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The 101st Airborne in Normandy

The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

We Few

We Dared to Win

Zeebrugge

Prisoner of the Samurai

The Filthy Thirteen

Nazi Millionaires

Merc

The World War I Aviator’s Pocket Manual

Crusader

A Military History of Modern South Africa

On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service

The Drive on Moscow, 1941

The 101st Airborne in Normandy

101st Airborne Division was activated in August 1942 in Louisiana, and its first combat mission was Operation Overlord. On D-Day—June 6, 1944—101st and 82nd Airborne dropped onto the Cotentin peninsula hours before the landings, tasked with capturing bridges and positions, taking out German strongpoints and batteries, and securing the exits from Utah and Omaha Beaches. Things did not initially go smoothly for 101st Airborne, with cloud and antiaircraft fire disrupting the drops resulting in some units landing scattered over a large area outside their designated drop zones and having to waste time assembling—stymied by lost or damaged radio equipment—or trying to achieve their objectives with severely reduced numbers. Casualties were high in some areas due to heavy pre-registered German fire. Nevertheless, the paratroopers fought on and they did manage to secure the crucial beach exits, even if they only achieved a tenuous hold on some other positions. A few days later, 101st Airborne were tasked with attacking the German-held city of Carentan as part of the consolidation of the US beachheads and establishment of a defensive line against the anticipated German counteroffensive. The 101st forced their way into Carentan on 10 and 11 June. The Germans withdrew the following day, and a counteroffensive was put down by elements of the 2nd Armored Division. This fully illustrated book details the planning of the airborne element of D-Day, and the execution of the plans until the troops were withdrawn to prepare for the next big airborne operation, Market Garden.

7 x 10, 128 pages, $24.95 $16.50, paperback, CAS-005232

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The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

The Das Reich Division was the most infamous units of the Waffen-SS. Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS) units were originally paramilitary formations raised to protect the Nazi party, and the Waffen-SS (the armed SS) was founded in 1934 as the SS-Verfügungstruppe. In 1939 the SS-Verfügungstruppe was placed under the operational command of the OKH. During the invasion of Poland the unit fought as a mobile infantry regiment. In 1940 the SS-Verfügungs-Division participated in the invasion of the Netherlands and France.
In 1941 the unit, now called Das Reich took part in the invasion of Yugoslavia. In Barbarossa, Das Reich fought with Army Group Center, in the spearhead of Operation Typhoon and taking part in the battle of Moscow, by which time it had lost 60 percent of its combat strength. It was pulled off the front in mid-1942 and sent to refit as a panzer-grenadier division. Returning to the Eastern Front, Das Reich took part in the fighting around Kharkov and Kursk. Late in the year it was designated a panzer division.
In 1944, the unit was stationed in southern France when the Allies landed in Normandy. The following days saw the division commit atrocities, hanging 100 local men in the town of Tulles in reprisal for German losses, and massacring 642 French civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane, allegedly in retaliation for partisan activity in the area. Das Reich was later encircled in the Roncey pocket, losing most of their armoured equipment. Das Reich surrendered in May 1945.

7 x 10, 128 pages, $24.95 $16.50, paperback, CAS-005256

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We Few

A riveting memoir from a special forces soldier of Recon Team Habu which conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war behind enemy lines in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

6 x 9, 360 pages, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005805

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We Dared to Win

Weaving together the experiences of Andre Scheepers and the first-hand accounts of other distinguished soldiers who fought during the Rhodesian War, this is a unique narrative of soldiers, the battles they fought, and the challenges and hardships they faced.

6 x 9, 320 pages, 32 pages of color & b/w photos, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005874

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Zeebrugge

The dramatic story of the 1918 Zeebrugge raid and the men who volunteered in the hundreds for this suicidally dangerous mission, based on first-hand accounts.

6 x 9, 272 pages, 32 pages of black and white illustrations and photos, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005041

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Prisoner of the Samurai

Moving account of the experiences of James Gee, USMC, a survivor of the USS Houston, who was captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese for three and a half years.

