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  • The Rhine Crossings 1945by Ken Ford; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 13.99

    'The last great heave of war,' according to Churchill, took place with the crossing of the Rhine in 1945. No invading army had crossed this great river since Napoleon's in 1805 and the task fell to Field Marshal Montgomery's 21st Army Group. Opposing them were the forces of a failing fascist regime, including battalions of old men and boys, strengthened... more...

  • US Marine Corps Raider 1942–43by Ed Gilbert; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    The US Marine Raider was an "elite within an elite." Modeled on British Commandoes, they were the earliest forerunners of the various special operations units of the modern US military. These units would conduct operations with only the equipment they could carry on their backs; their heaviest weapons were light mortars and light machine-guns. Highly... more...

  • US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965–70by Ed Gilbert; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    By 1960, following Korea, tanks and their crews had proved themselves to be a fundamental part of the Marine Corps' combined arms team. When the Marines were ordered to Vietnam in 1965, they took their tanks with them. This book explores this decision, which created a political storm. The presence of the tanks became a lightning rod for accusations... more...

  • Tarawa 1943by Derrick Wright; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that "the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years". In a pioneering amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious... more...

  • Nagashino 1575by Stephen Turnbull; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    When Portuguese traders took advantage of the constant violence in Japan to sell the Japanese their first firearms, one of the quickest to take advantage of this new technology was the powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga. In 1575 the impetuous Takeda Katsuyori laid siege to Nagashino castle, a possession of Nobunaga's ally, Tokugawa Ieyasu. An army was despatched... more...

  • Operation Barbarossa 1941 (1)by Robert Kirchubel; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 13.99

    Operation Barbarossa, Germany's surprise assault on the Soviet Union in June 1941, aimed at nothing less than the complete destruction of Communist Russia. This book focuses on Field Marshal von Rundstedt and Army Group South, tasked with the capture of the Ukraine and Crimea. Von Rundstedt's 46 divisions and single Panzer Group faced fierce resistance... more...

  • The Doolittle Raid 1942by Clayton Chun; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 13.99

    In early 1942, the strategic situation was bleak for the United States. She had been in continual retreat since Pearl Harbor, surrendering major areas such as the Philippines, and was preparing for the worst in Hawaii and on the West Coast. The Japanese, on the other hand, had secured a well-defended perimeter, and was set for further expansion. Something... more...

  • Crete 1941by Peter Antill; Howard Gerrard

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 13.99

    Operation Mercury, the German airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941, was the first strategic use of airborne forces in history. The assault began on 20 May, with landings near the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day allowed the German forces to capture one end of the runway at Maleme. By 24 May, the Germans were being... more...

  • Sicily 1943by Steven J Zaloga; Howard Gerrard

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    Not only did the Sicily operation represent a watershed in tactical development of combined arms tactics, it was also an important test for future Allied joint operations. Senior British commanders left the North African theater with a jaundiced and dismissive view of the combat capabilities of the inexperienced US Army after the debacle at Kasserine... more...

  • Liberation of Paris 1944by Steven J Zaloga; Howard Gerrard

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    In July 1944, Operation Cobra broke the stalemate in Normandy and sent the Allies racing across France. The Allied commanders had ignored Paris in their planning for this campaign, considering that the risk of intense street fighting and heavy casualties outweighed the city's strategic importance. However, Charles de Gaulle persuaded the Allied commanders... more...