View Full Version : WWII Books - What You Recommend

12-14-2004, 08:34 AM
I wanted to know what WWII books you all recommended. So far I€ve read most of Stephen E. Ambrose€s books, €œI flew for the fuhrer€ by Heinz Knoke, and €œThe Hardest Day€ by Alfred Price. My favorite so far has been €œI flew for the fuhrer.€ What I€m looking for specifically are books by either side (allies or axis).

12-14-2004, 09:17 AM
Folks in northern England may find Luftwaffe over the North (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0850525292/qid=1103040886/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-0411690-1685210) by Bill Norman interesting

Everybody knows about the big battles that took place over Kent, but the raids on Yorkshire and Newcastle are less well remembered

12-14-2004, 09:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SkyPiggies:
Folks in northern England may find http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0850525292/qid=1103040886/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-0411690-1685210 by Bill Norman interesting

Everybody knows about the big battles that took place over Kent, but the raids on Yorkshire and Newcastle are less well remembered <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Kewl, Cheers for the Link http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif It's getting added to my Xmas pressie list. My parents can remember some of the raids during the war up here in the North East, it does tend to be forgotten that all of England got bombed, not just the more famous targets of London and Coventry.

The Big Show by Pierre Clostermann is a brilliant read, it follows him through the war flying Spitfires and then transferring to Tempests. An excellent book IMO.

S! Inadaze

12-14-2004, 09:48 AM
Just finished reading "First Light" by Geoffrey Wellum DFC.
This is his autobiography from when he joined the RAF as a seventeen year old in 1939, thru the Battle of Britain and onto the releif of Malta as part of H Force, flying Spitfire Mk Vb's from aircraft carriers in 1942.
I would recommend this to any enthusiast of early ETO/Med air battles.

Chris M (Kristorf)

12-14-2004, 09:59 AM

I think 'The most dangerous enemy' by Stephen Bungay is the best WW2 aviation book I've read so far; not too many pilot accounts but it is an objective look at the BoB.


12-14-2004, 10:07 AM
I second the Pierre Clostermans 'Big Show'. Excellent read and is thought provoking in many ways.

12-14-2004, 10:22 AM
See also this thread


12-14-2004, 10:50 AM
I like just about anything from Osprey. Not the most in deapth all the time but usually quality. They have a site and Amazons usually stock a good amount.

12-14-2004, 11:48 AM
Luftwaffe Colours...that is, if I ever find it, and read it, I'll probably tell you that it rocks!

12-14-2004, 12:43 PM
The Big Show and the Most Dangerous Enemy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

12-14-2004, 09:54 PM
Take your pick from a long list (http://www.naysayers.com/9jg52/books.html).

12-15-2004, 06:55 AM
Many good reads listed above, but don't think anyone's mentioned this one yet...

It's not solely about air combat but there are some good accounts, and excellent material for building ridiculuos forgotten battles missions based on actual event: Fortress Malta by James Holland. Covers Faith, Hope and Charity, the attack on Taranto and the outrageous flight stints of Aidrian Warpurton - try reflying some of his exploits, including many kills in the air , some from a delapidated twin engine PR aircraft.

12-15-2004, 09:27 AM
My man, if you want to read a non-fictional book about WWII, READ: "THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIER" by Guy Sajer. This book has been read by millions world-wide. Simply stated, it is the best first account of the struggles and sufferings of a band of German foot soldier out there.

This book will trully never be forgotten by me. For as long as I live, the experience of the Forgotten Soldier will not be forgotten.

Not one man in the Allied armies has fought to the degree this man fought with hundreds of thousands of his commrades and their remains, forever lost in the vastness of Russia.


12-15-2004, 09:53 AM
On a more factual theme, I just bought 'The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII', edited by Paul Eden for 20 in the U.K. and it is great! 512 pages, full of great old photos, drawings and stories, with extra focus on the more important aircraft of WWII (e.g. the 109 gets around 23 pages)
Well worth the money!

TgD Thunderbolt56
12-15-2004, 10:06 AM
"Dual of Eagles" by Peter Townsend is a good read on the Battle of Britain.

"Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer" by Brian D. O'Neill is a good read about B-17's over Germany.


12-15-2004, 10:25 AM
Anne Noggle's "A Dance With Death."

12-15-2004, 12:09 PM
enemy coast ahead
and kamikaze paperback i got for 3quid, very powerful

i suggest u stooge around cheapy book shops and 2nd hand ones, which is what i do http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

enemy coast ahead is very good, i got a 3 in 1 of books actully, enemy coast ahead, the Most Dangerous Enemy, and douglas bader story all in 1 book http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

most books are pretty good, worst ive had was a stuka one which was really boring http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

12-15-2004, 08:31 PM
Best fictional war book I've ever read:

"the killing ground" by Elleston Trevor.

tells the tale of a British tank unit from the D-Day landings till the first month or so after.

Published in 1956. Found it in a used book store.
Simply brilliant. No B.S. heroics, or Ambrose-type exagerations.
For a fictional story it is truly top-notch.