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            Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness

            Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness (Hardback)

            By McKay, Sinclair

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            In February 1945 the Allies obliterated Dresden, the 'Florence of the Elbe'. Explosive bombs weighing over 1,000 lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic... mass murder in a war already won? From the history of the city to the attack itself, conveyed in a minute-by-minute account from the first of the flares to the flames reaching almost a mile high - the wind so searingly hot that the lungs of those in its path were instantly scorched - through the eerie period of reconstruction, here bestselling author Sinclair McKay creates a vast canvas and brings it alive with telling human detail. Along the way we encounter, for example, a Jewish woman who thought the English bombs had been sent from heaven, novelist Kurt Vonnegut who wrote that the smouldering landscape was like walking on the surface of the moon, and 15-year-old Winfried Bielb, who, having spent the evening ushering refugees, wanted to get home to his stamp collection. He was not to know that there was not enough time. Impeccably researched and deeply moving, McKay uses never-before-seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and vividly conveys the texture of life in a decimated city. Dresden is invoked as a byword for the illimitable cruelties of war, but with the ever-lengthening distance of time, it is now possible to approach this subject with a much clearer gaze, less occluded with the weight of prejudice in either direction, and with a keener interest in the sorts of lives that ordinary people lived and lost, or tried to rebuild. From general and individual morality in war to the raw, primal instinct for survival, through the seemingly unstoppable gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory, this is a master historian at work. 'Extraordinary . . . a remarkably faithful account' Guardian on The Secret Life of Bletchley Park 'Painstakingly researched and f
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            ISBN 9780241389683
            Released NZ 4 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War
             

            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By White, Rowland

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            • Pub Date
              20 Oct 20

            From the mind of the engineering genius who designed the iconic Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest planes, the Harrier jump jet was to be a crucial element of the RAF's fleet for over four decades.

            ISBN 9781787631595
            Released NZ 20 Oct 2020
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Going Solo
              

            Going Solo (EPUB ebook)

            By Dahl, Roald

            Gives an account of author's experiences in Africa, crashing a plane in the Western Desert, rescue and recovery from his horrific injuries in Alexandria, and many other daring deeds.

            ISBN 9780141965338
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            Language en
            Released NZ 2 Feb 2012
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 8-12 years
            Series The centenary collection
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            Through to the End: The History of 487 (NZ) Squadron RAF
              

            Through to the End: The History of 487 (NZ) Squadron RAF (Hardback)

            By Palmer, David; With Neeven, Aad; Edited by Koorey, Paul

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            This large hard back book (369 pages) by David Palmer and Aad Neeven, contains numerous black and white photos, along with coloured maps and diagrams, and wide variety of statistical information.

            ISBN 9789082647532
            Published NZ 1 Aug 2017
            Publisher NZ / SP Author Self Published
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II

            Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II (Hardback)

            By Plokhy, Serhii

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            In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan. The Americans' audacious suggestion to the Soviets was to open a second air front, with the US Air Force establishing bases in Soviet-controlled territory. Despite Sta...lin's obvious reservations about the presence of foreign troops in Russia, he was persuaded, and in early 1944 and Operation Baseball and then Frantic were initiated as B-17 Superfortresses were flown from bases in Italy to the Poltova region in today's Ukraine. Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy tells the gripping, little-known story of this encounter between American and Soviet soldiers and how their collaboration quickly fell apart, mirroring the transition from the Grand Alliance to the Cold War. Soviet secret policemen watched over the Americans, shadowing their every move. A catastrophic air raid by the Germans revealed the limitations of Soviet air defences. As their initial enthusiasm turned into disappointment, the American soldiers started calling themselves the Forgotten Bastards of Ukraine. Ultimately, no common purpose could overcome their cultural and political differences. Drawing on newly opened Russian archives as well as CIA records, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front offers a riveting bottom-up history one of the Second World War's most unlikely alliances.
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            ISBN 9780241404560
            Released NZ 3 Oct 2019
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Fearless: The extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's Great War airmen
             

            Fearless: The extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's Great War airmen (Hardback)

            By Claasen, Adam R. A.

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            The fascinating and little-known story of New Zealand's daring military aviation pioneers.

            ISBN 9780994140784
            Published NZ 19 Oct 2017
            Publisher Massey University Press
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            Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Masters of the Sky

            Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Masters of the Sky (Hardback)

            By Bruning, John R.

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            TOP GUN meets BAND OF BROTHERS in this stunning untold story of the race among America's elite airmen to become the greatest fighter pilot of WWII.

            ISBN 9780316508629
            Released NZ 10 Mar 2020
            Publisher Little, Brown
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            Topgun: An American Story
             

            Topgun: An American Story (Hardback)

            By Tillman, Barrett; Pedersen, Dan

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            The founder of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program, aka TOPGUN, shares the untold story of how he and eight other young pilots revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. --Provided by publi...sher.
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            ISBN 9780316416269
            Released NZ 14 May 2019
            Publisher Little, Brown
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            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War
             

            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War (Hardback)

            By White, Rowland

            • RRP: $48.00
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            • Pub Date
              15 Oct 20

            From the mind of the engineering genius who designed the iconic Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest planes, the Harrier jump jet was to be a crucial element of the RAF's fleet for over four decades.

            ISBN 9781787631588
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2020
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Spitfire: A Very British Love Story

            Spitfire: A Very British Love Story (Hardback)

            By Nichol, John

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            Spitfire: A remarkable aircraft flown by very brave men. This is their story.

            ISBN 9781471159206
            Released NZ 1 Jun 2018
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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