Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Essential WWII Reading

June 3 2014
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There are so many excellent books about the origins, battles and aftermath of World War II  that we could not include them all. This is an essential reading list of the war in Europe and Africa from D-Day to Liberation.  Of course, Stephen AmbroseCornelius Ryan, and Rick Atkinson have written many more brilliant books you should also include in your mess kit.

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
by William L. Shirer

The award-winning definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. Shirer's description of events and the cast of characters who played such pivotal roles in defining the course Europe was to take is unforgettable.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
William L. Shirer

The award-winning definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. Shirer's description of events and the cast of characters who played such pivotal roles in defining the course Europe was to take is unforgettable.

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The Longest Day
by Cornelius Ryan

Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

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The Longest Day
Cornelius Ryan

Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
by Stephen Ambrose

From landing on D-Day to capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest, the riveting story of the citizen soldiers of Easy Company and the battles they fought to liberate Europe. When you read this book you understand why the men and woman who served in World War II deserved to be called, "The Greatest Generation."

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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Stephen Ambrose

From landing on D-Day to capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest, the riveting story of the citizen soldiers of Easy Company and the battles they fought to liberate Europe. When you read this book you understand why the men and woman who served in World War II deserved to be called, "The Greatest Generation."

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An Army at Dawn
by Rick Atkinson

The Liberation of Europe and the Destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943.

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An Army at Dawn
Rick Atkinson

The Liberation of Europe and the Destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943.

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The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe
by William I. Hitchcock

In this brilliant book, historian William I. Hitchcock surveys the European continent from D-Day to the final battles of the war and the first few months of the peace through the eyes of the liberated, the vanquished and the soldiers who fought on both sides. Based on exhaustive research in five nations and dozens of archives, Hitchcock's groundbreaking account shows that the liberation of Europe was both a military triumph and a human tragedy of epic proportions.

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The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe
William I. Hitchcock

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