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2021.07.23
More Very British Problems: Barcode: R27428J2250
Author: Temple, Rob
Publisher: SphereYear: 2016
CallNumber: 3SV 305.821 TEMISBN: 9780751558517
Type: BookАvailable
HUMOUR. DO YOU SUFFER FROM VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS ABROAD? If you...*Carry emergency teabags in your money belt *Quietly tut at badly formed 'queues' *Cleverly avoid blisters by wearing socks with your sandals ...then you may have a serious problem for which there is no know vaccination. But don't worry: Rob Temple is here to explain the symptoms/make fun of you. (In the nicest possible way.) Critics called the first Very British Problems book 'not bad' and 'easy to gift-wrap', so in an attempt to outdo himself, Rob's taking us outside of our comfort zone. We're going to that alarming place where crisps don't quite taste the same and where ordering chips get you...well, crisps. We're going abroad.


Very British Problems : Barcode: R27429K2250
Author: Temple, Rob
Publisher: SphereYear: 2017
CallNumber: 3SV 395.0941 TEMISBN: 9780751570120
Type: BookАvailable
Have you ever... Got into a four-hour argument over what does and does not belong in a full English breakfast? Sat perfectly still in terrified silence until the unknown number stops ringing and goes away? Replied to the question 'Can I get you anything? Tea, coffee, water?' with 'Lovely, thanks'? ...then you may (still) be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. Rob Temple is back to guide you through the maze of idiosyncrasies, loveable foibles and - let's admit - outright eccentricities that define this sceptred isle. Featuring groundbreaking original research from his @soverybritish Twitter account (spoiler: 84% of Brits prefer milk in first), this book may not be a remedy for your incurable VBPs, but it will certainly provide amusement as you hide in the loo from an unexpected visitor.


Very British Problems: Barcode: R27427U2250
Author: Temple, Rob
Publisher: SphereYear: 2014
CallNumber: 3SV 395.0941 TEMISBN: 9780751557039
Type: BookАvailable
Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS. VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure. Rob Temple's hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.


2021.07.22
Currahee! Barcode: R27421T2250
Author: Burgett, Donald, 1925-2017
Publisher: Drb Enterprise IncorporatedYear: 2014
CallNumber: 2SV 940.5421 BURISBN: 9780990350606
Type: BookАvailable
Currahee! A Screaming Eagle at Normandy. Donald R. Burgett is a real Screaming Eagle, who jumped with that famed division at Normandy and survived to tell the tale. His memoir vividly portrays the tragic chaos of war: the blood and sweat, the glory and tears of one of the greatest battles of all time. Currahee! (this was the battle cry and motto of his regiment) begins with jump training and explodes in drama as they are parachuted into Normandy with orders to take and hold the high ground behind the beaches. It contains unforgettable incidents. The author's almost dispassionate tone goes a long way toward explaining a particular set of psychological defenses which enabled these men to do their duty and-for some of them-to survive with their sanity intact. Currahee! is the only book on World War II that General Dwight D. Eisenhower ever endorsed, calling it "a fascinating tale of personal combat" that "portrays the courage, endurance, initiative and fighting qualities of an American soldier on a European battlefield of World War II." 


Seven Roads to Hell: Barcode: R27419B2250
Author: Burgett, Donald, 1925-2017
Publisher: Drb Enterprise IncorporatedYear: 2014
CallNumber: 2SV 940.54219348 BURISBN: 9780990350637
Type: BookАvailable
The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division had just finished the battle for the bridge too far, Field Marshal Montgomery's ill-fated Operation Market Garden. As Christmas 1944 approached, the division was settling in for some hard earned rest and recuperation. Despite its failure to hold the Rhine River bridgehead at Arnhem a few weeks earlier, Eisenhower's Allied juggernaut appeared unstoppable. Then, Hitler ordered a massive Nazi counterattack through the supposedly impenetrable Ardennes Forest. The overwhelming armor-heavy Wehrmacht forces cut through the thinly-manned Allied lines, racing for Antwerp and the coast. German victory in what is now known at the Battle of the Bulge would split the Allied armies, cripple their attack against the Reich, and lengthen the war, perhaps by years. The author and the rest of the Screaming Eagles were rushed to Bastogne, a small Belgian crossroads town where seven roads met. The lightly-armed paratrooper became 'the cork in the bottle' of the Nazi onslaught. Bastogne became the key to German victory. They immediately found themselves in close combat. Without enough ammunition or food, in freezing weather with deep snow, they even lacked winter clothing. Yet, for eleven days they held out against the best the Nazis could throw at them, buying the time needed for Patton's Third Army to redeploy form the south. Burgett's memoir (he was not yet twenty years old at the time of the battle) is an exciting and enduring testament to the Screaming Eagles and their epic defense of Bastogne.


