From a mesmerizing storyteller, the gripping search for a missing world war ii crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy. Different perspectives of world war ii by juddie walker on. The politics of world war ii, and the interrelationships between countries, are complex and difficult to understand when read in history books. Which wwii movie, made from a nazi german point of view. Global perspectives on world war i zeithistorische forschungen. Was hitler trying to establish a master race the identity perspective, negotiate a better peace than versailles the liberal perspective, or prepare for. The aftermath of world war ii from the german perspective by claus nordbruch isbn.
I would suggest the secret army, which is a littleknown but fascinating firsthand account of the activities of the polish home army by its leader after the government fled the country, including daytoday details of the warsaw uprising. First published in 1960, this national book award winner and new york times bestseller traces the rise and fall of nazi germany from adolf hitlers birth in 1889 to the end of world war ii in 1945. Nicholas stargardt is one of britains foremost scholars of nazi germany. I have never before read an account of wwii conflict from the perspective of ordinary german soldiers. What i concentrate on in my own book is a short period, 1910 to 1918, when montenegro was a kingdom. World war ii this is a wikipedia book, a collection of wikipedia articles that can be easily saved, imported by an external electronic rendering service, and ordered as a printed book. But his triumphs were not part of a strategic conception that secured victory in the long run. Oct 03, 2018 this series of books on world war 2 follows three girls who have their reasons for fighting. The best books on europes vanished states five books. May 08, 2015 the book that i love most on the second world war is carries war by nina bawden.
Germany was so extraordinarily successful in the first two years that hitler came close to realizing his aim of establishing hegemony in europe. So when i have come across this book by leonard cooper, i. Germany may have had the best military during world war i, but that wasnt enough for the kaiser and crew to win the war. Capturing warsaw at the dawn of world war ii as german bombs began falling on poland in 1939, an american photographer made a fateful decision zygmunt aksienow rescued a caged canary as a sign of. The georgenhof has been inhabited since before the first world war by. Dont miss these 100 must read world war ii books, including fiction, ya, history. If you look at the amazon page for it the link above, under customers who bought this item also bought, you can see many more related titles. Now imagine such a book written by a german who lived through. Very few movies show the second world war from the perspective of nazi germany. One german soldier who fought during the battle for berlin was siegfried knappe. Understanding world war ii through the eyes of german soldiers. I have played games about world war 2, watched movies about world war 2 and also read books about world war 2.
This book focuses on the german home front during the end of the war period, specifically from the perspective of the general citizenry. A new book has gathered the memories of kriegskinder, next to. Many important diaries kept by political leaders and ordinary folks during world war ii have been digitized or preserved, and while reading a. I felt a hot thrill of alarm run down my spine are the words she imagines shell use about her adventure. Search 30,000 expert sources with subject matter expertise in seconds. But reading fiction set during this time allows young readers to make an emotional connection to the children and their families who became victims of this devastating war. The book starts off with the story of tommy doyle, a man with a family whos father was one of the soldiers who had gone missing in the pacific islands of palau. But this book about world war 2 and german tank stories is new for me. An incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war torn skies of world war ii if i could only own one book about the war it would be that one. Get the best deals on original ww ii us books when you shop. Are there any good books on ww2 from the german s point of view. While robertsthe cambridgeeducated historian and author of several earlier works of military and social historydeals with each of the war s global theaters, his. Thousands of movies have been made about world war ii nearly 6,000 movies listed in imdb mention wwii as one of their plot keywords.
Capturing warsaw at the dawn of world war ii history. Tens of thousands of jewish inhabitants in the so called protectorate of bohemia and moravia soon felt the tragic. D day through german eyes the hidden story of june 6th 1944. The german perspective history of world war ii study program. Apr 24, 2018 the hysteria that targeted german americans during world war i when indiana and many other states went so far as to criminalize teaching german to children rarely occurred during world war ii, though about 11,000 german nationals were detained.
He also addresses points of view from forced labor, camp inmates. As the title says, im looking for books from the german s perspective during world war ii. It made me think about what its like to be evacuated and i just love this book. Lot time life the third reich 1st printing complete set of 21 wwii books ex. With france conquered, hitler could now turn his forces on germanys sole remaining enemy. This book has been cited by the following publications. Books on world war 2 most inspiring, heartbreaking and. Montenegro was an allied state in world war i and the only allied state which wasnt restored afterwards. Jan 27, 2016 illustration of the b25 bomber over the monongahela river. The beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant new york times bestseller about a blind french girl and a german boy whose paths collide in occupied france as both try to survive the devastation of world war ii. What are some good books of world war 2 from a german soldiers view. Was it a mistake for germany not to wait unil 1917 and beyond to fight a world war.
