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World War II Books and DVDS

Below are various recommended books and DVDs that will help you get into re-enacting and increase your understanding not only of the hobby, but of the soldier you portray. All of the books are recommended by re-enactors, for re-enactors. The publishers have no say in what is on or not on here, we the re-enactors do.

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American German British Russian DVDs, CDs and Games
Army Wehrmacht, SS Infantry General Films
Rangers Fallschirmjager Commandos   Documentaries
Armoured Panzer Armoured    
Airborne Luftwaffe Parachute Regiment   1940's Favourites
Air Force Kriegsmarine RAF   Military Marches
Navy Other Royal Navy    
USMC   Womens Uniforms   PC Games
         

American

Army [Back to Top]

Government Issue (G.I.) Collectors Guide by Henri-Paul Enjames
Price: £19.76 (34% off) Buy it now
The G.I. collectors guide is a comprehensive list, with hundreds of colour photos, of the kit and equipment used by the American G.I. during World War Two. This book is a must for US re-enactors both new and old.

US Army Handbook 1939 - 1945 by George Forty
Price: £9.89 (34% off) Buy it now
This book details the army building up to the Second World War and the changes it went through in order to turn it into an effective fighting force. Again I would say this is a must for US re-enactors as it goes into great depth.

World War II GI: US Army Uniforms, 1941-45 by Richard Windrow and Tim Hawkins
Price: £28.45 Buy it now
Has hundreds of colour photographs and again is an in depth look into the uniforms of the G.I during WWII. I prefer the G.I. Collectors Guide to this book but it is still a very good addition to your collection.

 

Rangers [Back to Top]

Rangers in World War II by Robert Black
Price: £3.63 Buy it now
From the deadly shores of North Africa to the invasion of Sicily to the fierce jungle hell of the Pacific. They were ordinary men on an extraordinary mission, experiencing the full measure of the fear, exhaustion, and heroism of combat in nearly every major invasion of the war.

Liberation of Pointe Du Hoc: 2nd Rangers at Normandy: June 6-8, 1944 by Joanna McDonald
Price: £16.73 Buy it now
In one of the remarkable stories of D-Day, the task of liberating a small but significant German stronghold-Pointe du Hoc-fell to 225 brave souls from the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Led by Lt. Col. James Rudder, the men scaled the 100 foot cliff and fought their way into history.

Darby's Rangers: We Led the Way by William O. Darby, William H. Baumer
Price: £4.79 Buy it now
Classic autobiography of the legendary William O. Darby and his elite Rangers - Follows their exploits from the beaches in North Africa to their last desperate struggle at Anzio - A tribute to the outstanding contribution of Darby and his men.

 

Airborne [Back to Top]

Geronimo!: US Airborne Uniforms, Insignia and Equipment in World War II by Bill Routz
Price: £47.45 Buy it now
Much like Government Issue: Collectors Guide, Geronimo discovers the uniforms, insignia and equipment used by the US Airborne during World War Two. It contains pages of colour photos and in depth descriptions of each item.

Parachute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster
Price: £6.42 (10% off) Buy it now
This memoir was written soon after the author's stint as a paratrooper in World War II, using his letters home and recollections that he documented following his discharge. It details places and events, especially D-Day and the fall of the Third Reich. David Kenyon Webster served with Easy Company, 506th of the 101st Airborne Division immortalised in the mini-series Band of Brothers.

Band of Brothers by Steven Ambrose
Price: £6.39 (20% off) Buy it now
A description of life in the Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, US Army, from the time of their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory. Drawing on interviews, journals and letters, the author tells - often in their own words - the story of these American heroes.

 

Air Force [Back to Top]

Silver Wings, Pinks and Greens: Uniforms, Wings and Insignia of USAAF Airmen in World War II
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
Covers uniforms, insignia and qualification badges in depth with hundreds of colour photos. The book also refers to actual regulations and 1943 officers guides.

More Silver Wings, Pinks and Greens by Jon A. Maguire
Price: £59.95 Buy it now
This book is an expanded version of the first, contaning civilian auxiliaries. I would say you should make this an addition to the first, not a replacement as both differ greatly.

Gear Up!: Flight Clothing and Equipment of USAAF Airmen in World War II by Jon A. Maguire
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
This book, by the same author as the first mentioned, covers equipment and clothing used by the USAAF. The book also covers RAF gear used by American airmen. Presented in full colour photographs with clear descriptions.

