The 1942 raid on Dieppe was an attempt to test the enemy readiness, and take some pressure off the Russian front. It was a costly disaster, but lessons learned there were of the utmost importance to the D-Day planning. After a massive build up of men and materials, the D-Day landings finally took place in Normandy on June 6th, 1944. Despite vicious battles and stubborn resistance, within 12 weeks the Allied forces invaded Paris. To compound the enemy's problems, the allies invaded southern France and rapidly advanced northwards. In desperation, Hitler released his "secret weapons", the V1 and V2, over Britain. Slowly but steadily, the Allies advanced through Belgium and Holland, and despite setbacks at Arndem and in the Ardennes, finally reached the shores of the Rhine. After a hazardous crossing they finally advanced to meet the victorious Russian Army. Hitler, Mussolini and their cohorts were all dead or captured, and the war was over, at the cost of millions of human lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000024/bk_rhuk_000024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman. Told with the vivid detail of an impassioned eyewitness, his rare and moving memoir has become a classic in the literature of World War II, a first-person chronicle of the glory - and the inevitable tragedy - of a superb soldier fighting Hitler's war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016854/bk_adbl_016854_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1939 Britain and her allies were completely unprepared for total war.In the spring of 1940, after months of inactivity, the powerful and highly trained German army smashed it's way through neutral Holland and Belgium and into northern France. The Allies had no choice but to retreat to the costal areas, where the 'Miracle of Dunkirk' took place. Half a million men were finally evacuated to England. Hitler, anxious to invade Britain, ordered the Luftwaffe to destroy the Royal Air Force. The Battle of Britain started. A climax was reached on September 15th when, following a great raid over London, the RAF shot down 175 raiders. Hitler relentlessly bombed Britain hoping to break the British people. Many were killed or wounded and countless home where destroyed but the British spirit never broke. The British people defied the enemy until May of 1941 when much of the Luftwaffe was moved away to fight on the Russian front. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000022/bk_rhuk_000022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Until recent years, very little was known of the tens of thousands of foreign nationals from Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain who served voluntarily in the military formations of the German army and the German Waffen-SS. In Kaisergruber's book, the listener discovers important issues of collaboration, the apparent contributions of the volunteers to the German war effort, their varied experiences, their motives, the attitude of the German High Command and bureaucracy, and the reaction to these in the occupied countries. The combat experiences of the Walloons echoed those of the very best volunteer units of the Waffen-SS, although they shared equally in the collapse of the Third Reich in May 1945. Although unapologetic for his service, Kaisergruber makes no special claims for the German cause and writes not from any postwar apologia and dogma but instead from his firsthand observations as a young man experiencing war for the first time, extending far beyond what had been imaginable at the time. His observations of fellow soldiers, commanders, Russian civilians, and the battlefields prove poignant and telling. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Woodson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010591/bk_tant_010591_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why did Hitler choose not to invade England when he had the chance? Europe, 1940. It's late summer, and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery's library and then escapes. London, 2017. A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery - a skeletal arm bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of "a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?" One viewer knows better: it's all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together - and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent - is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelova Klimt, "Lara the Bookworm", to her friends. She's also experiencing some woeful marital troubles. In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-day by Noël Coward - actor, playwright, and secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly elected American counterpart - maverick and dealmaker - and the evil it portends. Oh, and she'll reconcile with her husband. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011374/bk_blak_011374_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about Armistice Day with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Armistice Day is a day put aside to commemorate the ceasefire which effectively ended the "Great War", as World War One was previously known. It happened at 11 am on 11 November 1918. The Allied Forces - made up of the United Kingdom, the Russian empire, France, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Portugal, and the US - were the victorious against the Central Powers. The Central Powers - made up of the German empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Bulgaria - appealed for an armistice as their resources and manpower were being run down by the onslaught of the Allied Forces. The word "armistice" signifies only a temporary ceasefire. However, the armistice that took place on 11 November 1918 ended the fighting of World War One for good, with the necessary negotiations for peace taking place soon afterwards. