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 Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 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.

Last updated 5 Novemberr 2022


Nonfiction Books About WWII 

  1. The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won World War II
  2. The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler
  3. Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships – more than 200 photos
  4. Life and Death on the Eastern Front: Rare Colour Photographs From World War II
  5. World War II Battlefields: Battle Sites Today – 160 photos
  6. Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939–45 – 300 drawings
  7. Radio Operator on the Eastern Front: An Illustrated Memoir, 1940-1949
  8. Fallschirm-Panzer-Division ‘Hermann Göring’: A History of the Luftwaffe’s Only Armoured Division, 1933-1945
  9. From Texas to Rome: Fighting World War II and the Italian Campaign with the 36th Infantry Division
  10. The Hitler Years: Triumph, 1933-1939
  11. Hitler and His Women
  12. Nazi Sex Spies: True Stories of Seduction, Subterfuge and State Secrets
  13. Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany
  14. Hitler’s Court: The Inner Circle of The Third Reich and After
  15. Hindenburg, Ludendorff, and Hitler: Germany’s Generals and the Rise of the Nazis
  16. The Battle of the Bulge: The Allies’ Greatest Conflict on the Western Front
  17. D-Day Minus One – How the Allies prepared in the days leading up to the Normandy invasion
  18. Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France
  19. Pioneers of Irregular Warfare: Secrets of the Military Intelligence Research Department of the Second World War
  20. SAS and Special Forces in World War II
  21. George Jellicoe: SAS and SBS Commander
  22. SOE in Denmark: The Special Operations Executive’s Danish Section in WW2
  23. Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park
  24. Covert Radio Agents, 1939–1945: Signals From Behind Enemy Lines
  25. THE RESISTANCE IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1940–1945 (EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES: A SERIES IN SOCIAL THOUGHT AND CULTURAL CRITICISM)
  26. Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Führer – the units that guarded him, the vehicles he use, and the headquarters he occupied
  27. I Somehow Survived: Eyewitness Accounts from World War II – the stores of four Germans and a Norwegian woman married to a German
  28. Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War
  29. Hitler’s Armed SS: The Waffen-SS at War, 1939–1945
  30. I Flew for the Fuhrer: Memoirs of the Third Reich’s Pilot
  31. Aces: True Stories of Victory and Valor in the Skies of World War II
  32. The Terror Raids of 1942: The Baedeker Blitz
  33. Poland Betrayed: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939 (Campaign Chronicles)
  34. Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves
  35. Dunkirk to the Rhineland: Diaries and Sketches of Sergeant C S Murrell, Welsh Guards
  36. Disarming Hitlers V Weapons: Bomb Disposal, the V1 and V2 rockets
  37. The Second World War Through Soldiers’ Eyes: British Army Life, 1939–1945
  38. Churchill’s Flawed Decisions: Errors in Office of The Greatest Briton
  39. Churchill, Master and Commander: Winston Churchill at War 1895–1945
  40. Battle of Berlin: Bomber Command over the Third Reich, 1943–1945
  41. The Lancastria Tragedy: Sinking and Cover-up
  42. U-Boat: The German Submarine Campaign and the Allied Counter Attack 1939-1945
  43. Hitler’s Alpine Headquarters
  44. German Fighter Aircraft of World War II: 1939-45
  45. Aircraft of World War II: 300 of the World’s Greatest Aircraft 1939-1945
  46. Battle of Britain, 1940
  47. One of Churchill’s Own: The Memoirs of Battle of Britain Ace John Greenwood
  48. Bader’s Big Wing Controversy: Duxford 1940
  49. Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
  50. How the RAF and USAAF Beat the Luftwaffe
  51. Fighting Through to Hitler’s Germany
  52. Duel Under the Stars: The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
  53. Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April–May 1945
  54. Code Wars: How ‘Ultra’ and ‘Magic’ Led to Allied Victory – Signals Intelligence in WWII
  55. The Secret Life of an American Codebreaker
  56. Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America into World War II
  57. Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter
  58. Marching from Defeat: Surviving the Collapse of the German Army in the Soviet Union, 1944
  59. Retribution: The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943
  60. Stalingrad: Hitler’s Biggest Gamble October 1942
