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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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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.

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 – “A Rough Day”

Short FilmsWWII – This short (19:39) World War II era film “A Rough Day” was uploaded to YouTube in December of 2015 by Benjamin Pollari. Mr. Pollari wrote, produced and directed the film. The synopsis:

The story of a WWII Sergeant who must decide between completing a mission or the safety of his men.

I think that this is one of the better WWII short films I have seen so far. Some of the equipment looked out of place, but overall I think they did a good job with the film.

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 “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).

Review of “SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Viper”

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Book Reviews – “SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Viper” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Don Mann (http://usfrogmann.comand) and Ralph Pezzullo (http://ralphpezzullo.com).  Mr. Mann has authored or co-authored a dozen books, while Mr. Pezzullo has authored or co-authored seventeen. This is the seventh novel in their “SEAL Team Six” 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 Language. The story is set mostly in the Middle East. The primary character is US Navy SEAL Thomas Crocker.

Crocker and his team are in Syria and are confronted with ISIS combatants. While defending a Syrian city from attack, he meets the young French epidemiologist Severine Tessier risking her life there as a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders. She and Crocker connect.

Months later, a colleague of Tessier’s is kidnapped by ISIS forces. Her imminent execution is announced. Tessier reached out to Crocker for help to rescue her colleague. While officially told NO, Crocker and his team make a desperate attempt to rescue the girl before she is executed. Tessier mounts her own search for her young colleague. It is a race to see if either will find the girl before she is executed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.4 hours I spent reading this 320 page modern Special Ops thriller.  I liked this novel as the story had more of a realistic feel to it than many of this genre. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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

Some World War II Information

WWII – Today being 4th of July, 2018 I thought it was an appropriate time to introduce two pages that I have been working on.

The first is “World War II Sources“. This page is really an on-going collection of both social media and physical sites that have information or photos relevant to the World War II period of history. As you might expect, this is a work-in-progress and is changing every week as of the date of this article.

The second page is my “World War II Timeline“. While this page is far from complete at this point, I have tried to note significant events leading up to or during the World War II period of history. As I have read either fiction on non-fiction on the World War II period, I have often found myself unclear on the timing of events. I started this timeline more as a tool to keep things straight in my own mind as to when events happened. As it grew, I decided that it might be of interest to others so made it this public web page.

Please enjoy both and I look forward to any feedback.