Memoirs of the Second World War

Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Winston Churchill
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1065
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:1251808611
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of the Second World War Book Review:

Memoirs of the Second World War

Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Winston Churchill
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1065
Release: 1987
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:240476346
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of the Second World War Book Review:

Surveys the war and its politics.

The Veterans Tale

The Veterans  Tale
Author: Frances Houghton
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2018-12-31
ISBN 10: 1108496911
ISBN 13: 9781108496919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Veterans Tale Book Review:

Reveals how memoirs are rich repositories of information about the ways in which veterans remembered, understood, and recounted their war.

Memoirs of a Kamikaze

Memoirs of a Kamikaze
Author: Kazuo Odachi,Shigeru Ota
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 1462921493
ISBN 13: 9781462921492
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of a Kamikaze Book Review:

An incredible, untold story of survival and acceptance that sheds light on one of the darkest chapters in Japanese history. This book tells the story of Kazuo Odachi who—in 1943, when he was just 16 years-old—joined the Imperial Japanese Navy to become a pilot. A year later, he was unknowingly assigned to the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps—a group of airmen whose mission was to sacrifice their lives by crashing planes into enemy ships. Their callsign was "ten dead, zero alive." By picking up Memoirs of a Kamikaze, readers will experience the hardships of fighter pilot training—dipping and diving and watching as other trainees crash into nearby mountainsides. They'll witness the psychological trauma of coming to terms with death before each mission, and breathe a sigh of relief with Odachi when his last mission is cut short by Japan's eventual surrender. They'll feel the anger at a government and society that swept so much of the sacrifice under the rug in its desperation to rebuild. Odachi's innate "samurai spirit" carried him through childhood, WWII and his eventual life as a kendo instructor, police officer and detective. His attention to detail, unwavering self-discipline and impenetrably strong mind were often the difference between life and death. Odachi, who is now well into his nineties, kept his Kamikaze past a secret for most of his life. Seven decades later, he agreed to sit for nearly seventy hours of interviews with the authors of this book—who know Odachi personally. He felt it was his responsibility to finally reveal the truth about the Kamikaze pilots: that they were unsuspecting teenagers and young men asked to do the bidding of superior officers who were never held to account. This book offers a new perspective on these infamous suicide pilots. It is not a chronicle of war, nor is it a collection of research papers compiled by scholars. It is a transcript of Odachi's words.

World War II Memoirs The Pacific Theater LOA 351

World War II Memoirs  The Pacific Theater  LOA  351
Author: E. B. Sledge,Samuel Hynes,Alvin Kernan
Publsiher: Library of America
Total Pages: 794
Release: 2022-01-04
ISBN 10: 1598537040
ISBN 13: 9781598537048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World War II Memoirs The Pacific Theater LOA 351 Book Review:

In one volume, three unforgettable memoirs that capture the brutality, fear, and heroism of the American land, air, and sea war in the Pacific. “Every generation is a secret society,” former Marine pilot Samuel Hynes wrote. “The secret that my generation—the one that came of age during the Second World War—shared was simply the war itself.” This volume brings together the powerful memoirs of three Americans who came of age fighting in the Pacific and who survived to tell their stories. Remarkable literary achievements that capture history with the immediacy of lived experience, all three—presented here in an illustrated collector’s edition—are classics of the modern literature of war. In With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (1981) Marine veteran E. B. Sledge bears unflinching witness to the horror, fear, and degradation of prolonged close-quarters combat. A mortarman serving in a front-line rifle company, Sledge survived thirty days of nightmarish fighting on the remote coral island of Peleliu, where heat, thirst, filth, and fear and hatred of the Japanese “eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all.” On Okinawa he faced an even greater test of endurance amid deep mud, driving rain, and incessant shelling, as men “fought and bled in an environment so degrading I believed we had been flung into hell’s own cesspool.” Written with precision and clarity, Sledge’s memoir is a haunting testament to his struggle to hold on to decency and sanity, and a moving tribute to the esprit de corps of the U.S. Marines. Flights of Passage (1988) is Samuel Hynes’ evocative and elegiac memoir of his “fairly ordinary flying war.” A “true believer in the religion of flight,” he writes with lyricism, candor, and humor about the joys and dangers of his stateside training as a dive-bomber pilot, the beauty and excitement he experienced flying in combat over the Ryukyu Islands, and his wartime education in the realities of friendship, sex, love, and sudden, random death. Alvin Kernan enlisted in the Navy in 1941 at age seventeen to escape life on a failing Wyoming ranch. Crossing the Line (1994, revised 2007) is a vividly written account of his remarkable service on three aircraft carriers, first as an aviation ordnanceman and then as an air gunner. A perceptive and thoughtful observer of the sailor’s life at sea and on shore, Kernan witnessed the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack and the launching of the Doolittle Raid, armed planes at Midway, survived the sinking of the Hornet, and flew on the final mission of the fighter ace Butch O’Hare. With thirty-two pages of photographs and endpaper maps.

