What is everyone reading on WW2?

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Hans1906 » 12 Feb 2021 19:23

A few days ago I received the german book "Generation Hitlerjugend - Reflexionen über eine Verführung"
(E: "Generation Hitler Youth - Reflections on a Seduction")

The author Herr Hilmar Hoffmann passed away in June 2018, at the age of 92 years.

Hilmar Hoffmann (E) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilmar_Hoffmann

Axel Dielmann Verlag / Frankfurt http://www.dielmann-verlag.de/de/conten ... ste.html#x
(Also av. in english language)

In his last book, an outstanding memoir, highly recommended, but unfortunately published only in german language.


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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Rostick » 22 Feb 2021 23:36

Currently on "By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz" by Max Eisen. Almost finished it and it's pretty good, I'll probably give it a 7 or 8 out of 10.

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account (Miklos Nyiszli) is probably next. I hear it's amazing.
https://ww2historybook.com - World War Two Library

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Sheldrake » 23 Feb 2021 02:42

Lizzie Collingham - The Taste for War

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taste-War-Worl ... 0143123017

Should be compulsory reading before posting...

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Re: Was liest jeder über den 2. Weltkrieg?

Post by UHF51 » 25 Feb 2021 22:31

Tamari wrote:
04 Oct 2020 15:51
Hello to all of you,

I'm reading Roderick Bailey's: „The wildest province. SOE in the land of the eagle”, Vintage Books, London 2009.

https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/18459507 ... 466&sr=8-1

I came across the topic of SOE in Albania while I had worked with the British National Archive file KV-2-752 of Fred Hermann Brandt. Brandt was a Baltic-German former butterfly researcher and Brandenburger whose assignment on behalf of Abwehr II was to foment trouble in the Afghan-Indian border region, later on he was deployed to Albania where he led a troop of Tajiks (remenants of the Caucasus-based Operation Schamyl or Sonderkommando Lange named after Hauptmann Erhard Lange) against the Albanian communist partisans under Enver Hoxha.

Fred Brandt had three peaceful meetings with his British counterparts of SOE under the command of Wing-Commander Tony Neel before he defected to the SOE and was transfered to Bari/ Italy.

The book shows in detail the difficile ethnic and political division in Albania and how difficult the situation for the different SOE-teams was reagarding bad weather, rough terrain and a lot of inter-resistance rivalries.

The author mentioned also that SOE's operation had helped to some extent to bring Enver Hoxhas communists to power and if that was possibly fueled by communist sympathizers within the British intelligence community.

I also learned from this book that the actor Anthony Quayle had participated as a Major in SOE's Albanian campaign.
All in all, it is a very good and informative book which offers good background information about the political environment in which SOE's operations had taken place and shows in a well written style the sometimes funny situations which SOE's members had to deal with. I like the book!

For this topic see also: https://soetrails.wordpress.com/tag/neel/

Best regards

Nur zur Ergänzung:
BRANDT Fred, Gefr., ab 3/43 III./804 (Abt. v. Koenen), zuvor Restkdo. 802 (*13.4.09).
BRANDT Fred-H., Ogefr., Dolmetscher, Sdr.-Kdo. "B" [Bajadere] in Meseritz (*13.4.09), 3/43 III./804 (Abt. v. Koenen).

LANGE Erhard, Oblt., 4. Rgt. Brandenburg (führte das Unternehmen Schamyl durch).

Quelle: Meine Ausarbeitung bzgl. "Brandenburger"!
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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Ginagchoc » 26 Feb 2021 12:34

I would like to read
"between all stools. The history of the Italian military internees 1943-1945"

Anyone read this? Anyone know where to get a copy of this?

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Hans1906 » 26 Feb 2021 13:51

I received a good (used) copy of this book a few days ago, the price was reasonable.
The book has been on my personal wish list for a some years.

Jim Pool
Rations of the German Wehrmacht in World War II
Verlag: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2010

Link: https://www.abebooks.de/9780764335204/R ... 335200/plp

Very recommended!

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 26 Feb 2021 16:29

Picked up used copy of 'Turn of the Tide'. Its a analysis/commentary on selected items from Brookes diary & memos 1939-1943. This material has been heavily quoted, so its looking familiar. So far I've not seen a lot of direct inclusion of other source material to reflect off Brookes writings. The author makes some statements, but has not quotes or presented much in the sections I've read.

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