Pen and Sword Books have an impressive and comprehensive range of World War Two books. Far from waning, interest in the global land, sea and air conflict grows with every successive generation. Our list has something for everyone, whether it be from memoirs, biographies, pictorial histories, studies of campaigns and a superb selection of guidebooks, covering many of the Battlefields of the Second World War.

Arnhem Battle of Britain Battle of the Bulge Battlefield Guides WW2 Berlin 1945 Churchill D-Day & Normandy Espionage & the SOE German Forces & Weaponry Hitler & the Third Reich Japan & the Pacific Front Luftwaffe Prisoners Of War Russia & the Eastern Front Stalingrad The Atlantic WWII Photographic
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This is a very graphic account of endurance and survival against brutal odds. The story may be difficult to read in parts but that level of brutal treatment usually is. A story that had to be told and deserves to be read.


The author / editor has made a selection of the General's papers and diary records that provide a very candid insight into the war on that front, together with Hürter's perceptive introduction. A fascinating view and rewarding for the reader. ... The powerful text is supported by a very interesting photo-plate section that includes some images that very graphically portray the harsh winter and equally hostile thaw. A good account of what became a defining turning point in the war.


A very readable and carefully researched full story of the Battles of Ardennes. ... This is a book that those following the story of the Allied liberation of Occupied Europe will enjoy and find most informative.


Tim Saunders continues in the fine tradition of the acclaimed "Battleground" series with a very concise and comprehensive account of the exclusively airborne German invasion of Crete. As such it is much more than a mere pocket battlefield guide, and lavished throughout with photographs, maps and many first hand accounts, it packs a considerable amount of detail into a small space and is a superb introduction to this operation. The book describes the strategic position in the Mediterranean in 1941 and the prominent role which Crete played, before discussing the British tactics for its defence and the bold German invasion plan. Several chapters are devoted to the chaotic battles which raged around the drop zones, going on to describe the key engagements which followed inland and the eventual Allied evacuation.

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This autobiography is a remarkably frank account of a remarkable career. Zhukov is never less than forthright about the difficult political and military realities faced by Russia during the 'Great Patriotic War'...This new version is the first full edition in English. It is edited by Prof Geoffrey Roberts of University College Cork, an internationally renowned expert on the Soviet Union during the second World War and the cold war. Alongside his well-researched introduction, Roberts has included translations of Zhukov's account of the 1953-7 period and previously unpublished interview material. This book is an important source on the conduct of the war on the Eastern Front. And, as an account of the career of one of the most influential generals and political survivors of the 20th century, 'Marshal of Victory' is fascinating. Given the renewed tensions between the Kremlin and the West, it is also a timely insight into the Russian military mindset.

Irish Times