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1989. Berlin. From Symbol of Confrontation to Keystone of Stability by James S. Sutterlin and David Klein

De Gaulle Triumphant: The Liberation of France August 1944 - May 1945 by Robert Aron
c1942. Holland Fights the Nazis by L. de Jong
2000. In Name Only by C. W. Sheldon

1942. One Year Of Soviet Struggle Against German Invasion
1994. Roses in December [The Battle of Hong Kong] by David J. Stanford
1946, Oct 25. The War Illustrated: I Was There. Volume 10, No. 244

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Aron, Robert. 'De Gaulle Triumphant: The Liberation of France August 1944 - May 1945'; Translated by Humphrey Hare;  published by Putnam in 1964 in hardback with dustjacket. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Contents: Paris at last welcomes the Allies, in August 1944, and after the final flurry of atrocities and street-fighting, General de Gaulle enters the Capital. The consolidation of his authority is now virtually complete, and the defeat of Germany assured: but many months of bitter fighting yet remain to be endured. In this sequel to 'The Vichy Regime' and 'De Gaulle Before Paris', Robert Aron records with dispassionate clarity how the liberation of France proceeded to its end. In each of many cities the same problems arise in different forms: first the ousting of the Germans and the prevention of wanton destruction by them in their retreat; next the frustration of the Communist attempt to seize power in the municipality.

The personality of Charles de Gaulle dominates the whole drama; and the close examination of his actions in those victorious days throws revealing light on the sources of his strength. The author describes the skill which enabled him to restore the authority of the central government under his own control.

Besides the heroic aspect-the liberation of the South West by the Resistance, and the rebirth of the French Army-there is also the grim aftermath of war, the hunger, the Liberation Massacres, the persecution of 'collaborators', and the loss of young blood and talent. France's hour of triumph leaves problems enough to be solved as the last German pockets are captured, and Dunkirk, the last town on French soil to be liberated, surrenders, by a quirk of fate, to the British and the Czechs.

Chapters:
Part 1. The Liberation of Paris

1. Paris Awaits Its Liberation
2. The Liberation of Paris

Part 2. The Liberation of the South
1. The Preliminaries to D-Day in Provence
2. The Landing and the Pursuit
3. From the Pyrenees to the Loire
4. The Trial of Strength
5. The Summary Executions

Part 3. The Last Liberations
1. The Atlantic and the Rhine
2. The Liberation of Alsace
3. Royan and La Rochelle

Conclusion: The Balance Sheet of the Liberation
Appendix; Bibliography; Glossary; Index

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De Jong, L. 'Holland Fights the Nazis', published in c.1941 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 138pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, readable condition with a touch of age spotting just inside the cover and on the pages edges & also the dustjacket is worn and creased on some edges, such as the top edge of the front cover where there are also some small rips. Price: �10.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently �2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Holland Fights the Nazis [top]
    Written by L. de Jong, former editor of De Groene Amsterdammer
    First published in 1941 in Great Britain by
    Reprinted in c.1942 in Great Britain by The Right Book Club in hardback with dustjacket, 138pp
    Contains 16 pages of illustrations

About this book: The barrage balloon was a British one which had appeared drifting over one of the aerodromes in Holland. German fighters went up, but missed the target. Then the Flak (anti-aircraft) used all its ammunition. No success. 'It burst from laughing.' ...In Apeldoorn, in the East of Holland, a German soldier wanted to buy a few things in a shop. The shop was packed with customers. One of them said to the shopkeeper: 'Please, serve the Germans first. They are in a hurry to leave for England.' This customer was sentenced to four months' imprisonment 'on account of behaviour offending the honour of the German army.' ...In September, a lady was arrested because she had listened to the B.B.C. Unperturbed, she defended herself by saying: 'After the fall of France, Adolf Hitler has announced that in October he would speak over the British wireless. I was very afraid of missing this historic speech.' What is happening in Holland? Have the Nazis succeeded in gaining Dutch collaboration? The above stories are the answer, for they are characteristic of Dutch resistance to the Nazis. This book reveals the full story of the occupation

Contents:
PART ONE: INVASION
Chapter 1. Holland Before the Invasion
Chapter 2. Five days - five ages
Chapter 3. Escape

PART TWO: HOLLAND FIGHTS THE NAZIS
Chapter 1. From Despair to Confidence
Chapter 2. In the German Cobweb
Chapter 3. Labour defies the Nazis
Chapter 4. Nordic Culture invades the Netherlands
Chapter 5. The Struggle Against the Dutch Nazis
Chapter 6. The Struggle Against the Germans

