Books / Bücher

This is a list of books we have used for research and/or read. For the books we have covered, we use the standard description of the book then we give the book a rating and review if we have covered it extensively.

The rating system and review from the Historical Society are of our own opinions. We do not endorse any particular author unless stated.

Iron Cross Rating System:
    • 5 Crosses – Excellent 
    • 4 Crosses – Good 
    • 3 Crosses – Average
    • 2 Crosses – Poor
    • 1 Cross – Terrible – Do Not Read 

Album of the Damned: Snapshots From the Third Reich

by Paul Garson

The nearly 400 WWII photographs in this book were taken primarily by German soldiers; some by civilians; some by professionals embedded with the troops.

Consequently, many of them depict everyday life: jobs, weddings, dinners, musical and other social events—men and women at work and play as well as at war, a war that nearly consumed Europe.

The author acquired these photographs from some fifteen countries during a five-year research effort, reviewing more than 100,000 images from which he made his selection. He bid in auctions against museums and private collectors to create a WWII photo history unlike perhaps any other.

This book deserves one Iron Cross. I will give it 2 due to many people reading WW2 material have never seen pictures such as these from the personal collections of average German soldiers. But this book is all about trashing the reputation of the average German soldier and the police officer. This book mostly features pictures of German Heer (Army) and the Ordnungspolizei (Uniformed Police) in their daily routines. No pictures of the SS camp guards or Einsatzgruppen SS units which did most of the killing of Jews, etc. Of course, the Army and Waffen-SS did some killing initially on the Eastern Front, but large protests from German generals to Hitler made this come to an end. The Einsatzgruppen SS units did their dirty work once all the Wehrmacht units have moved on to the front lines.

The author will caption the pictures with awful titles (not all titles) then with mistaken and at times demeaning descriptions in which he does admit to this being only his opinion. From Cradle to Grave showing a picture of a baby wearing his dad’s officers cap, Trained for Pain, Calf Killers, Heartless Hunters showing a picture of German Army motorcyclists, Murder Practice, The Murder at the Desk showing Germans working in an office, etc.  The pictures will show the ordinary soldiers life at play while not in combat, and the soldiers will be demeaned.  Every 2-3 pages then he has a reading section that constantly reminds us of the Holocaust so the reader with considering every German soldier as being guilty. This is typical, pro-Jewish, pro-Holocaust guilter material to demean every German citizen of the Third Reich. This book has taken on good reviews from the Rolling Stone, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, etc. This trash would never sell or be welcomed to good reviews in Germany.


Barbarossa Unleashed -The German Blitzkrieg through Central Russia to the Gates of Moscow, June-December 1941

by Craig W.H. Luther

This book examines in unprecedented detail the advance of Germany’s Army Group Center through central Russia, toward Moscow, in the summer of 1941, followed by brief accounts of the Battle of Moscow and subsequent winter battles into early 1942. Based on hundreds of veterans accounts, archival documents, and exhaustive study of the pertinent primary and secondary literature, the book offers new insights into Operation Barbarossa, Adolf Hitler s attack on Soviet Russia in June 1941. While the book meticulously explores the experiences of the German soldier in Russia, in the cauldron battles along the Minsk-Smolensk-Moscow axis, it places their experiences squarely within the strategic and operational context of the Barbarossa campaign. Controversial subjects, such as the culpability of the German eastern armies in war crimes against the Russian people, are also examined in detail. This book is the most detailed account to date of virtually all aspects of the German soldier’s experiences in Russia in 1941. Writes eastern front historian David Stahel in his review of the book: “The combination of ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches makes Luther’s work a landmark study of Operation Barbarossa.” (War in History) The book was released in 2014.


The Battle of the Bulge 1944: Hitler’s Last Hope 

by Robin Cross 

In December 1944, the German Army launched an attack through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium that aimed to seize the port of Antwerp and cut the Allied supply lines, hoping to force the Western Allies either to delay their advance on Berlin or even agree to a peace settlement. The Battle of the Bulge is a comprehensive history of Hitler’s last offensive in the West, the failure of which undoubtedly hastened the end of World War II.

The book begins with a study of the background to the battle, and a description of events in the West leading up to the offensive, including the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day and Operation Market Garden. The lack of Allied readiness for a surprise attack and the tactics used by Otto Skorzeny’s commandos are covered in depth.

