It may have lost the oscar race, but it won the hearts of many viewers across the world. This was a conflict of staggering scale and savagery. Now, theres nothing wrong with the world at war, but death on the eastern front is how modern documentaries are made. But the part played by mussolinis italian troops, and in particular the. The battle for smolensk, 10 july10 september 1941, volume 2 the german offensives on the flanks and the third soviet counteroffensive, 25 august10 september 1941. Giving an unprecedented russian perspective on the wars most decisive and bloody theater.
I have separated my list of the best war books into categories world war ii as it affected england, the stories of people trying to escape the nazis, the war in europe, how relationships between people got complicated, and the war in the pacific. Wilhelm keitel signing the german instrument of surrender. The allies fought for control of north africa against the german afrika korps led by rommel. Americans were getting the first full account of the horrors of nuclear warfare.
This book is about not just world war ii but it is also about the stalinist repression of the areas known as the borderlands, which snyder has termed the bloodlands. The first book youve chosen is a novel by someone whose work you know very well indeed the russian writer vasily grossman. A groundbreaking 26part documentary series narrated by the actor laurence olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, world war ii. And no single film, whether it be an action flick, a spy thriller, a romance, or a docudrama, can convey the full scope of. What is the best book or documentary to learn about world. Eastern front part of the european theatre of world war ii clockwise from top left. It tells of the horror experienced by the people on the russian front who found themselves sandwiched between the two greatest ar. Due to the germansoviet pact of 1939, the beginning date of the war can be a sensitive political issue. Snyder is looking at the deliberate mass murder of civilians in a particular zone of europe between about 1930, at the start of the second ukraine famine, and 1945. German stuka dive bombers on the eastern front, december 1943. Best war books world war 2 books for middle school. Yet without the soviet war effort, it is unlikely that germany could have ever been defeated. By september 1941, hitlers wehrmacht seemed unstoppable.
Perhaps no other country was as scarred by it as soviet union, where the invasion of deadly nazi forces coincided with the horrors of stalinism. From actionpacked eyewitness accounts such as guadalcanal diary to devastating holocaust memoirs like the diary of anne frank and night to the thrilling espionage tale of operation mincemeat, world war ii is the subject of some of the most fascinating and influential nonfiction books ever written each year, seemingly dozens of new titles emerge to offer fresh perspectives and uncover. The second world war had a profound effect on the course of the 20th century, and unfortunately, its horrors, including ethnic cleansing, terrorism, despotism, invasions, the curtailment of civil rights, and rampant nationalism, are still concerns of the modern day. A documentary history 9780872209879 and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. For russia, like for many countries, the second world war or the great patriotic war. Classroom country profiles the ussr in world war ii. Ivanhorod einsatzgruppen photograph of german death squads murdering jews in ukraine. Quite simply, this series breaks new ground in world war ii eastern front and soviet military studies. Im not sure if its his voice 100% because it has been translated and put through editing, and one of the people who have worked on this respect is antony beevor. Many readers suggested anthony beevors books stalingrad and the fall of berlin 1945.
But the part played by mussolinis italian troops, and in particular the armored divisions, in support of the germans is not so well known. The two lovers, stuck hiding in the city, get surrounded by german troops and. Soviet storm is a new and epic television history of the second world wars eastern front. However, in russia the invasion of the soviet union in 1941 is usually considered the beginning of the war. In russias war, a balanced and acute portrayal of a combat theater that claimed more than 40 million soviet lives, richard overy tells the story of how stalin and his commanders held off defeat and engineered the most significant military achievement of the second world war. Apocalypse second world war documentary ww 2 documentary. What are the best books about world war ii and the german. From the miracle at dunkirk to the bombing of pearl harbor, the battle of stalingrad to the liberation of auschwitz, no single event can tell the complete story of world war ii. Weaknesses of the book are that for the most part, it covers very familiar ground, and the last chapter, extending things into the early 50s, isnt. The second world war is the greatest cataclysm in human history. The author was a 34 yearold german journalist who spoke a bit of russian and gained some. This is actually a collection of three documentaries, all looking at the crucial russian front and experience.
It consists of 26 episodes, each about an hour long, buttressed lavishly with actual footage from the world war 2, and interviews with prominent p. Ansky, the influential jewishrussian journalist, playwright, and politician, received a commission. After yesterdays world war ii fiction post, now its time for the nonfiction. Laurence olivier, anthony eden, averell harriman, albert speer. In the first decades after world war 2, the historiography of russias part in the war in between 1939 and the end of 1941, was largely based on a combination of the strictly censored russian state propagandas version and of what was known outside russia, which was then closed behind. Feb 26, 2018 this post on world war ii books is sponsored by libby. Russia survived, recovered its military production far beyond german reach, recruited new millions of new soldiers instead of those lost, and fought a lengthy and costly war of survival, and revenge, that destroyed nazi germany, and russia, despite its enormous losses, ended world war 2 as a superpower. By downloading libby to your smartphone, you can access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from your library for free anytime and anywhere. The documentary series the world at war is outstanding in its ability to unfold the complex issues of wwii in a clear, objective. Liesel meminger is a foster girl living outside of munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she cant resistbooks.
