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Gordon Williamson - Az SS
A könyv a SS-t mutatja be, gyakorlatilag minden aspektusából. Megismerhetjük a szervezet történetét, azt, hogy kik és milyen indíttatásból léptek be a sorai közé, milyen kiképzést kaptak az SS-tagok, milyen volt a felszerelésük. Megtudhatjuk, milyen harcokban vettek részt a Waffen-SS alakulatai, miként végezték a tisztogatásokat és a koncentrációs táborok őrzését, hogyan vált félelmetes, sötét jelentéssel bíró rövidítéssé ez a két betű: SS.
Gordon Williamson - Waffen-SS Handbook, 1933-1945
Originating in Hitler's personal bodyguard, the Waffen-SS (armed SS) was expanded as a fourth branch of the Wehrmacht and became regarded as the tough elite of the German armed forces. Known as Hitler's 'Asphalt Soldiers' they fought on all the main battle-fronts, but most notably in the East against the Soviet Union and in Normandy following 'Overlord'. By the war's end the Waffen-SS could boast almost forty field divisions manned by nearly one million troops. Gordon Williamson describes the organization, equipment, tactics and personalities of the Waffen-SS in the Second World War. A chronology outlines the major events in the history of the Waffen-SS from the founding of its forerunner, the SS-Verfugungstruppe, until May 1945. The author has travelled to Germany to interview numerous surviving former Waffen-SS soldiers and corresponded with many others, obtaining first-hand accounts of their wartime experiences. The handbook is illustrated with a rich selection of previously unpublished photographs, predominantly from private collections, ranging from studio posed shots to previously unpublished candid snaps and from battlefield pictures to war correspondent action shots.
Gordon Williamson - German Light Cruisers 1939-45
The German Navy of World War II was small in number, but contained some of the most technologically advanced capital ships in the world. This meant that although the Kriegsmarine never felt capable of encountering the might of the British Navy in a fleet action, her ships were individually more than a match for the outdated vessels of the Royal Navy. Nowhere was this more the case than in Germany's fleet of light cruisers. There were only six vessels in this fleet: the Emden, Leipzig, Koln, Konigsberg, Karlsruhe and Numberg. This book describes their design, development and varied operational history throughout the course of the Second World War.
Gordon Williamson - German Destroyers 1939–45
The German destroyer fleet of World War II consisted of nine classes: the Diether Von Roeder Class, the Leberecht Maas Class and the wartime classes Z23, Z35, Z37, Z40, Z43, Z46 and Z52. These vessels, though fewer in number than the British destroyer fleet, tended to be much bigger and more powerful than their allied counterparts. They served their country well in operations in the Channel, North Sea, the Far North and in the rescue of civilians from East Prussia during the final days of the war. This title describes their design, development and operational use from the fjords of Narvik to the final days of the war.
Gordon Williamson - German E-boats 1939-45
By the outbreak of World War II, Germany had done much to replace the Kaiser's High Seas Fleet, which was scuttled following their surrender at the end of World War I. Forced to build anew, the Kriegsmarine possessed some of the most technically advanced warships in existence. Although the heavy units of the fleet were too small in number to pose much of a threat, Germany was particularly well served by her Navy's smaller vessels, in particular the U-Boats and the S-Boats. Known to the allies as the E-Boats ('Enemy'), they performed sterling duties in the Black Sea and English Channel, where they became a particular scourge.
Gordon Williamson - U-boats of the Kaiser's Navy
As was the case in World War II, one of the greatest threats to Britain during World War I was the German U-boat menace. This book traces the development of the U-boat threat from the Brandtaucher, designed by Wilhelm Bauer, the father of the German submarine arm, in 1850, through to the commissioning of Germany's first U-boat to go into service, the U-1, in 1906. It then covers the main types of World War I U-boat, detailing the operational history of the U-boat service in depth, with a particular focus on the campaigns in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, as well as the slow build up of anti-submarine measures by the allies.
