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Aachen: The U.S. Army's Battle for Charlemagne's City in World War II
Aachen: The U.S. Army's Battle for Charlemagne's City in World War II
By September 1944, the Allied advance across France and Belgium had turned into attrition along the German frontier. Standing between the Allies and the Third Reich's industrial heartland was the city of Aachen, once the ancient seat of Charlemagne's empire and now firmly entrenched within Germany's Siegfried Line fortifications. The city was on the verge of capitulating until Hitler forbade surrender.Dramatic story of the American battle for Aachen, the first city on German soil to fall to the Allies in World War II.Chronicles the six weeks of hard combat for the city, culminating in eight days of fighting in the streetsDetails the involvement of some of the U.S. Army's finest units, including the 1st Infantry Division ("Big Red One"), the 30th Infantry Division ("Roosevelt's SS"), and the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels")

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Old Hickory: The 30th Division: The Top-Rated American Infantry Division in Europe in World War II
Old Hickory: The 30th Division: The Top-Rated American Infantry Division in Europe in World War II
The best U.S. division at war, from Normandy to the Bulge and beyondThe 30th Infantry Division, drawn from the hill country of Tennessee and the Carolinas, was regarded during World War II as the cream of the crop of U.S. fighting units. The Germans agreed, calling the division “Roosevelt’s SS” for its tenacity and skill. The 30th fought in Normandy, along the Siegfried Line (where it conducted “the perfect infantry attack”), at the Battle of the Bulge, and in the final operations inside Germany. Baumer relies on primary sources to tell the story of this remarkable unit and its men in what is sure to become a classic World War II division history.

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Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq
“A superb book—an American equivalent to John Keegan’s The Face of Battle. I sincerely believe that Grunts is destined to be a classic.”—Dave Grossman, Author of On Killing and On CombatFrom the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die comes a sweeping narrative of six decades of combat, and an eye-opening account of the evolution of the American infantry.   From the beaches of Normandy and the South Pacific Islands to the deserts of the Middle East, the American soldier has been the most indispensable—and most overlooked—factor in wartime victory. In Grunts, renowned historian John C. McManus examines ten critical battles—from Hitler’s massive assault on U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge to counterinsurgency combat in Iraq—where the skills and courage of American troops proved the crucial difference between victory and defeat.   Based on years of research and interviews with veterans, this powerful history reveals the ugly face of war in a way few books have, and demonstrates the fundamental, and too often forgotten, importance of the human element in serving and protecting the nation.

