Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations On D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

Joseph Balkoski chronicles the events of the day almost minute by minute. “Utah Beach” reads like a great documentary. It is not a memoir. Readers who love first person hubris may find it lacking action. Balkoski relies mainly on primary sources such as after-action reports, unit journals, and citations to create his blow by blow… Continue reading Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations On D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

Over 1,400 Interviews The late Stephen E. Ambrose used over 1,400 interviews for his history of the D-Day invasion. This “oral history” approach brings the reader into the heart of the battle through eye-witness testimony. The tales of the front line infantryman sweeps the reader up into their personal histories. Individual and Small Unit Stories… Continue reading D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

Written by General Maxwell Taylor’s Radio Operator George Koskimaki the noted historian of the 101st Airborne Division wrote “D-Day with the Screaming Eagles”.  Mr. Koskimaki was 101st Airborne Division Commanding General Maxwell Taylor’s radio operator. Written in 1970, Interviews with hundreds of paratroopers contributed to the book. Their stories are attention-grabbing and captivating. They cover… Continue reading D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

Summary: The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara is the second novel in his Second World War historical fiction trilogy of the European and Mediterranean Theater. He has a fourth book dealing with the Pacific Thater of World War II. The Steel Wave’s theme is the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord is the name of… Continue reading The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

505th PIR Phil Nordyke’s “Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) in World War II” is excellent. It is a must-read for any student of World War II. Mr. Nordyke does a great job as he takes us with the 505th PIR from its beginnings and training in… Continue reading Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

“Behind the Lines: A Critical Survey of Special Operations in World War II” by Michael F. Dilley

If you enjoy reading about airborne troops, special operations, andelite troops in World War IIthen author Michael F. Dilley’s book “Behind the Lines: A Critical Survey of Special Operations in World War II” is for you.Divided into two parts, part one of the book is titled, “Behind Enemy Lines”. It tells twenty stories of special… Continue reading “Behind the Lines: A Critical Survey of Special Operations in World War II” by Michael F. Dilley

D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

George Koskimaki the noted historian of the 101st Airborne Division wrote “D-Day with the Screaming Eagles”.  Mr. Koskimaki  was 101st Airborne Division commanding General Maxwell Taylor’s radio operator. The book was written in 1970. Interviews with hundreds of paratroopers contributed to the book. Their stories are attention grabbing and captivating. They cover the first hours… Continue reading D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

Fighting With the Filthy Thirteen: The World War II Story of Jack Womer – Ranger and Paratrooper by Jack Womer and Stephen C. Devito

Travel with Jack Womer from the steel mills of Dundalk, Maryland through his being drafted (which he resented) and assigned to the 29th Infantry Division to his deployment to England. Experience with him his selection to and the nearly yearlong training with the British commandos as a member of the 29th’s elite Provisional Ranger battalion.… Continue reading Fighting With the Filthy Thirteen: The World War II Story of Jack Womer – Ranger and Paratrooper by Jack Womer and Stephen C. Devito