Bellona Publishing House in Warsaw has acquired the Polish rights to THE KATYN ORDER and will translate the award-winning historical thriller into Polish. The book will be released in Poland later this year. Bellona is one of Poland’s largest publishing houses having been in business for over eighty years. Bellona publishes over two hundred titles per year including historical, military, and technical literature as well as Polish and foreign fiction.
Of course, the English language version of THE KATYN ORDER continues to be available in both paperback and e-books from Amazon, B&N, and anywhere books are sold.
To put down the Rising, the German High Command brought in thousands of reinforcements, including the notorious penal brigade led by the war criminal, Oskar Dirlewanger. Described by historian, Martin Windrow as a “terrible rabble of cut-throats, renegades, and sadistic morons,” Dirlewanger’s brigade launched a savage house-to-house rampage in the Wola District, murdering and raping more than ten thousand civilians in a single day.
“Warsaw must completely disappear from the surface of the earth. No stone can remain standing and every building must be razed to its foundation.”
- SS Chief Heinrich Himmler, 17th October, 1944
Read about the “Wola massacre”, the surprise attack by the famous Minerki brigade of women commandos, the escape through the sewers, and much more in parts 2-4 of The Warsaw Rising. Click on “Articles” and scroll down to Article 33, 34 & 35.
Part 1 of 4
The Warsaw Rising was one of the bloodiest urban battles in history. Fought during the waning days of WW2, the battle raged for 63 days as the common people of Poland’s Home Army rebelled against the Nazi oppressor to preserve their freedom. Read the first installment of this 4-part series. Click on “Articles” and scroll down to Article 32 – The Warsaw Rising, Part One
During WW2 a highly secret force of Polish soldiers, trained by the British SOE, were dropped behind enemy lines with instructions to assassinate high level German officers and sabotage enemy installations. Read about this incredible group of covert fighters. Click on the “Articles” section and scroll down to Article 31 – The Dark & Silent.
The award-winning novel of love and courage is now available in paperback on-line and wherever books are sold.
The Library Journal said, “Compelling authenticity and evocative detail will captivate history buffs and thriller fans alike.”
Publisher’s Weekly said, “Jacobson follows his debut, Night of Flames, with another solid WW2 Thriller.”
Booklist said, “A galvanizing WW2 thriller combining a moving love story with a detail-rich recreation of the resistance fighter’s world. Don’t miss this one!”
After three failed attempts by British and American forces, the Polish 2nd Corps volunteered to attack the heavily fortified monastery at Monte Cassino which stood in the way of the Allied drive to Rome. Read the story of this pivotal battle of the Italian campaign during World War Two. Click on the “Articles” page and scroll down to Article 27.
THE OFFICER’S WIFE . . . An Extraordinary Film
Piotr Uzarowicz’s film about the Katyn massacre is more than a documentary – it is a powerful, heart-wrenching account of a young man’s search for the truth about what happened to his grandfather – a polish army officer – during WW2. Following his father’s death, Uzarowicz discovers a manuscript written by his grandmother which sets him on a journey of discovery leading to the massacre of 20,000 polish officers at the hands of the Soviets in 1940. Artfully blending personal testimony with powerful visual images and riveting narrative, The Officer’s Wife tells the story of a family torn apart by one of history’s most heinous war crimes. It is an unforgettable experience and very highly recommended.
POLISH 1ST ARMORED DIVISION IN WW2
On May 6, 1945, two days before the end of World War Two in Europe, the German commander of the Kreigsmarine base at Wilhelmshaven, Germany surrendered ten infantry divisions and more than two hundred German warships to the officer commanding the Allied forces that had captured the city. The officer was General Stanislaw Maczek, and the Allied division he commanded was the Polish 1st Armored Division. This incredible fighting force landed in Normandy in the summer of 1944 and fought through France, Belgium and Holland on their way to Germany, liberating hundreds of towns and tens of thousands of civilians along the way. Their story, in four parts, can be found by clicking on the “Articles” section and scrolling down to Articles 23-26.
THIS WEEK IN WW2 – ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR
0100…US Intelligence decodes Japanese message indicating Sunday morning as deadline for some type of action. Information not forwarded to Pearl harbor until after attack
0340…US Minesweeper Condor sights periscope off Honolulu Harbor…notifies Destroyer Ward to investigate
0600…200 miles south of Oahu, US aircraft carrier Enterprise launches 18 aircraft to scout ahead then to land at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
0630…Destroyer Ward again notified of submarine sighting this time by supply ship Antares off Pearl Harbor entrance…Navy patrol plane dispatched to scene
0645…Destroyer Ward opens fire on target hitting conning tower then closes in dropping depth charges
0700…Japanese commander Fuchida flying toward Oahu directs pilots to home in on local radio stations
0702…US Army Privates Lockhard and Elliott of Opana radar station pick up flight of unidentified aircraft bearing in 130 miles north of Oahu
0706…Private Elliott phones switchboard operator at Information Center, Fort Shafter advising of large formation of aircraft approaching the island
0720…Lt. Tyler in Information Center is patched through to Private Elliott who describes large formation of aircraft picked up on radar. Lt Tyler tells him “not to worry about it”
0739…Opana radar station loses aircraft on radar 20 miles off coast of Oahu due to “dead zone” caused by surrounding hills
0749…Japanese commander Fuchida orders attack…all pilots to begin assault on military bases on Oahu
0753…Fuchida radios code to entire Japanese Navy, “TORA TORA TORA” indicating maximum strategic surprise…Pearl Harbor caught unaware
0755…Island wide attack begins…Japanese dive bombers attack US airfields, aerial torpedo planes attack ships in Peal Harbor
The Japanese attack lasts for two hours, twenty minutes. When its over, 2400 Americans are dead and 1200 wounded, eighteen ships have been sunk or damaged, and more than 300 aircraft destroyed. The next day, President Roosevelt addresses Congress and asks for declaration of war against Japan, which he receives.