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Breaking the Mold: Tanks in the Cities - Five Case Studies: Sherman Tanks in World War II, Streets of Aachen, Pattons to the Rescue in Vietnam, Beirut in 1984, Grozny 1995, Fallujah in Iraq War 2004
Breaking the Mold: Tanks in the Cities - Five Case Studies: Sherman Tanks in World War II, Streets of Aachen, Pattons to the Rescue in Vietnam, Beirut in 1984, Grozny 1995, Fallujah in Iraq War 2004
This work examines the use of tanks in urban warfare. It seeks to provide insight and a historical precedence on the wisdom of employing tanks in an inherently dangerous dimension of the modern battlefield, intensifying the shortcomings in technological design and the lack of crew training for city fighting. Instead of being a legacy system ready for the scrap heap, tanks are still a vital component of the US Army, even in the streets. Chapter 1 - Sherman Tanks in the Streets: Aachen, 1944 * The Westwall * Encircling Aachen * The Fight for Aachen * The Final Push In Retrospect * Chapter 2 - Pattons to the Rescue: Hue, Vietnam, 1968 * The Attack on Hue * Just Holding On * Pushing Back. * Battle of the Citadel * In Retrospect * Chapter 3 - Rock the Casbah: Beirut, 1984 * The Israeli Defense Forces * The Palestine Liberation Organization * Syrian Forces * The First Phase * Battle of Beirut * Into the City * In Retrospect * Chapter 4 - Headlong into Hell: Grozny, 1995 * Russian Order of Battle and Planning * Chechen Order of Battle and Planning * The Invasion * After Grozny * In Retrospect * Chapter 5 - Into the Maelstrom: Fallujah, November 2004 * Coalition Forces * The Plan of Attack * The Assault. * The Dust Settles * In Retrospect * Chapter 6 - Conclusion * Bibliography During World War I, the tank was developed as an infantry support weapon to exploit breaches made in enemy lines. Technological limitations in speed, range, and mechanical reliability kept tank doctrine at the tactical level until the German offensives in 1939-40 showed that modern armored forces were a key element to the operational level of warfare. Yet, there was virtually no discussion of employing armor in the cities. Even famed military historian and early theorist of modern armored warfare John Frederick Charles Fuller seldom mentioned using tanks in urban terrain, and then only to dissuade their use. Avoiding the employment of armor in cities is a long-held trend that holds sway in most modern armies. Historically, battles for large cities are full of examples of high casualties and massive collateral damage, and the specter of a tank's easy destruction in the close confines of urban terrain weighs heavily on commanders and military planners. However, in a historical context, the vulnerability of armor in cities is proven to be overestimated and outweighed by the ability of the tank to bring its heavy firepower to the urban fight. Military operations on urbanized terrain (MOUT) are not new to the US Army. World War II has numerous examples of US military personnel fighting in cities. What is new is the increasing use of tanks and other armored combat vehicles in cities. What was once considered taboo is now becoming commonplace because of the worldwide demographic shift of rural populations to cities. Some analysts estimate that by 2010 over 75 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas, thus shifting the future battlefields to within their limits. Additionally, the requirement to conduct stability and support operations will require the occupation of cities, whether large or small. Future military leaders will not have the luxury of avoiding Sun Tzu's axiom, "The worse policy is to attack cities. . . . Attack cities only when there is no alternative."

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Battles of World War II. Aachen 1944-45 Battles on the German Frontier
Battles of World War II. Aachen 1944-45 Battles on the German Frontier
The Battle of Aachen was a major combat action of World War II, fought by American and German forces in and around Aachen, Germany, between 12 September-21 October 1944. The city had been incorporated into the Siegfried Line, the main defensive network on Germany's western border; the Allies had hoped to capture it quickly and advance into the industrialized Ruhr Basin. Although most of Aachen's civilian population was evacuated before the battle began, much of the city was destroyed and both sides suffered heavy losses. It was one of the largest urban battles fought by U.S. forces in World War II, and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. The battle ended with a German surrender, but their tenacious defense significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany.

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Forward to Danger: Sgt. Smith in the Campaign for Europe (Sgt. Smith World War II Trilogy Book 3)
Forward to Danger: Sgt. Smith in the Campaign for Europe (Sgt. Smith World War II Trilogy Book 3)
In this third volume of the Sgt. Smith World War II Trilogy we follow First Squad from the bloody beach at Omaha to the hell of the Huertgen Forest as the Fighting First battles its way across France and into Germany. Smith and his men are veterans now, bloodied in Africa, their combat skills honed in Sicily. But the road ahead is still a long one and fraught with danger and there are still a few more German Divisions that will learn to fear the Big Red One. There is nothing to prove now, there is only survival.

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The Bride's Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation
The Bride's Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation
Do you like books that bring history to life? Then you’ll love The Bride’s Trunk, because it’s a page-turner, a true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of World War 2. Beautifully told, it stays with you long after the last page is sadly turned.Imagine you must decide the rest of your life in one evening. This is the momentous choice facing Minny, a young woman who has grown up in Nazi Germany. Her decision made, she leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation.  She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride's Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history.."An extraordinary narrative”, Jackie Ashley"Carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects.”, Professor Peter Wilson“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations.”, Dr Philip Towle"Loved it!" A recent 5* review.Now join the other readers who have been gripped by this captivating true story!

