[COLOR=black]I recently picked up a copy of Armageddon by Max Hastings, and I really enjoyed reading it. It covers the offensives on both Eastern and Western fronts between 1944-45. I found it fascinating to read, a very detailed narrative of the whole conflict intermingled with lots of personal accounts. Definitely worth a read, and a remarkable account of the retribution the Red Army unleashed on East Prussia.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR] [COLOR=black]I was thinking of buying the following:[/COLOR] Stalingrad by Anthony Beevoir Barbarossa: The Russian German Conflict by Alan Clark Citizen Soldiers by Steven Ambrose
[COLOR=black]Any recommendations would be welcome.[/COLOR]
You should really buy the Stalingrad book. Recommend it! Also, you should check out the Fall of Berlin by Beevoir book, too.
I am reading the Stalingrad book right mow and it is very interesting. goes in depth on personal facts on soldiers and the the overall battle itself, in side and outside Stalingrad.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
I have both Stalingrad and Berlin by Antony Beevor, he's a great author.
Try " A Question of Honor " by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud http://www.questionofhonor.com/ ... " A Question of Honor also gives us a revelatory history of Poland during World War II and of the many thousands in the Polish armed forces who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country's unending struggle against both Hitler and Stalin, its long battle for independence, and the tragic collapse of that dream in the "peace" that followed.
Powerful, moving, deeply involving, A Question of Honor is an important addition to the literature of World War II." previews - http://www.questionofhonor.com/questionofhonor.htm
I'd suggest Iron Coffins by Herbert A. Werner and Stuka-pilot by Hans-Ulrich Rudel.
Some of the classics:
-Crusade in Europe (Dwight D. Eisenhower) -The Second World War (6 volumes, Winston Churchill & John Keegan) -Anything by John Keegan, for that matter -The Good War (Studs Terkel) -Guadalcanal Diary (Richard Tregaskis) -Once There Was a War (John Steinbeck) -Anything by Samuel Eliot Morison (US Navy official historian) -Berlin Diary (William L. Shirer) -Spandau Diaries / Inside the Third Reich (Albert Speer, take "I KNOW NOZHINGK" with a grain of salt) -Anything by Cornelius Ryan -Here is Your War / Ernie's War (Ernie Pyle)
Note that I know this is heavy on American authors and winner's side history writing. However, I really haven't run into much that was very readable, balanced and informative written by either Soviet or Axis authors.
I have a tiny fetish for books written by [SIZE=-1]David Glantz. [/SIZE]
I can recommend "The fall of the Third Reich" by Dr. Duncan Anderson, it's a good book about the western front from june '44 onwards Hitlers Sky Warriors by Christopher Ailsby gives a nice overview of the German Fallschirmjaegers and their operations, formation, equipment,... Chris chant is my favourite author of books about the technical aspects of the war, his books Artillery, Tanks and Small Arms are really nice. They're not exclusively about ww2 though, but that doesn't bother me at all.