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Hello,

In primis, I'm devourer of History's Books, my collection exceeds 2000 titles, but there is place for more books ... and there are gaps in my knowledge of the wide range of publications old and new.

Here I need your enlightened opinions.

1st Q: I know David Glantz wrote dozens of great books about the WWII East Front, which titles or series, in your opinion deserve attention?
I've no problem with one argument or another, comprehensive campaigns or single battle, I only need some tips to focus my acquisitions.

2nd Q:I'm an happy owner of the complete series of the Green Books from CoMH US Army about WWII Pacific and European Theaters; now is the time to look at the other "green" brothers overseas ...
The HMSO published a History of WWII concerning war against Japan, West European Theaters, Mediterranean and Middle East.
Have you read these books? What is your opinion?

Thanks in advance for every suggestion you'll give me and ... happy wargames to all!

Filippo.
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1. Among the many Glantz books I've read, his one-volume book on Barbarossa is very good, and so is his Stalingrad series, which I'm reading now (third volume, book 1). I think his later (more recent) works are better.

2. I read volume one of "The Mediterranean and Middle East" by Playfair and it was good. The focus is higher, theater level, but the writing was clear and readable. It attempts to cover naval, air, and ground matters equally. I think these are available online as PDFs; I read this on my Kindle. Volume II is waiting for me there.

Don't forget that the other Commonwealth nations produced some good histories, too; the standard are the Australian ones:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG1070199/

I have volume III (Tobruk and El Alamein) and it was good.
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Thx!

[1] This one? "Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (2001)"
 
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1. For Glantz books, When Titans Clashed is a very good overview book, which contains some insight into the high command philosophies. Operation Mars deals with the lesser known failed Soviet offensive which was going on at the same time as the Stalingrad operation.

2. The Green books, while certainly written from the U.S. Army's point of view, don't try to varnish the mistakes. They are intended as training books. That makes them fairly accurate, if one sided, and a little dry.
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Filippo Chiari wrote:
Thx!

[1] This one? "Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (2001)"


Yes. Enjoy!

https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Barbarossa-Hitlers-Invasion...
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Are the HMSO History of the Second World War books available free online?
I know ibiblio-hyperwar had a few, did the rest ever get digitized?

The Australian books are very good.

Don't forget the US Navy and Marine corps books too.

 
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I know ibiblio-hyperwar had a few, did the rest ever get digitized?


For those who are interested, here's that link, last updated in 2011:

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/index.html

Not many books there.

The US Army's digital format books can be found here:

http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/collect...
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ardennes4412 wrote:
Are the HMSO History of the Second World War books available free online?
I know ibiblio-hyperwar had a few, did the rest ever get digitized?

The Australian books are very good.

Don't forget the US Navy and Marine corps books too.



I don't think the HMSO are digitized but the Australian Official Histories are available online (and I agree are fantastic). If I remember right, much of the Australian official histories of the war and individual units histories are available online. Likewise the New Zealand unit histories are online. They helped tremendously researching Tobruk and Operation Crusader.

The Green Books are, of course, fantastic... and free! (in pdf) Very detailed and not biased as one would think. These surpass many popular accounts of the battle or campaign as those may have a slant in order to sell the book.
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Filippo Chiari wrote:
Thx!

[1] This one? "Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (2001)"


Yes. Enjoy!

https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Barbarossa-Hitlers-Invasion...

Glanz's heir apparent:

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Glantz's "Barbarossa Derailed" series is very good, and I'd also check Askey's "Operation Barbarossa" series.

The US Army Green Books are an amazing resource, especially if you're into specifics (e.g. facts, figures, maps, charts). My favourite Green Books:

Global Logistics and Strategy, 1940–1943
Global Logistics and Strategy, 1943–1945
Movements, Training, and Supply
On Beachhead and Battlefront
Operations in the War against Germany
Operations in the War against Japan
Planning Munitions for War
Procurement and Supply
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