Category: World War 2

  • The Good War: an Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel

    By Studs Terkel

    The great warfare for which Terkel gained the Pulitzer Prize, is a testomony not just to the adventure of conflict yet to the intense ability of Terkel as interviewer. As continuously, Terkel’s matters are open and unrelenting of their analyses of themselves and their stories, generating what humans journal has referred to as “a greatest epic heritage of global warfare II.” With this quantity Terkel elevated his scope to the worldwide and the old and the result's a masterpiece of oral history.

    "Tremendously compelling, by some means dramatic and intimate on the related time." —The big apple occasions booklet Review
    Show description

  • Once Upon a Time in War: The 99th Division in World War II by Robert E. Humphrey

    By Robert E. Humphrey


    For the soldier at the entrance traces of worldwide warfare II, a life of terror and pain should be filled right into a few terrible hours of strive against. This was once very true for individuals of the 99th Infantry department who repelled the Germans within the conflict of the Bulge and engaged in the most dramatic, hard-fought activities of the war.

    Once Upon a Time in War provides a stirring view of wrestle from the viewpoint of the typical soldier. writer Robert E. Humphrey for my part retraced the trail of the 99th via Belgium and Germany and carried out broad interviews with greater than 300 surviving veterans.

    When Humphrey stumbled on that many 99ers had long past to their graves with out telling their tales, he set approximately to honor their carrier and coax memories from survivors. The stories mentioned right here, lots of them painful and lengthy repressed, are extraordinary for his or her readability. those narratives, seamlessly woven to create a collective biography, supply a gritty reenactment of global warfare II from the enlisted man’s aspect of view.

    Although all for a unmarried department, Once Upon a Time in War captures the stories of all American GIs who fought in Europe. For readers captivated by way of Band of Brothers, this ebook bargains a regularly tragic, occasionally heartwarming, yet consistently compelling read.
    Show description

  • Arnhem: Landing Grounds and Oosterbeek by Frank Steer

    By Frank Steer

    This is often the most recent within the well-respected Battleground sequence of books, and covers a few features of the conflict of Arnhem. It concentrates at the landings and the determined and mythical conflict fought via the remnants of 1st Airborne department within the city of Oosterbeek. The ebook is determined by either old wisdom and anecdotes from veterans to carry to existence the occasions of these fateful days of past due September 1944.

    Having set the strategic scene within the commencing bankruptcy, the advisor indicates 4 separate excursions round the quarter, one walking and the others requiring a vehicle. they could all be accomplished in a whole day, yet are dependent in any such method that viewers could make their very own collection of how and the place to go to. For a transparent, concise and actual account of the Arnhem-Oosterbeek battlefield this glorious addition to our Battleground sequence is not going to be overwhelmed.
    Show description

  • Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921-45 (New by Mark Stille

    By Mark Stille

    The Imperial jap military used to be a pioneer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first built-from-the-keel-up service, the Hosho. during the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, it experimented with its vendors, perfecting their layout and building. for this reason, by the point Japan entered global conflict II and attacked the us at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it possessed a beautifully powerful naval aviation strength. This e-book covers the layout, improvement and operation of IJN airplane vendors outfitted sooner than and through global battle II. Pearl Harbor, halfway and the 1st service vs provider conflict, the conflict of the Coral Sea, are all discussed.

    All credits to unique uploader/ripper/poster
    Show description

  • The Daring Dozen: Special Forces Legends of World War II by Gavin Mortimer

    By Gavin Mortimer

    During this new ebook via journalist Gavin Mortimer, The bold Dozen unearths the 12 mythical specific forces commanders of global warfare II. ahead of global struggle II the concept that of 'special forces' easily didn't exist. yet due to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very suggestion of ways wars might be fought and received have absolutely replaced. yet those 12 outstanding males not just reshaped army coverage, they led from front, accompanying their troops into the warmth of conflict, from the sands of North Africa to leaping on D-Day and infiltrating at the back of enemy traces. each one embodies the real essence of braveness, what Winston Churchill remarked 'is esteemed [as] the 1st of human qualities.' yet Mortimer additionally bargains a skilful research in their features as an army commander and the genuine influence their very own own activities, in addition to these in their devices, had at the eventual consequence of the warfare.
    Show description

  • The Atlantic Wall (1): France (Fortress, Volume 63) by Steven J. Zaloga

    By Steven J. Zaloga

    In 1942, with Germany's slow lack of the strategic initiative to the Allies, Hitler used to be pressured to build an impenetrable wall of fortifications alongside the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. even if, Hitler's grandiose Atlantic wall scheme was once hampered through the realities of Germany's wartime economic climate. with out the assets and manpower to toughen the whole coast, the emphasis was once put on the nice festung ports, the most probably situation of an Allied amphibious landing.