PART THREE: DOCUMENTS
a) Seyss Inquart Speaks
b) Fooling the Censor
c) List of Convictions by German Courts
d) H. M. Queen Wilhelmina speaks
e) 'The Airmen Who Know Mercy'
f) Germany proves its failure
g) Specimen of German Propaganda

List of Illustrations:
Rotterdam burning on the afternoon of 14th May
The centre of Rotterdam after the debris had been cleared
Devastation in Rotterdam
Aerial photograph of Rotterdam showing the air raid damage
Patriotic demonstrations on Prince Bernhard's birthday
A Dutch bus running on gas
Cheeses being loaded for shipment to Germany
Four pictures illustrating the petrol shortage in Germany
Prospectus of a new Dutch loan
Seyss Inquart
Franz Christiansen
Propaganda for Mussert
Parade of Dutch Nazis
Posters of the Dutch Nazi party
Emergency stores in Rotterdam
German-Dutch fraternization, as photographed by the Nazis
Hitler as a child: two pictures
German military police parade before Seyss Inquart, 10th February



Holland in the 2nd World War
Sheldon, C. W. 'In Name Only: The Untold Story of 101 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from Leek who Died during the Second World War', first published in 2000 in Great Britain by Three Counties Publishing in paperback, 264pp, ISBN 0953523950. Sorry, sold out, but click image above to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
2000, Three Counties Publishing (Books) Limited, pbk
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  • In Name Only [top]
    The Untold Story of 101 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from Leek who Died during the Second World War
    Written and Researched by C. W. Sheldon
    First published in 2000 in Great Britain by Three Counties Publishing (Books) Limited, in paperback, 264pp, ISBN 0953523950

    Front cover artwork by M. T. Armstrong

About this book: Shot down over Germany, torpedoed by U-boats, killed by the murderous explosions of Luftwaffe bombs - this was the fate of some of the young men of Leek who lost their lives during the Second World War: Others fought and died in the barren wastes of the North African deserts, the valleys and mountains of Italy, the steaming jungles of Burma and the green fields of Normandy. This is the untold story of the 101 soldiers, sailors and airmen named on the the town's War Memorial. A story of bravery and tragedy. A story of sacrifices made by ordinary Leek men thrown into a bitter struggle against tyranny and oppression. 'In Name Only' includes a unique collection of photographs of many of the 101 casualties and the memories of the loved ones left behind. It takes the reader through the stages of the war as those six dark years claimed the lives of the 101, the youngest only 16 and the oldest 54. It details the service unit, squadron or ship each one was attached to, the date and place of his death and where he is buried or commemmorated. There are fascinating accounts of bewildered evacuees in the town, of bombs falling on Leek, of rationing and gas masks and of the telegram which every war-time family dreaded. This publication is as unique as the Leek Monument itself. It is a fitting tribute to all those who died and answers many questions about their short lives and tragic deaths. But it also raises a number of questions. Why were the Allies prepared to use mustard gas against the Germans in 1943? Why were bomber crews sent over enemy territory in bright moonlight only to be slaughtered in their hundreds? Why were so many young and inexperienced airmen killed in flying accidents here in England? In 1949, two brass plaques listing the names of the fallen were added to the Nicholson War Memorial in the centre of Leek. Over the last fifty years, countless thousands of people have looked at them in awe. 'In Name Only' tells the full story of the real people behind those names

Chapters:
The 101 names
Preface
The Author
Foreword
1. Reflections
2. The Gathering Clouds
3. Norway, 1940
5. The Blitz
6. The Home Front
7. The RAF Strikes Back
8. The Fall of Singapore
9. The Desert War
10. The Battle for Malta
11. The U-boat threat
12. The Allies Take Tunisia
13. Stepping up the Pressure
14. The Invasion of Sicily
15. Burma and the Death Railway
16. The Ascendancy of British Air Power
17. The Tragedy at Bari
18. The Italian Campaign and Cassino
19. The Nightmare of Anzio
20. The Japanese in Retreat
21. 'Target for Tonight'
22. D-Day. The Beginning of the End
23. Foothold in Europe
24. The Battle for Caen
25. The Staffordshire Division
26. The Push for Victory in Italy
27. Battle for the River Orne
28. Belgium and The Netherlands
29. Victory in Europe
30. Nearing the End
31. Final Push in Burma
32. 'They Also Served'
Postscript; Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Index of Casualties

 

