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World War II Pearl Harbor: A History From Beginning to End (World War 2 Battles Book 5)

by Hourly History

World War II Pearl Harbor

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, the date when the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the United States while the two countries were still officially at peace, as a day that would live in infamy. The action hurled the United States into the global conflict of World War II, a violent conflagration that the nation, fiercely isolationist, had intended to ignore. But the rising tide of militarism across the globe meant that American neutrality could not last. War was contagious, and sooner or later, no matter how a nation tried to quarantine itself, the infection would find it.
To the people of the United States, the attack came as a complete surprise. Perhaps Americans should have expected it. Tensions between the U.S. and Japan had been steadily increasing throughout the year, and American sanctions against Japan were hindering the efforts of the Japanese to become the dominant power in the Pacific.

Inside you will read about…

â?? America Opens the Door to Japan
â?? Pearl Harbor, Home of the Shark Goddess
â?? Air Raid Pearl Harbor, This Is No Drill
â?? The Commanders
â?? The Story of a Survivor
And much more!

Ironically, a mock naval exercise the decade before the Pearl Harbor attack had foreshadowed the penalty of ignoring the base’s vulnerability, but the naval higher-ups refused to believe it, setting the stage for the real attack in 1941. The commander of Pearl Harbor, Admiral Kimmel, was convinced that the attack would be made against Wake Island. But Japanese Admiral Yamamoto’s shrewd planning was as devastating as he intended it to be, as America’s Pacific base lay in ruinsâ??over 2,403 dead, 1,178 wounded, and the fleet devastated. Yet, the day after the attack, while Japan rejoiced, Yamamoto was despondent. Japan, he knew, could not win a long, drawn-out war. The Americans would be out for revenge.

World War II Dunkirk: A History From Beginning to End (World War 2 Battles)

by Hourly History

World War II Dunkirk

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The movie Dunkirk premiered in 2017, decades after the event that turned certain defeat into a military miracle that inspired the people of Great Britain. The epic saga of the ordinary British civilians who sailed across the English Channel to rescue their trapped soldiers while the German military launched its might to prevent the evacuation is a stirring tale. The British government hoped that perhaps the mini-armada would be able to rescue 50,000 troops. But the 861 vessels who responded to their country’s plea brought more than 300,000 soldiers safely home. The film has garnered awards and earned the impressive rank of the highest-grossing World War II film of all time. But even more stirring than cinema is the true story of the events that unfolded in the embattled port of Dunkirk, where, against all odds, the British Army was rescued from Hitler’s forces by a fleet of “Little Ships” determined to bring their boys home.

Inside you will read about…

â?? Britannia Rules the Waves
â?? The Phoney War
â?? Defending the Perimeter
â?? The Little Ships
â?? The Dunkirk Spirit
And much more!

History of the Arabâ??Israeli conflict (Quick overview)

by Srdjan Kotarlic

The Arab-Israeli conflict is a confrontation between a number of Arab countries, as well as Arab militant radical groups supported by part of the indigenous Arab population of Palestinian territories under control of Israel, on the one hand, and the Zionist movement, and then the State of Israel, on the other

Marlborough and the War of the Spanish Succession

by Gerald Nicholson

As to the Duke of Marlborough . . . it was allowed by all men, nay even by France itself, that he was more than a match for all the generals of that nation. This he made appear beyond contradiction in the ten campaigns he made against them; during all which time it cannot be said that he ever slipped an opportunity of fighting when there was any probability of his coming at his enemy. And upon all occasions he concerted matters with so much judgment and forecast that he never fought a battle which he did not gain, nor laid siege to a town which he did not take…

The Ship That Changed A Thousand Lives: Over a century of history and stories

by Ina Koys

Memories frequently die with those who hold them; if they are passed on verbally, they often become embellished to become more attractive, amusing or riveting to a new audience. When the memory is written down by the person who experienced the event, it is retained intact for posterity.

The brigantine (now brig) Eye of the Wind, was built in Germany in 1911. Over the first sixty years of her life we understand that she worked as a Baltic trader serving the Northern European and South American trade routes. She also carried Cornish china clay and operated seasonally, fishing for herring off Iceland.

It would have been difficult to imagine her current beauty in the early 1970s, when all that remained of her was a burnt out hull following an engine fire. A syndicate of tall ship enthusiasts led by Tiger Timbs purchased the vessel in 1973, and through skill, determination, extreme hard work and ingenuity restored her to above and beyond her former elegance.

The Eye had been transformed into an expedition flagship, an historic vessel in commercial films and a tall ship where square sail sailing skills have been passed on to new generations. She carried crew members from countries as diverse as Tibet and Iceland; she circumnavigated the world and rounded the Horn, allowing many people’s dreams of travel and adventure to become a reality. In recent years, following changes in ownership, the Eye has remained in the Northern Hemisphere, continuing to introduce fledgling sailors to the joys of tall ships.

The idea behind producing a book containing both the Eye’s history together with some personal experiences of those associated with her, originated in a conversation between crew members who were concerned that memories would disappear in the mists of time. Over the last 107 years the ship has influenced many lives, broadened horizons, initiated and cemented friendships – even marriages – and exposed those on board to the power and beauty of the sea.

This book goes a small way towards uncovering the history of the ship that changed a thousand lives.

This book is meant to be printed. The ebook is the “Sailor’s edition” and only intended to preview the content and for those with limited storage or delivery problems. It will give you an idea of what the book is like, but for technical reasons cannot display the content in the way that it deserves. If you have a choice, go for the printed version.

World War II Leningrad: A History From Beginning to End (World War 2 Battles Book 6)

by Hourly History

World War II Leningrad

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History describes the 872-day Siege of Leningrad as the most devastating siege in history. The German army had made its way to Leningrad before the city had the opportunity to prepare for an assault and the consequences were lethal. Accompanied by one of the worst famines in history, as well as a brutally cold winter in 1941-1942, the civilians were doomed. Of the three million people living in Leningrad at the start of the siege, more than a million would be evacuated and approximately another million would die before the assault ended in 1944.

Inside you will read about…

â?? St. Petersburg: The City of Three Revolutions
â?? The Fate of Leningrad under Stalin
â?? Encircling Leningrad
â?? Inside Leningrad
â?? The Road of Life
â?? The Leningrad Affair
And much more!

During those 872 days, Leningrad was rendered numb as people fell dead in the streets and were not placed in coffins because no one had the strength to bury them. People ate their pets and boiled leather for food; they committed murder to obtain ration cards for the meager provisions that the city could provide; some resorted to cannibalism. Kept alive by their fervent patriotism and an astonishing will to survive, the citizens of Leningrad greeted the end of the siege with jubilation. Although they outlasted the Nazis, they could not defeat Josef Stalin as the paranoid leader punished Leningrad and its prominent Party members and stilled the voices of the heroes who lived. But Leningrad did not remain silenced, and the truth finally emerged. It’s a harrowing saga of bravery and brutality, but one that must be told.

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