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    • Turning Point

    • The Battle for Milne Bay 1942 - Japan's First Land Defeat in World War II
    • By: Michael Veitch
    • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    September 1942 marked the high point of Axis conquest in World War II. In the Pacific, Japan's soldiers had seemed unstoppable. However, the tide was about to turn. On Sunday, 6 September 1942, Japanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, a predominantly Australian force - including 75 Squadron (fresh from their action in 44 Days) - fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion.

    Non-member price: $34.95

    • The Bastard Brigade

    • The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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    Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot - the Alsos Mission - meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage and murder.

    • The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 19-07-2019
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    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Volunteer

    • The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz
    • By: Jack Fairweather
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War. In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre - Auschwitz.

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • Chanel's Riviera

    • The Côte d’Azur in Peace and War, 1930-1944
    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Sophie Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsy to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

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    • Very detailed social history

    • By Vanessa Young on 23-06-2019

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Note Through the Wire

    • By: Doug Gold
    • Narrated by: Conrad Coleby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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    In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. Josefine Lobnik is a Yugoslav underground resistance fighter, Bruce Murray a New Zealand soldier and prisoner of war. A crumpled note passes between these two strangers and sets them on a course that will change their lives forever. This is an extraordinary true account of two ordinary people living through the unimaginable hardship of Hitler's barbaric regime. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Josephine and her brother and sister were so courageous with the resistance.

    • By Anonymous User on 21-07-2019

    Non-member price: $25.82

    • The Gestapo

    • The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police
    • By: Frank McDonough
    • Narrated by: Paul McGann
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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    Professor Frank McDonough is one of the leading scholars and most popular writers on the history of Nazi Germany. His work has been described as 'modern history writing at its very best...Ground-breaking, fascinating, occasionally deeply revisionist' by renowned historian Andrew Roberts. Drawing on a detailed examination of previously unpublished Gestapo case files this audiobook relates the fascinating, vivid and disturbing accounts of a cross-section of ordinary and extraordinary people who opposed the Nazi regime.

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • Normandy ‘44

    • D-Day and the Battle for France
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Renowned World War Two historian James Holland presents an entirely new perspective on one of the most important moments in recent history. Unflinchingly examining the brutality and violence that characterised the campaign, it's time to draw some radically different conclusions. D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge.

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    • Maps from the book would be extremely helpful

    • By Michael Ryan on 02-06-2019

    Non-member price: $39.50

    • D-Day Girls

    • The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
    • By: Sarah Rose
    • Narrated by: Sarah Rose
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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    In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Believing that Britain was locked in an existential battle, Winston Churchill had already created a secret agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharpshoot­ing. Their job, he declared, was to 'set Europe ablaze'. But with most men on the front lines, the SOE was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. 

    • The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
    • By: Sarah Rose
    • Narrated by: Sarah Rose
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 09-05-2019
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    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Guinea Pig Club

    • Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War II
    • By: Emily Mayhew
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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    The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in aeroplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling tale. Plastic surgery was in its infancy before the Second World War. The most rudimentary techniques were known only to a few surgeons worldwide. The Allies were tremendously fortunate in having maverick surgeon Archibald McIndoe - nicknamed ‘the Boss’, or ‘the Maestro’ - operating at a small hospital in East Grinstead in the south of England. McIndoe constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch.

    Non-member price: $28.25