Featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave and Robert Shaw, Battle of Britain recreates the greatest air battle in history, when the outnumbered British Royal Air Force defeated the German Luftwaffe at the beginning of World War II and saved England from invasion.
Before World War II Lviv was under the Polish rule. In the beginning of September 1939 Luftwaffe conquered sky of all Poland. The Second World War were started by Nazi German and Soviet Union as allies, who wanted to divide the world.During and after WWII the citizens of Lviv were the victim of many war crimes against humanity from Soviet and Nazi regimes. There are a lot of places which looks like a black spot in our city. I will show you some of that places and tell you about their history.Most World War II historical places in Lviv including 2 museums and 3 prisons.We will see Rynok square, old Casino, Lviv University, St. Yura cathedral church, "Lonskoho prison", "Brygitky", old synagogue, Jewish ghetto, "Territory of terror" and many other monuments and places.
“The passive resistance to war, in which we have acquitted ourselves so well, must come to an end.” (Prime Minister Winston Churchill) Europe’s attempts to appease Adolf Hitler, most notably at Munich in 1938, failed, as Nazi Germany swallowed up Austria and Czechoslovakia by 1939. Italy was on the march as well, invading Albania in April of 1939. The straw that broke the camel's back, however, was Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1 of that year. Two days later, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany, and World War II had begun in earnest. Of course, as most people now know, the invasion of Poland was merely the preface to the Nazi blitzkrieg of most of Western Europe, which would include Denmark, Belgium, and France by the summer of 1940. The resistance put up by these countries is often portrayed as weak, and the narrative is that the British stood alone in 1940 against the Nazi onslaught, defending the British Isles during the Battle of Britain and preventing a potential German invasion. At the beginning of 1941, it was unclear whether the Allies would be able to remain in the war for much longer. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had already immortalized the men of the Royal Air Force with one of the West’s most famous war-time quotes, but the potential of a German invasion of Britain still loomed. With the comfort of hindsight, historians now suggest that the picture was actually more complex than that, but the Battle of Britain, fought throughout the summer and early autumn of 1940, was unquestionably epic in scope. The largest air campaign in history at the time, the vaunted Nazi Luftwaffe sought to smash the Royal Air Force, but thankfully, the RAF stood toe to toe with the Luftwaffe and ensured Hitler’s planned invasion was permanently put on hold. The Allied victory in the Battle of Britain inflicted a psychological and physical defeat on the Luftwaffe and Nazi regime at large, and as the last standi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110686/bk_acx0_110686_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Solicitor Toby Whitby’s new client cannot remember his real name and calls himself Buddy. He was evacuated to Canada at the beginning of World War 2 carrying luggage belonging to a boy named Edward Powley, but when he returns 12 years later, he soon discovers that Edward Powley is the name of another boy; a boy who did not go to Canada. When Buddy is accused of murdering his own mother and stowing away on the boat to Canada, Toby must discover what really happened on the night the ship sailed and Buddy’s house was bombed by the Luftwaffe. As Toby digs into the past a new threat emerges and once again Toby finds himself at the center of a plot to prevent the Queen's coronation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eileen Enwright Hodgetts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/198856/bk_acx0_198856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winter's Revenge is the second full length Guy Winter mystery. It is set in England in the Second World War at the time of the Battle of Britain and the beginning of the devastating night Blitz of London in September 1940. London reels under the onset of the Blitz as every night hundreds of Luftwaffe bombers unload their cargoes of death over the beleaguered city. On the ground as the new brutal realities of the war are brought home to every citizen, the Ripper continues his rampage and the last secrets of Guy Winter's life are stripped away. As the bombs fall the mystery man unravels one mystery after another, knowing that sooner rather than later he must confront his deadliest foe. This time it is not just Guy Winter's life and loyalties that are under the microscope. Under the Luftwaffe's reign of terror the past mistakes of friends and enemies alike suddenly come home to roost, but Guy Winter never stops hunting his man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melanie Fraser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074846/bk_acx0_074846_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to learn more about World War II, but don’t have time to read huge, long books? Then let The History Journals take you on an hourly history tour of each year of the war with The World War II History Journals series which includes one book per year from 1939 to 1945. Throughout this series of journals released to acknowledge 80 years since the beginning of WW2, we will be looking at the seven years of that conflict on an annual basis. The conflict, the buildup to war, the major battles, the strategies and technological developments, the effect on civilians and most importantly of all we’ll consider the role of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives fighting for the freedom of others.In the opening days and weeks of 1942, the impact of the wider world now being at war really began to be felt. Since 1939 Adolf Hitler and his Axis powers had dominated mainland Europe and for a time it seemed that every military move Hitler made was successful. By the end of 1940 the Germans had completed their occupation of France and in the autumn months had fought the Battle of Britain with a view to an early invasion of the United Kingdom. As an island nation, standing alone