The Winter Fortress Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

The Winter Fortress


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544368064

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The Winter Fortress Excerpt :

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile, a World War II spy adventure set in Norway that draws on top-secret documents and memoirs of the saboteurs. In 1942, the Nazis were racing to complete the first atomic bomb. All they needed was a single, incredibly rare ingredient: heavy water, which was produced solely at Norway’s Vemork plant. Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers pushed production into overdrive. If the Allies could not destroy the plant, they feared the Nazis would soon be in possession of the most dangerous weapon the world had ever seen. But how would the Allied forces reach the castle fortress, set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth? Based on a trove of top-secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skis, perilous survival in the wild, Gestapo manhunts, and a last-minute operation that would alter the course of the war. “Riveting and poignant . . . The Winter Fortress metamorphoses from engrossing history into a smashing thriller . . . Mr. Bascomb’s research and, especially, his storytelling skills are first-rate.”—Wall Street Journal

The Winter Fortress Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

The Winter Fortress


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Head of Zeus
  • Release Date : 2017-05-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 1784977055

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The Winter Fortress Excerpt :

It's 1942 and the Nazis are racing to build an atomic bomb. They have the physicists, but they don't have enough 'heavy water' – essential for their nuclear designs. For two years, the Nazis have occupied Norway, and with it the Vemork hydroelectric plant, the world's sole supplier of heavy water. Under threat of death, its engineers push production into overtime. For the Allies, Vemork must be destroyed. But how could they reach the plant, high in a mountainous valley? The answer became the most dramatic commando raid of the war: the British SOE brought together a brilliant scientist and eleven refugee Norwegian commandos, who, with little more than parachutes, skis and tommy guns, would destroy Hitler's nuclear ambitions. Based on exhaustive research and never-before-seen diaries and letters, The Winter Fortress is a compulsively readable narrative about a group of young men who survived the cold of a Norwegian winter and evaded the clutches of the Gestapo, to save the world from destruction.

The Winter Fortress Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

The Winter Fortress


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Head of Zeus
  • Release Date : 2016-05-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781784977030

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The Winter Fortress Excerpt :

It's 1942 and the Nazis are racing to build an atomic bomb. They have the physicists, but they don't have enough 'heavy water' – essential for their nuclear designs. For two years, the Nazis have occupied Norway, and with it the Vemork hydroelectric plant, the world's sole supplier of heavy water. Under threat of death, its engineers push production into overtime. For the Allies, Vemork must be destroyed. But how could they reach the plant, high in a mountainous valley? The answer became the most dramatic commando raid of the war: the British SOE brought together a brilliant scientist and eleven refugee Norwegian commandos, who, with little more than parachutes, skis and tommy guns, would destroy Hitler's nuclear ambitions. Based on exhaustive research and never-before-seen diaries and letters, The Winter Fortress is a compulsively readable narrative about a group of young men who survived the cold of a Norwegian winter and evaded the clutches of the Gestapo, to save the world from destruction.

Sabotage  The Mission to Destroy Hitler s Atomic Bomb Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Sabotage The Mission to Destroy Hitler s Atomic Bomb


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545735339

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Sabotage The Mission to Destroy Hitler s Atomic Bomb Excerpt :

A stunning adventure involving Nazis, nukes, fighting, failure, and everyday heroes, from the author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters. Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction for young adults in this incredible true story of spies and survival.The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb.When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of young Norwegian commandos. Armed with little more than skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness, elude a huge manhunt, and execute two dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.

Hunting Eichmann Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

Hunting Eichmann


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : 9780618858675

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Hunting Eichmann Excerpt :

Based on groundbreaking new information and featuring never-before-published surveillance photographs, a narrative of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann recounts how the Nazi managed to slip out of the country and build a new life in Argentina while an international manhunt spent fifteen years tracking him down and bringing him to justice.

The Mannerheim Line 1920   39 Book

The Mannerheim Line 1920 39


  • Author : Bair Irincheev
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-05-20
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472803788

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The Mannerheim Line 1920 39 Excerpt :

In the wake of the bloody civil war that followed Finland's independence from Russia in 1917, the border between the two countries was established across the Karelian Isthmus, an area long fought over by Russia, Finland and Sweden in their attempts to dominate the northern tip of Europe. Neither the Soviets nor the Finnish were comfortable with such a divide which was only 32km from the military and industrial city of Petrograd. As such, both sides began an intensive period of fortification and defensive planning. As the Winter War broke out in November 1939, the complex and heavily defended Mannerheim Line suffered intense bombardment. The armistice of 1940 saw Finland cede control of the entire Karelian Isthmus to the USSR, and a propaganda war ensued. Through an analysis of the background, and operational history of the Mannerheim Line, Bair Irincheev attempts to dispel such myths and provide an accurate assessment of its huge historical importance.

The Escape Artists Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Escape Artists


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2018-09-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544936904

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The Escape Artists Excerpt :

This “fast-paced account” of WWI airmen who escaped Germany’s most notorious POW camp is “expertly narrated” by the New York Times bestselling author (Kirkus, starred review). During World War I, Allied soldiers might avoid death only to find themselves in the abominable conditions of Germany’s many prison camps. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz that housed the most escape-prone officers. Its commandant was a boorish tyrant named Karl Niemeyer, who swore that none should ever leave. Desperate to break out of “Hellminden”, a group of Allied prisoners hatch an audacious escape plan that requires a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, and fake walls—not to mention steely resolve and total secrecy. Once beyond the watchtowers and round-the-clock patrols, they are then faced with a 150-mile dash through enemy-occupied territory toward free Holland. Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, historian Neal Bascomb “has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism” (David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon).