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Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Washington, D. C. 'One Year of Soviet Struggle Against German Invasion. June 22, 1941-June 22,1942', published in 1942 by the Soviet Embassy in Washington (?), paperback, 75pp, exceptionally rare, highly collectable. Illustrated. Condition: Very good condition, clean & tidy. Price: £50.00, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1942, Embassy of the Soviet Socialist Republics, pbk
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About this book/synopsis: This 75 page pbk from the Soviet Embassy in Washington in 1942, marks a year of fighting the German invasion of Russia, from June 22, 1941. It would appear it was published to coincide with the US observing the 1 year of fighting anniversary on June 22, 1942, when meetings and observances took place in many parts of the US; and when the governors of 28 states and the mayors of 214 American cities had officially proclaimed it "Aid-to-Russia Day". In New York, Ambassador Litvinov and Harry Hopkins, Special Assistant to President Roosevelt spoke at a meeting in Madison Square Garden.

In tone and intent, the book is a very public, high-visibility verbal cementing of the alliance agreed between the US and the USSR signed on June 11, 1942 (and also by implication and direct mention-from the Russian side-of the alliance agreed between Russia and Great Britain on May 26, 1942); whereby the American allies and Russia celebrate and welcome each other's support and express the belief that it will see the end of Hitlerite Russia. Russia's efforts against Hitler are demonstrated and feted in both word and image throughout this publication. Understandably, Josef Stalin is the first entry in the book with an extract from his Order of the Day, May 1st 1942. His portrait, full page-size, lies directly opposite this on page 7, where he looks proud, strong, and triumphant, all good war imagery.

Contents:
Extract from Stalin's Order-of-the-Day, May 1, 1942 plus plate of Stalin, page 6-7
Extract from President Roosevelt's Address to the Nation, April 29, 1942, plus plate of Roosevelt, page 8-9
Extract from Kalinin's article published in Izvestia, June 21, 1942, plus plate of Kalinin, page 10-11 [Kalinin was Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR]
Political and Military Results of a Year of Patriotic War, pages 13-20
Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Signed at Washington, June 11, 1942, pages 21-24
Ambassador Litvinov's Address, June 22, 1942, at Madison Square Garden, pages 25-30
Excerpts from Harry Hopkins' Address at Madison Square Garden, June 22, 1942, pages 31-34
American Salutations to the USSR-
US, pages 35-58
Canada, pages 59-68
Latin America, pages 69-72
America Observes Soviet War Anniversary, page 73

US Salutations to the USSR includes passages from Henry Wallace, Vice President of the US; Cordell Hull, Secretary of State; Henry Stimson, Secretary of War; Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy; General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, US Army; Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet; Harry Hopkins, Special Assistant to President Roosevelt; General MacArthur to the Soviet Alliance Anniversary Committee in London; Chairman Nelson, War Production Board; Edward R. Stettinius Jr, Lend Lease Administrator; William L. Batt, War Production Board; Tom Connally, Chairman of the Senate of Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Homer T. Bone; Senator Charles L. McNary; Senator Claude Pepper; Senator Elbert D. Thomas; Andrew J. May, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, House of Representatives; Herbert H. Lehman, Governor of New York; Charles Edison, Governor of New Jersey; Colonel Raymond Robins, head of the American Red Cross in Russia in 1917-1918; John P. Davis, Secretary of the National Negro Congress; Czechoslovak National Council of America; Rumanian-American Alliance for Democracy, Paul M. Deac (National Chairman); William Green, President of the American Federation of Labor speaking at Russian War Relief meeting in Madison Square Garden, New York; Radiogram from American Seamen to Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Kalinin; International Fur and Leather Workers Union of the United States and Canada, CIO, to Joseph Stalin; Dr. Ernest of Lawrence, Professor of Physics, University of California; Professor Walter Cannon, Professor of Physiology, Harvard University; Dr. Karl Taylor Compton, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Professor Henry E. Sigerist, John Hopkins University; Dr. Gilbert N. Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, University of California; Theodore Dreiser, writer; Upton Sinclair, writer; Paul de Kruif, writer; Efrem Zimbalist, violinist; Thomas Mann, writer; Lion Feuchtwanger, writer; Sava Kosanovich, Minister of State of Yugoslavia.
Canadian Salutations to the USSR: W. L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada; James L. Ralston, Defense Minister of Canada; C. G. Power, Air Minister of Canada; T. A. Crerar, Minister of Mines and Resources of Canada; J. H. King, Minister without Portfolio, Mitchell F. Hepburn, Premier of Ontario; Adelard Godbout, Premier of Quebec; J. B. McNair, Premier of New Brunswick; Thane A. Campbell, Premier of Prince Edward Island; A. S. MacMillan, Premier of Nova Scotia; John Bracken, Premier of Manitoba; John Hart, Premier of British Columbia; Justice P. H. Gordon, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Red Cross; W. J. Patterson, Premier of Saskatchewan; A. R. Mosher, President of the Canadian Congress of Labor; United Steelworks of America, Local 1817, Oshawa Ontario to Ambassador Litvinov
Latin American Salutations to the USSR: Fulgencio Batista, President of Cuba; Elie Lescot, President of the Republic of Haiti; Leonidas Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic; Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia, President of Panama; Ezequiel Padilla, Foreign Minister of Mexico; Fidel Velazquez, General Secretary of the Confederation of Mexican Workers; Vicente Lombardo Toledano, President of the Latin American Federation of Labor; Alvarez del Vayo, former Foreign Minister of the Spanish Republic

