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I don't undertand the WWII Enigma code

Can someone explain in a clear way what German Enigma machines were exactly and why this code was so hard to break? [more inside]
posted by dgaicun on Mar 2, 2015 - 29 answers

Bernard Law Montgomery biography?

At dinner with my 85 year old uncle yesterday and he asked me if I could recommend any good biographies covering Field Marshall Montgomery. I could not but I thought perhaps some folks here might be able to suggest a solid biography or two. Uncle Bill is aware that Monty was a controversial figure and is seeking a balanced account of his life (or perhaps just his WWII exploits.) I'd like to buy one or two for him so availability in the US would be helpful. Thanks!
posted by CincyBlues on Dec 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Books about ordinary German life pre-WWII

I'm looking for books about the daily lives of ordinary, non-Jewish Germans in the run-up to WWII. Ideally about someone who wasn't that interested or involved in politics and didn't have any strong feelings about Jews, Roma or other Nazi targets. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Why Did FDR Initiate His Correspondence with Churchill?

I've known about the correspondence for years, but was curious recently about how it had actually initiated. So I picked up a copy of "Churchill & Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence", and was surprised by what I read in that very first overture from Roosevelt. Can you help me sort it out? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Ukrainian Nazi Mystery Photo - Please help identify this photo!

A friend of mine purchased a random box of photos from a Brooklyn yard sale over the weekend. Deep within the collection were several photos depicting life during and immediately after WWII. Based on the photos we have been able to piece together that they most likely belonged to a member of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician). [more inside]
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot on Sep 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Do we know anything about the gentleman in this D-Day photo?

I'm wondering if there is any information about this (British?) solider. [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

History scholars/buffs: please tell me...

...your favourite books about the Normandy Invasion. This is purely for my own interest. If you can recommend something with a Canadian perspective, all the better, but not absolutely necessary. Thanks so much.
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Aug 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Books about WW2 in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

I'd appreciate recommendations for books about African, Asian, and Pacific involvement in World War II, especially those with the most first-hand accounts. Right now, I'm sticking to Kindle-available books, since I can literally take them anywhere. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc on Jul 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Finding your way around a WWII battlefield.

I will shortly be in Okinawa and am very interested in visiting the Maeda escarpment -- specifically the summit where Desmond Doss earned his Medal Of Honor. I'd like to arrive there confidently knowing I am in the right place and oriented such that I could find the referenced cliff with certainty. Is there a right way to gather the information I need?
posted by Tell Me No Lies on May 26, 2014 - 6 answers

What propaganda cartoon was playing in San Diego MOPA in 2005-06?

Help me track down a WWII propaganda cartoon that played in the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts' entrance gallery, probably sometime in 2006? I have a memory of watching a WWII propaganda cartoon on an early date with my eventual wife. We sat & chatted on the bench in the entrance gallery while the cartoon was projected onto the big wall in between the entrance & exit thresholds. I remember an imp-like creature, possibly doing some sabotage. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Dr. Seuss' "Private SNAFU", although I suppose I could be wrong. I don't remember it being particularly racist, which ought to help narrow it down a bit. Do you know which cartoon that was? I'd really like to get a picture of that imp from my memory.
posted by mmc on May 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Documentary comparing Allied Occupations of Germany and Japan after WWII

Does anyone know of a documentary film that compares the Allied occupations (and "rehabilitation") of Germany and Japan after World War II? Bonus if it's about 50 minutes in length. [more inside]
posted by dhens on Apr 15, 2014 - 1 answer

Solve a WWII mystery!

It's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas about this drawing from WWII? [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Mar 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Day-to-day of a tanker in WWII?

I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Researching family UK WWII history

I've been looking into certain aspects of my family history and I'd like to learn more about one particular person, who I'm told left Poland in about 1941, after members of his family were sent to Theresienstadt, and went on to serve in the British army as a cryptographer. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Info about WWII American business links to Germany

Are there any books or other resources about the links American businesses had with Germany leading up to and during WWII? [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Leo Marks- "The Life That I Have", History?

Does anyone know the history behind this poem? I know that he wrote it for a fiance that died in a plane crash and that it was written on Christmas Eve 1943, but wondering about its involvement during WWII? I have heard it was used for codes but am looking for a little more depth of information. I am planning to read it at my grandmother's memorial service and she was a history buff so I would love to talk briefly about it's background and story. Thanks so much! [more inside]
posted by Hmeleu on Aug 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How did the Japanese public come to admire U.S. culture, post WWII?

Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 answers

How can we best archive my great uncle's WWII story?

My mother got a long letter describing his experiences as a pilot in World War II. He's interested in contributing that story to a public archive of some sort. Is there anything we could contribute it to? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on May 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for specific World War II maps.

I'm trying to find some specific government-produced maps of Allied progress in Western Europe in World War 2 that I saw online once. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Mar 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Russian (or Allied) accounts of Berlin, April 1945 to Potsdam

Looking for memoirs or histories (or fiction, if necessary) of Berlin from the period between the April/May 1945 collapse to the Potsdam conference told from the Russian perspective. Also interested in the first Americans to show up and how they were or were not accommodated. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Feb 25, 2013 - 3 answers

44th Mongolian Cavalry

The last Cavalry Charge. That's how I remember it, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. In the winter of 1941 a troop of cavalry attacked a German armored column. They were not successful. [more inside]
posted by mule98J on Dec 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Was Operation Barbarossa the largest-scale human endeavor in history?

