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Smith, Colin 1944-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 132 publications in 3 languages and 3,847 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Military history  Personal narratives‚Ä°vPolish  Personal narratives  Fiction  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction  Christmas stories 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: D766.9, 940.5423
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Colin Smith
The Battle of Alamein : turning point, World War II by John Bierman( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the most devastating global conflict in history, the Battle of Alamein stands out as one of the great triumphs of the Allied forces. In October 1942, the little Egyptian railway stop became the showdown between two legendary commanders - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the notorious "Desert Fox," and British Lieutenant General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery. When Rommel's Panzerarmee Afrika clashed with the imperial British forces under Monty, the entire dynamic of World War II changed. Now, in this account, John Bierman and Colin Smith unfold the whole story of the decisive campaigns of the desert war, from the Italian invasion of Egypt in September 1940 to the mass surrender of the Axis forces in Tunis in May 1943." "Writing with great verve, Bierman and Smith create a stunning panorama peopled by some of the most glamorous, dangerous, and mysterious figures in the war, drawing on extensive and hitherto overlooked primary sources, including battle reports, regimental histories, and interviews with veterans from all sides of the conflict. The story reads like a great war novel as the two sides chase each other back and forth across an unforgiving North African landscape. They shed new light on the remarkable story of Rommel's desert advisor, the shady Hungarian adventurer Laszlo Almasy, who was recast as the romantic English patient in Michael Ondaatje's novel. They also tell the story of the secret war fought by a group of German Jewish volunteers from Palestine and the strange tale of the unfortunate American colonel who became an unwilling source of intelligence for the Nazis." "The picture is large in scope, juxtaposing the designs and delusions of grand strategy against the courage, chaos, and confusion of individuals in combat. At Alamein, Nazi Germany's hitherto unbroken succession of land victories was finally reversed, and the mightiest war machine the world had ever seen suffered its first major defeat. This riveting account is military history at its absolute best."--Jacket
Fire in the night : Wingate of Burma, Ethiopia, and Zion by John Bierman( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of World War II commander Orde Wingate
Carlos : portrait of a terrorist by Colin Smith( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 1995 in English and Spanish and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Singapore burning : heroism and surrender in World War II by Colin Smith( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

England's last war against France : fighting Vichy 1940-1942 by Colin Smith( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and French and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Under the terms of the French Armistice with Nazi Germany, the unoccupied part of France and its substantial colonies were ruled from the spa town of Vichy by the government of Mar?chal Philip P?tain, the victor of Verdun, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Between July 1940 and November 1942, while Britain was at war with Germany, Italy, and ultimately Japan, it also fought land, sea and air battles with the considerable forces at Vichy's disposal. When the Royal Navy sank the French Fleet at Mers-el-K?bir nearly 1,300 French sailors died in the twentieth century's most one-sided sea battle. The war the British and eventually the Americans fought against France in 1940-42 has never been written about as an entity, until now"--Publisher
Alamein : war without hate by John Bierman( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cut-out : a novel by Colin Smith( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warsaw boy : a memoir of a wartime childhood by Andrew Borowiec( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poland suffered terribly under the Nazis. By the end of the war six million had been killed: some were innocent civilians - half of them were Jews - but the rest died as a result of a ferocious guerrilla war the Poles had waged. On 1 August 1944 Andrew Borowiec, a fifteen-year-old volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade through the shattered window of a Warsaw apartment block onto some German soldiers running below. 'I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies'. The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days: Himmler described it as 'the worst street fighting since Stalingrad'. Yet for the most part the insurgents were poorly equipped local men and teenagers - some of them were even younger than Andrew. Over that summer Andrew faced danger at every moment, both above and below ground as the Poles took to the city's sewers to creep beneath the German lines during lulls in the fierce counterattacks. Wounded in a fire fight the day after his sixteenth birthday and unable to face another visit to the sewers, he was captured as he lay in a makeshift cellar hospital wondering whether he was about to be shot or saved. Here he learned a lesson: there were decent Germans as well as bad. From one of the most harrowing episodes of the Second World War, this is an extraordinary tale of survival and defiance recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland's bravest summer. Andrew Borowiec dedicates this book to all the Warsaw boys, 'especially those who never grew up'
The Palestinians by Colin Smith( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Palestinians by Colin Smith( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last crusade by Colin Smith( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War without hate : the desert campaign of 1940-1943 by John Bierman( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Palestinians by Colin Smith( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Palestinians by Colin Smith( Book )

7 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four-play : a play by Colin Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Let's join in storybook( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carlos : portrait d'un terroriste by Colin Smith( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rachael and the golden chain : a Dorset winter mystery by Colin Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dingle Wood by Colin Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battle of Alamein : North Africa 1942 by Colin Smith( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Battle of Alamein : turning point, World War II
Alternative Names
Colin Smith British journalist

Colin Smith journaliste britannique

Languages
English (114)

Spanish (5)

French (4)

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Fire in the night : Wingate of Burma, Ethiopia, and ZionSingapore burning : heroism and surrender in World War IIEngland's last war against France : fighting Vichy 1940-1942Alamein : war without hateWar without hate : the desert campaign of 1940-1943