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A Guide To War Publications of the First & Second World War by Arthur Ward

By Arthur Ward

In WW2 details leaflets and posters proliferated. infantrymen have been bombarded with box rules, airmen with the most recent updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb points of interest and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them determine enemy airplane and submarines and instructed them find out how to function the recent send board guns to smash them.

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Postcards were a useful way fighting men of all nations could keep in touch with loved ones at home. This very collectable German example stresses the importance of a pause in the shooting so troops could catch up on their correspondence from home. The Daily Mirror reported Hitler’s death on 2 May 1945 and stated that Admiral Karl Dönitz would succeed him as Führer. Safe-conduct pass signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force during Operation Torch in North Africa.

Where have all the years gone? And to my oldest friend Nigel Gray, our friendship dates back to school days in Epsom in the early 1970s. Lastly, and my no means least to Dave Grey, a more recent pal from the north-east of England with whom I share so many interests. First published in Great Britain in 2014 by PEN AND SWORD MILITARY an imprint of Pen and Sword Books Ltd 47 Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2AS Copyright © Arthur Ward 2014 ISBN 978 1 78383 154 8 eISBN 9781473853010 The right of Arthur Ward to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Amazingly, as an item in this book proves, there were many quite liberally minded people who thought that Hitler’s decision to incorporate the largely German-speaking Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia into the Third Reich, which triggered the Munich Crisis in 1938, was not an unreasonable ambition. But other than the occasional vociferous outburst from politicians like Winston Churchill or the gradually shifting views of previously pro-Hitler press barons like Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere, there was little official pro-war information in circulation.

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