6 x 9, 224 pages, 16 pages of b/w photos, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005973

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The Filthy Thirteen

Since World War II, the American public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades.

Primarily products of the Dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, and savage fighting skill--and that was only in training. Just prior to the invasion of Normandy, a "Stars and Stripes" photographer caught U.S. paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. Unknown to the American public at the time, these men were the Filthy 13. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties, some men wounded and others blown to bits. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad.

Throughout the war, however, the heart and soul of the Filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, a half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character. McNiece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. The survivors of the Filthy 13 stayed intact as a unit until the Allies finally conquered Nazi Germany.

The book does not draw a new portrait of earnest citizen soldiers. Instead it describes a group of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a bar or dark alley. But they were an integral part of the U.S. war against Nazi Germany. A brawling bunch of no-goodniks whose only saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside and their own officers, the Filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne.

5.1 x 7.8, 256 pages, 16 pages b/w photos, $12.95 $8.50, paperback, CAS-005942

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Nazi Millionaires

During the final days of World War II, German SS officers crammed trains, cars, and trucks full of gold, currency, and jewels, and headed for the mountains of Austria. Fearful of arrest and determined to keep the stolen loot out of Allied hands, they concealed their treasures and fled. Most of these men were eventually apprehended, but many managed to evade capture. The intensive postwar Allied investigation that followed recovered only a sliver of this mountain of gold. What happened to the rest of it, and what fate befell these men?

Authors Alford and Savas answer these questions and many more in this fast-paced and well-written new book. Their groundbreaking study is based upon thousands of pages of previously unpublished and recently declassified documents. The result is a fresh and absolutely original reading experience that offers insights into the minds and methods of these SS thieves, the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) within which they labored, how they achieved their positions of near-absolute power, the complex Allied investigation into their activities, and what happened to the vast sums of wealth they looted from Europe's Jews.

Nazi Millionaires deftly captures the high drama surrounding these men and women and the secrets they carried with them during the closing days of World War II - and in some cases, to the grave. It is a remarkable tale of greed, lust, fraud, deceit, treachery, and murder. And it is one you will long remember.

About the Authors: Kenneth D. Alford, of Richmond, Virginia, is the author of Great Treasure Stories of World War II and The Spoils of World War II. Theodore P. Savas has written or edited a dozen books, including Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. He lives in El Dorado Hills, California.

5.1 x 7.8, 320 pages, b/w photographs, $12.95 $8.50, paperback, CAS-005959

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Merc

Profiles nine American soldiers of fortune in twentieth century conflicts around the world, from Israel to Africa.

6 x 9, 224 pages, 40 b/w photos & 15 color photos, $19.95 $12.99, paperback, CAS-005911

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The World War I Aviator’s Pocket Manual

This pocket manual opens up the world of the Great War aviator, with extracts and images from WWI training manuals for pilots, with modern introductions.

4.5 x 7, 160 pages, b/w images and photos throughout, $14.95 $9.99, hardback, CAS-005843

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Crusader

New biography of General Donn Starry, armor officer who worked to transform the Army after Vietnam, and created the AirLand doctrine.

6 x 9, 224 pages, 32 pages of photos, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005447

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A Military History of Modern South Africa

A century of South African military history in a single volume, the first of its kind. Includes the Second Anglo-Boer War, the two world wars, and also the South African Border War.

6 x 9, 420 pages, 12 Illustrations/Maps, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005829

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On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service

The first ever memoir by a Royal Navy nuclear submarine officer, this is the inside story of the men who ensured that 'Mutually Assured Destruction' was maintained at all times during the Cold War.

6 x 9, 336 pages, 32 illustrations, $32.95 $21.50, hardback, CAS-005713

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The Drive on Moscow, 1941

The Drive on Moscow: Operation Taifun, 1941 is based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources. It recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. The battle, not fought in isolation, had a crucial role in the overall German strategy in the East, and its outcome reveals why the failure of the German assault on Moscow may well have been true turning point of World War II.

5.1 x 7.8, 336 pages, 24 photos, 7 maps, $12.95 $8.50, paperback, CAS-005966

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