A history of 508 Parachute Infantry from formation at Fort Blanding in 1942 through to the end of the war. The Regiment dropped on D-Day around Ste. Mere Eglise, and as part of Operation Market, and then fought on into Germany. There are also seven appendices giving further details of the men involved. Fully illustrated with 15 colour maps.
The 78th Division started its serious war in North Africa and saw off the Afrika Korps before invading Sicily and then Italy. There it stayed until the very end of the fighting when it was moved into Austria as part of the occupying forces. Although not one of the D-Day divisions, it made a very significant contribution to the Allied victory and the fighting in Italy was by no means easy. This is a good divisional history accompanied with a number of valuable maps and photographs.
The US First Division (The “Big Red One”) fought from Algeria to Sicily, and from Normandy to beyond Remagen. It made no less than three assault landings on enemy-held coasts (especially Omaha Beach on D-Day). This account of their exploits is told, in part and importantly, by those who were there. It is an excellent account of the division’s operations with many “As I saw it” accounts which fill out the account of military operations. Of great value in understanding what the Americans did in making their very important contribution to the Allied victory over Germany.
The second part of the history of 7th Armoured Division. After fighting in North Africa the division moved to Italy in 1943 and then took part in the D-Day invasion in 1944. This is the story of the division and its operations during this period, and covers operations in Italy and then in NW Europe. The book tells the story of the division in the words of its ffcers and men, and is amply illustrated with many hotographs and a set of 11 maps of the areas through which the division fought. This will be followed soon by Part I: The War in North Africa to complete this invaluable set.
The 52nd Lowland Division was one of very few "special" divisions of infantry, in that it was trained for mountain warfare, although it spent much time after D-Day locked in battle on the flat lands of the North European coastal plain. This history of the division starts before the war in England, and goes on to describe operations in France in 1940. For four years they then trained and waited, before forming part of 21st Army group, and fighting the Germans in France, Holland and Germany. As with all good divisional histories, it is the story of men in battle that counts, and this volume is no exception.
6 Airborne Division operations from D-Day to 3 September 1944. This is a facsimile copy of an original report issued by Airborne Forces HQ covering 6 Airborne Division from the eve of D-Day to 3 September 1944. It gives details of all activities of the division from the landing through to the advance in the second half of August 1944. This is an extremely important document and fundamental in any study of D-Day operations and of British airborne forces. With 5 A3 maps including the landing zones and the Merville Battery complex.
This is the story of the 43rd Division from its arrival in France during Operation Overlord in June 1944 through to the end of the war with Germany. It relates how the division fought and where, and is illustrated with 21 maps. The division was engaged on the River Odon, and at Hill 112, then in the Seine crossing, the attempted relief at Arnhem, at Groesbeek, in Operation Blackcock and the advance to Goch and Xanten. It also took part in the Battle of the Rhineland and in Operations Plunder and Varsity and made its final move to capture Bremen in 1945. Very readable, and an important volume in our Divisional History series of the Second World War.
The story of the Fifth British Division 1939-1945 begins with the division in the BEF in France in 1940 which it joined from reserve division status. It returned to the UK and underwent training before taking part in the Madagascar operation. Then it went to India and Persia before moving to the Middle East Theatre in 1943 where it took part in the conquest of Sicily before moving into Italy. It fought through much of the Italian Campaign before finishing the war in Lubeck, having made the final move to France and then Germany shortly before the end of the war.
The British Fourth Division was engaged in World War Two from beginning to end. It was part of the BEF in 1939, left France from Dunkirk in 1940, moved to Tunisia and fought throughout the campaign in Africa. It then moved to Italy fighting all the way up the Italian mainland to Forli and Faenza before being sent off to Greece to aid the civil power during the Greek Civil War. It was an honourable division which through the fortunes of war did not take part in the great adventure in Normandy, being thereby consigned to the relative background in the military history of the Second World War. Such divisions are unjustly given less attention than those which were chosen for Overlord, but their histories are none the less of great importance. This history is one of those narratives. The book is illustrated with a number of photographs and a good set of maps.
The 51st Highland Division fought and lost in France in 1940, was reborn, and fought and won in the North African desert, Sicily and finally in North Western Europe from D-Day to the end of the war. As a division the men earned the respect of friend and foe alike, and this is their story. Amply illustrated with photographs and maps (many coloured) this is a worthwhile reprint of which MLRS Books is proud.
Brigadier Barclay paints a very clear picture of this fighting division from the inter-war years through to victory in the west and the years up to 1955. The division saw action from June 1944 in Normandy, the Low Countries and the Ardennes before advancing into Germany in the bitter battle of the Rhineland and Operation Plunder. Amply illustrated with photographs and black and white maps.
This history of the 15th Scottish in the Second World War is acknowledged as perhaps the best of all the divisional histories. It is full of detail at all levels, and amply illustrated with both photographs and maps (many in colour). It traces the division from its early beginnings and covers every aspect of operations in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45. It is highly commended to all readers.
This story of the 4th Division covers the movements and operations of the Division from its earliest days in Britain via Tunisia and Italy to Greece at the end of the war. Although not one of the D-Day Divisions, like many other formations, it was fundamental to the success of the wider plans for the course of the war. The fighting in North Africa and Italy is detailed, and the whole book is excellently illustrated with maps and photographs.
A detailed history 79th Armoured Division from October 1942 to June 1945. This book was written just after the end of the Second World War and is the complete history of the 79th Armoured Division, "Hobart's Funnies," which were so instrumental in ensuring that the British beaches on D-Day were taken, and which went on to offer such important support to infantry operations (in particular) right up to the end of the war with Germany. The books covers the preparatory period when the idea of the specialised armour of the division was first conceived, and the follows the division as it fought its way ashore on 6 June 1944, and throughout its advance from France into Holland. It shows how the division took part in the Ardennes battles of the winter, 1944/45, advanced into the Rhineland, crossed the Rhine and then moved on Hamburg. The story is told in great detail and is backed by many colour maps (including detailed invasion beach maps) and an abundance of black and white photographs taken by the participants during operations in Europe. This is a must for anyone interested in armour or in infantry support weapons. Complete in one volume.
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