Relive history as the men who experienced the most intense battles of World War II share their stories. The WWII Battle Classsics, produced as major TV specials by Lou Reda Productions, have been brilliantly adapted for this thirilling audio presentation. This is essential history, told by the eyewitness heroes who were there. World War II: Europe features full orchestration and the clamor of desperate battle. Patton: A Genius For War While the names of great WWII commanders have faded into the history books, the name "Patton" rings out with resounding force. It evokes a profane, go-for-the throat, hell-on-wheels commander whose armored columns dismembered Hitler's "thousand-year-Reich" with matchless thunder and dash. Rommel: The Last Knight He served the cruelest monster who ever lived, yet emerged with his reputation shining. His military brilliance inflicted crushing defeats upon French, English, and American generals, who nonetheless regarded him with awe and respect. His men loved him. His enemies feared him. No one forgot him. D-Day Normandy: June 6th, 1944 The story of how close to disaster the D-Day invasion came has never been fully told. Listen to those who shared in Normandy's longest day. David Pergrin: The Panzer Stopper The legendary heroes of the Battle of the Bulge got all the glory. It was a tiny band of unsung heroes that saved the battle, perhaps the outcome of the war, for the Allies. This is the story of David Pergrin and the kid engineers who slammed the door in Hitler's face. Peter Tomkins: The Spy That Sparred With Hitler Peter Tompkins, a 23-year-old American spy in Nazi-oppressed Italy, operated far behind enemy lines wth a price on his head. On his own, without help or refuge, he led Italian partisans in a devastating campaign of espionage and sabotage against the occupying Nazis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fritz Weaver, Jack Perkins, Paul Sparer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000567/bk_sans_000567_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Operation Sunflower (German: Unternehmen Sonnenblume) was the deployment of German troops (the Afrika Korps ) to North Africa in February 1941, during the Second World War. These troops reinforced the remaining Italian forces in Libya after the Italian Tenth Army was destroyed by British attacks during Operation Compass. The order for Unternehmen Sonnenblume was issued by Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (German High Command) to OKH and OKL (army and airforce commands, respectively) on February 6, 1941. Two days later the first units departed Naples for Africa and arrived on February 11. On February 14 the first units of the 5th Light Division (later renamed 21st Panzer Division) arrived in Tripoli, Libya. These units were the 3rd Reconnaissance battalion and Tankhunter unit 39, they were sent immediately to the front line at Sirte.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Operation Uranus (Russian: ???????? "????", romanised: Operatsiya Uran) was the codename of the Soviet strategic operation in World War II which led to the encirclement of the German Sixth Army, the Third and Fourth Romanian armies, and portions of the German Fourth Panzer Army. The operation formed part of the ongoing Battle of Stalingrad, and was aimed at destroying German forces in and around Stalingrad. Planning for Operation Uranus had commenced as early as September 1942, and was developed simultaneously with plans to envelop and destroy German Army Group Center and German forces in the Caucasus. The Red Army took advantage of the German army's poor preparation for winter, and its forces in the southern Soviet Union were overstretched, using weaker Romanian, Hungarian, and Italian armies to guard their flanks, the offensives' starting points were established along the section of the front directly opposite Romanian forces. These Axis armies lacked heavy equipment to deal with Soviet armor.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.As the number of German armed forces committed to the North Africa Campaign of World War II grew from the initial commitment of a small corps the Germans developed a more elaborate command structure and placed the now larger Afrika Korps, with Italian units under this new German command structure, a session of different German commands were created to manage the Axis assets in Africa. After the initial campaign when Rommel was technically under the command of the Italians, the German Armed Forces High Command (German acronym OKW) created a larger command structure in Africa, creating a new headquarters called Panzer Group Africa (Panzergruppe Afrika). On August 15 1941 Panzer Group Africa was activated with Rommel in command, and command of the Afrika Korps was turned over to Ludwig Crüwell. The Panzer Group controlled the Afrika Korps plus some additional German units that were sent to Africa, as well as two corps of Italian units.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Operation Salaam was a 1942 World War II military operation under the command of the Hungarian aristocrat and desert explorer László Almásy. The mission was conceived in order to assist Panzer Army Africa (to which Almásy was attached) by transferring two Abwehr agents deep into British-held Egypt. In 1942, after numerous battles back and forth in the North African desert, German and Italian forces had pushed Commonwealth forces into a retreat that ended at El Alamein. This position was an excellent site for defence of the Nile Delta, and preparations had been ordered by General Auchinleck months previously. The area is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean and a huge salt pan - the impassable Qattara Depression - to the south.