 

 

German

Wehrmacht/Waffen SS [Back to Top]

Waffen SS Uniforms and Insignia by Wade Krawczyk and Peter Lukacs
Price: £16.50 (34% off) Buy it now
As the title states, Waffen SS uniforms and insignia with photos and descriptions. A must if you're getting in to or are interested in the Waffen SS.

Collector's Guide to Third Reich Militaria by Robin Lumsden
Price: £8.57 (34% off) Buy it now
Covering all the major areas of Third Reich militaria interest, this book is an excellent introduction to this complex subject. This new edition has been revised to take account of the latest prices and availability. Pictures are in black and white.

Detecting the Fakes: A Collector's Guide to Third Reich Militaria by Robin Lumsden
Price: £8.57 (34% off) Buy it now
By the same author as the book above, this looks at detecting fakes within the collectors market. Worth having if you're into collecting original items.

 

Fallschirmjager [Back to Top]

German Paratroops: Uniforms, Insignia and Equipment of the Fallschirmjager in World War II
Price: £49.95 Buy it now
Focusing extensively on the German paratrooper of WWII, with high quality original and staged pictures with very little text. Also contains some Italian and Japanese paratroopers clothing and equipment with pictures.

Fallschirmjager: German Paratrooper 1935-45
Price: £7.25 (34% off) Buy it now
A basic guide to the German Paratrooper of the second world war with kit and equipment illustrations.

 

Panzer [Back to Top]

Achtung-Panzer!: The Development of Tank Warfare by Heinz Guderian
Price: £5.99 (25% off) Buy it now
This is the defining book on the theory and practise of tank warfare, by the man who became one of Hitler's most able generals.

 

Luftwaffe [Back to Top]

Luftwaffe Vs. RAF: Flying Clothes of the Airway 1939-45 v. 1 by Mick J. Prodger
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
A look at both RAF And Luftwaffe clothing during WWII. I have been told there is 'no finer book' to have in your collection than this!

The Luftwaffe Vs.RAF: Flying Equipment of the Air War, 1939-1945 by Mick J. Prodger
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
The same idea as above, however this book looks at the equipment used by both powers rather than the clothing. The first book you need to start your Luftwaffe equipmnt collection!

 

 

British

Infantry [Back to Top]

British Army Handbook, 1939-1945 by George Forty
Price: £9.89 (34% off) Buy it now
By the same author as the US and Russian version of the book, it's a must have for a better understanding of the British army at the time.

 

Parachute Regiment [Back to Top]

For King and Country: British Airborne Uniforms, Insignia and Equipment in World War II
Price: £49.95 Buy it now
The author, a collector of British parachute regiment clothing and equipment, takes us through his personal collection of both airborne and gliderborne equipment and clothing, right down to the smallest of details.

 

RAF [Back to Top]

Luftwaffe Vs. RAF: Flying Clothes of the Airway 1939-45 v. 1 by Mick J. Prodger
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
A look at both RAF And Luftwaffe clothing during WWII. I have been told there is 'no finer book' to have in your collection than this!

The Luftwaffe Vs.RAF: Flying Equipment of the Air War, 1939-1945 by Mick J. Prodger
Price: £39.95 Buy it now
The same idea as above, however this book looks at the equipment used by both powers rather than the clothing. The first book you need to start your RAF equipmnt collection!

The Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (Men-at-Arms Series) by Andrew Cormack and Ron Volstad
Price: £14.95 Buy it now
A good RAF reference book with 8 pages of colour illustrations.

 

Womens Uniforms [Back to Top]

World War II British Women's Uniforms in Colour Photographs by Martin Brayley and Richard Ingrams
Price: £8.54 (34% off) Buy it now
An excellent reference guide for womens uniforms used in each branch of the forces during the war. With great coverage and attention to detail this book is perfect for any female re-enactors.

 

 

Russian [Back to Top]

General

The Red Army Handbook by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness
Price: £9.89 (34% off) Buy it now
This book is much like the US and British army handbook and has many excellent features. An understanding of the Red army is important to the Soviet re-enactor so this book would be money well spent.