After initial success, the Germans became bogged down in a siege of the crucial communications hub at Bastogne which was defended by the 101st Airborne Division and other scratch US forces. The book describes how the attack lost the vital momentum that was compounded when the weather cleared by the superiority of Allied airpower, and the final chapter discusses the far-reaching implications of the battle for the Germans and the Allies.

The book’s authoritative text is complemented with appendices with information on orders of battle, losses, and equipment.

A nice read on the Battle of the Bulge. It has an extensive coverage of facts, but nothing new for the more expert readers in this area. The point of view is from the Allied perspective so there will be just basic facts on the German units and commanders. 


Blitzkrieg 1940

by Ward Rutherford

Recounts the incredible six-week sweep by the Germans through Holland, Belgium, and France in the spring of 1940, illustrated with photographs and maps of the various battles.

Very nicely written book and well laid out with complete, detailed information on the campaign. 


Blitzkrieg: The Unpublished Photographs 1939-1942

by Ian Baxter

A collection of photos from the early war years covering the German Wehrmacht. The book is full of mistakes in the captions. Please beware and don’t confuse the mistaken facts. As of late, many of the books on the subject are coming from modern authors of the last 10-15 years. In the last 12 books I have covered and read this year (July- 2018), five are from British authors and full of mistakes. Not sure what is happening in Britain, but they need to get the facts better. 


Eastern Front: The Unpublished Photographs 1941-1945

by Will Fowler

After securing the rights to this amazing Ukrainian state photo archive, the author traveled to Kiev with a translator, a bodyguard and several thousand used American dollar bills, the negotiated cost for the collection. According to Fowler, the risk of carrying that kind of cash – or 15 years’ salary to the average Kiev worker – through a city with a staggering crime rate was well worth it. This photographic record of the war on the Eastern Front is composed entirely of imagery taken and captioned by Red Army photographers. None of the images have previously been seen in the West. The result, which offers the perspectives of Soviet soldiers, as well as those of ordinary men, women and children, is a visually stunning account covering every aspect of one of history’s bloodiest chapters and the epic battles waged in Stalingrad, Kursk, Kharkov, and Leningrad. Almost 30 million people died during the course of the four years of conflict during World War II. In the aftermath, the whole of Poland, European Russia, and Germany lay in ruins as a result of the fighting.

Three Iron Crosses only for this book due to the number of Russian photos versus German photos. It is overwhelmingly a book for the Russian photo collector versus the German. Beyond that, there is nothing too special about the information. Good for Eastern Front and some WW II readers.


The First Day on the Eastern Front – Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941

by Craig W.H. Luther

In the spirit of Martin Middlebrook’s classic First Day on the Somme, Craig Luther narrates the events of June 22, 1941, a day when German military might was at its peak and seemed as though it would easily conquer the Soviet Union, a day the common soldiers would remember for its tension and the frogs bellowing in the Polish marshlands. It was a day when the German blitzkrieg decimated Soviet command and control within hours and seemed like nothing would stop it from taking Moscow. Luther narrates June 22—one of the pivotal days of World War II—from high command down to the tanks and soldiers at the sharp end, covering strategy as well as tactics and the vivid personal stories of the men who crossed the border into the Soviet Union that fateful day, which is the Eastern Front in microcosm, representing the years of industrial-scale warfare that followed and the unremitting hostility of Germans and Soviets. In his endorsement of the book, Victor Davis Hanson writes: “Craig Luther’s [new book] continues his invaluable explorations of the disastrous German invasion of the Soviet Union, by focusing on the first day of Operation Barbarossa . . . A rich scholarly resource that historians of the Eastern Front will find invaluable.” The book will be released by Stackpole Books on 1 November 2018.


German Insignia of World War II

by Chris Bishop and Adam Warner

Illustrated with hundreds of color and black and white photographs, this book is the definitive guide to the symbols, both military and civilian, of the Third Reich, which served to inspire Germany’s war effort in World War II.

Only 3 Iron Crosses for this book since it was a very misleading title. German Insignia should be changed to Third Reich or Nazi German Insignia of WW2. This book features tons of material on the Nazi insignia but barely touches anything on the Wehrmacht. Unfortunately, like most picture books it is poor for reference use since it does not cover every piece of insignia. More for the novice or average WW2 reader. It does have some good points with colorful, wonderful pictures and a nice amount of information.