    This first quantity in a chain of 3 offers exclusively with the buildings at the French Atlantic coast beginning with the Pas de Calais and lengthening all the way down to Spain. that includes designated illustrations and diagrams of some of the sections of the Atlantic Wall and the position that they performed, it offers an insightful research into the most obtainable fortifications of global conflict II.
    Show description

  • Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer

    By Anton Myrer

    As soon as An Eagle is the tale of 1 certain guy, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a life-time, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a qualified who places responsibility, honor, and the lads he instructions above self curiosity. Massengale, despite the fact that, brilliantly advances via making the correct connections at the back of the traces and in Washington's corridors of power.

    starting within the French nation-state throughout the nice conflict, the clash among those adversaries solidifies within the remoted garrison existence marking peacetime, intensifies within the lethal Pacific jungles of global warfare II, and reaches its treacherous end within the final significant battleground of the chilly conflict -- Vietnam.

    A learn in personality and values, braveness, the Aristocracy, honesty, and selflessness, here's an unforgettable tale a couple of guy who embodies the simplest in our country -- and in us all.
    Show description

  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and by Laura Hillenbrand

    By Laura Hillenbrand

    In boyhood, Louis Zamperini used to be an incorrigible antisocial. As undefined, he channeled his defiance into operating, studying a prodigious expertise that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. but if international warfare II started, the athlete turned an airman, embarking on a trip that ended in a doomed flight on a might afternoon in 1943. whilst his military Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, opposed to all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering existence raft. prior to Zamperini lay millions of miles of open ocean, jumping sharks, thirst and hunger, enemy airplane, and, past, an ordeal even higher. pushed to the bounds of patience, Zamperini may solution desperation with ingenuity; pain with desire, get to the bottom of, and humor; brutality with uprising. His destiny, even if triumph or tragedy, will be suspended at the fraying cord of his will.

    Unbroken is an unforgettable testomony to the resilience of the human brain, physique, and spirit, introduced vividly to existence by means of Seabiscuit writer Laura Hillenbrand.
    Show description

  • Guerre totale à l'Est: Nouvelles perspectives sur la guerre by Boris Laurent

    By Boris Laurent

    "Il est most unlikely de concevoir l’étude de los angeles Seconde Guerre mondiale sans évoquer le conflit germano-soviétique. Ce choc de titans est en effet une véritable guerre dans los angeles guerre et le conflit de tous les superlatifs : immensité des espaces russes, climat extrême, plenty humaines et matérielles inouïes, destructions et massacres de civils à grande échelle, strive against entre les deux grandes idéologies totalitaires du XXe siècle.
    Depuis 1945, les historiens occidentaux ont présenté los angeles guerre à l’Est d’un seul element de vue automobile les files accessibles n’étaient alors qu’allemandes. Aujourd’hui, los angeles plupart des analyses ont été battues en brèche par des historiens anglo-saxons, allemands, russes et français qui, depuis los angeles chute de l’URSS en 1991, ont profité de l’ouverture des records soviétiques pour donner un souffle nouveau à l’étude de ce conflit impitoyable.
    À travers l’étude de l. a. planification et de l’exécution des opérations, le lecteur trouvera des considérations économiques, politiques et diplomatiques. motor vehicle il s’agit d’écrire une nouvelle histoire de ce conflit en insérant des problématiques concerns des sciences humaines dans le champ de l’histoire militaire.
    Les grandes opérations allemandes et soviétiques sont ici analysées en détail : l’opération Barbarossa, l’opération Blau (offensive stratégique de l’été 1942 qui mène les Allemands à Stalingrad), l’opération Uranus qui enferme l. a. 6e armée allemande dans Stalingrad, l. a. bataille de Koursk… On y verra enfin une description de l’art militaire soviétique, longtemps minoré – voire méprisé – par l’historiographie occidentale, et qui a pourtant permis à l’Armée rouge de terrasser los angeles Wehrmacht."
    Show description

  • 1939: Countdown to War by Richard Overy

    By Richard Overy

    A major historian re-creates the ultimate hours of peace in Europe.

    On August 24, 1939, the area held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now notorious nonaggression pact, signaling an coming near near invasion of Poland and bold Western Europe to respond.

    during this dramatic account of the ultimate days sooner than the outbreak of worldwide warfare II, award-winning historian Richard Overy vividly chronicles the unraveling of peace, hour through grim hour, as politicians and usual electorate brace themselves for a conflict which could spell the top of eu civilization. not anything was once totally predictable or inevitable. The West was hoping that Hitler might see experience in the event that they stood enterprise. Hitler was once confident the West may go into reverse. Moments of uncertainty alternated with these of disagreement; mystery intelligence was once utilized by each side to aid their hopes. the single consistent characteristic used to be the decision of Poland, a rustic created in simple terms in 1919, to guard its newfound independence opposed to a significantly better enemy. 1939 records a defining second within the violent historical past of the 20th century.

    Show description