Red Army Uniforms of World War II in Colour Photographs
Price: £49.99+ (price varies) Buy it now
Large book with pictures of Moscow based reenactors & collectors wearing uniforms & equipment from their collections.  Mollo's text and the pictures of insignia from his collection are now showing their age but this book is still a very good starting point and certainly worth the money.

Red Army Uniforms 1918-1945: In Colour Photographs by Anton Shalito et al
Price: £65.00+ (price varies) Buy it now
Another big book on Red Army uniforms, this time looking further back to 1918 however still covering the uniforms of the Second World War.

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
Price: £11.21 (34% off) Buy it now
The famous book about Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia.

Russia's Heroes 1941-1945 by Albert Axell
Price: £6.39 (20% off) Buy it now
Captivating, awe-inspiring and sometimes a harrowing look at feats of extraordinary bravery in the Soviet armed forces against the German invasion - and the march to Berlin. It celebrates the courage of the featured servicemen and women while at the same time teaching the lesson that these people gave their lives for others.

 

 

Films [Back to Top]

A Bridge Too Far
Price: £11.97 (40% off) Buy it now
A starkly realistic account of the ill-fated airborne assault on Arnhem during World War II. Starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Olivier, A Bridge Too Far is a classic war film.

Anzio
Price: £3.97 (34% off) Buy it now
Classic World War II story of the Allied landing at Anzio Beach in Italy, the first and most costly battle of the Italian Campaign. Robert Mitchum stars as an American news correspondent covering the landing, under fire, of British and American troops. Based on a novel by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas.

Band of Brothers
Price: £22.96 (62% off) Buy it now
The famous 10 part mini series from HBO detailing E Company, 506, 101st Airborne Division. From the moment of inception into the unit right up until after the war, Band of Brothers is a gripping, emotional depiction of the brotherhood only found between soldiers at war.

Battle of Britain
Price: £14.98 (25% off) Buy it now
The Royal Air Force's finest hour is brought to the screen in this historical World War II drama about Britain's desperate struggle to defend itself against the Luftwaffe's unrelenting aerial onslaught in the summer of 1940.

Das Boot (Special 2 disk mini-series edition)
Price: £9.97 (60% off) Buy it now
Regarded as one of the most accurate representations of Germany's U-Boat crew during World War II, this DVD consists of a digitally remastered version of the original classic.

Hell is for Heroes
Price: £5.97 (63% off) Buy it now
Another classic war film starring Steve McQueen and Bobby Darin. Pvt John Reese (McQueen) is demoted from Staff Sgt. to Private after his drunkeness and sent back to his old unit on the Sigfried line where he feels out of place and isolated.

The Longest Day
Price: £17.99 Buy it now or buy the special edition for £21.84
An account of the events surrounding the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy during D-Day, June 1944. Seen from every angle, including that of the Germans, who were totally overwhelmed by the size of the Allied armies thrown against them.

 

 

Xbox 360 Games [Back to Top]

Call of Duty 3
Buy it now
Arguably the best WWII game released to-date, Call of Duty allows you to drop in to Normandy as an American, defend Pegasus Bridge as a Brit or storm Stalingrad as a Russian. It also has superb online capabilities.

PC Games [Back to Top]

Call of Duty (Game of the Year Edition)
Price: £9.98 (50% off) Buy it now
Arguably the best WWII game released to-date, Call of Duty allows you to drop in to Normandy as an American, defend Pegasus Bridge as a Brit or storm Stalingrad as a Russian. It also has superb online capabilities.

Call of Duty: United Offensive (Expansion pack)
Price: £16.99 (32% off) Buy it now
The expansion pack adds new maps and new modes of play to Call of Duty, yet retains the same level of intensity and excitment as the original. We think Call of Duty and the expansion pack are a must have!

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault War Chest
Price: £14.98 (25% off) Buy it now
The Medal of Honor War Chest contains the original Medal of Honor game, along with the Spearhead and Breakthrough expansion packs. This is a must have for gamers and at a great price! You basically get 3 games for the price of 1.

Desert Rats vs Afrika Corps
Price: £22.49 Buy it now
Desert Rats vs. Africa Korps places you in the heat of battle between legendary generals Montgomery and Rommel during the North Africa campaign of World War II from both the Axis' and Allies' perspective. An excellent, fast paced real time strategy.

 
     
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