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click to enlarge Bodson, Herman. AGENT FOR THE RESISTANCE: A Belgian Saboteur in World War II. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Still in shrinkwrap. (Texas A&M University Press, 1994). 6x9. 3 maps, 18 black & white illustrations. 262 pages.
~~~ As German pressure on Europe escalated in the late 1930s, a young Belgian pacifist completing his Ph.D. in chemistry watched with horror the preparation for the inevitable invasion of his country. In the face of advancing German troops, his passion for freedom and his growing hatred of Hitler led him and a group of his friends into the resistance movement and five years of privation, danger, and, for some, torture and death, at the hands of the Gestapo.
~~~ This dramatic memoir traces Herman Bodson’s transformation from a pacifist and scientist to, in his own words, “a cold fighter and a killer” in the Belgian underground, an expert in explosives and sabotage. Serving first in the OMBR (Office Militaire Belge de Resistance), he later formed a group of underground fighters in the Belgian Ardennes. They undertook blowing up military trains and installations-including the sabotage of a bridge which resulted in the deaths of some six hundred German soldiers-cutting German communication lines, and rescuing downed American fliers. Bodson also served as a medical aide to an American military doctor at Bastogne in the crucial days of the Battle of the Bulge. The powerfully told narrative follows him through the liberation of Belgium and his postwar efforts with the Belgian Special Force to unmask traitors and bring them to justice.
~~~ This, then, is the story of a man who gets caught up in a war and rather quickly becomes an efficient and clandestine killer, avenging the Nazi murder of a comrade in arms and revolting against an intolerable regime. It is also the story of the heroic resistance movement-how it came to be and how it fought bravely for the cause of human dignity and freedom.
~~~ Bodson’s honest and absorbing inside account of the underground effort in occupied Belgium adds much to the record of World War II and provides insight into the intellectual and emotional responses that have led to the birth of underground movements in many nations. It is a compelling story of a people united in a comradeship in the defense of freedom.



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click to enlarge Freeman, Godfrey. ESCAPE FROM ARNHEM: A Glider Pilot's Story. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen and Sword, 2010). 6x9, 15 b&w photos. 144 pages.
~~~ This is the remarkable true story of a young army glider pilot’s experience of the last days in the defense of Arnhem Bridge, his eventual capture and then escape to be adopted by the Resistance, the hair-raising journey through occupied Europe and his eventual return to the UK.
~~~ After capture Freeman was first taken to Apeldoorn where he was hospitalized, claiming shell-shock. Although quite sane, he feigned trauma with escape in mind, until being punished for aiding the escape of four Allied inmates. Then he was put on a train bound for Germany, from this he escaped and eventually made contact with the Dutch underground. He is given civilian cloths and a bicycle and rides overnight to Barnveld where he stays with a schoolmaster and church organist. Then another cycle ride to a farm where he sleeps in the hayloft and finally still on his bike, he rides through the German front lines. He eventually is returned to RAF Broadwell by Dakota to resume his part in the war, from capture to freedom within a month. The text is interspersed with flashbacks to the author’s childhood and early training, capturing the true spirit of a typical modest and yet outstandingly brave young man of the wartime era.


click to enlarge de Benouville, Guillain. THE UNKNOWN WARRIORS: A Personal Account of the French Resistance. VG/VG--. Small tear & slight chipping to top and spine of jacket. (see photo). Jacket in mylar protector. Book itself is tight & clean except for a 5-digit number stamped on front flyleaf in red ink. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1949). First Edition. Photographs (including portraits of two Gestapo agents and one collaborator who were executed by the Underground), appendices, 372 pages. Publisher's survey card laid in.
~~~ Only a few isolated groups of patriots still fought the Nazis after the surrender of France in 1940. By D-Day their ranks had grown to a quarter-million and they had become the organized French Forces of the Interior. Among their leaders was the author of this book.
~~~ Here is his story of The Unknown Warriors of the FFI, the first fully detailed account to appear in this country of the rise of the Resistance movement in Occupied France . They were tracked by the Gestapo, often betrayed by their own countrymen, distrusted by British Intelligence, torn by internal jealousies and struggles for authority. But despite these almost-insurmountable obstacles, a handful of men and women who loved freedom more than life grew into probably the most effective underground army in history.
~~~ Guillain de Benouville was a young army officer when Petain surrendered to the Germans. He was taken prisoner, but soon escaped, and worked in the underground from its outset. So Unknown Warriors is no mere compilation of the facts of resistance; it is the hair-raising personal story of a courageous man who risked torture and death all through Europe's long night. He shared in the early sabotage with home-made explosives, the building of secret radio stations, the execution of traitors. The FFI's important role in the liberation was part of his personal triumph, a vindication of his belief in the ultimate victory of right over brutality and treachery.