Illustrations: It contains 30 plates. The photos included are: Soviet Troops Attacking; Joseph Stalin; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Mikhail Kalinin; Stormoviks (Russian fighter planes) attacking German tanks; Soviet tanks racing into action; Red Infantrymen using anti-tank guns on a German tank; President Roosevelt and Foreign Commissar Molotov; Soviet Ambassador Maxim Litvinov and Harry Hopkins shaking hands; mass shootings of civilians at Kerch by German troops; Women in the Red Army; Henry A. Wallace, VP of the US; Cordell Hull, Secretary of State; Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War; Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy; Marshal Semyon Timoshenko, field commander of the Red Army; General Douglas MacArthur Commander-in-Chief of UN Forces in SW Pacific; Donald M. Nelson; Wrecked German Bombers in Moscow; Cavalry in action striking into German lines in winter; Underground in Sevastopol; Snipers carrying the standard red army rifle equipped with an optical sight; Night Firing-when enemy divebombers plunge low to blast Red Army positions, Russian troops fire on them with quadruple maxims; the capture of Yukhnov from the Germans after crossing the Ugra River; Conscripted Russian troops under the new programme of universal military training proclaimed in September 1941, when the Germans were driving toward Leningrad; return of a Russian guerilla fighter (name Chistyakov) to his family home; Red Army infantrymen targeting enemy tanks with the famous long-barrelled Soviet anti-tank rifle; Cupolas in Borovsk-foreground: a Russian soldier stands next to a captured German tank, one of 2,766 captured between December 6 - January 15; a Red Army soldier touting a machine gun and guarding a captured train, surrounded by the abandoned bodies of German Guards; and finally a German cemetery, the burials having been carried out by fellow German soldiers

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Stanford, David J. 'Roses in December', published in 2006 in Great Britain by stanfordprojects.co.uk in paperback (A4 size), 201pp, ISBN 9781847539663. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Contents: The Battle of Hong Kong took place between 8th December and 25th December 1941. This is the tale of the Stanford family and how they were affected by this battle. It tells of life in the Army, life in the colonies, the battle itself, the infamous Lisbon Maru, and how the family coped with the war, evacuation, repatriation, and post war.

This book is based on events that happened to member's of the author's family in the second world war -in particular that which was documented in his grandmother's journal, which illuminates what was happening to thousands of other families during the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese. It's about the brave, but fruitless stand against the Imperial Japanese army and about the role of the various regiments, especially the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots - how they were caught unawares, how their discipline was restored, and how they eventually won the grudging respect of the other defenders, especially The Middlesex Regiment (the Diehards). The book draws upon the author's father's memories and this fits in with the book's aim to try and put a human face on real events

Chapters:
Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction
Chapter 1 - My Grandparents: my grandmother; my grandfather
The 'CO-OP War'
Hong Kong
Grandad Jim
Chapter 2 - My Grandmother's Early Life
Chapter 3 - Japan - a Short History
Chapter 4 - Life in Hong Kong
Chapter 5 - My Grandmother's Life in Hong Kong
Chapter 6 - Evacuation:
My Grandmother's Memories, My Father's Recollections
Looking Back
Chapter 7 - Hong Kong Defenders
Introduction
Headquarters, China Command and Various Units. Royal Engineers and other support units
2nd Battalion Royal Scots
1st Battalion Middlesex
Royal Artillery
Hong Kong & Singapore Royal Artillery
Hong Kong Chinese Regiment
Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps (HKVDC)
Canadian Units: Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Rifles of Canada
Indian Units: Headquarters & Supporting Units; 5th Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 14th Punjab Regiment
Royal Navy & RAF
Local Forces
Uniformed Civilians; Police; Auxiliary Services and Others
Chapter 8 - The Battle
The Battle - the background
Attack on Kai Tak and the IJAAF
The Battle for Hong Kong
The Royal Scots
Chapter 9 - The USS Grouper and the Lisbon Maru
The Prisoners and the Camps; On Board; The Grouper Attacks; In the Holds; Escape
Chapter 10 - Home and Post War
My Grandmother's Memories
My Father's Recollections
Postscript
Appendix 1 - The Journal - My Grandmother's Journal in her own words. Letter dated September 26th, 1983
Appendix 2 - Major General Maltby's Report
Appendix 3 - Recommended Reading



