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Best World War 2 Books To Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best World War 2 books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadDuring a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back—without getting shot down themselves.  …
Author(s): Gregory A. Freeman

2. The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War (Trivia War Books) (Volume 1) (2017)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadWhen was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!”With this book, you can be that person.You can read it in just a few minutes a day.Chapters are bite-sized and easy to read, meant for normal people instead of war historians!Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions…
Author(s): Bill O’Neill

3. The Second World War (1986)

 Best World War 2 Books To Read From Britain’s darkest and finest hour to the great alliance and ultimate victory, the Second World War remains the most pivotal event of the twentieth century. Winston Churchill was not only the war’s greatest leader, he was the free world’s singularly eloquent voice of defiance in the face of Nazi tyranny, and it’s that voice that animates this six-volume history. Remarkable both for its sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it begins with The Gathering Storm; moves on to Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, and Closing the Ring; and…
Author(s): Winston S. Churchill

4. The Story of World War II: Revised, expanded, and updated from the original text by Henry Steele Commanger (2002)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadDrawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published.Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought—and whose outcome was in greater doubt—than readers might imagine. This is the war that Americans at the home front would have read about had they had access to…
Author(s): Henry Steele Commager, Donald L. Miller

5. World War 2: A Captivating Guide from Beginning to End (The Second World War and D Day) (Volume 1) (2017)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadThe Second World War was one of the most traumatic events in human history. Across the world, existing conflicts became connected, entangling nations in a vast web of violence. It was fought on land, sea, and air, touching every inhabited continent. Over 55 million people died, some of them combatants, some civilians caught up in the violence, and some murdered by their own governments.It was the war that unleashed the Holocaust and the atomic bomb upon the world. But it was also a war that featured acts of courage and self-sacrifice on every side….
Author(s): Captivating History

6. The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII’s Most Decorated Platoon (2005)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadOn the morning of December 16, 1944, eighteen men of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division found themselves directly in the path of the main thrust of Hitler’s massive Ardennes offensive. Despite being vastly outnumbered, they were told to hold their position “at all costs.” Throughout the day, the platoon repulsed three large German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing hundreds of German soldiers. Only when they had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. But their long winter was just beginning. As POWs, the platoon experienced an ordeal far worse than…
Author(s): Alex Kershaw

7. D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 (2016)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadThis new paperback edition contains Book One and Book Two of this series, revealing the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world. Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes – and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? This book sheds fascinating light on these questions,…
Author(s): Holger Eckhertz, Sprech Media

8. World War II: The Definitive Visual History by Holmes, Richard (April 18, 2011) Paperback ()

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadPaperback Publisher: DK (1705) ASIN: B0157JRUJW Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,610,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1705

9. Road to Huertgen: Forest in Hell (2018)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadThe Battle of Huertgen Forest was one of the bloodiest engagements of the Second World War.Fought between American and German forces between 19th September to 16th December it was the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.During those three months six American Infantry Divisions — the 1st, 4th, 8th, 9th, 28th and 83rd — and part of the 5th Armored Division fought against the battle-hardened Germans. Lt. Paul Boesch provides an eyewitness account of the horrors that he and his men saw as they struggled through the rain and mud, avoiding artillery,…
Author(s): Paul Boesch

10. The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau (2013)

 Best World War 2 Books To Read Written with Alex Kershaw’s trademark narrative drive and vivid immediacy, The Liberator traces the remarkable battlefield journey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks through the Allied liberation of Europe—from the first landing in Italy to the final death throes of the Third Reich.Over five hundred bloody days, Sparks and his infantry unit battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the die-hard SS on the Fatherland’s…
Author(s): Alex Kershaw

11. World War 2: Waffen SS Soldier Stories: Eyewitness Accounts of Hitler’s Elite Troops (2016)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadThe Nazi Germany Regime was brutal and inhumane. The atrocities that were committed by the Nazi’s will remain a shameful chapter in history for possibly centuries to come. Beginning with a coup at the start of the war, the elite SS Waffen came to be known as the best and the most brutal. While it had it’s start with pure German forces, the Waffen later accepted those from other sympathetic countries. These are some of their stories. There is the story of a Belgium soldier that started a revolution in his home country and later joined the Nazi ranks. He continued to…
Author(s): Ryan Jenkins

12. World War II: A Short History (2016)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadHighly regarded for its concise clarification of the complexities of World War II, this book illuminates the origins, course, and long-range effects of the war. It provides a balanced account that analyzes both the European and Pacific theaters of operations and the connections between them. The Fifth Edition incorporates new material based on the latest scholarship, offering updated conclusions on key topics and expanded coverage throughout….
Author(s): Michael J. Lyons

13. The Nightingale: A Novel (2017)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadFrance, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her…
Author(s): Kristin Hannah

14. World War Two: Under the Shadow of the Swastika (Campfire Graphic Novels) (2016)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadThis volume of Campfire’s graphic history of World War II deals with the war in Europe from the rise of the Nazis through to May 1945 and VE Day. World War II shows the effects of the war on the soldiers, the refugees, the victims and protagonists of the most terrible conflict the world has ever known. In a world that is forgetting the lessons history has to teach, this book is a reminder of the horrors that come from intolerance.  In the 1930s, a great evil was rising in the heart of Europe, a threat unlike any seen before. German leader…
Author(s): Lewis Helfand, Lalit Kumar Sharma

15. World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) (2002)

 Best World War 2 Books To ReadNow more than ever, kids want to know about our country’s great struggles during World War II. This book is packed with information that kids will find fascinating, from Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. Much more than an ordinary history book, it is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and German troops, personal anecdotes from people who lived through the war in the United States, Germany, Britain, Russia, Hungary, and Japan, and gripping stories from Holocaust survivors—all add a humanizing global perspective to the war. This collection of 21 activities…
Author(s): Richard Panchyk, Senator John McCain

Best World War 2 Books to Read

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Allied Jet Killers of World War 2

Author(s): Stephen Chapis, Andrew Thomas
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 28 Dec 2017, Size: 79 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2387955

World War II: Battlefield Europe

Author(s): David R. Stone
Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2020-02, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2467043

Handbook of Terminology, Volume 2: Terminology in the Arab World

Author(s): Abied Alsulaiman (Editor), Ahmed Allaithy (Editor), Kara Warburton (Editor), Tegnougui Karima (Editor)
Publisher: John Benjamins, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2337798

The War That Never Ends: The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk

Author(s): Paweł Machcewicz
Publisher: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2514756

Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Author(s): Robert Forsyth
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2244130

History That Shaped the World: 2 books in 1! (Vol. 1): The Roman Empire: The Rise & Fall of The Roman Empire and World War 2: A Concise Guide From Beginning to End

Author(s): History Hour, David Margittai, Rob Farrington
Publisher: Rob Farrington, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2295530

Medium Bombers of World War 2

Publisher: Key Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 129 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1693075

Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II

Author(s): Meredith Hindley
Publisher: Hachette Audio, Year: 2017, Size: 349 Mb, Download: rar
ID: 2141319

The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Volume 2, Politics and Ideology

Author(s): Richard J. B. Bosworth, Joseph A. Maiolo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2230873

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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