~~~ OUT OF PRINT. Scarce in jacket


click to enlarge Fahrenwalk. BAILOUT OVER NORMANDY: A Flyboy’s Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate, 2012). 6x9, map, 16 pages of photos, 288 pages.

~~~ A daredevil pilot in the famed 352nd Fighter Squadron, the author of this remarkable memoir bailed out of his burning Mustang on D-Day+2 and was launched on a thrilling adventure on the ground in Occupied France.
~~~ After months living and fighting with the French Resistance, Ted was captured by the Wehrmacht, interrogated as a spy, and interned in a POW camp – and made a daring escape just before his deportation to Germany. Nothing diminished this pilot’s talent for spotting the ironic humor in even the most aggravating or dangerous situations, nor his penchant for extracting his own improvised and sometimes hilarious version of justice.
~~~ A suspenseful WWII page-turner and an outrageously witty tale of daring and friendship, this book brings to vivid life the daily bravery, mischief, and intrigues of fighter pilots, Resistance fighters, and other Allies in the air and on the ground.
~~~ The author recorded his swashbuckling adventures at age 24, after his discharge and return to the States. Afterward he went into business and never again put pen to paper. But his immediate reminiscence of his wartime experience—recently found—reveal a literary talent that is rare. At once a suspenseful page-turner and an outrageously witty tale of daring and friendship, this book brings to life the daily intrigues of the multiple sides of World War II.


click to enlarge Humbert, Agnes. RESISTANCE: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Bloomsbury, 2009). Illustrations, appendices, translator's notes, bibliography, index, 384 pages.
~~~ Agnès Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Stirred to action by the atrocities she witnessed, she joined forces with several colleagues to form an organized resistance-very likely the first such group to fight back against the occupation. (In fact, their newsletter, Résistance, gave the French Resistance its name.) In the throes of their struggle for freedom, the members of Humbert's group were betrayed to the Gestapo; Humbert herself was imprisoned. I n immediate, electrifying detail, Humbert describes her resistance against the Nazis, her time in prison, and the horrors she endured in a string of German labor camps, always retaining-in spite of everything-hope for herself, for her friends, and for humanity. Originally published in France in 1946, the book is now translated into English for the first time.


click to enlarge Fry, Varian. ASSIGNMENT: RESCUE. VG/VG--. Jacket in near fine condition except for nickle-sized scrape on back cover. Jacket price-clipped. Jacket in mylar protector. Book itself is tight & clean. (NY: Four Winds Press, 1969). Second Printing. 187 pages. Originally published by Random House in 1945 in a substantially different version under the title of Surrender on Demand.
~~~ Second Printing. 187 pages.

~~~ "I'm not right for the job. All I know about being a secret agent, or trying to outsmart the Gestapo, is what I've seen in the movies. But if you can't find anyone else, I'll go."
~~~ A few weeks later, in August of 1940, Varian Fry started his fantastic career as an undercover agent in Vichy France. His job: to smuggle out, under the noses of the Gestapo, as many as he could of thousands of French and German refugees on Hitler's blacklist.
~~~ Working from the French port of Marseilles, the last desperate stop for many of the hunted men and women seeking a way to escape Hitler's net, he set up an amazingly efficient undergound organization. With the help of a small band of dedicated amateurs, most living only a few jumps ahead of imprisonment themselves, he conjured up forged identity papers, false passports and visas. He set up a remarkably smooth-working system for smuggling refugees across the Pyrenees. He even turned in desperation to the gangsters of Marseilles for a variety of cloak and dagger undercover services.
~~~ The shadow of the Third Reich hung constantly over the operation. Members of the group were periodically seized, searched, and interrogated by the police. Finally, the Gestapo closed in. But before Varian Fry was arrested and deported, he had spirited more than a thousand refugees out of harm's way-- including such famous writers, artists, musicians, and scientists as Wanda Landowska, Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Max Ernst, Andre Masson, Hannah Arendt, and Franz Werfel.
~~~ The story of Varian Fry's thirteen months in France is an epic of courage, ingenuity, and foolproof organization. And it is all completely true. The author tells it with a vividness, a talent for characterization, and an irrepressible sense of humor that give the narrative all the excitement of an adventure novel.
~~~ Varian Fry was a Harvard-educated classicist who died in obscurity, after being reprimanded for his wartime actions by the U.S. government. Years later he was the subject of the film Varian's War, starring William Hurd.