German World War II Reenacting: The Wehrmacht in Living History

by Scott Lee Thompson

This book takes the reader through a full-color look at reenactment of the German military of WWII. Dedicated reenactors have gone to amazing lengths to recreate the Wehrmacht in action. Original tanks and half tracks take to the field once more, alongside uniformed German soldiers. Everything from tanks to machine guns to can openers and cooking utensils is put to use to recreate not only authentic battles but also the more mundane aspects of wartime life, such as vehicle and weapons maintenance, sleeping, cooking, and trying to survive. The author has selected photos from WWII reenactments around the world, where reenectors have spent enormous amounts of time and money. Panzers thunder through the fields once more, planes of the Luftwaffe strike from the sky, and the German fighting men and women once more are thrown into an amazing array of scenarios.

Excellent book showing the re-enactors in many different scenes with everything from horses to panzers. 


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Germany 1945: From War to Peace

by Richard Bessel

1945 was the most pivotal year in Germany’s modern history. As World War II drew to a devastating and violent close, the German people were confronted simultaneously with making sense of the horrors just passed and finding the strength and hope to move forward and rebuild. Richard Bessel offers a provocative portrait of Germany’s emergence from catastrophe, and he astutely portrays the defeated nation’s own sense of victimhood after the war, despite the crimes it had perpetrated. Authoritative and dramatic, Germany 1945 is groundbreaking history that brilliantly explores the destruction and remarkable rebirth of Germany at the end of World War II. Ultimately, it is a success story; a story of life after death.

An Excellent book on telling Germany’s story after the war. It is well written and covers the worst of times for the German populace and Fatherland. It does covers the atrocities and rapes committed by the Allied occupation armies. This makes the book a hard to digest read in those chapters, but it is a story seldom told since the victors have written the history of World War II. The book does lack pictures to give the reader sights of the war torn country after the war.


Im Westen nichts Neues – All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues) is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers’ extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front.

The novel was first published in November and December 1928 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung and in book form in late January 1929. The book and its sequel, The Road Back, were among the books banned and burned in Nazi Germany. It sold 2.5 million copies in 22 languages in its first eighteen months in print.

In 1930, the book was adapted as an Oscar-winning film of the same name, directed by Lewis Milestone.


Hitler’s Army: The Men, Machines, and Organization: 1939-1945

by David Stone

Hitler’s Army describes and analyzes every significant aspect of Germany’s WWII ground forces including their creation, organization, weapons, equipment, training, and tactics. This book also considers its conduct in battle and its strengths and weaknesses. Hitler’s Army is an essential reference, a balanced and indispensable aid for those wishing to understand how the vaunted, apparently unbeatable German army that went to war in 1939 just over five years later was consigned to total military defeat and the ignominy of unconditional surrender.

An excellent book covering the German Heer. Enough information to use it as a reference book on covering the army. Lots of details. 


The Hitler Conspiracies: Secrets and Lies Behind the Rise and Fall of the Nazi Party

by David Welch 

This book examines the intrigues and “backstairs” deals that allowed Hitler and the Nazi Party to gain power in Germany in 1933, and the often bloody political infighting that ensued following National Socialism’s consolidation of power, such as the “Night of the Long Knives” in 1934. However, though Hitler strove to create a wholly centralized state, he did not silence all opposition. In Nazi Germany, there were some Germans – members of the pre-Hitler elite, religious leaders, students and workers – who were willing to conspire against the regime. This book covers all these anti-Nazi movements in full, thus building into a thought-provoking volume on the rise of the Nazis and the opposition to Hitler’s tyrannical regime.

We were hoping for something of a good read of new information within this book but were disappointed due to the misleading title. This book states below the main title ‘Secrets and lies behind the rise and fall of the Nazi Party.’ This is actually misleading since this book should be called ‘ The Rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party and the fight against them within Germany.’ The author does a great job of covering the facts of the rise of Hitler within the first two chapters then uses all the chapters after about the active and passive resistance against Nazi Germany. This book does not state anything most do not know about the rise of Nazism but does an excellent job of covering the resistance movement in Germany. It has some seldom known facts and information on the Resistance. This book we are giving three crosses due to how the title misleads and how we expect more from a professor writing a book. This is a book about the Resistance. 


