Rocket Man

VON BRAUN: NAZI AT NASA

Baron Wernher von Braun is one of the most controversial men in history. While he was responsible for the V-2 missile which caused devastation and killed thousands during WW2, he is also celebrated as the man who flew us to the moon in Apollo 11. Was he good or bad? A very murky line still clouds the truth. Not helped by the fact that there was a very suspicious lack of documentation in regard to his wartime activities. Official paperwork which it is debated, he deliberately destroyed, that would have answered the question of whether he was, in fact, an active member of the SS who brutalized prisoners at the infamous Dora Concentration Camp or simply a scientist doing his duty who bore no direct responsibility for the horrors of the Third Reich. The issue has never been resolved, but either way, there is no doubt that America actively turned a blind eye to his possible war crimes to secure his services. There was post war evidence that well before war’s end, von Braun and his associates attempted to broker a deal with America’s GE Corporation with a view to offering them their expertise in regard to future rocketry. Von Braun’s switching of allegiance from one country to another proved to be a long, hard road. One fought in the desolated desert of New Mexico and against the dyed-in-the-wool prejudice of America’s deep South. He, however, had a relentless drive and fought with a passion to achieve his dreams of space and to sell them to the public. He was a brilliant, charming man, who had it all. Too much, those who were jealous of his worldwide celebrity and genius would say. In both Germany and America, theirs was an unremitting campaign to bring him down and von Braun forever had an uphill battle combating the malicious envy of others and the endless accusations of his Nazi past. The question remains: Was he guilty or innocent? And will this book’s intriguing new insights finally clear his name?

Scallywag

THE DIRTY WAYS OF WAR

Branded a coward in WWII, Lieutenant Guy Barrington was dishonourably discharged from the British Army. To prove himself innocent of the charge, he joined Churchill’s Scallywags – the secret, civilian suicide squads whose purpose was to destabilize Nazi occupation of England by way of dirty tricks and sabotage. Their expected lifespan: 12 days!

Working with Naval Commander/author, Ian Fleming and his prototype for James Bond (the renowned White Rabbit), Barrington survived covert missions in France before being arrested, tortured by the Gestapo and sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

He escaped by macabre means and made a desperate bid to reach Portugal in time to fly home on fated Flight 777 with his famous film star collaborator and propaganda specialist, Leslie Howard.

This is a harrowing, fact-based story of hate, horror, exemplary courage and the strange workings of the supernatural.

 


 

 

 

Bad Hand

FLETCHER CHRISTIAN: THE LAST PIECE OF THE PUZZLE

After the Bounty Mutiny, Fletcher Christian died on Pitcairn Island, or was this a lie? For how could he be dead when he was seen in England years later?

Captain Bligh was cleared of all responsibility for the ship’s uprising and the Rum Rebellion in New South Wales which followed. Was the controversy of both the reason why Christian’s rescue was kept secret? Or did Bligh and Australia’s famous sheep pioneer and politician, John Macarthur, perpetuate the myth for personal gain?

This is the story of these three remarkable men, of their love and loathing of each other and the fascinating part they played in the unsolved mystery of Christian’s fate.

Its fact-based solution will intrigue and astound.

 


 

 

 

Waltzing Dixie

THEY CAME FROM AUSTRALIA TO FIGHT THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

The prospect of being hanged, drawn and quartered made John Mitchel and Thomas Meagher question their Cause. A million of their fellow countrymen were dead, but why should they die too? What more could they possibly do to stop England from wiping their race off the face of the earth? Continue reading

In the Way of the Reich

YOU’LL BE SHOCKED TO FIND SOME GOOD IN HITLER’S ‘BAD’

In her third work of fact-based fiction, Paula Astridge opens up a veritable Pandora’s Box on what went on behind the scenes of the Third Reich. Digging deep into the pit of Hitler’s evil, she has hit on an enormous amount of hidden ‘good’ which came from a remarkable source! Hers is a revelation about Hermann Goering and his brother Albert; of famous flying Ace Ernst Udet and of Wilm Hosenfeld – until recently, an unknown Captain of the German Wehrmacht. Continue reading

Golden Boy – The Albert Speer Story

THE HUSH-HUSH BEHIND HITLER’S CLOSED DOORS.

In her second book to hit the market, Paula Astridge once again lifts the lid on what went on behind the scenes of the Third Reich. This time her focus is on Albert Speer and his unusual relationship with Adolf Hitler. Like a father, and perhaps far more, the Fuhrer singled Speer out as the not-so-brilliant young architect he was, and shot him up the ranks of the Reich to take on the powerful position as its Armaments and Munitions Minister.
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Kill the Fuhrer

HITLER WON’T DIE… HE JUST WON’T DIE!!

Here is a story of supreme courage and stark terror – of two men’s bid to commit the perfect murder. Rear Admiral Wilhelm Canaris (Head of WW11 German Intelligence) and Count Claus von Stauffenberg (Military Officer and War Hero) were the two leading lights of the German conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Continue reading