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A Book to add to your WWII History Shelf – The Battle for the Rhine 1944

I subscribe to several different ebook sales notification services. One of those is MyNextRead.

In the email I received from them a couple of days ago and they noted that the 409 page ebook edition of The Battle for the Rhine 1944: Arnhem and the Ardennes, the Campaign in Europe by Robin Neilands is currently available from Amazon for FREE. The book was published in 2015. I have downloaded the book, but not read it yet.

If you are a student of WWII history you should act now to add this book to your bookshelf. These sales often last only a few days, so better to act soon.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review – The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won World War II

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – This is the first book to be published by Edward Farley Aldrich . The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won World War II was released in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as G.

As stated in the book title, this is the story of George Marshal and Harry Stimson. Marshall was Chief of Staff of the US Army from 1 September 1939 until 18 November 1945. Henry Stimson served as the Secretary of War from 10 July 1940 until 21 September 1945. Together they led the US efforts in WWII.

The first 30% of the book details their childhood and early careers. The remainder of the book deals with the many challenges the two faced during the war. They worked well together in a true partnership. Their offices were next door to one another in the Pentagon. They generally had the connecting door between their private offices open for quick consultations.

They both had to deal with the logistical needs of a nation at war. They also had to frequently deal with disagreements with our allies, particularly with the British. Likewise, they had to discretely handle many power struggles. Some within the US government and others with allied powers.

A small portion of the book addresses their post-war lives.

I enjoyed the 22 hours I spent reading this 762-page history. While long, it is a very readable book. I had, of course, heard of George Marshal, but I was not nearly as familiar with Henry Stimson. The book provides a very behind-the-scenes look at the US war effort. The cover art is plain, but gives focus to the two primary figures. I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.

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


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review – Tark’s Ticks War Paint

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Chris Glatte https://chrisglatte.com is the author of more than a dozen novels. Tark’s Ticks War Paint was published in 2022 and is the sixth novel in his Tark’s Ticks series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this book/novel as R.

Tark and his Alamo Ranger squad are still deployed in New Guinea. Added to the unit is a replacement. Not only does the ‘new guy’ need to prove himself, but his Japanese heritage instantly puts him at odds with the rest of the team. They must set aside their differences and carry out their assigned missions.

Their first task is to perform a quiet reconnaissance on a Japanese airfield. As is often the case, plans quickly change, and the squad finds itself in combat. The second mission takes the unit deep into Japanese-held territory. Military Intelligence has uncovered plans for a Japanese General to visit a small island outpost. The squad is to intercept and kill him.

Their final mission in this novel involves a POW rescue attempt. The team is sent in ahead of the main rescue force. They decide to stray from their orders to reach additional POWs.

I enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 300-page WWII action thriller. This is the second novel (The other was Tark’s Ticks Dark Valley) in the series that I have read. This is just as good as the previous novel. There is plenty of action, but the squad is not able to escape taking casualties. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review – Life and Death on the Eastern Front

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Historian Anthony Tucker-Jones https://www.atuckerjones.com is the author of more than 50 books. Life and Death on the Eastern Front: Rare Colour Photographs From World War II was published in 2020.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as G.

The book contains more than 250 photos taken by Germans between 1936 and 1946. Most photos are of scenes on the Eastern Front up to late 1943. These are a bit unusual as they were all taken with color film. The photos, along with the commentary by Tucker-Jones, give a good description of the vehicles, weapons, and uniforms in use.

I enjoyed the 3 hours I spent reading this 352-page WWII history. Another interesting look at WWII from the German perspective. This is the third book (The others being Radio Operator on the Eastern Front: An Illustrated Memoir, 1940–1949 and Churchill, Master and Commander: Winston Churchill at War 1895–1945) from Tucker-Jones that I have read. They have all been solid WWII history reads. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.

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


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

A Book to add to your WWII History Shelf – Hawker Typhoon: The Combat History

I subscribe to several different ebook sales notification services. One of those is My Next Read.

