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              Hitler's Brothel

              Hitler's Brothel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Matthews, Steve

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              Two sisters are cruelly separated by war in tragic circumstances. Ania is imprisoned in a concentration camp in Poland and Danuta's search for her sister leads her into the Polish Underground. They each do what they must to survive long enough to find each other. Their dream of b...eing united ends in shocking circumstances. Amazingly, the opportunity for revenge presents itself 60 years later in New Jersey, USA. But faced with the ultimate decision what will be the outcome: seek justice or revenge? Spanning 60 years, Hitler's Brothel follows the lives of two Polish sisters, separated by the vagaries of war. It examines their lives as well as those of their German masters.
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              ISBN 9781922265869
              Published AU 21 Oct 2020
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              Living with Chronic Pain: From OK to Despair and Finding My Way Back Again

              Living with Chronic Pain: From OK to Despair and Finding My Way Back Again (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Macintyre, Dr Dawn

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              One in five people live with chronic pain and most feel misunderstood and unsupported. Dr Dawn Macintyre is one of those people. In Living with Chronic Pain, Dawn shares her journey from living a full life to a life so diminished, full of pain, shame and exhaustion that she was d...esperate enough to want to take her own life. The author's personal story is interwoven with insight into the emotions and challenges faced, as well as practical advice for changes and support to help sufferers enjoy life again. Dawn provides her perspective as both a sufferer of chronic pain, and a health practitioner. If you are a health professional, this book offers insight into how to best support your patients and clients living with chronic pain. If you are living with chronic pain, this story will bring you courage, joy and most importantly, the knowledge to find your meaningful life again.
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              ISBN 9781922265890
              Published AU 5 Aug 2020
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              Pretty Girls

              Pretty Girls (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Portolan, Lisa; McDonald, Samantha

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              Pretty Girls is a visceral narrative of violence, personal tragedy and female resilience set against the backdrop of one of Australia's most politically charged communities, Redfern, where sinister racial tensions underpin everything. Evie is a woman in her mid-thirties who retur...ns to her hometown to meet with her dying father. In coming back to the place where she grew up she has to revisit her history of violence - the death of her mother, the suicide of her brother and the domestic violence that occurred in her home. Her father only has a short time to live - she expects to find him a changed man. But he's not. He's unrepentant and unapologetic for his actions. Evie has to reclaim her story - she's not just a pretty girl, she won't just sit down, be quiet, stay still - but getting there is more than tough, more than an ordeal - it's a mammoth display of tenacity and strength. Pretty Girls is ultimately a story of triumph. Evie rises from the ashes of a hellish past and re-writes her story. There is a part of Evie in every woman and Pretty Girls seeks to start a movement.
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              ISBN 9781922265876
              Published AU 8 Jul 2020
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              Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir
               

              Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Zhukova, Yulia

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              In this vivid first-hand account we gain unique access to the inner workings of Stalin's Central Women's Sniper School, near Podolsk in Western Russia. Luliia was a dedicated member of the Komsomol (the Soviet communist youth organisation) and her parents worked for the NKVD. She... started at the sniper school and eventually became a valued member of her battalion during operations against Prussia. She persevered through eight months of training before leaving for the Front on 24th November 1944 just days after qualifying. Joining the third Belorussian Front her battalion endured rounds of German mortar as well as loudspeaker announcements beckoning them to come over to the German side. Luliia recounts how they would be in the field for days, regularly facing the enemy in terrifying one-on-one encounters. She sets down the euphoria of her first hit and starting her battle count but her reflection on how it was also the ending of a life. These feelings fade as she recounts the barbarous actions of Hitler's Nazi Germany. She recall how the women were once nearly overrun by Germans at their house when other Red Army formations had moved off and failed to tell them. She also details a nine-day stand-off they endured encircled by Germans in Landsberg.
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              ISBN 9781922387424
              Published AU 1 Dec 2020
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              The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age

