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GoToAway
09-02-2005, 01:50 AM
I'm planning to expand my WW2 library a bit and I'm looking for some recommendations.

What would people say is the definitive book on the Me-109? I see that there is a lot to choose from on Amazon.

What about the Me-110 and Me-210/410?

Is there a definitive biography of Hans-Joachim Marseille? The reviews I've read of various books are all over the place...

Are there any good memoirs written by Il-2 pilots?

Is there anything (in English) that deals with the Finnish front, ideally written by somebody that was there? What about Brewster Buffalos in Finnish service?

I'm open to any other suggestions, too... Air war, ground war, sea war... Western front, eastern front, Pacific... It doesn't really matter to me as long as it's a good book. I do prefer firstand accounts over grand overviews, though. I've already bought a number of books based on recommendations from this forum and haven't been dissapointed yet (In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front, Commandos From the Sea: Soviet Naval Spetsnaz in World War II, No Surrender, and [u]Black Edelweiss: A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS[/b] and possibly a few others that I don't recall offhand.)

Thanks for any suggestions.

-HH-Dubbo
09-02-2005, 03:18 AM
Hmmm...where to start. I guess I'll go with the recent ones.

"Death Traps" by Belton Cooper. He was an ordnance officer with the 3rd Armored Division in Normandy responsible for the recovery of damaged US tanks. Offers a really interesting perspective.

"Panzer Commander" by Hans Von Luck. He commanded Panzer divisions in Africa, Russia, Poland and Normandy (On D-Day no less) After the war he was held in the USSR for quite a while which he also recounts.

"Band of Brothers" Stephen Ambrose. Quintessential reading this one. Follows the men of Easy Company, 506th, 101st Airborne from basic to VE Day and beyond.

"The Blonde Knight of Germany" by Raymond Toliver and Trevor Constable. Fascinating story of Hartmanns career as Germany's leading ace and his experiences in the Soviet prison camp for ten years afterwards.

"Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop. He describes the background & mystique of the RAF fighter pilot heading into the summer of 1940. This one is really good.

There's so many. Hope I've helped some.

Luftwaffe_109
09-02-2005, 04:16 AM
Just some brief suggestions for now:

Stalingrad, Antony Beevor

Berlin, Antony Beevor

Basically these two books are the definitive accounts of the Battles for Stalingrad and Berlin respectivly, bar none. They also deal heavily with the ordinary experiences of the soldiers and civilians, which is what you asked for. A real must for any serious WWII library.

Lost Victories, Erich von Manstein
The personal memoires of arguably the best general of WWII. It may be a little heavy for anyone new to the Eastern Front, but highly rewarding.

Panzer Leader, Heinz Guderian
Not to be confused with Achtung Panzer!, this is the war memoires of the man who practically built the panzerwaffe. Achtung Panzer, on the other hand is Guderian's treatise on armoured warfare, written before the war.

Iron Coffins, Herbert Werner
The personal memoires of a U-Boat captain, an excellent read.

Tigers in the Mud, Otto Carius
The personal memoires of one of the highest scoring tank aces of the Second World War.

I also seccond -HH-Dubbo's suggestion of Panzer Commander.

I'll be back later with more.

asgeirr73
09-02-2005, 04:31 AM
German luftwaffe:

Luftwaffe diarys:
a diary made up whit the help of situationreports and intresstorganisations and
pilots 1939-1945
author: Cajus

The JG26 War diary volume one 1939-1942
it is about JG26 and similar to the one above
author: Donald Caldwell

Heven next stop: about a fighterpilot in the luftwaffe about to read it glanced in it and it looked promising
author:Gunther Bloemertz

I flew for Hitler as mentioned by fabianfred personal story me109

I was a kamikaze pilot same series as above
about Ryuji Nagatsuka

Britain:

The fighterpilots
the truth about the battle of britain

about the battle of britain and the history of the RAF in WW2
author:Len Deighton

Pushing the envelope

a thin little bok about a very adventurs life

author:carl marion and
co wrighter barrett tillman

Wing leader

the story of the top allied fighter ace as to aircrfts destroyed (Huh?)
whit 38 victorys
author:"johnnie"Johnson

The osprey series is allways nice
I have the aircraft of the aces
Focke wulf Fw190 aces on the western front
author:John Weal

Tactics:
Fighter combat tactics and manuvering

a good if sometimes abit technical and not exclusiv WW2 alot of jet in this
author: Robert L Shaw

The aircraft in profile lexicon series is a gemm if one can find it I have 4 of them

Porsimo
09-02-2005, 05:05 AM
Finnish front:

Double Fighter Knight, by (Eino) Ilmari Juutilainen
Memoirs of a highest scoring Finnish ace "Illu" Juutilainen.