The Silent Heroes

The Silent Heroes
Author: Hans Moederzoon Van Kuilenburg
Publsiher: Strategic Book Publishing
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2013-05
ISBN 10: 162212281X
ISBN 13: 9781622122813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silent Heroes Book Review:

Author Hans Moederzoon van Kuilenburg was a 10-year-old girl living in Amsterdam when German soldiers invaded Holland in the spring of 1940. The Dutch had intended to stay neutral at the outbreak of the war, as their military was no match for the Nazi hordes. Within five days, Holland had fallen and the German occupation was underway. The five ensuing years were among the darkest chapters in Dutch history, culminating in the hunger winter of 1944, during which 30,000 Dutch citizens died of hunger and cold. Even today, people like the author, who grew up during that time, are more prone to heart attacks as a result of the physical stress of those years. But despite having capitulated so quickly in the face of the overwhelming might of the German war machine, there were many heroes in Holland during the occupation; people like the author's father, a civilian supervisor of marine supplies, who robbed the Germans blind and gave stolen food and clothing to Dutch people in need. Eventually his activities attracted the attention of the German authorities and he was imprisoned. Thankfully Hans' mother was able to stage a dramatic escape with the help of the family doctor.The Silent Heroes is a true story of heroism, survival and resistance during a time of fear, despair, and hardship. Hans Moederzoon van Kuilenburg was born in Amsterdam and immigrated to the U.S. in 1959. She had a distinguished career as a medical assistant before retiring. In addition to writing, she also does photography and sometimes exhibits her work. The Silent Heroes is her first book. Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/HansMoederzoonVanKuilenbur

Flights of Passage

Flights of Passage
Author: Samuel Hynes,Samuel Lynn Hynes
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780747578116
ISBN 13: 0747578117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Flights of Passage Book Review:

A gripping, literary recollection of a pilot's experiences during WWII.

Code Name Pauline

Code Name Pauline
Author: Pearl Witherington Cornioley
Publsiher: Chicago Review Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-08-01
ISBN 10: 1613744900
ISBN 13: 9781613744901
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Code Name Pauline Book Review:

Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Told through a series of reminiscences—from a difficult childhood spent in the shadow of World War I and her family’s harrowing escape from France as the Germans approached in 1940 to her recruitment and training as a special agent and the logistics of parachuting into a remote rural area of occupied France and hiding in a wheat field from enemy fire—each chapter also includes helpful opening remarks to provide context and background on the SOE and the French Resistance. With an annotated list of key figures, an appendix of original unedited interview extracts—including Pearl’s fiancé Henri’s story—and fascinating photographs and documents from Pearl’s personal collection, this memoir will captivate World War II buffs of any age.

I Sank The Bismarck

I Sank The Bismarck
Author: John Moffat
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 1409082199
ISBN 13: 9781409082194
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Sank The Bismarck Book Review:

In the early hours of the 27th of May, 1941, the German warship Bismarck - scourge of the Atlantic ocean - was sailing towards a fateful encounter. Two days previously, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had issued the order to "Sink the Bismarck". High winds and low visibility added to the atrocious morning weather as Fleet Air Arm pilot, John Moffat, took to the air in his open cockpit bomber. Along with twelve other brave pilots, John Moffat took down the largest warship of its time. A warship that had destroyed the famed HMS Hood within minutes, and was able to withstand anything the British military threw at them. These men, in their Swordfish, managed to avoid the fearful anti-aircraft fire and launched their torpedoes. One of them hit, holing the German warship. This is his story - of how as a young man he experienced first-hand the titanic struggle for naval supremacy, the cramped-cabins and meagre rations of WW2, the mind-numbing patrols over hundreds of miles of ocean and the adrenalin and fear of being in a fragile aircraft sought out by gunfire. As the only surviving member of his fellow pilots, John Moffat tells of everything that led him to be able to say, "I sank the Bismarck".

