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Short World War II Film “The Jeep”

Short FilmsWWII – This short (10:24) film set in October of 1944 somewhere in Europe was published to YouTube by Nordgruppe Association (the North Group Association, a German WWII reenacting group) in October of 2017. The synopsis:

A US Medic, alone in a Jeep, encounters SS troops. 

While this is a pretty well done film, I am not impressed with the story as it is told. The only dialog is German, though it is pretty obvious what the soldiers are saying. Looking at their Facebook page, they do seem to have product a handful of short films set in WWII.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

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Did You Know Today is V-J Day?

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WWII – We don’t celebrate V-J (Victory Over Japan) Day directly much any more, but it is celebrated on August 14th of each year. This Day recognizes the conclusion of over four years of combat in the Pacific Theater by the Allies against Japan.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Today is the “National Spirit of ’45 Day”

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WWII – I had not heard of “National Spirit of ’45 Day” until today. I think it is an interesting movement and wanted to let others know about it. As they say on their website:

Spirit of ’45 Day is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945.
That was the day President Truman announced that the most destructive war in human history was over and spontaneous celebrations broke out around the world.
Almost immediately America began laying the foundations for a better future for its children and their children’s children, for both its friends and allies and former enemies.

 

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Trailer for “Overlord”

TrailersWWII – The new movie from J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot, “Overlord” is due out in November of 2018. This is a World War II movie, but with a zombie-like twist. A small group of American paratroopers find themselves behind German lines on D-Day. They come across a small French village where the Germans are experimenting to develop immortal soldiers.  The synopsis on IMDB is:

The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.

I’m not too sure about this film. I am not a big zombie fan. I will have to see how far into the horror genre this film goes.

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Review of “The Sheer Nerve”

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Book Reviews – “The Sheer Nerve” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Rob Lofhouse. This is Mr. Lofhous’ fifth published novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in France during 1943. The primary character is British Commando Captain Hook.

The British are able to capture a German submarine. Sailed by British Navy volunteers, they take the sub into a German U-boat facility on the French coast. The Commando company on board then is to attack and destroy, or at least severely damage the U-boat facility. While the risks are high, taking out the facility will yield much relief to Allied convoys carrying desperately needed supplies across the Atlantic to Britain.

I enjoyed the 5.5+ hours I spent reading this 255 page World War II thriller. While this is a modern work, it has the feel of a novel from the 40s or 50s. I think better cover art could have been chosen. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Short World War II Film “The Last to Die”

Short FilmsWWII – This short (9:23) film set in World War II “The Last to Die” was published to YouTube in January of 2011 by LAH Living History Association. This group was founded in 1975 and currently has more than 250 members. This film was made in central Illinois using part of their large motorpool of German WWII vehicles.

For a reenactment group, I thought that the film was well made. The special affects could be better, but they seem on par for most reenactment groups.

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

 

Short World War II Film “Addle Strife”

Short FilmsWWII – This short (9:48) film set in World War II was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2017 by independent filmmaker Karl Ryan Erikson. This film has been recognized through several awards. The official synopsis:

Two U.S. paratroopers, who are at odds with each other, decide to track down an injured German Soldier after a failed American ambush.

This is one of the best short WWII films I have seen thus far.

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Short WWII Film “Surrender”

Short FilmsWWII – This short (5:00) film “Surrender” is set on the Eastern Front during the last days of World War II. The film was published to YouTube in December of 2014 by ParaLight WorX. The synopsis (as translated from German by Google Translate):

A scattered troop of soldiers on the eastern front …
The sergeant wants to save the lives of his men and decides to lay down his arms …

Sadly for me, the file is all in German with German subtitles when the Russian forces are speaking. Otherwise, this is a pretty well-done film. While you don’t know (unless you speak German) what exactly is being said, you can pretty easily get the gist of it.

If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Review of “The Gemini Agenda”

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Book Reviews – “The Gemini Agenda” eBook was published in 2018 (original paper edition was published in 2012) and was written by Michael McMenamin and Patrick McMenamin (http://www.winstonchurchillthrillers.com). Mr. McMenamin Sr. has authored or co-authored 12 books. Mr. McMenamin Jr. has authored or co-authored 6 books. This is the third in their “Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in 1932. The primary characters are Mattie McGary, Churchill’s goddaughter and a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, and Bourke Cockran a law professor, former US Army MID agent, and the son of one of Churchill’s former mentors. Also playing a significant role in the story is the German Kurt von Sturm.

By this point, McGary and Cockran are an intimate pair, though not yet engaged. McGary is drawn into a mystery of grisly murders across the US by Hearst. She encounters ruthless thugs who try to discourage her investigations. Meanwhile, Cockran is engaged as the divorce attorney for Ingrid, the wife of Wesley Waterman. Waterman and Cockran have already crossed paths earlier in the book series. Waterman uses his wealth and power to block the divorce including violence and murder.

When Ingrid’s siblings disappear while traveling in Europe, she and Cockran set out to find them. McGary’s investigation of the murders also leads her to Europe where there is evidence that some Americans that have been abducted are being held. Both paths lead to a secret medical facility where studies are being conducted under the direction of the Nazis.

Von Sturm has had affairs with both McGary and Waterman and still carries deep feelings for both women. When he finds Waterman under threat, he steps in to rescue the young woman. In doing so he risks the deadly retribution of both colleagues and his employers if they find out. He feels honor bound to do what he can to save Waterman’s siblings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 400 page historical thriller. I have enjoyed the three major characters in the novels, as well as the other real people of the era that are woven into the story. While this isn’t a true WWII story, it deals with real factors that lead up to the war. The cover art is OK, but an image of one of the Pitcairn autogiro craft that Cockran and McGrady repeatedly use would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Review of “Tidal Wave”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “Tidal Wave” eBook was published in 2018 and was written Thomas McKelvey Cleaver. Mr. Cleaver has published eight books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The book covers action in the Pacific Theatre during the period in World War II from the fall of 1944 until the end of the war.

This is a detailed account of action, primarily naval air warfare carried out by both sides. There are many individuals, aircraft and ships named, along with their activities. This is not a book that is easy to read due to all the facts laid out. I do think this would be a good read for the serious student of World War II history. I did find the 10 hours I spent reading this 320 page non-fiction history interesting. The cover art is a good selection. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

Those interested in this book may also find my “World War II Timeline” and “World War II Sources” pages of interest.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).