              The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Nicholls, Rochelle

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              A vicious civil conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula in 1950 and sucked 24 nations into a new round of fighting. The world's two atomic superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - menaced each other across an arbitrary border as Korea became the proving ground for ...a new Cold War. The odds faced by Australia's young pilots were one in three, that they'd not come back. Or perhaps they'd just never be found, crash in flames into a foreign mountain and become nothing but names in a faraway cemetery. Most had no combat experience. Their planes were obsolete. Their orders were to dive upon a well-armed enemy with their bellies exposed, where one bullet to a fuel-tank meant an inescapable fireball. The Korean Kid is the story of Jim Kichenside and the Australian pilots who took to the skies in the 'forgotten war' on the Korean peninsula. Within a week of the North Korean invasion of the South on June 25, 1950, No.77 Fighter Squadron RAAF were in the air: the first United Nations air unit committed to the defence of the overrun South. Of the 340 Australians who perished in Korea, 41 were from 77 Squadron. In 1952, Jim Kichenside was the youngest pilot in 77 Squadron, at just 21 years of age. He entered the Korean theatre with just 8 hours of training on his Meteor jet. Dubbed 'The Korean Kid', Jim's is a story of youth and resilience, of luck and loss, of young men thrust into a war against impossible odds - the first war of the jet age.
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              ISBN 9781922387042
              Published AU 8 Jul 2020
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              Letters from the Veldt: The imperial advance to Pretoria through the eyes of Edward Hutton and his brigade of colonials.

              Letters from the Veldt: The imperial advance to Pretoria through the eyes of Edward Hutton and his brigade of colonials. (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stockings, Craig

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              The South African War - or Boer War - running from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 -was the largest British military effort since the Napoleonic Wars. It was also the first time that large-scale, meaningful contributions were made to an active theatre of war by the self-governi...ng colonies. This included formal contributions of around 20,000 troops from the Australian colonies which dwarfed all previous Australian military commitments. Just as the war was a watershed event for the development and professionalisation of the British Army from 1902-14, it was momentous for the self-governing colonies in Australia and elsewhere in social, political and most certainly in military terms. Letters from the veldt sheds light on the activities of imperial military contingents - in which Australians served - during the Imperial march to Pretoria from May-September 1900, the successful conclusion of which marked the end of 'conventional' operations in South Africa and the beginning the 'guerrilla' phase that would drag on until May 1902. A large proportion of colonial troops serving in South Africa at this point did so as part of the 1st Mounted Infantry Brigade. Despite their importance, the experiences of this brigade have not figured largely in existing any accounts of the Boer War. The brigade itself was composed of not only Australians, but Canadians, New Zealanders, and British regular and volunteer troops, and a scattering of 'loyal' South Africans. It was in many ways a microcosm of imperial military cooperation; an important part of the steady development of attitudes, expectations and shared experience which led to the formation in 1914 of a much larger expeditionary force. This account does not follow a standard pattern or format - there is no measured, steady traditional narrative. Rather, the experiences of the 1st Mounted Infantry Brigade, and the light they shed on many wider issues, are presented through letters written home by its British commander, Major Gene
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              ISBN 9781922265975
              Published AU 8 Jul 2020
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              Tragedy at Evian: How the World Allowed Hitler to Proceed with the Holocaust

              Tragedy at Evian: How the World Allowed Hitler to Proceed with the Holocaust (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Matthews, Tony

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              In July 1938 the United States, Great Britain and thirty other countries participated in a vital conference at Evian-les-Bains, France, to discuss the persecution and possible emigration of the European Jews, specifically those caught under the anvil of Nazi atrocities. However, ...most of those nations rejected the pleas then being made by the Jewish communities, thus condemning them to the Holocaust. There is no doubt that the Evian conference was a critical turning point in world history. The disastrous outcome of the conference set the stage for the murder of six million people. Today we live in a world defined by turmoil with a disturbing rise of authoritarian governments and ultra right-wing nationalism. The plight of refugees is once more powerfully affecting public attitudes towards those most in need. Now, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the Second World War, it's time to reflect on the past to ensure we never again make the same mistakes. Tragedy at Evian also shines a spotlight on some of the astonishing and courageous stories of heroic efforts of individuals and private organisations who, despite the decisions made at Evian, worked under extremely dangerous conditions, frequently giving their own lives to assist in the rescue of the Jewish people.
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              ISBN 9781922387356
              Published AU 2 Sep 2020
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              Tiger Battalion 507: Eyewitness Accounts from Hitler's Regiment

