What is everyone reading on WW2?

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Resayttan » 29 Sep 2022 18:57

Their Honor Was Loyalty (Jost W. Schneider). A very good book and it took me a while to track it down. Book has short bios of each man, giving you an overview of them and the actions which earned them the award..

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Felix C » 30 Sep 2022 23:30

"COASTAL ACE - Biography of Squadron Leader Terence M. Bulloch" (Kimber 1986)
The Mighty Eighth by Roger A. Freeman (1986)
Finish Forty and Home: The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific
Hell Is So Green: Search And Rescue Over The Hump In World War Il
The Snoopers by Howell, Fred S.
Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's View of Battle of Guadalcanal

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Westphalia1812 » 03 Oct 2022 11:08

Die Stabilisierung der Ostfront nach Stalingrad: Mansteins Gegenschlag zwischen Donez und Dnjepr im Frühjahr 1943

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Cruel Winter for those who chose to play God in Gods Country

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Post by Resayttan » 04 Oct 2022 20:10

Dan W. wrote:
19 Aug 2003 02:42
I finished Iron Coffins, a fantastic and educational look at the virtual suicide missions of the post 1943 U-Boat service. It amazes me that this author survived the war. Incredible.

Now, am starting The Fall Of Crete by Alan Clark.

The Fall Of Crete
by Alan Clark - great book!

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by JeroenPollentier » 07 Oct 2022 07:47

William Manchester: The Arms of Krupp - The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty that Armed Germany at War

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 08 Oct 2022 17:44

The History of the British 'U' Class Submarine (2004) by Derek Walters. A little thin on the technical details of the boats, no maps and a little too much on anecdote but a serviceable volume.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Hans1906 » 10 Oct 2022 12:22

An elderly lady in the local neighborhood kindly lets me read her books on a regular basis.
Antiquarian and modern books, a nice touch, a few days ago she gifted me this book:

Thomas Buergenthal / Wikipedia https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Buergenthal
Holocaust Enzyclopedia https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/ ... uergenthal (Plus supplementary links)
Fritz Bauer Blog https://www.fritz-bauer-forum.de/ein-glueckskind/ (Video Interview with Thomas Buergenthal)
(You can find the video in higher volume on YouTube)

The book from the second edition of 2007 is in mint condition, unfortunately I was not aware of it before.
I'm happy about this little gift, I'll read it in time...

Wishing you all a good week! :milwink:


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Post by Empiricist » 27 Apr 2023 21:16

Pips wrote:
16 Dec 2006 03:48
Out Of The Blue
By Terence O'Brien

This book is unique in it's subject, that of flying with the Chibdits over Burma. O'Brien was an Australian who had completed a tour in Coastal Command before volunteering for 'Special Servces' in Burma in 1943. Special servcies meant that he flew a range of aircraft including the Blenheim, DC.3, Beechcraft, Domine, Walrus and Mosquito with the air support arm of the Chindits, supplying Wingate's and Stillwell's operations behind Japanese lines.
Extremely good book, one of my favourite in my library.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Reich-Interested » 16 May 2023 13:32

I've recently finished "Hitler's last witness" by Rochus Misch

Now I've started to read.. Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt "Panzer" Meyer

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by T. A. Gardner » 19 Jun 2023 05:51

I found a copy of Fighter over Finland in a used book store.

It's a first hand account of Finland's air force and air defense in WW 2.

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I don't get the sort of F-16 drawing on the cover as the book is only about WW 2.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Dan W. » 27 Jun 2023 16:18

The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle that Defined WWII.

A very well written book by two authors, I saw them discussing this on CSPAN and it piqued my interest. The writing is excellent and it starts out examining the American mindset regarding special forces (disdain by the establishment) and the contributions of William Donovan, who by sheer force of personality, started changing perceptions. It will ultimately lead to the Huertgen Forest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Donovan

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 28 Jun 2023 23:00

The RAF's Road to D-Day: The Struggle to Exploit Air Superiority, 1943-1944 by Greg Baughen

Well, not quite reading it, because it hasn't arrived but looking forward to it. Baughen's series on the RAF and the cost to the army and navy of its strategic bomber fetish is funny, tragic and angry in equal measure. Recommended.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by JeroenPollentier » 29 Jun 2023 06:37

I'm reading Ian Kershaw's latest book: "Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe".
I've only read the parts about Hitler and Thatcher so far, but it's quite good.
His style is less dry and dense than in his other books.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 29 Jun 2023 16:52

Hmmm, volume VI of Germany and the Second World War has arrived labelled VI/I but it is the second half of the book, p. 631 to 1,301. Hmmm.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 30 Jun 2023 12:33

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The RAF's Road to D-Day: The Struggle to Exploit Air Superiority, 1943-1944 by Greg Baughen

Well, not quite reading it, because it hasn't arrived but looking forward to it. Baughen's series on the RAF and the cost to the army and navy of its strategic bomber fetish is funny, tragic and angry in equal measure. Recommended.
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'Tis here, I fear he's overdoing the Bomber Command was a diversion from war-winning navies and armies thesis, despite having Tooze in the bibliography. The copy editing is conspicuous by its absence and there are surnames in the biblo without book titles.... I'm at page 35 and his hatcheting of the Air Ministry ideologues and their USAAF colleagues is rather grimly entertaining. I think he's stretching a point by criticising potential British replacements of the 1936-era bombers by comparing the Lancaster, Lincoln and Windsor to the Me-264 and the Boeing B-29, when one was never going to get into production and the other was built for the distances of the Pacific campaign. I will see if the patient calms down later today.

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