[Free Audiobooks] Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert & Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janezck [YA Contemporary Drama & WWII History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of artists living in the shadows cast by dramatic events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 13th.

  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko, read by Ron Butler, from Brilliance Audio. A non-fiction World War II history book focusing on the activities of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as “The Ghost Army”, a unit of actors, technicians, and artisans tasked with making believable counterfeits of the Allied armed forces to fool the Nazis into making mistakes, using inflatable tanks and other tricks to create the false impression of battlefield movements.

  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, read by James Chen, from Dreamscape. A YA contemporary Asian-American teen drama novel starring an aspiring artist who discovers a hidden secret in his family past which he must come to terms with, even as he worries about his relationship with his best friend which was was strained by a recent tragedy among his peer group.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 13th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The United States Airforce: A Turbulent History 1907-1975 by Herbert Molloy Mason [Aviation Military History]

The United States Airforce: A Turbulent History 1907-1975 by Herbert Molloy Mason, Jr., a former U.S. Marine during WWII and later aviation editor for a magazine, is an aviation military history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1976 by Mason/Charter Publications.

The book covers the emergence of the use of aviation for military purposes by the U.S., from Orville Wright’s failed demonstration for the Army to early training at the beginning of the 20th century to the rise in prominence during the two World Wars and beyond, drawing upon the recountings of engineers, pilots, and decision-makers throughout the decades.

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[Free eBook] The Friendless Sky: The Great Saga of War in the Air, 1914-1918 by Alexander McKee [Aviation Military History]

The Friendless Sky: The Great Saga of War in the Air, 1914-1918 by the late British author Alexander McKee, a journalist, military historian, and diver who was awarded an OBE for discovering the underwater archaeological site of the sunken Tudor warship Mary Rose, is a standalone military aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1962 by Souvenir Press.

This history, meant for a popular audience, relates anecdotes about the colourful personalities of the WWI aviation age, including the famous flying aces as well as commentary on their commanders and civilian policy-makers of Britain, Germany, and France, alongside tracking the developments in aircraft technology and tactics throughout the war years, with brief source notes on the then-available vintage autobiographies and diaries containing first-hand experiences from which this was drawn.

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[Free eBook] A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman [1980s Military History Essay]

A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman, an historical novelist and naval historian, not to be confused with the cryptozoologist or the economist of the same name, is an historical military conflict essay, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992.

This essay serves as a quick introduction, with brief retrospective analysis and further reading recommendations, to a particular naval operation during the summer of 1982 in the Falklands War conflict with Argentina, as the British Royal Navy sought to reclaim the islands with an ambitiously large amphibious landing.

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[Free eBook] Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by Tim Madge [British 20th C Military & Merchant Naval History]

Long Voyage Home: True Stories from Britain’s Twilight Maritime Years by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a history of the British Navy and merchant fleets in the 20th century, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Simon & Schuster and has been updated with a new foreword and afterword for this reprint edition, commenting on the state of naval affairs which has developed in the past 25 years.

This history provides an overview of the British Navy and civilian merchant fleets throughout the 20th century (with a brief update addressing developments in the 21st), from the rise of British marine power in the late Victorian era, drawing upon first-hand accounts to provide a picture of the experiences of the officers and crews of the ships in war and peace, as well as examining the economic and psychological ramifications of modern technological changes.

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[Free eBook] Journeys into Night: Remarkable first-hand accounts from the Bomber Command by Don Charlwood [WWII Australian Aviator Memoir]

Journeys into Night: Remarkable first-hand accounts from the Bomber Command by the late Australian author Don Charlwood, a recipient of the Order of Australia for his contributions to literature, is an autobiographical military memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1991 by Hudson Hawthorn.

This memoir relates the author’s experiences as a WWII navigator in the Royal Australian Air Force, alongside those of the companions who trained with him in Canada or later served as crew members in the British Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, drawing upon his and their wartime letters and diaries.

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[Free eBook] A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by Dale Van Every [US Western & Native History]

A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.

The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark

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[Free eBook] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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[Free eBook] Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Robert Jackson [WWII Military History]

Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage military and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1975 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The book covers not only the key military campaigns invasion, but also the preceding political events and other lead ups to the invasion, and also provides some views from the troops on the battlefield as well as an overview of the situation.

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[Free eBook] Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by Tony Gould [Military History & Biography]

Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by British author Tony Gould, a former BBC Radio producer and recipient of a PEN Silver Pen award for nonfiction, is his biographical military history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1999 by Granta Books. This book focuses on the Nepalese Gurkhas soldiers as they appeared throughout history in the British Army beginning with their origins during the wars of the early 19th century through to the Gurkhas of the modern day, placing them into context in Nepalese history, and also in regards to the Indian Army.

The author himself served as a junior officer in Britain’s 1/7th Gurkha Rifles regiment during the 1950s and includes a brief memoir of his own experiences as well as examining the historical facts and popular legends which have arisen about the Gurkhas over time.

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