Armageddon : The Battle for Germany, 1944-45
by Max Hastings
One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945.
Battle of Wits : The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II
by Stephen Budiansky
From the fight against the Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic, to the climactic showdown against Yamamoto's aircraft carriers at Midway, and the success of the D-Day invasion, "Battle of Wits" reveals the "shadow war" that lay behind the famous events of World War II, and breathes life into unsung heroes whose work has been wrapped in secrecy for decades.
Blood for Dignity : The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army
by David Colley
General Eisenhower ordered the integration of U.S. combat divisions in Germany in 1945, providing an opportunity for black soldiers to exhibit bravery and loyalty and solidify the basis for their demands of dignity. Colley interviewed several veterans of K Company, 394th Regiment, the first black soldiers to be integrated with white troops since the American Revolution.
Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia : The Normandy Invasion A-Z
by Barrett Tillman
This unique encyclopedia provides detailed entries for everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. Organized alphabetically, the entries give detailed descriptions of weapons, equipment, divisions, air and naval units, geography, terminology, personalities, and more.
Convoy : The Greatest U-Boat Battle of the War
by Martin Middlebrook
An assured supply of armaments, petrol, and foodstuffs from the US was vital to the British war effort, especially in the early days of the Second World War. The route across the north Atlantic, treacherous enough in itself, was made infinitely more so by German U-boats. Merchant ships, slow and defenseless, were gathered in great convoys and shepherded across the pond by their escort destroyers, frigates and corvettes, offering at least some protection against the unseen enemy. Martin Middlebrook's account of two such convoys encompasses all the danger, drama and sheer awfulness of life - and death - at sea in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Deceivers : Allied Military Deception in the Second World War
by Thaddeus Holt
Told chronologically, "The Deceivers" takes readers from the early British achievements in the Middle East and Europe at the beginning of the war, through to the massive Allied success of D-Day, American victory in the Pacific theatre, and the war's culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan.
Ernie Pyle's War : America's Eyewitness to World War II
by James Tobin
Ernie Pyle conveyed the triumphs and tribulations of the common soldier trying to survive World War II. From North Africa to Normandy and the liberation of Paris until his tragic death in Okinawa, Pyle slogged through endless combat zones to bring the war home to America.
Ghost Soldiers : The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
by Hampton Sides
Reports by survivors of a massacre of prisoners in the Palawan, Phillipines, prisoner-of-war stockade prompted U.S. Army leaders to send a small mobile force to another prisoner-of-war camp and liberate the inmates before their Japanese Army guards could repeat the action. The Cabantuan prisoners were the remnants of the benighted force left on Bataan three years before and forced to march without provisions and endure atrocities along the way to their encampment a brutal trek later known as the Bataan Death March.
Hitler Youth : The Hitlerjugend in War and Peace, 1933-1945
by Brenda Ralph Lewis
After Hitler came to power in 1933, German youngsters were suborned by the Nazis who filled their heads with intellectually barren ideas on eugenics, race, politics and everything else the young have to learn about life. For those Hitler Youth who survive today, it is often a shameful memory, for others, less sensitive or aware, the 1930s were their days of glory and the 1940s their days of disaster and betrayal.
Our Mothers' War : American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II
by Emily Yellin
Yellin, motivated by the discovery of a journal her mother kept while serving in the Red Cross in Saipan during World War II, began researching the experiences of a wide cross section of women during the war years. Women from a variety of social, financial, religious, and cultural backgrounds answered the call to serve their families and their country in heretofore unthinkable ways. Proving themselves to be equal partners in the fellowship of the "greatest generation," these wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends forged new identities for themselves while breaking down significant gender barriers for subsequent generations of women.