Memoirs of the Second World War

Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Sir Winston Churchill,Denis Kelly
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1065
Release: 1978
ISBN 10: 9780517270325
ISBN 13: 0517270323
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of the Second World War Book Review:

Abridged by Denis Kelly.

Quartered Safe Out Here

Quartered Safe Out Here
Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-06-28
ISBN 10: 0007325762
ISBN 13: 9780007325764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quartered Safe Out Here Book Review:

‘There is no doubt that [Quartered Safe Out Here] is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War’ John Keegan

Commanding the Red Army s Sherman Tanks

Commanding the Red Army s Sherman Tanks
Author: Dmitri? Fedorovich Loza
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 173
Release: 1996-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780803229204
ISBN 13: 0803229208
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Commanding the Red Army s Sherman Tanks Book Review:

Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza has carefully crafted his World War II experiences with U.S.-provided Sherman tanks into a highly readable memoir. Between the fall of 1943 and August 1945, Loza fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. He commanded a tank battalion during much of this period and had three Shermans shot out from under him. Loza's unit participated in such well-known combat actions as the Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy Operation, the Jassy-Kishenev Operation, and the battles for Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Following the German surrender, Loza's unit was sent to Mongolia, where it participated in the arduous trek across the Gobi Desert to attack the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria. This is the first available detailed examination of the Red Army's exploitation of U.S. war matiriel during World War II and one of the first genuine memoirs available from the Russian front. Loza also provides firsthand testimony on tactical command decisions, group objectives and how they were accomplished, and Soviet use of combat equipment and intelligence. Only after the collapse of the USSR and concomitant relaxing of prohibitions against publication of materials related to the Lend-Lease Program there could this account be made available Dmitriy Loza served as an instructor at the Frunze Academy after the war, retiring in 1967 with the rank of colonel. He resides in Moscow. James F. Gebhardt, now a defense contractor at Fort Leavenworth, is a Vietnam veteran. He is the author of Blood on the Shores: Soviet Naval Commandos in World War II.

P O W in the Pacific

P O W  in the Pacific
Author: William N. Donovan
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 182
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780842027250
ISBN 13: 0842027254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

P O W in the Pacific Book Review:

P.O.W. in the Pacific: Memoirs of an American Doctor in World War II describes the last weeks before Donovan's capture and his struggles after being taken prisoner at the surrender of Corregidor to the Japanese on May 6, 1942. He remained a P.O.W. until his release on August 14, 1945, V-J Day.

The Sky My Kingdom

The Sky My Kingdom
Author: Hanna Reitsch
Publsiher: Casemate
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-03-30
ISBN 10: 1612000576
ISBN 13: 9781612000572
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sky My Kingdom Book Review:

