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Posted: 6/11/2003 9:34:41 AM EDT
Ok, I will be going on vacation for a week and need a good read. Looking for something in the WWII era. I have recently read Band Of Brothers and Ghost Soldiers (two good books). Any other ideas? Thanks in advance!
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:46:21 AM EDT
D-Day by Stephen Ambrose.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:48:31 AM EDT
Anything else by Ambrose is excellent. I've read em all. Citizen Soldier D-Day The Victors (more of a combined clone of his other books) Pegasus Bridge (although he later learned there were some inaccuracies) The Supreme Commander.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:52:17 AM EDT
If you want a heavy book that is kinda dry, but gives you a complete view of the war try 'A World at Arms' by Weinberg. It was my primary text for my History of WWII class. Otherwise, you could always try 'War as I Knew It' by Patton. tony
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 9:52:18 AM EDT
I have read two great books on WWII submarines. I am not usually that much of a Navy reader. the titles are: "The Terrible Hours" written by Peter Mass, the author of "Serpico". It is about the rescue of most of the crew of the USS Squalis just before WWII. Another is "The Bravest Man" about Medal of Honor recipient Dick O'Kane who served as the Executive Officer on the USS Wahoo and as the Captian of the USS Tang. Both books are well written and hard to put down.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:00:17 AM EDT
The Forgotten Soldier, by Guy Sajer
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:01:41 AM EDT
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I highly recommend the book [u]They Fought Alone[/u] By John Keats Soon to be a movie starring, I'm told, Brad Pitt. Excellent book about the organization and day to day operations of the American led resistance movement on the Island of Mindinao in the Phillipines after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in WWII. [url]http://movies.hsx.com/servlet/SecurityDetail?symbol=FERTI[/url]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:02:22 AM EDT
Currahee, The Road to Arnhem, Seven Roads to Hell, Beyond the Rhine -- all by Donald Burgett. Dovetails nicely with Band of Brothers.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:23:01 AM EDT
I recommend Parachute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster. He was a trooper in E/506 during WWII. The book covers some of the characters of Easy Company that were sort of neglected in Ambrose's book. [url=]www.davidkenyonwebster.com/index.html[/url]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:23:22 AM EDT
another recomendation for Citizen Soldier
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:27:25 AM EDT
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Those Devils in Baggy Pants -- Ross S. Carler Strike and Hold: A Memoir of the 82nd Airborne in World War II -- T. Moffatt Burriss All the Way to Berlin: The Memoir of an Airborne Platoon Leader -- James Megellas All by people who where there in the 82nd airborn... GREAT READS.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:34:12 AM EDT
If you LOVE to read: "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" Otherwise: "Steel Inferno: 1st SS Panzer Corps in Normandy" by Michael Reynolds. Av.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 10:35:06 AM EDT
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"Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley The son of the last surviving member of the Iwo Jima flag raisers in the famous photo. It is the true story of the famous (second) flag raising and the stories of the men in the photo. Also check out "With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene Sledge. It is a graphic first hand account from a Marine rifleman in the Pacific.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 11:34:32 AM EDT
Guadalcanal by Richard B. Frank. The definitive book on this pivotal battle. Lots of information on the naval battles. The Last Mission: The Secret History of World War II's Final Battle by Jim B. Smith, Malcolm McConnell. How close we came to NOT ending the war August 1945.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 11:40:07 AM EDT
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a must as is Russia at War.Both excellent reads. Last Battle or The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan are very good. Just read The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer for the second time.I really like this book. Or, as stated above, anything by Stephen Ambrose.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 12:56:33 PM EDT
Death Traps by Belton Y. Cooper. find out why GIs in WWII refered to the Shermans as Ronsons
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 1:04:47 PM EDT
I'll second "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley. Very good book.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 1:20:46 PM EDT
Anything by S.L.A. Marshal.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 3:09:09 PM EDT
Another vote for Flags of Our Fathers. Excellent read.
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Link Posted: 6/11/2003 4:31:45 PM EDT
How about the other fronts? "War Of The Rats" "Enemy At The Gates" Both are about Stalingrad. Or, "Das Boot", about the War in the Atlantic.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:38:33 PM EDT
Forgotten Soldier Scars Of Honor War of the Rats Cross of Iron Forsaken Army (6th Army at Stalingrad)
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:42:18 PM EDT
Now for something completely different: The Thousand Mile War- World War 2 in Alaska and the Aleutians by Brian Garfield Don't know if it's still in print, found it at a library sale. Was looking for something like it as that is where my dad earned his Bronze Star. ED
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:44:04 PM EDT
Citizen Soldier by Steve Ambrose. Excellent read about the war told by the people that was there. Covers the Europe theater of war.
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