Four out of five german soldiers killed in world war two died on the. War is always far more than just a military event, and the cultural effects of world war are massive. Books on world war 2 by russiansoviet author sovietempire. Jan 24, 2015 homeland or death top 5 weird ww2 german prototypes that actually flew duration. The popular military historian antony beevor recommends some of his own favourite books about the second world war. Dont miss these 100 must read world war ii books, including fiction, ya, history. Best war books world war 2 books for middle school students. Solid history of russia s fight during world war ii. Its an established fact that nazi germany isolated jews based on their ethnicity and culture in ghettoes and concentra. Books on world war 2 by russiansoviet author soviet. Richard overy has written and edited more than thirty books, including why the allies won, russias war, the twilight years, 1939, and the bombers and the bombed. Described by western historians as stalingrad on the yangtze, the fierce urban engagement raged through the streets.
Make your next great read one of these essential world war ii books. The great war plan, preparations, collapse, and recovery, a revised view. In absolute war, acclaimed historian and journalist chris bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the soviet union of world war iis battle on the eastern front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Nearly a quarter of a million people died during the last three weeks of world war two, almost as many as the united states lost during the entire war. Its an established fact that nazi germany was antisemitic and had racial laws that significantly reduced jewish civil rights. The story of the appalling suffering endured by the common people who were caught up in the midst of world war ii. What is the best book or documentary to learn about world war. Mar 30, 2011 hitlers invasion of russia in world war two. Once again culling from the excellent comments left in my original post on the topic from a while back, here are the books. He is a professor of history at the university of exeter, u.
May 10, 2015 the ending is refreshingly free of sentimentality, owing largely to the honesty of the literary source. A soviet journalist with the red army, 19411945 is a nonfiction account, compiled from his notes that he wrote during his time in as a journalist in the red army. Solid history of russias fight during world war ii. Peter harmsen examines the bloody 1937 confrontation between china and imperial japan at the battle of shanghai in this new york times bestsellerwhich inspired the pbs documentary, shanghai 1937. The history of russia in world war 2 is still being revised. War of the century and horror in the east were also successful television documentary series all written and. Once again culling from the excellent comments left in my original post on the topic from a while back, here are the books many readers suggested anthony beevors books stalingrad and the fall of berlin 1945. A journey through the jewish pale of settlement during world war i. May 9th, 2015 marks the 70year anniversary of the end of world war ii in europe.
Drawing on a recent wealth of evidence to account for the soviet unions remarkable victory against invading forces, richard overys russia s war is a fascinating account of the epic struggle that turned the tide of the second world war. In russia s war, a balanced and acute portrayal of a combat theater that claimed more than 40 million soviet lives, richard overy tells the story of how stalin and his commanders held off defeat and engineered the most significant military achievement of the second world war. In absolute war, acclaimed historian and journalist chris bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the soviet union of world war ii s battle on the eastern front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history the conflict on the eastern front, fought between the soviet union and nazi germany between 1941 and 1945, was the greatest, most costly, and most brutal conflict on land in. The great war suffused russian culture to an extraordinary degree. Beevors stalingrad is the better of his two books on the war. For six months in 1919, after the end of the war to end all wars, the big threepresident woodrow wilson, british prime minister david lloyd george, and french premier georges clemenceaumet in paris to shape a lasting peace. This time, germans war film did get a proper release, albeit with some difficulties. Here are 18 world war 2 books to add to your shelf.
A collection of public domain world war ii books, radio broadcasts, vdiscs, films, and other ephemera. The ussr in world war ii the second world war was the bloodiest conflict in human history. I do not know any books, but i would recommend the following documentary by itv. The campaign in north africa during world war two was one of the most important of the conflict. The second world war in russian literature culture trip. In absolute war, acclaimed historian and journalist chris bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the soviet union of world war iis battle on the. In the first decades after world war 2, the historiography of russia s part in the war in between 1939 and the end of 1941, was largely based on a combination of the strictly censored russian state propagandas version and of what was known outside russia. In absolute war, acclaimed historian and journalist chris bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the soviet union of world war iis battle on the eastern front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history the conflict on the eastern front, fought between the soviet union and nazi germany between 1941 and 1945, was the greatest, most costly, and most brutal conflict on land in. Estimates of total soviet military and civilian deaths in the period now stand at more than 25. This film is a rare breeda characterdriven and humane satire. A longawaited english translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in world war ii across europe and russiafrom the winner of the nobel prize in literature a landmark. This human catastrophe has affected billions of people and its residues remain to this very day.1309 125 1471 1538 833 1227 643 1200 1529 271 980 880 407 221 1227 555 1472 664 62 1447 1227 64 1038 473 371 672 534 899 1156 764 757 127 426