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Toki Wartooth
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Mordhaus
Member since Mar 2019
288 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
After the Reich

Pretty amazing how little I had known about Europe just after WWII. This one should be on everyone’s WWII book list.


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BlackCoffeeKid
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Thibodaux/Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2016
6073 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb.

About a group of Norwegians who worked undercover with the help of the English to foil Hitler's plan for a nuclear bomb.
A lot of sneaking around, sabotage type stuff. Great story that's not that well known.


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
1258 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
"The guns of Navarone" is a really good book and I think they made a movie about it back in the day


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beachdude
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LA
Member since Nov 2008
3356 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
I have read scores of WW2 histories over the years and consider myself well informed on the subject. Most of the books mentioned in this thread I have read and recommend. I would add the recent The Second World Wars by Victor Hansen Davis. It raises and answers a few new questions regarding war production and economics that have been ignored or treated cursorily over the years and is very well written. If you specifically want to read about The Pacific War, Ian Toll’s trilogy (mentioned by others) is exceptional. The third book is due out later this year.


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thatguy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Aug 2006
6607 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
I am really enjoying "Hunting Eichmann" right now


whichyalnoaboutseven
Colorado Fan
Kansas City, Missouri
Member since Dec 2009
1359 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Behind Hitlers lines.


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blueridgeTiger
LSU Fan
Granbury, TX
Member since Jun 2004
13278 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
I'll recommend a fiction book by a friend of mine who often posts on TigerDroppings:

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We'll Meet Again
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BondJamesBond
LSU Fan
Too Far from Tiger Stadium
Member since Oct 2011
218 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
You recommended this book before, so I bought it from Amazon. Decent read and well researched, but more of a romance novel than a war story.


El Mattadorr
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Mar 2019
1330 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Currently reading Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor. Fascinating. Those dudes were some serious badasses.


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Htowntiger90
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Dec 2018
699 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
I haven't seen A Bridge too Far by Cornelius Ryan mentioned. An older book (1974) but a classic. Covers Operation Market-Garden, Montgomery's big plan to end the war in Europe by Christmas.
Three airborne divisions were dropped behind German lines to seize key bridges over the Rhine, with the plan being for the British XXX Corps to relieve them. Allied intel didn't know that an SS Panzer division had been sent to the Arnhem area to refit.
The XXX Corps didn't make it to Arnhem, and the British 1st Parachute Division was basically destroyed. The US 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions did well to get out of there in the shape they did.


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Kcprogguitar
Missouri Fan
Kansas City
Member since Oct 2014
647 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Flying Fortress.

Because my dad is mentioned in it. I’m biased.


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TeddyWestside
Georgia Fan
Athens, GA
Member since Jul 2017
1071 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning. It's about how an seemingly normal people in a German police batallion were capable of following such extreme and inhumane orders during the Holocaust.


TaTa Toothy
Oral Roberts Fan
Everything in its right place
Member since Sep 2017
944 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Currently reading Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes and its great.


luvdoc
Shady Thicket, Down South
Member since May 2005
298 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Just finished "Bridge too Far", outstanding read. Over 7 years, Cornelius Ryan interviewed over 1500 eyewitnesses to the events, on both sides of the battles, from the generals to the civilians, and pulled it together into a cohesive account.

In the same fashion/format, he also wrote "The Last Battle", and "The Longest Day", about D-day, which like Bridge was also made into a big Hollywood flick with countless cameos from the big actors of the day (1970s), but a bit cheesy by today's standards, avoiding much of the brutal realism that is not whitewashed in the books.

The best (only?) book I have read on the cloak and dagger efforts of the war is an account of the British efforts, "A Man Called Intrepid", which is just outstanding!
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MarinaTigerEsq
Member since Aug 2019
864 posts

re: Best WW2 books?
Mother Night by Vonnegut is great and under appreciated


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