Free history Kindle books for 28 Aug 17

Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of the Battle of Britain

by Flight Lieutenant David Crook DFC

“Spitfire Pilot” was written in 1940 in the heat of battle when the RAF stood alone against the might of Hitler’s Third Reich. It is a tremendous personal account of one of the fiercest and most idealised air conflicts – the Battle of Britain – seen through the eyes of a pilot of the famous 609 Squadron, which shot down over 100 planes in that epic contest.

David Moore Crook, DFC (1914 – 1944) was a British fighter pilot and flying ace of the Second World War.

After attending the University of Cambridge, he was mobilised as part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force on the outbreak of war. Flying the Spitfire Crook participated in the Battle of Britain, flying with No. 609 Squadron RAF (at the time this was a squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force). He initially joined the squadron on 22 September 1938 as an acting pilot officer, this rank was confirmed on 4 May 1940, and later further back-dated to 9 December 1939. He destroyed a Junkers Ju 87 of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 (StG 77) on 9 July, and a Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 13 August. On 15 August 1940, he mistakenly shot down a Blenheim fighter, although the crew was only slightly injured. Two Bf 109’s were claimed on 30 September 1940.

Flying Spitfire IX EN662 on 18 December 1944 on a high level photographic sortie, Crook was seen to dive into the sea near Aberdeen. He was officially listed as missing in action.



Subic Bay From Magellan To Pinatubo

by Gerald Anderson

There is probably no greater symbol of the United States’ global dominance and reach in the 20th century than Subic Bay in the Philippines. From its’ inception as a Spanish Naval Base, to it’s acquisition by the United States as part of the 1898 Treaty Of Paris, and through the turbulent years of the Philippine Insurrection, the second World War, the eventual return of sovereignty of the Philippines to the Filipino nation and through the Korean, Vietnam wars and the conflict of Desert Storm Subic Bay, and more specifically the U.S. Naval Station, looms large in historical lore and also to some degree through the screen.
During the nearly 100-year history of the U.S. Naval Station at Subic Bay, Philippines, thousands of American sailors and marines made port calls at this major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation base.
Most loved it, some hated it, but all will remember it through this illustrated book. Historical but very readable, this 4th Edition includes “100 Years of PI Liberty” sure to bring back memories of this great liberty port. Puts a new perspective on Subic Bay as you get to know the fascinating background that is found nowhere else.
In this book Subic Bay is generally presented in a historical timeline format, with a few breakaway sections that deal with a specific subject matter area which provides the reader with a engrossing, rich glimpse into Subic Bay and its’ history through a period encompassing 400 years.
This is the fourth edition, the first having been published in 1991 just prior to the turnover of the US installations to the Philippine government. Over 360 pages and hundreds of never before published photos.



African Game Trails

by Theodore Roosevelt

The twenty-sixth president of the United States was also a world-renowned hunter, conservationist, soldier, and scholar. In 1908 he took a long safari holiday in East Africa with his son Kermit. His account of this adventure is as remarkably fresh today as it was when these adventures on the veldt were first published. Roosevelt describes the excitement of the chase, the people he met (including such famous hunters as Cunninghame and Selous), and flora and fauna he collected in the name of science. Long out of print, this classic is one of the preeminent examples of Africana, and belongs on every collector’s shelf.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was a heroic figure who served as the 26th president of the United States. During his eight years in office, he steered the United States more actively into world politics. Teddy “Rough Riders” Roosevelt was also a military leader, a prosecutor, a naturalist, and a prolific writer.
 



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