Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: â€œSecret Weapons,â€? and he has authored several books of military history, including German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939â€“1945 and Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939â€“1945, which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis. He has taught history and military history at American Military University.
Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. She coauthoredNight Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe 1939â€“1945with Colin Heaton, andalsoNoble Warrior: TheStory of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honorwith Colin Heaton and Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston.
The Star of Africais a biography of the dramatic life and meteoric career of German Luftwaffe Captain Hans-Joachim Marseille, the "Star of Africa.â€? Marseille, a legendary figure in the annals of military history, had 158 kills to his name and was one of the rare recipients of the Knightâ€™s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, the Third Reichâ€™s highest honor awarded for valor in combat. Unlike other German fighter aces, Marseille is also a famous figure in the public imagination in the United States and other English-speaking countries, where his rebellious nature, iconoclastic behavior, and early death have nourished his reputation just as greatly as his exceptional skill and chivalrous conduct as an adversary.
In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa
The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.
Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.