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Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/8/2012 3:48:52 AM   
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Hi All!

Can anyone recommend any good books on WW2? Thanks!
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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/8/2012 9:12:33 AM   
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Depends on what Area you want to concentrate on?

European, Pacific?

You can then rethink, eg. European - Allied or Axies side? - What battlefields - Eastern or Western front/ Afrika?

I have a mixture of books, I am not saying I am an expert, but I flick through the pages to see what the book is like. What interests me and is affordable will be in my own libary after a while.

Which is difficult as I live in Germany and most books I have to purchase over the internet. I like to read the recences.
Or follow the thread in the General Discussion http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3058799

If you want Pacific area go to the WitPAE room. You will not be dissapointed. http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tt.asp?forumid=528

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/8/2012 1:22:15 PM   
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... Can anyone recommend any good books on WW2? Thanks!


Almost anything by John Keegan.

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/8/2012 4:37:29 PM   
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Shattered Sword and John Toland's "Fall of the Japanese Empire"


I've read both several times and love them both.

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/8/2012 9:12:46 PM   
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Anthony Beevor's "The Second World War".

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/10/2012 7:26:17 AM   
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Anthony Beevor's "The Second World War".


I've just bought that one, myself. I got it for a fiver in a flash-sale on Amazon. It weights A TON! I was going to take it away as my holiday reading but it uses up most of my baggage allownce all by itself.

BTW is it any good?

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/10/2012 9:03:05 AM   
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quote:

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Anthony Beevor's "The Second World War".


I've just bought that one, myself. I got it for a fiver in a flash-sale on Amazon. It weights A TON! I was going to take it away as my holiday reading but it uses up most of my baggage allownce all by itself.

BTW is it any good?


One of the best history reads I have read. He has dug up some fascinating little titbits. Ensure that you read the preface.

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/18/2012 10:27:38 AM   
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Fall of the Japanese Empire is amazing bool.I am a big fan of it!

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/18/2012 12:52:07 PM   
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Fall of the Japanese Empire is amazing bool.I am a big fan of it!


Hey JKLcvbf, what do you think the greatest weakness of Fall of the Japanese Empire is?



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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/18/2012 6:30:37 PM   
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ORIGINAL: parusski


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Fall of the Japanese Empire is amazing bool.I am a big fan of it!


Hey JKLcvbf, what do you think the greatest weakness of Fall of the Japanese Empire is?




Parusski,

Didn't Matrix just recently change their policy on the forum to require some 50 posts before some aspects of forum posting were permitted? I would expect any nascent spambot-wannabe to post a great number of 'me too' posts in as rapid succession as possible in order to get over that threshhold. I think I noticed a number of WOW gold mining tags on some recent posters that have also been curiously stripped. Not that that has anything to do with JKLcvbf, of course-I apologize in advance for any suggestions of spambottitude that may be interpreted in that manner.

Having said all that, I also felt that Fall of the Japanese Empire was an amazing bool. I am a big fan of it. That and wowkitchens. They are my friend.

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 7/18/2012 7:22:25 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Chickenboy


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ORIGINAL: parusski


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ORIGINAL: JKLcvbf

Fall of the Japanese Empire is amazing bool.I am a big fan of it!


Hey JKLcvbf, what do you think the greatest weakness of Fall of the Japanese Empire is?




Having said all that, I also felt that Fall of the Japanese Empire was an amazing bool. I am a big fan of it. That and wowkitchens. They are my friend.
soojan

Hey chikboy, you spammer too!! I knew it much all along. I think you need to post wowkitchens in War In Pacific Edititon.

You tell them about Mr Wilkes from local pet store and my friend from Rachel Pilsen who wear pink sexy mash up boots and feminine dress that make great feel like cowboy hat man.

I think if you did that then they kill you in house fire. But you should try anyway.

I like Japanese empire. I like chikboy. it is my friend.

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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 9/8/2012 10:25:03 PM   
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One of the funniest books Ive read is about the goofball triple-agent, Eddie Chapman;

The Eddie Chapman Story

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Chapman
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Chapman had two fiancées at the same time on opposite sides of the war, Freda Stevenson in England and Dagmar Lahlum in Norway, each under the protection of and financially assisted by their respective governments.[8] He abandoned both women after the war and instead married his former pre-war lover Betty Farmer whom he had left in a hurry at the Hotel de la Plage in 1938. He and Farmer later had a daughter Suzanne in 1954. He had told Dagmar at the time he was a British agent. However, Dagmar served a six-month prison sentence for consorting with an apparently German officer: thinking that Chapman was dead, she was unable to prove that he was a British agent. They met again briefly in 1994.



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RE: Good WW2 History Book Recommendations? - 9/9/2012 7:17:52 AM   
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if you want to have a look on the soviet side of things, it wont get any better than this:

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Fate-Review-Books-Classics/dp/1590172019

it describes both the life as a soldier and those of civilians during Stalins reign and during the war. A Tolstoi like epic tale. The autor was a war journalist at Stalingrad and other places and a chemist. Grossman tried to publish this book after Stalins death but instantly repressed by the regime. they did take away the manuscript and only by luck one copy got into the west where it was published in german in the early 80's. 2006 the book finally got an english traduction. extremely good book. no hero bullshit though, just dirty realism.

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