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A fascinating study of the warfare of the Early Second World War, and the destruction it caused, Blitzkrieg: The Invasion of Poland and the Fall of France publishes later this week. To celebrate, we have a preview extract for you to read ahead of its release.  Illustrated throughout with detailed maps, artwork and contemporary photographs, Blitzkrieg: TheInvasion of Poland to the Fall of France tells the story of these first breakneck attacks, examining the armed forces, leaders, technology, planning and execution in each campaign as well as the challenges faced by the Germans in the pursuit of this new and deadly form of warfare. It will be published on 2 September. Pre-order your copy here.Continue Reading
The recent Duel title German Heavy Cruisers vs Royal Navy Heavy Cruisers: 1939–42 is an informative, illustrated study of the opposing heavy cruisers of the German Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy, as they engaged in a global game of cat and mouse during the opening years of World War II. On the blog today, author Mark Lardas gives insight into the creation of this title and the discoveries he made during its formation. Continue Reading

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Are you looking for a great gift for your dad this Father’s Day? Whether he’s a naval history buff or a World War II aircraft enthusiast, an armchair Churchillian or an Airsoft hobbyist, we’ve got the book for him – and the board game too! Check out the list below for some inspiration. Continue Reading

Italian Destroyers of World War II

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On the blog today, Mark Stille briefly examines the history of RM Destroyers during World War II, the subject of his upcoming New Vanguard title, 'Italian Destroyers of World War II'.Continue Reading
From the street fighting that heralded the German occupation to the Gestapo repression that followed, 'Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44' is the gripping story of the German occupation of Rome from the Italian armistice in September 1943 until the Allied liberation of the city on 5 June 1944. In today's blog post, author Victor Failmezger shares the experience of a POW, British lieutenant, John Furman, during the occupation.Continue Reading
The German 88mm gun, first conceived as Flak artillery in World War I, revealed itself to have a potent anti-tank capability during the 1940 Battle of France. Transposed to the open vistas of the North African desert in 1941, the '88' would challenge the technology and employment of the British and later American tanks that encountered it, forcing them to develop new tactics and technology to deal with this deadly threat. 'German 88mm Gun vs Allied Armour', by David Campbell & David Greentree, tells the story of that evolution and provides an in-depth treatment of this key weapon of World War II. Check out today's blog post, a chapter that didn't make it into the book, to read about the strategic situation from 1940 to May 1943.Continue Reading
Find out how much you know about some of the most celebrated aircraft of World War II with this quiz using material from 'World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide' by Tony Holmes. Continue Reading
From the street fighting that heralded the German occupation to the Gestapo repression that followed, 'Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44' is the gripping story of the German occupation of Rome from the Italian armistice in September 1943 until the Allied liberation of the city on 5 June 1944. In today's blog post, author Victor Failmezger shares how the Allied POWs spent the holidays during the occupation.Continue Reading

An OSS Agent in Nazi- Occupied Rome

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From the street fighting that heralded the German occupation to the Gestapo repression that followed, 'Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44' is the gripping story of the German occupation of Rome from the Italian armistice in September 1943 until the Allied liberation of the city on 5 June 1944. In today's blog post, author Victor Failmezger gives a brief overview of Peter Tompkins, one of the characters in this fascinating title.Continue Reading

Lifelong Passion

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On the blog today, William Wolf, author of the upcoming X-Planes title, 'World War II US Gunships', shares some of his WWII collection.Continue Reading

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