click to enlarge Kessel, Joseph, ARMY OF SHADOWS. VG/VG. Some edgewear to jacket, which is in a mylar protector. (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944). First American Edition. 5x7.5. Translated from the French by Haakon Chevalier. Factually-based autobiographical novel which was the basis for the famous 1969 film of the same title. 159 pages.
~~~ "Nothing we have heard about the French underground has quite prepared us for the truth -- the terrible and inspiring truth -- which is in this book. for here at last is an account of the way the men and women of France conduct resistance to the Nazis and how they deal with those who, for whatever reason, betray their sacred cause. It is a story -- or a great series of stories -- of nobility, heroism, and of brutal violence, and one may be sure that what this book relates will be told again and again in the years to come.
~~~ The book is fact from beginning to end, although the names of persons and places have had to be changed. It takes us not only into cellars, dark streets, farmhouses, chateaux, cafes, railway stations, lonely forests, and beaches -- wherever, indeed, the underground works and hides -- but also into the hearts and minds of the human beings who make up the resistance movement. It is superbly written by a distinguished French writer and it has been translated brilliantly and with affection. It is a moving and exciting book worthy of being read by patriotic men and women everywhere".

~~~ "This book is manufactured under warttime conditions in conformity with all government regulations controlling the use of paper and other materials."

~~~ SCARCE and desirable, especially in jacket.


click to enlarge Kessel, Joseph, ARMY OF SHADOWS. VG. First paperback edition, (Ace Books, 1959).



click to enlarge Orbaan, Albert, DUEL IN THE SHADOWS: True accounts of anti-Nazi underground warfare during World War II. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar protector. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1965). First Edition. Drawings, photographs, bibliography, 229 pages.
~~~ During the dark days of WWII, the Nazi "Superman" in occupied Europe was smothered by a blanket of underground resistance woven of individual deeds of heroism. Duel in the Shadows is the true story of intrigues, sabotage, and daring escapes -- or heroes and heroines, many still in their teens. This book -- a factual account more exciting than a mystery -- recounts the great stories of the underground resistance in France, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium. ~~~ When the Reichswehr -- the German Army -- rolled over Europe, the resistants were ill-equipped, outnumbered, and poorly organized. But there was a force the enemy did not take into consideration or, if they did, underestimated. This was the desire for freedom and the sheer bravery that meshed the individuals into a cohesive secret army that struck hard and vanished into the night, aggravating and hindering the Nazi war machine at every turn.