Was Operation Barbarossa the largest-scale planned human endeavor in history? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Any books about British life during wartime?

Books about life in Britain during wartime? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Sep 25, 2012 - 42 answers

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Vague description filter

What was this long essay about World War II that I read on the internet a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Aug 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for books on WWII... but ...

Can you recommend a contemporary WWII narrative, in english, but written by non-anglo-american authors? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jul 27, 2012 - 14 answers

World War II Experience, Long After the Fact

I'd like some topnotch resources, whether books, websites, possibly videos, movies or other, to help me understand my father's experiences in World War II. I'm not looking for the tactical or strategic elements of the military campaigns that he was part of, but what his role and experience was like. [more inside]
posted by vers on May 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Looking for books on WWII that could be read aloud to an elderly, ex-Marine who served in the war.

I am looking for book recommendations that might be suitable to read aloud to an elderly man who served six years in WWII as a Marine, he has dementia, but has some very alert periods of time. He loves war movies (and MASH), and is still very much interested in the war.
posted by nanook on May 18, 2012 - 24 answers

Nazi Secrets Documentary

Documentary filter: MrK heard glowing description of a history documentary about Nazi propaganda in 1936 in Berlin. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 4, 2012 - 2 answers

I want to know everything about life in Ozone Park in the 1930s/1940s

I want to know everything about life in Ozone Park in the 1930s/1940s [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me re-trace my grandfather's WWII steps

What are the best resources and online communities focused around WWII veteran research? [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Feb 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Cardcaptor this ain't.

Is it in poor taste or offensive to pass around this photo in a class presentation? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Feb 14, 2012 - 55 answers

Looking for WWII battle maps

What are sources of maps to be purchased of World War II battles? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Dec 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Like Letters from Iwo Jima, but in book form

Are there any books/movies/tales about heroism from the losing sides of WWII? [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead on Dec 2, 2011 - 25 answers

A mysterious WWII Navy Badge from Pearl Harbor

Can you help me return this WWII-era US Navy Pearl Harbor ID Badge to the family of its owner? I bought it at a garage sale sometime in the 1970's, in the Chicago area. Thanks
posted by DickStock on Oct 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Can you tell me details about what my grandfather was doing in WWII and who he killed??

Can you tell me details about what my grandfather was doing in WWII and who he killed?? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Oct 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Books about life on the American WWII homefront.

I am looking for books about what life was like on the American homefront during World War 2. [more inside]
posted by Captain_Science on Sep 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Sag, wo die Soldaten sind...

My grandfather was a German POW in England during WWII, and he would really like some help finding out what happened to some of his old campmates. [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

WWII naval coordinate system

Anyone able to help with naval coordinates from WWII? I'm writing a play set in WWII and I want to make it more authentic by using the technical jargon of the time. It's set in the pacific and I'm coming up empty-handed with other searches on how they plotted courses and the coordinate systems used. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated!
posted by rawredmeat on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Post-Kipling, Pre-Independence

I'm looking for anything - websites, nonfiction, fiction - that would give me an idea of what daily life was like for the British in India in the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl on Jul 15, 2011 - 5 answers

WWII veterans' lives after the war

[WWII/Band of Brothers filter] At the end of BoB, we're told about each of the characters' lives after the war. I can't help but feel a bit... disappointed? to hear that, say, this soldier returned and worked as a cab driver, or as a mill worker. It feels anticlimactic and un-glamorous. Yes, I realize that may be a by-product of the hero- or myth-building that (intentionally or not) goes into WWII movies. Are there any books or articles that explore this area? [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on May 28, 2011 - 35 answers

Japanese WWII mystery balls on chains in pocket

My friend, Hilary asks, "Does anyone have any idea what these are? They were found, strung together like this, in the pocket of a Japanese soldier's overcoat during WWII. My Mother's friend worked for the Red Cross during the war, and found them, and they eventually came to me. I'm guessing they are coral....but what was their use?"
posted by nickyskye on May 26, 2011 - 9 answers

What is this WWII film?

Another movie filter-name that WWII movie! [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 on Apr 14, 2011 - 3 answers

What do BOUNCE and FAMILIAR mean in a WWII airman's logbook?

NAVY TERMINOLOGY HELP! I'm reading through my grandpa's old flight logs (he was on the crew of a PBY during WWII), and just need help deciphering a couple of terms I see again and again. Both are located in the "Remarks" column of the logbook: FAMILIAR & BOUNCE. Other terms like Ferry, Scouting, Patrol, and Photography are pretty self explanatory, but I have no idea what these two mean. Any help?
posted by rawredmeat on Apr 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Name the plane

Can anyone kindly identify this WWII era plane? Thanks.
posted by Brodiggitty on Mar 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.

I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jan 22, 2011 - 34 answers

A famous German refugee scientist with a name like "Buchholt"?

Who could this be? A relatively famous scientist or mathematician who was a German refugee in the Second World War, whose name sounds something like Buchholt? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Lost quote

There's a quote about how years were a poor measure of the length of WWII, and for the life of me I can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Books on the North African compaign

Can anyone recommend good books covering the North African campaign of the Second World War? [more inside]
posted by markr on Nov 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Historical fiction for kids

My daughter's birthday is coming up, and I'm looking for book recs. Lately, she's fascinated by time travel and, to a lesser extent, World War II. I'd love to buy her some books about these subjects, but am sort of stuck on what, exactly, to buy. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC on Oct 24, 2010 - 46 answers

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