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American Iliad: The 18th Infantry Regiment in World War II
American Iliad: The 18th Infantry Regiment in World War II
From the invasions of Algeria, Sicily, and Normandy, to bursting open the very gates of the Reich at Aachen and in the gloomy and bloody Hürtgen Forest, to halting the great German offensive in the Ardennes, and to sealing the fate of the German Army in the Ruhr Pocket, the soldiers of the 18th Infantry Regiment established a battle record that is, in many ways, a microcosm of the American Army’s experiences in World War II. After bloody setbacks in their first actions in North Africa, the Regiment persevered and overcame every conceivable obstacle placed in their path by their enemies, to include Panzers, elite paratroopers, and tenacious garrisons of concrete and steel stretching from Sicily to the Westwall. Not only did they uphold the honor of their regimental forebears, but they set the standard for their successors who have fought in Vietnam, the Gulf War of 1991, and the current war in Iraq, where the Regiment’s 1st Battalion serves at the time of this book’s publication.American Iliad is, however, more than an especially complete and comprehensive regimental history. By combining information carefully culled from wartime reports with first-hand accounts provided by the riflemen and machinegunners to battalion commanders and regimental staff officers, the authors have created an exceptionally clear picture of an American infantry regiment’s tactical operations. Hundreds of actions, chronicled and analyzed at every level from squad through regiment, are woven together to create a brilliant mosaic that illustrates exactly how the 18th Infantry Regiment of the famed 1st Infantry Division—the “Big Red One”—defeated its Vichy French, Italian, and German adversaries from Algeria to the Harz Mountains.American Iliad is assured an important place in the burgeoning literature that documents the US Army’s WWII combat record in an analytical, factual fashion. Unlike most of the regimental and division histories published shortly after the war which were intended to be mementos of soldiers’ service and necessarily are often sentimental accounts based on unclassified information, American Iliad is an objective history based on reports not available to authors of unit histories in the immediately post-war era. The authors have artfully combined U.S. intelligence reports, captured operational documents, personal accounts by enemy participants, and myriad other facts relating to other American and allied units, in order to ensure the accuracy and integrity of this work.Bob Baumer and Mark Reardon show exactly how an infantry regiment achieved victory after victory against three different armies on two continents. Combining Baumer’s years of meticulous research with the professional and historical expertise that Reardon, a serving US Army officer, has previously exhibited in his book Victory at Mortain, American Iliad documents how the leaders of the 18th Infantry Regiment crafted combined arms teams and used effective, sometimes brilliant, maneuver to win battle after battle over 2½ years of combat. The initiative, flexibility, and creativity these officers displayed is made abundantly evident, yet their failures and mistakes are also examined as well. Carefully crafted missions allowing subordinate leaders maximum latitude were clearly the norm, and combined armor, artillery, engineer, and infantry combat teams, supported by air power—when available—were consistently preferred, in accordance with the American tactical precepts of the time. However, the authors make clear that when the tanks bogged down or were knocked out by the enemy, when the fighter bombers were grounded by bad weather or reallocated to a higher priority target, and when the artillery couldn’t shoot for lack of observation or because targets were “danger close,” the 18th Infantry Regiment was always prepared to accomplish the mission with the assets on hand.

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Albert of Aachen's History of the Journey to Jerusalem: Volume 1: Books 1–6. The First Crusade, 1095–1099 (Crusade Texts in Translation)
Albert of Aachen's History of the Journey to Jerusalem: Volume 1: Books 1–6. The First Crusade, 1095–1099 (Crusade Texts in Translation)
Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem presents the story of the First Crusade (1095-1099) and the early history of the crusader states (1099-1119). Volume 1, The First Crusade, is a long and richly detailed account of events well known from the reports of participants, such as Fulcher of Chartres, Raymond of Aguilers and the anonymous author of the Gesta Francorum, but told from a strikingly different perspective. Albert did not go on crusade himself, but gathered reports and anecdotes from those who did, and wove them into narrative that foregrounds the activities of Peter the Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon, Baldwin of Boulogne, and their followers. His History therefore offers a counter-balance, and sometimes a corrective, to the established view. Susan B. Edgington’s English translation has been widely praised, following its first publication in the Oxford Medieval Texts series, and is here presented with a new introduction and updated notes and bibliography.

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