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Hammerton, Sir John (Editor). Fortnightly (Fridays) magazine called 'The War Illustrated: I Was There', published by The Amalgamated Press, in Great Britain; this issue published October 25th, 1946, as issue 244, volume 10, 32 pages long from 417 to 448. Condition: Good, but vintage. Staples binding pages together have become rusty. Middle pages have become detached - they show the Nuremberg trials - a fascinating historic piece at the centre of this magazine. Overall in very decent condition. Price: £18.00, not including postage and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
October 25th, 1946, The Amalgamated Press: fortnightly magazine, pbk, staple binding
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Hammerton, Sir John (Editor). Fortnightly (Fridays) magazine called 'The War Illustrated: I Was There', published by The Amalgamated Press, in Great Britain; this issue published October 25th, 1946, as issue 244, volume 10, 32 pages long from 417 to 448. Condition: Good, but vintage. Staples binding pages together have become rusty. Middle pages have become detached - they show the Nuremberg trials - a fascinating historic piece at the centre of this magazine. Overall in very decent condition. Price: £18.00, not including postage and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
October 25th, 1946, The Amalgamated Press: fortnightly magazine, pbk, staple binding

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Nuremberg Verdicts and Sentences:

Death By Hanging:
Hermann Wilhelm Goering
Joachim Ribbentropp
Wilhelm Keitel
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Alfred Rosenberg
Hans Frank
Wilhelm Frick
Julius Streicher
Fritz Sauckel
Alfred Jodl
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
Martin Bormann

Imprisonment
Rudolf Hess
Walter Funk
Erich Raeder
Baldur Schirach
Albert Speer
Constantin Neurath
Karl Doenitz

Discharged
Hjalmar Schacht
Franz von Papen
Hans Fritzsche

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p440. Roll of Honour, with date of decease
Pte. G. Allwood, 4.5.44
Sgt. D. Appleyard, 29.12.43
Gnr. H. J. Archer, 17.12.44
Sgt. J. L. Arthur, 11.11.41
Sgt. H. Berry, 14.5.43
Gnr. A. E. Blunden 1.6.41
Sgt. J. Booker, 17.6.44
O/S L. Bowers, 1941
A.C.I. A. C. Brogan, May 40
Marine W. J. Canham, 23.7.42
Sgt. H. Charlton, 9.10.43
L. Cpl E. W. G. Cockle, 16.9.45
Sgt. H. W. Collins, April '44
A/B R. K. Collins 18.2.44
Sgt. N. P. Cook, 20.11.43
W/T Op. W. G. Cooper, 22.12.41
A/B D. Doggett, 26.11.42
Stkr. P. Eames, 12.2.42
Cpl. G. A. Elliott, 27.3.43
Dvr. G. Fry 29.5.40
L/Cpl T. Game, 12.4.45
Cpl. F. W. Gibbins, 3.9.44
Pte A. Groome, 5.10.43
Offs. Std. T. Haines, 1.2.43
Pte. R. Hall, 12.4.45
Gnr. H. Kyle, 14.3.44
Stkr. J. McCoy, 6.6.44
Sgt. A. D. Pennycord, 8.4.43
Cpl. O. J. Pound, 4.8.44
Flt/Sgt. H. C. Rattray, 1.7.44
A/B R. J. Smith, 18.2.44
Sgt. D. H. Stevenson, 11.6.44
Tpr. S. E. Thorne, 14.6.42
C.P/o. C. Wilkinson, 13.2.44
Pte. S. E. Woollsey, 26.5.40
Tpr. R. Wright, 15.7.42
L/Cpl. G. A. Yaxley, 27.5.40
Cpl. H. W. Yaxley, 23.5.40