Hitler’s War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

by Jeremy Harwood

The downfall of Nazi Germany, as seen through its own media. The first issue of Signal magazine, Germany’s biweekly army propaganda publication, hit the newsstands in April of 1940. The magazine’s readership grew dramatically as the Nazi empire expanded across Europe, and by 1943 its circulation was roughly 2.5 million. At its outset, Signal was brashly optimistic, packed full of photographs celebrating the Third Reich’s triumph over its enemies–but the last issue would appear on April 12, 1945, just weeks before the Reich’s surrender. In Hitler’s War, historian Jeremy Harwood charts the downfall of the Nazi regime through the lens of Signal magazine, from the heady days of the Blitzkrieg–when a German victory seemed to be just around the corner–to the way the publication faced up to the Reich’s ultimate decline and fall. Harwood’s fascinating commentary supplements reproduced page spreads from actual issues of the magazine, placing modern analysis next to authentic period writing from the German military. As the tide of war swings inexorably against Nazi Germany, with no more victories to celebrate, Harwood traces the shifting of Signal’s editorial emphasis from confident news and gossip to desperate, sensationalist heroism. Offering a brand-new window into the Third Reich’s public strategy, Hitler’s War puts the magazine content into accurate historical context, showing how, after 1943, the picture of Nazi Germany that Signal presented was ever more increasingly at odds with reality.
A different kind of read, but fun to go thru. The book uses authentic images and wording from the magazine of the English edition. Unfortunately, the book is unable to cover extensively the very end of the war in which the magazine was still published. 

Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich

by Barry Turner 

Among the military leaders of the Second World War, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz remains a deeply enigmatic figure. As chief of the German submarine fleet, he earned Allied respect as a formidable enemy. But after he succeeded Hitler — to whom he was unquestioningly loyal — as head of the Third Reich, his name became associated with all that was most hated in the Nazi regime.

Yet Doenitz deserves credit for ending the war quickly while trying to save his compatriots in the East — his Dunkirk-style operation across the Baltic rescued up to 2 million troops and civilian refugees.

Historian Barry Turner argues that while Doenitz can never be dissociated from the evil done under the Third Reich, his contribution to the war must be acknowledged in its entirety in order to properly understand the conflict.

An even-handed portrait of Nazi Germany’s last leader and a compellingly readable account of the culmination of the war in Europe, Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich gives a fascinating new perspective on a complex man at the heart of this crucial period in history.

An easy read and enjoyable. It was nice to read on Operation Hannibal since little is covered on it. We were hoping for an extensive book on Karl Doenitz during the last days of the Reich in which the book fails. This book should be named ‘ The last days of the Third Reich and Karl Doenitz.’


Race to the Rhine: Liberating France and the Low Countries 1944-45 

by Leo Marriott & Simon Forty 

The speed of the German Blitzkrieg in 1940 and the relative ease with which they brushed aside Allied defenses meant four years of occupation. But in June 1944—this time with American forces—the Allies finally returned for a rematch. The destruction of German forces in Normandy’s Falaise pocket, on August 14,was as quick as the Blitzkrieg had been: by September British troops were in Ghent and Liege; Canadian forces liberated Ostend, and in northeast France Patton’s Third Army was moving rapidly to the German border, taking Rheims on August 29 and Verdun on the 30th. Paris was liberated on August 25th.

The liberation of the Low Countries would not prove as straightforward, however. Operation Market Garden—Montgomery’s brave thrust toward the Rhine at Arnhem—started on September 17 and hoped to end German resistance at a stroke. But it ended in failure on the 25th with over 6,000 paratroopers captured.

V-1 flying bombs had meantime been launched from northern France and the Low Countries from August 1944. During September the more frightening German V-2s began raining in. In late October, belated operations began to clear the Scheldt Estuary and open the port of Antwerp to the Allies, and took nearly a month. Belgium was almost free of the Nazi yoke and the Netherlands looked likely to be cleared before Christmas.

Then, on December 16, came Hitler’s last roll of the dice: a major German counter-offensive in the Ardennes aiming to split the Allied armies and retake Antwerp. It turned out to be their last try: the American defenders held, and finally with better weather, Patton’s army and Allied air superiority told. With the Germans having shot their last bolt, in the spring the Rhine was gained.

Race to the Rhine, a companion volume to The Normandy Battlefields, links modern aerial photography with contemporary illustrations to provide a modern interpretation of the battles, replete with maps, diagrams and photos. It is now 70 years since Western Europe was freed from its occupation, and this book provides a graphic view of how it was accomplished. For those interested in visiting the sites, it supplies a guide to the places that best represent the battles today.