It was swallowed up, by very devious means, by the serbs who were one of our other allies. It is absolutely necessary to consider other sources before one could say that a nearly complete understanding of world war ii from the german perspective had been gained. Hundreds of fascinating images taken by a german soldier reveal life in enemys trenches. Why is the german invasion of poland usually marked as the beginning of the second world war. In the fall of 1944, a massive american bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the pacific islands of palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of world war ii. Fighting the first world war by william philpott overlook, 2014. Discover book depositorys huge selection of world war 2 books online.
Stephen hunter, pultizer prizewinning author of the third bullet. The nazi regime, having started the conflict, turned it into the most horrific war in. On may 20th, 1941, hitler launched historys first ever airborne invasion, when german paratroopers landed on the island of crete. Oskar groening, at the age of 94, is currently on trial in germany, charged with being an accessory to several hundred thousand murders while he served as an ss officer at auschwitz during world war ii. Then theres the question of perspective, and its ironies.
Knappe, along with ted brusaw, has recently written soldat, a book on his experiences in the german. Are there any good books on ww2 from the germans point of. For an easily readable book covering the most basic stuff about the war which took place over 6 continents and all of the worlds oceans, by the way you can start with 1001 things everyone should know about wwii. Army, 15th army group history, 16 december 1944 2 may 1945. German americans tended to support the german governments actions, and, even after the united states entered world war i, they often voted for antidraft and. Walter kempowskis epic novel of germany in collapse the new. They all answered four questions on 1 the new global perspective on world war i, 2 methodological changes in world war i studies, 3 the longterm significance of world war i, and 4 the relation between academic research and public memory of the great war. In autumn 1941, a german uboat commander and his crew set out on yet. What are the best childrens books on the second world war. While ive been away ive been occupied reading before i started hitler and his generals with john keegans the first world war and lyn macdonalds 1914. I love great historical novels, so i was looking forward to this book set at the cusp of world war ii, but i wasnt expecting it to be so good, or so impactful.
No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than mans and yet as mortal as his own. These novels set during the wwii era are some of the most inspiring, heartbreaking, and powerful reads you will ever encounter and each of them gives us a new perspective on the time. New perspectives on inner emigration in german literature 19331945. How the children of nazi germany remember world war two. The defiance and destruction of hitlers germany, 19441945, by ian kershaw, a british historian. Then instruct students to take a virtual field trip of the united states world war ii museum. Interview with world war ii german officer siegfried knappe.
On july 16, 1940, hitler issued a directive ordering the preparation and, if necessary, the execution of a plan for the invasion of. Once again culling from the excellent comments left in my original post on the topic from a while back, here are the books. Nazi eugenics parenting aryan children german evolution hitler occult ss darwin. Bohemia and moravia, today part of the czech republic, was the first territory with a majority of nongerman speakers occupied by hitlers third reich on the eve of the world war ii. The regime ended after the allies defeated germany in may 1945, ending world war ii in europe. Then again, german children usually visit holocaustrelated places at least twice before they finish school, so maybe that does more than any statement condemning the german people in full for world war ii and the final solution to prevent another war or genocide or even just a fascist state from rising. The best books on perspectives of world war ii recommended by james holland. The author of a new book on the dam buster squadron tells us about works of fiction or memoir that show the horror of the second world war in a human light and with fresh immediacy. He also addresses points of view from forced labor, camp inmates, and front line soldiers, but his primary focus is what and how the german population supported and lasted through the bitter end.
The third reich name, meaning third realm or third empire, alluded to the nazis perception that nazi germany was the successor of the earlier holy roman 8001806 and german 18711918 empires. Front lines answers the question if women were soldiers, what would the war have been like and opens up a new perspective. Books about ww2 from a german perspective the fedora lounge. The book describes sajers experiences as a volunteer in the german army during world war ii from the time of his enlistment in 1942 until the end of the war. Despite the book s popularity the article cautions readers to exercise care and not to place much stock in the book due to its suspect nature. I found it pretty balanced for a western book on the subject, not without faults tho. Wil hylton documents americas noblest policy in riveting narrative detail. Culture how the children of nazi germany remember world. Many readers suggested anthony beevors books stalingrad and the fall of berlin 1945. An incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the wartorn skies of world war ii if i could only own one book about the war it would be that one. Best book i have ever read about the war was a higher call.
