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    • Last of the Few

    • The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Eric Brooks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German army to land across the channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies - the Royal Air Force would have to be broken. So every day throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Forgotten Voices of the Great War

    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In 1960, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about tracing ordinary men and women who had lived through one of the most harrowing periods of modern history, the First World War. Veterans were interviewed in details about their day-to-day experiences, on and off the front. The project has since grown to be the most important archive of its kind in the world, and provides a unique account of life during the Great War.

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Somme and Back to Ypres

    • Forgotten Voices of the Great War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    During the dreadful Battle at Verdun, the French command urged the British to ease the pressure and launch their planned offensive on the Somme. The battle started on July 1st 1916, and in September the British used tanks for the first time.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • Last Post

    • The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Max Arthur, Paul McGann, Clive Mantle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    From the author of the best-selling Forgotten Voices of the Great War comes a final look at the last 21 living British veterans of the First World War. These interviews, conducted in 2004, will never be repeated, as the youngest was 106 years old, and most are now gone. These first-person accounts follow the young soldiers from their homes throughout Britain to the raging battles while in the service of the Royal Field Artillery, Black Watch, Royal Navy, and others.

    Regular price: $15.88

    • The Silent Day

    • A Landmark Oral History of D-Day on the Home Front
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson, Clive Mantle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    On 6 June, 1944, Britain woke up to a profound silence. Overnight, 160,000 Allied troops had vanished and an eerie emptiness settled over the country. The majority of those men would never return. This is the story of that extraordinary 24 hours. Using a wealth of first-person testimonies, renowned historian Max Arthur recounts a remarkable new oral history of D-Day, beginning with the two years leading up to the silent day that saw the UK transformed by the arrival of thousands of American and Canadian troops.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Than A Window Into the Past

    • By DAVID on 09-28-14

    Regular price: $20.65

    • War in the Mediterranean

    • Forgotten Voices of the Second World War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    When the Italian dictator Mussolini saw that Hitler was conquering Europe, he decided that he too would have a share of the plunder. He declared war on the Allies, vowed to control the Mediterranean, and with his 300,000 troops stationed in Libya, take Egypt and the Suez Canal. But he knew that this could not be accomplished while the strategic island of Malta remained in Allied hands. For the next two years Malta and its people suffered for almost continuous bombardment, but never gave in.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • D-Day and Beyond

    • Forgotten Voices of the Second World War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Sean on 10-05-05

    Regular price: $12.78

    • Last of the Few

    • The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith, David Shaw-Parker, Patience Tomlinson, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German Army to be landed across the Channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies – the RAF would have to be broken – so every day, throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable and enlightening.

    • By Charles Gent on 08-21-17

    Regular price: $18.59

    • War at Sea and in the Air

    • Forgotten Voices of the Second World War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The first British major success of World War II was when the Royal Navy forced the preying pocket battleship, Graf Spee, to scuttle at sea. Hitler had ordered a blockade of the British Isles and for some months German U-boats and warships caused havoc among allied merchant shipping carrying vital supplies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely a MUST listen too

    • By will on 11-05-12

    Regular price: $12.39

    • From Ypres to Gallipoli

    • Forgotten Voices of the Great War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Following the second battle of Ypres, furious fighting continued on all fronts. Casualties were high, conditions dreadful, and life expectancy short. The only break the men had was a brief home leave, or a few days away from the trenches.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • The Fight for Survival

    • Forgotten Voices of the Second World War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    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.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • The Struggle to Victory

    • Forgotten Voices of the Great War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The horrific third battle of Ypres finally ended at Passchendale on November 10, 1917. Ten days later, at Cambrai, the British launched the first massed tank assault in history. But they faced determined German resistance and within three days only 92 tanks out of the original 378 remained operational. After facing a savage counter-attack by the Germans using aircraft, gas, and storm troops, the British fell back to form a defensive line.

    Regular price: $13.08

    • The Paras

    • An Oral History
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Max Arthur, Luke Thompson, Michael Fenner, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The soldiers of one of the world's most famous fighting forces, the Paras, tell the gripping story of the regiment in their own words. Published to coincide with 75th anniversary of its formation, this is the definitive history of the iconic Parachute Regiment, told through the voices of more than 200 of the soldiers themselves.

    Regular price: $25.81

    • The Opening Shots

    • Forgotten Voices of the Great War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    During the warm mid-summer of 1914 few people suspected that, by August, Europe would be plunged into the bloodiest conflict known to mankind. Patriotic fervour, often misplaced, swept through the participating countries, but the troops dispatched to the battle fronts soon realised that the popular view: "it will all be over by Christmas", was just an optimistic dream.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • We Will Remember Them

    • Voices from the Aftermath of the Great War
    • By: Max Arthur
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson, Clive Mantle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Published in time for Remembrance Day 2008, the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, We Will Remember Them commemorates the veterans who are no longer among us. With an introduction by Henry Allingham, 110, only survivor of the Battle of the Somme and Britain's oldest living man, Max Arthur's new book expands the circle of contributors by interviewing the families of First World War veterans.

    Regular price: $15.88