  61. Eyewitness to Wehrmacht Atrocities on the Eastern Front: A German Soldier’s Memoir of War and Captivity
  62. In the Hell of the Eastern Front
  63. StuG III Brigade 191, 1940–1945: The Buffalo Brigade in Action in the Balkans, Greece and from Moscow to Kursk and Sevastopol
  64. Last Witnesses – WWII childhood memories from Eastern Europe
  65. An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy
  66. Drawing D – Day: An Artist’s Journey Through War
  67. Images of the National Archives: Codebreakers – a look at British Signals Intelligence and Bletchley Park
  68. Children Against Hitler: The Young Resistance Heroes of the Second World War
  69. Hitler’s Housewives: German Women on the Home Front – reflections on the German homefront by young women
  70. Resistance Heroines in Nazi and Russian Occupied Austria – the story of young women growing up in wartime Austria
  71. Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The daring young woman who led Frances largest spy network against Hitler
  72. Nancy Wake: World War Two’s Most Rebellious Spy
  73. Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
  74. D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
  75. The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
  76. Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
  77. Secret Casualties of World War Two: Uncovering the Civilian Deaths from Friendly Fire
  78. City of London at War 1939–45
  79. Britain’s Coast at War: Invasion Threat, Coastal Forces, Bombardment and Training for D-Day
  80. Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis
  81. The Ghost Army: Conning the Third Reich
  82. The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944
  83. Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day
  84. The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II
  85. The Great Desert Escape: How the Flight of 25 German Prisoners of War Sparked One of the Largest Manhunts in American History
  86. Escape from Paris
  87. Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
  88. The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-42
  89. Hitler’s Last Plot
  90. An Englishman Abroad: SOE agent Dick Mallaby’s Italian missions, 1943–45
  91. Albert Speer – Escaping the Gallows: Secret Conversations with Hitler’s Top Nazi
  92. Air Apaches
  93. MacArthur’s Air Force: American Airpower over the Pacific and the Far East, 1941–51
  94. America’s Few: Marine Aces of the South Pacific the Marine double-digit Aces
  95. The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway
  96. Hitler’s Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Nazi Plan for Final Victory
  97. SBS in World War II
  98. Special Boat Squadron
  99. Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II
  100. Invisible Heros of World War II
  101. Burma: The Forgotten War
  102. A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941–45
  103. Desperate Journey – One Man’s True Story of his Escape from Burma in 1942
  104. Ian Flemming and Operation Golden Eye
  105. Reading Hitler’s Mind
  106. Weird War 2
  107. Ike and Monty
  108. Tidal Wave From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
  109. Days of Steel Rain: The Epic Story of a WWII Vengeance Ship in the Year of the Kamikaze
  110. Race of Aces: WWII’s Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Sky
  111. Voices From the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today
  112. Morning Star, Midnight Sun
  113. Lady Death
  114. Seven Days of Infamy
  115. Destination Casablanca
  116. Battle of Arnhem: Snapshots of War
  117. Arnhem: Ten Days in The Cauldron
  118. Bismark: 24 Hours to Doom
  119. Hunt the Bismarck: The pursuit of Germany’s most famous battleship
  120. The Jersey Brothers
  121. Tail Gunner Takes Over
  122. Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
  123. The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign
  124. John F. Kennedy and PT-109
  125. World War II – targeted for Elementary Age readers
  126. Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
  127. Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Army
  128. Beyond Top Secret U
  129. The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima
  130. Company Commander
  131. The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
  132. We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served
  133. The Second World War Tank Crisis: The Fall and Rise of British Armour 1919–1945
  134. Hitler’s War in Africa 1941-1942: The Road to Cairo
  135. WW II POWs in America and Abroad: Astounding Facts about the Imprisonment of Military and Civilians During the War
  136. Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II  -story of the 3rd Infantry Division

