World War II Library Books at the GG Archives

The GG Archives World War II Book Collection. Military books published that focus primarily on the war in Europe and Scandinavia. This is a partial listing of our WW2 Collection.

Front Cover, The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison E. Salisbury, New York: Harper & Row, 1969.

The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad

Stalin's paranoid fear and hatred of the city...the most Europeanized in Russia; his inability to believe Hitler would attack; the crucial errors of Leningrad's political leaders vis-a-vis the Kremlin.

Front Cover, Barrage: The Guns in Action by Ian V. Hogg. Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II, Weapons Book, No. 18. New York: Ballantine Books, Inc. # 02112-6, 1970.

Barrage: The Guns in Action

Ballantines Illustrated History of WWII. Weapons book #18. Great photographic look as the artillery of WWII.

Battle: The Story of the Bulge

Battle: The Story of the Bulge

WW2 Book-Battle-The Story of the Bulge by John Toland in hard cover with dust jacket, this 367 page publication with many period photos provides and hour by hour reconstruction of the most dramatic and controversial battle of WW2.

Front Cover, Battle of the Ruhr Pocket by Charles Whiting. Ballantin's Illustrated History of the Violent Century. Battle Book, No. 21. New York: Ballantine Books, Inc., 1970/1971, #02195-9.

Battle of the Ruhr Pocket

From headquarters staff conferences to tank turrets to frontline foxholes on both sides of the fines, here are the sounds, sights, smell, and feel of the desperate battle that arose from Eisenhower"s surprise abandonment of the race for Berlin, instead to encircle Field Marshal Model and his 300,000 troops in the shattered industrial heartland of the Reich.

Front Cover of the Time Life Book Battle For Scandinavia, included in their World War II Series.

Battles For Scandinavia: World War II

The four nations of Scandinavia—Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland—hoped to remain neutral in World War II. But the Arctic crest from Petsamo in Finland to Narvik in Norway was rich in iron, nickel, copper and molybdenum—the stuff of arms and armor. For the Germans, the long Norwegian coast afforded sheltered waters from which Britain and British shipping might be attacked.

Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941

Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941

A day to day record of events that happened before his eyes, such as he was in Vienna when the Nazis took over Austria, he covered the Sudetenland fighting in 1938 and watched the sellout of Czechoslovakia at Godesberg, Berlin and Munich.

Front Cover, Bilder Vi Ikke Må Glemme (Photos We Must Not Forget) by Hans Heiberg and Ulf Johns, Oslo: J. W. Cappelens Forlag, 1946.

Bilder Vi Ikke Må Glemme

The book consists of a rich selection of photographs and facsimiles from the years of occupation, collected by Ulf Johns (1920-2007) and Hans Heiberg (1904-1978) after the liberation from the German occupation in 1945.

Front Cover, Bir Hakim: Desert Citadel - Ballantin's Illustrated History of the Violent Century. Battle Book, No. 23 by Richard Holmes. New York: Ballantine Books, 1971.

Bir Hakim: Desert Citadel

Although De Gaulle had raised the standard of fighting France in June 1940, he had fought few French ground forces to rally to his flag. The first major units to come in were those from French West Africa who made their way across the desert to join the Eight Army in Egypt.

Front Cover, The Bitter Years: The Invasion and Occupation of Denmark and Norway, April 1940-May 1945 by Richard Petrow, New York: Morrow Quill Paperbacks, 1974.

The Bitter Years: The Invasion and Occupation of Denmark and Norway, April 1940 - May 1945

This definitive and highly readable account of the German invasion and occupation of Denmark and Norway presents the first realistic appraisal of a previously neglected area of World War II history. The Bitter Years shatters the myths and corrects the misconceptions as it details the dramatic chapters of Scandinavia's wartime experience.

Front Cover: Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders in the Pacific by Marlin "Whitey" Groft and Larry Alexander, New York: Berkley Caliber, 2014.

Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders in the Pacific

For two hellish nights in September 1942, about 840 United States Marines—commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Austin ‘‘Red Mike" Edson—fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge.

Bomber: Events Relating to the Last Flight of an R.A.F. Over Germany

Bomber: Events Relating to the Last Flight of an R.A.F. Over Germany

Events relating to the last flight of an R.A.F. Bomber over Germany on the night of June 30, 1943.

Front Cover (Dustjacket) of A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974.

A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan (1974)

Its subject is the battle of Arnhem, the greatest airborne operation of the war, the masterstroke by which Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, having won over a reluctant General Dwight D. Eisenhower, proposed to end the war in 1944, dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem.

Front Cover, Closing The Ring, The Second World War by Winston Churchill. Boston: HoughtonMifflin Company, 1951.

Closing the Ring: The Second World War Volume by Winston Churchill

The drive to victory between June 1943 and July 1944, as the Allies consolidate their achievements, with enormous difficulty and great divergence of opinion.

Front Cover, The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940 by William L. Shirer. New York: Simon and Schuster.

The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940

A detailed description of the events leading to the outbreak of the Second World War, the battle for Frame and the reasons why France lost when it clearly had superiority an numbers and quality of weapons over Germany.

Front Cover, Comes the Comrade! by Alexandra Orme, New York: William Morrow & Company, 1950.