              Tiger Battalion 507: Eyewitness Accounts from Hitler's Regiment (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Schneider, Helmut; Foreword by Forczyk, Robert

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              'May the army of millions of dead of all nations bear witness to humanity for the hope that future generations may learn to discard war as the best way to resolve their differences.' - Helmut Schneider This is the little-known story of Heavy Panzer (Tiger) Battalion 507 told thro...ugh the recollections of the men who fought with the unit. The book was conceived during a reunion of the '507' at Rohrdorf in 1982, where it was agreed to set up an editorial committee under Helmut Schneider, himself a veteran of the battalion, to search for as many survivors of the unit as possible and gather their reminiscences. The resulting account is a treasure trove of first-hand material, from personal memories, diary entries and letters to leave passes, wartime newspaper cuttings, Wehrmacht bulletins and more than 160 photographs. The account follows the unit from its formation in 1943 and the catastrophic events on the Eastern Front, through battles on the Western Front and engagements against the American 3rd Armoured Division to the confusion of retreat, panic-stricken eight and Soviet captivity in the closing stages of the war. Honest and unflinching, this remarkable collection of autobiographies offers a glimpse into life in Hitler's panzer division and is a stark testimony of a generation that sacrificed its best years to the war. This is the first English-language translation of the work.
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              ISBN 9781922387189
              Published AU 5 Aug 2020
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              Unbowed: A Soldier's Extraordinary Journey Back from Paralysis

              Unbowed: A Soldier's Extraordinary Journey Back from Paralysis (Paperback)

              By Hedderman, Billy

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              `I woke to the sight of a hospital ceiling. For that first blissful second, I forgot that I was paralysed.' On 31 December 2014 Billy Hedderman suffered a catastrophic injury to his spinal cord while body-boarding on the Sunshine Coast, paralysing him almost completely from the n...eck down. When asked if he would walk again, his doctor simply said, `I dunno ... maybe.' Yet, incredibly, within just seven months of his injury, he was able to beat the odds and run a 10km race in under an hour. This is the powerful story of Billy's recovery and a fascinating account of his service as an Officer in the elite Special Forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing of the Irish Army. It was from this service that he took the never-say-die attitude that helped him prevail against all medical expectations to recover and serve as an Infantry Officer in the Australian Army. It is a story of almost unbelievable personal resilience and mental toughness, which will amaze and inspire.
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              ISBN 9781922265494
              Published AU 5 Sep 2019
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              Wings of Gold: The Story of Australian Pilots and Observers Who Trained with the Unitedstates Navy 1966-1968

              Wings of Gold: The Story of Australian Pilots and Observers Who Trained with the Unitedstates Navy 1966-1968 (Hardback)

              By Trevor Rieck, Jack Mccaffrie and Jed Hart

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              Flying from an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult things to do in all of aviation. This is the story of a group of young Australians who joined the Royal Australian Navy to take up that challenge in the mid-1960s. Their story is unique because, unlike those who went be...fore them and those who followed, they were sent to the USA to undertake their flying training with the United States Navy. So began an unusual chapter in the story of the Royal Australian Navy. 'The Pensacola experiment', as it was called, was an outstanding success. This book follows the young men's initial and sometimes almost accidental encounters with the Navy recruiting office to their arrival as fully fledged naval aviators at the Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW, ready to join their first squadrons. A mix of narrative and often hilarious personal anecdotes takes you along for the ride with the group as they land at the US Naval Air Station Pensacola, meet their host families, and learn to adapt to American culture in a huge training system that turned out thousands of naval aviators each year, many of them destined for the war in Vietnam at the time. Readers will share in the growing sense of excitement and satisfaction as these young aviators work towards their initial carrier qualifications and ultimately gain their coveted 'Wings of Gold'.
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              ISBN 9781922265852
              Published AU 1 Feb 2020
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