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books to read before you die

Post by Dragunov » Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:36 pm

put the best ww2 books you've ever read here.
I need some good reccomendations...



The Fall Of Berlin-1945/ Anthony Beevor
that one was pure excellence.
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Post by Reb » Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:15 am

Caen: Anvil of Victory Alex McKee - an early look at caen - very objective - author was there

Hill 112 - JJ How - won of the best books on the battle I've ever read - again - shows the German side too

Battle: Story of the Bulge John Toland (should be supplemented by McDonalds Time for Trumpets which is more up to date)

12 ss pz div - Hubert Meyer (2 vols)

The Osprey book on Kursk has some good geeky info in a small package.

Helmet for my Pillow - bob leckie (guadlecanel)

etc etc

must go to work!

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Post by TPMM » Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:57 pm

Hi.
Not true history, but really good:
-"Das Boot", L.-G. Buchheim
Strictly historical:
-"Panzer Leader" H.Guderian
-"Panzer Battles" F.W. von Mellenthin
-"Sharks over China" C.Molesworth
-"The Arctic Convoys 1941-1945" R.Woodman
-"Friend or Foe?" P.Kemp

....and many others :D
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Post by Stalingrad » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:19 pm

"Panzer Commander" Hans von Luck

"Black Edelweiss" Johan Voss
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Post by phylo_roadking » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:46 pm

"The Crucible of War" by Barrie Pitt, three volumes about the war in the desert, but particularly Vol 1 - "Wavell's Command" very good read about a period in the desert war usually forgotten.
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Post by Reb » Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:19 pm

Phylo

Barrie Pitt eh? I was unaware of this. Does one of the volumes cover Crusader and Gazala? (my favorite desert battles - yeah, I know Beda Fomm but still...)

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Post by phylo_roadking » Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:49 am

I'll be up Home over the weekend, I'll check. I think I does or maybe II
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Post by Luftman129 » Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:47 pm

No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi. Very good read on the life of an Italian POW in Kenya.

Requiem for Battleship Yamato by Yoshida Mitsuru. The way this sailor wrote about life aboard the IJNS Yamato sounded beautiful like a haiku.

Iron Coffins by Herbert A. Werner. Here is the real way to experience the way the Kriegsmarine U-boat officers and sailors felt aboard their vessels.

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Post by Haleem Majeed » Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:02 am

Hi D.
The best WW2 books!!! I can mention several but I find that it depends on ones personal interest.

Having guessed wrongly on your first riddle (well done), I headed for my book reol when learning it was Werra´s plane. Found one on him.
If you have an interest in him then try reading "The one that got away" by Kendall Burt and James Leasor.

Since you have already finished Beevors book "Fall of Berlin", maybe you should try out his book "Stalingrad". I liked them both.

Maybe the following could be of interest.
"Reach for the sky" by Paul Brickhill.
"Case by case" by Ib Melchior.
"The phantom major" by Virginia Cowles.

Happy reading.
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Post by Dragunov » Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:45 pm

i took out stalingrad from the library but am still reading 'the liri valley' by Mark Zuelhke. can't wait for the break at Christmas, i'm so darn busy right now.
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Post by chambers » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:04 pm

Reb wrote:Helmet for my Pillow - bob leckie (guadlecanel)
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This is the only one I've read from your list but it's definately a good one. I liked it and will read it again sometime.

Brooke

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I suggest that one before one punches out.
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Post by Spandau » Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:18 pm

Avete,

Berlin Dance of Death by Helmut Altner. A fascinating first hand account of the Battle of Berlin. It very well captures the chaos of that final battle.

Iron Coffins by Herbert A. Werner. It was recommended above and I will recommend it again, it is very good.

The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. Yes, the book of great controversy. Despite whatever factual errors it has, it is a fantastic literary work (take it from a Literature major) about men at war. As far as storytelling goes, Sajer ranks with Tolstoy, Remarque, and Graves.

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Post by haen2 » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:05 pm

"Wenn all Brüder schweigen" . A must to read. Very factual, many illistrations.
It's not a "read in one session" book though.
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Post by Imad » Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:04 pm

Normandy 1944 by Niklas Zetterling
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