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The Battle of the Bulge

Fought in the winter of 1944-1945, the coldest season in over 100 years, the Battle of the Bulge still ranks as the single largest battle ever fought by the United States Army. Thirty-one American divisions - fully one-third of the U.S. Army raised during World War II - saw action in this battle. This battle was truly a test: could this conscript army from a pacifistic democracy defeat the best remaining men and machines that Germany’s totalitarian government could produce?

In Battle of the Bulge, author and artist Wayne Vansant brings readers into the frozen foxholes, haunting forests, and devastated villages of the Ardennes during that freezing cold winter. With meticulous historical accuracy and hand-drawn visuals that can tell a story in ways words alone cannot, Vansant recounts the Bulge with insightful detail, replaying the thrusts and volleys of both the combined Allied and German forces during the tumultuous battle. This is a story of panic, fear, and physical misery; a story of how a generation of draftees, National Guardsmen, and a small core of regular officers and NCOs faced those three elements as snow piled around their foxholes and the incessant drumming of artillery splintered the woods that gave them shelter. It is the story of men, frozen and hurting, far from home and holding little hope of seeing it again until the killing finally ended. Above all, The Battle of the Bulge is a story of incredible triumph, now beautifully illustrated in graphic novel format for the first time.

As a sneak peek, here’s the first page…

Battle of the Bulge

Source - The Battle of the Bulge

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German Soldiers on the Eastern Front

WWII German Soldiers

"I have done the impossible". The German soldiers on the Eastern Front have been able to write these proud words in their field post letters. Not only in the desperate fighting, but also in overcoming trackless country, they have achieved things that the enemy had thought impossible, They were ready to exert their last ounce of strength at every command, and after every short period of rest they were able to rise refreshed from the deathlike sleep of exhaustion and go forward to the next attack.

Rare, color images illustrate this text from Signal, the magazine the Nazis made to spread their propaganda. As the tide of war began to swing against Nazi Germany, the magazine’s coverage switched from the bravado at the beginning of the war to the heroism of the soldiers at the front.

Source – Hitler’s War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

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Area 51 - Secrets Told In A Graphic Non-Fiction Format!

Area 51

Area 51 is due out in a few short weeks, but here’s what it’s all about…

The actual history of the United States’ worst-kept military secret revealed in a graphic (that’s drawn images, not gross stuff) format.

Though nearly everyone has heard of it, almost no one has known anything about it … until now. Located in the remote Nevada desert near the dry bed of Groom Lake, Area 51 is the most famous military installation in the world that doesn’t “officially” exist. In Area 51, author Dwight Zimmerman and artist Greg Scott unravel the real history - minus the aliens and sci-fi movie plots - revealing in detail how for more than 60 years, the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, and aerospace company Lockheed Martin have all used Area 51 as a staging ground for test flights of experimental or highly classified aircrafts. Scott illustrates the Archangel-12 as well as follow-on aircrafts, such as the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, while author Zimmerman tells the history of how they sprang from the research and development conducted at Area 51. This first-of-its-kind graphic history strips away the fantastical aspects of this mysterious location and establishes the actual, significant history made there.

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The Entire Nighthawk Series

Stealth Fighter

A grand total of sixty-nine objects were created in the Nighthawk series. Of those, only sixty-six were ever intended to fly; only fifty-nine of those were intended to become operational aircraft. Due to the program being so highly classified initially, conventional tail-number identifications were not accorded. After the two Have Blue aircraft the series was identified solely by numbers, beginning with the completely arbitrary number of 777 and sequentially progressing through the number 843 for the last object built.

Years later these same numbers were incorporated into the conventional tail-numbering system , which is why the year-group occasionally jumps up and down and why there were some accidental duplicate numbers allocated that actually belonged to a series of F-16s. The complete family tree and where they are now is listed in the appendix in Stealth Fighter.

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Apollo 15 and the Hadley Rille

Apollo 15 Hadley Rille

Jim Irwin works near the rim of mile-wide Hadley Rille. Apollo 15 was the only mission that allowed astronauts to visit a rille.

Source – NASA/ Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon, 1963-1972

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Wayne Vansant

Battle of the Bulge (and a bunch of other awesome books) author Wayne Vansant came to see us at New York Comic Con!

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War in the Western Pacific

War in the Western Pacific

In only a few years, all of America’s Pacific Warriors will be gone, known only by history but kept near in the hearts of their children and grandchildren, on unto generations unborn.

Source - Official USMC Photo/ War in the Western Pacific

By the summer of 1944 the tide had turned in the Pacific War against the Japanese. The war was not nearly over, however, and the U.S. Marines had their heaviest season of combat awaiting them. War in the Western Pacific is a detailed photographic history for the Fighting Leathernecks’ fierce combat for the Marianas, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Illustrated with hundreds of never-before-published photographs and supplemented with full-color maps, War in the Western Pacific is a historical and visual treat.

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The Spitfire, In Flight

Spitfire

The Flying Heritage Collection’s Supermarine Spitfire. 

Source - Jim Larson/ Flying Warbirds

Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War II? In a deluxe hard-back volume, Flying Warbirds, due out in just a few days, brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s from the Flying Heritage Collection together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur.

The airplanes at the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with the leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II.

In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen’s passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity.

Periodically, one or more of the exhibits are temporarily absent to participate in an event, for maintenance, or for continuing restoration. Experience one of the world’s top airplane collections any time you like through Flying Warbirds.

Photographs include cockpit shots, exterior museum shots, historic photographs, and breathtaking contemporary flying shots from photographers like award-winning John Dibbs. Flying Warbirds is the definitive guide to everything you want to know about this fascinating period in aeronautics and military history.

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Kamikaze, Shot Down

Shot Down Kamikaze

Kamikaze shot down near Okinawa on May 14, 1945, as seen from the USS Randolph.

Source - U.S. Navy photograph/ Tales From a Tin Can

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The American Experience in Vietnam – When America Took Over

The American Experience in Vietnam

Source - Robert Hodierne/ The American Experience in Vietnam

Troopers from the Americal Division make an air assault into the Central Highlands of Vietnam. They are flying in UH-1 Hueys from the 161st Assault Helicopter Company.

Neither the arrival of the Marines in March nor the Rolling Thunder bombing campaign had any appreciable effect on Viet Cong gains in South Vietnam. Pressed by the Joint Chiefs to commit far greater numbers of troops to the conflict, President Johnson in late July 1965 ordered the immediate deployment of the 1st Cavalry Division, a doubling of draft calls, and expansion of the target list for US bombers. Johnson was also urged to mobilize the reserves, which he refused to do, but he asked for congressional authorization for a 340,000-man increase in all US armed forces. His request initiated the largest military buildup in US peacetime history. Six months after the president’s announcement, the number of US military personnel in South Vietnam had jumped from 81,000 to 250,000. Within two years, that figure almost doubled.

So begins chapter 2 of The American Experience in Vietnam, a must-have commemorative volume that presents material from the classic illustrated history, The Vietnam Experience, now anthologized for the 50th anniversary of the war.

When it was originally published, the twenty-five-volume Vietnam Experience offered the definitive historical perspectives of the Vietnam War from some of the best rising authors on the conflict. This new and reimagined edition updates the war on the fifty years that have passed since the war’s initiation. The official successor to the Pulitzer Prize-nominated set, The American Experience in Vietnam combines the best serious historical writing about the Vietnam War with new, never-before-published photos and perspectives. New content includes social, cultural, and military analysis; a view of post 1980s Vietnam; and contextualizing discussion of U.S involvement in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Even if you own the original, The American Experience in Vietnam is a necessary addition for any modern Vietnam War enthusiast.