If your pursuit of WWII historical knowledge has stalled somewhat, whether because of the overwhelming variety of literature on the subject or simply because you crave some more variety in your history books, then look no further than this Top WWII History Books page. I've put together a list of vital WWII history books that aren't just best-selling and popular with their audiences, but are books that form a vital part of the historical writings on WWII, from the perspectives of historians at the top of their field to the personal accounts of those who experienced everything from the holocaust to fighting the war from the perspective of the axis powers.
Most accounts of World War II are heavy on the most popularised aspects of the conflict: Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, the London Blitz, and of course the Holocaust. These aspects of the war are most certainly important indeed, but seem often to overshadow the brutal and remarkably horrific war between the Soviets and the Germans. I often wondered, “How did things really play out between Germany and Russia?”. This is a question everyone should seek to answer if they wish to possess a well-rounded knowledge of the intricacies of World War II. This article has been written to delve into the political and military aspects of the origins and outbreak of war between the Soviets and the Germans. It involves a detailed look at the situation on the ground in 1941, of Hitler’s undoing following Operation Barbarossa, and of the plight of the civilian population caught in the crossfire.
Alan Turing and the Enigma Code Breaking
Considering the fact that the timeline of the Pacific War is wedged between two of the most well-known and oft-depicted events of the entire Second World War, the popular understanding of the minutiae of the Pacific War is comparatively much weaker than that of the European theatre. This is why I’ve taken a particular interest in the Japan vs United States conflict during WWII, and have written about it in detail in the paragraphs of this article. The article covers the war, from its outbreak in 1941 as the result of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, through to the expansion and peak of the Japanese empire in 1942, through to the naval, air, and land battles that sought to turn the tide on the Japanese, culminating in the catastrophic human tragedy that befell Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 at the hands of the allied powers.
Of all the theatres of conflict that comprised the Second World War, there is no doubt in my mind that the African theatre is the one that is known about the least. When Italy entered into the conflict in 1940 on the side of the axis powers, her colonial interests in Libya resulted in a clash with Britain’s interest in bordering Egypt. This was just the start of the conflict in Africa, however, so this article’s intention is to explore the subject of WWII in Africa, from the Italian land invasion of North Africa in 1940 that saw commencement of the conflict, to the rapid decline of the Italian forces that led to Germany’s use of the infamous Africa Korps, led by “Desert Fox” General Ewin Rommel. A war of land, sea, and air as well as one of supply-line, the North African campaign deserves the detail that this article hopes to delve into, as well as the attention it pays to the vital East-African campaign.
Around 10,000 allied troops lost their lives on the day of the Normandy invasion. Codenamed Operation Overlord, this plan was part of a wider plan of attack and deception that led to the liberation of German-occupied western and northern Europe in 1944. A turning point that tipped the scales of the war in favour of the allies, D-Day (as it is otherwise known) is extensively covered in historical literature from many perspectives ranging from veterans themselves to the writings of professional historians. This article is focused on presenting the best D-Day history books out there that can function as both historical sources as well as thrilling, informative reads for the more casual observer of modern history.
Instead of having to trawl through the hundreds of WWII books yourself, you'll find my WWII Fighter Pilot and Aerial Battle Books article to be of much interest. Within this article you will discover a variety of the best-written and most highly-rated books on the subject, ranging from first-hand accounts of legendary pilots considered to be at the top of their profession, through to more encyclopaedic takes on the action - Men of the Battle of Britain being a fine example - that have become an important resource for historians and other academic researchers.