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  • The War Illustrated: I Was There. Vol. 10, No. 244. October 25, 1946 [top]
    Edited by Sir John Hammerton
    First published on October 25, 1946 in Great Britain as Volume 10, issue 244 in 'The War Illustrated: I Was There' series, which was printed in England and published every alternate Friday by The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., The Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London, E. C. 4. Issue 245 was due out Friday, November 8th, 1946

Contents: This staple-bound magazine published on 25th November 1946 was published at a point when the Nuremberg trials had only just been held and sentences, including executions, had been handed out. The centre pages show a double-page spread picture of somewhat grisly fascination of the Nazi officers and hierarchy sitting during the Nuremberg trials. The magazine is a mine of information and full of black and white pictures; and for the war collector and enthusiast, it is highly collectible.

Articles and Photos Included:
Front cover photo: 'Interesting the Rising Generation' - a member of the Royal Army Service Corps with the aid of a model cargo ship explains the wide activities of his corps to three interested young lads during a visit to Hounslow, Middlesex, on September 17th, 1946. This was a recruiting drive to secure 100,000 new recruits to the army by the end of March 1947.
p. 418. Pictures from 'Our Roving Camera on the Waterfronts': showing 5 photos: five minesweepers on the way to Sheerness, Kent, having left H.M.S Martello, an East Coast naval base in the process of being closed down; presentation of the Ensign from H. M. Aircraft carrier Indefatigable to the London Borough of Holborn on Sept. 19, 1946; invasion craft being broken up at a Thameside salvage yard at Mortlake, Surrey; the landing ship tank 'The Empire Baltic' at Rotterdam, Holland, after successfully completing the proposed ferr route between Tilbury and Rotterdam; and finally a photo of the wreck salvage fleet taking soundings in the Thames Estuary near a partly sunk U.S merchant ship, prior to rendering it harmless to shipping
p.419. The Amazing Facts About Pearl Harbour by A. D. Divine, D. S. M (author of 'Dunkirk' and 'Destroyers' War'. Includes photo on p.419 of Pearl Harbour as viewed from an enemy aircraft on December 7th, 1941. Plumes of water can be seen rising into the air as the bombs drop. On p.420, the aerial view from the enemy aircraft is almost directly overhead the U.S. fleet with bomb hits and smoke visible; oil tanks burning furiously.
p.421. 'Tribute fo Warrior Birds Who Gave Their Lives'. Photo of the war memorial to carrier pigeons in the Garden of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, London, which was unveiled by Miss Nancy Pride on October 4th, 1946. The memorial includes birds carved in wood by the Sussex Craftsman, George Mann
p.422. Photos of peacetime industry products - 'Ingeniously Switching War Efforts to Peace-We Show the World That Britain Can Make It' - focuses on an exhibition staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum and opened by the King on September 24th, 1946 showing: 1. A crashed aircraft set against a background of bombed London indicates: 2. How salvaged materials can be made into household goods - including development of the electric kitchen; 3. Adjacent to the dining-room: ultra modern is the enclosed electric sewing machine; 4. The air-conditioned bed (yes, there really was one...), the temperature of which was automatically controlled; 5. new toys - here showing a toy hot air balloon with two soldiers in the basket
p.423 (continued from page 422): full page photo entitled 'The Art of Showmanship' shows the Sports Room of the equipment including tennis rackets, table tennis bats, golf balls and clubs - described as Britain's leadership in the arts of peace
p.424. Five photos of 'Berlin Remembrance Day for Victims of Nazism' - 1. crowded in the Lustgarten on September 25, 1946, Berliners watched the mayor place a wreath at the flag-draped former museum; 2. Voters doing their duty at Weezen near Hanover in the municipal elections on September 15, 1946; 3. a family goes shopping in the N.A.A.F.I canteen at Hamburg; 4. A further memorial to Nazi victims at Itzehoe in the British zone; 5. A new German stamp for use in the British, U.S. and Soviet zones priced at 24 pfennigs
p.425. 'New Memorials and One That Will Not Be Built' - full page spread of 5 photos focused on Mr. Gilbert Ledward, R.A., who has sculpted three models symbolising the cooperation between the branches of the UK armed forces to be erected in the cloister of Westminster Abbey, London. Photo 1. is of the commando and 2. the parachutist; 3. At Le Havre, France, a memorial was unveiled to the 3,675,000 U.S. military personnel who passed through the port between September 1944 and August 1946; 4. This photo shows King Haakon of Norway looking at a memorial at Narvik in Norway, dedicated to the French who fell there in 1940; 5. Stone blocks lie untouched and piled up at Bovallsland, Sweden, cut as part of an order for a memorial Hitler had planned to have built in Berlin to commemorate the fall of France