~~~ OUT OF PRINT. Scarce in jacket


click to enlarge Glass, Charles. AMERICANS IN PARIS: Life & Death Under Nazi Occupation. NEW copy, hardcover. (Penguin, 2010). 16 pages of illustrations, 524 pages.

~~~ In Americans in Paris, tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival unfold season by season, from the spring of 1940 to liberation in the summer of 1944, as renowned journalist Charles Glass tells the story of a remarkable cast of expatriates and their struggles in Nazi Paris. Before the Second World War began, approximately thirty thousand Americans lived in Paris, and when war broke out in 1939 almost five thousand remained. As citizens of a neutral nation, the Americans in Paris believed they had little to fear. They were wrong. Glass's discovery of letters, diaries, war documents, and police files reveals as never before how Americans were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration, and courage.
~~~ Artists, writers, scientists, playboys, musicians, cultural mandarins, and ordinary businessmen-all were swept up in extraordinary circumstances and tested as few Americans before or since. Charles Bedaux, a French-born, naturalized American millionaire, determined his alliances as a businessman first, a decision that would ultimately make him an enemy to all. Countess Clara Longworth de Chambrun was torn by family ties to President Roosevelt and the Vichy government, but her fiercest loyalty was to her beloved American Library of Paris. Sylvia Beach attempted to run her famous English-language bookshop, Shakespeare & Company, while helping her Jewish friends and her colleagues in the Resistance. Dr. Sumner Jackson, wartime chief surgeon of the American Hospital in Paris, risked his life aiding Allied soldiers to escape to Britain and resisting the occupier from the first day. These stories and others come together to create a unique portrait of an eccentric, original, diverse American community.
~~~ Charles Glass has written an exciting, fast-paced, and elegant account of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France's dangerous occupation years. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until U.S. troops liberated Paris in August 1944, Americans were intimately caught up in the city's fate. Americans in Paris is an unforgettable tale of treachery by some, cowardice by others, and unparalleled bravery by a few.


click to enlarge Paxton, Robert O, Olivier Corpet & Claire Paulhan (eds). COLLABORATION AND RESISTANCE: French Literary Life under the Nazi Occupation. NEW copy, hardcover. (Five Ties Publishing, 2010). More than 500 llustrations, 448 pages.

~~~ Produced in association with the New York Public Library and IMEC, the French foundation that holds the archives from which this book is drawn, Collaboration and Resistance provides a fresh and fascinating view into the behavior of French writers under the Nazi occupation, from those who collaborated to those who gave their lives to resist. With more than five hundred illustrations, including photographs, diaries, letters, official documents, manuscripts, and pamphlets, no other book offers such a sweeping overview of the decisions that both prominent and little-known writers and editors made during this period. With an unpublished 1946 text by Jean-Paul Sartre.


click to enlarge Riding, Alan. AND THE SHOW WENT ON: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. NEW copy, hardcover. (Knopf, 2010). More than 500 llustrations, 448 pages.

~~~ On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. The only consolation was that, while the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged. Soon, a peculiar kind of normality returned as theaters, opera houses, movie theaters and nightclubs reopened for business. This suited both conquerors and vanquished: the Germans wanted Parisians to be distracted, while the French could show that, culturally at least, they had not been defeated. Over the next four years, the artistic life of Paris flourished with as much verve as in peacetime. Only a handful of writers and intellectuals asked if this was an appropriate response to the horrors of a world war.
~~~ Alan Riding introduces us to a panoply of writers, painters, composers, actors and dancers who kept working throughout the occupation. Maurice Chevalier and Édith Piaf sang before French and German audiences. Pablo Picasso, whose art was officially banned, continued to paint in his Left Bank apartment. More than two hundred new French films were made, including Marcel Carné’s classic, Les Enfants du paradis. Thousands of books were published by authors as different as the virulent anti-Semite Céline and the anti-Nazis Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Meanwhile, as Jewish performers and creators were being forced to flee or, as was Irène Némirovsky, deported to death camps, a small number of artists and intellectuals joined the resistance.
~~~ Throughout this penetrating and unsettling account, Riding keeps alive the quandaries facing many of these artists. Were they “saving” French culture by working? Were they betraying France if they performed before German soldiers or made movies with Nazi approval? Was it the intellectual’s duty to take up arms against the occupier? Then, after Paris was liberated, what was deserving punishment for artists who had committed “intelligence with the enemy”?
~~~ By throwing light on this critical moment of twentieth-century European cultural history, And the Show Went On focuses anew on whether artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma.