Fiction WWII Books

  1. Red Burning Sky: A WWII Novel Inspired by the Greatest Aviation Rescue in History
  2. Wolf – an inside look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party
  3. The Cauldron – the British at Arnehm
  4. Prince of Spies – Richard Prince Spy Thriller #1
  5. Ring of Spies – Richard Prince Spy Thriller #3
  6. Agent in Berlin – Wolf Pack Spies #1
  7. Germania – a mystery set in WWII Berlin. Richard Oppenheimer #1
  8. The Linden Tree – alternative history set in WWII where the Germans are the first to develop nuclear weapons
  9. Blame the Dead – Eddie Harkins mystery #1
  10. Reluctant Hero
  11. Task Force Baum
  12. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children – WWII young adult mystery set in rural England
  13. The Bells of Hell – Welker & Saboy Thriller #1
  14. Spitfire: A Livy Nash Mystery – mystery involving former SOE agent Livy Nash. Livy Nash Mystery #1
  15. The Four Symbols – Black Sun #1, Nazis looking for objects with occult powers
  16. Hellbound – Black Sun #3, Nazis continue looking for objects with occult powers
  17. Winston’s Spy: Carlton Chronicles 1
  18. Breaking Point: A Novel of The Battle of Britain
  19. The Nugget – Navy pilot in the Pacific
  20. Fall Rotten – a mystery set in 1939-40 France
  21. Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders – Poppy Redfern Mystery #1
  22. Region 6: What if the Allies had lost?
  23. The Sky Above Us – WWII era romance
  24. Conspiracy of Lies
  25. The Ventriloquists
  26. Lions of the Desert
  27. Mr. Campion’s War
  28. The Last Nazi
  29. The Sheer Nerve
  30. The Gemini Agenda
  31. The Parcifal Pursuit
  32. The Berlin Affair
  33. Prisoner in the Castle – Maggie Hope Mystery #8
  34. The King’s Justice – Maggie Hope Mystery #9
  35. The Hollywood Spy – Maggie Hope Mystery #10
  36. Against All Odds
  37. The Steel Fist
  38. Black Phoenix
  39. Airborne
  40. The Valkyrie Directive
  41. Soldier, Sail North
  42. Operation Armageddon
  43. The Judas Battalion
  44. Blue Madonna – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #11
  45. The White Ghost – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #10
  46. The Rest is Silence – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #9
  47. A Blind Goddess – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #8
  48. Death’s Door – a Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #7
  49. Wind of Death
  50. The Rising Sun
  51. Battle for Glory
  52. Codename Lazarus
  53. Malta Victory
  54. Target Tobruk
  55. Hurricane Squadron
  56. The Intruders
  57. Hawker Typhoon
  58. Target Rommel!
  59. The Kingdom of the Air
  60. The Berghof Betrayal
  61. Too Late the Morrow
  62. Attack at Night
  63. Fifth Column
  64. Lammas Night
  65. The Commodore
  66. A Hero of France
  67. Sea Strike
  68. The Dead Don’t Bleed
  69. Fortress England
  70. The Skipper’s Dog’s Called Stalin
  71. Operation Fireball
  72. Flames Over France
  73. Target Ahead
  74. Sinking Ship
  75. Kindred
  76. Arctic Gold
  77. Flames Over Norway
  78. Tail Gunner
  79. Operation Diver
  80. Hunted
  81. Dead Secret
  82. Captain Riley
  83. No Human Enemy
  84. In command
  85. The Strasbourg Legacy
  86. Squadron Scramble
  87. The Sleeper
  88. Playing with Fire
  89. The Reich Device
  90. The Haigerloch Project
  91. The Suicide Exhibition
  92. The Lost and the Blind
  93. Unlucky Double
  94. The Hunt
  95. Hellhound, Take Me Home – adventure thriller set in Australia and the Pacific
  96. The Flight of U-463
  97. Tark’s Ticks Dark Valley (#5 in the Tark’s Ticks series. Ground combat in the Pacific)
  98. Tark’s Ticks War Paint (#6 in the Tark’s Ticks series. Ground combat in the Pacific)
  99. The Barbarossa Secret – the Reich lives on

Graphic Novels

  1. The Flutist of Arnhem: A Story of Operation Market Garden
  2. The Jewish Brigade
  3. Children of the Resistance – Volume 1 – Opening Moves
  4. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour

Maps

  1. 1939 Europe

Music

  1. Rum and Coca Cola  – 1945
  2. VE Day 75 concert
  3. A musical set in WWII “Only the Brave
  4. We’ll Meet Again – 1939
  5. Tuxedo Junction – 1940
  6. Bless ‘Em All – 1940
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 1944
  8. “White Christmas” By Bing Crosby – 1941
  9. Any Bonds Today?
  10. Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino)
  11. G.I. Jive
  12. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)
  13. On the Swing Shift
  14. Beer Barrel Polka
  15. Sentimental Journey
  16. At Mail Call Today
  17. I’ll Walk Beside You
  18. Der Fuehrer’s Face
  19. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  20. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Audio & Podcasts

  1. Podcast Series
    1. The Second World War
    2. Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg
    3. BBC World Service Witness World War II
    4. WW2 Podcast
    5. The History of WWII Podcast
    6. We Have Ways of Making You Talk
    7. World War II Nation
    8. World War II Chronicles
    9. Bletchley Park
    10. Stories of the Second World War
    11. For You the War is Over – A podcast about all things related to WWII POW escapes
    12. History Hack – Covers a variety of historical topics, but many are WWII related
  1. Individual Podcast Episodes
    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. Missed in History Podcast – The 6888th Postal Battalion
    6. Missed in History Podcast: “The Night Witches”
    7. The Ghost Army – a Missed in History episode
    8. A Podcast about Kristallnacht
    9. The Home Front