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories; become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. iMinds is the knowledge solution for the information age cutting through the white noise to give you quick, accurate knowledge .. Perfect your dinner party conversation, impress your boss - an excellent way to discover topics of interest for the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellouise Rothwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000047/bk_imnd_000047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Der Sammelband umfasst 27 Arbeiten zu insgesamt 23 Sprachen bzw. nationalen Varietäten oder Minderheitssprachen in 20 Ländern/Regionen der Welt. Die Beiträge behandeln die Themenbereiche Standardvariation in plurizentrischen Sprachen und damit verbundene Fragen wie die Festlegung der 'korrekten' Norm sowie Einstellungen zur eigenen oder anderen Varietäten, die Behandlung von Standardvarianten bei der Kodifizierung bzw. im Übersetzungsprozess, Sprachauffassungen in verschiedenen Sprachkulturen bezüglich des Einflusses aus dominierenden Sprachen wie dem Englischen, Deutschen oder Französischen, Sprachauffassungen in europäischen bzw. amerikanischen Minderheitensprachen bzw. in Sprachen Mittel- oder Südamerikas sowie schliesslich soziale Auffassungen kodiert im Lexikon als kulturelle Basisbegriffe bzw. Elemente zum Ausdruck von Emotionen. The volume comprises 27 papers dealing with 23 languages, national varieties and minority languages in 20 countries/regions around the world. The papers could be categorised into the thematic sections: standard variations in pluricentric languages and questions arising from finding a 'correct' norm as well as attitudes towards the own or other varieties, the treatment of standard varieties during codification and in translation, language ideologies in different language cultures with respect to the influence coming from dominating languages such as English, German or French, language ideologies in European and American minority languages and in languages in Central and South America, respectively, as well as social attitudes codified in the lexicon as cultural core terms or as elements for the expression of emotions. Aus dem Inhalt/Contents: Rudolf Muhr: Language Attitudes and language conceptions in non-dominating varieties of pluricentric languages - Joachim Scharloth: Zwischen Fremdsprache und nationaler Varietät. Untersuchungen zum Plurizentrizitätsbewusstsein der Deutschschweizer - Jennie Price: Of course it's English, it's in the dictionary! Global English, Standard English, and the challenge to the English historical lexicographer - Johan De Caluwe: Conflicting language conceptions within the Dutch speaking part of Belgium - Gabriella Maráz: Sprachrettung oder Sprachverrat? - Zur Diskussion über die Norm des Ungarischen - Manfred Sellner: Remarks on Language Attitudes and Language Policy-Planning in the Japanese Context - Norbert Griesmayer: Zur Sprachauffassung im neuen Lehrplan DEUTSCH für Österreichs Schulen der Zehn- bis Achtzehnjährigen - Wolfgang Braune-Steiniger: Die Sprachauffassung in der auswärtigen Kulturpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Wolfgang Wölck: Attitudinal contrasts between minority and majority languages in contact - Dieter Halwachs: Romani: Romani between the Scylla of Language Death und the Charybdis of Folklorisation - Gunter Schaarschmidt: Four norms - one culture: Doukhobor Russian in Canada - Helga Lorenz: 'Mir sein jå kolla Teitschverderber'. Die Einstellung der Schmiedeleut-Hutterer in Manitoba/Kanada zu ihren Sprachen - Simone Zwickl: Spracheinstellungen und soziale Identität diesseits und jenseits der nordirischen Grenze - Norbert Cuypers: Papua Neuguinea: Sprachen und Sprachauffassungen in einem Land mit 1000 Kulturen und über 700 Sprachen - eine Herausforderung für ein gutes Miteinander
Europe in 1945 was prostrate. Much of the continent was devastated by war, mass slaughter, bombing and chaos. Large areas of Eastern Europe were falling under Soviet control, exchanging one despotism for another. Today, the Soviet Union is no more and the democracies of the European Union reach as far as the borders of Russia itself. Postwar tells the rich and complex story of how we got from there to here. It tells of Europe's recovery from the devastation; of the decline and fall of Soviet Communism and the rise of the EC and EU; of the end of Europe's empires; and of Europe's uneasy and changing relationships with the memory of the war and with the two great powers that bracket it, Russian and America. With clarity and economy, he tells of developments across the continent as a whole, as well as of the contrasting experiences of Eastern and Western Europe. Along the way, we learn of Greece's Civil War, of Scandinavian social democracy, the stresses of multilingual Belgium, the struggles of Northern Ireland and the Basque country. And this is a history of people as well as of peoples, Churchill and Mitterand, General Franco and General Jaruzelski, Silvio Berlusconi and Joseph Stalin. And Postwar also has cultural and social histories to tell: of French and Czech cinema, of the rise of the fridge and the decline of the public intellectual, of immigration and gastarbeiters, existentialism and punk rock, Monty Python and brutalist architecture. Running right up to the Iraq War and the election of Benedict XVI, Postwar makes sense of Europe's recent history and identity, of what Europe is and has been, in what can only be described as a masterpiece: Europe in our time.
This rich source book informs its reader in a comparative perspective about the political and social-economic past and present of fifteen Western, Central and Eastern European countries. This includes the economic and social aspects of the development of the nation state, descriptions of the current political structures and institutions, an account of the types of ethnic composition of the populations, definitions of citizenship and a background to the existing political parties and preferences. The countries involved are: the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, France, Spain and Italy. The authors are scholars in the fields of nationalism and ethnic conflict and they were invited to write their country chapters along the lines of a common format, paying special attention to the notion of state and nation building processes, citizenship definitions and minority issues. This book is a comprehensive reference guide for students and scholars in the fields of social sciences, European studies, history and other related disciplines and generally to those who are interested in the past and present of any one of the large number of countries described.