p.426.Photo of HMS King George V, known familiarly as "K.G. Five" - 35,000 tons displacement and a main armament of ten 14 inch guns
p.427. The Durham Light Infantry [D.L.I.] by Captain E. W. Short including 'Distinguished Actions of the D. L. I. In Sicily' - shows two photos - one of Lieutenant-General Sir M. E. Franklyn K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C., in Flanders in 1940 (he commanded the British 50th Division of which three battalions of the Durham Light Infantry formed a part); also a photo of men of the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry being given anti-tank rifle instruction during the lull on the Western Front in February 1940
p.428 (cont.d from 427) - 3 photos: mealtime in Cyprus for the 9th Battalion D.L.I men taken in August 1941; Shaving time for a member of the D.L.I during the retreat from the Tobruk area in June 1942, which his battalion was covering; in the final photo 5 members of the 6th Battalion can be seen aiming rifles from the shelter of the side of a shallow trench during skirmishing on the outskirts of the Mareth line, March 1943
p.429. (cont.d from 428). Entitled 'Distinguished Actions of the D.L.I in Sicily', this page shows three photos of: 1) A stepped wall forming a convenient observation post for a major of the 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in the course of a three day battle on the Gornalunga river, July 1943; 2) Troops of the 9th battalion are seen in Acireale on the German retreat route to Messina - lying and hunkered down, they take advantage of the corner of a building to give them protection whilst they survey the street ahead; 3) A photo showing men crossing the river in the advance on Catania, due to the destruction of the bridge over the Simeto river. Catania fell to an officer of the D.L.I - the surrender documents were put into the regimental museum
p.430. (cont.d from 429). Three photos included on this page show: a D.L.I sergeant with a head wound (bandaged) lighting up a cigarette at Lingevres, about a week after the D.L.I had arrived in Normandy as liberators (6th June, 1944); in another picture men of a D.L.I regiment make good use of a captured German officer's horse; finally, troops of the 9th Battalion look on tensely as they prepare to advance in a Kangaro at Weseke, Holland on March 31st, 1945 near Stadtlohn
p.431. 'Justice Overtakes the Nazi Leaders'. In this fascinating four-page spread, the historic pictures of the Nuremberg trials show 1. Lord Justice Lawrence, President of the Internationational Military Tribunal at Nuremberg being requested to show his pass before entering the courthouse and taking his place in the closely guarded Judges Room (which is photo 2). 3. Inside the room, the judges are pictured: Lieutenant Colonel Volchkov, Major-General Nikitchenko (Russia), Mr Justice Birkett, Lord Justice Lawrence, (Gt. Britain), Mr Francis Biddle and Judge J. J. Parker (U.S.A), and Professor Donnedieu de Vabres (France)
p.432-433. Double-page photo of "Hitler's 'Old Guard' on Trial for Their Lives - Hear the Verdict the World Has Awaited". On October 1st, 1946, after a 217 day trial costing £5,000 a week and involving 300,000 affidavits, 200 witnesses and more than 3,000,000 documents, sentences were handed out on the 21 Nazi defendants in the dock at Nuremberg; and on one other: Hitler's deputy, Martin Bormann, who, in his absence, was condemned to death.
Photo shows in the dock, front row (left to right): Goering, Hess, Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg, Frank, Frick, Streicher, Funk, Schacht. Back row, left to right: Doenitz, Raeder, Schirach, Sauckel, Jodl, Papen, Seyss-Inquart, Speer, Neurath, Fritzsche
Europe's Wartime Capitals in 1946: Brussels by Emile Cammaerts including photos entitled 'Forgetting the Occupation in Post-War Brussels'
p.434. Nuremberg continued: 'Surprises for Some on the Day of Reckoning' - displays three fascinating photos showing 1. Goering, hunched forward, listening to the verdict against him - guilty on all four counts; 2. Streicher and Frick sentenced to hang with Goering, whilst Funk on the right received life imprisonment; 3. Fritzsche, Papen and Schacht shown after their acquittal having been judged not guilty. Amazing photos, all three of them
