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The following books about the Second World War I can highly recommend.
Parshall, Janathan; Tully, Anthony: Shattered Sword. The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
This book gives deep insights into the Imperial Japanese Navy and especially debunks some myths surrounding the Battle of Midway (1942). Additionally, it comes with a large amount of excellent illustrations that give a better understanding of the workings of carriers or specific combat situations.
I used this book in at least the following videos:
Japanese Bomber Tactics
Hill, Alexander: The Red Army and the Second World War
Hill’s book about the Red Army is a great pleasure to read and full of plentiful of information. Covering a wide range of topics from Deep Battle Doctrine, the Purge and of course the Second World War.
Used in the following videos:
The Great Purge – Effects on the Red Army
Stahel, David: Operation Barbarossa and Germany’s Defeat in the East
Stahel gives an interesting insight into Operation Barbarossa, especially on the myth that it was a “close call”, outlining the various problems from the planning stage up to the Soviet counter-attack in Winter 1941.
Jentz, Thomas L.: Panzertruppen – The complete guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany’s Tank Force – 1933-1942
Jentz provides major insights in the whole development, organization, tactics and many other aspects on the German Panzer Forces in World War 2 and before. It is full of hard data, like numbers and organizational charts.
Citino, Robert M.: The German Way of War. From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich
Citino takes a look on the characteristics of the “German Way of War” and debunks some serious myths like the “novelty” of “Blitzkrieg” and the fact that the Germans basically didn’t use the term in World War 2 and when they did more in a mocking manner.
Rielly, Robin L.: Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships. Okinawa, 1945
Detailed information on the Picket Duty performed by destroyers and smaller craft around Okinawa. Contains both general information as well a detailed account of the day-to-day action.
Drea, Edward J.: In Service of the Emperor
Drea’s collection of essay’s on the Imperial Japanese Forces provides a lot of insights in the attitude, doctrine and many other aspects of the Japanese Forces.
Giangreco, D. M.: Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan
Detailed look at Operation Downfall – the Invasion of Japan – with in depth information on planning, forces and Japanese preparations.
Corum, James S.: The Roots of Blitzkrieg. Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform
Everyone knows Heinz Guderian, Erich von Manstein and Erwin Rommel. Yet, the Seeckt by reorganizing the German Armed Forces into the Reichswehr(1919-1935) after First World War lay the foundations for the Wehrmacht(1935-1945) and its successes. This book covers the lessons learned from World War 1, the development of Panzer and Luftwaffe doctrine among various other aspects.
How Germany Cheated Versailles
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