The Road to Arnhem: Barcode: R27420K2250
Author: Burgett, Donald, 1925-2017
Publisher: Drb Enterprise IncorporatedYear: 2014
CallNumber: 2SV 940.541273 BURISBN: 9780990350620
Type: BookАvailable
Following their epic combat in Normandy (the paratroopers were finally pulled out of the line on June 30, 1944, after being in virtually constant combat since their night drop in the early morning of June 6) the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division returned to battle on Sept. 17, 1944 as part of Field Marshal Montgomery's audacious plan to seize a Rhine River bridgehead and help bring the war against Germany to a swift conclusion. The plan was simple: A three airborne division air assault would secure key bridge sites along the sixty-mile road to the Rhine River town of Arnhem allowing the attacking British XXX Corps, spearhead across the river. Once across the Rhine, Monty's armies would be able to end-run the German forces in France and capture Berlin before the Nazis would be able to respond. The British field marshal named his bid to bring the war to a quick end Operation Market Garden. Historian Cornelius Ryan immortalized it with a different name: 'a bridge too far.' Operation Market Garden proved to be as impossible as it was audacious. Yet, the paratroopers of the 101st accomplished their mission, capturing and holding all of their assigned objectives. It was at a high cost, however as the Screaming Eagles battled the Nazis along what quickly became known as Hell's Highway for seventy-two days. Finally, in late November, the 101st was pulled out of line. In a harrowing first-person narrative of battle, The Road to Arnhem, Donald R. Burgett describes his experiences in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, is considered a classic of combat literature.


2021.07.21
Arnhem: Barcode: R27416F2250
Author: Buckingham, William F.
Publisher: Amberley PublishingYear: 2019
CallNumber: 2SV 940.54219218 BUCISBN: 9781398101562
Type: BookАvailable
On 21 August 1944 German Army Group B was destroyed in Normandy and Allied troops began pressing east from the beachhead they had occupied since the D-Day landings. Within days British troops had liberated Brussels and reached the Dutch border. Encouraged by seeming total German collapse, the Allies gambled their overstretched resources on a high-risk strategy aimed at opening the way into Germany itself – crossing the Rhine. On the afternoon of Sunday 17 September British tanks advanced into Holland in concert with 1,534 transport aircraft and 491 gliders. Their objective was a series of bridges across the Rhine, possession of which would allow the Allies to advance into Germany. In the event the operation was dogged by bad weather, flawed planning, tardiness and overconfidence, and ended with the Arnhem crossing still in German hands despite an epic nine-day battle that cost the British 1st Airborne Division over two-thirds of its men killed, wounded or captured. Arnhem: The Complete Story combines analysis and new research by a leading authority on Operation MARKET GARDEN with the words of the men who were there, and provides the most comprehensive account of the battle to date, day by day, hour by desperate hour.


Beyond the Rhine : Barcode: R27418Q2250
Author: Burgett, Donald, 1925-2017
Publisher: Drb Enterprise IncorporatedYear: 2014
CallNumber: 2SV 940.541273 BURISBN: 9780990350644
Type: BookАvailable
Donald R. Burgett and the rest of the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne had fought long and hard since the Normandy invasion. They fought through seventy-two days of continuous combat in Holland, and thirty days of frozen hell in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. War weary, tired, and bloodied, Burgett and other Screaming Eagles of A Company were heading for the last battle, the drive that would carry them through Alsace, Germany's Ruhr Valley, the Rhineland, Austria, and the end of the war in Europe. The last push across Germany did not hold the full-scale fanatic resistance the U.S. command had expected, but rather, small pockets of die-hard Nazis unwilling to admit that they had lost. It became clear why some did not wish to surrender. Burgett and the other American soldiers discovered forced labor camps of half-starved Poles, Russians, Czechs, and Jews; men, women, and children all forced to labor for the cause of Germany, or die. Burgett and his men liberated four Nazi concentration camps where inmates were starved, brutally and systematically tortured, medically and surgically experimented on, and finally gassed and cremated. Burgett writes" "German guards were still forcing inmates to stoke the furnaces with human bodies as we tore through the barbed-wire enclosures. We witnessed atrocities that were beyond human comprehension." The Americans fought on from the Black Forest in Bavaria, to Berchtesgaden, where VE day found the Screaming Eagles finally at rest in the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's fabled mountaintop retreat. Certainly now the hard charging paratroopers could return home to enjoy the fruits of their victory, bloodied but proud, to take up family life with loved ones in a world they fought to keep free. But the war against Japan still raged, however, and the 101st was one of the two airborne divisions alerted for redeployment to the Pacific. August 1945 brought atomic relief to Burgett and millions more around the world with the surrender of Japan. On New Year's Eve, 1945, Sergeant Burgett finally returned to his home in Detroit, still just twenty years old.


The Snake Eaters: Barcode: R27415B2250
Author: West, Owen, 1969-
Publisher: Simon & SchusterYear: 2013
CallNumber: 2SV 956.7044342 WESISBN: 9781451655964
Type: BookАvailable
FROM 2005 THROUGH 2007, the battle for the poisonous city of Khalidiya became so intensely personal that an Iraqi battalion, its American military advisors, and the insurgents they hunted knew one another by name. A third-generation U.S. Marine, Owen West was one of those combat advisors. This is his gripping account of how a team of underprepared reservists built an Iraqi battalion from the ground up and with them plunged side by side into a mystifying insurgency. Revealing war as a series of human acts, West makes the young American and Iraqi soldiers on patrol and the local townspeople come alive. From the bighearted American medic stalked by a sniper, a tough Iraqi major who is respected by the Americans because he likes them the least, and an enemy who blended into a population that dared not speak the truth, the characters in The Snake Eaters are as complex as the war that changes them.


We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young: Barcode: R27417U2250
Author: Moore, Harold G.,Galloway, Joseph L.
Publisher: Corgi BooksYear: 2002
CallNumber: 2SV 959.704342 MOOISBN: 9780552150262
Type: BookАvailable
In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier.