BOOKS

In addition to the series “U-Boot im Focus” and “Luftwaffe im Focus”, we have been publishing books on the theme of the Second World War since 2009.

The focus of our books is on titles covering topics that have received little or no attention in the past. The utmost value is placed on careful research and a fair and objective presentation without political bias. As with all of our other publications, most of the photographs in the books have never before been published and usually include a number of never-before-seen colour photos. The latter are a trademark of our publishing company.

We place a high value on the high-quality printing of the photographs as well as the overall quality of the books. All of our books are completely bilingual, German and English.

Die Panther-Abteilung „Brandenburg“ 1945
und ihre Vorgeschichte als I. Abt. Pz.Rgt. 26

 

Price: 59,00 Euro + Shipping

Authors: Wolfgang Ockert / Axel Urbanke
Release date: September 2015
ISBN: 978-3-941437-17-3
Size: 25 x 28 cm – large format
Weight: ca. 2,5 kg
Pages: 362
Photos: 215 photos, thereof 34 coloured
Further Information:: 27 coloured maps, index of locations and names

 

The story of the “Brandenburg” Panther Battalion and its prior history as I Battalion of Panzer-Regiment 26 played out against the background of the everywhere collapsing fronts of the final year and a half of the war. The reader takes part in the fighting withdrawals in the vast steppe landscapes of southern Russia and Rumania and the battles on the East Prussian border and in the Baltic States. He is encircled with the battalion in the Memel bridgehead in East Prussia in late 1944 and experiences the relief attempt towards Budapest in late 1944 - early 1945. Finally, in February 1945, follows the transfer of the renamed battalion to the Oder Front near Küstrin, where the Panthers were one of the last panzer battalions opposing the Russian drive on Berlin. The descriptions involve the reader, not only in the battalion’s actions, but as well in the overall events at the Oder in the final weeks of the war. He directly experiences the collapse of the entire Oder front, the retreat and destruction in the Halbe Pocket. The descriptions are so vivid and powerful that one cannot escape the drama of the events. Whoever wants to understand what happened back then can take a journey through time with this book.

Based on ten years of research, this is a book that rises above the many other books about panzer units and the final months of the war. More than 200 action photographs from every front, almost all of them previously unseen, and 27 color maps supplement the text.

This is a unique documentation which, once again, took advantage of the opportunity to allow the last eyewitnesses to speak.

Panzer Soldier in Africa and Italy 1942-45,
 

 

Price: 56 Euro + shipping

Authors: Axel Urbanke / Hans Becker
Pages: 248
Photos: 258 (56 of them in colour)
Colourmaps: 13
Text: Completely in English and German
Coming: At the end of November 2013
ISBN: 978-3-941437-19-7
Format: large size, 25 x 28 cm

This book is the first in a series of publications entitled Photographs by Soldiers that will be produced by our company. Each will be based on photographs taken by individual participants in the war, accompanied as required by more or less extensive text. The photos, along with surviving diary entries or letters, will be set against the overall framework of events. Supplementary photographic material will be used sparingly and only when there are gaps that must be filled to assure overall continuity. The series is intended to allow the reader to understand the war from the subjective point of view of the individual soldier. When necessary, letters and diary entries will be supplemented by footnotes to explain phraseology or concepts from the period.

Volume 1 in the series focuses on Hans Becker. Attached to the headquarters staff of the 8th Panzer Regiment in Africa in 1942-43, he extensively photographed frontline operations there. After he was wounded, he was flown home, and after recovering from his wounds, in autumn 1943 he joined the 508th Heavy Panzer Battalion during its formation. Soon afterwards, the battalion commander tasked him with “recording the battalion’s path photographically, to illustrate the war diary”.
Hans Becker therefore also photographed the Tiger unit’s actions in Italy in 1944-45, both in black-and-white and color.

Hans Becker’s photographs are well above average, both in terms of subject selection and quality. Happily his diaries and letters to his wife were also made available to the author. The result is an impressive account of operations by two panzer units from the point of view of a member of the headquarters staff, who in part had insight into decisions. Hans Becker not only captured images of tanks, but also other elements of the two units in action and neighboring units, as well as the theaters of war and life behind the front. The book is thus a general photo book covering the fighting in North Africa and Italy from 1942 to 1945.

For all those with an interest in history, it is a stroke of luck that Hans Becker’s outstanding photographs have found the light of day in this way, almost 70 years after the end of the war.

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Endkampf um das Reichsgebiet 1944-1945

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This large-format illustrated volume is the first hardbound book to be published by Luftverlag-Start. Comprising about 160 pages, with unique and previously unpublished photographs, it portrays the battles fought by army units to defend the frontiers of the Reich.

The 186 illustrations, thereof 23 in color, are all operational photos from the German side and not Allied postwar photos. Most were taken by German soldiers during the final battles and thus represent unique photographic documents, for by then film was difficult to obtain and photography rare. The black-and-white photos are supplemented by three rare color photos, also taken during the fighting. The photographs, accompanied by extensive and detailed text and maps, are reproduced to the highest possible standard on good quality glossy paper.

Among the book’s main themes are:

Nemmersdorf and Goldap, the Russian drive across the East Prussian border
From Königsberg to Pillau - Fighting Withdrawal in Samland, East Prussia April
1945 (Panther photos)
The 1st Marine-Schützen-Division actions at the Oder in the Zehden Bridgehead
in February 1945
The fighting in Silesia in spring 1945 (Panther photos)
The battle for Fortress Breslau
Actions by the “Hermann Göring” Fallschirmpanzerkorps at Bautzen and Görlitz
in April 1945 (Panther photos)
The Führer-Begleit-Division in the fighting in Lauban (Panther photos)
The SS-Freiwilligen-Brigade “Wallonien” and the 4th SS-Polizei-Division
in the Battle for Pomerania
SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 560 z.b.V. in action at the Oder (Hetzer photos)
The action against the Russian Bridgehead over the Oder at Küstrin and
“Fortress Küstrin” (Panther- and Hetzerphotos)
Heiligenbeil and Oxhöfter Kämpe - the fight about the pockets at the Haff and
the Danziger-Bucht

Hardbound with dust cover, large-format 25 x 28 cm, 160 pages,
186 photos, thereof 23 colorphotos, 13 maps

The book is published in german / english!

 

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