click to enlarge Shiber, Etta , PARIS UNDERGROUND. VG/VG. Some minor corner wear to jacket, which is in mylar protector. ( NY: Charles Sribner's Sons., 1943). First Edition. 392 pages.
~~~ "... a quiet, unassuming chronicle of the author's experiences in smuggling nearly 200 British soldiers out of occupied France under the very noses of the Nazis ... "

~~~ "This book is manufactured under warttime conditions in conformity with all government regulations controlling the use of paper and other materials."

~~~ OUT OF PRINT. Scarce in jacket


click to enlarge Bór-Komorowski, Tadeusz. THE SECRET ARMY: The Memoirs of General Bór-Komorowski. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Frontline Books, 2011). 6.25x9.5, 8 pages of b&w plates, 416 pages.
~~~ Tadeusz Komorowski was born in 1895 in Galicia, a region then ruled by the Austrians, and he served in the Austro-Hungarian Army in the First World War. Poland regained its independence in 1918, and Komorowski fought against the Russians in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–21.
~~~ When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Komorowski was the commander of units defending the Vistula River, but he was pushed eastwards by the fierce advance. Despite being surrounded by German forces, he escaped to Cracow. Although he planned to escape to the West, he was ordered to stay and start a resistance movement. He stayed in Cracow until the summer of 1941, when he was sent to Warsaw. The legend of ‘Bór’ was about to begin.
~~~ Komorowski was appointed to lead the Home Army in June 1943. The Polish Resistance carried out sabotage and vital intelligence for the Allies, but their main task was to prepare for an uprising when the Nazis were in retreat to help liberate the country. The Polish Government-in-Exile gave the order to commence on 1 August 1944. Tragically, Stalin had plans for Poland after the war: Soviet troops sat outside Warsaw and left the Poles to their fate. The Resistance lasted, incredibly, 63 days. Komorowski was sentenced to death by Hitler, but the order was rescinded. The tale of Bór and the Uprising is the story of a proud nation and their fight against enemies and betrayal by allies.


click to enlarge Karski, Jan. STORY OF A SECRET STATE. VG/Good. 1" piece missing from dust jacket spine (see photo). Jacket in mylar protector. Book itself is tight & clean. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1944). First Edition. 391 pages.
~~~ Through Karski's eyes we see the everyday life of a whle nation under the unique authority of a secret state. Democracy was reborn in the Underground. Four separate political parties co-operated with the Government in London. (Karski was entrusted with the political secrets of each). Courts functioned, imposing legal sentences on Nazi criminals -- sentences which were executed by the Underground. Polish schools, banned by Germany, held regular sessions and granted degrees. Newspapers were published, war bonds sold, morale maintained by open ridicule of the Nazis. Always the essential, dangerous liaison work went on -- liaison between the scattered cells of the Underground, between the Army and the State, between the government in Poland and the world outside.
~~~ And finally we see the Warsaw Ghetto and the Jewish death camps: a wholesale slaughter of innocents without parallel in the history of the human race. Here is the Jeremiad of Western civilization, realistic, appalling.

~~~ "A WARTIME BOOK. This edition is produced in full compliance with the government's regulations for conserving paper and other essential materials."

~~~ OUT OF PRINT. Scarce in jacket


Mazgaj, Marian S. IN THE POLISH SECRET WAR: Memoir of a World War II Freedom Fighter. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009). 6x9. 58 photos, bibliography, index, 351 pp.
~~~ Born in the Polish village of Gaj in 1923, Marian Mazgaj was a teenager when Germany invaded his country and launched Poland into the combat of World War II. Too young to join the Polish army, within a few years he became a member of the Sandomierz Flying Commando Unit, a unit which merged with the "Jedrus" Polish underground group.
~~~ This memoir provides a vivid record of Mazgaj’s career in the military. The Sandomierz Flying Commando Unit and the "Jedrus" underground were actively engaged in fighting the Nazi forces in Poland during World War II, and the author provides a first-hand account of the groups’ roles in attacking and disarming German military units; destroying the enemy’s grain warehouses and receiving air drops of weapons, ammunition, and explosives from the Allies. He also describes the incorporation of his partisan group into the Home Army, whereby he and his comrades became the Fourth Company in the Second Regiment of the Second Division, gaining strength and destroying many more German units.


