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New and coming soon to the Images of War series
Siege of Malta 1940–42 Hitler’s Heavy Tiger Tank Battalions, 1942-1945 Allied Armies in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1945 The Destruction of 6th Army at Stalingrad

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The Americans from the Ardennes to VE Day United States Marine Corps in Vietnam MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Offensive, 1942–1943 The Hawker Hunter

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The F-4 Phantom Early Jet Fighters 1944-1954: The Soviet Union and Europe Dunkirk Evacuation – Operation Dynamo Hitler’s Anti-Tank Weapons 1939–1945

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21 February 1916: the Battle of Verdun begins

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French Army at Verdun by Ian Sumner.

In four and a half years of fighting on the Western Front during the First World War a few battles stand out from the rest. They had a decisive impact on the course of the conflict, and they still define the war for us today. For the French, the Battle of Verdun, fought between February and December 1916, was one of the greatest of these.

That is why the selection of contemporary photographs Ian Sumner has brought together for this volume in the Images of War series is so important and revealing. They show the strained, sometimes shocked faces of the soldiers, record the shattered landscape in which they fought, and give us an insight into the sheer intensity of the fighting.

At the time, and ever since, the battle has been portrayed as a triumph of French tenacity and heroism that is encapsulated in the famous phrase ‘They shall not pass’. These photographs remind us, in the most graphic way, what that slogan meant in terms of the devastating personal experience of the men on the Verdun battlefield.

More Images of War books by Ian Sumner:

The French Air Force in the First World War The French Army in the First World War The French Army on the Somme 1916

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75 years on: the Battle of Iwo Jima begins

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The Battle of Iwo Jima – Raising the Flag, February–March 1945 by Mark Khan.

Just eight square miles in size, the Japanese island of Iwo Jima lies some 750 miles due south of Tokyo. Following a preparatory air and naval bombardment which lasted for many weeks, it was there, on the morning of Monday, 19 February 1945, that US Marines launched Operation Detachment, their aim being the capture of the entire island and the three airfields that had been constructed on it.

The Japanese defenders, however, were prepared. The enemy garrison had heavily fortified Iwo Jima with a network of bunkers, caves and dugouts, hidden artillery positions and more than ten miles of underground tunnels that proved difficult to locate and destroy.

The following thirty-six days saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific Campaign, resulting in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the assault, only 216 were taken prisoner during the battle.

The capture of Iwo Jima, revealed here through a remarkable collection of archive images, was declared complete on the morning of 26 March 1945. The battle also resulted in one of the most iconic images to emerge from the Second World War – the raising of the American flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi.

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The Battle of Iwo Jima The Pacific Naval War 1941-1945 US Marine Corps in the Second World War

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The Americans from the Ardennes to VE Day The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy The Americans from Normandy to the German Border

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