounds of enriched uranium, contaminating the Canadian wilderness. Why had this satellite, designed for long-term orbit, come crashing to earth? Should we be asking more questions about the large number of radioactive satellites that still circle the earth? Two days after Cosmos 954 had broken up Leo Heaps decided to make his way to the Northwest Territories to find out just how widespread the contamination was and to witness Operation Morning Light, the largest search for nuclear debris ever undertaken. Heaps interviewed defence ministers, scientists, politicians, military men and local inhabitants to build up a picture of how this event unfolded; how the Soviet Union had lost control of its satellite and how panic had gripped America as the satellite stuttered over Maine, Las Vegas and Miami. As the clean-up operation began Heaps witnessed the American NEST (Nuclear Emergency Search Team) and Canadian NAST (Nuclear Accident Support Team) going into action with planes and helicopters to search for radioactive debris that was spread over hundreds of miles. Operation Morning Light is a brilliant exposé on the damage that humankind can do to the earth in its quest for knowledge and exploration. It investigates how North America was polluted by a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite at the height of the Cold War. Copies may be purchased from Amazon

 

Panzer I & II: The Birth of Hitler's Panzerwaffe by Anthony Tucker-Jones

Pegasus Archive review: Of all the German tanks produced during the Second World War, the Panzer I and II were certainly amongst the least formidable as they were primarily intended for training and as a stopgap until the more impressive Panzer III and IV were ready for service. Yet they have a special place in the history armoured warfare as the vehicles which shocked the world with the Blitzkrieg revolution in 1939 and 1940. Although soon phased out of the front line as tanks, both were subsequently modified into self-propelled guns; the Bison, Wespe, Panzerjager I and Marder II to name but a few of the more prominent types, and with this more impressive armament they continued as infantry support weapons long into the war, and to its end in the case of the Mk II. The carefully chosen photographs in this book chronicle their long history, showing both vehicles and their many variants in different situations, camouflage patterns, and in varying degrees of repair, in pre-war Germany, Poland, France, Russia and North Africa. Price £14.99. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Panzer-I-and-II-The-Birth-of-Hitlers-Panzerwaffe-Paperback/p/15357

 

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