Peszke, Michael Alfred. THE POLISH UNDERGROUND ARMY, THE WESTERN ALLIES, AND THE FAILURE OF STRATEGIC UNITY IN WORLD WAR II. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009 [2005]). Forward by Piotr S. Wandycz. 7x10. 15 photographs, chronology, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 254 pp.
~~~ This military history covers the attempts of General Wladyslaw Sikorski and his successor (General Kazimierz Sosnkowski) to integrate Polish forces into Western strategy, and to have their clandestine forces declared an allied combatant. It addresses such topics as Poland’s part in the Norwegian and French campaigns, the Battle of Britain, Polish intelligence services, Polish radio communications, the Polish Parachute Brigade, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, the Bomber Offensive, the Katyn graves, Polish air crews in the RAF Transport Command, the Tehran Conference, Polish Wings in the 2nd Tactical Air Force, the Bardsea Plan, the invasion of Normandy, the Pierwsza Pancera, the Warsaw Uprising, Operation Freston, the disbanding of the Polish Home Army, and the Yalta Conference.


Pyskir, Maria Savchyn (translated by Ania Savage). THOUSANDS OF ROADS: The Memoir of a Young Woman’s Life in the Ukrainian Underground During and After World War II . . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). Foreward by John A. Armstrong. 6x9. Photos, index, 236 pp.
~~~ Before, during, and after World War II, Maria Savchyn Pyskir served in the Ukrainian Underground resistance. Her dramatic and poignant memoir tells of her recruitment into underground service at age 14, her participation in resistance activities during the War, her bittersweet marriage to revolutionary leader "Orlan," her struggle against Stalinist forces, and her captures by and escapes from the KGB. In the 1950s when she escaped to the West, she began these memoirs, which were not published in Ukrainian until after the fall of the Soviet Union. Their appearance in Ukrainian caused a sensation, as she remains the only survivor of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) to have told her tale, now offered in English. Pyskir, whose escape came at the cost of her husband, children, and family, recreates in her memoir an astonishing account of her experiences as a Ukrainian partisan, a woman, a wife, a mother, and an outcast from her own land. The book contains maps, many of the author’s own photographs, and a foreword by John A. Armstrong.


click to enlarge Grau, Lester & Michael Gress (eds). RED ARMY'S DO IT YOURSELF, NAZI-BASHING GUERRILLA WARFARE MANUAL: The Partisan's Handbook, Updated and Revised Edition, 1943. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Casemate, 2011). Illustrations, drawings, 6x9, 288 pages.
~~~ This 1943 third edition of the The Partisan’s Companion is the last-and-best Red Army manual used to train partisans to fight the Nazi invader. Its usefulness outlived World War II. It was later used to train “third-world” guerrillas in their wars of national liberation in the 1950s–70s and even the Fedayeen guerrillas who fought U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Once upon a time, the Boy Scout Manual concentrated almost exclusively on camping, field craft and first aid. The Partisan’s Companion adds guns, demolitions, hand-to-hand combat, assorted mayhem and multiple forms of Nazi-bashing. It is like the old Boy Scout Manual on steroids.
~~~ When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Red Army was hard pressed to cope with the “invincible” Wehrmacht. The initial partisan resistance efforts also had problems. No locals were welcome, and the only guerrillas recognized by Moscow were surrounded Red Army units and units of loyal party members who were sent into unfamiliar territory to battle the Nazis. The initial training manual was a reprint from the Russian Civil War, and most of these units were wiped out. Finally the Soviets began recruiting partisans from the local community—but with Red Army officers and secret police agents. The partisan effort improved.
~~~ By 1943, it was obvious that Germany was losing the war. The partisan ranks grew as did the training requirements for the partisan commanders. The 1943 edition of the Partisan’s Companion helped quickly train new guerrillas to a common standard. Besides field craft, it covers partisan tactics, German counter-guerrilla tactics, demolitions, German and Soviet weapons, scouting, camouflage, anti-tank warfare and anti-aircraft defense for squad and platoon-level instruction. It contains the Soviet lessons of two bitter years of war and provides a good look at the tactics and training of a mature partisan force. The partisans moved and lived clandestinely, harassed the enemy, and supported the Red Army through reconnaissance and attacks on the German supply lines. They were also the agents of Soviet power and vengeance in the occupied regions. Soviet historians credit the partisans with tying down ten percent of the German army and with killing almost a million enemy soldiers. They clearly frustrated German logistics and forced the Germans to periodically sideline divisions to hunt the partisans. The partisans, and this third edition, were clearly part of the eventual Soviet victory over Germany.


click to enlarge Obryn'ba, Nikolai I. RED PARTISAN: The Memoir of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Potomac Books). 16 pages of photographs. 228 pages.
~~~ The epic WWII battles between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are the subject of a vast literature, but little has been published in English about the experiences of ordinary Soviets, citizens and soldiers. This intimate memoir tells of his experiences of being taken prisoner at Operation Barbarossa, and more.


