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World War 2 The OSS Volume 1 By Ronald Ledwell
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The O.S.S. Operated in all of the theaters during World War 2, even in the “Frozen North.” Weather stations, very important to both the Allies and the Axis war-making ability were strung... More > out across the coast of Norway and the Arctic. Near Tromso lay a German weather station that fed vital meteorological data to the Germans. Special operations commandos were dispatched by the Allies to eliminate this weather station. Isolated deep in a frozen wasteland, the weather station was protected by special German Mountain Troops that harassed and followed the Commandos as they trekked into the frozen north.< Less
World War 2 The OSS Volume 2 By Ronald Ledwell
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While the Battle of Normandy raged, Allied Commanders launched the invasion of the “Soft Underbelly” of Europe in the south of France. The Germans had been stripping the French... More > Mediterranean of its defensive divisions to throw into the cauldron in Normandy. Inserting O.S.S. Special Forces prior to the invasion, the Allies activated the French Underground to begin operating behind German lines, disrupting German communications and the movement of German Units throughout the mountainous terrain that made up the physical contours of the Cote d’ Azur. With most major divisions sent north, the Germans stripped local naval and Luftwaffe units into cohesive land forces to confront the Allied Invasion, but the German defenses quickly collapsed, and they fled north in attempts to join the Normandy Battle.< Less
The Dragon's Comet Volume 2 By Ronald Ledwell
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The Roman Empire has just collapsed, and the Dark Ages are descending across Europe. It is the time when legends and myths are born. Some say Elves and Dwarfs lived alongside men and practiced magic... More > and wizardry and other arts long forgotten. Dark Arts were also practiced by the evil powers that were spreading in the chaos and in the wake of the disintegrating social system. The Dragons were back: brought by the Red Comet, back from the recesses of the night sky, and the corrupt and evil Ley Riders were once more riding them along the Ancient Ley Lines that connected the foreboding Henges and Monolithic stone structures that dotted the landscape of Europe and Britain. They ride them in the service of the Evil Lord of the Silver Hand...< Less
The Dragon's Comet Volume 3 By Ronald Ledwell
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The Roman Empire has just collapsed, and the Dark Ages are descending across Europe. It is the time when legends and myths are born. Some say Elves and Dwarfs lived alongside men and practiced magic... More > and wizardry and other arts long forgotten. Dark Arts were also practiced by the evil powers that were spreading in the chaos and in the wake of the disintegrating social system. The Dragons were back: brought by the Red Comet, back from the recesses of the night sky, and the corrupt and evil Ley Riders were once more riding them along the Ancient Ley Lines that connected the foreboding Henges and Monolithic stone structures that dotted the landscape of Europe and Britain. They ride them in the service of the Evil Lord of the Silver Hand...< Less
The Dragon's Comet Volume 1 By Ronald Ledwell
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The Roman Empire has just collapsed, and the Dark Ages are descending across Europe. It is the time when legends and myths are born. Some say Elves and Dwarfs lived alongside men and practiced magic... More > and wizardry and other arts long forgotten. Dark Arts were also practiced by the evil powers that were spreading in the chaos and in the wake of the disintegrating social system. The Dragons were back: brought by the Red Comet, back from the recesses of the night sky, and the corrupt and evil Ley Riders were once more riding them along the Ancient Ley Lines that connected the foreboding Henges and Monolithic stone structures that dotted the landscape of Europe and Britain. They ride them in the service of the Evil Lord of the Silver Hand...< Less
World War 2 Into the Balkans By Ronald Ledwell
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Into the Balkans: On the eve of Hitler's invasion of Russia, Mussolini, the Italian Dictator, decided to invade Albania, fearful that the Germans were conquering all of Europe and that there would... More > nothing left for him to conquer. So, he launched his "eight million bayonets" across the Adriatic into Albania, with an eye towards claiming all of the Balkans for Italy. The small Albanian army fought his forces to a standstill, eventually bringing the Greeks into the war against him. Hitler, furious at him, came to his rescue by subduing all of the Balkans, but this operation caused the Germans to delay the invasion of Russia and and forced them to station garrison troops in the conquered areas. A decision that would come back to haunt the Germans on the frozen stepps of Russia.< Less
World War 2 Stand on the Oder By Ronald Ledwell
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Stand on the Oder: In Hitler’s Wehrmacht, the term “Special Forces” applied to something quite different from the Allied notion of an elite, but small battle unit. The German... More > “Special Forces” were composed of large independent battle groups or “Kampfgruppen” operating with their own artillery, tanks and heavy weapons. They were designed to operate under special conditions and while not as large as a division they were large enough to hold the line in an emergency. Rapid response was the critical variable here. Sometimes cobbled together in the fog of battle from dissimilar units, i.e.: Paratrooper, Armored, Luftwaffe and even Naval units and pushed into critical hot spots in the front line, to hold until reinforced.< Less
World War 2 Operation Barbarosa By Ronald Ledwell
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OPERATION BARBAROSSA: One hundred and ten German Divisions smashed across the Russian Border in June of 1941, destroying and encircling every Russian Army in its path. The poorly led and equipped... More > Russians fell back into the vast recesses of the Russian Steppe, biding their time until the newly erected factories East of the Ural Mountains began to produce and then out produce the German ability to destroy them. By 1943, the Germans were in full retreat. The defeats at Stalingrad, North Africa and the U-Boat offensive, forced the Germans over on to the defense, vainly trying to contain a shrinking front line.< Less
World War 2: The Battle of the Java Sea By Ronald Ledwell
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The Battle of the Java Sea: This little known sea battle was overshadowed by Pearl Harbor, The Philippines, Wake Island and other events at the outset of World War II. The Battle of the Java Sea was... More > none the less a critical sea battle. The allies threw together a battle fleet to blunt Japanese expansion into South East Asia, Sumatra and Java. This fleet was comprised mainly of the remnants of the American Asiatic Fleet, The British Far East Fleet and The Dutch East Indies Fleet. Out-gunned and out-numbered from the start, this fleet, commanded by Dutch Admirals, had it been given proper air cover and better communications, might have stopped the Japanese expansion across the Pacific and avoided entirely the later Battle of the Coral Sea.< Less
World War 2: Tarawa By Ronald Ledwell
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Tarawa: The Island of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands was defended by 2,600 well trained Japanese troops. Its Commander, Rear Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that a million Marines could not take Tarawa... More > even if they had a hundred years to do it. A thousand yards off shore, a bow shaped coral reef assured that American landing craft would be unable to reach the beaches. The Marines would have to walk ashore in water up to their chins under withering fire from well sited Japanese machine guns and artillery.< Less