against Hitler the British faced the terror of the Blitz, as the Luftwaffe bombed London and other major cities, night after night. Under the leadership of Winston Churchill the people defiantly refused to allow their spirits to be broken, but as another year passed, the threat of a Nazi invasion force reaching Britain’s shores loomed as large as ever. Follow us onward into the history of WW2 in 1942. You will learn about:German forces struggle with Russian winter, Rommel makes his mark in North AfricaFirst GI’s to Britain as America steps up, Japan invades SingaporeBritish rationing, Luftwaffe begins “Baedeker” raids bombing major British citiesBattle of Midway, Rommel begins to struggle, Monty appears a 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Dale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/164317/bk_acx0_164317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of A Fall of Marigolds journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime. She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one—because it was all she really wanted to see Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart. 1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old, Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister, Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage. Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alana Kerr Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001270/bk_hove_001270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nazi Germany is entering a dangerous period of its existence and a young German boy, Wolf Kruger, dreams of becoming a fighter ace in the feared Luftwaffe. His parents, however, have higher aspirations for their talented son and are beginning to voice concerns over Hitler and his increasingly frightening megalomania, something which ultimately costs them their lives. Meanwhile, in Great Britain, there is a single voice of reason, standing up to the rise of the Nazis and challenging the appeasement of the British government as they give in, time and again, to Hitler's demands. Winston Churchill warns against allowing the Fuhrer to get away with too much and urges others to make a stand. Little does Churchill and Kruger realize, but their lives are soon to become inextricably intertwined as the boy grows into a man, and the politician in the wilderness grows into one of the most formidable statesmen of the 20th Century. Packed with history, fighter pilots and intrigue, this is the first book in the fast-paced Epic War series, featuring the intellect and persona of Winston Churchill and a host of other memorable characters, including Madeline, Winston's headstrong niece who is a match for any man...or fighter pilot. The book has been re-edited. As Winston Churchill might have said in this case, "The author will do the right thing...eventually. And he was kind enough to light my cigar." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Raposa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094976/bk_acx0_094976_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A classic work of World War II history that brings to vivid, dramatic life one of the bloodiest battles ever fought - and the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. On August 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the Russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th Army, an elite German combat unit dispatched by Hitler to capture the industrial city of Stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of Azerbaijan. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat. The Luftwaffe had already bombed the city into ruins. German soldiers hoped to complete their mission and be home in time for Christmas. The siege of Stalingrad lasted five months, one week, and three days. Nearly two million men and women died, and the 6th Army was completely destroyed. Considered by many historians to be the turning point of World War II in Europe, the Soviet Army's victory foreshadowed Hitler's downfall and the rise of a communist superpower. Best-selling author William Craig spent five years researching this epic clash of military titans, traveling to three continents in order to review documents and interview hundreds of survivors. Enemy at the Gates is the enthralling result: the definitive account of one of the most important battles in world history. The book was the inspiration for the 2001 film of the same name, starring Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023293/bk_adbl_023293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From best selling author Russell Martin comes a stirring account of the town that inspired one of the world's most celebrated and controversial works of art, the painting Guernica's profound impact on the politics and culture of the 20th century, and the artist whose passion and artistic vision are unequaled in modern history. On April 26, 1937 the German Luftwaffe began relentless bombing and machine-gunning of businesses, homes and villages to test a new type of warfare waged from the air, at the request of General Francisco Franco and his rebel forces. Three and a half hours later, the village lay in ruins, its population decimated. This act of terror and unspeakable cruelty - the first intentional, large-scale attack against a nonmilitary target in modern warfare - outraged the world, and compelled a Spanish painter to respond with artistic fury. Pablo Picasso, an expatriate living in Paris, reacted immediately to the devastation in his homeland by beginning work on the canvas that would become his testament against the horrors of war. Weaving themes of conflict and redemption, doom and transcendence, and featuring some of the century's most memorable and infamous figures, Martin follows this renowned masterwork from its creation through its journey across decades, from many countries of Europe to America and finally and triumphantly to Spain. Picasso's War is a book that vividly demonstrates how vital art is to human lives and how sometimes it even transfigures tragedy, a story that delivers an unforgettable portrait of an artistic genius whose visionary rendering of the terrible wounds of war still resonates profoundly today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000106/bk_high_000106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.