p.435. Judgement at Nuremberg lists all the names of the accused, the verdicts and the sentences with two columns of commentary including: "Called for Guns Instead of Butter" (about Rudolf Hess); and "Five Million Doomed to Slavery" - referring to Streicher's rabid anti-Semitism. Photo shows a wild rush on newspaper sellers in the Nuremberg Streets when the verdics were announced
p.436. 'Europe's Wartime Capitals in 1946: Brussels' by Emile Cammaerts, with photo showing English newspapers on sale alongside Continental ones on a kiosk in Brussels
p.437. (continuing on from 436) 'Forgetting the Occupation in Post-War Brussels' - shows five pictures of Brussels: 1. The Shopping situation; 2. The old market; 3. Transport overcrowding; 4. A British soldier on leave helps a small boy with his model boat; and 5. Businessmen outside the Bourse
p.438. 'Our War Leaders in Peacetime: Bevin' - features five photos: 1. The Rt. Hon. Ernest Bevin and Mrs. Bevin chatting to Mr. Byrnes, the U.S. Secretary of State at a reception at the British Embassy in May 1946; 2. Bevin's official London residence at Carlton House Terrace; 3. Ernest Bevin arriving at the Quai d'Orsay, Paris; 4. After opening a rest home at Tunbridge Wells; 5. At his office desk
p.439. A photo showing a party of pupils from British public schools touring battlefields in Normany - here viewing the devastation at Caen with the cathedral dominating the middle ground of the scene
p.440 shows a Roll of Honour from 1939-1946 including photos submitted by readers of loved ones lost in the conflict (see margin to left for list of photos displayed)
p.441 is the story of the 19th Indian Division in Burma entitled ‘I was there: 'The Human Story of 1939-1946' by Captain R. R. G. Blackmore, 115th Field Regiment, R. A. He tells of Burmese guerillas and their brilliant British organizers. Drawing at bottom of page 441 is from a sketch by Captain R. J. M. Dupont, an official S.E.A.C. artist and is called 'Indicating Japanese Gun Positions' to the British, this loyal Burman was following the example of many of his fellows - their knowledge of local conditions and enemy movements frequently proved invaluable. Portrait and story on p.58 of volume 10.
p.442. continues the tale of the 19th Indian Division from 441 - and shows a photo of The Dagger Arms, the 19th Division's Club at Maymyo, Burma - which there refreshed members; two of which are seen leaving here. It was organised by Anglo-Burmese and was very popular
p. 443, 'They Snatched Us From a Hell-Ship': the story of the rescue of English prisoners from the Altmark, which began on page 413 is continued, as related by James Keating, a fireman in the S.S. Tairoa. He tells how the crew were captured by the Admiral Graf Spee in December 1939 and warned by the latter's commander Capt. Langsdorff of the treatment they could expect in the notorious German tanker Altmark to which they would be transferred. The article includes a wonderful atmospheric picture of H.M.S. Cossack edging through the ice floes towards the Altmark (from the painting by Norman Wilkinson, O.B.E., P.R.I.), which it was picking out in a searchlight's glare. There are a further three pictures relating to this dramatic rescue on page 445: 1. Nearly 300 joyous merchant seamen can be seen in this photo, having been landed at Leith, Scotland, from H.M.S. Cossack in February 1940 after the rescue by the Royal Navy from Altmark; 2. Erected by the outwitted Germans, near the scene of the stirring rescue is a sign saying in German 'Hier Wurde am 10. Februar 1940 die Altmark von britischen Seepiraten uberfallen' - 'Here was where the Altmark was overpowered by British Sea Pirates on the 10th February, 1940'; 3. In Joessing-Fjord, the Altmark's flag flies at half mast
p.446. 'I Was a Guest of the Japs in Tokyo': The final story is that by Gunner H. W. Berry, 5th Field Regiment, R. A., 9th Indian Division, talking about how he was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Tokyo together about 70,000 other Imperial troops, having been captured at Singapore on the 15th February, 1942. He was first interned at Changi P.O.W. camp. Shows a photo of H. W. Berry; a poster of an announcement of the staging of a variety show called 'Let's Go', which was produced by the author of this story at the Bathhouse Theatre(!) at Omori P.o.W. Camp, Tokyo on May 10th, 1945, evidence of the prisoners' high morale. The bottom photo shows Christmas pantomime, again in the transformed bathhouse at Omori
p.447. continues the story from 446; shows a photo of Omori - the first P.o.W. camp in Japan to be freed on August 29th, 1945, when U.S. marines came ashore on the beach from landing barges
p.448. Back page: Champions of the Plough - 8 year old Welsh Shire horses Jill and Judy, with ploughman Jack Uzzell, plodded a winning furrow at the Chertsey (Surrey) Agricultural Association's Show on September 19th, 1946, adding another first prize to a previous 30



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