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              Destination Buchenwald: The astonishing survival story of Australian and New Zealand airmen in a Nazi death camp
               

              Destination Buchenwald: The astonishing survival story of Australian and New Zealand airmen in a Nazi death camp (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Burgess, Colin

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              The harrowing story of the Allied airmen who experienced the true horrors of Nazism firsthand. It was the summer of 1944 as liberating Allied forces surged towards Paris following the D-Day landings. For a large group of downed airmen being held in that city's infamous Fresnes Pr...ison, they were about to face evacuation into the blackest, bloody heart of Germany and experience the most acute evil of the war. Amid great secrecy, those 168 airmen - including several from Australia and New Zealand - were transported on a filthy, overcrowded nightmare train journey which ended at the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp, accompanied by orders for their execution. At Buchenwald they witnessed extreme depravity that would haunt them to the end of their days. Yet, on returning home, they were confronted by decades of denials from their own governments that they had ever been held in one of Hitler's most vile concentration camps. In conducting his original deep research for this book - now completely expanded and updated - Colin Burgess personally interviewed or corresponded with dozens of the surviving airmen from a number of nations, including their valorous leader, New Zealand Squadron Leader Phil Lamason. Destination Buchenwald tells a compelling story of extraordinary bravery, comradeship and endurance, when a group of otherwise ordinary servicemen were thrust into an unimaginable Nazi hell. 'This was the first book to provide an insight into our experiences as a group of captured allied airmen, betrayed to the Gestapo, tortured and deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. I consider it to be one of the best interpretations of the events as it reflects the voices of the survivors and their challenges to stay alive in such dehumanising circumstances.' Sqn Ldr Stanley Booker, RAF (Rtd.), MBE, Legion D'Honneur: Last surviving member of the Buchenwald airmen
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              ISBN 9781761106712
              Published NZ 6 Jul 2022
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975
                

              Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975 (Hardback)

              Edited by Burgess, Colin; Foreword by Gordon, Richard F.

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              Explores the Apollo missions and the most successful years of America's space program.

              ISBN 9780803226654
              Publisher University of New South Wales
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight
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              Australia's Dambusters: Flying into Hell with 617 Squadron

              Australia's Dambusters: Flying into Hell with 617 Squadron (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Burgess, Colin

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              A truly comprehensive account of 617 Squadron, RAF, ?who carried out one of the most dangerous and audacious aerial bombing raids of World War II. It was the evening of 16 May 1943, as 19 modified Lancaster bombers from 617 Squadron RAF, under the command of youthful Wing Command...er Guy Gibson, roared into the night sky from their Lincolnshire base. They were on a top-secret Bomber Command mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, now regarded as one of the most dangerous and audacious bombing raids of World War II - an attack on the formidable, well-defended dams of Germany's Ruhr Valley. Slung beneath the belly of each aircraft was one of the war's greatest secrets - a bouncing bomb. Against the odds, and flying straight and level into the teeth of terrifying enemy fire, they succeeded in breaching the two principal dams. Many of the 133 airmen involved that fateful night hailed from Australia, and several would be counted among the 56 who would not return to base next morning. The Dams Raid led to the men of this gallant company - often referred to as a suicide squadron - taking on even more hazardous operations in the final two years of the war. Under valorous leadership, and now armed with massive Tallboy and Grand Slam 'earthquake' bombs, they obliterated vital Nazi installations, destroying such defiant targets as the heavily-defended Kembs Barrage and the German battleship, Tirpitz, often at a terrible cost in lives. First published in 2003, this deeply researched, revised and updated edition of Australia's Dambusters offers a truly comprehensive account of the most famous bombing raid of the war through the words and stories of the courageous Australian airmen and others who flew on this and later perilous missions, remembered and forever immortalised as The Dambusters.
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              ISBN 9781760859237
              Published NZ 7 Jul 2021
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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              The Diggers of Colditz: The classic Australian POW story about escape from the impossible

              The Diggers of Colditz: The classic Australian POW story about escape from the impossible (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Champ, Jack; Burgess, Colin

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              Colditz Castle was Nazi Germany's infamous 'escape-proof' wartime prison, where hundreds of the most determined and resourceful Allied prisoners were sent. Despite having more guards than inmates, Australian Lieutenant Jack Champ and other prisoners tirelessly carried out their c...ampaign to escape from the massive floodlit stronghold . . . by any means necessary. In this riveting account - by turns humorous, heartfelt and tragic - historian Colin Burgess and Lieutenant Jack Champ, from the point of view of the prisoners themselves, tells the story of the twenty Australians who made this castle their 'home', and the plans they made that were so crazy that some even achieved the seemingly impossible - escape! 'A stirring testimony of mateship . . . We are often on tenterhooks, always impressed by their determination, industry and courage' Australian Book Review
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              ISBN 9781760855178
              Published NZ 8 Jul 2020
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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              Shattered Dreams: The Lost and Canceled Space Missions
                

              Shattered Dreams: The Lost and Canceled Space Missions (Hardback)

              By Burgess, Colin; Foreword by Thomas, Don

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              'Shattered Dreams' recounts the personal stories and recollections of several men and women who were in line to fly a specific or future spaceflight mission but lost that opportunity due to personal reasons, mission cancellations, or even tragedies --

              ISBN 9781496206756
              Publisher University of New South Wales
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              Series Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight
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              The Greatest Adventure: A History of Human Space Exploration
               

              The Greatest Adventure: A History of Human Space Exploration (Hardback)

              By Burgess, Colin

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              A thrilling, beautifully illustrated account of human space exploration, from the space race of the 1950s and '60s to the present day.

              ISBN 9781789144604
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2021
              Publisher Misc - NewSouth
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Kosmos
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              Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery

              Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Burgess, Colin

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              A collection of stories about the most dangerous aspect of the Australian prisoner of war experience - escape. Here is all the adventure, suspense and courage of ordinary Australians who defied their captors; men willing to risk death in order to overcome almost impossible odds i...n the loneliest war of all - the fight for the right to be free.
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              ISBN 9781760854294
              Published NZ 1 Aug 2020
              Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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              Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy
               

              Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Revised)

              By Burgess, Colin; Foreword by Corrigan, Grace George

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              This newly revised book tells the story of Christa McAuliffe and how she graduated from her role as a much-loved high school teacher to occupying a seat on the Challenger, the veteran orbiter's tenth and last flight into space.

              ISBN 9781496218162
              Publisher University of New South Wales
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              In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969
                

              In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By French, Francis; Burgess, Colin; Foreword by Cunningham, Walter

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              Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a remarkable story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a rollicking global ...adventure.
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              ISBN 9780803229792
              Publisher University of New South Wales
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              Series Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight
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              Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965
                

              Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By French, Francis; Burgess, Colin; Foreword by Haney, Paul

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              A people's history of the global space race in the 1960s, beginning with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and astronaut Alan Shepard and ending with the close of the Mercury and Voskhod programs in 1965.

              ISBN 9780803226395
              Publisher University of New South Wales
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              Series Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight
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