The Unknown Soldier, by V¤in¶ Linna
A story of a machinegun company through the Continuation War. Based on author's own experiences. Some sort of semi-fictional.

Luftwaffe_109
09-02-2005, 06:35 AM
Three more books which I think are quite interesting:

-War Without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa, Kerhaw.

An excellent overall history of Operation Barbarossa with a heavy emphasis on the individual soliders' perspectives.

-The Siege of Leningrad 1941-1944 : 900 days of terror, Glantz

Usually Glantz's works are quite dry and mainly for specialists of the eastern front, dealing primarily with warfare from a operational and strategic level. However, this excellent book is much easier to read and includes numerous maps, photographs, etc, as well with considerations for how soldiers and civilians were affected by the battle.

-The Third Reich: A New History, Michael Burleigh

An interesting and easy to read general history of Germany from 1933-45.

fabianfred
09-02-2005, 06:51 AM
"I Flew for the Fuhrer" by Heinze Knocke

good personal description... flew only 109's

LeLv44_Mangrove
09-02-2005, 07:57 AM
For B-239 in finnish front

http://www.kolumbus.fi/kari.stenman/

dazza9806482
09-02-2005, 08:54 AM
Just bought 'The Big Show' by Pierre Clostermann, heard good things about it....

carts
09-02-2005, 09:14 AM
Just finished reading "Armageddon" by Max Hastings(PB)about the last year of the battle for Germany,and i cant recomend it enough,stratigical overview,but with lots of first hand reports,excellent read

dieg777
09-02-2005, 09:35 AM
I have put up a few reviews here so check them out to see if they are what you are looking for

http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid...2e5e4af270c4c934b2a1 (http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid=b2af89bb348a2e5e4af270c4c934b2a1)


good luck

GoToAway
09-02-2005, 03:21 PM
Wow. Thanks for the suggestions. Lots of good stuff here. Keep them coming. Anything I don't get this time around I can make note of for the future. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif



Originally posted by LeLv44_Mangrove:
For B-239 in finnish front

http://www.kolumbus.fi/kari.stenman/ That's a great find. I never would have stumbled across that on my own. Thanks. I have a big soft spot for the B-239 thanks to Il-2.

GoToAway
09-03-2005, 12:08 AM
Anybody know where I might be able to find "Double Fighter Knight" online? I've checked a few places, but only Amazon has it listed (and it's listed as out of print and unavailable.)

Bearcat99
09-03-2005, 12:11 AM
Red Tails Black Wings by John Holway..

To Fly and Fight by Bud Anderson

JG26-Top guns of the Luftwaffe by Donald J. Caldwell

Yeager.... by Chuck Yeager...

Samurai by Saburo Sakai

Attack of the Aircobras by Dimitri Loza..

just to name a few... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

x__CRASH__x
09-03-2005, 12:31 AM
Luftwaffe Fighter Aces - Mike Spick

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-03-2005, 03:15 AM
Further endorsements from me for Anthony Beevor's Stalingrad & Berlin, plus Max Hastings' Armageddon and Patrick Bishop's Fighter Boys.