The hysteria that targeted german americans during world war i when indiana and many other states went so far as to criminalize teaching german to children rarely occurred during world war ii, though about 11,000 german nationals were detained. Germany, hitler, and world war ii essays in modern german and world history. On late notice, i need a book with war and battle in it. They discover the roles that define them on the front line in the war. What are some good books of world war 2 from a german. Glantzs when titans clashed is an excellent book, very thorough, but more on the military aspect. As for the two ive read, keegans book is a good overview of world war one, but is not an all enclusive volume. Stephen rodrick, author of the magical stranger a great read. Last week, prosecutors called for a threeandahalf year sentence for the former concentration camp guard, who admits moral guilt but. Walter koessler took almost 1,000 images while he served in the german. The sixtyyear search for the missing men of world war ii by wil s. The best books on perspectives of world war ii a five.
The sixtyyear search for the missing men of world war ii, is a well written book about the search for the missing soldiers fighting in the pacific during world war ii. For many decades after the end of world war ii wwii, a broad popular narrativereinforced through thousands of films and books cast the german military as unthinking tools of nazi ideology. During the battle of dunkirk from may 26 to june 4, 1940, some 338,000 british. A global history of world war ii by gerhard weinberg s a good start. The 15th army group was the senior command for forces in italy at the end of world war ii. After yesterdays world war ii fiction post, now its time for the nonfiction. Popular world war 2 europe books meet your next favorite book. Nov 04, 2014 vanished is a crucial book for anyone who cares about the cost of war.
However, the few points about politics are approached with objectivity. Great britain, which was protected from the formidable german army by the waters of the english channel. There are a number of books in english, and in german for example, by the german sociologist harald wenzler that are crucial and more critical. Dunkirk is a small town on the coast of france that was the scene of a massive military campaign during world war ii. Us navy battleship cruise book world war ii 19421945. Hyltons style and approach is so well done that the book reads like a mystery wrapped around a thriller and rolled up in an action adventure. A long lost british second world war submarine that vanished 73 years ago has been found with 71 dead bodies of crew off the coast of italy. The bestknown is probably the forgotten soldier by guy sajer.
At the time of the battle, he was a major and the operations officer of the lvi panzer corps. Army in world war iihighlights the major ground force campaigns during the six years of the war, offers suggestions for further reading, and provides americans an opportunity to learn about the armys role in world war ii. Different perspectives of world war ii by juddie walker on prezi. Top ten must have ww2 books in your library wwii forums. The story starts with some very general statements about life before the war, such as the famous opening line. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the world war ii fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life. Ny times journalists to freelancers trust our network. Interesting list, there are a number here ive been wanting to read, and a few i hadnt heard of which look interesting.
Was it realistically possible for germany to quickly get defeated in a world war. By wibke bruhns 2008 decades after nazi armies began their march of conquest and genocide, the german children of the. E company, 506th regiment, 101st airborne from normandy to hitlers eagles nest. Almost all of them were made from the point of view of the allied forces. The mystery of pittsburghs ghost bomber history center. German was used in local schools and churches, while numerous vereine, associations dedicated to literature, humor, gymnastics, and singing, sprang up in german american communities. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids. Alois dwenger, writing from the front in may 1942, complained that people forgot the actions of simple soldiers i believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. Ask them to write a tribute to their relative that might be an appropriate reading to commemorate veterans day at the world war ii museum. Sixty years ago, at the height of our nations cold war frenzy, an american military plane crashed into an icy pittsburgh river, sparking one of our citys most interesting and enduring unsolved mysteries. Yet 70 years on despite whole libraries of books about the wars origins, course.
I was wondering what good wwi books from the german perspective are available. Here are 18 world war 2 books to add to your shelf. A new history of the second world war harpercollins, 2011 andrew roberts has produced a singlevolume history of world war ii that is both comprehensive and delightfully readable. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In exploring the reality of the landser, the average german soldier in world war ii, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories. Hylton is one of the most fascinating books i have ever read on the second world war, and i have read plenty of them. Since it is primarily an analysis of the individual german soldier from a psychological perspective. Only in recent years has a more nuanced view emerged, as represented in films like downfall and the recent television series generation war, both of.827 410 1030 673 814 323 99 1309 273 1010 500 902 122 964 715 1120 1438 1260 1410 1476 1375 246 692 832 698 246 262 141 795 980 748 78 946 198 1025 1026 1192 995 633 1489 703 1392 522 1132 373 531 228 1013