On December 16, 1944, the mad man, Adolf Hitler, launched a massive counterattack against Allied forces who were freezing their butts off in the Ardennes Forests of Belgium. We were caught totally off guard when more than a quarter million crack German troops and hundreds of high quality tanks descended upon our positions The German offensive was led by the elite XLVII Panzer Corps. Hitler had launched his final gamble on these snow-covered forests. They thought the inferior, non-master race of Americans would just rollover and give up. But we stopped them cold in small forgotten towns and many unknown battles. The smell of death, blood, and fear became our only brother. Hell is for heroes. They stay there for all of eternity. Oh no, we aren´t heroes. We’re just walking through hell, until we can crawl back out. We have a job to do. That’s why we’re here. The SS death heads are going to taste their own blood now. The Dead Never Sleep, a WWII historical fiction book, is a nonstop action thriller set in the Ardennes forests during the Battle of the Bulge. It concerns a group of worn out GIs who slowed the Nazi war machine down in one of the forgotten side battles during the end of German Operation Mist. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J.D. Phillippi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117907/bk_acx0_117907_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, read by Peter Nobel. Antony Beevor´s Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history´s darkest moments. In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote, ´Stalingrad is no longer a town.... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure.´ The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin´s determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler´s Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler´s territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline. Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Noble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000974/bk_pauk_000974_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
Germany, 1985. The Reich Council has fallen and the Reich is sundered in two, but the uneasy peace will not last long. To the east, Karl Holliston - now styling himself the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich - is planning the conquest of Berlin and the destruction of the rebels, while to the west, Germany´s former satellites are planning a bid for independence and the North Atlantic Alliance is uneasily considering just what will happen to the Reich´s vast arsenal of nuclear weapons. As the civil war begins, as the Panzers begin their advance on Berlin, the rebels are forced to fight to save their revolution. Or watch helplessly as a jackboot stamps down on Germany, forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey Gagne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029060/bk_adbl_029060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Almost 75 years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics - of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story - Allied, German, French - has never fully been told.Giles Milton´s bold new history narrates the day´s events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht´s bunkers, D-Day: The Soldiers´ Story lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those hitherto unheard - the French butcher´s daughter, the Panzer Commander´s wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.This vast canvas of human bravado reveals ´the longest day´ as never before - less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Giles Milton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001980/bk_hodd_001980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For three years, the Nazis have held France hostage, terrorizing its citizens, and deporting Jews to work camps in the East. A company of brutal SS Panzer troops have taken over the City Hall of Caen and control the heartbeat of the city. Local bands of Resistance fighters operate in the shadows to disrupt, derail, and destroy German operations. The OSS recruits Nick Jordan, an accomplished Yale athlete, to join an elite commando unit. He and his fellow candidates are put through a year-long training regimen at a covert base learning skills and tradecraft far beyond those of the typical soldier. Their initial mission, Operation Wolfhound, takes them into that German-held territory to seek and kill enemy forces in support of the D-Day invasion. The Nazis have never faced a weapon like Nick Jordan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Freeman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078477/bk_acx0_078477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I am sure you have heard of ´´Operation Mincemeat´´, the ingenious plan to land a dead man on a Spanish beach - to fool the Nazis and send their jack-booted, Panzer-clad, stiff-armed, blond-haired boys up the wrong alley. Allow me to let you into a secret. I was the rehearsal, some months before hostilities began; before the unpleasantness, so to speak. I was the practice run; the ´´upper-class twit´´ sent on a wild goose chase, scattering fair Albion´s imminent enemies hither and thither. And, if I were to die in the process, so be it. So long as the suitcase full of faux documents survived, I, Pelham Hardiman was of no consequence. But, my friend, I can tell you their greatest error, their erreur greates, they forgot they were dealing with an Englishman, and a Hardimann at that. And let us not forget the femme fatale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert E. Towsie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005869/bk_acx0_005869_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Autumn 1942. Hitler´s legions have swept across Europe, France has fallen, Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East. With the outcome of the war hanging in the balance, the British hatch a desperate plan: send a small, highly mobile, and heavily armed force behind German lines to strike the blow that will stop the Afrika Korps in its tracks. Steven Pressfield brings to life the flair, agility, and daring of this extraordinary historical commando unit, the Long Range Desert Group. He describes in detail the tactics, weaponry, and specialized skills needed for combat under extreme desert conditions. He captures, too, the camaraderie of this ´´band of brothers´´ as they perform the acts of courage and cunning crucial to the Allies´ victory in North Africa. As in his acclaimed earlier novels, Pressfield combines historical accuracy and edge-of-your-seat battle scenes to create riveting fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alfred Molina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/001776/bk_reco_001776_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
May I have this dance, Hilde? asked Field Marshal Rommel, opening the Grande Ball held in his honour. Did this dance save the life of Hilde´s Polish friends? Hilde had come a long way since her dream of becoming a singer was shattered when her father made arrangements for her to work as a housekeeper in Berlin at the tender age of fourteen. Hilde´s life is thrown into turmoil in Berlin during the late 1920s early 1930s. Having Polish friends meant it was becoming increasingly unsafe for her to stay there and she finds a new life in the Harz mountains. In Goslar, Hilde meets her husband, Karl, a young officer in the German Army. When he joins the Seventh Panzer Brigade led by General Erwin Rommel at the beginning of World War II, Hilde is left to bring up their children in war-torn Germany. Hilde´s story is based on facts and is told here by her youngest daughter, Elisabeth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Peterson, Bennett Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023534/bk_acx0_023534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.