The Illustrated History of the Third Reich

by John Bradley

From one of the most respected authorities on the subject, here is a definitive history of Hitler’s Germany. This classic describes the political events leading up to the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, the creation of Hitler’s police state, the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939, and Germany’s central role in the Holocaust. Includes hundreds of photos.


The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror: The Full Story from Street Fighters to the Waffen-SS

by Gordon Williamson

The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terroris an authoritative account of Hitler’s private army. Every aspect of the SS is examined in full: its units and their battles, the foreign legions, the various non-military departments, and the key figures who led formations in the field and oversaw internal affairs within Nazi Germany, such as Heinrich Himmler, ‘Sepp’ Dietrich and Kurt Meyer. In addition, the questions of atrocities committed against prisoners and civilians, and the SS’s role in the concentration camp system, are addressed in full.

The appendix includes biographies of some of the more notorious SS members, such as Adolf Eichmann, and Reinhard Heydrich. Ranging from its post-World War I origins to the fall of Berlin, the book will be of interest to both the student of military history and the general reader.
Illustrated with 270 colorr and black and white photographs, many from private collections and seldom seen, as well as 25 color artworks, The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror is  the definitive account of Nazi Germany’s most notorious organization.
This is an excellent resource of on the SS. The book doesn’t spend tons of time covering the Holocaust as other sources, but tries to drop guilt on the Waffen-SS units for war crimes. It is laid out well with the chapters, but inside the chapters can become stuffy in which the subjects are not well laid out. There just should be sub-chapters. Otherwise a great piece of information covering the SS.  

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The Third Reich Day By Day

by Christopher Ailsby

The hardcover reference titles in the Day by Day series examine the evolution of conflicts and wars in a chronological timeline, from the first skirmish to the last battle—and everything in between. These books are a historical companion to each major war in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The fate of soldiers, battalions, armies, can change in the blink of an eye—with this comprehensive book readers can follow the conflicting sides in their strategy, weaponry, and policies.

The Third Reich Day by Day is a chronological, month-by-month examination of the life of the Nazi regime up to its destruction in May 1945. The individual stories of various events, such as the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and the 1934 Night of the Long Knives appear as separate articles written as lively newspaper columns. The authoritative text is complemented by over 400 photographs that trace the history of the Third Reich from the early days of the Nazis in the 1920s to its destruction.

The authoritative text is completed by over 400 photographs that trace the history of the Third Reich from the early days of Nazis in the 1920’s to its destruction in May 1945.

An excellent book covering the Third Reich day by day. It is not able to cover every day of Nazi Germany due to lack of events on that particular day especially as the end of the war approaches. 


Tiger Tank Manual: Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger 1 Ausf.E (SdKfz 181)

by David Fletcher

The German Tiger I was the most feared battle tank of the Second World War. Its invincibility lay in its main gun and heavy defensive armor. Using the successful Haynes Manual format, the Tiger Tank Manual gives an insight into acquiring, owning and operating one of these awesome fighting vehicles. The Tank Museum’s Tiger `131′ forms the centerpiece of this manual, which includes full photographic coverage of the strip-down of `131′ and its engine. Vivid personal recollections describe what it was like to command a Tiger in war.

An excellent book on the Tiger 1 which includes much information on the Bovington Tiger 131 which was used to create the book. It is not just a technical manual since Haynes books are normally, but the book gives a history of the Bovington Tiger with excellent pictures and drawings. 


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WWI MEMORIES OF GENERAL VON EBERHARDT

by George von Wurmb

His Biography and Experiences during World War 1 and the Battles that he led.

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World War II

by Christopher Chant

An overview of one of the world’s darkest times, as told by the people who lived through it, and some of whom who did not. Photographs and maps demonstrate many of the actions that took place during this horrifying war.

A nice book with great photos. This is a book more geared for the novice history reader. 


