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  1. Kal-El

    Kal-El New Member

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    Hey everyone! I'm Kal; I've been lurking on the boards for a few days and decided to join. A recent WWII kickstarter really re-ignited my love for this time period and I've been looking for a good WWII message board to make my home.

    I'm a big movie buff and a voracious reader, so most of my interests go hand-in-hand with those two subjects. I'm always on the look out for a good WWII book or movie, so feel free to through out some suggestions.
     
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    Welcome to the Forums Kal!! Great to have another join in, I'm almost positive you've seen these movies and read these books I'm sure, but here are my suggestions.
    1. The Battle of Britain
    2. A Bridge Too Far
    3. The Longest Day
    4. Letters From Iwo Jima
    5.Enemy at the Gates

    1. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer
    2. 100 best true stories of WW2 by WHM wise Co
    3. A History Buffs Guide to WW2 by Thomas Flagel
    4. 100 Events that shaped WW2 by Peter Darman
    5. The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich by William Shirer
     
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    Welcome aboard mate...
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Welcome, one of the best books I have read by Stephen Ambrose is Band Of Brothers. Hard to put down.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Welcome Kal-El, glad to have you.

    If you are into the American side of things, then I strongly recommend With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge. It's a very raw story and was part of the inspiration for the TV series The Pacific (2010). I've never heard a bad word of feedback on the book.
     
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    G’day and welcome to the forums.
     
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    Greetings from Arizona. We have a book review section which I've made a few contributions to, so check that out and feel free to review anything you've read on WWII.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    I'll second Otto's recommendation as to Sledge's book; "With the Old Breed:At Peleliu and Okinawa", IMHO the best memoir to come out of the war. Some other really good books are:
    1.) Two Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War, Samuel Eliot Morison.
    2.) Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa, Col. Joseph Alexander
    3.) The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day, Cornelius Ryan
    4.) James Hornfischer, in order of preference: A.) Neptune's Inferno: The US Navy at Guadalcanal
    B.) Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
    C.) The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
    5.) "Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943", Rick Atkinson

    Movies, so many good ones and so many bad ones:
    1.) The Longest Day
    2.) Twelve O'Clock High
    3.) HBO Mini Series: "The Pacific"
    4.) HBO Mini Series: "Band of Brothers"
    5.) Go for Broke! (1951)
    6.) Battleground (1949)
    7.) BattleCry (1955)
    8.) The Fighting Lady (1944)
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large Patron  

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    two more movies I have to add, that just came to me, very good ones.
    9.) The Caine Mutiny
    10) Away all Boats
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     
  13. Kal-El

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    Thanks to everyone for the greetings and suggestions. There's a lot to choose from and I'll be adding to my lists, for sure. I think I may track down Sledge's book, first. The PTO has been on my mind lately, and it's, unfortunately, the area I usually tend to neglect in my reading.
     
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    Welcome.

    Somewhere on this board there are some very extensive lists of WWII movies (I think by nationality or language) as well as some detailed discussions various movies.
     

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