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RoyalLSU
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561 posts

Best WW2 books?
Specifically for the European front? Already read The Liberator by Alex Kershaw


DLSWVA
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Member since Nov 2012
416 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
One of my favorites is The Second World War by John Keegan. Here is a link to 50 books he recommends: 50 books. Also, here is a link to a GoodReads list of the top WWII nonfiction books: GoodReads.

You can also check out openlibrary.org and find a lot of free books on WWII: OpenLibrary.


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fratmatt13
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New Orleans
Member since Dec 2010
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re: Best WW2 books?
The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson


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geauxpurple
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New Orleans
Member since Jul 2014
3791 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
In honor of Herman Wouk who recently died at the age of 103, do yourself a favor and read The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Not specific to the European front - a lot of it is set in the Pacific - but it is the best reading about WWII you will do. I just got back from Normandy a few weeks ago and have been re reading the Stephen Ambrose books - D-Day, Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers. All highly recommended.


LSUA 75
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re: Best WW2 books?
Stephen Ambrose was a great author,have read most his books.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Best WW2 books?
Just finished an in depth book on the concentration camp system and a biography of Heydrich. Not everybody wants to dive down that rabbit hole but I found it morbidly fascinating


Sody Cracker
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Distemper Ward
Member since May 2016
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re: Best WW2 books?
Masters of the Air by Donald Miller.
Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes.


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Douglas Quaid
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re: Best WW2 books?
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Seriously.


Bestbank Tiger
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re: Best WW2 books?
quote:

Just finished an in depth book on the concentration camp system and a biography of Heydrich. Not everybody wants to dive down that rabbit hole but I found it morbidly fascinating


His brother Heinz was more interesting. After the Allies took out Reinhard, Heinz got all of his personal effects. He spent that night going through papers and throwing a lot of it into the fireplace. Stayed up the whole night.

His wife said he had a very disturbed expression the next morning and didn't want to talk. He started printing up fake identity papers for Jews. Offed himself when the authorities started investigating because he thought they were on to him (in reality they had no clue and simply noticed discrepancies in the books).


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RoyalLSU
Member since Sep 2014
561 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
names of books?


Jim Rockford
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Htowntiger90
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Houston
Member since Dec 2018
210 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Ambrose's D-Day and Citizen Soldiers are great places to start.
And I'll give another vote for Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy. An Army at Dawn won a Pulitzer.


fratmatt13
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New Orleans
Member since Dec 2010
249 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Just started reading Pacific Crucible, start of a trilogy on the War in the Pacific. The 3rd book is supposed to come out soon.
Pacific Crucible is from Pearl Harbor to the start of Midway


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Htowntiger90
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Houston
Member since Dec 2018
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re: Best WW2 books?
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Seriously.


Crazy that I picked up a used copy of this years ago and never read it. Lost track of it & can't tell you where it is now.
This post was edited on 6/10 at 12:30 pm


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Stonehenge
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Member since Dec 2014
176 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Lost Victories-Von Manstein


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tigahbruh
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Louisiana
Member since Jun 2014
907 posts
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re: Best WW2 books?
If you want to add some local flavor:
Cranking Up a Fine War:A Louisiana Soldier From Boot Camp to General's Aide by Van R. Mayhall.
The 156th Infantry Band by Henry Glaviano
Troy H. Middleton by Frank James Price
Try Us!: The Story of the Washington Artillery in World War II by Powell Casey



kjntgr
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2004
7435 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.


14&Counting
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Manhattan Beach, CA
Member since Jul 2012
20433 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Anything by Anthony Beevor

Just finished his book on the Arnhem campaign


FootballNostradamus
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re: Best WW2 books?
If you enjoy the naval side of things (which I do and which is horribly under-covered IMO), Shattered Sword, The Admirals, and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors are the GOAT WWII navy books.


cici
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Ville Platte
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re: Best WW2 books?
BOYS IN THE BOAT--do yourself a favor and read this book--one of the best books I have read.


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