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Warman’s World War II Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide

by John Adams-Graf

Collecting & Preserving WWII History Since the end of World War II, veterans, collectors, and history buffs have bought, sold, and traded the “spoils of war.” Souvenir collecting began as soon as troops set foot on foreign soil. Soldiers looked for wartime trinkets and keepsakes to remind them of their time in the service, validate their presence during the making of history, and generate income when they returned home. Today these items help us understand and define a time when almost the entire world was at war. Newly expanded and completely updated, Warman’s World War II Collectibles, 3rd edition, is a comprehensive full-color resource on World War II militaria. Illustrated with 1,800 all-new color images, the book is loaded with information and current values for uniforms, footwear, headgear, medals, firearms, bayonets, knives, personal items, accoutrements, and groupings–a new category–from the United States, Germany, England, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and other countries from 1939-1945. *1,800 all-new color images and thousands of values * History and collector tips * Pros and cons of each collecting area * Availability and price ratings, as well as reproduction alerts * First-person accounts of the war.

A decent collectibles book with excellent pictures, but does not cover every item of every country. 


WW II: Time-Life Books History of the Second World War

by Time-Life Books 

Provides accounts of all events of the war, prewar and postwar actions, and illustrates and records the apocalypse in depth.

The book provides information on both theatres of the war. This a good work with in-depth facts even with covering the entire war in one book. 


by DK

World War II: The Definitive Visual History is a comprehensive, authoritative, yet accessible guide to the people, politics, events, and lasting effects of World War II.

Perhaps the most complex, frightening, and destructive event in global history, the Second World War saw the heights of human courage and the depth of human degradation. World War II presents a complete overview of the war, including the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, fascism, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and the D-Day landings. This book also looks at the enduring effects of World War II during succeeding decades.

Expanded with an all-new guide to battlefield and memorial sites and repackaged to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, World War II: The Definitive Visual History covers key military figures, pivotal battles, political profiles, and strategies, as well as features on everyday life on the Home Front as ordinary citizens did their best to aid the war effort. Gallery spreads feature collections of uniforms, weapons, and other equipment. Maps, timelines, and side panels offer an inviting variety of entry point to the huge wealth of information.


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World War II: The Unseen Visual History

by The Caen Memorial

World War II: The Unseen Visual History draws on a unique and rich trove of historical images and artifacts of World War II, collected in Caen, France, one of the cities devastated by that pivotal conflict. In the form of a concise historical atlas—replete with full-color maps; rare color photographs; period artwork; timelines; and reproductions of fascinating letters, documents, and historical objects—this beautiful, cutting-edge history offers a completely new overview of the modern era’s most destructive war, with visual material previously unavailable to a U.S. audience.

Each brief section of World War II guides readers through a specific aspect of the war—such as the Nazi invasion of the USSR, the Holocaust, and the Japanese assault on Nanking—through timelines, short image captions, explanatory sidebars, annotated maps, and a carefully assembled selection of archival graphics. This compact narrative takes in the full scope of the wartime experience from the rise of Nazism, the invasion of France, the Battle of Britain, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through the Normandy landings and the Allied defeat of Germany and Japan. A true global history, the book also covers broader themes and experiences, including life under occupation, aerial bombing and nuclear weapons, war crimes and postwar trials, and the role of the war in anticolonial movements in Africa and Asia.


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WWII PLANS THAT NEVER HAPPENED: 1939-45

by Michael Kerrigan

A Nazi scheme to capture the Pope, an IRA plan to invade Northern Ireland, a British plan to attack the Soviet Union after the defeat of Hitler or a Japanese seizure of the Panama Canal – it may sound unbelievable, but during World War II these operations and others as seemingly far-fetched were seriously considered by both the Allies and the Axis. World War II Plans That Never Happened tells the stories of some of the most secret and outrageous operations that were planned during the war, many of which could have taken place and might well have changed the course of history: from the German plan to seize bases in Spain and Portugal and invade Switzerland, to the Japanese plan to bomb the United States, to the American plan to use Marines to attack V-1 bases in Europe, and the British plan to invade Norway and Sweden in 1939/40. On a spread-by-spread basis, World War II Plans That Never Happened explains the context of each planned operation and explores whether it might have been successful, and what the impact might have been on the war if it had gone ahead. Arranged by type of operation, the book includes easy-to-read fact boxes, informing the reader of the date, intended purpose and forces involved. In addition, there are rare photographs, illustrations, and maps to demonstrate that these were
real operation actually seriously considered by the planning staffs. Authoritatively written and with more than 250 color and black-and-white photographs, maps and illustrations, World War II Plans That Never Happened will prove fascinating to any World War II enthusiast.

A nice read on the some very little to know history if you a novice or average history reader. Some of these events have been covered by television documentaries even more extensively. 

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