Does anyone have a suggestion for a good priced WWII Book Set? NOT individual books! There are so many to choose from! Preferably with nonfiction books by good authors, all fronts, and some pictures. Ambrose and Beevor are good too.
Christmas is coming up, and parents wont let me get video games :(
Well, i do know that Time published a whole series of books on major fronts of World War II although i dont know exactly the publisher or if they are still in print but they were excellent. And if your parents arent allowing videogames for Christmas, why not ask for something like Band of Brothers if you want some WWII esque entertainment ;)?
Theyve seen the horrors FH has done to my life :p
Ive seen quite a few of them already. A BoB equal of the Germans or Japanese would be awesome! Too much "D-day and Omaha" here.
I love the writing styles of Ambrose and Beevor, if it gets too "documentary" i get bored. They seem to keep it all really interesting in some strange way :P
Im thinking of the WWII book set, and DVDs of Downfall and Das Boot (i really want to see them!).
Das Boot is quite good, although a tad long but oh well. And although its not from the German or Japanese perspective, another WWII mini-series from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks is in the works to cover the Pacific front.
Do you have any other suggestions for movies or miniseries? I havent watched a good WWII movie in a long time. Im thinking of getting Flags of our Fathers when it comes out on DVD, along with the Letters of Iwo Jima, which is a companion movie told from the Japanese perspective.
EDIT: Dang! Letters of Iwo Jima wont be out until 07 :(
Allright lets see. Flags of our Fathers wasnt really a war movie, it had instances of battle but it was more of a biographical piece that focused on what happened to the surviving flag raisers once they got sent on a war bond drive. But yes, i know of many kickass war movies :nodding:.
In no particular order:
1. Where Eagles Dare Not your most historically accurate war movie out there but it sure is entertaining. Join Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton as they infilitrate a Nazi castle in Bavaria to rescue an American general...or so it seems ;). The movie is action packed and the mountainous scenery is spectacular, also the musical score really sets the pace and mood of the film quite well.
2. The Guns of Navarone Another secret mission movie, only this one is closer to reality. Group of British commandos set out to destroy a large coastal gun in the Mediterreanean. Good acting, good script, good action.
3. Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg's epic about a squad of soldiers who land on Omaha beach on D-Day and then must set out to bring a paratrooper home after his brothers are killed in combat. Almost everyone has seen this movie but its still very well done in my book. Great special effects and can also be very emotional at parts
4. The Great Escape One of my personal favorites. Story of a group of British commonwealth and American airmen who escape from a German POW camp on a massive scale. Based on a true story. This movie has great personality and the character development is so good that you actually feel sorry or happy for the characters when the fail and triumph. Also the last half of the movie is intense.
5. Tobruk Entertaining movie that chronicles another special mission taking place in the North African theater of war. The battles are quite good, especially the flamethrower action.
Thats a few good ones to check out, im sure a lot of other people on the forums would have a ton to add.
Luke, I am your mother.
2nd May 2005
OK buddy boy, you asked for it, here's my list. You'll want to find Amazon reviews on these; some may be out of print. You know jumjum, if you'd actually pm'ed me your home mailing address, I was going to mail you one or two of my titles to remain in good hands, before I return to Chile, away from my beloved library. Oh well, you lose.
Winston Churchill's WWII series. Continue with the official US navy histories of the war in the Pacific by Samuel Eliot Morison, combined with "Eagle against the Sun" by Ronald Spector and "Dec. 7 1941" by Gordon Prange. "Guadalcanal Diary" by Richard Tregaskis, "Incredible Victory" by Walter Lord, and "But Not in Shame" by Toland are nice completions.
For the European theater, you want "Crusade in Europe" by Dwight D. Eisenhower. The official US Army History of WWII by Mark H. Williams, anything by Cornelius Ryan, "Invasion 1944" by Hans (yes, _the_ Hans) Speidel,
"Struggle in Europe" by Chester Wilmot", "News of the 45th" and "Up Front" by Bill Mauldin, "History of the Second World War" by B.H. Liddell Hart, "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and "Berlin Diary" by William L. Shirer, "Struggle for Europe" by Chester Wilmot, "The Turn of the Tide" by Arthur Bryant, and "Blood Sweat and Tears" by Winston Churchill are nice complements for the European theater from the Allied side.
If you want some cool background on Japan and what motivated them, I'd recommend "Japan: The American Nexus" by John Hunter Boyle and "Japan: Beyond the End of History" by David Williams.
Round it out with "Inside the Third Reich" and the "Spandau Diaries" by Albert Speer, "The Arms of Krupp" by William Manchester, all good accounts of WWII in Germany.
For peripheral interest, you might enjoy "Operation Sea Lion" by Peter Fleming, "Before the Colors Fade" by Fred Avery, "De Gaulle" by Alexander Werth, "Haile Selassie's War" by Anthony Mockler", "Der Fuehrer" by Konrad Heiden, "The Trail of the Fox" by David Irving (yes, David "the Holocaust Never Happened" Irving, he wrogte some decent books), "The Reluctant Admiral" by Hiroyki Agawa (about Yamamoto), "Golden Carpet" by Somerset de Chair (about the British invasion of Iraq) and "Ernie's War" and "Here is Your War" by Ernie Pyle. Last but not least, "The Good War" by Studs Terkel is a _great_ series of interviews with principal actors.
Furthermore, "Airwar" by Edward Jablonski is a good overview of all things, well, airborne. I wouldn't discount the Time/Life WWII and aviation series, as well as the Ballantines Illustrated History of WWII.
Lastly, I always find "World War II" by Ralph G. Martin very inspiring, if mildly cheesy, but alas, very inspiring (despite the cheesy bits.)
Fiction, well, what Rothwell posted, plus of course Herman Wouk's "The Winds of War", anything by Alistair McLean and Ken Follett, some emotionally stirring stuff ("The English Patient", "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", "A Bell for Adano", "Hiroshima" by John Hersey") and some really ripping German propaganda bullshit yarns ("Bomber Squadron Lutzow", e.g.) should do you. And if that's not satisfactory for books, go drink beer until it is.
Unfortunately, I've failed to dig up much beyond a few titles on the "peripheral" theaters, or WWII from the Russian, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, etc. etc. etc. sides. Sorry bout that, just never got around to reading it, and assumed the good source material was in those languages. Feel free to correct me.
Can't ... give peace a chance?
10th April 2004
foodmaniac2003;3328970Do you have any other suggestions for movies or miniseries? I havent watched a good WWII movie in a long time. Im thinking of getting Flags of our Fathers when it comes out on DVD, along with the Letters of Iwo Jima, which is a companion movie told from the Japanese perspective. EDIT: Dang! Letters of Iwo Jima wont be out until 07 :(
Along with the Lt.'s and Fuzzy's choices I'd suggest The Big Red One (Lee Marvin & Luke Skywalker). Also Sahara (Humphrey Bogart). Good story about an M3 Grant tank crew fighting tons of jerries in North Aftrica. The Time-Life Series of Books are good but may only to be able to be read at the library. Good pictures but written in documentary style. Netflixs is great for DVDs...
7th August 2004
Try Sven Hazel, might not be 100% accurate, but is a good read, and gives a good look on how the germans had it/behaved on the eastern front
24th July 2006
Lt. Rothwell;33290175. Tobruk Entertaining movie that chronicles another special mission taking place in the North African theater of war. The battles are quite good, especially the flamethrower action.
Blah! But its got absolutely nothing to do with Tobruk. 'Rats of Tobruk' (1944) and 'The Desert Rats' (1953) are much better scripted although they only have the special effects of their era