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Lloyd Clark's WWII Reading List

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Originally published by World War II magazine. Published Online: April 02, 2010 
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Men at Arnhem
Geoffrey Powell (1976)

"An action-packed, honest, and thoughtful memoir by an airborne soldier who fought at Arnhem: this is one of the books that stirred my interest in military history as a boy. I was fortunate enough to visit the battlefield with the author in his later life."

The Fortress
Raleigh Trevelyan (1956)

"A beautifully evocative book about the war in Italy and, specifically, the author's time at Anzio. Trevelyan's craftsmanship as a writer is as stunning as his brutally frank descriptions of fighting the Germans at close quarters."

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Hitler: 1936–1945 Nemesis
Ian Kershaw (2000)

"A monumental work that combines great scholarship with superb writing. This remarkable book is a major contribution to the study of World War II, and challenged my views about Hitler and the Nazi regime."

On War
Carl von Clausewitz (1832)

"The book that has most influenced my understanding of the Second World War, even though it was written by a Prussian who died more than 100 years before its outbreak. On War is such a stimulating volume that it demands regular rereading, and continues to broaden my understanding of war."

Beyond War
"I devour books about people who take on the life-threatening challenges offered by mountains, deserts, and the polar regions. Soldiers consequently have to compete with adventurers and explorers for time in my dreams."

Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in war studies at England's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He lectures around the world, appears regularly on television, and is widely published on World War II. His most recent books are Anzio (2006) and Crossing the Rhine (2008). He is at work on a history of the Battle of Kursk, to be published next year.


4 Responses to “Lloyd Clark's WWII Reading List”


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    Joanne Emerick says:

    I am the historian of the 31st Bomb Squadron (H), an Army Air Corps unit that flew B-17s and B-24s in WWII in the Pacific Theater. The Squadron was present at Hickam Field, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941, flew in the Battle of Midway, and island hopped from Guadalcanal in the Solomons through the South Pacific to Samar Island in the Philippines. Following WWII, the Squadron came back to the Mainland. As part of the 5th Bomb Group (H), the 31st Squadron won two Presidential Unit Citations. My late father was a medical corpsman with the 31st.

    During the past year, I have published the 421-page history of the 31st during WWII. Packed with maps and original photographs, the book tells the WWII air war story through the eyes of the young men who flew its big bombers. The book takes the reader on an emotional journey because it is written solely in the words of the men who fought the war.

    Would you consider accepting a complimentary copy from me and if you like the book, do a review in WWII Magazine?

    You can read excerpts and learn more about the 31st Bomb Squadron and me, Joanne Emerick, at our website: couragebeforeeverydanger.com

    Thank you!

    Joanne Emerick
    P. O. Box 254
    Hoxie, KS 67740 785.675.3088

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    Chris Woods says:

    I hope you get this message Lloyd. Read a review of your book on Kursk in BBC History mag. Glad to see your doing well. How are you and the family? I'm married now and living in Bearsted Kent, Infant teacher school in Maidstone. When you get time please get in touch.

    Chris 01622631996

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    michael reddy says:

    I was wondering if there was any way that I could contact Lloyd Clark I am helping my brother in law in finding what became of his uncle. He was 2nd Lt. Xaver Fritch who was shot and brought to the red cross and never seen again fighting in german army.His brother is still alive and would like to put some closure to his older brothers life.He was 19 years old.Anything that would help in this search would be appreciated.

    Michael Reddy

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    Peter Oliver says:

    Quite enjoying "Kursk" and thought I'd let you know. Wonderful, wonderful read!

    Best wishes!!!



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