About WWII

This page is a collection of posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these other two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 410 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Non-Fiction Books About WWII 

  1. Duel Under the Stars: The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
  2. Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April–May 1945
  3. Code Wars: How ‘Ultra’ and ‘Magic’ Led to Allied Victory – Signals Intelligence in WWII
  4. Marching from Defeat: Surviving the Collapse of the German Army in the Soviet Union, 1944
  5. An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy
  6. Drawing D – Day: An Artist’s Journey Through War
  7. Images of the National Archives: Codebreakers – a look at British Signals Intelligence and Bletchley Park
  8. Children Against Hitler: The Young Resistance Heroes of the Second World War
  9. Hitler’s Housewives: German Women on the Home Front – reflections on the German homefront by young women
  10. Stalingrad: Hitler’s Biggest Gamble October 1942
  11. Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
  12. Secret Casualties of World War Two: Uncovering the Civilian Deaths from Friendly Fire
  13. City of London at War 1939–45
  14. Last Witnesses – WWII childhood memories from eastern Europe
  15. Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis
  16. The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944
  17. Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day
  18. The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II
  19. The Great Desert Escape: How the Flight of 25 German Prisoners of War Sparked One of the Largest Manhunts in American History
  20. Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The daring young woman who led Frances largest spy network against Hitler
  21. Escape from Paris
  22. Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
  23. The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-42
  24. Hitler’s Last Plot
  25. D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
  26. Air Apaches
  27. Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
  28. Hitler’s Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Nazi Plan for Final Victory
  29. SBS in World War II
  30. Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II
  31. Invisible Heros of World War II
  32. Burma: The Forgotten War
  33. Ian Flemming and Operation Golden Eye
  34. Weird War 2
  35. Ike and Monty
  36. Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
  37. Tidal Wave From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
  38. Voices From the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today
  39. Morning Star, Midnight Sun
  40. Lady Death
  41. Seven Days of Infamy
  42. Destination Casablanca
  43. Battle of Arnhem: Snapshots of War
  44. Bismark: 24 Hours to Doom
  45. The Jersey Brothers
  46. Tail Gunner Takes Over
  47. Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
  48. The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign
  49. John F. Kennedy and PT-109
  50. Special Boat Squadron
  51. World War II – targeted for Elementary Age readers
  52. Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
  53. Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Army
  54. Beyond Top Secret U
  55. Desperate Journey – One Man’s True Story of his Escape from Burma in 1942
  56. The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima
  57. Company Commander
  58. The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
  59. We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served


Fiction WWII Books

  1. Region 6: What if the Allies had lost?
  2. The Sky Above Us – WWII era romance
  3. Conspiracy of Lies
  4. The Ventriloquists
  5. Lions of the Desert
  6. Mr. Campion’s War
  7. The Last Nazi
  8. The Sheer Nerve
  9. The Gemini Agenda
  10. The Parcifal Pursuit
  11. The Berlin Affair
  12. Prisoner in the Castle
  13. Blue Madonna – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  14. Against All Odds – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  15. The Steel Fist
  16. The White Ghost – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  17. Black Phoenix
  18. Airborne
  19. The Valkyrie Directive
  20. Soldier, Sail North
  21. The Rest is Silence – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  22. Operation Armageddon
  23. The Judas Battalion
  24. A Blind Goddess – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  25. Death’s Door – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery
  26. Wind of Death
  27. The Rising Sun
  28. Battle for Glory
  29. Codename Lazarus
  30. Malta Victory
  31. Target Tobruk
  32. Hurricane Squadron
  33. The Intruders
  34. Hawker Typhoon
  35. Target Rommel!
  36. The Kingdom of the Air
  37. The Berghof Betrayal
  38. Too Late the Morrow
  39. Attack at Night
  40. Fifth Column
  41. Lammas Night
  42. The Commodore
  43. A Hero of France
  44. Sea Strike
  45. The Dead Don’t Bleed
  46. Fortress England
  47. The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin
  48. Operation Fireball
  49. Flames Over France
  50. Target Ahead
  51. Sinking Ship
  52. Kindred
  53. Arctic Gold
  54. Flames Over Norway
  55. Tail Gunner
  56. Operation Diver
  57. Hunted
  58. Dead Secret
  59. Captain Riley
  60. No Human Enemy
  61. In command
  62. The Strasbourg Legacy
  63. Squadron Scramble
  64. The Sleeper
  65. Playing with Fire
  66. The Reich Device
  67. The Haigerloch Project
  68. The Suicide Exhibition
  69. The Lost and the Blind
  70. Unlucky Double
  71. The Hunt


Graphic Novels

  1. The Jewish Brigade



  1. 1939 Europe



  1. VE Day 75 concert
  2. A musical set in WWII “Only the Brave
  3. We’ll Meet Again – 1939
  4. Tuxedo Junction – 1940
  5. Bless ‘Em All – 1940
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 1944
  7. “White Christmas” By Bing Crosby – 1941
  8. Any Bonds Today?
  9. Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino)
  10. G.I. Jive
  11. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)
  12. On the Swing Shift
  13. Beer Barrel Polka
  14. Sentimental Journey
  15. At Mail Call Today
  16. I’ll Walk Beside You
  17. Der Fuehrer’s Face
  18. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  19. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition


Audio & Podcasts

  1. HistoryExtra: A Serial Killer in Nazi Germany
  2. HistoryExtra: Secret Deals with Stalin
  3. HistoryExtra: The Last Kamikazes
  4. HistoryExtra: “Germany’s World War II
  5. Podcast series: The History of WWII Podcast
  6. Podcast series: We Have Ways of Making You Talk
  7. Missed in History Podcast – The 6888th Postal Battalion
  8. Missed in History Podcast: “The Night Witches”
  9. The Ghost Army – a Missed in History episode
  10. A Podcast about Kristallnacht
  11. Podcast series: World War II Nation
  12. The Home Front


Documentary Video

  1. The Dambusters
  2. Sinking the Tirpitz
  3. British Infantry Weapons of WWII
  4. VE Day 75th Remembered
  5. British Infantry Kit
  6. The invasion of Poland in 1939
  7. 1940 Invasion of Norway & Denmark – short animated video
  8. The Channel Chase Operation Cerberus
  9. WWII – A Crash Course – WWII in 13 minutes
  10. WWII Documentaries from the WWII Foundation
  11. Evolution of the German Army Uniform
  12. “The War” a Ken Burns Film – 7 part, 14+ hour documentary of WWII
  13. Casualties of WWII by Country – video
  14. The Forgotten Battle for Lyme Bay
  15. World War II in Colour
  16. D-Day 6.6.44
  17. Victory at Sea on Vimeo
  18. Secret Allied Aircraft of World War II


WWII Movies

  1. Mission of Honor – the fictionalized story of the RAF 303 squadron made up of Polish pilots
  2. The Wackiest Ship in the Army
  3. Some Interesting Facts About “The Longest Day”
  4. 36 Hours of Hell
  5. Beachhead
  6. Beach Red
  7. Bombs Over Burma
  8. Black Brigade
  9. Battle of Britain
  10. Back to Bataan


WWII Short Films

  1. An animated depiction of the pursuit and sinking of the Bismark
  2. Lego D-Day – The Battle for Omaha Beach – a stop motion video
  3. La Dernière Section
  4. REUE 
  5. The Way Back
  6. Rauch
  7. Lost
  8. Only Few Seconds
  9. Kurland ’44
  10. Prisoner of War
  11. Remember the Fallen
  12. Kanonenfutter
  13. Sons of the Fatherland
  14. The Jeep
  15. The Last to Die
  16. A Rough Day
  17. Addle Strife
  18. Battle of the Bulges 1944
  19. Surrender
  20. Claws of Death
  21. Unintended


Museums and other WWII Physical Sites

  1. The Singapore Civilian War Memorial
  2. Fort Canning and the Battlebox
  3. Texas Military Forces Museum
  4. The Singapore Cenotaph
  5. The National World War II Museum


Food in WWII Posts

  1. Beer & the Military in WWII
  2. Home Front – Wartime Recipes (5)
  3. The National Loaf from 1942 England – bread without white flour, recipe included
  4. Home Front – Wartime Recipes (4)
  5. How Chocolate Helped To Win The War
  6. Home Front – Wartime Recipes (3)
  7. Home Front – Wartime Recipes (2)
  8. Home Front Recipes from WWII
  9. Chocolate Went to War
  10. Coffee at War


Miscellaneous WWII Posts

  1. The Post World War II Boom: How America Got Into Gear – reblog from GP Cox
  2. Photos from 1944 that transform to present and back
  3. JSTOR lists many WWII relevant Journal articles or chapters from books.
  4. A Central Texas Connection to the “Desert Fox” – an item in the collection of the Texas Military Forces Museum
  5. Reading was important to the servicemen in WWII – a summary of a post on Sarah Sundin’s blog
  6. Mathematics Applied to the Battle of Britain
  7. “This is the Army” musical part I and part 2
  8. How Capitalism Helped to Win WWII
  9. 1938 European Air Force Insignia
  10. Video Summary of WWII
  11. How Donald Duck & Dumbo helped to win the war
  13. Limited to 35 mph?
  14. A Relic of WWII is Returned
  15. 3D Comparison of WWII German Armor – video
  16. WWII German POW returns to say Thanks
  17. D-Day from a different view
  18. The Numbers for D-Day
  19. The 75th Anniversary of D-Day
  20. Interesting Specialty Tanks of D-Day
  21. French “HistoPad” Helps Tell the Story of D-Day
  22. VE Day (Victory in Europe)
  23. Visualizing WWII in Europe Day by Day – video
  24. Visualization of WWII Allied Bombing Missions in Europe
  25. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Southwest Pacific
  26. Remembering D-Day 2018
  27. Thanksgiving – Then and Now
  28. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Southwest Pacific
  29. Thanksgiving in WWII
  30. More Disney Nose Art
  31. WWII Disney Inspired Nose Art
  32. Disney Went to War
  33. 1944 USN M-592 Pilot Survival Kit Navy Ration MRE
  34. 1943 US Army Field Ration K Dinner
  35. WWII Eastern Front 1942 – video
  36. WWII Eastern Front 1941 – video
  37. No Coffee after 3PM? Less than one cup per day? Could you live with that now?
  38. Today is National V-J Day in the US
  39. Did you know today is V-J day?
  40. Today is the National Spirit of ’45 Day
  41. Remembering D-Day 2018
  42. Women and Computers in WWII
  43. World War II Allied Aircraft Nose Art
  44. The World of Sci-Fi During WWII
  45. Close Assault 1944
  46. A Look at D-Day, June 6, 1944
  47. Dunkirk Week – WWII Book Sale
  48. Remembering D-Day
  49. WWII Aircraft Suffer from Combat
  50. Slide show of World War II US Aircraft
  51. Celebrating Alan Turing
  52. The Female Computers of WWII
  53. The M-1 Garand – video
  54. American Spitfire – video


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