The memoir of the female aviator who became Hitler’s favorite pilot. The Sky My Kingdom is the fascinating autobiography of the famous World War II test pilot Hanna Reitsch. As the war progressed, Reitsch was invited to fly many of Germany’s latest—and increasingly desperate—designs, including the rocket-propelled Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet and several larger bombers, on which she tested various mechanisms for cutting barrage balloon cables. After crashing on her fifth Me 163 flight, she was badly injured but insisted on writing her report before falling unconscious and spending five months in the hospital. Eventually, she became Adolf Hitler’s favorite pilot. Reitsch was one of only two women awarded the Iron Cross First Class during World War II, and the only woman awarded the Luftwaffe Combined Pilot and Observer Badge with Diamonds. She survived many accidents and was badly injured several times. In the last days of the war, Reitsch was asked to fly her companion, Col. Gen. Robert Ritter von Greim, into Berlin to meet with Hitler. The city was already surrounded by Red Army troops, who had made significant progress into the downtown area when they arrived, landing on a city street and traveling to the Führerbunker. The aircraft she used was the justly famous Fieseler Storch, already well known for the exploit that rescued Mussolini, only adding to the legend of both Reitsch and that aircraft. She is said to have overheard Hitler laying out plans for Nazi commanders to join together in mass suicide when it was obvious that the war was over. She also hoped to fly out propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ six children, who had been staying in the bunker since April 22 with their parents, but neither Joseph nor Magda Goebbels would allow it. She managed to escape Berlin herself, on April 29, by flying out through heavy Russian antiaircraft fire. She was a devoted and idealistic Nazi who adored Adolf Hitler and refused to believe the reports of concentration camps and torture. Not until much later would she say that she had been “disgusted” by what she witnessed in the Third Reich. She was held for eighteen months by the American military after the war, interrogated, and subsequently released—ultimately to become a champion glider pilot, as gliders were the only craft German citizens were allowed to fly. Hers is a story that arguably stands as unique in the great drama of World War II.

The Red Army and the Second World War

The Red Army and the Second World War
Author: Alexander Hill
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2016-12-24
ISBN 10: 1107020794
ISBN 13: 9781107020795
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Red Army and the Second World War Book Review:

A major new account of the Soviet Union at war which charts the development, successes and failures of the Red Army.

If You Survive

If You Survive
Author: George Wilson
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-11-10
ISBN 10: 0307775259
ISBN 13: 9780307775252
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If You Survive Book Review:

"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you." So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building. Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life -- and his emotions. If You Survive One of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.

Their Finest Hour

Their Finest Hour
Author: Winston Churchill
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 683
Release: 1948
ISBN 10: 9780395410561
ISBN 13: 0395410568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Their Finest Hour Book Review:

The former British prime minister describes his first year in office in 1940 and the problems he faced with World War II

Memoirs of the Second World War

Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Winston Churchill
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 1065
Release: 1990
ISBN 10: 9780395522622
ISBN 13: 0395522625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memoirs of the Second World War Book Review:

Surveys the war and its politics

Those Who Forget

Those Who Forget
Author: Geraldine Schwarz
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-09-22
ISBN 10: 1501199102
ISBN 13: 9781501199103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Those Who Forget Book Review:

Those Who Forget, published to international awards and acclaim, is journalist Géraldine Schwarz’s riveting account of her German and French grandparents’ lives during World War II, an in-depth history of Europe’s post-war reckoning with fascism, and an urgent appeal to remember as a defense against today’s rise of far-right nationalism. During World War II, Géraldine Schwarz’s German grandparents were neither heroes nor villains; they were merely Mitlaüfer—those who followed the current. Once the war ended, they wanted to bury the past under the wreckage of the Third Reich. Decades later, while delving through filing cabinets in the basement of their apartment building in Mannheim, Schwarz discovers that in 1938, her paternal grandfather Karl took advantage of Nazi policies to buy a business from a Jewish family for a low price. She finds letters from the only survivor of this family (all the others perished in Auschwitz), demanding reparations. But Karl Schwarz refused to acknowledge his responsibility. Géraldine starts to question the past: How guilty were her grandparents? What makes us complicit? On her mother’s side, she investigates the role of her French grandfather, a policeman in Vichy. Weaving together the threads of three generations of her family story with Europe’s process of post-war reckoning, Schwarz explores how millions were seduced by ideology, overcome by a fog of denial after the war, and, in Germany at least, eventually managed to transform collective guilt into democratic responsibility. She asks: How can nations learn from history? And she observes that countries that avoid confronting the past are especially vulnerable to extremism. Searing and unforgettable, Those Who Forget is a riveting memoir, an illuminating history, and an urgent call for remembering.

The Second World War

The Second World War
Author: Antony Beevor
Publsiher: Back Bay Books
Total Pages: 880
Release: 2012-06-05
ISBN 10: 0316084077
ISBN 13: 9780316084079
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Second World War Book Review:

A masterful and comprehensive chronicle of World War II, by internationally bestselling historian Antony Beevor. Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War. In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach -- one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.