click to enlarge Shireff, David. BARE FEET AND BANDOLIERS: Wingate, Sandford, the Patriots and the Liberation of Ethiopia. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9, 8 pages of b&w plates, 336 pages.
~~~ This is the story of two remarkable 'firsts'. It is the story of the first successful attempt by Allied forces during the Second World War to support and sustain a local resistance movement with regular forces in enemy-held territory. It is also the story of how Ethiopia became the first nation conquered by the Axis to be freed.
~~~ The campaign in Ethiopia might appear small in relation to the war in the whole of East Africa, but it had great military importance. In 1941 the British Commonwealth, the Indian and Sudanese forces, with the Patriots - local chiefs and their followers who resisted the Italian occupation - advanced into Italian East Africa and defeated the Italian armies. David Shireff, who himself served in the campaign, gives an evocative and impressive account of how Colonel Orde Wingate with his Gideon Force was able through bold and imaginative command to force the surrender of a large part of the Italian forces. Shireff also explores the role of Brigadier Daniel Sandford, now an almost forgotten commander, in organizing his Mission 101 and the sustained rebellion of the Patriots.


click to enlarge [Szabo] RJ Minney. CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Pen & Sword, 2008). 7x5, 188 pages.
~~~ Carve Her Name With Pride is the inspiring story of the half-French Violette Szabo who was born in Paris Iin 1921 to an English motor-car dealer, and a French Mother. She met and married Etienne Szabo, a Captain in the French Foreign Legion in 1940. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Tania, her husband died at El Alamein. She became a FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) and was recruited into the SOE and underwent secret agent training. Her first trip to France was completed successfully even though she was arrested and then released by the French Police.
~~~ On June 7th, 1944, Szabo was parachuted into Limoges. Her task was to co-ordinate the work of the French Resistance in the area in the first days after D-Day. She was captured by the SS 'Das Reich' Panzer Division and handed over to the Gestapo in Paris for interrogation. From Paris, Violette Szabo was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where she was executed in January 1945. She was only 23 and for her courage was posthumously awarded The George Cross and the Croix de Guerre.


Vargo, Marc E. WOMEN OF THE RESISTANCE: Eight Who Defied the Third Reich. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012). 6x9. Notes, bibliography, index, 236 pp.
~~~ Women took part in perilous resistance missions during World War II alongside a much larger number of male resistance agents. This book presents the lives of eight women who, at profound risk to themselves, chose to challenge the Third Reich. Hailing from diverse regions of the world--the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America--the women shared privileged backgrounds of financial and social prominence as well as a profound sense of social justice. As to their deeds with the Resistance, they ranged from forging documents and hiding persecuted Jews to orchestrating sabotage operations and crafting a nonviolent protest movement within Nazi Germany itself. As could be expected, the costs were great, capture and execution among them, but the women’s achievements did succeed in helping to win the war.


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