Comes the Comrade! by Alexandra Orme

The book is very gay and very amusing, because no matter in what situation she may be thrown, its author is a gay and amusing person. The pages sparkle with her humor and her sophisticated sympathy. It is true also that her adventures with war-worn Russian troops from all parts of the Soviet Union are not particularly terrifying in themselves, because she was lucky enough to know the language and the thought processes of Russia.

Folklore Fights - The Nazis: Humor in Occupied Norway, 1940-1945

Folklore Fights - The Nazis: Humor in Occupied Norway, 1940-1945

Armed with jokes, puns, and cartoons, Norwegians tried to keep their spirits high and foster the Resistance by poking fun at the occupying Germans during World War II.

For Those I Loved : The Story of Hope and Survival in World War II

For Those I Loved : The Story of Hope and Survival in World War II

The flames of war's inhumanity ravaged martin gray's life when he was only fourteen; by raw will he crawled out of the devastation and built a strong personal fortress.  His story transcends all religious beliefs; he personifies the shining triumph of the indomitable human spirit.

Gestapo

Gestapo SS : World War II Weapons Book, No. 8

From the twenties to the war years and the culminating horror of the extermination camps, the history of the SS and the Gestapo traces the development of the most evil system of political thought ever to oppress humanity.

Inside The Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer

Inside The Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer

Albert Speer, the Nazi Minister of Armaments and one of Adolf Hitler's closest friends, was the only member of Hitler's inner circle to escape the death penalty at the Nuremberg Trials, primarily due to his willingness to admit remorse and shame for his actions under Nazi Germany.

Front Cover, KL Auschwitz Documentary Photographs of the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Warszawa: Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza, 1980.

KL Auschwitz: Documentary Photographs - 1980

The State Museum in Oświęcim thus releases a five-language version of its album containing documentary photographs portraying the most grandiose Nazi death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Auschwitz Museum is in possession of rather rich archives, a part of which are unique in character. The mechanical documentation section is of particular importance as it has iconographie material from the years when KL Auschwitz functioned as a death camp, and from the period following its liberation.

Memoirs from the War Years

Memoirs from the War Years

The author was Bishop of Nidaros, Norway who kept a journal of his observations during the occupation of Norway by the Germans during World War II, covering the period from April 9, 1940, to May 8, 1945. Details role of Lutheran ministers during the Nazi occupation. Translated from the Norwegian by L. A. Vigness.

Military Leaders of World War II

Military Leaders of World War II

Profiles the lives and achievements of ten American aviators, generals, and admirals, including Claire Lee Chenault, Chester W. Nimitz, Omar Bradley, Jacqueline Cochran, and George S. Patton.

Norge Under Okkupasjonen

Norge Under Okkupasjonen

A brilliant documentary book that deals with the occupation until the liberation, the background for the assault on Norway, the campaign in 1940, the conditions for the civilian population and both the civilian and military resistance struggle that was fought for freedom and independence.

Norway 1940

Norway 1940

Looks at Britain and France's betrayal of Norway during World War II, and portrays the strength of Norway's King Haakon VII, whose honorable leadership united the nation in an attempt to defend itself from the invasion of Hitler's troops.

Norway and the Second World War

Norway and the Second World War

The German invasion of Norway in 1940 opened a crucial chapter of Norwegian history. During the five years that followed, the fate of this nation on the outskirts of Europe was firmly interlocked with the gigantic struggle that raged in Europe and beyond. Yet Norway's war, while being a part of the universal conflict, still presented many unique features.

Not Me! The World War II Memoir of a Reluctant Rifleman

Not Me! The World War II Memoir of a Reluctant Rifleman

What happens when an Ivy League preppy is suddenly dumped from a comfortable college environment into World War II combat as an infantry rifleman? The revelations of Alexander Hadden of the ghastliness of infantry life and not that of military romanticism.

Front Cover: Scandinavian Misadventure: The Campaign In Norway - 1940 by Maurice Harvey

Scandinavian Misadventure: The Campaign In Norway - 1940

Scandinavian Misadventure is a meticulous and scholarly study of the politics, personalities and events of these momentous months of 1940, during World War II. Maurice Harvey sets the scene in all the countries directly involved in the conflict.

Skis Against The Atom

Skis Against The Atom

A dramatic and accurate tale of heroism and daring during the Nazi occupation of Norway. The book focuses on the race to destroy Hitler's heavy water plant with only a small band of Norwegian soldiers, led by Mr. Haukelid.

The 12-Year Reich: A Social History of Nazi Germany 1933-1945

The 12-Year Reich: A Social History of Nazi Germany 1933-1945

The 12-year Reich, the first comprehensive social study of the Third Reich, shows what the Nazi regime proffered as the 'ideal' society and how the German people responded. Along with the violence, corruption, persecution, public extravaganzas, the ever-present Party, and the cult of the Fuhrer, a ghastly irritation of ordinary life went on.

Front Cover: The War Against the Jews 1933-1945 by Lucy S. Dawidowicz.

The War Against the Jews 1933-1945

In The War Against the Jews 1933-1945, Lucy Dawidowicz answers this question in a vivid historical narrative, avoiding the moral and metaphysical abstractions that have bedeviled and obscured the subject.

 

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