Documentary Video

  1. 77 Years Ago – Operation Jericho
  2. 1940 on this Day in World War Two – short documentary videos
  3. Time-lapse Video – Doolittle’s Raid on Japan
  4. Time-lapse Video – Battle of Midway
  5. Time-lapse video of the St. Nazaire Raid
  6. Time-lapse Video of WWII ‘Hardest Day’ During Battle of Britain
  7. The Dambusters
  8. Sinking the Tirpitz
  9. British Infantry Weapons of WWII
  10. VE Day 75th Remembered
  11. British Infantry Kit
  12. The invasion of Poland in 1939
  13. 1940 Invasion of Norway & Denmark – short animated video
  14. The Channel Chase Operation Cerberus
  15. WWII – A Crash Course – WWII in 13 minutes
  16. WWII Documentaries from the WWII Foundation
  17. Evolution of the German Army Uniform
  18. “The War” a Ken Burns Film – 7 part, 14+ hour documentary of WWII
  19. Casualties of WWII by Country – video
  20. The Forgotten Battle for Lyme Bay
  21. World War II in Colour
  22. D-Day 6.6.44
  23. Victory at Sea on Vimeo
  24. Secret Allied Aircraft of World War II

WWII Movies / TV

  1. Foyle’s War – British mystery series set during WWII and shortly afterwards
  2. Greyhound – Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack
  3. Mission of Honor – the fictionalized story of the RAF 303 squadron made up of Polish pilots
  4. The Wackiest Ship in the Army
  5. Some Interesting Facts About “The Longest Day”
  6. 36 Hours of Hell
  7. Beachhead
  8. Beach Red
  9. Bombs Over Burma
  10. Black Brigade
  11. Battle of Britain
  12. 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. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park – WWII ships Alabama and Drum. Aircraft, vehicles on display as well.
  2. The Singapore Civilian War Memorial
  3. Fort Canning and the Battlebox
  4. Texas Military Forces Museum
  5. The Singapore Cenotaph
  6. 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
  11. Homity Pie

Miscellaneous WWII Posts

  1. Warbird Coffee Co. – selling coffee and working to keep WWII vintage  Warbirds maintained
  2. Pacific War Art 1945 – reblogged from the Pacific Paratrooper Blog
  3. Pacific War Art 1944 – reblogged from the Pacific Paratrooper Blog
  4. Pacific War in Art 1943 – reblogged from the Pacific Paratrooper Blog
  5. Pacific War in Art 1941-1942 – reblogged from the Pacific Paratrooper Blog
  6. The Post World War II Boom: How America Got Into Gear – reblog from GP Cox
  7. Photos from 1944 that transform to present and back
  8. JSTOR lists many WWII relevant Journal articles or chapters from books.
  9. A Central Texas Connection to the “Desert Fox” – an item in the collection of the Texas Military Forces Museum
  10. Reading was important to the servicemen in WWII – a summary of a post on Sarah Sundin’s blog
  11. Mathematics Applied to the Battle of Britain
  12. “This is the Army” musical part I and part 2
  13. How Capitalism Helped to Win WWII
  14. 1938 European Air Force Insignia
  15. Video Summary of WWII
  16. How Donald Duck & Dumbo helped to win the war
  17. 79TH U.S. AIRBORNE BIRTHDAY
  18. Limited to 35 mph?
  19. A Relic of WWII is Returned
  20. 3D Comparison of WWII German Armor – video
  21. WWII German POW returns to say Thanks
  22. D-Day from a different view
  23. The Numbers for D-Day
  24. The 75th Anniversary of D-Day
  25. Interesting Specialty Tanks of D-Day
  26. French “HistoPad” Helps Tell the Story of D-Day
  27. VE Day (Victory in Europe)
  28. Visualizing WWII in Europe Day by Day – video
  29. Visualization of WWII Allied Bombing Missions in Europe
  30. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Southwest Pacific
  31. Remembering D-Day 2018
  32. Thanksgiving – Then and Now
  33. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Southwest Pacific
  34. Thanksgiving in WWII
  35. More Disney Nose Art
  36. WWII Disney Inspired Nose Art
  37. Disney Went to War
  38. 1944 USN M-592 Pilot Survival Kit Navy Ration MRE
  39. 1943 US Army Field Ration K Dinner
  40. WWII Eastern Front 1942 – video
  41. WWII Eastern Front 1941 – video
  42. No Coffee after 3PM? Less than one cup per day? Could you live with that now?
  43. Today is National V-J Day in the US
  44. Did you know today is V-J day?
  45. Today is the National Spirit of ’45 Day
  46. Remembering D-Day 2018
  47. Women and Computers in WWII
  48. World War II Allied Aircraft Nose Art
  49. The World of Sci-Fi During WWII
  50. Close Assault 1944
  51. A Look at D-Day, June 6, 1944
  52. Dunkirk Week – WWII Book Sale
  53. Remembering D-Day
  54. WWII Aircraft Suffer from Combat
  55. Slide show of World War II US Aircraft
  56. Celebrating Alan Turing
  57. The Female Computers of WWII
  58. The M-1 Garand – video
  59. American Spitfire – video

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