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    Any WWII buffs out there?

    I've always been interested in history but I would say over the last year I've almost become obsessed with WWII. Been through "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" multiple times. Also "WWII in HD" and recently watched "Downfall." I'm currently reading Stephen Ambrose's "D-Day."

    What are some other great WWII films and books that you have read?



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    I've always been interested in history but I would say over the last year I've almost become obsessed with WWII. Been through "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" multiple times. Also "WWII in HD" and recently watched "Downfall." I'm currently reading Stephen Ambrose's "D-Day."

    What are some other great WWII films and books that you have read?
    You bet!

    Patton is a classic. The Big Red 1 is pretty decent as well.



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Books:

    With the Old Breed

    Patton: War as I Knew It

    Winston Churchill: The Second World War (6 volumes)

    Just downloaded the Winston Churchill series to my Kindle. Easily one of the most interesting series on WWII. I haven't read it for about 20 years, and I'm really looking forward to it again.

    http://www.amazon.com/Second-World-W.../dp/039541685X


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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    I met a WWII veteran down in Florida about a year ago who was part of the Battle at Herrlisheim. There was a book published about it.

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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    The World War II in Color series on the Military Channel was pretty cool, not because it was in color, but because it was pretty comprehensive in its coverage. It did a good job of "filling in the blanks" around the more well-known events covered by Band of Brothers and the Pacific series.



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    More underrated movies (mostly older ones):
    A Bridge Too Far (see how many of the actors you recognize)
    Cross of Iron (got to have Peckinpah in there)
    The Winter War (subtitled - Finnish)

    For a book: Panzer Commander (a German commander's viewpoint)



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    I didn't get to see all of it but the parts of "The War" by Ken Burns was pretty good.

    I still enjoy watching "The World At War" mini series from the 70's. My grandpa flew planes in the pacific and we would watch these shows on their VCR after fishing in the morning at their house on Table Rock Lake when I was a kid in the 80's. Not as much of the action footage as some of the newer documentaries but I enjoy listening to the interviews of the people that were at the battles they talked about. The most interesting ones are some of the guys that were former officers in the French, British, and Polish armies openly talking about how unprepared and basically a joke most of the European armed forces were and how they felt during some of those major defeats to the Germans.

    You've already read the books that I have so I can't make any recs on that. Will have to check in to the ones some others have listed.



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    BBC has a 30 hour documentary on WWII that's pretty good.

    I didn't have much interest in WWII until I started doing some research for a trip i was taking to France 2 years ago. Spent a couple of days in the Normandy region and it was amazing. I'd highly recommend a trip to Normandy. Once you pay for the flight the actual expense isn't anymore than a normal U.S. vacation.



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    When Trumpets Fade.

    I really enjoyed that movie. I don't think it hit theaters when it came out. A good WWI movie is "The Lost Battalion" .


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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by MB4CY View Post
    The World War II in Color series on the Military Channel was pretty cool, not because it was in color, but because it was pretty comprehensive in its coverage. It did a good job of "filling in the blanks" around the more well-known events covered by Band of Brothers and the Pacific series.
    Forgot about these. Loved watching these.



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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Ken Burns "The War".
    If you are a WWII buff, you must watch it. Absolutely, positively, without a doubt.
    It's fantastic.

    p.s. I am a documentary fanatic. Big time. And "The War" is one of my favorites. So good.


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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Check out these books;

    In Harms Way

    About the sinking and rescue of the USS Indianapolis

    Utmost Savagery
    About Second Marine Division at Tarawa

    and for a glimpse into the formation of the great Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

    Attacks by Erwin Rommel
    Recounts Rommel's WWI exploits as a platoon commander

    In the movie Patton, Gen. George Patton (George C. Scott) famously shouts "I read your book"!!! (talking about Rommel). This is that book.


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    Re: Any WWII buffs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhart View Post
    Ken Burns "The War".
    If you are a WWII buff, you must watch it. Absolutely, positively, without a doubt.
    It's fantastic.

    p.s. I am a documentary fanatic. Big time. And "The War" is one of my favorites. So good.
    I don't know how I could have forgotten to mention it, but yes I did watch the entire documentary. FYI for anyone interested that entire series is available streaming from Netflix. And some of the people "The War" follows are portrayed in "The Pacific."



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