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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the… Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
By Walter Lord. 1998
By John Bryden. 1989
By Peter Wyden. 1984
The full story of the creation and use of the atom bomb. Reveals the scientific breakthrough that made the bomb… possible and the reality of "Day One" in Hiroshima where 130,000 people died. Bestseller 1984.
By Peter Townsend. 1991
The Battle of Britain was the collision towards which aviation developments on both sides had been heading for more than… twenty years. Group Captain Townsend traces the background of two air forces with a common past of rivalry and respect. This dramatic account vividly recalls the days when Britain's fate hung in the balance until allied airmen, the author among them, secured a victory which saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for Hitler's final defeat. 1991.
By Fred Taylor. 2004
Historian examines the World War II controversial Allied bombing of the ancient German cultural centre and industrial city, deemed a… "legitimate military target." Along with historical background provides a minute-by-minute account of the air raid and reviews the post-war moral debate over the magnitude of destruction and civilian casualties. c2004.
By Dave Barry. 1998
Florida columnist and author focuses his humour on the aging of baby boomers. He gives highlights of each of the… "formative boomer years" from 1947, when he was born, to 1974. Barry grumbles about such issues as failing eyesight, retirement planning, and not being "hip" anymore. Bestseller. 1998.
By Hugh Brewster. 2009
On the night of August 19, 1942, a force of five thousand Canadians launched an attack on the Nazi-held French… port of Dieppe. When it was over, the Allies were forced to retreat, nearly a thousand Canadian troops lay dead, and almost two thousand were taken prisoner. For years, defenders of the raid claimed that the Allies learned valuable lessons from Dieppe that were put to use later in the war, but others believed that the Canadian soldiers had been used as cannon fodder. Includes sections about the evacuation and the POW experiences. Explicit descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. 2009.
By Timothy E Quill. 1993
A physician describes the decision-making process of one of his patients and his role in assisting her suicide. Quill reveals… how he came to believe that medicine does not properly address the needs of the dying. He outlines alternative choices that he believes a patient can make in consultation with his or her doctor and argues for the need to challenge the status quo that makes one choice an illegal act. 1993.
By Nechama Tec. 2008
The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but many Jews struggled against the… terrors of the Third Reich. This is the history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. These men and women of all ages - hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather - smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Some descriptions of violence. 2008.
By Helen Brown. 2010
Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year old son Sam was. A week after Helen agreed to let… Sam have a kitten, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family's doorstep. Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam's younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who'd also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice, the kitten -- dubbed Cleo -- had to stay. Cleo's immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. 2010.
By Richard Platt. 2004
How did the Allies of World War II plan and execute the most massive and daring invasion in military history?… Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, more ships, men, and air support than ever before landed on the beaches of Normandy. Learn about the background, events and consequences of the attack. Some violence. Grades 2-4. 2004.
By Arthur Dickison. 2003
This record of life on board HMS Safari during World War II is based on original first-hand accounts. As the… boat's leading telegraphist, Arthur Dickison had a privileged position in the crew, with access to all signals traffic and the navigation officer as his boss, who gave him an insight into why they were doing what they did. During 18 months of war patrols, Dickison kept a personal diary of life aboard Safari. In it he recorded daily events ranging from the tedium of long sea passages to stalking enemy convoys, crash dives and fighting it out on the surface. 2003.
By Stephen E Ambrose. 1994
From an interview with Supreme Commander General Eisenhower in 1964 through the recollections of hundreds of Allied and German veterans,… a military historian reconstructs the most decisive day of World War II. Some strong language. c1994.
By David Stafford. 1986
Camp X, established during World War II near Whitby, Ontario, was the first secret-agent training school in North America. The… graduates became spies, secret agents and guerrilla fighters. An intriguing history of covert Allied co-operations. c1986.
By Howard Margolian. 1998
Shortly after the allies landed at Normandy more than 150 Canadian Prisoners of War were murdered by German soldiers. Margolian… examines how both the Canadians and the Germans ended up where they were. 1998.
By Roy MacLaren. 1981
The story of almost 100 Canadians who volunteered during World War II to live within enemy borders, and work to… bring an end to the war through sabotage and local resistance. c1981.
By J. Douglas Harvey. 1981
By Len Deighton. 1995
A global history of "the darkest hour of the Second World War", from the invasion of Czechoslovakia to the aftermath… of Pearl Harbour. Each section is set against a larger historical perspective. 1995.