Gordon Williamson - German Heavy Cruisers 1939-45
The development of this excellent and successful class of warship only became possible after the Anglo-German naval agreement of 1935 eased restrictions on the types of ship Germany could build; even then only five of the class were permitted: the Admiral Hipper, the Blücher, the Prinz Eugen, the Seydlitz and the Lützow. These Cruisers were designed for Atlantic operations and had eight 8 inch guns, 12 10.5 cm heavy anti-aircraft guns and 17 smaller calibre anti aircraft guns as well as twelve torpedo tubes and their own compliment of up to six aircraft. This title covers the design, development and operational history of the Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper class.
Gordon Williamson - German Battleships 1939-45
In this, the first of a five volume series covering the capital ships of the German Navy of World War II, Gordon Williamson examines the design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine. The ‘Schlesien’ and ‘Schleswig-Hostein’ were used mostly as training ships until the end of the war when they took part in bombardment of Soviet troop movements in East Prussia. The ‘Scharnhorst’ had a successful career until her sinking at the battle of the North Cape, and the ‘Gneisenau’ with her ignominious end as a block-ship. Bismarck's short but glorious career and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's distant Fjords until sunk by RAF bombers using the massive 'Tallboy' bombs are also covered.
Gordon Williamson - Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45 (1)
This, the first of two volumes on Germany's World War II U-boats, traces their development from the early U-boats of the Kaiser's Navy, the prohibition on Germany having U-boats following the Armistice in 1918 and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles, the secret development of U-boats using a 'cover-firm' in Holland, culminating in the formation of the 1st U-boat Flotilla in 1935 with the modern Type II. The operational history section includes examples from the Classes Type VIIA, Type VIIB, VIID, VIIE and VIIF before concentrating on the mainstay of the U-boat arm, the Type VIIC. Comparisons are also made with the standard allied submarines, their strengths, weaknesses and U-boat tactics.
Gordon Williamson - Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45 (2)
This title follows from New Vanguard 51: Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939–45 (1) and charts the continuing development of the U-boat in German service, including the evolution of the Type IX as a long range 'cruiser' intended for solo operations in distant waters. Also covered is the revolutionary Type XXI, conceived of in 1942 and launched in April 1944, the first true submarine rather than submersible, whose arrival was just too late to influence the war. Other vessels covered are the Type XXIII, a small vessel armed with only two torpedoes but technically highly advanced, and the Type X minelayers, which were rarely used in their intended role and more often used as supply boats.
Gordon Williamson - A hűség a becsületem
A hűség a becsületem II. világháborús Waffen-SS-katonák gondolatainak egyedülálló gyűjteménye. A kötet lapjain Waffen-SS-hadosztályokban – pl. a Leibstandarte, a Das Reich, a Wiking vagy a Totenkopf soraiban – szolgált, különböző rangú és nemzetiségű veteránok beszélnek kiképzésükről, ideológiai nevelésükről, politikai és katonai vezetőikről és számos más témáról. A könyv elsődleges forrásként értékelhető beszámolókat közöl a Waffen-SS harci teljesítményéről – hisz a Schutzstaffel elsősorban a csatatéren szerzett magának hírnevet. A könyv szerzője hét évig szolgált a brit hadsereg kötelékében. Számos hadtörténeti munkát publikált eddig.
Gordon Williamson - Véráztatta föld
A Waffen-SS kétségkívül a történelem egyik leghírhedtebb katonai szervezete. Katonái keményen harcoltak, nem mutattak könyörületet Németország ellenségeivel szemben. A Véráztatta föld című kötet a Waffen-SS 1939-1945 közötti legnagyobb ütközeteinek részletes összefoglalása. Egyebek mellett olvashatunk arról, hogyan foglalta el Jugoszláviát a Das Reich hadosztály szinte egyedül, miként tartott ki 73 napon keresztül a Totenkopf hadosztály a demjanszki katlanban a hatalmas túlerővel szemben, s a Waffen-SS külföldi önkénteseinek küzdelmeiről Narvánál, amikor hat hónapig feltartóztatták a Vörös Hadsereget. A Véráztatta föld bemutatja a Waffen-SS teljes, drámai történetét.
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