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 560 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 24 November,  2021


Non-Fiction Books About WWII 

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

Fiction WWII Books

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

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
  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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