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 510 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 January 15,  2021


Non-Fiction Books About WWII 

  1. SAS and Special Forces in World War II
  2. Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park
  3. Covert Radio Agents, 1939–1945: Signals From Behind Enemy Lines
  4. THE RESISTANCE IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1940–1945 (EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES: A SERIES IN SOCIAL THOUGHT AND CULTURAL CRITICISM)
  5. I Somehow Survived: Eyewitness Accounts from World War II – the stores of four Germans and a Norwegian woman married to a German
  6. I Flew for the Fuhrer: Memoirs of the Third Reich’s Pilot
  7. Aces: True Stories of Victory and Valor in the Skies of World War II
  8. The Terror Raids of 1942: The Baedeker Blitz
  9. Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Führer – the units that guarded him, the vehicles he use, and the headquarters he occupied
  10. Poland Betrayed: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939 (Campaign Chronicles)
  11. Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves
  12. Dunkirk to the Rhineland: Diaries and Sketches of Sergeant C S Murrell, Welsh Guards
  13. Disarming Hitlers V Weapons: Bomb Disposal, the V1 and V2 rockets
  14. The Second World War Through Soldiers’ Eyes: British Army Life, 1939–1945
  15. Churchill’s Flawed Decisions: Errors in Office of The Greatest Briton
  16. Battle of Berlin: Bomber Command over the Third Reich, 1943–1945
  17. The Lancastria Tragedy: Sinking and Cover-up
  18. U-Boat: The German Submarine Campaign and the Allied Counter Attack 1939-1945
  19. Hitler’s Alpine Headquarters
  20. German Fighter Aircraft of World War II: 1939-45
  21. Battle of Britain, 1940
  22. Fighting Through to Hitler’s Germany
  23. Duel Under the Stars: The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
  24. Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April–May 1945
  25. Code Wars: How ‘Ultra’ and ‘Magic’ Led to Allied Victory – Signals Intelligence in WWII
  26. Marching from Defeat: Surviving the Collapse of the German Army in the Soviet Union, 1944
  27. An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy
  28. Drawing D – Day: An Artist’s Journey Through War
  29. Images of the National Archives: Codebreakers – a look at British Signals Intelligence and Bletchley Park
  30. Children Against Hitler: The Young Resistance Heroes of the Second World War
  31. Hitler’s Housewives: German Women on the Home Front – reflections on the German homefront by young women
  32. Stalingrad: Hitler’s Biggest Gamble October 1942
  33. Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
  34. Secret Casualties of World War Two: Uncovering the Civilian Deaths from Friendly Fire
  35. City of London at War 1939–45
  36. Last Witnesses – WWII childhood memories from Eastern Europe
  37. Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis
  38. The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944
  39. Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day
  40. The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II
  41. The Great Desert Escape: How the Flight of 25 German Prisoners of War Sparked One of the Largest Manhunts in American History
  42. Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The daring young woman who led Frances largest spy network against Hitler
  43. Escape from Paris
  44. Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
  45. The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-42
  46. Hitler’s Last Plot
  47. D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
  48. Air Apaches
  49. Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
  50. Hitler’s Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Nazi Plan for Final Victory
  51. SBS in World War II
  52. Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II
  53. Invisible Heros of World War II
  54. Burma: The Forgotten War
  55. Ian Flemming and Operation Golden Eye
  56. Weird War 2
  57. Ike and Monty
  58. Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
  59. Tidal Wave From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
  60. Voices From the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today
  61. Morning Star, Midnight Sun
  62. Lady Death
  63. Seven Days of Infamy
  64. Destination Casablanca
  65. Battle of Arnhem: Snapshots of War
  66. Bismark: 24 Hours to Doom
  67. The Jersey Brothers
  68. Tail Gunner Takes Over
  69. Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
  70. The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign
  71. John F. Kennedy and PT-109
  72. Special Boat Squadron
  73. World War II – targeted for Elementary Age readers
  74. Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
  75. Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Army
  76. Beyond Top Secret U
  77. Desperate Journey – One Man’s True Story of his Escape from Burma in 1942
  78. The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima
  79. Company Commander
  80. The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
  81. We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served

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

Graphic Novels

  1. The Jewish Brigade

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. Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg
    2. BBC World Service Witness World War II
    3. WW2 Podcast
    4. The History of WWII Podcast
    5. We Have Ways of Making You Talk
    6. World War II Nation
    7. World War II Chronicles
  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. 1940 on this Day in World War Two – short documentary videos
  2. Time-lapse Video – Doolittle’s Raid on Japan
  3. Time-lapse Video – Battle of Midway
  4. Time-lapse video of the St. Nazaire Raid
  5. Time-lapse Video of WWII ‘Hardest Day’ During Battle of Britain
  6. The Dambusters
  7. Sinking the Tirpitz
  8. British Infantry Weapons of WWII
  9. VE Day 75th Remembered
  10. British Infantry Kit
  11. The invasion of Poland in 1939
  12. 1940 Invasion of Norway & Denmark – short animated video
  13. The Channel Chase Operation Cerberus
  14. WWII – A Crash Course – WWII in 13 minutes
  15. WWII Documentaries from the WWII Foundation
  16. Evolution of the German Army Uniform
  17. “The War” a Ken Burns Film – 7 part, 14+ hour documentary of WWII
  18. Casualties of WWII by Country – video
  19. The Forgotten Battle for Lyme Bay
  20. World War II in Colour
  21. D-Day 6.6.44
  22. Victory at Sea on Vimeo
  23. 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

Miscellaneous WWII Posts

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

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