In the email I received from them today they noted that the ebook edition of Hawker Typhoon: The Combat History by Richard Townshend Bickers is currently available from Amazon for FREE. The book was published in 2016. It is an account of the origins, development, and operations of the fighter. I originally read this book in 2017 and enjoyed it.

If you are a student of WWII history you should act now to add this book to your bookshelf. These sales often last only a few days, so better to act soon.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review – In the Hell of the Eastern Front

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – In the Hell of the Eastern Front was written by Amo Sauer. This biography is his only publication. It was released in 2020.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to some violence, I categorize this book as PG. The author relates the experiences of his father.

The book begins when Friedrich “Fritz” Sauer is 17. He serves about a year with the Reich Labor Service before being drafted into the Wehrmacht. It briefly looks back at his youth, then he goes on to describe his experiences in WWII.

Sauer is deployed and sees combat on the Eastern Front in 1942. After being severely wounded, he is sent back to Germany to recover. He spends some time in France before he is sent back to the Eastern Front. Soon he must flee the advancing Russians. His story tells of his capture, the long journey home, and his postwar experiences.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 179-page WW2 history. A bit of general WWII history is sprinkled through Sauer’s biographical experiences. I have read a few accounts of the war from the German perspective. They are a little different, but all depict the Eastern Front as a hellish place. I like the cover art selected. I give this novel a rating of 3.7 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

A Book to add to your WWII History Shelf – The Coal-Scuttle Brigade

I subscribe to several different ebook sales notification services. One of those is My Next Read.

In the email I received from them today they noted that the ebook edition of The Coal-Scuttle Brigade by Alexander McKee is currently available from Amazon for FREE. I have downloaded it but not yet read the 152 page volume. The book was published in 2016. This book is an account of the men and ships who tackled the twice-weekly run from the North-East to the South Coast of England in WWII.

If you are a student of WWII history you should act now to add this book to your bookshelf. These sales often last only a few days, so better to act soon.


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin, TX – Hands on History

(See my other Texas Military forces Museum related posts) – The Texas Military Forces Museum will host their annual Hands-On History Night on Saturday, 2 July 2022.

Photo from Hands-On History 2021

This is a unique opportunity to speak with members of the Living History Detachment. They will be in uniform and have kit on display from 200 years of Texas military history. Several vehicles on display inside the museum will be open.

Walk through 200 years of Texas military history in the 28,000 sq.ft. of interior Museum displays. View 50 vehicles and aircraft on display outside the museum. 

Enter Camp Mabry via the 35th street entrance. A photo ID is required for all visitors. For further information as to the location and entrance requirements see the website

Book Review: Z Special Unit: The Elite Allied World War II Guerrilla Force

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) –  – Gavin Mortimer https://gavinmortimer.com is a historian and the author of more than 15 books. The book Z Special Unit: The Elite Allied World War II Guerrilla Force was published in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as G.

In this book Mortimer tells the story of the SOE in Australia during WWII. This Z Special Unit has not appeared often in the annals of WWII. For two years the unit’s teams made clandestine attacks on Japanese shipping by canoe. They were landed by boat or parachuted onto islands behind the lines to lead locals against the Japanese. Their lethal adversaries were not just the Japanese but the jungle itself. Many of their missions, both successful and unsuccessful, are described. 

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 361-page volume of WWII history. If you are interested in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII, particularly special operation units, you will enjoy this book. The chosen cover art is simple, but does depict the unit well. I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.

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


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

A Book to add to your WWII History Shelf – 1945: The World We Fought For

I subscribe to several different ebook sales notification services. One of those is My Next Read.

In the email I received from them today they noted that the ebook edition of 1945: The World We Fought For by Robert Lee is currently available from Amazon for FREE. I have downloaded it but not yet read the 450 page volume. The book was published in 2019.

If you are a student of WWII history you should act now to add this book to your bookshelf. These sales often last only a few days, so better to act soon.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages 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.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.