Faster Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Faster


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781328489838

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Faster Excerpt :

Winner of the Motor Press Guild Best Book of the Year Award & Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, a pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler’s fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, three unlikely heroes—a driver banned from the best European teams because of his Jewish heritage, the owner of a faltering automaker company, and the adventurous daughter of an American multimillionaire—banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the Grand Prix, the apex of motorsport. Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during history’s darkest hour.

The Grand Escape  The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century  Scholastic Focus  Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The Grand Escape The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century Scholastic Focus


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2018-09-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781338140354

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The Grand Escape The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century Scholastic Focus Excerpt :

Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, returns with his next thrilling work of narrative nonfiction about a group of Allied POWs who staged an escape for the ages during World War I. ***Three starred reviews!***Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, returns with his next thrilling work of narrative nonfiction about a group of Allied POWs who staged an escape for the ages during World War I. Illustrated throughout with incredible photographs and published on the 100th anniversary of the Holzminden escape!At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. A land-locked Alcatraz of sorts, it was home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners--and the most talented at escape. The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale of a band of pilots who pulled off an ingenious plan and made it out of enemy territory in the biggest breakout of WWI, inspiring their countrymen in the darkest hours of the war.

The Saboteur Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

The Saboteur


  • Author : Andrew Gross
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2017-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466892170

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The Saboteur Excerpt :

Based on the true story of Operation Gunnerside—the Britain-sponsored mission that sent Norwegian commandos into the Nazi-occupied Telemark region of their country to destroy the enemy’s nuclear weapons program—New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross’s The Saboteur is a riveting World War II thriller of espionage and action. February, 1943. Both the Allies and the Nazis are closing in on attempts to construct the decisive weapon of the war. Kurt Nordstrum, an engineer in Oslo, puts his life aside to take up arms against the Germans as part of the Norwegian resistance. After the loss of his fiancée, and with his outfit whittled to shreds, he commandeers a coastal steamer and escapes to England to transmit secret evidence of the Nazis’s progress towards an atomic bomb at an isolated factory in Norway. There, he joins a team of dedicated Norwegians in training in the Scottish Highlands for a mission to disrupt the Nazis’ plans before they advance any further. Parachuted onto the most unforgiving terrain in Europe, braving the fiercest of mountain storms, Nordstrum and his team attempt the most daring raid of the war, targeting the heavily-guarded factory built on a shelf of rock thought to be impregnable, a mission even they know they likely will not survive. Months later, Nordstrum is called upon again to do the impossible, opposed by both elite Nazi soldiers and a long-standing enemy who is now a local collaborator—one man against overwhelming odds, with the fate of the war in the balance, but the choice to act means putting the one person he has a chance to love in peril.

Norway 1940 Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Norway 1940


  • Author : Franöois Kersaudy
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 1998-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0803277873

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Norway 1940 Excerpt :

En forholdsvis nyforsket redegørelse for det, som det, som anmelderne benævner den ødelæggende og inkompetente allierede kampagne, som franske og engelske styrker, støttet af nordmændene udførte til Norges forsvar i 1940. Der er fokus på politiske og militære fejl i kampagnen og dennes konsekvenser.

The Perfect Mile Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

The Perfect Mile


  • Author : Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9780618391127

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The Perfect Mile Excerpt :

Follows the journey of three young men--John Landy, Wes Santee, and Roger Bannister--who suffered defeat at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 but nevertheless vowed to break the four-minute mile, training tirelessly to accomplish their goal.

Storming the City Book

Storming the City


  • Author : Alec Wahlman
  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781574416190

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Storming the City Excerpt :

In an increasingly urbanized world, urban terrain has become a greater factor in military operations. Simultaneously, advances in military technology have given military forces sharply increased capabilities. The conflict comes from how urban terrain can negate or degrade many of those increased capabilities. What happens when advanced weapons are used in a close-range urban fight with an abundance of cover? Storming the City explores these issues by analyzing the performance of the US Army and US Marine Corps in urban combat in four major urban battles of the mid-twentieth century (Aachen 1944, Manila 1945, Seoul 1950, and Hue 1968). Alec Wahlman assesses each battle using a similar framework of capability categories, and separate chapters address urban warfare in American military thought. In the four battles, across a wide range of conditions, American forces were ultimately successful in capturing each city because of two factors: transferable competence and battlefield adaptation. The preparations US forces made for warfare writ large proved generally applicable to urban warfare. Battlefield adaptation, a strong suit of American forces, filled in where those overall preparations for combat needed fine tuning. From World War Two to Vietnam, however, there was a gradual reduction in tactical performance in the four battles.

Heroes of Telemark Book

Heroes of Telemark


  • Author : David Greentree
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-11-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472827661

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Heroes of Telemark Excerpt :

In May 1941, the Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertiliser plant in Norway. Vemork produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear programme. Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE decided it had to destroy the plant. Six ski-borne commandos had the task of slipping past 300 heavily armed guards and passing through a ravine the Germans thought impassable. Fully illustrated with stunning new commissioned artwork, this is the thrilling story of the daring Norwegian-led SOE raid that prevented Hitler from building an atomic bomb.