Butcher Bird - The Focke-Wulf Fw190 by Edward Shacklady,(An excellent read, thoroughly researched and illustrated with photographs, technical drawings and colour profiles)
Messerschmitt Aces By Walter Musciano, Well illustrated, with biographies of Hartman, Marseille et al, a well presented history of the Bf 109, )
The Spitfire Story by Alfred Price, (Any Spitfire book by Alfred Price is well worth a look)
The Mighty Eighth - A history of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force by Roger Freeman, (A wonderful book, unit histories, colour schemes, photographs)
Bader, the Man and His Men by Michael Burns, (PBK. Not only a good Bader biography, as title suggests, the book looks at the effect Bader had on the men who passed through his command - such as Johnson & Cork, and their exploits after Bader's capture.)
Stalin's Falcons by Tomas Polak & Christopher Shores (Brief biographies of over 1,000 WWII VVS pilots, unit histories - an interesting and well researched work)
The Eastern Front in Photographs by Professor John & Ljubica Erickson, (A very well produced book with many photographs unseen before)
The Air War 1939-1945 by Janusz Piekalkiwicz, (Day by day account of WWII air war, covering all theatres - some of them given little coverage in other histories)
Hurricane by Edward Bishop, (A good, well illustrated standard work on the Spitfire's partner - any Airlife book with the name of an aeroplane as it's title is well worth a look)
Time To Kill - The Soldier's Experience Of War in the West 1939-1945, edited by Paul Addison and Angus Calder (PBK. Misleading title - there are chapters on the Romanian Army and Female Red Army Combatants. A collection of essays by well known authors & historians)

are all books that I have enjoyed and return to regularly.

3.JG51_BigBear
09-03-2005, 08:47 AM
Two books I just finished about my latest interest, the Buffalo, that were pretty good:

Lentolaivue 24 by Kari Stenman and Kalevi Keskinen. Not a heck of a lot of nitty gritty info but a decent overview of the Winter War to the end of hostilities with Russia. Its a very quick read but it has a ton of interesting photots and some nice color palettes if you're into skinning.

Buffaloes Over Singapore by Brian Cull is the other one I read. I though the book was awesome but the author was kind of lazy. The book is made up of quotes from pilots taken from diaries and interviews with little editing done to them and very little analysis. You'll run across repeated stories and find yourself scratching your head if you don't know the history of the invasion of Malaya and Signapore. The book really puts the air battle into perspective and shows just out inexperienced and hopelessly outnumbered the Australian and New Zealand pilots were. Its also great to see the contempt for RAF officers brought in to command and scary to see the ferocity with which the Japanese airmen conducted attacks.

Kuna15
09-03-2005, 10:51 AM
Originally posted by LeLv44_Mangrove:
For B-239 in finnish front

http://www.kolumbus.fi/kari.stenman/

Tell me please are this book published on Finnish or English language (it says bi-lingual, but I am sure that book can be printed only on one language as primary... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif)? It seems very nice (although I'm more interested Moranes and D.XXI, presented on that page as well)

GoToAway
09-03-2005, 12:09 PM
Great suggestions. A lot of these look really promising.


Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Samurai by Saburo Sakai
One of my favorites. After reading that, I have to say that I gained a lot of respect for him. Not only for his skills, but because he never grew cocky or cruel.

LeLv44_Mangrove
09-05-2005, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by Kuna15:

Tell me please are this book published on Finnish or English language (it says bi-lingual, but I am sure that book can be printed only on one language as primary... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif)?

Hi!

It means that in the book same text is written on finnish and in english. So If you don't understand the finnish text you can read same things at english.

There is only one edition of the book with english and finnish texts.

LeLv44_Mangrove
09-05-2005, 06:48 AM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
Anybody know where I might be able to find "Double Fighter Knight" online? I've checked a few places, but only Amazon has it listed (and it's listed as out of print and unavailable.)

Hi!

Try this place, the book is listed on their site

http://home.flash.net/~malhobby/airbooks.html

Btw. Here's a another good book from finnish front

http://www.apali.fi/uk/aew_uk.html

Kuna15
09-05-2005, 07:13 AM
Originally posted by LeLv44_Mangrove:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kuna15:

Tell me please are this book published on Finnish or English language (it says bi-lingual, but I am sure that book can be printed only on one language as primary... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif)?

Hi!

It means that in the book same text is written on finnish and in english. So If you don't understand the finnish text you can read same things at english.

There is only one edition of the book with english and finnish texts. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your answer. I will probably get myself some of books from that series then. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kurfurst__
09-05-2005, 07:25 AM
Jochen Prien - Rodeike`s : "Messerschmitt Bf 109 F/G/K" is probably the best book around if you are more interested in development and employment.

It`s a very accurate book, free of usual errors, very good quality and covers all models with detailed information. Lots of rare photos too. And not too expensive, only 35 USD.

A must-have for anyone interested in the Bf 109 IMHO.